Tuesday, January 26

Letters

Malaya

Malaya

Letters, Photo of the Week
Nakatago mula sa mundo ang baguhan nito. Niyayakap siya ng mga pader at bawat sulok, nililibang ng pelikulang laman ng bintana, at sinasamahan ng kaniyang anino sa silid. Kaya itataklob ang panyo sa mukha,  pipihitin niya ang busol ng pinto, at lalaya.   Nasa sulok siya ng mga nakatatandang mata. Nagmamasid ang mga sa bangketa nagtitipon, umiiling ang lupon sa hapag ng karinderya, at kumukunot ang mga noo ng bawat saksi. Ngunit nasayang ang mga bala sa walang malay, tinataboy ng sariling mga matang may kinang at may ngiti.   Sapagkat bisig ng araw ang yumayapos sa balat, at kasalukuyang gumaganap sa sariling serye. Hindi maubos ng paa ang sahig, may kaagapay at katunggali, at dalisay ang tawanan.   Subalit
Strings

Strings

Letters
By ABIGAIL M. ADRIATICO Editor's Note: This piece is one of the works in a six-part series in line with the Dapitan 2021 theme Captured. All works are written by the Flame‘s Letters staffers. While she was carried to the attic above the theater, Helena knew that the puppet master was not pleased.  He slammed the glass door of Helena’s case shut as he placed his gloved hands on its surface. As his youthful face seethed with rage, contempt filled his voice as he spoke to the puppet. “You call that a performance? That was pathetic!”  Helena tried not to flinch at every word as she bowed her head in shame. She knew her job was to give the best performance to all those who saw her. The thought that she disappointed not only the audience but also her puppet master, made her feel
Handa

Handa

Letters, Photo of the Week
ANDREI JOSEPH DURAN/ The Flame Nababalot ng gulo ang gusali. Nadidinig sa bawat sulok ang nakakarinding ingay ng bawat tao na nag-aaligaga para magbigay serbisyo. Inulan na ng pawis si Dina dahil sa pabalik-balik niya sa bawat kwarto ng ospital.  Dali-daling inalis ni Dina ang mga balot sa katawan at dinampian ng maligamgam na tubig. Nang matapos maginhawaan, agad binalot sa kaniyang katawan ang komportableng kamiseta at pantalon. Nagpaalam siya sa mga kasamahan na lalabas na siya para mamili. Pagkalabas sa gusali, bumungad sa kaniya ang mga busina sa kalsada. Bawat hakbang ay napapansin niya ang pag-aaligaga ng masa sa paghahanda sa pagdako ng bagong taon. Pagkarating sa kaniyang destinasyon, bilang na lamang ang nakikita niyang namimili. Agad siyang nagpahid ng alkohol sa kan
Fan Girl: A grim view of patriarchy

Fan Girl: A grim view of patriarchy

Letters
By RAMON CHRISTIAN G. PLACIDO   TOXIC MASCULINITY has caused significant harm to society. The constant abuse of power from the patriarchy has left damaging scars on their victims, particularly women.  From the direction and pen of Antoinette Jadaone, Fan Girl centers on the experience of encountering one’s adored artist. The film is an entry of the Metro Manila Film Festival 2020. It bagged numerous awards from the festival, which includes Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Lead Acting Performance by Charlie Dizon and Paulo Avelino. The film can be streamed via GMovies and Upstream PH from December 25 to January 7. It focuses on Jane (Charlie Dizon), an avid fan of a fictional version of Paulo Avelino. At the start of the film, she leaves her respon
Faith Resurrected by Suarez: The Healing Priest

Faith Resurrected by Suarez: The Healing Priest

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By TAFFY ARELLA BERNALES & DAWN DANIELLE SOLANO   A MIRACLE'S reality relies on the faith of those who seek it. Many will testify that “faith” is the prime mover of miracles— mere lucky coincidences without belief. Even so,  there is still hope for their existence. To people who have encountered these, a question arises from within: “what causes these to occur?”  The 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival entry, Suarez: The Healing Priest, tells Fr. Fernando Suarez’s life to answer the question. Under Joven Tan’s direction, the film narrates the life of a controversial priest who claims to have the gift of healing.   Fr. Fernando Suarez, played by multi-awarded actor John Arcilla, was first reported to have healing powers after “resurrecting” a dead woman in Canada. Since
Sa Wakas

Sa Wakas

Letters, Photo of the Week
Sa wakas, matatapos ang mahabang araw kasama ang umaalab na langit. Nagliliyab ang mamula-mulang ulap ngunit hindi ito repleksyon ng dapithapon; sadyang pinapangatawan lamang nito ang mga dugong dumaloy sa lupa.  Umalingawngaw ang sunod-sunod na putok ng mga baril, at mula rito, sabay-sabay lumipad ang mga ibon— walang iniwan kung ‘di ang mga anino lamang. Paparating na nga ang pagkagat ng dilim at maglilihis ang mga anino. Sa haba ng mga araw at ang taon, naging danaw na ang luhang dumanak mula sa malulungkot na mga mata. Hindi na ito nakayanang higupin ng lupa ang tubig, samantalang dugo at bangkay ang kasama nito sa taong ito. Sa bagay, kasinghaba ng isang taon ang mga araw ngayon.  Sa bandang huli, hindi kawangis ng dapithapon ang pagtatapos ng pait sa mahabang araw. Ang i
Christmas Puzzle

Christmas Puzzle

Letters, Photo of the Week
The curved edges intertwine, tightly embracing at once. Their merry meeting brings beauty to the chaos as fragments descend to its destiny.   One by one, the spaces fill to blend the Christmas colors. The lights enchant me and I, an eager captive, reach for the last piece: this season’s summit.   But the table is empty now and the final key is nowhere. No crowds in the cushioned seats, no carols sweetly drifting. Long hand meets the short on twelve while a void sits silently atop my jigsaw puzzle.   Still, I watch the beam of lights,  traversing the pitch-black sky. All the silhouettes are never truly empty and missing pieces can someday be found. F FATIMA B. BADURIA
With a Smile

With a Smile

Letters, Photo of the Week
I’ve never been a fan of Paskuhan. It heightens my dislike for Christmas— the only time my religious father visits me in hopes to “convert” me. Not acting the way God has created me, I shrink like the sinner that I am, under the magnifying glass of my scrutinizing family. None of that mattered because I had Olivia. I accepted her invitation to Paskuhan, even if the event reminded me of my dislike for the holidays. With shaking hands, I waited for her across Benavides’ statue. There I stood, feeling giddy about finally professing my feelings for her. Time slowed down as she made her way through the crowd. Her smile was brighter than the glimmering lights and swirling colors.  With couples exchanging sweet glances and giggles while swaying to the music, love was in the
The Light

The Light

Letters, Photo of the Week
Every Christmas season, I feel empty from the missing member of our family picture. It is only a reminder of the times my mother missed the joys of the holiday.  As I stretch my body, I released myself from the confines of comfort. My heart beats loudly with excitement. I am reminded of the day when I can finally feel the warm embrace of my protector after long years of waiting. I quickly eat my breakfast as the image of her running to me comes into mind. I wonder if the perfume that she wears is still the same or if her trip went smoothly. My father snaps his finger in front of my face. “Quit daydreaming. Your food is getting cold and we’re running late,” he says sternly as I catch a hint of a smile on his face. The heat of the sun burns my skin as we arrive at the airport
Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus: Minimithing Pagmamahal

Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus: Minimithing Pagmamahal

Letters
By RAMON CHRISTIAN G. PLACIDO   ANG PAGMAMAHAL ay isang konsepto na hindi madaling ipaliwanag. Bawat tao ay may iba’t ibang interpretasyon kung paano ipakita ang pag-ibig sa kapwa. May iba na ang hangad ay pangmatagalan na ibigan. Habang may iba na ang hanap ay pantawid uhaw lamang na relasyon. Ngunit paano makukuha ang minimithing pagmamahal kung ito’y nag-iisa lamang? Mula sa direksyon at panulat ni Dwein Baltazar, ang Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus ay tumatalakay sa iba’t ibang klase ng pag-ibig. Ipinalabas ito noong 2018 at nanalo ng mga parangal kabilang ang Best Picture, Director, at Screenplay sa 67th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards. Kasalukuyan itong ipinapalabas sa Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2020. Ang pelikula ay tungkol sa ba