Friday, June 25

Letters

Bughaw, Pula, Dilaw, at Puti

Bughaw, Pula, Dilaw, at Puti

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Minasdang mabuti ni Mang Kaloy ang kabuuan ng kaniyang bagong dyip. Ang kaniyang mga mata ay gumala mula sa mga makikintab na gulong tungo sa bakal na barandilya nito. Huminga ang matandang tsuper sa kamanghaan. Dalawampu’t limang taon siyang namuhay sa pagba-boundary, ngayon ay nakangising hinihimas ang taklob ng makina ng naipundar niyang dyip.  Kailangang matuyo ang pintura bago matapos araw dahil bukas ay araw ng pamamasada. Makikita ang pagsayaw ng mga kulay ng kanyang dyip sa gitna ng kalsada.  Bughaw na kasing tingkad ng kalangitan, kasing linis ng tubig ng isang tagong batis. Ngunit, para kay Mang Kaloy, ang bughaw na ito ay tumatayong paalala sa kaniya ng lahat ng ipinawis niya sa pagkayod.  Pula na kasing tapang ng araw sa dapit-hapon, kasing lapot ng dugong duman
Losing Hope

Losing Hope

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FRANCES MARIE G. IGNALAGA/ The Flame She laid on her bed as the monotonous voice from the recorded lecture filled her silent room. At this point, she could no longer make sense of her professor's words as exhaustion began to weigh her down. She stared blankly at the ceiling, letting her thoughts drift about in that darkly lit room. She could barely remember what motivation felt like. Back then, she was always eager for what was to come. But now, the future no longer seemed as bright as it used to be. As she turned away from the ceiling, her eyes hovered over the shelf filled with books she no longer desired to read. They stood among various trinkets of memories she kept all these years: a jar of decorative rocks, an unopened deck of tarot cards, a badly sculpted bar made of soap, ...
Hanggang Sa Muli: Testing Strengths

Hanggang Sa Muli: Testing Strengths

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By FATIMA B. BADURIA   THE ILLNESSES of society can be the roots of appalling personal adversaries. Normally, when these problems attack, one would devise a counterblow. However, if the enemy possesses formidable strength, running away can be the only option.  Even building defenses may prove to be futile in the face of an extremely powerful foe: death. Nonetheless, the shields are upheld in disparate ways.  Hanggang Sa Muli, in its account of a world about to reach its expiration, exhibits the defenses set by a group of friends as they escape into a video game. As a major production directed by Jan Ivan Gondola and written by Claire Arianne Sundiang and Muriel Gwyn Fernandez, Artistang Artlets sets a storyline of an imagined future while retaining relevance to the pre
Balik Tanaw

Balik Tanaw

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ELIJAH JOHN M. ENCINAS/ The Flame Sa kalagitnaan ng naghaharing araw, pumapaso ang init nito sa sinuman mangangahas na makipagsagupa sa natatangi niyang kapangyarihan. Tagos sa ulo ang kirot na dala ng liwanag ng iskrin kasabay ang mahalumigmig na ihip ng hangin. Kaya nilisan ko muna ang silaw ng laptop at hinubad ang nagpapalinaw sa aking paningin. Sa saglit pagpapaginhawa sa sarili, may nakita akong yaman na nagbigay halimuyak sa aking nakaraan. Napansin ko ang natatanging laruan ko mula sa nakaraan na si Rukawa na nilalamon ng mga alikabok sa rurok ng salansanan. Pagkalinis nito, biglang gumunita sa aking isipan ang mga panahong wala pang problemang bumabagabag sa aking utak. Napadpad ang mga eksena ng nakaraan, kung saan ang matamis na halik sa pisngi ng nanay ko ang nagbibiga...
Paper Mirrors

Paper Mirrors

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  At first  it bleeds so stridently— the ink in steady flow, unfettering the hushed blooming pain,  extricating uncertain masked breaths. I guess enormous blades can carve  the most imperceptible scars  but through smudged sentence edges  and uncarefully spun words,  my paper mirrors perceive  even ill-lit depths.    Then time flew too swiftly, flipping pages ahead,  past a year on the same chapter with a veiled end.   So now it dries progressively— the pen wilts though half-full, declaring all senses paralyzed, tolerating vague tomorrows. I guess time-worn wounds can harden though devoid of any healing but through the lingering hand and unornamented white leaves, my paper mirrors behold even h
The Last One

The Last One

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Behind the stack of boxed action figures and bright-colored balls was a small-framed woman, not the kind that you would pity at first glance, but the kind you would not notice at all. Old Marites sat patiently on a small stool, fanning herself with her clammy hands. She tucked the gray fringes of hair behind her ears to alleviate the bugging, humid heat. Marites scanned the nook of every shelf in her stall. She released a long, spiritless sigh. “Not a toy sold today, huh.” She sprung up from her seat and unfastened the ropes of a make-shift umbrella made of tattered tarpaulin. “Maybe tomorrow,” she muttered to herself.  As she drew the covers together, she felt the seams of her shirt being tugged. Her gaze traveled down her side to a slim, bright-eyed boy. She crouched down to meet t
Baon Royale: Challenging hierarchies

Baon Royale: Challenging hierarchies

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By TAFFY ARELLA M. BERNALES GRADE 5-MALUSOG has a secret and it occurs whenever the clock strikes noon. With the door slammed shut and curtains drawn close, the clandestine “Baon Royale” takes place and it is “the coolest competition in school”— or so they thought. Under the direction of Grace Clarisse Cinco, Baon Royale is a short film that bagged Sine Reel 2019 awards for Best Picture and Best Editing as well as the Maginhawa Film Festival award for Best Film in Student Category (2020). One might think that a film set within an elementary school and carried out by child actors would have a simple plot. Yet, Baon Royale goes beyond this impression by subtly showcasing a microcosm of society through innocence. The film centers on a section of fifth-graders (5-Malusog) who partake
Heist School: Breaking the System

Heist School: Breaking the System

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By RAMON CHRISTIAN G. PLACIDO   EDUCATION is the key to navigating a world full of adversities. The knowledge students gain from learning institutions can enhance their innate skills. To many, it is the training ground for their future careers that can help initiate the advancement of society. However, the state’s education system centers on competition by setting standards in class—those who do not meet these standards are oppressed by the system by marking them with failing grades.  This leads them to degenerative means such as cheating, a means that ushers them to commit their first act of corruption.  The short film Heist School, directed and co-written by Julius Renomeron Jr., centers on a group of students who devised a plan to get the answer keys for their preli
Shopping Cart

Shopping Cart

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Hirap na hirap si Aida sa pagtulak ng kaniyang shopping cart patungo sa Aisle #5. Kalahating oras na lamang ang natitira bago matapos ang kaniyang shift at naatasan siyang mag-restock ng ilang produkto. Nagpaparamdam na ang sakit ng katawan ngunit pinapaalala na lamang niya ang oras sa sarili upang siya ay ganahan.  Wala siyang nakasalubong na mamimili kaya’t dumiretso na siya sa pwesto ng mga instant noodles. Pagdating doon ay agad niyang sinimulan ang pagsalansan sa mga ito.  Hindi pa niya natatapos ang kaniyang ginagawa nang nakarinig siya ng malakas na pagbagsak ng mga lata sa sahig. Paglingon niya sa pinanggalingan ng tunog, namataan niya ang isang babaeng nagpupulot ng mga nahulog na lata. Agad niya itong nilapitan. Tutulong na sana siya sa pagbalik ng mga lata sa kanilang
Ang Halaga ng Sakit sa Niño: Ang Hilab ng Paghilom

Ang Halaga ng Sakit sa Niño: Ang Hilab ng Paghilom

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By FATIMA B. BADURIA MAY MGA PAGHAHANGAD na minamabuting kimkimin ng ilan kahit wala itong bahid ng kasamaan. Dahil ito sa maaaring isipin ng ibang tao na bagamat nananatili sa kanya-kanyang kaisipan ay sadyang may pangil minsan. Bilang resulta, ang ibinabaong damdamin ay nagsisibol ng peligro. Sa una, paunti-unting sisirit ang mga emosyong nabubulok. Hindi magtatagal, bubuhos ito nang may hindi inaasahang bagsik. Ito ang kwentong ipinamalas ng Four Eye Films sa Niño: Ang Hilab ng Paghilom na idinerehe ni Miguel Pascua. Pinamunuan ng mga estudyante ng communication arts sa Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas ang produksyon nito. Kabilang ito sa mga pelikulang kasalukuyang itinatampok ng Sine Reel 2021 na maaaring tunghayan sa iWantTFC.  Ang ibinibidang si Niño (Adrian Cabido) ay isang