Saturday, September 21

Letters

Ang Hupa: Pagwawaksi sa Huwad na Nirvana

Ang Hupa: Pagwawaksi sa Huwad na Nirvana

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By LORRAINE C. SUAREZ ANG HINAHARAP ay hindi pa nakataga sa bato. Samot-sari ang mga bagay na maaaring matupad, kaya naman hindi pihado ang mga pagbabagong mangyayari sa sandaling panahon, mabuti man ito o masama. Ito ang konsepto ng kawalang-katiyakan na hinaharap ng bawat isa sa araw araw, na siya ring nagbibigay motibo upang tumungo sa daan ng pagbabago. Sa ilalim ng direksyon ni Lav Diaz, Ang Hupa ay sumusunod sa yapak ng mga una niyang likha tulad ng Ang Babaeng Humayo at Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis. Kabilang ang mga ito sa slow cinema - isang kategorya ng pelikulang natatangi sa mabagal na pag-usad ng naratibo at pagpapahaba ng mga eksena. Masasabing hindi ito pangmasa sapagkat matagalan din ang pagtakbo ng mga nasabing pelikula; sa Ang Hupa, ang oras nitong umaabot nang apat na...
Children of the River: Pagkakaibigang Tunay

Children of the River: Pagkakaibigang Tunay

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By MHERYLL GIFFEN L. ALFORTE TAHIMIK ANG buhay sa isang maliit na bayan sa probinsya, at ito ang siyang kanlungan ng apat na magkababata na nauugnay dahil sa kanila-kanilang pagkakaroon ng nalalayong ama. Subalit ang payapa nilang pamumuhay ay mababago ng isang tawag sa telepono, at ang kanilang pagkakaibigan ang tanging magiging sandalan upang ito’y malampasan. Sinusundan ng Children of the River ang kwento ng apat na magkakaibigan na sina Pepsy (Junyka Santarin), Robin (Dave Justine Francis), Agol (Ricky Oriarte) at si Elias (Noel Comia Jr.) na tumayong pinakabida ng kuwento. Ang pagdating ng isang estranghero - na si Ted (Juancho Trivino) - sa kanilang mumunting bayan ay siyang magtutulak kay Elias na mapagtanto ang kanyang pagkakakilanlan at tuklasin ang kanyang buong pagka
Edward: Buhay at Kamatayan sa Iisang Silid

Edward: Buhay at Kamatayan sa Iisang Silid

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By MHERYLL GIFFEN L. ALFORTE ANG OSPITAL ay isang lugar kung saan ang linya sa pagitan ng buhay at kamatayan ay lumalabo. Ang mga okyupante nito ay mayroon nang isang paa sa hukay o kaya naman ay natataningan na ang buhay. Ngunit para naman sa isang binatilyo, ang ospital ay nagsilbing palaruan at saksi sa kanyang mga pagsubok. Sa direksyon ni Thop Nazareno, ang Edward ay isa sa mga pelikulang kalahok sa Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival ngayong taon. Inilalarawan nito ang malupit na katotohanan tungkol sa pampublikong ospital at sistemang pangkalusugan ng bansa sa pamamagitan ng paglalahad ng kuwento mula sa pananaw ng isang binatilyong nanirahan sa ospital bunga ng kahirapan at pagpapabaya. Umiikot ito sa buhay ni Edward (Louise Abuel), isang binatang napil...
John Denver Trending: An Eerie Mirror of Reality

John Denver Trending: An Eerie Mirror of Reality

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By MARIA PAMELA S. REYES SOCIAL MEDIA has become an essential part of today’s culture. It is an extremely common sight to see someone holding their cellphones, while scrolling through immeasurable amounts of online content. Unfortunately, it also brings about the terrible realization that not everyone is aware of whether the posts they are seeing and sharing are tampered or if it can ruin a person’s life and disposition for good. This problem is greatly exhibited in the film for it talks about how social media has become a massive threat in the contemporary world. It all began when John Denver Cabungcal - a fourteen-year-old farm boy - is caught on camera beating up Mark, his classmate who falsely accused him of stealing an iPad. Like wildfire, the video rapidly spreads across th
Belle Douleur: Breaking the Shackles of Society

Belle Douleur: Breaking the Shackles of Society

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By MARIA PAMELA S. REYES THE WORLD has a lot of expectations when it comes to women. The moment they are born, a path has already been laid out for them by their parents and by the stereotypes that have been dominating society for years. Because of this, women are instilled to act and live a certain way. Moreover, they struggle with their self-identity while juggling the reality they must live in. Liz is a 45-year-old unwed lady who works as a clinical psychologist and has just recently lost her mother. After tending to her parents throughout her life, she is left with a large home filled with antique items collected by her late mother which are the only things that keep her mother’s presence alive. Her friends urge her to sell them in order to create a fresh start, and she follo
Bb. Bahaghari: Unleashing Colors

Bb. Bahaghari: Unleashing Colors

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By MHERYLL GIFFEN L. ALFORTE FOR SOMETHING to change, one must be willing to go against the raging current; one must be that drop of color against black; one must be brave enough to be a catalyst of something great. No matter how small it is deemed, one ripple can have an enormous impact. For their major production, Mediartrix presented “Bb. Bahaghari,” a musical written by Gerard De Leon and directed by Vienna Gasper. Set in 1994, the musical follows the story of Red, a young closeted gay man who has made it his resolve to make a dent on the prejudiced society and introduce the concept of LGBTQIA+ through the use of his talent for writing under the pen name of Bb. Bahaghari. The musical starts with a contemporary dance that reflects Red’s struggles. Lights are dimmed as he si
Freedom Wall: Vigilance is a Friend, Uncertainty is a Foe

Freedom Wall: Vigilance is a Friend, Uncertainty is a Foe

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By MARIA PAMELA S. REYES photo by MARLOU JOSEPH B. BON-AO/ THE FLAME WITHIN THE halls of a certain senior high school is a particular rumor spreading through clicks, shares, and reactions. An online “Freedom Wall” post accusing a notorious student-athlete of sexually harassing his schoolmate started circulating, but it does not stop there. Countless victims suddenly claim that they were also harassed. In the middle of it all, King, the student council president, wants to hear both sides of the story by requesting the victims to file a formal complaint to give proper sanction to the accused—yet, no one did. The problems remain unsolved due to numerous reasons, and more posts continue to be shared online by victims that accuse not only students but teachers as well. Despite having
Maria: Resurgence of Women in Action

Maria: Resurgence of Women in Action

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By RYAN PIOLO U. VELUZ STARTING anew, Maria (Christine Reyes) gazes blissfully at her family, the symbol of her liberation from the fright and gore of her past. While savoring her redemption, she was not expecting that the evils from her former identity would seize and ravage her present life. After they annihilated all her inspirations and reasons for existing, Maria summons the clandestine beast inside her, Lily, allowing her to avenge her family and put an end to the demons of her past. Directed by Pedring A. Lopez, Maria tells the story of a former cartel assassin who failed one of her missions. After faking her own death to escape the cartel’s possible castigation, she transforms into a new identity as “Maria” and starts a new life with her own family. Unfortunately, when h
Sa Muling Pagkikita: No Comfort in Closure

Sa Muling Pagkikita: No Comfort in Closure

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By CORHEINNE JOYCE B. COLENDRES IN THE grand scale of certain journeys, one will always feel a specific kind of ease in finally figuring out the finality of things. No matter how tasking, however, people easily forget the importance of the process and the journey itself; instead, they like to focus on the results, on the ending. Some find it more comforting to be able to reach the destination without actually taking the entire route. Despite this, one must realize that some endings are never truly uplifting. Directed by Robert Villanueva and Fenichi Lozada and staged by Likhang Laya in partnership with Artistang Artlets, Sa Muling Pagkikita features an anthology of plays that proves how reaching the end of a journey does not always provide the necessary conclusion—how we do not alway
Alunsina: Live to Empower

Alunsina: Live to Empower

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By ISABELL ANDREA M. PINE KNOWING one’s purpose in this world helps one change for the better. Performed in the Albertus Magnus building and produced by Mediartrix, Alunsina is a musical written by Rachel Hester and Marty Agustin and directed by Monica Divino. It retells the Visayan myth of Tungkung Langit and Alunsina and adds a twist by mixing the modern era and the folklore through playing with the idea of deities living and interacting with people on earth. The story begins with the impending danger brought by the evil god known as Panlinugon who starts causing natural disasters around the world and is planning to raise chaos in the Philippines through corrupt means. The deities above, who are losing their powers because of the slow deterioration of the people’s belief i