Sunday, May 24

Letters

Yours Truly, Shirley: Moving on from Grief

Yours Truly, Shirley: Moving on from Grief

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By ANA MURIEL R. VERON THE AFTERMATH of a loved one’s death is not an easy time to go through. Once they have gone, the people who loved them may continue to seek their familiar presence in the world; in the possessions their deceased have left behind and maybe even in the new people they meet. Some might even go so far as to think that their beloved has been reincarnated. Featured in the 2019 Cinema One Originals film festival, Yours Truly, Shirley is a heartwarming film about grief and moving on, presented with the brighter light of witty humor. While it is yet another comedy to add to the pile, it stands out because it tackles deeper issues in a comical fashion while still not taking away the seriousness of the matter. Every morning, 50-year-old Shirley (Regine Velasquez-Al
Kalayò: Bridging the Gaps

Kalayò: Bridging the Gaps

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By RY PHILIP JACO T. GALVAN DISTANCE IS measured by how far two bodies or objects are apart. For the romantics, it is measured by how close hearts are to one another.  Regardless, distance becomes a mere construct when both parties fight for love together. In their 39th season, Artistang Artlets proves that they are truly limitless by tackling the underrated importance of levels in their double-bill play, Kalayò. The play features the stories Isang Buwan Isang Araw and Pagdadalaga, both of which were directed by Voltaire Avendaño and discussed an underlying topic of distance and connection. Isang Araw Isang Buwan     Written by Ivan Gordola, the play tells the story of two star-crossed lovers, Luna (Alyssa Paredes) and Paul (Hans Kho), who meet in a dating site and try
Metamorphosis: Conversion to the Real Self

Metamorphosis: Conversion to the Real Self

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By PATRICK V. MIGUEL BEFORE A butterfly spreads its wings, it must first undergo metamorphosis. Beginning as a larva, it gradually grows from time to time by shedding skin, leaving traces of what it used to be and starting anew. As it nears maturity, it entombs itself in a silky chrysalis. Inside, the caterpillar confines itself to transform into its true form. Once ready, it frees itself from the cocoon in order to spread its wings and fly. In the 15th year of the Cinema One Originals film festival, director Jose Enrique Tiglas makes his debut through Metamorphosis. It narrates the story of Adam (Gold Azeron) who discovers that he is intersex. In the film, he is challenged to cope with the changes in his life by accepting and addressing his unique condition. Metamorphosis is ...
Nakorn-Sawan: Healing Through Fiction

Nakorn-Sawan: Healing Through Fiction

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By MHERYLL GIFFEN L. ALFORTE AS HUMANS navigate through the different stages of life, sometimes memories fail and begin to be veiled with mist. As a defiant attempt, only then does one decide to resort on what fiction can offerㅡall for the sake of preserving and reliving these memories. Directed by Puangsoi Aksornsawang, Nakorn-Sawan is an entry to this year’s QCinema International Film Festival under the Asian Next Wave section. Puangsoi attempts to connect documentary and fiction to create an extraordinary spectacle where the lines between memory, fact and fiction blur together. In this hybrid film, there are two distinct parts that parallel each other: an intimate documentary footage recorded personally by the filmmaker herself, and a polished and more detached fictional seque
Baka Sakali: Language of Love

Baka Sakali: Language of Love

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By PATRICK V. MIGUEL LOVE IS not caged inside a box; once it is confined, all of its ambiguity and subjectiveness will disappear. It can be seen in many ways but it will always depend on the person to interpret it as an act of love. People often see love from attention, affection, and vulnerability. However, the presence of love is not only limited to these acts. In celebrating their 42nd year  in theater, Teatro Tomasino showcases their talents through the production Baka Sakali ㅡ a double-bill play featuring Habulan Sa Pagitan ng mga Maliliit na Kamay ni Kamatayan and  Kublihan. Behind hope and risks, the play challenges circumstances that makes people wonder about what-ifs. Habulan sa Pagitan ng mga Maliliit na Kamay ni Kamatayan Directed by Patrick Demition and written
Lola Igna: The Grief in Longevity

Lola Igna: The Grief in Longevity

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By ANA MURIEL R. VERON HUMANS HAVE an innate fear of death. It is within everyone's genetic instinct to prolong survival. Nevertheless, one must eventually realize that death is an inevitable part of life and is not something one should be afraid of, because while dying might seem joyless, living for far too long might be more so. Lola Igna (Angie Ferro) appears to have warded off death for as long as she has warded off the birds from her grass fields. At one-hundred and eighteen years old, she is awarded the mantle of Oldest Living Grandmother in the Philippines. While the people of the humble Baryo Alhaya eagerly await the announcement of whether or not she will also to be crowned the Oldest Living Grandmother in the World, the grouchy grandmother herself is only eager to rest ...
LSS: In Pursuit of Love and Dreams

LSS: In Pursuit of Love and Dreams

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By DJULIENNE FLOR V. FOSTER PEOPLE ARE always in search of what will make them feel whole; something or perhaps someone that will make life more fulfilling. It is always a challenge for them to chase after whatever it is they seek because obstacles will arise to try and stop them. Having someone who believes in them gives them the strength and courage to overcome those challenges. But they come to a point where they ask themselves if they should hold on or simply let go. Directed by Jade Castro, LSS (Last Song Syndrome), is one of this year’s official entries for the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. LSS has won five awards at the awarding ceremony of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, for “Best Supporting Actress”, “Best Original Song”, “Best Sound Design”, “Special Jury Award”, and
Watch Me Kill: A Shot at Redemption

Watch Me Kill: A Shot at Redemption

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By DENISSE P. TABOR IT IS not uncommon for people to exhibit self-destructive behavior when they think that the damage inflicted by their painful experiences are beyond repair. The belief that they never recover from these setbacks is ingrained in their minds so they cease to care if their actions would further ruin their lives or what is left of it anyway. Watch Me Kill rings true to this sentiment. Directed by Tyrone Acierto under Cinebandit Productions, the film starred award-winning actress Jean Garcia, Junyka Santarin, Jay Manalo, and other rising stars.  It was an R-16 entry film to the annual Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. The film opens with Luciana’s endeavors as she takes on a series of killing jobs; one of them involving the murder of a war veteran who had a diamond
Circa: Above Cinematics

Circa: Above Cinematics

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By PATRICK V. MIGUEL THE DEFINITION of life according to every individual is different. It is subjective depending on who defines it, which could be based upon one’s values, beliefs, and experiences. Just like the negatives of a film, there is an artistic value contrasting the light and the dark, and when it runs in a cycling pattern, it creates a whole picture that could depict family, passion, love, and continuity. Written and directed by Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr., Circa is featured in this year’s Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. It tackles the life of Doña Atang (Anita Linda) as a mother, a producer, and as a human being in the outskirts of dying. Aside from the film’s obvious statement about promoting the beauty of  early cinema, it also contains deeper meanings. Doña Atang, i
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...