Tuesday, November 30

Letters

Ang Mga Nawalang Pag-asa at Panlasa: Reality Told in Flavors

Ang Mga Nawalang Pag-asa at Panlasa: Reality Told in Flavors

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by FATIMA B. BADURIA   TASTE BUDS have been sources of little yet thrilling pleasures, but even this can be filched by the virus. Most times, it steals other things aside from the senses: life in its various, and subjective meanings. There have been different ways in which people savor life’s sweetness. Now, their narratives are similarly smeared with the displeasing tang of COVID-19.  Ang Mga Nawawalang Pag-asa at Panlasa depicts this pervasive truth within a smaller scale of reality. Director Kevin Jay Ayson with co-director and writer Mark Moneda zooms in their lenses to the rich, steaming pots of Ilocano cuisine. It is in this aspect that they tell a story tarnished by the virus. By spotlighting bona fide Ilocano food entrepreneurs, the documentary recounts another pa
Kawatan sa Salog: Ang Binagong Bayani

Kawatan sa Salog: Ang Binagong Bayani

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by DAWN DANIELLE D. SOLANO   ANG PAGKAKAROON ng pambihirang katapangan, kalakasan, at moralidad ay tatatlo lamang sa mga katangian na nag-dedepina sa pangunahing bida ng isang kwento. Ngunit, sa kabila ng nakasanayang kayarian ng isang bayaning magiting, mayroong bayani na walang tinataglay ni-isa sa mga nabanggit na katangian. Sa limitasyon na kalakip ng pandemya, nagbabalik ang online edition Cinemalaya Independent Philippine Film Festival sa ikalabing pitong taon nito. Isa sa labintatlong obra na nagpapamalas ng kagalingan ng Pilipino sa paggawa ng maikling pelikula ay ang kwento ng pagbabago ng isang may kapintasang bayani. Sa direksyon ni Alphie Velasco, ang Kawatan sa Salog ay tungkol kay Santi, isang batang lalaki na may kakulitan ang kamay, na naglayas matapos
Crossing: Siklo ng Kapangyarihan

Crossing: Siklo ng Kapangyarihan

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by DAWN DANIELLE D. SOLANO ANG MAPANIRANG kalikasan ng tao ay kaagapay sa mapanakit na sistema ng pananamantala sa mahihina. Ngunit hindi natatapos dito ang siklo, ito ay pinagpapatuloy ng napagsamantalahan sa mas mahihina sa kanila. Kung titignan ang kasaysayan ng saligutgot sa mundo, isa itong siklo na nakaukit na sa kaugalian ng tao.  Kabilang sa labintatlong maiikling pelikula na tinatampok ng Cinemalaya Independent Philippine Film Festival 2021 ang kwento ng isang desperadong security guard na naghahanap ng makakapitan sa oras ng kaniyang kagipitan Si Gabriel Arkanghell (Niño Mendoza) ay isang ama na nais maligtas ang buhay ng kaniyang anak, ngunit sa kaunting kita niya sa trabaho, malabong matupad niya ito. Upang maibsan ang kaniyang suliranin, napag-desisyunan niyang na
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

Letters, Photo of the Week
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

Letters, Photo of the Week
  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

Letters, Photo of the Week
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