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Sila Sila: More Than Queer

Sila Sila: More Than Queer

Letters
By PATRICK V. MIGUEL FAMILY IS a powerful word describing a bond made out of love and care. It is the first unit of socialization that will nurture and foster children as they grow up. Most define family as being limited to its fundamental nature: genetics and heritage. However, the time comes where individuals eventually divert from their family ties and adapt by themselves. In this sense, a family is not determined by blood, but bonds shared with one another. Under the direction of Giancarlo Abraham, Sila-Sila tells the story of Gab (Gio Gahol) who returned to Manila after almost a year following his break up with Jared (Topper Fabregas).  It is one of the featured films in the 15th year of Cinema One Originals film festival, winning awards such as Audience Choice Award, Best S
Comm Arts alumnus wins Audience Choice Award in Cinemalaya 2019 for ‘Heist School’

Comm Arts alumnus wins Audience Choice Award in Cinemalaya 2019 for ‘Heist School’

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by: PEACH ARIANNA MANOS     photo grabbed from the facebook account of Julius Renomeron Jr.   COMMUNICATION ARTS graduate and filmmaker Julius Renomeron Jr. won the Audience Choice Award for his short film “Heist School” in the annual Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival awards night held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Aug 11.    “Heist School” is loosely based on college experiences and the friendship of Julius with his co-writer and cinematographer, Johmar Damiles. Renomeron and Damiles were from different colleges at UST until they shifted to the AB Communication Arts program to pursue filmmaking.   “I was from engineering (ECE) then I transferred to IICS (IT) and then eventually to AB Comm Arts kasi dito ako m
Ang Hupa: Pagwawaksi sa Huwad na Nirvana

Ang Hupa: Pagwawaksi sa Huwad na Nirvana

Letters
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

Letters
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

Letters
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

Letters
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