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Mindanao: The Purpose of Suffering

Mindanao: The Purpose of Suffering

Letters
By PATRICK V. MIGUEL LIFE IS a battlefield where there are given challenges to surpass. With this, one has to decide whether to give up or to push through. However, the value of life is to continue fighting. One should always push through every obstacle, no matter how hard it is. As one of the film entries in the 45th Metro Manila Film Festival, Mindanao is one of the movies that are worth watching as there is a balance of anguish and joy; a striking portrayal of Mindanao. Prior to its release in the Philippines, it was first showcased in the 2019 Busan International Film Festival in October 2019 under the category of Icons. Under the direction of Brillante Mendoza and the writing of  Honce Alipio, Mindanao tells the story of the Datupalo family — Saima (Judy Ann Santos), Mala
Culion: Unsung Story of the Past

Culion: Unsung Story of the Past

Letters
By MARIA PAMELA S. REYES HISTORY HAS taught people many things, from mistakes to mind breaking discoveries. At the same time, it fails to tell everything. These are memories that are forgotten and unrecognized by the present - untold stories that scar not only the people but also its nation. Directed by Alvin Yapan and written by Ricky Lee, Culion is an entry in the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival. As derived from its title, it sheds light on the seldom discussed island of Culion - the Philippines' largest leprosarium during the American occupation, which housed almost a thousand people affected by the disease. It focuses on the perspectives of three women with leprosy: Ana (Iza Calzado), a determined and strong-minded woman, who believes she still has a chance to leave the leper...