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 ...
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
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
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