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Our ‘Bernardo Carpio’ Short Film Project Takes a Step Forward

This project is a jumpstart to that same endeavor that began almost a decade ago, which had to be shelved due to documentary issues in processing and releasing the second tranche of the budget from the funding agency. We knew that there will always be a right time for this, and after proposing to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in the last quarter of 2019, we received the good news by February 2020 that we got

(Response Paper) In Making Sense of This Particular Order: Film Reviewing – Film Criticism – Film Scholarship

In response to: The Manila Review article “Pinoy Film Criticism: A Lover’s Polemic” by Joel David A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class Film scholar Joel David presented key issues hounding the arrested development of Pinoy film criticism in this 2015 article entitled “Pinoy Film Criticism: A Lover’s Polemic,” published by The Manila Review. Early on in the reading, he addressed the separation between film scholarship and production – raising the issue where “specialists suffered from serious lack in

After Supertyphoon Haiyan: Lipstick and nailcutter drive for teachers in Leyte

I and my college friends spent fun Halloween and reunion in my hometown in Las Vegas a week before supertyphoon Haiyan, locally named Yolanda, left thousands dead and homeless in central Philippines. Who would have thought what happens next... As I watched news reports about the tragedy, it was too hard to comprehend how much destruction Haiyan brought to the country's Visayas region, especially in the province of Leyte. It readily left me in shock, and in no time, in tears. By

Pasalubong: Popular gift ideas for Filipinos

Filipinos are known for their hospitality and appreciation when receiving gifts, tokens, and freebies. When coming from abroad, or even when traveling from a local place outside a person's residence, it is customary for Filipinos to bring souvenir items when meeting friends and relatives (traditionally called "pasalubong" in Filipino) in the Philippines. Even new acquaintances can get that much-loved “pasalubong” as well. This guide is primarily for foreigners intending to buy gifts for Filipinos. When looking for popular gift ideas, these don't

‘La Visa Loca’ Film Review: Visa fanaticism

Comic, satirical, and mocking in its style, "La Visa Loca" offers a dose of laughs and slaps for the Filipino viewers, whether they are on the nationalistic or pragmatic side of things. This film explores the decision-making process in cases that involve one's mind, heart, pride, idealism, and most of all, economic stability. Crafted in a light and subtle way, the story works on a simple premise, which clearly promotes a social commentary on how a number of Filipinos become fanatics

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