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‘Ekstra’: The country in miniature


Director Jeffrey Jeturian must have had a hell of a time enforcing “crowd control” on the set of the movie “Ekstra,” the top-grossing film in the recently-concluded “Cinemalaya” independent film festival.

Posted: August 19th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Film history

After decades of slow deterioration due to time and the malady of forgetting, the 1975 masterpiece “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” of the late National Artist for film Lino Brocka has been digitally restored, thanks to the efforts of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, renowned American director Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation, and “Maynila” cinematographer Mike de Leon, and was screened at the prestigious Cannes film festival last May.

Posted: July 6th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Postscript to a vice


I thought it was a little too late to write about it, pretty much everyone had weighed in on it.

Posted: June 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Kris is back


Now that Kris Aquino is home, will she be true to her word that she will resign from all her ABS-CBN shows? The promise is being awaited by legions, never mind Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations surveys.

Posted: April 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Hollywood story shows inspiring actors, directors

I really love the Feb. 26 article “Tears, laughter backstage with the Oscar winners.” I have never been awed watching artists I barely knew or reading articles about them, but after I read the article, I was moved by the quoted answers of some of the artists and directors.

Posted: March 3rd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The big picture

Filipino indie filmmakers have been fighting the good fight against commercial-studio control and Hollywood-blockbuster domination. They have been sharpening their craft and are now standing on the cutting edge of international cinema, screening their stuff and winning awards in film festivals from as far afield as Amsterdam, Berlin, Bogota, Busan, Cannes, Manhattan, Vancouver and Venice. Once sidelined in their own country’s movie theaters, indie filmmakers are slowly being recognized as unsung heroes advancing the Filipino cause through their works, whether full-blown features or shorts, fiction or documentary.

Posted: December 15th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Gems in our backyards

A country’s cinema should encompass the aspirations and experiences of its people. And to be truly representative, a country’s cinema needs to be sufficiently geographically diverse. This is still to be desired in the Philippines, where the theaters, when they aren’t saturated by Hollywood blockbusters, are by and large dominated by the products of monolithic Metro Manila studios. To be sure, independent filmmakers are making a dent, and their works, long or short, fictional or documentary, have reached an impressive level of quality. Still, when one considers the major film events, by CineManila, Cinemalaya, Cinema One Originals, or the tellingly named Metro Manila Film Festival, it becomes obvious that the Philippines’ filmic output remains largely Manila-centric.

Posted: November 24th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

On the outside


To no one’s surprise, the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) bought the “insider is best” argument and put five of them in its final list of eight. They are Antonio Carpio, Roberto Abad, Arturo Brion, Ma. Lourdes Sereno, and Teresita de Castro. The “outsiders” are Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza, former congressman Ronaldo Zamora, and former Ateneo law dean Cesar Villanueva.

Posted: August 15th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

In passing


I had written my last column for last week before Dolphy crossed over to the great beyond. The days that followed were devoted to mourning his death and celebrating his life in equal measure. The outpouring of grief and love has been overwhelming and warms the heart. I cannot let his passing go without saying something, if only in passing.

Posted: July 16th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Scapegoat for suspended National Artist process?

I am disturbed by the article of Totel de Jesus published in INQUIRER.net (7/5/12), which highlighted accusations reportedly leveled at me by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez in Anthony Taberna’s radio program “Dos por Dos.” There was no attempt whatsoever to get my side on these allegations, hence this letter. The accusations made against me by Ms. Alvarez [...]

Posted: July 8th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

National treasure

For decades now, Dolphy’s name has been the most recognizable in the local entertainment scene. There is no other name like it, and its bearer is a charter member, maybe even the chair, of that exclusive club of movie icons—Nora, Vilma, Sharon, the late FPJ—who need no surnames to command immediate recognition, and undying loyalty, from their millions of fans.

Posted: June 29th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Let’s not steal Jessica’s youth

I was disappointed that Jessica Sanchez did not win the “American Idol” competition, but hours after the proclamation of the winner, I thought her “defeat” was a godsend. Jessica has talent that is beyond her years but emotionally and physically she is only 16. Michael J., Whitney Houston and Lindsay Lohan did not have normal teenage lives, and look what happened to them. They got into drugs and notorious behavior so detrimental to their lives.

Posted: May 27th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »



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