Monthly Archives: July 2012
At the peak of the annual Cinemalaya Film Festival, I found myself falling in love with the underrated facet of Filipino creativity in cinemas – the shoestring-budgeted Independent Films – all over again.
I’ve always been a fan of Indie Films. Even before Coco Martin could make his big break on mainstream shows, I’ve already caught glimpse of his hot smokin’ bod on Serbis and Kinatay, both of films directed by no less than the great Brilliante Mendoza himself.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not Coco’s appearance that drew me in to my long-term affair with Indie. There’s more to these films than the actors portraying their roles, or the directors planning the scene. There’s so much in Indie that you would rarely find on mainstream Filipino movies.
At the heart of every Indie is a great story. Sure some scenes depict graphic sex scenes, gagging violence and poverty stricken characters going on about their daily lives but what makes it so much worthy to watch for is its heartfelt sincerity. The characters in the story are real; in fact, they can be found in you and me and as well as to other Filipinos out there, They’re as real as they could be, and their flaws is what sealed them to heaven’s condemnation.
The actors, directors, writers, screenwriters, editors and any other staff that took part in the movie did not create it to sell – They created it to tell. To portray and show the real story behind a situation every Filipino can relate with. Indie Films are the perfect avenue for these artists to master their arts – to entertain and enlighten the public in the best of their abilities, for the pure love of the craft itself. In the end of the day, it’s what art is really all about.
And also after watching these movies, you wouldn’t spend it telling yourself “Oh, I totally expected that ending.” Instead, you’d find yourself mulling over the impact it did on your brain, the message it wants to send. It makes you think of the complexity of all things, how something like this can lead to that, and show you how lives of the characters are invariably linked with each other. It makes you brood on the trivialities of life, and how moral values can run alongside with hypocrisy and lies.
Though Indie films are receiving criticisms and controversies regarding its poverty porn aspects or extreme nude scenes, I still continue to applaud these talents that breed new movies with an altogether different story through the years. It’s great to know that international bodies are recognizing these movies and the talents and skills of Filipino filmmakers and still continuing to do so.
To all the winners of this Cinemalaya Awards, I bid you congratulations! Continue to show and tell all the stories that must be told, the lives that must be shared, through your movies 🙂
Indie Films are sometimes aired in Cinema One during late at night. Stay Tuned for it and you won’t be sorry.
So after a hellish week for me, I decided to spend the sleepy Sunday morning with some remote hogging and couch-hugging. It’s a rare moment for me; I’m seldom at home and whenever I am, my mom and her friends are in tune with their favorite teleseryes, reality shows and variety shows. hay, how typical Filipino. My mom isn’t even aware that her all-time favorite star Sharon Cuneta’s shows are aired non-stop in Cinema One all day long. (One channel only exists for her and that’s Channel ***!)
My dad’s another thing though. He’s a fan of Discovery Channel, Nat Geo and History Channel.If there’s one thing I owned him, it’s my geekiness and enduring interests in basically everything. But lately, all he’s been watching are the shows from History Channel that they eventually bore me. (But the shows are good! For one thing, HC featured the Maguindanao Massacre and the Manila Hostage Massacre with incredible analysis and in-depth interview of the survivors)
Okay, I admit I am pretty desperate on seeing my homeland in some foreign documentary feature (I am relatively jealous of Malaysia in its “Malaysia, Truly Asia” song which gets stuck in your head all day long. Since the golden age of WOW Philippines, I’ve never seen an ad that’s so creative and original)
And so, one day I was hogging down the channels after a bloody battle with my brothers over the remote, I stumbled upon National Geographic’s Islands Insider. I was stunned when I saw the name: Coron on its header, and even more amazed that the natives of the islands and Filipino experts are being interviewed complete with subtitles (hah, as if I ever need one!)
The show features the wonderful, amazing sights in Coron, Palawan and more importantly, the people who have been calling this their home ever since they and their ancestors can remember.
I made a little research and found out that Islands Insider exclusively features the many islands of the Philippines..only. It’s more of a travel documentary that aired last June 23 and follows host Ginggay Hontiveros in travelling the different parts of the country, unraveling diverse culture and ethnic tribes. It’s divided into 6 parts, with the 2 earlier episodes featuring the Batad Rice Terraces and Coron.
Its writer-director Gabby Malvar is one of the renowned Filipino travel writers out there who promotes Responsible Tourism as a way of enjoying the new sights and experiences the Philippines has to offer. He urged travelers out there not to go to Boracay or Bohol or the underground river or any overly-populated tourist spots because these places need ample time to regenerate its resources and beauty. Furthermore, he encouraged them to stay out of the popular itinerary and go explore the country’s hidden beauty on their own.
I like him already.
Furthermore, he’s also amazed of the fact that even if foreigners are appreciating the country’s inherent beauty, on a local level, we Filipinos are yet to fully-recognize our country’s potential. When it comes to tourist spots, our imaginations are only limited to the pristine beaches of Boracay or the Underground River; there are still wonderful sights out there that we fail to recognize because it isn’t as well-known as the overrated ones.
Back to the Islands Insider, the show’s pretty interesting. The shots are good, the script well-written. It made me want to go out there and travel the whole Philippines right away!
Someday, I want to be a part of the team like those of the Islands Insider crew. I want to go out there and proclaim how beautiful my country is! Kudos to the Islands Insider Team, you have done a good job honoring the Philippines with all the recognition it truly deserves.
Stay tuned for another episode tonight at National Geographic channel, 8:30 PM. Early Sunday replays are also available as it is in my case. My whole family’s going to watch the Finale of Pinoy Big Brother tonight on local channel. My life sucks!
Has it ever come into your life when you have to prematurely decide on something big for your future?
If you don’t, lucky for you. You have a few years until college comes and screw your perfect, carefree life up. If you do, give me a brofist there buddy!
My fourth year in college seems to become a giant crossroads right now; divided into different roads leading to places obscured by the mist. Signposts are here and there, pointing to things I want to go and when I took the first step towards it, I looked back to study the other signposts and take a step back. Again, I’m stuck in the never-ending cycle of deciding.
Making decisions have never come easily for me. I make cold decisions in a snap for minor things in my life but something as big as this, as choosing where to spend my first OJT for print, is a decision you just couldn’t do in a flick of a finger.
Today, my friends and I ventured to the sleek city of Makati to try dropping our resumes to a travel magazine and a broadsheet. I like writing travel pieces, and the program they offer is quite good, but something inside me is not really satisfied. I want to experience BOTH magazine and broadsheet, writing features and news. I want the best of both worlds. I want both equal ends of the candy stick. I am greedy as hell when it comes to experience. I don’t know what I want more. I’m simply indecisive.
Choosing what you really want is a pain in the neck….You don’t know where will you be happy, where you will regret on doing,,,you don’t know what will you miss.
I guess being indecisive speaks much about a person. An indecisive person has no clear idea of what her goals are; her true ambitions. That’s why she’s so unsure of where to go because she was attracted by the sight of other roads or envious of other people who already made the decision of taking that certain path. She doubts herself; She thinks about joining the bandwagon or insisting to be different; She thinks about what will other people see in their paths and not of the path laid before her. She doesn’t trust herself any more than she trusts her own decisions. Simply put, indecisiveness is a sign of cowardice, or in more harsher term, inability to trust herself.
That’s one attitude I really want to change in myself. To do the first step, I am now making a decision I will never ever change whatever happens.
1. I want to go to The Manila Standard or The Manila Bulletin or Summit Media (For magazine)
2. I’ll call them for follow-ups for this week. If there’s any luck, I’ll accept either one of them. If none, I’ll stick to Manila Times which offer a concrete internship program but with accompanying fee of Php 1,800.
3. Sunday is the decision time. Monday is the orientation for Manila Times. I’ll go there if I can’t see any hope for my applications on the aforementioned publications.
4. If the Three told me that I’ll be called on days after the second week of July, I’ll gladly wait for them and try to stop myself from running after other OJTs just because my other classmates have already started.
5. I will never ever regret anything.
I guess my indecisiveness roots back to the fact that I hate to regret. Who doesn’t? But the difference with other people is that they make the best out of that decision and throw that regret away before it further dampens their spirits.
It’s time for me to do the same.