“Saving Sally” Needs Saving

Saving Sally
Sorry for the folded poster. It was like this in cinemas because the theater is shared with another MMFF entry.

Who is Sally and why does she needed saving? Is this a movie about a damsel in distress waiting for her prince charming to rescue her? Is this a movie about a weak woman who can’t survive real life without a man?

This is my response when a friend told me to watch Saving Sally. All I know is that this is an animated film that took years to finish. So yesterday, I decided to watch Saving Sally only because that is the only MMFF movie screened at NCCC Mall that I have not watched yet.

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Ang Babae sa Septic Tank Part 2: Forever’s Not Enough


One of the first MMFF 2016 entries I watched was Ang Babae sa Septic Tank Part 2: Forever’s Not Enough for two basic reasons – the first one was a personal favorite so watching part two is a requirement and there were a few people getting in line for this movie which is sad.

The Short Film

This year’s full length films also feature entries for the short film category. Each short film is paired with a full length film that somehow carries the same theme. Septic Tank was paired with the short film “Manila Scream” by Roque Lee and Blair Camilo inspired by an 1893 painting “The Scream” of Edvard Munch. Personally, it was one of those short films that is trying too hard to be a social commentary “screaming” at social issues including air pollution and poverty and just like the painting, a commentary of the self and its environment. To include this as Septic Tank’s tandem was weird for me. The film did not come across as comedy for me. Borrowing Chris Martinez’s line in his play “Last Order sa Penguin”, this short film is too pa-deep.

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Mga Bitoon sa Siyudad (Stars in the City)

Mga Bitoon sa Siyudad

This year’s Metro Manila Film Festival is controversial due to the fact that known production houses and household celebrity names were not included in the list. This includes movies of Vice Ganda, Vic Sotto and Mother Lily. This festival has been accused and found GUILTY of only helping out big production houses and feeding Filipino audiences with canned and formula-based storylines. This year, true to the slogan of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, change has come to the MMFF not only in full length films but in the short film category as well. Out of more than 50 entries nationwide, 8 were chosen to be included in this year’s festival. All 8 short films are 5 minutes long and is shown with a full length movie. Sitsiritsit was shown with Seklusyon, Manila Screen was shown with Ang Babae sa Septic Tank Part 2, and Mitatang was shown with Die Beautiful. I was lucky to be invited to a special screening of Mga Bitoon sa Siyudad  (Stars in the City) of direk Jarell Serencio, a graduate of Holy Cross of Davao College and has served as researcher for ABS-CBN’s Maalaala Mo Kaya. For direk Jarell, this is his second short film in a festival. His first was Victor which garnered the Best Film award at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival in 2012 of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. This year, direk Jarell is hoping to tell the story of the Roxas Night Market bombing in his hometown Davao City. Continue reading “Mga Bitoon sa Siyudad (Stars in the City)”

What can I give you this Christmas?

I was too busy lately that I had a lot of backlogs at work and in life. So much happened this 2016 which include my first Europe trip, first performace at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and most importantly, first time to submit my grades two days after the deadline. (Note: A request for extension of submission of grades was made.) Aside from that, I also have academic papers to write, edit, and submit, a dissertation topic to improve, and ninong duties to fulfill.

So who has the time to think about what to buy for Christmas?

Not until a Mommy blogger introduced me to Jolly Cow’s new Chocolate Milk Drink in the market today that I made a decision to give food this Christmas. Afterall, kids always like chocolates and mothers would always want their kids to be consuming something healthy but delicious. Apparently, these two does not go together often.

According to reviews, chocolate milks are better alternative to pure chocolate drinks in the market. With Jolly Cow, I think that it contains less sugar because it is not that sweet and I am not a fan of sweets so I liked it. It’s creamier and chocolatier compared other chocolate milk drinks available in the market. But do not compare it to pure chocolate drinks like Swiss Miss because there is a big difference in terms of taste.

Jolly Cow
Where do you think these Jolly Cow Chocolate Milk drinks would go?

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Who is Lang Dulay?

Lang Dulay

One of the reasons why Cultural tourism is getting stronger in the Philippines is that there is a strong determination from the indigenous groups as well as the government to conserve the Filipino people’s identity since each indigenous group in the country carry its own history, practices, and beliefs in their way of life, arts, and crafts. This is what I have observed in most of my works involving tourism and cultural conservation.

Despite tourism having two opposing poles – the conservation and pollution of the land, people, and culture, the government invests in this endeavor and at the same time recognizes people, national artists and national living treasures, as champions of culture and the arts.

This in turn made my meeting with Lang Dulay, a T’nalak dreamweaver from Lake Sebu, South Cotabato and awarded as National Living Treasure (1998) during the time of President Fidel V. Ramos, an experience worth documenting.

Lang Dulay

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