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Goodbye to August

I can see from where I sit that the winds are here. The tall plants outside our perimeter, the one with white flowers, are bending over away from the small street fronting...

The 2020 Gawad Urian nominations in the age of Covid

THESE films will go down in history both for their excellence but also for the fact that they are being honored in these bleak days of the pandemic and lockdown. With nine nominations each, two films...

A plea against the new normal

IN the 70s, there was a book that people lug around because it was “hip” and “cool” to do so. This book was called Future Shock and the reading public would have...

Heneral Paciano: The ‘othered’ hero, the other Rizal

Pepe, bakit palagi na lang tayong sawi? (Pepe, why are we always so wretched) —Paciano THERE is a new subversive document in town:...

Who is the indigene?

There is an International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It was this Sunday, August 9, 2020. But who compose the indigenous communities? Who is the indigene?  How do...

Peripheral visions: Short films from the regions

By this time, the Cultural Center of the Philippines would have been packed already with cineastes. But like all film festivals, the Cinemalaya 2020 opens not in that tomb-like monument by the...

Breaking the ‘barkada’ in the age of cultural appropriation

The most toxic debate can take place online. But last week, I could not resist partaking of the global toxin provided by social media when I responded to a heated debate about...

As the world irritates, TV (some) brings happiness

EVER since the lockdown, I have developed the habit of watching TV as I finish my breakfast. At 8 am, it is CNN International. Black Lives Matter, Trump, and the Covid-19 epidemic...
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