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Valediction sa Riles
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Valediction sa Riles

Matutulog ako ngayong may pinaghalong inggit at panghihinayang. Pero mas higit dito, ako ay masaya. Sa iyong dibdib ay nayakap mo ang isa sa mga sana’y naibigay ko rin sa aking mga magulang noong minsa’y ako’y nabigyan ng pagkakataon. Ang Diploma ng Letran. Alam kong may kanya-kanya tayong bigat ng pagpapahalaga sa kakapirasong (kapiraso nga ba?) papel na iyan….

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RAHOMON (1950)
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Wandering Truths (RASHOMON: 1950)

Last weekend, I saw PHSA and DSL’s staging of RASHOMON at the CCP. I was quite amazed with the production, and more so, at how its story still affects me. Last night, I got to see RASHOMON once again and I’m still in awe. Its plot, direction, design, performances, and screenplay are the reasons why…

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Dulaang Sipat Lawin's RASHOMON
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The Tragedies of Truth (Dulaang Sipat Lawin’s RASHOMON)

In his book, Something Like an Autobiography, Akira Kurosawa narrates that during the filming of RASHOMON (1950), his three assistant directors came to see him. They approached him, puzzled and unhappy. They said they didn’t understand the story. Kurosawa, in his most subtle of ways, replied, “if you read it diligently, you should be able…

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes
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A Few Good Blockbusters

JURASSIC PARK (1993) is one example of a Hollywood produced blockbuster that we still crave to see every once in a while. It’s sequels, however, fell flat that we can’t help but relive the original delight of seeing a well-made blockbuster and celebrate its triumph.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2014) is yet another of its kind. It reaches far beyond what one expects of a blockbuster, and delivers an outstanding array of performances, storyline and a thesis on the human mind. Director Matt Reeves (CLOVERFIELD; 2008 and LET ME IN; 2010), brings us a well developed plot about the tragedy that is man, and his unending search for peace through savagery.

What makes this film so exceptional is that it thrives on an unswerving sense of rhythm. Each fight is firmly rooted on managed motivations, a character change relies heavily on previous plants, and even each teardrop falls just in time to deliver that appropriate emotional tone.

Yes, for a war movie, there is so much crying. I cried, too. This one supremely exceeds my expectations!

DAWN isn’t too ambitious. Unlike other blockbusters, that tried futile attempts to scale the world and make America it’s undying hero, this film conservatively covers only two communities in a limited ape milieu, and the results are just astounding. Sometimes,

BM 2.0
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The Pointe of Ballet

Ballet Manila’s press preview of BM 2.0, some two weeks ago, was a tough act to follow. Immediately after my first BM experience, I can’t wait to type-in my thoughts and share how a 30-minute preview can stay with you for the rest of the week. It wasn’t just a sneak peek. It was a…

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Premiere Night T-BIRD AT AKO Remastered
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Nora o Vilma? Vilma o Nora?

Sulit ang halos tatlong oras na paggapang ko sa trapik noong Mierkules makahabol lang sa Premiere ng T-Bird at Ako (1982). Kung mas pinili ko na lang na bumalik sa bahay at sumuko, hindi ko masasaksihan ang muling Pagkikita ng mga magkakatunggali. Maraming pulis, maraming nakabantay. Naglalakihan ang mga braso, pero kaga-gwapo. Dalawang bus ng mga…

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T-Bird At Ako (remastered)
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Danny Zialcita’s Magic Continues (T-BIRD AT AKO: 1982)

Last night’s World Premiere goes to show that we still care about our arts, our culture and its legacies. This restoration by ABS CBN makes us remember an age where an unparalleled culture of fandom and rivalry were the real main events. With brilliant direction from Danny Zialcita and an ever-engaging screenplay by Portia Ilagan, T-BIRD AT AKO (1982) is a testament of…

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PETA Triumphs in ARBOL DE FUEGO

PETA’s triumphant adaptation of Anton Chekov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD is a must-see this month (and the next). Rody Vera’s ARBOL DE FUEGO engages the audiences with a familiar delight of a milieu that is quite detached, yet still close to home. With a brave cast and stunning performances, PETA once again offers the magic and blessing that…

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BM 2.0 Celebrates Ballet Manila's 20 Years
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Ballet Manila celebrates 20 years in “BM 2.0″

Manila, PHILIPPINES — Ballet Manila celebrates it 20th anniversary with a concert of classical and well-loved dance pieces this month in BM 2.0. It is a celebration of the hard work, passion and dedication that their founding members have poured in the company these past two decades. For their 20th anniversary, Ballet Manila highlights their triumphant…

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#PhilArtsForum: HERBERT CHAVEZ

Halina’t tunghayan ang isang makasaysayang talakayan at eksibisyon tungkol sa FASHION DESIGNING sa HUMBERT HALL hatid ng 4ABCOMM ng Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba sa LUNA: Letranistang Umuugnay sa National Arts, Art Forum and exhibit, 10:00 AM – 12:00 NN sa darating na Pebrero 23, 2015 sa Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Calamba. 

Kilalanin si Herbert Chavez at alamin ang kanyang sining!

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#PhilArtsForum: CENNA CARLOS

EVERYONE IS INVITED! A must watch fashion show together with our featured artist Ms. CENNA CARLOS! On the 24th of february (tuesday 10:00am-12:00n) SEE YOU THERE MGA FASHIONISTANG LETRANISTA!

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Para sa Ikawala

Sa mga nauunan mong hakbang, at sa mahigpit mong hawak, ganito tayo natagpuan ng ngayon. Kay init ng iyong palad, kay lagkit ng pawis. Kaninang ngumiti ka’y, nanaginip ako ng yakap. Naghintay ng mga halik. Itong akinse ang Aking araw. Ikawala kay Unang hindi pa sapat. Dalhin mo ako sa kung saan mo siya dinala kagabi….

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#PhilArtsForum: ARTHUR TABAODA CORTEZ

Isang binatang visual artist na nagmula sa lungsod ng Calamba ang magpapagilas ng kaniyang natatanging galing sa pagguhit at pagpinta. Iba’t ibang obra mula sa simpleng sketches hanggang sa 3D anamorphic drawings ang kaniyang ipapakita ngayong Lunes na! Ika-labing anim ng Pebrero taong 2015 ganap na ika-sampu ng umaga hanggang alas dose ng tanghali sa Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba – Delas Casas Building Extended Lobby.

Tayo na at makiisa sa pagyabong ng makabayang galing sa sining!

Hatid sa inyo ng LUNA: Letranistang Umuugnay sa National Arts

That Thing Called Tadhana (2014)
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A New Kind of Rom-Com (THAT THING CALLED TADHANA: 2015)

Some Jellicle Readers have been asking me as to when I’ll post my thoughts on Director Antoinette Jadaone’s THAT THING CALLED TADHANA . I never, actually, thought that I’d write something about it. Yes, it’s good. Sooo good, that I find it hard to express how good it is.  Luckily, Robbie, a writer-friend and a former…

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