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This is jellicleblog.

The word Jellicle originally came from C.S. Lewis’ OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS.

But most of us, initially came across the term in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS.

Yes – CATS – as in ‘ung musical – ung stage musical.

Stage musical = Theater. (Kasi nga may salitang “stage.”)

As the blogger and administrator of this site, as a theater actor, producer and patron of the arts…hindi ko maiwasang hindi magbigay ng statement sa kabastusang ibinato ng isang Rafael Santos (Cinemalaya Entry Director) sa Philippine Theater Industry.

Ang masasabi ko lang: BASTOS KA!!!!

For those who still haven’t seen what this pedantic, self-absorbed, self-proclaimed artist did earlier this week, watch the video and see for yourselves.

On June 28, 2011, Joel Trinidad of Upstart Productions sent an open letter to Cinemalaya, demanding the disqualification of Rafael Santos’ film entry.

on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 5:53pm

Independent filmmaker Rafa Santos needs to be taught a lesson. Not a lesson in filmmaking, as he is obviously competent enough to have been included in this year’s Cinemalaya. Not a lesson in thrift, as he is apparently frugal enough to have produced his film without major backing. Not a lesson in public speaking, as he can definitely hold his own in interviews about the film in question. No, what this man needs is a lesson in gratitude. (He would also do well to acquire some class.)

In a televised interview on ANC this morning, Mr. Santos said he preferred using theater actors in his films, because “you can feed them Skyflakes three meals a day and pay them in cat food.”

Congratulations, Mr. Santos. You have succeeded in alienating the very actors that have helped you to make your film so cheaply. No theater performer who has heard your egregious statements will ever work with you now. (Apparently, you lack not just gratitude, but also intelligence.)

Mr. Santos doubtless meant his remarks as a joke, but that does not excuse him from having made them. He is insensitive, mean-spirited, and divisive—qualities that do not become the artistic institution that Cinemalaya has become. We would appreciate it if you would remove his film from your festival.

Thank you very much.


Sincerely yours,
Joel Trinidad
Upstart Productions

I think, Joel’s letter says it all.


Tags : Cinemalaya 2011open letter to Rafa Santos and Cinemalayarafa santosrafael santosskyflakes and catfood
Orly S. Agawin

The author Orly S. Agawin

Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.

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