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drugs to remember the gig schedule. Buen- dia and Ventura denied the allegation. Unfor- tunately, other member of the band believed against the couple.

Adoro, the band`s guitarist, stated in an inter- view that Buendia informed him that he was leaving the group through text message. He clarified that Buendia`s reason in the text mes- sage was he was graduating from the course that’s why he need to be in a separate way.

Unlike Adoro, Marasigan, insisted that he did not personally receive a message rather he first heard it from the news.

After the lead singer left the band, other mem- bers tracked separate paths by joining and launching their own bands.

The country was surprised when Ely Buendia announced that there will be a Reunion Con- cert for the loyal E-Heads fans. This concert intended not to earn money but as a thankful concert for still supporting the E-Heads songs. It took place last August 30, 2008 in Fort San- tiago at Taguig Openfield. Unfortunately, the concert displeased the fans because Buendia was rushed to the hospital suffering hypoka- lemia and extreme stress due to the passing of her mother days before the concert. After five days, Buendia was released from the hospital. For the contentment of the fans, E-heads pur- sued for the continuation of the concert hap- pened last March 7, 2009 at SM Mall of Asia Concert ground in Pasay City.

7, 2009 at SM Mall of Asia Concert ground in Pasay City. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com Shadow of Doubt
7, 2009 at SM Mall of Asia Concert ground in Pasay City. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com Shadow of Doubt

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Shadow of Doubt

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Sabi ko walang masyadong nagsusulat pala ditto kasi naghanap na ako ng references, mer- on official history, official biographist. Gusto ko maintindihan na sa SC. So sabi ko maybe this is the time para ako ay magsusulat kasi nobody again was doing it. So yun kaya ko ginawa ang “Shadow of Doubt.”

The amusing experience that she had encountered from publishing this book also brought her happi- ness which then gave tribute to writers.

“I did not expect that to be a bestseller. Pero nagu- lat ako na Im riding in a plane sa isang domestic flight, may nagbabasa ng book ko, so nakakataba ng puso. Really heartwarming. I’m very excited and happy that when I meet people. I don’t know them-in the plane , in a mall, in a restaurant.”

“There was this someone reading my book, syem- pre naexcite ako, nathrill ako. It happene once- lumapit yung nagbabasa, nagpasign sakin. So sabi ko Wow! Alam mo natuwa ako doon kasi hindi lang artista ang nilalapitan, pati authors. Im happy for authors kasi gusto ko marecognize sila, o ako kasi mahirap magsulat ng books. Gus- to ko marecognize yung mga efforts ng authors na maging popular din sila.”

The Shadow and the Ongoing Trial One good thing that kept the controversial book in forefront of mass information is the current im- peachment trial to CJ Corona.

“Ako, about the Impeachment trial, its healthy for our democracy, sa akin at hindi ko ineexpect na magkakaroon ng ganitong impeachment. I didn’t know na magkakaroon ng Impeachment; so it’s good for our democracy, that on our institution is exercising like the Senators rights and the duity

from what’s hap-

and each official. Ako I’m very

pening. I want to see impact of this impeachment trial and on the judiciary”

According to her, few journalists wrote about the system of the court which triggered her more to

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MUSIC

NOTHING NEW BUT NOTHING OLD:

EraseRheads

BY LESTER KIT V. PASTORAL

NEW BUT NOTHING OLD: EraseRheads BY LESTER KIT V. PASTORAL E raserheads is the most popular

E raserheads is the most popular and influ-

ential Filipino band of the 1990s. They are

one of the rock bands who did their share

in revitalizing OPM back in popular demand. The band is a successful music group formed by Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Marcus Adoro and Buddy Zabala. They are also credited for spearheading a second wave of Manila invasion, saving the sinking Philippine alternative rock band.

From first line of the song which brought them to the center stage entitled “Pare KO” where it is stated “Pare ko, meron akong problema”,

a guy leans to his best friend for comfort who happened to be busted by a steely kolehiyala. Of course, their other mainstream songs include “Alapaap”, “Toyang”, “Maling Akala”, “Ligaya”, “Para Sa Masa”, “Torpedo”, “With A Smile” and many more. Arguably, their biggest hit would be the “Ang Huling El Bim- bo”, in which its music video earned the band as the first Filipino artist to win in the 1997 MTV Asia Awards.

Even today, we still reckon the real reason why Buendia, the band’s chief songwriter and compos- er, left the band. It’s an OPM legend that Buen- dia and Marasigan, the band’s percussionist and drummer, were compared as the Lennon-McCart- ney rivalry. John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the famous The Beatles happened to be the chief song writers for their band, too.

In PULP MAGAZINE, the lead singer`s wife and manager Diane Ventura insisted the true sce- nario behind the controversy. She notified that the break-up started with miscommunication between the singer and the roadie who was assigned to take care of the transportation schedule of the E-heads resulting for the two to come up late in a gig result- ing for the two to come up late in a gig. This inci- dent caused for disappointment of the roadie and criticized the couple as unprofessional. Form the time that the couple arrived to the venue, a cold shoulder from the colleagues and crews welcomed them. The day after the performance, Buendia ap- proached to the management boss , Butch Dans to which he allegedly blamed the roadie for late arrival. However , Dans allegedly chose to believe to the roadie`s account over buendia`s side with- out further deliberation. Dans also accused that the couple was suffered an overused of prohibited

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EDITOR’S NOTE

MARCH 2012 viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com EDITOR’S NOTE A s a kid, I used to hear the saying that,

A s a kid, I used to hear the saying that, “Two heads are

better than one.” That it’s better to rely on another per-

son in accomplishing things. Because by doing things

together, more will be attained, taking in for consideration that everything is times two: the effort, inspiration and action. At a young age, my mom inculcated in me the value of team- work and how it amazingly brings best results in any endeavor.

WORKING AS A

TEAM

attain success knowing that everyone in the team did his or her own part.

Genuine success can’t be totally credited to just one person. In this temporal world, everyone and eve- rything contributes to all the good things happening around. Everything follows the rule of symbiosis. One more thing, isn’t it fun and enriching to work with some- one towards the fulfillment of the same dream? One of the worst feelings is to be alone and definitely, no sane person will like to be in such state.

In this requirement for Media and Literacy Studies subject, the unifying theme is teamwork. This is completely mirrored in the cover story involving the quintessential writ- er Ricky Lee. Even if he’s the celebrated scriptwriter who worked for Himala, Moral, Jose Rizal or the Natatanging Gawad Urian for 2003, he was unpretentious to say about his hardships before when he willingly lent us time to interview him at Loyola Heights, Quezon City. He didn’t try to upstage his answers. The result is just overwhelming.

As I grew older, the more I appreciated the idea of shar- ing your abilities and gifts with others. Not only does it shorten the way to achieving your goal but also tests your capacity to adjust with various human behaviors. Let’s face it, no matter how noble or sincere our intentions are, there will still be oppositions that sometimes makes us blow our top. That’s life. But the essential lesson here is learning how to blend well with other people who share the same goal with you.

Again the cliché, “No man is an island.” True. Life is too short not to realize our need to co-exist with our fel- low human beings. Sometimes, it’s our pride that hinders us from giving our share in the game. Especially if we know we have the ability to solve things alone. But we ought to re- member that not all the time it works. There will always be an instance when we’ll need assistance from other people.

The same can also be said of the other two great in- terviews (and a rare chance also) we have: Manunuri ng Peli- kulang Pilipino member RolandoTolentino and Rappler.com chief editor MaritesVitug. After all these years, they’re being looked up to in the industry as respected critics. Tolentino, being also the current dean of the UP-College of Mass Com- munication, and Vitug, who wrote the controversial book Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court, proved that my thesis in making these interviews possible explored new material for next Journalism seniors who will soon make this final requirement.

Lee, Tolentino, and Vitug. When these three lu- minaries merge forces, what can be expected but only the best? As a team, we feel we have the finest topics to offer. Turning through the pages is the sole proof.

It’s not really hard to cooperate. Yes, that’s the magic word! Cooperation like faith can really move moun- tains. Especially these days when everything is fast-paced and everyone’s living a rat race whether you’re a student, employee or even plain housewife, sharing our best gifts makes things done easier. It will surely be heart-warming to

Enjoy reading folks!

Arjohn De Guzman

Arjohn C. De Guzman

Editor in Chief

Contents of

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Contents o f Table COVER STORIES 5 9 Rolando Tolentino: Movie Educator 3D Movies on the

COVER STORIES

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Rolando Tolentino:

Movie Educator

3D Movies on the Go

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Online Media:

Trend or Threat?

Suddenly, Ricky Lee

Marites Vitug:

Probing on SC

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Tiya Dely:

1st Lady of Philippine Radio

The Beatles:

Fab Four of the 60s

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Editor in Chief

Associate Editor TV/Film Editor Print Editor Online Editor Radio/Music Editor Layout Editor Asst. Layout Editor

Rica Marie G. Fernandez Mary Ann M. Villaflores Raffy A. Bibera Gemma G. Sebugan Shiela Marie T. Manuel Sharmeyne I. Bontigao Jordeene Sheex B. Lagare

Contributors Photographers: Rica Marie G. Fernandez, Jordeene Sheex B. Lagare, Efren Zamora Writers: Maricar O. Antonio, Bernadeth B. Bueno, Trixie R. Espiel, Elaidia Liz V. Oliveros, Lester Kit V. Pastoral

VIEWPOINT is a group magazine project of BJ4-1D in Media Literacy and Studies subject under Prof. Robert Baldago.

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The Only

Master

Rapper

BY ELAIDIA LIZ V. OLIVEROS

O PM Legend. Artist. Fighter. Family guy. Francis Michael Durango Magalona also known as Francis M. was an inspiration to

Filipinos through his music. He was the first Fili- pino rapper known for combining rap with Pinoy Rock. He released the albums, Yo!, Rap is Francis M., Meron Akong Ano!, Happy Battle, and others. Most of his music criticized the common ills of the society and let people be aware of poli- tics and its problems.

When I was a kid, I watched the television series, “Bayani” which features the heroes of our coun- try. I heard Francis M’s song “Mga Kababay- an” which I instantly liked because of its mean- ing: the pride of being a Filipino. It is the same for “Tayo’y Mga Pinoy”. Although I only heard a part of it, I relate to the meaning of its lyrics.

I would see him while watching television singing together with other artists like Joey Ayala, Heber Bartolome of Banyuhay, Ryan Cayabyab, Mike Ha- nopol of Juan Dela Cruz Band, Andrew E., Michael V., Death Threat, Eraserheads, Krazykyle, Gloc 9 and Parokya ni Edgar.

Kaleidoscope World turned as one of his best singles when it won the 1996 Awit Award for Best Produced Record of the Year. I liked the song though I only remember this line, “Every color, ”

every hue, is represented by me and you

which

for me means that everybody is unique and had

different roles in life.

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had different roles in life. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com He started a clothing line , FrancisM Clothing Co. (FMCC)

He started a clothing line , FrancisM Clothing Co. (FMCC) and a foundation with Ely Buendia (they were both having health problems in 2009) called Heartist Foundation, which aims to help Filipino artists with health and financial problems.

After Francis Magalona was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, he and his wife used the album name, “Happy Battle” as a reference to his fight against cancer. Instead of getting the attention of the media because of it, he preferred privacy with his family. He was selfless for what he said, “What I’d rather talk about is how we can solicit blood donations to replace the supply that I have consumed in the hospital.” Other people would not bother about how much blood they have con- sumed in the hospital as long as they live.

He died due to multiple organ failure on March 6,

2009.

He would be remembered as a good friend, a fa- ther, a fighter to his family and friends. The pub- lic remembers him as a great singer, the King of Philippine Rap, the Father of Pinoy Hip Hop, and someone who inspired them because of his music. The only Master Rapper.

of Pinoy Hip Hop, and someone who inspired them because of his music. The only Master
of Pinoy Hip Hop, and someone who inspired them because of his music. The only Master

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where his song “Can We Just Stop and Talk A While” , made it to

where his song “Can We Just Stop and Talk A While”, made it to the final entries. On 1989, his album Constant Change was named the Al- bum of the Year by Awit Awards, which eventually reached Double Diamond Record in terms of sales and took high patronage in international countries like Malaysia and Indonesia.

His album Christmas In Our Hearts was re- leased and reached triple platinum status in 1990 and eventually, he became the first recording art- ist who achieved Double Diamond Record Award for this album. His 2001 album “A Heart’s Journey” was named Album of the Year by Awit Awards. And in 2005, Jose Mari Chan had again, proven that he’s an exceptional lyricist as he was chosen to compose the song “We’re All Just One”, the official theme song of the 2005 South- east Asian Games.

On his 40th year, Jose Mari Chan compiled 21 of his favorite songs in one album entitled “Love Letters and other Souvenirs” carrying its sin- gle “How Do You Fall In Love”. And just last Year, Jose Mari Chan released his 13th full length album, The Manhattan Connection: The Songs’ of Jose Mari Chan, with which songs were re-imagined by music producer Gershovsky.

Jose Mari Chan has captured the heart of Filipi- nos and other Asians because of his unique way of transforming this old world into a young, roman- tic one through his ballad songs. That is why even after so many years, his music is still being played

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over different radio stations and some of the Fili- pino artists, like Christian Bautista, who revived some of his original well- renowned singles. Truly, the romanticism and the desire for ballads among Filipinos live in our hearts even though high-end music and foreign songs are already dominating the mainstream music industry.

Aside from being a great singer/composer, Jose Mari Chan is also a businessman, who graduated a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics at the At- eneo de Manila University in 1967. He is a father of five to his wife Mary Ann Ansaldo.

1967. He is a father of five to his wife Mary Ann Ansaldo. v i e
1967. He is a father of five to his wife Mary Ann Ansaldo. v i e
1967. He is a father of five to his wife Mary Ann Ansaldo. v i e
1967. He is a father of five to his wife Mary Ann Ansaldo. v i e

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FILM Rolando Tolentino:

Educator, film critic and an irony

BY RICA MARIE G. FERNANDEZ

I f you are an Economics graduate and into numbers and analysis, would you think about teaching film studies some-

day? Well, Rolando Tolentino did, and he’s not only able to teach about film, he’s also the dean of the College of Mass Communica- tions of University of the Philippines – Dili- man (UP-CMC) and a member of the well re- spected group of film critiques, Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP).

Orange and Apples

“Ang studies ko nung college was about Eco- nomics. Wala ako sa Communications or sa Liter- ature that time. Nung mga panahon kasi na ‘yun, mga business courses ang boom courses,” he shared about his college life in De La Salle University.

he shared about his college life in De La Salle University. liksik, at magsulat. At gusto
he shared about his college life in De La Salle University. liksik, at magsulat. At gusto

liksik, at magsulat. At gusto ko itong gawin sa walang ibang lugar kundi sa UP,” he said in his inaugural speech as the dean of UP-CMC in 2009.

Aside from his love for writing, Tolentino also felt an urge to teach in the university where he thinks the students are the best – active and not just mere intelligent people but are also thinkers.

“Gusto kong maging guro dahil dito ko ini- isip na dito ako magaling. Magandang katambal ng pagtuturo ang pagsusulat,” he added.

As a film critic

“That’s the reason why hindi ko maiku- kumpara ito (the time when he was studying and the time when he is teaching communication sub- jects). It’s like oranges and apples,” he added.

Well, he knew he loved literature and films too, that’s why he later pursued Philippine Studies, also in De La Salle University and earned a Ph.D in filmstudiesattheUniversityofSouthernCalifornia.

“Ang MPP masungit sa recruitment. Ibig sa- bihin makita ka nila na you are really into studying films. It’s a small group. That’s why it survived in the past 30 years. Naging mapili talaga ang MPP. They seek for certain kinds of credentials from their members,” Tolentino responded immediate- ly when asked about the recruitment process in the prestigious and sought-after group he belongs in.

It is quite ironic, indeed, that an Econom- ics major is now into literature and films. But what’s more interesting is that he is not only teaching, he is now even a dean.

As an educator

How he became a part of the group? “By invitation. Kahit naman kasi magtaas ka ng kamay mo, di ka naman nila iimbitahan kung walang opening. Ayaw rin kasi nila ng masya- dong maraming members,” he also shared.

“Naranasan ko na ang departmental poli- tics, college at university politics noon at ngay- on. Pero inisip ko pa rin na ito ang gusto kong gawin sa buhay ko. Gusto kong magturo, mana-

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FILM

FILM TATLO, DALAWA, ISA What the distinguished Lino Brocka made in the significant era of Philippine

TATLO, DALAWA, ISA

What the distinguished Lino Brocka made in the significant era of Philippine Cinema

BY ARJOHN C. DE GUZMAN

M idweek contributor Star Elamparo once wrote

“There are quality movies and there are quality

movies. In the country’s movie industry, which

churns about 150 films a year, quality films are few and far in between. Still, they do exist.” And a lot of them were made by Lino Brocka.

The decades of 70s to 90s saw the rise and fall of the most highly acclaimed director of the local cinema, National Artist for Film of 1997 Lino Brocka. He thrived in its so-called Second Golden Age when his peers were making their own masterpiec- es, like Ishmael Bernal, Mike de Leon, Celso Ad. Castillo, Lau- rice Guillen, Marilou Diaz-Abaya, and renowned veteran from the 50’s Eddie Romero. Many of today’s stars owe their rise in showbiz and acting trophies to Lino Brocka. At the peak of his career in the 70’s and 80’s, he made films that won critical ac- claim and awards for their social and artistic impact.

Brocka made his first movie in 1970 under Lea Produc- tions’ Wanted: Perfect Mother with the cast of Boots Anson- Roa, Dante Rivero, Eddie Mercado, and Gina Alajar. He also wrote this melodrama, which won Best Screenplay in the 1970 Manila Film Festival. That same year, he directed Santiago, winning his second award, this time as Best Director from the Citizen’s Coun- cil for Mass Media. This action drama starred Fernando Poe, Jr. (FAMAS nomination for Best Actor), Hilda Koronel (Best Sup- porting Actress), and others in a powerhouse cast.

Sup- porting Actress), and others in a powerhouse cast. 6 VIEWPOINT MARCH 2012 In 1971, he

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In 1971, he made Tubog sa Ginto, which was contro- versial for its homosexual theme, and Stardoom, a dark, tragic view of movie showbiz, garnered FAMAS nominations for Lolita Rodriguez (Best Actress) and Caridad Sanchez (Best Supporting Actress). The cast included Walter Navarro, Hilda Koronel, Mario O’Hara, Eddie Garcia and several other seasoned actors.

His early works appealed to mass audiences and made money, endearing Brocka to producers of the movie industry. But after nine movies with Lea Productions he became disgrun- tled with commercialism and fell silent in the first two years of Ferdinand Marcos’s martial law regime.

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Listen to Hakuna Matata and Can You Feel the Love Tonight; you’ll know exactly what I am try- ing to say.

However, just to be honest with you, I don’t really consider myself as Sir Elton John’s fan; I know no more than his songs in Lion King. Well, those songs were enough for me to admire him and tell everyone he is a genius but I know he’s even great- er than that.

That is why while I am writing this; I decided to pay tribute to him and listen to his other songs, particularly giving attention to those which I haven’t even heard before. Remarkably, the more I listen to his unfamiliar songs, the more he is be- ing familiar to me – a passionate man who has all these ideals and who, no doubt, has the talent and the willingness to share it to the world. No need to refer to Wikipedia to realize that.

From a pub pianist, Sir Elton John has really gone a long way. And his contribution to the interna- tional music scene cannot be denied. He is a priced gem in the industry, indeed. And I thank him for the real music that moved me in many ways as a child and even until now as an adult especially when I remember how he contributed to my happy childhood.

when I remember how he contributed to my happy childhood. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com MUSIC JOSE MARI CHAN :
when I remember how he contributed to my happy childhood. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com MUSIC JOSE MARI CHAN :

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MUSIC

JOSE

MARI

CHAN:

An exceptional OPM Artist

BY MARY ANN M. VILLAFLORES

A Chinese-Filipino singer and an excellent song writer, Jose Mari Chan is considered as one of

the foremost music writers of the Philippines after

dominating the FAMAS Awards and Awit Awards during the height of his musical career.

Jose Mari Chan first appeared on the local scene as the host and singer of a television show called “9 Teeners” of ABS-CBN in 1966. His first hit sin- gle was “Afterglow”, released in 1967 and was able to release his very first album in 1969 enti- tled Deep in My Heart. For less than four years from 1970, Jose Mari Chan was able to compose more than twenty songs for movies that earned him different recognitions and nominations at the FAMAS Awards. No wonder, Jose Mari Chan was tagged Joe Mari, Mr. Music Man. He was also con- sidered the “Filipino Jimmy Webb” – an American song writer, composer and singer; an artist to have ever received Grammy awards for Music, lyrics and orchestration- because of his compositions that usually are romantic and of his unique way of collaborating lyrics to sweet music. He is so ex- ceptional that The Philippine Association of the Record Industry’s (PARI) Awit Awards, country’s equivalent of the American Grammy Awards, had conferred him Lifetime Achievement awards.

Jose Mari Chan also represented the Philippines in the World Popular song Festival in Tokyo,

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The Decemberists is an indie folk band hailing from Portland Oregon formed in year 2000. Their frontman, lead singer Colin Meloy, writes many of the band’s fanciful lyrics as heard in “Here I

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Dreamt I Was an Architect.” The Decemberists have

performed alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic or- chestra and have garnered critical praises and now signed to Capitol Records.

garnered critical praises and now signed to Capitol Records. 6 The Shins. They have moved in
garnered critical praises and now signed to Capitol Records. 6 The Shins. They have moved in

6 The Shins. They have moved in 2002 to Portland, Or- egon after the success with their indie rock album “Oh, Inverted World” which debuted on 1997 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This band helped popularize indie music

with their “Beach Boy-esque” indie pop sound. Some popular Shins tracks are “New Slang,” “Caring is Creepy,” and “Austral- ia.”

7 Wilco was formed in 1993 upon the breakup of the al- ternative country band Uncle Tupelo. John Lennon and Neil Young was the band’s influence in making their mu- sic, and is largely considered indie rock despite Wilco’s relationships with major record labels.

despite Wilco’s relationships with major record labels. 8 of Montreal . Although their name is “of
despite Wilco’s relationships with major record labels. 8 of Montreal . Although their name is “of

8 of Montreal. Although their name is “of Montreal” this band is from Athens, Georgia. This was formed in 1997 by singer and now front man Kevin Barnes. Of Montreal primarily is a Beatles cover band. Some

of their songs are, “The Party’s Crashing Us,” “Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse,” and “Forecast Fascist Future.”

9 Spoon is an American indie rock band from Aus-

tin, Texas with a wide underground following

formed in 1993 and reached fame with “The Way

We Get By,” when it was featured on an American

TV show, The OC.

By,” when it was featured on an American TV show, The OC. 10 Architecture in Helsinki
By,” when it was featured on an American TV show, The OC. 10 Architecture in Helsinki

10 Architecture in Helsinki is an Australian indie pop band

and one of the best indie rock/pop bands. Architecture in Hel-

sinki developed from a late 1990s group, the short-lived teen-

age funk-grunge outfit, The Pixel Mittens. Fingers Crossed was

released on 2003 as their debut album. While songs such as “Like a Call,” “To and Fro” and “Where You’ve Been Hiding,” made it through, the rest of the intended album vanished into thin air.

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Brocka set up his independent outfit, CineManila, and began to make films after his own heart. His landmark mov- ie, Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang (1974), an indictment of religious prejudice against social outcasts in a local village, won six FAMAS awards and two nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director; Best Actor (for Brocka’s protégé Christopher de Leon) and Best Actress (Lolita Rodriguez as the madwoman Kuala). Brocka wrote the screenplay together with actor-direc- tor Mario O’Hara, who played a leper in the film.

Three of the immortal fim characters of Lino Brocka:

Insiang (Hilda Koronel) in strong rage against Tonya (Mona Lisa) (top left), Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang Lolita Rodriguez as the mad - woman Kuala (bottom left), and Maynila: Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag Julio Madiaga (Bembol Roco) overcoming his fate in Manila (right).

Madiaga (Bembol Roco) overcoming his fate in Manila (right). viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com Maynila: Sa Mga Kuko ng
Madiaga (Bembol Roco) overcoming his fate in Manila (right). viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com Maynila: Sa Mga Kuko ng
Madiaga (Bembol Roco) overcoming his fate in Manila (right). viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com Maynila: Sa Mga Kuko ng

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Maynila: Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag, topbilled by another Brocka protégé, Bembol Roco, portrayed a young prob- insyano’s search for his sweetheart Ligaya Paraiso (Hilda Ko- ronel) in the violence-ridden city. For his role as a tragic hero, Bembol bagged the FAMAS Best Actor award. Equally respected director Mike de Leon did the exquisite cinematography.

Insiang, a story of rape and revenge set in Manila’s Ton- do slums, starred Hilda Koronel in the title role, for which she earned a FAMAS nomination as Best Actress. Mona Lisa won as Best Supporting Actress. The film also reaped several nomina- tions from the Gawad Urian. This was the first of Brocka’s films to be shown and acclaimed at the prestigious Cannes Film Fes- tival in France.

He was nobody’s man but his own. In 1979, when Jaguar won the Urian awards for Best Picture, he spurned the critics’ at- tention. During the Urian awards night, he ascended the stage not to receive his directorial award but to reject it, saying that “under the guise of impartiality, they [the Manunuris] practice their prejudices anyway.” He then refused all further awards and nominations from the MPP.

He was a man known for passions that ran high and ideals that never dimmed. Two of her last films, Gumapang Ka sa Lusak and Sa Kabila ng Lahat, were studies of corruption in politics. The man was relentless. Before he died, he was about to make a contemporary film version of Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tan- gere. Just talking about it generated so much excitement. But this one project he will never do. On May 22, 1991, at 1:30am, he died in a car accident on East Ave. in Quezon City. The car, which smashed into a concrete lamppost, was being driven by his latest protégé, William Lorenzo, who was seriously injured.

Lino Brocka was 52, and he could do even more quality films in modern cinema than any other directors. He is the reso- lute artist in the dark screen we know as the Philippine cinema. We mourn his passing.

screen we know as the Philippine cinema. We mourn his passing. M A R C H

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FILM

SPEEDY

FILM SPEEDY / SCANDAL A MUST-WATCH KOREAN MOVIE BY ELAIDIA LIZ V. OLIVEROS I am not
FILM SPEEDY / SCANDAL A MUST-WATCH KOREAN MOVIE BY ELAIDIA LIZ V. OLIVEROS I am not

/ SCANDAL

FILM SPEEDY / SCANDAL A MUST-WATCH KOREAN MOVIE BY ELAIDIA LIZ V. OLIVEROS I am not

A MUST-WATCH KOREAN MOVIE

BY ELAIDIA LIZ V. OLIVEROS

SCANDAL A MUST-WATCH KOREAN MOVIE BY ELAIDIA LIZ V. OLIVEROS I am not that into Asian

I am not that into Asian films but there’s this one movie that caught my attention, the Speedy Scandal

(Scandal Makers) which was released in 2008. It’s about a struggling radio DJ in his mid-thirties, Nam Hyeon-Soo, who gives pieces of advice for a radio show.

His program yielded high ratings because of a girl, Hwang Jung-Nam, who’s in search of her father whom she never seen since birth. Nam Hyeon Soo suddenly gets the shock of his life when Hwang Jung- Nam showed on his doorstep with a kid, Hwang Ki- Dong. Jung-Nam told him that she was the girl who called the radio station claiming he was her father and Ki-Dong was his grandchild.

Afraid of his career to be ruined with this revela- tion, Hyeon-Soo told everyone that the two were his dis- tant relatives. As Jung-Nam and Ki-Dong stayed in his house, everything was in disarray. He’s the one sending Ki-Dong to school and thought it wasn’t good but gets inspired with a beautiful kindergarten teacher later on.

Soon enough, Hyeon-Soo developed fonder relations with Jung-Nam and Ki-Dong. He learned Jung-Nam was a great musician like him and helped Jung-Nam have a career in music. She was one of the most sought after singer in Korea later on. After a

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photographer sensed something suspicious between the two, Hyeon-Soo drove away Jung-Nam and Ki- Dong out of his house.

Jung-Nam found a place to work and to stay after Hyeon-Soo drove them out. Without the two, everything in the house did not feel right for Nam Hyeon-Soo. Jung-Nam once again called the radio station where his father was working and told him what she felt about him. Hyeon-Soo realized that he felt incomplete in the house.

Before Jung-Nam’s debut, Ki-Dong suddenly disappeared. She turned hysterical and asked for his father to help him. Hyeon-Soo was suddenly faced between choosing his career or his family. He left the podium and helped Jung-Nam look for Ki-Dong.

They found Ki-Dong in a police station telling the policemen that his mother and uncle were miss- ing. Being reunited again, the three of them lived to- gether happily.

The story was hilarious and at the same a touching one. I like Ki-Dong’s character because his face was expressive though he’s only a kid. Hilarious because the part where the policemen were search- ing for Ki-Dong, the latter was looking for the for- mer, too! It’s like a dog trying to catch a bite of his continued to page 11

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MUSIC

INDIE MUSIC ARTISTS:

A PUSH AND PULL FROM THE MAINSTREAM MUSIC

BY GEMMA G. SEBUGAN

M usic industry nowadays was dominated by mainstream artists. But little did we know

indie artists are making their way to the top of the charts, competing with recording

artistsfrom major recording companies. Indie music artists or Independent Music

Artists are withindependence from major commercial record. Here is the list of ten Indie Mu- sic Artists that made it to the top:

1 Panic at the Disco is an American and a multi-awarded rock duo (Formerly a four member band) formed in Las Vegas, Ne- vada in 2005. The band has been described by critics as a variety of genres, most com-

monly pop punk, alternative rock, and baroque pop. The band formed and recorded their first demos while they were all still in high school. They

were made known by their single “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” from their debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005). “New Perspective” was their first song recorded as a duo (Spencer Smith Brendon Urie) and as an OST for the movie Jen- nifer’s Body top billing Megan Fox last 2009. The band released its third album, entitled Vices & Vir- tues, on March 22, 2011.

album, entitled Vices & Vir- tues, on March 22, 2011. 2 Death Cab for Cutie is

2 Death Cab for Cutie is an Ameri- can indie rock band from Bellingham, Washington.They were formed by lead singer Ben Gibbard in 1997, and have achieved a loyal following of hipsters

and emo kids alike. Some of their top songs are “I Will Follow You Into The Dark,” “Soul Meets Body,” and “Crooked Teeth.”

3 Modest Mouse. Although this band has contract with Sony and Indie rock purists will definitely mock at them, they are still categorized as indie rock. Modest Mouse was formed in1993 in Isaquah, Washington by Issac Brock,

Jeremiah Green, and Eric Judy. Modest Mouse- achieved significant mainstream appeal by includ- ing their song “Float On” with videogames such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Their lead singer may sound like a goat, but hey it sells.

Animal Collective is a new hip breed of indie rock, sometimes described as

4 psychedellic folk or noise pop. Animal Col- lective’s is often experimental and chang-

es from show to show. Some popular indie

songs by Animal Collective are “My Girls,” “In The Flowers,” and “Summertime Clothes.”

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They are tagged as the best-selling musical group of all time with over one billion

They are tagged as the best-selling musical group of all time with over one billion units sold world- wide, as estimated by EMI.

The Beatles became notable for their songs “Yes- terday”, “In My Life”, “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude”

Aside from these, they have sold more albums in the United States than any other artists, as certi- fied by Recording Industry Association of Amer- ica (RIAA). They got 7 Grammy Awards from the American National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 15 Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors.

During their stint as an all-male rock band, they were awarded with 6 Diamond albums, as well as 24 Multi-Platinum albums, 39 Platinum al- bums and 45 Gold albums in the United States; and 4 Multi-Platinum albums, 4 Platinum albums, 8 Gold albums and 1 Silver album. Also, they have received the following recognitions: Appointed as Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1965; 1971 Acad- emy Award for Best Original Song Score for the film Let It Be; inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988; included in Billboard’s list of the all-time top-selling Hot 100 artists, in line with the US single charts’ 50th anniversary celebration where the band ranked first;

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and being part of Time magazine’s compilation of the 20th century’s 100 most influential people in its December 1999 issue.

Like any other artists, there were still The Beatles songs unreleased including Carnival of Light, an experimental piece recorded on 5 January 1967 for The Million Volt Light and Sound Rave; a 27-minute jam of Helter Skelter; and Grow Old with Me, a Lennon’s composition the three Beatles worked on in the early ‘90s prior to the Anthology release.

They may have disbanded in 1970, but the “Bea- tlemania” that Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr started still lives on.

McCartney, Harrison, and Starr started still lives on. Panorama from page 46 experimenting, particularly for
McCartney, Harrison, and Starr started still lives on. Panorama from page 46 experimenting, particularly for

Panorama

from page 46

experimenting, particularly for the material’s betterment. Do some mix and match, and color combination in putting the texts and pictures in the inside. There’s nothing wrong in

Overall, Philippine Panorama is a must-read magazine for all ages and should not be taken for granted by us. Who knows? The write-ups Panorama has might be useful in the future especially if internet is not available.

by us. Who knows? The write-ups Panorama has might be useful in the future especially if

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3D MOVIES ON THE GO BY GEMMA G. SEBUGAN W ith the abrupt en- hancement
3D MOVIES ON THE GO BY GEMMA G. SEBUGAN W ith the abrupt en- hancement
3D MOVIES ON THE GO
3D MOVIES ON THE GO

3D MOVIES ON THE GO

3D MOVIES ON THE GO BY GEMMA G. SEBUGAN W ith the abrupt en- hancement on

BY GEMMA G. SEBUGAN

W ith the abrupt en-

hancement on

technology nowa-

days, it provided us a gradu- al change to our daily dose of entertainment. From cellu- lar phones to smartphones, television to high definition LED TVs and even Internet TVs, now all of those with the touch of 3D technology.

Now, even the way we watch our most awaited movie in theaters or even in television has now evolved. Audiences are a hungry bunch of people, al- ways looking for something dif- ferent. To define different, the term-3D films took birth.

3D films took cinema to a new level giving the movie lovers a whole new pattern of entertain- ment with its unique innovation and improvement of 3D technol- ogy with time-to-time. Before 3D came into existence, people use to watch and enjoy an ordi- nary full length film in cinemas.

You might get conflicting information depending on who you ask, technically the first 3D movie was released almost a cen- tury ago in 1922 (The Power of Love) but the first one made by Hollywood weren’t until 30 years later in 1952. A lot of people think that The House of Wax was the first 3D movie released by a ma-

jor Hollywood studio but on April 8th, 1953, a movie called Man in the Dark opened at the Globe Theater in New York City, beating The House of Wax to the screen by exactly two days.

Though the use 3D in movies isn’t new, the growth in 3D media is allowing cinema to enjoy its best period in many years, with 2009 proving to be a bumper year that culminated in the December release of James Cameron’s grown-up 3D movie Avatar.

Avatar, one of the films introduced in a full length IMAX 3D movie in 2009.

Avatar, a film by the man behind Titanic, James Cameron, was one of the very films intro- duced in a full length IMAX 3D movie just last 2009. Being hailed as the top grossing film of the dec- ade surpassing Titanic with a re- cord breaking $2 billion in ticket sales and leading to a push for an “Avatar 2”, a leader in 3D films and nominated for numerous 2010 Academy Awards, Avatar is a 3D success. A movie filmed entirely with stereoscopic cameras, Avatar gives new meaning to 3-Dimen- sional films, with a fresh movie watching experience, and sets a standard for 3D movies to follow.

Before

Avatar,

in

2003,

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Before Avatar, in 2003, continued to page 11 Ghosts of the Abyss by James Cameron was

Ghosts of the Abyss by James Cameron was released as the first full-length 3D IMAX feature filmed with the Reality Camera System. The same camera system was used to film Spy Kids 3D:

Game Over (2003), Aliens of the Deep IMAX (2005), and The Ad- ventures of Sharkboy and Lava- girl in 3D (2005). In November 2004, The Polar Express was re- leased as IMAX’s first full-length, animated 3-D feature. In Novem- ber 2005, Walt Disney Studio Entertainment released Chicken Little in digital 3-D format.

Through the entire history of 3D presentations, techniques

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MUSIC

Reflecting the Brilliance of

Brilliance

Brillante Mendoza: LoLA

BY SHIELA MARIE T. MANUEL

L ola, a film multi-awarded here and abroad by the undoubtedly brilliant, Bril- lante Mendoza in 2009 will teach you

that family comes first and that a mother’s love never fails.

The movie was starred by one of the greatest ac- tress of all time, Anita Linda as Lola Sepa; PUP’s very own Rustica Carpio as Lola Puring and Ketchup Eusebio as Mateo, the suspect and the grandson of Lola Puring.

The story tells of the struggle of two grandmoth- ers in a stormy season to raise money for their respective grandsons; one for her grandson’s bail and the other for her grandson’s funeral. They proved that no matter how frail they seem, they will fight for their loved ones.

It all started when Lola Puring’s grandson, Mateo hold ups and accidentally killed Lola Sepa’s grandson. The latter filed a complaint at a police sta- tion and later learned that the perpetrator is already in the lawmen’s custody and then she decided to continue the fight for justice.

On the other hand, Lola Puring tried her best to get Mateo out of the prison. Then she went to a pro- bono lawyer to seek help but she was advised to make an amicable settlement with the victim’s family instead because the case is without bail.

The sequence of the story may seem slow at points but, for me, that’s what made me want to finish the movie.

I was raised by my grandparents so it clearly has an effect on my being. I had felt the selfless love of the elderly, especially if you are the beloved “apo”. The mes-

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are the beloved “apo”. The mes- 10 VIEWPOINT MARCH 2012 sage of the story had a
are the beloved “apo”. The mes- 10 VIEWPOINT MARCH 2012 sage of the story had a

sage of the story had a huge impact on me and based on my opinion, it has accomplished its purpose.

Everyday, people struggle to have food on the table; they are even pushed to the point wherein they are “kapit sa patalim”. Based on what I saw on the film, it directly tells us of how the justice system of the country runs. That money has the capacity to make the law upside down.

The story made an appeal to my reasoning; I re- alized that there is no need to prolong the agony of both sides if the problem can be settled right away. But there is still a part of me that says Law must still be above all. But this movie makes me believe otherwise.

It is indeed entertaining and appealing to the emotion. Seeing how two grandmothers work hard to attain what is rightfully deserved by their loved one.

The film for me deserves a nine-star rating. Though it is slow pacing, the story seems to get a hold of me. There are of course a few “tweaks” but it has managed to give my eyes a feast of what really a Bril- lante Mendoza creation is all about.

of what really a Bril- lante Mendoza creation is all about. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com THE BEATLES: The Fab

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Mendoza creation is all about. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com THE BEATLES: The Fab Four of the 60s BY JORDEENE

THE BEATLES:

The Fab Four of the 60s

BY JORDEENE SHEEX B. LAGARE

T he Beatles is the most celebrated music act in the 20th century with their best-selling al-

bums and singles, numerous awards and recogni- tions, and distinct influence and legacy in the mu- sic industry.

The band’s journey started with John Lennon in Liverpool, England when he formed a skif- fle group called the Blackjacks with his friends from Quarry Bank School in March 1957. But they changed their name to The Quarrymen after discovering a respected group was already us- ing the name. Then Paul McCartney joined the group after he and Lennon met in July 1957. The following year, McCartney’s friend, George Har- rison, auditioned to Lennon. Although Harrison was only 14 at that time, he became the group’s lead guitarist after about a month of persistence. Two years later, Lennon’s school friends left the group to pursue schooling at the Liverpool Col- lege of Art. Lennon’s art school friend Sutcliffe became part of the band in January 1960, who suggested of changing the band’s name to “The Beetles,” until they changed their name to “The Silver Beatles,” and to “The Beatles” in the middle of August.

and to “The Beatles” in the middle of August. They auditioned for Decca records but were

They auditioned for Decca records but were reject- ed because “groups of guitars are way out.” Later, record shop owner Brian Epstein became their manager. Their first single, Love Me Do, made it to the British chart and reached number 17. Most of The Beatles songs were written by Lennon and McCartney.

One of the highlights in their career is their 1st appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show where the said show garnered over 70 million people view- ing. Another is their performance at Shea Stadium in 1965. They’ve set new world record of having 55,600 concert audience and revenue, a first time in the history of popular music anyone had played in a proper stadium as opposed to a theater or concert hall.

The all-male rock, composed of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass gui- tar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals), and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals), had their first performance on 17 December 1960 at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool.

For a decade of being active in the music industry, The Beatles has done 27 studio albums, 4 live al- bums, 57 compilation albums, 21 extended plays, 55 singles, 10 video albums, and 37 music videos.

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her uplifting advises.

If you would listen to her program, you would no- tice that she gives with wisdom which also por- trayed a refined woman who has encountered lots of experiences and has become a model of standing up for life’s problems and challenges. You would realize her love and respect for people. As accord- ing to the report of Inquirer, she has been person- ally reading the 20 to 30 letters that she received from fans every day -- letters that sought advice concerning problems both major and minor.

No doubt, she was loved by many people because of she touched many lives with her advises. She has become part of every heart of her listeners, and of the Filipino heritage that we have today and of course, the radio broadcasting that we have. It can never be denied that I personally adore Tiya Dely for her dedication to her listeners. She has been an icon of many people, and she could be considered as an inspiration to everyone.

to her listeners. She has been an icon of many people, and she could be considered

Y ou’re not a 90s kid if you haven’t watched Lion King with its OST “Can You Feel The Love

Tonight”, danced to the tune of “Hakuna Mata- ta” and felt the passing of Princess Diana of Wales thru “Candle In The Wind.”.

Well, of that, I am sure I was born in the 90s. What I didn’t know back then was I had to thank Sir Elton John for those happy memories. Sir El- ton John is one of the most popular and successful English rock singer-songwriter of all time. He has written more than a hundred songs and published more than thirty albums with his songwriting part- ner Bernie Taupin. and successful English rock singer-songwriter of all time. He has written more than a hundred songs and published more than thirty albums with his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. He has sold more than 250 million re- cords, won six Grammy Awards, four Brit Awards, an Academy award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award. His musical works had been chosen to be in the soundtrack of major Hollywood films. Besides being a musician, he was also an actor who appeared in several films including his auto- biography.

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MUSIC
MUSIC

Elton John:

The Man behind Real Music BY RICA MARIE G. FERNANDEZ

John : The Man behind Real Music BY RICA MARIE G. FERNANDEZ I could go on

I could go on and on with his achievements which I mostly found out through the Internet but I think there would be a better way of telling you who he is– from the point of view of a person who enjoyed his Lion King songs when she was once a child.

For me, music is considered music because it re- flects or triggers an emotion. You’ll know it is real music when it affects you and it brings out some- thing in you, whatever it is. Anger, frustration, loneliness, happiness, excitement, love, it doesn’t matter. Real music is more than just a combina- tion of sounds and senseless words that seems good to the ears but does not mean anything at all.

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ears but does not mean anything at all. continue to page 54 viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com Speedy from page

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own tail. The music was thrilling especially the part where Jung-Nam sings at the top of her lungs. I like her relationship with Hyeon-Soo because she’s far more mature than her father.

The scenes where Jung-Nam was search- ing for Ki-Dong and when Hyeon-Soo drove them away touched me. The portrayal of character for Jung-Nam was effective because I feel how she felt when somebody she loves suddenly went missing.

I watched the film during the Korean Film Festival in SM North EDSA and I heard the peo- ple’s reaction during the duration of the film. The actors were very effective. And even though it was highly entertaining, the worthiness of the movie is still there; family, love, and choosing what is right. Two thumbs up for this movie!

and choosing what is right. Two thumbs up for this movie! 3D from page 9 to
3D from page 9
3D
from page 9

to convert existing 2D images for 3D presentation have existed. In late 2005, Steven Spielberg told the press he was involved in patenting a 3D cin- ema system that does not need glasses, and which is based on plasma screens. Animated films Open Season, and The Ant Bully, were released in Analog 3D in 2006. Monster House and The Nightmare Before Christmas were released on XpanD 3D, Re- alD and Dolby 3D systems in 2006.

Meanwhile in Bollywood, Avatar is the film which also brought a trend of making 3D films in Bollywood. Many big production houses are in- vesting in the technology and are in the process to make 3D films at par with Hollywood 3D films.

2011 has been a year of remarkable leaps in 3D technology. 3D is proving itself as a power- ful visual tool, adding clarity, depth and realism to movies, games, TV, mobile phones and other technologies. With 3D becoming more affordable and therefore increasingly available to consumers, new and exciting content will be produced to test the reaches of this visual tool.

will be produced to test the reaches of this visual tool. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com Rolando from page 5

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Rolando

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the crop, the best

members

at

this

of the

time

best; it only has 10

this article is written.

“MPP is not a peer body. It means the peo- ple are not directly involved. It’s not like Film Academy of the Philippines na nagbibigay ng Luna Awards. Di rin siya katulad ng Movie Press. Kasi may mga academics kami, and scholars. May habitual filmmakers din sa grupo. Di kami directly involved sa dissemination and market- ing ng pelikula,” the proud MPP member said.

The fact that Tolentino was invited in such an elite group is an apparent indication that this once Economics major has already been known in the world of literature and most especially, films.

in the world of literature and most especially, films. Marites from page 37 work for it.
Marites from page 37
Marites
from page 37

work for it. As reported by Anvil, the largest pub- lishing house in the country, refused to publish the book which resulted to controversial issues. So Newsbreak publishing company took action to publish it. National Bookstore, one of the leading bookstores in the Philippines, refused to sell it and Justice Velasco of the Supreme Court just filed a 13-count libel case against Vitug. Consequently, the author received multiple death threats.

The Shadow of Doubt was all about the con- spiracy system on Supreme Court, which according to the author, “the least powerful branch of government because it has no hold over the purse and the sword.” With all the secrecy and silence of the Supreme Court, people were made to believe that they were honorable persons who were truly obedient to the rule, for they’re the one who totally knew the law. But the book discloses the system, culture, tradition, how the decision process of the judges works and their relation to politics. Though the revelation contains thorough research, important dates, court cases and episodes, all of it was just a tip on iceberg information. There will be more of it still hidden on the deep. But it surely as- tonishes the readers and at the same time disap- points most of the Filipinos.

But it surely as- tonishes the readers and at the same time disap- points most of

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FILM

DID

FILM ARTISTS BEFORE

BIT MORE THAN THEY COULD CHEW?

Missin’ the Second Golden Age of Philippine Cinema

It seems like yesterday and yet it really was four decades back. Viewpoint helps you remember because, like most everyone else, maybe you were too Gen-X to care… BY ARJOHN C. DE GUZMAN

T ime for an honest appraisal. Let’s pause

from all this jingoism, put things in their

proper places, and call a spade a spade.

This: Can the new crop of Filipino movies hold a candle to the filmography of the previous era?

The banner year was 1976. At no other time in Philippine film history has our national cinema produced so many gems in one year.

It was the year that saw the release of Lino Brocka’s “Insiang” and “Lunes, Martes…”; Ishmael Bernal’s “Nunal sa Tubig” and “Li- gaw na Bulaklak”; Celso Ad. Castillo’s “Dalu- yong at Habagat”; Mario O’Hara’s “Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos” and “Mortal”; Mike de Leon’s “Itim”; Behn Cervantes’ “Sakada”; Lu- pita Concio’s “Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo”; Jun Raquiza’s “Sa Alabok Magbabalik”; Ed- die Romero’s “Ganito Kami Noon,Paano Kayo Ngayon?”

Four or five of these can be safely called masterpieces, and the top Filipino filmmakers of the era are represented. There is the triumvirate of

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Bernal, Brocka and Castillo—with Romero bridging them to the triumvirate of Gerardo de Leon, Lam- berto Avellana and Manuel Conde of the Golden Age of the ’50s; and Mike de Leon linking them to the younger filmmakers of the ’80s.

Any one year in the local movie industry that can churn out so many outstanding films can be considered exceptional, let alone a whole decade.

We can argue that an average of 300 movies a year were produced then, while now we have— what? less than 50? So, if we go by ratio of quan- tity to quality, it would be patently lopsided. But we’re not sure if that argument holds in this case.

Contrary to common perception, however, the Second Golden Age of Philippine Cinema did not occur solely in the ’70s. It extended to the ear- ly ’80s, producing such masterworks as Bernal’s “Himala” and “Manila by Night”; Brocka’s “Kapit sa Patalim” and “Orapronobis”.

After that, there was mostly a void through the ’90s, when several times Philippine cinema had been declared either dying or dead.

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RADIO

The Drama of the

Radio Industry

BY RAFFY A BIBERA

RADIO The Drama of the Radio Industry BY RAFFY A BIBERA A woman with dedication to

A woman with dedication to her listeners… A woman of love and respect… A woman who has marked its name to the broadcasting industry…

W hen I was young, I used to listen to a radio drama that has caught my everyday routine

of relaxation. I used to listen with some advices of an anchor thru the letters of its listeners. She was actually my so-called “Charo Santos” in the local radio broadcasting.

The woman I am talking about is Fidela “Tiya Dely” Magpayo. A woman who made her way to ra- dio dramas, popularized the Filipino songs a long time ago, and established her status as newscaster, commentator, radio dramatist, writer, singer and producer during her time.

To date, she became the well-loved counselor of listeners in her radio programs Mga Kasaysayan sa mga Liham Kay Tiya Dely, and Ang Inyong Tiya Dely and with all her great contributions, she was considered to be the “First Lady of the Philippine Radio.”

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As a worker in the program of DZRH 666 KHz, she was said to be a veteran anchor who loves her work, till her last moment before she suffered stroke. She still pursued to work in her radio pro- gram to help her listeners, to open their eyes about how life is worth fighting for.

I always take a moment to lend my ears in her pro- gram every time I hear her name being mentioned

serious tuning in to the drama of the characters. I

Then I just find myself so

on air, “…Tiya Delyyy

realized that some of the stories being aired dis- cussed more of the reality in life.

After that, I just find myself taking a moment to contemplate with her advice to the listeners. The drama from the letters of her listeners was enliv- ened as she give advice to the letter sender.

She was the icon of such a great fighter who wants to help and strengthen those people, not only her letter sender but those with the same situation of the stories they aired. She shows empathy as she gives advises, and you would feel it as you listen to

as she gives advises, and you would feel it as you listen to M A R
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Same goes with DJ Matt Tsubibo of 107.5 Win Ra- dio’s segment “Itanong mo kay Matt Tsubibo”. They give advice through well known jokes but at the end of the segment, they give serious advices. They encourage listeners to send comments about their featured stories through their text line or through their Facebook fanpage.

DJ Cathy G from 106.7 Energy FM also gets her featured stories through e-mails. The same with DJ Diwata, her love segment entitled Energy Love Lines also airs from 1-3pm and she gives adivice to the letter sender same as DJ Diwata does.

DJ Sisa Usisa of Win Radio and DJ Big Brother Bear from Big Radio gets their stories from text messages. In a short text message, they can dig deeper and analyze the problem in a manner of seconds. In short, they give advice to different people in one segment.

Heart and Relationship Stories with DJ Sisa Usi- sa airs from 8pm-12mn at 107.5 Win Radio. Al- though it’s not a pure love advice segment, he still gives advice to different texters. Same goes with Big Brother Bear’s The Big Big Show airing from 9pm-12mn at 91.5 Big Radio, he always answer his texters in a sarcastic manner.

Love segments start to become a hit on radio sta- tions, slowly becoming madness to listeners and start to become parallel to the music slots. How about you, why do you think love segments start to rise on most FM stations?

you think love segments start to rise on most FM stations? DJ Sisa Usisa of Win
you think love segments start to rise on most FM stations? DJ Sisa Usisa of Win

DJ Sisa Usisa of Win Radio

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A purpose Driven Life

from page 38

We are all currently on a test; we are all doing a temporary assignment, and we are all expected to trust God.

“God has five purposes for your life.” Worship God. Worship is far more than going church service. Worship is a lifestyle of enjoying God, loving him, and giving ourselves to be used for His purposes. Fellowship. The life God intends for you to enjoy is more than just believ- ing; it includes belonging. Learning to love is one of the greatest lessons God wants you to learn on earth before taking you into eternity. Spiritual Maturity. It is becom- ing like Jesus Christ in the way we think, feel and act. The more you develop Christ like character, the more you’ll bring glory to God. Serve Others. The only way to serve God is by serving others. That’s why God had custom-designed you with tal- ents, gifts, skills and abilities. Share God’s Glory. God wants us to share His love and purposes to oth- ers.

In these five purposes, I think people (even I) would have difficulty doing the third one; becoming like Christ. We all know that people tend to commit sins; it’s inevitable, especially in this world where everyone considers competition. It makes me wonder, “Does Rick Warren applied all he had written in this book?” “Is he now entitled for eternal life?” The book is helpful indeed to figure out what are God’s purposes, but still, doing so is not easy as how it was written in the book.

indeed to figure out what are God’s purposes, but still, doing so is not easy as

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1970s

1. Ganito Kami Noon… Paano Kayo Ngayon? (1976) Director: Eddie Romero Screenplay: Eddie Romero, Roy
1. Ganito Kami Noon… Paano Kayo Ngayon? (1976)
Director: Eddie Romero
Screenplay: Eddie Romero, Roy Iglesias
Starring: Christopher de Leon, Gloria Diaz
Set at the turn of the 20th century during the Filipino revolution
against the Spaniards and, later, the American colonizers, it follows a naïve
peasant, Kulas Ocampo (Christoper de Leon) through his leap of faith to
become a member of an imagined community.
leap of faith to become a member of an imagined community. 2. Pagdating sa Dulo (1971)
2. Pagdating sa Dulo (1971) Director: Ishmael Bernal Screenplay: Ishmael Bernal Starring: Rita Gomez, Vic
2. Pagdating sa Dulo (1971)
Director: Ishmael Bernal
Screenplay: Ishmael Bernal
Starring: Rita Gomez, Vic Vargas, Eddie Garcia
A dancer and taxi driver are fished out of poverty and
anonymity by a commercial film director. The obsession
with success forces them to affect images as movie stars,
which suppress and eventually destroy them as persons
and lovers.
3. Itim (1976) Director: Mike de Leon Screenplay: Clodualdo del Mundo Jr. Starring: Charo Santos,
3. Itim (1976)
Director: Mike de Leon
Screenplay: Clodualdo del Mundo Jr.
Starring: Charo Santos, Tommy Abuel
Using exquisite cinematography, this film depicts the mystery and
horror of a dead woman’s possession of her younger sister, in order to
reveal the circumstances of her death and avenge herself on her lover.
4. Nunal SaTubig (1976)
Director: Ishmael Bernal
Screenplay: Jorge Arago
Starring: Elizabeth Oropesa, Daria Ramirez
Employing an experimental cinematic style, Bernal’s
opus recreates the quality and pace of life of a village sur-
rounded by sea, as it is caught in the eternal cycle of love
and hate, of fertility and pollution, of birth and death.
5. Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo (1976)
Director: Lupita Aquino-Kashiwahara
Screenplay: Marina Feleo-Gonzales
Starring: Nora Aunor, Jay Ilagan, Gloria Sevilla
Knowing that the administration of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos would not
allow the public showing of any films criticizing the American existence in
the Philippines, the producers tapped Nora Aunor to star in the film believ-
ing that the superstar has connection with the president and his wife Imelda
Marcos. The film, despite being critical to the presence of the United States
military bases, was indeed released due to this factor.
1980s 1. Manila By Night (1980) Director: Ishmael Bernal Screenplay: Ishmael Bernal Starring: NoraAunor, Jay
1980s
1. Manila By Night (1980)
Director: Ishmael Bernal
Screenplay: Ishmael Bernal
Starring: NoraAunor, Jay Ilagan, Gloria Sevilla
The hidden nightlife of ordinary people living in Manila unveils. Lovers
and families’ conflicts are radically pitted against each other as they live in
the night streets rampant with drugs and prostitution. This landmark film of
Ishmael Bernal depicts the darkness of city life so vividly that it was once pro-
hibited to use the word ‘Manila’ on its title.
2. Brutal (1980) Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya Screenplay: Ricky Lee Starring: Amy Austria, Gina Alajar, Charo
2. Brutal (1980)
Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya
Screenplay: Ricky Lee
Starring: Amy Austria, Gina Alajar, Charo Santos
Monica Real (Austria) is arrested for the murder of her husband and his two friends. Monica’s
case draws the interest ofClaraValdez (Santos), a feminist and journalist who is living in with a young
executive. In her investigation of the case, Clara talks to Monica’s mother, who tells her of Monica’s
timidity and her rape by the man she eventually married. Clara also meets Cynthia (Alajar), who re-
veals Monica’s “other” personality, which stemmed from her association with the sexually wayward
Cynthia.The patient finally speaks and tells of the sexual humiliations that drove her to murder.
3. Kisapmata (1981)
Director: Mike de Leon
Screenplay: Clodualdo del Mundo Jr., Raquel Villavicencio
Starring: Vic Silayan, Charito Soilis, Charo Santos
Employing economy of means and the power of suggestion, director
Mike de Leon effectively presents a highly visual and stark character study
of a demented patriarch and retired policeman (Vic Silayan) and his ac-
quiescent family.The old man’s tight grip and his submissive wife (Charito
Solis) and daughter (Charo Santos) is threatened when the young woman
marries her fiancé, driving the father to fits of jealousy and violence.
4. Oro, Plata, Mata (1982)
Director: Peque Gallaga
Screenplay: Jose Javier Reyes, Peque Gallaga
Starring: Cherie Gil, Sandy Andolong, Joel Torre
In the first of the three periods covered, as suggested by the title itself, two aristocratic families
from Negros enjoy the comforts and luxuries of their social class before the war. But this is disrupted
by the difficult and unpleasant events brought about by the war. Dramatic changes have taken place
in the lives of the Ojeda sisters,Trining and Maggie. So, too, with the teen-aged Miguel of the Lorenzo
clan, who emerges a courageous and responsible man, forced to defend himself and his loved ones.
5. Himala (1982)
Director: Ishmael Bernal
Screenplay: Ricky Lee
Starring: Nora Aunor, Spanky Manikan
A filmmaker (Spanky Manikan) plays a pivotal role in the unfolding of the
story of a village “miracle-maker” (Nora Aunor) who in claiming the Virgin has
appeared to her, consequently brings the dying barrio to life. Bernal’s parable is
both philosophical and political. The filmmaker seems to have been set up as a
representation of the artist who believes his art is a simple transcript of reality and
finds himself confounded by the morality of condoning “untruth” by his failure to
expose the outrage on the “miracle-maker.”

RADIO

Love: On-air

BY SHARMEYNE I. BONTIGAO

RADIO Love: On-air BY SHARMEYNE I. BONTIGAO Papa Jack’ s True Love Confessions on 90.7 Love

Papa Jack’ s True Love Confessions on 90.7 Love Radio

I heard several people complaining about

my-boyfriend-cheated-

how-do-I-move-on or

my-boyfriend-left-me-

how-do-I-forget-him cases consulted in FM radio stations and it makes me wonder why these segments trended and became emergent nowadays.

The main reason why people glued to love segments is because the jocks give advice in a funny way and at the same time, the listeners can get a lesson from their advices. Not all advices from the jocks are for fun. Oftentimes, they can also get seri- ous.

Most FM radio stations place their love seg-

ments on 1-3pm and 9pm-1am time slots because during these times, people start to re- lax. Based on my analy- sis, most people tune in to radio before they go to sleep so to relax their mind, or another way for them to fell asleep.

On the poll that I con- ducted online, I found out that the most lis- tened love segment on radio is Papa Jack’s True Love Confessions and Wild Confessions aired on 90.7 Love Ra- dio from 9pm-2am.

I’m not a big fan of Papa Jack. But I admire him for his ability to per- suade listeners to call and seek advice from him on-air. I tried to listen to his segment

and when I tuned in, he spoke in general. What

I mean is, he gives ad-

vice not only for the caller, but also for the people experiencing the same problem. Papa Jack is frank. He says what he has to say to the caller. Sometimes, I

find him offensive, but in the end, he chooses the right advice for his callers. One thing I also love about this segment

is that they allow people

of different ages to call and narrate their sto- ries on-air. Because of this, the jock has to give his advice on-air with- out any scripts. He has to analyze the problem and give advice on-the- spot.

Unlike on other love advice segments, they get the love stories from emails and text mes- sages. As a listener, it’s better if you hear the story from the sender itself because you can feel more sincerity. But I’m not saying that seg- ments with this form of getting love stories are boring. There are some who can manage to put expressions and emo- tions to the letter while

manage to put expressions and emo- tions to the letter while DJ Diwata’s Dear Heart on

DJ Diwata’s Dear Heart on 91.5 Big Radio

reading.

One example is DJ Di- wata of 91.5 Big Ra- dio. Her love advice segment entitled Dear Heart airs from 1pm- 3pm. She reads the sto- ries from emails, with feelings and gives ad- vice in a funny manner but with sense.

and gives ad- vice in a funny manner but with sense. DJ Matt Tzubibo’s “Itanong mo

DJ Matt Tzubibo’s “Itanong mo Kay Matt Tsubibo” on 107.5 Win Radio

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As expected, online site is more updated and easy to access than publications. Here in Inquirer.net you can view and read news and articles published in newspapers as is.

2bU.com.ph is the online version of the 2bU sec- tion of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. This is the place where you can find our old stories and more.

is the place where you can find our old stories and more. Another section from PDI,

Another section from PDI, “Junior Inquirer” the most widely circulated news magazine for kids and teens in broadsheet and magazine format. Junior Inquirer’s kid-friendly editorial excellence has been awarded by both the UNICEF and the Philippine Press Institute.

The Junior Inquirer (Metro) is Philippine Daily Inquirer’s section that’s especially dedicated for and by kids. Published every Saturday in tabloid format, 50,000 copies are distributed to the top schools of Metro Manila the first three Saturdays of the month for free. Junior Inquirer can also be browse online through www.juniorinquireronline. ph

Inquirer online pages is just simple enough. The layout and design is complementary to the con- tent. It supports the substance of the page itself and clears enough to read and access for the read- ers. The photos and graphics in each section were organized properly according to the main topic down to its sub topics. It became more reader- friendly when it uses contrasting colors like black or dark text on a white or light-colored back- ground. This is easier on the eyes.

Indeed, reading the Inquirer will provide you a rich learning experience in knowing about truth and happenings in the Philippines.

Philippine Daily Inquirer is one of the leading newspapers in the Philippines. In fact, last year,

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according to the research conducted by Neilsen Media Research, Philippine Daily Inquirer had once again ranked at the very top.

The highly efficient writers of the newspaper PDI convey clearly and effectively the facts, the views, the analysis, etc. to their readers to make this newspaper company at the top of the market. The news at PDI is very exact and complete in details and the editorials are very in depth and convinc- ing.

The efforts exerted by writers and contributors in this newspaper are truly remarkable because it just shows in the tedious efforts of presenting de- tails for the sake of information and truth.

It really connects readers to the events and signifi- cant happenings in society. This is just the paper worth reading.

happenings in society. This is just the paper worth reading. Panorama from page 28 People around

Panorama

from page 28

People around us may not give us the latest in tech- nology, fashion, and the like. They may not provide us the best places to visit when having a vacation. They may not feature our favorite celebrities or music acts. But Panorama will definitely give us pieces of advices on how to live life to the fullest, speak and act prop- erly, cultivate our natural resources, rebuild relation- ships, be winspired with featured people’s stories, in- spired with featured people’s stories, appreciate even the simplest things that we have, aim high but keep our feet on the ground, and let God take full control of our lives.

However, most of the readers prefer glossy and so- phisticated magazines over classic, old-fashioned lay- out style and graphics, simply because that’s the trend going on nowadays. It’s really about time for Pano- rama to take a step higher. Actually, there’s no need for Panorama to revamp their concept for they have sensible write-ups, which help us enrich our way of living. To make it more appealing to the public, they should take a step higher by overhauling its design, just like what Manila Bulletin did.

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1990s

1. Sana Maulit Muli (1995) Director: Olivia M. Lamasan Screenplay: Jose Javier Reyes, Olivia Lamasan
1. Sana Maulit Muli (1995)
Director: Olivia M. Lamasan
Screenplay: Jose Javier Reyes, Olivia Lamasan
Starring: Aga Muhlach, Lea Salonga
It’s rare to find a film that is both commercially and critically successful.
A story of two lovers drifting apart by the reason of American dream, Agnes
(Salonga) an overly dependent to the point of being spineless woman, was
petitioned to the San Francisco by her absentee mother, she expected that
her long-time boyfriend Jerry (Muhlach) would always be there for her as she
struggles to survive on her own. However, as it turns out, Jerry, an advertising
executive, utilizes the time without his girlfriend to improve his career.
2. Jose Rizal (1998) Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya Screenplay: Ricky Lee, Jun Lana Starring: Cesar Montano,
2. Jose Rizal (1998)
Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya
Screenplay: Ricky Lee, Jun Lana
Starring: Cesar Montano, Jaime Fabregas, Joel Torre
Jose Rizal’s (Montano) life and works are recounted through a series of non-linear
flashbacks which reflect on various aspects of his life - as writer, propagandist, lover,
friend, brother, doctor, and the man that inspired a revolution.
3. Segurista (1996) Director: Tikoy Aguiluz Screenplay: Amado Lacuesta, Jose F. Lacaba Starring: Michelle Aldana,
3. Segurista (1996)
Director: Tikoy Aguiluz
Screenplay: Amado Lacuesta, Jose F. Lacaba
Starring: Michelle Aldana, Gary Estrada
In the daytime, Karen (Aldana) is an insurance saleswoman in Manila,
but in the evening she works as an escort in a club. She is very successful in
selling insurance to her escort clients. On the weekends she returns to her
husband and daughter in Pampanga, who are living amongst the volcanic
ash from Mount Pinatubo. She is forced to take stock of her life when
Sonny (Estrada), a rich car dealer, offers to set her up in an apartment.
Things are going superb then she suddenly disappeared.
4. Bulaklak ng Maynila (1999) Director: Joel Lamangan Screenplay: Ricky Lee Starring: Elizabeth Oropesa, Angelou
4. Bulaklak ng Maynila (1999)
Director: Joel Lamangan
Screenplay: Ricky Lee
Starring: Elizabeth Oropesa, Angelou de Leon
Azun (Elizabeth Oropesa) lives in a dangerous neighborhood in Manila where
she peddles goods on the street for a living. Her husband Roque (Bembol Roco) was
jailed after being involved in burglary. With few options to support and protect her-
self and her daughter, Azun got involve withTimo (Christopher De Leon), a leader of
a local crime syndicate.Timo rapes Azun’s teenage daughter, Ada, (Angelu de Leon)
and forces the latter to leave her boyfriend (JomariYllana) and dance in his strip
club. After learning whatTimo has done to Ada, Azun plots a revenge against him.
5. Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit (1991) Director: Carlos Siguion-Reyna Screenplay: Raquel Villavicencio Starring: Dawn
5. Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit (1991)
Director: Carlos Siguion-Reyna
Screenplay: Raquel Villavicencio
Starring: Dawn Zulueta, Richard Gomez
Carmina (Dawn Zulueta) and adopted kid (Richard Gomez) form an alliance against
her nasty natural brother Milo (Michael De Mesa), the unfavored son of the brood’s fa-
ther,Joaquin (Jose MariAvellana).WhenJoaquin dies, Milo takes over the household and
reduces Gabriel to a mere servant. Although Carmina and Gabriel are very much in love,
Carmina finds it beneath her stature to marry a stable boy like Gabriel. Blinded by the vast
wealth of Alan (Eric Quizon), she dumps Gabriel to marry the rich boy. After a few years,
Gabriel returns — now a rich man who has acquired wealth through dubious means.

FILM

FILM BEATING THE ODDS OF COMMERCIALISM: AGAINST MODERN FILMS BY MARY ANN M. VILLAFLORES M anila
FILM BEATING THE ODDS OF COMMERCIALISM: AGAINST MODERN FILMS BY MARY ANN M. VILLAFLORES M anila

BEATING THE ODDS OF COMMERCIALISM:

FILM BEATING THE ODDS OF COMMERCIALISM: AGAINST MODERN FILMS BY MARY ANN M. VILLAFLORES M anila
FILM BEATING THE ODDS OF COMMERCIALISM: AGAINST MODERN FILMS BY MARY ANN M. VILLAFLORES M anila
FILM BEATING THE ODDS OF COMMERCIALISM: AGAINST MODERN FILMS BY MARY ANN M. VILLAFLORES M anila
FILM BEATING THE ODDS OF COMMERCIALISM: AGAINST MODERN FILMS BY MARY ANN M. VILLAFLORES M anila
FILM BEATING THE ODDS OF COMMERCIALISM: AGAINST MODERN FILMS BY MARY ANN M. VILLAFLORES M anila
FILM BEATING THE ODDS OF COMMERCIALISM: AGAINST MODERN FILMS BY MARY ANN M. VILLAFLORES M anila
FILM BEATING THE ODDS OF COMMERCIALISM: AGAINST MODERN FILMS BY MARY ANN M. VILLAFLORES M anila
FILM BEATING THE ODDS OF COMMERCIALISM: AGAINST MODERN FILMS BY MARY ANN M. VILLAFLORES M anila
FILM BEATING THE ODDS OF COMMERCIALISM: AGAINST MODERN FILMS BY MARY ANN M. VILLAFLORES M anila

AGAINST MODERN FILMS

BY MARY ANN M. VILLAFLORES

M anila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story is an official entry for 2011

Metro Manila Film Festival, which is far above other typical MMFF movies. The film likewise reflects its “rarity” to its director, Tikoy Aguiluz, who famously helmed the 90s film Segurista.

Tikoy Aguiluz, who famously helmed the 90s film Segurista. (L-R) Jeorge Estregan as Asiong Salonga and

(L-R) Jeorge Estregan as Asiong Salonga and Carla Abellana as Fidela, Asiong’s wife

the film showcase fight scenes and ruthless gang wars, the film also takes a peak at his personal life; Asiong Salonga as a husband, as a father, and as a brother. The film has a lot of stories to tell that the filmmakers had difficulty narrowing them into two hours. The result was the phasing of the sequences is not quite well done. There are some scenes that jump from events to events, making it hard for me to follow the continuity of the story.

Controversies Manila Kingpin has been Graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board. Before it has been re- leased on big screen, the film was buzzed by cer- tain issues. The first issue was when Carla Abella- na was not allowed to promote the movie produce by Viva films and Scenema Concept International because of the conflict with her exclusive contract with Regal which Carla has also an entry (Yester- day, Today, Tomorrow). It’s what the producers called “conflict of interest”. This, I say, is a “con- flict for profit”, very wise indeed for the part of “businessmen”.

The second issue is with Manila Kingpin’s director Tikoy Aguiluz who sought for legal ac- tions to take out his name in all the film’s promo

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The Making Manila Kingpin is a true-to-life story of the legendary Nicasio “Asiong”

Salonga (played by Jeorge Estregan), Tondo’s notorious gang lord way back when hood- lums dominated some parts of Manila. It looks like the purpose of producer in financing this movie is not merely to entertain and expect a blockbuster hit, but to prove that local cinematography is not defined by how colorful or high tech the quality of effects is, but by how the entire production make a different taste of movie, especially at this time when mainstream movies are dominated by love stories and comedy-drama with generic titles. Ventur- ing for this kind of movie is a risk, simply because Philippine action movies had long before left down in 1990s. The attempt of making the entire movie black and white is a challenge, but suited well to the 1950s setting, with which filmmakers should be given the credit in giving each frame a nice look despite the absence of color. Another, I appreciate how the entire production made the setting so real; from the costume to the set designs down to how actors played their characters as well.

The opening scenes of the movie shows how Salonga had fight his bloody way to rise to power and reign as King of Tondo. He was tagged as the Robin Hood of Tondo for he used to rob the riches to give to the poor and protects his neigh- bors from more abusive muggers, which show the nobler side of Salonga. Although, majority of

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remarkable and informational articles of one of the Inquirer’s youngest and colorful writers, Ms. Patricia Evangelista. Patricia was awarded as the Best Speaker on the 2004 International Public Speaking competition held in the UK. Her column Method to Madness (formerly titled “Rebel With- out A Clue”) appears every Sunday in the Philip-

pine Daily Inquirer’s Opinion Section. She is also

a writer/host/segment producer for Living Asia

Channel and for Media Focus, a talk show on me- dia affairs hosted by Cheche Lazaro. In addition, she writes for the history talk show The Explainer hosted by Manolo Quezon and a consultant for de- bate show Square off. She serves as the National Youth Spokesperson for Operation Smile and a volunteer writer for Gawad Kalinga. She also pro- duces the series Story Line for the ABS-CBN News Channel.

One would be amazed at the wealth of ideas this lady has. She writes about many things that young readers could relate to. For example, she some- times writes about her experience riding a cab, she writes about her room and even about her debates with her college professors from the University of the Philippines.

Another favorite of youngsters is the “Young Blood” feature. The featured articles that come out

on “Young Blood” are contributed by avid readers of the Inquirer. Only the young and the youth- ful are allowed to submit their articles for publi- cation on Young Blood. Therefore, if you’re not young anymore but still youthful, you might want

to write for “Young Blood” about your experiences

and thus, share them to the rest of the young and youthful readers of the Philippine Daily Inquirer here and abroad.

“A H.E.A.R.T for art and everything nice”

“A H.E.A.R.T for art and everything nice”

By: Maria Laura Angeles Philippine Daily Inquirer Saturday, October 1st, 2011

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Saturday, October 1st, 2011 viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com 2bU! One another interesting part of an Inquirer newspaper

2bU! One another interesting part of an Inquirer newspaper is the 2BU!

Feature. For today’s youth, featuring what they think and what makes them tick and click. In- quirer Lifestyle’s 2BU is all about -and-written by- the youth of today. It’s about what they do, what they buy, and where they go. Bearing a cut- ting edge layout and strong visuals, 2BU carries an identity as distinct as today’s youth. 2bU re- ceives a deluge of mail from youngsters - and their parents - who want advice on a wide range of topics ranging from family and parenting to teen pressure, breakups, and what to wear on Monday mornings.

Like Abigail “Abbey” Sy, a simple teenager who has a knack for writing, a heart for art, good taste in music and finds inspiration in fairy tales, travel and all things nice. She paints sweetness in the online world, one blog post at a time.

She was interviewed last May by Laura Angeles, a writer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and 5 months later, here is the article, in print! She’s so thankful and honored that her love for blogging and passion for art has given her the chance to get featured.

“Never in a million years would I expect to see my blog, works and h.e.a.r.t. products printed in the local newspaper. It is such a great feeling” Sy said.

Of course, Philippine Daily Inquirer is also acces- sible online through http://www.inquirer.com. ph/

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NEWSPAPER

NEWSPAPER AS A MATTER OF INQUIRY: THE PDI IN PRINT AND ONLINE BY MARICAR O. ANTONIO

AS A MATTER OF INQUIRY:

THE PDI IN PRINT AND ONLINE

BY MARICAR O. ANTONIO

I f there is one word that characterizes the Philip- pine Daily Inquirer, this word is “sensational”. Whether this is a good or not-so-good word for you is another matter.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer prides itself as the country’s most influential and widely-read broad- sheet today. Much of its success can be attributed to its paper’s tagline: Balanced News, Fearless Views.

But many believe that the Inquirer is much more than just ink and paper. Beyond its balanced news and fearless views, the Inquirer is where it is at to- day because of the caliber of people who are part of this organization.

Do you want sensational news?

If your answer to these questions is a definite “Yes”, then all you have to do is to take a glimpse of the Inquirer and you will know what it is all about.

The fact is, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, or the “Inquirer” as it is popularly known, has the knack of coming up with headlines that will make you want to immediately read the entire newspaper.

One major characteristic of the Philippine Daily

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Inquirer is that of publishing articles that do not fear anyone. This makes the Inquirer a target of criticism from the government and at times, from private entities.

This daily broadsheet has national circulation and is the most popular and the most highly read newspaper all over the country. Due to its wide cir- culation and popularity, the Inquirer has always affected public opinion on many matters that its writers and columnists have commented about.

One spectacular sections of PDI is the lifestyle sec- tion which covers special focus on arts, design, books, health and fitness, 2bU!, tastes, dining out, trips, fashion and home, entertainment, Family, Weekwaker- uppers, Weddings and Engagements, Surprises, Playtime.

It’s wide array of content can be credited to one of its desk editors, Lito Zulueta, who happens to be also be a member of Manunuri ng Peliku- lang Pilipino (MPP) and publications adviser of UST’s The Varsitarian.

Young people surely never forget the remarkable and informational articles of one of the Inquirer’s youngest and colorful writers, Ms. Patricia Evan- gelista.

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Patricia Evan- gelista. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com FILM 3 Idiots: Reflecting its Smart Ways BY BERNADETH B. BUENO
Patricia Evan- gelista. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com FILM 3 Idiots: Reflecting its Smart Ways BY BERNADETH B. BUENO

3 Idiots: Reflecting its Smart Ways

BY BERNADETH B. BUENO

3 Idiots: Reflecting its Smart Ways BY BERNADETH B. BUENO “ All is well!” as the
3 Idiots: Reflecting its Smart Ways BY BERNADETH B. BUENO “ All is well!” as the

All is well!” as the most important message brought by this Bollywood movie goes. This film imparts a non-threatening dis- cussion of our daily life as if it’s going to be our last day here on Earth.

3 Idiots are not really about being an idiot but being an opposite of it. One can attest that this movie is reflective and profound, at the same time it’s hilarious.

do not want, even if it means losing

child. 3 idiots takes light-hearted

but pointed punch in the education system, raising pertinent questions about the relevance of learning, the obsession to high grades, and the dangerous aftermath of parental pressure to pursue traditional be- lief.

The movie, I must say is an all- in one movie. The movie carries a full package of drama and learn- ing. It entertains, it makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you think, it makes you sing and dance, it makes you fall in love and it makes you learn and dream.

It touches mainly on students suicides; par-

ents pushing students into a field they are not de- voted on; students silently trying to excel in some- thing they are not passionate about; enthusiastic

students who learn by just memorization without knowing the meaning what is going into their head, and also human emotions of how when a friend fails, you feel sad but when the same friends top in college, jealousy takes hold. All these aspects and more are beautifully woven into the movie.

The movie either entertains or enlightens us. It makes you feel optimistic and at the same time forces you to think hard about some of the issues plaguing our country. Whether it’s tackling corruption on politics, religion, or the way we treat our elderly, the film taught us to use our own role in the society to move mountains. Rather than let the cultural diversity divide our unity, their stories use that diversity as strength to overcome our won individual weaknesses.

Everyone can relate in this movie especially college students. In many ways, I can relate on the characters’ situation. I know and understand what ‘pressure’ or should I say the ‘killing pressure’ they are talking about and even ‘fear’ sometimes. So I really appreciate the simple but not that typical story. And I’m so inspired with some remarkable dialogues such as: “This is college, not a pressure cooker.” After hearing that line, I realize that it is right. This is a funny line but reflective inside.

The film is meant to criticize the education- al system; the creation of robots and ambitious parents who insist their child do something they

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I think this is much bigger than just the

film, it’s a cultural phenomenon. The movie will

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TV

A pleasant view of the hawks eye:

the Life of Kuya Kim Atienza

BY SHIELA MARIE T. MANUEL
BY SHIELA MARIE T. MANUEL

M apangahas Mapagmatyag Ito ang Matanglawin!

Whenever I hear those phrases, only one

man comes to mind.

Born Alejandro Ilagan Atienza, eldest of two, on January 6, 1967, he is more known to us as Kuya Kim, our friendly resident weatherman, yet he is much much more than that.

Kuya Kim studied in a seminary before he entered University of Sto. Tomas and took up Education in 1983 because of his love of learning and imparting knowledge. But behind that heart for education, there is another calling that he can- not ignore, and that is the love for theater arts and film. So Kuya Kim moved to the University of the Philippines and majored in Film.

After finishing his studies, Kuya Kim became a theater actor, then in the year 1987, he showed his athletic side when he taught aerobics and weightlift- ing in his first TV show Muscle in Motion on RPN 9 followed by Sports Review which run from 1991 to 1993 on the same station. His first stints on ABS-CBN are Ultraman and Maskman (1993) as voice dubber.

When the walking encyclopedia, Ernie Baron passed away, Atienza replaced him as the weatherman of TV Patrol in 2004. Even the late master weatherman referred to him as his rightful heir and asked him to love the job he loved.

He was given his own segment in Magandang Umaga, Pilipinas which is Animalandia and stayed till the show was reformatted into Umagang Kay Ganda.

Being a son of the former Manila Mayor, Jose Atienza, Kuya Kim also tried his luck on politics. He was a councilor of the fifth district of Manila from 1995 to 2004. But Kuya Kim admitted that he was only in it just so someone would take his father’s place.

Since he was a child, he loves taking care of pets. There came a point where in his house seemed like a mini zoo, so he donated his other pets to Ma- nila Zoo. And with this love, he was given his own TV program, Matanglawin which started airing on March 24, 2008. This show seemed to have brought Kuya Kim to the pedestal for he won countless awards and recognitions like the Star Awards for Television Best Educational Program Host three times and Best Educational Program for four con- secutive years. The show was also awarded as Best Science and Technology Program and Best Maga- zine Program of the 17th KBP Golden Dove Awards and in 2008; they receive the Anak TV Seal Awards.

His unquenchable thirst for entertainment was brought to a different level when he joined Showtime, which is now the variety noontime show, Its Showtime.

Kuya Kim is happily married to Fely Hung, president and founding member of Chinese Inter- national School Manila (CISM) Foundation, and had three children namely Jose III, Meimei and Eman with her.

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VIEWPOINT MARCH 2012 viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com NEWSPAPER PJI and its three tabloids BY TRIXIE R. ESPIEL People’s
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PJI and its three tabloids

BY TRIXIE R. ESPIEL

People’s Taliba

Taliba is the counterpart of People’s Journal in the Filipino language. They share the same news, but Taliba has more comprehensive style of writing aimed for most Filipino readers. Taliba is “balita” in reverse. Also, one of its remarkable writers is Mr. Theodore Jurado from the sports section, who writes sports news for this newspaper and also English for People’s Journal and Tonight.

and also English for People’s Journal and Tonight. P eople’s Journal, People’s Tonight and Taliba are

P eople’s Journal, People’s Tonight and Taliba are the three daily tabloids owned by one of

the biggest publishing companies in the country, the Philippine Journalists Inc. (PJI), also known as the Journal Group of Publications. It started before the Martial Law era, established by the for- mer Leyte Governor Cocoy Romualdez, Imelda Marcos’ brother.

People’s Tonight

People’s Tonight mostly contains police stories. The more bizarre the news is, the higher the chance it has in landing at the tabloid’s front page. Howev- er, there are instances when common news items are just playfully written by the tabloid’s writers to make sensationalized stories which catches read- ers’ attention. Indeed, they know when and where to put an angle to a story. The titles they use are somehow disturbing but it is actually one of the techniques they use to make their paper interest- ing.

The company is currently in the midst of contro- versies and problems, from labor issues to keeping up with the challenges the technology is bringing to conventional media. However, despite these, the Journal newspapers are still in the market.

these, the Journal newspapers are still in the market. There’s no competition and comparison between the

There’s no competition and comparison between the three national daily tabloids. They simply share and divide news from all over the country into three different newspapers. Each tabloid has their own character in terms of news content and scope.

People’s Journal

This tabloid also uses a blind-item style even in lo- cal news reports which does not even concern im- portant people. It does not seem appropriate and reliable and it can also be confusing for the read- ers.

People’s Journal usually contains political news and issues concerning the administration, govern- ment officials and some known leaders. Using the English language, it is more serious and formal. Common news items in this tabloid also includes updates and stories in the legislative.

Their stories also lack some elements of the news like accuracy and prominence. Other news oc- curred a couple of days before they publish the story, while some elements are too much or more than enough, like the human interest.

Though the three papers are not the best seller tabloid in the country, not the most accountable and most reliable newspaper, the company still continues to publish news stories, for a simple rea- son, business must goes on.

news stories, for a simple rea- son, business must goes on. It consists of sections for

It consists of sections for news, sports, opinion/ editorial, entertainment, Pinoy lifestyle and busi- ness. News and sports news usually have the big- gest space on their paper.

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Liwayway

researches like the issue this week, this magazine provided information about obesity, present de- velopment of local agriculture and anniversaries of associations that made contributions to our so- ciety.

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Short stories. These are stories to be continued every next issue. This is brought by the wild im- agination of the author depicting life of people who are striving for better life and love. It also dis- cusses stories which mirrorst what we have right now in the society like “Triplets” which discusses temptation, “Saan? Kailan?”, a story of an under- cover agent who fights for his life, and “Kumuku- long Dugo”, a story of family who are blinded with material things.

Comics. These are stories with humorous antics and colorful illustrations. Its section provides various comics like “Dora Dora” which focused on jokes, “Mangkukulam Ka Man” which focused on love, “Badul” which focused on actions, “ Dakilang Anak’ which focused in life drama of a child, “Anu- man ang Mangyari” which focused on fantasy sto- ries and love, and “Ugaling Pinoy” which mainly discussed the life of a Filipino, and used satirical jokes in dealing of problems.

Letter Senders-Vibes ni Ms. En- This deals on let- ter on letter senders with problems and then given advice by Ms. En. The readers are given a chance to send letters if they want to get advice from Ms. En.

Alamin ang Pilipinas. This is a study focusing in the history of the Philippines. Its latest issue tack- les about the “Mga Butil ng Kaalaman sa Kasay- sayan”, a research on the history, giving trivias to the readers.

Mga Payo ni Doktor. It features health problems and how to maintain good health. It also provides tips in what foods and supplements we should take if we have a certain illness.

Lola Liway. This is the comic relief at the end page of the magazine which provides stories and illus- trations about Lola’s criticisms on a certain topic.

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If you would notice, reading between the lines of Liwayway would really educate you. You would be entertained andt at the same time you would also be informed about current issues on the society, and lives of different personalities, and Liwayway has marked its way in the history and lives of Filipinos for a very long time.

of different personalities, and Liwayway has marked its way in the history and lives of Filipinos
in the history and lives of Filipinos for a very long time. v i e w

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tion. And that is all because the editing and mu- sical score was changed without his knowledge, which I think is too absurd reason. Making a film does not solely rely on one person. Doing film is a group labor and I think changing such for the bet- terment of the film does not mean by passing one’s authority. Director is a director, but one must also be open for suggestions or corrections.

An Award Winning Film Sweats were rewarded, controversies were out taken after it has been recognized in the 37th MMFF Awards Night. The film festival’s only ac- tion movie in black and white screen won eleven awards namely: Best Picture, Best Screenplay (Roy Iglesias and Rey Ventura), Best Supporting Actor (John Regala), Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award, Best Cinematography (Carlo Mendoza), Best Original Themesong (La Paloma by Ely Buendia), Best Musical Score (Jessie Lazaten), Best Sound Recording (Mike Idioma), Best Editing (Jason Cahapay and Ryan Ordun), and Best Production Design. Interestingly, Gary dela Cruz was credited as the Best Director after Tikoy Aguiluz quitted on the film.

the Best Director after Tikoy Aguiluz quitted on the film. Online from page 25 people you
Online from page 25
Online
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people you are following, which can be repost- ed via ‘reblog’. Another feature is Ask button wherein people can send you messages and questions anonymously or not, depending on your chosen settings.

I’ve been an active Tumblr user since No- vember 2009 alongside Facebook. Tumblr be- came my companion and because of its unique features I had never ceased using it.

All things have disadvantages, blogging isn’t always fun. In blogging, people can exercise their freedom of speech. But same goes with the regular writers, the freedom of speech and expres- sion have its own limitations. You can blog or write whatever you want, but always remember, think before you click.

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affect and change the society about how we like or dislike it, whether it bores you or make you proud, as long as you’ve thought for yourselves, and al- lowed the idiot in you to awake for a bit.

This is the film that showed alternating emotional highs and lows, a catch point, an in- vincible hero, and perfect knowledge of when to break into song or the interval.

It has combined characters, a well-weaved narrative of the meaning of true education, the joy of learning and of course, friendships. Aside from be- ing a highly amusing comedy film, it’s also a wonder- ful showcase of optimism.

The best thing about this film is that it gives a social message in a very fine matter. It makes parents realize that they should not force their children as far as their professions likings are con- cerned. It gives clear picture of our education sys- tem. We keep on studying what is given in books and some time not even realize the actual meaning of the sentence given in books.

The film in the end is a broad entertainer that plays to the gallery, well-intented but sadly mixed-up. As we all realize later in this film (and in our lives): everyone turns out fine eventually.

This is the sort of movie you’ll take home with a smile and a song on your lips and realizing the true essence of education.

take home with a smile and a song on your lips and realizing the true essence
take home with a smile and a song on your lips and realizing the true essence

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TV

TV 5: Competitor or Clone?

BY SHARMEYNE I. BONTIGAO

TV TV 5: Competitor or Clone? BY SHARMEYNE I. BONTIGAO T V5, formerly known as ABC

T V5, formerly known as ABC 5, is a major

commercial TV network owned by business

tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan. Since it was

re-launched last August 9, 2008, TV5 has been re- ported as one of the top 5 TV networks based on AGB Nielsen survey. Is TV5 going to be a new com- petitor of ABS-CBN and GMA-7?

ABS-CBN and GMA Network, Inc. claim re- spectively they are number one in Mega Manila and nationwide viewership ratings. They both showcased mass-oriented TV shows, reality shows, and others. But what if TV5 joins the roster, who will emerge as number one?

TV5 became well known when it was first aired as “Shake Mo TV Mo” and gained ratings because of their most watched TV show, the tagalized Spongebob Squarepants.

Since 2010, it began its competition with ABS- CBN and GMA-7. At first, I thought that TV5 will turn out as a different TV network, like a breath of fresh air. But it soon became a clone of the two biggest TV networks.

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We all know that in a competition, once your competitor launched something new, you have to launch a better one. That is what GMA and ABS-CBN do. They see to it that when the other station airs a new show, they will conceptualize and create the same theme that will beat the ratings of the other network. They adapt each other’s TV shows to see which will gain more viewership ratings. But as TV5 grows into a bigger network, they start to mimic GMA-7 and ABS- CBN to keep its ratings in close ties with the two giant TV networks.

They adapted everything: the musical variety shows, comedy sitcoms, public affairs programs, fan- tasy series, showbiz news and cartoon shows. TV5 also created anew of its station tag into “Kapatid” the same with ABS-CBN’s “Kapamilya” and GMA-7’s “Kapuso”.

Another, we can’t deny that TV5’s stars and celeb- rities just came from either GMA-7 or ABS-CBN. They seldom produce their own stars. In other words, TV5 seems to be a mixture of the two bigger TV networks.

When it comes to primetime, you can easily see the mixture of ABS-CBN and GMA stories merely because some of the story writers and the actors were from the two other stations. Since the two were estab- lished a long time ago, the stars can adapt the environ- ment of the network. With their transfer to TV5, they bring with them the acting skills they got from the net- work they came from.

I hate how TV5 airs foreign movies and cartoons dubbed in Filipino. Yes, maybe kids will understand the language, but for grownups, to the truest sense of the word, it’s “corny” as what they call it.

If they do not stop copying the themes and ide- as of the other networks, they will lose their identity. Filipinos are looking for an alternative viewing experi- ence since the two other networks are merely compet- ing with each other. But as I see it, TV5 cannot offer a fresh and new viewing experience to the audience since they are “copying” ideas from the two. So is TV5 a new competitor, an extension, or a clone TV?

So is TV5 a new competitor, an extension, or a clone TV? viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com People Driven by

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People Driven by Guilt. They are the people who spend their entire lives running from regrets and hiding their shame. They are manipulated by memories; they allow their past to control their fu- ture. The book says that we don’t have to be pris- oner of our past for God’s purpose is never limited to our past.

People Driven by Resentment. They are those who hold on to their hurts. They tend to let the feel of pain over and over in their mind instead of releasing it. God has long before assured people that those who have hurt them in the past cannot continue to hurt them now unless they hold on to the pain through resentment.

them now unless they hold on to the pain through resentment. Rick Warren People Driven by

Rick Warren

People Driven by Fear. Fear-driven people often miss great opportunities because they are afraid to venture out. They play safe, avoid risks and try to maintain status quo. Fear is a self-im- posed prison which can only be defeated by mov- ing against it with the spiritual weapons of faith and love.

ing against it with the spiritual weapons of faith and love. “ Life on Earth is

Life on Earth is a Test; a Trust;

and a temporary Assignment.

People Driven by the Need for Approval. They allow the expectations of other people to control their lives. These are the people who follow the crowd and who usually get lost in it.

People are misled by the thought that death is the end of life; many are afraid to die. I long before knew that life on earth is a test, a temporary one, but Warren further discussed that the reason why most people are afraid to death and long for im- mortality is because God had planted eternity in the human heart which can only be found after our body here on Earth has torn down.

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People Driven by Materialism. Their desire to acquire becomes the whole goal of their lives. They tend to have this misconception of having more will make them happier, more important, and more secure, which the author called ‘tempo- rary’ and ‘untrue’. God says your value is not de- termined by your valuables. Likewise, real security can only be found in that which can never be taken from you-your relationship to God.

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BOOKS

APURPOSE DRIVENLIFE:

A Book that can Change Life’s Course

book review!
book
review!

BY MARY ANN M. VILLAFLORES

Obsession with self in these mat-

ters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open,

is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious

into a spacious free life.

As Rick Warren stated, the book contradicts some other popular books, movies and sem- inars that tell people to discover life’s meaning by looking within thy self.

that we could only dis- cover the meaning and purpose if we make God the reference point of our lives.

“What drives your life?”

Everyone’s life is driven by something. There are lots of circumstanc- es, values, and emo- tions that can guide or control people’s lives, but Warren have nar- rowed down those into five drives:

but Warren have nar- rowed down those into five drives: ” Reiterating, Warren said that it’s
”

Reiterating, Warren said that it’s the wrong starting point that lead people to another search and eventually lose their track. Many people follow the wrong path. We tend to search life’s meaning through asking self-centered questions like, “what do I want to be? What are my goals, my dreams, and my ambitions? What should I do with my life? These have lead people to what Rick Warren called, a ‘dead end’. But the book had offered the read- ers the easiest way to discover their purpose; to ask God, to ask the creator. Warren reiter-

You were born by His purpose

and for His purpose.

I could summarize the book “A Purpose Driven

Life” with this sole sentence: People were born

by God’s purpose and for God’s purpose alone.

There are lots of books published and distrib- uted all throughout the world, but there’s still a never ending quest for life’s meaning. Reading “A Purpose Driven Life” made me realize a lot of things. This book was designed by author in such a way that everyone can easily understand its con- text, and you will find out that it is worth to read. To be fair enough, let me share you some of its lessons that will shake you up to the highest mag- nitude, but it’s always up to you, readers, on how you are going to make or to face the “aftershocks”. Would you be enlightened, or would you be more confused?

A Purpose Driven Life is a self-help book in a spiritual approach that answers lots of questions of people whom are in quest for the true meaning of their existence.

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Uncovering the stories of

i - WITNESS BY RAFFY A. BIBERA genesis imperfecta” or brittle bone disease which caused
i
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WITNESS
BY RAFFY A. BIBERA
genesis imperfecta” or brittle bone disease which caused him to
cannot walk, eat and bathe with his own. In spite of this situa-
tion, Pablito was never considered to be the burden on his fam-
ily. His supportive brother, Jason, gives him chances to experi-
ence what the world could offer with Pablito - education for his
brighter future. Day by day, he was carried by his brother in
going to school, thinking that his dedication to carry his sibling
could give Pablito the better life.

(L-R) I-Witness hosts Sandra Aguinaldo, Jay taruc, Howie Severino, and Kara David (GMA News and Public Affairs)

O ne of the most renowned channels that already built its foundation in giving its viewers an intensive research and eye-

opening episodes on the social issues that we have today is the- GMA 7, and one of its award- winning and credible programs in terms of in- forming the public is the I-witness.

I-witness is a documentary show of the GMA News and Public Affairs, airing every Monday evenings. It bagged honors from PMPC Star Awards for Television, UP Gand- ingan Awards, Lasallian Scholarum Awards, USTv Student Choice Awards, New York Festivals, Catholic Mass Media Awards, MTRCB TV Awards, and George Peabody Awards for several years.

Throughout the time, the I-witness provided its view- ers such intelligent discoveries and education that calls for our empathy to deserted people and places in the society, and two of its episodes which received awards last year are the docu- mentaries entitled “Paraisong Uhaw” and “Pasan-Pasan”.

Sandra Aguinaldo’s Pasan-Pasan

The I-witness was hailed by the Catholic Mass Me- dia Awards as the 2011 Winner for Best Educational Pro- gram through its episode “Pasan-Pasan” hosted by San- dra Aguinaldo. This “Pasan-Pasan” is also awarded as the Outstanding Televised Feature on Youth and Education of The Lasallian Scholarum Awards in September 2011.

This episode is a story of brotherhood, love, persever- ance and loyalty between family members. It’s a story of an 18-year old crippled child named Pablito who suffers “osteo-

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The story tells an undying commitment and love to every family member. It shows how the help of one another could bring happiness and success especially to the mem- ber of family who has disability.

This episode also opened the eyes of those fortu- nate people who experience going to school and playing with others with their own. This story provided everyone the mindset about the education as a way to surpass chal- lenges and to bring us a good future. This story would really inspire people especially those who has the same condition with Pablito- the persons with disabilities.

Kara David’s “Paraisong Uhaw”

In 2011, the I-witness won on the New York Festi- vals as the 2011 winner for Bronze World Medal for docu- mentary “Paraisong Uhaw” hosted by Kara David.

It’s an hapless story of the people of the Sampad, Mas- bate who depend in a well for their source of water. Unfortu- nately, Sampad being a desert-like town, the well they used to get water was always in mixture of mud. This surreal way of living provided nothing but fierce droughts to the town.

Contrary to this, it cannot be denied that every day, we are living in a world which provides everyone clean and pota- ble water. In the case of the Sampad people, living in this place have no choice but to consume this mud-like and mud-tasted water without minding the illnesses they can get with it.

It’s also a story informing everyone how important the saying “Every drop of water counts”, particularly to the people of Sampad. This story calls for the priority of the government to provide the children a more convenient way to access for water without spending their whole time to dig for well just to have clean water. The local government must provide them stable sources of clean water and prioritize their safety and health.

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TV BY ELAIDIA LIZ V. OLIVEROS I thought that the CHI stands for Chinese since it

BY ELAIDIA LIZ V. OLIVEROS

I thought that the CHI stands for Chinese since it is a Filipino-Chinese program. Well, I was wrong. The CHI stands for good life and energy which means that we should enjoy life at its full- est. I’ve watched several episodes of the program and the segment that I have liked so far was the Chi Chow. I would wish that I would be the host so that I could eat the delicacies that they are featur- ing. They have featured the top three shabu-shabu in the metro, the organic cooking of Chef Tatung, and many more.

Chinoy TV, together with some partners, organized the Chinoy Hao Bang 2012 last Janu- ary 22, 2012 to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Water Dragon at the SM Mall of Asia. They gave away lots of prizes and also organized the first ever Chinoy Strip, an event where every guest who registers would be given a map to follow and they would win prizes and a chance to win a trip for two to USA when they finish it. I participated of course and I had fun and a loot bag to go with it. Unfortunately, I didn’t win any of their raffle prizes. Maybe next time. The fireworks after the event really amazed me. It feels like I was under a night sky filled with vibrant flashing stars. It really ended with a bang.

The program might be boring for some seg- ments but one can learn a lot from the show. An- yone could also learn to speak Chinese, not only Mandarin but Cantonese and Fookien as well. It is good for the eyes and the mind to see something new every now and then. Try watching Chinoy TV and see for yourselves why it is unique.

watching Chinoy TV and see for yourselves why it is unique. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com W here will you
watching Chinoy TV and see for yourselves why it is unique. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com W here will you

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yourselves why it is unique. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com W here will you see a TV show in the

W here will you see a TV show in the

country that incorporates three

languages: Chinese, Filipino, and

English? Brought to us by the Fil-Chi Media Productions, Inc. and Net25 and a nomi- nee for one of the Best Lifestyle Show in the 25th Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for TV, Chinoy TV is a unique and innovative magazine TV program which showcases the vibrant culture and lifestyle of the Filipino-Chinese community in the country, especially in the Luzon area.

It airs every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 in the morning and has different segments name- ly, Chi Chow which showcases the latest and hot- test restaurants around; Chi Active which shows sports, travel, recreation and technology; Chi Access which features the Chinese events in the Metro; Chi Profile which features the successful Filipino-Chinese from politics to business; and Chi Style, which shows the latest Filipino-Chinese fashion. They have about a dozen hosts who speak Chinese, Filipino, and English so if you know all three languages and are interested, send out your resume to them.

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consider embracing progressive ways, but his dispossessed half- brother avenges him- self by destroying the more fortunate. The events that form the backdrop to this novel are the Huk rebellion which was eminent due to the rebellion against the rich landowners in Northern Luzon.

Revealing the Reality

The Mass and The Pretenders (1962) revolves around the world of Antonio Sam- son who moves through all strata of urban so- ciety, revealing the de- structive social forces that operate within it.

Po-On was set during the late 19th century during the perishing years of the Spanish realm. The latter still retained some strug- gling leftovers of its colonial civil services, including some mano- rial lords in the plains of Central Luzon island, descendants of the Basque and Spanish- Catalan settlers, served by immigrants from the deep Ilocano country up north. In one scene, a Basque grandee comes to the town of Rosales, when the settlement is still unorganized, and

of Rosales, when the settlement is still unorganized, and designates the limits of his domain with
of Rosales, when the settlement is still unorganized, and designates the limits of his domain with
of Rosales, when the settlement is still unorganized, and designates the limits of his domain with

designates the limits of his domain with his whip.

Sins looks back on the history of the Philippines during the twentieth cen- tury through the eyes of the amoral Don Carlos Corbello, or C.C., who took part in that history and, on his deathbed, is reaping much of what he sowed.

Dusk jumps back to the time of the Spanish-American War, whose Philip- pine theatre (as opposed to the Cuban theatre) is largely unknown to most Americans. In the course of Sionil Jose’s work, which calls to mind Balzac’s “Human Comedy” if on a smaller scale, we get an increasingly defined pic- ture of Philippine history over more than a century. We are shown all kinds of people, from the moral cowards to the fiercely heroic, from the ferociously greedy to the selflessly philanthropic. In the face of all the tragic events in their lives, many of the people in Sionil Jose’s epic are still able to say “We shall overcome.”

Indeed, Jose is the only writer who has made a series of novels that brought intelligent and imaginative conception of a century of Philippine life. His works had simply touched the various aspects of life of an individual in this type of society that we have today.

of life of an individual in this type of society that we have today. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com MARCH
of life of an individual in this type of society that we have today. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com MARCH
of life of an individual in this type of society that we have today. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com MARCH
of life of an individual in this type of society that we have today. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com MARCH

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BOOKS

book review!
book
review!

F rancisco Sionil Jose is a multi-awarded

writer and one of the most widely-read Fili- pino novelists. Among his famous novels are:

The Pretenders, Mass, Tree, My Brother, My Executioner, Po-on, Er- mita, Spiderman and Dusk. As what literary critics would say, he is our strong contender for the coveted the No- bel Prize for Literature. F. Sionil Jose is not only famous in our own country but he is also widely acclaimed in Asia for his works.

Inspired by his early struggles and experi- ences in life, his novels and short stories were drawn upon his mem- ories of Barrio Cabu- gawan, the village of his birth. As you would notice, his stories ac- tually depicted his life including the social is- sues in today’s world. Before reaping what he had sown a “pure suc- cess”, Jose experienced first a taste of hardship by doing household chores for an educated

F. Sionil Jose:

The Mirror of the Society

BY GEMMA G. SEBUGAN

industries during the free trade that institut- ed between Philippines and United States. It depicts man’s continu- ing and often futile search for justice and a moral order. F. Sionil’s family was a victim of the wealthy and elite who filed claims on their lands, forcing them to become labor- ers and tenants to their own lands.

them to become labor- ers and tenants to their own lands. My Brother, My Ex- ecutioner

My Brother, My Ex- ecutioner deals with the activities of two half-brothers, one of them was a dispos- sessed guerrilla. With more than enough property to keep his family in comfort, the bourgeois half-brother can afford to entertain liberal ideas and even

half-brother can afford to entertain liberal ideas and even elite so he can support his school

elite so he can support his school fees.

Realizing that the sci- ence/medicine courses were not for him, he transferred to liberal arts at University of Santo Tomas. During his stay in Manila, he stayed with his rela- tives in a house nearby the railroad which he had mentioned in one of his novel, The Pre- tenders. Fortunately he was then able to obtain a paid position as assis- tant literary editor on the university’s news- paper, The Varsitarian. In quick succession,

he also became the lit- erary editor, managing editor and, finally, edi- tor-in-chief.

Remembering the Barrio Of His Youth

Two of his novels deal with the remembered barrio of his youth, Tree and My Brother, My Ex- ecutioner.

Tree examined the re- lationship between na- tive landowners, the leaders of industry and their subalterns while impoverishing the ten- ants of the land and the laborers in small-scale

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38 VIEWPOINT MARCH 2012 viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com TV Anthony Taberna: Fears death threats but takes it as a
38 VIEWPOINT MARCH 2012 viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com TV Anthony Taberna: Fears death threats but takes it as a

Anthony Taberna:

Fears death threats but takes it as

a challenge

BY JORDEENE SHEEX B. LAGARE

T V and radio broadcaster Anthony Tab-

erna never imagined getting to where he

is now for he entered the media industry

just to sustain his Mass Communication stud- ies at New Era University at the age of 17.

His dad suffered a mild stroke in September 1992 and the 37-year-old TV and radio personality needed to find a job to help his parents. He planned to work in Jol- libee but chose to work as part time writer when he heard of a job opening in DZEC, operated by Eagle Broadcasting Corporation. He was first asked to translate to Filipino an editorial published by Inquirer. Good thing he came from Nueva Ecija, and writes and speaks Tagalog profoundly. Two days after his application, the news manager of the station asked him to come back.

Anthony, or more popularly known as Ka Tuny- ing (his father’s nickname that he chose to use after his father’s death in 2002), got his job in DZEC as a part-time news writer, then he became a news producer, and later on a station’s field reporter. He transferred to DZMM in 1997, ABS-CBN’s radio station and became its field re- porter. Three years after, he joined Gerry Baja in the radio program Ito ang Radyo Patrol, which led to their current tandem program Dos por Dos that airs every Monday- Friday from 5:00-6:00AM and 5:30-6:30PM.

Aside from Dos por Dos, he is part of Umaga kay Ganda (UKG); XXX (Exklusibong, Explosi- bong, Exposé); and Ako ang Simula with Karen Davila and Atty. Pochoy Labog. He anchors Iba-Balita ni Anthony Taberna, a weeknight on Studio 23 that delivers latest news around the Philippines and airs his opinions at the same time. In addition to his daily programs, he does exclusive interviews and reports in TV Patrol and Bandila.

This broadcaster received several awards and recognitions. He was the first recipient of the 2005 KBP Golden Dove Award Best Reporter award. Ka Tu-

Ka Tunying with his wife, Rossel, and kids Zoe and Helga (Photo from smartparenting.com and ABS-CBN/Ako ang Simula)

nying was the first to air the ‘Hello Garci’ recording and the ‘mother of all tapes’. Also, he was awarded as 2010 COMGUILD Best Male Field Reporter of the Year; 2009 Outstanding Radio Anchor by the VACC (Vol- unteers against Crime and Corruption); 2009 Young Professional Awardee for Broadcasting and Journal- ism; 25th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Male Newscaster for Iba-Balita ni Anthony Taberna and Best Morning Show Host for UKG; and 8th USTv Students’ Choice Awards Male News and Current Affairs Host.

Ka Tunying wished to interview US President Barack Obama. He would arm himself with much English. And his first question to Obama? “Do you have any regrets running for president?” The strong-willed broadcaster is very fascinated with Obama’s story, from his rise to power.

Ka Tunying fears death threats especially for his wife, Rossel Velasco-Taberna; and two beautiful daugh- ters Zoe, 3, and Helga, 1. But he took these as part of his profession. He once thought of giving in to his wife’s plea to quit his job. “Pero naisip ko, ano nalang ang itatawag sa akin, pag nalaman ng mga tao ang pagtiklop ko sa isang challenge?”

Amidst the death threats he received through text messages, snail mail, email, and indirectly through common acquaintances, he still stands by his hard-hitting yet humorous commentaries.

mail, email, and indirectly through common acquaintances, he still stands by his hard-hitting yet humorous commentaries.

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ONLINE

Online Versions of

Newspapers,

TV and Radio:

Trend or threat?

BY RICA MARIE G. FERNANDEZ

I sn’t it amazing how the Internet has rapidly be- come a part of our every-

Newspaper pages are now turned simply by clicking. Like en- vironment advocates would say, it would be a great way to save the environment because online news- papers means there would be a lesser need to cut down trees and process them to be pieces of paper.

readership and, in turn, many newspaper publishing compa- nies are briskly moving on the verge of bankruptcy. Even tel- evision viewership and radio lis- tenership was not as high when internet was still an unknown media.

was not as high when internet was still an unknown media. day lives? From our personal

day lives? From our personal needs like communicating to our work and school-related tasks like researching, inter- net can indeed be considered a necessity.

inter- net can indeed be considered a necessity. Catching up with our fa- vorite television shows
inter- net can indeed be considered a necessity. Catching up with our fa- vorite television shows

Catching up with our fa- vorite television shows we missed during work daysis also now pos- sible. You don’t even need to have a recorder to be able to do that. Consequently, listening to music does not require carrying a bulky stereo set anymore.

As time goes by, more and more people prefer the more convenient means of accessing newspapers, television and ra- dio. While it can be considered a successful trend for the so-called new media, this phenomenon is taking its toll in the traditional media – serving more of a threat.

We saw the internet boom and, whether we admit it or not, everything had been more con- venient since then, especially when it comes to the transforma- tion of traditional media.

when it comes to the transforma- tion of traditional media. Gone were the days when newspapers
when it comes to the transforma- tion of traditional media. Gone were the days when newspapers

Gone were the days when newspapers specifically meant reading on paper and when televi- sion and radio shows only meant one time airing – either you watch it on time or you miss it.

Indeed, even media storage these days does not require you a big room or dozens of filing cabi- net, all you need is a computer and an internet connection.

Online media can be more convenient but we can’t afford traditional media either. Sadly, it seems to me that this is also becoming more of a battle between the two different me- dium (which will only be over when one of them has been to- tally extinct) when, in fact, they can help each other to flourish in their own ways.

they can help each other to flourish in their own ways. However, as much as there
they can help each other to flourish in their own ways. However, as much as there
they can help each other to flourish in their own ways. However, as much as there

However, as much as there are advantages, online ver- sions of traditional media also have its disadvantages. In the recent years, there is an evident decline in the rate of newspaper

Nowadays, thanks to the internet, these kinds of media can be accessed anytime and anywhere we want even without spending an extra centavo.

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24 VIEWPOINT MARCH 2012 viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com BOOKS SHADOW OF DOUBT : The probing on Supreme Court BY
24 VIEWPOINT MARCH 2012 viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com BOOKS SHADOW OF DOUBT : The probing on Supreme Court BY
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SHADOW OF DOUBT:

The probing on Supreme Court

BY TRIXIE R. ESPIEL

B rave, powerful, admirable, and explosive. These are what the people can say to Marites Vitug’s most controversial book, the Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court. With this book, one can un- derstand the hottest issue today - the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

- the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com The Face of the ‘Shadow’

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The Face of the ‘Shadow’

Marites Dañguilan Vitug, editor-in-chief of Newsbreak magazine and co-founder and board member of the Philippine Center for Investi- gative Journalism(PCIJ), launched the book Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court on March 2010.

“My written works siguro, I’d like to

kunwari I’m writing for

a military…I want to show the relation- ship ng politics and institution…sa gov- ernment. I’d always like to relate it to a bigger issue. I write simply. That’s com- mon to all my writings. I never write sa difficult language kasi ayokong tumak-

relate subjects

bo sa dicyionary yung mga readers.”

In relation to her “Shadow of Doubt”, it was also her familiarity in the military that brought her to this published work.

“In 2007, started to cover the Supreme Court

for and then sabi ko it was very interesting

So when I was

in SC in 2007 I have to write about it, so sabi ko

parang AFP masyadong hierarchial at naging interesado ako.

pala kasi its like the

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12. During 2003, that was 9 years ago, you were awarded as the Natatanging Gawad Urian of the Year, being one of the first in terms of being a scriptwriter. How was the feeling then? Did you see that coming Sir from the MPP?

RL: Oh, I did see it coming kasi usually mababa ang tingin sa mga writer.Di ba? Ang writer kasi invisible.Up to now nga, tinatawag akong direk. Karamihan ng tao, hindi nila ako nakikita as a writer. Nakikita nila ako as a director. Ganun ka-invisible ang writer. So when it (the award) came, it felt really good. Not only for myself but also for my fellow writers. Yun nga ang sinabi ko sa speech ko nun eh, na malaking karangalan ito bilang isang writer. Totoo na may respect sila sa ating mga writers, pero kapag andyan na hindi na nila nakikita. Hindi siya nagbago. That was 2003, Gawad Urian. When I launched Amapola last year, 2011, ang sinabikosa speech ko, akala ng maraming tao na walang writer na nageexist, na ang dialogues iniimbento lang ng artista o director. Up to now, it’s still the same issue. Lalo na samga nobelista. Sinasabi nila na wala nang nagbabasa ng nobela na sulat ng Pilipino in Filipino (language.) Pero sabi ko, hindi. Ang pelikula kasi glamorous, ang literature hindi. Pero sabi ko, makikilala ako (bilang nobelista). Gusto kong sabihin nila, “Ay, nobelista yun.” May taginting yung term na “nobelista.” I hope na dumating talaga yung time na yun. Yung kahit hindi nila napanood yung pelikula ko, pero nabasa yung nobela ko.

13. Who are the people you look up to until now?

RL:Bukod sa mga hindi kilalang tao (sikat na tao), mga musicians. Greenday. Kapag nagpeperform sila nanonood ako. Yung sa Killers, di natuloy eh. Papanoorin ko sana. Kung natuloy sila rito, literally and figuratively, I’ll watch. Sa kanila ako magpapa-autograph. So, musicians, I suppose. Mula noon hanggang ngayon. Even Filipino musicians. Sila Regine (Velasquez), hinahabol-habol ko yan kung saan- saan. Spongecola, etc. Sa mga kaibigan, o kapwa writer, sig- uro si Pete (Lacaba). He’s a writer, journalist, poet.

Follow-up: Siya po yung Natatanginganging Gawad Urian last year? RL: Oo, siya. Naunahan ko siya. Nagkakantiyawan nga kami eh. Wala kasi siyang inggit sa katawan. Usually kasi kapag director ka, pupurihin mopero may konting ano eh. Sa writ- ers din. Dapat naman kasi talaga walang inggitan, walang kumpitensya.Si Pete pinupuri niya ako at ibang writers.

14. You are already an established writer. What else

are your dreams, in your writing career? In your life?

RL: Iniisip ko, magaling ba ako? Lalabas ba ‘to ng maganda? Even after years of writing, it never ends. You never real-

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get established, so I should keep writing. I want to keep improving. I wantto write more. May mga naka-stock nga ako na kailangan sulatin, sana there’s enough time. I have so many books I want to come up with this year alone after Amapola. In fact, tatlo o apat yung naka harap na iniisipko kung alin ang uunahin ko.

Pero lahat gusto ko ma-publish this year. So, ang dami ko pang kailangang isulat. It’s exciting. Pero mahirap na ma- hirap magsulat. Especially na napatunayan kong kaya kong gumawa ng nobela, nakadalawa na ako. Nung una nakakata- kot nga.Pero kaya pala. I want to write more. More novels. And go back to films. Write for films again. Write my mem- oirs. Graphic novels din sana. Stage plays.

Write my mem - oirs. Graphic novels din sana. Stage plays. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com ONLINE Online Diary: A
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ONLINE

Online Diary:

A share of thoughts, feelings, and more

BY SHARMEYNE I. BONTIGAO

S ince the introduction of the Inter-

net, every article, be it news and

other stories published is consid-

ered a blog. As how many people define it, a blog is simply a collection of some- one’s personal experiences; an online di- ary or a journal.

What’s the difference?

During my high school years, I used to own a diary. But when I had discovered about blogging it became easier for me to share my thoughts and everything seems to be as easy as pie. During the age of the online media, people, young or old have the access to every website published in the web.

Since I started blogging, I have used dif- ferent blog sites as a place to post my ideas:

Blogger, WordPress, and Tumblr.

1. Blogger

Blogger was cre- ated by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Goog- le in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com.

blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com. Blogger have been popular among blog-

Blogger have been popular among blog- gers. It allows every user to post unlimited items. In September 2009, new features were introduced including a new interface for post editing, improved image handling, Raw HTML Conversion, and other Google Docs- based implementations.

Blogger offers a template editing fea- ture, which allows users to customize the

Blogger template. While Google Adsense of- fers users to have some extra income simply by having hits and visits on their blog.

2. WordPress WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and content management sys- tem (CMS) powered by Hypertext Preproces- sor (PHP) and “My Sequel” (MySQL). Word- Press is currently the most popular CMS in use on the Internet. It was first released on May 27, 2003, by Matt Mullenweg as a fork of b2/cafelog.

on May 27, 2003, by Matt Mullenweg as a fork of b2/cafelog. It has many features

It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. Unless you’re a professional web designer, Word- Press is the most complicated blog site. I have never maintained my WordPress blog since I cannot fully understand its features.

Unlike Blogger, themes at WordPress are being sold. But if you’re just an ordinary blog- ger and you want to make it easy when you blog, do not use WordPress.

3. Tumblr

make it easy when you blog, do not use WordPress. 3. Tumblr Tumblr is a mi-

Tumblr is a mi- c r o b l o g g i n g platform and social networking website that allows users to post text, images, videos, links, quotes and audio to their tumblelog. It was founded by David Karp in 2007 with Marco Arment as the lead developer.

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ONLINE

ONLINE A Dream Come True, Self-Satisfaction F ew years ago, Sixto Ba- flor Lagare (Kit Kilatis

A Dream Come True, Self-Satisfaction

ONLINE A Dream Come True, Self-Satisfaction F ew years ago, Sixto Ba- flor Lagare (Kit Kilatis
ONLINE A Dream Come True, Self-Satisfaction F ew years ago, Sixto Ba- flor Lagare (Kit Kilatis

F ew years ago, Sixto Ba- flor Lagare (Kit Kilatis for his program) felt the

need to establish an Internet TV as the trend of technology gone emergent in the social networking sites. At first, he put a website in the Internet (www.kitv.ph). Then, a good friend of him challenges him that his program will be put into live streaming. And last, as they say, the rest is history.

Kitv.ph launched its first airing on October 1, 2011 known as Kilatis International Televi- sion (KiTV) Philippines.

Sixto Lagare’s advocacy to impart knowledge to the public is the main reason why he pursued the Internet T.V. As a radio com- mentator, he believes that more audience will be reached by his In- ternet TV. Major partst of Luzon

BY BERNADETH B. BUENO

those in Middle East. They have volunteer correspondents there. They also join with the local gov- ernment to solve the problem im- mediately.

He believes that the young generation can also do things for his country. He considers the famous ode of Jose Rizal to the youth, “Ang kabataan ay pag-asa ng bayan”. He encouraged young people to volunteer in the pro- gram because he believes that they can contribute for the com- mon good of our society.

As long as there’s a pro- gram like the KiTV, Kit Kilatis will continue to serve the masses because of the unconditional ful- fillment it brings to him.

of the unconditional ful- fillment it brings to him. have reached by its radio station while

have reached by its radio station while the live streaming catered the needs of the masses abroad.

The budget of the program will depend on the owner of live streaming. Cost includes the equipment to be used in the programs, the Internet con- nection, rentals and others.

Kitv.ph also showcases various programs and segments. They have this “Manila Cowboy”, a music program that mostly coun- try music is played. The host also sings live. There is also Ed Rosales the “Machine Gun” whose format tackles different issues of the lo- cal barangays and municipalities and its crime. To address these issues of a specific local govern- ment unit, Rosales calls for the immediate official to deal with their problems. Juvy de Guz- man’s program, on the other hand, promotes different tal- ents of Filipino and he is also good in singing. They invite guests from the local govern- ment. It is entertaining and the same time educational.

ment. It is entertaining and the same time educational. The Internet TV also assists help especially

The Internet TV also assists help especially to the people who encountered problems abroad especially from

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10. Talking about that Sir, Himala was one of the celebrated films you had written with. How did you come up for that? RL: Yes, yung girl sa Mindoro, pinagpakitaan ni Virgin Mary at nagbago yung buhay sa buong is- land kasi nagpasukan ang mga turista, mga nego- syante so na-prostitute yung lugar. That happened in 1967. But that’s fictional. It’s Cabra Island in Mindoro.

11. Who are the directors you have worked with and what can you say about them? RL: Well, I entered the movie industry on 1979. Perosa 80’s ako talaga. They call it the Second Golden Age of Philippine Cinema. Maswerte ako kasi nung pumasok ako, hindi ako nagtrabaho sa iisang director lang. Nakatrabaho ko the best directors that time. From Mike de Leon, Lau- riceGuillen, Marilou Diaz, LinoBrocka, Ishmael Bernal, Mel Chionglo, Gil Portes. Lipat-lipat ako sa kanila. Yung mga kapwa ko scriptwriter, usu- ally, they stick to one director. Magkasundo na eh, so gawa sila ng gawa ng pelikula. Ako, maski mga director nila nakakatrabaho ko. Tapos minsan sabay pa. I was doing Himala while I was also writing Moral. So, that time, I was really with Ishmael Bernal and Marilou Diaz – Abaya. Sabay talaga, so na-wo-workshop ako ng iba-ibang direc- tor. Para siyang napakalaking workshop na natu- tuto ako. So I allowed myself to learn. I observed everything. Hindi ko pinanindigan na, gusto ko ito lang at ayoko ng iba. Para akong sponge eh. Inaabsorb ko lahat. But I was not distinguishing eh. I am not saying I prefer this director or that director eh. Mas close man ako personally ditto kesa doon, I was always open to all directors na para bang wino-workshop nila ako talaga. Yun ang naaalala ko. So mahirap pumili eh. But I became close to Marilou (Diaz – Abaya). I did more than half of (the number) all her works. I also became close friends with LinoBrocka and Ishmael Bernal. Well, I became friends with all of them. I was re- ally learning from all of them.

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Itong van ko ngayon may sticker ng Amapola, dati malaki eh. Dala ng init at ulan, nag-worn out na kaya maliit na lang. Minsan bubusinahan ako ng

driver, kakabukas ko ng mga kotse “Ito nga ba iyon?” Ilang beses akong napunta sa lugar na hin-

di ko alam. Wala akong sense of direction.

7. Sir, how did you come up as a writer for film? RL: Hindi ako nag-aral ng film. I wrote short sto- ries early on my career. Fourth year high school

I wrote a short story, that’s the start of my writ- ing career. Nakapag-publish ako ng short story

in Filipino sa isang national magazine in Manila.

Given the P50, nakalayas ako finally sa mga nag- ampon sakin in Bicol. Pumunta ako ng Maynila dala-dala yung wallet ko na may P50 so, writing ang pinagkakakitaan ko para mabuhay but writ- ing in fiction. Ang writing sakin lagi, paraan para mabuhay. So, hindi ka naman mabubuhay ng writing in fiction lang. Years later, kailangan kong mabuhay, kailangan kong magsulat, I decided mas pwedeng mabuhay sa pelikula so napasok ako sa pelikula. Hindi ko pinag-aralan, hindi ko plinano. But I need to write to survive. So napasok ako sa pelikula wala akong alam sa pagsulat ng script. Natuto ako on-the-job. Well, marami naming tu- mulong eh, sina Lino (Brocka), mga nakatrabaho kong direktor, tinignan nila yung mga script ko na minsan masyadong “novelistic” so natuto ako ha- bang nagtatarabaho. Walang writing workshops noon eh. Ako yata ang kauna-unahang Pilipino na nag-conduct ng scriptwriting workshops. Kasi noon, mga seminars lang, nagkkwentuhan kaming mga writers, ano yung mga frustrations nila, shar- ing ng personal experiences. So yung laboratory- style workshops, I don’t think wala noon. I started mag-conduct since 1982 kaya gusto ko i-share sa

I started mag-conduct since 1982 kaya gusto ko i-share sa Ricky Lee’s novels iba kasi ako
I started mag-conduct since 1982 kaya gusto ko i-share sa Ricky Lee’s novels iba kasi ako

Ricky Lee’s novels

iba kasi ako noon hindi naman natuto o nakapag- aral ng film. Walang mga writers na gaya ko, ni Pete Lacaba (Jose F. Lacaba) na willing magturo noon, talagang mangangapa ka.

8. What does the young generation of writ-

ers need to know? RL: Well, kailangan kilalanin nila yung sarili nila,

na napakahirap gawin. Hindi mo naman totally know yourself hanggang sa mamatay ka. It will never happened. Step by step, you get to know of yourself. never happened. Step by step, you get to know of yourself. Tomorrow, magbabagong konti, pero yung core nandun eh. Pero sa step na ito, pag nag- susulat na ko, I try to know myself. Gagayahin mo yung ibang mga writers, gagayahin mo si ganyan, gusto mo maging Ricky Lee, ganito, ganyan, but in the end you will not be like them, you will never be like them. Hindi mo naman kami makokopya. Eh di kami na lang kukunin. Kaya ka nga kinu- ha eh dahil may maibibigay ka na hindi ko maibibigay eh. Kilalanin mo yung sarili mo, alamin mo yung work mo. Yung unique na character mo, yun ang i-nurture mo. Ang pa- pansinin ng tao sa iyo eh yung ikinaiba mo. Syem- pre natuto ka saming mga writers, may pundasyon ka na sa mga workshops, pero yung ikinaiba mo yun ang hanapin mo.

9. What does your written works have in

common? RL: Siguro, dahil nga ampon ako, galing ako sa hirap, lumayas ako sa Bicol, nag-survive ako mag- isa sa Maynila. Working student ako noon. Hindi ako nakatapos ng college. Well, ganoon kadalasan ang naging damdamin ng mga sinulat ko, may pagka-bitter at surreal.

BOOKS

book review!
book
review!

MACARTHUR:

The foul, the dirty, and the useless

BY SHIELA MARIE T. MANUEL

foul, the dirty, and the useless BY SHIELA MARIE T. MANUEL decisions in their lives. If

decisions in their lives. If you ask me if this novel is factual, hon- estly, my answer would be no. We already know how hard it is living in this country, how the powerless are stacked in the bottom and that the lives of the children are often being wasted, although it reminds us that we have to make it right than just watch our dreams crumble right before our own eyes.

For a tough story like this, it never occurred to me that it can make me cry because of one thing -- FAMILY. Ong knows that even if peo- ple are greedy, one can- not escape the fact that they belong to a family, and using it as the pro- tagonists’

weaknesses make me frail in the knees too.

The one and a half hour read is enough to make you ponder for a few more hours of the truth you have just known. It entertains you and mocks you a little if you are like any of the char- acter.

For me, once a novel had an appeal to my being, I am willing to give it a ten – ten being the highest. Ong, who always use humor and sarcasm, went out of the box to let us know that he sometimes cares seriously. Maybe, we too, should start caring.

The

cover

secretly

shows

what

the

title

meant.

meant.

W ritten in 2007 by the mysterious

yet well known writer, Bob Ong, Macarthur is surely a must read, for we, the youth, must un- derstand how precious our life is and how lucky we are of what we have.

Macarthur is an un- likely novel made by Bob Ong. This is not in any way similar to Ong’s other writings. It tackles about the life of an addicted group of friends -- how they fight poverty, how they value their family and how they use drugs to escape the reality.

for his siblings and for his vice). Like a famous candy brand’s tag line, “life less serious”; that’s how these boys treated life and yet the soci- ety pushed them to be what they turned out to be. Macarthur thrived to human “shit” that doesn’t go down to the toilet easily. That is how these four were treated and known to this so- ciety -- FOUL, DIRTY, and USELESS.

The story is in narra- tive form, telling us the life of our protagonists in a sequential man- ner. The idea of how the story was treated here is very vulgar. There is no beating about the bush; it directly reveals the corrupt policemen, the heartless drug syndi- cate, the impoverished communities, and the prying eyes of the soci- ety.

communities, and the prying eyes of the soci- ety. Macarthur is about four friends namely Cyrus

Macarthur is about four friends namely Cyrus (a snatcher but a loving grandson to his Tatay Justo), Noel (a good for nothing son who steals in their house just so he could support his ad- diction), Jim (the oldest of the four and a fam- ily man who does not have a permanent job), and Denver (aka Vol- tron, the eldest in his family who tried eve- rything just to provide

In this way, I must say this novel has achieved its purpose of inform- ing or more like warn- ing the today’s genera- tion to make better

MAGAZINE

PANORAMA:

Amust-read magazine

BY JORDEENE SHEEX B. LAGARE

PANORAMA: Amust-read magazine BY JORDEENE SHEEX B. LAGARE M anila Bulletin, being known with its 5-column

M anila Bulletin, being known with its 5-column layout, shares the same thing with its magazine - Philippine Panorama.

The Philippine Panorama is one of the oldest Sunday magazines widely-circulated in the country. It features an array of topics such as lifestyle, home, agriculture, tourism, travel, society, and important events that happened in the world. It carries the tagline “The Nation’s Leading Weekly Magazine”.

This is being managed by the Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation, having the six columns/sections:

Going with the Wind by Beth Day Romulo, Agri-Talk by Zac B. Sarian, Our Times by Susan V. Ople, and Crossword. Though most of the articles are for people in elite class of the society, it also features people

Editorial, Medium Rare by Julie Yap Daza, Go- ing with the Wind by Beth Day Romulo, Agri- Talk by Zac B. Sarian, Our Times by Susan V. Ople, and Crossword. Though most of the arti- cles are for people in elite class of the society, it also features people from all walks in life. From time- to-time, Panorama fea- tures certain personali- ties and places.

First, I like to commend Philippine Panorama for giving us worth read- ing articles. This maga- zine reminded us of two things – the significant events that happened in our country and in the

world, and founding anniversary of a certain government office, in- stitution, organization, and the like. In their editorial section alone, it discusses the history of a certain event or oc- casion that took place in our country or in the world. For instance, their editorial talked about People Power Revolution: The Revo- lution that Surprised the World in their one- page editorial section. To sum up its content, it discussed briefly the bloodless revolution that took place in EDSA Shrine with its impact, not only in the society but in the whole world.

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Second, Philippine Panorama remains to be one of the most affordable Sunday magazines in the country in just a sheer P20. A little backgrounder:

Panorama used to be cheaper than most of the tabloid newspapers circulated in the Philippines. It was P6 before until it increased to P20 in 2005. Philippine Panorama remains to be part of Manila Bulletin’s Sunday issue.

It increased to P20 in 2005. Philippine Panorama remains to be part of Manila Bulletin’s Sunday is- sue.

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of Manila Bulletin’s Sunday is- sue. continue to page 46 viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com Nag-workshop ako ng

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Nag-workshop ako ng nag-workshop ng tuloy- tuloy, mga workshop na diretso iniemploy para magsulat. My last workshop natapos last Novem-

ber. Yung free workshop ko since 1982 na nahinto this last 5 years, ay itutuloy ko this April, yung hin-

di connected sa ABS-CBN. May ibang naghihire

sakin na magconduct ng workshop na may bayad, ginagawa ko rin yun, every now and then. So yun lang naman ang dalawang bagay na marunong ako: ang magsulat at mag-share ng aking nalala- man.

Follow-up: Sir yung process of joining the workshop. RL: It’s open for everybody. Regardless of age, gender, profession, nakatapos o hindi nakatapos.

Ako rin naman hindi nakatapos ng college, so wala akong discrimination, as long as may passion ka

at gusto mong magsulat, I think may malaking

chance basta yung passion nanjan. Kasi yung iba, ika nga to follow na lang eh. Ina-announce ko sa mga dyaryo, sa TV, and this time sa Facebook, yung registration day, wala naman kailangang dal- hin. Pagdating sa application, dun na lang may ip- apagawa. And then saka pipiliin. Kadalasan kasi, libo e ang nag-aapply. Mahirap makapasok pero ganun eh. Nung workshop namin sa ABS-CBN last 2006, there were 5,000 applicants, that’s because announced by a big media. We chose two batches. Hindi mahirap mag-conduct ng workshop, mahi- rap yung pagpili. Kasi maraming mahuhusay na mapipilitan kang hindi tanggapin dahil sa sobrang dami.

na mapipilitan kang hindi tanggapin dahil sa sobrang dami. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com 6. Give us one thing (or

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dahil sa sobrang dami. viewpointmagazine.tumblr.com 6. Give us one thing (or things) people don’t know about

6. Give us one thing (or things) people don’t know about Ricky Lee. RL: Well, madaldal ako sa mga interviews eh. Mahilig ako sa music. Music ang pinakagusto ko more than anything. Hindi ako movie fan, music fan ako. Wala naman akong particular genre, ec- lectic ang taste ko sa music, halo-halo, kung sino- sino. Siguro 1/3, hindi kilala ng mga kabarkada ko, mula sa kilala nila hanggang sa hindi kilala. Well, I like broadway, marami akong collection ng broad- way soundtracks. Mahilig ako sa jazz, but I also like rock, The Killers, Rolling Stones. Ang talagang favorite ko dati yung The Who, ngayon R.D.M, The Killers, and Greenday, so halo eh. I like also rap, nung bumalik siya, si Eminem, Kanye West, wala hindi ako nag-didiscriminate eh. Nanood ako ng concert nung Train last time sa Araneta, so hindi ako nagsasabi na “Maganda ang rock, hindi maganda ang jazz.” Ang sinasabi ko “Ay maganda itong singer na ito”, regardless of genre. Sa peli- kula rin, hindi ko sinasabing “Gusto ko war mov- ies, gusto ko rom-com (romantic comedy), drama o comedy, hindi.” If the film is good, digital man siya, indie man siya, Hollywood man siya. I like rock since my UP days, I’d never stop liking rock. Pag nagsusulat kasi ako, may music eh. Alam na ng subconscious ko na pag may nagpplay na mu- sic, magsusulat na ako. Di ba pag may ritual ka, you’re used to it di ba? Nasa mood ka na eh, it’s part of the ritual. Ano pa ba, well, may pagka-bobo ako (laughs), hindi ko alam ang plate number ng kotse ko, hanggang ngayon ‘di ko alam. First time ko to own a secondhand car nung naging script- writer na ako. Minsan hinihintay kong mawala sa parking lot yung ibang mga kotse para maalala ko “Alin nga ba ang kotse ko dito?”.

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theatrical posters of the films he had wrote with, hanged in the walls, like Jose
theatrical posters of the films he had wrote with, hanged in the walls, like Jose
theatrical posters of the films he had wrote with, hanged in the walls, like Jose
theatrical posters of the films he had wrote with, hanged in the walls, like Jose

theatrical posters of the films he had wrote with, hanged in the walls, like Jose Rizal, Bagong Buwan, Dubai and others. A hush falls for a moment, and then, we started.

1. If you were to choose one medium to write for, what is it and

why?

RL: I would choose fiction. In novels. Pelikula kasi marami kang collaborators,marami kang katrabaho. Though ikaw ang sumulat, hin-

di sayo lahat. Pero pag nobela, sayo lang. Marami mang nag-comment,

marami mang tumulong, pero in the end sayo pa rin ang titulo.

2. If you’re not a writer, what would you be?

RL: Hindi ko alam, wala akong ibang alam gawin. Hindi ako marunong kumanta, sumayaw, o magluto. Siguro magtuturo ako. Pag-aaralan ko

ang mga nasulat ng ibang tao. Related pa rin sa writing o literature. Wala eh, kasi maaga pa, when I was six pa lang, writing na gusto ko eh. Nev-

er na akong nag-deviate from there eh. Maski directing ang dami kong

offers. Mula noon hanggang ngayon tumatanggi ako lagi. Si Nora pag- ”

Sabi

Naghehesitate akong pumasok sa ibang

ko, “writer ako di ako director field. Mahirap sagutin.

kabalik na pagkabalik galling abroad, “Kuya direct mo ko niyan ”

3. How would you like to be remembered?

RL: As a person na hindi nagging selfish sa buhay niya, sa talent niya. Na

willing mag-share kung ano man ang meron siya. Hindi man ako ganon kayaman, o ganung ka sobrang husay, gusto ko may shinare ako sa ibang tao. I like people to remember me na nabuhay ako ng may silbi.

4. How does it feel when you see people reading your books? RL: Masarap. More than sa nararamdaman ko dati na when I see peo- ple watching my films, ibang-iba ngayon. At ang daming nagsasabi sakin, tulad ng isang kaibigan ko, sabihin magtetext, “o itong katabi ko sa jeep, nagbabasa ng amapola, gamit-gamit yung ginupit na bookmark sa cov- er. Gusto ko na ngang kalabitin at kunan ng picture.” Pag may naririnig akong ganon o nababasa asa txt, nakikilig ka, e madalas yun. You get a feeling na you are connected, to many people around, di ko sila kilala, maybe never ko na silang makikilala, pero kilala nila ako.In another way, nakakonekta ako ditto, doon. Kung yung nagababsa hindi nasa class- room, hindi kapwa-writer, hindi critic, nagbabasa siya kung ano man ang purpose niya, mas masarap yung pakiramdam. Like for sometime, may isang nakapulot ng P400 sa National (Book Store), sabi niya “Ang galling naman ni Lord, noon ko pa gusto makabili ng Amapola, naglalaway na

dahil walang id, walang identifi-

ako sa mgakaibigan kong may libro na cation, binili niya yung Amapola.

5. Are you still conducting workshops until now?

RL: I’d been conducting free scriptwriting workshops since 1982 at hindi naman ako tumigil sa pag-workshop eh. In fact, in 5 years, natigil yung personal kong public workshop kasi na-exclusive ako sa ABS-CBN.

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MAGAZINE

L iwayway is a weekly magazine estab-

lished in 1922 by Don Ramon Roces, a well- known man in the pub- lishing business, after the decline of his “Pho- to News” in the market. To date, it carries the tagline as the “Nangun- gunang Lingguhang Pantahanang Magazine sa Bansa”, which can be bought at a price of

P25.

In its latest issue dat- ed February 20, you would noticed that this magazine has lots of topics that provides in depth reports on issues we have today, and still giving the human inter- est which are instilled in every minds of Fili- pinos, and as a Filipino.

What’s inside in today’s Liwayway?

A short Poem- Ang Iyong Pag-ibig. In line with the month of love, this short poem is writ- ten in their issue for this week. The poem rooted from the heart which described the incompa- rable love you feel, the hurt of saying goodbye to the one you love, and the sorrow that it may bring. But in the end, it depicted hope of get- ting strength despite the hurt you get.

Reading Between the Lines of

LIWAYWAY

BY RAFFY A. BIBERA

Life Stories- Empress Schuck, Piolo Pascual and Jericho Rosales. The story about Em- press Schuck was em- phasized as an artist who accepts mature roles already in her acting career. She was infamously tagged as the “babeng palaban, mataray na aktres”. But in this Q&A story, it fo- cused on Empress’ ma- turity as a lady. Stories about Jericho and Piolo focused on their quest for success as home- grown artists up to now. Life stories in Liway- way thrived in the suc- cess stories of people who are continuously fighting for their life, especially showbiz stars amidst of speculations and intrigueswho are continuously fighting for their life, especially showbiz stars amidst of speculations and in- trigues.

Entertainment Round- ups. This is a section which deals with the latest issues of stars like KC Conception, Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos.

of stars like KC Conception, Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos. In other words, it delivers the freshest

In other words, it delivers the freshest angles in today’s show business.

Black-eye. This is a sort of blind item. It discusses entertainment stories with sarcasm - criticizing the bad issues of stars or celebrities.

Mga Kwento ng Kababalaghan. It deals with horror stories. In its latest issue, a story entitled “Ang Bahay sa Gulod” which showed the unerring belief of Filipinos with ghosts, like those who are murdered while their spirits still lives in the house where they are killed.

Saliksik at kaalaman. It gives tips or researches that greatly inform the readers. Its latest issue talks about the symbols related to Valentine’s Day since February is the month of love.

Lathalain. Agrikultura at Haraya These sections feature different topics on society, latest reports in agriculture and events. It also provide extensive

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BOOKS

PHOTO BY: ROM FACTOLERIN

BOOKS PHOTO BY: ROM FACTOLERIN BY ARJOHN C. DE GUZMAN T he Killers. Greenday. Train. The

BY ARJOHN C. DE GUZMAN

T he Killers. Greenday. Train. The man, who was relentless in writing earnest screen- plays, admits he’s more of a music fan than

a movie fan, and jokingly quips of forgetting his own car plate number at his age.

This provinciano from Daet, Camarines Norte, who had run away to Manila in search of paglaya, his personal freedom, clad in simple attire during our interview with him – in blue collared shirt and jeans. His household member warmly welcomed us in his home in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

His home, which I described as simple as any household family can get, was distinct with por-

traits of showbiz stars he had worked with: some of it were in collage form. The television was on;

it was Kris TV they’re watching to. There were

his new novel, Amapola: Sa 65 na Kabanata, that were piled up in one corner, still in reams of plastic and ready for shipment.

Nonetheless, as we sat and sip the orange juice of- fered to us, Ricky Lee’s soft voice reverberated to the quiet living room we were in. He seemed to be already downstairs, ready for us.

Happy kind of sad. Four words that best describe our impression of Lee when the conversation started. The room, in which the interview took place, had vast collections of books, the small and the big, be it prose and poetry, the new and the old; they’re all shelved in our awe. There were also

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