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Not a requiem
by Juaniyo Arcellana - October 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Past noon Tuesday text messages and social media broke the news of the death of Carlos Celdran, the performance artist who elevated guided tours to a kind of street theater, in Madrid, which is six hours behind his...
In a black & white world
by Juaniyo Arcellana - September 30, 2019 - 12:00am
A couple of days before a private screening of Jun Robles Lana’s latest, Kalel 15, at the Cinematheque Manila, news broke about the death of director Mel Chionglo, longtime stalwart of the industry and elder...
Social realism’s second birthing
by Juaniyo Arcellana - September 23, 2019 - 12:00am
With Philippine Social Realists by Amadis Ma. Guerrero, launched late August at the Erehwon Center for the Arts in Quezon City, the art movement as we know it locally comes full circle, after Alice Guillermo’s...
Raymund Ribay’s Mandaluyong is also Brillante’s
by Juaniyo Arcellana - September 16, 2019 - 12:00am
The film Verdict starts violently enough, Raymund Ribay Gutierrez’s riveting tale of domestic violence in Mandaluyong, otherwise known as the Tiger City, and its aftermath spiraling through a drawn-out trial...
‘A sense of place’
by Juaniyo Arcellana - September 2, 2019 - 12:00am
That’s the title of the latest art exhibit of elementary and high school classmate Pep Manalang, held last July at The Drawing Room, Pasong Tamo Extension.
Return to Magic Mountain
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 26, 2019 - 12:00am
Last was in Baguio six years ago for an arts exposure trip sponsored by a fuel company, including a field trip to the BenCab Museum in Asin on the outskirts, where the National Artist hosted a delegation of media,...
Ostrich years
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 12, 2019 - 12:00am
There’s a scene in Lav Diaz’s latest film Ang Hupa (The Halt) that has the once and future despot Nirvano Navarra (Joel Lamangan) talking to an ostrich, part of a personal bestiary, and asking the bird...
The year 2018 in review, rewind, repeat
by Juaniyo Arcellana - January 1, 2019 - 12:00am
Of late, President Duterte must have been getting sage advice to intersperse his rambling adlibs with bits from the main text of his prepared speech, a kind of anchor so he doesn’t get too carried away with...
Ode to nothing
by Juaniyo Arcellana - November 15, 2018 - 12:00am
Dwein Baltazar’s Oda Sa Wala, big winner in the recent QCinema international festival, is a curious yet lyrical study on the life and times of an embalmer in a funeral parlor and her friendship with a found...
The secret life of vinyl
by Juaniyo Arcellana - October 9, 2018 - 12:00am
Last Thursday Oct. 4 saw the official launch of Offshore record label at El Calle in Resorts World Manila, with some numbers performed by a couple of its recent signups, the virtuoso guitarist Jun Lopito and intrepid...
Chameleon guitarist resurfaces
by Juaniyo Arcellana - September 15, 2018 - 12:00am
Once every several years someone calls on the phone about a new gig or CD or concert, and it can’t be other than the jazz guitarist Johnny Alegre, whose musical acquaintance dates back more than 40 years to...
Grindhouse rock, with reverb
by Juaniyo Arcellana - September 2, 2018 - 12:00am
If ever you get a chance to watch Richard Somes’ latest grinder We Will Not Die Tonight alone in some darkened completely empty theater, by all means do so — it heightens the sense of dread and foreboding...
There are no maps to Biringan, a minority report
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 24, 2018 - 12:00am
Khavn’s not-a-film Balangiga: Howling Wilderness triggered a firestorm on social media, mainly caused by the failing grade given by the Cinema Evaluation Board to the Urian and Famas winner.
STAR@32: The Filipino Now
by Juaniyo Arcellana - July 29, 2018 - 12:00am
The creation story goes that when Adam and Eve fell from grace and were thrown out of Eden, the human narrative started with all the elements of the short story we learned in literature classes in college: plot,...
YearEnder 2017: The year of Marawi
by Juaniyo Arcellana - January 1, 2018 - 12:00am
Or what used to be Marawi – of all the stories that went through the central news desk in the year just past, the five-month battle for the Islamic city of Marawi consumed the most reams as well as its slow...
The year that was: Duterte, drug deaths and De Lima
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 31, 2016 - 12:00am
The longtime Davao City mayor dominated the headlines for the better part of this year, getting elected 16th president of the republic in May after a bitterly fought campaign.
Fixtures in the old city
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 12, 2016 - 12:00am
Down the steps of the Carriedo station in Sta. Cruz LRT are the forgery guys plying their trade in the open, offering services to duplicate or produce out of thin air certificates of birth, marriage, death, the punch...
Vargas Llosa on reading, fast becoming a lost art
by Juaniyo Arcellana - November 14, 2016 - 12:00am
Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa capped an almost weeklong visit in the country by being conferred an honorary doctorate by De La Salle University last Tuesday, and in his acceptance speech stressed the...
Blitz review: The route to your demon
by Juaniyo Arcellana - October 28, 2016 - 12:00am
Mario Cornejo and Monster Jimenez’s Apocalypse Child, Best Picture of the 2015 Quezon City Film Festival, may well become this year’s sleeper.
Back to vinyl and The Black Vomits
by Juaniyo Arcellana - October 3, 2016 - 12:00am
‘Dead Verbs’ by The Black Vomits could also be a testament of the daily travails of the  newsroom where  demons have to be slain every day: ‘All my words are weary and weightless/ Floating...
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