Juaniyo Arcellana
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James Taylor in Manila redux, 30 years later
by Juaniyo Arcellana - April 11, 2024 - 12:00am
Good things come to those who wait, not least to James Taylor and his fans who turned the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on April 8 into one giant folk house and speakeasy when the artist-musician had a sequel show to...
Letter to a ruined country
by Juaniyo Arcellana - April 2, 2024 - 12:00am
The more I listen to Khavn and the Kontra-Kino Orchestra’s The Woman Who Went Mad, the more it sounds like a love letter to a ruined country, hypothetically our own, what with its sparse instrumentation, vocals...
Friends still here and friends no longer with us
by Juaniyo Arcellana - March 3, 2024 - 12:00am
I know this is late, but received word of director Tikoy Aguiluz’s death on the eve of an out-of-town trip, and so was unable to attend his wake.
2023: The year of the whodunit
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 31, 2023 - 12:00am
First big news of the year was the assassination of Negros Oriental governor Roel Degamo, a classic whodunit in the tradition of political and media rubouts that seemed to have carried over from the year previous,...
Cellar dwellers no more
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 12, 2023 - 12:00am
Before someone strikes that awful chord by saying the UP Fighting Maroons basketball team is aiming for new records of futility with three bridesmaid finishes in the past five seasons of the UAAP, most of the Diliman...
Lino Brocka, National Anarchist: Archivist’s delight
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 6, 2023 - 12:00am
Screened early this year at the Rotterdam film festival, Khavn dela Cruz’s Lino Brocka, National Anarchist had a run at the recently concluded QCinema festival, every bit a tribute to the late filmmaker who...
So long, Port Area: The STAR makes its move
by Juaniyo Arcellana - November 21, 2023 - 12:00am
Though it’s been a long time coming, STAR employees, especially the veteran troopers, haven’t really wrapped their minds around the head office’s move from Port Area in Manila, to Sucat, Para&...
Let’s hear it for boygenius
by Juaniyo Arcellana - October 20, 2023 - 12:00am
There are times when you hesitate to write a review because after having done so, you’re likely to put away the reviewed piece, especially if music, as if over and done with. Not so much with the band boygenius,...
Page-turner set in turn of century Manila
by Juaniyo Arcellana - October 4, 2023 - 12:00am
Walking through Megamall on a Tuesday afternoon with an elder sibling, shortly after a death in the family, would take us to the basement nook Book Sale and a novel by British writer William Boyd going for little...
Essential truths, unspeakable grace
by Juaniyo Arcellana - September 1, 2023 - 12:00am
A scene or two always stands out from a Lav Diaz film, and in the case of Essential Truths of the Lake recently premiered in Locarno, it is the procession of religious novices reciting what sounds like a local version...
Skunk’s guitar an imaginary being
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 9, 2023 - 12:00am
Little do millennials know, let alone Gen Zs, that there was once a secondhand vinyl store just below the Raon footbridge in Quiapo in the late ‘70s to early ‘80s. In truant college days, this was where...
What are you made of, Chavacanos in QC?
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 7, 2023 - 12:00am
On a rainy Saturday afternoon in Quezon City, at the Erehwon Center for the Arts in Old Balara off Commonwealth Avenue, it is possible to see all the way to Zamboanga. This is so because on the last week of July,...
Dilang-putol: Cat got his tongue
by Juaniyo Arcellana - July 8, 2023 - 12:00am
Now that we’ve reached the age of pre-censorship and the use of postmodern tools of communication, such that any stray report may or may not disintegrate into false news at the click of a mouse, consider that...
Post-pandemic music: Monochrome, Superego, The Garceaus
by Juaniyo Arcellana - June 17, 2023 - 12:00am
What has three years of pandemic wrought?
Brockas’ Manila by Night sends regards to cutie-cutie
by Juaniyo Arcellana - March 31, 2023 - 12:00am
Return of the primitive is what first comes to mind upon hearing the Brockas’ Manila by Night, the latest long-playing album of the band of filmmakers, who happen to pick up musical instruments, write songs...
National scientist Angel Alcala, 93
by Juaniyo Arcellana - February 3, 2023 - 12:00am
National Scientist Angel Alcala, a pioneer of marine biodiversity and marine conservation in the Philippines, died at the Silliman University (SU) Medical Center in Dumaguete City at past noon on Wednesday. He was...
Not a release: Latest from the Brockas
by Juaniyo Arcellana - January 25, 2023 - 12:00am
Filmmaker Khavn dela Cruz messaged to say that two of his latest films will have their premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival, from Jan. 25 to Feb. 5, and the band Brockas of which he and other directors from the...
France vs Argentina: Coup de grace in Qatar
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 17, 2022 - 12:00am
Now the moment of truth as insomniacs of the world unite to watch Les Bleus seeking to become the first repeat champions since the Pele-led Brazil in 1962. The Albiceleste stand in their way, as Messi looks to notch...
Revenge of the spoken word
by Juaniyo Arcellana - November 30, 2022 - 12:00am
No two bands can be as different and poles apart in their approach as Jack of None and The Brockas. Both are driven by the spoken word as main inspiration for most of their compositions, which can range from frenetic...
A Siaton guidebook to the lost gaze
by Juaniyo Arcellana - November 21, 2022 - 12:00am
Our visit to Negros, the first in almost three years, was inauspicious because of the occasion of brother-in-law’s death in Siaton, one of the towns on the island’s southern tip.
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