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Juaniyo Arcellana
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Art in the time of…
by Juaniyo Arcellana - April 5, 2020 - 12:00am
Is no art at all, or at least nothing resembling our preconceived notions of it.
On leave from cinema evaluation
by Juaniyo Arcellana - March 11, 2020 - 12:00am
During a dinner at the Manila Polo Club in early March hosted by the board chair, there was talk that the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino may have their films graded by CEB, by which time in September incentives to...
Footnote to a lost bohemia
by Juaniyo Arcellana - January 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Ermita was the first magazine I read literally cover to cover as a teenager in the mid-’70s, all 10 issues of 1976, till I fell asleep with it in my basement room in UP Village, its stories, poems, articles...
Waiting for the world’s first verse
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 30, 2019 - 12:00am
Empty spaces speak of how poetry is born of the blank page, a black hole out of which springs the first verse of the world.
Indecipherable peaks in Ciudad de Victoria
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Lines snaked around the Philippine Arena Wednesday to watch one of the iconic rock bands for the generation that came of age before the turn of the millennium play its first concert in the country in 40 years.
That other life as a sportswriter
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 9, 2019 - 12:00am
Must be happenstance that the Southeast Asian Games are being held in Manila late in the year, as it has been in the past every 14 years or so in 2005 and, before that, 1991. In 1981 the games were also held here,...
In God’s country
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 5, 2019 - 12:00am
Of course, by the time you read this, the Irish rock band U2 may be crossing the equator after doing the rounds down under, and into Asia for the next leg of their current Joshua Tree tour with a stop at Philippine...
Nostalgia is the strangest place
by Juaniyo Arcellana - November 25, 2019 - 12:00am
Turn left to Zapote Street of NJ’s reportage on crime from JP Rizal Makati on a Saturday afternoon with traffic in the crosshairs of sunset, right to Malolos after nearly missing the turn but saved in time...
Unusual team-up nets worthy experiment
by Juaniyo Arcellana - November 11, 2019 - 12:00am
Wasn’t exactly how we pictured it, but maybe all for the best. The unusual team-up of Lav Diaz, Paul Soriano and Bela Padilla in the brooding, lyrical-to-the-point-of-mysticism, Mananita, which competed in...
Chasing the minokaua
by Juaniyo Arcellana - October 28, 2019 - 12:00am
First heard of the term in the late ’80s, in Davao during the time of the total solar eclipse and a group of poets had come to the city to document the event, the sun being swallowed for a few minutes by the...
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...
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