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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...
The woman who left was like she never left
by Juaniyo Arcellana - September 25, 2016 - 12:00am
A new Lav Diaz film has over the years become an occasion for celebration as well as a renewed debate on the aesthetics and philosophy of cinema.
Writers who did drugs and sent postcards from the edge
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 22, 2016 - 12:00am
Sad but true: if the writers Henri Michaux, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William S. Burroughs were alive today, they would be hunted down by the present dispensation for being, as the vigilantes not so unwisely put it,...
Tropical goth metal romance
by Juaniyo Arcellana - July 18, 2016 - 12:00am
Just when we thought we were done writing reviews along comes this CD, Jack of None’s “(Who’s listening to Van Gogh’s Ear?)” from the Syjuco siblings: AG, Maxine and Julian. Am relistening...
The girls from Saint Louis
by Juaniyo Arcellana - May 15, 2016 - 10:00am
On a Thursday afternoon they came, three girls from Saint Louis University in Baguio City, for research work on their thesis of graduating communications students, “on the fidelity of the use of language affecting...
The fires of April
by Juaniyo Arcellana - April 10, 2016 - 10:00am
If there is something that must be said about the fires of April, it is that they claimed the bulk of National Artist Francisco Arcellana’s library, more than a thousand titles including some rare editions...
Making the invisible city visible again
by Juaniyo Arcellana - February 21, 2016 - 9:00am
Art has found a new home in old Manila, at least on that street full of history at the foot of Jones Bridge.
2015: Year of the change up
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 30, 2015 - 9:00am
In baseball, hardly the Filipino’s favorite sport, a change up is a deliberately slow pitch meant to throw off the batter’s timing.
Redemption stories
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 19, 2015 - 9:00am
It took a foreigner to give name to a Filipino trait which the locals perhaps only suspected they had, and very likely took for granted.
A series of aliases
by Juaniyo Arcellana - September 27, 2015 - 10:00am
In the news recently was a tongue-in-cheek pseudo investigative report by The New York Times on the purported author of the novel Cow Country...
Lav Diaz and the great ‘desaparecido’
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 2, 2015 - 10:00am
If a person has spent considerable enough time on a chosen craft then sooner or later one disappears into it, as a teacher does into a classroom, or a newsman into a newsroom. No ifs, ands or buts, to aspire for...
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