Juaniyo Arcellana
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Shorts from the Central Plains
by Juaniyo Arcellana - May 9, 2021 - 12:00am
The online Cinecabalen Festival that streamed online last month courtesy of the Film Development Council came and went like a wayward summer wind, but not without its small revelations of short films that ran the...
A word on Cleaners (and other sleepers)
by Juaniyo Arcellana - January 20, 2021 - 12:00am
Smoke hasn’t yet cleared from Cleaners being the big winner in the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 4 , when along comes this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, thankfully also online so there isn’t...
2020: The year everything changed
by Juaniyo Arcellana - January 1, 2021 - 12:00am
The year that was supposed to herald perfect vision turned out to be one of the worst in a century as the entire world was gripped by a pandemic for the first time since 1918.
PPP4 reverts cinema backto the personal
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 17, 2020 - 12:00am
The fourth edition of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino went virtual this year as with most other events set back by the pandemic, and offered a veritable feast of films online over three weeks from Nov. 20 to Dec....
So long to Filmbox Arthouse
by Juaniyo Arcellana - December 4, 2020 - 12:00am
Netflix may be all the rage, especially when all the movie houses and multiplexes are closed in the time of pandemic, but sometimes you just have to rely on a good old special cable channel for your regular fix when...
One fine morning at Cinemalaya
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 24, 2020 - 12:00am
A good fine morning to Manila, and we’re here to look at a few takeaways from the recent Cinemalaya 16 independent film festival held this August, no longer at the CCP by the bay, but mostly online via Vi...
Cinemalaya16, series of dreams
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 18, 2020 - 12:00am
The spotlight on shorts this year is like an inadvertent return to roots, the festival having shared a CCP home with the Gawad Alternatibo ng Pelikula at Video, which in turn took off from the Experimental Cinema...
In lieu of an effigy, burn this
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 3, 2020 - 12:00am
Burn this instead, and let the flames and smoke say a prayer of thanks to the departed.
Letter to out-of-school youth of blended learning
by Juaniyo Arcellana - July 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Before K to 12, there was blended learning. Now that school as we know it, traditional face-to-face is indefinitely out until someone comes up with a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, there may be no other way to...
Independence streaming: Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis
by Juaniyo Arcellana - June 19, 2020 - 12:00am
One of these days, edited versions of Lav Diaz’s slow cinema epics will be shown in multiplex movie theaters, thereby reducing the chances of catching COVID-19 by at least 50 percent.
The mysterious gadget
by Juaniyo Arcellana - June 1, 2020 - 12:00am
With a size no bigger than the palm of one’s hand, it was a combination flashlight, compass, magnet, and conversion table.
Waiting for teleradyo
by Juaniyo Arcellana - May 13, 2020 - 12:00am
My bad, sorry: for a confused while there, thought dzMM teleradyo would be broadcasting late into the night of May 5, shortly after its parent company ABS-CBN signed off most likely temporarily until the franchise...
Lost frames: Found art at a standstill
by Juaniyo Arcellana - April 27, 2020 - 12:00am
Stumbled upon lost frames on social media, random screenings of independent shorts by local filmmakers, including Roxlee’s Juan Gulay (Johnny Veggie) from the early 2000s, about an itinerant farmer in the backwoods...
Letter from Sonny San Juan
by Juaniyo Arcellana - April 13, 2020 - 12:00am
The writer and critic Epifanio San Juan Jr. must be in his 80s by now, and from out of the blue comes a letter from him originally addressed to the paper’s online edition in BGC and subsequently relayed to...
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,...
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