Juaniyo Arcellana
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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,...
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...
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