ZOETROPE
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.
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,...
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...
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...
City evaluating firm pursuing SRP carnival
by Jean Marvette A. Demecillo - October 16, 2016 - 12:00am
For this year’s Kasadya sa SRP, the Cebu City government is evaluating a company that will put up the carnival with the aim to generate income from its property.
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...
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...
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