What are you made of, Chavacanos in QC?
by Juaniyo Arcellana - August 7, 2023 - 12:00am
On a rainy Saturday afternoon in Quezon City, at the Erehwon Center for the Arts in Old Balara off Commonwealth Avenue, it is possible to see all the way to Zamboanga. This is so because on the last week of July,...
A Siaton guidebook to the lost gaze
by Juaniyo Arcellana - November 21, 2022 - 12:00am
Our visit to Negros, the first in almost three years, was inauspicious because of the occasion of brother-in-law’s death in Siaton, one of the towns on the island’s southern tip.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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