Saturday, February 24, 2018


Mga bagong tinig ng Pinoy indie

ISA NA namang panibagong henerasyon ng mga pelikula ang itinampok sa ikatlong Cinemalaya Film Festival na pinasinayaan sa Sentrong Pangkultura ng Pilipinas mula Hulyo 20 hanggang 29.

Labing-walong pelikula ang opisyal na kasali sa kompetisyon na hinati sa dalawang kategorya batay sa haba ng pelikula.

Gamit ang iba’t-ibang masining at malikhaing presentasyon sa mga tradisyonal na tema tulad ng pag-ibig, pagkakaibigan at problemang panlipunan, pinatunayan ng bawat kalahok ang umuunlad na kahusayan ng Pilipino sa paglikha ng indie films.

A sister’s life-changing act

HEROES live among us, and usually they start becoming one through simple acts of selflessness and dedication.

Dwelling on social realism, Haw-Ang looks into the story of a missionary nun who becomes a catalyst and an advocate of hope and faith amidst a world of turmoil and conflicts. Directed by indie filmmaker Bong Ramos, Haw-Ang (“before harvest” in the Ifugao dialect Tuwali) is a story of heroism amid the challenges posed by cultural and ideological clashes.

UST Jazz Band rocks at the 5th Manila Jazz Festival

TO THE untrained ear, music should either be too familiar or tremendously catchy to grab attention. For the UST Jazz Band, the latter proved true as they wowed the crowd during the 5th Manila Jazz Festival last June 15 at the Grand Sunset Pavilion of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.

Youth-oriented or market-driven?

TELEVIEWERS are getting younger nowadays: 68% of viewers are between 16 to 25 years old, says the latest survey by the Association of Governing Boards-Nielsen Media Research.

To cater to the youth market, television companies have increased the number of youth-oriented television shows.

Harry Potter becomes rebel with a cause

EVERYBODY loves a rebel and the recent Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix film undeniably banks on this fondness as director David Yates unleashes the boy wizard’s defiant mettle against the establishment.

As the fifth installment from J. K. Rowling’s bestselling novel franchise, Yates takes on the Herculean task of squeezing a 700-page novel to a screenplay running 200 minutes while keeping up with the epic story’s pace.

Images drawing strength from Christ

DESPITE his acclaimed artworks, businessman-artist Joey Velasco still doesn’t like to be labeled a painter. He prefers to be called a “heartist’.

“I make it a point that I experienced first what I feel strongly about before I paint something,” Velasco told the Varsitarian.

Indeed, Velasco uses his heart most especially in depicting the sad reality of the oppressed in most of his paintings. According to Antonio Meloto, executive director of Gawad Kalinga, Velasco’s paintings are meant to make their audience see the suffering of the unfortunate.

Summer’s third-rate third sequels

IS A MOVIE better the third time around? Not for Spider-Man 3 and Shrek the Third.

But yes, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End works as a third sequel.

The Spider-Man series has generally been an excellent take on the character created by Stan Lee, transcending the stereotypical comic-book movie. The cast, led by Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker and Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, have effectively pulled things off acting-wise. The first movie generated raves among the exacting comic-book fans and the second even fared better. The third, however, misses the mark.

What makes Spider-Man 3 disappointing is that it tries to squeeze in too many story lines, not to mention too many characters, all at once, which results in a very short time for character development.

Can Filipino animation reach digital heights?

SINCE the release of the first full-computer animated film, Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story in 1995, audiences have clamored fore more. A Bug’s Life, Antz, Finding Nemo, Shrek, and the upcoming Surf’s Up and Ratatouille have sought to satisfy that call.

“Compared to the hand-drawn, digital animation is more realistic and more attractive to moviegoers since it has better rendering and fluidity”, College of Fine Arts and Design professor Raymond Son told the Varsitarian. Son also did some freelance work for Fil cartoons, which is a subsidiary of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons and also produced, Meena, a Unicef animated series about gender inequality in South Asia.

Thomasian trademark

Thomasians are no strangers to the lucrative but challenging field of animation. Advertising graduates Virginia Cruz Santos and Joe Mateo belong to the few who made it big in the world of digital animation.

Fresh Thomasian graduates shine in debut exhibit

FRESH out of College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD), four Thomasians held their first major group exhibit, Urban Kaleidoscope, at the Fashion Art Gallery in Kamuning, Quezon City, from May 25 to June 15.

“Every one of us comes across things that we may not get,” CFAD alumna Lesley Lim told the Varsitarian. “And that’s what our pieces wanted to point out—each of us must be prepared for things that may happen.”

Lim’s “Cuckoo Clock” speaks of the artist’s attitude about the significance of time. Each of the bird’s call is equal to a human heartbeat, the painting seems to say.

In the watercolor “Undersea,” Lim presents life’s unexpected encounters through the image of a woman amid the haze of the intricate objects beneath the water. “Life is a wonderful gift, we must always remember,” Lim said. “That’s why every minute, every hour, and every day should be important for us, too.”

Mixing melodies with prayers

EVERYTHING happens for a reason, and for talented baritone Jesus Emmanuel “Nonon” Baang, entering in the Conservatory of Music after botching his enrollment at the College of Commerce was, in hindsight, a wonderful accident.

Having graduated from the Conservatory after 10 years as a student, Baang could not help but feel fortunate.

“When I entered the Conservatory of Music, I learned how to love music more and though it’s difficult, I found it more exciting and took it as a challenge,” Nonon said.

Baang started singing at the age of six when he formed the parish choir in Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur, which should have paved the way for a career in music. But he had other things in mind.

“I wanted to follow the footsteps of my father who is a certified public accountant,” Baang told the Varsitarian. “I also wanted to take up law because we also have judges and lawyers in the family.”