So, you might have noticed that I haven’t written a review in a while. There were some major changes in InterAksyon, some major restructuring and, as of now, all the stringers/contributors ended their contracts in 2017. When January came, we would no longer be able to write for InterAksyon. They still have their in-house writers and editors but all the contractual people were put on hold and allowed to go elsewhere.
So I went elsewhere. I love writing reviews. I love being able to take an artistic product — film or theater — and break it down to its elements, to the artistic vision behind it, down to the intention, and present it to people so that they might be enticed to see it. At the same time, I would also like to go further and shift the perspective, go deeper, and mine the work for its deeper meanings and uncover its layers. Like a real critic would do.
So, starting next week, I’m writing theater reviews for The Inquirer. I’m back to where I started in dailies. I’ve written for The Inquirer, in the Super section, back in 2007 and then I began contributing in YoungStar, of the Philippine Star, in 2010 when I was pushed out of the Super section, and then the Bulletin when I felt too old to be writing for a section called YoungStar.
Now, I’m back. To where I started. And it feels good.
I will also start writing my film reviews in Click the City. I applied for the position at Click the City last year, before I tried out for InterAksyon but never got a call. It was fortunate because Philbert Dy had just left and I was so scared of taking over the section that he ran (and pretty much became an institution). I felt that it was pretty big shoes to fill and I wasn’t ready for it yet. But it’s been a year and I’m so happy to have been able to work with the team at InterAksyon.
Now, I’m one of the reviewers coming into Click the City and I’m excited.
My byline has been everywhere but that’s the life of a freelance writer, right?