on being “highbrow”

As I'm wrapping the sixth draft of the screenplay I'm working on now, I've come to the realization that I have a hell of a lot to learn when it comes to writing a mainstream narrative. The ins-and-outs of commercial films are not in my creative arsenal. I can appreciate it. Hell. I love a…Read more on being “highbrow”


Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!” is an overblown metaphor (InterAksyon)

It's been three days since I saw Darren Aronofsky's mother! and I still don't know what I think about the movie. I think I don't like it but I really, really loved the filmmaking that came into the work. The direction, the camerawork, the sound design, and the performances of Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Pfeiffer were…Read more Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!” is an overblown metaphor (InterAksyon)

on teaching

I used to teach. Back in around 2003 and 2004, I taught a couple of classes of Art Appreciation, Philippine Literature in English, and World Literature at the college level in my alma mater. I only taught Art Appreciation because it was a subject under the Literature department La Salle dissolved the Humanities department when…Read more on teaching

What Love Sounds Like by BP Valenzuela (Manila Bulletin)

When I was working on my guest editor job for the Philippine Panorama, I asked a lot of artists to contribute and I was super happy with the selection of artists who came aboard to work with me. One of them is a Filipino songwriter and singer that I really love and adore, BP Valenzuela,…Read more What Love Sounds Like by BP Valenzuela (Manila Bulletin)

Love/Craft (Panorama)

This is my first guest editor credit and I'm so proud. Late last month, the wonderful people of the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle section asked me to be the guest editor for the love issue of the Panorama. I was so happy to take it because I thought it would be amazing to do something like…Read more Love/Craft (Panorama)

Revisiting: Songs of Mass Destruction by Annie Lennox

I was not the biggest fan of Songs of Mass Destruction when it came out. I'm a huge Annie Lennox fan and Diva and Medusa are two of my favorite albums ever and when she released Bare, I may not have loved each song as reverently as I did in her first two albums but the songs I…Read more Revisiting: Songs of Mass Destruction by Annie Lennox

Rum and sugar (Manila Bulletin)

I wrote a piece about Sugarcane Diaries, the second solo exhibit of Coco Torre at House of Frida earlier this month. It's my first time to get published in Manila Bulletin again this year and I miss having my byline on one of the country's leading newspapers. Read: Rum and Sugar (Manila Bulletin) I haven't written…Read more Rum and sugar (Manila Bulletin)