How do you solve a problem like the MMFF? (CNN Philippines)

Shinji Manlangit wrote an article on the issues surrounding the Metro Manila Film Festival and possible solutions moving forward. He asked several stakeholders from the industry, myself included, to give their insights and I'm happy to be a part of this rather sobering look into the controversial annual festival. Read the article here: How do you…Read more How do you solve a problem like the MMFF? (CNN Philippines)

‘Neomanila’ is a powerful film that doesn’t pull its punches (InterAksyon)

I was impressed with Mikhail Red's Rekorder when I saw it at Cinemalaya 2013. It was the first time I saw Manila captured gritty and dirty without it feeling exploitative. In fact, it still looked beautiful despite it being so dangerous and frightening. I missed Birdshot when it came out in the theaters but now I got…Read more ‘Neomanila’ is a powerful film that doesn’t pull its punches (InterAksyon)

Lorde is giving me serious Kate Bush feels

When Lorde released Green Light, I lost my shit. Every bit of that song spoke to me directly. I love the movements within the song. I love how she sings it. When I found out what the song was about, I felt that she was speaking directly to me. I bought the single off of…Read more Lorde is giving me serious Kate Bush feels

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)

four years as an artist

I was always afraid to call myself an artist when I was younger. I was writing all the time and I definitely had ambitions but I had such high regard for artists and what they do that I was not ever going to call myself one until I felt that I had earned that right.…Read more four years as an artist