got a call from Viva

I was in the middle of writing when I got a text from my Tita June Rufino, who works at Viva. She was my dad's manager back when he was still active in the industry and she's a family friend. When dad semi-retired, we haven't heard from Tita June in a while because she's extremely…Read more got a call from Viva

Signal Boosting: ‘Patay na si Hesus’ US screenings

One of my favorite comedies of 2017 is making its way to some US theaters. Check out the details here: 'Patay na si Hesus' (Jesus is Dead) screens in selected US Cinemas.   Please help spread the word if you are at any of these locations or you know anyone who might want to catch this…Read more Signal Boosting: ‘Patay na si Hesus’ US screenings

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)

‘Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B’ is split in half by its theme (InterAksyon)

The Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino is almost over and I haven't even seen half of the films. I got busy with work and flying off to Bacolod for the weekend sort of cut the options of films that I could get to see. Not all the films were made available due to limited theaters and Birdshot…Read more ‘Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B’ is split in half by its theme (InterAksyon)

The Radiant Glow of “Moonlight’s” Oscar (Team magazine)

On Monday, I woke up early to catch the Academy Awards. The Oscars are my Miss Universe. I grew up watching films before I even learned how to read. But let me say it first: the Oscars are not the end-all, be-all of artistic excellence in movies. There will always be a film or an…Read more The Radiant Glow of “Moonlight’s” Oscar (Team magazine)

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