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“One More Chance:” Eight Years Later

A few weeks ago, Star Cinema released a teaser trailer for what could be a sequel to “One More Chance.” This time, Popoy (in a pair of ill-fitting slippers) and Basha (with her fascinating choices in haircuts) do get married, fight, and invoke some of the “hugot” lines that made the original movie endure over […]

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“Sana Maulit Muli:” A Film Review

It’s easy to accuse Filipino films of “crimes” that are easy to pin down, perhaps for the dearth of quality, the economic realities of Pinoy cinema, or instances of self-loathing (because y’know, it’s easy to review movies these days on the basis of a trailer). There are linear and almost formulaic plots, poor cinematography, and […]

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Vive La Rai, Le Rai Est Mort*

New Orleans, Louisiana. WrestleMania 30. 21-1: The Streak is over. For many wrestling fans, ending The Undertaker’s 21-match winning streak at WrestleMania was shocking, perhaps even uncalled for. Just before that important client meeting half a world away, I was closely monitoring WrestleMania, expecting one of my childhood heroes – no, my childhood hero – […]

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Pinoy Cinema and Our Discontents

I think it was Lenin who said, “Of all the arts, for us the cinema is the most important.”  So it is for us here in the Philippines, where anyone who invokes Lenin would be an “enemy” and where “manood ng sine” is held in high regard.  And here we are – past MMFF season […]

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Pinoy Super Kid: A Trailer Review

I’m not a guy who would review movies solely on the basis of a trailer.  Other bloggers have already done that, and are quite good at the nuances of prejudice masquerading as a review of cultural outputs.  Rather, think of this as a review of a trailer. I have to admit that I haven’t watched […]

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Tungkol sa Orihinal na Musikang Pilipino (On Original Pilipino Music)

Muli akong nagpapaumanhin sa anumang pagkakamali ko sa paggamit ng wikang Filipino sa maikling kuro-kurong ito, ngunit naniniwala akong dapat isulat ang talang ito sa wikang Filipino.  Anyway, translation follows. – Marocharim Tungkol sa Orihinal na Musikang Pilipino Iniutos ni Pangulong Aquino na muling ipatupad ang Executive Order No. 255, na kung saan dapat magpatugtog […]

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Whoa! WOW: Women of Wrestling

At the risk of being called a chauvinist, sexist, and a misogynist, women’s wrestling leaves a lot to be desired.  There are talented divas in the WWE roster in the absence of Lita, Trish Stratus, Victoria, and most recently Mickie James: there’s Beth Phoenix, Gail Kim, Natalya Neidhart, and Melina Perez.  Joshi, or female puroresu, […]

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The Wages of Wowowee

The tearful spiels from Mariel Rodriguez meant the end of it: the last ropes that held the curtain up for Wowowee were cut off, and the show was no more.  To the very end – the last “boom-tarats” and the last dollar in the hat – Willie Revillame remained an inspiration, the wellspring of happiness […]

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Jejemon: An Apology

Krip Yuson asks, who’s afraid of Jejemon?  John Iremil Teodoro says, we are all Jejemons.  One can print out everything written about Jejemon over the past few months to come up with a passable anthology. I didn’t invent the word “jejemon” per se – lots of people can take credit for that – although my […]

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