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Celebrate 100 Years of PH Cinema with Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino

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In the last two years, the Pista ng Pelikang Pilipino (PPP) held its week-long celebration of Filipino film in the month of August. This year, PPP celebrates its third year which perfectly coincides with the celebration of 100 years in Philippine Cinema.

As the festival gathers the interest of movie goers and film enthusiasts, it showcases films of different genres and unique characteristics that will surely hype up the local film scene once again. On its third year, PPP features ten films with three of them under Sandaan showcase: 

PPP’S FEATURE ENTRIES

Cuddle Weather by Rod Marmol

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When the paths of Adela Johnson, an experienced prostitute and Ram, a newbie call boy entangles, one of them begins to realize that there is more to the act of lovemaking when you begin to catch feelings for someone. Will feelings be in the way of their field of work or will it change them completely?

G! by Dondon Santos

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As soon as a terminally-ill teenager realizes that his time is running out, he embarks on a trip together with his best friends as he tries to tick off everything in his bucket list. In their trip, they realize the importance of life, love, and friendship.

I’m Ellenya L by Boy 2 Quizon

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In the digital world where everyone aspires to be known, Ellenya creates a different version of herself online in an attempt to be in the limelight. During the process, will she be able to stay true to herself or suffer the consequences knowing that karma is digital?

LSS (Last Song Syndrome) by Jade Castro

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Sara, a young woman who is pursuing her passion for music despite all odds, finds herself in a rhythmic adventure with Zack as they string along with an indie band. As they embark on a new chapter in their life, could they set aside the fear of falling for their growing feelings for each other?


Open by Andoy Ranay

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Will you do everything just to save a love that is dying? Open follows the story of long-term couple who begins to navigate the idea of going in an open relationship in order to keep each other close.

The Panti Sisters by Jun Robles Lana

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Three gay sons have to give their terminally-ill father a grandchild in order to have their P300 million inheritance while also triyng to gain their father’s acceptance for who they really are. 

Watch Me Kill by Tyrone Acierto

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Who is the real enemy? A heartless contract-killer finds herself at risk as she saves a victim and faces her demons at the same time. 

 

PPP’S SANDAAN SHOWCASE

Circa by Adolfo Alix, Jr.

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Circa revolves around a once-famous movie producer, Doña Atang, who wishes to reunite with the people she’s worked with in the past. Aside from a star-studded cast featuring Gina Alajar, Anita Linda, and Jacklyn Jose among others, the late actor Eddie Garcia also takes a “special participation” in the film.

Lola Igna by Eduardo Roy, Jr.

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After receiving the title as “The Oldest Living Grandmother in the World”, Lola Igna grows impatient and eager to die as she is running out of reasons to live her life. When her grandson reunites with her to document every moment with his grandmother, will she finally find a reason to live life to the fullest?

Pagbalik by Hubert Tibi and Maria Ranillo

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The only Visayan entry in this year’s festival, Pagbalik revolves around the life of an OFW who goes back home. As soon as the feeling of returning home finally sinks in, she begins to question everything she has sacrificed for when she left her mother and her son for a work abroad years ago. 

Will you be going alone or watching with your friends and loved ones? No worries because PPP2019 offers STUDENT DISCOUNTS to students in all levels. Just make sure that you’ll bring your school ID or your registration form with you in order to avail the student discount (P180 in theatres in Metro Manila and P130 in theatres outside Metro Manila starting September 13) However, the ticket prices depend on your nearest cinema’s ticket rate. 

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino will screen in cinemas nationwide starting from September 13 until September 19, 2019! For more details regarding the films and its screening schedules, don’t hesitate to check the cinema websites!

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12 Tweets summing-up this year’s CDC

The Salinggawi Dance Troupe never faltered to show the magic of their performance. The question is, what did the Twitter-verse say in the midst of every leap and toss of CDC’s dancers?

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What’s up CDC? Yesterday, the Salinggawi Dance Troupe never faltered to show the magic of their performance. They not only managed to win the hearts of their fellow Thomasians but also the hearts of people from its competing universities as they landed 4th runner-up in the overall ranks. The question is, what did the Twitter-verse say in the midst of every leap and toss of CDC’s dancers?

Here are some of the tweets that documented the highlights of this year’s Cheer Dance Competition:

1. This year’s themes are:

 

2. So, you’ve heard of the rumor that Thomasians are shapeshifters.

 

3. Jokes on you all. Thomasians are allegedly the Lord’s favorite. 

 

 

4. There’s quite an uncanny resemblance here!

 

 

5. Calling all FEU students! A go-signal has been declared. 

 

 

6. Did anyone see the mayor coming?

 

 

7. Get you a performance that could serve you all 4 of these looks!

 

 

8. Magic is within Thomasians as shown by Salinggawi. Want more evidence? Expecto Patronum!

 

 

9. Speaking of magic, are you ready to have the most magical night next month? *coughs* Paskuhan? *coughs*

 

10. GO USTe! GO USTe! GO USTe! GO! GO! GO! GO!

 

 

11. CDC brought to you by yours truly, your mom.

 

 

12. Blame your fever on this one!

 

 

The Cheer Dance Competition once again proved that Thomasians, or maybe other students of UAAP schools too, always have a strong school spirit. Not only does the support ooze from those who stay in the University right now but also from its alumni and those who admire it. 

Together with one mind and spirit, we chant, “Go USTe!”

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There’s Bad Blood: What Taylor’s ownership battle is telling us

Artistic rights have been a long-standing issue in the industry. It is shady enough to manipulatively take the rights of an artist’s records. Yet, to exploit their hard work is plainly immoral. However, this move is not new in an industry like this. 

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Taylor Swift during the MTV Awards 2019 | Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris from Getty Images

From Kanye West to Katy Perry, Taylor Swift is once again stuck in feud. I’m going to let you finish, but this one does not involve an ex-boyfriend or a fellow artist. This is a battle that it involves her career as an artist and a whole lot more.  

The internet is in outrage after 29-year-old pop singer Taylor Swift released a statement regarding her battle against music mogul Scooter Braun and former label CEO Scott Borchetta. If you’re only waking up to this news, let me give you some knowledge about what’s happening.

Last November 2018, Taylor announced her departure from long-time music label Big Machine Records. She then went to sign with another music label. Recently this year, her former label has been acquired by Scooter Braun. Yes, it’s the same Scooter Braun who manages other pop artists like Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber. What seems to be another business move has turned the tides for her. For a hefty price of $300 million, Scooter has acquired not only the recording label but also the rights to her music catalogue. So, what does this mean exactly? 

Taylor, who is scheduled to receive the Artist of the Decade award at the American Music Awards, wishes to perform a medley of her hits for the past decade. However, she states that Scooter and Scott are preventing her to use her prior releases in her performance and in an upcoming Netflix documentary about her life. They claim that this would technically be re-recording her old music—something she is not allowed to do until next year. 

 

Big Machine Records has since then denied the accusations. In a statement to CNN, the label defended that, “Taylor Swift can 100% perform all her catalog, past and present, on the AMAs. Big Machine has no issue with her performance going out on the live broadcast, because it recognizes it doesn’t have the right to block her”. 

As much as we’d like to excuse ourselves from this narrative, we are consumers that only get to see and hear the end products. For every song we stream and every concert we attend, we contribute to the profit of companies and their artists. This controversy is bringing visibility and spreading awareness on what goes down behind every song that goes out in the market and how artists are treated. 

Artistic rights have been a long-standing issue in the industry. It is shady enough to manipulatively take the rights of an artist’s records. Yet, to exploit their hard work is plainly immoral. However, this move is not new in an industry like this. 

In Karl Marx’s theory of alienated labor, factory labor under capitalism separates the workers from the products they create. These products would then be sent off to different places for others to make money out of it. In this case, the record an artist produces are those of which that are distributed to music platforms. As they are consumed, record labels gain profit from them. Under the rules of capitalism, the artists are detached from the products they make. The only way out, according to Marx, is for the workers to revolt and fight the system which is what Taylor is doing in social media.  

The music industry can be very toxic because of executives that bend the rules in their favor. For years, many artists have fallen victim to this abuse of power and it’s sad to think that their life’s work and creativity are held hostage by an ink deal and a few pages of paper.

Unfortunately, these aren’t the only issues coming into light. Artists who have gone through the same fate as Taylor, like JoJo, TLC, and Kesha, showed that there is a need for women to go beyond their limits in order to get what they deserve. Surprisingly enough, silencing women doesn’t only happen in the music industry. 

Gender-based discrimination caused Indian filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava’s film “Lipstick Under My Burkha” to be initially censored for being “lady-oriented”. The filmmaker admitted that she had to “fight to get the right equipment and decent studio time slots” in creating her first feature film.

Icelandic artist Borghildur Indriðadóttir witnessed her Facebook friends and photos deleted after she shared a promo of her exhibition entitled, DEMONCRAZY, that featured photos of topless women standing in front of portraits of older men in public buildings. She defended that her exhibition was purposely made for people to question why numerous paintings of men that used to rule in power are seen in public buildings. 

Rather than being an environment that fosters creativity, magnates have turned the artistic industry into a strategic gameplay between them and their artists. With the power they hold, it’s as though they are puppet masters who benefit from the public by shamelessly controlling their marionettes. 

If a situation like this is happening to a mainstream artist like Taylor, what goes on behind closed doors for those who are just starting out? This on-going war between Taylor and her former label executives is creating a big step not only for artists with established careers but also for those who are waiting to sign their future record deal.

This is a fight for the budding artists who spend sleepless nights to release their first single without even knowing that it won’t be theirs in the future. Artists deserve ownership and credit for what they create. It’s high time for executives to serve them that justice. 

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13 “Mood” Tweets Celebrating UST’s Stepladder Win Against UP 

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The UST Growling Tigers were not alone in the celebration of their win against UP Fighting Maroons as the support of the whole Thomasian community was roaring from every University building and every nook of social media, especially Twitter. 

We compiled several tweets that express their congratulatory remarks in a creative way. 

1. UST CSC President Robert Gonzales tweeted a photo that shows a letter jokingly addressed to the Secretary General with the hope of suspending classes following game day. 

2. A tweet also explained the science behind the opponent’s failure to score a three-pointer.

3. Ah, yes. A self-degrading reply that explains why it isn’t science at all. 

4. Here’s some motivation gained from Subido’s clutch win! Way to go, Thomasians! 

5. The competition is not just between UST and Ateneo. 

6. Even Internet’s child, Scarlet Snow Belo, couldn’t pick one! 

7. Renzo Subido has swept not just the win, but also fans’ hearts. 

8. Honestly, we’re not offended. (paano_kapag_walang_class_chz.jpeg)

9. It doesn’t matter if you’re illiterate in the basketball language, as long as you cheer and support your team!

10. Indeed, the Growling Tigers strutted through opponents with a “tabi-dadaan-kami-attitude”. 

11. Whilom, who? Oh wait. It’s a word.

12. UST may have won against them, but their toilets are about to take a huge feat.

13. And of course, the classic Thomasian move: ghosting.

The fight is not over as the Growling Tigers try to hustle against Ateneo Blue Eagles in a best-of-three finals which commences this coming Saturday, November 16. 

Whether support will be shown by attending the game or by cheering for the winning team through convenient social media accounts, the Thomasian spirit will surely bleed through a swarm of blue.  

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