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Cinemalaya Series: Ang Bagong Pamilya ni Ponching

Si Ponching (Janus Del Prado) ang titular na bida sa pelikula nina Inna Salazar at Dos Ocampo, “Ang Bagong Pamilya ni Ponching”, na isa sa siyam na pelikulang naglalaban laban sa Cinemalaya ngayong taon.

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“Kamusta na kayo dyan ng nanay mo? Ang tatay mo ayos ba? Eto na nga pala bago kobg roaming number. Tita maribeth mo to. Pwede ba padalhan niyo muna ko ng 5000?”

 

“Nay naaksidente ho ako papasa ho ng 300 andito kami sa ospital ngayon”

 

“Nanala ka ng bagong IPhone 6! Para ma-claim ang premyo mo isend lang ang 100 sa 2917xxxxxxx at sumagot ng yes!”

 

Malamang sa malamang naranasan mo na yan. Kung tutuusin, sino bang hindi? Madali lang ang kita kapag may nabiktima di ba? Kung totoo si Ponching, siguradong sasang-ayon siya sayo. Ang kaibihan nga lang siguro, nabago ang buong buhay niya ng dahil lang sa simpleng mensahe.

 

Si Ponching (Janus Del Prado)  ang titular na bida sa pelikula nina Inna Salazar at Dos Ocampo, “Ang Bagong Pamilya ni Ponching”, na isa sa siyam na pelikulang naglalaban laban sa Cinemalaya ngayong taon.

 

Pinakilala si Ponching bilang isang kwela at mabait na binata na ginagawang kabuhayan ang pamimirata ng mga indie na pelikula dahil sa panahon ngayon, pati ang mga pirata na raw ay nauumay na sa paulit-ulit na kwento ng karamihan na “mainstream films”.

 

Isang araw ay naisipan nila ng kaibigan niya (Ketchup Eusebio) na subukan ang “text scamming”. Laking gulat na lamang nila ng biglang tumawag ang biktima ni Ponching. Nagpakilala ito bilang miyembro ng pamilya De Vera at sinabihan si Ponching na pumunta sa kanilang mansyon, inaakala na ang binata ay ang nawawala nilang pamangkin. Wala magawa si Ponching, na hindi inaasahan na may sasagot, at napilitan siyang magkunwari. Maganda na sana ang takbo ng lahat ngunit nagulo ito nang mangyari ang hindi inaasahan: napamahal si Ponching sa mga De Vera at sila kay Ponching.

 

Kung susumahin, parang pamilyar na ang ganitong istorya. May isang taong planong manloko ng pamilya ngunit sa huli ay mapapamahal siya dito sobra. Ganyang-ganyan ang nangyari sa “Ang Bagong Pamilya ni Ponching”, ngunit naiba lang siguro ito dahil sa mga maliliit na detalye at mas malalim na mensaheng ipinakita nito.

 

Sa pangkalahatan ay maayos ang pelikula. Mula sa lugar na pinili hanggang sa mga aktor na gumanap. Hindi rin pumalya sina Del Prado at Eusebio sa pagpapatawa sa manonood. Walang biro ang corny, walang diyalogo ang pilit, at walang emosyon ang halatang arte lang. Ang buong haba ng pelikula ay hindi mawawalan ng tunay na katatawanan, isang bagay na hindi karaniwang nakikita sa isang pelikula sa Cinemalaya.

 

Nakakatuwa rin ang pinakitang relasyon ni Ponching sa kaniyang “lola” (Lollie Mara). Nagsimula sila na nagkaka-ilangan ngunit hinddi nagtagal ay lumambot din sila sa isa’t-isa. Doon na nagsimula lumabas ng saloobin ang isa’t isa.

 

May isang eksena sa pelikula na pinuna ni Lola si Ponching dahil dasal ito nang dasal tuwing mapapadaan sila sa imahe ng Birhen sa hardin ng mga De Vera. Sinabi ni Lola na hindi niya na kailangan gawin iyon dahil wala naman iyong saysay. Sagot naman ni Ponching na ginagawa niya lang daw ito dahil nasanay na siya rito at hindi dahil sa gusto niya talaga. Sumagot si Ponching na siguro nga nasanay na siya magdasal dahil lumaki siya sa simbahan ngunit may nararamdaman siyang gaan ng loob tuwing nagdadasal siya kaya’t ginagawa niya ito sa lahat ng pagkakataong makukuha niya.

 

Mas lumalim pa ang kanilang samahan noong malaman ni Ponching na may karelasyon pala si Lola na kapwa babae noon ngunit napilitan itong makipaghiwalay dahil sa tutol ng magulang. Matapos malaman ni Ponching ito ay dali niyang inakay si Lola at pinilit na puntahan ang dating sinta upang ituloy ang naudlot na pagmamahalan.

 

Dito sa mga paguusap nina Ponching at ng kaniyang lola ay makikita ang karamihan ng komentaryo ng pelikula tungkol sa pamilya, pagmamahal, at paniniwala. Kaya nanghihinayang ako na hindi nabigyan ng parehong bigat ang relasyon ni Ponching sa iba pang miyembro ng pamilya De Vera. Pwede man masabi sa istorya na napamahal sila kay Ponching, ngunit hindi ito naipakita ng lubos. Kung kaparehas lang sana ang “character development” nila sa paglago ng karakter ni Ponching at ni Lola ay siguradong mas magiging buo pa ang pelikula. Maaari siguro nagkakamali lang ako at sinadya talaga sa istorya na mas bigyan ng halaga ang relasyon ni Ponching at ng lola niya.

 

Ang wakas din ay madaling hulaan. Pinatawad ng mga De Vera si Ponching nang umamin ito at hinayaan nilang magtrabaho si Ponching at ang kaibigan niya sa pabrika ng mga De Vera para mabayaran ang mga nakuhang pera ni Ponching.

 

Paumanhin ngunit panahon pa nila Redford White, Babalu, at Serena Dalrymple ay may ganyang balangkas na. Hindi na ito bago kaya’t nagtataka ako kung bakit ito ang ginamit. Siguro hindi ko lang matanggap talaga ang masayang pagtatapos ng kwento ni Ponching dahil masyado na akong mapang-uyam.

 

Sa huli pa rin, “Ang Bagong Pamilya ni Ponching” ay isang pelikulang may tunay na katatawanan at puso. Hindi ito natakot ipakita na ang pagmamahalan ng dalawang babae sa isa’t isa hanggang sa pag tanda na sigurado akong tumunaw sa puso ng mga manonood kahit “masama ito dahil hindi natural at wala sa bibliya”. Nagbigay komentaryo rin ang palabas sa pagiging ritwalisto ng mga dasal at mga nagdadasal na kung tutuusin ay tama naman. Hindi ba dapat ay taimtim at personal ang mga dasal? Kung gayon ay bakit kadalasan ay paulit ulit ito at parang may sinusundan na “formula”?

 

Malim ang ba istorya ng “Ang Bagong Pamilya ni Ponching? Medyo. Makatotohan ang pangwakas? Hindi. Masaya panoorin? Sobra. May matutunan ba? Marami.

 

Uulitin ko ba kung may pagkakataon? Sigurado.

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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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Fighting Back, One ‘OK, Boomer’ at a Time

Just like the statement “men are trash,” the phrase “OK, boomer” is attacking a system rather than an individual. It challenges the mindset of the boomers that refuses to embrace change; ones who still cling to discriminatory remarks and outdated ideologies.

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It started as a TikTok meme. Then, a New Zealand lawmaker used it to address a rude comment in parliament.

The youth has often been the subject of judgment because of their tendency to be politically-correct and woke, especially from elders who view them as “overly-sensitive snowflakes.” 

What’s the youth’s response? “Ok, boomer.”

Recently, the phrase “OK, boomer” has been circulating around the internet, and has become the rallying cry of the youth against the older folks and the system they perpetuated over the years. 

The said phrase mocks baby boomers; the generation born between 1946 and 1964. The generation got its name from the huge increase in birth rate after World War II, and is considered as a prosperous time.

The popular use of the phrase circulates in TikTok where it is used to mock elders and their prejudices towards the youth. 

It became more popular when media outlets highlighted the term after Chlöe Swarbrick, a 25-year-old lawmaker from New Zealand was discussing the Zero Carbon Bill, which aims to cut the carbon emissions of New Zealand. In the video, a heckler commented about her age, in which she went off-script to retort “OK, Boomer.”

Netizens also used the phrase to call out the Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. after cursing out a journalist on Twitter.

“OK, boomer,” later on became a perfect response to the generation on being problematic. An old, rich man complaining about millennials destroying everything? OK, boomer. An aunt of yours mocking your liberal arts degree, commenting on how easy it is? OK, boomer. Some random professor accusing you of being a “dilawan” and red-tagging you because of your Facebook posts? OK, boomer.

However, critics are crying foul over this phrase, with complaints mostly coming from older people. Some even compared the phrase to a racial slur, saying that it promotes ageism and discrimination. Critics think that it’s a below-the-belt attack against the boomers, a foul remark akin to bullying and racism. Well, sorry to say but it’s not.

To set the record straight, the boomers also fought for peace, racial equality and women’s empowerment at their time. What “OK, Boomer” addresses is not the people itself but their outdated way of thinking that is harming our society. 

Just like the statement “men are trash,” the phrase “OK, boomer” is attacking a system rather than an individual. It challenges the mindset of the boomers that refuses to embrace change; ones who still cling to discriminatory remarks and outdated ideologies. It wants boomers to  acknowledge that they have collectively done actions that contributed to societal issues such as climate change and worsening economy. It attempts to shake the narrative, making an older generation acknowledge the voice of the youth, making them act because they have the power and experience to do so.

This meme-worthy clapback is not just a collective sigh towards the problematic views of the old or a funny catchphrase hurled towards killjoy boomers—it is a statement, a call for action, a protest against problematic beliefs and actions.

It is a warning to the older that the kids aren’t alright and they are fighting back, one “OK, Boomer” at a time.

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Films to watch in Cinema One Originals 2019

Returning to cinemas and theaters on its 15th year, Cinema One Originals has launched its roster of films ranging from the genres of thriller, romance, and more! The film festival showcases various stories that will surely make the viewers’ minds wonder what lies beyond the trailers.

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Over the past decade, Cinema One Originals has given rise to a number of films that marked the hearts and minds of the Filipino. Through the artistry and expertise of Filipino filmmakers in cinematography and production, it has already showcased great films which became hit to the public like Imburnal (2008) by Sherad Anthony Sanchez, Violator (2014) by Eduardo Dayao, That Thing Called Tadhana (2014) by Antoinette Jadaone and Paki (2016) by Gian Carlo Abraham. These films have been lauded for its excellence, exception plots, and its appeal to viewers alike. 

Returning to cinemas and theaters on its 15th year, Cinema One Originals has launched its roster of films ranging from the genres of thriller, romance, and more! The film festival showcases various stories that will surely make the viewers’ minds wonder what lies beyond the trailers. So, Hurry up! Gather your friends now and buy your popcorn as Cinema One Originals proudly presents the following films for this year’s festival!

Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo by Denise O’Hara

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Relevant to the relationship which the generation engages today, Tayo Muna Habang Hindi Pa Tayo portrays the relationship of two individuals who share sensual experiences and romantic gestures with each other. However, both of the characters in the film do not share the same sentiment when it comes to commitment. In the end, they both part ways in the realization that such intimacy cannot just be shared with just anyone.

Yours Truly, Shirley by Nigel Santos

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After hearing a song by popstar Jhameson, Shirley is convinced that the popstar is a reincarnation of her late husband, Ronaldo. In the film, Shirley is seen to invest time and effort as she obsessively admires the popstar in the event of coping up with the pains and struggles of losing her beloved husband. 

Metamorphosis by J.E. Tiglao

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Metamorphosis reveals not a lot but says so much in its trailer. As it depicts the metamorphosis of a butterfly, there is a teenager in the background showing its life on a daily basis. It tackles the life of an individual born with male and female genitals.  

Utopia by Dustin Celestino

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Set in the dingy and dark parts of the city, Utopia depicts the meeting of a rookie police officer, vlogger, and an undercover agent as they try to uncover the delivery of dangerous and illegal substances. Utopia is about crime, thrill, wit and reality all in a perfect sandwich ready to keep you at the edge of your seat. 

O by Kevin Dayrit

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Pleasant in the forms of the soft sweet piano songs, sleek sofas and white linens, O talks about the story of a beguiled morgue intern Maria who is forced by the vampire Matilda to be a blood pusher and sell blood to other vampires. Twisted and unconventional, Maria is driven to do vile actions to accumulate blood in exchange for knowledge about the creatures roaming in the dark. 

Tia Madre by Eve Baswel

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Tia Madre takes in the form of a middle-aged woman who ardently loves her daughter. However, Emilia, the mother of a 10-year old girl, is a harboring alcoholic who abhors to be called a mother. Her daughter tries to compensate with her mother in the hopes that things will turn back to normal, as it should be.

Lucid by Natts Jadaone, Victor Villanueva, and Dan Villegas

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Ann Cruz is a typical individual who leads a monotonous life. She works a nine to five job, goes home, and the cycle repeats. However, when she sleeps, she is not just the Ann Cruz in her waking life. At night, she is a lucid dreamer who goes on dates and engages in scenarios that favours her. She later on meets a man who challenges her to dream more than she does.

Sila-Sila by Gian Carlo Abraham

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Sila-Sila is a coming-of-age film that tells a story of a 30-year old man who attempts to reconnect with his past friends and ex lovers in a class reunion. 

The screening of the eight films will run from November 7-17, 2019. Indeed, November is another exciting month for cineastes out there!

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For the full list of screening schedules and further details, visit the Cinema One Originals Facebook page or their website regarding the event.

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