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CINEMALAYA TURNS FIFTEEN!

After fourteen successful years of independent local movies that never fails to give us fresh discoveries and original crafts, Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival presents us with ten full-length movies and ten short feature films you wouldn’t surely miss this August!

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Rise up all Filipino indie film stans! Cinemalaya is back!

After fourteen successful years of independent local movies that never fails to give us fresh discoveries and original crafts, Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival presents us with ten full-length movies and ten short feature films you wouldn’t surely miss this August!

1. ANi (The Harvest) by Kim Zuniga and Sandro del Rosario

In the year 2050, an orphaned boy together with his malfunctioning robot is set on an adventure that might save his estranged grandfather, Mauricio, and the crops in his farm, too. Is this just another movie about a human being forming a friendship with a robot or will this open our eyes to the endless possibilities and consequences of technology in the next thirty years?

2. Belle Douleur (Beautiful Pain) by Joji Alonso

Does age really matter? In today’s society where people still consider May-December relationships taboo, Belle Douleur presents us Elizabeth – a woman in her late 40s who considers living on her own until she meets Jon, a young man who is twenty years younger than her. This film does not only showcase an unconventional relationship between star-crossed lovers, but it also gives us a side of Elizabeth and her submission to happiness through complete surrender.

3. Children of the River by Maricel Cariaga

The waves do not always wash away your worries. Maricel Cariaga’s coming-of-age film tells us a story about a young boy named Elias and his three other friends who have to face the cruelties of life and suffering while their fathers are away. To be independent is to also face your own battles by yourself. How will Elias overcome every challenge he and his friends take without succumbing to their own demons?

4. Edward by Thop Nazareno

There is no trailer released at this moment, but Edward takes us on an interesting life of a young teenager who tries to live life like a normal teenager whilst being forced to live under his ailing father’s hospital bed. This may probably never be just another coming-of-age film and we all wonder how Thop Nazareno will pull a twist on the possible life-and-death and father-son relationship between Jojo and his father?

5. Fuccbois by Eduardo Roy Jr.

The modern term “Fuccbois” is probably enough to pull our attention into this film, but what is this film really all about? Fuccbois tackle the lives of two young men namely “Ace” and “Miko” who both aspires to become famous actors someday. However, just like in real life, the path to achieving our goals may seem far out of sight as we realize that life takes us to a different direction.

6. Iska by Theodore Boborol

A grandmother’s unconditional love to her child may sound sappy and oversentimental at first, but Theodore Boborol, a known director for ABS-CBN and Star Cinemas, immerses himself to this film as he narrates the life of Iska – an impoverished grandmother who takes care of a child with autism. Is love more than enough to support a child with special needs against all odds? This film will open our eyes to the media and how it often clashes with poverty, and of course, the importance of educating ourselves to mental health issues.

7. John Denver Trending by Arden Rod Condez

Your name trending on social media, a blessing in disguise or a curse? Based on true events, John Denver Trending unveils the story of a teenage boy whose life changes after his video of assaulting a classmate goes viral on the internet. With all that has happened to the young boy, should we all view him as the bully who deserves the heat he’s getting, or should we sympathize with him since he is also a victim? With the unpredictability of social media, one thing is for sure: what’s on the internet will never be forgotten.

8. Malamaya (The Colors of Ash) by Danica Sta. Lucia and Leilani Chavez

Malamaya’s trailer only gives us a glimpse of art and nothing else. Still, this film will not just showcase how intrinsic and beautiful art is, but how an uninspired middle-aged artist reignites her burning passion for the arts and how she also changes her perspective in life as Nora finds herself smitten over a young photographer.

9. Pandanggo sa Hukay by Shéryl Rose Andes

A job outside the country is deemed promising especially for a young midwife who only hopes to sustain the needs of her family. Directed by Sheryl Rose Andres, we’re also hopeful to see Iza Calzado’s promising and interesting take on Elena as we follow her footsteps on her way to a job interview abroad.

10. Tabon by Xian Lim

Tabon is Xian Lim’s directing debut and everyone is curious about how this movie will turn out. There is no official trailer released at this moment, but this film catches up with the harsh sufferings some of our fellow Filipinos go through, especially when a person is wrongfully accused of a crime he never committed.

SHORT FEATURE

1. ‘Wag Mo ‘Kong Kausapin (Please Stop Talking) by Josef Dielle Gacutan

Wag Mo ‘Kong Kausapin is an animated short film that revolves around a father whose mending his relationship with his estranged son.

2. Disconnection Notice by Glenn Lowell Averia

Juggling between your responsibilities while repairing your relationship with your younger sibling is not an easy thing to do. In Disconnection Notice, we’ll follow Paul’s hardships as the eldest sibling.

3. Gatilyo (Trigger) by Harold Lance Pialda

The aftermath of war can be scarring especially to those who survived it. Gatilyo unveils the story of a lone survivor of an ambush who’s haunted by the war he survived.

4. Heist School by Julius Renomeron, Jr.

Heist School, directed by Julius Renomeron Jr, a Thomasian alumnus, and TomasinoWeb’s former President, showcases a group of four graduating students and how keeping up with your grades can get in the way of friendship.

5. Hele ng Maharlika (Lullaby of the Free) by Norvin de los Santos

Hope and despair intertwine in Hele ng Maharlika as a child meets an orphaned boy who seeks to be sheltered amidst the uncertainties of an ongoing siege.

6. Kontrolado ni Girly ang Buhay N’ya (Girly is in Control of His Life) by Gilb Baldoza

Let’s raise our flags and follow the footsteps of a gay teenager named Girly who is looking for a job in a world that feels new to him.

7. Sa Among Agwat (In Between Spaces) by Don Senoc

A promise of a good life is reassuring at best until Jun is slammed with the reality that a good life meant being apart with his mother, Dita, and his brother, Mako.

8. Sa Gabing Tanging Liwanag ay Paniniwala (Belief as the Light in Darkness) by Francis Amir Guillermo

Sa Gabing Tanging Liwanag ay Paniniwala leads us to a town captain and his son who is desperate for answers after the continuous disappearances of townsmen.

9. Tembong (Connecting) by Shaira Advincula

A T’boli man transcends beyond expectations and cultural norms as he tries to weave a series of patterns shown by an Abaca Goddess in his dreams.

10. The Shoemaker by Sheron Dayoc

Does first love never die? Set in the shoe capital of the Philippines, a lover makes a surprise appearance to an old shoemaker after three decades.

 

For a full list of screening locations, visit the Cinemalaya facebook page or their website for more details regarding the event.

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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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