Blogs“Kanlungan”: A sanctuary for all Teatro Tomasino’s 39th season opener, “Kanlungan”, portrays how an unlikely group of people found their personal sanctuaries where they can freely shed their ‘masks’ and act without a fear of repercussion. Published 3 years ago on January 8, 2017By TomasinoWeb Share Tweet The daily hustle and bustle of life can take a tremendous toll on some of us. There are times when we would prefer to retreat to our personal sanctuaries than choose to take the world head on. Teatro Tomasino’s 39th season opener, “Kanlungan”, portrays how an unlikely group of people found their personal sanctuaries where they can freely shed their ‘masks’ and act without a fear of repercussion. “Kanlungan”, directed by Frank Jozsepf Escuadro, is a twin bill that featured Teatro Tomasino alumna Reena Medina’s Gawad Ustetika awarded one act play, “Deadline”, and Dingdong Novenario’s Virgin Labfest piece, “Kafatiran”.“Deadline” is a narration of how depression jeopardized the lives of three young girls: Fiona, Yana, and Lily. The play starts with the trio meeting at their favorite spot – the rooftop, the only place where they can find respite and solace from the unforgiving eye of society. The rooftop witnessed the turbulent life of the girls and how they managed to cope with their depression. However, the rooftop also symbolizes another form of escape – suicide.Throughout the play, the girls exemplified their vulnerabilities but by telling too much, the narrative became too predictable. The goal of the story was to explain and make depression a relatable topic by showing that these girls share the same problems that we have. The only major difference is they are a target of scorn and ridicule only because they don’t the necessary strength to overcome their problems. The play seemingly tried too hard by plaguing the scenes with cliche dialogues. However, “Deadline” made up for it though its smooth transitions from one scene to another in a non-linear order with tasteful projections of images that symbolized the hope and friendship of the protagonists.Despite some apparent drawbacks, “Deadline” saved itself by having a creative set that established a stark contrast between the rooftop and the room that in effect, showed how miserable all of the protagonists really are. Moreover, the dialogue might have been wordy but few gems can be taken here and there that exposes the true nature of depression.“Kafatiran”, on the other hand, is very different from “Deadline”. It’s a humor-laden story set in the Spanish era about a budding sisterhood in the midst of a revolution dominated by men. It opens with two flamboyant revolutionaries, Ka-Obet and Ka-Kiko, setting up their lair as they welcome prospective members. Unlike “Deadline”, the dialogue was the weapon of this play, with witty banters from Ka-Obet and Ka-Kiko keeping the audience interested and clamoring for more. Perhaps what is fascinating from this play, albeit obvious, is that no one between Ka-Obet and Ka-Kiko admits that they are gay until the final scene even though it’s very apparent to the audience due to their small but highly suggestive actions like mannerisms and diction.Everything about “Kafatiran” was tasteful and ironically timely because of how it played with gay culture with the way it also featured a mock historical origin of a handful of gay lingos. “Kafatiran” achieved what “Dialogue” aimed for: conviction. What made “Kafatiran” more interesting than “Deadline” is how they portray passion through words, regardless if they’re talking about the gravity of their situation or how the word “keri” came about. All of what the characters said in Kafatiran will be etched to your memories because their words are a strong concoction conviction and wit laced with reality. It is a play that did not rest on the funny but held itself up with its enthralling script that boldly tackled an unspoken issue within the LGBTQ community.Overall, Kanlungan is a play that made a conscious effort to discuss pressing taboos. “Deadline” had a powerful message that, unfortunately, was lost due to unrestrained vocabulary and predictability but still made up for its direction and work to shed light on the struggles of the depressed . It would have been better if the dialogues were not as sappy and the plot was more interesting. “Kafatiran” outshined its sister because of how well script and the ensemble is. It managed to give a different perspective into a time pre-dominated by male chauvinism and showed that women might have not been the only ones who were underestimated before. Its comedic banter was an effective vessel of introducing a serious issues that is still culturally prevalent because of patriarchal dominion. Teatro Tomasino made a huge leap by introducing issues not often brought up in a conservative society. We could only hope for a more open-minded and accepting society. READ PRESS RELEASE: Teatro Tomasino's "Tatlong Ulupong"Photo by Jazmin TabuenaComments Related Topics:depressionGawad UstetikaLGBTsuicideTeatro TomasinoTeatro Tomasino 39th seasonVirgin Labfest You may like Teatro Tomasino stages the triumph of taking chances with “Baka Sakali” Shameless Pride: Why the Face of Belongingness Lives on in the Streets Akin Ako: How Teatro Tomasino offered new narratives for queer people through Singhap BlogsNetflix’s Money Heist and its aim to fight for political reform La Casa de Papel or Money Heist is a Netflix series about a guy called the Professor leading a group of criminals aliased after major cities across the globe to pull off one of the most impossible felonies of all time — robbing the Royal Mint of Spain. Published 19 hours ago on April 4, 2020By Patricia Santos Photo from NetflixWARNING: Mild spoilers ahead!La Casa de Papel or Money Heist is a Netflix series about a guy called the Professor leading a group of criminals aliased after major cities across the globe to pull off one of the most impossible felonies of all time — robbing the Royal Mint of Spain. The show focuses on how the crew masters their plan, down to the very minute details, to ensure that they can execute it impeccably. It is shown how the Professor implements some rules and ensures that the crew abides by it for the operation to run smoothly, or so he believes. With interesting costumes, catchy tunes, and mind-boggling twists in the story, this show will surely get one easily hooked!The show has been gaining online buzz recently — from an Instagram filter, tweets from excited fans, to teaser trailers all over the web – there is a built hype for the show especially now that the new season’s premiere has dropped on Netflix today. It has been months since the end of the third season, and everybody’s been anticipating the next series of events. Avid viewers of the show are very much eager to know what happened to our favorite crew, with all of us having a bunch of unanswered questions after that cliff-hanger of a finale left our hearts pounding and jaws dropped. Now we can finally sigh in relief because the answer to all of our questions possibly lies in eight 45-minute episodes. Money Heist is one of the most interesting shows of our time since it has a different take on the Heist cinematic genre. The generic formula for films and series in this genre is usually a clever mastermind recruit a group of delinquents with their own respective charms, add a seemingly fool-proof plan into the mix, and voila, you have created a crime film. This show has all of the essential components, but one thing sets them apart from the rest of the other works under the same genre — the group’s ulterior motive, which is evidently not just for personal gain, but for public changes as well. It took the elements of the classic Robin Hood-themed narratives and incorporated it into contemporary societal injustices, which make for an effective series of social enlightenment.It could be said that the root of these vices is money. Why would an individual dare to stage a heist in the national bank of Spain to win over the sympathy of the masses? The answer lies behind the very reason why they are conducting the robbery. Through the heist, they insinuated the need for redistribution of wealth because of the stark imbalance between the rich and the poor. Besides, they are technically “not stealing” from the bank since they are just producing new bills through the bank’s printers. Additionally, for every bump in the road that the team faces, they still strictly abide by their moral principles to resolve the dilemma. Their means may be questionable, but their goal is quite reasonable.An essential hallmark of the show is the identical masks the robbers wore in their heists. The Professor made them wear the mask to hide their identities, but his choice of design aims to make a statement. The masks are of Salvador Dalí, a Spanish surrealist artist, whom the protagonists’ philosophies are aligned with. Dalí is a renowned artist, famous for his works and for his protests against society’s capitalistic ideals. The mask symbolizes the people’s resistance to a system that forces them to accept the irrational normalization of social class, which is usually in favor of the elite.Since the beginning of the show, the song Bella Ciao was heard in varying tempos to denote the highest and lowest points of the storyline. Historically, the song was sung in rallies during the Italian Resistance, with hopes of ending the rule of fascists. The song was actually banned in Northern Italy a few years back and that itself says a lot about its impact. It is still played in modern-day protests, with activists hoping that making a statement and refusing to swallow abysmal ideals dictated by unjust rulers could commence redefinition of unjust societal norms.With the alarming responses of our own officials towards a national crisis, shows like these ignite our passion to fight for political reform. It empowers us to make a stand against tyranny and to also break free from the oppressive societal standards that the opportunistic upper class sets. Bella ciao!Comments Continue ReadingBlogs10 things you probably have encountered in an online class Ever since online classes have been rampant in UST, we have noticed some interesting phenomena that happens in almost every class. These vary from each situation so if you have encountered some of these, you’re most likely going to relate! Published 2 weeks ago on March 19, 2020By Brin Raizulli Isaac Artwork by Tricia JardinA decade ago, suspension of classes were a big nuisance especially to the pace of the academic year. This is because we did not really have a platform that was capable of holding more than 20 persons in a call. However, with the advancement of technology, it has paved the way to conduct classes online without the fear of falling behind the schedule.Ever since online classes have been rampant in UST, we have noticed some interesting phenomena that happens in almost every class. These vary from each situation so if you have encountered some of these, you’re most likely going to relate! The following are the 10 things you probably have encountered in an online class.1. A dogYour dog or your blockmate’s dog have probably taken the spotlight in this one. Cue the “aww!”s and the “your dog is so cute!” to inform people there’s a new member in your block.2. Some bedroom noisesThese bedroom noises vary in category. It could be your newborn sibling crying in the background or your sibling groaning as they stretch before they get out of bed. It could also be your neighbour’s feel good music that’s blasting on full volume. (What did you think the noises were going to be?)3. Your mom’s voice in the backgroundYou’re probably familiar with the sentence, “Anak! Nakalimutan mo nanaman maghugas ng pinggan!”. This is your cue to quickly wash the dishes or to ask your brother or your sister to do it for you. Just don’t forget it the next time.4. The sound of vehicles driving past your houseIt’s 9o’clock in the morning and everyone is still sleeping. Your professor is rambling about the adjusted schedule because of the suspension of classes. Everything was silent until you hear that loud “VROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM” that broke that silence you thought you had. A notification. Your blockmate typed, “Kaninong tricycle ‘yun?”.5. The neighborhood chickenNo one in your house is awake yet to cook breakfast and you’re 10 minutes late to your online class. You’re hungry and sleepy but you are determined you’ll focus on this class you need to catch up on. You sit down with your laptop, head propped by your arm to try to stay awake. Then suddenly, you hear a faint cock-a-doodle-doo from your speaker. A notification. Your professor typed, “Guys, sorry, wag kayo mag-alala. Ipriprito ko na yun mamaya.”.READ Let’s go digital!: How are students dealing with online classes?6. A comfort room breakThe waterworks are on duty today but you’re unsure if your strict professor would allow you to go to the comfort room to release whatever your body needs to let go of. It’s funny how we still have to ask even when comfort is at our disposal a few steps away. Imagine what it’s like for your blockmate who often needs the toilet. 7. Your younger sibling who keeps on cryingIf it’s not your mom, it’s most likely your younger brother or sister who’s making the noise. You should probably check on them right now though. I assume they need something or someone.8. The teleserye your lola is watchingIt’s 10 in the morning and you are in your living room. Suddenly, your lola picks up the television remote control to watch her favourite teleserye. She hands you the remote control to raise the volume higher. Don’t worry. It’ll just be an hour of your time everyday. Just wear your earphones. It’ll be over soon!9. Your blockmate who’s often M.I.A.Better call them now. You definitely don’t want them to miss another class.10. Conversations that are best kept on MessengerIt’s best to keep your block’s conversations in another messaging app. I know you know what I mean. We all have different practices in our face-to-face class as well as in online classes. However, in the midst of the distances from our second home – our school – let us not forget the reason why we do this: to learn and to later on serve our country. Lastly, use your time productively and don’t forget to wake up your blockmate!Comments Continue ReadingBlogsIlaw ng Tahanan, Sagisag ng Lansangan: Rage Against Feminine Archetypes Comical as it seems, it has become so indoctrinated in the narrative of what it means to be a woman, that essentially it has become a means to favor and please the men in our society—to put it simply, the feminine archetype is a catalyst for the patriarchy. Published 3 weeks ago on March 17, 2020By Patricia Si Artwork by Tricia JardinA natural beauty, she was. Daisy-fresh. Frail and delicate, with her small frame and timid silence. Her hair constantly smelled of vanilla, and she had a smile that came with her almost effortless grace. She is painfully soft-spoken. Her cheeks resembled that of the skin of a peach—supple, smooth, tinging coral. And above all that she had eyes that could lure you in. It was almost as if she knew the kind of beauty she held, but not enough to be flaunting it.Here is an example of a misrepresented woman as shown by the ideal woman trope. In literature, we see her as Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby; in film, Summer from 500 Days of Summer. Women in fiction, yes, but still prototypes of the ideal woman, told from the account of a man, that sooner or later, serve to cater to the male gaze.This is the feminine archetype, contemporarily known as the Manic Pixie Dream Girl or the Femme Fatale: the idea that a woman, in all her precious glory, should be of natural, flawless beauty—none of that cake on the face, none of those fillers and such. She should be modest, otherwise if she is vulgar she is an embarrassment. She should attend to her husband like a real woman, whatever that is supposed to mean, because it is her responsibility to do so. She should be dainty! If she must fix herself up she must do so without going overboard. But this is relevant… exactly how?These templates of the ‘perfect woman’ teaches young girls and the children who may come to identify as girls, beyond reasonable standards to live up to, furthermore decentering from their freedom of expression and identity. Comical as it seems, it has become so indoctrinated in the narrative of what it means to be a woman, that essentially it has become a means to favor and please the men in our society—to put it simply, the feminine archetype is a catalyst for the patriarchy.This continues to be a challenge for contemporary feminists as it has been for their predecessors. Years upon years of uprisings and nth wave feminism movements helped established the New Woman, who, on this day and age, in contrast to the feminine archetype, is no longer soft-spoken, doe-eyed, or motherly—but resisting, self-sustaining, and non-conforming. She is tenacious, and is unafraid to bring her revolution to the streets, like all other female activists that preceded, but the objective is not to discredit them.This is to introduce an entirely new breadth of feminists who willingly engage in activism in and out of the streets, who challenge the still-in-existence feminine archetype, who fight against those who continue to disparage women, and most importantly, to empower those who need empowering. Women and their eagerness to champion equal rights have prevailed even in social media platforms—a brand new kind of solidarity that cuts through the one-dimensionality of the digital world, which is now without limitation in addressing a variety of sociopolitical issues.The feminine archetype is but a small part of a bigger issue that continues to misrepresent women as charming, frail, and subordinate—much like in movies and literature—which in turn contributes to, and may even elevate to a great deal of oppression and abuse. Once we value other women as much as we do those in our lives, once we acknowledge that some women might not even be female at birth, and that some may not even appear to be women, we perpetuate intersectionality and a mindset that more often than not, empowerment is more important than power. 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