cinema, Column article, Mr. and Ms Magazine

King Lion, King Ape and Two Kiwis

For the past month or so, cable TV has been showing The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings film series as well as the Harry Potter series. I even watched the last half of a Narnia movie and one whole episode of the Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as the last… Continue reading King Lion, King Ape and Two Kiwis

cinema, Column article, Media Studies, Mr. and Ms Magazine

DVD Pick: Paradise Now

The Palestine - Israel issue is a global issue and is being debated in the United Nations and elsewhere even as of this moment. If you are a bit unclear about the issue, this movie, Paradise Now (2005), might give you some insights into the conflict, which started in 1948 upon the creation of the… Continue reading DVD Pick: Paradise Now

Magazine article, Mr. and Ms Magazine

Many Facets of Beauty

Putting this article back in the blogosphere... The ancient Greeks are lovers of Beauty. For one beautiful lady, the whole Greek alliance led by its greatest kings and warriors – Agamemnon, Menelaus, Odysseus, Achilles, Ajax, etc. – waged a 10-year war against the Asia Minor Kingdom of Troy. But the great Greek thinkers / writers… Continue reading Many Facets of Beauty

Bangsa Moro, History, Newspaper article

Basilan: almost became a French colony

Below is an old newspaper feature I did for the Philippine Post. I am re-posting it here as I have already abandoned my websites while my blog at Blogger.com, which contained this article, had been removed.  This is quite an interesting historical incident, unknown to most Filipinos. Today, industrialized countries are attracted to China for… Continue reading Basilan: almost became a French colony

cinema, Climate Change, Column article

The Inconvenient Climate Change

A few days ago, I caught the last half of the documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017),  the sequel to the very popular documentary An Inconvenient Truth (2006). Former VP Al Gore looked ten years older but his enthusiasm for Climate Change advocacy did not seem to diminish at all. I still couldn't imagine how… Continue reading The Inconvenient Climate Change

Bangsa Moro, current events, History

Federalism for All: Chance for lasting Peace

The Mindanao problem is ultimately a POWER problem – the power of one group over another. It is a problem of colonization. The fact that there was a law called the Legislative Act 4197 or Quirino-Recto Colonization of Mindanao Act, which was enacted on 12 February 1935 is very telling. The Commonwealth considered the Act… Continue reading Federalism for All: Chance for lasting Peace

cinema, culture, Film Notes, Media Studies Notes

Film: Art or Social Practice?

(These Film Studies Notes are my one-page notes on various articles or books on Film Studies / Media Studies which might interest students and teachers of Film or Media Studies.) Film as Art or Film as Social Practice While I was taking my MA in Media Studies, I usually debated with my professor, who was… Continue reading Film: Art or Social Practice?