cinema, culture, Film, Film Review, Media Studies, socio-cultural

Parasite (2019): Film as Art or Social Practice?

  FILM AS ART OR AS SOCIAL PRACTICE   When I was in graduate film school, I had a long-running discussion with the dean on whether Film should be viewed as Art or as Social Practice. In that college, the “politically correct” view was the Film-As-Social-Practice school of thought. I, on the other hand, stuck… Continue reading Parasite (2019): Film as Art or Social Practice?

Newspaper article, socio-cultural

Mary, a Sign for all Peoples

I saw a Facebook post where a Christian guy was thanking the Qur'an for giving account of the Virgin Mary. I decided to link my Mary article in the comment. To my surprise, I couldn't find my Mary article in all my blogs. I had posted it in my blogs before, but I suppose they… Continue reading Mary, a Sign for all Peoples

education, Media Studies, socio-cultural, Uncategorized

Transmutation Tables et al

It's the time of the year when children, teenagers and young adults graduate from elementary, high school and college. In the Philippines, nowadays, so many parents are elated and extremely proud of their children who graduate with honors, as cum laudes or with various awards such as the Most Diligent Pupil or the Most Creative… Continue reading Transmutation Tables et al

Bangsa Moro, culture, Newspaper article, socio-cultural

Torogan, the Mranao royal house

Here is a newspaper article I wrote on the Torogan, the Mranao royal house. I had posted this before in my websites and in my blogs. I stopped maintaining my websites while some of my blogs just vanished for whatever reasons. This is a snapshot of my lost blog with its Torogan post: Now, it's… Continue reading Torogan, the Mranao royal house

Bangsa Moro, culture, History, socio-cultural

Mranaos and the Bicolanos

This is another of my lost blogposts which was saved by the Internet. Thanks to humans or Internet bots, I can put this back in the blogosphere. These free webhosts should at least warn their users that their closing shop. I maintained that particular blog for several years, including designing the site. I chose a… Continue reading Mranaos and the Bicolanos

Newspaper article, socio-cultural

Growing Up In A Multilingual Household

This is one of my articles published in the now defunct The Philippine Post newspaper.  I posted this on my websites. But since the advent of Web 2.0 and the popularity of blogs, I have abandoned my websites. I am posting this in this blog, for posterity's sake. I added a list of the languages,… Continue reading Growing Up In A Multilingual Household

current events, socio-cultural

James Soriano, his language and his little world

A certain James Soriano, an Ateneo de Manila University student and columnist of Manila Bulletin, wrote an essay titled "Language, learning, identity, privilege" for his column. Apparently, it caused quite a storm among some Filipinos such that Manila Bulletin removed the piece in its website. His first sentence is: "English is the language of learning."… Continue reading James Soriano, his language and his little world