current events, socio-cultural

UBI: Universal Business Income, anyone?

Now that the government has started the dole-outs thru DSWD, DOLE, etc plus the food packs; why not shift to UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME (#UBI). Some of the US states are now starting it. More than 80% of the British public are for it, says a British MP in a Commons debate. In a situation like… Continue reading UBI: Universal Business Income, anyone?

Astrology, Column article, Magazine article, New Age

The Moon in Astrology

  Most people are familiar with Sun-Sign astrology. When a person says s/he is a Sagittarian, it means that when s/he was born, the Sun was in (under the influence of) the constellation Sagittarius. There is, however, another very important planetary body in our solar system – the Moon, Earth’s closest neighbor. The Sun is… Continue reading The Moon in Astrology

Bangsa Moro, personal

Hadja Sitti Rahma Yahya Abbas

Sitti Rahma, my mother   My mother was born in Malita, Davao del Sur in 1918 to Sheikh Ismail Yahya, a Mranao Arab and Bai Rosa, a Buayanen/Maguindanaon princess and coconut plantation heiress. As my mother used to say, she was “born with a silver spoon in her mouth.” By the age of 12, my… Continue reading Hadja Sitti Rahma Yahya Abbas

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?

current events

The Human Right to Water

  As party-list Congressman Lito Atienza reminded his colleagues in Congress recently, he, as the Secretary of the Dept. of Environment and National Resources (DENR) in 2009 ordered the two water firms to pay a fine of P 29.4 Million for the period of May 7 to Sept. 30, 2009 and P 200,000.00 per day… Continue reading The Human Right to Water

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

cinema, Film Review, History

Debunking Heroes: the Magdalos then and now

While the new Magdalos are being accused of plotting to oust the President, and Magdalo leader, former naval Ltsg, now Senator, Trillanes is facing suits from the government, the original Magdalos - Generals Emilio Aguinaldo and Gregorio del Pilar are being attacked as anti-heroes, if not outright villains, in the movie, GOYO (2018). I thought… Continue reading Debunking Heroes: the Magdalos then and now

History, personal

Sept 23, 1972: Martial Law, my brother and Me

What happened on Sept 21, 1972? Nothing of much importance. Just like any other day in the Philippines. I was in high school then. On that day, I went to school, as usual.     What happened on Sept 22, 1972? Nothing of much importance. Just like any other day in the Philippines. I went… Continue reading Sept 23, 1972: Martial Law, my brother and Me

cinema, Column article, Film, Film Review, Mr. and Ms Magazine

DVD Pick: Stardust (2007), a pocketful of starlight

Yesterday, with typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) wrecking havoc in the northern parts of the island (Luzon), and after a 12-hour blackout, I just turned on the TV and looked for a nice movie to watch on cable TV. One channel was showing Stardust (2007) and I decided it was just the right film to watch --… Continue reading DVD Pick: Stardust (2007), a pocketful of starlight