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Cooking PEACE from the ASHES of WaR

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Maglutu Kasanyangan ha Abu sin Bunu
ni Warina Sushil A. Jukuy
Awn bahgu lawan-mata jimajatu bihaun,
Bangsa-Fatima,magpatindug sin Kasanyangan;
Bangsa-Fatima,magpatindug mga kawman;
Isukan MAMINDAHI kabtangan ha unahan
Ha babai -in ini- nahinang kawajiban.
Ha haggut-lima niya, buhangin iyulinan;
Na-ayak ha ut sin bukug-gulamay.
Du-un ha pagun sin bitis, buggat sin puun-tiyan liyutu;
Hati yaun pa mga anak ha daghal piyadu’ru’.
Ha tuktuk kilay niya, timuna’ in abu sin bunu’;
Duun ha bayhu, kiya-ukkil in dalil-pattah!
Ha mata niya, kiya-saminan in kamatay;
Duun ha simud, kimummi’ in tangis-umaw!
Bihaun, Tubig na-a-angpud ha pilukmata niya imanud-nanugas;
Tiyandak karuwa siki, dwa lima tyabiran ha astul
Pag-kignut sin agaba, bayhu niya marbol
Namilu, nakumut ha ruhun sin bungsi agad pasu-atay!
Sumagawah, isugan niya imuyum misan siya agun tangisun,
Pangatayan lyatapan sin luha kimu-kubbut lima-lagublub,
Ah,yaun! lawan-mata sin masa limabay masi’ nangjuri:
Pasal mga Gagandilan, liyulubu’ in kasanyangan,
Pasal mga Gagandilan, nagpapatindug sin bunu’-malangsa
Pagsahi di-i katu’ ra Fatima-isug-pipisan
in bunu’ hipabarmula pa Salaam.
Cooking Peace from the Ashes of War
By Warina Sushil A. Jukuy
A new vision is taking place,
Foreseeing women building peace;
Envisioning women building communities;
Qualified by the word TRANSFORMATIVE:
For women, this has become imperative.
Upon her delicate hands, she cups grains of sand;
As it sifted itself through her bony phalange.
Upon her supple limbs, she bears the weight of womb;
As she suckles her babies upon her bosom.
Upon her brows, settled ashes of war;
Upon her face, carved its pictographs!
Upon her eyes, mirrored deathly scenes;
Upon her lips, quiver a silent cry!
Now fiery water flow forth from her frozen lashes;
As she stomps her feet, wrings her hands.
As she shrugs her shoulders, her marble face
Turns apoplectic; contorts from revolting fury!
Yet she braves a smile though she seems to cry,
Her heart floods with pulsing, raging tears,
As an old vision persists to tease:
Of Men destroying PEACE,
Of Men building “fishy” WARS;
For us feisty women to transform into PEACE!
© Warina Sushil A. Jukuy
     painting by Waway Linsahay Saway
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Davao City and Cotabato City Chapters implement Capacity Building Program

May 31, 2013: “Youth Empowerment towards Islamic Way and Understanding of FAB” was the theme of Seminar-workshop conducted by the Davao City Chapter on May 19 held at the Sirawan Gymnasium, Sirawan Davao City. The objectives of the event according to Davao City Chapter President Gabriel C. Palma is to enhance the ideas of the youth

Julia Barretto at Style Origin 2013 Ayala Centrio CDO

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Investigative journalism seminar for Mindanao bloggers, journalists, citizen media

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) is inviting Mindanao bloggers, citizen media and journalists to an investigative reporting seminar. This PCIJ investigative reporting seminar will touch on political clans, governance and journalists’ safety. This seminar is open to mid-career and senior Filipino journalists, citizen media, bloggers, researchers, anchors, producers, news managers, editors, contributors, freelance […]

Get Connected From Your Home

Technology has brought people from around the world closer to each other. What we thought in the past that was impossible is now a reality.The internet brought about the change in most of the homes in the world nearer each other. Families who have been…

Seda Centrio Hotel’s starry, starry night on June 15, 2013

I am involved in a new project and I’m really, really excited about this! I’ve been trying to keep this under wraps for a while now but now it can be told. Seda Centrio Hotel, the newest luxury hotel in Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao, Philippines, is set to hold a very special event on […]

STEREOTYPING by MEDIA is LETHAL: STOP LINKING CRIMES TO ISLAM and MUSLIMS

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119 people have signed. Help get to 200
pls sign either as an ORGANIZATION or as an INDIVIDUAL 

Why this is important

THIS petition is vital to exert pressure on Doris Bigornia who committed a “faux pas” re: PLEASE VIEW FB link by @AbdurRashid Santos DORIS BIGORNIA REPORTER NG ABS-CBN (13-MAY-2013, TV PATROL NEWS) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200575431301687&set=vb.1636144794&type=2&theater

THE offense made by Ms Bigornia is a LETHAL one since the insensitivity of STEREOTYPING offended not merely the 14 suspects but all Muslims and Islam.

[ Excerpt: xxx…sa pagkahuli sa labing apat na mga Muslim…{..the arrest of 14 Muslims…xxx]

[NOTA BENE: HYPOTHETICALLY: Had another example been such as NPA men could have been arrested… would MS BIGORNIA have identified these “X-number of men as to their X-type of religion” similarly to those 14 men arrested???… or is the MUSLIM-ISLAM as a term a “parapraxis” borne out of automatic stereotyping and racial as well religious discrimination against MUSLIM-ISLAM? ]

SUCH LETHAL IMPACT of a mindless FAUX PAS must be brought to MS BIGORNIA’s attention and to the TV station where she works and to the public in the spirit of upholding the wisdom of ENGENDERING Peace Journalism and NOT ENDANGERING Peace between Muslims and other diverse religious faiths in the Philippines.

The NCMF, CHR, OPAPP must collaborate in order to stop “stereotyping-foibles” by media against religion, in order to hew proactively the seedlings of unpeace fertilized by bigotry, prejudices, racial and religious discrimination that can also possibly burgeon into senseless violence.

It can be observed that with regard to news in the Philippines and across the globe generally speaking, nowhere can you listen to or read news explicitly identifying CRIMINALS or TERRORISTS by their religious faiths such as Iglesia ni Kristo, Christian, Protestant, Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist, Buddhist, Hindu, Anglican, Mormon, Scientologist, (or absence of it) atheist, animist, etcetera …. except when it comes to MUSLIMS.
MEDIA’S clout is powerful; it shapes and influences the minds and hearts of people either positively or negatively.

Irrelevantly STEREOTYPING a particular religion via news whether done unintentionally can significantly breed bigotry, prejudices and racial as well as religious discrimination. Such type of irresponsible reporting engenders unPEACE and IGNORANCE.

One can restrain oneself in order to exercise utmost patience and sobriety but one cannot control the hurt, pain, insult, dejection, effrontery being felt by OTHER brethren in faith especially so that such has the tendency to spiral unchecked into social schism or worst even violence.

re: PLEASE VIEW FB links by @AbdurRashid Santos DORIS BIGORNIA REPORTER NG ABS-CBN (13-MAY-2013, TV PATROL NEWS) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200575431301687&set=vb.1636144794&type=2&theater IMS.

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No more!, please!, of DORIS BIGORNIA’s negligent STEREOTYPING of MUSLIM and ISLAM in news reporting.

It cannot be denied that ALL PEOPLES OF FAITH abhor EVIL.
Nonetheless, it cannot also be denied that The it was the PERSON that did the criminal offense NOT his or her RELIGIOUS FAITH!
Racial/Religious discrimination as well as bigotry is a reality…. an OFFENSE which even EXISTING LAWS (either enacted or ratified) that PROHIBIT IT cannot fulfill or protect SIMPLY BECAUSE people are most inclined to ASSERT their own rights than to FULFILL the rights of their fellow human beings…

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
ASSERT IT!
KNOW THE RIGHTS OF YOUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS
DO NOT JUST RESPECT IT but strive to FULFILL IT!
BOTH CASE is OBLIGATORY!

Any seedling inadvertently sown to generate UNPEACE, hew it!
AFTER SHOUTING A PROTEST indignantly, the next step is to TAKE ACTION PROACTIVELY!

One UMMAH in ACTION towards PEACEFUL CHANGE in accordance with the Qur’an and Sunnah— insha’ALLAH.

Posted May 28, 2013
Created by
Warina Sushil J. Philippines
To be delivered to:
Doris Bigornia, reporter, TV Patrol-ABS-CBN
  • Doris Bigornia, reporter, TV Patrol-ABS-CBN  
  • Atty Mehol K. Sadain, Secretary, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos  
  • SEC. TERESITA QUINTOS-DELES Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process  
  • Hon. Loretta Ann P. Rosales, Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights 


SIGN THIS PETITION
No more please of DORIS BIGORNIA’s negligent STEREOTYPING of MUSLIM and ISLAM in news reporting. It cannot be denied that ALL PEOPLES OF FAITH and WITH FAITH abhor EVIL. Nonetheless, it cannot also be denied that The PERSON did the criminal offense NOT his or her RELIGIOUS FAITH! re: PLEASE VIEW FB link by @AbdurRashid Santos DORIS BIGORNIA REPORTER NG ABS-CBN (13-MAY-2013, TV PATROL NEWS) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200575431301687&set=vb.1636144794&type=2&theater One can restrain oneself to exercise utmost patience and sobriety but one cannot control the hurt, pain, insult, dejection, effrontery that can spiral unchecked into violence or social schism. Any seedling inadvertently sown to generate UNPEACE, hew it! AFTERClick here to see full text
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STEREOTYPING by MEDIA is LETHAL: STOP LINKING CRIMES TO ISLAM and MUSLIMS

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STEREOTYPING by MEDIA is LETHAL: STOP LINKING CRIMES TO ISLAM and MUSLIMS

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STEREOTYPING by MEDIA is LETHAL: STOP LINKING CRIMES TO ISLAM and MUSLIMS

119 people have signed. Help get to 200
pls sign either as an ORGANIZATION or as an INDIVIDUAL 

Why this is important

THIS petition is vital to exert pressure on Doris Bigornia who committed a “faux pas” re: PLEASE VIEW FB link by @AbdurRashid Santos DORIS BIGORNIA REPORTER NG ABS-CBN (13-MAY-2013, TV PATROL NEWS) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200575431301687&set=vb.1636144794&type=2&theater

THE offense made by Ms Bigornia is a LETHAL one since the insensitivity of STEREOTYPING offended not merely the 14 suspects but all Muslims and Islam.

 
[ Excerpt: xxx…sa pagkahuli sa labing apat na mga Muslim…{..the arrest of 14 Muslims…xxx]

[NOTA BENE: HYPOTHETICALLY: Had another example been such as NPA men could have been arrested… would MS BIGORNIA have identified these “X-number of men as to their X-type of religion” similarly to those 14 men arrested???… or is the MUSLIM-ISLAM as a term a “parapraxis” borne out of automatic stereotyping and racial as well religious discrimination against MUSLIM-ISLAM? ]

SUCH LETHAL IMPACT of a mindless FAUX PAS must be brought to MS BIGORNIA’s attention and to the TV station where she works and to the public in the spirit of upholding the wisdom of ENGENDERING Peace Journalism and NOT ENDANGERING Peace between Muslims and other diverse religious faiths in the Philippines.

The NCMF, CHR, OPAPP must collaborate in order to stop “stereotyping-foibles” by media against religion, in order to hew proactively the seedlings of unpeace fertilized by bigotry, prejudices, racial and religious discrimination that can also possibly burgeon into senseless violence.

It can be observed that with regard to news in the Philippines and across the globe generally speaking, nowhere can you listen to or read news explicitly identifying CRIMINALS or TERRORISTS by their religious faiths such as Iglesia ni Kristo, Christian, Protestant, Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist, Buddhist, Hindu, Anglican, Mormon, Scientologist, (or absence of it) atheist, animist, etcetera …. except when it comes to MUSLIMS.
MEDIA’S clout is powerful; it shapes and influences the minds and hearts of people either positively or negatively.

Irrelevantly STEREOTYPING a particular religion via news whether done unintentionally can significantly breed bigotry, prejudices and racial as well as religious discrimination. Such type of irresponsible reporting engenders unPEACE and IGNORANCE.

One can restrain oneself in order to exercise utmost patience and sobriety but one cannot control the hurt, pain, insult, dejection, effrontery being felt by OTHER brethren in faith especially so that such has the tendency to spiral unchecked into social schism or worst even violence.

re: PLEASE VIEW FB links by @AbdurRashid Santos DORIS BIGORNIA REPORTER NG ABS-CBN (13-MAY-2013, TV PATROL NEWS) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200575431301687&set=vb.1636144794&type=2&theater IMS.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200582765605040&set=a.10200582765485037.1073741878.1636144794&type=1&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200597219006366&set=a.10200597218686358.1073741879.1636144794&type=1&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200608265762528&set=a.3913622972465.153492.1636144794&type=1&theater&notif_t=photo_reply
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200642784065464&set=a.10200642783665454.1073741882.1636144794&type=1&theater&notif_t=photo_reply

No more!, please!, of DORIS BIGORNIA’s negligent STEREOTYPING of MUSLIM and ISLAM in news reporting.

It cannot be denied that ALL PEOPLES OF FAITH abhor EVIL.
Nonetheless, it cannot also be denied that The it was the PERSON that did the criminal offense NOT his or her RELIGIOUS FAITH!
Racial/Religious discrimination as well as bigotry is a reality…. an OFFENSE which even EXISTING LAWS (either enacted or ratified) that PROHIBIT IT cannot fulfill or protect SIMPLY BECAUSE people are most inclined to ASSERT their own rights than to FULFILL the rights of their fellow human beings…

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
ASSERT IT!
KNOW THE RIGHTS OF YOUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS
DO NOT JUST RESPECT IT but strive to FULFILL IT!
BOTH CASE is OBLIGATORY!

Any seedling inadvertently sown to generate UNPEACE, hew it!
AFTER SHOUTING A PROTEST indignantly, the next step is to TAKE ACTION PROACTIVELY!

One UMMAH in ACTION towards PEACEFUL CHANGE in accordance with the Qur’an and Sunnah— insha’ALLAH.

Posted May 28, 2013
Created by
Warina Sushil J. Philippines
To be delivered to:
Doris Bigornia, reporter, TV Patrol-ABS-CBN
 
  • Doris Bigornia, reporter, TV Patrol-ABS-CBN  
  • Atty Mehol K. Sadain, Secretary, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos  
  • SEC. TERESITA QUINTOS-DELES Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process  
  • Hon. Loretta Ann P. Rosales, Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights 


SIGN THIS PETITION  
No more please of DORIS BIGORNIA’s negligent STEREOTYPING of MUSLIM and ISLAM in news reporting. It cannot be denied that ALL PEOPLES OF FAITH and WITH FAITH abhor EVIL. Nonetheless, it cannot also be denied that The PERSON did the criminal offense NOT his or her RELIGIOUS FAITH! re: PLEASE VIEW FB link by @AbdurRashid Santos DORIS BIGORNIA REPORTER NG ABS-CBN (13-MAY-2013, TV PATROL NEWS) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200575431301687&set=vb.1636144794&type=2&theater One can restrain oneself to exercise utmost patience and sobriety but one cannot control the hurt, pain, insult, dejection, effrontery that can spiral unchecked into violence or social schism. Any seedling inadvertently sown to generate UNPEACE, hew it! AFTERClick here to see full text
Already an Avaaz member?
Enter your email address and hit “Sign”.
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Avaaz.org will protect your privacy and keep you posted about this and similar campaigns.
This petition has been created by Warina Sushil J. and may not represent the views of the Avaaz community.
Recent Signers  
  • 15 minutes ago
    Lanie Magpantay, Philippines
  • 31 minutes ago
    Dianne Jumlaya Bayan Pacuma, Qatar
  • 32 minutes ago
    Faisal D, Qatar
  • 44 minutes ago
    mikhail eusof k. imam, Philippines
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Clean low cost electricity in Philippines? Yes!

I have so much respect for people and organizations that champion alternative sources of energy for clean and reliable electrical power production! Currently, we depend largely on hydropower plants. Some electric cooperatives also use several solar panels to augment their sources of energy (Cagayan de Oro’s CEPALCO has a solar panel area) and we all […]

Waiting for Salah

Orphans in Dar Amanah waits for Salah outside the Masjid…@Dar Amanah Children’s Village, Cavite

In the pursuit of shared spaces.

 ”trying to find sense in a multilaterally occupied space”. Trying to see spaces where one can find ones niche is a challenge in today’s era where all fields of knowledge intersect with each other, where education would need philosophizing, science needs conscienticizing, technology needs ethicalizing. Each field of human endeavour trying to establish their own […]

IMT 8 HEAD OF MISSION RECEIVE VISIT FROM UK ROYAL COLLEGE OF DEFENCE STUDIES

COTABATO (25 May 2013) – IMT 8 was honoured to receive visit from distinguish delegations of UK Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS). It was composed of selected senior military officers and government officials from eleven countries who are currently completing a one-year course at the UK Royal College of Defence Studies. The nine-tenth man […]

moro filmmakers’ ordeal

QUEZON CITY – The late film critic Alexis Tioseco once asked me why there were no other Moro (Muslim Filipinos) filmmakers aside from myself. I didn’t have the answer so I gave him a blank, ghost-like expression. This was seven years ago. We were in a coffee shop along Morato and I was recounting to him that I just finished organizing a film workshop in Davao. There was a lone Moro participant in the workshop who was either too scared to get behind the camera, or confess to his parents that he wanted nothing to do with his imminent arranged marriage (read: he was gay). 
Now the cinematic landscape has completely changed. In the past few years, there has been a slow albeit steady emergence of Moro filmmakers. Last year alone saw the production of four full-length films by Moro directors. Taguri: Kites of Sulu, a documentary by Dempster Samarista, reveals the deep spirituality of the Taosug who have long connected and deeply understood the ultimate nature of man and the universe, way before armed conflict interrupted their tranquil lives. In Bangka Ha Ut Sin Duwah Sapah, co-directed by Fyrsed Alsad Alfad III, tells about a young mother who swims from one end of the river to the other using a makeshift bangka made out of banana stalks just to put her two kids to school. Keeping one’s promise is at the heart of Najib Zacaria’s Duwaya when a dying man’s last wish is for her daughter to get married to a visiting doctor who is already married. With 2012 pregnant with words of the apocalypse, I wrote and directed the allegorical Qiyamah, a meditation on the end of the world.
The production of these films was made possible through Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) – Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival program. Before this, I made two of my films under the auspices of Cinemalaya for Limbunan, and Cinema One Originals for Cartas de la Soledad
Notable short films have also been produced recently like Omar C. Ali’s Asa Ka Faith?, the Cinemalaya 2012 finalist Bohe by Nadjoua Bansil, and last year’s Gawad Urian nominee Renek by Doss Pacasum. Add to that, Adjani Arumpac’s long overlooked 2006 full-length documentary Walai resurfaced last year in Cinema Rehiyon Film Festival. Had I known the existence of the film earlier, it would have readily answered Alexis’s question. 
While Moro filmmakers have announced their arrival, it is the sort of whimper that seems to be cautionary rather than celebratory. With non-Moro filmmakers continuing their great interest and fascination with Moro narratives, Moro filmmakers are left on the sideline begging for their stories, and to a certain extent, the right to tell these stories that are theirs to begin with. 

Several weeks ago I mediated two friends who were in the middle of a “cop versus robbers” situation.
Friend X, an emerging Moro filmmaker, has accused Y, an established non-Moro filmmaker, of stealing the concept of a film. Y maintains that nobody has a monopoly of ideas. Three directors, he said, can interpret one story, even just an idea, in three different ways. Y on the other hand affirms that his story was stolen. After hearing the two sides, I requested Y for a draft of his screenplay so that I can compare it with X’s draft. Three days later, I reached an opinion: There is no similarity in both stories except for the element of a specific Moro tradition.
I acknowledge the reality that nobody has a monopoly of ideas. I also encourage the multiplicity of telling stories. But the Moro in me has other things to say. I am one with X in the position that Moro filmmakers should be the primaries in telling their own stories. But certain realizations came too, which Moro filmmakers, with all humility and a better sense of maratabat or ethnic pride must face head on. 
The FDCP grant that enabled Moro film productions last year was an exception rather than a norm. For one it aimed to be more inclusive. It was motivated by a noble intention to give voice to filmmakers from the margins of our vast archipelago, rather than the need to meet marketing requirements. The selection process was not as stringent as the other funding establishments. For filmmakers, Moro and non-Moro alike, who have experienced the competitive nature of a real pitch, it’s a different world out there, one which you do not enter unprepared. 
Moro filmmakers have a long way to go. Our geography, culture and worldview may be fertile ground for stories but storytelling techniques among young, emerging filmmakers must still be developed and technical skills in the filmmaking process need to be improved. Nowadays it’s not enough that one owns a DSLR camera and a laptop with pirated editing software. 
Dempster, a film editor and sound designer who was a recipient of a Gawad Urian for sound design before he directed Taguri, notes that everybody wants to be the next great thing. “No one wants to work for it anymore. Traditional apprenticeship may just disappear…values [and systems] that we must hold on to flourish and develop. We, at least from my vantage point, have to re-assert what is truly valuable to our peoples and synthesize that with what we know, do and love as artists. Because it is who we are and what we value that is at stake here. Not just silly ideal to make movies and make it.”
“[We] will always have our own unique and singular wave in world cinema,” Dempster adds. It is this thing that Moro filmmakers must work on to be able to make it, be recognized, and even compete. The competition, in this case, is not an outward attempt to outdo the other, but a sort of jihad al-akbar, a struggle for personal improvement. It’s not enough that we own the stories, but we must also excel in telling them. Even if our stories get plagiarized twice, thrice, or a gazillion times, even if a thousand productions descend on our shores to shoot the next Filipino Cannes entry, we are secure with the thought that the movies in our minds are ours, and ours alone.
It is my belief, and one that I am very firm with is this: The Moro’s right to self-determination is not limited to the physical emancipation from social injustice, tyranny and oppression. Our right to self-determination extends to the realm of the imagination. We have the right to self-determine our destinies, and our stories.
Moro businesses and government leaders must realize two things by now: (1) There are Moro filmmakers out there who need their support now; and (2) that film is not just a creative endeavor but it can also be a lucrative economic activity. When a production decides to shoot in the far reaches of Tawi-Tawi, it means income for locals who will be hired as guides, carpenters, set builders, cooks, drivers, boatmen, extras. Hotels will be booked to capacity. As a bonus, everybody will go home with an understanding that “Moro areas are not as bad as media projected them to be.” 
If Moro entrepreneurs want to invest in film production, they need to understand that it requires capital, the size of which is dependent on the scale of production. With a good marketing plan in place, a return of investment can be expected. A Moro-produced and Moro-directed film can be a hit like Khomeini, one which you do not problematize over the story for being exotic, misrepresentative, or prejudicial to the Moro ideal. 
The survival and development of Moro filmmakers/storytellers/artists rely on an existing and working support system that is not exclusive among the creative sector, but one that is fashioned out of the concerted effort of everyone, including government and businesses.
This opinion piece appears on Newsdesk Asia.

summer film camp, 2013.

The SOCSKSARGEN Center for Film Arts, Inc., with funding support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, recently organized the first ever Gensan Summer Film Camp held at Water Gran Beach Resort, Bawing, General Santos City with moi as w…

norte, a new page in history

Four Filipino films are in Cannes this year. Un Certain Regard section features Adolf Alix’s Death March and Lav Diaz’s Norte, End of History, while the Cannes Classics presents a restored version of Lino Brocka’s Maynila sa Kuko ng Liwanag. The parallel section, Directors Fortnight, screens Erik Matti’s On The Job. All four films have premiered in the Festival. While Matti’s opus has cornered the market, it is Diaz’s masterpiece that critics are raving about. Pulitzer prize-winning critic Wesley Morris, in his Grantland article, describes his first Diaz encounter:
Not one of these film professionals seemed terribly compelled to spend four hours in the dark after sitting for 110 minutes looking at a sunless Midwest. It was a warm, sunny day. Best, perhaps, to explore that, instead. But I found myself drifting toward the lobby, anyway, past a woman in a gold-and-cream ball gown who was having her photo taken, and into the theater. Doing this was entirely involuntary in a way that’s never happened to me. The festival director, Thierry Frémaux, brought the cast to the stage, including the woman in the dress, then the director, a small stylish veteran named Lav Diaz. I was hoping they wouldn’t notice that the house was maybe half-full. 
They took their seats, the lights went down, the movie came up, and I sat there. Two-hundred-fifty minutes later, the lights came up, I stood with tears in my eyes, and clapped as loudly as I ever have for any movie in my life. (Note: I’ve actually never clapped for a movie before.) When Diaz made his way back inside the theater to join the cast, the applause grew, and the whistling and cheering commenced. You always hear Cannes stories of 20-minute standing ovations, but I always seem to miss them. This didn’t last 20 minutes, but it was long and special, yet didn’t feel remotely adequate thanks for what had just been given to us.

Why Your Home Needs Gun Safes

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BANGSAMORO TRANSITION COMMISSION INCHES FORWARD TO WORKING COMMISSION

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‘SAJAHATRA BANGSAMORO’ CARAVANS SET TO START IN JUNE

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