Saturday, January 29, 2011

Indie Film On Spotlight: "I Love Dreamguyz"

Joel Lamangan’s “I Love Dreamguyz”
Starring Jao Mapa, Marco Morales, Sherwin Ordoñez, Niña Jose, Mhyco Aquino, Miggy Valdez, Jay Dizon

Friday, January 28, 2011

Should We Resurrect The Death Penalty?

It’s a bad idea to bring back the death penalty. It doesn’t stop crime. It won’t stop criminals because they know they’ll get away with it anyway.

The police themselves break all the laws they’re supposed to uphold. It’s hard to respect the police once you’ve seen them in action. They’re abusive and arrogant, and in a tight situation, they prove incompetent.

We have lost focus on the basics. One of the most crucial elements in a society is law enforcement. It’s simple: If I commit a crime, I’ll get caught no matter where I hide, then I’d be given a fair trial, and if I prove guilty, I’ll go to jail.

It doesn’t work that way in our beautiful 7,107 islands, whether high tide or low tide.

Here, big time syndicates are protected by police or military officials. If a case becomes a media sensation, the police will round up some people, torture them to confess, parade them to the media – none of the “suspects” given legal counsel – and declare the case closed.

We don’t need the death penalty. In a country with a functioning justice system, it’s unnecessary. In a country with a perverted one, it’s useless – and very, very dangerous.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Indie Film On Spotlight: Slow Fade

Rommel Sales’ “Slow Fade”
Starring Diether Ocampo and Precious Lara Quigaman

Friday, January 07, 2011

Reaching Out: The Cinemalaya 2010 Full Length Movies


Open Director’s Showcase

 Mario O’Hara’s “Ang Paglilitis Ni Andres Ni Bonifacio”
Starring Alfred Vargas, Lance Raymundo, Danielle Castaño

Mark Meily’s “Donor”
Starring Meryll Soriano, Baron Geisler, Jao Mapa

Joselito Altarejos’ “Pink Halo Halo”
Starring Angeli Agbayani, Paolo Constantino, Allen Dizon, Dexter Doria, Mark Fabillar

Joel Lamangan’s “Sigwa”
Starring Dawn Zulueta, Gina Alajar, Tirso Cruz III, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Pauleen Luna, Lovi Poe, Megan Young, Jay Aquitania, Allen Dizon, Rico Barrera and Marvin Agustin

Gil M.Portes’ “Two Funerals”
Starring Robert Arevalo, Tessie Tomas, Jeffrey Quizon, Ynes Veneracion, John Apacible, Princess Manzon, Xian Lim, Mon Confiado, Benjie Felipe, Bebong Osorio

New Breed Directors Full Length

Sheron R. Dayoc’s “Halaw (Ways Of The Sea)”
Starring John Arcilla, Arnalyn Ismael, Maria Isabel Lopez

Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s “Limbunan”
Starring Tetchie Agbayani, Joem Bascon, Jea Lyka Cinco, Mayka B. Lintongan, Jamie Unte

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Kim Homer Garcia’s “Magkakapatid”
Starring Julio Diaz, Banaue Miclat, Nico Antonio, Ces Quesada, Raquel Villavicencio, Archie Adamos, Mercedes Cabral, Soliman Cruz, Jerald Napoles, Kathlyn Castillo

Dan Villegas’ “Mayohan”
Starring Lovie Poe, Elijah Castillo, Lui Manansala, Chiqui Del Carmen, Dianne Laserna, Benedict Jhocson, Jill Palencia, Fidel Panganiban, Girose Lanot and Ping Medina

Danny Añonuevo’s “Rekrut”
Starring Joem Bascon, JM De Guzman, Emilio Garcia, Dominic Roco, CJ Ramos, Alwyn Uytingco, Maxene Magalona, Alcris Galura

Francis Xavier Pasion’s “Sampaguita”
Starring Marlon Abalos, Maya Bernardo, Reynalyn Bunag

Art Katipunan’s “Si Techie, Si Technoboy at Si JuanaB”
Starring Christian Vasquez, Auriette Divina, Mercedes Cabral
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Ian Loreños’ “The Leaving”
Starring Alwyn Uytingco, LJ Moreno, Arnold Reyes, LJ Reyes

Dennis N. Marasigan’s “Vox Populi”
Starring Irma Adlawan, Julio Diaz, Bobby Andrews, Suzette Ranillo, LJ Moreno

Reaching Out is one of My Favorite Gary V Songs