May 25-31 Edition Temple of Gold Bienvenido Santos Robert Redford
One of my all time favorite novels is Temple of Gold by William Goldman. I identified with the adolescent angst of the narrator, Raymond, a.k.a. Euripides, and his best friend Zack. I read it when I was 17 and living in Santa Rosa, Laguna. I remember reading Goldman's other books Brothers and Magic when I was 16 and living in Morong, Rizal. I'm now in Cebu, starting to learn screenwriting. Goldman also wrote the screenplay of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid with Robert Redford and Paul Newman. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," the Oscar-winning theme, is Huggybear's Favorite Song From BJ Thomas
Bienvenido Santos, one of my favorite Filipino writers, wrote two of my favorite short stories. I was still a kid when I first read his story "A Scent of Apples" from the Philippine Prose and Poetry series. It belonged to my dad who died when I was too young too remember. "When I was…
May 18-24 Edition This story originally appeared in Philippine Panorama, January 2013
I have a friend whose mom is in her 70s but loves reading and her favorite actress is Shirley MacLaine; I have given her a lot of books and some (original) DVD. So it's inevitable that I would come across Out On A Limb. I believe this is not a coincidence.
The best thing about Out On A Limb is Shirley MacLaine's honesty. Anybody can write an memoir, but to open your heart about opening up your mind, that takes a lot of courage -- and a great leap of faith. I'm exhilarated at the many things in this book that resonates in my life.
I have always felt there was more to me than what I knew, that my existence is part of a plan I cannot possibly understand yet I know to be good. Somehow, deep in my heart, I feel that, when bad things happen to good people, it's not a punishment from a vengeful deity; and my most painful experiences did, after all is said and done, made me a better man.
May 11-17 Edition This story originally appeared April 14, 2013 in Philippine Panorama It is film scholar Isagani Cruz who virtually taught me to appreciate Filipino movies on deeper levels. I came across one of his works in the 90s: an out-of-print compilation of his film reviews in the '70s. I became more sensitive about the implications of a single scene, the nuances of a particular camera shot.
The kaleidoscope of movie imagery is still with me. Even when I first learned to read and eventually wrote fiction as a teenager, I would see movies on my mind. I'm the director and "all the world's a stage."
One of my short novels, Jukebox, has a scene in a dimly-lit third-floor motel room in Avenida, Manila; then the LRT train rumbles across the grilled windows. That "shot" is inspired by Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak by Lino Brocka; I wrote it so visually that my "cast" includes Coco Martin, Julia Montes and Anita Linda My story for the 2012 Palanca Awards…
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