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Insights From Francis J. Kong

August 31 - September 6
Oscar Obligacion  Francis J. Kong  Oversharing The Aladdin Factor
Oscar Obligacion is a big star in the post-War vaudeville era. I got this from Romy Protacio's Balik Tanaw: The Filipino Movie Stars of Yesteryears while looking for Lou Salvador Jr. I get stirrings from old photographs and bygone times. 

Oscar and the great soprano Sylvia La Torre are the stars of Oras Ng Ligaya (The Hour of Happiness), a popular radio show in 1960 aired in DZRH, where I would write radio scripts half a century later in 2012. In 1961, Oscar and Sylvia got their own TV show, Tuloy Ang Ligaya (Happiness Goes On), with Chichay, Vic Pacia and Chris De Vera. 

I remember Sylvia La Torre in one of my favorite sitcoms when I was a kid in the 80s:Joey & Son, with Joey De Leon and Ian Veneracion, . 

Oscar's first movie is Tacio, directed by Bert Avellana, with Perla Bautista as the leading lady. Tacio is also part of my childhood memories: the big-toothed barber from a People's Jo…

The Movies of CineFilipino 2013

August 28 Special Midweek

ANG KWENTO NI MABUTI: Ramon 'Mes' De Guzman


PUTI: Miguel 'Mike' Alcazaren

THE GUERILLA IS A POET: Sari Raissa Dalena and Kiri Dalena

ANG HULING CHA-CHA NI ANITA: Sigrid Andrea Bernardo

THE MUSES: Janice Perez


BINGOLERAS: Byron 'Ron' Bryant

Huggybear's August 2013 Diaries (1 of 3)

August 24-30 Edition
Jonathan Aquino's Journal
August 4, 2013 8:51 p.m., Sunday Lahug City, Cebu
I'm in another transition. What an evanescent life. I seem to be a ghost, like the lead character in Man of Steel, though I'm living my life to the fullest that only a true artist can understand. I'm looking at the Waterfront casino building that looks like a Maharaja's palace from my French-style balcony.  I'm chillaxing, soothed by the sound of music from my radio on earphones, trippin' on songs I haven't heard for quite a while. Always brings a smile.
I'm a kid of the 90s, and I had this vision of getting married to Alannis Morisette. It's super nice to hear Hand In My Pocket again after all these years. And yup, I still love her.

"What it all comes to is that everything's gonna be fine, fine, fine! 'Cause I got one hand in my pocket, and the other one's making a high five...!"
The song that came next is David Lee Roth's ver…

Huggybear's Imaginary Interview With Ninoy Aquino

August 17-23 Edition
Ninoy Aquino  My Simply Six  Heath Ledger   Roy Davies This special reprint of Huggybear's "Imaginary Interview With Ninoy Aquino" first appeared in May 31, 2009 on 2Rivers. It was also published  May 30, 2009 in the citizen journalism site AllVoices 

Manila – Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., the greatest Filipino of the 20th century, talks to 2Rivers about the state of Philippine politics today and why democracy is still the best hope for the future. The questions are fiction but the answers are his direct quotes. Excerpts:

Q. Senator Aquino, there are those who say that what the Philippines need is a strong leader, like Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore or Mahathir of Malaysia. In this context, is democracy still relevant? 
A. The struggle in the Philippines today is between those who have been mesmerized by the efficiency of authoritarianism and those who still hold that democracy, with all its flaws and inefficiency, is man’s best hope for betterment and pro…