Sunday, February 11, 2018

Personal: Of questions and answers

Sunset in Barangay San Isidro, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley

There were questions that we can not answer, and there were questions that need not to be answered. These were our thoughts that came up as our lips touch the sliced pizzas that were served to us by the newly opened pizza place here in Nabunturan, Pizza Kaya. The owners are from the neighboring city of Palms, Tagum. Opening up the secret was hard, it was, but what fascinates me is that the two fragile beings were kind enough to listen. I’m sharing this, for me lessen the burden. It’s stressful. I’m writing it down, to come in terms with it and to know that this shall pass.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Personal: Of whys and structures

I always get asked with the question, why?. And I would racked up my brain and come up with a constructed answer. But little did I know that that question was vital. Important in such way, it framed an idea on how I live a part of my life.

There are certain things at the moment that have been stretching my mind, it is restructuring ideas and views of certain aspects that I have been battling with since I made myself a point that my own definition of success is: contributing in nation building.

To go or not to go, is another phrase that have been bothering me since then. It was a reaction to certain details that have been happening in the journey. It is never a question of happiness, I am contented, but to see things that has been veering away from the structured views I am seeing made the walls, that I made and have been protecting me since day one, to slowly crumble.

I love the journey. I love who's in charge, and I love the dedication that everyone is putting in. But what made the whole journey so bumpy, is the inability of who is in front to see the bumps that must be hurdled, slowly. The passengers could see other bumps but is afraid to say to slow down, that it may cause them something so dear in their heart. There is chaos. A violent one. And to pacify it may cause brokenness. And to pick up the pieces means bleeding oneself. As much I would like to speak but it may only hurdle.

I want to come out whole. Battered may be, but in one piece. I see beauty in a structure, and if that structure is slowly falling down, I look up in the sky and ask the same question that have been asked to me, why.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Simballay Festival 2017 in the eyes of my students

And the whole Simballay celebration ended in a high note. There were issues raised and there were bashing and you know people who couldn’t even see the bright side of things. Anyway, the thing about photographing light-filled areas is your camera settings; you have to put it into a night mode.

I like how this year’s Simballay Festival went, with the umbrella walkways, and the Balay-balay is in their original place.

But what I really like about this year’s celebration is that I had my students wrote about their experience of this year’s fete, and I will be sharing some it below:

Joshua, a proud resident of Barangay Magsaysay enjoyed seeing different crops that made the barangays in the municipality stand out. Venus shared that she did not expect that Simbalay festival would left a mark in her heart.

Victor is looking forward for next year's Simballay Festival. While Cris, not from Nabunturan shared that though he is not a Nabunturanon, he can feel the happiness there is in a proud Nabunturanon individual.

Ella is overwhelmed and afraid that the streets would explode because of its content. "Thankfully, it didn't.", she wrote.

Sheryl felt connected seeing with the booths ingeniously featuring the locals' way of living, original crafts and arts, and tourist spots. Bea and Therese enjoyed the fete.

For Ruben, it’s all about the lights, it has always been the lights, and how they shimmer and stretch, grow and recede, strive and shrink. One moment the light was a singular thing, a path to heaven. The next moment, it was a collection of many, an army made of light marching everywhere.

While for Justine, Simballay Festival is for the hearts of every Nabunturanons.

Image from Turismo Nabunturan Facebook Account

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Cinema Rehiyon 9 Guest List

The Cinema Rehiyon 9 have  almost 100 short films and 12 other full length films. 10 directors will be present during the festival including  Gawad Urian Best Director Sheron Dayoc. But aside from the events and the things to watch for during the fete you also have to know who will be the guest and people who will be coming in Nabunturan during the Cinema Rehiyon 9. They are a combination of Cinema Committee and Film Fest Directors all over the Philippines. So I present to you the Cinema Rehiyon 9 Guest List: 

  1. Teddy O. Co, Film Committee Chair
  2. Elvert C. Banares, CineKasimanwa Film Festival Director
  3. Bordie Carillo, Lantawan Socksargen Film Festival Director
  4. Hobart Savior, Cinemagis Festival Director
  5. Tito G. Valiente, Film Critic, Committee Member
  6. Patrick F. Campos, Cinema Committee Member
  7. Edward Cabagnot, Film Educator
  8. Laila Ulao, Best Actress 40th Gawad Urian
  9. Archi Adamos, Cinema Committee Member
  10. Ryan C. Cuatrona, Hinulid Team member
  11. Eilyn Nidea, Hinulid Team member
  12. Ryanne Murcia, Director of Entre Medio Del Fin
  13. Juliet Cuizon, Lutas Film Festival
  14. Brian Michael Dolatre "Biboy Ramirez", Ned’s Project
  15. Madelyn Garcia, Peikultura
  16. Blaine Joseph Johnson, Open Air Cinema
  17. Ed Lejano, QCinema Film Fest
  18. Ronaldo Tan, Sinulog Film Fest
  19. Bianca Balbuena, Speaker, Masters Class
  20. Bradley Choong Khuen Liew
  21. Raymond Martin A. Lee "Moira Lang", Speaker, Masters Class
  22. Miguel Rapatan, Quo Vadis Speaker
  23. Alexandra Marie de Leon Poblete, Guest, DAKILA Cinema Rehiyon 10 Host
  24. Maria Christine Onate, Guest, DAKILA Cinema Rehiyon 10 Host
  25. Ferdinand Isleta, Head, NCCA Art Section
  26. Monique Pilapil, Cinema Committee Secretariat
  27. Bernadette David, NCCA Project Monitor
  28. Jerome Dulin, Cinema Padday Festival Director
  29. Dr. Noel Volante, Naga City
  30. Esther Maguigad, Naga City
  31. Jo Andrew Torlao, FDCP Manila
  32. Rudolph Ian Alama, Mindanao Film Fest

Nabunturan will have 100 or more guests starting tonight. So if you want to know more about the event you may visit the Cinema Rehiyon 9 Facebook Fan Page and it's official website

Monday, August 21, 2017

10 Film Directors Present in Cinema Rehiyon 9

We are left with 1 day, and the Cinema Rehiyon 9 team is doing their final touches but what amazes me is that out of 12 full length film directors, 10 directors will be flying in for this year’s Cinema Rehiyon 9, No Walls, No Ceilings.  

Petersen Vargas. The director of the trending web series “Hanging Out”, and the 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten, Cinema One Originals Film Fest Best Picture.  Image from Manila Bulletin.

Keith Deligero. Cinema One Originals 2016 Best Director.  Image from

Lem Lorca. Ned’s Project. Image from

Zig Dulay. Paglipay. Image by

Sheron Dayoc. Women of the Weeping River

Victor Villanueva. Patay na si Jesus

Victor Acedillo. Lando at Bugoy

Arnel Barbarona, Tu Pug Imatuy. Image by Sunstar

Teng Mangansakan. Forbidden Memory. Image from

Bagane Fiola, Baboy Halas