Christmas is fast coming up, and the idea of getting gifts for family and friends can sometimes feel like a never-ending cycle of stress and anxiety. Grab just anything and you’ll likely spend money on something pointless the recipient would most likely throw away anyway; spend too much time looking for that perfect gift and you’ll just stress yourself out. Our advice: take your time, and always go for something quirky and personal.
When I was first asked to write about the things I love about Manila, I was a little apprehensive. I love this city, there’s no doubt about that, but it isn’t because of any one thing (or any twenty things for that matter). If Manila was a person, it would be a 100 year old veteran of several wars, a romantic, cultured but slightly off kilter, and broke. It would have a ton of character, would be a little seedy, would probably refuse to take a bath every day, and might stab you at the slightest provocation. But it would also be very charming and lovable, if you knew where to look.
Because we’re tired of hearing people say that they’ve become apathetic to the plight of Filipinos, we’ve listed down 72 ways everyone can help to make the Philippines a better place to live in. Hopefully, this little exercise on guilt-tripping can shake off a little bit of that apathy.
Most of our gripes with the local filmmaking industry revolve around those movies produced by large, profit-oriented studios. It must be emphasized that the shortcomings of mainstream producers are not reflective of the whole of Philippine movie-making output and that independent filmmakers continue to be the brightest spots in the Philippines’ cinematic landscape. In this spirit, and considering that the Cinemalaya is the best local platform to showcase the works of the most promising of our filmmakers, we’re giving you our top five movie picks to watch in the Cinemalaya 2013 film festival.
1. The Virgin Labfest is a two-week theater festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila to be held on June 26 to July 7. It will showcase new works by Filipino playwrights to encourage them to produce theatrical pieces for a young and local theatergoing audience. That means that it is the place to be to watch out for up-and-coming writers and theater stars, and that the plays you will watch will definitely transcend boundaries and push envelopes.