Hindi Pwede Kami Magtagal Dito.My Impressions of Sean Ellis’ Metro Manila

    And them South Side sisters sure look pretty The cripple on the corner cries out, “Nickels for your pity.” And them downtown boys sure talk gritty It’s so hard to be a saint in the city   Bruce Springsteen    “Hindi pwede kami magtagal dito. “- that is the Tagalog phrase as I […]

‘Metro Manila’ – (The Film): Anything but Cliché

To a jaded moviegoer who thinks he has seen it all, “Metro Manila” offers a compelling reason for viewers to revisit Philippine cinema. I was recently invited for the press screening of “Metro Manila” last Tuesday August 13, at “The Block” in SM North Edsa. “Metro Manila” was directed by the UK’s Academy Award nominee […]

Kabadingan and kalaswaan in Philippine cinema

Roughly translated in English and taken out outside of the context of homosexuality that it is commonly associated with, the Tagalog colloquial word kabadingan in a cultural sense is a contemporary concept that describes a spectacle of loud contrived crassness or obnoxiousness in both behaviour, design, and aesthetic sensibilities that is indulged in for its […]