An ode to compromised dreams Pt. 3: Honor and excellence

While revising the script, I stumbled upon Prof. Winnie Monsod’s lecture at the UP School of Economics. It made the rounds on Facebook some years back — didn’t realize it was eight years ago! Took up an Econ class in UP as a GE subject, but Mrs. Monsod wasn’t my prof. This is the closest…

An ode to compromised dreams Pt. 3

I consider myself lucky to have a diverse set of friends who are very insightful script readers. I value comments nang bonggambongga (sometimes to a fault), and I love it when my friends see details I normally wouldn’t have noticed and call me out on scenes and lines that don’t make sense to them. They…

An ode to compromised dreams Pt. 2

Today, I met an Art Studies fresh grad from UP Diliman. Kailangan kong mag-research at -interview para mas tama ‘yung pinagsusulat ko sa script. Isa ‘to sa mga paborito kong parte ng scriptwriting – ‘yung research at interviews. Ang dami kong natututunang bago, may iba talagang perspective at insights na nabibigay ang mga tao. Ang…

An ode to compromised dreams Pt. 1

Today, I met my director of photography for my new film. He’s a master DOP – someone I’ve always wanted to work with. Huhu kaiyak, makakatrabaho ko na siya. At doon pa lang, excited na akong magawa ang pelikulang ito. Kahit hindi pa final script, kahit hindi ko pa tapos ang final draft, nung sinabi…

It’s a tie

Bumili ako sa Starbucks. Tinanong ng barista ang pangalan ko. Sinulat niya sa cup. Tapos binigay niya sa’kin ‘yung cup. Kinuha ko naman ‘yung cup tapos paalis na sana ako. Tapos tiningnan ko ‘yung cup. andun ‘yung pangalan ko pero wala nga palang laman. Sinong mas sabaw sa’min? It’s a tie e no?

The death of an idea

This rainy Sunday morning got me thinking about all the film concepts in my head that never saw the light of day, that weren’t given the go signal, that didn’t even reach being written on my laptop. I used to imagine this and that storyline, this and that plot – I may have told you…

Minsan ang pag-ibig

Minsan ang pag-ibig ay nakabalot sa makintab na palara. Na sa iyong pagbukas, makikita ang laman— wala palang kinang, kinakalawang. Ngunit mamahalin mo pa rin dahil ganoon ang nagmamahal, tumatanggap. At ganoon ang minamahal, tinatanggap. Minsan ang pag-ibig ay nakabalot sa lumang dyaryo at maruming papel. Na sa iyong pagbukas, makikita ang laman— isa palang…

That moment

I saw a picture on my producer’s Instagram, and that moment, it finally arrived. It’s that moment I’ve been waiting for – that moment that will make me excited to write again, make me want to tell stories again, make me believe in me again. I’ve been waiting for that moment to come. Nakakainip na…

Re-post: Mga aral at danas sa Palawan

(Originally posted at my old blog, ilayaonline.wordpress.com some ten years ago – June 2008. Whoa, ten years! Masarap balik-balikan, balingkinitan pa katawan ko niyan.) BAGO MAG-UMPISA nun ang Marimar (ang una kong sabak sa mundo ng telenovela, mainit-init pa ako galing pelikulang Paano Kita Iibigin), napagkwentuhan namin nina Direk Joyce at Ayrin ang usapang sweldo sa…