Me writing again

I’ve been spending a lot of time writing a commissioned script, but I can’t seem to get past the middle. Must admit, I’ve also been procrastinating…but maybe because the story isn’t working for me. Tried my best to write, but I have to be honest, what I have so far is uninspired writing. (Been writing…

The fire is kept burning

Wrote this 3 years ago, when the film I was working on for years, was again put on hold. It was the project that was keeping my fire burning, but that day, I think I just gave up. Well, almost. That film is Fan Girl. And in three weeks, we will be premiering at the…

Just a thought

A friend would say he’s impolite because he’s honest. But let us be wary: sometimes we think we’re being honest, but we’re actually already being rude. And he thinks he gets away with it, but not without hurting people’s feelings. Sad. Told him this before but won’t listen. I think he just doesn’t care. Which…

Boldstar Thoughts 004

Rody Vera of Badil and Signal Rock already sent us the first draft of the script of Boldstar. Teh, tulala ako. I am beyond excited. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Mahal na mahal kita, at ang sakit-sakit na

Katatapos lang ng Araw ng Kalayaan. May malakihang mañanita sa UP kanina. May mga pulis, hinarang ang mga dadalo sa main roads papasok ng UP. Bawal na raw pumasok. Kinailangan pang umikot, maghanap ng iba pang maliit na mga daanan, makapasok lang. Ang ironic. Araw ng Kalayaan pero ang mga gustong magtipon para ipagdiwang iyon,…

hala naiyak na naman ako

Someone made a video essay about Alone/Together and why it is for him my most political film. I watched it. And it made me cry. Maybe because of the times we’re in now. Maybe because of the Terror Bill news. Or because of George Floyd protests in the US. Or because it reminds me that…

a time capsule: an old email to skytalker mace from my old self

Was searching for my short film concept on Gmail and I found this. April 2010. Hello old self, for old Mace! Masarap rin balikan ‘yung dating ako. Mahal ko na nga ang pelikula mula noon. I guess some things never change. * * * dear mace, kakabasa ko lang ng skytalker mo. lagi ko binabasa…

Mga Tunog sa Gabi

Madalas sa gabi, naririnig ko, mga asong kumakahol. Isa muna, tapos dalawa, tapos ang ang dami na nila. Tunog-askal, tunog-may galis, ‘yung tunog-may rabies, alam mo na ‘yun. Hindi ko alam kung galit ba sila isa’t isa, o kung iisa lang ang kinakahulan nila, o baka may magnanakaw na pilit umaakyat sa pader, o may…

Something new

I finished a sequence treatment of a new film. In three weeks! I’ll share it with you once I’m done with the first draft of the screenplay. Writing makes me excited, and when I finish something I’ve always wanted to write, I can feel my heart smile too. A smiling heart is maybe what we…

Dalawang ibon

May nakita akong mga ibon – dalawa yata sila – na naglalaro sa may pool area ng condo. Lilipad tapos susubsob sa pool na parang may kinukuhang isda tapos lilipad uli. Tapos babalik uli tapos susubsob uli sa pool. Hindi ko alam kung ngayon lang sila napadpad dito, o hindi lang ako masyadong nagmamasid dati…