Hi

Just wanna share I’m excited to do this *other* *new* film. Just had a meeting with my scriptwriter. It’s an irreverent comedy. Yay, will be back to doing comedy! Might do this before Boldstar. Anyway, I don’t want to get ahead of things. Just sharing because I’m excited. 🙂 Good night! Happy to be excited…

Ang Alamat ng Nawawalang Maluwag na Singsing

Pa-check out na kami ng hotel sa Rome. Nag-aayos na kami ng maleta. “Nasa’yo singsing?” sabi ni Dan. Tiningnan ko ‘yung daliri ko. WALA ANG SINGSING. “WALA ANG SINGSING!!!” sabi ko. At lumaki ang mga mata ni Dan. Malaki na mata niya pero may inilaki pa — ito yata ‘yung inspirasyon ng mga cartoons ng…

Berlin

Tomorrow, we fly to Berlin for the Berlinale Co-Production Market and hope to get future collaborators and investors for Boldstar. It’s also Dan and I’s first trip back to Europe together since 2017 (we went to Austria, Poland, Iceland, Sweden (for a long layover) and Amsterdam!). I love traveling. It’s my only luho. That and…

I believe again

Almost six years after That Thing Called Tadhana was first released, a live script-reading was staged in Makati with John Lloyd Cruz reading as Anthony, Bea as Mace, and me — my first time to perform in front of a public audience since grade school — as the Narrator. I wrote Tadhana when I was…

Impostor syndrome

There are days I feel like a fluke. That I’m not really that good a filmmaker, and That Thing Called Tadhana was just a lucky break. That the films and series I made after that won’t ever suffice for me to be called a legit director. There are days I can brush it off, sleep…

There’s a movie in my mind

There’s a movie in my mind that’s been there for quite a while. If I were 25 or even 27, I would’ve made it in a heartbeat. But now I’m 35, and I ask, may manonood ba nito? Kikita ba ito? Baka sayang lang pera nila, baka sayang lang oras nila. Babalik ba pera ng…

Leche, naiiyak ako

Saw this from Pinoy Rebyu. Lav Diaz was mentioned the most as Filipino film person of the decade, and whoa, I come in second. No, this is not me bragging. I have always been insecure about my directing and filmmaking. Even after 10 films, I am still unsure and insecure, like a newbie still anxious…

Boldstar thoughts 003: We meet again, Berlin!

We’re going to Berlin!!! My next feature in development, BOLDSTAR, is heading to Berlinale Co-Production Market in February! It’s my first time to join a European project market, after having experienced Asian Project Market in Busan two years in a row (FAN GIRL in 2018 and BOLDSTAR in 2019), so I’m really excited but also…