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…