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Parentals

I love it when I make mama and papa happy. We ate crabs and shrimps for dinner – that made them happy. Mama re-designed my brother’s room, and just last week, they started with the construction – that made mama happy. We finally bought tickets for our trip to Barcelona with a side trip to…

Places to go

Been feeling burnt out these days, so I’ll preoccupy myself with making an updated list of places I want to go. In no particular order: Stonehenge in England Easter Island in Chile Machu Picchu in Peru Tokyo Olympics in 2020 Morocco The Pyramids of Giza in Egypt Taj Mahal in India The Holy Land Christ…

I am having a moment

I just read PinoyRebyu’s 100 Best Filipino Films Directed by Women list. Four of my films are part of it – even Beauty in a Bottle, one of my earlier films that’s not a love story. It’s a comedy and it’s a film I am proud of. You might remember it for Angelica Panganiban’s “Come…

Plot twist

Kinausap ko ‘yung kiddo naming artista to prepare for a dramatic scene. Kailangan niya kasing maiyak. So sabi ko, isipin mo umiiyak ‘yung mommy mo sa harap mo, ano’ng gagawin mo? Nakita mo na ba umiyak dati mommy mo? – Opo. – Bakit siya umiyak? Ano’ng nangyari? – Kasi niloko po siya ng kaibigan niya….

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…