Hey Alexis, how are you?

By the way, I’m very happy that for the first time, someone (a journalist at the Festival) noticed what I wrote on my film’s closing credits right before “All rights reserved”: that I dedicate this film to Alexis Tioseco (“Para kay Alexis 1981-2009”). He was the reason I made bigger dreams for myself after college,…

Anak, kung sakaling gusto mong maging direktor balang araw

Anak, kung sakaling gusto mong maging direktor balang araw: Hwag kang gagawa ng pelikula nang wala kang pera nang wala kang ipon nang wala kang kumpyansa nang wala kang alam Hwag kang gagawa ng pelikula nang hindi ka handa nang hindi ka handang masabihang “ang pangit ng ginawa mo”, “di hamak namang mas maganda ang…

relax, it’s just a movie

I can be very unforgiving to myself, so I guess I’m very, very lucky that when I’m having panic attacks on making my fucking first full-length film, I can turn to both my closest friends who’ll tell me “kaya mo yan, tatagan mo lang, matatapos din yan”, “it’s all in your mind, your script’s brilliant”,…

may nabubuang ba kaka-revise ng script?

Iko-coma ko ba ‘yung bida? Gusto ko ‘yun, kasi challenging, na ilalabas mo yung galing nya gamit lang ang kaunting sequences. Saka naalala mo ‘yung sabi ni Ma’am Laurice na hindi naman ganun ka-endearing ang mukha ni Lilia na masaya siyang tignan sa loob ng 1hr20mins? Kaya baka nga dapat kontian ang mga eksena nya,…

happy birthday, alexis!

I still remember the first text message I received from you; you were asking for a copy of ‘Plano and any other short film I made after that. I hope you didn’t notice from my reply how starstruck I was. Thank you for everything, I owe you a lot. Happy birthday, and this “filmmaker” misses…

In memory of Alexis and the old me he wrote about

Ginawan ako ni Chard ng isang napakagandang recommendation letter para dun sa filmmaking workshop na sasalihan ko. Isa kasi yun sa mga requirements. Last year, dapat sasali ako, pero ewan ko, nawala sa isip ko. Nung nalaman ko na, tatlong araw na lang e deadline na. Kahit sabi ng FedEx, We Deliver., hindi naman nila…