Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Ang dami-dami talagang nababaliw sa Responde. Panalo daw! Ikaw, nabasa mo na ba?
Posted by xyxo loco at 3:52 AM
Friday, December 21, 2007
sabi nga ni tony de guzman, pinakawasak ang regular.
Posted by xyxo loco at 11:39 PM
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Norman Wilwayco's short stories take us inside his world of the foulmouthed, dopeheads and sickos. Lourd de Veyra wants in.
You hear the word "responde" a lot over news reports involving fire, robberies, and other emergencies. "Responde," in shabu parlance, refers to the notion of a quick follow-up, a second helping. Sort of like "extra-rice" or "coffee refill," except here it involves tiny crystal bits, strips of Reynolds Wrap, and a nervous errand boy scurrying across unlit alleyways. Or so my, uh, rather well informed friends tell me.
And appropriately it’s also the title of writer-graphic designer Norman Wilwayco’s second book. The independently published Responde (Pinoy X Press) is a collection of short stories in Filipino (the fact that it uses newsprint adds to the gritty charm). In the 12 stories we meet Wilwayco’s crew of mad, lovable, downtrodden, foulmouthed, alcohol-and-narcotics-fueled misfits. Friends might conclude that some of them are the author’s unmistakable alter egos-definitely not the meek-mild-oppressed-romantic archetypes populating the stories in Philippine literature. There’s Tony, the once-poor-and browbeaten kid who wreaks vengeance on all his enemies, from the slums to his UP classmates. There’s the graphic designer in “Asin, Live!” working on the legendary folk-rock bands album sleeve whose memories of deep, childhood longing to have his own guitar strikes bittersweet chord. There’s the narrator of “Pulutan,” who eventually slaughters his beloved childhood pet askal, Doro, and the ending is one of the most disturbing you’ll ever read in this side of Liwayway.
Dark characters, yes, but there’s always a glimmer of humanity that shines through, all told in clear, terse prose that mambos between the pedestrian and the poetic.
By bagging the grand prize in the 2002 Palanca Awards for his novel Kung Paano Ko Inayos ang Buhok Ko Matapos ang Mahaba-haba ring Paglalakbay (later published as Mondomanila), Wilwayco broke into the literary scene as if carrying a switchblade in one hand and a near-empty gin bottle in the other. Esteemed fictionist Jun Cruz Reyes-himself an iconoclast of Philippine lit-christened Wilwayco as his rightful successor.
Responde is available at Dateline, Bound, Bukswagen, and soon at Mag:net and Popular Bookstore.
Metro Him Volume 4 No.3
Posted by xyxo loco at 4:40 PM
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Brief note: I mean, why bother, right? the answer is: because this is tv and it's happening right before my eyes. the concept is fucking winner, you have to give it to the marketing peeps of the station conducting the fest.
here's the 13 stuff.
Isang Anghel - Happee Toothpaste
Director: Gus Cruz
i mentioned the director's name because out of the 13 short films, this is the only one that impressed me. unlike the others, this one has no words. there's a brief dialogue at the end, mostly for function, not form. the peeps who thought of the idea of higlighting the "virtues" of the lamoiyan, the company that makes happee toothpaste, showing the workingman's sweet, happy, productive hours in the toothpaste machines, (they are exploited as workers, but that's beside the point.), whoever thought of this shit is a fucking genius. worthy of a fat bonus. good thing also that they didn't include ruby rodriguez in the cast. that kind of shit is apt to ruin the entire movie.
Brothers - Tanduay
this was made by the same director but this is a piece of shit compared to Isang Anghel. The dialogue overkill is just one problem. The flashback scenes are simply too cliche. the product placements go way beyond the rules of discreet and subliminal marketing strat.
Kutsara't Tinidor - CDO
this is one big cliche movie about a family who likes corned beef. when i saw the title screen, i said to myself "sana naman hindi ito tungkol sa mga kutsarang nalalaglag at mga bisitang dumrating." Sad to say, the film is mostly that, spoons and fork falling on the floor, lost sons and daughters coming back, to join their olds this christmas season, with corned beef and rice gracing the big dining table, two olds grinning with their grown-up kids, grandkids, the whole fucking family. how cliche is that? the entire film keeps nudging my sentimental side and i noticed it the whole time. i know what the fuck it's doing. how sick is that?
Night before Christmas - Coke
This shit's simply unwatchable.
Aguinaldo - Enervon
this reporter has got it all figured out. she has all the answers to "How to enjoy life despite the fact that you have work on sundays and holidays?" the film is predictable as fuck.
Soulmates - Fitrum
maganda sana kaso sobrang scripted ng dialogue. motherfucker!
Delivery Online - Goldilocks
ilang beses na bang nagkaroon ng commercial tungkol sa panganganak sa bisperas ng pasko at pagnonoche-buena sa loob ng ospital? seriously, folks. how many fucking times already? motherfucker!
Friends Forever - KFC
usual teeny-bopper shit. the only good thing about this shit is the presence of a shaggable chick that graces the entire film. the dialogue is totally and completely unnecessary. the costume is insane. kung sana man lang pinagsuoot nila ng magandang damit si janet, one of the characters, kesa sa suot niyang nakabakat ang buong puson at tiyan niya. tsk, tsk.
Fruitcake Na Naman! - Lady's Choice
traditional pinoy christmas homecoming. predictable motherfucker. the entire movie was a piece of shit. the kid's voice-over (which is supposed to be cute, but turned out to be a contrived motherfucker) didn't help the film at all. and what's special about macaroni salad, anyway?
All I Want for Christmas - Progress Gold
ok, there's a kid, and her mom's a doctor which is always called away on emergency shit at the hospital. the kid always stay with her jobless father. there's also a minor role for a brother but he showed up only at the beginning of the film. so the kid miss her mom. in the end, the kid left a note for her absent mother in the christmas tree. mom sees it, then cry. this shit has been done almost every month by different milk ads.
Dear Santa - Solmux
this shit has so many grey areas. one, why did santa gave the boy a gift? is santa the boy's father? two, the mother is an irresponsible whore. consider this: the kid wants to meet santa at the mall, then the whore made the kid drink some cold medicine, making the kid sleep the entire time that santa is around. when the kid woke up, alas, santa has packed up. buti na lang, nang pauwi na sila, biglang may kumalabit sa bata. excuse me, hinahanap mo raw si santa? here's a gift for you. back to question one: who is this santa? is he the boy's father? why is he giving the boy a gift?
Follow your passion - sunsilk
the title alone is a fucking dead give-away. the film is about a painter girl with hair fetish. she likes to paint hairstyles. a big disappointment to her doctor mother. again, people, why is this cliche the ultra-favorite? motherfucker! a good friend of mine took part in the creation of this shit. good cinematography, though.
Kapiling Ngayong Pasko - TM
i am disappointed with this shit because i expect more from the filmmaker paid to do this shit. question: since when did school boys made friends with security guards? honestly, tell me. parang sa coke, this shit is guilty of conscious melodrama.
all in all, i am happy i was not a part in the production of any of the short films. until next year, fellows. seryosohin na sana next year!
Posted by xyxo loco at 11:00 PM
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
sabi pa niya:
"Malupit ang librong to. Madidiskubre mo na lang na ikaw pala ang karakter sa mga isinulat niya. Na ikaw pala ang totoong tauhan. Nangyayari ito sa mga taong pumasok sa kahungkangan ng realidad. Sa buong panahong binabasa ko ang librong to ay tila nabubuksan lalo ang mga mata ko sa kalupitan ng mundo at sa tunay na kulay ng mga tao sa lipunan. maraming aral kang mapupulot. nakakagago. nakakabugok. pero seryoso,... "
salamat sa oras mo, dude. at sa perang pinambili mo ng libro. singkwenta jan ang mapupunta sa akin. hehehe.
nabasa na niya rin kaya ang mondomanila?
Posted by xyxo loco at 7:32 PM