Palaisipan 7: Umuugnay ba ang Panitikan sa Daigdig?

Habang maugong ang isyu hinggil sa pagkakatanggal ng mga asignaturang Filipino at Panitikan sa kolehiyo, dahil sa pagbawi ng Korte Suprema sa ipinataw nitong temporary restraining order noong 2015, biglang pumutok ang balita na nagrereklamo ang pamunuan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) hinggil sa masamâng pagkakatanghal sa pulisya sa teleseryeng primetime na FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. … Continue reading Palaisipan 7: Umuugnay ba ang Panitikan sa Daigdig?

The Notable Teleserye Performances of 2015

The 2015 round up continues for Teleseryes, and this time, we focus on notable performances, which by and large means at least three things, all on the part of the actors: an in depth understanding of the character’s persona, which consequently determines the arc of development towards discovery or transformation; a tempered, nuanced portrayal of… Continue reading The Notable Teleserye Performances of 2015

Ang Sinasabi ng Aldub

Panayam sa Heights Creative Talk, Nobyembre 6, 2015, Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila Kahapon ay ipinagdiwang ng programang Eat Bulaga ang “17th week-sary” ng samahang Aldub. Ang tagal na pala talaga, kung tutuusin, at talagang naitaguyod at napanindigan nito ang kasikatan, kung susumahin ang milyong tweets nang itanghal nito ang sinasabing “Tamang Panahon” sa Philippine Arena,… Continue reading Ang Sinasabi ng Aldub

Love in the Time of the Teleserye

At the core of all the adventures (or misadventures) of a teleserye, the Philippine soap opera, there is but one important element that is often undervalued, simply because many people have been conditioned (perhaps by class consciousness or education) to dismiss it for its tawdry performance and lack of sophistication: love, romance. But romance is… Continue reading Love in the Time of the Teleserye

My Soap Opera has a Name: Originality and the Teleserye

Delivered at the University of the Philippines Writers Club Lecture Series, Recto Hall, Faculty Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman, February 18, 2015.   It may sound curious, our configuration of two keywords—originality and teleserye—but reading them together proves to exemplify what Lucilla Hosillos once called the Filipino Literary Achievement. Despite the dissatisfaction of many for… Continue reading My Soap Opera has a Name: Originality and the Teleserye