‘Mabining Mandirigma’ and the Butuan dream

By R Juan de Abril I flew to Manila recently to watch the musical play “Mabining Mandirigma” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines thinking it could be the theater event of the year. I was not wrong. The play made my skin crawl and my eyes moistened wishing Butuanons who have not even seen locally-inspired theater productions could watch it so they will encounter or expose to an option of quality entertainment and inspire to venture it themselves. After all, Butua...

Oh, those long and colorful Pinoy movie titles of old

By Blas Bernaldez To start, dig this, "Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi." Here's another, "Sinong Pipigil sa Pagpatak ng Ulan?" These are no fake titles, they are real Tagalog movies circa 1970s to 1980s which incidentally starred the late Eddie Garcia and even our very own Laurice Guillen, a Butuan acclaimed stage and movie actress and now a noted director and film festival chair. But this should not be surprising as Pinoys are known to be imaginative starting even with story...

Kabilin: A cut above the rest

By RJS "Kabilin” gathers four Caraganon artists—Jeanne-Marie, Ronnie Rudinas, Goy Candelario and Resty Sala, featuring an inter-mixture of works that comprised each artist's distinct approach in art, unraveling deep emotions that came with it. PHOTO/ Ronnie Rudinas Reintroducing but needs no introduction is Kwadrado, Butuan's finest visual art group that usher the recognition of the city's image as Caraga’s center of creativity as proven by top painters like ...

Why the ‘masa’ should see this movie

By Saberra Cruz I went out of the cinema house after the historical film, "Quezon's Game" ended and I felt proud, sad and disturbed. Proud because the movie is elegant and universally sensible, well written with terrific actors and cinematography and it’s about the Pinoys. Sad and disturbed because I wish a lot of people will see it—the movie house almost empty, and disturbed the “masa” have not risen its taste when it comes to mainstream movies beyond mediocre, escapist ones...

‘Kuwaresma’ is a good scare movie

By R Juan de Abril  It's been a while I have not seen a good Pinoy mainstream movie like "Aurora,” by Lam Laranas and an independent one, "Ang Babaeng Humayo,”  by Lav Diaz , a Mindanaoan who comes from Cotabato province. I definitely did not miss his "Panahon ng Halimaw,' (Season of the devil), a trailblazing and Pinoy artistry and gift to the creative world. When I learned of "Kuwaresma," a horror movie by another excellent director with an independent touch, Erik Matti,...

Kasambay Hong Butuan: Reminiscing the trailblazing campus theater festival

By Bryan Edulzura Recently, Evangeline "Vangie”  Pena-Dominese, Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Butuan City Tourism Office and RJS, veteran creative writer and playwright talked and reminisced the pioneering school-based theater festival, Kasambay Hong Butuan, first ever held in 2002 and hailed by the country's art and culture community. The festival was participated and cheered by leading high-school and college theater groups and patronized by the general public. Ms Pena-Dominese...

Jacky Chan, Jet Li, Ang Lee: Chinamen to the world

By Lito Tandoy I’ll never tire of Jacky Chan, the old time favorite of mine and many, many others. There is of course Bruce Lee, the legendary karate king, before him. Lee is the first, ever, among nameless Chinese character actors that introduced and conquered the world through martial arts on the big screen. Lee, Chan and Jet Li are everyman's heroes that popularized  not just Chinese martial arts but Chinese way of life in the turbulent countryside of China that made ...

Catague, Torralba, Gresos together hold much-awaited art exhibit Dec. 1-16

By RJS Dynamic variety but of the same roots and authenticity summed up Butuan's top trail-blazing visual artists exhibition, "Into the Roots" slated to open at 6 p.m. at Robinsons Place Butuan 3rd floor, (near the cinema lobby) on December 1 to 16. The long-cherished year-ending cultural event can be likened to an art tornado to the creative sector and art enthusiasts and supporters. When I learned of it, my reaction was, "finally, the dream team coming true." I have long known ...

Mutya Hong Butuan Talents Night: This time they really meant it

By Saturnino "Saurn" De La Cruz If you have seen last year's Mutya Hong Butuan talents competition, you end up asking, where are the talents? It's all suspect. Not this year because I think the organizers really made sure each candidate's artistic potentials surface individually and distinctly. Some may need to do more and a few already showed great promise and in the end it was worth scrutinizing if indeed it was showcase of stage performances. The ladies and the men and women b...

Artists are creative trailblazers, not imitators, copycats

By Noa Gomez Ask any aspiring teenagers who has dance, sang or blow their nose and they call themselves artists. How wrong can they get. Worse, they imitate what they see on TV and think it's the peak of artistry. That is pathetic. You call a person an artist if and only he/she has created an original body of work. Artistry takes time, hard work and consistency, you separate the professional and pretender. If an amateur keeps singing and sounding like Maria Carey or Michael Bolto...


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