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20
Aug

Ang ‘Birdshot’ ni Mikhail Red sa Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP)

Movie Poster mula sa Facebook.

Tagumpay ng triangular na desinyo ng pagkukuwento ang ‘Birdshot’ ni Mikhail Red. Pero hindi ito ang triangle ng tradisyonal na narrative structure na beginning-middle-end. Triangle ito saan pantay na umuusad ang kuwento sa pagsagot ng misteryo ng mga nawawalang pasahero ng isang natagpuang abandonadong bus patungong Maynila sa parallel na kuwento ng mag-amang Diego (Manuel Aquino) at Maya (Mary Joy Apostol) at ng mag-partner na pulis na sina Mendoza (John Arcilla) at Domingo (Arnold Reyes). Pinagtagpo sila ng Haribon, ang agila na nabaril ni Maya at siyang iniimbestigahan ng dalawang pulis.

Mahuhuli ba si Maya at mapaparusahan? Ito ang misteryo sa personal at domestikong level na nagpapausad ng kuwento; nag-subsume ng misteryo ng bus na nagdadala sa atin sa koruspyon sa ahensya ng kapulisan dahil ang misteryo ng bus ay kaso ng Hacienda del Carmen vs. mga magsasaka na isang usaping pambansa at unibersal na tema.

Dadalhin tayo ng triangular na desinyo ng pagkukuwento sa apex nito. Pasabog ng manunulat-direktor kapwa sa intellectual at affective na level dahil epektibo niyang nagamit ang visual language ng pelikula sa pag-evoke ng mythical symbol at power ng agila bilang giya sa [magiging] moralidad at etika ng kanyang tauhan sa ‘moment of truth’ ng/sa misteryo ng bus. Kung ano ito, panoorin n’yo:)

The End. Hindi na kailangan ng falling action. Inverted triangle. Wow. Para ka nga namang nabaril. Bull’s-eye.

Sulat-kamay: biswalisasyon ko ng narrative structure ng pelikula.

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13
Mar

Takuri Cafe…Find It in Iloilo City! 

Takuri Cafe in Cuartero, Jaro, Iloilo City

Heard about Takuri Cafe from friends. So I decided to hold my lunch meeting there last Monday. I reserved through their Facebook page and received a prompt reply and confirmation.

It is located at Cuartero in Jaro. I flagged a cab from SM City and in less than 10 minutes we were there. With or without GPS, not hard to find. The neighborhood evoked the familiar yet fast-disappering “laid-back mood” of the city and so it was a welcome respite from the urbanized Diversion Road.

A Takuri of green tea that comes with maja blanca.


It serves Asian cuisines like laksa, nasi lemak, nasi goreng, fresh rolls; Malaysian coffee, and traditional Filipino desserts.

I was happy to had my fill of crabs.

Buttered crabs

Reasonable price. Homey, and intimate as it is small. They call the owner-chef Tita Daisy. I was shy to introduce myself so we had no exchange of pleasantries. Maybe next time.

The place served my purpose, we enjoyed the dishes, and lingered for a while – I’m coming back.