Pan de Salawal, joie de vivre, and the Filipinos

A mysterious child with healing powers. A septuagenarian ravaged by a kidney disease contemplating ending his life. A community people with different maladies and unachieved dreams, living in a poverty-stricken section of the city. These were my observations in the first few minutes of the movie Pan de Salawal, an official entry to Cinemalaya 2018…

See the Light

I watched the film “Joker” recently. I can say that the acting is superb and the plot is engaging. I wasn’t surprised about its dark and depressing mood because these reviews were common when the movie just came out, although I didn’t have the time then to watch the movie. I felt, however, that some…

What “My Octopus Teacher” Made Me Feel

I never thought documentaries about animals or nature would make me cry–not until I watched My Octopus Teacher. At one point, I had to pause watching just to cry my eyes out. As someone who is not good in swimming and does not have any experience in diving, and as such, has not seen nor…