so. so so so. i think it's high time for me to look at the bright side of things again and search out that glimmer of hope in this ocean of misery, and i must say, my friends, that i have found it. it is called NUMBALIKDIWA, and you can still catch it tonight (monday),930pm in SM North Edsa, tomorrow (tuesday) 930pm in Mall of Asia and Wednesday 7pm in SM Megamall.
the film was written and directed by one of my most prized students, mr. Bobby Bonifacio, who made the excellent musical romantic comedy "Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso" and went on to make the shorts "Bulong Sa Kawalan" and "Muling Tumibok Ang Puso". He also did the vid for Mojofly's "Minamalas" and was the real creative force behind my favorite video and yours, Cueshe's "24 Hours". With this film, however, Bobby is at his best, telling the story of an ancient ritual where people absorb souls through cannibalism. The storytelling is gripping, the acting (most especially by our dear beloved pinggoy and meryll soriano) is superb, and the lighting and camera (by the great Dan Villegas) should definitely be commended for making DV look so damn good.
i'm gushing again, aren't i? forgive me. it's just that in all my years of working, there's really only one thing that has never disappointed me, and that's my students. i remember telling my last class that every thing i've been doing workwise just makes me feel useless, and that they're pretty much the only thing that inspires me creatively. i was surprised when i said it because it was so true. there is nothing more exhilarating than watching a guy who stumbled his way through your class make his first feature film, or learning that one of your students' projects went to Amsterdam. To have wide-eyed, always-reciting students like Wincy Ong and The Isaw Boys suddenly become your peers is the greatest of honors, and the fact that some of my favorite short films ever like "Lab", "Mahal Ko Si Direk" and "Seth The Destroyer" is just so... cool. And to be able to have working relationships with drywall, roziemeister and Dan and know that they've got your back... it's just pure love, man.
it's almost 6 am. i'm a bit too tired to mention all of you. there are just too many of you, and that's what's so great about it. whenever Mihk finds me depressed about work, he always says "it's ok. you still have friends." but the real reason i don't get that razor and start listening to Helena is this -- i know i have you guys, and if i fuck up i know at least one of you won't. and that's worth all this bullshit.
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