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Himno Ng Apoy Sa Gubat Ng Dilim

9 Hul

Himno Ng Apoy Sa Gubat Ng Dilim

CAMBA RAFAL MONTALBAN

Cover and illustration inside by Emil Yap
Introduction by Rogelio Ordóñez

P220 lang

Launch is on the 13th of July
sa PUP.

For more details, ABANGAN.

Rogelio L. Ordoñez. Makata ng Bayan.

25 Hun

An Act Declaring May 22 of every year as Freedom of Expression Day in Commemoration of National Artist for Film Lino Brocka

24 May

HOUSE BILL No.  4713 

Introduced by Reps.  TEDDY A. CASIÑO and NERI JAVIER COLMENARES

EXPLANATORY NOTE

Almost a decade ago, on film legend Lino Brocka’s 10th Death Anniversary, friends and admirers dubbed May 22 as an unofficial Freedom of Expression Day, in commemoration of Brocka’s unwavering crusade for freedom of artistic and intellectual expression.

Brocka, once a member of the Constitutional Commission that drafted the 1987 Philippines Constitution, has been credited for putting the phrase “freedom of expression” in the Bill of Rights.

After his father’s untimely death, Brocka (born on April 3, 1939) became a houseboy, a working student and an odd job worker before getting a shot at filmmaking. He got into the University of the Philippines through a scholarship and had wanted to become an actor for a drama club, but because of his “probinsyano” background, he was relegated as stage hand.

Determined to get into theater, he later joined the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) where he worked as errand boy and then as scriptwriter. He got his biggest break when he was asked to direct Mars Ravelo’s comics Wanted: Perfect Mother into a film. It became a big hit, paving the way for him to later start his own movie company.

Brocka is known for masterpieces showing graphic depictions of social injustice. His movies centered on characters living in poverty and a prejudiced society. These include award-winning films Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, Maynila: Sa Kuko ng Liwanag, Insiang and Jaguar.

Directing at the time of Martial Law, Brocka’s Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim was deemed subversive by the Marcos administration and was heavily censored with all rally scenes deleted. It underwent a legal battle but was later smuggled into France and was shown at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival and won several awards at the Gawad Urian. The Marcos regime ordered Brocka’s arrest but he was later released.

It was during that time that he founded the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) to encourage more artists to address societal issues and oppose government repression.

In 1986, he was selected as member of the Constitutional Commission. He fought to insert the freedom of expression clause and is credited for the Constitution’s Article III, Section 4 which reads, “No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.”

A couple of years later, he collaborated with Pete Lacaba and directed Orapronobis (Fight For Us) which criticized the violation of human rights and the support for vigilantes by the new administration. Like Bayan Ko, it was banned for commercial exhibition but received 22 citations from international and local award-giving bodies.

All throughout his career, Brocka was known as a non-compromising visionary that used controversial political and sexually loaded scenes in films that criticized the prevailing norms and pushed for the rights of workers, the LGBT community and Filipinos in general.

Brocka was a legendary director not just because of his technical brilliance but because of his unwavering principles and political consciousness which in turn pushed him to create films that made viewers aware and critical of the conditions around them. He deviated from the commercial format and chose stories not because they were bankable but because they were worth telling.

Brocka died on May 22, 1991 after a fatal car accident. He was given a posthumous distinction as National Artist for Film.

As a tribute to Brocka and the efforts of his close friends and admirers in not only commemorating the life of a truly gifted artist, but also the fight for freedom expression, this bill aims to formalize the declaration of May 22 as Freedom of Expression Day.

In establishing a freedom of expression day, this bill hopes to impart the importance of freedom of expression in pursuing democracy.

This bill further seeks to encourage more people to oppose censorship and repression, as well as the practice of compromising artistic and intellectual expression for commercial purposes.

In view of the foregoing, immediate approval thereof is highly recommended.

Approved

  TEDDY A. CASIÑO                                   NERI JAVIER COLMENARES

  Bayan Muna Party-list                         Bayan Muna Party-list

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Republic of the Philippines

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Quezon City

FIFTEENTH CONGRESS

First Regular Session

HOUSE BILL NO.  4713 

Introduced by Reps.  TEDDY A. CASIÑO and NERI JAVIER COLMENARES

AN ACT DECLARING

May 22 of every year as Freedom of Expression Day in Commemoration of National Artist for Film Lino Brocka

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

SECTION 1. This Act shall be known as the “Freedom of Expression Day Act” to commemorate National Artist Lino Brocka’s contribution to the Film industry and the Filipino People as a non-compromising visionary and champion of artistic and intellectual expression.

SECTION 2. In order to commemorate Lino Brocka as a leading advocate of freedom of expression, to uphold art that sheds light on social realities and human conditions and to encourage artists and the general public to continuously struggle against repression and censorship, May 22 of every year is hereby declared as a special working holiday to be known as the “Freedom of Expression Day.”

SECTION 3. Schools, government agencies and offices and establishments in both the public and private sectors shall celebrate this observance with ceremonies and activities that demonstrate national commitment to freedom of expression, democracy, human rights and justice and that pay homage to Brocka and like-minded artists and individuals who fought against the tyranny of censorship and repression.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Department of Education, Philippine Information Agency, premier state schools and universities and other art and film institutions and groups shall take the lead in establishing prominent activities and productions across the country in this regard.

SECTION 4. To ensure the meaningful observance of the holiday as herein declared, all heads of government and private facilities, offices and instrumentalities shall encourage and afford sufficient time and opportunities for their employees, personnel or students to engage and participate in any activity to mark the “Freedom of Expression Day.”

SECTION 5. The funds necessary for the implementation of this Act shall be included in the budgets of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Department of Education under the General Appropriations Act of the year following the enactment of this Act.

SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days following its publication in at least two (2) newspapers of general circulation.

Approved,

Tuition Fee Hike v.s. Magna Carta of Students

7 Abr

-Rey Tamayo, Jr.

Sa kasalukuyang takbo ng pangyayari sa ating bansa, tila baga walang katapusan ang problemang dumarating kay Juan dela Cruz.

Hindi na mapigil ang patuloy na pagsirit ng presyo ng petrolyo sa merkado, ang resulta, tumaas ang singil ng pamasahe sa mga pampublikong jeepney at bus.

Maging ang kakapusan ng supply sa bigas ay ramdam pa rin ng mga Pilipino lalo na ang mga maralitang taga lungsod. Sa sobrang taas ng presyo ng mga pangunahing bilihin, ang ilan sa ating mga kababayan ay nagtitiis sa mahabang pila upang makabili lamang ng dalawang kilong NFA rice. Na ang ilang toneladang sako ng bigas na inangkat ng gobyerno ay buhat pa sa Estados Unidos na ayon sa ilang eksperto ay (GMO) o Genetically Modified Rice na makasasama sa ating kalusugan.

Sa pagbubukas ng klase ngayong taon, panibagong krisis na naman ang kinakaharap ng ating mga kababayan. Pabigat din sa mga magulang at estudyante ang pagtaas na matrikula sa mga pribado at pampublikong eskuwelahan sa bansa.

Mariing tinutulan ng League of Filipino Students (LFS) ang biglang pagtaas ng matrikula sa bansa ngayong taon. Anila, mawawalan ng saysay ang diumano’y ‘gimik’ na moratorium ng Malacañang sa tuition fee hike sa mga State Universities and Colleges o SUCs kung hindi marerefund ang dagdag na singil sa mga nagsipagbayad nang mga mag-aaral. Nanawagan din ang grupo sa agarang pagpapatupad ng rollback sa matrikula lalo na’t lumulobo ang antas ng kahirapan at mga krisis na nararanasan sa bansa.

Iginiit naman kamakailan ni Quirino Rep. Junie Cua, senior vice chairman ng House committee on appropriations, na walang dahilan upang magtaas ng matrikula ang mga SUCs sa dahilang halos P21 bilyong pondo ang ipinagkaloob ng pamahalaan sa State Universities and Colleges para sa taong ito.

Kung taun-taon na lamang ay may nangyayaring tuition fee hike sa mga estudyante, panahon na siguro upang maisabatas ang Magna Carta of Students.

Matatandaang naging priority bill ang House Bill No. 9935 o mas lalong kilala sa tawag na Magna Carta of Students noong panahon ni dating Pangulong Fidel Ramos ngunit hindi naisabatas dahil sa ilang mga probisyon.

Ang Magna Carta of Students ay muling binuhay noong 13th Congress at sa bagong bersyon ng panukalang batas na iniakda ni Rep. Edcel Lagman (House Bill No. 17), nakasaad sa chapter 4 section 16 ng nasabing house bill na may karapatang makialaman ang mga estudyante hinggil sa pagbabago ng tuition at ibang school fees sa mga colleges at universities sa pamamagitan ng School Fee Board.

Sa ganitong paraan, hindi maaring magtaas ng tuition fee ang mga eskuwelahan ng hindi nalalaman ng School Fee Board mula sa mga mag-aaral. At isa itong alternatibo at mabisang paraan upang mapigilan ang anumang pagtatangka sa pagtataas ng matrikula.

Magugunitang noong 8th Congress pa unang isinusulong sa Kamara ang Magna Carta of Students ngunit ibinasura ito ng mga kongresista. Muling binuhay ito noong 9th, 10th, 11th at 12th Congress ngunit hindi pa rin makalusot ang nasabing panukalang batas. At sa kasalukuyan nakabinbin pa rin sa Committee on Higher and Technical Education ang pinakahuling bersyon ng Magna Carta para sa mga mag-aaral.

Sa ipinalabas na ulat ng Commission on Higher Education (CHED) noong 2002-2003 academic year, mayroong 1,470 Higher Education Institutions kung saan 1,297 ang nasa private sectors. Samantala 111 naman ang nasa public state universities and colleges, 44 local SUCs, 5 special higher education para sa military science and national defense, 12 government school at 1 CHED-supervised post-secondary education institution.

Sayang ang mga pamantasan at unibersidad na ito kung walang mga estudyanteng papasok dahil sa hindi nila kayang matustusan ang kanilang pag-aaral.

Hinggil naman sa kalidad ng edukasyon sa Pilipinas, lubhang napakalayo ng agwat natin kumpara sa ibang bansa. Sa pinakahuling survey noong nakalipas na taon ng Times Higher Education Supplement (THES), isang pahayagan na nakabase sa London at ng Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), isang international education and career development group; ang University of the Philippines(UP) ay nasa 299th spot, sinundan ng De La Salle University (DLSU)na nasa 392th spot, pangatlo ang Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) na pang 484th spot at University of Santo Tomas (UST) na nasa pang 500th spot. Samantalata, nananatiling nasa 1st spot ang Havard University sa Estados Unidos.

Ang kailangan ng ating mga mag-aaral ay murang matrikula na may dekalidad na edukasyon tulad ng Estados Unidos at Europa at ang karapatang makisangkot sa lipunan bilang isang responsableng mamamayan.

Alam nating kayang ibigay ng gobyerno ang pangunahing pangangailangan para sa mga estudyante, ngunit kailan nila ito makakamtam?

A Heritage of Shortness by Vim Nadera, Lifestyle Section Manila Bulletin june29, 2009

29 Hun

We felt we shortchanged ourselves when we fell short of beating the deadline for a short conference. Organized by the Tate Modern Public Programmes, The London Consortium and the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study at the University of London, it is open to anybody — or somebody like DJ Spooky, Sadie Plant, Tom Shakespeare, Clare Wigfall or Steven Connor — who is ready, willing, and capable of presenting or performing about spatial or temporal shortness for up to seven minutes. Shortly, we are haunted by our short abstract of less than 200 words that we failed to submit on time. To this day, we can do nothing but shake our head now that we can easily shortlist everything short under the sun. Last week – when Prof. Randy David of the University of the Philippines declared that he would seriously consider running against Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo should she seek a seat in the House representing the second district of their home province of Pampanga in 2010 in a battle dubbed as David vs. Goliath — inspired us so much since so many short things took place in so short a time. We could have written more than such text messages we got last Fathers’ Day as “Life is too short. Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can. Apologize when you should. Let go of what you cannot change. Love deeply and something will change it. You are only hurting yourself with your bitterness. For your own sake.”

Or about punch lines as cruel as “What a coincidence that Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson died on the same day. One had a lot of fun with Majors, while the other had a lot of fun with minors.”

Or about such aphorisms as “Kapag nasa katri na, tiyakin kung may hayden camera.”

Or about short attention spans of the youth, for example, during Philippine Online Chronicles Presents: Pilipinas 2.0 last June 25 when different individuals and organizations that advocate for and propel change in Philippine society gathered together at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila auditorium.

Or about music samples of a Martin Nievera challenging the Republic Act No. 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, whose Chapter II, Section 37, states that the rendition of the National Anthem, whether played or sung, shall be in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe.

Or about ephemeral relationships as that of that Democrat who made a pitstop at an Argentinian strip club to get a lap dance from Andrea Rincon or that Republican who gave everything up for a hot sex with a hot babe from Buenos Aires.

Or about quick-fire recipes to, say, the 7th Doreen Fernandez Food Writing Contest under this year’s topic on biskwit.

Or about orgasms caused by a short imaginary cable car ride from either Caticlan to Boracay or from Dolores to Mt. Banahaw.

Or about nanophilology in tanaga or dalit or diona, for instance, instead of haiku that has been taught in schools for years as if part of our prehispanic literary past.

Speaking of shortness, too, the National Book Development Board (NBDB), Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), Vibal Foundation, and the Book Development Association of the Philippines (BDAP) are allowing your short poetry to take Part 2 of Tulaan sa Tren readership promotion campaign. The NBDB will accept original, unpublished poems with the theme Journeys/Paglalakbay. Entries may be in English, Filipino, or any of the regional languages (with English or Tagalog translation if written in a regional language) and should be up to 200 words long. Only one (1) poem per author will be accepted. The Board of Judges will select three (3) winners each for the English and Filipino categories. For each category, the Grand Prize winner will receive P5,000, second prize winner will receive P3,000, and third prize winner will receive P2,000. Winning entries will be posted in LRT trains alongside the works of established Filipino poets and will be published in a compilation of Tulaan sa Tren 2 poems. The NBDB shall share copyright with the authors for their winning poems for purposes of broadcast and/or publication in the NBDB’s readership campaigns. Entries must be submitted along with the Official Entry Form. The author’s name and address must only appear in the Official Entry Form and must not appear on the entry. Entries may be e-mailed to tulaansatren@nbdb.gov.ph. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or sent postmarked no later than July 22, 2009 to: Office of the Executive Director National Book Development Board 2/F NPO Bldg. EDSA cor. NIA Northside Road Diliman, Quezon City. Tulagalag, another mobile poetry project, was recently launched by KM64 in cooperation with Artists’ Arrest. It is open to all anti-Constituent Assembly and anti Charter Change masterpieces written and designed on 12”x12” illustration board. Collaborative artwork and poetry can also be submitted in any medium or language. Even experiments are welcomed. Award-winning works will be exhibited at the pink fence along Commonwealth Avenue during the Pres. Arroyo’s State of the Nation address slated on July 27 but postposed due to the threat of influenza A H1N1.

Monday, you can submit your entries at Mag:net Katipunan, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday at the Conspiracy Garden Cafe, from 6pm to 9pm. Or you can text your poems # 09278313273 or # 09322743366 or email them at kilometer64@gmail.com. For details, please visit their websites www.km64.wordpress.com and www.kilometer64.multiply.com. Yesterday, by the way, Dr. Luzviminda Kwong, Philippine Society of Oncology Inc. president and Dr. Gil Vicente, their 2009 Midyear Convention chair, fulfilled their dream of coming up with a Cancer Book for the Layman at the Megatrade Hall 1, Megamall in Mandaluyong City. Being artists in their own right, they both allowed arts to get in the way treating their patients. So it is not surprising to find out that they included an on-the-sport painting contest for kids 12 years old and below as well as photo competition which they opened to all amateurs and professionals camera bugs who can tackle the theme : Compassion and Cancer. The entire Sunday was full of raffle draws and booth exhibits on nutrition, allergies, skin problems, hair concerns, oral hygiene and the like. Not to mention, free consultation or second opinion with specialists in their project called Pasilip Ka, an endoscopic exam of the upper airway!

The long and short of it, through the arts we can, as the King of Pop sings it, heal the world!

KATEXT MO SA KATOTOHANAN WINNERS

17 Mar

The Filipinas Institute of Translation, Inc. (FIT)
announces the second week winners of “Katext Mo Sa
Katotohanan” (Your Text Mate For Truth) text poetry
writing contest.Chaired by National Artist for Literature Virgilio S.
Almario, the judges who include Vim Nadera, and Joey
Baquiran chose the Gervacio poem for its amusing yet
rueful take on the widespread Filipino practice of
buying pirated and cloned products.

Payreted ang dvd ko,
iPhone ay gawa ng Tsino;
pero maniwala kayo,
hanap pa rin ay totoo.
-German Gervacio

By using the sms vocabulary, acrostics, and most of
all humor, the other winning poems evade the didactic
tendencies of most of the entries. By doing so, these
texting poets are modernizing the traditional and
strict mode of the dalit (quatrain of monorhyming
eight syllabic lines).

May A-B-Z-T-E-F-G
Sa alpabeto ni Neri,
Walang I-O-U-P-S-G
Kung RP sa ‘yo’y 1-4-3.
-Mario C. Lamar

N-apakasinungaling mo
E-hemplo ka ng demonyo
R-imarim kami sa iyo
I-siwalat ang totoo.
-Tata Raul Funilas

Bata ni Ma’m iwas-pusoy;
Bakit takot sa Senado?
Matulad ba kay Pinokyo
At humaba rin ang ilong?
-Fernando Gonzalez

Di bubukol kung di ukol.
Pero ang mga komisyon
Sa kontrata’y bumubukol
Sa bulsa ng mga baboy.
-Alexander Martin Remollino

Thousands of texters sent entries via sms cellphone
technology from as far away as Hongkong and Guam.
Hundreds more opted to use the email.

FIT encourages more texters to join this contest which
has a very contemporary theme-the value of telling the
truth. Non-winning entries from previous weeks do not
qualify anymore for consideration for the current
week. The contest skips the Holy Week and will resume
by March 24 until April 4, 2008.

Contestants can text their poems at 0915-7832810. Or
email them at dalitext@yahoo.com. Poems must strictly
follow the dalit rhyme and meter. Cut-off time is at
5pm every Friday. Weekly winners gets a prize of
P2,000.00 Consolation prize winners will receive
certificates. For details, call 9221830 or email at
mentioned address.

Repression or paranoia? Filmmakers cry foul over short films’ ‘X’ rating

4 Dis

Filmmakers and activists screened two films banned by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), “A Day in the Life of Gloria” and “Mendiola”, in protest of what they called “repression” by the Arroyo administration.

The “X” rating given by the MTRCB to the two films resulted in their exclusion from a short film festival called “Kontra-Agos”.

The films were shown during a press conference on Friday by filmmakers and activists to express alarm over what they perceive to be an attempt to suppress media coverage of the failed rebellion in Makati led by former Navy officer turned Senator Antonio Trillanes and Army Brigadier General Danny Lim.

Short filmmaker King Catoy said,  “Nananawagan kami sa mga kapwa natin artists, i-defy natin ang admnistrasyong ito, this is martial law (We call on our fellow artists to defy this administration. This is martial law).”

During the press conference, National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera joined other artists and activists in having their hands tied, recalling images of ABS-CBN reporters and crew who were handcuffed and detained by police in the aftermath of the Makati incident.

Lumbera said recent events, including the so-called “censorship” of an artist’s collective in Angolo, Rizal, bear out a clear and present danger to artists and to freedom of expression.

“Mayroon litaw na panganib sa atin. Karapatan natin magkaroon ng layang ipakita ang katotohanan (There is an obvious threat against us. It is our right to have the freedom to tell the truth),” said Lumbera.

MTRCB reviewer Mark Castrodes however dismissed the artists’ accusations as baseless conspiracy theories. According to Castrodes, the films were given an X-rating because they put the government in a bad light.

One of the films, “A Day in the Life of Gloria”, is in animated format and shows a cartoon caricature of President Arroyo saying “I am sorry” after which her nose begins to grow. It is a scene that recalls the fairy tale character Pinocchio, whose nose elongates whenever he tells a lie.

Castrodes said that contrary to the artists’ wild claims, there is no “institutionalized political repression” and that the film reviewers simply did their job.

“We are not in cahoots with anyone else here, for us, it was simply a day’s work”, he said, adding that the filmmakers could have appealed the rating and asked for a second review but they chose to no longer do so.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storyPage.aspx?storyId=100968

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Note:

The filmmakers and festival organizers are in the process of appealing the X-rated films. BINGO which also initially got an X-rating for “libelous” reasons according to the MTRCB review panel was appealed last week. It got a PG 13 after the appeal and the filmmaker was not even asked questions. Noriel Jarito had to pay additional fees for this.

If it’s not institutionalized repression, then it’s a serious case of arbitrary review ratings and it’s making the filmmakers pay unnecessary fees.

Kontra-Agos Team

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