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Our film industry today is full of shit. That is not an opinion ladies and gentlemen. That is a fact. That is the truth, that is what people in the film industry wouldn’t admit today. But it’s the truth and I don’t need to be the world’s best film critic to recognize it.
We try to hide it, we try to masquerade it and tell the people that it’s piracy. Piracy piracy piracy. The film makers’ number one enemy. And yes, to an extent it’s correct, piracy is a major factor on why our film industry isn’t really generating lots of revenues. But it’s only one factor. How about..
.. Incompetence. What the hell are we doing? Don’t give me the budget excuse because I’ve seen foreign films without special effects which made waves in the international film industry. We keep on trying to imitate those Hollywood films.. super hero this, super hero that. Can’t we do something original anymore? Are we always dependent to those things that we see in Hollywood?
And our screenwriters, what the fuck are you guys thinking? If you’re not copying something out of those Hollywood films, you’re writing a film which revolves around the word cliche. I don’t even remember the last time I watched a film with a good script.
Another thing, fuck the fucking MTRCB and fuck censorship. I am sick and tired of watered down scripts and films. I am sick and tired of watching films full of cuts and sorts because it takes away the essence of the film itself. The only way we can appreciate something beautiful is by showing the negative side of the spectrum. The only way we can truly appreciate a work of art is by looking through the flaws of society and by exposing the very nature of the norm that we follow everyday. And like a bullet it will go through the empty skulls of the zombie viewers and hopefully it will inject some sense it. That’s the way it has always been and that’s the way it should be right now.
To quote the greatest Filipino director which ever lived..
To the best of our abilities, and even if we often times fail, we must produce films that will hurt, films that will disturb, films that will not let you rest. For the times are bad and, given times like these, it is a crime to rest.
And that’s the crime that the Film Industry have been committing for many years now. And that’s the crime that I hope would not continue on to the next few years. We need a change in the system, for if we continue on with this cycle of mediocrity, the film industry here in the Philippines will soon be forgotten.
Here’s a film called Orapronobis, one of Lino Brocka’s best works and definitely my favorite Filipino film of all time. Film makers today, eat your hearts out.
Credits to kindhearted189 for the video.
Months after the initial “match” ended, we all know it warrants a rematch.
In the red corner, the Department of Health and several members of the incoming 15th congress.
In the blue corner, The Holy Catholic Church, with all of it’s branches and organizations and about millions of Catholics all over the Philippines.
Two years ago, Congressman Edcel Lagman of the 1st district of Albay authored the proposal of House Bill no 17. It is commonly known as the Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2008 or RH bill for people who doesn’t like typing. The proposed bill will most likely cover all of these aspects
- information and access to natural and modern family planning;
- maternal, infant and child health and nutrition;
- promotion of breast feeding;
- prevention of abortion and management of post-abortion complications;
- adolescent and youth health; prevention and management of reproductive tract infections, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases;
- elimination of violence against women; counseling on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health;
- treatment of breast and reproductive tract cancers;
- male involvement and participation in reproductive health;
- prevention and treatment of infertility; and
- reproductive health education for the youth.
The Holy Catholic Church, in on their own right, fought the RH Bill with everything they’ve got. Their reasons are quite simple, it is anti-life and it promotes promiscuity among teenagers.
So after months and months of jockeying and pushing for position, after all the punches have been thrown, the Holy Catholic Church managed to “abort” (pardon the pun) the proposal of Rep.Edcel Lagman in the 14th congress.
Now, with the opening of the 15th congress nearing, the RH Bill advocates and the Department of Health are eager for a rematch.
“I call for the acceleration of efforts that shall champion reproductive health,” DOH Secretary Enrique Ona said.
So who’ll take the rematch? Let’s see
The RH bill advocates are pretty confident about winning this time around. With the said backing of P-Noy (Which sounds pretty close to P-Nis.. just a thought) they are looking to push for a better fight this time. In the 14th congress, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was lukewarm on the said issue which became one of the few reasons why it never really had a chance to be passed. Well we all know if Tita Glow wants something to be passed, it will be passed *ehem* con-ass *ehem
Anyway, the advocates of the bill are looking forward to see Noynoy put up a much better stance on it, hoping that it will give them a fighting chance in the 15th congress.
The Catholic Church on the other hand, well, let’s say they have the manpower and the influence advantage.
The main thing that they have over the advocates of the said bill is that most of our congressmen are catholics. Some are devoted to their faith which I respect but the sad thing about it is that, some of the representatives are not even thinking of passing it because of their virtues and beliefs but instead, they’re afraid that they’ll be losing the support of the millions of Catholics all over the Philippines. Add to it the pressure that the church that has been putting on all of lawmakers and there you go, an easy win.
The most crucial thing about this one will be President Aquino’s stand on the issue. If you would see back then, he was a supporter of the RH Bill, he then shied away from the issue because of a year old circus tour called the elections.
Now this decision will both make and break Mr Aquino to the masses, it depends on how you’ll look at it. If he supports the RH Bill, he’ll be the man with the balls of steel to some and a guy who turned away from his faith to others. If he doesn’t, he’ll be known as a guy who championed life and the beliefs of the church to some and the guy who succumbed to the pressure of the church to others. It’s a tough predicament for P-Noy, considering his mother, the late president Cory Aquino was a devout catholic.
At the end of the day, let’s just hope that our president, the lawmakers and all the people involved here would be making the right decision. A right decision where in the common good shall be promoted, and will be of use to the Filipino people in the near future.
So let the battle begin, again.
Before you turn into a grammar police and slap your badge all over my face for a grammar failure at my title, let me say that the title of this entry is based on a popular internet meme back then “All Your Base are Belong to Us” derived from the popular game ZeroWing. So cut me some slack and let me do my thing, on to the content shall we?
In one of my previous entries, I pointed that I wasn’t really impressed with how President Aquino delivered his inaugural address. I compared his speech to pain killers and it’s effects (or lack thereof) in the long run.
Many people commended Mr.Aquino for delivering such a humble piece in the biggest day of his life. Wang-Wang’s aside, what most of us failed to see is that while it sounds good to the ears, we failed to analyze the repercussions and implications of all the humility that he promised and is showing right now. Most people call his deeds as “leading by example”, let me call it popular (non) solutions.
Yesterday, another example of a popular (non) solution was given out by the President. In a meeting at NDCC, Mr Aquino berated the PAGASA for their failure in forecasting the direction of Lola Basyang. While it was definitely a big mistake on the PAGASA’s part, would it really be of help to scold one of the most under-addressed organizations in our country?
What hit me is that, as always, the Filipinos commended Mr. Aquino for his actions. My Facebook and Twitter account got flooded by wall posts and tweets, praising Mr Aquino for attacking PAGASA in front of the media and the audience watching nationwide. I don’t really get it, in doing what he did, what impact did it made in terms of improving our weather forecast system?
Again, a prime example of a popular (non) solution.
The fact is, Noy can go berserk anytime he wants on PAGASA and it won’t change one motherfucking thing. He can say anything he wants to say and majority of the people will applaud him for it but at the end of the day, we still have one of the most inferior systems when it comes to weather forecasting.
I’m no expert but here’s a suggestion, maybe before he goes berserk on an organization, how about going after the roots of the problem? After all, the primary problem of our weather forecast system is funding, machinery and manpower. Instead of doing the popular thing, like putting the blame on something or someone, why not spend time on thinking of solutions on how to improve the system? After all, that’s part of his job right?
The thing is PAGASA is undermanned and underfunded. For him to expect flawless results out of a way-behind-organization-in-terms-of-machinery in such a complicated situation is something absurd. And what are my basis when I said that the organization is undermanned and underfunded? Here it is..
- The fund alloted for PAGASA is roughly 800 million pesos
- A doppler radar, something that is very vital when it comes to weather forecasting, costs around 2 million dollars each. An estimate of 90 million pesos.
- We have TWO, I repeat, TWO doppler radars working in our country. The minimum requirement for a country to have a respectable weather forecast system is 12.
- As of the time being, we have 13 meteorologists working in 3 shifts a day. The ideal one would be about 16-20 workers a day.
- In the past month, 3 of our best meteorologists has already been pirated by other countries. The main reason? To look for greener pastures.
If you would analyze all of the things that I’ve said above, you would see that there definitely is a big problem in the organization . Whether it be in terms of machineries or manpower, it definitely needs all the help it can get. And for the president to actually scold them for failing to correctly “predict” a storm considering the circumstances that they are going through is pretty much unfair to the people working in PAGASA. If he wants improvement in terms of results then he should be ready to give the people proper fundings in able to work properly. Berating an organization doesn’t help at all, it’s only a waste of time.
But as long as the masses are commending you for it, I guess it’s okay right? It’s okay to put the blame on someone else without addressing the real problems at hand. And it’s okay to be humble and at the same time put the PSG and the people around you at risk of attacks each and everytime you stop at every stoplight. I guess it’s okay, it’s popular, why the hell not?
Sarcasm over, we want real results, real solutions. Not popular ones. You’ve proven your point, you’ve already showed you can be one of us, now it’s time to act like not one of us and be the leader that you should be.