Author Archives: TILDE ACUNA

3 years ago

In Defense of Blind Items

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In Defense of Blind Items

During times such as these when interconnectivity through the web coerces individuals to respond in real time and intrudes spaces…

3 years ago

PDF Revolutions and Swarms

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PDF Revolutions and Swarms

New year, new crises. Plummeting prices, degrading quality of life. But most citizen-consumers feel happy, it seems. The Philippines allegedly…

3 years ago

Small press and anti-feudal pedagogy

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Small press and anti-feudal pedagogy

Its illustrator, writer, letterer, layout artist, and other members of the creative team seem to have had no formal training; but we should take caution in imposing the standards we have learned in institutions.

3 years ago

Preview: Reconsidering Arguilla and ‘Terrorism of the Text’

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Preview: Reconsidering Arguilla and ‘Terrorism of the Text’

From now, until the end of the year, I shall write in English about articles originally written in Filipino, share thoughts regarding their respective contexts, and discuss related themes . Part translation, part summary, part review, I hope these previews pique the curiosity of the readers about the essays and their ongoing conversations with other texts that challenge national narratives and preconceived notions on Philippine literature, art and culture.

3 years ago

Bells then, Trumps now: Dissonances

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Bells then, Trumps now: Dissonances

Named after the city that also got its name from the so-called Father of Philippine National Language, QCinema helped in the production of films with anti-colonial undertones and with characters speaking in languages of the regions. Preceding the historical setting of all the other films, Balangiga: Howling Wilderness happens in the Samar of the early 1900s, telling the journey toward Quinapundan that starts with the boy Kulas, his Lolo (grandfather), their carabao Melchora and their pullet Salvi.

3 years ago

Some shots and screens

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Some shots and screens

Contrary to the default assumption articulated by thankful voice-over phantoms prior cinema screenings, I do not consider myself a movie patron, due to my moderate attention to the local scene. Binge-watching through a film festival has not been my usual practice, as an irregular viewer of no film or two every other Cinemalaya.

3 years ago

Fentanihilist PUV Phase-out

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Fentanihilist PUV Phase-out

Post-PUV-modernization, I suggest a museum for tourists that shall be called Phased-out Utility Vehicles Museum, or maybe Public Utility Transportation and Automobile Monument. Why flatten and weigh rusty scrap metals out of all jeepneys, when some topnotch models can preserve culture, evoke sentiment and turn feelings for the fallen icon into cash?