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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Alice Guo and References to Filipino Pop Culture

Alice Leal Guo is a name that suddenly emerged in public discourse in a manner that lightning flashes on the sky during a hot summer day. Guo is the businesswoman who was elected in 2022 as municipal mayor of the town of Bamban in Tarlac province.

Following a number of raids conducted by government forces in the town, a Philippine Senate Committee investigation linked Guo to illegal activities by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs).

In the probe, Guo's Filipino citizenship has been put in the spotlight and is now being scrutinized due to inconsistencies in her testimony and documents.

When it comes to popular culture, the ensuing controversy jogged the collective memory of many Filipinos. 

                                                    Video Credit: YouTube / Rappler

For this post, emphasis will be given to two movies and two television programs from the last five decades promptly. One of those programs focus on a song.

Monday, April 29, 2024

Movies That Mark 30th Year in April 2024

At least 10 Filipino movies were released in theaters in April 1994. Many of these movies can now be viewed on YouTube, while others are occasionally aired on free television.

Biboy Banal: Pagganti Ko, Tapos Kayo
Antipolo Massacre: The Cecilia Masagca Story, Jesus Save Us
Sige … Ihataw Mo! Dancin' with the Motion
Gen. Tapia: Sa Nagbabagang Lupa
Kadenang Bulaklak
Buhay ng Buhay Ko
Markadong Hudas
Binibini ng Aking Panaginip
God … Save the Babies
Alyas Boy Ama … Tirador

Details of each mentioned title follow.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Shaider at 40 - Still Unforgettable

Space Sheriff Shaider is a tokusatsu television show that originally aired in Japan from March 2, 1984, to March 8, 1985. It is amazing to think that the debut of the original series marks its fortieth anniversary this year. Let us have another trip down memory lane to find out how the series has remained ingrained in the memories of millions of children who watched the Filipino-dubbed version. 

It was in 1988 when ABS-CBN introduced the series to local audiences as Shaider.  Apparently in line with the newly-reopened network's aim to reach more Filipino audiences, the original Japanese series was dubbed in Tagalog. If I remember correctly, it aired from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Saturday. In later years, the series was also broadcast on other networks, including IBC and GMA. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Bataan in the Movies During the Second World War

Today, we commemorate the Day of Valor, officially known as Araw ng Kagitingan. In this national observance in the Philippines, we honor the Filipino and American soldiers who bravely fought in the Battle of Bataan. The holiday also provides an opportunity to a watch a couple of American films about the said battle: Bataan and Back to Bataan. Both films have titles that include the name of the historic province.

Image Credit: Provincial Government of Bataan

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Movies That Mark 30th Year in March 2024

The Filipino movie industry was much more prolific in 1994. At least nine movies were released  in March of that year. Many of these movies can be viewed on YouTube, while others are occasionally aired on free television.

Relaks Ka Lang, Sagot Kita
Comfort Women: A Cry for Justice
Walang Kasukat Sa Tapang
Sobra Talaga … Overrr!
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin
Tony Bagyo: Daig Pa ang Asong Ulol
Brat Pack: Pambayad Atraso
Secret Love
Oplan: Mindanao

Details of each mentioned title follow.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

ABS-CBN's "It's Showtime" to Air on GMA

In the years to come, March 20, 2024, will be remembered as a historic date in the chronicles of Philippine television. On that Wednesday afternoon, GMA Network Inc. executives played host to their counterparts from ABS-CBN Corp. to hold a contract signing ceremony. In this much-anticipated media event, a partnership to extend the simulcast of the noontime variety show It's Showtime to GMA Channel 7 was announced.

Image Credit: YouTube / ABS-CBN News

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

A Poem and Songs for Ben Tumbling

Benjamin Garcia, better known as Ben Tumbling, was one of the Philippines' Most Wanted personalities in the early 1980s. Prior to reaching a state of notoriety, Ben was a movie stuntman. However, police brutality allegedly pushed him to a life of crime. He was fatally shot during an encounter with police officers in Manila on March 13, 1981. Although law enforcers considered him as a hardened criminal, people from the poor communities of Malabon looked up to him as a beneficent Robin Hood figure. The widespread grief apparently inspired a poem that is inscribed on the marker of his grave at the Malabon Cemetery. A transcript of the poem and its English translation follows.

Image Credit: Video48