Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Hidilyn Diaz won PH 's first ever gold medal in Olympics

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For the first time ever, the Philippine national anthem is played in the Olympics after weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the country's first ever gold medal in the Games. 

It took a woman to get the Philippines its first ever Olympic gold medal. Congratulations, Hidilyn Diaz! We are proud of you! Mabuhay ka! 

For the first time ever, the Philippine national anthem is played in the Olympics after weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the country's first ever gold medal in the Games.

The Philippines had never won an Olympic gold medal. Then Hidilyn Diaz, a weight lifter at her fourth Games, finally broke the nearly century-long drought — and achieved two Olympic records in the process. 

At least P33 million cash reward awaits Hidilyn Diaz after her historic gold medal performance in the Tokyo Olympics.   

Under Sec. 8 of the Republic Act No. 10699, Hidilyn Diaz is entitled to a cash prize of P10,000,000.

I'm sure she's not after the money, but P10M is a low amount for a feat that's almost a century in the making. And I hope we support our athletes to win, not just when they win.

As of today, these were what she has been promised:

10M - PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) + Medal of Valor

10M - Manny Pangilinan

10M - Ramon Ang

3M - Rep. Mikee Romero

2.5 - Zamboanga City

5M - Dennis Uy + Lifetime Free Gas from Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc.

200K - Angeles City Pampanga Government

- Lifetime Flights - airasia travels 

- House and Lot worth 4M - Century Properties Real Estate

- Condo in Eastwood worth 14M - Megaworld Corporation

- House and Lot in Tagaytay - POC - Philippine Olympic Committee - Olympic.PH President (Abraham Tolentino)

- Appliances - XTREME Appliances

- 80,000 Free Miles Per Year (Lifetime) - Philippine Airlines

- 50,000 worth of furniture from Furniture Source Philippines

In 2019, Malacañang released the so-called oust-Duterte matrix, which included then Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz. 

Two years later, the same Malacañang lauded Diaz for clinching the country’s first Olympic gold medal. 

Hidilyn Diaz is the timeline cleanse we need after all that lies and garbage coming from Duterte  for nearly 3 hours.

The only good thing about this SONA is that, finally— it’s his last. But please ‘wag nating hayaang masundan ng isa pang Duterte.

But this is really a symbolic and historic win for us. Hidilyn Diaz, a woman and an athlete red-tagged by the gov’t for asking support, defeated China to get our first ever olympic gold on Duterte’s last SONA. 

Vibal Foundation’s Art Book Chronicles 123 years of Philippine Cinema

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Vibal Foundation recently launched Philippine Cinema, 1897-2020—a lavishly illustrated art book that not only provides an in-depth retrospective of over a hundred years of Philippine cinema, but also simultaneously traces its history, genres, narratives, tropes, and lore while subjecting its rich filmography to critique and film theory. The book tracks Philippine cinematic beginnings as a technological marvel and its many turns up to the twenty-first century as it blindly accepted, appropriated, indigenized, and even attacked Western conventions through intentionally wicked but hilarious parodies.

Philippine Cinema, 1897-2020 is the latest addition to Arte Filipino, Vibal Foundation’s imprint on art books. Arte Filipino promotes Philippine artistic history and culture, and brings art into broader public view by pairing innovative scholarship with brilliantly reproduced visuals.

Written by Gaspar Vibal and Dennis Villegas and edited by film educator, curator, and archivist Teddy Co, Philippine Cinema, 1897-2020 boldly looks at the seamier side of the film industry with its unblinking examination of DVD plenitude and piracy, trafficking of low-brow exploitation flicks, dislocation of mainstream distribution brought on by the advent of streaming and Netflix, and the tragic loss of the cinematic archive and the consequent loss of national memory.

Philippine Cinema, 1897-2020

In Philippine Cinema, 1897-2020, a common thread runs through all its pages: a fevered cinephilia that equally valorizes the sublime and the ridiculous, from the socially realistic films set in the most miserable slums to the most inspired satires of spy capers and spaghetti westerns, and from the most profound critique to a weltering listmania of nostalgia and trivia. Its one hundred essays contain 1,200 notes and gossipy asides, plus over 1,315 images, which will equally delight any diehard movie buff or casual cinematic art lover.

The book is a retrospective survey of cinema from its birth in Spanish colonial Manila to the challenging era of the pandemic. Arranged chronologically in four periodizations, the book’s 100 essays on manifold aspects of cinema, such as its artistic language, conventions, narratives, textual sources, discourses on women, gender, modernity, and national identity as well as its inherent hybridity and undeniably transnational character are written primarily from an audience or fan perspective.

In seeking to elide the division that traditionally separated academic film discourse from the bakya (popular) or the commercial, the book posits a holistic approach to appreciating Philippine cinematic art. In acknowledging this populist bent, an attempt has been made nevertheless to balance this cinephile-driven art history with postmodern critique and film theory.

Philippine Cinema, 1897-2020 is part of the Arte Filipino series. The art books under the series aim to elevate Philippine artistic history and culture and bring art into broader public view. Other titles in the series include Fabian de la Rosa and His Times, The Life and Art of Botong Francisco, The Life and Art of David Medalla, The Life and Art of Francisco Coching, The Life and Art of Lee Aguinaldo, The Life and Times of Purita Kalaw-Ledesma, and The Life, Art, and Times of Damian Domingo; Fifty Shades of Philippine Art: Damián Domingo; Fifty Shades of Philippine Art: Francisco V. Coching; Fifty Shades of Philippine Art: Isabelo Tampinco; Fifty Shades of Philippine Art: Philippine Cinematic Art; Fifty Shades of Philippine Art: Toti Cerda; Fifty Shades of Philippine Art: Art of Window, Display, and Design; Fifty Shades of Philippine Art: Nono: The 19th-Century Masters of Angono; and Fifty Shades of Philippine Art: Lee Aguinaldo.

Interested readers may purchase Vibal books online at and at Shopee

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Tumindig Against the Dutertes

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Astonished to see artists leading the fight for good governance.

A DDS artist tried to downplay the #Tumindig campaign by making their own version of Sara Duterte as Thanos. The first version showed Sara killed all those who joined #Tumindig. After receiving flak, he changed it without the blood

Like father, like daughter? Kill, kill, kill? 

Dito na ba napunta ang P70 million budget mg PCOO? Is Steven Pabalinas one of their hired graphic artist contractors?

It looks like a criticism of Daughterte, if any --- depicting her as a violent killer who doesn't like people standing up.

Ang pinapakita dito kasamaan at hindi katapangan. Like father, like daughter nga kung ganoon.

Ganun naman mga DDS, tapang tapangan lang. Pag madami umalma, urong bayag, tulad ng poon nila.

Identified na tlga sila by their penchant for profanity. This is everyone’s concept of this mag-ama, DDS or not. And the artist thinks this is his best positive interpretation of the daughter—as a homicidal maniac?

Hindi ba nila alam ang fate ni Thanos sa huli? Thanos failed. Sara, without an H (Honesty), will also fail!

Utak kriminal talaga mga DDS no? mga bobong basura haha!

He depicted Sara as mamamatay tao. not surprised that this is also how the DDS see he Duterte's. Nakakadiri! Like father like daughter naba talaga ang peg? They don't even try to hide it anymore, kill kill is all they could think of. Napa mura na lang ako, taranThanos talaga eh!

The DDS artist even did a couple of revisions, two as per his upload on social media. The 2nd  and third turned into  more confusing, not necessarily better images. And the caricature does not favor Sarah at all..

Either hindi siya tunay na DDS, o confused lang siya talaga. 

He unintentionally admitted that his idols are murderers and that he and his disgusting DDS kind are blind followers and enablers.

Although puede ito ang next character ni Juana Change. 

The DDS are the real cancer in the society. A life-long disease that no medication can ever heal or kill. The worst virus of all viruses.

Isn't this the usual thing from Duterte and his team? They try to shock you with vulgarity and violence, then the next day they try to walk it back, claiming it was a joke or misunderstanding?

The artist behind Tarantadong Kalbo calls on Filipinos to speak out and stand up, ‘even if it feels like you’re the only one doing it.'  

It’s just so beautiful from one person standing up to the rest of us.  

We can also look beyond the politics of personality. For me, #Tumindig has a greater meaning. It encourages each and every one of us to stand up for his/her aspirations, dreams, and what someone wants in life. Kailangang tumindig para marating mo ang mga pangarap mo. 

Wazzup Pilipinas stands with Tarantadong Kalbo and other artists in defending the ideals of democracy against authoritarian rule.


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