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A veritable fanatic of the Internet. His avocation is teaching while his main vocation is practicing the much maligned law profession. Currently teaching Constitutional Law at the FEU Institute of Law and a guest lecturer at the De La Salle University teaching "Freedom and Regulation in Cyberspace" in the Graduate Program of the Department of Communication. He is married to his beautiful Ateneo law school classmate and is blessed with a daughter and a son.

Location: San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines

Thursday, November 25, 2004


I studied Communication Arts in De La Salle University. I enjoyed filmmaking as a subject. Our group thesis was a film on old age where we hired the late great thespians Mary Walter and Adul de Leon. My professors were the famed scriptwriter, Doy del Mundo, now the chairman of the Department of Communication, the late great Hammy Sotto, the Philippine Francophile who perennially attended the Cannes Film Festival and the telenovela director of ABS-CBN, Trina Dayrit, among others.

I grew up with LVN movies in the afternoon. I saw Fernando Poe, Jr. fence with mestizo looking villains. I watched Ramon Revilla massacre the Americans in Balangiga. I mimicked every move that Ramon Zamora did in the movies aping Bruce Lee. I was a Vilmanian because my mom was and I hated Nora Aunor because of Maria Leonora Teresa. I can memorize lines in movies better than I can memorize quotes from the Bard or the Bible. In short, I was weaned on movies.

They say watching movies is fundamentally escapist. And I say why not? What is wrong with watching movies when you want to blow off steam. What is wrong with watching movies when you want to forget the miseries around you even for only two hours. They said Lord of the Rings was an escapist novel. Look how the movies turned it into 3 megahit morality films. What is wrong with watching movies when you can stop blabbering for a change and be a silent witness to the magic of the celluloid? Peace and quiet are the intended but happy consequences of movie watching. And that is good.

Movies were never meant to be the solution to anything. They were meant to expand our horizons, to experience things that our present realities in life may not have the luxury to give us. Movies were made to console us that in whatever station in life we are in, be it in sorrow or in joy, we are not alone. Without movies, imagination would forever be limited to the mind of the dreamer. Books can move you to action but movies made mass empathy instantly universal.

So, the next time you watch a movie, do not denigrate the time value spent inside the cinema. All the emotions you may not experience or all the sights you will never see or all the galaxies that may never be explored are now within reach through the magic of the silver screen. And that is something worth more than the hundred pesos we pay to get in.

Therefore, keep on watching movies to appreciate life and explore it. So, sit down, relax, grab a popcorn and enjoy.... A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.....................


Blogger joy said...

I was raised in the province where venues for recreation were limited...in those times, I always looked forward to saturdays where mornings were spent cleaning the house and afternoons for enjoying the reward of hard work...double program movies! A "classic" Sharon Cuneta movie (Dear Heart, PS I love you, etc) always had a twin Chinese kung fu movie (Bruce Lee, Jacky Chan and Samo Hung!).

....those were the days!

2:32 AM  
Blogger kid_peklat said...

You better show us some moves of Ramon Zamora then (I do not know who he is, though...hindi ko ata panahon yun...hehehe!) By the way, you can also be a great composer...Jingle Bells!

7:35 AM  
Blogger jhennie caldito said...

thanks to sir doy for not in his class, i wouldn't got the chance to watch "old", "black-and-white" films. those were the days of LVN and sampaguita pictures. i admire their creativity even without the much-needed technology to enhance their films.

i would be very glad to hear sir edwin speaking in class lines from old filipino films.."oh pag-ibig na makapangyarihan...." =)

7:52 AM  
Blogger yoniman said...

Now if they can make porno movies like they make Lord of the Rings that'll be cool. Maybe a Tracy Lords of the Rings...

10:36 AM  
Blogger Kristhine said...

why don't you like Maria Leonora Theresa?

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristhine, maybe because he's a guy?

5:16 PM  
Blogger ian e. said...

Despite the arrival of CG and billion-dollar budget films...im still longing for the next Tito, Vic and Joey movie

8:27 PM  
Blogger TRIFECTA said...

I wasn't an avid fan of Filipino movies when i was young. I was brain washed by my dad that filipino movies are just gibberish and trash. So most of the time we watched international films. The only filipino films i liked was Feng Shui coz it scared the hell out of me and Jose Rizal of cesar montano, i like history a lot besides comics. Well on the point of being silent within the movies house, well i always do the hanky panky stuff so most of the time i didn't know what the whole movie was all about.

1:45 PM  
Blogger aileenriza said...

I dream of making a film which will be written, produced and directed by me alone.

I want it to be a sad-ended story like Nicholas Spark's "Message in a Bottle."

3:01 AM  
Blogger aileenriza said...

I dream of making a film which will be written, produced and directed by me alone.

I want it to be a sad-ended story like Nicholas Spark's "Message in a Bottle."

3:01 AM  
Blogger sarichairul said...

Sir Doy introduced me to some of the black & white Filipino films. i was amazed on their sense of arts and how creative they are on the early days. i haven't even watched a single Indonesian old film. there are so much things to learn about old films. especially the filmmaking. watching movies is not simply to entertain ourselves, or to escape from reality... there are much more reasons to be considered.

2:12 AM  

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