Sunday, October 17, 2010


From Manila (2009) - director Raya Martin and Rosana Roces

Adrian here.

he first of the monthly series
, Cinematon 1 is finally here with the topic MANILA. As we all know, Manila has been explored as a piquant filmic space ever since Philippine cinema started. From its appearances in Western recordings available in the Library of Congress as in Escolta, Manila (1903) to its post mortem dissection in Adolf Alix and Raya Martin's Manila (2009), it became a diachronic space for inspiration for the works of filmmakers, artists, and writers from different generations. Works like Ishmael Bernal's Manila by Night (1980) and Lino Brocka's Maynila: Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (1975), both highly studied masterpieces, are still compared with its depiction of Manila. Other films like Once Upon a Time in Manila (1994) and Manila Boy (1993) still lacks discussions and analysis.

Cinematon! Cinematon! dedicates its first monthly series, which will run from October 18 to 23, to elucidate, problematize, and dissect the almost 107 years depiction of Manila in film using various approaches and styles in criticisms.


ay 1 (October 18)

Adrian's Introductory Poem and Video

Day 2 (October 19)

Si Manila Boy at ang Pelikula ng Masang Pinoy para sa masang si Epoy

Day 3 (October 20)

A review of Manila Skies (Himpapawid) by Fidan

Day 4 (October 21)

Manila by Night: Internal and External Aesthetics by Adrian

Day 5 (October 29)

Photoreview: Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag by Sani