The Comprehensive Pinas Film Bibliography

Welcome to the Comprehensive Pinas Film Bibliography’s landing page. This has become necessary because of several possible options for viewing the biblio, as well as bibliographical discourses, from an introductory essay to a number of topical presentations. The biblio entries observe the predigital specs of the Modern Language Association style guide (as do most of the bibliographies uploaded on Ámauteurish!). Herewith are the biblio’s formats:

  • Categorized. Entries are listed alphabetically under one of nine possible classifications. I have tried to maintain the most obvious and immediate purpose of each volume as the primary determinant of its categorization, in order to minimize my own subjective responses.
  • Alphabetized. This will be of use to readers who wish to double-check the correctness of their own entries. Authors or editors are listed according to family name, but titles and other publication details may also be searched using the Find function (Ctrl-F on a desktop browser).
  • Reverse-Chronologized. Readers interested in acquiring an overview of annual trends in film-book publication coverage will find this arrangement helpful, especially since foreign books that feature passages or chapters on Philippine cinema are included.

In addition to these listings, I have drafted so far “Authoring Auteurs: A Bibliographical Essay,” to provide the rationale and narrative of the biblio project, and “The Aunor Effect in Philippine Film Book Publications,” after my discovery of the centrality of movie star Nora Aunor (b. 1953) as subject and inspiration in Pinas film books. I also uploaded an updatable feature, “Memoirs & Bios,” since this has latterly turned out to be the most crowded category in local film books.

Although this list aims to be comprehensive and will continue to be updated, it excludes certain types of books: 1) the annual stream of film-related executive orders and presidential proclamations that Ferdinand Marcos kept issuing and his information offices kept publishing during his dictatorship; 2) doctoral dissertations and master’s and undergraduate theses – except for one of indispensable historical value – inasmuch as the search services of various libraries and consortia yield results better than I can hope to provide (ProQuest, as an example, proffers adequate advice and assistance for beginners); and finally, 3) periodicals, some of which still come out in paperback format. A specific example here would be the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’s yearbook (supposedly a journal, titled Sanghaya, with only five editions starting 2001 and ending 2005).

Special journal issues also used to be regularly spun off as book volumes, but the open-access movement that took root in the Philippines made this effort no longer essential; these are nevertheless listed here as books in their own right. The major university journals that tackle film and media issues are Ateneo de Manila University’s Kritika Kultura, the University of Santo Tomas’s UNITAS, and the University of the Philippines’s Humanities Diliman (at the College of Arts and Letters) and Plaridel (at the College of Mass Communication). The UP Film Institute has announced plans to revive the long-dormant Pelikula, which may provide a Manila counterpart to the SineKultura Film Journal of the University of San Carlos in Cebu. These will be worth looking up in case you wish to confirm if any of your topics may have been covered, whether in special issues or in individual articles. Finally, non-film/media and non-Filipino film/media compilations in the list below, will include the film/media-specific Pinas-cinema articles.

I’m hoping to make the biblio available as a free e-book, when time and resources permit. The project is essentially non-remunerative, so it always necessarily keeps giving way to my workplace tasks and deadlines. Nevertheless, I hope to be able to pursue this entire project to the point of finalizing the e-book; after which, (I need to hope that) the responsibility of updating the biblio entries will be all that remains into my distant future.


Help in finalizing the bibliography came from the following: Teddy Co, Deogracias Antazo, Rofel G. Brion, Byron Bryant, Jerrick Josue David, Cristina Gaston, Mike de Guzman, Nestor de Guzman, Patrick Flores, Roumella Nina L. Monge, Eric Nadurata, Jim Paranal, Eduardo J. Piano, Jojo Terencio, Mauro Feria Tumbocon Jr., and Boy Villasanta. Assistance for the study was provided by the Inha University Faculty Research Fund.

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