December 18 – The release dates of two of my book publications, SINÉ: The YES! List of 100+ Films That Celebrate Philippine Cinema and the Manila by Night monograph, have both been moved to early 2018.
November 11 – The first Glory Awards of the College of Mass Communication Alumni Association of the University of the Philippines: a report with mini-album.
October 26 – “Seeds in the Garden of Letters” is my review of Patrick F. Campos’s The End of National Cinema, published in the July-December 2017 issue of Humanities Diliman. The qualifier I wrote in my Facebook post went as follows: “Essential personal disclosures, aside from the ones in the review: Campos and I were technically non-colleagues at the University of the Philippines Film Institute, since he joined the faculty after I left. Also, as editor of HD, his only participation in this article was in acceding to my suggestion that I review his book; all the editing, proofreading, and peer-reviewing tasks were conducted entirely by HD staff members. In fact I was the one who caught a minor inaccuracy in my first draft – when as book author, he could have been the one to point it out to me. (Which means, whether he read the submission or not, he maintained a hands-off approach.)”
October 7 – Colleagues at the Association of Filipino Educators in Korea, after a lecture-seminar I conducted on Academic Journal Writing and Publication (I’m fifth from the left). I hope to be able to finalize the lecture and upload it eventually.
September 18 – My review of Treb Monteras II’s Respeto, originally published in The FilAm, has been corrected and updated, with the same title: “Film May Be Dead, but Film Culture Is Alive and Well.” Some bases for the corrections may be found in the record of exchanges that I kept: “Source Exchange for Review of Respeto.” For now, this article will be maintained in this blog’s Remarks section.
August 25 – Videos on Ámauteurish! (posted on the Extras page) are now sourced from Vimeo instead of YouTube.
August 18 – “Film May Be Dead, but Film Culture Is Alive and Well” is my review, published at The FilAm, of Treb Monteras II’s Respeto.
August 13 – “Source Exchange for ‘The Transnational Pastime’” is the original material for “The Transnational Pastime: An Interview with Joel David,” conducted by Paul Douglas Grant, a professor of film at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, and published in the June 2017 (volume 4, number 1) issue of Plaridel.
August 6 – Two-way page jumps are now available for all articles with endnotes. This means the reader may click on an endnote number in the body text to be able to read the endnote; afterward, clicking on the endnote’s numerical indicator will return the reader to her previous position in the body text. This feature will be incorporated in the introduction to this page.
July 17 – I delivered a lecture titled Understanding Film & Culture, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Bonifacio Hall of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. The invitation was extended by Evangelina S. Seril (Dean of the College of Arts and Letters) via Gigi Felix-Velarde David, a professor at PUP’s Theater Arts program, who also provided the rather smallish accompanying pic.
July 4 – A 12-page interview article (including an extensive Q&A) by Paul Douglas Grant, a professor of film at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City, titled “The Transnational Pastime: An Interview with Joel David,” appears in the volume 4, number 1 (June 2017) issue of Plaridel, the journal of the University of the Philippines’s College of Mass Communication.
June 19 – In what is turning into a tradition of its own, the scheduled June release of SINÉ: The YES! List of 100+ Films That Celebrate Philippine Cinema has been moved once more to (at the very latest) early September.
May 16 – I delivered a paper titled “Rusty Arms and Itchy Fingers: A Cultural Perspective on President Duterte’s War on Drugs,” at the 5th International Conference on State Violence and Trauma, sponsored by the Gwangju Trauma Center in Gwangju Metropolitan City, South Jeolla Province, Korea. The conference was part of the 2017 Gwangju Asia Forum and is observed in commemoration of the May 18, 1980, uprising of the people of what was then Gwangju City against militarization and tyranny. A copy of my paper, translated as “녹슨 팔과 가려운 손가락; 두테르테 대통령의 마약과의 전쟁에 대한 문화적 시각,” appears in the proceedings.
April 3a – The Digital Object Identifiers that are available in my list of Journal Publications have now been included as links to their respective publications, following Crossref prescriptions. Articles whose DOIs lead to a paywall will still have alternate links to PDF transcriptions.
April 3b – One further delay, for editorial and production reasons, has resulted in a June target date for SINÉ: The YES! List of 100+ Films That Celebrate Philippine Cinema. Apologies to everyone who saw March come and go without any trace of the publication.
March 23 – Old material I kept forgetting to upload: the (originally restricted) 1981 UNESCO Technical Report, prepared by Christopher Roads for the Marcos government, on “The Manila National Film Centre,” which provides insights on the origins of the building that would become the Manila Film Center, as well as the agency that would eventually be called the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines. This will be lodged in the Extras section of Ámauteurish!
March 22 – My article, titled “Remembering the Forgotten War: Origins of the Korean War Film and Its Development during Hallyu,” has come out in the February 2017 issue of Kritika Kultura as part of the “Hallyu in and for Asia” forum.
March 8 – I just found out that Amazon has announced on its website my forthcoming book with Arsenal Pulp Press’s Queer Film Classics series, a monograph on Ishmael Bernal’s 1980 release, Manila by Night. The announcement also specifies November 14, 2017, as the book’s date of availability. The Arsenal series is edited by Thomas Waugh and Matthew Hays. The title is also announced on my Amazon book page.
March 1 – Sidebar feature: “These Blogs” provides a background and rationale for the list of websites that appear at the bottom of the Ámauteurish! sidebar. It may be accessed at the sidebar itself, by clicking on the “These Blogs (for Me)” list title.
February 5 – Over five years in the making, the canon project of Summit Media is still on track with its March 2017 release. (I was on board as consultant and author of each entry’s mini-review.) Its title, however, has been modified with a plus sign: SINÉ: The YES! List of 100+ Films That Celebrate Philippine Cinema.
January 28 – I have uploaded a transcription of my book review of Rolando B. Tolentino’s Contestable Nation-Space: Cinema, Cultural Politics, and Transnationalism in the Marcos-Brocka Philippines, published in this month’s issue of the International Journal of Asian Studies. Please see the Journal Articles section for a note on citing and referencing PDF transcriptions on this blog.
January 27a – I noticed that my How to Use Ámauteurish! blog page had a portion that has become increasingly useful as a stand-alone statement, so I spun it off as a Review & Recommendation Policies announcement.
January 27b – I finally managed to upload my information (as former Fulbright Student Program scholar) at the International Exchange Alumni directory of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Fellow grantees who’re registered with the IEA website may find my profile by logging in and then clicking on this link.
January 22 – The website appearance of Ámauteurish! has been modified to include a Suggested Features sidebar.
January 13 – My review of Matthew Abaya’s Vampariah, out on The FilAm, is titled “Vampariah as Subversive Aswang Film.”
January 11 – Summit Media’s much-awaited SINÉ: The YES! List of 100 Films That Celebrate Philippine Cinema (wherein I wrote the mini-review for each entry and participated as consultant) will be available in March 2017. Also, an announcement I had missed out on, which came out in the October 2016 issue of YES! magazine, titled “Hurray!”
January 10 – “Distinguishing the Film Critic from the Reviewer,” an interview article by Vanessa B. Ira, published in March 1991 in the Times Journal and originally arranged by Anvil Publishing to publicize my first book, The National Pastime. This will be listed as a 1991 entry in the Extras section.
January 7 – I added a timeline of events in Philippine history and cinema to the “Annual Filipino Film Production Chart,” originally uploaded about a year ago.
January 3 – Mauro Feria Tumbocon’s summary of Philippine cinema circa 2016, titled “2016: Amazing Year for Filipino Cinema, New Grounds Broken,” published in GMA News Online. Vital for taking a global perspective, Mau being the founder and director of the San Francisco-based FACINE, which holds the longest running Fil-Am film festival.
December 13 – I have decided to introduce a new section, titled Remarks, where my previous – and future – commentaries will be compiled. It will appear as one of the Menu options in Ámauteurish!
November 22 – “Transcription Chapter,” a PDF file scanned from Hermie Rotea’s Marcos’ Lovey Dovie (Los Angeles: Hermie Rotea, 1983). Uploaded in the interest of historical documentation.
November 5 – As the final extensive revision (or so I hope) in Ámauteurish!, I adjusted links to open articles and enlargeable pictures in new tabs.
October 30 – “The Original Post of the National University’s Roundtable on Film Criticism” is an introduction to a PDF copy of a file that had been truncated at its source, the vol. 13, no. 1 (2016) issue of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication’s journal Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society.
October 23 – “The Role of the Film Critic in Cultural Discourse” is an abridged version, published in TheFilAm, of the 2016 FACINE Gawad Lingap Sining Lecture (see preceding post, immediately below this one) that I delivered on October 18 at the City College of San Francisco.
October 19 – “Cold Word Wars: Philippine Film as a Critical Activity” is the 2016 FACINE Gawad Lingap Sining Lecture that I delivered yesterday at the Diego Rivera Theater, City College of San Francisco; to be listed in the Remarks section.
October 10 – The website of the 23rd edition of Filipino Arts & Cinema International includes an announcement of the Gawad Lingap Sining (Culture Nurturer Award):
September 23 – The Kritika Kultura website has been revised, links on this blog have been updated.
September 2 – I just managed to confirm today that the website of Kritika Kultura is being revised. This means that certain recent publications I have listed on this blog might not show up. I will be checking occasionally and announce when the site is functioning properly once more.
September 1 – “Fallout to ‘A Lover’s Polemic’” is my account of “A Round Table Discussion on Poetics and Practice of Film Criticism,” as published in the recently posted vol. 13, no. 1 (2016) issue of Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society. In relation to this, I have uploaded, as a one-time previously unpublished blog entry, a review of Marie Jamora’s Ang Nawawala [What Isn’t There] (2012), titled “Searched For, But Not Missing.” Both of these will be lodged in the Remarks section.
August 30 – The Facebook page of FACINE (Filipino Arts & Cinema International) has announced a lecture I will be delivering, as recipient of FACINE’s Gawad Lingap Sining (culture-nurturing award), on October 18, 2016, at the Diego Rivera Theater, City College of San Francisco (co-presented by FACINE, PAWA and the Philippine Studies Department, CCSF through its Chair, Prof. Lily Ann B. Villaraza).
August 18 – The release date of Summit Media’s SINÉ: The YES! List of 100 Films That Celebrate Philippine Cinema has been moved from late 2016 to early 2017. To those who’ve been awaiting the publication, thanks for your patience.
July 22 – My inclusion in the International Board of Editors of Ateneo de Manila’s Kritika Kultura was confirmed today. KK is the Philippines’s only humanities journal that is listed in the Thomson Reuters Institute for Scientific Information (in the Arts and Humanities Citation Index) and Scopus, and is indexed by the Modern Language Association of America.
July 14 – “In Ma’ Rosa, Cannes Best Actress Jaclyn Jose Plays a Meth Dealer with Eloquence, Warmth” is my review of Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s latest release, published in The FilAm. This has been incorporated (as “Ice with a Face”) in the New-Millennium Pinoy Film Reviews section of Millennial Traversals.
July 2 – “Doy del Mundo on a Controversy over Maynila: Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” is a source interview for my article “Thinking Straight: Queer Imaging in Lino Brocka’s Maynila (1975),” published in the August 2012 issue (volume 9, number 2) of Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society. A PDF copy of the article (with a brief introduction) that generated the controversy can be found here. This feature will appear as a 2012 entry in the Extras section, and will be cited as well in the Journal Articles page.
June 19 – I have started uploading entries to Google Scholar, with a link to Amauteurish! Since my pen name turns out to be fairly common, I’ll be providing a link at this website’s About page (you can find it here as well). The citation results so far appear as follows:
June 7 – The letter of recommendation written for me in 2007 by my dissertation adviser Robert Sklar, who died in an accident four years later (before I managed to acquire tenure at my present university). This will be listed in the Extras section.
May 21 – Karl Castro, a former student and one-time film director of mine (for Manwal sa Paggawa ng Pelikula [Manual for Filmmaking], a 2008 short feature), will be holding an exhibit titled “The Secret Lives of Books,” opening today and running until June 8 at the Ayala Museum in Makati City. One of the items is a mock-up of Millennial Traversals, whose cover he designed:
May 15 – My take on the recently concluded Philippine presidential elections, titled “How Pop Culture, Social Media Played a Role in Halalan 2016,” published in The FilAm; to be listed in the Remarks section.
March 11 – A formal letter I wrote to “Colleagues in the Graduate Faculty” at Southwestern University, regarding controversial Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao. This will be listed in the Remarks section.
March 8 – Remembering/Rethinking EDSA, edited by JPaul S. Manzanilla & Caroline S. Hau, has just been published; contains an essay I wrote, titled “Grains & Flickers” (pp. 172-87), on the exceptionally enlightened film policy of the Marcos regime, far and away its only overall-positive achievement in culture. Orders may be placed at the Anvil [currently under renovation] website or at Amazon.
February 25 – “Annual Filipino Film Production Chart” plots the number of films produced per year in the Philippines, along with sources and a short description. I’d made variations of this chart for some of my publications since 2002, but with this illustration (with data updated to 2015), I’ll be listing it under 2016 in the Extras section.
February 18 – “Artists, Cultural Leaders Speak Out against Pacquiao’s Words”: one of several short statements solicited by GMA News Online. The complete text is: “The tragedy of Manny Pacquiao is a magnified version of the situation that confronts Filipinos who aspire for a better life and who manage to achieve it, usually by working overseas: Filipino culture (including the educational system) fails to prepare the citizens for a life of privilege and leisure, and allows or even encourages them to fall back on pre-scientific belief systems. Pacquiao is correct in saying that his statements appear in the Bible. What he overlooks is the fact that those prescriptions were made for a specific place and time, roughly the desert culture of 3,000 years ago. It may be a simple process of deduction for a few educated people to realize that the difference between then and there on the one hand, and here and now on the other, is tremendous. However, the fact that the tools necessary for Pacquiao to take that fairly simple step were unavailable to him should be the shocking realization, the wake-up call, for the government’s responsibility in fostering a scientific and material approach to Filipino culture.” To be featured in the Remarks section.
February 10 – “Roads Less Traveled” is my review of Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil’s Lakbay2Love, published in Rappler; this will also be the final addition to the New-Millennium Pinoy Film Reviews section of Millennial Traversals. “Beginner’s Luck” is a semi-permanent listing of suggested postings, found at the beginning, which is the geographic bottom, of this page.
January 16 – Name-droppable citation. A Facebook post I wrote on embattled director Cathy Garcia-Molina, reprinted on the blog [now no longer maintained] of indie filmmaker Archie del Mundo. (Sample output by CGM: One More Chance  and She’s Dating the Gangster ; by AdM, Taksikab .)
January 15 – Nerd-whopper’s delights. The sequence list of Malvarosa (dir. Gregorio Fernandez, 1958), which I prepared for my dissertation; this is listed in the Extras section. Also, a PDF of the Spanish version (translator unknown) of “The Golden Ages of Philippine Cinema: A Critical Reassessment,” titled “Las edades de oro del cine Filipino: Una reevaluación crítica”; this appears in the Chapters in Anthologies section of the Books menu.