December 23 – An article by De La Salle University Professor Ronald Baytan, descriptively titled “On Bernal’s Homage to Manila: A Review of Joel David’s Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic,” is out in the current issue (on the theme of Fandom and Cinephilia in Southeast Asia) of Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society: vol. 16, no. 2, December 2019, pp. 189-96.
December 22 – I finally managed to scan (in full color) the pages where my contributions appeared in the second edition of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Encyclopedia of Philippine Art. Although listed under Chapters in Anthologies in the Books section, a link will open a page where sets of PDF files are listed. Included as well are such extras as the Film (Volume 6) preliminaries, the pages where my entries as author and as source appear, and the earlier PDFs of my entries in the encyclopedia’s first edition.
December 4 – As a service to researchers (including myself), I have compiled and uploaded a bibliography on Philippine cinema, arranged according to a number of arbitrary categories. The same list is also available in an alphabetized arrangement.
November 15 – Kritika Kultura is calling for papers for a special issue on Genders and Sexualities in Asian Cinema, with February 2021 as target publication date. Deadlines and other specs are in the linked file, a list of possible topics is included, and the editor will be yours truly.
November 9 – The publication date of the special issue on Film Criticism in the Philippines that I’m co-editing with Joyce L. Arriola for UNITAS: Semi-Annual Peer-Reviewed International Online Journal of Advanced Research in Literature, Culture, and Society has been postponed, from November 2019 to May 2020. The issue will comprise a mix of scholarly articles as well as position statements (with corresponding sample critiques) from Filipino film scholars and critics.
October 31 – “Showbiz Babylon” is my Halloween-appropriate commentary on the Barretto family scandal, earlier published as “The Barrettos and the Privilege of Behaving Badly” in The FilAm. This will be stored in the Remarks section.
October 3 – Ámauteurish! annual Certificates of Registration with the US Copyright Office are now complete for the years 2014 to 2018 (n.b.: only relevant portions are uploaded).
October 1 – “Third Cinema, Queer Technique, and Manila’s Multiple Characters” is a review by Josen Masangkay Diaz of my book Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic, published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2017. It’s in the Fall 2019 (no. 59) issue of Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media and runs for three web pages; please click on the links at the lower-left side of each page to move to the succeeding page.
September 29 – Publication details now available for “Di/Visibility: Marks of Bisexuality in Philippine Cinema,” in the Journal of Bisexuality: Volume 19, Issue 3 (September 2019): pages 440-454. DOI:10.1080/15299716.2019.1656474.
September 20 – International Standard Book Numbers are now complete for all Ámauteurish Publishing books – one for each of two parts of this year’s Millennial Traversals book edition and one each for the 2014 digital edition of The National Pastime (originally printed in 1990), Fields of Vision (1995), and Wages of Cinema (1998). See the first (sole-authored) set of entries in the Books section.
September 17 – “Di/Visibility: Marks of Bisexuality in Philippine Cinema” is a survey article of mine, just out in the Journal of Bisexuality (paywalled, sorry). It’s listed under JoB’s Latest Articles, which comprise works that were “accepted for publication in this journal but not yet published in a volume/issue.” Its most definite citation detail at this time is DOI:10.1080/15299716.2019.1656474. I’ll be updating its entry in the Articles section once volume and issue details have been finalized.
September 1 – Another development in the millennial traversals of Millennial Traversals, as it were. Originally an Ámauteurish! e-book in two parts, now available as two open-access journal issues of UNITAS: Semi-Annual Peer-Reviewed International Online Journal of Advanced Research in Literature, Culture, and Society, the intervening print editions will be reprinted as a back-to-back single edition, the first dead-tree product of Ámauteurish Publishing. Confusing, I know, so just await further announcements if the idea of owning a physical copy of the material strikes your fancy. Just about to commence printing, as soon as I’m able to secure International Standard Book Numbers for them.
August 2 – In the event titled “From Screen and Stage to Page: Adapting Drama and Screenplays into Book Form,” held at Raffles Makati during this year’s edition of the Philippine Readers and Writers Festival, I half-jokingly warned the audience not to misspell the Ámauteurish! blog name. That’s because leaving out the first “u” will open this portal:
Then again, who can blame folks for typing less letters? Fortunately, as I said, “all web browsers allow their users to open multiple windows, so go ahead if you’re curious, open the amateurish.com page, but also make sure to look into amauteurish.com….”
Article & book writing & editing.
June 23 – Manoy Takes His Leave, a tribute to the late Eddie Garcia, published in The FilAm.
June 8 – New and improved Timeline of Events accompanies the Annual Filipino Film Production Chart (through 2016).
June 5 – Independent filmmaker Joselito (Jay) Altarejos posted an announcement of a screening of his excellent social-problem film, Jino to Mari, quoting a message I posted last April 9 on Facebook:
To enlarge, click on the above pic. I will be retaining this form of specialized content in the Remarks section.
May 14 – The PDF solutions:
• Some articles of mine that appeared in anthologies were originally linked to their Google Books copies. Since these had started behaving strangely, hiding pages at a stretch, I scanned the articles and uploaded them instead. Hence clicking on links provided in the entries for “Awake in the Dark: Philippine Film During the Marcos Era” (2008) and “Philippine Film History as a Site of Postcolonial Discourse” (2000) will now open scanned PDF files of these articles.
• Researchers who need to check inclusive page numbers and other publication info regarding my out-of-print books (specifically The National Pastime , Fields of Vision , and Wages of Cinema ) will find links to scanned PDFs of these books’ essential preliminary pages right before the digital editions’ table of contents. The preliminaries would comprise the title and copyright pages, the book edition’s table of contents, acknowledgments, and preface, foreword, and/or introduction – in short, nearly everything numbered by a roman numeral (visible or otherwise).
May 1 – Sine: 100+ Films That Celebrate Philippine Cinema (co-written with Jo-Ann Q. Maglipon and published by Summit Media) is scheduled for a final-quarter release this year.
April 27 – I delivered a plenary lecture at the International Conference on Ethical Literary Criticism: Celebrating Literature as a Distinctive Ethical Expression, held at the University of Santo Tomas and sponsored by the UST Office of the Scholar-in-Residence/UNITAS Office, in cooperation with the Research Center for Culture, Arts, and Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Department of Literature, and the International Association for Ethical Literary Criticism. The material I read, titled “Auteurs & Amateurs: Toward an Ethics of Film Criticism,” is posted herewith.
April 22 – I restored an article, “Problems in Philippine Film Awards,” originally a memorandum submitted to my colleagues at the University of the Philippines Film Institute. It initially appeared as an entry in Millennial Traversals but had to be taken out because of its incompatibility with the rest of the contents. It now appears in the “Mega-Meta: A FilmCrit Folio” feature that opens the website’s Remarks section.
April 12 – I have reformatted all the blog’s bibliographic and filmographic listings to feature hanging indentations. This includes the entries in the Reviews and Auteurs & Authors sections as well as in the Chronologically Arranged Listing of Publications special feature.
March 25 – “A Salute to Our Pinay Filmmakers” is a short statement I originally posted on Facebook, in recognition of the innovative contributions of women directors to the local rom-com genre. This entry will be listed in the Remarks section of this website.
March 19 – A PDF file of the introduction I wrote for Two Women as Specters of History: Lakambini and Indigo Child by Rody Vera, titled “Theater, Film, & Everything In-Between,” is now listed in the Books section’s Chapters in Anthologies subsection. The book is published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press and may be ordered from the publisher’s website.
January & February 2019
Site maintenance & copyright processes.
December 25 – “Tears Go By” is my review of Mes de Guzman’s Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha, originally posted on the All Things Sharon fan website.
December 19 – In the interest of providing as much information as I can divulge, I posted a Chronologically Arranged Listing of Publications for people to marvel at how productive (or not) I had been through the years. In this regard, to recognize the perhaps inevitable function of Ámauteurish! as an occasional source publication, I have added the blog as an entry in the Articles list titled Online Publications. I also prepared a provisional self-study titled Empiricals.
December 15 – Just in time for Christmas shopping: my book Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic can now be ordered overseas directly from its Canadian publisher, Arsenal Pulp Press. The price at this moment is about US$3 less than Amazon’s. Least expensive, for bulk orders of at least 25 copies, would still be Bulk Bookstore’s, though unfortunately they only ship within North America.
December 3 – The latest revised schedule for publication of SINÉ: The YES! List of 100+ Films That Celebrate Philippine Cinema is early 2019. Coverage will be the entirety of existent Philippine cinema from the earliest available film to the end of 2018. Toward this end, I deleted the “Short Takes” links in the Reviews and the Auteurs & Authors sections.
November 17 – A report on the final defense (where I was panel member) of the pioneering dissertation by Louie Jon A. Sanchez, titled “Ang Drama ng Ating Buhay: Isang Kasaysayang Pangkultura ng Teleserye sa Filipinas Hanggang 2016” [The Drama of Our Lives: A Cultural History of Teleseries in the Philippines Until 2016], held at De La Salle University.
November 16 – As plenary speaker at the 3rd Panpacific International Research Conference held in Royce Hotel at Clark Freeport Zone in Mabalacat, Pampanga, I delivered a lecture titled “Condemned Property: Video Piracy as Nationalist Resistance in the Philippines.” The event was sponsored by Panpacific University. Please click here for a posting of the PowerPoint slides.
October 23 – In the intensive social-media interest over Nora Aunor’s exclusion once more from the proclamation of the latest batch of National Artists of the Philippines, I scanned and uploaded Quijano de Manila’s “Golden Girl,” from his out-of-print book Nora Aunor & Other Profiles.
October 18 – Not my first film review of a Sharon Cuneta film, but the first I made of her indie-film project, Mes de Guzman’s Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha, titled “Tears Go By” and published (another first) in her exemplary All Things Sharon fan website.
October 5 – Finally managed to watermark the videos posted on the blog, most of which appear in the Extras section.
September 8 – The Articles section now leads to a list of my journal publications. All my other articles (for newspapers, magazines, online outlets, etc.) now appear in a section called Non-Journal Articles.
August 31 – A page linked in the Books section dedicated to Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic, so that the foreign-published monograph contains its own blog feature, like the rest of my sole-authored books.
August 24 – “Signal Rock and a Hard Place” is the revised version of my review of Chito Roño’s film, originally published in the Philippine Entertainment Portal on August 17, 2018. This piece will remain in the Remarks section of this blog.
August 17 – “Signal Rock and a Hard Place” is my review of Chito Roño’s Signal Rock, out today in the Philippine Entertainment Portal.
August 16 – “The Millennial Traversals of Millennial Traversals” is the lecture I read during the launch of the University of Santo Tomas’s UNITAS website. This post will be respectively stored in the Events portion of the Extras section.
August 7 – “Queerness as Defiance in Manila by Night” is the lecture I delivered during the launch of Angela Stuart-Santiago’s project Pro Bernal, Anti Bio (on Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic), at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. This post will be stored in the Special Folio on Manila by Night (under Texts).
July 30 – “Innocence Regained” is the revised and updated version of my review of Khavn’s Balangiga: Howling Wilderness, originally published in The FilAm on July 16, 2018, as “Amid the Nightmare of War, a Coming-of-Age” (see below). This piece will be stored in the Remarks section.
July 25 – Magsine Tayo!, the website that used to make available an excellent and subtitled transfer of Manila by Night, has been shut down. I will be writing more on this later.
July 16 – “Amid the Nightmare of War, a Coming-of-Age” is my review of Khavn’s Balangiga: Howling Wilderness, out today in The FilAm.
July 14 – My 2015 open-access volume, Millennial Traversals: Outliers, Juvenilia, & Quondam Popcult Blabbery, is now in book form, published as special issues by the University of Santo Tomas’s UNITAS: Semi-Annual Peer-Reviewed International Online Journal of Advanced Research in Literature, Culture, and Society:
May 11 – A special folio on Manila by Night (1980) now opens the Extras section.
April 16 – Revisions may be found in the blog sidebar (below the page, on a mobile device). The list of metacritical articles is now a boxed feature in the Remarks section, while most of the other features will be found in the newly overhauled Extras section.
April 15 – A Statement on the Availability of Filipino Films during the Internet Era, to be housed in the Remarks section. In connection with this as well as with my Arsenal Pulp Press book Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic, a newly video-remastered subtitled print of the film may be found at the also new (blog-no-longer) Magsine Tayo website [update: please see July 28, 2018 entry above].
April 3 – The inclusion of journals in either or both the Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) and Scopus databases, and/or their defunct status, is now indicated via superscripts after the ISSN(s) of each title in the Journal Publications section.
April 1 – SINÉ: The YES! List of 100+ Films That Celebrate Philippine Cinema, the years-in-the-making Summit Media project with Jo-Ann Q. Maglipon, will now have a target release date of July 2018. Not an April Fools Day announcement, I’m hoping.
March 30 – My contribution to the Roundtable on the Filipino Film Canon of the November 2017 issue of Plaridel (14.2), titled “Muzzled Bombardments: The Philippine Film Canon and Its Discontents,” has come out.
March 29 – Millennial Traversals, the first (as far as I know) non-journal open-access volume in the country, now contains links to an announcement regarding the book’s forthcoming availability.
March 23 – Another category, “Remembrances,” has been added to the browser sidebar (bottom of the page on mobile devices), between Source Exchanges and Filipiniana listings. Among the names featured are Lino Brocka, Johven Velasco, Dolphy, Marilou Diaz-Abaya, and Bernardo Bernardo. [Now transferred to the Extras section – see April 16 announcement.]
March 21 – “Farewell Farewell, Bernardo Bernardo” is the first of a two-part tribute to the recently departed multitalented artist. The second part, also out in the same issue of The FilAm, has been titled “Toward the End, a Hopeful Outlook for the Philippines.” The article itself will be stored in this blog’s Remarks section.
March 13 – “Bernardo Bernardo: Exchanges on Facebook Messenger” is what it says: a compilation of my social-network personal correspondences with the late major performing artist, source of several of my recent output including the book manuscript and its attendant interview of Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic.
March 7 – The “Source Exchange” I conducted with Jerrold Tarog, in preparation for my review of his 2015 blockbuster Heneral Luna. Plus a surprise entry: a contribution, titled “Parallel Growths,” that I had completely forgotten about, in commemoration of Kritika Kultura’s thirtieth issue.
March 4 – The interview with Bernardo Bernardo, originally titled “Manay Revisits Manila by Night” and published on this blog, is now an Appendix in my Arsenal publication, Manila by Night: A Queer Film Classic (Matthew Hays & Thomas Waugh, series editors). I have replaced the original with a page excerpt from the book.
March 3 – “Source Exchanges,” featuring the discussions I conducted with artists, authors, and producers of reviews and interviews, will now be a section in the blog’s Special Features sidebar (appearing at the bottom of the page on mobile devices). [Now transferred to the Extras section – see April 16 announcement.]
February 28 – Matthew Abaya’s Vampariah, which I had reviewed in January 2017 (see “Peerless Vampire Killers”), is now complemented with a “Source Exchange.” Both review article and exchange will be maintained for now in this blog’s Remarks section.
February 26 – My first book, The National Pastime: Contemporary Philippine Cinema, has been “reillustrated,” with pictures restored from the original print edition, plus a few more from other sources.
February 20 – My first article for the country’s oldest journal, published by the University of Sto. Tomas, is out: “A Certain Tendency: Europeanization as a Response to Americanization in the Philippines’ ‘Golden-Age’ Studio System,” in UNITAS: Semi-Annual Peer-Reviewed International Online Journal of Advanced Research in Literature, Culture, and Society, vol. 29, no. 2 (November 2017), pp. 24-53.
February 7 – A new feature, “Facebook Pages & Groups,” has been added to the Suggested Features sidebar (found on the right side of the blog page in the browser version, and at the bottom of the page on mobile devices). It will be the last entry, located at the bottom portion, after the listing of recommended blogs.
January 13 – Announced as “available” by January 16, Manila by Night, an entry in Arsenal Pulp Press’s Queer Film Classics series, may now be ordered online via Amazon. The book’s copyright year is nevertheless listed as 2017. At the Extras section, I posted the extensive storyline I originally drafted for the book’s synopsis section, that had to be eventually reduced to one medium-length paragraph.
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 coordination 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.