Category: jorge arago

Towards A Culturally Evolved Alternative

JORGE ARAGO (1943 – 2011) People power in 1986 restored to Philippine society the “democratic space” which had been previously occupied by the running dogs of martial law. But as in previous turnovers of power in our society, that space … Continue reading

ishmael bernal’s dream film on the luna brothers

on this the national artist’s 77th birthday, as the film Heneral Luna continues to drive a rare national conversation on philippine history and heroes, here are some notes of jorge arago on a film that ishmael, until his last days, dreamed of … Continue reading

adam, ishmael, BBL

had to make a trip to tiaong to pay ameliar — medyo late, so merong penalty, but also got to pay 3 years in advance with a nice discount — and stayed on in the elias house for some days. it’s … Continue reading

why i am against a department of culture

ishmael bernal died in june 1996, sick and broke and disheartened.  there were many more films he wanted to make.  top of the list were feature films on antonio luna and gregorio del pilar, but producers were never interested, not … Continue reading

mooning over ishmael

have been reading up on ishmael bernal‘s filmography, encoding clippings from jorge‘s files of movie reviews and interviews through the years since pagdating sa dulo.  last night when i got to his days as “detergent queen,” then as stage actor … Continue reading

JORGE ARAGO, rogue scholar (1943-2011)

Jorge would have turned 69 today. He was in the middle of three projects: a ghost-writing gig for a politico friend; the Ishmael Bernal biography, long in the making, that was taking shape slowly but surely; and a historical novel set … Continue reading

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