Is It Really More Fun in the Philippines?

With the Philippines being a country rich in breath-taking natural landscapes, seascapes, and “urbanscapes,” and consequently flocked to by various travellers from all across the globe, it is not unthinkable that the tourism business has a large contribution to the nation’s economic growth. But regardless of the Philippines’ picturesque views, it is not fully equipped to attract tourists on its own. This country’s tourism, like many others, is fueled by its advertising and marketing.

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Who’s That Girl?: A Feminist Analysis of New Girl

The main tenet of the feminist movement is its belief that “all women are free to do whatever they want to do with themselves without discrimination or judgment from anybody ever (all women including straight, queer, lesbian, bi, trans, asexual)” (Ambion, 2014). This can be achieved only by the ever-sought for concept of equality among sexes: equal opportunities, be it in careers or personal choices; the dismantling of sexism, discrimination, and stereotyping; and the end of the patriarchal system that still runs the world today. Continue reading Who’s That Girl?: A Feminist Analysis of New Girl

Oh, the Irony: A Deconstruction of ABS-CBN’s Magkaribal

We Filipinos live in a collectivistic culture. Be it a birthday, a work event, or funerals, these interactions always turn into an elaborate social gathering when placed in a Philippine context. Such is our investment in collective assemblies that it is hardly surprising how our media’s focus is almost always on the basest unit of society: the family.

When it comes to Filipino soap operas, it’s no exception. There are your arcs of siblings and/or rivals separated at birth, infidelities and mistresses and children out of wedlock, and the standard unattainable love interests. ABS-CBN’s 2010 suspense drama soap Magkaribal (in English, Rivals) follows the story of two sisters, Anna and Angela (with the pseudonyms Victoria and Gelai, respectively), who are separated as children and later find themselves rivals in the fashion industry without knowledge of their familial connection.

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Of Troy, Gabriella, Opposites, and Anomalies

Boasting of attractive young actors and catchy musical numbers, Disney’s teen romantic comedy High School Musical was a cultural phenomenon when it was released in 2006 and garnered a huge teenage following that spawned two sequels of the same name. Continue reading Of Troy, Gabriella, Opposites, and Anomalies

Grown-ups Can’t Fly: A Narrative Analysis Of Kellen Moore’s East of Kensington

I am almost certain that all of us are familiar with the story of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan—the boy who never grew up. Peter Pan also existed as stage plays and as both animated and live-action film adaptations. However, in Kellen Moore’s thesis film East of Kensington (2012), which brings back the much-loved characters from Neverland and London, Barrie’s romanticized story of eternal childhood is extended into something that bleeds reality—dark, gritty, and heart-breaking.

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