Archive for October, 2008


ROTONDA — MISERY OVERKILL

 

Life is a never ending cycle of misery.

 

            This rather pessimistic outlook, seems to be the unifying element of Ron Bryant’s third digifilm “Rotonda.” As some of you may already know, Rotonda is the Spanish term for circle. In layman’s term here in the Philippines, Rotonda refers to anything on a road that is circular or oval-shaped (the borders of Quezon City and Manila as well as Manila and Pasay City both have such a structure). The digifilm revolves around the lives of thieves, street thugs, whores, drug addicts, and crooked cops and the similarly tragic events that intertwine all of their lives.

 

            The principal character of the film is Abner, portrayed excellently by Mark Gil. Abner is a tabloid reporter who, in the first few images of the film, is seen walking aimlessly into the filthy and clogged streets of Manila. This rather aimless walking typifies Abner’s existence in the whole film, and come to think of it, the rest of the characters throughout this bleak and dark movie. Abner, half consciously entering a cheap nightclub, is drawn to Racquel – a professional whore who has pinned her hopes and dreams on her younger sister, whom she later finds out to be a victim of sexual molestation and pimping by Racquel’s own live in partner, the heartless and avengeful Dima, played by theater actor Mario Magallona. Dima, on the other hand, is planning to get back at his former kingpin who unsuccessfully tried to liquidate him in the past and is now a cripple, the character played by Celso Ad Castillo. Being a cripple, he is now under the care of an amateur drummer, Chito, played in the film by Jeffrey Quizon. Chito, on the other hand, while religiously performing his onligations to the now crippled godfather, is also a drug pusher and one of his regular suppliers is a rather wealthy colegiala who  in turn is under the not so welcome protection of a crooked cop, played by Emilio Garcia.

 

            If the storyline seems complicated, maybe because it really is. The director aims to show the abject hopelessness, desperation, and moral depravity of the characters in the dog-eat-world that is the city of Manila. In the end, some of them are killed, the others manage to escape, and yet others find some artificial form of redemption and thus continue to survive in the city’s dark, filthy streets. Yet, they find no release from their hapless conditions, and there would surely be a day when tragedy or the liberating pangs of death would get them. The title of the film reflects this vicious cycle of desperation and hopelessness, with one character who happens to play an idiot is seen curiously wearing a filthy dress of blue, red, and white, hence alluding to the reality that the lives of these miserable characters are directly connected to the national condition.

 

            The characters in the film are all real and realistic. Perhaps once could find an exact equivalent of each character in the film in any slum area within Metro Manila. However, while the actors perform their parts in an above average manner, the fact remains that the characterization is thin and even caricaturish for some. The character of Celso Ad Castillo is thread-thin in terms of characterization, and the part played by Emilio Garcia is forgettable, if not ridiculous. Nevertheless, Mark Gil is perfect as the desperate journalist. He fits his role to a tee that his every facial expression and acting nuances effectively communicates the deep emotional scars of this wounded man. Truly, he is one gifted, if not underrated thespian who happens to come from an illustrious family of highly respected actors. Jeffrey Quizon is in his usual competent self. This actor is admirable in the sense that he can turn a short role to a meaty and engaging performance. Personally, this author would even dare say that this Quizon is better than all the other Quizons who went before him – even his father!

 

            But perhaps the greatest revelation in this film is Merryl Soriano. When she entered the indie scene, it is already clear that she had the makings of a fine actress. In Rotonda, she sheds her black and white image as the prostitute who has been numbed by her troubled past but has retained an all too human heart.

 

            It could have been much better if the script has been fully realized to include a deeper characterization for all characters. Admittedly, this could slow down the pace of this tautly edited picture. Unfortunately, to some extent, the sacrificing of characterization over pacing spells a sort of missed chance for this film, turning it into a well disguised melodrama on urban poverty.

 

            While the cinematography is competent, the film is overscored at times. Initially, the sound may be irritating as the noise of the streets and the verbal jousts of the characters combine with diegetic music emanating from the radio or the television set. But towards the middle, you get the idea that the film seems noisiness parallels the chaotic lives and emotional clogs of the characters. The production design is rather impressive. The motel room where Abner and Racquel checks into underscores the feeling of imprisonment, paranoia, and desperation that both characters are facing. The mammoth house where Chito and the ex-kingpin live also resembles the disparate treatment of the two residents to one another as their disfunctionality and neediness also becomes the source of their alienation. The film could only hint at the true relationship of both characters.

 

            Ron Bryant’s direction in this indie film is a big improvement from the heavy handed Baryoke. And though his film may carry a very dark message, he drives his point to the fore and through the heart.

 

            All in all, Rotonda is ultimately a competent melodrama masquerading in the tough exteriors of the gangster film. And though the director of this independent film may frown at the thought of classifying his film, it can be said that the film doesn’t really communicate much in the end – or at least something that we are still unaware of.

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The Top American Universities

2008 rankings as per Times Higher Education. The top 10 clearly shows no significant change in the past couple of years. Read on…

Top American Universities:

1.       Harvard University

2.       Yale University

3.       California Institute of Technology

4.       University of Chicago

5.       Massachusetts Institute of Technology

6.       Columbia University

7.       University of Pennsylvania

8.       Princeton University

9.       Duke University

10.   Johns Hopkins University

11.   Cornell University

12.   Stanford University

13.   University of Michigan

14.   Carnegie Mellon University

15.   Brown University

16.   University of California at Los Angeles

17.   Northwestern University

18.   University of California at Berkeley

19.   New York University

20.   Boston University

21.   Dartmouth University

22.   University of Wisconsin at Madison

23.   University of California at San Diego

24.   University of Washington

25.   Washington University at St. Louis

26.   Emory University

27.   University of Texas at Austin

28.   University of Illinois

29.   Rice University

30.   Georgia Institute of Technology

31.   University of Minnesota

32.   University of California at Davis

33.   Case Western Reserve University

34.   University of Virginia

35.   University of Pittsburgh

36.   University of California at Santa Barbara

37.   Purdue University

38.   Vanderbilt University

39.    University of North Carolina

40.   University of Southern California

41.   Pennsylvania State University

42.   Georgetown University

43.   University of Rochester

44.   Ohio State University

45.   University of Maryland

46.   Stony Brook University

47.   University of California at Irvine

48.   Texas A&M University

49.   University of Arizona

50.   Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey

As per Times Higher Education rankings of 2008, Latin American Universities have scored poorly in the last few years. Below are the 20 Latin American universities who made the Top 600 universities of the world.

 

Top Latin American Universities:

1.       Universidad Nacionale Autonoma de Mexico – Mexico

2.       University of Sao Paolo – Brazil

3.       Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile – Chile

4.       University of Campinas – Brazil

5.       Austral University – Argentina

6.       Universidad de Chile – Chile

7.       Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey – Mexico

8.       Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – Brazil

9.       Universidad ORT Uruguay – Uruguay

10.   University of Belgrano – Argentina

11.   Universidad de Los Andes – Colombia

12.   Universidade Estadual Paulista – Brazil

13.   Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru – Peru

14.   Pontificia Universidad Catolica do Rio de Janeiro – Brazil

15.   Universidad Torcuato di Tella – Argentina

16.   Adolfo Ibanez University – Chile

17.   Dom Cabral Foundation – Brazil

18.   Fundacao Getulio Vargas – Brazil

19.   Iberoamericana University – Mexico

20.   Universidad de Santiago de Chile – Chile

 

Hi everyone!

After listing down the top Asian Universities in my previous post, let me now share with you the top European universities. Obviously, one country dominates the list. Read on…

 

Top European Universities:

1.       University of Cambridge – United Kingdom

2.       University of Oxford – United Kingdom

3.       Imperial College London – United Kingdom

4.       University College London – United Kingdom

5.       King’s College London – United Kingdom

6.       University of Edinburgh – United Kingdom

7.       ETH Zurich – Switzerland

8.       Ecole Normale Superieure  Paris – France

9.       University of Machester – United Kingdom

10.   University of Bristol – United Kingdom

11.   Ecole Polytechnique – France

12.   University of Copenhagen – Denmark

13.   Trinity College Dublin – Ireland

14.   Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne – Switzerland

15.   University of Amsterdam – Netherlands

16.   Heidelberg Universitat – Germany

17.   Uppsala University – Sweden

18.   Leiden University – Netherlands

19.   London School of Economics and Political Science – United Kingdom

20.   Utrecht University – Netherlands

21.   University of Geneva – Switzerland

22.   University of Warwick – United Kingdom

23.   Katholieke Universiteit Leuven – Belgium

24.   University of Glasgow – United Kingdom

25.   University of Birmingham – United Kingdom

26.   University of Sheffield – United Kingdom

27.   DELFT University of Technology – Netherlands

28.   Technische Universitat Munchen – Germany

29.   University of Aarhus – Denmark

30.   University of York – United Kingdom

31.   University of St. Andrews – United Kingdom

32.   University of Nottingham – United Kingdom

33.   Lund University – Sweden

34.   University of Helsinki – Finland

35.   Ludwig Maximilians Universitat Munchen – Germany

36.   University of Southampton – United Kingdom

37.   University of Leeds – United Kingdom

38.   University of Zurich – Switzerland

39.   University College Dublin – Ireland

40.   Maastricht University – Netherlands

41.   University of Vienna – Austria

42.   Universite Catholique de Louvain – Belgium

43.   Durham University – United Kingdom

44.   Erasmus University Rotterdam – Netherlands

45.   Eindhoven University of Technology – Netherlands

46.   University of Sussex – United Kingdom

47.   University of Basel – Switzerland

48.   Cardiff University – United Kingdom

49.   Technical University of Denmark – Denmark

50.   University of Liverpool – United Kingdom

THE TOP ASIAN UNIVERSITIES OF 2008

Hi everyone!

Let me share with you the Top Universities in Asia according to the Times Higher Education website. See who ranks first!

 

 

1. University of Tokyo – Japan

2. Kyoto University – Japan

3. University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China

4. National University of Singapore – Singapore

5. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology – Hong Kong, China

6. Chinese University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China

7. Osaka University – Japan

8. Peking University – China

9. Seoul National University – South Korea

10. Tsinghua University – China

11. Tokyo Institute of Technology – japan

12. Nanyang Technological University – Singapore

13. Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Israel

14. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology – South Korea

15. Israel Institute of Technology – Israel

16. Tohoku University – Japan

17. Fudan University – China

18. Tel Aviv University – Israel

19. Nagoya University – Japan

20. National Taiwan University – Taiwan

21. University of Science and Technology of China – China

22. Nanjing University – China

23. Shanghai Jao Tong University – China

24. City University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong, China

25. India Institute of Technology Delhi – India

26. Kyushu University – Japan

27. Chulalongkorn University – Thailand

28. Hokkaido University – Japan

29. India Institute of Technology Bombay – India

30. Waseda University – Japan

31. Pohang University of Science and Technology – South Korea

32. Kobe University – Japan

33. Yonsei University – South Korea

34. Keio University – Japan

35. University of Tsukuba – Japan

36. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Hong Kong

37. Zhejiang University – China

38. University of Malaya – Malaysia

39. Korea University – South Korea

40. India Institute of Technology Kanpur – India

41. University Kebangsaan Malaysia – Malaysia

42. Mahidoi University – Thailand

43. Ateneo de Manila University – Philippines

44. Ben Gurion University of the Negev – Israel

45. Hiroshima University – Japan

46. University of Delhi – India

47. University of the Philippines – Philippines

48. National Tsing Hua University – Taiwan

49. University of Indonesia – Indonesia

50. Chiba University – Japan

Favorite Filipino Films from the 80’s

As I was ending one of my classes in Humanities I (Art Appreciation), I had a rather spirited conversation with some of my students regarding local films, particularly of the 80’s. Of course, this decade was embraced by a dose of really monumental works from the country’s acclaimed filmmakers. Yet, this was also a time of severe commercialism in film, so much so that in 1987, a notable group of film critics refused to give out the usual yearly citations and recognitions for the simple reason that there were no deserving nominees, much more winners.

Back to my class. I ended up recommending a few films from the 80’s to some students who looked really interested. Though I may not be as helpful in looking for the actual copies of these films, I believe that somehow, I was able to enhance their knowledge on Philippine Cinema especially its rich and checkered history. These kids practically grew up in a national cinema that featured dizzying close ups of matinee idols and Fil Ams who probably know nothing but wooden acting. Thank heavens for the indie revolution!

Let me share my personal list of notable films from the 80’s, and just a few reasons why I particularly liked each film.

1. Bona by Lino Brocka – This film is just shimmering with raw humanity. Actress Nora Aunor reveals yet another layer of her acting chops in this film about a slum girl who is obsessed with a movie bit player. Despite numerous technical flaws, the film features topnatch acting and restrained melodrama from the country’s most prominent director.

2. Manila by Night by Ishamel Bernal – This cyclical film from Ishmael Bernal features a cast of sleezy and weird characters from Manila’s underbelly. A film devoid of hope and clean cut morality, it is very interesting how the city of Manila becomes a character in itself, as it seduces, traps, confronts, and eats its own children. While the sex scenes can still be shortened, the real gift of this film is its director, who also happens to be the film’s writer. Bernal here dramatizes his personal tribute to a city so beautiful yet so horribe at the same time.

3. Kisapmata (In The Blink of An Eye) by Mike de Leon – This political film is probably Mike de Leon’s best. He gets everything right in this film – the mood, the acting, the cinematography, the music, everything! This shocking film is probably one of my favorites. It’s just timeless!

4. Salome by Laurice Guillen- The Filipino version of Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, the film features a career crowning performance from Gina Alajar and a thespic zenith for its director. The film focuses on the subjectivity of truth, as a housewife is tried for the murder of a cityboy. Issues of rape,adultery,unfaithfulness all come to play in a town plagued by gossip mongers. Watch out for the ending as it truly is poetic and unforgettable.

5. Batch ’81 by Mike de Leon – Another political film from Mike de Leon. It uses the college fraternity as a microcosm of a society suffering under a fascist regime, where acts of violence and inhumanity are disguised amid the lofty ideals of order, unity, and brotherhoood. The fight scenes in this film are just unforgettable, not to mention the highly symbolic production numbers from the three fraternities towards the final third of the film.

6. Himala (Miracle) by ishmael Bernal – This rather philosophical film focuses on religion as the new opiate of the masses. It tells the story of how a woman manages to fool an entire provincial village plagued by drought on how the Virgin Mary appeared to her. Actress Nora Aunor is again at the top of her game and she is backed by an equally spectacular supporting cast. It is also impressive how Bernal uses the location to effectively communicate and enrich the audience’s viewing experience. Though slow and dead-serious in many parts, the film is truly one of Philippine Cinema’s best.

7. Oro, Plata, Mata by Peque Gallaga – This epic film tells the story of two families and how the Japanese occupation left scathing wounds of war and psychological turmoil in their lives. The production design in this film is just superb. Jose Javier Reyes’ screenplay is also keenly observant. Truly, all of Gallaga’s succeeding works seemed inferior to this masterpiece.

8. ‘Merika by Gil Portes – This melancholic film is truly one from the heart. It is an early indictment of the American Dream and how it has affected the lives of Filipinos who have dreamt all their lives to reach the United States. This quiet but moving film is gifted with notable performances from Nora Aunor as the lonely nurse and Bembol Roco as her opportunistic suitor. The cinematography and production design are also commendable. The music underscores feelings of loneliness, nostalgia,and  desperation.

9. Paradise Inn by Celso Ad Castillo – This film is another production that mirrors the nation’s sociopolitical climate during the turbulent 80’s. Despite lopsided scripting and overscoring, the film manages to succeed thanks to memorable performances from Lolita Rodriguez and Vivian Velez, who play mother and daughter who are managing a sleezy bar cum brothel in the midst of a politically charged provincial town. This film uses subtle yet powerful images that call for revolution against a repressive regime. This film came out in December of 1985 — 2 months before the EDSA Revolution that toppled the dictatorship.

10. Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga (Lend Me One Morning) by ishmael Bernal – A tearjerker through and through, this melodrama, thankfully, is not devoid of great acting from Vilma Santos, who plays a dying working mom trying to make sense of her life that is about to come to an end. Apart from Santos’ noteworthy performance, the film also features powerful images of life and death, body and would-be-spirit, while at the same time channeling the commercialist workings of melodramas in the Philippines.

BONA: Truly one of Brocka’s best

I was pretty lucky last night during my channel surfing. Mainstream Philippine television seems to offer nothing but sick melodramatic and long-winded stories of young stars in superhero costumes, diva ensembles, and depictions of pathetic beings from fantastic and ridiculous places. But, and the big but is, cable offers a lot of much needed alternatives!

For one, Cinemaone, the cable channel that showcases Filipinop films, has an outstanding Lino Brocka film on their primetime programming last night. A 1980 film that is, though flawed technically, is truly compelling and affecting.

Bona is one of Brocka’s films that was showcased in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival – the olympics of world cinema. Though not in competition, watching the film will convince the viewer why the French truly obsessed with THE Lino Brocka — and why Nora Aunor, in spite of her colorful life, remains to be one of the Philippines’ true thespians.

Bona is the story of a slum girl, played by Nora Aunor, a hopeless fanatic. However, she is not obsessed with a superstar but with Gardo, a bit player, a movie “extra” so to speak, portrayed by Phillip Salvador.

Truly obsessed as Bona was, she would attend to the myriad needs of her “master” everyday – cooking for him, washing his clothes, cleaning his house, helping him take a bath – and in one moment of weakness, even offering herself to her master which she has come to regard as the hub of her life.But Bona’s devotion is never really acknowledged by Gardo, as he continually treats Bona like a slave, even bringing home other women.

Bona’s dreams, bound to be shattered in from the star, ends with the disillusioned fanatic dousing boiling water on her abusive master.

This really affecting psychological film has, as its main strength, the brilliant acting of Aunor and Salvador. It is very convenient to go the easy way and make caricatures out of their characters, but Aunor and even better – Salavdor, envelope their roles with very human qualities and a rare depth. Hence, it is in the acting that the film is able to0 achieve its goal, sans the bad cinematography and sound, misplaced scoring, and haphazard editing.Whiel not technically assured as Brocka’s “Maynila”, the film succeeds in communicating insightful statements as it is very intelligent, not to mention very Filipino.

All in all, Bona is an affecting film about the Filipino’s blind fanaticism, the poverty and subhuman conditions that has rendered the fanatic to be immersed in an escapist universe of silly dreams, blind servitude, and irrational obsessions – with often tragic results.

People pray for pain to go away. Others get their relief in no time. However, others struggle with pain their whole lives.

People pray for material and financial providence to meet life’s daily necessities. Some are rescued and alleviated from the depths. Still, others remain impoverished and financially challenged.

People pray for a special person to enter their lives and sweep them off their feet. Others find themselves meeting that person and settling down after a few years. Others remain alone for the length of their lives.

People pray for physical healing. Others are healed. But sometimes, even though we keep on praying, the people who matter the most still die.

Sometimes, hanging on to the promises of the Bible isn’t as easy as it seems. It takes faith to come before God and lay down our petition. Moreover, it takes a giant leap of faith to believe that God would grant us what we ask for. But most of all, it sometimes takes all the faith in the world to still trust in God if it seems that He is not hearing our prayers at all.

If there’s a promise given to us to ask anything in His name and it shall be given to you, what does it mean if God is saying NO? Was the promise just a joke? An overblown press release? A tease?

God answers our prayers. Sometimes, it’s obvious that His answer is a resounding YES. In other instances, He tells us to WAIT. But, God also has the option to say NO.

What does it mean when God denies our petitions? What does it mean if He says NO?

1. God sees the BIGGER PICTURE.

Suppose a 14 year old boy asks his father the keys to the car because he thinks that he is old enough to drive along the  thoroughfares of EDSA. Knowing that his son may meet an accident and lose his life, coupled by the young boy’s immaturity and shortsightedness, his father would obviously say no.

As in the case above, God says no to protect us. He sees the bigger picture. We don’t. He sees what lies in the future for everyone. We don’t.

2. God has BETTER PLANS.

My sister always prays for financial providence and guidance. Indeed, being buried in debt and providing for one’s children can be a daunting task and a huge stressor. At times, we focus our prayers on one specific result – and that result is for God to grant and for us to receive. We’re wrong.

While God can make it possible for an envelope full of cold cash to come by the doorstep of my sister’s house the next day, or a phone call telling her that she has won 5 million Pesos in the lottery, these are not the only solutions that God could think of.

Instead, God may grant a job promotion. Or He may lessen the expenses by preventing family members from getting sick. He may extend help through a generous and selfless family member, friend, or relative. He may bless one of your kids with intelligence and talent that can assure him/her with a schlarship to continue his/her education. Truly, God’s options are endless. It is His work, His ways, and His proper time that prevails.

3. God has  a GREATER PURPOSE.

Christian Adams was a 32 year old Sunday School teacher from the United States. He boarded United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco, California on September 11, 2001. He never got there.

United Flight 93 was one of the four planes used bu hijackers in the terrorist attack of 9/11. However, it was the only plane that did not reach its target – the White House or The Capitol Building. This was because the passengers worked hard, at the final moments of their lives, to thwart the plan of the hijackers. Adams was one of these passengers. Before the plane crashed, he phoned a loved one for the last time. He had a wife and 2 young children.

While his wife had sure prayed and wished that her children would grow up with a father, the events of 9/11 changed everything. 

While it may be true that Adams was a victim of an evil crime against humanity, he left a legacy of selflessness and patriotism that will never be put to waste. Though his children would grow up without his physical presence, the life led by their father would always shine upon them – giving them hope and inspiration. Adams understood that losing life is a part of life. A fairly recent interview from his wife proved to be a testament that she too understood this now more than ever. 

Indeed, when God says no to our prayers, it shouldn’t be taken to mean that He has forsaken us. He just has something bigger, better, and something far greater in store for us. We should consider it a privelege and a test of faith to still be able to follow him even if His answer is NO.

For in our short pilgrimage in this world, we can be sure that He knows better. And it couldn’t be more thrilling!

 

 

This is how this writer sums up Gil Portes’ latest film. Aptly titled Barcelona, this didactic melodrama is another retelling of the plight of our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s), much in the same vein as the well-made romance/drama Milan (2004), the loud Dubai (2005), and the superior Sana Maulit Muli (1995) from a several years back. Simply put, Barcelona tragically pales in comparison to the other films mentioned.

 

Clarissa is a mysterious young woman who left the Philippines for Barcelona, Spain in search for her lost husband. While in that Castilian city, she meets and is immersed in the plight of her compatriots. There, she experiences utter loneliness, hopelessness, friendship, and the blossoming of new love.

 

The material itself is quite provocative and juicy, as there surely is something new to say about the plight of our countrymen in Spain. Sadly, the film just becomes a silly homily, led by the director’s heavy-handed direction, and the writers’ antiquated and totally contrived vision.

 

The technical flaws were just simply overwhelming. The sound is bad and seems hollow at times, the editing is painfully slow and dull, some parts of the movie were overscored, and the cinematography is bad. Sure, the film is in digital format. But it simply isn’t an excuse to photograph scenes in distractingly dark shots while being overly suffused with natural light in other parts. Even as a travelogue, where camerawork is very important, the film still fails miserably.

 

The acting ranges from mediocre to bad. Alessandra De Rossi, who plays the lead role and Robert Arevalo who played a tormented widower turned in average performances – plain and passable. Tina Paner, who plays herself, acts in a very hectic and unnatural manner. The rest of the supporting cast and extras were obviously waiting for queues from the director, hence performing in a very amateurish manner.

 

Sadly, this has got to be Portes’ and Senedy Que’s lousiest screenplay, as their final output examines nothing new about the OFW experience. Absolutely nothing! None of the issues too were uniquely endemic to the OFW’s of Barcelona that one would even wonder why the filmmakers needed to make a film in Barcelona when it could have been shot here in the Philippines (even name it Tagaytay, Fairview, or Novaliches so as to make it a little less pretentious) with a better cast and much better production values. Moreover, the metaphysical/philosophical twist in the end is not really enlightening nor unpredictable – just plain silly and contrived.

 

On a more tragic note, this film is probably Portes’ sorriest. After the success of his Mga Munting Tinig (which is quite an outstanding film), Portes has been hitting lows one after the other. A calculated melodrama in Beautiful Life, a long-winded narrative in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and now, a really bad and unfortunate film like Barcelona.

 

The public could not be faulted for largely snubbing this preachy digital feature. When this writer saw the film, less than ten people were inside the moviehouse. Save your cash would be the best advice for anyone reading this article and has yet to see the film.

 

All in all, a film like Barcelona is the perfect Christmas present that a respected director like Gil Portes could offer the Filipino viewer. That is, if he hated us – each and everyone of us.

Check it out guys…

RICHEST PROVINCES IN THE PHILIPPINES

 

  1. Laguna
  2. Pangasinan
  3. Bulacan
  4. Negros Occidental
  5. Cavite
  6. Nueva Ecija
  7. Palawan
  8. Cebu
  9. Batangas
  10. Quezon

 

POOREST PROVINCES IN THE PHILIPPINES

 

  1. Zamboange del Norte
  2. Maguindanao
  3. Masbate
  4. Surigao del Norte
  5. Agusan del Sur
  6. Surigao del Sur
  7. Misamis Occidental
  8. Mountain Province
  9. Biliran
  10. Lanao del Norte

 

MOST LIVABLE PROVINCES IN THE PHILIPPINES

 

  1. Bulacan
  2. Bataan
  3. Cavite
  4. Rizal
  5. Batanes
  6. Laguna
  7. Ilocos Norte
  8. Batangas
  9. Pampanga
  10. Isabela

 

LEAST LIVABLE PROVINCES

 

  1. Sulu
  2. Tawi – Tawi
  3. Basilan
  4. Ifugao
  5. Maguindanao
  6. Lanao del Sur
  7. Agusan del Sur
  8. Western Samar
  9. Lanao del Norte
  10. Saranggani