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Eric Abalajon

Eric‘s love for cinema was cemented during his teens, after watching Clodualdo Del Mundo Jr’s Pepot Artista, Kanakan-Balintagos’ Pisay, Lino Brocka’s Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, Raymond Red’s Himpapawid, Kidlat Tahimik’s Perfumed Nightmare, Mike de Leon’s Kakabakaba ka ba?, among others.

Though a sociology major, his topic for his undergrad thesis was an allegorical reading of Chito S. Roño’s horror cinema. His writings on film, along with fiction and poetry, can be read at his WordPress.

He is currently a lecturer at the Division of Humanities, UP Visayas, Miagao.

Sanriel Chris Ajero

Sani was in high school when his dad surprised him one afternoon with a swanky new device he called a DVD player. His dad made him watch Spirited Away, Bloody Sunday, and Talk To Her over one weekend, and he was forever changed. The rest of his student days were spent catching up on all of his dad’s favorite classics, or trading his bag full of DVDs secretly with classmates, or seriously competing for Video City’s top renter monthly distinction.

He used to keep a blog about his thoughts on everything he watched, but can only maintain a Letterboxd account for now. He is still very much active and in attendance in all film festivals in Manila where you would most likely find him after work hours. He is an accountant by profession, but he left his corporate job a couple of years ago to do freelance consulting and to be able to travel more, and he makes it a point to watch a local film in a local cinema wherever he goes.

Mayk Alegre

Hindi sigurado si Mayk kung Madrasta ba ang pinakaunang Pinoy film na napanood n’ya sa isang sinehan sa Maynila. Basta 1996 no’n, bitbit s’ya lagi ng nanay n’ya sa tuwing nanonood ‘to. Samantala, sigurado naman s’yang ‘yung Habang May Buhay ‘yung pelikulang tarantang itinaas s’ya palabas ng nanay n’ya dahil sobrang siksikan sa sinehan at hindi na s’ya makahinga. Wala s’yang maalalang mga eksena. Pero ‘yon yata ‘yong impluwensyador ng pagkahilig n’ya sa panonood ng pelikula kasabay ng mga serye ng pag-atake ng hika. Madalas, kung wala s’ya sa ilog at dagat, kasama s’ya ng nanay n’ya sa parentahan ng VHS tapes noong lumipat na sila sa probinsya.

Sa kasalukuyan, aktibong aquathlete s’ya kahit may katamarang tumakbo. Bukod sa paglangoy na paborito at kailangan niyang gawin para bihirang atakehin ng hika, naglalabas siya ng ilang tula-tala-kapsula sa Arkibero na makikita rin sa FB page, IG at Letterboxd nito. At dahil droga ampelikula, pinangarap n’ya na ring makagawa nito at tsambang napabilang s’ya sa Batch 24 ng 1st Online Film Scriptwriting Workshop ni Sir Ricky Lee no’ng mga unang buwan ng pandemya. Pinoproyekto n’ya ro’n ang iskrip ng Mga Pulang Tupa na hindi n’ya pa alam kung kailan n’ya matatapos dahil abala na s’ya bilang Procurement Manager sa isang kompanya ng building materials.

Genory Vanz Alfasain

Genory, also known as Yadu Karu, is an advocacy blogger and writer based in Sarangani province. His love for cinema is linked to his love for stories. His written works have been published in different publications such as New Durian Cinema, Film Criticism Collective 3 (Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival), Cotabato Literary Journal, Dagmay and SunStar Davao. Some of his film reviews can be also read on his blog – salidakritika.blogspot.com and Letterboxd account @yadu_karu. He is also the co-founder and Director of the Sarangani Writers League.

Gen directed, wrote, and produced short films. His first short film, , won Best Short Film (Sarangani Shorts Category) at the first SalaMindanaw Asian Film Festival. His second short film Jamir was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2014 Mindanao Film Festival. He is also one of the festival staff of Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival.

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Ena Algopera

Growing up, if Ena wasn’t at the beach or the mountains, she was at a cinema with a bucket of popcorn. Films were, and still are, a way for her and her family to spend much needed time together. She’d always been an avid reader and realized, through film, that storytelling can take so many different forms. She loves watching and talking about films while she dreams about all the stories she one day hopes to tell herself.

She’s currently taking up Communication at the Ateneo de Manila University focusing on Production and Media Studies. You can find her thoughts on Letterboxd at @enasaymada.

Terence Ang

With his obsession with everything American television in the early 2000s, from The West Wing to Six Feet Under to his all-time fave Lost, and because he rarely goes out and was basically the very definition of a couch potato, Terence never really knew, or experienced, what cinema was when he was a kid. But as the lines between television and films slowly blurred, and well, when he got to go out more, he eventually discovered Nolan, and Tarantino, and Wong (Kar-wai), and Park (Chan-wook), and Almodóvar. And the rest, as they say, is herstory.

These days, when he’s not working for the biggest capitalists in the country, which he makes damn sure does not take too much of his time, he religiously watches a gazillion episodes of TV & films and logs them/writes capsule reviews on his Facebook (@terence.a.ang) and Letterboxd (@hongweikai) pages.

Daph Bajas

Daph’s first memory of going to the cinema was watching Tarzan with his family. His first VCD purchase was a copy of Clueless, one of his favorite films when he was in high school. His first exposure to film criticism and appreciation was in his high school org, Film Critics Circle, where he indulged in the works of Pauline Kael and Roger Ebert. His writings, musings, and comments on films are currently in Letterboxd, and posts his film log on Twitter.

He is currently the Head of Partnership in MindNation, the premier mental health care company for teams and organizations in Southeast Asia.

Robert Cerda

Robert started to be curious about filmmaking after watching 2001: A Space Odyssey. He even thought of founding a psych band after it: Space-Aso. The band didn’t materialize, but the movie made him join film-related FB groups. At the same time, he discovered Nora Aunor classics and eventually followed the actress’s fan pages. In 2015, he started to write and post his impressions on films on a personal blogsite and then on an FB page, Space-aso Movie Reviews. He works in the BPO industry, and either sings or plays the ukulele in his free time, when he’s not reading, writing, or watching films.

Jed Chua

Jed’s love for cinema started when he was very young. His parents used to bring him into the cinema almost on a weekly basis. Oddly, they were always late when it came to screenings and he was used to starting and ending films midway. The very first film he could remember experiencing was 1989’s Batman. Jed has published his reviews online through his own website ReelAdvice.net – a collaboration between him and his wife Vit, which started back in 2008. Jed currently works for a Makati-based IT company and owns a couple of laundry shops around QC and Manila.

Ron Cruz

Ron Cruz considers a class viewing of Cinema Paradiso in his elementary days as formative, but he became a true fan of cinema when he watched The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001. Since then, he has become obsessed with film; aside from watching as many classics and current releases as he can, he has written scholarly work on it (on horror films, his favorite genre, in the Journal of Popular Film and Television), followed and made predictions on the annual Oscar awards, and become coordinator of a major local film festival. His favorite directors are Ingmar Bergman, Lars von Trier, and Mike de Leon. Aside from de Leon’s oeuvre and Lino Brocka’s seminal works, he considers Oro Plata Mata, Magnifico, and Respeto as true masterpieces of Pinoy cinema.

He is currently an Assistant Professor of biology in the Ateneo de Manila University, where his elective Biology of Science Fiction allows him to require students to watch sci-fi gems like Arrival, Gattaca, and Fantastic Planet. You can watch his musings on pop culture in his YouTube channel PopScicle and read his short write-ups on films in his Letterboxd, which conveniently informs him that he has seen over 2,500 films (from what he can remember).

Jek David

Jek used to be conservative with how he sees and reviews films. Watching films is almost always an emotional journey for him, thus “Linyang Pinoy, Hugot Pinoy” on Facebook was born when he was channeling all the emotions he had during a crisis through films. Though he thinks the LPHP posts may sound passive-aggressive at times, he believes he is able to get his points across. Historical, humorous, and personal are characteristics of his writing style.

He is the Creative Director of Carl Balita Review Center’s Virtual Interactions, Conferences, & Events (CBRC VICE) and the Innovations Director of CBRC.

Armando dela Cruz

Armando is a film and television writer, covering the culture of cinema in his contributions to VICE, Screen Anarchy, Screen Rant, and more. He’s the managing editor for Unreel, a film publication focused on covering Philippine and world cinema..

Mark Anthony Delociento

Macoy is an Integrations Analyst for a QC-based IT company. He fell in love with cinema since he saw Batang X on the big screen. For him, when there’s an entire cinema full of moviegoers, the people’s collective reaction adds excitement to the movie experience. He posts his commentaries on film on his Facebook page Cinemacoy.

Ram de los Santos

Ram’s earliest memory of going to the movies is watching MMFF Best Picture, 𝘓𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘬𝘮𝘢𝘯, in 2003 in a jampacked theater. However, it was Martin Scorsese’s 𝘏𝘶𝘨𝘰 that piqued his interest in the magic of film. Then he found his love for storytelling in Richard Linklater’s 𝘉𝘰𝘺𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘥 and the 𝘉𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘛𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺.

He’s currently in the BPO industry and is seen every week in movie houses or in coffee shops streaming. He then posts his thoughts on Letterboxd, Twitter, (@ramdelosantos) and semi-regularly on IG (@philikula).

Heinrich Domingo

Heinrich publishes film reviews and essays on his personal website, cinetactic.com. He also posts film-related video essays on Youtube. He works as a video editor for a science Youtube channel called AntsCanada. Also, he is writing his master’s thesis about Philippine regional cinema.

Engelbert Rafferty Dulay

A fish out of water, Engelbert Rafferty discovered the hidden power of moving images at a young age, when he had a chance encounter with Guillermo del Toro’s El Laberinto del Fauno, a film that shaped his perspective on stories–that what matters is the severity of how they get their truths right, that the magic–bursting at the seams of silver screens and portable devices–that draws people into being immersed in such creations is rooted on the never-ending realities we can never escape from, captured by lenses that hunger and crave for the known and, if possible, the unknown.

Nowadays, he blabbers his unorganized thoughts on film and media as one of the hosts of Third World Cinema Club. In his free time (a luxury, he says), he writes messy essays and reviews on Film Police Reviews and Letterboxd.

He claims that he is a “responsible freeloader” when really he’s busy working night and day as a team lead assist at a business process outsourcing company somewhere in the asphalt jungle of Alabang.

Miguel Edosma

Miguel is a content writer and a late-bloomer film lover. He highly recommends the film Pan de Salawal. He writes his reviews in his blog The Reel Cap.

James Espinoza

SECRETARY

Having grown up in a non-movie-watching household, James discovered the magical world of cinema already as a college student in Diliman. His introduction to Studio Ghibli was his Geog 1 class, where he wrote a paper on Spirited Away. He learned of Filipino classics like Oro Plata Mata in PI 100. His eyes were opened to audacious films such as Live Show in PanPil 19 and The Scarlet Letter during ACLE. Recommendations from org mates led him to Wong Kar Wai and Richard Linklater. And his sensibility was awakened when like-minded cinephiles showed him The Dreamers and Y tu mamá también.

With such a late start, James feels there’s still much catching up to do and assures you he’s doing the best he can. His older reviews have been published on Film Police Reviews. He has also annually contributed write-ups about the best scenes in local films on Pinoy Rebyu. When he’s not feeling lazy or is not bogged down by his work as a copyeditor, he crafts short notes about the films he watches on Letterboxd or even shorter wisecracks (not all of them funny) on Twitter (both @jmpespi).

Jason Friedlander

Jason believes that cinema is the highest form of art and that the express opportunity to lose oneself in its full force is among the greatest of privileges. He thinks of film watching as an exercise in strengthening empathy towards those least like oneself, as well as humility for one’s own limited sense of the world. Therefore he sees it today as a necessary remedy to ignorance and exaggerated self-importance, and so, worth bringing more people into the fold of.

He falls further in love with cinema with every new discovery, but the filmmakers that have shaped his worldviews most are Yasujirō Ozu, Abbas Kiarostami, Edward Yang, Hayao Miyazaki, and Stan Brakhage, many of whose films he was incredibly lucky to have seen film prints of, each experience more transformative than the last.

Jason doesn’t write as much about film as he should, but thinks that if you’ve read up to this point he’d rather you experience a movie from any of the aforementioned directors than listen to whatever he might have to say about cinema. But if you must, he’s had a lot of free time since graduating and is active on most platforms @jasonrcf, and would love to have more vibrant discussions about film.

Vinson Gabato

Vinson’s interest in films was piqued by the final scene in Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa which he watched during those Holy Week marathons. Ever since then, that interest never waned. During college, he would buy those bargain CDs in Video City whether the film was good or not.

Vinson is a Communication Arts and law school graduate and when not busy in his day job with the court, he still tries to consume whatever film or series he can.

He posts his thoughts on films on Letterboxd and sometimes on Twitter.

Cydel Gutierrez

Cydel’s earliest evocation of falling in love with cinema was when he saw Magnifico (2003) on TV during the Holy week season. He was 10 years old. The interest continued when he was in high school joining movie marathons with his classmates after doing tedious group works or during Summer and Holiday breaks. That time, films that could be rented over the Video City counter was their sanctuary: from mainstream Hollywood blockbusters down to Asian horror films. It was watching Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank (2011) that sparked his interest and fondess for the medium. That experience introduced him to the world of independent filmmaking and to the growing selection of Filipino films.

Ten years later, Cydel is still in the process of discovering films locally and internationally which he usually logs and shares using his Letterboxd account (@Cydeltutoy). He also shares some of his random basic film analyses on his other social media accounts.

Fred Hawson

Movies have been Fred’s stress relief since he was a student, and up to now as an ENT surgeon. While he only watched mainstream Hollywood and Filipino films at first, it was a fortuitous experience of watching Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story which opened his eyes to the riches of world cinema. Since 2006, he has been writing down his thoughts about the films he watched on his own blog Fred Said. His film reviews had also been posted on Rappler.com in 2012, and on ABS-CBNNews.com from 2014 up to the present.

Emil Hofileña

Emil is a graduate student and freelance writer whose work has been published in Rogue Magazine, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Young STAR, among other publications. He served as a member of the jury for the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards in 2018 and 2019, and for the Cinema One Originals film festival awards in 2019. He also served as president of the Loyola Film Circle from 2015 to 2016.

Emil fell in love with cinema through his college film organization, who taught him that the core of filmmaking should be in collaboration and community development.

He is on Letterboxd and YouTube @Cinemil, and can be seen getting either incredibly angry or incredibly sentimental on Twitter @EmilHofilena.

Json Javier

Json writes his film reviews in his blog The Spotless Mind.

Princess Kinoc

Cess started falling in love with the movies when, in 1994 she saw Lion King for the first time in the cinema. Though mostly it was the influence of her parents, as her father was once a part-time lagarista in college, and had encouraged her and her siblings to watch Disney classics to black and white films at home instead of going out.

In the midst of a phase, her foray into ‘Cinephiles!’ was through a close friend who introduced her and her twin to watch movies at the now-defunct ‘Titus Brandsma’ in Cubao. It was a haven for artists to watch well-curated films and discuss it afterwards with food. Although she has never been to film school, writing and discussing about Philippine Cinema is, to her, both a learning experience and a means to encourage people to make more films, write more stories that depict our societal woes and ones that would further enrich our craft for future generations.

She writes as much as she can at Film Police Reviews, laughs like a hyena while talking about Philippine Cinema at Third World Cinema Club, and tries her best to make a list on Letterboxd as Cess_Kinoc.

Skilty Labastilla

PRESIDENT

Skilty’s cinephilia started in childhood when his parents and older siblings would rent VHS tapes every weekend. His fascination with cinema grew even more when he went to college, where he dormed across the university film center that would regularly screen world cinema fare. He founded Pinoy Rebyu in 2011 and in the same year joined the Young Critics Circle, where he contributes film reviews. He teaches social sciences, research, and popular culture in Ateneo de Manila University.

He is married with three kids and is an avowed plantito.

Jay Lacanilao

Jay doesn’t remember how he fell in love with movies but he remembers going to movie houses with his family and enjoying cable movies as early as five. He regularly tweets, blogs, and posts letterboxd reviews about them (follow him @jaynormouskid). His opinions are amazing and terrible but they’re his own. Currently on his 9th year of watching 100 films a year.

Wowie Lagman

Wowie’s love for films started at a young age, when he would sneak out and tag along uncles and aunts to watch local flicks at the town cinema. Weekends with cousins and rental VHS tapes introduced him to behind-the-scenes magic of old Jackie Chan films, but it wasn’t until he saw Aladdin and Tremors when he realized he was “in love.”

Watching movies has provided him some respite from his work as a communications strategist. He shares his insights on films mostly on his personal blog. Some of his previous reviews can be found on When In Manila and Box Office Boss.

Oh, and he is also a proud owner of an Academy Award!

Jayson Laniba

Jayson, better known to his online friends as Ace Antipolo, first fell in love with cinema through the horror genre. He loved the thrill brought by each horror flick he was able to watch back then. When he was around eight or nine years old, he asked his father to buy him a VCD copy of Gore Verbinski’s The Ring. The following day, his father came home with a VCD of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings (he forgot which of the trilogy).

His first experience inside a cinema house was when his uncle brought him to a theater in their province in Catarman, Northern Samar during a screening of the local comedy Juan & Ted: Wanted. As he grew up, his passion for cinema grew stronger and he decided that he wanted to be a filmmaker someday.

He was a contributor for the third issue of Nang Magazine, a foreign biannual print-only magazine entirely dedicated to cinema in Asia. He used to write film reviews for his now-defunct personal blog, Movies For Millennials, and for the entertainment website, LionhearTV.net. Now, he posts his random ramblings on cinema in his online zine on Instagram and Letterboxd (@todayivewatched). He is a cinephile by day, a call c̶e̶n̶t̶e̶r̶ boy by night.

Nicol Latayan

VICE PRESIDENT

Nicol’s early memories of cinema involve going to the moviehouse with his mom, watching Julia Roberts deliver her Oscar speech for Erin Brockovich, and hundreds of trips to Video City. These all contributed to his appreciation and love for cinema.

Working in the field of digital marketing, his favorite personal project remains to be the Reelvolution of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival. He’s also a voting member at the International Cinephile Society. Most of his movie ramblings and thoughts are posted on his Facebook (Nicol Latayan) and Twitter (@nikowl) accounts. Maybe it’s time he should create a Letterboxd account no?

Redentor Lebantino

An educator by profession, Den is also a textbook author and editor. His love for movies began after he saw a Filipino film inside a cinema for the first time. At six, he marvelled at the giant screen before him, and was brought into a laughing fit by the riotous Horsey-horsey: Tigidig-tigidig. He evolved into appreciating more serious Filipino films when he got older after seeing the Lino Brocka classic Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang. His all-time favorites include de Leon’s Kisapmata; Bernal’s Himala; Brocka’s Insiang and Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa; and Diaz Abaya’s Karnal. He also particularly loved the films shown decades after the classics: Reyes and Gallaga’s Magic Temple, Tiyanak, and Sonata; Rono’s Dahas; Reyes’s Batang PX; Guillen’s Tanging Yaman; Matti’s Pasiyam and Honor Thy Father; Diaz’s Ang Babaeng Humayo; and some films of younger filmmakers Jadaone, Martin, Monteras, Dayoc, Villamor, Laxamana, and Condez.

Den posts his film reviews on Facebook and recently on Letterboxd.

Jason Tan Liwag

Jason is a scientist, actor, and writer from Dagupan City, Pangasinan currently based in Manila. His film criticism journey began in 2020 thanks to the CINELAB workshops under Richard Bolisay (in partnership with Cinema Centenario). He is the president of Cine Critico Filipino and a trainee under the Young Film Critics Programme of the 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). He is also part of Batch 24 of Ricky Lee’s Screenwriting Workshop.

Jason’s love for cinema and the sciences began with Jurassic Park (1993) and was restarted thanks to Arrival (2016). He is drawn to science fiction and horror films, as well as queer-centered narratives — most of which belong to the peripheries of global cinema. He strives to help develop the great Filipino audience by highlighting non-dominant narratives, assisting in the increase of access to films, and creating meaningful discussions in inclusive spaces.

You can find his writing on CNN Philippines Life, Film Daze, Underdog PH, Mubi Notebook, and Cinema Centenario, among other publications. For more about films and his life, you can follow him on his personal website, Letterboxd (@jasontanliwag), and Twitter (@jaseybel).

Macky Macarayan

Macky’s father used to take him to the movies as a kid. Because he did not get the film education he wanted with his masscomm degree in college, he took up film in the UP Film Institute for his masters, where he’s currently enrolled.

He writes his film commentaries on his blog, Death of Traditional Cinema, the PLM Film Society Blog (Cinemuralla), and for a time, on 8list.ph.

A self-confessed Wong Kar-wai and Ishmael Bernal apologist, he has seen In the Mood for Love more than 20 times and Manila by Night made him want to make films and write about them.

He co-wrote the screenplay for the 2018 critically acclaimed film Quezon’s Game. At present, he works in the communications unit of a government agency, though he yearns to go back to the world of filmmaking.

Joker Manio

Joker got into watching films as a kid being bought CDs and DVDs by his parents. He just graduated from BA Film at the University of the Philippines Diliman and he wishes to make more films of his own in the future.

Believing that the underappreciated field of film criticism is a viable track into the industry, he started writing about films seriously as part of the college paper Tinig ng Plaridel. Now, he’s solely running an online blog, CineSensual, which he just launched at the beginning of 2020.

Datu Zahir Meditar

Datz Meditar is a Forestry student at UPLB and hails from Koronadal City, South Cotabato. His admiration for films began when his family introduced him to Titanic as a child. His childhood revolved around Pixar films as sources of entertainment. In high school, he started exploring some outstanding Oscar-winning films such as Spotlight and Inside Out. He also immersed himself in more local films such as Sana Dati, That Thing Called Tadhana ,and Pisay. As he entered adulthood, he found himself becoming an advocate for Philippine and progressive cinema, with the works of Dwein Baltazar and Giancarlo Abrahan as his personal favorites. From all these experiences, he further discovered his growing love for film because of its storytelling and substantial impacts to communities, and he is more than excited to explore more films.

Some of his film reviews could be found in Letterboxd. He also has a film log thread of the films he is watching this 2021 in his personal twitter account (@datzahir).

Manuel Pangaruy

TREASURER

May pinsan si Manny na nag-aaral sa Maynila noong 80’s. Manny was probably 6 or 7 years old then. Umuwi minsan ang pinsan niya at halos frame by frame n’yang ipinakita sa batang Manny kung gaano kaganda ang E.T. ni Spielberg. Alam ni Manny mula sa murang edad na ‘yon na gusto niyang manood ng sine sa loob ng sinehan. The rest ay isang mahabang montage na dumaan sa harap niya: downtown moviehouse, Betamax, VHS, cable TV, mall cinema, VCD, DVD, deebeedee-deebeedee, micro-cinema at streaming.

Dati niyang release ng love affair niya sa pelikula ang blogging (tagailogspecial.com) mula 2006 hanggang 2013. Pero kinatamaran na rin ito at ibinubuhos na lang ngayon sa Twitter (@tagailogspecial) at pakonti-konti sa Facebook. Kapag hindi siya nanonood ng sine, si Manny ay isang IT Consultant.

Jim Paranal

Nagsimulang mahalin ni Jim ang pelikula nang mapanood niya sa sine ang remake ng pelikulang Wanted Perfect Mother (1996) na pinagbibidahan ni Regine Velasquez. Sa kinalaunan, nahilig ang pamilya niyang mag-arkila ng mga VHS at VCD noon sa ACA Video at iba pang video stores. Kaya pati siya ay naimpluwensiyahan na din para mas manood ng mga pelikula. Loner si Jim kaya pelikula ang nagsisilbing entertainment para sa kanya.

Meron siyang blog kung saan nakapagsulat siya ng mga rebyu sa pelikula: Jimelikula Atbp. Meron din siyang Letterboxd account kung saan mas madalas siyang mag-rebyu. Isa siyang miyembro ng podcast na Third World Cinema Club.

Sa kasalukuyan, siya ay nagtatrabaho bilang closed captioner o subtitler sa isang TV network.

Nico Quejano

Nico fell in love with cinema surrounded by family members. His aunt would send VHS tapes from Metro Manila to his province and the whole family (and sometimes even the neighbors) would watch together in their living room. He says they still do that occasionally minus the VHS. He usually posts his opinions on films in his social media accounts on twitter, facebook, letterboxd and even on Instagram. He’s Nico Quejano in all of them. He’s a lawyer and a Vilmanian.

Robin Quiñones

Robin first fell in love with movies after being terrorized by Wes Craven’s Scream. Searching for the best in horror movies led him to a world of cinema beyond the delicious torment of the genre.

He is a full-time film-lover, part-time Business Analyst living in Quezon City.

He regularly updates his film log on Letterboxd @niborquinones.

Jay Rosas

Jay’s first recollection of cinephilia goes back to the time when he was around 5 or 6 and saw Shake Rattle and Roll Part 2 in one of the rundown cinemas in downtown Davao. He remembers the “Aswang” episode giving him nightmares. The experiences of watching the film remains vivid up to now and he always likes sharing this bit of childhood memory. 

He contributes film reviews and articles on Mindanao Times and New Durian Cinema, and has written about film for various publications including the recent Pelikula Journal and two volumes of the Yamagata Film Criticism Collective.  He is also Programmer for the Ngilngig Asian Fantastic Film Festival and the Mindanao Film Festival, and co-founder of the film collective Pasalidahay.

He works as a national staff for a German-funded peacebuilding project in Mindanao. 

Bernard Santos

Bernard is an IT Engineer by day and film lover 24/7. He fell in love with cinema as films bring him to a new world every time he watches. Watching film also serves as his stress reliever in his professional work.

He usually posts his film reviews in his blog My Movie World, on Twitter (@my_movieworld) and Instagram (@mymovieworld).

Cholo Sediaren

An avid pop culture geek at heart, Cholo is always out and about discovering and discussing what’s poppin’ in the world of film and beyond. His film origins date back to his first cinematic experience watching Anastasia at age two, and has since developed a passion for exploring worlds beyond our own, and talking about it with other people.

While not on superhero duty, his civilian responsibilities include being an Artist & Repertoire Associate at Sony Music Philippines, running his pop culture podcast, and tending to his personal collections and small businesses.

Some of his written works have been published online and in print on K-Zone, spot.ph, and Manila Bulletin, among others. He is on Letterboxd (@ccsediaren), and can be heard talking for days on end on his podcast POP!corn with Cholo Sediaren (available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and all major platforms).

Nazamel Tabares

Naz loves how watching movies helps him understand different situations: situations he’s afraid of, situations he’s dreamed of, and situations far from our reality. He writes reviews and articles at Pelikula Mania and covers events and manages publicity for companies as a living.

Kevin Oliver Tan

Kev’s earliest memory of cinema is watching Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith back in 2005. Growing up, he rewatched the prequels a couple more times until he realized how bad they actually are. Kidding aside, he loves the said franchise very much.

As a film enthusiast, he has written movie reviews for Cinema Bravo, Film Police Reviews, and he’s currently the co-host of the YouTube movie review channel Screen Kings. As a certified public accountant, he’s currently working as a financial analyst for a telecommunications company. He likes to think that he’s also musically inclined so he sings and plays the guitar and piano in his spare time, much to the annoyance of his family.

John Tawasil

A medical specialist by profession, John fell in love with movies from vhs rentals, unsubtitled films on Japanese cable, and strange TV excursions in the middle of the night. He publishes his reviews, mostly of Asian and Philippine cinema, over at his blog Present Confusion.

JT Trinidad

JT is a film student at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He has directed and co-produced shorts that went on international and local film festivals. He also writes film reviews and essays for Sine Liwanag and Philippine Collegian while serving as a photojournalist for the latter. He is part of Ricky Lee’s Screenwriting workshop Batch 25. He is also part of the first Pelikultura Film Criticism Workshop under the mentorship of Richard Bolisay. He aspires to tell stories through films.

Ligaya Villablanca

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Born and raised in Tacloban, Ligaya is a BFA Cinema graduate of University of San Carlos and the founder and curator of Salida;Serbesa – a film exhibition initiative started in Cebu in 2019.

Even though she comes from a lower-middle class family, her father got her and her brother an “entertainment box” that served as a radio / DVD / cassette player. Garfield (2004) would have silhouettes of people passing by. Finding Nemo (2003) was in much better quality, though it was Russian-texted so the six-year-old Joi thought it was pronounced Finding “Memo”. She never thought much about films, and the cinema program she took for college was a choice out of impulse.

In her early years in college, Ligaya had an elective subject (which also happens to be a film journal) called SineKultura. She remembers going out the school theatre feeling in awe. She feels the same emotions after participating in film festivals, organized film screenings, and casual conversations with friends or strangers.

Ligaya posts her film commentaries on Facebook and Letterboxd.

Vincen Gregory Yu

Vincen Gregory Yu is a medical doctor, researcher, fictionist, poet, and theater critic for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. At three years old, he got into an accident while watching Disney’s The Lion King. So began his love for the movies. Read him on Letterboxd, tinyletter and Blogspot, or follow him at Twitter.

Tristan Zinampan

Tristan is Rappler’s resident pop culture vulture – consuming books, movies, shows, podcasts, and video games. He leads Rappler’s youth culture section, Hustle.

Previously from the world of advertising and marketing, Tristan embarked on the very millennial journey of “pursuing his passion.” This led him to the world of film criticism and freelance writing before joining Rappler as a content producer in 2018.

Listen to him and Paolo Bitanga on the ‘Hustle: Inside the Industry’ podcast.

You can find his previous works in Playboy Philippines, Film Police Reviews, Screen Anarchy, and CNN Philippines Life.