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Lav Diaz, “Evolution of a Filipino Family” (2004).

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Hindi tayo pamilya nang mga baliw (We are not a family of lunatics),” characters keep repeating in Lav Diaz’s raw, transcendent, monumental, extraordinary masterpiece, Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino (Evolution of a Filipino Family), but if they aren’t, it’s only because the world around them has already gone mad. It’s a genuine epic, not in the grand Hollywood sense, but in terms of sheer scale; efforts to compare it with other media — an Andreas Gursky photograph, a Morton Feldman composition — don’t quite work. It isn’t sweeping in the sense of a John Sayles film either, where every sector of society (or, in his last few films, every stereotype) is represented; Diaz’s film is a closeup shot (though there are no closeups) of a small handful of Filipinos buffeted both directly and indirectly by fifteen years of political turmoil.

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Pinoy

New American Pop Entry: Accents.

Called Accents, because I couldn’t think of a title: mother tongues, Tagalog, from sea to shining sea, forming words in my head, dismay at “losing” my accent, and (I’ll stop with the Journey references at some point, honestly) yet another little mention of Arnel Pineda towards the end. And no mention of “tongues like parrots” either, how about that!

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Pinoy

New American Pop Entry: It's Steve, And It's Not Steve.

The third and last part of a series of related posts on Journey’s new lead singer, Arnel Pineda, called “It’s Steve, and It’s Not Steve“, on American Pop.

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Pinoy

New American Pop Post: "The Man Can Sing Anything."

The answer: someone was hot enough — Arnel Pineda, that’s who. Following a previous entry on Filipino overseas musicians, a new entry on Pineda as “the ultimate OFW”, called “The Man Can Sing Anything”.

(Image swiped from the WFMU blog.)

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music

New American Pop Entry: Tongues Like Parrots.

A new entry, on Filipino musicians, on my American Pop blog, called Tongues Like Parrots.