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Raised fists, tied hands, deferred hopes: ‘GomBurZa’ and the darkness of our time

The film “GomBurZa” teaches us much about Philippine history, but it should also be appreciated as an expression of, and response to, our bleak political predicament. It is as much about 2022 as 1872.  Just as 1872 saw the Spanish colonial state crack down on liberalism in the Philippines, so did 2022 witness the lopsided...


The Metro Manila Film Festival shows an industry alive and kicking

Awards nights are not complete without questioning the decisions of the jury, and the awards night of the 2023 edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) on Dec. 27 was no exception. Eyebrows were raised when “Firefly” was declared best picture over “GomBurZa,” which came in second. “GomBurZa,” after all, won more technical awards—best...


Coming soon: the 49th Metro Manila Film Festival vs livestreaming

At the rate things are going, with most local movies screened in theaters ending up in the doldrums, what fate awaits the 2023 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)? Ten official entries will be shown in cinemas all over the country starting on Dec. 25 until Jan. 7, and elsewhere like Los Angeles, California, from Jan....


‘Gomburza’ gets to the big screen

A new film about the Filipino priests Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos and Jacinto Zamora, or GomBurZa, whose execution during the Spanish colonial era helped spark the Philippine Revolution, will soon be viewed in Philippine cinemas.  The full-length motion picture—with the lead roles played by Dante Rivero, Cedric Juan and Enchong Dee, respectively, supported by Piolo...