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SAGASA WILL MAKE THINGS RIGHT

The movie's cinematography resonates with Alejandro Innaritu's The Revenant and Sergio Leone's The Man with No Name Trilogy with its beautiful long shots and effective use of close ups.

But I'm not here to talk about the movie's technical merits but about it's theme. It's basically about taking sides. And the movie, unlike most of Lino Brocka's social realist works, makes its choice clear and explicit.

It takes the side of Dawin and Obunay. And we are invited, no, challenged to do the same.

The movie, for me, is a contemporary take of the story of Naboth in 1 Kings 21. We know why Naboth said no to the King. We know why he didn't want to sell his land. We know why he was framed and killed for defying the king. And we know why God took vengeance on those responsible for killing him and stealing his land. Naboth died defending ancestral land.

God will always make things right.

The most inhuman people in the movie are Christians. Not the Lumads nor the NPAs.The soldiers maltreated, abused, ridiculed, stringed the couple, half naked, and marched them all over the forest. And they butchered Dawin like a pig. Not for anything they did but because of who they were. For being Lumads. Anyone who treats people as less than human deserves to die the same way.

The traps were set for animals. And they served their purpose in the beginning and the end of the movie. One pig died at the beginning so that Dawin can bring food for Obunay, their three children, his neighbors, and his Datu. Five pigs died at the end of the movie so that Obunay can survive and come home to her children.

Sagasa will always make things right!

Maraming salamat, Direk Arbi.

[Response to a Special Screening of "Tu Pug Imatuy," 5th National Youth Camp of the UCCP's Christian Youth Fellowship, Union Theological Seminary, Dasmarinas City, Cavite.]
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MOVEMENT, EXECUTION, CONTINUATION...

At the end of Mark’s Gospel, the women are left silent and afraid by the young man’s challenge: the one who began the movement, the one who was executed, the one they expected to find dead was not. He is risen!

But he is not in heaven where they--and us--imagine him to be. Nor is he in Jerusalem where we all want him to be. He is in Galilee where the good news is preached to the poor, where the hungry are fed, where the thirsty are given drink, where the prisoners are set free…

He is in Galilee. Waiting for us.

THERE REMAIN, THEREFORE, THESE THREE:
MOVEMENT, EXECUTION, CONTINUATION.
AND THE GREATEST OF THESE IS CONTINUATION.

Are we ready to continue?

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#MarcosNoHero
Jose Rizal is not buried in the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani. Nor is Antonio Luna. Not Claro M. Recto. Nor Gabriela and Diego Silang. Not Macli-ing Dulag! Nobody really knows where lie the bodies of thousands of Filipinos—heroes and heroines—who offered their liv...

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#MarcoNoHero
Jose Rizal is not buried in the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani. Nor is Antonio Luna. Not Claro M. Recto. Nor Gabriela and Diego Silang. Not Macli-ing Dulag! Nobody really knows where lie the bodies of thousands of Filipinos—heroes and heroines—who offered their liv...

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THE PARABLE OF THE WEDDING BANQUET
Why do we identify the King in the parable with God? The King is a King. He is on top of an intricate system of honor and shame, patronage, property, and privilege. He is rich. He is powerful. He hosts a banquet. His invite is turned down. He is shamed. He ...

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COMING OUT
# nationalcomingoutday   # comingout   # kabahaghari I would like to believe that the incarnation is really about God coming out. In the Gospel of Mark, God comes out of heaven. One can argue that God actually escapes from heaven. Compared to the Matthean a...

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THE PARABLE OF THE SAMARITAN AND THE INN-KEEPER
We know this story already. Surveys show that this story is one of the two most Christians call their favorite. The other is the Prodigal Son. Both come from Luke. Those of us who have read and studied Luke know that this gospel has a particular bias for th...

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OF GARDENS AND WEEDS
In Memory: Bishop Alberto Ramento Luke 13. 18-19 Gaius Plinius Secundus (aka Pliny the Elder) in his Natural History 19.170-171 wrote that “mustard [sinapi kokkos] …grows entirely wild… and when it is sown, it is scarcely possible to get the place free of i...

That’s why our grandparents called it "Peace Time"?!

“Thirty thousand Americans killed a million Filipinos. We have pacified the islanders and buried them; destroyed their fields, burned their villages; furnished heartbreak by exile to scores of disagreeable patriots; subjugated the remaining 10 million by benevolent assimilation, which is the pious new name of the musket….And so, by these providences of God–and the phrase is the government’s not mine–we are a world power. And this is supposedly the mission of our race, trustee under God, of the civilization of the world.” – (Mark Twain)

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Jeepney Hermeneutics
"There are examples, however, of critical theory that is distinctly Asian or a modification of Western modes of thought with Asian interests. Using Western theory and method is inescapable and can even be considered a witting tool, used by the colonized whe...
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