‘Kupsilup’ | Where’s the lie?

By YANNI ROXAS Bulatlat.com As the International Criminal Court (ICC) opens an investigation on the crimes against humanity under the Duterte administration, one recalls a music video by a Pinoy hip-hop, rap and R&B collective released about seven months ago denouncing police brutality. A word play for kupal-pulis, “Kupsilup” appeared on social media at about… Continue reading ‘Kupsilup’ | Where’s the lie?

Para kay #KerimaLorenaTariman: Makata at mandirigma

Alam ni Kerima Lorena Tariman ang bisa ng mga salita upang makapukaw ng damdamin, magpalawak ng kaisipan at makapagpakilos ng mamamayan tungo sa pagbabagong panlipunan. Ang koleksyong ito ay mga tulang naisulat ng kanyang mga kapamilya, mga kaibigan at mga nakasama at mga tulang isinulat mismo ni Kerima Lorena Tariman. Ang “Batingaw” at “29th of… Continue reading Para kay #KerimaLorenaTariman: Makata at mandirigma

#Kapangyarihan hits hard: Ben&Ben x SB19 round 2

By YANNI ROXAS Bulatlat.com Very few artists in mainstream OPM have used their music to advance social causes yet still remain popular and respected in the industry. Moreover, their creations may also be masterpieces, become timeless and resonate with audiences across genders and generations. Just recently folk-pop band Ben&Ben dropped their all Filipino 13-track album… Continue reading #Kapangyarihan hits hard: Ben&Ben x SB19 round 2

Torture survivor: Graffiti is a valid act of political expression

“The Operation Pinta and Operation Dikit are unique because the message it carries is serious; issues and appeals that reflect the real situation of the masses such as ‘Land for the peasantry’; ‘Fair employment for the workers’. For most Filipinos, this is not difficult to understand.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Jon… Continue reading Torture survivor: Graffiti is a valid act of political expression

REBYU | Ang dikta ng dokumentarista sa ‘Balik-Loob’ ni Kara David

Screenshot from the documentary ‘Balik-Loob’. Ni ROMA ESTRADA at ROGENE A. GONZALES Bulatlat.com Gaya ng ating relasyon sa direktor ng pelikula, pinapanood natin ang dokumentaryo sa perspektiba ng dokumentarista. Ang kaniyang danas ay ating danas. Ang kaniyang pagtuklas ay ating pagtuklas. Ngunit hindi gaya ng direktor sa pelikula, ang dokumentarista ay hindi lamang nagsasalaysay kundi… Continue reading REBYU | Ang dikta ng dokumentarista sa ‘Balik-Loob’ ni Kara David

Art is political, #Tumindig artist says

By JANNELA PALADIN Bulatlat.com MANILA — “I do not create art for the sake of aesthetics. Art is always political whether we like it or not.” This is what Kevin Eric Raymundo, the artist behind “Tarantadong Kalbo” said, as his recent work calling on the people to stand against the Duterte administration recently went viral.… Continue reading Art is political, #Tumindig artist says

Neil Doloricon, people’s artist, dies at 63

Screenshot of the interview with Neil Doloricon from this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C02237vKZYw “My art activism and activist art are life-long struggles to make life for myself and many others free and alive on paper, canvas, print as well as in the real humane world.” – Neil Doloricon By RAYMUND B. VILLANUEVA Kodao Productions / Bulatlat.com MANILA… Continue reading Neil Doloricon, people’s artist, dies at 63

Trese: Beyond folklore and monsters

The conditions under which Alexandra lived, grew up and struggled have molded her character but it is also in this context that mythical creatures are enabled to rouse the viewer’s consciousness about the current state of Philippine society. Undeniably, Trese is rich in contemporary social realities that resonate with ordinary Filipinos. By YANNI ROXAS Bulatlat.com… Continue reading Trese: Beyond folklore and monsters

Weighing in on SB19’s “WHAT?”

Screenshot from the official music video And so as not to confuse their patriotism, the cry of “PILIPINAS” is heard loud and clear. The last line reads “di na magpapaawat, iwawagayway na ang watawat,” and the song finally rests on a relic of the Murillo-Velarde map that is a testament to the country’s ownership of… Continue reading Weighing in on SB19’s “WHAT?”

The story of Macliing Dulag and the fight for indigenous peoples’ land

By REIN TARINAY Bulatlat.com In commemoration of the 37th Peoples’ Cordillera Day, an online storytelling featuring the life of Cordillera hero, Apo Macliing Dulag was held last week. Dulag was a celebrated tribal leader who led the people’s resistance against the controversial Chico Dam during the Marcos dictatorship. On April 24, 1980, he was killed… Continue reading The story of Macliing Dulag and the fight for indigenous peoples’ land