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Allow me to dial it back a bit and take it easy. The case has been submitted to the Supreme Court so all we can do is sit back and wait and see what happens.

All throughout this, I have of course been continuing to work on these comics projects. It\’s been kinda crazy. I was counting on the Internet to you know, de-stress and relax. Then this Caparas thing hit and you know, how can I relax with that going on, and how can I just sit here and say nothing? To say and do nothing means I agree and go along with it.

I think I\’ve said plenty in the last two weeks. If anyone wants to see how my posts have developed on this CJC issue, just click on the appropriate box on the left column.

Well, enough of that for now.

Ninoy Aquino was assasinated 26 years ago today. Wow, has it been 26 years? I still remember that day. I was young and I didn\’t know better. I didn\’t know who Ninoy Aquino was and how much of a big deal his dying was. I asked my dad at dinner that night who Ninoy Aquino was and he shushed me quiet, and said not to mention that name as \”people were listening\”. How times change, and how lucky you people are today not to have to be afraid to mention mere names. That\’s how it was back then. Believe me, you don\’t want to go back.

And how many years has it been since Titanic? 12 years? James Cameron is back with his first feature length film since Titanic, AVATAR. And the trailer is here! So, what do you think? Although I\’m looking forward to that, I\’m actually more excited to see Peter Jackson dialing it down with Lovely Bones. Trailer here!

For those who missed the announcement, the next Komikero meeting will be on August 30.

I\’ll be posting more stuff on Francisco V. Coching in the coming weeks.


11 Responses to “Dialing it Back”

  1. Jerome Dizon on August 21st, 2009 9:00 am

    Can’t wait for The Lovely Bones movie.. I love the book.. I met Alice Sebold here in Sydney last year..A real charmer..

  2. P.J. Magalhães on August 21st, 2009 3:41 pm

    Never heard of that book and it sounds like it makes a good movie! Holy cow has Peter Jackson lost a lot of weight. Anyway i am a fantasy guy at heart so i cannot wait for Avatar and see how it plays out on the big screen! :)

  3. Gerry Alanguilan on August 21st, 2009 5:38 pm

    Yeah, P. J…. Peter is starting to sport the hunk a little bit there. :) That said, I also can’t wait to see District 9. It’s a terrific idea for a movie.

  4. Fermin Salvador on August 21st, 2009 10:02 pm

    I earnestly implore everyone to at least PRAY that the petition/case against Caparas, et al will PREVAIL because the move practically put an end to the fight. By bringing the CAUSE to a regular court, MORAL ASCENDANCY has been traded to the less creative/artistic way of using legal strategies. We should not forget that a court is more a refuge of scoundrels than of decent people like true artists who have more lethal weapons in their hands: their arts and integrity. The court may even be a trap that GMA and her “SNAGs” have been wishing the protesters will put themselves into – so that they (WE) have to keep quiet.

  5. Pinoy Comics USA on August 22nd, 2009 4:18 am

    One National Artist who was not able to go personally to deliver the petition was National Artist Bencab. Apparently, his driver was murdered at the Museum.

    This from Sylvia Mayuga:
    Pandy Aviado, one of Ben’s concerned allies in Manila, had already texted wittily that “Murder@the Museum” would be a perfect title for the next massacre movie of Singit National Artist ni GMA, Carlo J. Caparas.
    Bencab half-grinned and half-grimaced at the thought. Joke or not, it was definitely keeping him on a tight time line at the eve of filing the National Artists Petition to cancel the 2009 awards. As the hours ticked by to 10:00 a.m. of Wednesday with its urgent call for his presence at the Supreme Court in Manila, he seesawed between wanting to go, definitely going, and unfortunately not going. In the end, he really couldn’t. His presence in Baguio continued to be required in the unfinished investigation.

  6. MzJosephine on August 22nd, 2009 11:55 am


    Your thoughts/sentiments correspond with mine. However, if the court proved to be a trap, and CJC (and company) gets to keep the NA title, then this title would totally lose its prestige and importance.

    Sad, that.

  7. Pinoy Comics USA on August 22nd, 2009 2:21 pm

    I saw the trailer for The Lovely Bones, while waiting for the main feature – Julie and Julia. Julie and Julia is a movie you have got to see. I know it sounds like a woman movie, it is, and much more, it’s about cooking and blogging – which is exactly right up your alley. The movie’s so much fun, with Meryl Streep doing an uncanny impersonation of Julia Child. I won’t be surprised if she’s nominated for the Oscar again.

  8. Fermin Salvador on August 23rd, 2009 12:56 am

    “…if the court proved to be a trap, and CJC (and company) gets to keep the NA title…”

    And even if the opposite will happen, the public perception will be that the victory is owed more to the “brilliance” of the lawyer(s) than the argument of the true artists since the issue was reduced to a “legal ball game”.

  9. Jun Pamintuan on August 25th, 2009 7:04 pm

    Just in the news:

    Paggawad ng National Artist Title Pansamantalang Ihihinto. – Supreme Court

    Malacanang says it respects Supreme Court decision.

  10. Jun Pamintuan on August 25th, 2009 7:20 pm

    Anak ng Pikachu, balak raw tumakbo ni CJC as Senator:

    Bakit daw hindi..”Kasi kailangan natin ng malinis na nasa pusisyon..etc..”

    This is his own words!
    In my head I was like..yeah right..after seeing you in your interviews regarding the NA issue? yeah..right..lol

    At ang latest nyang planong movie:
    “EDSA: The Untold Stories”
    Dahil mayroon pa raw mga kwento tungkol sa EDSA na hindi pa natin nalalaman…?

    And yes, I will say it again for those that missed it in the news.
    The Supreme Court “temporarily” stopped the giving of the NA titles this year which includes CJC’s NA for Visual Arts and Film. I do not know what will happen afterwards but I hope it is something good.

  11. Fermin Salvador on August 26th, 2009 5:17 am

    “Paggawad ng National Artist Title Pansamantalang Ihihinto. – Supreme Court”

    And then what will happen? Caparas will get tons of “sympathy” from the public and love him more. This reminds us of what transpired in 2001 when Erap was arrested. The arrest was systematically publicized (ginawa siyang mukhang kahabag-habag!) It led to the tragic EDSA TRES and Erap became as popular as ever…

    Now, with what’s going on Caparas is being provided, for free, with an arsenal that he may use if and when he ran for a public office.

    Just like Erap with his guilt in the criminal cases charged against him gone with the wind in the perception of millions of “masa” — Caparas, if and when he lost the NA title, will simply blame the “elitists”, the so-called “educated”, etc. etc. Like Erap, Caparas may end up becoming the “champion of the oppressed” telling the “masa” that he was clobbered and prejudiced for being like them.

    It’s not always a matter of who’s the first to be declared right or, in this case, to be upheld legally. True artists should know that better because they are the pondering kind.

    …It’s all a matter of allowing what is RIGHT, whether legal or not, to PREVAIL.

    Not necessarily in court, at least not in a nation that had sunk so low that the “masa” tend to respect a jester more than a judge.

    When this issue was still new, the first thing that I saw was an artistic challenge. The last that I thought of was a legal battle.

    In the first place all that the true artists should have asked among themselves: How to correct this creatively and by using “arts”? Blatant protestations, and now bringing the issues to court, are “political” ways of addressing the problem.

    Everyone seems to be in a hurry when true artists should be patient and “more” reflective.

    Una, hindi lang si Caparas (o maski isama pa si Arroyo) ang “be-all and end-all” ng problema sa nangyaring ito…at magiging problema pa dahil sa nangyaring ito.

    Parang hindi naisip na isang “sisiw” lang si Caparas para makalikha ng ganitong panic at histerya sa isang inaasahang intelihente at malikhaing sektor.

    Now, Caparas’ cause is not being enervated but rather energized. He’s taking everyone for a ride. And that’s a mere “komiks mind” for our so-called more intelligent artists.