Hector San Andres, businessman: “What’s happening to our film industry? Gone are the days when plots mirrored the social concerns of the day, and when artists’ lives were considered private. In those days, hecklers and bashers were almost nonexistent.
“Nowadays, movies are judged based on the income they generate. Is this all we’re giving viewers—short-lived pleasure? I miss the films made by the likes of Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. There should be an agency that ensures the quality of our movies.”
Josef de Guzman, Psoriasis Philippines: “An unfortunate TV news item may have hurt people with psoriasis by implying that it is spreading like an epidemic in Pangasinan. Psoriasis Philippines voices out the pain, anxiety and fear caused by the news item.
“For a person with psoriasis, isolating himself from the public is sometimes the only choice to shield him from public ridicule and discrimination. The report is making our already small world even smaller. Thanks to the doctors and TV people who stood up to correct the issue that unwittingly maligned the members of our community.”
Agnes Shari Aliman, televiewer: “‘Honesto’ deals with political, economic and social realities. Corrupt personalities reign as local leaders, while honest people suffer in poverty. The future is represented by this little boy who has been taught to always uphold the truth, no matter what. In the series, Joel Torre demonstrates his versatility.
“‘Got to Believe’ is also entertaining. The theme of a rich boy (Daniel Padilla) falling in love with a poor girl (Kathryn Bernardo) is overused, but the series is an eye-opener for parents who tend to smother their children, who are unable to think for themselves.”
Rafael Dagarag, student: “Lipsynching to a prerecorded song is fine with me as long as performers don’t use prop microphones. On a recent edition of ‘Eat Bulaga,’ however, I chanced upon Derrick Monasterio, Alden Richards and a Mr. Pogi contestant lipsynching to a Bruno Mars number, each with his own microphone.
“Everything went well until Mr. Pogi made the mistake of singing before his prerecorded voice. No sound came out, naturally, and he made things worse by laughing at his own mistake! Next time, memorize the song by heart so you won’t make a fool of yourself on national TV.”
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