Telling My Story for Video: Recommended Viewing

After going back and forth on whether or not this would be too self serving, I ultimately decided to go ahead and make the following video the focus for this month’s Recommended Analyzing piece. For those who don’t know, I am the latest subject for the Spotlight series from TFCU; a branch of The Filipino Channel that focuses its efforts on reaching out to and encouraging Filipino American college students to go after their aspirations and goals in life. In the video, I talk at length about my work as an author, blogger, playwright, and screenwriter.

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Looking Back On and Paving Ahead Another Orbit

So this is a first. Sometimes I’ve written right before or after my birthday, but never ON my birthday. Yes, today is my birthday, and much like my blog post from last year, I have thoughts about where I am in life as a writer and as a human. Continue reading “Looking Back On and Paving Ahead Another Orbit”

In Search of an Asian American Outlet (Pt. II)

It has now been about a month since YOMYOMF shut down. While I haven’t devoted a lot of time to looking for a new outlet to contribute to due to other obligations, the little bit of hunting I have done has come up short. There are quite a few Asian American-focused outlets. It’s just that there aren’t a lot of them that offer opportunities for contributors to come and share their thoughts and takes on everything happening within the community. Continue reading “In Search of an Asian American Outlet (Pt. II)”

In the World of Solarpunk: Recommended Reading

With a busy weekend ahead, I figured that now is just as good of a time to bring to you the first Recommended Analyzing piece of the year. While I normally tend to recommend material to check out that came out fairly recently, the article that I will be recommending today was actually published a year ago. It’s just that someone I know brought it to my attention recently, and the content was so captivating, that I knew I had to write something about it. Continue reading “In the World of Solarpunk: Recommended Reading”

In Search of an Asian American Outlet

2019 begins on somewhat of a bittersweet note. In case you haven’t already heard, the daily blog for You Offend Me You Offend My Family (YOMYOMF) has been shut down. As revealed in the message on the site, with many projects in both traditional and new media in various stages of production, it has become too difficult for the founders and creators to also uphold the daily blog as well. YOMYOMF will continue to have an active presence on social media; specifically on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Continue reading “In Search of an Asian American Outlet”

What Did I Miss?: December 2018

Published Works

About Baybayin – For Surat Magazine – the very first publication written entirely in Baybayin in over 50 years – I contribute a poem on how learning this script writing system has contributed to my overall understanding of my Filipino heritage.

This is the Only SNL Skit Featuring Jason Momoa You Need to Watch – For YOMYOMF, I spotlight a very particular skit from the night actor Jason Momoa was the guest host for “Saturday Night Live.”

SIGNAL ROCK Sheds Light on Philippines’ Toxic Patriarchal System – For last month’s Cinematografo International Film Festival, I explore how this year’s opening night film gives a glimpse at the long embedded patriarchal attitudes that still exist in the Philippines.

A Grimy, Working Class Singapore Unfolds in “A Land Imagined” – For last month’s Cinematografo International Film Festival, I explore how this year’s closing night film shows another side of Singapore from the one seen in “Crazy Rich Asians.”

The Cast of “The Debut” Reflect on Film’s 18th Anniversary – For last month’s Cinematografo International Film Festival, I interview several of the cast members of this groundbreaking film, as they look back on their experiences of making it.

Judith Hill Releases Postponed Music Video for “Back in Time” – For YOMYOMF, I shed a light on an old yet new music video that is released two years and eight months after it was supposed to originally come out.

Gene Cajayon Discusses His Journey in Filmmaking and the Making of “The Debut” – For last month’s Cinematografo International Film Festival, I speak with the film’s director about the 18 years since its release.

CRAZY RICH ASIANS and AQUAMAN: The Significance of Their Timing– For YOMYOMF, I spotlight the personal significance on the fact that “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Aquaman” came out the same year and what they did for me in terms of representation.

Appearances

YOMYOMF Blockbuster Showdown: AQUAMAN – The Offenders and I close out the year by sharing our thoughts on one of the better films to come out of the DC Extended Universe.

Enlightenment Blog Feature on Lola By The Bay! – Author Reno Ursal shouts out this blog and the post I did about him and his upcoming novel, Enlightenment.

 

5 Years of Lola By the Bay/2018 Year in Review

WordPress sent me a reminder last night that it has now been five years since the formation of this here blog/website. That’s half a decade of running this thing in the six years since I made the decision to start pursuing my writing more seriously, and look how much has happened since then.

But this post isn’t to serve as a retrospect of the last five years. Instead, this is a look back at the past eleven incredibly speedy months of the year 2018. I say this in some way or another at the end of every year, but it is absolutely crazy how fast this year went. Continue reading “5 Years of Lola By the Bay/2018 Year in Review”

“Enlightenment” Blog Tour: Getting to Know Author Reno Ursal

I used to post interviews I’ve done with fellow writers, but it’s been a while since I last did one for this blog; about four years actually. I’m thinking of bringing that back in the new year to some extent, and it begins with my participation in the blog tour for Reno Ursal’s upcoming novel, Enlightenment; a coming-of-age story that fuses the paths of two people, by way of Filipino folklore.

Reno is a fellow Bay Area-based Filipino American author.  He is an alumnus of the University of Michigan where he received his B.A. in English. While he has had work published in the past, Enlightenment is his debut novel and the first of his Bathala series. I now turn it to him on what Enlightenment is all about, how he got his start as a writer, his influences, etc.

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Thoughts About Making Mistakes in Writing

(This is something I meant to write about prior to my hiatus.)

A few months ago, when the final trailer for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald” was released, it was revealed that the mysterious character that actor Claudia Kim would be portraying in the film is Nagini; the (eventual) pet snake and servant of Lord Voldemort. A mixed reaction erupted as a result, with people saying how having the only Asian character in the entire film was cast as someone whose humanity is destroyed overtime, along with all the old stereotypes attached to the role, was poorly done. Others begged to differ. Continue reading “Thoughts About Making Mistakes in Writing”

Reflections on My Hiatus

December is here and my hiatus is officially over. It’s hard to believe I’ve been away so long from blogging on my website already, but then again, the fact that I posted four times during my hiatus definitely shakes the reality of it. Looking back on the past two months, I now see how I chose a pretty good time to step away for a bit, for things have been quite hectic both in the world and in my life. Continue reading “Reflections on My Hiatus”