Solutions for Cebu's Hungry from Rise Against Hunger and Cinema

Dear Cebu:

Have you seen the 2016 movie I, Daniel Blake, a movie that shows a food bank that gave away food for the poorest of Europe? Pede nato na himoon diri sa Cebu City! We can build a food bank in Cebu City where all the hungry can just go and find relief.

I am with Nassim Taleb that we should not promote dependency, but that doesn't mean we should be calloused against the poor.

Rise Against Hunger is the organization that can help us build the dream of having a food bank in Cebu City using ideas in Cinema. Here are basic facts about Rise Against Hunger.

1. Rise Against Hunger is the non-profit group that has for its vision the eradication of hunger across the world by 2030. It was formerly named Stop Hunger Now in 1998, but even with the new name, the international hunger relief organization still continues to push the mission of ending hunger in our lifetime and mobilizing the resources in doing so.

2. More than 310 million meals have already been distributed all over 74 countries because of Rise Against Hunger.

3. If you plan to work with Rise Against Hunger and commit to their programs and attempt to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development goal, then contact Bisaya Short Films through the message box in the top left of this page.

Also, be reminded that virtue signaling is when you announce in public that you help people by your donations.

Real virtue is when you help unannounced, anonymously, in private. Some people donate and start charities for branding. That is not virtue. It's a cost-cutting scheme.

It is your duty as a cinema watcher to weed out the Napoles Groups from the legit ones.

The Janitor


A Love Letter For Ritz Azul And Invitation To Eat At Live Life Vegan Resto

Dear Ritz Azul:

You seem to have the beauty only a moviegoer who has seen Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia or Chai Fonacier's Pauwi Na (stunning slow mo) or any of Wes Anderson's framing style or any of Whit Stillman's nuanced understanding of social climbing, would understand. 

You will be in a Bisaya Short Film whether you like it or not, and that's because the imagination is not a finite platform.

But should you decide that the imagination is not enough, then I have an idea that you might like.

Have you by any chance eaten at Live Live Vegan Resto at Axis, Escario? It's a place that vegans in Cebu should try out, if only for their outstanding fresh lumpia that got me to say that it is one of the best fresh lumpia of Cebu? 

If the fresh lumpia at Live Life were a movie, it would be a Vice Ganda film because it's delightful and like Vica Ganda's jokes, makes you feel good.

My other faves among Live Life's all-healthy all-wonderful dishes are Mousaka, Almond Milk Halo Halo and Meatless Chili Con Carne. 

So here's the idea: At the risk of being called freaky, may I invite you to join with me at Live Life and eat there and talk about movies? We can also talk about ways and solutions to solving political issues of the country, as you yourself is a politician?

We can then organize events and promos that will give jobs to Filipino drug addicts who surrendered to Tokhang.

Infinite things to talk about. What do you say? My treat, even if you opt for buffet. P350 lang!

All yours,
Richard Abad

For more info about Live Live resto, click here.


Solutions From VisMin Artists for Game of Thrones Viewers Worried By Death


You're a Cebuano who saw Game of Thrones' Spoils of War Episode and you're depressed at the simple fact that, like the characters in the show, we're all going to die.

Daenerys will die, Jon Snow died/will die, the Maesters will die. Cersei will die. The dead will die. Game of Thrones is just your epic reminder that your daily grind, your status updates, Facebook rants, can amount to nothing. I'm not saying it will. I'm saying it can.

So you struggle to find meaning, even if Albert Camus reminds us not to find one in a meaningless universe, and one just has to submit to the complete present and YOLO the fudge out of this life. You want to submit to The Now. What can you do?


1. You can submit to the music of Bacolod's 11th Hour. Their song Pusang Ina is to remind you that even if the Fates of this world are unkind to you, at least in the next life we can be cats. Cebuano readers of Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore (in which scenes of cat beheadings will bring you straight to the psychiatrist at Perpetual Succor) will find this music video a relief in that this will console them to the thought that we in the next life may join the cats that Murakami slaughtered.

2. You can submit to the 2nd song of the 11th Hour, entitled Maryjaned and feel better even if you're reminded of the thousands of people dead under the Duterte Administration because of drugs. Let the dead be a reminder of how much you haven't lived, and how less of the supposedly ecstatic highs of being in love you still have experienced. And how your next few hours will be spent on finding that love.

If you're about to go for the snap knee-jerk reaction of bashing Maryjaned for being (insert volatile insult here), be reminded of how David Michod pulled off a stunning genius move of using a Katy Perry song to creep you out in that memorable zoom-in scene in his The Rover with Twilight's Robert Pattison. When you mix pop music with profound grief the sound lands a direct flight to your soul. Maryjaned is an attempt to that.

3. You can submit to Juanita Romualdez' Inday and feel better, which I did and by which I'm melted no less than because of how much of Love I had not yet known until I came across everything of Juanita's. I am enamored of her as a bee is of a flower. She has the stare that can shut down systems and the voice that I swear to the gods of old and new can remind me of why I'm still waiting for a kiss. Hers, I wish.

4. You can submit to the song of Cagayan de Oro's Winset Jacot entitled, Kung Pwede Na, Kung Pwede Pa, because I did, and it's a song for her, my last, my one and my only. Which obviously she isn't. No one's your last and your only. Everything is fleeting. And what better way to celebrate your being no longer in this world than listening to a song about waiting? 

5. You can submit to the poetry of David Foster Wallace, who doesn't write poetry, because his words are these:

“True heroism is minutes, hours, weeks, year upon year of the quiet, precise, judicious exercise of probity and care—with no one there to see or cheer. This is the world.” 

“An ad that pretends to be art is -- at absolute best -- like somebody who smiles warmly at you only because he wants something from you. This is dishonest, but what's sinister is the cumulative effect that such dishonesty has on us: since it offers a perfect facsimile or simulacrum of goodwill without goodwill's real spirit, it messes with our heads and eventually starts upping our defenses even in cases of genuine smiles and real art and true goodwill. It makes us feel confused and lonely and impotent and angry and scared. It causes despair.” 

― David Foster Wallace

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