Tom N Toms' Opening At Mabolo Cebu and The Problem Of Loneliness

Dear Cebuanos:

How are you? Welcome to Bisaya Short Films, where you can learn things like, how to be happy by watching cinema, such as movies of Dolphy and Lav Diaz. After reading, you will learn two things:

1. How Tom N Toms can help us Cebuanos be more compassionate and less hurtful to those who are different.

2. How you can help fellow Cebuanos become less sad and less depressed, especially after the news about bombing in Davao.

Let's start.

The other day we the Bloggers got invited for the launch of the Tom N Toms Coffee Shop at The Greenery in Mabolo, the one near Gallery, where Boosog restaurant is. Type "Tom N Toms Mabolo" on Google to locate the place. 

I liked the location of Tom N Toms because it's not in a mall, and I think I read from Jessica Zafra's reputable blog and Nicholson Taleb's books that congested malls can be harmful to society. 

It's encouraged not to spend too much time in malls. We have to diversify. We should spread out our time in different places, as Taleb's book suggested, for the benefit of our antifragile bodies. Click HERE to read more of his ideas. 

Thinking small is good because large things cause bigger damage. Duterte's federalism is based on this idea. Making homes and regions operate in a small scale lessens large-scale casualties and damages. 

Tom N Toms location seems inspired by this. It's away from the mall and provides competition for them, and we know that competition is good for the consumers as a whole. The more competition, the better the product. Tom N Toms gets this and they have my respect. And gratitude for letting us try their concoctions and drinks on the house. 

Also, their espresso is reliable for that needed caffeine fix, and I recommend you try their Strawberry Smoothie without cream and sugar because it can be the healthiest option to get there. Tom N Toms is also 24/7 all week; convenient for writers and students. (McDonald's Basak says they're 24/7 but on Sundays, they're closed)

Now how can Tom N Toms help us Cebuanos become more compassionate? By providing a venue for Cebuanos to talk. By providing another location for us to learn how we should try our hard to not say mean things to people because, just to err on the safe side, those people we say mean things to might be mentally unhealthy or depressed. Suicide is a number one cause of death.

Here are more ideas about this:

1. Go to Tom N Toms on a weekday. Everyone might be in crowded coffee shops in malls where seats are not guaranteed, but not you. You're comfortable. Now that you are, you can now read the ideas of David Foster Wallace while sipping a Tom N Toms latte to learn how to not say mean stuff to people who might cry and hurt themselves because of your words. Here's a sample of his ideas. Click HERE for more.

2. Go to Tom N Toms and click HERE to read the article from the reliable The Guardian entitled "Think loneliness is about single people looking for love? Think again" . It's about an elderly married couple in Italy that policemen visited because they were crying out loud from loneliness. Here's a sample:

the story of Jole and Michele suggests something else: a distinct kind of loneliness stemming not from the absence of significant others but from a feeling of disconnection with the wider world, a sense that you’re no longer part of something shared and human.

Visit Tom N Toms to nurture friendship, get healthier drinks, read ideas from David Foster Wallace and learn more of compassion.  A person's life might depend on how you hurt with your words.

To see what's inside Tom N Toms, click HERE.

Nagmahal nasaktan nagsulat sa Tom N Toms,
A Bad Richard


Culture in Cebu, Christians In Cebu

Dear Cebuanos:
If you want to go to a fashion show made for Jesu and God, then go to Reign Fashion Show. Then read David Foster Wallace for more lessons on how to be like Jesus Christ.

Movie Review of Camp Sawi and Active Vista International Film Festival

Dear Ara Chawdhry and People of Dakila and Camp Sawi:

If you need the song Arci Munoz sang at the end of Camp Sawi movie, then skip reading the article below and head on to the last part where the Youtube video is.

If you want to know how Camp Sawi with Active Vista is suggesting that people seek medical psychological help when they're depressed, read the article.

Active Vista reminds me of how Revolutionizing The Way We See Things can help rape victims see the blessing of their suffering.

And so I used the Active Vista's Truth X Imagination strategy to find genius in Viva Films' movie Camp Sawi, a movie I ignorantly presume to be something that Active Vista contrasts from and a movie that at face value might be labelled as "shallow, superficial or superfluous"

1. Camp Sawi is a comedy your family and friends can watch, with an acting performance and Filipino humor flavor that I believe any Cebuano audience will appreciate, unless they're unhappy.

But it's also an experimental cinema in that it presents us a social experiment of housing people who suffer from an addiction to drama, and steering them away from suicide thru absurd comedy, and the beauty of Cebuano beach the way Gosiengfiao's Temptation Island and Jon Krasinsky's Brief Inteviews with Hideous Men attempted to resolve the knee-jerk reactions of intelligence.

2. Camp Sawi is a comedy that, if you go beyond face value, will make you rethink, and detach from the thought of being victimized.

On the other hand, the movies I saw in Active Vista made me think that maybe the more revolutionary approach is how not to discriminate against movies that are supposedly made for money or movies that are just made for entertainment.

The challenge is for one to not go for the knee-jerk reaction and say things like, "That movie is dumb and is not deep and is not socially relevant."

The challenge is to find in movies like Camp Sawi a form of beauty, and a message that promotes human rights.

The challenge is not to be lured by the dangers, convolutions and pretensions of depth in socially relevant cinema that might have caused David Foster Wallace's and Robin Williams' suicide.

The challenge is to not attach meaning where there is none.

The challenge for Dakila is to find humor in the struggle for change in the same way that Camp Sawi's challenge is for its creators to be aware of the costs of being shallow.

The challenge is for Camp Sawi and Dakila's directors to have Skin In The Game in that they will, say, build a mechanism that if it's proven that the people who have seen their movies will become depressed by watching them, Camp Sawi and Active Vista will help pay for mental health medication because they contributed to the health hazard. Or something like that.

Movies in the Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival seem to scream of importance in a culture where intellectuals can defend that Cat Videos are just as, if not more important than, a film covering poverty and human rights, especially after reading enough Postmodern Philosophy to see them that way.

The challenge of Active Vista is to accept that The Truth, after reading Nicholas Nassim Taleb, David Foster Wallace and Jessica Zafra's blog, is to embrace cosmic indifference, to remember that we're just teaching birds to fly, and that the reason Filipinos forget too easily is because it's in being in the constant present detached from time can one be happy.

If one can be happy, why would a sane Filipino stick to the past that makes one suffer?

P.S. You can watch the beautifully shot Camp Sawi at SM Seaside City Cinema. You might not have the same wonderful experience if you watch elsewhere.

Also, here's The Arci Song in Camp Sawi you're looking for and that you're playing in a loop a million timesh, probably harming yourself:

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