door Dorien Dierx
6 Nov. 2013
José María Sison werd in 1968 de eerste voorzitter van de communistische partij (CPP) in de Filippijnen en richtte een jaar later met andere communisten de New People’s Army (NPA) op. Deze guerrillabeweging probeert tot op de dag van vandaag door middel van gewapende aanvallen een arbeidersrevolutie tot stand te brengen. Om dit voor elkaar te krijgen strijden ze vooral tegen de regering, grootgrondbezitters en de aanwezigheid van buitenlandse bedrijven in de Filippijnen.Read more
by Ted Tuvera
Posted on October 14, 2013
Who is Joma Sison?
(This essay was written after watching the film ‘The Guerrilla is a Poet’. I wrote this, supposedly, as an outline for a friend I brought with me to see the film.)
To date there is indeed a very influential political analyst that defines the prevailing political issues in the Philippines (and even the whole world) in a very radical way, but is still very relevant and in a way gives an alternative solution that makes a lot of sense in terms of practicality for the benefit of the vast masses.
Prof. Jose Ma. Sison indeed gave the youth of his generation and even the activists of today a lasting influence in criticizing and analyzing the political phenomenon in Philippine society. His brand of politics is different from the traditional ones, for he agitates with the revolutionary lines that are based from Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought and translates it to fit the particular situation of the Philippines.Read more
By Pablo A. Tariman
(The Philippine Star)
Updated October 13, 2013 – 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines – The landmark film on pre-martial law activist Jose Ma. Sison, The Guerilla Is A Poet by Kiri and Sari Dalena, won four awards in the recently-concluded Cine Pilipino Film Festival held at the Resorts World.Read more
Talakay-Takilya ni Steven Abada
Mapangahas ang pelikulang “The Guerrilla is a Poet” ng magkapatid na Sari at Kiri Dalena dahil sa mismong paksa nito: ang buhay ni Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, ang unang tagapangulo ng muling tatag na Communist Party of the Philippines.
Tulad ng maraming maling paniniwala sa kasamaan umano ng komunismo, malimit ilarawan si Joma sa mainstream na midya bilang terorista at kaaway ng demokrasya. Ngunit sa pelikula ng mga Dalena, ipinakilala si Joma bilang makata at mangingibig ng salita—malayo sa imahe ng isang awtokratikong pinuno.
Sa ating pakiwari, magkahiwalay na mundo ang panitikan at digmaan; malimit nating naiisip na ang digmaan ay marahas habang ang pagtula ay isang maselang proseso. Kung kaya nga ang imahe sa atin ng manunulat at intelektwal ay si Rizal, habang ang mapusok na si Bonifacio naman ang mandirigma (ngunit maging si Bonifacio ay makata rin).
Sa pamamagitan ng panitikan at sining, mas naipapahayag ng indibidwal ang kaniyang nararamdaman at naiisip, at sa madaling salita, ang kaniyang pagkatao. Halaw sa tulang “The Guerrilla is Like a Poet” ni Sison ang pamagat ng pelikulang “The Guerrilla is a Poet.” Maliban sa paghahalintulad ng mga katangian ng gerilya sa isang makata, maaaring ipagpalagay ang gustong ipabatid ng pamagat: na ang mga rebelde, una sa lahat, ay tao, at ang pagsusulong ng rebolusyon ay paggigiit ng pagkatao.
Akma sa pamagat ang naging estilo ng mga Dalena—ang lirisismo ng tula ay isinalin sa lenggwahe ng pelikula. Kapwa matalas ang kasiningan ng magkapatid na Dalena na makikita sa mahusay nilang paggamit ng mayaman na kulay at tanawin ng kanayunan. Sa kabila ng karahasan ng digmaan, may mga pinupuslit na mga butil ng kariktan ang kanilang kamera. Tulad ng tula ni Joma, ipinamalas sa atin ng mga Dalena maging ang mga “kaluskos ng mga dahon at pagkabali ng mga sanga” sa pagparoo’t parito ng mga pulang mandirigma.Read more
B60 | Si Karl Medina ay ang panganay na anak ng beteranong actor na si Pen Medina. Gumanap si Karl bilang si Jose Ma. Sison, founding chair ng Communist Party of the Philippines, sa pelikulang “The Guerilla is a Poet” at maswerteng nasungkit ang parangal na ‘Best Actor’ sa katatapos lang na CineFilipino Film Festival.
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Saturday, September 28, 2013
THE GUERRILLA IS A POET (Sari and Kiri Dalena, 2013)
After seeing THE GUERRILLA IS A POET, the new film by sisters Sari and Kiri Dalena, whatever your stand may be on communism, what’s certain is that Jose Maria Sison, or JoMa Sison, or Amado Guerrero (his war name) is indeed an ordinary man who dreams, who loves, and who fights, but whose extraordinary achievements imparted a constant reminder to Ferdinand Marcos during Martial Law that his tyranny shall not go unchallenged.Read more
by Priscilla Pamintuan
Ilang tala hinggil sa “Lean” ng UP Repertory Company at “The Guerrilla is a Poet” nina Sari at Kiri Dalena
Pansin kong dumarami ngayon ang ipinapalabas na mga dokumentaryo’t TV specials na nagpapaalala sa atin sa kabayanihan ng mga Aquino. Noong ika-30 anibersaryo ng Ninoy Aquino assassination, nitong nakaraang anibersaryo ng deklarasyon ng Batas Militar, at tiyak sa susunod na anibersaryo ng unang People Power “revolution”, paulit-ulit na ipapaalala sa atin ang istatus sa kasaysayan ng mga Aquino bilang tagapagligtas ng bayan, noon at ngayon.Read more
26 September 2013
HIS SECOND ‘JOMA.’ Karl as the CPP leader. Photo from ‘The Guerrilla Is a Poet’s’ Facebook
MANILA, Philippines – Another “Medina” is now in the showbiz spotlight and has even won a best actor award for his first feature film.
Karl Medina is the eldest son of renowned actor Pen Medina. He is the latest in the family to bring home an acting trophy for his performance as Jose Ma. Sison in the CineFilipino Film Festival entry, “The Guerrilla Is a Poet,” directed by Sari and Kiri Dalena (daughters of distinguished painter Danilo Dalena).
READ: Newcomer beats Nora Aunor as Best Actress in CineFilipino
In 2012, Pen’s 3rd son Alex won the best actor award at the Cinema One Originals for his performance in Ato Bautista’s “Palitan.” He recently starred in the Cinemalaya entry “Babagwa” (The Spider’s Lair) by Jason Paul Laxamana.Read more
The guerrilla is like a poet
Keen to the rustle of leaves
The break of twigs
The ripples of the river
The smell of fire
And the ashes of departure.
Jose Maria Sison
By Carol Pagaduan Araullo
September 26, 2013
SARI and Kiri Dalena’s ground-breaking film, The Guerilla is a Poet, takes its
inspiration from Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Founding Chairman Jose Maria “Ka Joma” Sison’s well-known poem “The Guerilla is Like a Poet.” As Prof. Sison points out in the film, the poem was the fruit of his imagination, having been written even before he and Bernabe “Ka Dante” Buscayno founded the New People’s Army (NPA) in March 1969.
The film’s depiction of revolution in the Philippine setting and life in the revolution is in the same way described, but in a figurative manner, in Prof. Sison’s prescient poem wherein the guerilla fighter at the forefront of “the people’s war” is likened to the poet writing on the same theme and both, in so doing, creatively giving life to “the people’s epic” of revolution.
The poem itself is a testament to the human element — the “humanity” — in waging a people’s war. Objectively speaking, war, even one with a just cause, can be dehumanizing. Thus the usual portrayal of the guerilla is that of a hardened person inured to his harsh surroundings, incapable of emotions and of the appreciation of the finer things in life such as art and poetry. Prof. Sison’s poem departs from and negates this depiction.Read more
By Edwin P. Sallan
24 September 2013
Karl Medina was honestly not aware that his acclaimed portrayal as revolutionary icon Jose Ma. Sison in Sari and Kiri Dalena’s “The Guerrilla is a Poet” would make him a frontrunner for the Best Actor race in the ongoing CineFilipino film festival.
So when he lived up to many of the fearless forecasts, a surprised Karl admitted that he really did not expect to win an award for his starmaking role as the Communist Party of the Philippines founder.Read more