Films on Mindanao conflict win major Cinemalaya awards

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 08/16/2022

Films on troubled relationships and shattered dreams due to the Mindanao conflict won  major awards for this year’s Cinemalaya  Independent Film Festival: The Baseball Player, 12 Weeks and Bula Sa Langit.  “The Baseball Player” by Carlo Obispo won as best film…

Love where no spoken words exist

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 08/09/2022

“Sa edukasyon, magkakaroon sya ng  boses.” (In education, he will have a voice). One of the lines by mute teacher Miguel (JC DeVera) to the mother of a deaf child (who is a young talented visual artist)…

Cinemalaya through the years

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 08/02/2022

I have been watching Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival since it started in 2004, or 18 years ago, which is held annually at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and various cinemas. The films, often called “indie…

Close encounters with 2022 National Artists awardees

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 06/14/2022

“Walang himala! Ang himala ay nasa puso ng tao, nasa puso nating lahat! Tayo ang gumagawa ng himala, tayo ang gumagawa ng mga sumpa at ng mga Diyos, walang himala!” These are famous lines popularized by Nora…

LEGAL BYTES: Absence of receipts in illegal recruitment case

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/31/2022

The absence of receipts issued by the accused in an illegal recruitment case is not fatal to their conviction if the prosecution establishes, through credible evidence, that the accused has engaged in illegal  recruitment. The Supreme Court…

Basketball as a nuisance sport

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/24/2022

Basketball is everywhere in the Philippines: on public sports complex, on street corners, and on television screens from north to south of the archipelago. The sport is further nurtured by the school system, from primary school up…

UPFight: UAAP basketball champions after 36 years

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/17/2022

The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons Men’s Basketball Team (MBT) has earned the moniker “Cramming Maroons” due to their nail-biting, cardiac victories. Cramming is life for the UP community—even basketball games are no exception in that habit.…

Political Economics 101

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/03/2022

It is always interesting to analyze political economy especially during election time. Political economy is about how politics affects the economy and the economy affects politics. Economic conditions have a powerful impact on elections. Voters on different…

The Filipino women’s suffrage rights and UPink fight

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 04/26/2022

Eighty five (85)  years ago, Filipino women would not find their names in the voting list until a plebiscite was held on April 30, 1937. That day marked the first time women in the country exercised suffrage…

Takbo ng mga Rosas

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 03/29/2022

The Oblation sculpture of the University of the Philippines (UP) is considered as an icon of selfless dedication, service to the nation and freedom of expression. One of the popular traditional activities within  the UP campuses is…

Legal Bytes: Martial Law from the Supreme Court perspective

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 03/02/2022

The greatest threat to freedom is the shortness of human memory. Thus said former Supreme Court Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee in the case of Olaguer vs Military Commission (G.R. No. L-54558 May 22, 1987)  as he gave recognition to…

Mangkukulam and libel

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 01/20/2022

Lilia Cuntapay, dubbed the “Queen of Philippine Horror Movies”, was specially mentioned in a “mangkukulam” story during  one of our Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) lectures. With her long white hair and scary old lady appearance, our lecturer…

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