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By Nef Luczon


Monday, August 4, 2014

TODAY, Mindanao University of Science and Technology has encouraged its students (and maybe faculty and staff) to wear white in solidarity for the victims of Gaza City, as stated on advisory posts throughout the campus.

The advisory also encouraged everyone to fast and pray, not just for Palestine but also for Israel and other war victims of the world.

And so today, I personally join such calling as support to many voices to put an end to these unreasonable bloodsheds.


The conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis is very complicated to discuss in just one sitting, since for many decades they are already not in good terms – politically, culturally and even spiritually. In addition to that, we’re Filipinos and we have had our own share of conflicts even to our own soil.

But thanks to the Internet and the social media, the plight of the innocent people in Gaza and the ongoing conflict has reached a new sense to people. Of course, some sympathize, some criticize.

The simplest reason for such conflicts like Gaza is pride and disillusionment, just like any conflicts in that happened in the history of mankind. Be it the Hamas, who claimed as the unified identities of the Palestinian people, or the Israeli government, both have their hands stained against the innocent whom they ought to serve and protect.

How many more innocent people should die? And when will the people stop categorizing everything based on race, gender, and religion?

Even in our own country, we still experience situations that are akin to Gaza, and let’s just hope that it would also come to a close and peace must reign for a longer time - but how can we? When we have some leaders who are deceitful and corrupt? That is another story.


The 10th year of Cinemalaya has already started in Metro Manila. For those who are still new with this annual event, this is where films from Filipino filmmakers showcase their artistic prowess in storytelling through motion pictures, or simply the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) for no-nonsense films.

But unlike the MMFF, films slated in Cinemalaya were seldom screened outside Metro Manila, more so here in Mindanao.

This is also a reminder that the majority of filmgoers are still not ready for such kind of cinematic art form since for decades, the Philippine Television taught us that cinema means shallow entertainment (and now a form of advertising platform to sell commercial products in a form of product placements).

But even though this has been a reality in the Filipino cinema industry, there should be a venue where people can watch these cinematic masterpieces. A premise of which is hard to do when cinema owners also thought of marketability and revenues.

But why there is a need to give the Filipino audience a chance to see independent films? Because it might change their perspectives in life and can contribute deeply in social change beginning with not voting the wrong people in the government service.

[Email: nefluczon@gmail.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 04, 2014.


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