2016. It was a funky kind of year. It was a year when the world turned on its head and decided to follow a new order. In the Philippines, we voted a man who is so popular that people defend his rape jokes, agree that killing is a necessary solution to lasting peace and that making a hero a despot is a matter of legalese. In America, they replaced the coolest leader in the world with a sleazy capitalist who is a known racist, molester and liar, who also thinks global warming is something people just made up to be popular. Which is now just annoying compared to the unbelievable devastation of lives of tens of thousands of people caught in the crossfire of power-hungry politicians and extremists.
Has the world always been this strange, or has the internet merely magnified the things that were always there?
2016 is the year I questioned the basic goodness of man and looked into the darkness of humanity in the comments section.
I’m still angry and frustrated about how we’re making our evil side win. How can we let death penalty back? Why can’t you marry anybody you want? Why can’t drugstores sell contraceptives? Why is it okay to kill drug pushers?
And yet and yet and yet this year has been so good, with all the gruesome events notwithstanding. I’m going to look back at 2016 someday and say: that was a damn good year.
Apocalypse Child is the movie that just keeps giving. It has gone around the world, went back home for a small release and just got so much love it’s been amazing.
We went to Udine, Italy for the Far East Film Festival where the food was always spectacular and we were just drinking every single night with this crazy couple.
In Bucheon, Korea I travelled with my boys and lola!
Poland for the win. The Five Flavours Film Festival in Warsaw was a very special experience, not because we won (of course that didn’t hurt) but there was something about the place and the festival.
Can you guess which one is the Polish title for Apocalypse Child?
I also had a life-changing experience on a side trip to Auschwitz which I must write about someday.
I can’t tell you how mythical Mekong River is in my life. I’ve pored through books and brochures and policy papers just to imagine why this river is such a big deal. I had to write several videos on the significance of Mekong River to Asia and yet have never set my eyes on it. And then boom! I was on a boat and I just realized that since I was in Laos and this is a river then I must be… OH MY GOD.
Our little movie, BIG TIME, turned 11 years old and we made a special to prove it! Aptly titled: BIG TIME 11TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (Busy kami last year). Guys it’s also on iFlix if you want to catch it, along with the other Arkeofilms projects!
#singabore2singamore. Okay I admit, I like Elvis Costello but I wouldn’t go all the way somewhere else just to see the guy. But Mario is a huge fan and I’m a huge fan of Mario so there.
#OhChaka. Every other year, my girlfriends plan an all-girls trip. My first time in Japan and it was super fun! Next stop: Las Vegas 2018
Andres goes to his favorite paradise with his favorite people! #plantationbay
Team Zissou was my first ever full-blown team costume party and how I love this crew!
Andres turns 4. This party makes it to my all-time favorites. Team Zissou was also behind the art direction of this awesome birthday party!
#TSUngKong. This trip was not only the most disorganized fun I’ve had in recent memory but it’s also a very meaningful trip for me. We got three people to travel abroad for the first time in their lives, plus it’s a great way to cap a good year for This Side Up!
And for Christmas, I actually get this beautiful thing which turns out to be August’s new favorite tambayan.
Let the good win, right?