Possibly Lav Diaz's Shortest Film Ever
Intramuros, Manila, 07.07.2005

Critically acclaimed filmmaker Lav Diaz took one day off from his toxic schedule to walk the streets of Intramuros and the Port Area with me to shoot real people for the "sugarfree series" (working title). This is the first batch of TV ads for Rock Ed.

It is called such because Rock Ed through Diaz works to eliminate the usual 'sugarcoating' when it comes to grappling with socio-civic issues.

Littering, bad road courtesy, our denial of abuse against women, our inability to stare squarely at realities like unemployment, homelessness, lack of education, inconsiderate behaviour and other traits that are atrocious yet commonplace.

And when something happens to be a statistical norm, when something is 'the usual' --it becomes acceptable. Like cheating.

Lav Diaz is currently filming "Eremias" the third epic film in the same line as "Batang Westside" and "Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino" Known for his understated full-feature films, (His films average about 9 hours or so each) Diaz tilted his orbit a bit to accomodate Rock Ed by taking on 15-30 seconders--short shorts for someone more akin to epics. Diaz is a convenor of Rock Ed Philippines.

When sharp minds like Diaz support a cause, then it's possibly on a sound path.

"Action," he quietly says. "...rock and roll."

Mabuhay ka, Lav Diaz. Isa kang tunay na rakero. Masuwerte ang Pilipinas, ika'y Pilipino.

Critically acclaimed filmmaker Lav Diaz took one day off from his toxic schedule to walk the streets of Intramuros and the Port Area with me to shoot real people for the "sugarfree series" (working title). This is the first batch of TV ads for Rock Ed.

It is called such because Rock Ed through Diaz works to eliminate the usual 'sugarcoating' when it comes to grappling with socio-civic issues.

Littering, bad road courtesy, our denial of abuse against women, our inability to stare squarely at realities like unemployment, homelessness, lack of education, inconsiderate behaviour and other traits that are atrocious yet commonplace.

-Gang Badoy, 13 July 2005- 440am while editing the ads with Tetep Marasigan. Mabuhay ka, Tep!

Rock Ed is grateful to Bing Basit and Media 2Six's generosity in lending us editing equipment, as usual, pro-bono.

Thank you to Noel and Noel, actors par excellence. And the lady who played the lady by the breakwater. Also to Dweighn Baltazar, Ryan Celis, and Jemuel Miranda who happened to be loitering in Intramuros the afternoon we were there.

Gratis et amore to Reg Hernandez for creative input on the "sugarfree series," and for walking to Mini Stop for cigarettes, San Mig Light, Coke in Cans, Meiji Dark Chocolate and Barako Red Bulls.

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