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On Lonely Death or “Kodukushi” — in “Encounters with Silence,” a Documentary by Janus Victoria

November 9, 2019

The UP Asian Center will hold a free screening of the documentary, “Encounters with Silence,” on 13 November 2019, 2:30–4 pm, at the ASEAN Hall, UP Asian Center, QC. A discussion on the film’s topic, the “lonely death” in Japan, will follow the screening. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Walk-ins are welcome, but participants are encouraged to sign up.

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In a country with a large population of elderly and middle-aged people living in isolation in small apartments without friends or family to rely on, many die alone and unnoticed. Their bodies are discovered by neighbors several weeks, or even months, after. The lonely death, or kodokushi, has become hauntingly common in Japan. Still it remains a sensitive subject and is rarely discussed. Filmmaker Janus Victoria confronts the silence on the subject through encounters with a man who cleans the apartments of those who die alone, a photographer who documents the aftermath of kodokushi, an elderly woman fiercely protective of her independence even in old age, and an artist who sings to pierce the stillness around her. By examining the quiet and lonely death, Encounters with Silence becomes a meditation on life itself. Encounters with Silence premiered in competition under the Asian Perspective category of the 2017 DMZ International Documentary Film Festival in South Korea.


The context of film topic and the production process of the documentary will be discussed by the filmmaker after the screening. Q&A will follow afterwards.


Janus Victoria is a filmmaker of narrative features and documentaries. She produced Encounters with Silence during her fellowship at the Asia Center of The Japan Foundation. She is currently taking MA Asian Studies, major in Japan Studies at the UP Asian Center.



The Ramon Magsaysay 2019 Awardees

September 23, 2019

On September 9, we attended on behalf of Gawad Metronian Educational Foundation, Inc. the 2019 Presentation Ceremonies of the Ramon Magsaysay Award held at Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines. The awardees are as follows: KIM JONG-KI of South Korea, KO SWE WIN of Myanmar, RAVISH KUMAR of India, ANGKHANA NEELAPAIJIT of Thailand, RAYMUNDO “Ryan” PUJANTE CAYABYAB of the Philippines. Except for Mr. Cayabyab, we managed to get the signatures of all awardees making my souvenir magazine extra special. Unfortunately, he was on his way out by the time we got near him. It was my knack for documentation that prodded me to queue up for their precious signatures…


Their individual stories and contributions to their society in particular, and the humanity in general are truly inspiring. The late Gina Lopez could have been one of the awardees too in recognition of what she had done for the environment, the children and the marginalized people in our country.

Here are links to read about the awardees and the award giving body itself:;

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The 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees with Vice-President of the Philippines Leni Robrero and RMAF Board of Trustees Chair Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. (4th and 3rd from right respectively)

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Tikoy Aguiluz’s art of waves, whorls and wings

August 31, 2019

Posting late but as they say, better late than never….

“A fortnight after joining a group show at Sining Kamalig, Tikoy Aguiluz had his first one-man show at Kanto Gallery in Makati Central Square. Billed as “Rara Avis,” the exhibit opened on June 8, with Virginia R. Moreno cutting the ribbon with the assistance of Jun Factoran. Another guest of honor, Nestor Vinluan, came a little late for the opening rite.

Other artist-friends in attendance included Pandy Aviado, Heber Bartolome, Gus Albor, filmmaker Onin Delotavo Tagaro, who co-directed the Urian award-winning documentary, Yield, and filmmaker/producer Toshihiku Uriu, owner of the gallery and the Tiu Theater (with a screening room and a sound stage) also at Makati Central Square. Uriu is also the co-producer of Aguiluz’s film-in-progress, Pisonet.

Tikoy, a.k.a. Amable R. Aguiluz VI, who has won various awards for his notable documentaries and feature films, started with his recent spate of artworks in late 2017 when he took a three-month residency in Sri Lanka.

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Film Director Tikoy Aguiluz, friend and UP Film Center colleague I have worked with for decades as his film editor, and I holding the drawing I have chosen from one of his sketchbooks. Ms. Virginia R. Moreno cut the ribbon to open the exhibit.

He says he made it a daily habit in the beginning of 2018, producing what were basically sketches for oil paintings, but that these developed a life of their own. For these sketches, he used a Bic ballpen and different kinds of Pentel pens, mostly black but sometimes blue.

To read Krip Yuson’s article full article: “Tikoy Aguiluz’s art of waves, whorls and wings”, please click the following link:



Kodi Lee: Blind singer with autism wows ‘America’s Got Talent’ judges, gets away with Golden Buzzer

May 29, 2019

Watch amazing Kodi Lee, a 22-year old blind singer with autism!

According to his mother Tina: “…Through music and performing, he was able to withstand living in this world, because when you’re autistic, it’s really hard to do what everybody else does. It actually saved his life playing music.”


Figurative Abstraction Landscape Paintings of ROMEO E. GUTIERREZ

March 20, 2019

After many decades, I’ll finally meet an old friend, award-winning and former art professor Romeo Gutierrez. We very fondly called him “Romy.” Exhibition will be held at the 4th level, Artwalk, SM Megamall Bldg. A, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong in Metro-Manila.



Angels Walk for Autism 2019

February 28, 2019

Angles walk 2019

For your tickets, click the following link:

This is an annual event initiated by Autism Society Philippines. Below is a docu that traces the history of Angels Walk.


An Exhibition on the Life and Works of BROCKA and BERNAL

January 22, 2019

In celebration of the 100th Year of Philippine Cinema, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines present

an Exhibition on the Life and Works of National Artists in Film Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal.



Open to the public from January 25-April 27, 2019.