Serna: Film fest success

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By Roger Serna

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

HAPPY New Year, Cebu! Happy new year, Philippines! Happy new year, world! This is my humble wish for everyone, young and old, big and small, male and female, to have a happy and prosperous 2014.

If we have to believe the oft-spoken line, “Life is what we make it,” then what the new year has in store for us is actually up to us. Of course we’re helpless when Mother Nature intervenes but for as long as we have that strong faith and trust in God, for sure He will not abandon us and leave us on our own.

In the holy mass held for the devotion to the Holy Child by the Durban family in the mountain barangay of Tumalog, Oslob, on the last day of 2013, the officiating priest, Fr. Greg, said in his homily in relation to the gospel about finding the child Jesus in the temple, that when we need the help of God we only have to go to the “house of the Father” to find Him or find one or two who share the same faith to pray with. This is because the Lord Jesus Christ has also said that “when one or two are gathered” in His name, He will be in the midst of them, or words to that effect (pardon my little knowledge of the scriptures).

So if we really have to make the new year beneficial to us, it is still up to us to make our dreams and wishes come true.

Once again, a happy and prosperous new year for everyone!


I’m not really into horoscopes and stuff like that but when I saw on TV some things about the oriental calendar and the things that the so-called year of the wooden horse has to offer, the negative possibilities that may happen to people born under certain symbols and the favorable things that those born under other symbols will enjoy this year, I said: “Hmm... not bad!”

At least, we’re forewarned but then again, it’s still up to the One up there to allow these things to happen or not.


Though I’m only an outsider, an observer and an occasional critic and admirer, I was happy at the sight of the throng of excited moviegoers of all ages and walks of life troop to the movie houses at the opening day of the Metro Manila Film Festival last Dec. 25, Christmas day itself.

That was a good sign, needless to say. That only means that Filipino moviegoers still have trust and confidence in locally made movies.

Skeptics may dispute this by saying that there was no choice since no foreign movies were shown on that particular part of the year. Then again, since most movie houses are located inside malls, they have an array of activities to choose from, they don’t have to endure the long queues both in buying tickets and before entering the movie house itself. But they did.

I planned to watch at least one movie that day but because of what I saw, I decided to forego with the plan for a couple of days. Fortunately, good friend Butch Raquel, who was formerly with GMA 7 corpcom (he has reportedly retired last Dec. 27, the day we met), gave me a Metro Manila Development Authority pass that entitles the holder to watch all the film fest entries for only P5.

That was a most welcome development but since I had to fly back to Cebu on the 29th, I was able to watch only two entries. Besides, some entries which did not fare well in the box-office after a couple of days had been pulled out including one in my list.

Indeed, you win some, you lose some.


Through this piece, I have to thank Mr. Ernesto Sr. and Mrs. Vianing Donos, their offs pring Eric, Junjun and Helene as well as the other members of the household for making my weeklong “vacay” truly enjoyable.

God bless you and may you have a prosperous new year!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 03, 2014.


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