This class from University of the Philippines interviewed me:
>1. How did you get started in this career?
I walked into the Manila Chronicle editorial office, turned in an article to Celine Cristobal, daughter of Adrian Cristobal and then lifestyle editor of the Chronicle. I called two weeks later to check if they printed it and found out they used it the very next day. Been working steadily, more or less, ever since.
>2. What was the first films you reviewed?
Forrest Gump. I thought it was awful.
>3. What does your job entail?
Long hours writing, small pay, abuse from many readers, disdain and anger of the local film industry. Some friends, but very few--you daren't trust anyone from the industry.
>4. How do you deal with other critics or readers who
>disagree with your opinions regarding a film?
Not much. If I chat with him/her in person or online, we may talk about our differences. If he/she is a good friend, I'll needle him about his liking a film I didn't like, or defend a film I liked. But if we don't know each other I'm very polite.
>5. What film did you give the most favorable review?
Um--Mario O'Hara's Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos.
>6. Do your reviews get influenced if the director or
>actor in the film is a friend?
I can't pretend it doesn't. What happens--or at least what I hope happens is that I do still tell the truth, I tell it as it is, but I don't use my knives, so to speak--I'm not as sarcastic. Once I had to write about Nick Deocampo's "Pedrong Palad." I remember saying it wasn't a very good film, but that he was working under straightened circumstances. He admitted I was kind to the picture.
>7. What basis do you use to critique a film?
Everything I know, everything I can learn about the picture.
>8. Do other critics use the same guidelines?
I wouldn't know, I don't know how other critics work.
>9. How many films a week do you watch?
Onscreen, maybe once a week. On cable and DVD, maybe one every other day, or five times a week. During a festival, as much as four to ten films a day. (con't)