Advanced DS on its way

September 30, 2008

It has been reported by a number of game websites, quoting Japanese media co. Nikkei, that Nintendo will launch the newest iteration of the DS later this year. It will feature a built-in camera, improved wireless function, and music playback, among others.

Hmmm… It seems Nintendo is following Sony PSP’s path (read: focus on multi-media capabilities). Many people might not like the idea of having such features in their handlheld gaming device. After all, it is a “gaming” device. But for me, the built-in camera is a welome addition. I am excited about how Nintendo and third party game developers would exploit it. The games may be similar to this. I might buy the new handheld but not on the launch date. I still have tons of games to finish with my DS lite.

Anyway, with Nintendo neither denying nor confirming the new DS rumor, one can just easily dismiss it as a fact. Especially when the giant gaming company said something like this in response to the rumor:

We are always developing new products. However, since nothing has been announced officially, we are unable to comment at this time.

Let’s just wait for the upcoming Tokyo Game Show that will be held on October 2. Nintendo will probably announce its next handheld there.

Too bad I got my new DS just last month. (Screw you, Nintendo!)

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Adding prominence in the upcoming showcase of public service advertisements and short films, veteran actor Joel Torre and actress-environmentalist Chin-Chin Gutierrez are among the celebrated artists featured in RIGHTS Volume 2.0.

Having penchant for independently produced films, Torre has already appeared numerous times in different indie films such as Ataul, Castket for Rent, Oldeastside, and Lasponggols. Torre, together with Gutierrez, an award-winning actress known for her environmental advocacy, lead the cast of indie film Rigodon in the 22nd Asian American International Film Festival in 2006.

Both Torre and Gutierrez will be featured in Artist’s ARREST’s short-film titled Awit that renders in a creative treatment the torture experienced by Tagaytay 5, which at large represents that of other political detainees.

RIGHTS v.2, a compilation of independently produced and human rights-themed short films, is an offshoot to last year’s RIGHTS that had faced blatant state censorship after MTRCB’s X rating. This form of repression, however, only inspired new filmmakers to produce more human rights films.

King Catoy, Project Head and a member of the multimedia collective Southern Tagalog Exposure, describes RIGHTS v.2 as an open and continuing call for filmmakers to participate in the growing movement to defend and uphold human rights.

“The growing number of victims of political killings and enforced disappearances, and the continuing criminalization of political offenses and media repression only give us more reasons to expose through our works the worsening human rights situation in the country,” said Catoy.

The premiere and DVD launching of RIGHTS v.2 is set at the UP College of Mass Communication Media Center, UP Diliman on September 19, Friday at 6PM. Director Bibeth Orteza, multi-awarded screenwriter Doy del Mundo, film critics and UP Faculty Roland Tolentino and Sarah Raymundo, and “Tagaytay 5” member and poet Axel Pinpin cap the event as Reactors.

It would also be graced by personalities such as Editha Burgos, mother of missing activist Jonas Burgos; National Artist Bien Lumbera; and renowned Director Nick de Ocampo, among others.

Aside from Awit, at least 13 equally hard-line short films will be featured produced by emerging and established independent filmmakers and film collectives, namely: Artist’s ARREST, JP Carpio, Keith Sicat, J Pacena, Kodao Productions, Bon Labora, Emil Mercado, Ging Flores, Ron Papag, Ted Ferreras, Zig Dulay, Recci Bacolor, Sine Patriyotiko, and ST Exposure.

RIGHTS v.2 is produced by the Southern Tagalog Exposure and is co-presented by the UP College of Mass Communication-Student Council.

Producers and filmmakers of last year’s controversial RIGHTS film compilation are once again braving the rough waters of possible state intervention, as they come up with a new set of public service advertisements (PSAs) and short films dubbed, RIGHTS Volume 2.0.

RIGHTS is a compilation of independently produced and human rights-themed short films. The first compilation was cut short of its scheduled premier last year at Robinson’s Indie Sine, following MTRCB’s X rating, which rendered its initial non-exhibition in public, though lifted a few days later.

Yet, this form of repression only succeeded in inspiring new filmmakers to produce more human rights films.

Still cautious of blatant state censorship, however, this year’s RIGHTS Volume 2.0 premiere and DVD launching is set at the UP College of Mass Communication Media Center, UP Diliman on September 19, Friday at 6PM to be followed by an open forum after the screening. The event is co-presented by the UP College of Mass Communication-Student Council. Admission is free.

The initiative, with the independent multimedia collective Southern Tagalog Exposure (STEx) as the executive producer, intends to expose the incessant human rights violations in the country.

It also underscores the open and continuing call for filmmakers to participate in the growing movement to defend and uphold human rights and call upon social relevance and responsibility among artists by exercising their roles as citizens and responding to the challenges of the nation in crisis.

Timely of the Martial Law anniversary on September 21, it likewise honors and commemorates the victims and martyrs of the fascist Marcos regime and heeds to continue the artistic struggle for justice and democracy.

At least 15 short films will be featured in this sequel collection of hard-line human rights-themed selections by emerging and established independent filmmakers and film collectives, namely JP Carpio, Keith Sicat, J Pacena, Artist’s Arrest, Kodao Productions, Bon Labora, Emil Mercado, Ging Flores, Ron Papag, Ted Ferreras, Zig Dulay, Recci Bacolor, Sine Patriyotiko, and ST Exposure.

Prominently, acclaimed actors Joel Torre, Archie Adamos, Art Acuna and Bonifacio Ilagan and actress-environmentalist Chin-Chin Gutierrez are among those in performance in the short film collection.

Director Bibeth Orteza, multi-awarded screenwriter Doy del Mundo, film critics and UP Faculty Roland Tolentino and Sarah Raymundo, and “Tagaytay 5” member and poet Axel Pinpin complete the event as Reactors. Likewise, the launching will also be graced by personalities such as Editha Burgos, mother of missing activist Jonas Burgos; National Artist Bien Lumbera; and renowned Director Nick de Ocampo, among others.

Here is the list of featured films and PSAs:

Artist’s ARREST – “Awit”
Artist’s ARREST – “Tula”
Bon Labora – “Warrant”
Emil Mercado – “Peace”
Ging Flores- “Luya”
J Pacena – “Left Turn”
JP Carpio – “Tao Po”
Keith Sicat – “SIlenced”
Kodao Productions – “Quenching Fire”
Ron Papag – “Rights 101”
Sinepatriyotiko – “Stop the Killings”
Southern Tagalog Exposure – “Bakwet”
Southern Tagalog Exposure – “Eduardo Serrano”
Ted Edward Ferreras – “Terorista Ka Ano?” (Ted is one of my orgmates back in college. Some of the actors in his PSA are my orgmates and good friends too.)
Zig Dulay and Recci Bacolor – “Tagu-Taguan”

When almost all squads settled for the status quo and mediocrity, UP PEP rose to the occasion and took the Philippine cheerdancing into the next level.

Congratulations UP PEP for a very well-deserved win! UP, ANG GALING MO! 🙂