Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, May 13) — This weekend, check out books on the martial law era, watch a sci-fi romance drama series, and view a group exhibit in BGC.
Watch the reboot of “The Time Traveler’s Wife”
The subgenre “science fiction romantic drama” is hard to come by these days — well, at least the good ones anyway. This week, we finally get Steven Moffat’s much anticipated reboot of Audrey Niffenegger's “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” The film, starring Rachel Macadams and Eric Bana is only a decade old (actually 13 years by August) and was a commercial success. So what merits a reboot? Well, this has been Moffat’s dream project ever since. He loves the book so much that he made a Doctor Who episode inspired by it in 2006 (“The Girl in the Fireplace,” which involves a girl who would become the mistress of King Louis XV).
In 2018, HBO secured the rights to the book with Moffat as producer. When Moffatt read the book, he thought that a series would suit it better rather than a film (although the film has its own charms). He told Entertainment Weekly, “It's a prose poem about love, longing, and loss. It doesn't shrink well into the three-act structure of a conventional movie. If you reduce it to what happens, you've boiled away everything that's interesting about it.” The reboot stars Rose Leslie (“Game of Thrones,” “The Good Fight”) as Clare and Theo James (“Divergent”) as Henry. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF
The series premieres Sunday, May 15 on HBO.
Check out books on the martial law era
Massive disinformation has been rampant in the Philippines recently that we have been called the “patient zero” in the global disinformation epidemic. YoutTube vloggers and streamers have presented themselves as an “alternative media” to the mainstream presses and broadcasters, that spread “spreading stupid and wrong information about our history” as noted in this New York Times report. These vloggers often counter information about the martial law era, some have even been disputed by the Philippines’ presidential race apparent winner Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
Publishers have been posting on social media to fight this spread of disinformation. Ateneo University Press featured a lineup (with links for where to buy) of their extensively-researched nonfiction and fiction books on the martial law years, including “Some Are Smarter than Others: The History of Marcos’ Crony Capitalism” by Ricardo Manapat, “Musika at Bagong Lipunan: Pagbuo ng Lipunang Filipino, 1972-1986” by Raul C. Navarro, and the novel “Canal de la Reina” by Liwayway Arceo. — DON JAUCIAN
Add the Adarna House #NeverAgain bundle to your cart
Publishing group Adarna House has an ongoing book bundle sale for their children’s books “Si Jhun Jhun, Noong Bago Ideklara Ang Batas Militar,” “Edsa,” “The Magic Arrow,” “Isang Harding Papel,” and “Ito Ang Diktadura.” The books contain stories grounded in fact that are meant to teach children about history and provide commentary on how to identify instances of social injustice.
When we talked to Adarna House vice president for product development Ani Almario about “Ito Ang Diktadura” back in 2017, she said that while the books are child-friendly, they also require some guidance from parents or guardians. “Kailangan, the parents, when they buy that, they have to recognize that they have a role in delivering the message of the book,” said Almario. The books are available for pre-order on the Adarna House website from now until May 22. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF
View the group exhibit “An Aging Double” at MO Space
“An Aging Double,” takes its inspiration from the compulsions of mapmaking — translating and copying with “utmost fidelity.” The show brings together works that exhibit an “impulse to copy, mirror, and mimic; to translate, recreate, or reenact.”
The show features the works of Jan Balquin, Lesley-Anne Cao, Jed Gregorio, Lou Lim, Veronica Peralejo, Jel Suarez, and Miguel Lorenzo Uy, curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana.
“An Aging Copy” will run until June 5 at MO_Space, 3/F MOs Design, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Check their Instagram page and website for more information. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF