Watching Jake Zyrus distracts us from stark realities

Another weekly entertainment column. Why not? Circumstances in the country prompt and push us, Pinoys, to get ourselves distracted towards entertainment. 

"Get distracted, don't get destroyed!" should be our anthem these days. 

Happily, happily, it is not just movies and TV shows, radio programs and concerts, showbiz reports and rumors that abound these days; there's a string and circuits of plays, ballets, and exhibits to distract us from the stark quotidian of daily life, including Senate hearings and overstretched media coverage of scams and scandals. 

Yes, my kind of entertainment coverage goes beyond the traditional films, television, records, and pop concerts. I also hug arts and culture as entertainment, as showbiz. 

I go to the Cultural Center of the Philippines for plays and ballets and symphony orchestra concerts but I also go to the free shows at Rizal Park, Paco Park, and at the malls. 

Of course, I watch a lot of movie and TV shows and pop concerts (such as the former Charice Pempengco's "I am Jake Zyrus" at the Music Museum). 

I even occasionally listen to Papa Jack and the likes on FM radio, as well as to election lawyer Romy Makalintal’s Sunday night Filipino/Tagalog poetry reading on DWRB: “Ang Batas ng Buhay ay Pag-ibig.” 

“High” vs. “low” culture

If we are to survive by sheer distraction the dire exigencies of this enigmatic country, we should really expand our concept of entertainment to encompass both ticket and non-ticket shows and events, and all three so-called “high,” “middle brow,” and “low” culture. 

It’s quite expensive to buy tickets all the time. The most affordable tickets for outside-the-house entertainment are still those for films: a minimum of P150. 

And if you can spare P150 only once a month, you can also watch free-admission movies. Thankfully, there’s a number of film festivals that are admission-free, for instance the European Film Festival, the Danish Film Festival, the ASEAN Film Festival, and the Korean Film Festival. 

And if you don’t know yet, free movies are periodically screened at the CCP, the National Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum. 

Oh, yes, some of the foreign films’ festivals are also brought to key cities in Luzon, in Cebu City in the Visayas and to Davao City and Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao. 

Would I cover showbiz intrigues and scandals in this column? Of course, I will and I’ll start dishing those out in this column’s next issue.

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