About the site

What is Reverse delay?

Reverse delay is a blog focused on Filipino film reviews, with occasional pieces on generic cultural topics: books, music, travel, social commentary, etc. I started it in 2012 as a personal blog, simply for writing practice, but over the years I gravitated towards my present niche here.

Regardless of the subject, I’ve often written with both Filipino and non-Filipino audiences in mind. Hopefully, these writings become worthwhile contributions to the ever-growing chorus of Filipino voices on the Internet.

In late 2016, this blog became part of the ThINQ blogger network, the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s “attempt to highlight in the public space the distinct viewpoints contributed by bloggers covering a wide range of topics and issues.” ThINQ-featured posts from this blog can be viewed at Inquirer.net Opinion.

Who writes here?

You can call me DJ. I’m twenty-something years old, living in Quezon City in the Republic of the Philippines. Currently I’m studying for a master’s degree in engineering at the state university in Diliman.

I think of my writing here as the continued practice of what I enjoyed doing most when I was still an undergraduate: learning and thinking and writing about art and other lofty affairs. I guess it’s my left brain, craving for balance through creative expression, yearning to share musings to whoever may care to read.

Why is the site named Reverse delay?

The phrase refers to a type of sound effect, that I learned from the Taken by Cars song, This is Our City.

Reverse delay, my day goes on reverse delay
I’m here with you, the sun comes up at night
We say, this is our city

I could just say that I chose the phrase simply because I liked the sound of the phrase, that I love the band and their music, but I also came up with this elaborate explanation, which captures my tendency to over-think (that you will have to suffer through when you do read this blog):

This is Our City is a song typical of Taken by Cars, an electro-rock band whose music expresses a youthful, contemporary outlook. The music video for the song, however, contrasts with their image: the video radiates a historic, conservative vibe. It was shot in the old Manila district of Intramuros, and the band performs wearing traditional attire.

From this contrast between sight and sound, I perceive grand, conflicting themes: modernity and history, individual and collective identities, the local in relation to the global. These are the themes that often come up when I reflect about films and literature and related things, and so these are the themes that you will wrestle with when you read the writings in this website.

Depending on your outlook, that was either a warning, or an invitation. In any case, thank you for reading.

Page last updated in January 2018.


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