About the site

What is Reverse delay?

Reverse delay is a blog started in 2012 simply for personal writing practice. Over the years, it has found a focus on reviews and analysis of contemporary Filipino films, though it still produces pieces on other generic blogging topics: books, music, travel, social commentary, etc.

Regardless of the subject, the blog has often been 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, Reverse delay 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.

Who writes here?

Just one person—you can call me DJ.

I’m twenty-something years old, living in Quezon City in the Republic of the Philippines. I’m currently studying for a graduate degree in engineering at a university in Diliman. For what it’s worth, I’ve previously worked in information technology, for a financial services firm.

I think of my writing here as the continued practice of what I enjoyed most during my undergraduate days at the university: thinking and learning and talking about mostly impractical stuff.

Why is the site named Reverse delay?

The phrase refers to a type of sound effect, and I learned it from the Taken by Cars song, This is Our City. In this anthemic track, it becomes a metaphor for living life defiantly.

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

The song is typical of Taken by Cars, an electro-rock band whose music expresses a youthful, contemporary outlook. Its music video, in contrast, features a historic, conservative vibe: it was shot in the old Manila district of Intramuros, and the band performs wearing traditional Filipiniana attire.

From this contrast between sight and sound, I perceive conflicting themes: modernity and history, individual and collective identities, the local in relation to the global. This is representative of the kind of thinking that films and other cultural products evoke in me, and it is a good preview of the perspective that this blog explores and espouses.

Page last updated 1 November 2017.


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