Published Writing

‘What Does It Mean to Live a Creative Life?’
Better, November 2018
Sai Villafuerte examines what attracts people to the taxing experience of living creatively.

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‘Shaping the Scare in Filipino Horror Cinema’
Purveyr, October 2018
How can we contextualise the resurgence of horror movies with the state of Filipino filmmaking today? As Halloween stealthily approaches, Sai Villafuerte speaks with award-winning film director Mikhail Red on what it takes to tackle one of cinema’s most challenging genres.

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‘This Artist Is The Only Man to be Convicted of Blasphemy in Modern Philippines’
VICE Asia, September 2018
Carlos Celdran took on the church eight years ago and the fight took over his life.

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Translated in Bahasa Indonesia >

‘How the Catholic Church is Helping, and Hurting, the Philippines’ Poorest People’
VICE Asia, July 2018
The Church is running poverty alleviation programs in communities like Tondo. But it’s also fighting against policies that could help them.

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Translated in Bahasa Indonesia >

 

‘Going Home’
Roman Road Journal, June 2018
Through a combination of creative prose and monochrome analogue images, writer and photographer Anna Isabelle ‘Sai’ Villafuerte explores the concept of home in a world of travel, poverty and connectivity.

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‘Art for All’
intern, May 2018
For fine art graduates, the art market can seem impenetrable. Natasha Arselan wants to change that with her new platform AucArt which aims to bring early-career artists and collectors together. Sai Villafuerte reports.

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‘In the Heat of a Conversation with Arturo Soto’
Oxford Urbanists, April 2018
Sai Villafuerte speaks to Mexican photographer, Arturo Soto, about his debut photobook In the Heat and what it means to negotiate our place in a city.

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‘For a less divided art world’
Medium, January 2018
Art has a bad reputation. They say you have to ‘get’ art and those who don’t get it are not a part of it.  This is problematic because once this understanding penetrates at the cerebral level, it becomes a social issue.

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‘The Hard Fruits of Labour’
The Huffington Post, July 2017
At a time of great precarity, the world’s youth can be a major agent for change.

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‘Pedal Politics’
BikeVibe, March 2017
London cycling has become an incredibly politicised topic. In this essay, Sai Villafuerte examines the city’s cycling culture.

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‘Shifting paradigms in Filipino Design’
Purveyr (Issue 3), April 2017
As the middle-class expands, the demand for better design becomes increasingly apparent. This essay uses the Philippines as a case in point.

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‘Rodrigo Duterte: The Double-Edged Sword’
The Huffington Post, August 2016
The Philippine president’s unconventional approach to politics has split the country into two. This fine line can either make or break the country.

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