From David Kehr's blog:
I've seen it happen in Manila; what was once a thriving industry churning out over a hundred and fifty films a year (some years outproducing Hong Kong) has gone down to around fifty a year. People crowd to watch the latest braindead Hollywood odure featuring the latest in CGI effects and ignore some of the quite excellent films by Tikoy Aguiluz, Celso Ad. Castillo, Mike de Leon, Lav Diaz, Jeffrey Jeturian, Mario O'Hara, Aureaus Solito, and the like. It's time we (Korea, the Philippines, and any other country that actually cares about its native cinema) took our destinies in our own hands and stopped this cultural imperialism on its tracks.
Critic After Dark: a Review of Philippine Cinema