Brillante Mendoza draws cheers, jeers in Duterte’s 2nd SONA


Posted at Jul 24 2017 10:24 PM | Updated as of Jul 24 2017 10:32 PM

Internationally acclaimed director Brillante Mendoza’s unconventional use of shots and camera angles once again received mixed reviews from viewers of President Rodrigo Duterte's second State of the Nation Address (SONA).

In Monday's SONA, Mendoza again made use of creative shots, switching between extreme close-ups and eye-level shots.

Film critic Philbert Dy took to Twitter, saying it was as if Mendoza was shooting a "horror movie."

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar last July 15 said Mendoza would be adjusting some shots that were heavily criticized the previous year. 

Mendoza previously vowed to offer a greater variety of shots, with a reported total of 18 cameras installed in the House of Representatives' Session Hall. 

The wide variety of artistic shots featured on the national live broadcast of the SONA included lens flares, slow camera panning, and close-ups, which drew the attention of numerous viewers. 

Netizens took to Twitter to express their sentiments: 

Some were appalled by the extreme nature of some shots:

Others gave Mendoza and his choice of camera angles and shots their stamp of approval: