One Night at the Theater and Tisoy

IMG_20160226_220905
Courtesy of Gentle Mapagu

During my early teens, I didn’t appreciate watching theater productions with the presumption that it’s boring, especially the ones we are forced to watch back in our elementary and high school days. But as I grew older, I became more open-minded with the arts and realized that I was missing half of my life, like how I would tell some people who have not seen the first two films of ‘The Godfather’, ‘The Shining’, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and many other films that gave us that surreal experience as viewers.

My first experience in watching a theater production was in our school (Letran) during my freshman year. Looking back, the play featured a lot of “hugot” and I didn’t like it that much because it gave me the impression that I was watching a romantic comedy that gives off a lot of cheesy “feels”.

Outside Letran, I was able to watch a production in PETA entitled ‘Strong Boy, Deaf Boy and a Girl in an Abaya’ followed by ‘Ayanasu’’. After that, I got the chance to see Cherie Gil, again in PETA, for ‘Arbol de Fuego’.

Fast forward to the present, I just watched DUP’s (Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas) production etitled ‘Tisoy Brown: Hari ng Wala’ based on Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. It was my first time to watch a production way up north of Metro Manila, thanks to my friends that are theater majors in UP Diliman. Although they are not part of the cast and one friend is part of the production team, it is something worth asking your friends for and I am grateful for them.

The show enlightened me about the stigma and culture that was present in Central Luzon from Pampanga to Olongapo during the time when US Bases were still here in the Philippines and the US service men from the Navy or any branch of the US military would treat Filipino women like their past time but it was not all about that stigma and culture. It also enlightened that when you make out with a stripper and get high at the same time, it leads you to a different dimension. You don’t even know that she could be the devil’s daughter or she could just be the daughter of the most powerful drug lord in town. Also, you don’t just leave the love of your life at home like that when the stripper you banged comes at your doorstep telling you that you have a son and that you are a lucky guy that Death’s home girl did not bring your soul to hell.

It’s also my first time to see Neil Ryan Sese out of the mainstream media and to my surprise, he is truly a good actor. It’s really sad that the mainstream media limits him to certain roles. People like him deserve more screen time in the mainstream.

The whole experience truly brought me close, also literally, because my ticket is designated to the second row and brought me out of my comfort zone because off all the strip tease and acts that are truly SPG since I am from a Catholic school. Scripts for acts like Tisoy Brown will surely be expurgated or may not be even shown to schools like mine.

The way I saw it, the moral of the story is that if you are from Central Luzon and labeled for being the son of a US service man, you really have to prove yourself no matter what. Another is that you should not get easily distracted with strip clubs or sexy women wearing black. The most important for me is throughout the play, Tisoy is truly the ‘Hari ng Wala’ despite venturing in illegal businesses, leading a cult of devoted women, and being hailed as a genius in a mental hospital.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to You

DSC_0146To that one person who broke my heart,

Happy Valentine’s Day to you.

I did not dwell on the pain you have caused

but you surely taught me that there is more

to life than love and you taught me to

present myself in a much better way.

 

 

For that one person who got away,

Happy Valentine’s Day to you.

I’m sorry that I was too blind and focused

with a different person.

I’m sorry that I fail to notice feelings.

I hope that you will understand with this writing

 

 

For the one who were conceived then born

on November, happy Valentine’s Day to you.

It’s either you were planned or not.

 

 

For the ones who celebrate their birthday

on this day, happy Valentine’s day to you.

For you people are truly loved not only by your

better half in marriage or your life long partner

but also your family and friends.

 

 

For the ones who do not feel the love

for being single, happy Valentine’s day to you.

There will come a time that you will feel that love too.

 

 

For the ones we have lost,

happy Valentine’s day.

 For you will always be in our hearts.

 

 

For the one person who keeps me up at night,

for the one person who makes me crazy in love,

for the one person that I dream to be with,

happy Valentine’s day to you.

I know that she’s out there and I know that

we will see each other soon.

Not Sure If In Love or Just Truly Inspired

009-george-peppard-theredlist

It’s February AGAIN but it’s not yet February fourteen.

For all I know it’s that time again for motels, restaurants and flower shops in Dangwa or any flower shop out there to raise their prices and also put up promos for the first one hundred couples to come in and have a free order of some meal or anything in the menu. It’s also time for satirists to make another post about the bitterness of not having a date, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s Birthday and the tragic Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929 masterminded by Al Capone

As for me, I’ll be visiting my grandmother at Holy Cross Memorial Park on Valentine’s day and for this moment, I will be posting this poem that I wrote in Tagalog for one of my classes in Letran alongside with its English translation. I just thank God and my professor that it’s free verse because I suck at the traditional.


LUBOS NA PAGHANGA

Hindi lamang nabighani

Dahil sa iyong ganda

Nabighani din ako sa

Husay mo sa pag arte.

 

Walang katulad mo

Dito sa aming lugar.

Sana lamang ay mapunta

Ka rito kahit minsan

man lang.

 

Hindi problema ang pagdayo ko

Patungo sa inyong lugar.

Ang problema ko lamang

Ay ang ibang humahanga.

 

Hindi man ako gwapo

Tulad ng mga katambal mo.

Nais ko lamang umibig

Tulad ng mga karakter nila

Sa iyo.


TOTAL ADMIRATION

I am not only fascinated

by your charm.

I was also fascinated by your

brilliant acting.

 

There’s none like you

in a place like this.

I only wish that you

could come over here

once in a while.

 

I do not mind traveling

there in your place of work.

My problem is that the others

who also admire you as I do.

 

I may not be as good looking

as your partners in there.

My only wish is to love you,

the way their characters do

towards you.

 

I might post more poems as long as I keep myself inspired.