If you’re a stage actor then you definitely know what CURTAIN! means, but for the benefit of those who prefer to be lovely audiences and well-wishers instead; the shout of CURTAIN! simply marks the beginning or the end of a theatrical showcase. As previously disclosed on my last post, IMPROV!, I just recently gave in to the true love of my life and gave it one hell of a serious shot! And may God be with me on this. Anyway, yesterday was a very busy and tiring day for us all who’s part of the class, ang saya ng ginawa namin! Well, it was a moment for us I can say of not just immersing ourselves to the community of fishermen, but also a moment of reflection of how lucky we are as privileged people to enjoy the benefits only luck-by-birth can give to people.
Let me start with their smiles… Sabi nga nila, sa Pilipinas daw kahit nagkasakuna na, bumagyo man, bumaha, o magkasunog, tutukan mo lang ang Pilipino ng kamera, tiyak, ngingiti na yun! 🙂
The theme for this year’s class is WATER. We need to find inspiration, ideas, and drive from this theme to incorporate to our recital at the end of the summer class. We visited one fishing village in Navotas for this and to give you a glimpse of what it was like there, look at this:
Don’t worry guys though, they don’t catch the fishes we eat here in the polluted river. Haha! This is just their docking station for their bangka. They fish somewhere around Manila Bay, far out in the sea obviously where the water is clean. Anyways, when we arrived here, PUT*NG IN* THE SMELL! ANG BAHO! But of course, what would you expect, kagagawan din naman ng tao ito. The smell of the area is just one thing I don’t like, but the community? The people? The way they live their lives? It’s waaaaay so much better than the MAYAMAN people in the city! And I envy them for that. They may not have much to show or offer, but they never forget to be wonderful human beings.
Our class was divided into 5 different groups who will share lunch with 5 different families, talk to them and ask them about how life is in the waters of Manila. Luckily again for us, our group just did not share lunch or interviewed the family assigned to us, but for a very short time on that single day we were able to become a part of their family. The house we went into didn’t just house a family, as a matter of fact, there were 8 families in total who lived in that very small space and it wasn’t even a problem for them. They were literally one big family altogether helping each other get through the challenges of everyday living. We were whole heartedly welcomed and we felt it. It touched me to the brink of my existence. Nakakataba ng puso. And as we were sharing a meal, we managed to ask them a few questions we think we need to get on with our play, but aside from the facts we gathered, all the other things like inspiration and ideas came in silence for us by just making ourselves a part of them.
Walang makakapantay sa eksena ng buhay naming lahat kahapon. Walang makakapantay sa saya at pagkakuntentong naramdaman ng bawat isa dahil sa immersion trip na ito. We are truly lucky individuals indeed, in terms of privilege and the comfort of life, but as the saying goes, “you just can’t have everything.” When it comes to their family, when it comes to their bond, their values, and their heritage; I can say na walang sinabi ang current situation in life ko as an independent person (liing by myself) sa kanila.
We ended our trip here by paying a visit to the infamous Navotas Fish port where the trading happens. To share with you how it’s like there, I managed to take snapshots of the actual scene you will encounter there everyday.
Half of our day was done. We all smelled bad of course, we smelled like fish! Haha! It was a fun and insightful experience for us all; personally, it humbled me even more and brought me to the realization of what the situation really is of our under privileged kababayans in this country trying to be a survivor of tough economic times.
After our community immersion; we alk headed to the Manila Ocean Park to be KIDS again! Para lang kaming nag field trip and everyone was just as excited as first timers are. Masaya.
We all separated into different groups, those who came with me are the usual peeps, my new found friends whom I happen to admire already despite the freshness of our acquaintance. 🙂
WE ARE CRAZY BUNCH OF PEOPLE! JUST CRAZY! Carl nearly lost his iPhone 5 even after riding the bump car. What a silly kid. Lol! One person also in this group who gives me really a good laugh and tandems with me in the kalokohan and kabastusan jokes is Tintin who believes that the jellyfishes are her offsprings! Haha!
That crazy b*tch! 😛 it was a hot day and it was really draining us all, but we did enjoy it at the very least. We watched the sealion show also which was very entertaining and ended the whole trip by seeing the fountain show. We left the Manila Ocean Park at around 8PM and arrived at PETA theater 30mins after. Pero di pa natapos ang araw namin duon! We all decided to go out for dinner together with our moderators Lotlot and Direk Phil Noble.
We ate at Behrouz, the Kebab place somewhere along Sct. Borromeo in QC. BUT wait, there’s more! Unfortunately though I don’t have a picture, but we did share a few bottles with each other at Panggo’s in Tomas Morato. Tintin’s friend, John Aleen who happened to be a friend of mine also on Facebook for how many years now also dropped by. It was the very first time we ever met in person. 😛
We finished at around 2AM and decided to call ot a day. We were all tired and exhausted. We’ve had so much fun the entire day, but for me; it’s just the beginning of another battle. A battle I gave into and fight for now with everything because this is the life I’ve always wanted myself to have. The life of an artist. The life of a legend.
I shouted CURTAIN! yesterday. I just marked the BEGINNING of my journey. Hope you watch out for me guys! 🙂
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