Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Mama went out with her response to me, "Secret! Hindi naman kailangan lahat lakad ko alam niyo kung saan" upon being asked where would she come. When she came back, she was holding a big box of cake and a gallon of ice cream - a pleasant suprise! "Pasecre-secret pang nalalaman!" I hummed to her. "Siyempre!" she answered with a hug and a juicy kiss on my cheek. I blew my Birthday candles with my cousin Ize sweetly singing a Happy Birthday to me, and murmured wishes and hopes for my 21 years of fantastic life with and from the Lord.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
The view from the stairway of the MRT Ayala station intensifies a need to walk faster to be able to get to my destination at the earliest time possible. A 30-40 plus stairsteps going down, a long stretch of street to tread on, and a mall connected to the other mall that is the way to the mall where I am headed to. The complexity of the way this can be briefly described vis-a-vis the energy needed to be exhausted for this walkathon is way far easier to fathom than when seen and done in reality. And so I take a deep breath before I take my first step down to one of the busiest streets of Makati.
I look at my watch - it's 30 minutes past 7 o'clock. My appointment is at 7.30; obviously, I am late. I walk faster as every minute pass by - until I run every five to seven meters of the way. Men donned in decent polo, women dressed in elegant dresses, children carrying colorful balloons, people dining in fast food chains (rich ones in fine dining), lush clothing and footwear - the innumerable number of people you cross upon and the tempting apparels in viewing glasses of stalls along the way seem to lengthen the byways and alleys of the mall. What seem to be a length that can be covered in a span of 15 minutes increases by five.
Finally, after a fast-walk bordering to a run, I reach the AIM Building. I directly head to the elevator, tap the "3" button, and hit the metal door a close. I am off to the Makati Feast, for which I have moved speedily because it is amongst the most important things that I recently do in my life after school - worshiping the Lord.
For twenty years, I have walked and run fast for things that I want to reach, achieve and attend to. School works, academic, social and organization meetings, people's favors, et cetera, et cetera. But all these I have done out of responsibility and fear. Nothing bad about being always in the rush in the name of responsibility; nonetheless, the not-so-good thing about having a ceaselessly-fast phased life is when you lose sight of the small yet most intricate and beautiful details of a day which - when summed up - can make you really, really happy.
Worse, when you rush yourself because you simply fear of being scolded, being unable to please other people.
Hence, starting today, I would just move speedily for the things that I deem most important in my life. Family relationships, maintaining healthy and good friendships - to name my third and second ranks. And my first, doing favor for the Lord.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
This is the story of Charles, a 10-year old first born old child inflicted with the disease known as Hydrocephalus. A successful operation on his brain allowed him to live up until this time; nonetheless, it only limits him lying on his couch, on his bed, and on his wheelchair - bedridden and in a vegetative state.
Despite this, Charles’ mother still considers continuing her son’s life clinging on the belief that a child, whoever or whatever they may be, is a gift from God. She ceaselessly nurtures and cares for Charles like the infant that he has been a decade ago - never getting tired everyday of her life.
The story of this documentary revolves around the relationship of a mother to her disabled child, and the struggle for survival despite the condition that they are up to. It also tackles how the people around a disabled person relate to them – their notions and feelings of empathy with regard to his condition.
"Charles" is one of the entries of the Philippines to the DCATCH (DeCentralized Asian Transnational Challenges) in 2009 held in Bangkok, Thailand.