Missing my blogging activity; too busy from the time we returned from Hong Kong. Doing pre-prod work; Preparing to shoot somewhere in the province. Will post later.
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Lunchtime meeting today with Dr. Fe De los Reyes, a neurologist, Overall Chair of the 2013 National Epilepsy Awareness Week Organizing Committee to discuss about the possibility of making for them a docu on Epilepsy… This medical condition is not among my personal list of docus “to-do.” But since the subject is new to me, therefore it would be as challenging as any that I have in my heart to want to accomplish; especially so, if this going to be advocacy in nature. I know that the cultural myths still exist, and believed in by many of our people in the provinces — that those having seizures are said to be in “demonic” possession… OMG! As such, helping to erase myths and false beliefs from the not necessarily narrow-minded but more of ignorant persons on the issue is one of my major targets.
To do or not to do this film is in God’s hands. If He says “Go!” then the outcome of the discussions will go into that direction. If not, then I am meant to pursue another assignment. God’s will be done! For how often have I wanted to do a thing but was led to something else… but with better results. So, I “surrendered” to God! And by accepting the fact that He is in control of my life, I find it easy to accept even failures. How to explain this to you is a problem. I just do my very best for example to compete in accomplishing something to meet a certain goal, but when I lose I don’t cry over it nor feel bad about it. I always learn something in the process anyway. Not in God’s time I’d say. Then, I continue to move on…..”Pag ukol may bubukol,” one of our proverbs say. Simply said, it means if it’s meant for you, you’ll have it, no one else.
Bussssssssssssssssssssssy preparing for tomorrow’s showing of my film, A MI PATRIA / TO MY MOTHERLAND / INANG-BAYAN — 5 Selected Poems of Dr. Rizal [Philippine National Hero] interpreted for the first time in Filipino Sign Language with spoken language versions in Spanish and Filipino.
Venue: UP Film Center, 3 pm. The Film Center used to be my “home” having worked there for over 10 years as researcher, artist, lecturer and one of the film workshop facilitators before the Institute of Mass Comm took over.
1) Mr. JOSE RIZAL LOPEZ [88 yrs. old], first generation grandson of Gen. Paciano Rizal, older brother of Dr. Jose Rizal
2) Dr. RICARDO NOLASCO, former Director, Komisyon ng Wikang Pilipino; Professor, Department of Linguistics, UP College of Arts and Letters
3) Dr. VIM NADERA, former Director, UP Institute of Creative Writing Center; Professor, Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, UP CAL. He is one of my consultants for A MI.. The other consultant is Dr. Marie Therese Bustos of UP College of Education Sped Area.
I am currently editing / continued editing El Brujo’s Director’s Cut… Fine cutting all sequences today except those awaiting additional shots for intercutting… two more shooting days left. Hoping that the film finishes SOON, that is, sometime in February before we go to HongKong for the film showing of Silent O.
Just finalized the second poster design of A mi Patria / Inang-Bayn / To my Motherland. The film is the first-ever interpretation of 5 Selected Poems of Dr. Jose Rizal in Filipino Sign Language: A Filipinas, A la Juventud Filipina, Canto de Maria Clara, A las Flores de Heidelberg and Mi Ultimo Adios.
At the stroke of midnight, I was home preparing for family and a few friends a form of rice dumpling we call “palitaw”. The word originated from Tagalog word “litaw” meaning to float or rise. It was passed on to me as a traditional practice to cook as part of welcoming the New Year with the age-old belief that it will help bring luck and a prosperous New Year, as such be able to “float in life.” They are made from white, sticky, grinded rice we call “malagkit,” rolled and flattened like flat disks using the hands. When ready, they are dropped into the boiling water until they float. They will then be taken out, dipped again in cold water, then later would have the last drop of water dripped out on a strainer. They are then lined up on banana leaves [optional, see below] where grated coconut would either be sprinkled on them, or they will be dipped in them. Toasted sesame seeds are spread on top of the coconut followed by sugar. It is best with brown muscovado sugar which is made of sugar cane. In many ways and form, the sticky rice is cooked and served in many Philippine houses; stickiness denotes family bonding, belief says.
Similarly, sticking to Daily Prompts and WordPress Photo Challenges are bonding activites that makes our world and the WP community closer. Happy New Year to WP Family members! May you ALL Float in whatever endeavor you are to do this 2013!
Above all else, for all their efforts to make the blogosphere alive and lively, I would like to thank WordPress for being a part of our life!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 64,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Oliver is a stray cat who has been with us for a couple of years now. When it came to our house from nowhere it was neither a kitten nor an adult cat; in its teen years I suppose? Oliver was quite playful and gave added life to our house. I don’t know if you have, or if you do believe in cultural beliefs but in relation to Oliver, I’d admit that I am quite superstitious. The incident didn’t only happen only with Oliver; it happened to my father’s dog as well. And if I dig deeper into my memory, I am sure they will also pop out – all of them involving pet animals.
Once when my son came home with high fever. I was of course anxious since it is always a sad scenario when the usual movements aren’t felt. Oliver was with us then for only a couple of weeks or so. I let my son rest after giving him paracetamol. In the morning, I was surprised to see Oliver sleeping right on my son’s face who was positioned sideways. I couldn’t imagine how long he had been there but when I slowly lifted him up, I felt the high temperature on Oliver’s body. It seemed fever caught on Oliver. I immediately thought that Oliver must have taken the fever away from my son; that he should be okey soon. True enough, my son slowly became better during the next hours and continuously through the day, and was back to his normal activities the following day.
It was Oliver who took the brunt of being ill as I believed it. As you can see in the photos, he became so thin and weak that he wouldn’t play. We were sad of course. With love and care though, he recuperated back to his usual self and has since then remained with us. He leaves once in a while when he looks for a mate, comes home at times bruised, but he always returns, stays and enjoy sleeping on top of my son’s computer while he is online gaming. These days however, he became so mature and serious looking. [See Oliver's latest photo, after Pitz]
Going back to superstitions and myths perpetrated by traditional and Eastern cultural thinking perhaps — it was the belief of my parents that “pets take our illnesses away” [kinukuha ang sakit in our language]. Now, what made me a strong believer in that belief? When my father was hospitalized for over a week, we had to leave his dog everyday. Once when no one was able to return home, we found our things in the living room in shambles; so it was decided that one should stay at home to be the dog’s companion. One night, I heard loud coughs; it was my father’s. I thought that I was dreaming. I stood up and heard the coughing sound again. I was somewhat shocked: It was my father’s dog that was coughing and sounding very much like my father’s. I then felt happy. Why? I automatically thought that the sickness of my father transferred to the dog. My father would soon be all right, I was so certain about it as I remembered his belief on the matter. Within two to three days, my father was released from the hospital. All of us, especially my father and his dog were so happy. I witnessed it when I was a teen, and it remained in my memory. That superstitious belief was the reason why despite having a small yard, our parents kept not only dogs and cats but parrots, hens, roosters, ducks and a goose that I didn’t like because it was always running after me. There are more poignant moments in the life of my father’s pets that I remember with fondness…
No one’s perfect, that I believe; and it is that imperfection that would help us reflect on the negative qualities that we have. So, to answer what my worst quality is, a list pops up which may not jibe with the best of my friend’s list though. To answer anyhow, I focus on what comes to mind first.
You see, I have “the habit of putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention. In other words, I procrastinate. If not, I dilly dally. I wait for better times, so to say.”Saka na lang,” as we say in our language. I’ll do it later. Because of that, how many times have I thought of ideas to write and publish, or else make into a film but because of putting off, of waiting for something which oftentimes doesn’t really come, others come to think of the same idea – after me – the big difference being the fact that they pursue to realize what’s in their mind as soon as they thought about its novelty, uniqueness or importance. The happy thing is, I have since overcome such bad habit. Now, even if I know that I would take time to realize an idea, I start to do it, once I am convinced that it will work. I stopped dilly dallying.
However, there are other aspects in my life when dilly dallying still makes me guilty somehow… like seeing doctors. For example, I was so afraid to see a doctor for a breast check up. Breast cancer is number one killer disease of women here in our country. I felt something was wrong on the right side of my breast. It took me a lot of time — months in fact — before I finally went to see a doctor only to find out that No! the problem was on my breast’s left side. That’s the one to be monitored. Yesterday, in a follow-up check up, I was told that the “stone / lump” under observation became smaller. I’ll have a happier Christmas with less to worry about because of that findings. Moral lesson on this matter is dilly dallying causes undue worry. Face the problem head on!! Do not be afraid of doctors, of the truth, rather.
We have this plant for almost five years now, but the global climate change must have worked on it since it only started having flowers, well, even with only less than a dozen of them these past few months. I was ecstatic. So, I grabbed my cam to shoot the flower bud; and how it looks like in full bloom.With scientific name Citrus microcarpa, “Kalamansi/Calamansi” is how we call this fruit in Filipino language; in English, “Philippine Lemon.” This is a favorite juice drink in the country, and can be used to give flavor to many popular dishes like pansit [noodles], chicken and pork barbeques, lugaw or congees, etc. It has medicinal qualities and guaranteed to be good for those with cough and colds; and proven best with honey. [For more scientific info, click, http://www.stuartxchange.com/Kalamansi.html
It’s December. It is suppose to be cold in Manila but we do not feel it. It actually seems to be like summertime still [March to May]. An important feast to celebrate here is nearing: Christmas. Sadly, typhoon Pablo which battered Southern Philippines last week caused landslides attributed to illegal cutting of forest trees. Today, nearly 500 people had been confirmed dead. All coconut trees, banana plantations, and all crops gone. Many are still missing and thousands homeless. The landscape changed into images of swept towns and villages. Mindanao Region has never been as badly devastated as these recent years.