Talakasaysayan: Aguinaldo sa PaskoDecember 9, 2015
Yesterday, I attended the 1-5 p.m. activity of Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite. Went there with Febe Sevilla and her daughter Alex aka “Ms Finland.” Angelo Aguinaldo, shrine’s former curator, and facilitator of the said event invited me. They called it “Talakasaysayan: Aguinaldo sa Pasko.”
I actually thought the whole afternoon would only focus on Masonry, a subject I wanted to know more about. My father was a Mason I was told but he never discussed details about it. In my docu on Mabini, I used the El Verdadero version of the Masons for Deaf interpretation because of the simplicity of words they used.
I was happy and surprised to meet Dr. Manny Calairo, former student of my brother, and also Ms. Belen Nocon. They were in fact, members of the panel. The other panelists were Sergio Serpico Nepomuceno, Felix Ramos, Honey Palugod, Geronimo Esguerra, Wilfredo Lalimarmo, and Edwin Aborque. Students and teachers from several schools in Kawit and Imus, local DepEd officials, LGU staff of Kawit, Cavite attended.
Anyhow, I found interesting the topic on the military strategies used during the Filipino-American War as related by Mr. Sumaquel Hosalla, one of the panel members. A Consultant in the film Heneral Luna, he was right when he said that the line of firings used during his time should have been shown in the film. Not only were they cinematic and interesting the way I imagine them to be. It really would have shown how organized our military men were at the time. I have used photos showing the discipline our revolutionaries exhibited. Nevertheless, having been myself involved in film productions, I could offhand think that budget and time constraints must prevented them to pursue on having a scene like that. Noticeably segments in the fight scenes supposedly between the Americans and the Filipinos are quite limited. I was asked about Heneral Luna…but what can you say about a film that focuses on a historical figure but started with a disclaimer saying that it is a fiction film based on facts. I cannot question the artistic license of the director. It is his right. He can exag the scenes, make weak or strong a character based on treatment, his knowledge, sensibility and own sensitivity. I honestly liked the film as a film, especially Tarog’s music and the flashback into Luna’s childhood; but as a historical film, it cannot be judged as such. The disclaimer says it: it is a fiction film. The problem is: majority of the youth believed everything that they saw. [Related to this is my blog on El Presidente: https://advocacine.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/el-presidente_fiction-film-based-on-a-historical-figure/%5D
The rest of the topic were already quite familiar to me especially the background events leading to the Filipino-American War because of my project on Mabini; also because of the books I helped my brother published. Characters and events intertwined.
The discussions were lively …going all the way to Cavite was worth it, especially since there was no traffic at the time we traveled to the place.
Before going to the Shrine at 1pm, we were led to eat at Edna’s Store located a few blocks away from the Shrine. We enjoyed walking down the road to and from the eatery but felt somehow depressed seeing largely neglected, and old houses lining up the main road. One day soon, they will be gone. At Edna’s, it was also worth our time waiting for the food to be prepared because they were quite tasty.
We left the Shrine before 6 pm… All sold out, I missed the bibingka from Aling Lucy’s shop however! I should have bought instead from these boys and tasted what they were cooking. My first time to see them along the road! Probably because of demand for bibingka, with Simbang-Gabi nearing!