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A Poem I once wrote in 2007

All I thought my love will never change. I mean it will never cease at all. But over the years, I have realized that what is permanent in this world is really change.

Despite that let me share this poem I once wrote when my love for someone was burning… and still very much alive.

Wagas na Pag-ibig

Sa gitna ng aandap-andap na liwanag
Kailanman di matinag-tinag ang puso ko
Sa maraming beses na tangkang pagbubuwag
At tuldukan wagas kong pag-ibig sa iyo!

Kung ang kape’t gatas nananamlay ang lasa,
Umaasim sa pagdaan ng ilang saglit;
Sa halip, lalong umaanghang ang pagtibok pa
Walang silid sa ‘king dibdib and muhi’t galit!


A Refreshing Twist in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

I must say that after watching the film, the other version of this well-loved fairy tale of ‘Snow White’—I prefer this over the one that featured Julia Roberts as the princess’s wicked queen-stepmother in ‘Mirror Mirror’.

Snow White, the rightful heir to the throne was poisoned by the wicked queen stepmother. Queen Ravenna describes her as, “Lips red as blood. Hair black as night. Bring me your heart my dear, dear Snow White.”

Though I am not a fan of Kristen Stewart, this film made me choose over the one that was previously released this year. Aside from Charlize Theron’s effective portrayal of Ravenna, the two leading men of Stewart (Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman and Sam Claflin as William) were striking enough to keep me awake the whole duration of the movie.

The film retained some of the popular stuff in the traditional story or plot of Snow White like the inclusion of seven dwarfs, the poisonous apple, the mirror, the kiss of a true love, and all. But for all its worth—this movie version is one that people should be intrigued about.

She whispers, “Do you hear that? It’s the sound of battles fought and lives lost. It once pained me to know that I am the cause of such despair. But now their cries give me strength. Beauty is my power.” The wicked queen-stepmother portrayed by Charlize Theron is perhaps worthy of a best actress trophy.

The technical aspect was handled well especially the transformation of the wicked queen to a raven. The troll and the enchanted land were some of the scenes that will amaze the moviegoers and the avid Snow White followers. Stewart paired with Hemsworth and Claflin is another ‘twist’ that will definitely intrigue the audience.

Fight scenes in the film, the horse chases, and the magical tricks are just among the many reasons to flock to the theater.

Despite the movie script has three writers (with perhaps different perceptions about the Snow White story), Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock, and Hossein Amini–the director Rupert Sanders was successful enough to deliver a beautiful film as a whole.

The Prince named William is portrayed by Sam Claflin and the Huntsman is Chris Hemsworth. Uncover how these two male characters greatly influenced Snow White in her journey to reclaiming her lost kingdom.

The three leads: Theron, Hemsworth, and Claflin are equally good in their respective roles and their characterizations are unforgettable and remarkable. Stewart were lagging behind in the acting department. She needs to further muster the required emotions in certain scenes. This is when I realized that Lily Collins is a better Snow White.

Stewart wasn’t as powerful in her speech when she was persuading the people and the army of men to battle against the evil queen Ravenna. She lacked that power and conviction. Did she understand the character she was portraying?

Both ‘Mirror Mirror’ and ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ have predictable ‘twists’, but still it worked. That’s what matters the most. Figure out how Snow White was brought back to life after eating the poisonous apple given by Ravenna and how the latter went after the former in a deeper and a darker motive.

At the end of the film, what struck me the most were the lines of Queen Ravenna and the mirror man. She said, “Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is fairest of them all?”

The mirror man replied, “You are the fairest, but there is another destined to surpass you.”

The moral of the story–beauty is not lasting, but fleeting. The purest of heart will conquer, consume, and humble the proud. In real life, no beauty will remain forever. Eventually it fades and there will something that will arise and reign. That’s the way it is.

Note: Photographs are from Snow White and the Huntsman official website.

Tanghalang Pilipino: Reaching out to a Barangay

Cultural Center of the Philippines’ resident theater company—Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) partners with Barangay San Lorenzo to bring about change. It is TP’s commitment to use theater as a potent tool in creating opportunities to develop humans to be responsible citizens of the country, and to start with the barangay is one noble act.

Tata Nanding, Tanghalang Pilipino’s artistic director is positive about the joint project that the theater company entered with Barangay San Lorenzo in Makati.

Under the leadership of its artistic director, Fernando C. Josef, who is fondly called as Tata Nanding to theater people, TP has been tapped by Barangay San Lorenzo Kagawad Marlene Clarissa Po to extend its theater technical expertise to the youth in particular.

Tata Nanding has this to say about the leaders of Barangay San Lorenzo, “The people here are very much socially aware.

“They truly recognize that culture and the arts play a vital role in the human development.”

TP believes that theater can be a powerful vehicle in shaping the minds of the people, which Josef thinks the efforts of Barangay San Lorenzo leaders is one that is notable, and at the same time worth emulating.

Po, the Kagawad hopes that through theater, it can stop corruption and she also intends to develop truthful governance even from her own barangay in San Lorenzo.

TP, for the first time created this theater outreach program for this barangay. It focused on visual arts, musical theater for teens, and for the mentally-challenged individuals.

Tanghalang Pilipino teaches mentally-challenged individuals in one of its theater outreach programs in San Lorenzo Village in Makati.

“It is a pilot project that aims to inculcate social responsibilities to local talented individuals. We hope to sustain this and be successful as well,” Tata Nanding adds.

With Tata Nanding’s exposures in Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), he wants to share to the community his long-term goal for this outreach—to produce more creative people, to advocate sense of truth and good values through visual arts, and to provide a platform for tackling social issues.

“This move of ours, will hopefully debunk the people’s perception about theater as ‘elitist’ and has no dynamic interaction with its audience.

“Even in our history, theater is something communal. Every theater production must be collaborative. There must be an exchange of ideas, and must foster feedback from its audience.”

TP and Barangay San Lorenzo’s next project together is a theater program for the ‘kasambahays’ (househelps).

TP’s 26th Theater Season (from 2012-2013) with its theme: ‘Truth and Consequence’ has these lineup of productions: Severino Reyes’s ‘Walang Sugat’ running in August, Layeta Bucoy’s ‘Walang Kukurap’ in September till October, Mario O’Hara’s ‘Stage Show’ in October, and Rody Vera’s ‘Ibalong’ to be staged in February to March 2013.

Tanghalang Pilipino 26th Theater Season features: ‘Walang Sugat’, ‘Walang Kukurap’, ‘Stage Show’, and ‘Ibalong’.

For more information, contact (632) 8321125 locals 1620 and 1621; Telefax at (632) 8323661 and mobile numbers +639177500107 and +639189593949 or email ccptanghalan@yahoo.com or visit its site tanghalangpilipino.gov.ph.