That's me, getting ready to play Bitoy Camacho in the stage play written by National Artist Nick Joaquin---"A Portrait of the Artist As Filipino" many, many years ago.
Watching this year's MMFF best picture #AngLarawan, based on that stage play, brought back a lot of memories. I know that story by heart coz I needed to study the script and memorize my lines back then. While I'm more familiar with its original English version, watching the movie musical in Filipino was delightful and refreshing.
I remember those days. I was in love with poetry, #itim #maynilasakukongliwanag #oroplatamata #himala #kisapmata etc . As a Filipino, they gave me pride and joy!
Rehearsals were exhausting but rewarding. I don't know how I was able to do that on top of exams, assignments, and projects in school. But one thing is for sure. I enjoyed playing Bitoy. And I loved the costumes. At least I wasn't required to be half naked or almost naked like when I played the role of Jesus in the #PassionOfTheChrist . 😉 You know, my hands were tied, carried the cross, wore the crown of thorns, and tortured. And, I was on Mary's lap for the pieta scene, lifeless and covered in blood, praying for that scene to be over. 😁😁😁 So yeah, that's me in the photograph (or larawan or ritrato, if you wish) as Bitoy, the only one that serves as a reminder of that part of my life. I'm not embarrassed by it anymore. I can now smile at those days and consider it a beautiful memory. Although I still haven't told my family and most of my friends about it up to this day but hey, what the heck. 😁 ❤🇵🇭