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Pelikulang Pilipino Noon

Nais kong magsulat sa sariling wika ngayong gabi.

Kung meron mang makakabasa nito na mula sa ibang bansa o hindi nakakaintindi ng Tagalog, humihingi ako ng pasensya. Asahan niyong walang masasamang salita o mga sikretong pang-Pilipino lamang ang lalabas dito sa isusulat ko.

Nais ko lamang mahasa ang aking paggamit ng Tagalog sa pagsusulat. Marahil ito ay epekto ng dumaang pangangampanya at eleksyon o kaya nama’y ang panonood siguro ng mga pelikulang pang-klasiko sa Cinema 1 tuwing Miyerkules. Ilan sa mga pelikulang napanood ko na nitong nagdaang mga linggo ay Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, Insiang, at Himala–mga pelikulang nagawa nung dekada ’70 at ’80.

Ibang klase talaga ang mga pelikula noong mga panahong iyon. Tila ba walang takot noong ginawa, walang pakundangan, walang ibang ibig ipahiwatig kundi ang kwento lamang. Nakakapagtaka dahil ang mga ginintuang taon ng pelikulang Pilipino ay naganap sa kasagsagan ng Martial Law. Siguro yun ang hatak ng mga pelikulang ito–ang mawala ng panandalian ang balisa sa mga kaganapan sa gobyerno at sa labas ng tahanan. Ngunit naniniwala din ako na ginamit ang mga pelikula upang buksan ang mga mata ng bawat Pilipino sa mga nangyayaring kahirapan at kalupitan noong mga panahong iyon.

Kadalasang tumatatak sa akin ang mga huling sandali ng mga pelikula tulad ng Bona, Batch ’81, Kisapmata, at Tag-Ulan sa Tag-Araw. Nakakatindig balahibo ang epekto ng mga eksena nito. Bakit kaya kadalasan sa dulo ng pelikula pa talaga hinuhugot ang kataas-taasan ng emosyon ng manonood? Minsan naiiwan pang bitin at kapag dumilim na lang ang telebisyon, doon pa lang malalamang tapos na pala ang pelikula. Wala nang ibang magagawa kundi pag-isipan na lamang sa sarili ang susunod na maaaring mangyari. Ngunit siguro iyon ang patuloy na humahatak sa mga manonood: ang mabigyan ng pagkakataon upang gamitin ang imahinasyon at paganahin ang utak upang magtanong.

Bukas ay Miyerkules na naman. Ano kaya ang ipapalabas?

Face Melted

Last Sunday my family and I were able to watch the repeat run of the musical Rock of Ages here in Manila. My fascination with musicals has flickered in the past few years, plus I wasn’t really keen about seeing Vina Morales on the stage so I went without really thinking of having the best time of my life.

But of course, I did.

There were a lot of surprises that day. It started once we entered the theater. Perhaps everything changes once you see the decked out stage and the lights. The fourth wall closes in and you’re immersed in another world. An usherette greeted us, grabbed our tickets and led us towards the first row. As we took our seats I realize that we were right smack in the middle. That was the first time ever that I sat so close to the stage.

A few minutes later the show starts. The cast came out for their first number. I found myself observing everything that was happening onstage. The actors had on wigs and headpieces that covered the microphones on their heads. They wore layers of clothing and hosiery and the only thing I could think of was how uncomfortable that was. Suddenly, I recognize Rachel Alejandro’s and Nyoy Volante’s heavily made up faces. Yes, even the boys wore make-up.

As the show went on, I began to see more familiar faces. I was slightly bothered with Vina Morales’s microphone jutting out from her light brown wig, but she didn’t even seem to notice it. That fact alone deserves props and it impressed me a lot. Admittedly, I really enjoyed her portrayal of Sherrie. But Aiza Seguerra was the one who really blew me away with her portrayal of Regina (pronounced as Re-GY-na), and other characters. If you watch the show, you’ll get what I mean.

I can’t end this post without mentioning MiG Ayesa, who plays Stacee Jaxx. It still amazes me how I was just about 2 feet away from a leather jumpsuit-clad, cowboy-hat wearing him. I felt like the girls in the show who were going crazy over Stacee. If I stood up and reached over I would have been able to touch him—but thankfully I was able to control myself from doing that.

Everyone can find something to love about the musical: the 80’s music, the performances of the actors, the whole story. As for me, I really liked everything about the whole experience. IMG_0662

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These are the only “souvenirs” that I have since taking photos isn’t allowed in the theater at all times. Oh, and a mental image of MiG Ayesa as Stacee Jaxx grinding onstage.

Rock of Ages runs from July 12-July 28, 2013 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium at the RCBC Plaza, Makati.