Buhay Talaan ni Felipe - 2

Mamaalam, tala kong may ngiti, saglit lamang, may huling habilin, sa gitna ng yong paglalakbay, sa dako mong ihihimlay dalhin ang payapa't pangakong wagas. Patawad. May lunas pa araw nananamlay mong diwa s'yang may gamay ng malay mong tilang hiram. Itong minamataa, daang tinitimbang, dala, tang kong alay. Mamaalam sa mundong kay lupit, sadya kayang nilihis sa pait. Sa gitna ng yong paghihimlay, manlako kang maghihintay. Dalhin sa paaglitis. Taglay ng tamis. Paalam. ["Alay," Aia de Leon]

domingo, enero 23, 2005

Saturday Night Live

I didn't go out last night. Mabuti pa nanay at tatay ko, may party kagabi. I had dinner by myself. And just stayed in my room after that. Armed with a tall mug of ice cream (vanilla and chocolate with hard choco syrup and corn flakes... Mmmm!) in one hand, I watched TV the whole night. My Mom and Dad got home around 10pm. My Mom checked if I was in my room and was surprised to actually see me home on a saturday night.

"Milagro. Hindi ka lumabas."

"Ba't pa ako lalabas, hindi naman ako pwede uminom." (Next week pwede na).


But really, I got reasons for staying home last night:

1. I'm tamad.
2. My friends were "busy" last night.
3. I'd like to avoid using my car na muna until my subs and my amps are properly installed. My main amplifier just sits on my bare trunk -- half carpeted, totally messed up -- unsecured and it "jumps" around whenever I drive Amanda.

Reason valid enough? Sure it is!


I was channel surfing when I came upon this show "Myx Live." Hosted by Rico Blanco, they were featuring the music of Ryan Cayabyab performed by the San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra and The San Miguel Master Chorale. I was enjoying the music when suddenly the camera zoomed in on a section of the orchestra that I (used to) know so well. The Strings section. And when the camera started showing the Cello players, I started laughing.

Ah.... the memories of being the worst Cello player of the DLSZ Symphony Orchestra. Bravo!

Christina and I used to play for the DLSZ Symphony Orchestra back in high school. I played the cello and Chris played the violin. We were the best of the worst. Basta ako, madalas ako titigan ng conductor dahil wala ako sa tono. Once pa nga binato ako ng baton, hindi lang tumama sa akin kaya akala ko hindi para sa akin. Dapat yata nasipa na ako sa orchestra but since my Mom was a good "patron," pinagtyagaan na lang ako nung master. Our only purpose for joining the orchestra was to get exempted from Citizen's Army Training or CAT (and Art, PE, Music and Health Education). We were there not for the love of music but for the love of immunity. But when we became Seniors, the exemptions were scrapped. Punyetang admi na yan. We just left the group and attended the special classes after the mid-term break (during my time, we had mid term breaks in high school. Kekekekekeke...). It was part of my strategy, actually. PE and Health classes were during the first and second quarters. I hated PE. Can you actually imagine me playing basketball?? Alright... Try not to answer that, please. I had to sacrifice and attend our orchestra sessions until the first semester is over. I attended Art and Music classes which were close to my specialty. No biggie. THEN I had better days on my last year of DLSZ. No more saturday practices.

In college, you can actually get exempted from ROTC, or at least do just ROTC office duties for an hour a week, if you're a part of the DLSU orchestra. But I was sane enough to know that I will NEVER get in that club. In high school, I only had to do my totoy smile and pretend to be playing. I don't think you can do the same with the college counterpart, especially if the school is spending thousands of pesos on maintenance of the club.

Sabi nga ni Christina: "Sa high school orchestra natin, kailangan lang natin ay ACTING. Sa college Orchestra na yan, kailangan nila TALENT!"

Very convincing.