Consolation prizes

I’ve never been short-listed for anything before, so getting short-listed for the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma prize was an honor. After not making it, I felt that it was enough just getting to that point, but I also suspected that I was using those same time-honored defense mechanisms that often come with admitted loss.

A friend said that awards were indeed overrated.

I incline to agree with her. But there was exactly one thing that was different about this.

I am not going to tell the full story, yet, but one of Purita Kalaw-Ledesma’s daughters helped me and my mom a long time ago, when I was much younger. I was a patient. All I can say is, what she did halted what could have been a derailment of sorts.

My mom introduced me to her after nearly 30 years tonight.

That was reward enough: to see that a former patient made good long after the story ended.

I’ll worry about the rest of my life after this weekend.

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Quiet, wasn’t it? What I did for a fortnight

I have not been posting here for some time, again. Here’s what happened after the last post.

1. I was invited to attend the launch of a new coffee table book looking back at the life and work of Romulo Olazo at the Ayala Museum. The book includes some of his most famous pieces, including the series of Diaphanous and Permutation abstract paintings, and was launched at a PHP 700 price. This volume was launched on the occasion of Olazo’s 80th birthday, so it was definitely a party through and through, complete with the family song number. As with many of these evenings, it was a chance to meet some people I rarely get to see, and I was happy for it.

2. On a brief music note, I spent the second-to-the last Saturday of July at the Ayala Museum to catch not only the museum’s biggest “open day” ever, but also to see some acts I rarely get to see–the ones from Terno–due to increasingly busy schedules. The last weekend of July also featured lots of music and things besides. I got to hear Ryan Cayabyab’s score for La Revolucion Filipina, which led to a brief discussion on Mabini and the reliability of autobiographies as sources over drinks. Then I caught two dance performances at the PETA Theater Center which were quite interesting (though the Japanese one bears some reflection for another time). Finally I paid a visit to UP Town Center for UP Underground’s Tula, Kanta, Kape. I managed to catch someone whose track ended up on the Vandals Top 25 Tracks (So Far) list. (Look for #19.) I also caught a band who played a song which just turned 30 this year, making it much older than many of those who were watching that early evening.

Honestly, I haven’t been going out that much. Which is good.

3. The biggest highlight of these last few weeks was my first film project pitch at the Manila Film Financing Forum. I am not going to announce exactly what this film is, yet, because it will take me a while to assume it’s time to do that. For now, I can say that it is a documentary, and there will be lots of music involved. However, I enjoyed meeting with fellow filmmakers and people who are interested in backing a great project (or two). I am hoping to see some of these films get made, mine included, because I will be happy to say that I was there when these were just great ideas about to take off.

Here’s our batch photo (courtesy of Melai Entuna, who was Shift‘s associate producer).

The participants of the 4th Manila Film Financing Forum.

The participants of the 4th Manila Film Financing Forum.

Well, have a great week ahead!