Second month

February 8, 2006. THANK YOU, SQUEALER. Yesterday, while on a UP-Katipunan jeep on my way to MassComm, a lady broke the silence. “Ma’! ‘Wag mo ngang kalikutin ‘yang bag niya!” she blurted, referring to a guy who’s sitting beside a Korean-looking lady in front of her. The other passengers just… watched for a minute the sudden commotion. Cool, eskandalo, exciting, I thought!

The guy got startled and muttered, “Anong pinagsasabi nito?” all while avoiding eye contact with the lady. “Magnanakaw ka! Dinukutan mo ‘ko dati!” The guy nervously retorted, “Ano’ng pinagsasabi mo d’yan. Wala akong alam d’yan…” “Anong wala! Mandurukot ka!”

At that point, the guy tapped on the jeepney’s ceiling to signal the driver to stop. The jeepney didn’t stop though. He just walked off the aisle and jumped off the jeepney while it was moving.

SANGANGDAAN, LITERALLY. Last night, there was a second shoot for ES’ and Jerwin’s short film thesis. It involved me, driving. I haven’t driven a vehicle in months. It was supposed to be a car accident scene. Of course, we didn’t have to really crash the cars. That would’ve been ridiculous.

18TH BIRTHDAY. I had an fairly uneventful but all right birthday. I’m happy, I guess. I don’t know if I should write about it. I’ll just keep it to myself for now. Anyway, I appreciate birthday greetings, really. Thank you to all!

ELECTIONS. Attended the STAND-UP primaries last Thursday. I was introduced as a nominee for film representative. At first I was sort of intimidated. But I got along nonetheless, I guess. On Friday, I was briefed about the party and the platform and the history and all that. Beforehand, I was having apprehensions about running under STAND-UP plus I was also being invited to run as independent among other independent candidates. I was really having second thoughts. But I realized, I’m in the right place.

Maundy Thursday morning

Hey guys. I’ve just been staying home all week. I was supposed to go out with my classmates yesterday because it was Erik’s birthday but my parents didn’t allow me. So it’s been really boring.

Today is my mom’s birthday. She’s growing less younger every year. So am I… I mean it’s scary. Come to think of it, I’m going to college next year and before I know it, I’ll have my own life. Wah. I feel like I’m still a kid.

So we’re going on visita iglesia in a bit. I just heard that my parents are planning to check us in a hotel for the weekend, for the sake of staying in a hotel this summer. They don’t have any plans of taking us out of the country this summer. Just a short vacation at Puerto Galera this May. And then my dad wants to immerse me at the isolation of his provincial hometown with my grandfather for one whole week so I could get to know the townspeople and learn how to manage and harvest the coffee and fruits, and those kinds of stuff. Para daw maranasan ko yung mga dinaanan n’ya as a boy. I don’t know if it has something to do with my being the eldest male in my generation in a patriarchal clan. No qualms, I’d be willing to do that. So I better get ready.