i was really sick yesterday but i’m much much better now. i had the chills and my temperature was really high. i thought i was done getting sick last week pero nge, naa pay aftershock. cuzin tootsie is also sick, perhaps because of me. two days ago, a friend (jhem) from fine arts said he got sick because of me too. gemini, who i last had dinner with two nights ago, is also sick now and she blames me! =) anyway, this morning my temperature is back to normal. i’m still trying to take it slow, though. ill write a longer entry here when im really well.
i just met three of my professors in class today and we’ve already set our final projects for each. since the last day of classes in u.p. is on the 9th, our project deadlines fall on the 8th as that is our regular class schedule. anyhow, i really think our project for visual design is really interesting since we’d be doing a book of alphabets representing the meanings of words that start with that particular letter. for example, an avalanche is depicted on the design of the letter A with one of its side crumbling to pieces, etc etc. in my black and white photography class we now have only one project for a final plate. we’re gonna do an art portrait and i’m still deciding on what to shoot. as for production techniques, all we will be doing is taking a field trip to the inquirer and visiting their printing press. tomorrow we still have to meet my figure drawing professor and my design workshop teacher and discuss our last projects. if all my classes will work on the last-day-of-classes deadline, i will be home earlier this year and even catch high school classmate jill tan’s birthday on the 15th! hope she celebrates with lechon and adobo…
today’s my godchild’s birthday so i’m reserving this space for her in celebration of 7 (is it?) wonderful years. leakathrina padero was just cited for 3rd honors in her school in cagayan de oro. last sunday, she sang solo in all three services in my hometown church to invite the congregation to the children’s choir concert later that evening. i still don’t know what she sang because my sisters would not update me on stuff! anyway, my cousin ace tells me (he was in the band) the concert was great. well, my little niece is on her way to great heights and opportunities in God’s ministry. hopefully she’ll continue to grow up in God’s grace. and so, happy birthday leakat!!!
hi! i’ve been whining about wanting to watch the matrix again on video for quite some time now. the video is actually available in the rental shop where i am a member of. unfortunately, my finances do not permit me to indulge in such hedonistic desires and so i would, in turn, just drown my sorrows in vinegar as i eat my baconsilog every lunchtime. one not-so unusual night tootsie came home from watching a play celebrating womanhood and their vaginas and well, she got a patalikod for me. she bought the matrix video (pirated) along with the terminator 2 and indiana jones and the last crusade. she also got herself a burner for the computer. what fun!
anyway, we viewed indiana jones first as it was, hands down, the choice of the night. tita tems of course is a major fan of harrison ford. whoever among you out there who haven’t seen all of the indiana jones trilogy is missing out a lot! the matrix, of course, is a… do i have to say what the movie is about? there is a possibility that every household (in the world) who has an entertainment system has a copy of the video of this really really great movie.
needless to say (but im still saying here), the movie, set in the not so distant future, depicts a world overrun by artificial intelligence much as the movies, terminator 1 and 2, are about a rebellion of humanity against a society of a.i. terminators (remember t-800 and the ultra cool liquid metal t-1000? yes, they’re a.i.’s).
a lot of us never realized that movies have been tackling the issues of artificial intelligence for years! i’m no exception, it just dawned to me that the terminator movie, which my family have been watching over and over since its release in the 80’s is all about this terrifying vision of a future we wish not to live through. nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, nuclear power, atomic bombs, nostradamus, the end of the world, Biblical revelations, bin laden and the world trade center… i’m straying from the point. anyway, have you ever asked yourself what the matrix is? or who God is? what if God was one of us? just a slob like one of us? did any of you think that he did became one of us… enough digression
i’m sick right now. not sick in the head, but really sick. i’ve been feeling something since wednesday evening already, i was sneezing like mad. by thursday morning, my nose’s been running like hell. by the evening i was feeling under the weather. now i’m just sick. anyway, life goes on and as the americans still try to pursue some military plan undetailed to the major populace i remain here in the house cold and alone. please save your pity to the children of the dust who, like that one who begged me for food while i ate a scrumptious meal of baconsilog at rodic’s, remain an untapped resource in the scheme of things. they can be educated, they can be molded to be better citizens of our country. if not for the money they would have been growing up mightily and strong. i have no point here, allow a sick man to babble nonsense, if you may. i have to go back to bed.
while things are settling down in the US, i found myself back in the audio-visual room of the college of fine arts for another session of film appreciation. screened by CAM (camera as art movement) this afternoon was “cinema paradiso,” the italian film that won the best foreign-language film in the oscars in 1989. i’ve heard so much praise about the film and is continued to be cited to this day. and like, wow! (there i go again with the wow, but i think i can’t further explain in another word how i feel about the film). this time i cried in the movie.
the film followed the story of this man who, as a boy found an unlikely friend and father figure in alfredo, the cinema projectionist. inspired by his passion for film, this boy would continually bother the burly man until he gives in and shares the magic and secrets of film. i always thought there is a certain magic lent by foreign languages on film, there becomes this spirit that so fills the senses of which i never feel in filipino and american films. anyhow, another film that i could relate to cinema paradiso in ‘feeling’ is the french film, “les enfants du marais” (children of the marshland), which also tells its story in a flashback of sorts. both films elicit nostalgia and despite alfredo’s strong reminders not to give in to it, we will always go look for home and eventually return to it, even for a short while. there we realize that even though the more things change the more they stay the same (that’s from interview with the vampire, by the way…) in any case, do watch cinema paradiso and les enfants du marais (shown in last year’s french film fest in shangri-la) and relive the innocence of childhood and the magic of the movies.
yesterday night, millions found themselves glued to their television sets and witnessed the unfolding of a great tragedy. four hijacked planes intentionally crashed into major structures in the united states. you already know the details but i have to say this again, the event is so surreal it was like watching a movie only that this is real. it used to be that art would imitate life; now it seems to have turned tables on us. it was horrifying watching that second plane hit the world trade center right before our very eyes. and a little later, there was no world trade center to behold. it was just terrible and even if we are here in the philippines it doesnt mean we aren’t affected by it not unlike the americans. to think of all those trapped and killed by the blasts and the collapse of the buildings i was reminded by the recent tragedy of the hotel fire that killed hundreds in quezon city. i extend my condolences and prayers to all, we are to find ourselves in more trying times now as war would most probably erupt.