In 2010, self gave a reading at a conference in Cebu (central Philippines). From there, she flew to her Dear Departed Dad’s hometown of Bacolod.
While she waited for her Bacolod flight, she decided to get a massage. The massage place was right next to the boarding area, how convenient. The customers are shielded from view (by screens?) of people in the boarding area (but not of fellow customers, there’s a row of beds placed side-by-side), and the strange thing is, there were men and women getting full-body massages right there, mere yards away from where a whole crowd of passengers were gathered. To preserve customers’ modesty, the masseuse draped a thin towel over one’s body.
Anyhoo, the story self wants to tell is: She was freshly massaged, and her hair was standing up on end (from a scalp massage), when a man walked up to her, introduced himself as a fellow writer, and said he had attended her reading.
Self asked him where he was from, and he said Cagayan de Oro. She found out he was a fellow writer. He signed a copy of his book and gave it to her (Self really wishes that she looked more orderly when she walked out of that massage place).
His book was in Bikolano (which self doesn’t speak). It was a collection of plays!
The writer’s name was Carlos A. Aréjola.
Here’s the production notes, setting, cast of characters etc. from his play Unang Yugto:
Tagpuan (Setting): Cottage sa isang resort (A cottage in a resort)
Panahon (Time): Kasalukuyan (The Present)
Edwin – matangkad, guapo (tall, handsome)
Toledo – mestisuhin (mestizo), 18 taong gulang (18 years old)
Dagul – 21, moreno (dark-skinned), medyo pandak (somewhat short), may body piercings.
Falcon – mestisuhin (mestizo), ayos na ayos ang buhok (Hair fussed over; sorry, that’s the best she can come up with)
Dalawang Dalaga (2 girls): college girls, magaganda (beautiful), mapuputi (white-skinned)
Mga Pasahero Sa Airport (Passengers in the Airport)
How self loves that the characters have to be differentiated by whether they are light-skinned or dark-skinned, and that the two college girls are beautiful (magaganda) and mapuputi (white-skinned). To be white-skinned is to be beautiful?
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.