Remove this from your Bucket List, NOW

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Plenty of my closest friends, family and Facebook friends have put up awesome pictures of their awesome holidays in the awesome continent of Asia. I myself have not got there yet and until this week one of the major things to do on my bucket list was ride and bathe an Elephant.

Now before you get defensive, it does look like an awesome and fun thing to do, because of course the Elephants are happy right, they’re tame so it means they were brought up this way, and everyone else has done it so it has to be fine! This sheep mentality of western tourists is to blame for the increasing amount of Asian elephants dying from over exhaustion, and maybe even depression.

An elepahnt that has died from exhaustion source: Twitter An elephant that has died from exhaustion source: Twitter

I’m going to keep it short, because I imagine that by now, some people have clicked off this…

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The First Four-Letter Word of Parenting: LOVE

True that!

Parenting is a Four Letter Word

LOVE :  First four letter word of Parenting.  It encompasses every feeling and thought you have ever felt.  It is peacefulness, joy, radiance, overwhelming feelings of protection that are born so deep within, its origin is a mystery but it lies somewhere inside your children’s eyes, a recognition from one soul to the other akin a familiarity transcending our realm of reality and what we know as our universe, invisible yet palpable chords that are struck with every smile or soft caress or just the indescribable contentment a mother feels while holding said offspring.  Or something like that.

Parenting begins with LOVE… all other four-letter words just make for good writing!  😉

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College of Business Executive Committee, Science and Technology Complex Government

As the school year ends, so as my term as the first College of Business Representative of the Science and Technology Complex Government (STCG) under the University Student Government of De La Salle University. Never did I think I would be that kind of student who will be active in an organization, let alone the school’s student council. Here I am, ending my term as the COB Rep. and now starting a new one as Campus President of STCG for the school year 2014-2015.

I would like to take this opportunity to immortalize my year through this shamefully inactive blog of mine, and one day reminisce on all the lessons, challenges and memories I gained and went through.

1st Term

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During the first term, we had the RVR COB General Assembly wherein I discussed to my constituents the changes the integration brought to our college. Before entering, I gave them their “Passport to Success”, a pamphlet designed like a passport containing what books to read, what movies to watch, how to survive in COB, what TV series to watch, and job opportunities their degree programs bring. After my module, we had a “Financial Fitness” talk given by Mr. Jyro Trivino, former DSI head in STC.

SENSORed was our fund raising event for this term. We had Wii and X-Box consoles put up in the school’s Auditorium and charged those who wanted to play 10 pesos per game. This went on for three days and it was a success. Students would like to have this event repeated, if possible. This was an STCG effort, spearheaded by COB and CCS Executive Committee.

I’ve never thought I would ever organize a Sports fest, but I was able to. Animolympics was the first integrated sports fest wherein students from Manila Campus were invited to join. Out of all the events I organized, this must have been the hardest. I’m not a sporty person nor am I considered well-verse when it comes to the rules of Basketball, Volleyball, Frisbee, and Soccer. I do not know how I manage to have gone through with this event. It was truly a learning experience. This was a tie-up with OSD.

 

2nd Term

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Our 2nd term fund raising activity was SPLASH, a car wash located near the student parking. Though it did not sell as much due to the bad weather (how unlucky), it was a first. No one in the history of DLSC had thought of holding a car wash within the school.

Another first was the COB Campus Swap, a collaboration with College Government of Business, also under the University Student Government. We had 25 students from DLSU STC and DLSU M “swap” lives for a day and attend classes from the other campus. A feedback received was to increase the number of participants.

In my efforts to further prepare my constituents to the outside world, we held “Jumpstart Your Future”, a career talk discussing on how to ace that job interview, business etiquette, and knowing your career path. The seminar was conducted by Dr. Maria Paquita D. Bonnet, coordinator for Job Placement of DLSU.

Lastly, an event dear to my heart was the annual Christmas Bazaar, a tie-up with the Junior Management Association. JMA was the organization I joined the year where I was Chief Finance Officer before entering USG, and the Christmas Bazaar of that year was the first event I organized in, then, De La Salle – Canlubang. It was also the first (or second?) event I hosted. This year, we called it “Spectacular, Spectacular Christmas Carnival”, surrounding the theme of circus. Beside the food and dry goods stall (we had about 40 concessionaires), we also had a mechanical bull ride and inflatable slide. During the night, we had a variety of performances by students and friends from nearby schools. It was a cool, chillax night wherein people came to shop, enjoy the show, try on some rides, and eat heartily. Proceeds from the concessionaires and entrance fee were donated to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

3rd Term

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3rd term posted to become the most challenging term I had, since we organized Animonopoly: RVR COB week and Lasalyano, Ikaw Ang Pagbabago University Vision-Mission Week 2014, in just a two-week span. In line with Animonopoly, we organized two seminars in hopes to increase the students knowledge of Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship, two topics rarely talked about within the classroom. We had Dr. Emil Hudtohan as our guest speaker for “Bigger, Better, Stronger, Power: Corporate Social Responsibility” and Gawad Kalinga Social Entrepreneurs Alvie Benitez and Fabian Courtielle for “When Good Guys Finish First: Social Entrepreneurship” seminar.

At the same time, I was an event head in STC for the UnivWeek, handling one LEAP class entitled “He Said, She Said, Nat Said: Dating 101” and Palarong Lasalyano, another STCG effort spearheaded by COB Executive Committee. It was a whirlwind of events, and some among the others dished out a lot of problems, but I wasn’t alone. Thankfully, everything went well and met our expectations. We had Christine Fojas, PJ Alcaraz, and Nat Nat De Leon as our speakers for Dating 101.

Then, I took a break from being COB Representative and ran for the position of Campus President during the University Student Government General Elections 2014. I took a leave of absence and had my Operations Head Char Ramos as my officer-in-charge. In my absence, they were able to push through with Accounting Tutorials, a compensation and temporary solution to address the concerns my college had. This was also the term I tried my hand on creating posters for my events. It was another learning experience.

In this one year, I have learned so much. I’d like to think I became a better leader, a better student, and a better person. One thing I learned is that if you want to make a difference, if you want to make a change, you can’t do it alone. I was lucky enough to have the best team ever, having Lisa Venegas as my Finance Head, Raphaelo Perez as my Sales and Marketing Head, Chelsea Junio as my Sales Officer, Andre Alejo as my Marketing Officer, Charlegne Ramos as my Operations Head, Rap Aguillon and Justin Nograles as my Operations Officers, Mikhaela Calimag as my Research and Development Head, and Igor Pucay as my Research and Development Officer. I couldn’t have done, literally COULD NOT HAVE DONE, everything mentioned above without my College of Business Executive Committee. Even though some of them left later on to pursue and explore other opportunities, it has been an honor to have worked with them.

I am also very thankful to the first Campus President Nikka Ramos for being there for me and with me throughout this school year. She has supported me in all my events and projects; attending, helping out, giving me her opinions and advice with regards to STCG related stuff (and outside STCG related stuff), and for trusting me as her next-in-line. She believed in me from the very beginning.

Lastly, I am thankful to all those students who supported me during last year and this year’s General Elections, during my term as COB Representative, and during the times things became almost unbearable. I still have another year to serve you and I will do my best to give justice to your votes and to the Office of the Campus President, as Nikka has done.

As I say goodbye to my position, a position I love with all my heart, this isn’t farewell. I have complete confidence that Raphaelo Perez will be a great COB Representative, if not better than I. This isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning. I’m feeling that next year is going to be one hell of a battle, and I’m ready.

17 Phrases You’re Probably Saying Wrong

17 Phrases You’re Probably Saying Wrong

I saw this link on Facebook and thought about reading it… best decision ever! This is very helpful. It even talks about the etymology of some of the phrases. Good read! 

 

An excerpt:

“I COULD CARE LESS.”

Correct way to say it: I couldn’t care less.

Meaning: If you “could care less,” then you care and are capable of caring less. Make sure to keep it negative — meaning you don’t care and couldn’t care any less.

 

Click on the title and it will direct you to the site. 

Epiphany: Looking Back and Moving Forward

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“Epiphany: Looking Back and Moving Forward” is De La Salle – Canlubang’s last event before it officially became De La Salle Univerity Science and Technology Complex, an extension campus of De La Salle University – Manila. This is the annual Student Guild Awards event the school celebrates to recognize students who excelled during the school year. The awardees are voted by the student body. It was held at the Sonoma Clubhouse on the 27th of April, 2013. For this year, it was a formal black-and-white evening event. This was also one of the events I helped organize, as Marketing Head. 

In the efforts to raise the attendees of this event, I constructed a booth where people boothcan register and have a feel of what the event was like. I channeled the theme of “prom night” because I know a lot of students don’t get to go to formal events that often because they don’t have a reason to, unless it’s a friend’s debut, and I know some would love to dress up, look pretty and dashing and relive high school since prom was one of its highlights. I brought my grandma’s chandelier lamp, gold tablecloth, a dining set, and borrowed my friend’s mannequin and black gown to be displayed on the side.

The day came and the afternoon was exhausting. Me and the other head organizers, Dennis Dumlao, Kay Ching, Nikka Ramos, and Francis Altez went to the venue to check on the arrangements. To be honest, we weren’t truly happy with the back-drop, but the rest of the components were in-line with the theme. I went to dress up at a friend’s house then came back for the program proper. It was tiring because I never really got to sit down since I went and entertained VIP guests, and helped with the raffle. Not to mention running around to check on things and help whichever way I can. But it was the good kind of tired, especially when a VTR played commemorating the past events the school organizations did. Being an officer of Junior Management Association, some of the events shown were the fruits of me and my friends’ hard work. It felt good to be a part of something that you’ve put so much dedication on and see it flash-backed through that VTR.

 awards b&wAfter dinner, a few more speeches, and recognition of the officers of the College Student Council, the awarding started. I was nominated for Business Administration student of the year and was delightfully surprised when I won. I felt so honored to be awarded by the student body. I know the recent University Student Government General Elections boosted my chances of winning, but my fellow nominees and really good friends, Francis Altez and Jaemy Mejia, were also equally deserving.

It feels good to be appreciated and your efforts to be recognized. This award truly fueled me to perform the best way I can, especially after being elected as the first ever College of Business Representative/President of DLSU-STC. This school never fails to make me feel so loved and needed at the same time. Hopefully, I can deliver in the coming school year.

This night was one of the most memorable nights of my life. Despite being who I am and whatever I represent, being a single mom and all, I wasn’t stripped of a chance to experience an awesome college life… and its far from over. With friends and a faculty like this, I will never regret transferring to DLSU-STC.

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P.S.

Kudos to the other main organizers of Epiphany. I wasn’t able to mention all of you, but I owe you guys one. I hope I return the favor in one way or another. 

Super late post! Like, 2 months late! LOL.

Masks Unearthed

Reputation. It’s something you may or may not have. It’s something only people with great deal of popularity gain, may that popularity be in their favor or not because let’s face it, you can be popular in a bad way. Infamous. However, reputation is something that should never be worth the pain, be the basis of important decisions in your life, or be the cause of serious problems.

With reputation comes power. Reputation is a source of credibility and credibility is what brings people the power to have influence. A classic example is the high school set-up of popular kids vs. the normal people. If you catch a popular kid’s attention, it will only mean two things; he/she will either make you or break you. Being part of the cool kids’ table automatically grants you popularity and a new reputation. However, get on their bad side and they can turn the whole school against you, not to mention the bullying that will scar you for the rest of your life. Pain. Bullying has led to depression and suicide. Hence, with reputation comes power.

This leads us to the question, “What are you willing to do to keep that reputation?”. This, of course, assumes that fact that you like the reputation you have. Often enough, we stumble upon unique situations in our lives that truly test our principles. An ex-convict, sent to jail for a crime he didn’t commit, finally gets out as a free man and is determined to start a new life tries to get a job but can’t because of his unattractive track record, a reputation fate (or a judge/a jury/a lawyer/the guilty) has dealt him. Suddenly, an old friend reappears in his life offering a clean slate, no questions asked. Of course, for this to be possible, the said friend will have to perform illegal actions. A unique and, quite frankly, an ironic situation to be in indeed. In this case, this is the reputation he’s far from wanting to keep. If he says yes to this, didn’t he just let reputation be the basis of that decision? As unfair as life may be, he’ll never know that life isn’t that much of a bitch, and someone somewhere out there is actually willing to hire him despite his reputation.

We’ve said that reputation can be, surely not prescribed, the basis of important life decisions. But can it also be the cause of serious problems? A couple, married for 22 years and have 4 children, are very much unaware that their poor parenting skills are rooted on their unhappy marriage, have produced a daughter who got knocked up at 17 years of age, a son who has grown numb due to repeated verbal abuse and two more children facing a future that is uncertain if this continues. Both parties know that it isn’t working out and too much has happened to repair the damage that has been done. However, what will people say if they separate?  Surely, their relatives will look down on them for not having the capabilities of working it out. They will lose their highly respected, wealthy, and shallow friends who will see less of them because an unhappy family will always be better than a broken one. The local church may start to ignore them because annulment cancels their vow to the holy sacrament they both willingly entered all those wasted years ago. Others will pity them because both, who keeps a facade of not only being traditionally renowned as well off, but are also successful in their fields of work, apparently can’t say the same thing to their personal life. Their sterling reputation around the city, tainted. They see these things as a more pressing problem than salvaging whatever family they have left. So, what do they do? They stay together, and together they grew old without having any peace of mind, without experiencing content or simple happiness, without love. And in return, one of their children died of drug overdose and the others never bothered visiting them anymore.

Reputation, such a small factor when you’re facing the possibilities of losing everything that are actually important.

Where the Sidewalk Ends (Original Script)

Theme: Musical, Drama

Part 1 – Bumpy Beginnings

Part 2 – Blind Corner

Part 3 – Concrete

Characters:

  • Annabelle – leading female role, has singing parts. A 30-year old single woman in her 1st trimester of pregnancy with an unknown man who fathers her baby.
  • Rob – supporting male role, has singing parts. A simple, dorky man who helps the other characters in the story.
  • Ed – leading male role, has singing and dancing parts. A high school student with an attachment to his questionable girlfriend due to parental issues at home.
  • Rob’s Mother
  • Annabelle’s boss (could be a guy or a girl)
  • Mel – Annabelle’s female friend
  • Security guard
  • Ed’s Mother
  • Ed’s father
  • Kevin – Ed’s friend
  • John – Ed’s friend
  • Extras, dancers, and other performers

Part 1 Bumpy Beginnings

Scene 1: Bus Stop, street

<Musical number: Hold on by SBTRKT. Performed by Rob and extras. A montage of consecutive days expressing how Rob is a regular guy that goes unnoticed by the people around him, that he is just another face in a sea of people in this world. Extras are blind-folded to express their animosity. Annabelle is the only one not blindfolded but performs like the extras>

After musical number, Rob resumes to stand by the bus stop sign.

Enter Annabelle.

Annabelle stands by the bus stop where Rob is, looking anxious. Her phone rings.

Annabelle: Oh, my God! Totoo ba ‘to? Thank you! Thank you! Yes, I’ll see you next week. Thanks, Doc!

Phone call ends. Annabelle suddenly hugs Rob. Note that Rob doesn’t know who Annabelle is, so he is taken by surprise.

Annabelle: Grabe, finally. Di ako makapaniwala! Ikaw ba? *does not wait for Rob to answer* Ako, hindi! *laughs and starts to get teary-eyed*

Rob: *Looks at Annabelle with uncertainty* Uhm, congratulations? *half-laughs* Sorry. I’m Rob. *extends his hand to shake Annabelles*

Annabelle: Ay, sorry. Sorry. *steps back and shakes Robs hand* Hi. Annabelle. Pasensya na. Mukha akong tanga.

Rob: It’s okay!

Rob and Annabelle sit down on the bench. Annabelle rummages through her bag to get a bottle of vitamins. She drinks a pill with a bottle of water she was carrying with her. Rob doesn’t notice her actions much and while she’s taking her pills, Rob speaks.

Rob: Whatever’s going on with you, I’m genuinely happy for you. *smiles*

Annabelle: *sighs happily* This is one of the greatest moments of my life. *short pause, Annabelles cheery mood fades away noticeably* Well, I have to go.

Annabelle abruptly stands up. She walks away then stops.

Annabelle: Thanks, Rob. Bye.

Exit Annabelle.

End Scene.

Scene 2: Annabelle’s Office

Annabelle sits in front of her computer, not focusing on work. Hands frozen at the keyboard, she stares blankly at the monitor.

Enter Annabelle’s boss.

Her boss passes by and notices Annabelle’s distraught condition. The boss eyes her haughtily and comes back to tap Annabelle’s shoulder. Annabelle snaps out of her trance.

Annabelle: Wha-? Oh, sorry. *starts typing and focuses on her job*  

Boss: *in a warning tone* You’ve been out of sorts lately, Annabelle. Pull yourself together.

Boss exits stage.

Enter Security guard.

Security Guard: Ma’am Annabelle! Ma’am Annabelle! May naghahanap po sa inyo. Pamangkin nyo ata.

Annabelle: *looking very confused* Ano? Wala akong pamangkin.

Security Guard: Hinahanap po kayo eh. Ayaw umalis. Papa-akyatin ko ba?

Annabelle: Wag! Wag mong paakyatin.

Security Guard: Eh Ma’am, nagmamapilit eh!

Annabelle: *looking really angry* Aba, kuya! Sino bang susundin mo? Ako o yung taong yun?

Security Guard: Eh, ma’am akala ko naman kasi relative nyo.

Annabelle: *shouting* At ang sabi ko ay wala akong pamangkin!! Are you calling me a liar? And bobo mo rin ‘no? Kaya siguro hanggang security guard lang kaya mong gawin. And even that, you can’t do right! Paalisin mo na nga yun!

Enter Annabelle’s boss.

Boss: *in a serious tone* Ms.  Sison! To my office, NOW.

Annabelle follows boss out of the stage. Security guard pokes his tongue out at Annabelle’s back.

Security guard: Buti nga.

End Scene.

Scene 3: Living room, Annabelle’s house

Annabelle sits on her couch. She takes another pill from her bottle of vitamins. A knock comes at her door. Annabelle stands up and opens the door only to be greeted by her friend, Mel. Annabelle welcomes Mel inside. Mel sits down on the couch while Annabelle stands.

Mel: So, girl. What is it? Ano ang pinunta ko dito? What’s your exciting news?

Annabelle: *happy and excited* Oh, Mel. I’m pregnant! *laughs then sits down to grab hold of Mel’s hands* Buntis ako. *smiles widely*

Mel: *with a display of shock and confusion on her face, like she doesn’t know how to react. Short pause then flatly says* Ano?

Annabelle: *Shakes Mel by grabbing hold of both shoulders* Mel, I. AM. PREGNANT.

Mel: Girl! Paano yun nangyari?

Annabelle: Oh, just be happy for me.

Mel: Who’s the guy?

Annabelle: *ignores Mel’s question* I mean, finally! Right? I’m 30 years old. It’s about time.

Mel: Dear, gets ko naman yun. Alam kong matagal mo ng gusto magka-pamilya and that you’re scared of growing old alone. *Jokingly says* I mean, it’s everyone’s deepest fear di ba? Dadating rin ang araw na magkaka-wringles ka at magsa-sag na boobs mo.

Annabelle and Mel laughs out loud and playfully pushes Mel back.

Annabelle: Oh my God, Mel! I can’t believe you just said that.

Mel: Well, it’s true! God knows that’s my biggest fear.

Annabelle: *giddy* Excited na ‘ko!

Mel: However, the question remains. Who’s the guy, Annabelle?

Annabelle: Ehhh, an old friend. You don’t know him.

Mel: Tapos?

Annabelle: Well. He makes, I mean, he MADE me feel young. He was exciting to be with. Medyo immature nga lang. Maybe that’s why we didn’t work out.

Mel: So you’re telling me na you guys aren’t together?

Annabelle: *struggling to look like she’s not lying* Uhmm, ayaw nyang suportahan yung baby. *suddenly cheers up* But, that’s okay! I’m well off rin naman ‘no. I can certainly support this baby on my own! I mean, seriously. There’s so many single parents out there. And for my age? It’s no issue. I NEED this baby, Mel. Feeling ko this will make me complete.

Mel: Eh, how about this mystery guy.

Annabelle: Just drop it, Mel.

Mel: Anna-

Annabelle: *angrily* I SAID DROP IT.

Mel: *surprised that Annabelle’s reaction* What the hell, Anna?

Annabelle stands up.

Annabelle: Nangungulit ka masyado! You know better than anyone else kung ano na pinagdaanan ko pagdating sa pag-ibig! Mel, you were there when every single guy happened since college. Niloko lang nila ako. SO, PLEASE. This is just another guy. Drop the topic.

Mel also stands up.

Mel: Oo nga! I was there! Buti naalala mo! I was there for you no matter what happened. Tapos this big of a happening na nangyayari sa buhay mo, ‘di mo pa kayang i-share sakin? We went through everything together! And here I thought na I earned your trust. I earned that trust. Tapos pagtataguan mo ko ng ganitong kalaking sikreto? Nice, Anna.

Mel starts to walk out of Annabelle’s living room.

Annabelle: Wait, it’s not like that.

Mel: Goodluck na lang sayo.

Mel slams the door shut exits the stage. Annabelle starts to cry.

End Scene

Scene 4: bus stop, rainy weather

<Musical number: Forgotten by Avril Lavigne. Performed by Annabelle. Annabelle enters the stage crying. She grasps the pole of the bus stop sign and starts singing. With choreography, a string of male dancers pass her around throughout the song, signifying past failed relationships.>

Annabelle continuous to cry when Rob enters the stage. He offers her his coat.

Annabelle: When I look back, pinaglalaruan lang ako ng mga lalaki. Wala na bang matinong guy sa mundo ngayon? I’m close to losing faith in the male species. They may be nice to you, pero in the end it’s all because they want something in return. Usually sex and money, sometimes even both. Grabe!

Rob: Hey, I’m not gonna lie. Maraming gago sa mundong ito. ‘Di rin ako nagmamalinis. I know I’ve done mistakes in my life.

Annabelle: Buti ka pa nga, aminado.

Rob: Pero people change, Annabelle. They do.

Annabelle: No, they don’t. *long pause* I’m pregnant.

Rob stays silent.

Annabelle: Uhmm, *long pause* he doesn’t want anything to do with it.

Annabelle starts crying. Rob comforts her.

Annabelle: I’m lost! ‘Di ko na talaga alam kung anu gagawin ko. Kung ano mangyayari sakin. *cries on Rob’s shoulder*

Rob: Hey, hey, hey. Don’t worry. *looks at Annabelle pitifully* What can I do? Uhmm, pwede kita samahan kita sa mga check-ups mo.

Annabelle starts crying more loudly.

Rob: You got yourself a friend.

End Scene.

Part 2 Blind Corner

Scene 1: Bus stop

Ed is sitting on the bench, leaving a voice mail with the use of his cellphone.

Ed: Hey, I know this is the nth time. Pero please call me back. I miss you, bye.

<Musical number:Drive By by Train. Performed by Ed. He’s on the phone trying to call his girlfriend. The phone is still on his ear while singing. A group of background dancers enter mid-song. The choreography utilizes a cellphone as a prop>

Ed still has the phone on his ear as he leaves a message on the voice mail.

Ed: Babe, call me back. Please. Di ko alam kung bakit ka nagkakaganito. Magparamdam ka naman oh, please. Love you, bye.

As soon as Ed hangs up, his phone rings.

Ed: Babe?

(Voice-over) On the other line: Anong babe!? Leche ‘tong batang to. Hoy, nanay mo ‘to! Eh kung umuwi ka na kaya! Aba, walang maglalabas ng basura, anu ka.

Ed: *shocked* Nay! *sounding flat* Sorry po.

Ed’s mother: Wala akong panahon sa sorry mo. Umuwi ka na! 15 years old ka pa lang, eh gala ka na ah.

Ed: Opo, pauwi na po.

End scene.

Scene 2: Ed’s house, living room.

Ed stands by the door when he overhears his parents quarrelling. He stops to listen.

Mom: Napakamanhid mo talaga! Anu? Sinu na naman babae mo?

Dad: Ang kulit mo talaga!! Wala akong babae! Pero siguro mas ok kung maghanap na nga ako, eh ‘no? Para magkatotoo na lahat ng mga ina-assume mo sakin. Sawang-sawa na talaga ako sa mga dakdak mo! Nakakarindi!

Mom: Edi maghanap ka! Kawawa naman sila para makakuha nang lalaking tulad mo! Ngayon pa nga, nagsisisi na ‘ko eh!

Dad: Eh, mas lalo na ako! Grabe! Bakit pa kita pinakasalan?!

Mom: Alam mo, gabi-gabi ko ring tinatanong yan sa sarili ko! ‘Di na ‘ko magugulat kung lumaki si Ed na tulad mong babaerong manhid, na walang pake-alam sa kanyang asawa!!

Ed’s dad advances toward Ed’s mom angrily, and is in mid-action from slapping her when Ed bursts in the living room, stopping his dad from slapping his mom.

Ed: Tama na!

Ed walks towards the opposite side of the stage when he stops to look back at his parents.

Ed: Bakit ba kayo ganyan? Bakit ‘di na lang ako nagkaroon ng matinong mga magulang?

Eds dad: Naku Ed, walang wala ka sa lugar magreklamo. Anung tingin mo sa sarili mo?

Eds mom: Hoy, di kita pinalaking bastos!

Ed: Eh ma, hindi nyo naman talaga ako pinalaki ng maayos in the first place!

Ed’s dad motions toward Ed, to the point where they’re face to face.

Eds dad: Sumosobra ka na ah!

Ed’s dad pushes Ed. In defence, Ed pushes his dad, punches him on the face then pushes him to the floor. Ed stands stunned with what he did. Ed steps back a few paces from his parents.

Ed: *in a pained expression, near tears and in a small voice* What did I do to deserve parents like you?

Ed exits the stage. Ed’s mom and dad start to walk away from each other.

<Musical number: Cold Blooded by The Pretty Reckless. A duet. Performed by Eds mother and father. While singing, they distinctly show their hate towards each other>

End Scene.

Scene 3: Bus Stop

Ed stands by the bench with his friend John in their uniforms. They start talking about video games. Extras at the background walk back and forth across the stage to signify a busy late afternoon on the streets.

John: Pare! Lumabas na ata yung latest Call of Duty ah!

Ed: Eh! Call of Duty? Dude, you should try Portal. Mahirap sya pero ang galing! Talagang gagamitim mo yung kokorte mo. *He and John both laughs*

John: Dude, alam mo yung mindfuck talaga? Amnesia, Bro! Nababakla ako sa takot pag nilalaro ko yun. I swear, nagkaka-trauma!

Ed’s phone starts to ring. When he sees who’s calling, he suddenly freaks out and shakes John’s shoulder.

Ed: Dude! Dude! It’s her! It’s her!

Ed picks up the phone.

Ed: Babe, hello babe? Wait ‘di kita marinig.

Ed starts to cross the street when suddenly a car comes out of nowhere and almost hits him. However, Rob, who seemingly was among the extras at the background jumps in and pushes Ed to safety. However, the car hits him instead. There is no need for an actual vehicle prop to be used in this scene. Sound effects and a blinding flash of light can signify the car hitting Rob, and when Rob hits the ground, all the lights go out.

End Scene.

Part 3 Concrete

Scene 1: Rob’s Funeral

<Musical number: Ghosts That We Knew by Mumford and Sons. While the funeral scene takes place in the background at mute, a number of pair of dancers moves in front and around the scene. No character is to sing the song. The choreography is solemn, bordering contemporary/interpretative/jazz dance>

Annabelle sits among the crowd wearing a black veil to hide her face. She has a slight bump on her belly to signify her pregnancy. No one in the audience should see her. Rob’s mom stands behind the podium.

Rob’s mom: He was such a kind man. His death was too early. It’s unnatural for a child to die first before his parents. Rob wanted a simple life: to have a family to come home to and to have a simple job where he earns enough to support his loved ones. He didn’t feel the need to be rich. He was never greedy. *pauses to blow on her napkin and wipe a few tears* I loved him.

Ed enters the scene very awkwardly. Rob’s mom motions to take a seat among the people grieving at the funeral. Ed approaches the podium beside the casket.

Ed: *takes a deep breath before he proceeds to talk* I didn’t know this man. Never ko syang nakita sa buong buhay ko. Wala akong kaalam-alam tungkol sa kanya. I don’t what his job was, if he had any children, if he had a wife, or how he took his coffee. I don’t know his favourite color. I don’t know who his friends are. I don’t even know his age. *pause* But, I owe him my life. Kung ‘di dahil sa kanya, wala ako ngayon. Kung ‘di dahil sa kanya, I would have been dead by now. Dahil sa kanya… *stares in shock when he sees Annabelle among the crowd* Annabelle?

Annabelle stands up and walks away from the scene. Ed abruptly follows her.

Scene 2:

Only a portion of the stage is in spotlight while the next scene (where the funeral scene was) is being set. This is the continuation from when Annabelle and Ed walked out of Rob’s wake.

Ed: Anna!

Annabelle: Haven’t you done enough?!

Ed: What are you talking about?

Annabelle: Kasalanan mo ‘to! Kasalanan mo lahat ito!! I lost Rob because of you!

Ed: Seryoso ka bang sinisisi mo ‘ko? Di ko pinilit si Rob na iligtas ako sa gagong lasenggo na muntik nakong sagasaan!

Annabelle: Eh kung lumingon ka sana bago ka tumawid, diba? None of this would have happened!

Ed: Annabelle! *sounding tired and frustrated at the same time* Na-excite ako nun kasi tumawag ka. ‘Di ko namalayan yung kotse.

Annabelle: *surprised* What? *sounding defensive* I lost a really good friend. He was the only one there for me, Ed! Sya lang! When I found out I was pregnant…

Ed: Pregnant?! *glances at Annabelle’s tummy* Since when?

Annabelle: It’s none of your business!

Ed: Sino?!

Annabelle: *sounding panicky and with hesitation* It’s Rob’s! Kay Rob yung bata! Si Rob yung ama. *looking frustrated* Kasalanan mo lahat ito!

Annabelle hurriedly exits the stage. Ed stands frozen in shock of the news. He walks towards the center of the stage.

<Musical number: Sensible Heart by City and Colour. Performed by Ed. He stands at the centre of the stage with a spotlight on him. He walks around. The song is almost a monologue of what he’s feeling.>

End scene

Scene 3: Campus Grounds

Ed and two of his buddy named John sit at the edge of the stage, goofing around, and telling jokes. Extras in the background are students who walk by to give the atmosphere of a student-populated area in Ed’s school. Another friend named Kevin walks in and sits with them.

Kevin: What’s up, brothas?

Ed: Uy!

John: Pare! Kamusta?

Kevin: I’m good! I’m good! Galing akong classroom. Grabe! Ang hot ni Claire! Damn! Super Hawt!

John: Oy, oy, oy! Mag-ingat ka daw dun! Matinik daw yung si Claire.

All of them laugh.

John: Pare, *taps Kevin’s shoulder* what’s this?

John makes a hand gesture.

Kevin: Fish!

John: Eh eto?

John makes another hand gesture.

Kevin and Ed: Anu yan?

John: Edi, fish ball!

All three boys laugh out loud.

John: Ang corny. That reminds me! Ang sarap nung ulam naming kagabi. Sinigang na Salmon!

Kevin: Wow ah! Salmon talaga ah!

Ed: Gago, nakikain ako sa inyo kagabi. Tilapia lang yun.

John: Ed!

Ed: Bull shit ka talaga!

Kevin: *laughs* Poorita!

The boys continue to fool around when a group of girls walk by. Kevin approaches one of them.

Kevin: Miss, nakatira ka ba sa sinehan?

Girl: Huh? Bakit?

Kevin: Kasi ikaw ang “next attraction” ng buhay ko.

John and Ed holler and cheer Kevin on then starts laughing. Some of the girls found the pick-up line funny and laughs as well. However, the girl who Kevin told the pick-up line to and the others made haughty expressions. The group of girls started walking away.

Ed: *laughing* Fail ka talaga forever!

Kevin: At least I tried. Ikaw nga, hanggang Facebook lang. Yes, chuma-chat box! *laughs*

Ed: Weh!

John: Oy! Nakita nyo ba yung kumalat na post kagabi?

Ed: San, sa Facebook?

John: Oo! May magshota kasing 17 year old at 19 year old. Eh ayun, may nangyari. Eh sa galit nung parents nung girl, kinasuhan nila yung guy ng rape!

Ed: *suddenly sits straight* Seryoso?

John: Ewan! You know naman the internet.

Kevin: Hahaha! Syempre alam ni John yan! Hanggang madaling araw online pa yan, eh.

Ed: *monotone* Oh. Dalawa lang ibig sabihin nyan.

Kevin: Either nagsa-Skyrim yan or… Nagloload ng videos! *laughs* Alam na!

Kevin laughs aloud while John teasingly punches them and pushes them around. Ed however looks out of sorts and doesn’t join in the fun.

End Scene

Scene 4: Bus stop, nighttime

Ed is sitting on the bench alone. He looks troubled. Annabelle enters the stage. She approaches Ed. Ed looks surprised to see her. Annabelle is now on her 2nd trimester of pregnancy. Her belly is noticeably bigger than the last time she and Ed last saw each other. Ed starts to stand up to greet Annabelle, but she motions him to sit down.

After a few moments, Ed speaks.

Ed: Alam mo, I had to lie to see you. I had to lie to my parents. Nagpanggap pa nga akong pamangkin mo just to see you. *sighs* *long pause* Did you love him?

Annabelle: *half laughs* Don’t be ridiculous, Ed. I didn’t know him long enough to fall in love him. But he was dear to me.

Annabelle pulls out her bottle of vitamins and drinks a pill.

Annabelle: Before he died, he was the most supportive friend I had. He even accompanied me to check-ups and bought me books about motherhood.

Ed: Why do you sound like na it’s not his job to accompany you in the first place. Hello. Siya yung tatay.

Annabelle: Ed. *faces Ed then looks at him* I’m so sorry.

Annabelle looks like she’s about to cry.

Annabelle: I’m so sorry, Ed.

Ed: Anna… *long pause* ako ba yung tatay?

Annabelle: I can’t have you involved.

Ed suddenly stands up in anger.

Ed: How could you? Why did you lie to me?

Annabelle also stands up and reaches to hold Ed’s shoulder, but Ed suddenly starts to pace frantically.

Annabelle: Ed, please understand. You’re not ready for this.

Ed: How can you be so sure? Anna, I won’t be like my parents! *pause* I can stop! Titigil ako sa pag-aaral. I’ll get a job! Bubuhayin ko kayo. We’ll move to the province! We’ll buy a lot. We’ll build a house! *pause* Anna, we can be a family.

Annabelle: Ed…

Ed hugs Annabelle. Annabelle hugs him back.

Ed: *while still hugging Annabelle* Please.

Annabelle: Yes.

Ed hugs Annabelle tighter and starts smiling.

Annabelle: *in a whisper* No. *in a louder voice* No, Ed.

Annabelle lets go of Ed.

Annabelle: Did you just hear yourself? Ed, be practical! Education is important. And what can you accomplish being a high school drop-out? Huh? I’m fine on my own. May trabaho ako. And what about your parents? What do you think will happen to me when they find out? Pwede nila akong kasuhan. Ano nang mangyayari samin ni baby then? *touches her belly*

Annabelle paces away from Ed and starts crying again. Ed stands frozen in his place. Annabelle calms down and composes herself.

Annabelle: Right now, I can’t have you in my life. The time will come when we can meet again and you’ll have a chance to make it up to our baby.

Annabelle comes up to hug Ed, but Ed doesn’t return it.

Annabelle: Until then… this is where the sidewalk ends.

Exit Annabelle.

End Scene.