2020 Gawad CCP para sa Sining Awardees announced

Liwayway Magazine for Development of Philippine Culture / CCP Image

The Cultural Center of the Philippines announced on Sunday / July 5, 2020 the list of 12 individuals, a performing group, and a publication to be honored as the 2020 Gawad CCP para sa Sining “for their outstanding achievements and contributions to Philippine arts and culture.”

Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. for Film and Broadcast Arts / CCP Image

The Gawad CCP para sa Sining is the highest award given by the CCP, which also administers jointly with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Order of National Artists.

Lualhati Bautista for Literature / CCP Image

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the awarding ceremonies will be held in 2021.

This year, the award is conferred on the following:

/ Rafael Catalino “Nonoy” Froilan for Dance
/ Raul M. Sunico for Music

/ Felix Padilla for Theater

/ Luis Yee, Jr. for Visual Arts

/ Lualhati Bautista for Literature

/ Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. for Film and Broadcast Arts

/ Cristina Turalba for Architecture

/ Kenneth Cobonpue for Design

/ Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) for Culture of its Region

/ Nestor Horfilla for Cultural Work and Research

/ Liwayway Magazine for Development of Philippine Culture

/ Antonio Fabella for Dance (Posthumous)

/ Alice Guillermo for Cultural Research (Posthumous)

Meanwhile, Danilo Dolor will receive the Tanging Parangal for the development and support of the arts.

Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) for Culture of its Region / CCP Image

The Gawad CCP, given every three years, is awarded to artists or groups of artists who have consistently produced outstanding works, enriched the development of their art form.

The award is also given to cultural workers, who through their works in research, curatorship, and administration, have helped to develop and enrich Philippine art.

The Tanging Parangal is given to individuals or organizations to honor outstanding contributions to the development of the arts in the country.

2020GawadCCPParaSaSining #CCP #Arts #Culture #Award

Cinemalaya 2020 short-feature film finalists announced

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The Cinemalaya 2020 organizers announced on Saturday / July 4, 2020 the finalists for the Aug. 7-16, 2020 Online Short-Film Festival and Competition.

The finalists are: Ang Gasgas na Plaka ni Lolo Bert by Janina Gacosta and Cheska Marfori; Ang Pagpakalma sa Unos (To Calm the Pig Inside) by Joanna Vasquez Arong; Excuse Me Miss Miss, Miss by Sonny Calvento; Fatigued by James Robin M. Mayo; Living Things by Martika Ramirez Escobar; Quing Lalam ning Aldo (Under the Sun) by Reeden Fajardo; Pabasa Kan Pasyon by Hubert Tibi; Tokwifi by Carla Pulido Ocampo; Utwas by Richard Jeroui Salvadico and Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay; and The Slums by Jan Andrei Cobey.

The organizers said “because we believe that no pandemic can break the Filipino spirit, creativity, and its film community, Cinemalaya continues to sail online on its 16th year.”

The announcement via a Facebook post said further details will be unveiled in the coming days.

#Cinemalaya2020 #IndieFilms #Indie #Cine #Cinema #Pelikula #CCP

CCP grounds open again for limited recreational activities

The famous Cultural Center of the Philippines Front Lawn and ramp (CCP File Photo)

On a limited basis, the front lawn of the Cultural Center of the Philippines will be accessible to the general public for recreational and physical activities.

“As Metro Manila gradually opens up under the general community quarantine and life begins under the new normal, the Cultural Center of the Philippines welcomes back visitors to its outdoor spaces,” the CCP said on June 3, 2020.

Jogging, exercising, and other physical wellness activities are permitted again.

However, the use of the CCP Front Lawn is limited only to 30 persons at a time. The CCP Ramp will be closed to the public.

The CCP is requesting the public to practice physical distancing and to wear face masks and face shields for protection.

While not officially a park, the sprawling CCP Complex is a favorite destination of Metro Manila residents for physical activities, sunset viewing, and enjoying the Manila Bay breeze. It is one of the few wide-and-open contiguous spaces bordering the cities of Manila and Pasay open to the general public for recreation.

On a seasonal basis, the CCP showcases outdoor art installations, cultural programs with open-air performances, and light-and-sound shows with its iconic façade and majestic water fountain as a backdrop.

#CCP #Covid19PH #HealthAndWellness

Instituto Cervantes screens online ‘El verdugo,’ classic comedy against death penalty May 30-31

The Instituto Cervantes de Manila invites you to enjoy for free another Spanish classic film, El verdugo (The Executioner), under the program “Clásicos contigo” (Classics with You), a film series shown online by Instituto Cervantes.

The movie, subtitled in English, will be available for the Filipino audience on May 30 and 31.

El verdugo (The Executioner), directed by Luis García Berlanga in 1963, is a black comedy about a young undertaker who marries an executioner’s daughter and reluctantly inherits her father’s gory job.

Reputed as one of García Berlanga’s masterpieces, this caustic farce is a strong statement against death penalty.

According to Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, “El verdugo is the best film ever made about the death penalty.” 

It caused the biggest international uproar when Franco’s government (having just carried out a number of public executions) unsuccessfully tried to stop the film from screening at the Venice Film Festival, where nonetheless received the Critics’ Award.

Although the fame of Luis García Berlanga (1921-2010) never reached the level to stand comparison with Luis Buñuel’s reputation, he is a major name of Spanish cinema and his work, very popular in Spain, carries a satirical wit that does have a universal appeal.

To access the link to the movie and password, please log on to Instituto Cervantes de Manila’s website: https://cultura.cervantes.es/manila/en/El-verdugo/133261. 

Movies you will not find in Netflix

The program “Classics with you” brings back 11 great feature films that connected with the public of their time and that today are considered reference films of Spanish cinematography.

It is a commitment to quality Spanish cinema designed for cinephiles around the world. The 11 movies, subtitled in English, will be shown over 11 weekends — one film per weekend. Each film is available only for 48 hours.

The film cycle started last May 9 with Death of a Cyclist (Juan Antonio Bardem, 1955), and continued the following weekends with Welcome, Mr. Marshall!, (Luis García Berlanga, 1953), and Luis Buñuel’s masterpiece Viridiana (1961).

The “Classics with You” program will continue in July with La vaquilla (1985), by Luis García Berlanga; The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) and The South (1983), directed by Víctor Erice; The good star (1997), by Ricardo Franco; The Holy Innocents, signed by Mario Camus in 1984; Tasio (1984), by Montxo Armendáriz; and Carol’s Journey, directed by Imanol Uribe in 2002.

The films are presented by Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences of Spain, AECID and the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines.

The screenings will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free.

For further information and updates on this film series, please check out http://manila.cervantes.es or Instituto Cervantes’ Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila.

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#Film #SpanishFilm #Cine #Pelicula #InstitutoCervantes #ClasicosContigo #ElVerdugo #LuisGarcíaBerlanga

Tanghalang Pilipino, CCP partner with ABS-CBN’s iWant app to stream ‘Pantawid ng Tanghalan’

The Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has partnered with the ABS-CBN’s streaming app iWant to stream six TP productions online through the “Pantawid ng Tanghalan.”

The six productions had earlier been staged at the CCP before the Covid19 pandemic ravaged the world, infecting and killing hundreds of thousands, while wreaking havoc on economies and displacing millions of people globally.

The “Pantawid ng Tanghalan” is a fund-raising activity seeking to sustain the theater company’s commitment to bring artistically-excellent and socially-relevant productions to the public.

Pantawid is an immediate follow-up of TP’s online initiative called “PansamanTANGHALAN” launched last April.

“Tanghalang Pilipino’s commitment to constantly engage our audiences, especially now that we’re in the midst of the pandemic, gave birth to our ‘PansamanTANGHALAN. However, we want to elevate the audience’s experience and thankfully, iWant has agreed to partner with us in making our shows more accessible to the public.” Fernando Josef, TP artistic director, said.

 “This partnership fortifies a strong future for the entire performing arts industry in the digital landscape. And we’re so glad that TP is at the forefront of this movement,” Josef said.

           Following are the six productions to be featured: the ethno-epic musical Lam-Ang; the steampunk musical Mabining Mandirigma; celebrated Filipino translation of Shakespeare classics Coriolano, Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-Araw, Der Kaufmann; and the hit children’s musical Sandosenang Sapatos.

From a successful run last December and originally slated as TP’s 34th Season opening production, Lam-Ang, An Ethno-Epic Musical, is the story of the oldest epic hero in Luzon. With book and lyrics by Eljay Castro Deldoc, music by Jen Darlene Torres, and directed by Marco Viaña and Fitz Edward Bitana, the musical stars JC Santos in the title role, together with Anna Luna, Tex Ordonez-De Leon, and some of the most promising young theater actors in the country today.

Mabining Mandirigma is a steampunk musical by Prof. Nicanor Tiongson and Prof. Joed Balsamo and directed by CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado. It has enjoyed four successful restagings, since it premiered in 2016.

The musical chronicles the legal and diplomatic heroism of the sublime paralytic, Apolinario Mabini, played by Monique Wilson.

A winner of astounding 12 Gawad Buhay! Awards, including Outstanding Musical, Mabining Mandirigma was hailed by inquirer.net as “one of the Best Filipino Musicals in recent years.” Snippets of the show are already available on the Tanghalang Pilipino Youtube channel.

A story about a legendary Roman soldier turned into a tyrannical leader, Coriolano effectively displays how personal and selfish ambition can lead to one’s ultimate downfall. Translated by Guelan Varela-Luarca and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Carlos Siguion-Reyna, the play stars Marco Viaña as Coriolano, together with Frances Makil-Ignacio and Sherry Lara alternating as his strong-willed mother, Volumnia. Coriolano had its premiere in January 2019 at the CCP Little Theater.

Also directed by Siguion-Reyna, Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-araw is National Artist for Literature and Theater Rolando Tinio’s translation of Shakespeare’s famous comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” It tells the story of multiple characters as they traverse a complicated web of romance, set in Athens, Greece.

Pangarap also boasts of a powerhouse cast, which includes Audie Gemora, former TP Associate Artistic Director Liesl Batucan, Jackielou Blanco, Teroy Guzman, Rafa Siguion-Reyna, Richard Cunanan, Randy Villarama, Sky Labastilla, together with the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company. The show was staged in September 2016.

Der Kaufmann, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, relives the horror of the holocaust, with the Nazis directing Jewish “actors” and underscoring the dehumanizing effect of racism and intolerance.

Adapted for stage by Rody Vera, with Tuxqs Rutaquio co-directing, Der Kaufmann features the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors Company. The most awarded play during the 2014 Gawad Buhay! Awards, Der Kaufmann brought home seven awards, including Outstanding Translation or Adaptation and Outstanding Ensemble for a Play or Musical.

A musical based on the Palanca Award-winning children’s book, Sandosenang Sapatos tells a powerful story of a father’s selfless love to his differently-abled daughter. Adapted for stage by Layeta Bucoy, with music by Jed Balsamo and Noel Cabangon, and direction by Tuxqs Rutaquio, Sandosenang Sapatos has effectively woven the magic brought about by wheelchair-bound Susie’s fantasy and the grim realities that confrong here daily.

The musical garnered nominations from the 2014 Gawad Buhay! Awards, including one for Outstanding Children’s Production. Songs from the musical are also available on Spotify.

The book of Sandosenang Sapatos is now a Hiyas Classic, and its premium edition is now available for purchase through OMF Publishing.

The shows will be streamed on iWant from June 12 to July 12.

You can donate by scanning the TP BPI QR code seen on our public materials or by depositing to the following accounts:


Account Name: Tanghalang Pilipino Foundation Inc.

Savings Account Number: 3131-0387-46

Bank Branch: BPI – Harrison Plaza


Gcash Number: 0915-4538933

You can also donate through KTX, ABS-CBN’s ticketing platform:


Aside from iWant, snippets of shows can also be viewed through Tanghalang Pilipino official Youtube channel: http://youtube.com/tanghalangpilipino

For collaborations, sponsorships, and donations, please contact <tanghalangpilipinomarketing@gmail.com> or via 0999-884-3821.

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#CCP #TP #ABSCBN #iwant #PantawidNgTanghalan

From the Fort Santiago ruins, to proper theater venue, now PETA leaps into a You Tube ‘stage’

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The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) launched on April 23, 2020 a program called “Shakespeare in the Time of Covid,” an online series celebrating the works of the renowned poet and playwright.

PETA’s launch of its You Tube channel commemorated William Shakespeare’s 404th death anniversary.

Beginning with “Sonnets & Songs,” a reading of Shakespeare’s sonnets and a re-imagining into Filipino songs by various composers and singer artists like Michael Williams, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Noel Cabangon, Myke Salomon, and Bituin Escalante to mention a few, the series will culminate with the streaming of Ron Capinding’s “William” directed by Maribel Legarda.

The rap musical William, described by BBC News as “a modern twist on Shakespeare,” has captured the interest of students and local theatergoers since it was first staged at the PETA Theater Center in 2011.

Almost a decade later, William returns, this time online via You Tube, which is accessible via smart phones and other gadgets.

William won Outstanding Play, Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Play, Outstanding Original Script, Outstanding Male Lead Performance in a Play (Ian Segarra), Outstanding Female Featured Performance in a Play (Meann Espinosa), and Outstanding Male Featured Performance in a Play (Jojo Atienza) in the 2011 Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards.

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William is set in a high school in Metro Manila, where five young students are forced to study Shakespeare by their terror class adviser, Ms. Lutgarda Martinez.

While studying, the students realize the beauty of Shakespeare’s works and also re-discover themselves through the Bard’s characters.

Touching on themes of adolescence, parents’ unconditional love, and friendship, William promotes respect for one another, and advocates love for reading and appreciating literature.

The show features 10 original rap songs composed by Jeff Hernandez. Songs such as “Pucha Bro,” “Nosebleed”, “O Shakespeare”, and “What’s In A Name” are fusions of various music genres, like rock, soul, funk, RnB, and hip-hop.

William also utilizes FlipTop, a popular form of rapping among today’s Filipino youth. These rap numbers, choreographed by John Tan of Urban Dance Crew, are performed with various hip-hop genres like crumping and breakdance, as well as ballroom and jazz.

Viewers can access the free 72-hour livestream of William via PETA’s YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/petatheateronline) starting April 26 (which also happens to be Shakespeare’s birthday) at 7 pm)

Afterwards, viewers can look forward to watching more of PETA’s plays on the channel which already contains videos of Sonnets & Songs, condensed sessions of PETA’s Let Get Creative! online workshops (live every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on PETA’s Facebook page), highlights and recaps of #TalkTuesdays (live every Tuesday on PETA’s Facebook page) which currently features PETA Lingap Sining’s mental health and wellness webinars called Lusog Isip Talks, and more.

During this time of crisis, PETA hopes to bring the theater experience to their audience’s homes until the curtains rise again.

For more performances, workshops, and webinars, subscribe to PETA’s YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/petatheateronline and turn on the option for notifications.

Follow PETA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @petatheater for more updates and announcements.

#PETA #Theater #MusicalTheater #William #Shakespeare #Covid19 #Covid19PH

CCP prioritizes arts therapy, mental wellness programs to help Filipinos

CCP Main Building / CCP Photo

Unfazed by President Duterte’s threat that the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) complex maybe sold to fund post-Covid19 government expenses, the CCP said it is prioritizing arts and culture programs to bring the “inspirational and healing properties of arts and culture” to ordinary Filipinos.

For example, the CCP said the Arts for Therapy Program will develop and implement modules on arts for mental wellness and hold arts for healing activities.

The CCP said it is “realigning its artistic programs with the goal of protecting lives and livelihoods while continuing to deliver educational and inspiring content to Filipinos on alternative platforms.”

Also, the CCP will offer its online resources to supplement home schooling.

“The CCP is located at the CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, with a total land area of 608,569 square meters. It was created in 1966 through Executive Order No. 30 and formally inaugurated on Sept. 8, 1969, as a trust for the benefit of the people for the purpose of preserving and promoting Philippine culture in all its varied aspects’” according to the center’s background materials .

To achieve this goal, the CCP said it is pursuing the following strategies:

1. Use alternative modes of engagement so that Filipinos continue to benefit from the educational, inspirational, and healing properties of arts and culture;

2. Protect livelihoods in the arts and culture sector by continuing to employ artists in the alternative production and distribution platforms;

3. Invest in capabilities that equip artists and cultural workers to innovate on methods of production and distribution during the enhanced community quarantine and the post-Covid19 pandemic period; and

4. Collaborate with artists and companies to digitize content in order to create new markets and new job opportunities in the arts.

The following programs to be prioritized consist of Arts and Culture Online, Live Arts on Lockdown, and Arts for Therapy and Capacity-building program.

Under Arts and Culture Online, the video streaming of archival recordings, HD, and edited recordings were rolled out in early April.

In the works are the Time Capsule to Document the Arts in the Time of Covid19 and Virtual Reality (VR) galleries and museum.

The CCP will seek partnerships and collaboration in the areas of education, fundraising, and communication.

The Live Arts on Lockdown program is going to test the waters in June with the Virgin Labfest as a pilot activity for re-tooling and upskilling artists and production staff for online production and delivery.

An example of activities under the Arts for Therapy Program is a pocket concert of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.

Under the Capacity-building program, CCP will provide training modules for upskilling of artists and cultural workers in art therapy and online technology.

With enforced mass quarantine, physical distancing, and community lockdowns, the arts and culture sector has suffered from cancellation of shows and events and closure of venues.

As a result, arts and culture workers have displaced and investments in productions lost.

“With the realignment of its programs, the CCP hopes to build on its strengths and keep true to its mission of making arts matter to the lives of Filipinos,” the CCP said.

For updates about the CCP, follow CCP on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and visit http://www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.

#CCP #Covid19PH #MentalWellness #ArtsTherapy #CCPOnline

VLF 2020 adjusts to Covid19 era, goes on ‘virtual stage’

The Virgin LabFest 2020 meets head-on the stark realities of the Covid19 pandemic, which is wreaking havoc globally, infecting at least 2 million people, and killing about 150,000 worldwide.

The Covid19 pandemic is not stopping the VLF 2020, now on its 16th year, from happening.

The annual festival of “untried, untested, and unstaged work” goes on a “virtual stage” from June 10 to 28, 2020.

Organizers call it the “lockdown edition,” but its official title is “VLF 2020 Kapit: Lab in the Time of Covid (A Virtual Labfest Lockdown Edition).” It features nine new works, three revisited works, and six staged readings.

The nine main performances are: “Doggy” by Dustin Celestino, directed by Roobak Valle; “Pilot Episode” by Floyd Scott Tiogangco, directed by Giancarlo Abrahan; “Dapithapon” by Jay Crisostomo IV, directed by Sigmund Roy Pecho; “Papaano Turuan ang Babae Humawak ng Baril” by Daryl Pasion, directed by Erika Estacio; “BlackPink” by Tyron Casumpang, directed by Jethro Tenorio; “Multiverse” by Juliene Mendoza, directed by Fitz Edward Bitana; “Titser Kit” by Jobert Grey Landeza, directed by Adrienne Vergara; “Mayang Bubot sa Tag-araw” by Mark Norma Boquiren, directed by Mark Mirando; and “Gin Bilog” by Luisito Nario, directed by James Harvey Estrada.

In “Doggy,” a fiancee’s sexual desires becomes his source of repressed anger. Frustrations surface after a game of “Never Ever Have I Ever,” when he learns that his fiancee was more sexually adventurous with her previous lovers.

“Pilot Episode” shows a young gay man who just quit his job through a text message, and how his parents attempt to de-escalate his extreme manic-depressive episode.

“Dapithapon” follows the story of three boys in their senior high school years who have to confront their greatest fears in a single day: flunking out of school, impossible parental expectations, and an unhealthy infatuation with a teacher. They fervently cling to one another and try to preserve their friendship before circumstance separates them forever.

Returning home after a gun battle with the New People’s Army, a man reunites with his pregnant wife in “Papaano Turuan ang Babae Humawak ng Baril.” The homecoming is complicated by the husband’s impossible request to his wife.

In “BlackPink,” a father discovers that his youngest son, a staunch fan of Blackpink, was prohibited by his school principal to dance “Kill This Love” in their Family Day talent contest. The only way for the son to join the competition is if he finds other male students to dance with him. Will he be successful?

“Multiverse” reunites two estranged brothers – a writer and a recovering alcoholic. The two reconnect through their mutual love of comic books. As they discuss the concept of alternate realities and dimensions common in most comic book stories, they imagine a better relationship in a different reality. What if the different reality slowly reveals itself to the two estranged siblings?

When a young student gets into trouble in his new school, he hides inside a dilapidated storage room. He feels safe until “Titser Kit” finds him there.

“Mayang Bubot sa Tag-araw” is a painful tale of two Ayta children whose friendship is tested as they choose different paths. One follows her mother as she seeks the American dream, never mind who gets hurt along the way. The other stays in their barrio, laboring against oppression.

In “Gin Bilog,” old issues are rehashed in a drinking session with family and friends.

Revisited Plays, Staged Readings

The Revisited Plays are: “Fangirl” by Herlyn Alegre, directed by Charles Yee; “Anak Ka Ng” by U Z Eliserio, directed by Maynard Manansala; and “Wanted: Male Boarders” by Rick Patriarca, directed by George De Jesus III.

Catch the Staged Readings featuring “Jenny Li” by Buch Dacanay, directed by Nour Hooshmand; “Dominador Gonzales – National Artist” by Dingdong Novenario, directed by Joel Bunny Cadag; “LadyMasters” by Rouchelle Dinglasan, directed by Joy Cerro; “Matira ang Matibay” by Bernice Dacara, directed by Alon Segara; “Bagahe” by Nicko de Guzman, directed by Joel Saracho; “Mongoloida’s Casa de Pun” by Claro delos Reyes, directed by Guelan Luarca.

The VLF Playwright’s Fair, one of the sections of the annual VLF and a collaboration among the CCP Intertextual Division, the VLF Team, and The Writers’ Bloc, is also pushing though. It features Filipino writers and their works. 

The VLF Playwrights Fair is free and open to public. It will be held online every 7 p.m. during the VLF 2020 run.

Check the FB page of VLF 2020 for the complete line up of speakers and activities.

“The Virgin Labfest is here, and it remains strong and able to adjust to new realities. The festival has a firm fan base which has filled the CCP theaters year in and year out. Let’s continue to tell our stories on the virtual stage,” VLF 2020 Festival Director JK Anicoche said.

Established in 2005, the Virgin Labfest is co-presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, its resident theater company Tanghalang Pilipino, and The Writer’s Bloc.

For more details, visit the CCP website and its official social media accounts, and the VLF Facebook account.

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#VLF2020 #CCP #TP #WritersBloc #VLFLockdownEdition #VLFKapit #LabInTheTimeOfCovid #AVirtualLabfestLockdownEdition

Easter Sunday 2020. April 12, 2020

27th day of Luzon Lockdown. Let us see the Risen One in the person of the aged homeless, the most vulnerable among the displaced population due to Covid19. I spent 15 minutes talking to his man who said all his “belongings and properties” are contained in this trolley.

Photo taken on April 11, 2020, along Mayon Street near the Amoranto Park in Retiro. Ibarra C. Mateo Photo

27th day of Luzon Lockdown. Let us see the Risen One in the person of the aged homeless, the most vulnerable among the displaced population due to Covid19. I spent 15 minutes talking to his man who said all his “belongings and properties” are contained in this trolley.

He has been using the disposable mask for days. Unfortunately, I do not have an extra one.

I asked him where does he sleep. He said: wherever nightfall embraces him. The cardboard box is his “bed”.

What about food? He depends on the mercy and compassion of strangers who he meets along the way.

His smiles were infectious. There was no hint of rancor nor hopelessness while we conversed.

He did not ask for anything. For being gracious, I gave him half of what I bought from the hopia factory. He rewarded me with the sweetest and biggest smile I’ve seen since the start of the Luzon Lockdown.

Count your blessings. Check your privilege.

#Covid19PH #Covid_19 #Easter2020 #HeIsRisen #MaligayangPaskoNgPagkabuhay #CheckYourPrivilege