The long wait is over! This afternoon, I got to witness a Dumaguete-based production do a run of Hinilawod on stage and got reminded of our ancestors' sophisticated culture and beliefs. Hinilawod: Tales from the Halawod River happens to be one of the longest epic this world has ever known. Up to now, anthropologist F. Jocano is translating the latter part of this adventure. According to the book seller I spoke with earlier, he's down to Paubari's and Alunsina's last-born, Dumalapdap's tale. The first two sons, Labaw Donggon's and Humadapnon's adventures will be out commercially in approximately 6 months.
For this wonderful occasion, I decided to world premiere a recent purchase from SM Department Store. I didn't take it home the first time I tried it on due to the low neckline which flabbergasted my kikay friends. "Anong bago?!", I remember them say. So I made a comeback the following weekend, tried it again and convinced myself that all we need is lots of safety pins. And love!
The experience began with the usual I'm-running-laaaate race and the uncommon that's-my-seat hassle. What really abated me was hearing Amomboyaw chant the verse in its original form on stage. I ended up grabbing the first vacant seat near me.
Before I call it another eventful and enriching weekend, I'll leave you with this video. The choir performed this heartwarming song twice in the service today. In spite of the pastor's reminder that it pays to be a global citizen at this time, I still feel that we Filipinos have a lot of self-identity to work on before we try to explain ourselves and get our country represented in the global arena. May this song touch your heart and mobilize you to do our part for our own country's rise.
P.S. I donned a grey jacket on top of this dress during the service. Naman!