Thursday, July 12, 2007

Frankie gets devirginized

I take my hat off to Frankie, also known as Keitaro Hanazawa over at his blog Adobong Comatose. He had e-mailed me to reserve a ticket to the Children's Plays of the Virgin Labfest, but then had to back out due to a family trip.

Sufficiently intrigued about the festival, however, he and his girlfriend sought out other Labfest schedules, and that's how they ended up watching a set of plays worlds away from the fun and whimsy of the kiddie shows.

"Watching a REAL play at a REAL theater with REAL actors on stage is one of those rare things you can earn from the addicting vice called bloghopping," writes Frankie. "I've never been to CCP, and I don't have the slightest idea how to go there. So I asked my pare if she wants to see a play with me, and she gladly agreed, perhaps thinking that I was planning a date... We were already at CCP at 1 pm though the play will start at 3 pm. So to while away the time, we kept ourselves busy taking pictures (yes, we're cam whores!)... The ticket said that we are going to watch the 4th set of the Labfest, which is 'Ang Pagdadalaga at Iba Pang Rebelasyon.' I thought it would be all about gayness since it reminded me of the flick, 'Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros.' But we got more than what we bargained for, and it was all worth the wait."

On Arlo de Guzman's "Three Unsent Letters:" The play is about a gay who wrote letters to his young partner but wasn't able to send them to him. The letters talk about love, life, bitterness, letting go, and moving on. To give the audience a better idea on what the letters contain, an actor (Allan Manalo) acted as the three letters. His acting was both intense and fabulous, which kept me glued to my seat. The part where he/the letter talked about the man's sexual escapades was well-acted. His facial expressions and the way he moved gave me the impression that he was really creaming his pants.

Behind him was a large box covered with a gray cloth. At first, I thought that it was a corpse since I'm seeing a head-like shape beneath the covers. But when the cloth was removed, it revealed two heads, err, two gorgeous gay couples, the man who wrote the letters (Roeder Camanag) and his young partner (Dandy Ramos), having a wet (I used the word in its literal meaning) and steamy sex in a bath tub filled with rose petals. I was shocked at first to see such a scene, but then again, it was well-acted and was actually one of my favorite scenes, *wink*.

On Argel Tuason's "Kuyom:" A moving story about the relationships of Orly (a callboy played by Russel Legaspi), Pink (a gay impersonator played by Raymond Valenzuela), and their adopted deaf-mute child Yum-yum. What I liked in this play is that Yum-yum wasn't really on stage and was only shown in an overhead projector. However, the actors played their scenes with Yum-yum so well that it made me think that the kid was really there. It was a good thing that the dialogs were funny that they matched the quirkiness of the actors. And with gay impersonators on stage, I'd expected nothing but an hour of laughter and riot. However, despite the funny antics and few confusing scenes, the play was punctuated with a tragedy leaving both the couple mourning and the audiences heartbroken as well.

On Layeta Bucoy's "Ellas Inocentes:" [This] disturbing and heartrending story is about two young girls Ana and Mica (played by Lovely Balili and Ness Roque), locked in separate rooms, fighting for freedom and their plea of returning to their mom's custody where morality never matters. At first, the play was a bit dragging since the lead actresses did nothing except switch the lights on and off and yell at each other. Having other playmates other than themselves was the only argument that ensued all throughout the play.

I thought that it was boring at first, but when the play progressed and their dialogs revealed the real game that they were playing, I was totally astounded. The fact that the two girls lived in the same room with their mom, who was a hooker, and her two male partners was intriguing enough. But what's most disturbing was the idea that these girls thought that sex is a child's game that their mother and her lived-in partners were doing.

Most disturbing scene:
Ana: (humping a pillow) Eh wala naman akong maramdaman eh.

Mica: (hugging a pillow as if it was a real male) Dagdagan mo kasi yung unan kasi malaki si Ninong Manny mo.

Ana: (adds another pillow and humps them) Wala pa rin akong nararamdaman eh. Mas masarap pag dinidilaan mo!

Mica: Eh di gamitin mo yung kamay mo.

Ana: (masturbates herself, then moans) Mannnnnnyyyyy!!!!

Mica: (masturbates herself with her fingers, then stops) Naiihi na ako.

Ana: Ang bilis mo naman!


Afterwards, the true cam whore that he is, Frankie made sure he posed with the two precociously talented actresses of "Ellas Inocentes."


I didn't know that Frankie and his girlfriend had gone on their own to the CCP and paid for their own tickets, until they approached me after the show to introduce themselves. Was I surprised and delighted that they had watched the plays!

This won't be the last, right, Keitaro-san?

(Read his complete entry here.)




11 comments:

Keitaro Hanazawa said...

Waaaah! Gibbs! I'm so honored to be featured sa blog mo! Thank you, thank you for inviting us to the Virgin Labfest kasi aside from the fact that I really enjoyed the plays, I saw Nathan Lopez and Arnold Reyes pa! Kaya we got more than what we bargained for!

And yes, me and my pare look forward to watching more plays! :D

Jesse said...

Gibbs,

I really don't know how to react to Ellas Inosentes except to say that I felt the two brilliant child actors were themselves abused by the play.

Do enlighten me.

jc.guiyab said...

wow keitaro na feature ka dito! nice!

Anonymous said...

jesse,

please elaborate why the two actors were in any way "abused by the play(Ellas Inosentes)?" Thank you.

anonymous

uleb said...

to jesse:

ABUSE=to compel another to do something they do not want, or is not in their best interests.

this is ACTING. if the actors were forced to play the parts then you could call this an ABUSE (psychological, emotional, etc.).

the actors did a great job... and because of this prod, their resumes are to die for!

This stage of talking about the things when we were younger really happen at one point of our lives. our parents stop us from talking about the "adult stuff" they do because it's embarrassing.

The play served us a "slice of life".

I hope you would elaborate on why you used the term "ABUSE" because i believe that this is far from the objective of the playwright and of the director who have mastered their respective crafts in creating this production.

Thanks.

Keitaro Hanazawa said...

to Uleb: Very well said.

to Jesse: I think the two actresses loved their roles so much that they gave performances that were worth a 30-minute standing ovation from us viewers.

The play was made with good taste and good intentions, which is to make people aware that the things depicted in the play happen in real life. Maybe you took the play's motives the other way around.


Thank you.

Annamanila said...

Hmmm ... i was also a bit bothered by the roles played by the young girls.

But I guess they have been psychologically prepared for it? So they don't get confused? Or misled ... whatever. Of course, their parents have given permission for them to take on the parts.

I am a mom of young girls ( and I ask myself whether I'd have approved if it were they -- at pre-pubescent age -- to play "ellas innocentes." Hard to say. Sure, it must be a plum role for aspiring young actresses. But I'd have made sure at least they are prepared for it. I'd have also asked a professinal psychologist.

That's just me ... as ordinary a mother as they come.

gibbs cadiz said...

hi FRANKIE, you're welcome. :)

hi JESSE! i think i understand where you're coming from. do enlighten me first how you think the play had "abused" the actors. at this point, all i can say was that the "child actors" were not children at all. they're college students, except that they still look like kids. they're graduates of the philippine high school for the arts, which means they've also been well-exposed to the sometimes unconventional demands of theater in terms of roles, etc. as for the substance of the play itself, i'd like to hear your thoughts about it first--and how it might not justify using the actors the way the play did. :)

hello, JC GUIYAB. welcome to the site. :)

hi ANNA! i share your concern perfectly. while i was watching the play i had fears about how it could pull off the delicate material given the two very young actors fleshing it out. but it did (saka na review ko ha, sa inquirer muna, hehe). the way the girls did their roles told me that they had undergone thoughtful and careful preparation for them. i don't know at this point what their parents think of the play and their kids' participation in it. what i can say is, those kids were brilliant, and they obviously came to their parts well-prepared, and they had very good direction. it might appear that way from the excerpt in keitaro's post (excerpting always runs the risk of yanking the text out of context), but i don't think the play was prurient or sleazy or dangerous. it had a very valid message for its adult audience, and it conveyed that message with force, poignancy and empathy. aargh, ayan, nasabi ko na tuloy, haha. yun lang muna. thanks for the comment, as always! :)

Allan and Jane Lopez said...

been meaning to mention that poster jesse may have been under the impression that the actors of ellas were actually children. pero di ako makapagpost sa office. glad that marami na ngang nag-correct ng impression.

sorry kung redundant. ellas was my favorite play in vlf3 kasi.

since gibbs mentioned the phsa... nais ko lang idagdag na sobrang galing ng mga batang nanggagaling sa kanila. various phsa alumna have participated in all the three virgin labfests and tunay na kahanga-hanga ang kanilang age-bending powers.

Jesse said...

Knowing that the girls are of age put my issue with the piece to rest. I thought they were high school freshmen (12-yr-olds)! Anyhow, those two girls, like I said, they're nothing short of astounding.

Nice to see you again, Gibbs.

Ciao.

annamanila said...

They look like 12-year-old girls in the picture. :) At that stage, 3-4 years certainly make a difference. Pero siguro dapat may adult guidance pa din.

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