Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Blog a play, win a Sony Ericsson phone: The winners!

With Dennis Marasigan's kind offer of a book (Filipino Pride) as an additional prize--thank you, Dennis!--I can now reward seven bloggers for their exceptional entries to our contest. Out of 31 write-ups submitted on one or more of the 6 plays covered by the contest, these are the seven I like best.

That majority of the winning entries are written in Filipino is entirely coincidental--though, thinking about it, I'm not so sure anymore. As I had explained in the rules, I was mainly looking for two things: quality of insight and clarity of expression--how compelling one's views are and how well they're expressed. Without any discernible pattern to it, I realized as I began sifting through the entries that the ideas and insights that struck me the most were--with becoming transparency, force and grace--expressed in Filipino, whether or not I agreed with the points discussed. Is it just this batch of bloggers, or is that proof, indeed, that concepts and ideas achieve a greater level of illumination when couched in the language native to us and bred in our bones?

You decide.

First prize
Jester Jaksonero: (Prize: Sony Ericsson C903 Cyber-shot phone)

From Si Maduna Braba, at ang Graba ng Kabalintunaan: Ang pinaka-madamdaming senaryong napanood ko doon ay nang dalhin na ang bangkay ng kanyang pangalawang anak, iniharap sa kanya, at tinanong ng mga sundalo kung kilala niya. Namumula ang mukha, nagpipigil, nangagatog, lumapit si ‘Maduna Braba’, at saka umiling, sabay sabing, “Hindi ko po kilala.” Pinatunayan niyang siya nga ang matapang at malakas na si ‘Maduna Braba’ na kayang itanggi ang sariling anak at ipatapon sa ilog ang bangkay, pero sa hitsura ng mukha at galaw ng katawan, alam mong si ‘Maduna Brabang’ matapang, nang mga oras na iyon, ay nagtatapang-tapangan na lamang upang mailigtas ang pedikab, ang anak na babae, at ang sariling buhay... Doon mismo sa puntong iyon ng kuwento, minahal ko hindi lang si Shamaine, hindi lang ang CCP, hindi lang ang sining, hindi lang ang Batute… kundi pati si “Maduna Braba” at ang bakas ng mga karanasan at kwentong akay-akay niya sa likod ng kanyang pedikab.

Second prize
Journey of Eros: (Prize: Astoria Plaza gift certificate)

From PAGKAMULAT SA PANAHON NG TAGSIBOL: Isang Rebyu ng 'Spring Awakening'”: Sa Spring Awakening, musika ang nagiging kaganapan ng saloobin at hinanakit ng mga kabataan. Sa pamamagitan ng awitin at tugtugin, naipapahayag nila ang kanilang mga sarili. Dito'y waring pinag-iisa ang kanilang mga hinaing. Dito'y nagkakaunawaan sila. Nakakapagmura sila nang walang pangamba dahil dito ay mistulang “Room of Requirement” sa Harry Potter--isang kuwarto na walang sinuman ang maaaring makapasok kundi sila-sila lamang. Off-limit ang mga matatanda. Sa musikal na ito, nagmukhang caricature at tableaux ang mga matatanda kapag tumutugtog na ang banda at inilalabas na ng mga kabataan ang kanilang mikropono.

Third prize
Kiko Matsing/Taga-Ilog Special: (Prize: Mountain backpack from Thai Airways)

From Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa?: Siguro, may kakaibang magic ang sex n’ung unang panahon. Noong hindi pa laganap ang mga “manual” kamukha ng porn o Youtube videos, noong taboo pa ang makipaghalikan o maging ang makipag-holding hands. Siguro ay totoo ang spark na sinasabi ng iba. Siguro ay may kakaibang kilig kapag ang sex ay hindi mental o moral kundi isang emotional na bagay. Ito at ilan pa ang kamunduhang ipinamulat sa akin ng “Spring Awakening”.

Fourth prize
Delphine Buencamino: (Prize: P3,000 gift certificates from Botong's Up resto-bar/art gallery)

From Tanghalang Pilipino's Madonna Brava ng Mindanao: Of Macrocosms, Overloads, and Powerful Performances: The good thing about this production is that it doesn't pretend to be something it's not, at the risk of disrespecting classic texts of theories, it is nonetheless honest. It is clear that the play is less of Brecht's Mother Courage and more of an adaptation written to serve the political views of the Mindanao based director (Nestor Horfilla) and adapter/translator (Don Pagusara). Needless to say, it was biased towards representing the Mindanao side as the victims. Which is why the play shouldn't be seen with Brecht's Mother Courage in mind.

Fifth prize
Sugod Babit! Sugod!: (Prize: Brand-new hardbound edition of Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol)

From Madonna Brava--Kung Hindi Ngayon, Kailan?: Ang pagdaloy ng kwento ay hindi narrative kundi episodic. Nagsisimula ang mga aksyon pero dumarating ito sa punto na tila nagtatapos. Ang susunod na bahagi ay halos wala ng hatak mula sa naunang mga tagpo. Ginawa nila ito sa pamamagitan ng mga pagpatay ng ilaw at pagpapakita ng mga audio-visual na materyal sa gilid ng entablado. Sa pag-arte ng mga artista ay kakikitaan din sila ng atakeng Brechtian ay may eksena pa ngang nakipag-usap si Madonna (Shamaine) sa mga tumutugtog ng musika. Walang ginamit na mga placards, o banner sa dula pero lubhang kahanga-hanga ang musika nito. Sa pangunguna Popong Landero bilang Musical Director at Mebuyan, ang grupong nakabase sa Davao City na tumugtog sa dula, naging mas matalim ang mga komentaryo sa loob ng dula.

Sixth prize
Bea: (Prize: Brand-new hardbound edition of Nina Garcia's The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own)

From Spring Awakening Manila: Oh Moritz! As a character Moritz is so honest and earnest and just cannot cope with the enormity of his burgeoning sexuality... I think there is a thin line between true anguish and overacting, and thankfully Nicco Manalo stayed on the truly anguished side. I thought that he was a leetle too gay at first (getting the distinct impression with his long, tilted glances that he had a crush on Melchior) but he quickly overcame that and captured Moritz--the tension, the agony, the complete bewilderment and frustration, but also the excitement and curiosity... I also felt that he brought something new to the character. He seemed to emphasize how off-center Moritz is--so much that everything about his singing and dancing and even how he was moving around he stage after “Don't Do Sadness” felt so natural.

Seventh prize
Chalkdust: (Prize: Filipino Pride book)

From Tara, Tuloy Ka!: Ang Ismail at Isabel ay tulad ng pelikulang “Himala” ni Ishmael Bernal na umiikot sa isang pangunahing kuwento (ang pagkakita raw ni Elsa sa Mahal na Birhen at panggagamot niya) ngunit tumatalakay ng iba pang paksang may sariling kuwento (kahirapan, prostistusyon, paggamit ng ipinagbabawal na gamot, paniniwala sa mga pamahiin, at iba pa). Ang pangunahing kuwento ng dula ay ang pagkakaibigan ng Muslim na si Ismail at ng Kristiyanong si Isabel at kung paano ito sinulit ng mga pagsubok na dumating sa kanilang buhay. Ngunit sa pagdaloy ng dula, nagluwal ito ng iba pang isyu at mas maliliit na kuwentong binigyan nito ng sariling tuon.

Congratulations to the winners! And thank you for joining the contest.

How to get your prizes
Please drop by the Inquirer office (Yague corner Mascardo Sts., Pasong Tamo, Makati City) so I can personally give you your prize. But before you do that, e-mail me at gibbs_c@yahoo.com and let's agree on the time and date. See you.

Lastly, same spiel: I invite you to read through all the blog entries submitted--mostly here--winner and non-winner alike--to better appreciate the range of opinions expressed and argued, and to take heart in the thought that we do have an engaged, alert, intelligent audience out there.

Tanghalang Ateneo's Metamorphoses
Beng

Dulaang UP's Amphitryon
Kiko Matsing
Idadudes
Chris Cimatu
Leika
Jhiedon

Trumpets' NOAH (No Ordinary Aquatic Habitat)
Fred

Tanghalang Pilipino's Madonna Brava ng Mindanao
Kiko Matsing
Jhiedon

PETA's Ismael at Isabel
Kiko Matsing
Judee

Atlantis Productions' Spring Awakening
Jamie Da Vinci
Fred
Hogi
Toni Hoshi
Wob
Acrylique
Danielle
Lanchase
Vincen
M.A./Michael
Justin
Zarine
SirEdge
Abaniko
Mr. Perk

Thanks, everyone, for your entries. On to the next contest!

5 comments:

Abaniko said...

Congratulations to all the winners!

Faith said...

Holy crap, my officemate won first prize! Pupuntahan ka namin sa PDI, Gibbs!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for having this contest! Though I wrote to win the phone, I gained something more important...:) I found out that still enjoy writing (school deadlines muddled that a bit)...and other people actually read my review, which I did not intend (bilang insecure). hehe. Thank you sir Gibbs! more power in blogging and life. :)

-Delphine Buencamino

bea said...

awesome! thanks :)

Jester said...

Yehey! I already opened the phone Gibbs. ayos! salamat salamat. hehe.. nakalimutan ko.. di man lang tayo nakapagpicture picture kanina. tsk tsk tsk.
salamat sony ericsson:) salamat Gibbs:)

kasama ko dapat si faith.. pero nalunod siya sa dibisorya kaya hindi na nakahabol sa meet-and-greet moments natin. Hi daw sabi niya. hehe:)

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