Tuesday, July 05, 2011

On the apology to the theater community, etc.--last na talaga, pramis, so help me gozh!

Rafa Santos' second apology, this time directed at the theater community, is quite a stirring read (here). Independent of his now infamous words on TV, it holds hope that, much as he stumbled terribly on his use of language, he might also find some measure of redemption in it. The letter is well-written, expressive and clear (if a tad obsequious--understandable). I'd like to believe he wrote all of it, and that he was completely sincere in the writing of it, especially the lines I found most resonant: We are blessed to be able to work with you [directed at theater actors]. You are the life in our characters and the weight in our conflicts.

May this incident, indeed, lead to change in the working conditions, and new-found respect, for our theater artists.

Postscript: Sorry, can't help it--the dimmest, most muddled reaction to this issue I've read so far, on the other hand, has got to be from former actor and now reportedly indie-film and events producer Carlo Maceda, whose statement quoted in Pep.ph can't be copy-pasted so I'm retyping it here verbatim, down to the wayward 'o' and apostrophe. Do read up to the last line:

He will be fine. A lot of people in the industry are like that and they became superstars. Maganda bawi nyan later, hero na hero ang plot. Pabugbog muna sa simula, tapos magcha-charity event na yan. Change of heart kuno kuno.

And then, if we buy it, instant success, just add water. Very good publicity work. Bonggang slant, twist and slide. And if we boycott the film, sayang naman yung work nung mga theater actors, as some claim they just want to be recognized. Sky Flakes na nga lang binayad di pa natin panonoorin?

But before we point fingers, who is really to blame? Is it the actors who allowed themselves to be treated that way? Is it really the director who just described his observation, tapos nagagalit lahat kasi the truth hurts?

Is it our forefathers who defined our nature as a race? Or is it the small budget that was given kaya everybody is getting a Sky Flake's share? Or let's just blame our parents kasi sometimes we loose our manners?...

Hindi sa I agree. It is funny. We got angry because sometimes we just can't handle the truth. MALALIM 'yung sinabi niya at matapang siya for putting it out. Looking beyond the obvious, we can find wisdom.

After all, it's for art's sake. And if you are reading this and you are still angry, have a Sky Flakes, you'll see it's not that bad at least hindi ka tataba.


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Where to begin? Sky Flakes na nga lang binayad di pa natin panonoorin? Our forefathers [defining] our nature as a race? It's for art's sake? WTF. And LOL. Talk about piling crap on crap.

Further affiant sayeth naught.

5 comments:

Lawrence Villegas said...

I left a career in medicine to pursue theater only to realize you can't make a decent living just doing theater. I've had to give up my theater career to for a better paying career in advertising. I know how it feels to be paid crap for art's sake. I wasn't one of them who had the courage at that time to stick it out. I can't say I regret that decision. But I still dream about going back.
It's a sad reality. One that will take a while to change. And, yes, it hurts when one rubs salt on the wounds.

joelmcvie said...

Dear theater actors, practitioners and supporters: Don’t get mad at Carlo Maceda. Instead, if you find yourself being asked to work for one of his events or indie films, just jack up your asking price and demand for superstar rates. Let’s see how far he gets.

TheBachelorGirl said...

"And if you are reading this and you are still angry, have a Sky Flakes, you'll see it's not that bad at least hindi ka tataba." [Lalo na kung yung Oat Fibers variant ang pinili mo, kasi may 4g of fiber per serving ito.]

Absurd of me, I know, but that's what popped into my head.

Anonymous said...

Dear theater actors, practitioners and supporters: Don’t get mad at Carlo Maceda. Instead, if you find yourself being asked to work for one of his events or indie films, just jack up your asking price and demand for superstar rates. Let’s see how far he gets. --> sad to say, many actors are willing to act in indie films even for a small talent fee. minsan nga kahit wala. ... sad but true.

Carlo maceda said...

Haha just read this. Yes I pay superstar rates naman and I have gone far mr mcvie. 7 years as a producer now. Thanks for the correction. One year na pala to. Well if you get invited to my film it means you must be really good or really marketable.,, oh craps! ( plural) ( no fun intended) peace.

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