Still hungover from our workshop weekend at CASA San Miguel in Pundaquit, Zambales.
I’ve been wanting to visit this music, arts & culture haven eversince I saw images of it on a magazine a long time ago. Finally we were invited here to share our knowledge on creative documentary filmmaking to 70 high school students. Yes 70!!! It was a bit difficult to keep their attention the whole day but hearing them identify correct camera angles and different documentary approaches was very rewarding.
To end the already perfect day, we decided to walk towards the beach and watch the sunset.
Looking out into the sea, I had this overwhelming feeling of gratefulness inside me. My goal in life is to give back to the world what it has given me and with this opportunity, hopefully, I am one step closer to that.
The next day, we rode on a small banca and was given the front seat view of the majestic ocean. It was mesmerizing to watch the different shapes and colors of the waves as it undulates towards my direction. Being in a wide open space can be overwhelming, the sea was so vast and I felt so small…
After Capones Island, we hopped onto Anawangin where we filled ourselves up with life’s simple pleasures – pancit canton with hot & spicy tuna, hard boiled egg, halo-halo and lots of crazy ideas!!! We got to conceptualize an out-of-this-world music video to the tune of Vogue with the mountains and the beach as our backdrop. Hahaha, sorry inside joke :D
Heading back, we encountered a huge wave that almost toppled us over. Good thing manong boatman maneuvered us safely back to shore but not without a casualty. I tumbled out of the boat and got only one leg out when the fishermen helped pushed our boat into land. I fell awkwardly on the beach and was scared that water got inside the plastic bag with my camera in it. I heaved a sigh of relief when I found out that the only thing that got wet was my ass and that my dear camera was unharmed. Whew! Adventure :D
At the Backstage Café in Casa San Miguel,
The food we consumed were delicious and the stories shared was pretty intense. We all agreed that it’s been a jam-packed day. We are invited again to go back and check on the students, hopefully that time, we get to see the atelier of Elmer Borlongan & Plet Bolipata, also hopefully, I get to learn how to play the violin. Woot woot!!!
Exploring the place, we discovered picture-perfect opportunities for us to pose, haha. I’ve known these guys since 1994, we are all good friends back in college. Abbie SJ Lara is a director & editor for documentaries and Ruelo Lozendo is a filmmaker and resident artist here at CASA San Miguel. With us also is writer/poet/teacher Nerissa Guevarra.
I am very happy that we still get to hang out and work together. We all have pursued our passion for the arts and we have somehow kept our playfulness/silliness which I believe is very important in life :D
I even had the opportunity to hold this musical instrument that I plan to rock out in my next life. While I was trying to play the violin, I felt we had a connection ;) I think with formal lessons, I might have something good going on here, hahaha. I even went to a music store to ask for the regular price of a violin. I know I still have a hundred and ten things to do BUT I feel that now is a good time to do this. It’s never too late to learn something new diba? :)
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