I began the year being such a drama queen, worrying about things that I really shouldn't be worried about. Then Rosa, one of my best friends, had to leave to work in Switzerland for an entire year. I can't believe she's finally home. After all those emails and text messages, I couldn't wait to see her again.
And speaking of best friends, I really can't leave this one out. This was the same month when I met BFFs Carlo and Zee at the same time. It was all thanks to ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Musikal and Coffee Bean that we got together, hahaha.
More drama galore this month, and finally stopped fooling myself. Enough of all the naivete. Punctuated it with the very first reading of Dogeaters. Once again, "Salamat... Sorry... at keep in touch." Chocolate and coffee jelly became my best friends. What lifted my spirits up was that I also got to witness the Avenue Q open auditions.
Carlo, Zee and I established the "BFFs" this month, hahaha. Hung out at coffee shops and watched plays together. Sundays were always booked at Starbucks or Coffee Bean and followed by a play. Zee was the chattiest with all her anecdotes, I provided the drama (ew), and Carlo was a pro at giving his crazy quips.
First, the ironman emerged. Thought it was an April fools' joke, and even right on up to this date, I'm still thinking that it was a joke. Like what I said, a flirt and a tease is not a very good combination.
Then came my second year of workshops under Tanghalang Pilipino. "Failure gives you character. Too much success will make you a wimp." I'll never forget those words. Because I took up Beginning Acting the year before, I decided to take a chance and signed up for Acting in Musical Theater, despite the fact that I'm not really all that confident about my singing voice. But I still enjoyed taking classes, never mind that I always have to fly from Makati to CCP after work almost every evening. Junk food break and begging for change every 8 in the evening. Tapa King at 10 after every class. I spent every Saturday night in Malate with Minette, Gino and Arvin and went home when the sun rose. And I can't believe that I actually got casted (or typecasted? Hahaha!) as the alpha-female in our recital.
The first weekend marked the last day of our workshop, and performed Blue Jeans the Musical as our recital, and I enjoyed every moment of our performance. Despite my flats and sharps, and chuckles galore during that one scene, I had a blast. Roeder had talked to me after the show and all his notes boosted my confidence.
During the last night out of our workshop class, Minette had said that she noticed how much I fell in love with the company of people from Tanghalang Pilipino. So for this month, she gave me my first project with TP, He-Me-She-It, which is one of the plays in this year's Virgin Labfest. I lucked out getting Tito Jaime as director, and the TP Actors Company, including my baby bro, as the cast. I was so grateful for this project, as I had realized that I still had a lot to learn as a stage manager/assistant stage manager. I watched other plays' rehearsals, sat in the tech booth with Chynna as she called cues for ZsaZsa Zaturnnah, and spent some time bonding with people I barely knew. My motto for this month was "Conquer it!" courtesy of Tito Jaime. Opened Virgin Labfest 3 at the end of the month, and despite some little screwups of mine, I managed to pull things off.
Continuation of Virgin Labfest this month, and regularly checked out films of this year's Cinemalaya entries. Nothing really significant at all about this month, except for that one big night out with all the BFFs! CCP, Harbour Square, Glorietta, Malate and Carlo’s house... we were everywhere in the span of about 24 hours.
Another project with Tanghalang Pilipino--Pilipinas Circa 1907. This time as supertitling operator. Not much, but hey, at least I get to watch every show. I actually spent 8 hours just sitting in front of the computer fixing those darn supertitles, hahaha. Spent lots of late afternoons sitting in Starbucks Harbour Square just typing away on my best friend's laptop. And then, someone was trying all his best attempts to find a way into my life, ahehehe.
Pilipinas Circa had closed on a good note, especially for me, hehehe. Opened Avenue Q and had a blast with the front-of-house stuffing ourselves silly with Bravo's crostini topped with dips and spreads. When the play had closed, I spent my day off pretty well, and finally opened my heart to welcome a new love. (Holy kamote, this is getting too cheesy for me.) Happiness really is like two kinds of ice cream, with cherries on top.
Started voice lessons at David's music studio. I actually got a pretty good deal. With a family discount, I get one hour of lessons every week, and baby-stepped from soprano 2 to soprano 1. Dogeaters rehearsals also began this month, and I was so glad at how "diverse" the cast was, which included my baby bro. I also got to meet Tad's family this month. Hahaha, it was so funny that I was always stuffing myself with food every time I meet them.
More Dogeaters rehearsals, and I got the honor of being the first person in Manila to meet Jessica Hagedorn during her visit this year. Lots of stress due to crazy sponsors of this productions, but at least I finally managed to laugh it off now. The show opened without much of a hitch, but I was just so sad that I didn’t get to spend quality time with my balikbayan cousin Shirley, her son Dominic, and her boyfriend Jason because the play ate up most of my time.
Super busy month, what with the closing of Dogeaters plus the opening of Avenue Q's repeat run. I resigned to the fact that I wouldn't be able to celebrate my birthday well, because there were 2 shows during that day, but I was wrong. Tad had surprised me at the theater during the evening show, and it became one of my best birthdays ever. One of the best year-enders included a potluck get-together of the Hogi Hall at Rosa's house. We were loaded with pasta and drinks, and talked the night away until the sun rose.
This year is about to end, and even though this Christmas has been one of the quietest (if not the quietest), I’m still grateful for everything that had happened this year. Even though there were some things that didn’t happen the way I had planned them to be, I can still say that I am truly blessed. With much hope, 2008 will be an even greater year. To everyone who made my 2007 one helluva damn good year, thank you so much!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO Y'ALL!