Thank you for the award, Thea!
1. What is your advice for someone who had a friendship break-up?
Surround yourself with homies who inspire you to be a better person. It’s easier to move forward when you realize that the people you’re leaving behind are not worth the stress and the drama.
2. Are there any regrets you have? What are those?
I regret waking up late every morning.
3. What is the most memorable and proudest moment you have in your life?
Wala akong maisip shet. Wala yata akong silbi haha sorry!
And instead of curating 14 facts about myself, I figured it’d be more interesting if I just share 14 links to shit that I consume. So pretentious, haha, but this is all about self-construction anyway so swak pa rin.
- I listen to “Bro, Ikaw ang Star ng Pasko” many times a year. (Link)
- Two Love Poems by Wislawa Szymborska (Link)
- “He didn’t come from the slums. But to say that [Messi] hasn’t suffered isn’t true.” (Link)
- The Murakami Effect; “[his] work begins and ends with translation” (Link)
- “Kung gago lang ‘yan dito, hindi namin ‘yan hahanapin. Putang ina nila, gago sila. Pinatay nila, mga gago sila.” (Link)
- “There are filmmakers we love and then there’s Michael Bay.” (Link)
- Interstellar: When Spectacle Eclipses Story (Link)
- “For him, the possibility / of love is a bus exploding / in the middle of EDSA.” (Link)
- List of shibboleth names by which the privileged judge their inferiors hahaha (Link)
- The Future Prospects of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (Link)
- Why do KPop World Tours Tend to Ignore Europe? (Link)
- An Oral History of Mike De Leon’s Batch ’81 (Link)
- M’lady Joan Didion on keeping a notebook (Link)
- On the infamous Janet Cooke, “the fabulist who changed journalism” (Link)
It took me a while to build this list. There was a deliberate attempt to cover a semi-diverse range of interests and to consequently (necessarily?) portray myself as cool-but-not-lutang ajejeje.
But the problem with my list — shit that I didn’t even bother to subvert — is two-prong. First, the uniting element is moi and only moi. This is obnoxious to many peeps — including Nin, hello! — who think that we should always strive to counter the already egotistic nature of being a writer.
The other contention is how lists like this present the topics as if they are all of equal importance. Facebook and other social media operate the same way. News on the murder of a child (5) are placed in the same arena as travel pictures from Bangkok and video essays on film aesthetics (6). There are intricate algorithms behind the sequencing of Facebook posts but the general idea of clumping together issues of unequal weight remains.
Maybe that’s just how it works (hah!). The least I could do, I guess, is to keep in mind this imbalance when assessing what is relevant to me, to us, and to the bigger community outside my social radius.
Daming sinabi hahaha. Anyways salamat muli Thea! 🙂