I pinged my good friend Gretchen a few hours before the screening of "2 Cool 2 Be 4Gotten" at Glorietta:
The film, which won Best Picture at the recent Cinema One Originals, was directed by a friend, Petersen Vargas (who is also at the helm of TEAM Magazine's new web series, "Hanging Out".)
Aside from the obvious reason that I enjoy supporting the work of friends I respect and admire, I was curious about the gay angle of the film. The characters were young high school students, and I wondered how Petersen and writer Jason Paul Laxamana (who was also behind the Cinemalaya indie flick "Mercury is Mine") would balance creating a story that doesn't devolve into stereotypes while, at the same time, would not alienate the mostly straight (and perhaps conservative) audience.
I wasn't disappointed.
An earlier version of this story was submitted in the 60th Palanca Awards.
This is not a story about the engine loudly braying that early morning – the jeepney driver’s foot on the pedal whipping violently this mechanical beast of burden. The motor’s cries echoed on the empty streets that cold December, as the driver prodded the diesel-hungry creature to give all its strength, mercilessly demanding that the tired Isuzu 4BA1 weave through the provincial asphalt highway.
It's the second week of our little art project!
We've finally created our Instagram account: TWO50TWO. (Please follow us.)
So: why TWO50TWO? Well, it's two people, taking a photo and writing a story each week, for 52 weeks (which is one year.)
I had a weird dream during my flight to Tacloban (where I'm currently at now, for work), which was the inspiration of the story I wrote for Jox's photo, which he took earlier this week.
The story is below, which you can also read at TWO50TWO:
HELLO, MY NAME IS EVAN TAN.
I'm a writer and communications professional based in Manila, Philippines. Outside of my regular job, I like to travel, work out, volunteer, watch movies and plays, go to art galleries/ fairs and museums, read books, and eat vegetarian food.
More about me here.