During a festival in Gumaca, just a day after I have flown back to Philippines, I passed by a booth display of products called Kalipi, made of handicraft materials. A year ago, I was looking for a livelihood project in Gumaca which I thought might be of help with the small projects that me and my friends are doing. My cousin had mentioned to me about Kalipi, a term which I have mistakenly pronounced kapili at first.
I asked one lady who is in charge of the booth to know who manages the products. She pointed at the lady sitting in a chair, who was busily talking to other ladies. The festival highlights which I have to capture with my camcorder suddenly began, giving me no choice but to dismiss my intention of asking further.
A few days after, my mother asked me to go with her in the bank to sign some papers. It was not the day that I planned to do so that but for some reason I ended up doing. Beside my mother is a lady who looks so familiar. She was the one whom I neglected to talk to inside the Kalipi booth.
First, my cousin told me about Kalipi a year ago. Second, I found Kalipi booth where I was passing by just the other day. Third, I was in the position of having the chance to talk to the manager of Kalipi itself. When these things happen, I know it is a guided event.
I have many of these, especially when I am working on a project. I have many of these during my filming of Beauty in Darkness. A guided event is what I would consider to be an occurrence in a person’s life in order to fulfill a task that is not based on the person’s will but of the universe’s somewhat intelligent calculations of physical manifestations in this 3D earth.
I started talking to the lady who manages Kalipi and the rest is history. I interviewed her using my camcorder about what Kalipi is all about and how it can help the women in Gumaca in many aspects of their life including finances, talent, social skills, community service and most of all, being a woman in this day and age.
Representatives from approximately 59 barangays of Gumaca showed up. Before the meeting started, there had been a film showing of the movie Beauty in Darkness which the president of Kalipi have generously offered to be a part of the event.
Below is a picture of me and the charming Charon Castillo, president of Kalipi. I didn’t know that I was suppose to speak on the stage and I didn’t know what to tell them. But I think the women enjoyed a few minutes of it because I’ve asked them one quite tricky & fun question answerable by a simple yes or no that would say much about who they are deep inside.
Each barangay (village) representatives are asked to report the progress of their projects in their respective village.If we hold on together is the song they love playing during their meetings. The lyrics of the song speaks for itself. If we hold on together, I know our dreams will never die.
Distribution of DVD which I made for them. Each barangays (village) where the filming was done was given a copy to keep. I was hoping that they would show it in their own barangay (village) halls so that the people who have appeared in the movie can see themselves in the screen. What a joy it would be for them to feel like a superstar. 🙂
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