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Reminders

DAYS before the President’s SONA, TV reporter Mario Dumaual has been asking friends and other strangers what they wish to hear in DU30’s highly anticipated report.

HAIR loss. Depression. Swollen joints. Rashes. Mouth sores. Shortness of breath. Unexplained fever or fatigue. A collection of symptoms signifying what? Old age? Pregnancy?

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Saturday ocular

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AFTER a fire set off by a loser at a casino on June 2, where 38 persons including the arsonist lost their lives, is it business as usual in the three newer casinos in a city where life is a constant gamble between the lucky ones and the less favored?

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Staying alive

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Lt. John Frederick Savellano, killed in action four days after he led the team that had recovered P72 million from a house in Marawi. The lieutenant didn’t ask to die, he would’ve wanted to fight another day and make one more guy on the enemy side die for his masters.

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Doesn’t matter. Everyone who has a pair of feet and a skin for feeling and conveying emotions will enjoy “Kinky Boots,” award-winning musical (Tony, Olivier, Grammy, it’s got them all) about a shoe factory threatened by closure until an unlikely hero/heroine shows up in the shape of a transvestite or cross-dresser or whatever you think he/she is. Lola, played by Nyoy Volante, is a scream! Singing, acting, hectoring, prancing about in his flashy red boots, he occupies centerstage even when he’s not onstage. And all along I thought he was gay!

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Forget awards!

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The do-or-die fight for trophies, awards, prizes has been the source of all the unhappiness that the festival – no wonder some wag christened it a peste-val – has generated and continues to generate. Nobody loves a loser as much as the loser who doesn’t know how to lose graciously, but over the lifespan of the middle-aged MMFF, many controversies (what fun!) that came to light did so because of the great divide between “artistic” and “commercial” entries.

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