This afternoon, I went to St. Paul's Pasig to meet their Video Production and Journalism high school students. It was my first time to visit this all-girls' school located near ULTRA. I was invited by a college classmate who was notorious as a pasaway (wild) student during our time. From my recollection, she was never serious in her studies and was a very-happy-go-lucky gal. But lo and behold, she is now the head of a some "department" there! She was very formal in her uniform, wanted to take her pic to show our college buddies how this "wild" girl is now a respected, very "decent" teacher, inspiring her students for 12 years! But she declined the photo op, hehe.
The most striking sights I saw and I wanted to shrink from embarassment---my name was all over the school grounds from the invitation, blackboard, and even the door!
While walking along the corridor, I saw an arch of colorful balloons and saw a woman statue. My friend told me the woman is called Mary of the Poor. I also went to an all-girls school in Manila and statues of saints and Our Lady are normal "tourist spots" in the premises. I guess it serves as a reminder and a guide for the wild and sinful girls to act like "angels" :)
The screening and talk went well. Had Q & A for over an hour. I had to encourage them to actively enter the entertainment field because there are only a few decent women directors, writers and producers. Positions we thought would be for women such as production designers and make-up artists, in reality, belong to the "male" species. We women continue to struggle and fight for our right to be in production...
Lying low in teaching now gives me TIME to do more creative stuff and I bet I''ll be cooking something creative soon!