Though I still have a few reservations on the execution, this Virgin Labfest 2015 entry hits me big time. KUBLIHAN’s story revolves around the want to stay, to freeze and embrace the comforts of friends and our identities; though we all know that as the sun returns — we need to continue forward. It’s amazing to see how we return and celebrate our silences during life’s random stopovers. Farewells are most painful during its moments, but the aches will not last. Like the eclipse in the story, goodbyes are just partial, momentary, and fleeting as life.
Playwright Jerome Ignacio’s KUBLIHAN tells about an afternoon of remembering and farewells. Two high school students who have been friends since they first met a year earlier, share stories as one prepares to leave for good, while the other one stays.
In KUBLIHAN, we are confronted by our inherent desires to resist to continue. It argues that our own perceived comforts are our towering heavens and moments are priceless. We embrace these stopovers, those passing minutes — and for a moment, ignore the truth of moving on.
We start getting our strength from others, and then from ourselves. As we move forward, we eventually realize that we face our cliffs, our edges, our heights alone.
But before that, we embrace.
This is one good entry.
Photo by Mr. Ibarra C. Mateo