Thursday, March 20, 2008

Trash Radio Manila EPISODE 10 PART 3: More for the Road

It was a Maundy Thursday.

Ignoring the tempting call of the beach and the highlands, I have opted to stay put in Manila throughout the entire long weekend. So I was going around the city and found some usual sights associated with the observance of the Lenten season, i.e., mini-Senakulos, makeshift Stations of the Cross. The works.

In the middle of a street somewhere in Mandaluyong I saw this.
The actor playing the role of Christ was supposedly receiving whiplashes from the "Roman soldiers", which lasted for like two minutes. People started drawing closer to the scene, prompting policemen to drive the audience away due to impending traffic build-up.

"Tabi kayo, tabi kayo (Move back, move back)," said one, motioning the crowd away. I of course stepped back. But then the policeman saw me back up, and he said, "Ma'am, huwag po kayo umalis, sila lang. Lapit po kayo. (Ma'am, please don't step back. Come nearer.)"

Before I could say anything the actors - Christ, Jews, Roman Soldiers - started posing in front of me. Ah, the power of the camera. So we came up with this playlist, thinking we ought to watch more serious reenactments outside the city and bring some music to accompany us in the highway. Maybe you'd like to share the same playlist with us as well. Here it is:

1. TOY DOLLS - "Florence is Deaf"
2. OINGO BOINGO - "Violent Love"
3. THE BEACH BOYS - "Wouldn't It Be Nice"
4. THE JAM - "(Love is Like a) Heatwave"
5. OK GO - "Here It Goes Again"
6. THE SMITHS - "Still Ill" (Peel Sessions)
7. THE REZILLOS - "(My Baby Does) Good Sculptures"

For the high fidelity version, click here.

I just have to add. The song "Still Ill" goes out to a woman named Joanne, who professes undying love and devotion for a man named Steven Patrick, who may be more popularly known by his surname, Morrissey.


100poundfoodie said...

hahaha. here's another true story (witnessed/told by my sister's sister-in-law, also from last week's lenten rites):

"bilisan yu! bilisan yu! sali yu kung tsinelas! (capampangan for, "quick! quick! buy me slippers!")

overheard from a "christ" carrying a cross over the scorching cement pavement, to the guys walking beside him (his friends maybe). unsure of what to do, one of them gave the "repenting" man his own rubber pair instead. now that's what i call sacrifice!

Marika and friends said...

this is hilarious, really. you've got to love them "christs" and their friends for providing comic relief to an otherwise serious occasion.