“How long does it take you to adjust to a new environment?”
“I don’t think it will take long. I mean, we have friendly people around.”
“You just met them here?”
“Yeah, I just met them here.”
“Then, you clicked immediately?”
“Yeah. We kept texting.”
“How do you cope with being in a new situation?”
“I’m coping fine, although there are more responsibilities [and] more work to do. Of course, I wouldn’t have my mom around to help me so it’s quite hard but […] nobody else will do it for you so you have to do it yourself. You’re going to have to be independent."
“What do you think you could learn from independence?”
“Being independent will teach me to live by myself. My parents are not going to be here forever. […] I can’t rely on [my friends] all the time so I’m go...
IT IS past eight o'clock in the evening. Only noise from a few crew members fill the Aksyon TV studio as they begin shooting a short episode of a documentary show. Suddenly, a man wearing his “daddy fit” orange polo shirt walks into the room—beer belly first—and takes a seat at the anchor's table. In a minute, this mustachioed man starts talking, making it clear why he has been leading in the recent polls.
Prophetic could be one way to describe the life story of the country’s most suave presidential candidate. Orphaned only days after his birth, Bayaw (played by Jun Sabayton) was found by his rich adoptive parents inside a basket floating in a river before he was settled in a manger. He recalls his parents’ story that he was visited by the “Three Mocha Girls,’’ who fol...
“Para kanino 'yung balloons?”
"Binigyan kasi kami nung friends namin so nahiya naman kami kung wala kaming ibabalik, kaya binili namin 'to para sa kanila. At saka very close kami."
“Gaano ba kaimportante 'yung pagbibigay sa mga kaibigan?”
"'Yung pagbibigay kasi namin na ‘to parang small thing lang compared sa friendship na binibigay nila samin."
“May nagugustuhan ka ba sa isa sa kanila?”
"Meron, siyempre isa lang. (laughs) Blockmate ko kasi siya since first year. Nagustuhan ko siya kasi lahat ng bagay sa kanya nakaka-inlove... 'Yung relationship nga namin ngayon as friends medyo hindi maayos kasi may someone special siya, kaya dumidistansiya ako... Kasi pinagseselosan ako nung someone niya. (laughs) Deserve naman siya nung guy, deserve nila ang isa’t isa. Pero mahal ko rin siya."
“Naranasan mo na bang buhatin ng special someone ‘yung bag mo?”
“Siya (Anthony) ba?”
"Hindi, (laughs) pero nabubuhat din niya minsan. Lalo na ‘pag lalabas ako ng classroom tapos naiiwan ‘yung bag ko sa room, dadalhin nalang niya sa’kin paglabas niya."
“Ano ang nararamdaman mo ‘pag nakikita mo na siyang papalapit dala ang bag mo?”
“Ang gentleman naman ng best friend ko. Salamat, bro!”
"Wala man lang hug eh, apir lang." (laughs)
“One day ba, willing ka na bitbitin niya ang bag mo, pero bilang more than friends na?”
"Oo naman po! Why not? (laughs) Mabait naman ‘yan eh. Magandang quality niya na nanlilibre siya, (at) ‘pag nangangako siyang manlilibre siya, tumutupad naman."
“Would you want someone special to carry your bag one day?”
"Huwag na lang. Siya n...
"Bakit importante sa inyo na maganda 'yung flowers na ina-arrange ninyo tuwing Undas?"
"Siyempre, since once a year lang ang Undas, parang 'yun lang 'yung significance ng mga pag-alala natin sa mga yumao nating kamag-anak. Magtitipid ka ba kung mahal mo talaga ang isang tao? Ano ang essence ng paggawa ng florist na pagandahin ang isang flower arrangement kung parang wala lang sa iyo ang essence ng Undas?"
- Bryan, 20
Interview by BERNICE ANN E. LABAD
Ignite your intellectual senses! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter: abtheflame
A STEP into his vintage-themed office gives any visitor a quick look on the material manifestations of his success: scores of gleaming trophies in black, gold, and yellow lined-up on a long wooden table on the left; and next to it, another table adorned by a pile of magazines featuring the younger version of the man now sitting cozily in his office chair.
Wearing a navy blue sweater over his collared polo, Jeffrey Tarayao proceeds to tell the story of how he rose from becoming a Thomasian Young Achiever in 2008 to being sort of a superhero bringing light to people’s homes—literally.
The Odds and Ends
“It was a struggling life.”
This is how Tarayao defines his younger years, where he had spent 28 years staying at the maid’s quarters of his dad’s employers, whom he looked up ...
“Maaari po ba kayong magkuwento ng pagkakataon na pinakanalungkot kayo?”
“Siguro ito na lang. Kasi pang-fifth year ko na…eh ga-graduate na sana ako last year [kaso] kulang ang subjects ko. [Ang] pinakanakaka-depress [na pagkakataon ay ‘yung] nakikita ko ‘yung batchmates ko [na] guma-graduate. Actually, nandoon ako nung graduation, so umiiyak ako noon.”
“Ano po ba ang balak niyo sana pagkatapos ng graduation?” “Gusto ko mag-law school after eh.”
“Ano ang pinakapinagsisisihan mo ngayon?”
“Sana ‘di ako [nagbalak] mag-shift, kasi dapat magshi-shift pa lang eh [kaso] ‘di tinanggap. Nakapag-drop na ako ng majors ko. Sana ‘di ko nalang dinrop. Sayang lang.”
Interview by NEIL JAYSON N. SERVALLOS
Photo by KARL ANGELO N. VIDAL
Ignite your intellectual senses! Like us on...