Wednesday July 18, 2018

Baumgart: Road trip

WHO knew that traffic could induce meltdowns?

After being stuck in traffic for three hours, I broke down and cried in an elevator after arriving at my destination. I wake up at 5 in the morning every day in the hopes of beating our 8:30 a.m. time-in and it still seems not enough.

It’s nerve racking to wait for a jeep (or hopefully for a bus or v-hire) at 6 a.m. and get totally lucky to catch a ride before 6:30 a.m. Being on the road is nothing but nerve racking, hoping against hope that traffic would not be abysmal and we’d be spared from road accidents.

Admittedly, I’m pretty close to a nervous breakdown and my mental health is going down—thanks to worrying over traffic.

But enough about the traffic situation because there will always be traffic.
To ease my nerves, I went out to catch a few local films during the Pista ng Pelikulang Pinoy screenings. I think it was my best life choice in the past few weeks.

One of the films I caught was “Patay na si Hesus,” which—hands down—was my favorite. The film incorporated a lot of traveling into the movie with Jaclyn Jose taking the lead and driving the family from Cebu to Dumaguete City.

Mixed beautifully with crazy, fun (insert explicative) humor and poignant moments for each character, the movie felt incredibly real. Parts of the movie were happening all around us in real life and to watch it all on the big screen (err, UltraWild Screen) and in Cebuano was amazing.

Plus points for all the driving and car conversations. I wonder what it would be like to have Iyay as a travel buddy and endure daily Liloan to Cebu City travel hours and traffic with. What kind of stories will she tell? Or what expletive will she unleash to the commuting public?

Bert was a gem in the movie and it was absolutely beautiful to catch him take a bus on his own. Having him as a buddy would be wonderful, too! Imagine the stories he’d share.

And it would definitely be fun to listen in on the spats between brothers Jude and Jay.

The whole brood would definitely be fun and interesting travel buddies with stories to share, and real-life punches to unleash.

Traveling definitely would not be as nerve racking and stressful when you’re with Iyay and her kids (plus the trippy aunt/nun) and everyone’s favorite pupper, Hudas.

If you haven’t caught Patay na si Hesus, then you might just be able to still catch it today and in the next few days. Local cinemas have extended their screening days of this Cebuano comedy, which will pull both your heart and laughter strings. A few tears will be shed—either for laughing too much or poignant moments in the film.

The film has received rave reviews locally and nationally. It’s pretty awesome to finally see Cebuano films taking strong center stage nationally. Makes you super proud to be Bisdak.

Join in on the fun, go catch the film and enjoy the ride.