Ipinaskil ni: ahkong | Hulyo 4, 2008

Twenty Questions ni Juan Ekis

Matagal na itong play na ito. Nanalo daw ito ng Palanca Award for Dulaang Isang Yugto Award. Courtesy is given to the Original Author.

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Twenty Questions Ni Juan Ekis

MGA TAUHAN
Jigs = Fresh grad. Kabarkada ni Yumi. Magtatrabaho bilang researcher sa isang financial firm
Yumi = Commercial Model. Kabarkada ni Jigs. 2 years ahead kay Jigs.
TAGPO

Gabi. Sa isang kwarto ng isang beach resort. Naglalatag ng kumot si Jigs sa sahig habang inaayos ni Yumi ang kanyang higaan.

YUMI : Sige na, Jigs. Huwag ka nang magpaka-gentle man. Naaawa ako sa’yo e. Tabi na tayo sa kama.

JIGS : Hindi, okay lang ako dito.

YUMI : Huwag ka nang maarte. As if naman re-rapin kita no. Malaki naman itong kama e. Hatiin na lang natin sa gitna.

JIGS : Sure ka?

YUMI : Hindi mo naman siguro ako mamanyakin no?

JIGS (Matatawa) Okay ka lang?

YUMI : Kung gusto mo, gamitin na lang natin iyang kumot na divider.

JIGS : Good idea.

Isasampay nila ang kumot mula sa kisame para mahati ang kama sa gitna. Magsesettle down ang dalawa. Ilalabas ni Jigs ang libro niya: “Puppy Love and other Stories” ni F. Sionil Jose. Si Yumi naman ay magpapatugtog ng Japanese Zen Music habang nagsa-zazen.

YUMI : Do you mind?

JIGS : No, go ahead. I’m just reading.

Magsa-zazen si Yumi. Magbabasa si Jigs. Pareho silang di maka-concentrate. Papatayin ni Yumi ang CD player niya.

YUMI : I can’t believe our friends.

JIGS : Oo nga e.

YUMI : Dapat ginagawa nila ito sa mga bagong pasok sa barkada o kaya
sa bagong…ay oo nga pala. Bagong graduate ka. Congrats.

JIGS : Thanks.

YUMI : So what are your plans?

JIGS : Kinukuha akong researcher sa ADB. Kinukuha rin ako ng BPI sa OTP nila.

YUMI : Wow naman. In demand.

JIGS : Di naman masyado. Who the hell invented this tradition anyway?

YUMI : (Matatawa) You won’t believe it.

JIGS : Ikaw?

YUMI : Malay ko ba na mabibiktima rin ako nito balang-araw.

JIGS : So why did you start it?

YUMI : Wala ka pa sa tropa! nun e. Freshman ka pa lang siguro noon. Wala lang. Napagtripan lang namin si Ronald. E may crush siya kay Meg. Noong unang beses
magpunta rito ng barkada, sabi ko, magsimula kami ng tradition. Ilo-lottery namin ang pangalan ng mga lalaki at ng mga babae. Kung sino ang mabubunot,
silang dalawa ang pagsasamahin sa isang kwarto sa loob ng tatlong araw. And then, we¹ll all see what happens. Pero dinaya namin noon yung kay Ronald at
Meg. Puro Ronald at Meg ang mga pangalan na nakalagay sa lottery.

JIGS : (Tatawa) Ang sama ninyo!

YUMI : Kaya nga nakarma na ako e.

JIGS : So is our case, dinaya? O talagang lottery?

YUMI : (Teasing) Ano sa dalawa ang gusto mo?

JIGS : Feeling ko may nagtrip sa akin sa barkada e.

YUMI : Excuse me po, dalawa tayong biktima dito. I don’t see any reason
kung bakit tayong dalawa ang sasadyaing biktima this year, unless may crush ka sa’kin na di ko alam at alam nila (tatawa).

JIGS : Baka ikaw (tatawa).

YUMI : The success rate of this tradition is 100% so far.

JIGS : I was here na the 2nd time. Si Chris at si Cia ang biktima.

YUMI : And last year were Rod and Kay. They’re getting married kailan? Sa June yata.

JIGS : What do you expect? Ikukulong mo ang isang lalaki at isang babae
sa isang kwarto for three days, imposibleng walang mangyari doon!

YUMI : That was exactly my point. (Ngingiti)

JIGS : E kung may madisgrasya?

YUMI : Anong disgrasya?

JIGS : Alam mo na ‘yun!

Hahawiin ni Yumi ang divider nilang kumot.

YUMI : Ano? Sex? Pano kung magsex sila? Nakakatawa ka naman. Di mo masabi.

JIGS : Ang alin?

YUMI : Ang sex!

JIGS : Hah!

YUMI : Sige nga sabihin mo nga?

JIGS : Para kang tanga. Tumigil ka nga.

YUMI : Shet, Jigs. Graduate ka na totoy ka pa rin!

JIGS : Excuse me?

YUMI : Sabihin mo nga: Sex! Sex! Sex! Sex!

JIGS : Para kang bata, Yumi ha.

YUMI : You used to call me ate Yumi when you we’re in third year.

JIGS : Well, graduate na po ako, ate Yumi.

Tahimik.

JIGS : Hmmm. I wonder if we’re gonna last three days.

YUMI : (Teasing) Bakit? Ayaw mo sa’kin?

Di sasagot si Jigs.

YUMI : We’re gonna survive this one.

JIGS : What makes you so sure?

YUMI : No offense, Jigs. I honestly find you very attractive pero I’ve no
time for this. Alam mo naman siguro na kakabreak ko lng

JIGS : Same here.

YUMI : Same here what? Na you find me attractive o you don’t have time
for this? (Matatawa)

Di sasagot si Jigs. Tahimik. Io-on ulit ni Yumi ang CD player at ipagpapatuloy ang zazen. Itatabi ni Jigs ang libro. Nawalan na siya ng ganang magbasa. Pupunta siya sa ref. Bubuksan niya ito.

JIGS : Hah! (Sarcastic) Perfect! Red Wine! How very conducive.

YUMI : May chips ba diyan?

JIGS : Sa awa ng Diyos, may tsibog naman.

Papatayin ni Yumi ang CD player. Tatayo siya at kukuha ng chips sa ibabaw ng ref.

YUMI : Since we’re gonna be stuck naman with each other for three days,
might as well make the best out of it di ba? I-enjoy na lang natin.

JIGS : What do you mean?

YUMI : Get the wine, let’s have a drink! 50 hours to go na lang and we’re
gonna be the first failure of this tradition.

JIGS : Oo nga. (Kukunin ang wine. Maglalagay sa dalawang baso.) When they chose Cia and Chris, naiintindihan ko pa e. Lalo na sina Rod and Kay. Kung baga, tinulungan lang natin silang umamin sa isa¹t isa. Pero us…

YUMI : Weird ng barkada natin no?

JIGS : To our barkada and our weird traditions!

YUMI : To us, the first failure of this tradition!

Magto-toast sila at iinom.

JIGS : Sige, ate Yumi. Let’s make our stay here more interesting. ..

YUMI : What’s with the ate?

JIGS : Fine…

Bubuksan ni Yumi ang chips. Uupo sila pareho sa sahig para magkwentuhan.

JIGS : Let’s play twenty questions.

YUMI : Sige! Ano yon?

JIGS : Each of us will have ten questions each. Tatanungin kita, tatanungin mo ako, mga gusto nating malaman sa isa’t isa. Alternate tayo. Pero the thing here is, you can’t ask the question that I already asked.

YUMI : That’s pretty interesting.

JIGS : At bawal magsinungaling.

YUMI :Fair enough. Pero whatever is said inside this room remains in
the room. Ok?

JIGS : Of course. You wanna start?

YUMI : No. I want to ask the last question. (Ngingiti at kikindatan si Jigs)

JIGS : Smart move. Game. First question: Ano ang greatest frustration
mo sa buhay?

YUMI : Nge. Ang korni naman ng tanong mo. Walang ka-challenge- challenge. Ask me something na mag-iisip naman ako.

JIGS : Simula pa lang e.

YUMI : Sige. Ano nga ba…?

JIGS : Akala ko ba walang ka-challenge- challenge?

YUMI : Wag kang maingay, nag-iisip ako…I’m a frustrated ballet dancer.

JIGS : Talaga?

YUMI : I took lessons when I was six pero umayaw ako. Wala kasi ako! ng disiplina e. Mas gusto kong makipaglaro sa mga kalaro ko. Pero I really enjoy watching ballet dancers. When I see them dance parati kong naiisip na sana, ako rin. There! Ang dali naman ng tanong mo. Walang thrill.

JIGS : Appetizer lang. Yari ka sa’kin mamaya.

YUMI : We’ll see. Ako naman: Did you ever have doubts about your sexuality? I mean, kahit minsan ba, naisip mo na bakla ka?

JIGS : Never.

YUMI : Bilis ng sagot a.

JIGS : Coz I never entertained the idea.

YUMI : Homophobe ka ba?

JIGS : Alternate tayo sa tanungan, di ba?

YUMI : So, not once? Kahit konti? Kahit what if lang?

JIGS : I’m straight, okay?

YUMI : I’m not asking if you’re gay or not. I’m asking kung…

JIGS : Never nga.

YUMI : We all thought na you were gay. Well at least nung first few months mo sa tropa before you introduced your girlfriend to us.

JIGS : What?! You thought I was gay?!

YUMI : E pa’no kasi, masyado kang mabait. Ang pogi-pogi mo, pero parang
allergic ka sa mga babae. Over ang pagiging gentleman mo. Too good to
be true. You have a good body, it seems that you work out pero iniisip
namin front mo lang yun. Kadalasan kasi front ng mga bakla ang pagiging maganda ng katawan nila at pagiging sporty…

Tatawa lang si Jigs.

YUMI : So we thought it’s either that or you were planning to become a priest.

JIGS : What?!

YUMI : Well, you were always this goody-goody person. Pumupunta ka sa chapel. Nangungumpisal, nagsisimba.. .

JIGS : The way you said it, parang equivalent ang dalawa a.

YUMI : Of course not. I didn’t mean that!

JIGS : I take my faith seriously. That doesn’t make me gay!

YUMI : So you did want to become a priest…

JIGS : Hindi rin. Actually, I always wanted to raise a family…and be a father.

Tahimik.

YUMI : So you’re not gay.

JIGS : No.

YUMI : You never…

JIGS : Ilang beses ka ba ipinanganak? Kulit mo e. It’s my turn.

YUMI : Homophobe ka no?

JIGS : Hindi kaya!

YUMI : Whatever…

JIGS : Ako na, daya mo naman e.

YUMI : Okay, okay. Shoot me.

JIGS : How do you see yourself five years from now?

YUMI : You expect to win this game? Ang kokorni ng mga tanong mo e.

JIGS : The object of this game is not to win.

YUMI : E ano pa ba?

JIGS : To get to know the other person.

YUMI : Sure. Basta ako, I will win this game. Walang thrill ang isang game kung walang nananalo.

JIGS : Sagot.

YUMI :  May time limit ba ‘to? (Tatawa) Wine pa nga.

JIGS : Sabi nga nila: in vino veritas.

Magsasalin si Jigs ng wine.

YUMI : Masarap ang wine, ha? Saan kaya nabili ito? (Iinom) To answer your question, either maging entrepreneur ako, magsisimula ako ng sarili kong botique or bar, o kaya, magiging artista ako sa pelikula.

JIGS : Not bad.

YUMI : Pero mukhang malabo yung stint ko sa movies. Tough ang competition e. Saka mahina ang manager ko.Panay hosting at pictorials ang nakukuhang raket para sa akin. Papalitan ko na nga e. Pag nakaipon ako, baka magtayo na lang ako ng botique.

JIGS : (Magbibiro) Ayaw mo mag-bold?

YUMI : Yuck!

JIGS : Lahat ng gustong mag-artista doon dumadaan.

YUMI : May talent naman ako kahit papano a!

JIGS : Lahat naman ng bold star may talent a! Sa dibdib! (Tatawa)

YUMI : (Hahampasin ng unan si Jigs) Bastos ka talaga! Akala ko goody-goody ka…Hindi ko papatulan ang pagbobold kahit anong mangyari no! Kahit ganito ako,
may respeto pa rin naman ako sa sarili ko.

JIGS : Ganito? Anong ganito?

Di sasagutin ni Yumi ang tanong.

YUMI : These producers think all the people want is sex, sex, sex! Kaya puro basura ang mga pelikula e. Wine pa nga!

JIGS : (Magsasalin ng wine) Bakit naman botique?

YUMI : Hoy madaya ka na ha? Hindi pa ako lasing. Ako na’ng magtatanong.
Ang korni mo namang magtanong. Bigatan naman natin nang konti…Inom
ka muna.

Iinom si Jigs. Magsasalin siya ng bago.

YUMI : Who was your first crush in the barkada?

Tahimik.

YUMI : Haha! Bingo ka no? Bagal mo naman sumagot.

Iinumin ang wine. Magsasalin ng bago.

JIGS : Lalaki o babae?

Tatawa sila pareho.

YUMI : Dapat may time limit ito e.

Tahimik.

JIGS : Hirap naman ng tanong mo.

YUMI : Iyon nga ang maganda e. Para may thrill. As if naman ibo-broadcast
ko sa barkada kung sino.

JIGS : Wine pa?

YUMI : Di mo pa sinasagot yung tanong ko, nagtatanong ka na!

Magsasalin ng wine si Jigs kay Yumi.

JIGS : Yung crush ko kasi…siyempre, sino pa ba? E di yung pinakamaganda sa barkada.

YUMI :  Nge. Subjective yon no! Para sa’kin ang pinakagwapo si Joel. Sa
babae, si Kay. Para kay Ronald, si Meg… !

JIGS : Yung literally na may dating walang tanung-tanong. Yung kahit sinong tanungin mo sa tropa, objectively, siya ang isasagot.

YUMI : Jigs, twenty questions ang game natin. Hindi guessing game. Ca’mon man. Play your own game. Pa’no na kung truth or dare to e di pahirapan na. Dadalawa na nga lang tayo e.

JIGS : Yung commercial model.

Matitigilan si Yumi.

YUMI : Wine pa nga.

Magsasalin si Jigs. Mag-iisip si Yumi. Iinom. Biglang matatawa.

YUMI : (Tumatawa pa rin) Talaga?

JIGS : Sige, pagtawanan ba?

YUMI : You can say it to my face, I won’t bite. Bakit hirap na hirap kang
sabihin kung sino? Takot kang ma-reject? Parang tanong lang e…Wine pa nga!

JIGS : Okay, 1 point ka na…

YUMI : (Ngiti) Gee…thanks. Flattered naman ako. At kailan naman nangyari ito?

JIGS : Sorry, my turn to ask. (Ngingiti) Who is your crush in the barkada…NOW?

YUMI : E ginaya mo lang yung tanong ko e.

JIGS : Hinde no. May qualifier ako. Ang sabi ko, NOW. Ang tanong mo, first crush ko.

YUMI : Korni pa rin. Alam mo, kung basketball ‘to, tambak ka na.

JIGS : Just answer the question.

YUMI : Siyempre wala. I told you, I don’t have time for these stuff. Kakabreak ko lang di ba?

JIGS : Korni mo namang sumagot.

YUMI : E korni yung tanong e. Pero kung talagang-talagang kailangan kong
sumagot…hmmm. ..teka… sino nga ba? Sino ba’ng crush material sa barkada? Wala akong maisip e. Ikaw na lang.

JIGS : Yung seryoso naman.

YUMI : Seryoso ako. Ayaw mo yata e. Sige, iba na lang…

JIGS : E napipilitan ka lang e.

YUMI : Uy! Pa’no ba ‘yan? MU na tayo? Crush mo ko, crush kita…yiheee
(Tatawa).

JIGS : Dati pa ‘yon no!

YUMI : Ay? Di mo na ko crush? Bakit, na turn-off ka? Ano namang ginawa ko? Tsk. Tsk.

JIGS : Is that your question na?

YUMI : Oy, hinde! Ito naman…di ba pwedeng mag-follow-up?

Iinom ng wine si Jigs.

YUMI : Fine. Here’s a little jui! cy question: Describe your first kiss.

JIGS : That’s not even a question.

YUMI : Arte mo. O: How was your first kiss like?

Matatawa si Jigs.

JIGS : Wet.

YUMI : Yuck!

Magtatawanan sila.

JIGS : Alam mo, aksidente yung first kiss ko. Close kasi kami nung isa kong kaibigan. Pag naggu-goodbye ako sa kanya, parati ko siyang kini-kiss sa noo. E one time, sa gym habang nagpapahinga, nakaupo siya sa sahig. Tinatamad siyang tumayo. So bumaba ako nang konti para halikan siya sa noo kasi pauwi na ako. E siya naman, para maabot ko, medyo tumingala. E sakto, sa lips ko siya nahalikan. Pareho kaming nagulat. Pero di pa kami naghiwalay agad. Weird nga ang feeling e. Parang may glue. Ayaw na namin maghiwalay pareho…

Tawa pa rin si Yumi

YUMI : Awww. Ang sweet naman. Parang sa pelikula. Si Krissy ba ‘to?

JIGS : Hindi. Hindi mo siya kilala.

YUMI : So what happened? Nagkatuluyan kayo?

JIGS : Nope.

YUMI : Ha?

JIGS : Ewan ko ba. Complicated kasi yung situation namin e. May boyfriend
siya noon. Ako naman, takot pa sa isang relationship. Pero at least, na-discover namin na pareho pala kaming may gusto sa isa¹t isa. Pero hanggang doon na lang.

YUMI : What happened after?

JIGS : We talked about it. We both decided na it wont work. Tapos, bigla
na lang, hindi na kami nagkikita. And then, I met you guys, iba na ang barkada ko.

YUMI : Nakakatuwa naman.

JIGS : Ikaw, pa’no yung first kiss mo?

YUMI : Ikaw ang nagturo sa akin ng game na ito di ba? Bakit ba lagi mong
bini-break ang rules? Di mo na pwedeng tanungin ‘yan!

JIGS : Tine-testing ko lang kung lasing ka na. (Iinom ng wine) Okay, naka-warm-up na ako: What was the naughtiest thing you ever did?

YUMI : ‘Yan ang mga tanong! Ano ba’ng ibig mong sabihin ng naughty?

JIGS : Bahala kang mag-define.

YUMI : Hmmm…marami e…(matatawa) baka maeskandalo ka.

JIGS : Kanina ayaw mo ng korni.! Ngayong medyo exciting naman…

YUMI : Eto na…I had two boyfriends at the same time.

JIGS : (Nagulat) Hala.

YUMI : I was with Joel and Zach at the same time.

JIGS : Yikes. Alam ba ni Joel?

YUMI : Kaya nga kami naghiwalay nun e. Nahuli ako (matatawa).

JIGS : Ano namang pumasok sa kukote mo’t ginawa mo ‘yon, aber?

YUMI : Nag-eexperiment lang ako. E sa type ko sila pareho e. Ano’ng magagawa ko? Saka para may thrill. Alam mo ‘yon? Yung patago kang nakikipag-date sa isa
para di mahuli. Everyday pa akong nakakalibre, kasi, alternate sila! (Tatawa) Akala nyo kayo lang mga lalaki ang pwedeng gumawa non?

JIGS : How can you love two guys at the same time?

YUMI : Who said something about love? Walang kinalaman ang love dun. I
was…having fun!

JIGS : Nainlove ka na ba, ever?

YUMI : Nakakailang tanong ka na? It’s my turn.

JIGS : Don’t you want to answer the question anyway?

YUMI : My turn!

JIGS : Kulang ka pa sa wine. (Tatawa)

Ubos na ang unang wine bottle. Kukuha si Jigs ng isa pa sa ref.

JIGS : Ang bilis nating uminom a.

YUMI : Are you still a virgin?

JIGS : Whoa! Where did that come from?

YUMI : That’s my fourth question.

JIGS : (Magsasalin ng wine sa mga baso). Ano sa tingin mo?

Ngingiti si Jigs. Tititigan lang siya ni Yumi.

YUMI : Don’t tell me, wala pang nangyayari sa inyo ni Krissy hanggang
ngayon? Ilang taon na ba kayo?

JIGS : Mag-tu-two years na sana next week.

YUMI : So virgin ka pa? I don’t believe it!

JIGS : Mukha ba akong tarantado?

YUMI : Mukha kang nagpapaiyak ng babae e.

JIGS : Insulto ba ‘yon?

YUMI : Compliment ‘yon, tanga.

JIGS : Ah, okay. Thanks.

YUMI : Pero, you mean, you never felt the urge to do it?

JIGS : Alin? Sex?

YUMI : Wow! Nasabi rin niya!

JIGS : Of course I always feel it. Natural lang ‘yon sa tao no? Nasa iyo
na lang ‘yan kung anong gagawin mo sa urge na ‘yon.

YUMI : E natural naman pala e. Bakit mo pinipigilan? I mean, pag naiihi ka, iihi ka. Pag nagugutom ka, kakain ka. Pareho lang ‘yon, di ba?

JIGS : Pag naiihi ka, iihi ka dahil kailangan mong umihi. At hindi ka iihi kahit saan. Pupunta ka sa banyo. Pag nagugutom ka, kakain ka dahil kailangan. At hindi mo kinakain ang lahat ng pagkain na ihain sa iyo. Pag di ka gutom, di ka kakain. Pag di mo gusto yung pagkain, di mo gagalawin. Ang aso, pag may nakitang pagkain diyan, walang tanung-tanong. Lalamon ‘yan.

YUMI : And sex is the same?

JIGS : Lahat ng bagay, nilalagay sa lugar. May context. At least, yun ang
nagpaiba sa atin sa aso.

YUMI : Grabe ka namang magsalita. Para mo na ring sinabing lahat ng nakikipagsex, aso ah!

JIGS : Sinasabi ko lang, pag wala sa tamang konteksto, mali.

YUMI : And what is that context?

JIGS : Matanda na tayo. Ayokong maging preachy. Alam na natin ‘yan.

Tahimik.

JIGS : Kaso, kahit alam na natin,! minsan di pa rin natin ginagawa.

Tahimik.

JIGS : Masarap e. Sino bang ayaw nun?

Tahimik.

YUMI : (Medyo nairita) So feeling mo santo ka at dapat kang i-congratulate for being a virgin!

JIGS : Sinasabi ko lang ang pinaniniwalaan ko. Ineexplain ko lang kung bakit di ko ginagawa. May kanya-kanya tayong dahilan. Di ko pinipilit kahit kanino ang mga paniniwala ko…No need to get so cross about it, Yumi.

Tahimik.

JIGS : It’s not about being a virgin or not. It’s about putting things into their proper places.

YUMI : I’m not arguing with you.

JIGS : Me neither. I’m just answering your questions.

Matagal na katahimikan.

Ngingiti si Jigs. Titignan niya si Yumi na medyo nairita sa nakaraang train of conversation nila. Magsasalin siya ng wine para kay Yumi.

JIGS : Nasobrahan ka na yata sa wine e. (Tatawa) You still wanna go on with the game? Nine pa lang tayo, eleven more to go. (Ngingiti)

YUMI : Shoot me.

JIGS : Who was your first lay?

YUMI : (Hahampasin ng unan si Jigs) Ang bastos mo talaga! So inaassume
mo na hindi na ako virgin?

JIGS : E sabi mo kasi, walang thrill ang game pag walang nananalo e. So I
guess I’m winning. Saka wala naman akong inimply na ganun a! I’m
just hitting two birds with one stone. Kasi kung virgin ka, e di simple lang ang sagot: wala. Kung hindi naman, e di sino?

YUMI : Ang daya mo.

JIGS : Akala ko ba ayaw mo ng korning tanong.

YUMI : You think I’ll answer that after giving your sermon, Father Jigs?

JIGS : Ano ka ba? Inexplain ko lang yung personal reasons ko. Kung ano
man ang sa iyo, I’ll respect them as well as I know you respect mine.
I’m no saint. I’m just trying to get to know you better. (Ngingiti)

YUMI : How do you do that?

JIGS : Alin?

YUMI : I should have walked out on you kanina pa pero the way you say things…parang bumabaliktad sa’yo…makes you more…charming. Kung
ibang tao ka siguro, ! di na kita kakausapin.

JIGS : You can’t walk out. We’re locked here for three days except for meals.

YUMI : So I’m forced to like you para di masira ang vacation ko. (Ngingiti)

JIGS : You don’t have to answer my question if you don’t want.

YUMI : I guess I’ll be honest with you as you were honest with me…

Tahimik. Iinom ng wine si Yumi.

YUMI : Di mo siya kilala. His name was Robert. He was my first boyfriend.
It was Senior Prom Night. Alam mo na…typical senior prom story. Everyone wants to lose it on prom night. Everyone thinks na pag prom night, it was something
special. We went out sa hall nang maaga. We made out sa kotse niya. One thing led to the other. Tapos, yun…yun na. We went back just in time for the
awarding of the prom queen. Guess what, I won pa. (Mahinang tawa)

JIGS : What was it like?

YUMI : Now that I look back, it isn’t as special as I thought it was. Pero it was different then. Back then, we were just led by o! ur passions. Alam mo yon? Andun
ka na. Hormones raging wild. Passions and Ideals are confused. Akala mo love, yun pala, curious ka lang pala. Akala mo yun na yon. Akala mo you are in-love at
lahat ng gawin mo tama. Lahat ng gawin mo perfect. Everything was magical…well, almost.

JIGS : Almost…?

YUMI : Sa next question mo na ‘yan. Ako na.

JIGS : (Pabiro) Wine pa? Kulang ka pa yata e.

YUMI : Nilalasing mo ko no? May balak ka sa’kin no? (Tatawa)

JIGS : Is that your question? Sasagutin ko na. (Tatawa)

YUMI : Engot. Hindi ‘yon. Here’s something na curious lang ako. Kasi I’ve
been hearing things…saka you’ve hinted on it na rin kanina…Are you still with Krissy?

JIGS : Hindi na.

YUMI : Since when?

JIGS : Two, maybe three weeks ago?

YUMI : Sino’ng nakipag-break?

JIGS : Pareho kami.

YUMI : Why?

JIGS : Maraming dahilan, actually. Naisip na lang namin na it won’t work.
Isa na don, magkaiba kami ng gu! stong mangyari sa buhay. Magkaiba kami ng mga pinaniniwalaan.

YUMI : Like what?

JIGS : Marami.

YUMI : At ngayon mo lang nalaman iyon after two years with her?

JIGS : People change, Yumi.

Tahimik.

JIGS :  Right before graduation, she asked me to move in with her.

YUMI : Talaga?

JIGS : Sabi niya, doon na naman din daw papunta ang relasyon namin. Might as well practice na raw for the real thing. Tutal, she’s working na naman, ako naman bagong graduate, we should try out na raw living together if it’ll work for us.

YUMI : Natakot ka sa arrangement?

JIGS : Hindi naman sa natakot. If you love someone, ano pang ikakatakot
mo, di ba?

YUMI : E bakit umayaw ka?

JIGS : It’s just that, it’s not my thing.

YUMI : Sabi na nga ba e, bakla ka no? Sinasayang mo ang opportunities!
(Matatawa)

JIGS : Hindi ako oportunista. At lalong hindi ako bakla.

YUMI : Fine.

JIGS : Naisip ko lang na hindi pa pala ako handa sa mga ganitong bagay.
Wala pa sa isip ko ang ganon. Na-shock siguro ako sa reality na iyon na nga ang next step sa relationship namin. I mean, two years of being together and knowing each other, we’re practically ready to get married, if you know what I mean. Pero I
realized, I’m not ready for any of these. Narealize ko how immature I am. Na iba yung ideals ko two years ago sa ideals ko ngayon. I need to mature some more to get into this things smean, getting married. Diyos ko, ilang taon lang ba ako…

YUMI : Maturity has nothing to do with age.

JIGS : But it has a lot to do with time.

Tahimik.

JIGS : So I thought, bakit kailangan ng practice mode? Ibig sabihin, pag sumablay kami, split na kami? Live like a couple minus the commitment? Pa’no pag nawala na yung magic? Goodbye na?

Iinom ng wine si Jigs.

JIGS : Kung kasal na, kasal na. Wala nang practice. I think that’s the real cowardice. Yung i-try muna natin kung it will work kasi takot! kayo na baka hindi
maging successful ang outcome. Saan na napunta ang excitement ng buhay? Kaya nga kayo in-love, para sabay kayong humarap sa totoong buhay, sa hirap at ginahawa, di ba? (Matatawa) Hindi yung pagpapraktisan muna ninyo para siguradong ginhawa lang.

Magkikibit-balikat lang si Jigs.

YUMI : Are you always like that?

JIGS : Like what?

YUMI : So cerebral in everything. Kahit pagdating sa relationships.

JIGS : Life is too precious para lang daanin sa trial and error.

Ngingiti si Jigs. Tahimik.

YUMI : So, No hard feelings?

JIGS : Friends pa rin kami. She still calls me up nga sa bahay e.

YUMI : That’s nice.

JIGS : Kayo, bakit kayo nagbreak ni Carlo?

YUMI : That’s your sixth na ha?

JIGS : Sure.

YUMI : Alam mo, ironic para sa akin yung break-up namin ni Carlo. And the
funny thing was, it was about…sex. Uy, sa atin lang ito ha?

JIGS : Of course.

YUMI : Kasi nga, I was looking for that magic nga di ba? I wanted to be in a relationship na special naman. So of all the boyfriends I had, sa kanya lang ako walang sexual relationship. As in nag-aabstain talaga ako. Kasi parang naisip ko, para magkaroon naman ng meaning yung “making love” di ba? Parang, dapat di mo parating ginagawa, at ginagawa mo lang when you are sincere with yourself and with your partner. So I was investing muna emotionally. And I was actually starting to care about him. Yung, hindi ko na iniisip yung sarili ko. Yung siya lang ang
inaalala ko. Akala ko perfect na…

JIGS : Anong nangyari?

YUMI : Patunayan ko raw na mahal ko siya. Magbigay daw ako ng proof. Pagbigyan ko raw siya. Sabi ko sa kanya, hindi pa ba sapat na proof ‘yon? Na I’m saving myself for that right moment, that special moment between us?
Alam mong ginawa? Nilayasan ako!

JIGS : You deserve someone better.

YUMI : Talaga!

YUMI : Isipin mo, kung kelan naman I grew tired of meaningless sex, when
I’m looking for the real thing, saka naman mawawala. Ang ironic ng buhay no?

JIGS : That¹s the way we must learn.

YUMI : Alam mo, kung tutuusin, never ko pang na-experience yung tunay na
mag make-love. And I had to go all through those relationships para lang ma-realize yun. At least, ngayon, alam ko na ang hinahanap ko.

Iinom ng wine.

YUMI : Ikaw ba, importante sayo na virgin ang mapapangasawa mo? How
do you see virginity ba?

JIGS : Alam mo, di ko pa napag-isipan ‘yan. Pero now that you’ve mentioned it…It doesn’t matter kung virgin ang mapangasawa ko o hindi. Of course I value virginity a lot. I treat it as the only real gift I could give to my wife to be. Imaginin mo na lang di
ba, kung wife ko ang una ko. It’s like the perfect wedding gift I could give to her. Pero kung siya hindi na virgin, I wouldn’t care. As long as mahal ko siya. Kasi I don’t expect her to give me the same gift. I don’t do something because I expect people to do the! same to me. Ibigay niya sa akin ang sarili niya nang buong-buo, sapat na sa akin ‘yon. Masaya na ako sa ganoon.

YUMI : (Mapapangiti si Yumi.) You know, that’s the nicest thing I ever heard from a guy. That’s why I always enjoy talking to you. You always say the nicest things.

JIGS : Wow. Salamat. E ikaw, is making love to you equal to love?

YUMI : I always took sex and love as opposite ideas. I mean, after the first time na…you know…sa Senior prom. Kasi afterwards, we broke up na ni Robert. Tapos
naisip ko, yun na ba yung love? Baka hindi love yung naramdaman ko. Baka napagkamalan ko lang siyang love. I was just after the pleasure of intimacy. And then I felt empty. So empty. That’s why I wanted to change. I wanted to believe in “making love.” And I’m still looking for it. Yung magic. Yung feeling mo, tao ka
pala. I never felt that kahit isang beses. Men have penetrated my body but never my soul. And I wanted that. I wanted someone to touch my soul. To “make love” to my soul through my body. Pero siguro, naging numb na’ko sa dami ng relasyong pinagdaanan ko. Hindi ko alam kung mararanasan ko pa iyon. That’s why I envy
you.

Tahimik.

YUMI : Sa tingin mo may pag-asa pa ako?

JIGS : You still have your soul…(Ngingiti)

Tahimik.

YUMI : With whom would you want to experience it?

JIGS : Of course, sa asawa ko.

YUMI : I mean, someone in particular. Take it as my seventh question. So give a name.

JIGS : A name? Hindi ko alam. Basta kung sino ang magiging asawa ko.

Tahimik.

Magkikibit-balikat si Yumi. Iinom ng wine.

JIGS : Well, I always thought na it was Krissy. And then, it was just gone. Of course I loved her. And I still do. Pero the magic was just gone after we both
found out na magkaiba kami ng mga prinsipyo sa buhay.

Tahimik.

JIGS : My turn?

YUMI : Shoot me.

JIGS : Tell me something… a secret. Yung wala kahit isang nakakaalam.

Matagal na katahimikan.

JIGS : You trust me naman di ba?

YUMI : Well, you’ve earned it, alright.

JIGS : Saka wala akong tinatago sa’yo. Sinagot ko lahat ng tanong mo as
honestly as I could. (Ngingiti)

YUMI : I uhm…

JIGS : Yes…?

YUMI : I need more wine.

Magsasalin si Jigs ng wine.

JIGS : Take your time. We have less than fifty hours to go.

Iinom ng wine si Yumi.

YUMI : I’ll tell you something no one in the world knows except one other
person. And that person probably forgot all about me already.

JIGS : (Pabiro) What? You had sex with a stranger?

YUMI : Ano ka ba?

JIGS : Biro lang. Seryoso na.

YUMI : Promise ha? Hindi ito lalabas.

JIGS : Promise.

YUMI : If this goes out, I will hunt you kahit sa libingan mo. Huhukayin kita at papatayin kita ulit.

JIGS : Mamatay man ako ngayon.

YUMI : Okay…(Pause) I…I was with Joel then… (Magiging mas seryoso ang tono niya) …and Zach. I wasn’t ! really with Zach, I was just going out with him pag wala si Joel, alam mo na…making out and stuff…Well, anyway, I was kinda serious din naman with Joel that time. Joel and I were…you know…doing it. And…

JIGS : And…?

YUMI : Uhm…I…uhm. ..I got pregnant.

JIGS : What?

Tahimik. Iinom ng wine si Yumi.

YUMI : I uhm…shit. Hindi ko naman talaga ginusto e. Uhm…Two months akong delayed…then I took that test. I found out na buntis nga ako…and Joel found
out about Zach (maluha-luha na) and I didn’t know what to say, you know? Maniniwala ba naman sa akin si Joel na naaliw lang ako kay Zach? Na I didn’t really
love him? Na wala lang iyon? And so he broke up with me and…I..uhm. ..I was afraid and uhm…(Magsisimula siyang magbreak-down)

JIGS : It’s okay…

YUMI : I uhm…hindi ko na alam ang gagawin ko, Joel left me. I wanted to tell him about the baby to make him come back but I don’t think he’d believe me after
the thing w! ith Zach…and.. .my parents are gonna kill me if…shit. (iiyak)

JIGS : (lalapit kay Yumi para i-console ito) Ssshhh…you don’t have to tell me this if it upsets you…

YUMI : And so I went to a clinic…(hahagulgo l) I didn’t mean to, Jigs.I wasn’t myself then. And I felt so afraid. So alone…

JIGS : Tahan na. Ssshhh…

Iiyak lang si Yumi kay Jigs. Yayakapin ni Jigs si Yumi.

JIGS : Alam ba ‘to ni Joel?

YUMI : How can I tell him? The only other person na nakakaalam ay yung duktor sa clinic. God…(iiyak) Oh God…

JIGS : It’s alright…

Hihimasin ni Jigs ang likod ni Yumi. Patatahanin niya ito. Matagal silang nakaganito lang.

Matagal na katahimikan.

YUMI : Can you get me my yosi?

Tatayo si Jigs. Pupunta sa may side table sa tabi ng kama. Kukunin ang Yosi ni Yumi. Magsisindi siya ng isa at iaabot kay Yumi.

YUMI : Thanks…

Matagal na katahimikan.

YUMI : If we were…if we were the last two people on earth, would you consider doing it with me?

JIGS : Doing what?

YUMI : Alam mo na…

JIGS : Alin? (Teasing ngingiti)

YUMI : Gago mo. (Ngingiti)

JIGS : Ngumiti rin.

YUMI : So? Would you?

JIGS : Alin nga? Di mo masabi no? Bakit di mo masabi? (Pagtatawanan si
Yumi) Sabihin mo nga: Sex! Sex! Sex! Sex!

YUMI : Shut up nga!

JIGS : That’s your eight na, ha?

YUMI : I lost count. Answer it.

JIGS : Why not?

Hihithit ng yosi si Yumi. Tahimik. Sasandal si Yumi sa balikat niJigs.

JIGS : If you could be something else, what would you be?

YUMI : I dunno…maybe a violin…yeah. Violin siguro.

JIGS : Bakit?

YUMI : I always saw the relationship of a violin and its player as very intimate. Pag tumutugtog ang violinist, ang nakikita ko at naririnig ko, he strokes the soul of the instrument and the instrument penetrates the soul of the player. Para silang nagmi-m! ake love. Di ba? Very sexy, very intimate, very sublime. Di ba? Pareho silang sincere sa isa’t isa. Dahil kung hindi sila sincere, walang music na mabubuo. The violin surrenders her body to her player, her whole body and her whole soul, in full trust and sincerity. Di ba, compared to the sound of the other instruments, ang
tunog ng violin parang isang naked woman? A naked woman in surrender? I want to be a violin. I want to be stroked in the soul. I want to make sincere music. I want to experience the sound of love.

Tahimik.

JIGS : Lalim nun ah. (Ngingiti)

YUMI : Pa’no mo malalamang in-love ka na?

JIGS : Paano? I don’t think there’s a formula to that. Basta malalaman mo
na lang. I mean, ilang beses lang ba nangyari sa akin ‘yon? I’d like to believe na yun na nga ‘yon…yung kay Krissy…

YUMI : Kwento mo nga…paano mo narealize dati na mahal mo nga si Krissy?

JIGS : Alam mo nakakatawa.. .korni actually. Babalik na naman ako sa pagiging korni ! nito e. Di ba ayaw mo sa korni.

YUMI : Sige na. Hindi na kita aasarin.

JIGS : I heard bells.

YUMI : Ano?

JIGS : Seryoso. Bigla na lang, habang nag-uusap kami, may narinig nalang
akong bells, tapos music. Ewan ko kung iniimagine ko lang ‘yon pero yun ang nangyari. Nakakatawa nga e. Parang kanta ng Beatles.

YUMI : Seryoso ka ba?

JIGS : O baka naman nagkataon noong oras na yon, may nagkakantahan sa kung saan sa school. Basta may narinig akong bells. Tapos napangiti ako. Pagtingin ko
sa mata niya, iba na ang nakikita ko. Hindi ko na siya nakita as kabarkada lang. Biglang parang may magic. Hindi ko ma-explain. Baduy pero ganun. Tapos I just
seized the moment. Umamin ako. A week later, kami na.

YUMI : Korni nga. (Matatawa)

JIGS : Korni talagang pakinggan. Pero pag nandun ka na. Pag naranasan mo na, feeling mo, hindi na korni.

Ngingiti si Yumi. Tahimik.

YUMI : Alam mo, may times na parang tunog violin ang boses mo. O lasing
lang ako?

Tahimik.

JIGS : I’m into my last question.

Iaangat ni Yumi ang ulo niya.

YUMI : Shoot me. Better make it good.

JIGS : If you were again to be the next victim of this tradition, if you were to be locked up in this room again…who would you want the next guy to be?

YUMI : (Mag-iisip) I want someone whom I could talk to… Yung makukwentuhan ko ng mga sikreto ko. Yung may sense makipag-usap. Yung may laman. The violin
player who’d stroke my strings…not even. Yung mapapatunog niya ang strings ko without even touching them. (Tahimik) Lumuluwag na ang dila ko…kung anu-ano na ang nasasabi ko. (Ngingiti)

Tititigan lang ni Jigs si Yumi. Tahimik.

YUMI : Siyempre yung masarap kausap.

Tahimik. Hindi makatingin si Yumi.

YUMI : Yung kahit habambuhay wala kaming gawin kundi mag-usap… I think
it’s better than making love.

Mapapatingin si Yumi kay Jigs.

YUMI : Gosh I want to kiss you so badly.

Matitigilan siya.

YUMI : I can’t believe I just said that.

Tahimik. Titignan niya ulit si Jigs.

YUMI : Don’t you want to kiss me?

Pause. Titignan siya ni Jigs sa mata.

JIGS : Is that your last question? (Ngingiti si Jigs)

YUMI : Yes.

DILIM

 

 

 

 


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  1. Hi!

    Can I interest you to watch another Juan Ekis written and directed play and this time, to critic? It’s an adaptation of Nick Joaquin’s “May Day Eve” into An Elegy in Eight Dialogues.

    Please do message me if you are interested. I will give the details then.

    Thank you very much!


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