THAT MOMENT WHEN I GET TO WEAR ABEONG’S MAGIC BAHAG
A Thank-You Post
I am very happy that Abeong’s little story has been noticed by the people at the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards. There are a lot of stories to tell, a lot of ways to tell it, and a lot of people to transform those stories into a work of art. I am forever grateful that, once in my life, I was given the opportunity to be noticed as one those transformers of stories, those people who give life to stories that are worth telling.
My small portion of victory was not a solo effort. I had a great man for a mentor, Prof. Emmanuel Dumlao, who is also a Palanca awardee. I had a friend Macey Salabit, who was a supporter, secretary, critic, comic relief, and listener all in one package. I had a dance group, Sanghaya Dance Ensemble, from which I drew a lot of inspiration toward the completion of Abeong’s journey. I had a mother and a family, and I promised myself that I would do the best for them. I had friends who supported me, friends who were proud for me, who are happy for such a personally huge accomplishment. I thank all of you for being there for me. All I needed is for you all to be there for me. I am so much already inspired with just that.
For sure, people might say that I am making much ado about this. It’s OK, because probably, I am. I am overwhelmed, so there is a high tendency that it would be too much. It’s OK. Whatever people say, whether they say that this is just my first and I should not be too much proud and complacent about it, or whether they say that it was just luck that brought me there, whether they say that I don’t deserve it, whether they do not acknowledge my achievement just because they still want to be better than I am, whether they think too much about themselves that they fail to respect my right to enjoy this little spotlight that will soon be gone, I choose to care less. This award is personally special for me. I will not let anyone get in the way of my enjoying this blessing with the people who love me.
It is also OK because I learned a lot from this experience. I learned to believe in myself. I learned to not force myself to be noticed by people who would never notice me because of the clouds of pride blocking their minds permanently. I learned to care for people who care back. I learned to try and risk things. I learned that blessings come not the way you expect them to, but in the process, you’ll get so much more. I learned to be grounded. I learned that life would be so much easier if I would focus my energy towards people who would not hate me, envy me, or consider my every move as a threat or an effort to crush them. The world is a place abundant of people who would understand, appreciate, and embrace you, and you ought to embrace them back.
With that, I am thankful to everyone who congratulated me wholeheartedly. I thank everyone who felt proud for what has been given to me. I thank everyone who felt that they won when I did, because yes, in this case, indeed, we all won. I share with you this honor. Mabuhay tayong lahat!
Posted on Monday, 2 September
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