Those that we've lost in the battle for awareness, precious lives that I never got to know but I could feel the ripples of, their memories held on to by people I'm with, they were there. I could feel them, and that night, I could see them.
They gave words that were hard-hitting and real. It was both eye-opening and heart-wrenching how they made me see what I saw every time I went to work. The face of anguish upon knowing one's status, and the face of triumph with everyday that they live.
I held my breath as tears slowly flowed. I know that I would never know. I know that I would never understand. But that didn't mean I wouldn't care. I grew to love the community, the work, that person, the life, fleeting might be the moments shared with the others, intimate with a few, but all important. All of them etched a memory which would later on be the ripples that others would feel from every re-telling that I make.
I lent my heart to them that night. They held it and returned it to me, stronger, better. I now bear a fuller self with a heart more mature.
And finally, with hopes that it wouldn't be the end, I express my gratitude. I share my love. Above everything else, I raise my hopes. For everything we wish for in the future and all the treasures it holds.
I look forward to their October production. Congratulations Dulaang Laboratoryo. Congratulations Pat and Ino.
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