Just when I thought I was going to have my long wish three-day weekend, it just wasn’t meant to be so. For the unfamiliar, UAE has Friday and Saturday for its weekend. Yesterday (Sunday) was supposedly a non-working holiday for everyone, being the birthday of Muslims’ Prophet Mohammed. However, there was an announcement recall. Saturday became the non-working holiday for private sectors instead. Boohoo. I don’t really have work that day.
During the weekend, I got to watch this annual dance fest of one of the three Filipino schools in Abu Dhabi. This year’s theme is street dances. They’ve got livelier presentations this year. My favorites are the bangus dance for its choreography and costume, the ati ati han for the graceful main dancers, and these charming pupils in their sailor costumes. Incidentally, the Philippine Consul and Ambassador were there and announced that their offices are now open during weekends to make the absentee voting registration possible to everyone. Uhum, I think I have no more excuse.
Just like the preceding weekend, I spent a considerable amount of TV time. Over MBC, they lined up good films. While doing other stuff, I’ve got to see Ghost for the first time. No wonder it’s one of the best films in the 90s. Of course, its twin thought is the classic Unchained Melody. I also saw a bit of Mom’s Got A Date With A Vampire. I was laughing out when I saw garlic as weapon for the vampire. Hollywood can be very Pinoy sometimes. While Sleepless in Seattle is charming as ever. The chemistry between Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks is one of a kind.
But the highlight of my TV time was my tuning in to Eat Bulaga. I’ve never seen this noontime show for more than a year now. But I did because of their tribute to Francis Magalona. It’s surprising to know how intense he is as a person and his influence in the music industry. They aired videos of some of his performances in early 90s. I was in elementary then and I remember ‘Mga Kababayan’ seemed like a national anthem that time.
I was in a jealous mode, too, last saturday. Again, I am miles away as Eraserheads did the Final Set concert. And it sounds like I’m not getting any chance soon. I read from a local newspaper that Ely Buendia signed a contract that they’re not performing again as Eraserheads for the next 10 years. I just contented myself with the video they aired as part of the tribute to Francis, his last live performance in Eat Bulaga (and with Ely) singing Super Proxy last October 25. Thanks to Karla for her Final Set concert posts (1 and 2). It made me feel like I was there, too.
I’m looking forward to the weekend (again). I can’t wait to watch the DVDs of Ghostbusters and other flicks that I scouted from my favorite multimedia store the other day.