February 24, 2010

The mice will play

Just before guests were expected to arrive at the gala night of the sarswela "Walang Sugat" at the Ateneo de Manila University, the ushers in their formal Filipiniana clothes took turns posing in front of the photo wall made of wood and capiz shell. These panels echo the windows and screens found in old Spanish colonial houses, rarely seen nowadays except in a few preserved historical homes. I loved how Nico and Tonette were so un-selfconciously enjoying themselves hamming it up for the photographer that I decided to snap a photo of them myself.

Nico and Tonette hamming it up in Filipiniana attire
Last Saturday's gala was a work night for me too so I didn't watch the play nor get other photos. I hope to watch this weekend and since they're allowing photos, as long as you don't use a flash, expect a few from me in the near future. In the meantime, I have a little information about the sarswela form here, and the university website has some photos of "Walang Sugat" here.




May I please ask you all to help me welcome Mia of Life in Manila.... and elsewhere to CDP? Mia lives and works in the southern part of the metro, and works for a foundation that supports many social development and charity organizations, and you'll be seeing many photos from her that I will probably never have on my blog. Mia is also a personal friend of ours and this is her nth blog—she keeps starting one then stopping, starting and stopping, you get the idea. If she gets a warm welcome from the community, then just maybe, she'll be inspired to continue this latest one. Thanks, everyone!

24 comments:

Ken Mac said...

nice framework!

Jacob said...

Cute couple! Looks like they're having fun!

And we will give Mia a warm welcome!

nobu said...

They looks so happy.
By the way, she has a "Sensu"(folding fan).
Is it popular in manial?

Steven (Cavite DP) said...

Haven't seen a sarswela yet but you did capture the feel of it! Love it Hilda!

I'll do a drop by at Mia's :D

Steven^^

Paula said...

You're a dynamo Hilda, you seem to visit everyone, take tons of photos, work 160 hours a week, you're Super Hilda!

And welcome Mia!

Leif Hagen said...

They're a handsome couple! I like to see their traditional Filipiniana clothes!

Don and Krise said...

What a great pose they gave you. Handsome guy gets pretty girl.
We'll be glad to check out Mia's blog. Anything for our Hilda you know. :-)

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful Art They are performing !! Great

Olivier said...

la lumiere sur cette photo est magnifique, bravo c'est une très belle photo

Cezar and Léia said...

So beautiful couple and this is a romantic shot!
Welcome Mia!
and hug to you dear Hilda! :)

your friend Léia

Andreea said...

The camera loves these two, they look very handsome.

Eki said...

They look like professional models. So relaxed and confindent. Not to mention that they look beautiful and handsome too.

Nice snap, Hilda.

mia said...

Aww thank you so much Ma'am Hilda! You are so sweet! :) What a treat to be mentioned in your blog. I could give you a hug right now! :) Hi everyone! So glad to be on board CDP! I have a feeling this time, finally, FINALLY, this is one blog I'll want to keep up. Thank you for the warm welcome! See you around the community!

Kaori said...

I love what they're wearing! They look like they're having fun :) Hope you let us know how the play was!

Louis la Vache said...

This photo made «Louis» smile - they seem to be having a great time!

arabesque said...

hi hilds, the last time i watched a sarswela was stiil in my college days, ^0^
i agree that they both look good in this foto. ^0^

Lois said...

What a cute couple and I do love her fan! Going to check out Mia's blog now.

Deden said...

They are a very happy couple indeed..

VP said...

A nice portrait of a happy couple, but the think I liked more in your post is your kindness toward your friend blogger!

Johnny said...

Bonito retrato Hilda, has conseguido un ambiente muy cálido con esa luz. Felicidades

Hilda said...

Nobu:
All kinds of fans (and umbrellas!) are very popular in Manila. :) We call them by the Tagalog pamaypay or the Spanish abanico.

Everyone:
Thank you so much for giving Mia such a warm welcome! You are the best!

the donG said...

i only read about sarswela in books but never really witness one. it's good that somehow schools keep it to retain a part of the old culture.

Rob and Mandy said...

Lovely, absolutely lovely. And I really like the name Tonette!

Euroangel said...

beautiful image here! welcome to Mia too in the blogospher!