Lately, I’ve been seeing a very different side of Manila and I’m so happy about it. Now that I’m older, “the scene” has gotten boring. Well, to me, anyway. It’s just not my thing anymore and I don’t navigate through that territory as well as I used to.
I am a social creature and I used to be go to bars and clubs and parties and make my rounds and do all kinds of small talk and say hello to everyone but I just don’t have that skill anymore. I guess I still do, but I just don’t have the stomach for it. All that has changed.
So, lately, I’ve been looking for different avenues in being able to meet people. I am still a social creature and I don’t want to keep my circles small. I have a few close circle of friends and I love them very much; but I think, as a writer, I have to keep my circles wide and to keep bringing in as many points-of-views as possible. There’s so much to learn and there’s so much to share.
I have spoken about going to Intramuros Pasyal Sunday in an earlier post. That’s was fun. I got to hang out with Daniel Darwin and meet some of his friends. I got to meet spoken word poets and hang out with old friends I haven’t seen in a while. I got to go to Art in the Park and while I did spend most of my time with my friend Amanda and Evan, I did get to reconnect with a lot of people I haven’t seen for a few years and I got to see the world of the Filipino art scene, which I know very little about.
And now, I want to go to more of these alternative experiences that the city has to offer and what is lovely is that Metro Manila is providing more and more viable options for someone like me who is starting to find the night out scene to be boring and outside of my comfort zone.
Today, I’m meeting up with a few people who are interested in theatre to do readings of plays and to have discussions about the play for the evening. This will be the first meeting and I’m excited because a lot of the people who will be attending are working professional theatre people. It would be nice to be able to have a real discussion about plays with people who do it for a living. At the same time, I’m only going to be familiar with a few of them and so I’m meeting new people all around.
And if the stereotype rings true, they will be a fun group to hang around with.
Yesterday, I went to a rooftop party that was hosted by a friend. They decorated the roof deck of a condominium in Quezon City, served wings and alcohol, and put up a flat screen and a projector and showed the films Clueless and Cruel Intentions. I brought my good friend Cez along and we hung out with my other friends who came and met a few other people as well.
The event was called Sunscreening and, hopefully, it will not be the last party in this vein. It was very casual and free and easy and had very little pre-tense. People came in comfortable clothes, just hung out and talked, and watched the two films. There were those who stayed at the back and just talked. It was so pleasant. It was a warm summer evening, blessed by the occasional breeze, but there were a lot of drinks to be passed around and the company was good and pleasant.
I’ve never been to New York but I am guessing that is what their rooftop parties are like. It was really very pleasant and I was home before 1am. I really enjoyed myself and hope that there would be more parties like this.
Metro Manila is changing right before my eyes. Or maybe events like these have always been around but I’m only seeking them out now and that’s why they are now in my radar. I’m going to keep my eyes and ears open for things like this. It was so much fun.