a free fall into something wonderful

Today is a huge day for me.

No Filter's

No Filter’s “Great 8” — Micah Munoz, Mikael Daez, Khalil Kaimo, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Lauren Young, Cai Cortez, Sarah Facuri, and Saab Magalona-Bacarro — complete in one picture.

No Filter opens tomorrow and tonight is our Preview Night. The press, our sponsors, our friends, and our families will fill up RCBC and we are going to finally unveil all the hard work we’ve been doing for the past two and half months. The cast is so ready. The technicals are in place. Everything is ready to go. We just need an audience now and tonight is the night it all begins before we open tomorrow.

I’m so excited and I just can’t wait for the doors to open tomorrow to let the audience in. The nerves hasn’t kicked in yet but I think that’ll happen the moment I start seeing the guests arrive. It’s going to be great. Our cast is amazing, our director is the bomb, and the material is just so good. It’s going to be epic.

This has been an amazing journey and tonight, everything is going to go high gear. We’ve hit unbelievable highs and unbelievable lows throughout this production and we’ve sorted out so many kinks and we’ve all grown as group — from the creative team, to the production team, to the cast, to the marketing people, just everyone involved in this project — and I don’t think we’ll come out the same and I think that real bonds of friendship were made throughout these past two months that is more than just isolated in this one project.

This is our chance to finally reveal what we’ve been brewing. And it’s so hard to believe that we did it all in roughly three months time. That still amazes me. We were ready to put out a show that’s the beginning of a long process but what we have is something so strong and so defined that it’s more than just a starting point. Yes, it will improve over time and thought and care but it’s a full-fledged show. Yes, it is a work-in-progress but No Filter, the show that will run for two weekends starting on July 25, is a fully-realised theatre piece and I am so proud to be a part of it.

The second thing that makes today just absolutely magical for me is that today my book, Remnants, is now available online. While No Filter took roughly three months and a whole group of people collaborating and putting together a show; Remnants took thirteen years to come out. Thirteen years of writing poetry and making a name for myself and for growing up and looking back at the work and refining it and making it better. And this was done all on my own.

I was informed awhile back that the book is now available online at Flipreads’ website. So I checked it out and I saw this:

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Yup. My book is out. My collection of poetry is out and you can buy it at these sites:

Please get a copy and write a review or talk about it on social media and help me spread the word. Tell me what you think, I’d love to hear what you have to say. I’m very proud of this book and I just want to be able to share it with you all. Use the hashtag #RemnantsPoems on social media so it’s easy for me to find.

Thanks everyone. I wouldn’t have gotten this far without all of you, really, just listening to my stabs in the dark of cyberspace and finding people stabbing right back.

This is just freaking amazing. It’s like falling. It’s like falling off of something very high and it feels like flying but I’m not scared. I’m free-falling into something wonderful.

What a wonderful day.

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