Beth, you have to understand. She's your younger sister.
My Filipino Parents
Nak! Why is your room so messy! You should be cleaning up.
Kadalaga mong tao, hindi ka marunong mag clean!
Yeah, yeah. I'm already cleaning. No need na ma-highblood.
Mainit Lake (Surigao del Norte)
Narration: In a sleepy town beside Mainit Lake, I was shouting in volumes which probably rattled our entire neighborhood. All for a pair of shoes...CAMERA: Fade out
I Wonder Why...
Come with us, Beth! We're going to go have a sleepover.
Sorry guys. I can't. Mama is probably going to get mad at me.
NARRATION: I used to be such a brat. I was the middle child, you see. VIDEO: A child and mother argues about who gets to have the pink shoes. SETTING: Indoors. Nalam Residence. CAMERA: Fade in: Long shot
The Eye Opener
NARRATION: I used to think that it was just because I belonged to a Filipino household and had a Filipino mother, typically loudmouthed and always on the ratatat.
Ma, the other day I passed by these people...
NARRATION: There were times that I wished they weren't so strict with me. But I didn't mind because I thought to myself that there wasn't anything that I could do. SETTING: In the school. Main character with friends.
Why do they have to be so strict and conservative...
NARRATION: However, there was one time where I came across people on the streets, begging for food and money. There was a tug at my heart and how I wished that nobody had to undergo that. SETTING: In the city streets.
My heart hurts just looking at them. Why do other people suffer?
NARRATION: I told my mother about it. She looked at me in the eye with something shiny tempting to escape her eyes... was it tears?SETTING: Indoors. Nalam Residence.