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Buhay na Kasiyasiya



Last Sunday, kids at Church had the culminating activity for their theater arts workshop which was held the week prior. A niece and two of my nephews attended the course.  I didn’t get to see them perform live, but thanks to technology, this video has already been posted in Facebook:


I am so proud of the kids. They performed more after the Mass, during coffee time for the congregation at the Cathedral Hall.

When I was their age, starting at around ten years old, I was also active in theater arts activities. I must say I wasn’t that much active in our own Church, but I did sort of represent us in a group of children from various churches. I belonged to the Ecumenical Children’s Theater group of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines. We performed at events of the NCCP, and we also participated in PETA’s children’s theater festival for three consecutive years. I loved that time of my life.

The song featured in the video above was a theme song that the NCCP used many many years ago. We interpreted it too, and performed at the UP Church of the Risen Lord. Our teacher/choreographer at the time was also from PETA. He was very strict, and rehearsals were like workouts. It wasn’t the first time I performed (in fact, I think it was one of the last times I ever danced onstage), but it was the first time I had done anything like it. He made us crawl, not just on the ground, but over and on top of each other. Talk about loosing inhibitions. Those rehearsals were probably the most exhausting ones I’d attended ever. I wonder if anyone had bothered to take a video of us? I don’t even recall having any photos from then. Oh well.

The message of the song, Buhay na Kasiya-siya, seems to be quite timely. Election season is when national issues are at the forefront. This is when we focus on what’s to happen in the future. What’s to be left for our children, and our children’s children. It’s also the time to think about how decisions in the past (when choosing leaders) affect the quality of our lives now. The song tells us - Kung uunahin muna natin, ang kailangan ng lahat. Ang masaganang lupain ay higit pa kaysa sapat. Kung uunahin muna natin, ang sa Kanya’y mahalaga. Sama-samang daranasin, buhay na kasiya-siya. My rough translation: If we prioritize the people’s needs, an abundant land is more than enough. If we start with what’s important to Him, we will all enjoy an abundant/happy life.

It is nice to be reminded that if we focus on what’s really important, we would learn that most of the time, if not always, we have more than what we need. We just need to look around us.

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eLLa (r) May 10th, 2013 at 9:18 am

I was also part of a church org called Legion of Mary. And I can say, though we do not do stage performances, that it was one of my most memorable childhood experiences.
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Aileen May 10th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

In an ideal world, that is achievable. But in reality, it is something that we still need to strive for. So true, we have an abundant land, and yet we question ourselves why there are so many poor people. I hope our politicians are thinking in that line as well…
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max May 11th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

that was a nice performance
i like the song, the lyrics are meaningful

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Mys May 11th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I love watching kids perform. Great performance. I’m still undecided if I can complete my lineup of senators. Oh well, 1 day more to decide.
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verabear Reply:

Yes, we have one more day. Di din complete ang list ko. Pero okay na ang kulang kesa sobra, hindi mabibilang lahat. hehe :)

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Lady Anne May 12th, 2013 at 2:13 am

It’s always great to see the kids in activities like this. They are having a very productive summer.
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Kristine @ A Changed Life May 12th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

The message of the song hits me too. It speaks to me about contentment. =)

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verabear Reply:

Tama. Key to living abundantly is learning to be content :)

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Kat May 12th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

ang ganda naman ng video sis, timely for the coming election..Nice naman your kids are into theater workshop…
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verabear Reply:

Thank you. Mga pamangkin ko sila, children of my cousins. Nakakatuwa no :)

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Maan May 13th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Lovely performance, and lovelier message, too! About my online job, Vera, what I do is online essay tutoring. You can submit a CV and application letter to writing@netsourcephil.com. :-)
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verabear Reply:

Thanks Maan! I sent an email. We’ll see what happens :)

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JanzCrystalz May 13th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

That’s a beautiful performance and beautiful message too, I love watching kids perform also.
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Louise Antonette May 13th, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Hi Vera! Agree! Sometimes we have to be really sensitive to others’ needs and be selfless in order to move forward. I always enjoy watching kids perform after the mass! :)
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Meikah Ybañez-Delid May 13th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Touching video! And yeah, good reminder for us to focus on what’s really important. We easily forget because of this harried world.
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reese May 14th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

nice performance!
when i was in grade school i also join summer theater-workshop with PETA and Salinlahi an alliance for children’s rights

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verabear Reply:

The first children’s theater festival we joined was a Salinlahi and PETA collaboration. I think I also joined a Salinlahi earth day celebration once. not very sure if it was earth day or some other occasion. but we performed on a truck! Fun times.

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RonLeyba May 14th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Agree with you on your last note. We just have to take some time and look around on what we currently have.

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Chin chin May 14th, 2013 at 7:26 pm

First time I heard that song but I like the message. It is indeed through knowing Him first that we can have a joy-filled life.
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Pinay R. May 15th, 2013 at 12:09 am

I always appreciate activities like this, where the kids either do choral singing or speech choir and the like. It teaches the child art as well as discipline for them to perform well as a group.
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farida May 15th, 2013 at 2:51 am

The message of the song is indeed very timely and relevant with the Pinoy’s current political state. Personally, I am magnetized to such songs because of the humbling lessons reiterated. On hindsight, I have learned to look at the glass half full after the injury and consider it a blessing in disguise. Hope your back is feeling better. :)
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verabear Reply:

I really admire your attitude and the overall positive vibe you put out in your blog :) Thank you, yes I am feeling better although not all days are the same. :)

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Melgie May 15th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I enjoyed watching the videos, its great. I feel the joy and happiness when kids perform n stage. thanks for sharing..:)

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