One boring pre-Valentine day, I got bored and I wanted to do an art event. Since I’m into organizing events, I decided to organize a post-Valentine event that stands out from the usual club parties, poker nights and gigs. Initially, I planned a book barter event with a good friend. We exchanged Twitter pleasantries and then it evolved into a full on discussion about a unique artsy event.
That very same night, I got acquainted with Allen. He’s a guy from UP who I used to bump into during previous poetry events. We exchanged some Facebook pleasantries and then it evolved into an impulsive “Let’s do a poetry reading event” session. See the pattern? Haha I love social media.
We asked Angely Chi to jump in the OrgCom. She has been organizing art events for years so we knew we needed her for this event. She was excited to hear about it and offered to help, of course. We picked SaLess Diner, a low key bar along Sales st., because it had that indie vibe. Not too shabby and not too classy. Just right for times when you want to get away from the world. It was perfect for our event. We picked Feb 17 as the date because we did not want to compete with the club crowd. Well, that, and the venue will have a huge event on the 18th as well. We named it LitOrgy 2 because we had a huge poetry reading event 2 years ago by the name LitOrgy (Literary Orgy) and we wanted to make use of the event name’s awesome recall. So there.
A week before the event, Chi told us she had a huge project coming up so she won’t be able to drop by Davao for LitOrgy 2. So it was just Allen and I. (Chi did the awesome poster by the way.) Thankfully, the event went well and the attendance was more than what we expected!
^RG, still in his Ateneo uniform, opened the floor with a piece about how good would it be to love, and make love to, a poet. That garnered a huge applause, of course. Haha!
Then followed by original pieces by Jopay, Tiney, Darsi (with accompaniment by Marius on bass), Allen and I. Some read other’s works too. I recall there were pieces from Edgar Allan Poe and Angelo Suarez. Jesse did an adaptation. It was entitled Penis Knight.
Tiney, and her cheerful self.
Darsi surprised us with a contemporary piece about urban living (I think) and words that have their own jump-and-hop rhythm, courtesy by Marius (the bass guitar player).
Allen read three originals. All of them graced national workshops. The most striking one was entitled “She doesn’t know, but I know…” It was a sexy piece about a guy who believes this girl has the hots for him. And uses her being (her hair, her scent, her walk) as pieces of evidence.
Edmund read Angelo Suarez’s “Yes There is Love Beyond Sex”. It’s about a guy who loves a bisexual girl and his feelings of immense love and hesitation.
^Pearl. BTW, thanks for the pics girl. 🙂 For LitOrgy 1 (2 years ago), she did a dance piece with her twin sister, Rose. Kinda like poetry in motion. Everyone in the room knows her.
^Jesse read a piece entitled “Penis Knight”. It started with this phrase “Once there was a boy”. Just like your regular fairy tale, yes. Story says he found a basket of penises and there was a fairy godmother. I was laughing the entire time so I actually forgot how it ended! Haha!
Uh yeah, that’s me. I wasn’t the last one to perform but I can be a prima donna in my own blog so I will be the last pic here, hehe. I read 3 poems but my favorite was “Booty Call”. And yes, it was about booty calls. I mean, I don’t want to disappoint people. *wink
So yeah, there it is. When halftime came, we were serenaded by Jad Montenegro and her band. She sang 5 original songs and gave the night just the right dose of life.
BTW, did you know that Jad is a writer too? She took up Creative Writing in UP Diliman and her songs are, indeed, poetry upgraded. She’ll be releasing her album sometime this year so watch out for that.
Allen, Chi and I plan to have another poetry slam come summer. So I’ll see you there, biatch. And bring your poems—or behaved ears–with you.