The Philippine population is a young population. It’s getting more young courtesy of a handful of stylish cosmetic surgeons around. The gospel according to Belo and Calayan makes us wonder if indeed, ageing is simply a matter of “feeling sluggish old” or “feeling vibrant young”. In a way, there’s a subtle rebellion against the physical process; from another angle, if you feel extinguishable, it’s tantamount (another extinguishable college term) to a routine bodily check on the expiration date. Dra. Belo herself is setting an example for the crowd, walking the talk of sort, living what she preaches. At the prime of her midlife and having grownup kids swirling around her, who would disagree of the kind of vibrancy that even the world of entertainment picks up – her nimble manner of speech, and her honest, hurting failed love with the young doctor Hayden Kho, a no-nonsense. Somewhere, between the main goal of cosmetic surgery and attitude is what we can call consistency that is income-generating, too. I need the last one.
Malamang, ang kaibigan kong mamalakaya na si Mang Eddie ng Brgy. Cogon, Cordova, Cebu (parang plug lang ni Kuya Lars) ay alam na until now, Dra. Belo is still hurting from that broken 3-year relationship. Malamang ay alam nya rin na business goes on as Dra. Belo gets wiser and more careful in choosing her endorsers. Ang tanong lang kasi -sa kabila ng kaalaman ni Mang Eddie, may paki ba siya habang tumatanda at kumakapal ang nasusunog nyang balat sa hampas ng maalat na tubig at hagupit ng sikat ni Haring Araw? Sa totoo lang, tuloy lang naman tayo kung saan ang hanap-buhay. Is there anything that feels more physically and privately beautiful than a filled stomach?
Tied up to the idea of consistency. I remember when we were in the Novitiate, some of us used to hum or sing Jose Mari Chan’s songs while washing the dishes or sweeping the chapel:
“We’re on the road
We move from place to place
And oftentimes when I’m about to call it home
We’d have to move along
Life is a constant change…”
It’s our high school grad song. Pang-procession minsan pakinggan depende sa mood. At siguro, hindi lang namin namamalayan, those silent testosterone are already boxing our prostate glands:
“It’s 2am we’re lying in bed
Stillness all around there’s not a sound except in my head
Of happy songs children laughing
Kids celebrating youth like it never would end”
The moment our Novice Master would catch our un-guarded romantic moments, he would give us a teasing smirk despite his talent in music.
“Father naman. Ba’t ayaw mo sa mga kanta ni Jose Mari Chan?”
“I like him as a person. I don’t like his songs. Pang-teenager ba. Parang hindi bagay sa edad nya.”
Toinks! Paano, Beethoven ang mga tinutugtog ni Father. In Dra. Belo’s case, she is becoming a cultural symbol of an innovative defiance against ageing, the inner drive within us to count in that youthful energy regardless of our level on the chronological ruler, an energy we can always harness in order to live a more dynamic life. Sabi ko sa inyo, attitude counts also. Much more if you have the money these days. Question: ang mga mangingisda natin, kaya pa kayang i-skin bleach? Kunwari lang kaya nila, kayo naman. Masarap minsan mag-pantasya. Therapeutic na, libre pa!
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