Friday, June 17, 2005

Interview Me
These questions came from Monty. To play the game, follow the instructions at the end of this post.

1. What do you think is the greatest TV show of all time? Why?

The Greatest TV show of all time has to be the original Twilight Zone series. From that show, everything from reality tv to x-files, from movies like Blair Witch Project and Sixth Sense, to television series like Charmed and Early Edition were born. Twilight Zone was the show that forced us to rethink the world around us, to rethink the ways we tell our stories, to rethink the way a show presents its characters, to rethink the ways a show makes use of special effects and music. Twilight Zone was the first constantly transforming and evolving television show that touched on many genres, did not need a constant high profile star and made use of everything from garages, to forests, mountainous regions to ufos to create constantly evolving and challenging stories that engaged and entertained its audience.

2. Tell us about the greatest artistic work you have created. It could be anything -- prose, poem, drawing, etc. Share your story, feelings and other illuminating details which would make us feel that we were right there during that beautiful moment.

Strangely, I would have to say the "Greatest artistic work" I have accomplished so far is one that is still on-going: My life.

As an artist, I do not niche myself with the definitions of an artist to be one who embraces poverty, throws conventions to the wind, pretends to have a war with commercialism and yet seeks to be monetarily expensive.

I believe being an artist means nurturing your inner child and living a life of color and inspiration. And so far, my life is far from boring. Far from perfect. But creative and healthily multi-faceted enough to inspire and help others become more creative as well.

Weird ba?

3. Do you consider Philippines as your home? Or is it some other place? Or is it anywhere just as long as there’s a Jamba Juice within proximity?

The Philippines, with all its corruption, its idiotic majority, its self-centered commercialism-focused masses, its narrow-vision mentors and its dreamless youth.. remains the one and only true home for me.

Though I have gone to the United States numerous times, visited Hong Kong, checked out Canada and imagined myself escaping to Australia or diving into Japan... I still find myself absolutely certain that if there was one place in the world I would truly wish to live in, grow old in, and bid farewell at... it is here.


I feel at home here.
That's all there is to it.

4. Who do you think is the most complex character ever written? (It can be from a book, movie or TV show). Why do you say so?

I personally feel that the most complex character ever written among all the characters I have read, read about, watched, viewed, listened to or played with (the last being in reference to Role-playing games, my ultimate hobby) I would have to choose The Enigma himself from Duncan Fegredo and Peter Milligan's Veritgo creation which had its own 8 issue mini-series that most failed to appreciate.

Its a study on a man who is born in what could have been an ordinary love-filled family, but due to immense and impossible powers gets twisted into a tale where a lost soul is raised to believe in his own world and forced to adapt twice: to the real world, and to a comic world which for him holds more life and love than the real world could ever offer. Until he learns to look beyond the real world and see what its twisted sides have to offer.

It is.
But it gets easier to understand if you read it.

5. How do you see yourself as a father when the time comes? Laissez-faire? Worse than Benito Mussolini? Is there going to be a different treatment between a boy and a girl? Share with us your thoughts on this.

Once I become a father, the first thing that I believe will happen is me going through a period of self-dissection and worry: Am I ready for this? Am I someone who should be raising a child? Is the world going to be accepting of me as someone who a child will learn from and grow up like? Will I be ready to discipline him? To nurture his latent creativity? To inspire him? To remind him of reality while helping him embrace his imagination?

Boy or girl, the main problem I believe I will be forced to tackle is less caused by the child's gender or sex and more by the child's definition of both. The world we live in is currently one which holds fast on many labels, including lables which do much to fuel discrimination, malice and insult. To I teach them to go against the majority and dispose of such labels? Do I show them the need to fit-in and tell them to embrace such labels, and only go against them when they are old enough to realise what I am talking about?

Raising my own kids are a story and adventure of their own I would love to one day undertake. But at the same time, knowing this adventure is not just my own life but also the life of a new born child to soon create his or her own tales, I have to be careful. I have to be careful not to be the author of his own stories. To nurture the child's voice and inspire the child to sing and form tales even if many of what he or she will start with are notes and fragments that come from my own.

Here are The Official Interview Game Rules:

1. If you want to participate, leave a comment below saying “interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five questions - each person’s will be different.
3. You will update your journal/blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview others in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

If you don’t have a blog, I will still ask you 5 unique questions and you can post your answers here.

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