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Friday, February 17, 2006

Gagged...Fu*k It!/ The First Maruja Hater


For the record, let me state that I am proud that I studied in University of Santo Tomas, but there are some things that make me hate this institution.

This event is one of them.

Just this morning, I got a call from Jon, my play's director, and told about a sad sad news.

Our theater org's Silver Anniversary Presentation has been postponed.

All five scripts have been rejected by UST's Office of Student Affairs and Community Service (what I like to call the University Censorship Board) because the plays do not live up to their imposed standards. Two of the plays have gay characters (especially mine), one script has an impoverished district as its setting (they hate showing poverty). Overall, they find the plays "not wholesome enough."

They still allow the groups to perform, but our original venue will not be provided, as well as any venues within their jurisdiction.

Our presentation is rescheduled on March, but will only be performed on two days. I still don't know where our new venue will be, although I suggested to the Production Manager of a location near the University to make it accessible to the students.

Did I cry? No.

Was I frustrated? Slightly.

Was I mad? Hell yeah!

This is the reason why many great Thomasian writers would rather flourish their craft in "liberal universities" like UP (sad, but true), Ateneo, La Salle, Silliman or anywhere else but this school with a bunch of medieval grannies deciding whether this or that should be published, or which should be performed on stage.

I feel sad about my group, as well as the other writers. They have worked so hard only for our work to be delayed for some weeks just because they don't like it.

Okay, I know I have to look on situations like this on a bright side. After all, it's only postponed. Yeah, I think everything will be okay.

I sure hope so.

And if we about to perform the scripts onstage, I wish the UST students would come and watch it.

This presentation will become a slap on those oompah-loompah bitch grannies from hell. To hell with censorship, dragging those Hitlerites along.



I believe in democracy. I believe in free speech.

I just opened my Yahoo Messenger and I found out that I have a hate message from an irate UP student.

No, I'm not angry. I don't go into "shut the fuck up this is my blog and I will do anything I want" defense mechanism, or command my loyal blog readers to smite the fool like those Muslim imams over the Mohammed cartoons. I just calmly typed a reply. I know for a fact that not everybody will like me. But I know that those who like me, they really like me. Check this out...



1) For some strange reason, this has been a season of delays. Not only our theater presentation was delayed, so too is Kids TV's transfer to ABC 5. It will pilot on March 18, a week after the target date.

2) For the record, I don't write poorly. I JUST TYPE FAST.


Blogger yuri said...

BOW TO THE EMPRESS... i fully understand what ur going through as i myself is from the same royal, pontifical and catholic university of santo tomas.they have to loosen up a bit. such hy*******s! thanks for adding up my link.

Sat Feb 18, 12:23:00 AM GMT+8

Blogger Manzkee said...

Good luck to your re-scheduled presentation.

If you did put up a few lines from your script, so that at least I would enjoy a bit more in readng.

Good "Senti" BTW.

Happy Weekend!!!

Sat Feb 18, 02:14:00 AM GMT+8

Blogger Talamasca said...

Tsk tsk. That's why it's difficult to study in a Catholic school. Add to that, a Dominican school. They tend to censor everything, since they have to preserve their image and all that shit. St. Loyola? St. La Salle? I think they are also strict when it comes to this. Unlike UP, it's all-out there...

Sat Feb 18, 02:25:00 AM GMT+8

Blogger Empress Maruja said...

YURI -- Greetings fellow Thomasian! Actually, the AB regent approved the scripts. It's those grannies of OSA who are giving a hard time to UST students.

MANDZ -- Thanks. I put an excerpt of my script on my latest post. Hope you enjoy it!

TALAMASCA -- Having certain liberties in a Catholic school requires certain "talent". I miss the days when I used to be defiant in our uniform code (wearing sandals instead of shoes, since it wasn't indicated in the handbook).

Sun Feb 19, 03:05:00 AM GMT+8


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