“I want the viewers to know Cirilo Bautisa not just as a great writer or a National Artist but as a Filipino fighting for freedom and for what is right for the country. I want others to know that injustices should not be treated with silence, rather, people should voice out and inform others of what is happening in our society, just like he did.”

RAINE JUSTINE SANCIANGCO

Portrait by Kevin Nuñez

“My name is Raine Justine V. Sanciangco, a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts, Batch 2018-2019. The book and chapters assigned to me was “Telex Moon”, pages 18-47, stanzas 500-1400.

Reading Cirilo Bautisa’s book was a challenge at first because of the words he used. I had to use a dictionary to search for the meaning of the words. What amazed me was his creativity in telling a story through the use of poetry and symbolisms. Even though I’m more into visuals and not into reading, Cirilo’s way of thinking is extraordinary. I enjoyed it very much.

His choice of words and how he constructs each stanza without making the reader confused is what amazed me the most. At first it was hard to understand, but once you get deeper into his work, you’ll start to visualize the writings and realize that what he’s writing is connected to our reality.Reading Cirilo Bautisa’s book was a challenge at first because of the words he used. I had to use a dictionary to search for the meaning of the words. What amazed me was his creativity in telling a story through the use of poetry and symbolisms. Even though I’m more into visuals and not into reading, Cirilo’s way of thinking is extraordinary. I enjoyed it very much.”

“The character in my chapter of ‘Telex Moon’ is our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. He talks about the injustices happening in the Philippines when the foreigners came and the sacrifices of the Filipinos to regain freedom. He expresses how much he loves Josephine Bracken and how he longs for her while in prison.

My part mostly talks about oppression and rage, the authority’s abuse of power. Rizal looks back at things that brought him joy, and how he doesn’t want the place he grew up in to fall into the wrong hands. It made me empathize with him. When I realized that it was the point of view of Dr. Jose Rizal, I understood the writings and its message.

Reading certain stanzas from the book made me feel connected to the mind of Cirilo Bautista. You understand the struggle he and other Filipinos faced during the time he was writing ‘Telex Moon’ because of the similarity to the situation we currently have, with people abusing their power to control the masses.”

“I want the viewers to know Cirilo Bautisa not just as a great writer or a National Artist, but as a Filipino fighting for freedom and for what is right for the country. I want others to know that injustices should not be treated with silence, rather, people should voice out and inform others of what is happening in our society, just like he did.

My message to my fellow Benildeans is to be inspired by Cirilo Bautista, an iconic writer and artist. Become a voice to the voiceless, be aware of the injustices happening around, inform and educate others who do not yet see the struggles happening in our surroundings. Always put in mind that art is a powerful tool to influence other people. That’s why you have to use it wisely and carefully.”