… and would really, really want to do livestreaming, but i’m still looking for an appropriate venue for that. i can’t do my daughter’s events again – it’s bad enough that i have a collage of just about every interesting little thing she does, like field trips.
i enjoy it though, and it’s entertaining for me to look back. i just think having her see herself on various media – my newspaper column and social media feeds, not to mention private photos and videos we already record and post all over the walls of our physical house – can go to her head and twist it in ways unfathomable to me this early in the game is unwise.
adler field trip, feb. 25, 2014
being a writer in the field though, and the way things are going with social media, it may be inevitable that she’ll find herself in some online archive somewhere, so if i simply must post pictures of my daughter online, they had better be ones that she can be proud of in the future. can you imagine how absolutely unhinging it might be: she might some day dig up a picture of her from every month of her life up until, say age 16 – because that’s the way things are going. especially with all these moms of young kids blogging and posting pictures-a-day. 😉
that said, i went to one of chicago’s largest events featuring the Filipino culture, battle of the bamboo at UIC Forum. it’s student-run and organized, and this year they said 300 people attended the event. i’m not sure what UIC Forum’s capacity, or at least the seating capacity of the part of the forum that they rented for the event, but i think it was way more than 300 people who went to see the dances this year.
if you don’t already know, battle of the bamboo is the one place i know of in chicago that features a collection of traditional philippine dances – and i mean traditional: religious dances, ritual dances (funerals, weddings), stories of myths and legends enacted. i’m not sure who choreographs the dances – even if all they relied on were YouTube videos, the steps are impressively creative and built for groups or corps, and reminiscent of modern ballet and hip hop.
it was a nice event, with family and friends. i brought along my daughter, one of my siblings and my mother. it was a little bit of a mistake, because the screaming fans, both male and female, scared just about every living daylight out of my very sheltered young one. it was a great experience for her.
and for me: i was able to use my computer tablet for the first time that evening, hopefully to livestream, but alas, the organizers didn’t order wi-fi. i didn’t think it would have been an issue, but livestreaming will have to wait. hope you check out my playlist of battle of the bamboo 2014, anyway. truly a source of pride for filipinos in chicago.