Saturday, May 16, 2020

RIP Peque Gallaga - Bacolod Days

Following the passing of the filmmaker Peque Gallaga, my friend Gee Vee S sent me some pictures taken in Bacolod in the late 1960s, at the Gallaga home. My sister and I had spent an unforgettable summer with the Gallagas in their home. Tita Conchita and Tito Ric, the Gallaga kids (Peque, Chita, Ricky, Mike) were very welcoming not just to us but to all the local kids who hung around their home from morning until night. I recall we had canasta games with Tita Conchita, and Peque and Chita organized all sorts of activities and games, most of them very creative and different.

One game stands out in my memory: a "mind concentration" game where the teenage kids gathered around one of us and with just one finger (all of us though) we concentrated to lift up the person from the ground. There were hide and seek games, some dozen kids scampering throughout their house. Peque and Chita had a summer theater program for the Bacolod kids and we visiting Cebuanos enjoyed observing how that progressed. We visited fabulous haciendas too, which looked like those featured in Peque's famous movie, ORO, PLATA, MATA.

The movie, by the way, is offered by Amazon so you can watch and enjoy it still even though Peque has left us and those Bacolod are now just memories. Enjoy the pictures, and thank you GV and Chita for the pictures.

Tags: #PequeGallaga #Bacolod #NegrosPhilippines #Philippines #Cebu #Ceciliabrainard

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