The Send Off “Inuman”

… made possible by Fritz and Jake at the former’s house last night was actually just a typical drinking jam until we crashed into the neighbors who were releasing sky lanterns outside their house. At first, Jake was just taking pictures of the semi-interesting subjects until the neighbors actually invited us to join them.

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Traditionally, sky lanterns are used to convey prayers and wishes to the direction recognized by most as “heaven”. So as cheesy as it may sound, I did wish for some things before I let the waxy pink paper shell leave my hands.

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After all the lanterns vanished in the dark Tandang Sora sky, we went back inside and proceeded on our profound confabulation about tarantulas, the song Mad World, local bands, and Cinema One flicks. Then, upon finishing our battle against the jug of gin with pineapple juice and Mountain Dew, we intelligently conceived a very short film using still photographs. Jake actually did most of it.

Anyway, the important thing was, I got to be with my friends before I leave four days from now. I just hope our lanterns didn’t burn any house in Metro Manila.

Thank you Jake, Fritz, Reyver, and Karu-san. See you soon.

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