Two Soft Steps Backward through Alvin Yapan's Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa

Most of the time, you manage to do well. You're able to function as usual; there are even days that turn out exceptional. But a line, a scene, a musical note, a lilt in someone's voice while singing; these things could unsettle. They remind you that what once was was beautiful and essential.

While things may have taken a sour note between the two of you, you are certain you will never wish you could take those 7 years back. Ever. A rib may feel like it's missing from time to time, but it doesn't overshadow the fact that for 7 years you were significant in making each other feel more whole.  

Watch Alvin Yapan's “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa” and think about saying goodbye, falling in love, crossing over, and surviving. Don't expect a straight narrative, lose yourself in the poems of Merlinda Bobis, Ruth Elynia Mabanglo, Joi Barros, Rebecca Anonuevo, Ophelia Dimalanta and Benilda Santos (a bonus: all were meticulously-delivered, pogi points to our beloved wikang Tagalog), and the moving choreography (watch out for the audition dance) by Eli Jacinto (with assistance from his lovely daughters, Joelle and Jacqui). Alvin Yapan handled the material so well, practicing restraint when, given the powerful literature and dance at his disposal, it was easier to fall into the trap of overly-dramatizing things. This film is a winner. Plus, it dared to go beyond itself and showcase Philippine literature and dance. IMHO, we need more films like this so more people would appreciate and seek out Philippine art. :)

I wish someone would come up with a special edition book on the poems featured in the film or a CD with readings from the cast, plus that haunting song. While that's not yet tangible at the moment, here's my favorite from the selection:

ni Joi Barrios

Sinasalat ko ang bawat bahagi
Ng aking katawan.
Walang labis, walang kulang.

Sinasalat ko bawat bahagi
Ng aking katawan.
Nunal sa balikat,
Hungkag na tiyan.
May tadyang ka bang hinugot
Nang lumisan?

Sinasalat ko bawat bahagi
Ng aking katawan.
Sa kaloob-looban,
Sa kasuluk-sulukan,
Nais kong mabatid
Ang lahat ng iyong
Tinangay at iniwan.
Nais kong malaman,
Kung buong-buo pa rin ako
sa iyong paglisan.

(*emphasis, mine. Thanks, the scud, for a copy of this poem.)


  1. relapse :o nood pa tayong pelikula, mare!

  2. awww... bakit di ako kasama?

    sana may dvd nito after

  3. I wish someone would come up with a special edition book on the poems featured in the film or a CD with readings from the cast
    --TRUE! a lot of people have been asking about the songs used in the movie on their facebook fan page. my personal favorite is litanya

  4. I hope the producers and directors release something no? Include it in the DVD. :)