MARITA

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By: Ivy Polea

(MY STORY)

I heard the story of “Marita” first when I was a freshman. Since our “tambayan” was inside the AS, one of our senior members said that we should be careful not to say her name thirteen times when we are in the vicinity of the AS or else we will see her. Of course, we didn’t quite believe that and continued talking.

Then, it was time to go home. All of us went out and four people, including I, were in the last batch to go out. As we were walking along the AS Walk, the senior member started to tease us by calling Marita’s name.

We told him to stop kidding us yet he continued doing so. I lost count of how many times he was able to say it but the strange thing was, without any of us gesturing or commenting, we all stopped and turned around at the same time. Behind us, beside the door leading to our “tambayan” complex, was a silhouette of a woman-like figure. Upon seeing that, we all looked at each other and ran for our lives.

(Dulaang UP Member and Actor)

“Yup, marami. One play noon, sa “Atang Dela Rama”, nagpi-picture taking lang kami ng set kasi may set construction kami. Yung batchmate kong si ___, nag-picture sya dun sa may audience area. Tapos sa tabi nya, may na-manifest na white na ilaw. Hindi namin alam kung ano yun pero madilim kasi yung set and yun lang yung nag-register.

Tapos, yang si Marita, nagpapakita yan pag role nung actress, abused woman. Kasi ang kwento-kwento dyan, para siyang babae na either inabuso and pinatay sa backstage or doon dinala, maraming variations eh. Ang totoo nyan para syang espiritong gala. Ako personal experience ko, galing akong banyo, nagtanggal ng makeup tapos paglabas may nabangga ako tapos wala naman akong nakita.

Malamig sya, solid, matigas. Pero through the years, wala ka nang mararamdaman kasi it has become so usual for us. Oo, nakiki-participate sya talaga. There was one play, yung “Shadows of the Reef”, yung Assistant Director naming nanood from the audience’s view. Tapos merong dumaan sa kanya tapos sumayaw sa stage, pero wala naman.

Napapagkwentuhan naming minsan kapag may fresh na manifestations pero common na lang sa amin yun eh. For example, nito lang nung Noli, pag kumakanta si Maria Clara, may sumasabay sa kanya, doble yung boses nya. Tapos, may pictorial kami for another play.

Yung stage manager namin nag-self pic dun sa stage right. Pagtingin nya, may katabi syang babae na naka-gown na white na circa ‘40s tapos kulot yung hair. Parang ready sya magpa-picture, eh wala naming nakaputi sa amin at that time.

At ang mas nakakaloka pa, when he took the picture, he was very close to the wall so walang pwedeng sumingit. May mga times na nagi-interfere talaga sya. Ay ayun, pinakagrabe yung nangyari kay ____, dun sa “Hinabing Pakpak”.

Ang story nun kasi dun may batang bibitayin nya yung sarili nya dahil sa sobrang kahirapan, so may isang scene dun na lalagpak yung lubid tapos magbibigti sya, so nakatayo sya sa ramp. Tapos bigla na lang bumula yung bibig nya tapos tumalon sya from the ramp so totoo yung bigti nya. So ang ginawa na lang may pumasok para alalayan yung paa nya. Pagkababa sa kanya, wala syang matandaan sa nangyari. Takot na takot ako nun.”

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