On a long journey via bus what do you usually do? Are you the type who would bring tons of salty chips to nibble? Are you the forty winks aficionado? Are you the bus’ bookworm? Are you the creature who would simply gaze outside the window? Or are you the beast who would drain your battery’s digital gizmo?
Very long travels by bus could be very daunting. That is why a lot of bus companies try to be innovative by introducing various facilities available inside these massive roadsters – free WiFi; cool drinks and sandwiches for sale; air conditioning; toilet facility; shock-proof LCD flat screen TV with DVD player; reclining chairs, etc. These add-on features aims to further enhance passenger’s comfort over a lengthy journey.
I have been to two long journeys via transit buses in the past week (first was an 8-hour journey to Baguio and just the other day was the two-and-a-half-hour travel to Magalang, Pampanga). Adding up all the hours I spent inside the bus on a round-trip-basis would be a total of 21 hours.
While inside those buses, I was all the types I inquired above. But what I noticed every time a movie will have to be played on TV inside a Filipino bus, the film has to be a Hollywood movie. I will not rant about the pirated DVD being used by these bus companies but instead the type of movie being shown.
I guess it would have been better and my focus would have been more stuck on TV if the movie being shown were the black and white 50’s and 60’s Filipino film that were shown in the pinalakang tabing (silver screen). The time spent inside the bus could have been more pleasant and comforting seeing the young and stunning Gloria Romero, the then skinny Dolphy and plump Panchito and Dely Atay-atayan, the bubbly Rosemarie Sonora, debonair Mario Montenegro as well as suave Rogelio Dela Rosa or Diomedes Maturan. The Pinoy film to be shown would be at its best if, of course, the contrabida (villain) would be the wicked Bella Flores.
Further to this suggestion, it would be best if contemporary Filipino short indie films would be featured in between these classic full length movies. This I guess would be one great vehicle for the unrecognized and undistributed yet artistic short indie films gain wider viewership.
If this fantasy would turn out to become a reality in the future, this would improve and further bind Pinoy cultural cohesiveness. It presents the Pinoy film heritage and at the same time makes the riding public aware of the richness of the prevailing film industry.
Spending bus hours on the road could have been more comfortable and enjoyable!
Ang Tagalog ng bas ay bus.