The piece was originally written in December 2013 as a homage of sorts to the Seasons of DAKILA. This was Book One of our journey. The years after deserves another book waiting to be written. 

I originally wrote this piece to salvage whatever is left in my memory, as I feared that it is slowly fading away. 6 months after, I now feel the need to edit and repost this. Because, the story need to be retold. Perhaps, because, there are new characters that need to understand the context where it all began. Probably, because, there is a need for all of us to remember. And maybe, in remembering, we will be able to go back to the basics and see where we should all be going. Or probably, I am just bored to death on a Christmas morning.

According to Lao Tzu, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like”.  For the past 5 years, I found my self as some sort of chronicler of the colorful lives of the men and women of Dakila.  Most of them, I met when they where still boys and girls. I had the privilege of seeing them through their quarter life crises, through career changes and heartbreaks.

I never really consciously counted the seasons. It comes from an epiphany, that eureka moment that you just knew that the moment was the opening or the season ender. Sometimes, you just determine it by looking back at the events that transpired and seeing the whole picture from memories.

This whole season thing started as a joke among the girls of how the drama of this thing called life is much like our favorite television series. Only sometimes, people from real television series cross over our lives. But, unlike television, it is real. The series of these events actually shape our lives, chart our future.

If this was a real tv series then reaching 14 seasons will probably force the writers to assess and decide if it is time to end the show.  In reality, I know there will come a time when the original characters will probably bid their goodbyes and move on. Even “Friends” had to take their final bow. But, a successful show will always have a spin off, a remake of sorts. And life will always throw us with new characters to make each day a lot more interesting or even crazier.

After 14 seasons, some of us have learned and some are still learning. We still rock to life’s beat and roll with its punches.

But, who can really say when it really begins or ends?

Like the season, our lives are marked by changes in the intensity of the light that reaches us, variations of which may cause us to migrate, hibernate, be dormant or evolve. It is always good to look back at our past to remember where we are going.

Here’s to 14 seasons and another 14 ahead of us. I only hope time does not fly fast enough.

SEASON ONE

June – December 2008

And this is where it all began – when friendships bloomed, of love found and love lost.

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SEASON TWO

December 2008 – February 2009

A guitar gently weeps

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SEASON THREE

March – June 2009

It comes around.

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SEASON FOUR

August – December 2009

Tik Tok, Tik Tok, Time is running out.

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SEASON FIVE

December 2009 – June 2010

The beds are always burning.

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SEASON SIX

July – December 2010

true revolution begins in the imagination, surreal as a celebrity crossing over to our own show like a cameo in an episode, unbelievable drama of broken vows and a forever found, definitely changed how we all viewed our world.

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SEASON SEVEN

February – July 2011

Across the universe gets you far, far away to the floods of Malabon then to an underground river,and you will probably get lost for a while only to find your self south of the border, west of the sun and finally home.

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SEASON EIGHT

December 2011

Because a twinkle in the eye can really make a difference.

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SEASON NINE

February – June 2012

Because we need to break our walls to love even more.

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SEASON TEN

July – December 2012

Finding truth in projections.

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SEASON ELEVEN

December 2012 – March 2013

Stripped, bare naked before the world ends.

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SEASON TWELVE

March – May 2013

To struggle is to be free.

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SEASON THIRTEEN

June  – October 2013 

To risk is to burn so we can kiss the sun.

Because it is in giving ourselves that we put something at stake and it is only after we risk that we have a chance in winning the battle towards the common good.

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SEASON FOURTEEN

November  – December 2013 

To be wounded by our own understanding of love, and we bleed, willingly, joyfully.

Because we are #LahingDakila

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SEASON FIFTEEN

Coming soon.