A Way to Speak

How often do your thoughts become part of an exhibit?

In my experience, not often. But when one friend said that there was a new display was at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), I immediately asked if we’d like to see it at the soonest. It has been months since I’ve seen my friends. And not without any effort. We had planned to meet months ago but—without failure—it always got canceled month after month. And always because of the weather.

Fast forward to the Sunday we agreed to meet. True to fashion, it rained. But we were already there. There was no backing out.

Not one of us had been to the NCCA. We thought it would be a bigger place. But the size didn’t matter once we saw Inconvenient Silence, the exhibit by Shari Eunice San Pedro. She aims to help more people become aware of mental health issues through her photographs, her words, and other people’s words.

Each one of my friends wrote something on a wall. I wrote something on a wall. I am one of the many who experienced inconvenience at the hands of someone I never thought would make me go through it. Breaking the silence and the inconvenience was difficult. It took me a long while before I could speak about it. My friends were surprised at the truth in my silence.

But I’m not the only one. There are so much of us out there. Some found their voice. Others are still suffering in their silence.

It is my hope they find a way to speak in time.

National Commission for Culture and the Arts
633 General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila

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