Nicole Policarpio

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    I love you


    Anyone here remembers slambooks? They were popular back when we were young. We used to pass it around and have our classmates fill it out.

    The greatest question you'd find there is - What is love? We used to answer, love is blind. Hilarity ensues whenever we'd hear that answer. Pinoy films with ugly protagonists and beautiful damsels in distress - I suddenly miss watching those redford white and babalu tandems #only90skidswillremember

    I was tasked into creating our prenup photoshoot and video. Being the master procrastinator that I am, I waited until the last minute to make critical decisions. I had ideas in mind but didn't execute on them.

    There were too many decision points that paralyzed me. Do I make it funny or dramatic? Can we re-enact movie scenes? Do I parody them? Where would we shoot? It's the rainy season so we need to do it indoors? is outdoors better? What part of our relationship do we want to highlight?



    I was thinking too hard about it. I had to reset and have a clear head.

    One of my all time favorite musicians is John Mayer. I could go on forever listening to his albums. I've raped the replay button couple of times with his track Stop This Train. It's a story about time passing on. On how we can't control it and how we should accept it. (I'm not doing it any justice. Have a listen.)

    In one of his lesser popular albums, he has this track titled Love is a Verb. I've always said this to Prax whenever we talked about the topic of love. On how Love is expressed not by our words but by our actions. Of course it helps that we verbalize our love but when push comes to shove, what matters is what we do.

    I asked Prax to write an essay about the idea. She wrote the first draft and then I edited it to fit in a short film. Of course it's not narrative but it was more voiced over. Like a poetic film.

    Now, what is it for? I still don't know. But we enjoyed making it and I definitely enjoyed editing it.

    In a way, it's an ethos on how we view 'love' as a concept. Combining slambooks and John Mayer this is where it got us.

    Now let me ask you - what is love?

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