Here Comes Abura
When digital creative Johanna Jaskowska rounded up millions of impressions in her subversive filter art on Instagram, the social media normies are swift to promote the artistic trend. Many are obsessed with the illusion of virtual reality, where faces are overcasted with glossy, metallic tinge in 3D simulations, and objects are framed in phosphorescent streaks of neon colors. Abeer Acero, the Instagram maven behind Looking for Abura, is unmoved.
“One last time para wala akong pagsisihan,” Jayson thought. In a last ditch effort to revive his dying dream of becoming a scriptwriter, Jayson submitted his resume to ABS-CBN for the company’s vacant writer position. He wasn’t expecting much. After all, it was his eleventh application to the country’s leading media and entertainment network.
The tarnished iron rings of the tricycle
are on the edge as we traverse the uneven pavements, a mix of concrete and gravel surface, of Encanto, a barangay in Angat, Bulacan. A two-hour travel from Metro Manila, after boarding a bus and a jeep, then a tricycle, the grove of trees that overcasts roadside shadows is atypical of the towering buildings and nests of wires in the city.
One thing about Cubao is the air will always be sultry even when dusk has completely fallen. It is approaching 7:00 pm, when a prominent creative joins us at a little hole-in-the-wall kitchen bar. His warm smile only makes the hot weather agreeable. He swears his alias “Rombutan” doesn’t mean much, just a portmanteau of his name and the prickly fruit.