In Bigger Prints

Table of Contents


Section I

1 The Egg

2 Hatsing! (Bless Me)

3 Arthropodic Wisdom

4 Dear Decision Maker

5 Letters To The World

6   A Pain In My Head

7 Something Happened On My Way To School
8   A Discourse on The Grand Laws of the Universe

9 Black or White

10 Bayanihan in Jeddah

11 Chair of The Interim Board

12 Breakaway Telephonic Existence

13 The 'R' in Mrs. Regis

14 One City, One School

15 Eggs Breaking

16 PESJ History

17 The Chicken Fence

18 Believing The Man

19   My Own Version of The Jolo-Caust

20 My Sister's Version

21 The Rifle Guitar

22   Cat Stevens Unplugged

23  Landing on D-Day

24 The Great O-O-Os of the Late 20th Century

25 He Kept On Stumbling Over Chickens And Eggs

26   The Renaissance of Tilapia Farming And The Likes

27   The Saga Continues

28   The Pigeons In Our Lives

29 The Essence of Education

30   A School Is A Home

31  Gentle Fire From The Qur'an

32  At The Threshold

33  A Brief Discourse On Dancing

34  Being First

35   At The Edge of Light-Blue Metallic

36   Grappling With The Colossus


Section II
In Bigger Prints

The Power To Be
Excerpts from B & B Vol. 1 # 1

Of Crabs & Men
Excerpts from B & B Vol. 2 # 2

Excerpts from B & B Vol. 2 # 2

An Inability To Understand
Excerpts from A Speech by Prince Charles,
B & B Vol. Vol. 3 # 1

'Educating Miriam'
Excerpts from A Case Study of A Philippine School,
B & B Vol 3 # 2


Section III

A millennial short story


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Copyright 1999 by Said Sadain, Jr.

33   A Brief Discourse on Dancing

An Egyptian officemate lately asked me, "What was that Filipino channel on satellite TV, the one that frequently showed a flowing, colorful bird freezing on the TV screen?"

"TFC," I said, "The Filipino Channel."

"You people certainly beat the Egyptians in dancing and gyrating. And you have a lot of beautiful and sexy dancers. How come you never build pyramids to your superstars?"

"Megastars," I corrected him. I did not however immediately answer his question.

I have to thank my Egyptian friend for setting my gray matter into motion for a few nights contemplating his question.

Yeah, how come we never did pyramids? Why not?

After a few days, I saw him at the coffee room again and I told him, "Dancing is so much easier than building pyramids, that’s why."

This is not to trivialize dancing, or the Art of Dancing, as some experts would prefer to call it. These connoisseurs would explain to you the positive aura and the radiant energy that dancing enlivens, the good things it can do to your libido, your nerves, your gall bladder, your culture, whatever, and the beauty and grace of limbs and dresses and coiffure and flesh contorted in agony or ecstasy or both. But if you ask me again about it, I'll take to doing lampaso any time rather than the lambada.

I believe that dancing, more than anything else among all the arts, exhibits, in the words of Adrian Cristobal, the unmistakable signs of the exploitation of man by man. And I might add, the unmistakable signs of fathers raping daughters on the rise.

Just watch any lunchtime show on Filipino TV. A society which can feed its kids at meal time with sinuous flesh and the jiggling lure of the axilla and the cleavage and the crotch and can see nothing wrong with this deserves all the f...ing fathers that it can possibly send to the Formalin Room.

Between dancing and building a school, I'll build you a school any day (just give me a second chance).



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