Isang letter of apology ang inilabas sa publiko ng baguhang indie filmmaker na si Rafael "Rafa" Santos sa theater community ngayong araw, July 1.
Ito ay bilang pagtugon sa kahilingan ng theater community sa Pilipinas na humingi siya ng paumanhin sa naging pahayag niya tungkol sa theater actors sa isang TV show.
Matatandaang naging guest si Rafa sa programang Cityscape ng ANC, na ipinalabas noong June 24, Biyernes.
Nang tanungin siya ng host na si Lexi Schulze kung bakit kumuha siya ng theater actors upang gumanap sa kanyang mga pelikula ay ito ang naging sagot niya:
"Personally, I find the theater actors better to work with because they don't complain, you can feed them Sky Flakes three meals a day, and pay them in catfood, basically."
Umani ng batikos ang pahayag na ito ni Rafa mula sa iba't ibang sektor ng entertainment industry, partikular na ang mga mula sa teatro. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
Kaagad namang nagbigay ng apology letter si Rafa, ngunit hindi sa theater community ito naka-address kundi sa Cinemalaya community, kung saan kalahok ang kanyang short film. (CLICK HERE to read related strory.)
Ibig sabihin, hindi ito tinanggap ng mga taga-teatro.
Nais nilang mag-isyu ng public apology si Rafa sa theater community mismo.
At ito nga ang ginawa ng baguhang direktor ngayong araw na ito.
Narito ang kabuuan ng kanyang statement na pinamagatan niyang "Letter of Rafa Santos to the Theater Community, To the Artists, Patrons, Advocates and Enthusiasts that form the Theater Community":
"My name is rafa santos. I recently made an unfortunate remark about your Community that, to say the very least, I am not proud of. I was trying to be funny, but what I didn't realize at the time is that an artist's passion is not something to be humorous about. The Community collectively expressed its anger at my words and I do not take that against you. Your feelings are warranted, understandable and just.
"What I clumsily and ungraciously tried to opine was that Theater actors, in my estimation, represent the pinnacle of the craft. No one else bears the spirit, that intense ardor for authentic emotion and humanity in a character than a thespian trained for and bred on the stage.
"Some of the most evocative experiences I've had in the midst of art have been spent staring up at an immortal stage featuring true masters of performance as they serenade captive audiences stage with ruminations on the human condition set to verse. As art begets art, the Theater has breathed inspiration into countless other works of genius across all media, rendering its cultural and creative impact immeasurable especially with regard to Cinema.
"Please don't take my calamitous statement as indicative of Cinemalaya or independent Cinema as a whole. If I made it seem like you are fortunate to get work, nothing could be further from the truth. We are blessed to be able to work with you. You are the life in our characters and the weight in our conflicts. It is my sincere hope that the imprudent rambling of a naive pretender doesn't tarnish the enduring relationship between your community and that of Cinemalaya and independent film.
"Without reservation, without hubris or pretense, I apologize. I have hurt many of you deeply and that will take a long time to rectify. Some of you may never forgive me. I don't blame you for that. I only pray there is some healing, perhaps even change that can be derived from this. And maybe, God willing, the healing can begin.