Once upon a time, there was a LADY. She loved her native land but she had to go away to discover some more hidden aspects beneath her soul. She had to journey far and wide and conquer a world of liberty and freedom. In the U.S. of A., she found herself and her talents were discovered. She married a very supportive man, became a beauty queen, an advocate and later on, a writer. She wrote award-winning books on life, spirituality and powerful visions. But the most powerful gift of hers was her singing voice. It was with her all along, as she soared higher heights of ecstasy and love. Though it was a journey less-traveled by, her strength and compassion became more solidified.
Until she reached the prime GOLDEN years of her life. One time, she was simply recording her own songs at a certain recording studio. But when the recording studio owner heard her voice, the opportunity came higher. And the rest was history. Remarkably, she’s a FILIPINA, now in her early ’60’s. It’s a breakthrough no one has ever imagined.
She won awards left and right, citations and accomplishments for such a wonderful lady. The L.A. Music awards bowed to her singing skills. Her songs hitting the top charts, and everything seemed unstoppable. She is, indeed, a WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE.
Her name: Ms. LOU BARON.
And she’s a very gentle lady.
Now, the gentle lady comes back HOME, literally, through her upcoming film Butanding. A film which was shot and made fully in her native land- the Philippines. A film she could be very-well proud of, because it speaks of life, the sea- and the lovable “butandings” (a rare species of friendly and gentle whale sharks that’s near to extinction). And this is, what we call- when life imitates art itself.
Just like the butandings, Lou will always come back to her home after years of accomplishing and struggling with the hectic schedules of her professional life. Just like the butandings, she will always find comfort in a place she prefers to. In both cases, it’s the Philippine seas for the butandings, and the Philippine soil for Lou.
Yes, Lou will again be back home on the month of June. She will meet again the director of her film, no less than veteran film maker Edd Palmos. Their film will be having a World Premiere in the Philippines by that month, and all of Lou’s relatives, families and friends are invited to watch it.
“Maybe in my own little way, I can relay a message via this film”, Lou told a blogger during their last press conference for the film held a couple of months back. “I can attract an international appeal to save these gentle creatures of the sea. And I can honestly say, that embracing back your roots and your native land, is the most endearing love that one could feel.”
Life is indeed magical… mysterious… powerful. It creates situations and milestones that’s worth seeing and experiencing by. In the case of this gentle lady named Lou, her home is where her heart stays.
IN AN ADVENT OF ETERNITY.
(words by robert manuguid silverio)