I worked the whole night last night preparing all the equipment, making sure that I will not forget anything – batteries, microphones, memory cards, tripod, cameras and lenses, and even a two-way radio to make sure that I will not lose my guide when we go to the mountain villages.
The preparation was perfect. Even the clothes I have to bring, the bags, the shoes, etc. I slept for only two hours.
I left early for the airport and slept all the way to Mindanao.
I arrived before noon. The weather was perfect. The sun was as hot as any other summer sun.
I took a motorcycle to my hometown. I discussed my project over lunch of “tinolang isda” and dried fish with my brother and my cousin who will tag along with me during the week.
We set the schedule of the interviews, the people we are going to meet, and the places we will be visiting.
Everything was perfect. Then the sky turned dark. There was lightning, then thunder. Then the rain came.
The first interview is set at 4 p.m. today. How do you do an audio interview in the middle of a thunderstorm? I can’t remember it being discussed in class.
I remember Master DJ Clark telling the class to look at the weather forecast before going on an assignment. But with climate change, there seems to be no predicting the weather anymore.
The show must go on, come rain or high water! The die has been cast.