Originally written in English, No Lipstick for Mother won first prize in the Palanca Awards 2005. It was re-told in Filipino by my friend, Dr. Luis P. Gatmaitan, a Palanca hall-of-fame awardee and a well-loved children’s book author.
I wrote it to empower women. It focuses on the outer beauty that the world acknowledges (symbolized by lipstick) versus the unfading inner beauty God wants women to cherish.
March being National Women’s Month in the Philippines, I thought it might be relevant to re-visit the book.
No Lipstick for Mother is now also a stage play!
Not in English, not in Filipino, but in Cebuano.
It was produced in Cebu by Childlink Learning Center and Childlink High School Inc. Directed by no less than the school’s directress, Maria Theresa F. Tio, the play delighted young and old audiences alike.
I wish I had watched it. But Manila and Cebu are a flight apart. If only I had been able to conjure a magic carpet, I’d have turned myself into Aladdin.
Photos of the play arrived via email—images I would keep and treasure as priceless and precious possessions.
As soon as I saw them, I rose from my computer chair and gave the cast and crew a standing ovation.
Literature and drama are two different art forms. But what thrills me most about the book is that the story lent itself well to 3-D movements and songs, and that, aside from readers, it had been able to send the message to a live audience.
Before March ends, may all my cyber friends be granted the grace of joy in celebrating National Women's Month.
"Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NLT)