I watched Paolo Bediones' documentary about
the patients incarcerated at the
Cavite Mental Institution
(its name is different now but I forgot their new name).
I saw this guy again - the singing patient.
He is blind on one eye and mute as well.
He was ill-tempered because the local folks
would always taunt him.
He was a small man and he wore a large shirt,
which would reach till his knees, he would
also crisscross the road bare-footed.
He would always scream incoherently,
scaring most kids including me.
He loitered in the public market,
begging for alms in a cup.
Glad to know that finally he found a home,
with people who could understand him
and truly care for him.