DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT BY WAY OF AN ELEGY
In "Bahag Kings", Elmo Redrico, aka Ka Elmo, continually exclaimed "We are artist!" while we were maliciously detained in the Cubao Police Station (Gateway) just because we were wearing indigenous Philippine clothing. "We are artist!" It was both plural and singular. It was funny and profound at the same time. "We are artist!" Ka Elmo repeated it aloud. Though I don't know if the security officers fully heard, if the passers-by really noticed, or if anyone, including us – his comrades, truly understood what he was trying to say. If he meant anything at all in the first place. But Ka Elmo still said it. Again and again. "We are artist!" Something for him to mouth when he still had one. Something for us to think about while our buddy parties into the Great Beyond.
Ka Elmo “King Red” Redrico (+ August 30, 2006)