If you are looking for something to inspire you, this story of Noel Sumingwa dramatized in GMA-7’s Magpakailanman might be the answer. Noel is a gay Igorot karatista who ruled as the regional shotokan-karate champion from 1994-1998.
PART 1: Noel wins a gay beauty title and gets beaten by his dad.
PART 2: Noel tries out for his school’s martial arts team. He makes the team and gets to be his school’s “pambato”.
PART 3: Coach gives Noel a pep talk during one of his down times.
PART 4: Mel Tianco interviews Noel Sumingwa.
You have to watch the videos to get the whole story hehe. But for those using dial up and who might have a hard time watching the videos, you might want to skip the first three parts and watch Part 4 where the real Noel Sumingwa appears. Update: The interview starts around the 4:30 mark.
So what do you think? Inspiring story alright? Magpakailanman is a television program which features the stories of people who overcome obstacles to achieve their goals. The program tends to overly dramatize everything. But maybe it is doing what viewers want to see so we won’t criticize GMA for its OA-ness [“over-acting”ness].
Don’t you think though that the Bembol Roco character is just too “madada” for an Igorot dad? He just never stops ranting. But maybe he is an exception to the stereotypical silent Igorot father.
P.S. Tetchie Agbayani who acts as Noel’s mother in this drama is a kailiyan from La Paz, Abra.
VIDEO CREDIT: GMA-7