No Filter 2.0: Thoughts from an overthinking millennial

By Real Talk by Alex Castillo - 8:25:00 AM

It was better the second time around.

Like plenty of other millennials on a Saturday night, my friends and I made plans to go out, have fun, and finally add another instagram post to our feeds. It wasn't at a bar or anything like that; instead, we went out and saw #SandboxNoFilter at the Power Mac Spotlight Theatre in Circuit Makati, for the second time last October 24. This time, Kristelle Batchelor and I added someone new to our millennial crew, our friend Pam Bongato. 

(Left-Right: Kristelle, Pam, and Me) | Photo from Kristelle Batchelor 

About the show

It's a play about millennials, made by millennials, for millennials. 

Now, who or what is a millennial you may ask? Well, that was the question the entire play gave an answer to through a series of monologues and multimedia production aspects. Each of the characters presented a different side to life as part of Generation Y; revealing their fears, hopes, dreams, passions, relationships, and innermost thoughts. 

By the end of the show, the millennials themselves figure out who they really are and debunk the labels and stereotypes the other generations imposed on them. 

Food for thought

The first time I saw the show, I remember being so overwhelmed by how spot on everything the actors were saying and feeling like "oh my gosh, someone gets it! It's not just me!" This time around, my mind ran a mile a minute while listening to the monologues, realizing certain things about myself and people from my generation. 

It was like I was listening to words from a diary I never wrote but always thought about. 

Photo from The Sandbox Collective's official website

The story of Icarus

My favorite scene, since seeing the show in its first run, has been the story of Icarus. It was great seeing Paolo Valenciano's take on the role and hearing those iconic lines again: "don't cut off the wings of children, because they were meant to fly." 

'You Only Live Once'

If there's one thing that stuck with me throughout the night, it was the realization that people from my--our generation, are too young to be looking back all the time and always craving for nostalgia. The fact that we live our lives through our smartphones and cameras show how obsessed we are with making the most out of the one chance we have to live. We just have to not forget that living in the moment is more important than capturing them on our instagram posts. 

Moving Out

As someone who's still getting used to the "adult life", I understood where the character portrayed on-stage was coming from, because as part of Generation Y, we've all been there; caught in between fulfilling your dream or living the dream your parents wanted for you. 

They say that we all wear different masks in front of the different sets of people we interact with; based on that, I would say that it's not hard to get lost in all of the fascades. 

I'm not going to pretend that I fully-understand depression or depressives, but this scene, I feel, really gave me a broader view of what people with depression are going through and debunked the idea that it is a self-inflicted problem. 

Fuck, Marry, Kill

It was great seeing a balance between drama and comedy in a play like this, because hey, that's what Generation Y is all about; finding a silver lining in every difficult situation. 

All three transition scenes--Fuck, Marry, Kill,; Five Word Sentences; and Apps We Need This 2015--were brilliantly placed aftera heavy scene, and showed some of the best characteristics of a millennial; we're spontaneous, witty, and funny (well, most of us are). 

The Interview

I've only been part of the work force for about three months, and I still remember what it was like to go into job interview after job interview. The internal monologues going on inside your head as you answer questions are pretty spot on. 


Growing up a Filipino Catholic, you pretty much have all the religious practices and sacraments down by the time you reach young adulthood, but once you reach that age, you start to realize and question certain things. Although the situation presented in the play is different from what's going on in my personal life, it really hit close to home. 

I'm proud to say that I do believe in God, but like the character presented on-stage, I don't really practice my religion the same way traditionalists do. If I could quote the entire monologue, I would; because what I saw on-stage, I felt was a representation of my thoughts. Whether or not that's brought on by the times changing or the generation gap, I don't know; but it feels good to know that someone else gets it. 

Photo from Kristelle Batchelor

Watching No Filter was seriously the best theatre experience I've ever had; better than Phantom of the Opera even or any other major production out there. It was the first time I saw an audience interacting with the actors on-stage while in the middle of the acts, and it was the first time that I walked out of a theatre feeling a micture of emotions and thoughts that lasted me days after I've seen it. 

Like I said in my previous blog, "I am so proud to be part of a generation that is so open-minded, passionate, and hella creative." 

Congratulations, The Sandbox Collective! Thank you for creating a voice for us millennials. 💗

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