Bart Guingona played the starring role who definitely disappeared into the role of Mitch Albom. Mitch is a busy and successful sportswriter who made it a point to visit his favorite old professor Morrie Schwatz after knowing that Morrie is dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mitch lost touch of Morrie for almost two decades to compensate for his absence. Every Tuesday, Morrie would give Mitch lectures on life and love that eventually changes Mitch’s outlook on life. Morrie is performed brilliantly by veteran theater actor Jose Mari Avellana who likewise disappears into the role of Morrie.
Could it be possible that Professor Morrie Schwatz still be able to touch the people’s hearts who read the book and especially the people who would watch the play? Rache cried a lot during the show and she was surprised that I also cried. I would like to share with you the lessons I learned in watching this powerful play. Thanks to Repertory Philippines for staging this show which runs from Jan. 11 to 27, 2008 at the OnStage Greenbelt.
8 Lessons I learned from Morrie
1. Create Memories. Life is too short to waste on trivial things. Invest time with your family to create memories that you will cherish during your lifetime. My blog will be the witness to those memories.
2. Build Traditions. Like Morrie, Tuesdays became a symbolic day and bonding session between him and Mitch. I would like to build these kind of traditions with Aidan and Josh like watching Manila’s awesome sunset together and make that a setting for our bonding session.
3. Embrace Life. and Life will embrace you back in ways that you will never imagine. This would take a leap of faith.
4. Cherish Friendships. We had close college friends who already migrated to the US and Canada and we seldom communicate. I was ashamed that I did not even greet them Merry Christmas. I will make sure never to take friendships for granted.
5. Attend Reunions. You live because of the people that you touched. It is never too late to touch someone especially for long lost friends.
6. Learn to Die. So that you can learn to live. The worst thing that can happen is living without knowing that you are already dying inside.
7. Love or Die. We must love one another or die. We should be making a difference in this world or else we die — nobody will remember us.
8. Bring Tissue. Bring Tissue. You will never know when you will get the opportunity
to dry somebody else’s tear.