Macapagal, April M.
My whole visit at Bilibid was really fun! The prisoners are very good. All of their performances are very entertaining. They are very good at dancing, singing, acting, everything. Many have already told me about what I am going to see at Bilibid, but when I finally saw their performances, I realized that I gave myself very low expectations about them. What I saw was beyond all my expectations. I was also surprised to see good looking prisoners there haha. I got regrets when I saw them. The inmates are good comedians too. Watching them makes me feel like as if I’m not in a place with metals bars and prisoners. You will really see that they enjoy what they are doing and it is what makes me happier. One on one interaction with an inmate is what makes me nervous the most. Not only because I am going to talk to a person who made a crime but also because I am not ready for the questions that I am going to ask him. I am not really prepared. My inmate partner was from Loaog city. He was just 18 when got detained at Bilibid. He was sentenced to live in prison for 15 years. He is now 23. He came from a poor family. He was salesman in a hardware store before. I asked him about how often does his family visits him. He told me that it was rare. I saw the sadness in his eyes when he answered me. I then asked if how he maintains the communication with his family. He said they were hiding a cellphone inside the prison. He was even using it when he wants to open his facebook account! He told me to please not tell anyone about it because it is prohibited to have personal cellphone inside. I just said okay. I brought my inmate two pieces of chicken, spaghetti and a chocolate. He was so happy when I gave him the chocolate that he even boasts it to his inmate friend. I regret that I only bought one. He only ate the spaghetti. He reserved the chicken for dinner. He told they were only served chicken...
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