Over a month ago, I received the good news that two of the children shows I was involved in (one I directed, and the other I head-wrote) made it as official selections to the 13th Barcelona International Children’s Television Festival. These were ‘Elsa Gandang-Asal”, a series of one-minuters that teach values (or good manners, thus the title) to gradeschool children; and Sineskwela, the longest running educational show for children in the country to date (15 years and counting!).
Needless to say, this has been one of the proudest moments of my professional life. And so without much hesitation, I resolved to attend the festival if only to watch the screenings of the two shows and see how a foreign audience would react to them.
To make the long story short, I promptly turned my life upside down so I could fly to Europe in time for the event. Unfortunately, I was a little late in applying for my Schengen visa and didn’t make it to the festival. Instead, I got my visa the week after. This was a bit sad because I really wanted to attend the festival. But then again, since the opportunity to travel to Europe already presented itself, why not grab it, right? And so, with very little preparation, I decided to go anyway.
After all, Barcelona was waiting, darling.
Find out what happened here:
Solo in Europe: Barcelona Here I Come!