Foreigner: Well, don’t you HTH- Padre Admass: Listen, when I first arrived, I was assigned to a small town, the people ere hard working. When it came time for me to transfer to a larger to a larger parish, you should have seen them send me away. They broke down and cried, they loaded me with presents, and the brass band played till I was gone. Foreigner: That Just goes to sin- Padre Admass: Just a moment, one moment! Hold your horses! Now I had served in San Diego for twenty years…. (Padre Admass depresses and becomes angrier)… Well, twenty years! Nobody will deny that’s enough time to know any town.
Taiga with Don Crisscross Barbara >Captain Taiga calmly walks toward the two men arguing; Crisscross stays where he stands Captain Taiga: [Relaxed] Gentlemen (Padre Admass and Detente first surprised at the arrival of their host but calm down quickly) we should not have this kind of argument on such an occasion Padre Admass: (With a smile) Well hello there old friend >Padre Admass stands up to shake the hand of the captain. >Captain Taiga waves over Crisscross to come to the group; Crisscross calmly walks over Captain Taiga: This here is the son of my dear friend Don Rafael Barbara, who has sadly passed away recently.
His name is Crisscross Barbara; he has Just arrived from his travels in Europe. Crisscross Barbara: [Happily] Well look who it is! Father Admass, the parish priest of my hometown, and a good friend of my father (Crisscross puts his hand out for Padre Admass; Padre Admass makes no reaction; short pause) I beg your pardon. I must have mistaken you as someone else Captain Taiga: I must see to my other guests >Captain Taiga walks off and greets the other guests Padre Admass: [Coldly] You are not mistaken. But you father was never a good friend of mine (Crisscross retracts his hand) Detente: Young man?
Your father was Don Rafael Barbara, the businessman? (Crisscross nods; Detente smiles) [Warmly] Welcome to your country! May you be happier in it than your father! I had the honor of his acquaintance. And I can say that he was one of the most honorable and honest men in the Philippines. Crisscross: Sir [Visibly Moved] the tribute which you pay my tanner will surely help to relieve my doubts about his fate, which even now… L, his own son… Do not know… Thank you Detente: (Smiles) You know how they say, the son of a Lion is also a Lion Captain Taiga: (Interrupts) I’m sorry to interrupt everyone, but dinner will be served soon.
Scene 21 Setting-Dining room I Purpose: Conflict between Crisscross and Padre Admass Narrator: The Guests enter a grand dinning hall with a large center table, set with fine china and seated with cushioned chairs. The ceiling is twice as tall as the lobby and has many chandeliers hung, the windows reach top to bottom with long elegant curtains that have been set in their place. They take their seats one-by-one, Padre Admass in a visibly angered mood hurriedly walks to his chairs while stepping on others toes and pushing them out of the way.
Crisscross continues to awe the other Filipinos with stories of his travels. Foreigner: How long have you been away? Crisscross: Almost seven years Foreigner: Well, you must have forgotten by now what the country is like Crisscross: [Proudly] On the contrary, although I seem to have been forgotten myself, I have always remembered Foreigner: [Puzzled] What do you mean? Crisscross: I meant to say that I had not had news from here for the past year, and I now find myself a stranger who doesn’t know to this day how and when his father died Foreigner: Ah, in that time where had you been staying?
Crisscross: For the past two years I was in northern Europe: Germany and Russian Poland Detente: And what country in Europe did you like the best? Crisscross: Hem… After Spain, which I consider my second home. Say any free country in Europe I would have to Detente: Since you nave been gone around so much, tell us, what did you tint moms remarkable? Crisscross: Remarkable? In what sense? Detente: For instance, with regard to the life of the people – their social, political, religious life, life in general, in its essence, as a whole… Crisscross thinks for a while) Crisscross: Frankly, putting aside the element of national pride in each of them… Well, what would be ‘ remarkable’ in those countries… (Crisscross clears his thought) Let me put it this way. Before visiting any of those countries I would try to study its History, its Exodus, so to speak, and after that I found everything understandable (The guests are all in awe with his speech) I saw that in all cases the prosperity or unhappiness of nations is in direct proportion to their liberties and their problems, and, on that note, to the sacrifices or selfishness of their ancestors.
Padre Admass: Is that all? (Padre Admass lets out some mocking laughter) It wasn’t worth throwing you fortune away Just to learn that! Any schoolboy know that much! (Crisscross has a shocked look on his face; the rest of the guest exchange apprehensive glances) Crisscross: [Calmly] Gentlemen, do not wonder at the familiarity with which our former parish priest treats me. That was the way he dealt with me when I was a boy, and the years have not changes [Mockingly] His Reverence. But I thank him for it because he recalls vividly the days when His reverence was frequent visitor at our house and sat at my father’s table, enjoying our food. The rest of the guests stare at Padre Admass, who now has an uneasy look of disgust on his face) Crisscross: (Continues) And now I must take my leave. I have Just arrived a few hours go, and I must be off again tomorrow. There are many things I must attend to. We have all had a most wonderful dinner, but I am afraid I am not very fond of lingering over the brandy. >Crisscross makes his way to the door Captain Taiga: Wait, wait… (Captain Taiga walks over to Crisscross) Don’t go, Maria Clara will be here soon; I had someone go fetch her.
Crisscross: I’ll come tomorrow before leaving into San Diego. Now I really must make a very important call >Crisscross leaves Padre Admass: You see that?! All out of pride! He couldn’t stand being reproved by a priest… He things he’s somebody. Of course, that’s what comes from sending these youngsters to Europe. The Government should put its foot down and stop it Scene 31 Setting- Streets of San Diego I Purpose- Tell the tale of Don Rafael Barbara Narrator: Crisscross leaves the home of Captain Taiga in a rather bad mood.
The night air is cool and is able to help clear Crimson’s head. He makes his way down towards Bambino square. Private commissaries dash by public cabs, their horses galloping at the steady pace. The streets look exactly the same as when he had seemed them last, white-washed stucco-faced houses trimmed with blue. The lighted lock on the church tower, the Chinese corner-stores with their grimy curtains and iron railing… Crisscross finds himself on a familiar bench. Crisscross: (To himself, looking around) We go slow… Long pause; Crisscross has a look of dissatisfaction on his face) [Sarcastically] Amazing… That’s the same Chainman I saw there seven ears ago, and that old woman… Still there! It mightier been last night, and I could have dreamed those seven years in Europe. And , good God, there’s that cobblestone, Just as I left it (Crisscross lets out a long sigh) >Detente comes up to him Detente: Watch you step, young lad. Learn from your father Crisscross: (Surprised at the presence of the officer) I beg your pardon, but you seem to know much of my father.
Could you tell me? How and where and WHY did he die? Detente: What?! Don’t you know? Crisscross: I asked Captain Taiga, but he put off telling me until tomorrow. Maybe you, yourself happen to know what became of my father Detente: [Quietly; Solemnly] Of course, like many men like him. He died in prison (Crisscrosses eyes widen) Crisscross: My father? In PRISON? What are you saying? (Crisscross grabs the officer’s arm) Don’t you know who my father was? The kind of respect the people had or him! (Short Pause) Can you tell me why he was in prison? Crisscross lets go of the officer’s arm) Detente: As you know, your tanner was the richest man in your province; en was I and honored by many. Though, there were still some who hater and envied him. (short pause) Unfortunately, those of us Spaniards who come to the Philippines aren’t always what we should be. The continual changes in the administration, favoritism… Greed… Combined with the cheaper fares and shorter trip out here, due to the Suez Canal, are to blame for everything; the worst elements of the Peninsula come here, even if a good man were to come here.