A Cool Review for Shine in the Guardian

Shine by Candy Gourlay
'A precious and important novel that also explores exile from neighbours, family and country. The book is about reinvention and the faces we present to the world, whether it be in person, on a postcard or on the internet, all wrapped up in an exciting and perfectly paced story with a disturbing and dramatic climax.'
Philip Ardagh, The Guardian
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Saturday, 20 October 2012

A School Run that Makes You Think




Watch this video (5min 14 sec) and you'll never complain about your school run again. This was originally broadcast entirely in Filipino - I thought it was such an extraordinary story that I snagged it off YouTube and dubbed it into English. I hope the GMA Network will allow the video to stay up. Watch it and think.

With thanks  to Saleema Refran and the GMA Network for the extraordinary report. And apologies for modding your video. Watch the original broadcast in Filipino here

14 comments :

  1. Wow! I was thinking "why don't they build a bridge?" and then the video gets to the part where they say they want a bridge and it's their dream to have one built. What would it take to help them build one?

    Candy, your voice is way different from what I heard in my head - deeper and very smooth - nice!

    Colleen :)

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    1. I watched this in disbelief - these people have been failed badly by their government. There are many people in the Philippines to whom the cost of that bridge is just a night out on the town. I hope the video will lead to some change.

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    2. Heh very curious to know how you imagined my voice! I do duck voices too!

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    3. what an amazing insight into the lives of these kids thank you Candy for doing the voice over so we could all understand the story . I will show it to my class as their World News Item this week . I am sure some of them will have plans for raiing money to build this bridge

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    4. I keep getting asked how can we raise money for the bridge ... I will have to contact the news network to find out!

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    5. Wouldn't it be great to have a BI scoobie sponsored bridge? I wonder if we could collect at the conference? Just an idea.

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  2. Oh my word! That is almost unbelivable. Like Colleen above, I want to do something, raise some money. I wonder if they are fundraising and we could put the word out. I have that burning need you talk about below Candy.
    Beautifully voiced-over too Candy.
    Helen x

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    1. Thank you Helen. I started putting subtitles on it but it was so hard and was going to take so much time. I realized it would be faster to quickly record the translation and paste it onto the video.

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  3. What amazing children. Their appreciation for their education, everything it costs and everything it offers, is something I wish we could truly share the young people of this country. I speak from experience - I was a terrible pupil :/

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    1. They are amazing. I hope the more privileged children watching this video will come away with some insight on how lucky they are.

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  4. Brilliant, Candy
    These are great children.

    I can imagine though if you showed to kids here they would ignore the danger and much prefer the rubber ring to the bridge.

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    1. Yes they are ... i forgot to subtitle the bit where, as Nestor almost falls in, Ronalin says in a really matter of fact way, 'oh now you're wet'. And do you notice that she is paddling by using her rubber flip flops?

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  5. Hello Candy!
    I'm Saleema Refran. I chanced upon your English translation my report on Youtube. Beautifully done. I have cried buckets while I was doing this report. I was moved all over again by your translation. So happy that my report can reach more people. To explain the situation, Casili Elementary School is located within the Marikina Watershed, a protected area. After the report aired, a lot of people and groups have signified their intention to build a bridge. Unfortunately, because it is in a protected area we have to go through the Dept of Environment and Natural Resources. We have been in talks with them and other groups to hopefully build a small and eco-friendly bridge for the children. Thank you so much. You have know idea how happy I am watching your video. Truly moving voice over.

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    1. But it's you we must thank for doing this report. I thought it was extraordinary and moving. Please keep us informed about your progress with the bridge. I tried to send you messages via YouTube but I dont' think they got through. I was also contacted on YouTube by another Filipino group who wanted to build a bridge for the children. Thanks for dropping by and letting us know.

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