[WIP] This is an exercise project and a part of my final documentary film for our Advanced Documentary class.
What benefit is it to a man if he has one good thing but keeps it only to himself? What good does it bring to a man if he has the ability to do good and not do it? What good does a man bring to his brother in this otherwise meaningless life? Who knows what is good for a man in his life? “Who can tell him what will happen under the sun after he’s gone? Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits a man who sees the sun. Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but its advantage is this: Wisdom brings joy to a man who has it. In this life, there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work. Whatever his hands find to do, he should do it with all his might, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him? Moreover, no one knows when his hour will come.” a
a Adapted from the book of Ecclesiastes
NARRATIVE SYNOPSIS & CHARACTER PROFILE
A day in the life of Oscar Hernandez.
Oscar Hernandez worked as a researcher at UNILAB for many years and retired several years ago. He also served as an appointive barangay official for a number of years when he was still connected with UNILAB. At about the same time, he also worked on a personal research project concerning his family history. Not having married like many of his siblings, and having no children of his own, he supported many of his niblings in their college education.
Oscar started a self-funded project to improve the image and the quality of life in his little community in the area of Pritil, Tondo. Using his own funds, he started to embellish the walls surrounding his community with European-inspired designs and while at the same time planting trees to combat pollution and beautify the surroundings. In the process, he has employed local artisans who have transformed his vision into reality. On his family level, he has compiled a two-volume research on his family’s history and genealogy as well as aspects of community life in Tondo.
Today, he is living in Baliuag, Bulacan with his widowed sister-in-law and nephew.
special thanks: Rolando Ocampo (dad) and Mr. Oscar Hernandez