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OTWOL's Resident Poet: From Local Bars to National Television
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"I invested in good relationships with good people yata kasi. Direk Tonet and I are from the same college film org. Doon kami nag-meet. At umaarte ako sa mga pelikula niya noon. Tipong Crazy Fan No. 1 ang role. Ganon lang. She originally suggested me to be one of the writers but when she offered the part of Rico, I dropped writing kasi mas gusto ko naman umarte noon," recalled the spoken word artist.

He has appeared in short films, full-length indie films such as "I-libings" and "Oros," and the box office hit "English Only, Please" for bit roles.

Aside from dabbling into poetry and acting, Severo has also tried his hand in playwriting. His play "Hintayan ng Langit" debuted last July 2015 at the annual Virgin Labfest of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

When asked about his opinion on the slow and steady emergence (or re-emergence) of spoken word in the Philippines, Severo finally said: "I think likas na madaldal tayong mga Filipino. Iba ang gutom natin para sa kuwento at pagkukuwento. May Balagtasan na nga sa atin noon pa, kaya I think naging madali ang paglago ng spoken word dito sa atin dahil ang ganito at hindi na bago. Mahilig tayo sa kuwento at sanay na tayo sa paggamit ng tugma at talinghaga. Hindi nakakagulat kung mas lumago pa ang spoken word. We are a country of willing storytellers. And in spoken word, what one really needs is a story and the willingness to share it."

Through Jadaone, Severo has done an outstanding job of delivering a usually ignored art form into national television—a primetime hit like On The Wings of Love nonetheless.

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