Quentin Tarantino, the director of such action films as “Kill Bill” and “Pulp Fiction” had a typical Pinoy experience yesterday as he tried to travel to the Malacanang Palace to meet with President Arroyo: he got caught in a traffic jam.

But he was not caught in an ordinary traffic jam, but one caused by street flooding from a downpour caused by a passing typhoon.

Tarantino, however, was accompanied by a local filmmaker, Amable Aguirez, who found two pedicabs, i.e. bicycles with sidecars used by locals for short rides that use side streets, and they both managed to get to the palace. Tarantino, who wore sandals to wade through the flood, took it all in stride:tarantino

“It was lots of fun, it took a long time but it was not bad at all,” said Tarantino who waded through the flood wearing sandals.

Aguiluz, who arrived in a separate pedicab, said he had to buy shoes for Tarantino for the formal event scheduled at 2 p.m. but which started an hour late as Arroyo herself got stuck in traffic coming from two engagements in the morning.

Tarantino and European director Robert Malengreau were awarded by President Arroyo with lifetime achievement awards for their contribution to the film industry and for their support of Philippine cinema.

Tarantino’s sandals were replaced with shoes according to Palace protocol, but his wet pants were replaced with a pair of jogging pants and he wore a traditional white barong shirt to receive the award. .

The award was part of Cinemanila Ninth annual Film Festival. Tarantino is writing a book about Philippine action films.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket. 

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