Is Duterte Our Generation’s Version of Heneral Luna?

It has been weeks since I’ve been attempting to write a review about this film, Heneral Luna however, one writer from Rappler sums up the exact feelings I have had about this film.

We shared the same sentiments about the said movie especially when it was revealed that it’ll be the Philippines’ entry in one of the most sought after international award-giving body for movies; It’s both shame and pride that sounds like, “Why are we gonna show the whole world our dirty laundry? Will it do any good for us? Will it be our pride or would it be humiliating?”. You’d be torn between applauding and hibernating.

But then, I thought, so what now? We should be “awaken” by this film, but the question there is, “Are we”?

Yes, at the moment, it has gained its 180M mark and Gregorio Del Pilar’s time to shine is in the pipe line. But, What now?

Does that stop on us, posting our nationalistic self in all our social media account? Is this all about making a high caliber movie or is there something more to this? It may just be a fiction movie that was based from facts, but what if, there is a hidden message within, that wants us to realize? What if, this movie wants us to be fully aware of what went wrong and to re-live that moment, when one “Heneral Luna” was there to fight for us?

What if, this movie would want us, the new Filipino generation to change what was written in the history books, so as not to say, “History repeats itself?”. Yes, Filipinos of yesterday, instead of fighting with him, they killed him, stabbed him to death and fired gun on him. What if, right at this moment, we were given a chance to change what had happened before and create a much better future ahead of us?

What if, this generation’s Heneral Luna is disguising to be a Davaoeño Mayor who is known with the same courage, heart and mind as Antonio Luna? Are you gonna give this country a chance?

Do you think, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte from Davao qualifies to be our new generation’s Heneral Luna? But, this time, are we gonna kill him and our hopes, just like what we did before?

What’s your thoughts? Think about it.

Why I Love the Longest Ride

This was a movie adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel, The Longest Ride; I have not read the book yet but then, I opted to watch the film already (Just not sure if this is a good decision but I’m hoping it is). As you all know, Nicholas Sparks is my holy grail of love stories. He can hit you right in your heartstrings and I have always enjoyed his works (well, not all but most. Feel free to visit my other reviews about his novels HERE).

In his other novels, death has always been part of its recipe which makes the story more poignant and can leave you brokenhearted thereafter (there is still a tinge of death but was not highlighted that much in the film. It’s the death of Luke’s father). And this one is different.

It’s real and can hit you bull’s-eye.

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In his other novels, he has introduced different health issues such as Asperger’s in Dear John, Alzheimer’s Disease in The Notebook and Leukemia in The Walk to Remember but here, it wasn’t one of his  ingredients. Here, he presented reality. That there are people from two different world that can fall in love and though you may belong to two different genre’s of life, there will always be a way to make things work.

It introduced the notion that we had always been hearing ever since that, “Love is a choice”.

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That love is never perfect and can sometimes be out of your league. At times, you can not even understand it and can sometimes stand between you and your dreams.

In that situation, for sure, I’d also choose my dreams and one time opportunities more than love but then, soon, you’d realize that your dreams can be nothing if you have no one to share it with.

My favorite scene:

Dinner by the lake 🙂

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“It’s just 6 seconds but that girl can be the rest of your life.”

Women Talk: That Time of the Month

Respect my PMS - premenstrual syndrome
Good news guys! You are not the only person who hates your girlfriend when she has PMS.
We girls also hate it.
When I remember my teen years, I don’t really believe about PMS. Thinking it was just an escape for girls to be crazy and irrational. I used to blame other people about what I feel. If I feel frustrated, disappointed, sad, depressed, etc. I used to point it out to others. It’s as if everything is their fault and I am a cute little angel that has nothing to do about it.
It’s just so funny that after sometime, I have realized that there is a pattern. The day that I wanted to cry over a simple comment about me or worse, about nothing, was also the day before I’d get my monthly visitor coming. I am not the usual person that I am. I easily get irritated, I need to double my effort to be happy with my job and be enthusiastic in my work, I have to pretend nothing is bothering me but in all honestly, I just want to be alone or else, in just one snap, I will burst my nonsense self to the whole world.
I hate it. I don’t feel like myself every time. I want to cry for no reason, suddenly, I’d be more detail oriented, I would expect a lot from people and I can be depressed over a simple interaction with someone.
Another depressing thing about this is the duration. Sometimes, this can last for one week which can really affect a number of people in my life. Aside from its emotional burden, there are physical damage too. Acne, food cravings which can result to weight gain, bloatedness and sometimes, easy fatigue-ability.
I am not the best person to tell you what to do on those times but here is what helps me do better every time that time of the month arrives.
1. Limit Your Interaction to People
I don’t expect you to do this if you are a people-person but this will really help a lot because the lesser person you interact with, the lesser it is for you to feel bad over some nonsense matters. It doesn’t mean not going to work but it means, being fully aware that “this is the time of the month” that you have to be very careful with what you say and do because it can really affect other people too. When they’d noticed my severe silence, I’ll reply, “PMS. sorry.” And they’d just understand it.
2. Limit Your Caffeine and Alcohol Intake
This can be the hardest part for me because I am a coffee drinker. Though I am limiting it to 3 cups a day, having none can make me lousy and sleepy. Caffeine has been known to block receptors which can result to depression and thus, decreasing your coffee intake can be of great help to manage your mood swings.
3. Small Frequent Healthy Eating
Since you crave for more food, small frequent healthy eating can be advisable. This time of the month, you can ditch the 3 big meals a day and change it to 6 small meals a day which includes fruits and more green leafy vegetables.
4. Get ways to Manage Stress
Even if you are not in your PMS periods, stressful events can trigger mood swings therefore, better stress management is indeed more necessary on these times. Go out with your trusted friend to vent out, write a journal, find a way to de-stress yourself.
5. Have Enough Sleep and Rest
Make sure to ditch out your stressors and of course, sleep well. Sleeping can help you regain your physical strength and make you focus on what you do. Having enough rest can make you feel refreshed and free from any outward misfortunes.
PMS has been a widely known group of symptoms and as women, we must learn how to overcome it because until our child bearing years is over, we will always meet our PMS-y self every month. All we have to do is deal with it. We will definitely miss it after our menopause. We just need to get used to it.
So to the guys in our lives, you don’t have any choice. It will always be a part of us. As long as we call ourselves “woman”.

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Why Women Should Work

Women work

Since March is Women’s month, this will be a good excuse for me to post articles about women empowerment. Let me start with this blog post.

Women should really work.

I’m not against housewives or women who devoted most of their time and life in taking care of their kids.

It’s selfless. Too selfless.

Looking back in 2009, I’ve written an article about my qualms about motherhood and until now, I still feel the same.

That’s why, I always admired mothers. Hats off! Motherhood was something as of right now, not in my bucket list even though I’m old enough to be one. It’s scares me to death maybe because I am not yet as stable as I wanted to be. I wanted to establish my own career first before jumping into having my own family. Being a woman is really hard because you are expected to be the best at EVERYTHING you do.

You have to be a loving wife, a caring mother, a responsible woman, reliable co-worker and a powerful woman all in all. One should never be left out.

Thus, women are really powerful. If you are one, never underestimate that power that was entrusted to you. Whether you are single or starting your own family, a powerful woman mustn’t be conquered by anyone. Even their husbands.

Sad to say, some women doesn’t know the power that lies within them. They depend on their husband or partner in building their family thinking they don’t have any word to say.

It’s never wrong to be the woman in charge of the house but make sure you are leaving something for yourself. Mothers would sometimes forget to take care of themselves which is really awful. Again, too much selflessness.

How many times have we seen women who were beaten to death by their so called “partners” or “husbands”. Honestly, I can even blame it to them (women) because these women were so blinded and would also de-value themselves. These women let their husbands treat them that way. Why? because most of them are too scared to be left because they depended too much with their other half.

As a woman, be as independent as you can. No one will ever love and value yourself more than you do to your own. How you treat yourself will also be the way others will treat you. If you treat yourself with utmost respect, then others will do too. And this would include your other half.

Successful woman makes career ladderCareer woman has higher value for themselves because they know they can stand by themselves even without a man. They can buy things on their own because it’s their own money. They can go to places that they want and they don’t have any restrictions because they can live a life that they’d dreamed of.

When a woman is working, her confidence level will eventually surface which makes her more beautiful. A working woman has that time for herself every morning before going to work; thinking they’d always want to look best every single day.

A working woman’s life works like a domino. The more she takes care of herself, the more she is taking care of her relationship with his man thus keeps a good relationship in place. When she has her own money, whether they are full pledge single woman, single mother or a wife, she can have something to share and give to their love ones. Working can also open some doors of opportunities that can change your family’s life as well.

Having your own career isn’t only about the money that you can contribute to your family. It’s also about self – worth, self – confidence and most importantly, self- respect.

Happy Women’s Month!

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Time Magazine: Person of the Year (December 2013)

One month after 2014, I know blogging about this Time Magazine issue is really late (as always) but I really can’t contain my feelings when I bought this issue.
I wasn’t a fan of Pope Francis compared with Pope John Paul II. He is simply another pope for me.
On the other hand, I had been hearing a lot of compliments about this pope and has heard a lot of good things about him all over the internet. He isn’t the typical pope that we had been accustomed to.
I’ve seen his selfie with some teenagers who went to Vatican for a visit and his picture with a lamb at his back. It’s very unusual for someone who has the highest position (Catholic Church) to do such gestures.
We’ve also heard the story of him reprimanding a priest because of his lavish lifestyle.
By then, I’ve started to develop this curiosity about knowing his life. I must say that he is the coolest pope that we had ever known. I’m so glad to know more about him because of this issue of Time Magazine.

Another thing I’ve learned to appreciate about this person is his humility which for me is the most important trait of a man aside from courage.

But, he is not the only person that I was able to meet in this issue. Another man that I want to know is Nelson Mandela.
I was also moved by the article of Morgan Freeman about him. Another humble person that I’ve learned to look up to. His movie, Invictus is also the title of one of my favorite poem.


Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.
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