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JULY 31st

Last day of the Month and yey! I reach a thousand hits before October…. Cool! Thanks everyone for checking this site.

August will be coming in a few hours. Well this has been one great month of July. A number of stormy days yet we were able weather the storms and come out strong. Let’s keep praying for everyone’s safety in our country especially that the typhoon season is already on. As of writing, Kabayan is already out of the country and LPA Lando is threatening to bring rains to our country this week.

Have a great day everyone and see you August in a few hours time! 🙂

It took me more than two weeks to finally write something about the final Harry Potter movie which opened last July 15 here in the Philippines. I was literally in a daze for a few days before the first screening I watched and after I watched it for the first time. I guess all Harry Potter fanatics could feel the same way as I did while waiting for the final movie screening. There was the excitement and of course the fear that once the credits rolled there will be no more Harry Potter movie anymore to expect in the coming years.

THURSDAY. July 14th. I felt the excitement. I was in work and a seminar in the afternoon and I was feeling a bit lost already knowing that a few hours later I will be bidding farewell to one important part of my childhood. At 25, I went to the cinema with friends wearing my Hogwarts shirt and glad to see all amazing HP fantards wearing costumes which made me tear already. As we waited for the movie to start I was really feeling uneasy already not really knowing what I really felt at that time and then the lights came off and the part 2 of the Deathly Hallows opened up with the last scene from part 1. And yes, I teared up. I can’t control myself that it’s really for fans that Warner Brothers logo made me cry. The movie was so amazing that I did not notice I had free popcorn and drinks from the cinema. I knew what was going to happen. I knew who’s going to die but it got me hooked all the way through.

The movie as a whole was awesome for me though there are some points that I wished there was more action and I was looking for some people who were actually in the book but were not in the movie anymore. Well maybe the focus was just in other things. But overall, the movie delivered. And oh, how I loved how they trashed Hogwarts. Quite a comparison from the first movie and the final movie. THANK YOU MR. DAVID YATES! Thank you for the amazing movie.

TEARJERKERS. I am such cry baby that I knew the following scenes really made me cry:
1. McGonagall calling the nights to protect the (and her giggle saying I always wanted to use that spell) castle and the Order casting a protective spell to protect Hogwarts. It was like I was there. It was like I don’t want Voldemort to destroy Hogwarts, it’s my home too.
2. George and Fred talking at the castle asking if he’s afraid. I knew what will happen and I felt the loss already.
3. SNAPE. He’s the man. I read the book and I knew already that if not for LOVE he would have not done anything for Harry Potter. The Prince’s Tale was so heart-wrenching that I felt how Snape loved Lily.
4. LOVED ONES at FORBIDDEN FOREST. They were with Harry always. They never left and they will be with him till the very end.

Some people could not understand why we were so connected with Harry Potter and would sometimes ridicule us but I am proud to say that I am a Harry Potter generation. Years would pass and Harry Potter books would be covered by new books at bookstores yet I will always smile and re-tell the story to next generations of the boy who lived. Who would have thought that a book left by my cousins living in the States at our house will definitely create an impact in my life. Harry Potter was the reason I am a movie buff, it is what I look forward to every year that there will be another HP movie coming out but today marks the last movie.

But no, it is not the end. As JK Rowling said be in books and movies, Hogwarts will always be willing to welcome us home once again. Thank you JK Rowling for a wonderful generation. Thank you for leaving a legacy of friendship and trust through Harry Potter.

1000 by 10/10/11

Is this too much to ask for? I hope not. 🙂

 

Help me reach 1,000 hits by 10/10/11. As of latest check with my hits, I’m already at 586 hits.

I remember a few years back when I was still at my junior year at Silliman, Mr. Menardo “Butch” Jimenez, VP for Smart Communications was the one who gave the commencement address for the graduating class and I believe that until this very day his speech made an impact in my life.  It was so much of an irony but what would we know that DESCENDING TO THE TOP is the best way to go (Read Mr. Jmenez’ speech here http://www.pinoysoundingboard.com/2007/09/butch-jimenezs-speech-at-the-2006-silliman-university-graduation). On the other hand, a few months ago I stumbled with what we can call a not so shocking event anymore, I was in Indonesia when the Singapore was exercising their voting rights and wherein results of that election proved Lee Kuan Yew has to step down to give way to a younger breed of leadership (Read http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13400296).

Lee Kuwan Yew has been in the position for quite a long time, I think longer than Marcos that even after him, Goh Chok Tong, a strong member of their party took over as the Prime Minister. So what is my point with rising to the top and stepping down? Have you ever felt that we do all our best to rise to the top and at the same time when you reach the acme, going down is impossible? I am more than amazed with joint statment issued by Mr. Lee and Mr. Goh which reads explaining their reason for stepping down which reads “The time has come for a younger generation to carry Singapore forward in a more difficult and complex situation.” That made me think if Mr. Lee and Mr. Goh can do it, how hard could stepping down be?

For Filipinos? Hard enough. So hard enough that remaining in power has become a family affair in our country, that even when the last person with that powerful family name runs for office, that even a totally fucked up party list is accepting sons/daughters of the political families just to accommodate their desire to stay in power. I am one of those persons dreaming of a clean slate too in the Philippine government — no dues to pay from previous political family employers, no string attached transactions and absolutely no corruption. When former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced she was running for the House of Representative after her nine corruption ridden years as the country’s chief executive, it made me wish that I was no Filipino.Didn’t she get enough from staying in power for nine years? What else does she want? How about those families ruling certain provinces and cities wherein being politician has become their family business which helped create an empire of stolen lands?

I am even more perplexed when Mr. Lee said that he is proud of what he accomplished to what Singapore is now and is ready to pass the mantle. Rising to the top is now also that easy. Some people boast of what and who they are making it to the top but it take humility to ascend to the top. Humility knowing that you did not step on anybody, humility knowing that you need everybody to reach the country’s common goal and humility to accept the truth. And for Mr. Lee’s case, who would have thought that stepping down and away from power is not a dreadful situation at all but rather a time to look back with pride and accomplishment knowing that he did everything to make Singapore what it is now. For some Filipino politicians, stepping down is a shame. Stepping down is a chance for the government to run after one’s corrupt practices while in power. Who would have thought that stepping down is a nightmare that everyone should be afraid of in our country?

I am hoping and praying that this stigma will still change in this country. That every person will pursue humility on their way to the top that by the time they descend from power, they will only be proud of the accomplishments that they did for our country.

Last July 2, 2011, my friend and I were able to catch Cirque du Soleil’s production of Varekai here in Manila. As most of you have known that Cirque du Soleil is one of the best travelling circus there is in the world and it has been said that a man in his lifetime must have watched the Cirque and yes we were able to just that.

The show was held at The Grand Chapiteau put up at Quirino Grandtsand for the month long run in the country. From the outside one can feel the excitement of being in there to watch the greatest show unfold.

The show started on the dot (warning to those watching the show, come on time – they close the gates so as not to disturb the whole show making you miss the first 20 minutes of the show).

Varekai (as per Wikipedia) is loosely based on the myth of Icarus. One of the main characters of the show is named Icarus, who, instead of drowning in the sea, lands in a mystical forest at the base of a volcano.

The show started with a lizard-like creature in the center stage until the stage bursted will all kinds of creatures in different colors dancing, gyrating and singing. The stage became so alive until the flight of Icarus which is one of my favorite part wherein the Icarus was suspended in the air in this net while twists and performs acrobatic routines. My eyes feasted in various acts all throughout the show which completely left me dumbfounded. And just when I thought that was that show has to offer, the final act which they call as Russian swings left me hanging in my seat. There were men in these giant swings which were thrown from two swings and in a giant cloth which totally ended the show with a big bang and a standing ovation from a crowd mesmerized by the amazing show.

Varekai was surely a visual feast. The stage was bursting with colors and the acts were simply amazing. There are some parts that you may find dragging and some people who have seen the Cirque in other countries may claim this is not the best yet for my PhP 5,500.00, I found it worth every centavo.

Thank heavens that Cirque was able to perform here in Manila and I look forward to the day when the Cirque returns here with another world-class production.

Guys, if you haven’t watched it yet, you still have a chance so go and buy your tickets now!

NOTE: Pics are not mine since we are not allowed to bring cameras inside the show.

The first half of 2011 is finally over. It’s officially the second half of the year (well better late than never!). I know it’s the 8th already but I just want to welcome July 2011!!!

July brings so much anticipation especially to me and all the Harry Potter fanatics around the globe as the epic end to the worldwide success opens in theater in the second week. Another thing which makes July special to me is my little brother’s birthday. Man, he’s getting older. Well he’s not the little brother anymore but he’ll always be my little brother. We often don’t agree on the same things in this world but yes he is my best bud!

This second half of the year will be just like a breeze. I haven’t really felt that the first half pass by but then let me remind eveyone to make the days count.

Hello JULY! 🙂