Fangirl of sorts.
My 15-year-old Self'sThoughts on Love
In high school, specifically during my third year, our English adviser, Miss Victoria, asked us to write an essay about love. We were required to incorporate quotes to support our ideas. Before this assignment, I had never written about love, but my perspective on it has remained consistent throughout my life. If there's anything I would add to this discussion, it is this: You have to love and accept yourself at all stages of your life because love comes from within.
Pas de Deux
When the applause and cheers subsided, and the dancers bowed after a majestic performance of Swan Lake, young Carmila distinctly recalled the pact she and her twin sister Carmina had made. Watching Swan Lake, the eight-year-old girls decided that one day they, too, would be part of a grand production. Carmina aspired to be the principal dancer, while Carmila envisioned designing the tutus and, perhaps, even the entire stage. She had always excelled more in the arts than her twin.
It's Impossible to Disconnect from Reality While Watching 'The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes'
Coriolanus Snow said the whole world is an Arena, and we need the games to remind us of what we are and what we’re capable of. It’s hard to disconnect from reality when the fictional world reflects it so vividly.
Critique Wanted: A Filipino Vampire Story
In my Chapters entry, I explained the need to establish a background and motivation for my heroine, Karmila. I described how her journey would feel incomplete without a story exclusively devoted to her, narrated in her preferred style. This short story is what I envisioned in my mind's eye back in 2016 while waiting for the bus to commence a long journey, including crossing the ocean, on my way back home. I am seeking critique and advice. To gain a deeper understanding of Karmila's character, I recommend reading this: Memoirs of a Vampire: A Background
Memoirs of A Vampire: A Background
Author's Note: The idea came to me while it was raining. I was on a bus, heading back to my home province after completing an undergraduate assessment exam for university. As I gazed out of the window, a vision formed in my mind—a hunter, a vampire in pursuit of their prey. Their intent was not to kill, but rather to proposition "clean" humans to become their blood donors. It was the late '90s, and the world was still grappling with the aftermath of the AIDS epidemic. For this particular, discerning vampire, locating a human with untainted blood proved to be a formidable challenge. Ultimately, they settled on a human male who was drowning his sorrows at a bar, having recently been left heartbroken by a high school sweetheart.
A Book that Changed Me: "Don't Ever Tell" by Kathy O'Beirne
I've read many fiction books in one sitting, but the moment I picked up this particular book, I couldn't put it down. I was around 11, about to turn 12, on my first trip to Thailand with my family. I noticed it on my parents' shelf and decided to bring it with me. However, it wasn't until the long journey to Mae Sot that I finally started reading it. The book was called “Don’t Ever Tell” by Kathy O’Beirne.
Oil Clear? The Oil Spill Crisis in Oriental Mindoro, Philippines - Coast Guard and Local Government Unit Terminate Response Efforts
On February 28, 2023, the coastal municipality of Naujan, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines woke up to a tragic sight - toxic sludge had been dumped along their coastline. The MT Princess Empress had encountered engine trouble and sank the day before, resulting in an estimated 800,000 liters of industrial fuel oil spilling across the ocean. This disastrous incident further damaged the already vulnerable marine ecosystem and the surrounding flora and fauna. As the crisis approaches the six-month mark, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the local government unit, led by Incident Commander Geronimo B. Tuvilla and Oriental Mindoro Governor Humerlito ‘Bonz’ Dolor, respectively, have formally signed The Joint Resolution for the Termination of the Oil Spill Response in Oriental Mindoro between the Provincial Government, national and local agencies, and private organizations on August 2. Although the government commits to continued support for affected individuals, it raises concerns about the long-term environmental implications and the need to address fossil fuel dependence for a sustainable future.
Barbie and Oppenheimer: A Day of Thought Provoking Cinema
Barbie directed by Greta Gerwig and Oppenheimer directed by Chirstopher Nolan premiered globally on July 21, 2023. The unexpected "Barbenheimer" phenomenon took the internet by storm prior to both films' release, generating massive fanfare and contributing to their record-breaking box office success. Audiences flocked to theaters to witness the work of two acclaimed directors presenting fresh perspectives on familiar narratives. Both films have garnered critical acclaim, Certified Fresh Ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, and broken box office records, marking them as significant post-pandemic blockbusters. Despite their tonal and thematic differences, the convergence of these two films on a shared premiere day resulted in a unique movie-going experience that left a lasting impact.
Hymen, oh Hyménée’
The lost painting, Hymen, oh Hyménée! Also known as Boda Romana, had finally resurfaced, ending its long absence from the art world. Once exhibited at the Paris World Fair of 1889, it remained hidden until its rediscovery in 2023. Back then, it had only secured a bronze medal, but its true value lay in the love that fueled its creation.