Sunday, September 27, 2015

Batman day + Batman Adventures: Mad Love review.




Yesterday (September 26) was Batman Day at Fullybooked Stores. I was fortunate enough to receive a free special edition Batman comic. Coincidentally, My reserved copy of Batman adventures: Mad love deluxe edition also arrived.



Batman Adventures: Mad Love is definitely a must read for any Harley Quinn fan like me. It is very funny. We see the origins of Harleen Quinzel into Harley Quinn. The relationship between her and the Joker is very comedic and we can see that it is one sided but still Harley, even though she is a psychiatrist, falls madly in love with him and would do anything for her puddin. In this we see how loving someone so much and recklessly has implications. The illustration is awesome. I like the very cartoonish drawing. I do recommend this. It a very light and quick read. Plus, Harley Quinn is a very fun character to read about.

Movie Review: Heneral Luna


        The film is about Heneral Antonio Luna (John Arcilla) during Philippine-American war. The film depicts how selfishness is the root of all evil and how the Filipinos, especially those in power are fighting with one another rather then the enemy, which are the Americans. We also see how lies and rumors can influence a decision of a person. Power is the main theme in the movie. The film centers around how power is being is played and how it is used to influence and coerce people.  Due to the self-interest of the people in power, such as Pedro Paterno and Felipe Buencamino, they would turn their backs to their country and fellowmen for their personal gain. They would even spread lies and rumors about Heneral Luna that would eventually lead to Luna’s murder.

Also, due to President Emilio Agunaldo’s self-interest of remaining into power and not letting Luna steal the power from him and Luna leading dictatorship, which is rumors spread by Paterno and Buencamino, led him into assassinating Luna. Different ideologies play a part in the argument of the Filipinos with one another. They have different views and approaches in handling the situation that they clash. Heneral Luna is seen as a Machiavellian. He is very cunning and he would rather be feared then be loved in order for his army to follow him. He is also keen on discipline. And because of this he is seen as the most brilliant and capable general during that time but he also gained a lot of enemies that did not agree to his way of governing and think that he was mad or a lunatic.

            Furthermore, what really struck me the most is how Prime Minister Apolinario Mabini stayed silent about the assassination. He has an idea of what happened to Luna. He saw the bloody machete on one of the Kawit soldiers and he did not say anything during the trial. In addition, the film shows the lack of nationalism of the Filipinos. They were divided and not united. They were more of a maka-bayan rather than a nationalistic due to the fact that they would fight for their bayan with other bayan rather then the Americans, as shown in the scene where in Hen. Tomas Mascardo and Hen. Luna were fighting with another rather than cooperating with one another in the fighting the Americans, which led to the Americans advancing and beginning a battle in Bagbag while the two henerals were in Pampanga.

            To assert, this film is great because even though this film is a historical depiction, it is still applicable to the present. Nowadays, we can still see how this kind of politics is still prevalent in the country. First, is how we still have a particularistic culture; where in the individuals is focus more on relationship rather than rules. This is shown when Heneral Luna was talking to Paterno and Buencamino on how they were sided with the Spaniards before and now with the Americans. In today’s politics, political parties members are changing political parties due to “pakikisama” and “utang na loob”. Second, is how selfishness plays a role in politics, where in people would violate the constitution for their personal gains. Third, is how rumors can influence a person’s ideas, decisions, and actions, especially now with the advancement of technology rumors can spread easily and faster. These rumors can lead to propagandas against a person.


            Finally, I would really recommend this movie due to it amazing historical depiction of the political system of the Philippines before, the cinematography, and the symbolism. Different symbolisms surround the film like the Philippine flag. At the first part of the film the flag is very clean and as the movie progress we see the flag becoming dirtier until it is burned at the end. This shows how politics is tuning into something bad and continues to violate the constitution. This film should be watch in order to be exposed and to look back into our country’s history. I also believe that the youth today should watch this film in order to be political aware of our country because by watching this film we can learn about the history of our politics and with that we can understand the current situation of our politics and government system.

Asia pop Comic Con Manila 2015 + Haul

      It was my first time to attend a comic-con and it was awesome! I was fangirling so much. It was a nice experience for a comic book fan like me. What really got me excited was the cool models of characters on display, like Beast from X-Men, the Avengers... etc. The cosplayers were phenomenal. These people dedicated a lot of time, creativity, and money into their costumes (well... the $10,000 did not hurt as well).



Diablo III demon hunter (She has the best costume I have ever seen
and she is so pretty). 


Black Canary!!! (Obligatory picture since I am an Arrow fan).

Harley Quinn! (Definitely Fangirling over this one).

  



Comic Book Haul 
Sadly all the pop funko figurines I wanted were not available so I just got comic books.


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XOXO,
Isabel Samonte

Birthday Haul + piercing

I celebrated my 19th birthday last September 9 and I am definitely blessed to be surrounded by amazing people in my life who cares and love me for who I am. Thank you to my friends and family who continue to support me.

Birthday haul 




I finally got my ear cartilage pierce at needle juice. You can find them on instagram @needlejuiceph. They provide tattoo, henna and piercing services. They are very sanitize and the procedure did not hurt at all. It has been three weeks since the procedure and I had no trouble at all with infections.