There I was, thinking of ways to make my world larger then it seems to be. That was always the goal, to live beyond what my imagination could fathom. Needless to say my imagination is a composite of different pieces of my day to day. From a tap on my shoulder from a man that I’ve never met before saying how excited he was to work with my ideas to accidentally spilling hot water on my pinstriped button down while trying to answer the same email on my laptop and mobile phone. As distant as these ideas are from each other, it is inside my mind that they find a way to meet and mold into one idea that makes sense; or so I think it does. I am a quarter to midnight wanderer. Walking through the halls of my high school alma mater while running my fingers over the cement paved walls. The memory was so clear to me, I may have moved on but who I have become because of that school has never left.
Journal on Hinlawood
The epic Hinlawood was an eye opener for me and Philippine literature. I have always enjoyed reading western novels because of their world renowned authors but in this case I appreciated the work of a Filipino writer by the name of F. Landa Jocano.
2 things I enjoyed most about the epic. The First would be the moral lesson of the experience Hmadapnon had to live beyond the boarders of your comfort zone and secondly the unorthodox ending of a not so happily ever after. The journey of Humadapnon was a far cry from home. Being of royal descent, Humadapnon has only experienced a life of wealth and prosperity. To find his one true love, he was asked to travel to a distant land. In the process he encountered terrors and obstacles that would test his manhood and virtue. At the end of the of the epic, Humadapnon learns that to benefit from life’s treasures you must learn to understand the life of those in a lower class, “To live with your feet on the ground and not your head in the clouds”. The classic fairy tale ending of two long lost lovers finding each other is replaced by the empowered woman searching for respect and only a worthy husband can deserve.
Journal on Game of Throne’s
I am one of the lucky few who has followed the Game of Throne’s series from day one. Time flies by so fast to already witness two seasons of gut wrenching, end to end action and prolific dialogue sequences. That theme song complemented by an animated interpretation of the rise of each one of the seven kingdoms, playing a vital role in the Game of Throne’s already captivates my sense of curiosity and thirst for adventure.
Among all the characters in the drama, I have to say that the one with the most interesting plot for me so far would be Joffrey Baratheon. As the eldest son of King Robert Baratheon and Queen Cersei, Joffrey is the rightful heir to the thrown of the seven kingdoms of Westeros. His character, played by Jack Gleeson, is a mix of greed due to power and lack of maturity. He stampers along the corridors of the castle with what futile knowledge he has to rule a kingdom. Nevertheless he exercises his power, having all first born sons killed, having Ned Stark executed and bringing violence to the streets of Kings landing. What is interesting about the growth of his character in the drama is that, you can’t help but feel a potential of change in perspective from his side. Yes, he is a king acting like a child but has the series continues, we find King Joffrey struggling to become an unlawful king and ultimately longing for the respect of his own countrymen.
Journal on Documentary
The documentary about the tribe that hinilawood was based on was a proper introduction to understanding the epic. Lie ant piece of literature, it is always best that you interpret the story through the eyes of the author. Through this method, you build a base for your understanding of the epic. The characters, setting, plot and theme are set in the right way therefore avoiding wrong analysis of each part.
F. Landa Jocano was the author of the three part epic that is formally known as “Hinilawood: Adventures of humadapnon”. The text was based on the chants by the “Sulod” people who lived in the central mountains of Pan-ay. F. Landa Jocano traveled all the way to Bukidnon to uncover a important piece of Filipino culture. After retiring from the University of the Philippines as a professor, he began to articulate the chant of Hugan-an into English for literary flexibility purposes, something that Filipino scholars in present day setting can use to uncover the history behind Filipino literary works.
As a Filipino scholar myself, I much appreciate the importance of this literary piece. Not only does it uncover a more in depth view of Filipino culture but it also breathes new life into our Filipino heritage. With the Filipino trend of Globalization, our culture and heritage becomes affected through the diminishing of historical works. As we become a more global economy we must always remember to represent our roots so that the Filipino is never left behind.
Journal on Word of the Day
The word of the day would be “Sulod”. This word was used by F. Landa Jocano, to describe the Sugidanon tribe residing in the mountains of Central Pan-ay, Bukidnon Province. The word mean “room”, this he felt best described the tribes peoples setting in an enclosed area between the mountain province of Bukidnon. There were some issues in regards to using this term. Given that the Sugidanon tribe was not the only tribe inhabiting the moutain proper, others felt that they could be misinterpreted by literature as entirely “Sulod”.
Journal for The Sky Over Dimas
Simply put, I like watching plays. A theater can bring so much to a persons senses. From a visual spectacle to an audio masterpiece, there is no telling what kind of emotions can be drawn from a good play. In this case a confusing one. To be brutally honest, the play was difficult to understand. Entering the theater, I found myself thinking what would the this play have to offer me considering I have no prior knowledge as to what the novel was all about. there were a lot of flash back scenes that made it difficult to understand the flow of things. Nevertheless the acting and stage theatrics were good and that I could appreciate. My favorite character in the play would be the father of Rafael, George Torrecarion, he was labeled as the the “loco” of Bacolod province. He as insane to begin with, thinking about alien abduction and what not. I feel though what drove him into completely loosing it would be the farm life itself. My mother is from the province of Bacolod as well and I share quite a number of uncles that are part of the sugar cane industry. They work from 5 am -12 pm watching over the crops and this is during harvest season. When the said season has passed, most of their time is given to recreational periods of drinking and marry making. This kind of lifestyle could only induce more harmful effect to the already affected area of the brain that George had to deal with every day of his life. All in all I enjoyed the play but I feel that to better understand the piece of literature I will need to watch it another time and maybe read the novel in the process.
Journal on the Candy Crush Saga
The incredibly popular application game has now turned into a world wide phenomenon. Almost played in over 30 million hand held devices and growing, the first player game has no plans of stopping the development of the game for future software’s to come. I myself am an avid fan of the candy crush saga. I use the Android platform to enjoy the many levels of the game, which is the more popular platform to use the application with.
What really is the great thing about candy crush saga? Well for starters, the instructions of the game are relatively simple. you must combine candies that are alike to make space for other candies in the area. Like first person hall fame games of old, Tetris and alike, they harness the ability of the human mind to decode certain scenarios in the game that need ample focus and comprehension. Practice makes perfect, the key to this game is never to give up and always remember that there is more than one way to complete a level and move on to the next.
Buyong Humadapton is a young datu in search of a maiden fair. His spirited friends, or close friends, Taghuy and Duwindi came to him and shook his hammock to tell him of a dream he had of a maiden so fair. Her name was nagmalitong yawa, daughter of Lord Buyong Labaw Donggon and Uwa Matan-Ayon of the tribe by the Halawod River. Anxious to travel alone, Buyong Humadapnon approached his younger sister, Uwa Labing Anyag. Both siblings called on to their parents, father Burulakaw and mother Ginbitinan. With the special powers bestowed on his sister, Uwa Labing Anyag conjured a spell to create a companion for Buyong Humadapnon. Each member of the family dropped blood onto the ceremonial plate and there rose a young man of royal blood. Buyong Dumalapdap was his name and a member of the royal family he was, one who would accompany the young datu on his journey beyond the borders of his tribe.