Friday, April 25, 2014

I Love Nicole the Mistress, Don't I?

Monica (wife), Adrian (husband) and Nicole (mistress). Photo credits:  

Nicole Esquivel, the anatagonist played by Maja Salvador in the teleserye entitled The Legal Wife aired on ABSCBN, is gaining more and more haters as the story unfolds her hole and corner relationship with a man named Adrian Devilla played by Jericho Rosales, who is married to the protagonist Monica Santiago played by Angel Locsin.

Many of the bashful comments I read and heard, especially for Nicole Esquivel played by Maja Salvador, are mostly based on personal life of the artist playing the role. Unless you are living under the rock, we know in real life how the friendship of Maja Salvador and another actress Kim Chui was broken because of a man in the person of actor Gerald Anderson.

Gerald is the former lover of Kim, who seemed to have been most heart broken in their decision to separate ways. Now, Kim and Maja are two good friends, the latter known to be a confidante of the former during her very painful days. Until one day Gerald and Maja came out as lovers, leaving Kim more hurt than ever and Maja being painted with the "traitor" image.

Now, back to the drama on screen. Why this so much hatred? Some avid viewers hate Nicole not simply because of her wickedness in the story but because of the untangled story of Maja behind the camera. My friends on social networking sites, with smoking ears, write that Maja is the most ideal actress for role of a mistress because she is an experienced one; not an experienced actress but an experienced "mistress".

But I partially digress to that. It is hard to set aside personal feelings and I admit I am no big fan of Maja. But viewing the literature angle, I cannot deny that I love Nicole after all. She is giving justice to the mistress role as evidenced by my rising blood pressure.

What is a masterpiece without villains like Nicole? Civilizations have traitors. Plays have villains. Tales have witches. In a nutshell, if Nicole and other minor villains are not part of the casting, then end of the story! Turn off the idiot box because there is no complication to give denoument at all and there ought to be no story to spin in the first place. 

And are mistresses in real life not like Nicole? She flirts and dates with a man she knows she can never have. She loves to settle for second. She fell in her own trap of love and lies. In short, we know that Nicole is a stock type of character based on reality. And if she hurts, it only shows she effectively connects to real life. Truth just hurts, does not it?

If we get all these purely to our emotions, we will all taste like a bitter gourd. Admit that we just too taken away, which is the true measurement of the effectiveness of the character. Try to take a glimpse at the other side of things - the literature. Separate the the water from oil, so that maybe then we will find something worth appreciating after all.

Things are clearer to me now. I love Nicole because that is how I should expect of her to fit the bill. However, I am still no big fan of Maja in real life by my own personal feelings, which I am sure is understandable.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Flowery Lenten Musings

Cactus are appreciated most of the time becuase of its unique growing habit. It rarely blooms in its lifetime, and when it finally does, it is one of the most beautiful in the garden.

The collage beside this post is a collection of shots of my colorful cactuses that bloomed in my terrarium this summer season.

And since we are in the middle of Holy Week today, I just dropped to share some biblical musings about life. It can be found in Job 14:2, which reads as follows: Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.

Life is short, and our existence in this world is only a glimpse of our eternal being. Our prime years, like the blooming season of a flower, is only a part of our real existence. Our manifestation, as fleeting as a shadow, will soon be drowned in the light of daytime.

So, make the most of the time in fulfilling the real purpose of God for our existence for life is short to be wasted. Hear the wistful call of heaven; deafen not our hearts to His words.

A meaningful Lenten season, my friends.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Of Serenity...

Communal living in the farm is probably one of the last frontiers of life that is distinguished by simplicity and tranquility.

I cannot simply find an adjective that best describes the distinct smell of farm... the muddy soil, the burned wood, the wet haystack, the human sweat - all mixed together.

The peaceful atmosphere of nature... the whisper of wind, the call of cows, the babble of river, the frolick of birds, the rustle of leaves - truly wonderful retreat.

And the innocence of the world by the idyllic view... the rice paddies, the clear skies, the grazing cattles, the working farmers - a relaxing sight to behold.

The modern world has many comforts to offer but it does not necessarily mean contentment nor happiness. Most often, the best things in life come in simple packages.

God in heaven, thanks for these gifts of life that unwrapped before my senses today and for the opportunity to experience them at hand. You reminded again that life is still beautiful after all.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Agad Agad... Di Ba Pwedeng...

Filipinos have developed another manner of justifying things these days, not to mention the wide influence of media propagating this expression all over this crazy expression hooked country.

When I uploaded my pictures taken at my growing cactus terrarium, a friend of mine commented that I am not only a teacher, but also a botanist. Rather than feel complimented, I knew it was an overstatement, so I replied in a form of this two question expression:

Botanist agad agad? Di ba pwedeng gardener lang muna?

AGAD AGAD... is an expression usually suffixed to the first question sentence, which roughly means right away or instantly. DI BA PWEDENG... is another expression prefixed on the second question that means "can something or someone not be" for a while or for now.

The expression is usually made as a reply to an exaggerated comment. For instance, in my case, I am only fond of plants but someone said that I can pass off a botanist. As a funny reply using the expression, I said: Do I look like botanist right away? Can I be a gardener for now?

This expression has evolved from a simple way of reasoning to rude, funny, witty and even sweet. Here are some other comments I heard and searched around using the expression. Credit to the websites.

Kapag walang girlfriend pangit agad? Di ba pwedeng lalaki ang gusto?
Pag pangit sa picture, pangit sa personal agad? Di ba pwedeng wacky muna?
Kapag ba may sumusunod sayo stalker agad? Di ba pwedeng snatcher muna?
Pag may kasama, boyfriend agad? Di ba pwedeng classmate lang?
Porke blooming in love agad? Di ba pwedeng naka blush on lang?
Porket nagseselos, insecure na agad? Hindi ba pwedeng nangangamba lang muna?
Porket nakadalawang rice patay gutom agad? Di ba puedeng di lang nag-almusal?

Kung maputi, Edward Cullen agad? Di ba pwedeng Casper muna?
Kapag tambay sa Starbucks mayaman agad? Di ba pwedeng pasosyal lang muna?
Kapag ibon, Angry Birds agad? Di ba pwedeng si Simsimi muna?
kapag maamo sayo ang unggoy mabait agad? Di ba pedeng lukso ng dugo muna?

Kapag ba ngumingiti mag-isa baliw agad? Di ba pwedeng naaalala lang kita?
Kapag ba sumisinga umiiyak agad? Di ba pwedeng sinisipon muna?
Kapag ba naghahanap ng rugby adik agad? Di ba pwedeng may ididikit muna?
Kapag ba naliligo sa ulan masaya na agad? di ba pwedeng tinatago muna ang luha?
Kapag di makatulog sa gabi may insomia agad? Di ba pwedeng iniisip lang muna kita?

Pag ba makulimlim, ulap agad? Di ba pwedeng kilikili muna?
Pag ba adik, drugs agad? Di ba pwedeng sa iyo muna?
Pag mahaba ang hair, in love agad? Di ba pwedeng Sadako muna?
Pag hot ung babae, sexy agad? Di ba pwedeng may dengue fever muna?
Kapag payat ang babae, pang model agad? Di ba pwedeng may tubercolosis muna?

Kapag nakangiti, baliw agad? Di ba pwedeng naalala lang kita?

Friday, April 11, 2014

M7NHS 1st Grand Alumni Homecoming

All roads led to Marbel 7 National High School.

I consider it a history attending the 1st Grand Alumni Homecoming of my high school. After two scores and eight years since its inception, it was the high time to pay homage to the institution that molded many generations of our community.

Actually, for one personal reason, I was bushy tailed about the reunion because I was in a hell of rut lately, so that the most anticipated happy atmosphere of the homecoming became a reason for my exhausted mind to escape from all the pressure of work environment.

But it was indeed an awesome opportunity not only to reconnect with my dear batchmates, lost friends, beloved teachers and other alumni after a long time, but also to reminisce our most cherished yesteryears as worthy products of this institution.

We were assigned gold as color code of our cluster. We glowed with more fun under the heat of midsummer sun and it gave that sort of pride of identity. I think we never changed for being competitive as we bagged the top plum during the variety show, not to mention our huge fan base of pretty and loud batch.

And homecoming is simply without being an avenue to create new memories like remembering the past, laughing out loud, touring around the campus, taking group pictures, practicing our batch yells. I am certain that these happy memories provided another reason for everbody to come back next reunion.

So, until we meet again, M7NHSians.