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Christmas flicks to watch to cure your Yuletide blues

Once again, ‘tis the season to be jolly! This is also the time to snuggle underneath a warm blanket as you sip on hot chocolate while watching films. To cure your Yuletide blues, here are some Christmas films to lift your holiday spirits up.

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Days are getting shorter and colder, the smell of bibingka and puto bumbong wafting through the cold December air, the voice of Mariah Carey and Jose Mari Chan echoing through the crowded malls, and the whole family coming together for Noche Buena only mean one thing—Christmas is fast approaching. Once again, ‘tis the season to be jolly! This is also the time to snuggle underneath a warm blanket as you sip on hot chocolate while watching films. To cure your Yuletide blues, here are some Christmas films to lift your holiday spirits up.

Gremlins by Chris Columbus

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Do not feed them after midnight! This Christmas horror flick is about Billy and his pet mogwai, a furry creature he received as a present from his father. The catch is, the mogwai must not be exposed to water or fed after midnight or trouble will ensue. When the rules were broken, these furry creatures then proceeded to wreak havoc around town.

Die Hard by John McTiernan

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Wait, isn’t this an action film starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman? Well, it is, and it is definitely a Christmas movie! This highly-debated film set on Christmas Eve follows John McClane, a police officer who tries to foil the skyscraper terrorist plot of Hans Gruber, who plans to steal the money inside. In its 30th anniversary, 20th Century Fox released a recut trailer featuring Die Hard as your typical feel-good Christmas film. 

Home Alone by Chris Columbus

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This holiday classic features Kevin, who is accidentally left in his house by his family who went to a Christmas vacation in Paris. Two burglars, Harry and Marv attempts to rob the house before the family arrives. Little did the burglars know that they were in for a surprise as they are faced with a booby-trapped house courtesy of Kevin.

The Nightmare Before Christmas by Henry Selick

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Who says you can’t turn Christmas into Halloween part two? This stop-motion film inspired by a Tim Burton poem brings us Jack Skellington, the king of Halloween Town, who discovers Christmas and attempts to bring it to the denizen of the town. Will he succeed in bringing Christmas to this scary town or will he spread terror instead?

The Santa Clause by John Pasquin

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After making Santa fall from the roof, Scott then finds Santa’s clothes, and is prompted by his son Charlie to wear it and assume the role of Santa Claus. However, Scott found out that due to “the Santa Clause,” he had to become Santa and return to North Pole next Thanksgiving. He then slowly transitions as Santa Claus, gaining the characteristics of the iconic Christmas figure throughout the film.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Ron Howard

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Based from a Dr. Seuss storybook shows the Grinch, a green creature with a disdain for Christmas and the residents of Whoville due to his experiences in the past. He then met Cindy Lou Who, a girl who tries to get into his cold, green heart. He then proceeds to ruin Christmas, stealing everything from the inhabitants of Whoville. Of course, you’ll also see Jim Carrey’s iconic ear-to-ear grinch grin here. 

Love Actually by Richard Curtis

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Ten stories, nine tales of love, one holiday – all interconnected with each other. This star-studded flick shows love stories set five weeks before Christmas. From an airport chase, cue card confessionals, to another rendition of All I Want For Christmas is You, this film gives you everything you want from a rom-com Christmas flick.

Elf by John Favreau

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You won’t sit on a throne of lies after watching this film. Buddy is a human mistakenly raised by elves on North Pole after climbing up on Santa’s sleigh when he was a baby. After finding out the truth, Buddy then travels to New York to find his real father. Along the way, Buddy tries to make people, especially sceptics feel the spirit of Christmas.

The Polar Express by Robert Zemeckis

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Remember when you were a child, dreaming of going to North Pole to meet Santa Claus? Well, this film is just about that! The film is about a boy doubting about Santa, only to find a train outside his house taking him to a magical journey to meet Santa himself. The film tackles the belief in Christmas, as well as our childhood dream of experiencing a magical Christmas.

The Christmas Chronicles by Clay Kaytis

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Upon losing their father, Teddy and Kate tries to keep the Christmas spirit alive with their mother Claire. While watching Christmas clips from the past, the two hatched a plan to see Santa Claus, which they did, managing to his sleigh in the process. After causing a mishap on Santa’s sleigh, they tried to help him fix it to deliver presents before the Christmas spirit vanish.

The Princess Switch by Mike Rohl

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This Netflix original features Vanessa Hudgens playing two roles in one film This Prince-and-the-pauper story is about a baker named Stacy, who switched places with Margaret, a duchess set to marry the crown prince of Belgravia. The switch went well, until the two realized that they are in love with each other’s love interests.

Klaus by Sergio Pablos

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This Santa origin story centers around Jesper. He is a postman exiled by his father in the town of Smeerensburg for him to post 6,000 letters there, only to find out that the townsfolk rarely send letters due to a feud between two families. He later meets Klaus, a woodsman making toys who helped him establish a postal service by giving toys to children. This animated film in full 2D style is a refreshing take on animated films, exploring the potential of 2D animation in storytelling.

Let it Snow by Luke Snellin

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This film is adapted from a young adult novel of the same name written by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. A Christmas Eve snowstorm brought together three different groups of high school students, their love life intertwining together as Christmas day drew nearer, ending in a party where they all collide and resolve their issues.

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Why “Pinoy Pride” exists in online Filipino culture

The toxic “peenoise” that flock and bash personalities misinterpreting the culture are the same ones that gather in posts which have the slightest hint of Filipino culture.

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Filipinos entering the foray of different online media allowed for Filipino culture to gain an even larger audience, but it inevitably exposes aspects that would otherwise only be seen within our borders.

Emman Nimedez and Lloyd Cadena’s passing has shown how impactful online media has become for the youth. While traditional media like TV and radio broadcasting maintains the largest audience in our country, we have slowly crept into the online world with the rising presence of Filipino personalities. Though this puts our heritage on a much larger stage, it has unfortunately exposed the pitfalls in our society. Any Filipino browsing comment sections on their favorite social media and video platforms will have inevitably seen the words “peenoise” and “Pinoy Pride” on their screen at least once, usually bearing a negative connotation. How have Filipinos managed to set themselves apart so negatively online that it yielded such labels on online platforms?

“Peenoise” was a term originally coined by online users within gaming communities to refer to Filipinos who are considered to be toxic in-game. Now, it is generally used to describe Filipinos who exhibit toxic behavior online, such as trolls or bullies. On the other hand, Pinoy Pride is another aspect of “peenoise” that is less aggravating but is much more reflective of who we are as a society. Pinoy Pride revolves around being endlessly proud of a Filipino personality for achieving something that led to global notoriety. 

How have Filipinos managed to set themselves apart so negatively online that it yielded such labels on online platforms?

These behaviors, ironically enough, could be coming from the Filipinos’ prioritization of family values. The toxic “peenoise” that flock and bash personalities misinterpreting the culture are the same ones that gather in posts which have the slightest hint of Filipino culture. Our innateness to find “kababayans” and treat them like family could both be a blessing and a curse in situations where we band together to defend our identity. This is even exploited in media channels that release “Filipino-themed” videos where personalities would experience Philippine culture or would have a part-Filipino cast member be the center of the content.

Another aspect that could be contributing to these online behaviors is the lingering effects of crab mentality in our society. As this blog puts it, we are quick to throw praise and be proud of our own people once they achieve success, but are also quick to call something “cheap” if it has not achieved prominence. But this even goes beyond Filipino artists as any individual who has the slightest hints of being Filipino is quickly embraced and celebrated as if they were our own. We like living through other people’s success as if they were one of our own, yet we pay no heed to those still climbing the ladder and even go as far as ridiculing them for their efforts. 

The toxic “peenoise” that flock and bash personalities misinterpreting the culture are the same ones that gather in posts which have the slightest hint of Filipino culture.

Finally, these attitudes don’t really hinge on being Filipino, but rather being Filipino outside of the Philippines. Pinoy Pride only begins to matter once something done by a Filipino gets recognized outside of the Philippines. This can be attributed to the Filipino’s “American dream” or the notion that the ultimate goal as a Filipino is to make it outside of the Philippines. 

If we ask most college students what their goals are after graduation, it will probably be about building their careers until they can go abroad. Whether it’s nurses, teachers, or artists, they’re usually aiming for a career outside the country and for good reason. The same professions would normally be paid less here, not to mention having to work harder just to get paid half of what they would’ve made had they gone off to work abroad. 

A few weeks ago, a wave of posts took Facebook by storm as Filipinos started sharing images from Harvard and placing either themselves in the context of being Harvard students or Harvard being a university in the Philippines. While this short-lived trend was merely humorous for most, it shows how we ultimately aspire to live a life outside the country rather than to flourish within it. It shows the condition which we live in and how we’ve had to make do with subpar standards in our country.

In summary, the “peenoise” and “Pinoy Pride” attitudes that Filipinos are showing online is not about patriotism, but rather defensiveness and the desire to live better. They hinge on the strong family ties Filipinos are known to have which, while bringing a strong sense of unity, also brings to light the aforementioned “crab mentality” that some tend to have. Ultimately, it comes down to the desire to live a better life than what our current social and political situation allows. 

In summary, the “peenoise” and “Pinoy Pride” attitudes that Filipinos are showing online is not about patriotism, but rather defensiveness and the desire to live better.

Much like how we’ve stood out in beauty pageants and boxing, we also stand out as audiences but in an unflattering light. While such behaviors do not necessarily include all Filipinos, these do exist in our online space. We have the ability to change this and, while we cannot enforce it onto others, starting with ourselves can be a huge step in the right direction. Rather than embodying the bad sides of our culture, we can showcase our most prominent characteristic: bayanihan.

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Cramming Playlist: Buzzer Beats

Yeah, it’s big brain time.

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The most dreadful time of the semester is here and with it comes every student’s best friend: cramming. We all know that it’s an ineffective and unhealthy way to retain information. Yet, we still choose to condense weeks worth of lectures into hours of late night study sessions because it somehow still gets the job done. 

Studying in the wee hours of the morning means you need something to keep you and your brain awake and functioning. Below, we’ve compiled a playlist that will surely get those neurons firing as you burn the midnight oil.

 

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12 tweets hyping up the Lady of Sorrows pubmat

And the Grammy goes to… Chromatica!

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"Lady of Sorrows" poster grabbed from the official Facebook page of the University

Today, the University published a poster commemorating the day of the Lady of Sorrows. As a Catholic university, it has always been a practice of the University to publish publicity materials about the Catholic Church’s feasts, traditions, and holidays. However, the Lady of Sorrows poster had more to offer other than the photograph of Mama Mary. What does the Twitter-verse have to say about it?

Here are some tweets that that hyped up the Lady of Sorrows pubmat:

1. An iconic upgrade.

Comic Sans MS is nowhere to be found! 

2. And the Grammy goes to… Chromatica!

I know you’re rooting for this iconic album too.

3. Ah, ah, ah!

The Lord and Mama Mary love us like that! 

4. Time to hype the party!

Wait, are we going to cry or…?

5. Time to light these bad boys up.

They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32)

6. And she spoke of the truth!

It really does, I swear.

7. There’s an uncanny resemblance, right?

Aren’t we all inspired by someone or something?

8. Don’t you just miss the good days?

Time to bust out those moves soon, sister.

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9. Sing it with me!

I’m a hundred percent sure you sang the next lines!

10. *Saves to Pinterest board*

Don’t tell me I’m the only one who did this.

11. Response?

We’re going to need the energy UP tonight.

12. Stream Papuri sa Diyos Remix

Prepare your dancing shoes! You’re going to bust some moves.

Whether one is religious or not, everyone can admit that the pubmat is comical yet well done at the same time. Today, Twitter truly had a laugh while touching up hints on pop culture references. All jokes aside, may we celebrate what the 15th of September is truly about: the day of the Lady of Sorrows.

And together we say, “Amen”.

 

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