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Heneral Rizal: Paglupil sa mga halimaw, mula noon hanggang ngayon

Sa pelikulang ‘Heneral Rizal’ ni Chuck Gutierrez, ipinakita ang imahe ng mga halimaw na ito sa mga mata ni Paciano Rizal, rebolusyonaryo at nakatatandang kapatid ni Dr. Jose Rizal.

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Litrato galing sa pelikulang Heneral Rizal

Ang kasaysayan ng Pilipinas ay isang kasaysayan na puno ng mga halimaw. Mula sa pagsakop sa atin ng mga Espanyol hanggang sa pangangamkam ng Tsina sa ating mga isla, ang bansa natin ay nasasakluban ng anino ng halimaw: tahimik na nag-aabang sa dilim, naghihintay ng tiyempo na sakmalin ang leeg ng ating Inang Bayan. 

Sa pelikulang ‘Heneral Rizal’ ni Chuck Gutierrez, ipinakita ang imahe ng mga halimaw na ito sa mga mata ni Paciano Rizal, rebolusyonaryo at nakatatandang kapatid ni Dr. Jose Rizal. Ang pelikulang ito ay kabilang sa mga kalahok sa nakalipas na Cinemalaya film festival na naganap noong ika-7 hanggang ika-16 ng Agosto.

Sa kasaysayan, madalas nating naririnig ang pangalan ni Paciano tuwing pinag-aaralan ang buhay ni Pepe. Laging nakakabit ang karakter ni Paciano kay Pepe bilang isa sa mga nagmulat sa kanya ng pagmamalupit ng mga Espanyol o kaya naman bilang isponsor ng kanyang pag-aaral. Ngunit lingid sa kaalaman ng marami, si Paciano ay isa ring Brigadier General na kabilang sa mga nagtaboy sa mga Espanyol sa Calamba noong 1898.

Sa pelikulang ito ay makikita si Paciano, edad 79 na at nasa bingit na ng kamatayan, nanghihina dahil sa sakit na tuberkolosis ngunit nag-aapoy pa rin sa galit at pighati dahil sa patuloy na pagyurak at pag-alipusta sa ating bansa at sa mga mamayan nito. Ang kanyang galit ay nagmumula sa karanasan na tila ba sa kabila ng paglaban niya at ng milyon-milyong mga Pilipino ay wala pa ring nagbabago. Tila ba ang paglaban niya ay nauwi lang sa wala.

“Ano ang kabuluhan ng ating pakikibaka kung ang kinahinatnan ay mga talumpating wala namang katuturan, mga palabas na wala namang naitutulong sa sambayanan, sa mga mahihirap, sa mga agrikultores na tinaboy ng mga haciendero sa kanilang lupang sinasaka at ngayon, mistulang hampaslupa na lamang?”

Kinuwestiyon ni Paciano ang pananaw ng ilang mga ilustrado kabilang na ang kanyang kapatid. Ipinagtataka niya kung bakit nais tayo makita ng mga Espanyol bilang kanilang kapantay. Para kay Paciano, hindi ito usapin ng hindi pantay na pagtingin kundi usapin ng pagbawi ng ating lupain at kalayaan. Ani nga niya sa pelikula, “tayong tunay na may-ari sa lupang ito ay may katwirang humingi na isauli sa atin ang buong kapangyarihan sa kapuluang ito.”

“Ano pa man, silang mga mananakop ay hindi mga tao, sila’y mga halimaw!”

Tinalakay din sa pelikula ang nasyonalismo ng mga Pilipino, partikular na ang pagtingin ng mga Pilipino kay Dr. Jose Rizal. Tinanong ni Paciano sa kanyang yumaong kapatid kung ano ang nais makamit ni Pepe sa kanyang pagpapakamartir. Gusto ba ni Pepe na maging isang simbolo? Isang Kristong Tagalog? Isang Mesiyas na magsasalba sa bansa mula sa mga halimaw na mananakop? 

Ano man ang dahilan ni Pepe, hindi maitatanggi na sa mga mata ni Paciano, ang kanyang kapatid ay naging simbolo ng kalayaan sa bansang tila nalimutan ang pakikibaka ni Paciano, Pepe, at ng milyon-milyong Pilipino. Tila ba ang mga mananakop na dating nilalabanan natin ay mainit nang tinatanggap ng ilang nasa kapangyarihan na handang maging tuta ng mga mangangamkam na banyaga. Ang mga panginoong maylupa ay naghahari pa rin ngayon, habang ang mga magsasakang nagbubungkal ng lupa ay mahirap pa sa daga. Sa kabila ng libo-libong imahe ni Jose Rizal, nalilimutan na ng ilan ang pakikibaka laban sa mga mananakop at mapagsamantala. 

“Pepe, bakit tayo laging sawi?”

Nagngangalit si Paciano. Nagngangalit siya dahil sa kabila ng kanyang pakikibaka ay nandito pa rin ang mga halimaw na kanilang nilabanan noon, na kahit anong pagtataboy ay bumabalik pa rin ang mga ito na may ibang mukha at wangis. Nagngangalit siya para sa kanyang mga kababayang biktima ng mga halimaw na ito, na parang nababaon pa sa putik habang ang mga halimaw ay nagpapakasasa sa ninakaw nila. 

Sa kabila ng pagkalimot ng iba, may ilan pa rin na pilit kumakawala sa matulis na kuko ng mga mananakop. Sa huli ay tinawag ni Paciano si Pepe sa pagnanais na masagot ang kanyang katanungan bago siya mamatay. Dito, makikita rin natin si Jose Rizal na para bang bumalik muli sa lupa, lumalakad kasama ang mga raliyista habang tinatanggal ang kanyang tanyag na amerikana at sumbrero. Tila ba sinisimbulo nito ang pagtatanggal niya ng kanyang simbolo bilang pambansang bayani para maglakad kasama ang mga ordinaryong mamamayan laban sa mga halimaw sa loob at labas ng ating bansa.

Hindi pa tapos ang laban para sa kalayaan at katarungan. Responsibilidad natin na dalhin ang sulo na dinala nina Paciano, Pepe, at ng milyon-milyong Pilipinong lumaban at lumalaban pa rin nang walang takot sa mga mananakop, sa mga mapagsamantala, sa mga ganid, sa mga berdugo, at sa mga halimaw na nag-aabang sa dilim para sakmalin ang leeg ng ating Inang Bayan. Hindi natatapos ang laban hanggat hindi nalulupil ang mga halimaw at hindi nagiging malaya ang bansa mula sa mga kuko ng pang-aapi at pananamantala.

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Cramming Playlist: Buzzer Beats

Yeah, it’s big brain time.

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Artwork by Ayeesha Panotolan

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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The 12 types of people in quarantine

We’re pretty much sure you’re #8 in the list.

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Artwork by Patricia Jardin/TomasinoWeb

The pandemic has kept people indoors and isolated from their day-to-day lives. While cabin fever set in for some, others have thrived in being able to stay in the comfort of their homes. 

Being productive while in quarantine has been a major challenge for everyone ever since it began. With normal workflows being disrupted, we had to find ways to keep our minds working amidst the recent events that have taken over the world. With that said, being productive isn’t just about continuing the grind, it could also mean finding the time to heal in all aspects of our lives.

These limitations gave birth to personalities that we did not know we had; for others, the personality they wished they could always show. Here we list down the different types of people in quarantine.

1. The news bulletin

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There might be some who feel burdened and tired by the daily news cycle, but these people are not one of them. Glued to the TV or the updates on their phones and computers, they’re the kind to stay on top of the news as it happens. These people are the ones we rely on for updates, even if it means talking to them is like listening to primetime news.

2. The health secretary

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Going hand-in-hand with the news buff, these are the types of people we can trust with the latest safety tips and tricks against the pandemic. They keep up-to-date with recent studies, at-home advice, and ideal precautions to keep themselves and everyone safe. Like the news bulletin, we can rely on them to help inform us on how to stay safe during this pandemic.

3. The quarantine entrepreneur

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Quarantine brought upon limitations, but these people have found business opportunities while at home. They’ve created different products or services that people can make use of while at home. For some, it has also been a way of helping communities by donating portions of their sales to charities and relief efforts. From delicious desserts to affordable online services, these people have kept on the hustle during the quarantine.

4. The house executive

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While the lockdowns meant work had to stop for most, these people continue the work at home. Often seen in an online meeting in Zoom, Teams, or Meet, they carry on with their job in what some argue to be a less stressful environment. At the same time, they also become sources of entertainment in calls when random background events occur.

5. The (at-home) gym rat

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Who said you had to skip your summer bod this year? With more time indoors than ever before, these people prefer to use their time to whip their body back to shape. Having less distractions, they’ve managed to find a workout plan to stick with using all the equipment at their disposal.

6. The quarantine chef

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If there was anything we loved watching more than comedy skits and dance challenges, it would be cooking videos. With people spending more time in the kitchen this quarantine, more recipes have come out to inspire our quarantine chefs to put their aprons back on. We can bet on these people to wow us with their cooking on our tables or on our smartphones when they post their cooking online.

7. The vlogger

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While most people are content with enjoying content, these people have been inspired to make them. You’ve probably seen some of your friends start a YouTube channel during this quarantine period and maybe even shared their videos in support. These people make their quarantines more interesting by exploring their creativity and producing content for friends, family, and the world to enjoy.

8. The TikToker

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Perhaps the young and hip cousin of the vlogger, these are the people who have decided to get in on the trend and produce TikTok videos. Similar to previous platforms like Vine, TikTok makes it easier to produce fun and quirky content that’s much shorter than its YouTube counterparts. Whether it’s TikTok dances or comedy skits, these people have joined in on the fun on the trending social media platform in their spare time.

9. The Netflix guide

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If the last two entries featured people who make content in quarantine, these people are the ones more content with consuming them. Finally having the time to sit back and go through their Netflix library, these people have become very reliable guides for what movie or show to watch next. Whether you’re looking for heart-wrenching dramas, light and witty romcoms, or serious and brooding thrillers, they’ve got just the thing for you.

10. The digital shopaholic

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Lockdowns may have caused malls and shopping centers to temporarily close, but these people have decided to take their business elsewhere. They find themselves spending most of their time browsing through flash deals and free shipping specials looking for the best deals. With packages coming in on almost a daily basis, these people have endeared themselves to the delivery crew in their area.

11. The Zen master

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Being at home this quarantine means you get to be in the one place you’re most familiar with. While others try to stay active physically, these people use the comfort of their homes to engage themselves mentally and emotionally. They’re the ones we probably don’t hear a whole lot from this quarantine but when we do, it’s often to hear realizations and reflections about themselves and the world around them.

12. The couch potato

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Perhaps the most recognizable and most relatable, these people are the ones that just enjoy the break from it all. These people simply enjoy sleeping in, staying in bed, or just relaxing in their own little spaces. They relish in the simpler things in life, choosing to just take a good break from all the work and stresses that they’ve had before.

The pandemic has left us with a constant feeling of uncertainty about our future. Monthly bad news and toxic arguments in social media have made us feel bogged down and burnt out. 

Regardless of the means, what’s most important is that we take care of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. Whether that’s by doing physical and mental activities or simply taking a well-deserved break, what matters most is that we keep ourselves afloat. 

At the end of the day, our part in staying at home is the best we can do to not only help ourselves but also everyone around us against this pandemic.

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