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Mga pelikulang mapagpalaya: ang 20 pelikula ng Cinemalaya

Sa panahon ngayon kung saan unti-unti nang nawawala ang laya natin para makita ang realidad, palayain ang sarili gamit ang mga kwentong pupukaw sa inyong kamalayan.

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Sa panahon ngayon kung saan unti-unti nang nawawala ang laya natin para makita ang realidad, palayain ang sarili gamit ang mga kwentong pupukaw sa inyong kamalayan.

Hango sa temang “Wings of Vision,” hatid ng ika-14 na taon ng Cinemalaya ang 10 full-length na pelikula at 10 maiikling pelikula na magiging kabilang sa paligsahan ngayong taon. Iisa man ang temang tinahak, malugod nitong ipriniprisinta ang mga palabas na iba-iba ang dyanra at paksang tinatalakay.

Bilang na lang ang araw upang mapanood ang mga pelikulang kabilang dito. Huwag palampasin ang pagkakataon!

Narito ang listahan ng maari niyong mapanood hanggang sa Linggo.

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1. Distance ni Percival Intalan

100 na minuto | Drama | PG

Sa kalabisan ng pighati’t lumbay, susubukan ni Liza (Iza Calzado) na bumalik sa pamilyang kaniyang inabandona nang limang taon. Paano nga ba nito muling makukuha ang loob ng kaniyang asawa’t dalawang anak? Sa kabila ng distansyang namumutawi sa loob ng silid, sisikaping punan ni Liza ang kaniyang mga pagkukulang bilang isang asawa’t ina.

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2. Kung Paano Hinihintay Ang Dapithapon (Waiting for Sunset) ni Carlo Encisco Catu

90 na minuto | Drama | PG

Hindi tulad ng ibang magkasintahan, si Teresa (Perla Bautista)  at ang kanyang live-in partner na si Celso (Menggie Cobbarubias)  ay may katandaan na. Sa gulang na tila napaglipasan na ng panahon, pinipilit ng dalawa na payabungin ang kanilang pagsasama upang hindi makaramdam ng pananawa. Ngunit, isang gabi nakatanggap ng tawag si Teresa mula sa kanyang dating asawa na si Benedicto (Dante Rivero) na may malubhang sakit at humihingi ng kalinga.

Sa muling pagkukrus ng nakaraan at kasalukuyang pag-ibig, paano nga ba dadalhin ng katauhan ni Teresa ang ibinigay ng tadhana? Sa kanilang paghihintay sa dapithapon, magkakaroon pa rin kaya ng puwang ang pagmamahal at pagpapatawad?

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3. Kuya Wes ni James Robin Mayo

90 na minuto | Komedya | G

Gagampanan ni Ogie Alcasid ang katauhan ni Kuya Wes – isang masigasig at may pagkamahiyaing ‘remmitance clerk’ na ramdam ang pagkawalan ng importansya mula sa kaniyang kapatid na si Raf at sa pamilya nito. Nasasalat lamang niya ang halaga sa kaniyang trabaho, lalo na’t buwanan ang pagbisita ni Erika (Ina Raymundo) rito – ang customer na kaniyang natitipuhan. Ngunit, sa ‘di inaasahang pangyayari, hiniwalayan si Erika ng kaniyang asawang nasa ibang bansa.

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4. Liway ni Kip Oebanda

100 na minuto | Drama | PG

Hango mismo sa kuwento ng direktor noong kapanahunan ng Martial Law, ang “Liway” ay umiikot sa karakter ni Day (Glaiza de Castro) – isang butihing inang handang protektahan ang kaniyang anak na si Dakip mula sa mabagsik na realidad ng kanilang mundong ginagalawan.

Ang mag-asawang si Day at Ric, kasama ang anak nilang si Dakip, ay naninirahan sa Camp Delgado – isang seldang para sa mga rebelde’t kriminal na nakapaloob sa isang kampong pangmilitar. Sa gitna ng mga paghihirap nila sa kulungan, ipinagkalooban ni Day ang kaniyang anak ng mga kanta’t mapanlikhang kwento – mawalay lamang ito sa mga traumatikong pangyayari kanilang dinaranas.

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5. Mamang ni Denise O’hara

90 na minuto | Komedya & Drama | PG

Dulot ng katandaan, si Mamang, kaagapay ang kanyang anak na si Ferdie, ay lumalaban sa sakit na dementia. Hindi nagtagal, lumala ang kondisyon nito at hindi na matukoy ang pinagkaiba ng realidad mula sa memorya ng nakaraan.

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6. ML ni Benedict Mique

90 na minuto | Suspense Thriller | R-16

Dahil sa pagtatanggol ni Carlo sa Martial Law, hinamon siya ng kanyang guro upang patunayan ang kanyang pahayag. Sa paghahanap ng kasagutan, kasama ang kanyang kasintahan at kaibigan, nakilala nila ang isang matandang retiradong sundalo na magiging daan sa pagtuklas sa katotohanan. Mananatili pa kaya ang magandang pagtingin ni Carlo matapos ang lahat?

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7. Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma (Unless the Water is Safer than the Land) ni Lionel Arondaing

105 na minuto | Social Drama |G

Sa kabila ng hidwaan na nagmula sa kultura, nagtapo ang landas ng dalawang bata mula sa magkaibang angkan. Sa loob ng pitong araw pinili nila na tumira sa gitna ng kagubatan upang makatakas gulo. At sa mga ng pamamalagi sumibol ang pagmamahal at pagkakaibigan.

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8. Pan de Salawal (The Sweet taste of Salted Bread and Undies) ni Anna Francesca Espiritu

100 na minuto | Drama | G

Ang bawat araw ay isang malaking dagok para sa mga taong nakatira malapit sa riles, kabilang na dito si Sal. Si Sal ay 78-anyos na panaderong may sakit sa bato. Dahil sa kanyang malubhang karamdaman, binalak nitong magpasagasa sa tren. Ngunit sa pagdating ni Aguy, isang bibong bata, nag-iba ang lahat. Sa hindi mapaliwanang na rason, ang bata ay kayang magpagaling ng may karamdaman sa pamamagitan ng sampal o suntok. Marami sa lugar na iyon ang natulungan ni Aguy, maliban na lang kay Sal. Sa paglala ng sakit ng panadero, nagdesisyon si Aguy na gawin ang pinakamasakit na sakripisyo para sa kaibigang tinuring siyang anak.

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9. School Service ni Luisito Ignacio

95 na minuto | Social Drama | R-13

Sa libo-libong mga bata na nagkalat sa lansangan ng Maynila, anu-ano kayang mga kwento ang hatid ng bawat isa?

Si Maya, isang walong-taong-gulang na bata sa probinsya, ay tinatahak ang daan mula eskuwela patungo sa kaniyang bahay. Habang naglalakad, isang ‘School Service’, na sa hindi inaakalang pagkakatao’y mga sindikato pala, ang nagpumilit na siya’y ihatid na pauwi. Hatid ng kamusmusan, si Maya – kasama ang iba pang mga inosenteng bata – ay itinapon sa Maynila upang mamalimos kung saan-saan. Maatim pa kaya ni Maya ang mangarap para sa kaniyang kinabukasan? Madadakot pa kaya nito ang kalayaan bilang biktima ng ‘School Service’?

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10. The Lookout ni Afi Africa

105 na minuto | Psycho-Drama | PG

Sa mundo kung saan talamak ang panghuhusga’t panunupil, nariyan si Lester Quiambao (Andres Vasquez) – isang baklang ‘hired killer’. Bata pa lamang, inihubog na ng kaniyang relasyon sa mga mapang-abusong tao ang kaniyang puso na ngayo’y puno nang hinagpis at kabuhungan. Upang makaganti sa masalimuot na nakaraan nito, kakailanganin niyang pagtaksilan si Travis Concepcion (Jay Garcia) – ang lalaking kaniyang minamahal. Magawa nga kaya ni Lester na talurisain ang kaniyang minamahal? O mahahadlangan ito ng kaniyang pag-ibig para kay Travis?

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1. Si Astra Maka Si Tambulah (Astri and Tambulah) ni Xeph Suarez

18 na minuto | Fiction, Drama | PG

Sa isang pag-iibigan, paano nga bang maaring hadlangan ng tradisyon ang pagmamahalan ng isang lalaking cisgender at isang transwoman mula sa tribo ng Badjao? Bukod sa pag-ibig at tradisyon, ayon sa may akda, nais din ng pelikula na ipakita ang iba pang suliranin na kinakaharap ng komunidad ng LGBT.

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2. Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month ni Carlo Francisco Mantad

13 na minuto | Dark Comedy | R-13

Ang dedikasyon ni Jodilerks sa kanyang trabaho ay hindi matatawaran ngunit dahil sa nagbabadyang pagsara ng gasolinahan, ang trabahong kanyang nakagisnan ay mawawala na. Paano nga bang haharapin ni Jodilerks ang kanyang huling gabi bilang gas station attendant?

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3. Logro ni Kani Villaflor

15 na minuto | Drama | PG

Sawa na sa pagtrato’t sahod na natatanggap sa isang karinderya, tatahakin ni Bruno ang mundo ng “Underground Fighting” sa kabila ng pagiging pandak upang mapanalunan ang premyo’t makamit ang kaniyang ambisyon sa buhay. Mapagtagumpayan kaya ito ni Bruno? O tuluyan na lamang lilimitahan ng mapanghusgang lipunan ang kaniyang mga pangarap para sa sarili?

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4. Sa Saiyang Isla (In his Island) ni Christian Candelaria

20 na minuto | Drama | G

Sa kabila ng pagdurusa ng mga mangingisda sa nararanasang oil spill, may isang batang lalaki ang magbibigay ng galak sa madla sa pamamagitan ng kanyang mga kwento at pangarap na maging sirena.

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5. Nangungupahan (Who Rents there now?) ni Glenn Barit

12 na minuto | Drama, Family, Experimental | G

Tinatalakay nito ang bawat istoryang nakatatak sa isipan ng mga nanirahan sa isang kuwarto sa magkakaibang panahon. Bagamat nanirahan sa magkaparehong silid, iba-iba ang naging pamumuhay ng mga ito. Sa pamamagitan ng paghahabi ng kanilang mga alaala sa kuwartong iyon, sa huli ay mapagtatantong hindi lamang espasyo ang kanilang ibinahagi sa isa’t isa, bagkus, gayundin ang mga memoryang isa-isa nilang itinatak sa espayong iyon.

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6. You, Me and Mr. Wiggles ni Jay Velasco

19 na minuto | Drama, Comedy, Experimental | R-18

Kung kailan tila magkasundo’t magkatugma na para sa isa’t isa, susubukin ng tadhana ang relasyon nina Carlo at Anj sa pamamagitan ng isang gabi. Isang gabing may hatid na sorpresa’t balakid sa pagtatalik ng magkasintahan. Ituloy pa kaya ni Anj ang kaniyang relasyon kay Carlo gayong alam na niyang ito’y may ‘erectile dysfunction’? O tuluyan na kayang manlambot ang pagsasama ng dalawa?

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7. Babylon ni Keith Deligero

20 na minuto | Drama, Comedy, Satire | R -13

Upang magawa ang misyon na patayin ang diktador, kinakailangan ng dalawang batang babae na maglakbay sa ibang panahon. Sa paglipat ng panibagong dimensyon, makakaranas ang dalawa ng mga kakaibang pangyayari tulad ng pagsasalita ng mga tandang at iba pa.

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8. Kiko ni Jojo Driz

19:33 na minuto | Drama | R-16

Ang pagiging matanda at bulag ay hindi naging hadlang kay Kiko upang buhayin ang kanyang mga mahal sa buhay. Sa pamamagitan ng pagiging labandera, nasusuportahan nito ang kanyang ampon na si Ton-ton at ang lalaking kaniyang minamahal na si Rex.

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9. Siyudad sa Bulawan (City of Gold)  ni Jarell Serencio

15:16 na minuto | Drama | G

Ang magkakapatid na sina Yoyong, Abet, at Darwin ay papasukin ang madilim na kuweba ng Mt. Diwalwal sa Compostella Valley upang magmina ng ginto. Sa kabila ng panganib na dala ng iba pang mga nagmimina, maglalakas loob ang mga musmos na ito makapag-aral lamang at makaangat sa hirap ng buhay. Gaya ng kanilang minimina, kuminang naman kaya ang kanilang kinabukasan? O mawawalan na lamang sila ng pag-asa gaya ng gintong unti-unti nilang inuubos sa bundok?

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10. Yakap (Embrace) ni Mika Fabella at Rafael Froilan

6 na minuto | Drama, Experimental | G

Nakaratay sa kama, isang babae ang kinakapusan na nang hininga. Sa nalalapit niyang pagpanaw, unti-unti niyang binibisita ang mga gunitain ng mga alaalang ‘di malilimutan. Kaakibat nito’y ang paglitaw ng isang lalaking pamilyar ang mukha na tila kaniyang tagapagsundo. Handa na kaya itong yakapin ang katotohanang kaniya nang lilisanin ang mundong ibabaw?

 

Ang mga Full Length at Short Features ay mapapanuod sa Cultural Center of the Philippines, Glorietta, Greenbelt 1, Trinoma, UP Town Center, at Legazpi City.  Bisitahin ang website ng Cinemalaya  http://www.cinemalaya.org/ upang makita ang iba pang detalye.

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‘Yoko’ by Eraserheads is Relevant Now, More Than Ever

This is how the iconic 90s Filipino rock band Eraserheads described their experience with the Citizens’ Military Training program through ‘Yoko’ back in the days.

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After 17 years of mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program being rescinded, Congress is now fast-tracking the passage of a bill that would make the program a requisite again, at least for grades 11 and 12.

It has since been answered by condemnation and protests from student and youth groups, especially from Thomasian students whose fellow Thomasian Mark Welson Chua suffered from its abuses for simply ratting out the corruption inside the UST ROTC system.

With President Rodrigo Duterte certified as urgent Senate Bill No. 2232 on Monday, July 3, requiring senior high school students to undergo the ROTC program, ‘Yoko’ by Eraserheads captured today’s youth’s sentiment against the bill’s passage making it relevant now, more than ever.

Behind the song

 

“Nasayang ang maghapon, ano ang napala?
Basura sa utak, sunburn sa batok at noo
Nagmamartsang parang gago sa ilalim ng araw
Baril na kahoy pinapaikot-ikot parang langaw”

 

Seems familiar? This is how the first verse of the 1995 hit ‘Yoko’ went as the iconic 90s Filipino rock band Eraserheads described through the song their experiences in the Citizens’ Military Training (CMT) program back in the days.

Written by drummer/vocalist Raymund Marasigan and performed by Eraserheads, ‘Yoko’ or a Filipino slang for ‘Ayaw ko’ meaning ‘I don’t want’ talks about contempt for “unnecessary and routinely outdoor activities, blind obedience, false sense of nationalism, and abuse” inside then-CMT (a.k.a. ROTC) program, a college counterpart of the infamous Citizens’ Army Training (CAT) program in high school.

Released as part of Cutterpillow in 1995, ‘Yoko’ was said to have contributed to the call to abolish the ROTC program back in the 2000s as students’ clamor pressure Congress through demonstrations and parliamentary struggle.

Cutterpillow, the band’s third studio album, is still one of the biggest selling album in OPM history. It sold more than 400,000 copies (the record turned Gold on the day of its release, and Platinum on its first week). It was the fastest selling album in the 90s era.

Eraserheads is known to have introduced classic songs such as “Huling El Bimbo”, “Overdrive”, “Kaliwete”, and “Huwag Mo Nang Itanong” in the OPM arena.

Now that ROTC is making a comeback, let’s make sure that they hear our calls, if not in the streets, through songs of Filipino band legends they’re definitely into.

You can listen to the full song on Spotify.

 

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8 Apps that will kick start your university life

Still struggling to keep track of your deadlines? Check out these 8 apps that can help “Marie Kondo” your student life in order.

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Let’s admit it–it’s either too bulky to bring around or too hassle to maintain your favorite bullet journal or planner, especially if you’re a student whose time is consumed by the horrible metro traffic. But with only our smartphones in our hands, it is much easier to track and manage your study schedules and to do lists.

As we’re about to face again the looming deadlines, don’t forget to equip yourself with these apps to help you kickstart your semester.

Google Calendar can help you keep track of your events. Giving you the option to view your personalized calendar in daily, weekly or monthly spread, you can easily see your schedule with just one glance. You don’t need to worry about forgetting a single thing because users can set an alarm to remind them at various intervals.

   

Unlike the first one on the list, Ike is more comprehensive in classifying your goals. The app is designed after the Eisenhower Matrix which categorizes each task based on the importance, urgency, and aspect in life that you want to improve on. With the four categories, Focus, Goals, Fit In, or Important, you can easily set your agenda

All of us have been victimized by the “pahinga lang ako ng 5 minutes” because the next thing you know, you’re endlessly scrolling through memes for the last three hours.

This app utilizes the Pomodoro technique where you will use a timer to break down work into intervals with short breaks. With the help of Forest, tracking productivity is at the fingertips of the user. The user can decide how much time he/she wants to be focus. And to motivate you more, for every completed task, a tree will sprout in your forest.  However, if the user gets distracted by notification and leave the app, the plant will immediately die.

For those who travel from their hometown all the way to the University, turn your wasted time being stuck in traffic to a productive study session in your phone. Quizlet allows the user to assess their knowledge and retention of user through flash cards where the front contains the term and in the back is its definition. Various quiz types such as written, matching type, multiple choice, and true or false questions are also featured in this app.

Ace that paper that you’re about to write with Grammarly Keyboard. This app can detect grammatical errors from spelling to punctuations, while you’re typing! This nifty app can be used in various applications such as Facebook, Gmail, Twitter or anywhere you need to type on.

It is disappointing to say but daily student life would never be complete without spending hours of traffic congestion in España–and it would be a much burden if you have a group paper to pass but guess what? You’re still stuck there.

But thanks to this old trusty pal, Google Docs, you can write that paper even with just your mobile phone. Your progress will be safely stored in the Cloud and your group mates can easily track your revisions.

Truth be told, Thomasians can never run out of places to eat–but after all that endless munching, our stomachs’ next stop is to find that perfect bathroom. BGPOP and Central Lab is the place to be, but when we’re out of our comfort places, San Bidet? is here to save the day. This app will guide you to the nearest toilet with that sweet bidet.

For someone who did not grow up in Metro Manila, getting to a specific location could be a struggle (not to mention if you are kind who does not have a sense of direction swear it could be trouble.) But with the sakay.ph app, just enter your destination and ta-da you will see the comprehensive information on how can you reach your destination whether it is via jeepney, bus or train. It also provides how long it would trip would take.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 New Year’s Eve traditions that only Filipinos can understand

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It is truly in the heart of Filipino tradition to celebrate New Year with an extra level of effort and extravagance. From the endless varieties of food set on our tables, to the myriad gatherings of family and friends, up to the ear-splitting explosion of firecrackers and fireworks that trail the night sky, we definitely know how to party hard.

But this celebration would never be complete without the bizarre yet unique traditions that most Pinoy households take part in just to ensure good fortune for the coming year.

 

  1. Round fruits = ka-ching!

Who can miss that basket of round fruits your mother set at the center of your dining table? Beware though, trying to steal a fruit or two may bring you misfortune in the form of an angry mother.

In both Filipino and Chinese traditions, circles are symbols for prosperity. Because of this, Filipinos generally decorate their dining tables with varieties of round fruits such as oranges, grapes, watermelons, apples and many more.

  1. The family that eats sticky rice together, stays forever

Biko, puto, tikoy and the like are staple food for any Filipino feast, especially during Christmas season and  New Year’s Eve. But aside from it being commonly served in celebrations, sticky rice or kakanin symbolizes a sweeter and stronger bond between family members.

  1.  Noodles for a longer life

Noodles are also a staple food we usually see during our New Year’s feast. This tradition of eating noodles during Media Noche, which is said to be adopted by the early Filipinos from the Chinese, is thought to bring good health, longevity, and good fortune for the next year.

  1. No chicken and fish dishes during Media Noche

According to elders, serving chicken and fish dishes during the midnight dinner entails bad fortune for the next year. For most Pinoys, avoiding chicken and fish prevents them from being situated in the adage – “isang kahig, isang tuka”, which means that one will earn just enough for a meal and nothing more.

 

  1. Coins inside the pocket

Another thing that Filipinos do to attract money is keeping coins inside their pockets and shaking it when the midnight falls. Another thing which surely every child anticipates is the “money shower”. You might remember the times when your parents carried a handful or bagful of coins in their hands and sprinkled it onto the floor in every corner of your house which you and your siblings would snatch from afterwards. Both traditions are intended to bring wealth, and symbolize the continuous flow of money into one’s household.

 

  1.  Jumping in the hopes of putting on a few more inches

No one would probably want to miss out on a chance of adding a few inches to their height, especially if all it takes are few jumps when midnight strikes.

Every year, you always see children jumping (and even a few college students) as high as they can with excitement plastered on their faces. This jumping-during-midnight is mostly  done by little kids, though, there are still adults who might feel the need to do it. Those who practice jumping are believed to grow taller over the course of the year.

 

  1.  Wearing clothes with polka dots

As with the belief that round fruits will bring prosperity, so will dressing in clothes with polka dot patterns. Usually seen on children more than adults, the polka dots are said to resemble coins, and thus stand for good fortune.

Maybe we can try add polka dots to our daily wardrobe and somehow un~broke~ ourselves.

 

  1. Ear-splitting firecrackers and firework displays

Celebrating New Year wouldn’t be thrilling without the presence of loud booms and cracks of various fireworks in the sky and on the streets. Setting off fireworks is believed to drive away evil spirits, ensuring that they’re nowhere near people’s homes as they usher in the new year. Consequently, the streets during New Year’s Eve often come close to feeling like the middle of a warzone, but that’s never gotten in the way of any Filipino’s celebrations. Just be careful on those firecrackers though, you might need those complete set of fingers in the future.

Filipinos truly know how to welcome the New Year in their own way. Although some may appear strange, it just make every occasion even more exciting and memorable.

 

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