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Gen. Espina

Gen. Espina, term that happened to get into the #trending at Twitter (here in the Philippines). The term was referring to the emotional delivery of a message by General Leonardo Espina, the acting officer in charge of the country’s police force, during the House of Congress – Lower House Inquiry about the PNP-SAF botched operation on Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

“Walang ibang magsasalita dito para sa mga tao kundi ako. Wala pong ibang inaasahan itong namatay na itong kwarentay kwatro kundi po tayong lahat. Bigyan naman natin ng hustisya at magpakatotoo sana tayo rito. Hindi po pupuwedeng lagi ganito. I seek answers for my people so that when I die and when my time comes that I have to face them at least I can say something…” –Gen. Espina

I don’t really know this general. And I have no interest of any sort to know more about him. But seeing a man in a uniform, emotionally expressing what he is seeking – just like a father begging for justice for his murdered son, it’s quite stunning. I commend his message for all the people involved on the said incident that killed 44 of country’s elite police men. His words were simple, yet you could feel his sincerity and desire for justice.

Here’s the video of his message during the inquiry of the Lower House:

Here’s the link for the full text of his message.

My men I tell you buhay na buhay yan. Hindi niyo man lang pinauwi kasama ng kanyang mga anak. Dapat fair play lang ho lahat. That’s what I want, that’s what I request. Fairness and justice for my men. Maraming salamat po. –Gen. Espina

I salute you Gen. Espina for what you expressed, and I hope these words will be granted for the sake of those 44 heroes who died serving the country.

Emma Watson

An actress, model, activist, and a degree holder. She is Emma Watson – known for her role as Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter film franchise.

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First of, it’s not about her role on the Harry Potter film franchise that made me consider to create a tribute post for her, or because she is possessing such beauty. I found her being an amazing person due to her educational attainment, despite of earning millions of dollars from the acting industry still chose to get a degree. For me it’s something really rare from a person who gained and continuously gaining more than enough for her lifetime.

Also her stand and perspective on issue of the general public, not because I’m a feminist, actually I don’t belong to any such movement and alike, but because of her way of showing her conviction on what she believe is right – for her status on the society, it’s quite impressive. Have you heard about #HeForShe campaign, or watched her delivering her speech on United Nation?

PS: Her charm is really something – very loveable!

Crazy by Simple Plan

Tell me what’s wrong with society, when everywhere I look I see…. Is everybody going crazy?

Crazy, the 6th track from the band’s second studio album, Still Not Getting Any released in 2005.

One of the most underrated songs – Simple Plan created a song utilizing words at its simplest form. Lyrics are too simple to understand, and every stanza explicitly conveys the various social problems of the current society. I really like how the band put everything together to make the song sound so powerful, from its intro then to the smashing drum beats, to Pierre’s vocals.

Although the song echoes such message, it wasn’t able get much attention it deserve. It was not able to get into US Billboard Hot 100, and that what made me perplexed – how in Earth a song, with such powerful message, couldn’t get into the Billboard?

Well the answer is simple – everybody is crazy.

Hope, certainly not.

Severus Snape

Disclaimer: I barely know Snape. Actually, I know him as an awesome character from the Harry Potter movie franchise – nothing more, nothing less. So please don’t kill me.

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A professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, wearing black robes. A man that carries the presence of intimidation among students. A genius wizard who called himself as the Half Blood Prince. A hero on the shadows.

I don’t really consider myself as a fan of the Harry Potter franchise, as a matter of fact, I haven’t read any of its book. I just got to know the universe through my older sister, which on her younger years, she was a die hard. I’ve known Snape only through the HP movie installments, with the portrayal of Alan Rickman.

I’m creating this entry to praise the character based on the movie adaptation – so please don’t kill me Harry Potter fans. At first I’ve never given this character much of attention, but after watching the revelation of his true motive of his actions on the final installment of the franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, I was really stunned. It never have gotten to my head that this character, a professor that showed lack of apathy, is actually a hero. I’ve never imagined that all of his actions were all about protecting the titular character’s ass.

J.K. Rowling definitely made a haunting character of my generation, and also with the help of Rickman’s performance – he just nailed it!

PS: Well to be honest, I kind of thinking his character is somewhat similar to Uchiha Itachi of the Naruto franchise.

Mithrandir

Disclaimer: I’m not a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works. I haven’t read any of his novel. I’m just a guy who love the The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy.

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The coolest wizard I’ve ever seen on a movie screen – commonly known as Gandalf.

One thing that made Gandalf  relevant to the series is that he’s somewhat a father figure to some, a good adviser, and  a loyal comrade in battles. I really like Gandalf as one of the key personalities on both trilogies because even if he’s generally more powerful than the other protagonists, the character made an equivalent contributions throughout the series. Also even if he’s a wizard, he didn’t cast any spell or some sort of magic tricks to solve conflicts, but instead he encouraged his comrades to realize that anything was possible with comrades helping each other – and that made him a cool wizard!

Also with a little help from Magneto, I mean Sir Ian McKellen, the character Gandalf was portrayed in an incredible fashion – kudos Sir Ian!

Bruce Wayne

“Because sometimes truth isn’t good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.”

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The Batman, The Cape Crusader, The Dark Knight – these are the common name of man behind a mask.

Honestly, I’m not a fan of Batman-comic franchise of any sort. I’m not familiar with its beginnings, inspirations and anything related to its creation. But after watching Christopher Nolan’s version of the Cape Crusader, at the age of 22, I was really hooked into its character – Bruce Wayne. Yes, this post is about Bruce Wayne, just like the blog post title suggests.

We’ve seen a lot of movies on its franchise, but none of these movies were able to go deep into Batman’s genesis. None have portrayed that there was a man behind the mask – a human, just like everyone else. And on my opinion, the thing that gives Nolan’s version a great deal is the realism surrounding the film and the emotion  emphasized by the actors of the characters.

The Batman was Nolanized!

The The Dark Knight Trilogy has given the justice to the character of Bruce Wayne that it deserve. The trilogy was a success in showing that Batman, behind its mask, is just a man that can be hurt and crumbled. I really like how Nolan built Bruce’s character, from a child with guilt due to the death of his parents, became a crime fighter balancing his life and the masked man, to a desperate person that had lost its appetite about life. Also I’d like to commend Bale’s performance for the three characters of the trilogy; (1) as an eccentric bastard billionaire; (2) as real Bruce Wayne with Alfred and Rachel; and lastly (3) the masked vigilante trying to fight a battle for a city he doesn’t love, and brought him too much pain.

#Kudos to all the those people who created and contributed on making a silver screen masterpiece!