Poetic Attempt || Nineteen

What are the hard sciences? you ask to the class
a person from the back answers
chemistry
                        physics
                                                biology
                                                                        mathematics
your right hand briefly dances in the air
an obviously dismissive gesture
and light laughter forces its way out of your weary throat
now let’s forget about the hard sciences

Let’s not
I sit there mutely, hands neatly folded
on my lap; imperceptibly shaking
why should I? I want to ask
but I do not
I protest in silence

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Life and oh, Shealea joins a poetry-writing competition!

Hello, everyone! It’s been an incredibly long while since I last did an update post regarding my personal life. While I know rambling about the happenings in Shealea’s life doesn’t exactly fall under anyone’s reading interests, still, I say what the hell. It’s my blog, after all. Plus, I’m trying to procrastinate studying for my Friday exam, whoops.

Here we go.

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Shealea reacts to: I’m Drunk I Love You (2017) – a film review


Title: I’m Drunk I Love You
Director: Jamie Habac Jr.
Writer: Giancarlo Abrahan, Jamie Habac Jr.
Cast: Maja Salvador (Carson), Paulo Avelino (Dio), Dominic Roco (Jason Ty)
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Year of release: 2017

* More about the film on IMDb and Facebook.
* Watch the official movie trailer.

Having studied together in the University of the Philippines Diliman for seven years (segue: HUHUHU JUST TYPING THIS MAKES ME SO FRAGILE), best friends Carson and Dio decide to go on a road trip to a music festival in La Union just days before their graduation. Carson, having been secretly in love with Dio since their freshman year in college, is wary about the spontaneous venture but drags along Jason Ty who, in turn, challenges her to finally confess her feelings. However, I’m Drunk I Love You (IDILY) is not quite a love story, but is instead an off-beat romantic comedy that explores unrequited affection and celebrates the fleetingness and fragility of youth.

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Shealea reacts to: The Guerilla Is a Poet (2013) – a film review


Title: The Guerilla Is a Poet
Director: Sari Dalena, Kiri Dalena
Writer: Ericson Acosta, Kiri Dalena
Cast: Karl Medina (young Jose Maria Sison), Angeli Bayani (young Julieta de Lima)
Genre: Drama, Documentary
Year of release: 2013

* More about the film on IMDb and Facebook.
* Watch the official movie trailer.

Directed by sisters Sari and Kiri Dalena, The Guerilla Is a Poet is an unconventional documentary with a distinct and apparent socio-political theme as its narrative revolves around the life of an exiled political leader, Jose Maria Sison, who is responsible for reviving the Communist Party of the Philippines (in 1968) and founding the New People’s Army (in 1969).

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Life Upside Down – a guest post by Cary Denault

“Your baby has Down syndrome.”

Those five words changed my life. I was in the hospital, deliriously happy after giving birth to my firstborn son, when a pediatrician came in to break the news. I’d never met him—he happened to be on call at the nearby pediatric center—and I’ll never forget the look on his face as he sat down. He said that my son had a genetic disorder. That there was no cure. That he was deeply sorry and would do all he could to help me get through the next few days.

He was as kind and compassionate as a doctor can be when turning your whole life upside down.

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Shealea reacts to: 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten (2016) – a film review


Title: 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten
Director: Petersen Vargas
Writer: Jaxon Paul Laxamana
Cast: Khalil Ramos (Felix), Ethan Salvador (Magnus), Jameson Blake (Maxim)
Genre: Drama, Coming of Age
Year of release: 2016

* More about the film on IMDb and Facebook.
* Watch the official movie trailer.

2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten, a 2016 Cinema One Originals film* directed by Petersen Vargas, is a coming-of-age drama following the life of a friendless high school sophomore named Felix. In the beginning, Felix is first introduced as a rather arrogant overachiever who believes his self to be a cut above the rest of his schoolmates. Later on, however, the narrative shifts its focus towards his fascination with the newly transferred Filipino-American Snyder brothers, and consequently, the unlikely friendship that develops among the three of them.

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