“Hours after the Supreme Court ruled marriage equality was a
constitutional right in America, Puerto Rico’s governor, Alejandro
Garcia Padilla, signed an executive order requiring government agencies
to become compliant with the ruling within 15 days.“
As I once mentioned, I seldom watch movies more so nowadays,
and let alone a Tagalog one. Besides, the movie I am about to speak of was
shown almost a year ago. Still, I opted to write this simply because it left
quite an impression with me. And need I
mention that I am a sucker for romantic comedies?!
This particular movie was a blockbuster hit during its run. I
had first-hand feedback from one close to me that it was surprisingly good. Not
that I don’t believe her but needless to say, I didn’t watch it then. Since it
has been quite some time, it was finally shown on a local cable channel and
curious as I was by that time, I made sure I watch it. As the closing credits
were popping up on screen, straightaway, I knew what the buzz was all about.
Credits to the owner of the pic:
Personally, this movie touched me in so many levels. The 90s
timeline was like walking down memory lane. It was my time, after all: the
beeper, the Eraserheads and “gangs”.
Some of my friends and I were Eraserheads fans that we would go whenever
they play on some campus. I felt like I was on some time machine watching it.
Sadly though, the movie could’ve included some more music from the 90s as that
era had an extensive music selection. Aside from that, I will be daring and say
that this movie is fast approaching most favorite status. It’s that good in my
humble opinion. Suffice it to say that I neither read the Wattpad series nor
the book. I do plan on getting the book and well, I’d have to find the series
since I was told it was already taken down from Wattpad. And so for now, this
movie is my standard. Once again I am reminding everyone that this is my sort
of review so for anyone (is there? really?!! what are you waiting for?!!) who
hasn’t seen it, spoiler alerts ahead.
Let me just say this then, I soooo loooove this movie.
First, casting Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, Daniel Padilla
and Kathryn Bernardo in this movie was a stroke of genius. Why? It’s simply
because in my opinion, Richard and Dawn was like the ultimate love team back then.
And who doesn’t know about Daniel and
Kathryn, currently dubbed as the Teen King and Queen. Enough said.
Second, I loved how the movie is neither simple nor
complicated. Basically it is a love story in its purest form. The twist though
was really remarkable at least for me. The sacrifice Athena made despite the
fact that she herself is suffering from a grave condition that in itself is
something truly rare. And Kenji, what can I say, I admire his great love for
Athena that even if reluctant, he let her go. Romantic comedy junkie that I am,
I felt every emotion and embraced each one. This movie gave me such a high that
it makes me want to watch it over and over again. Much credit goes to the
author of the book, the creative team behind the scenes and the director Cathy
Garcia-Molina who I would say might just become my favorite director, a first
To say that this movie is the coming of age for both Kathryn
and Daniel is something I definitely agree with. They have shown growth and
maturity and I cannot wait to see more. And don’t get me started on those
beautifully executed scenes. Don’t even ask what my favorite scene was or else
this might just become a book. Okay, fine I have several favorite scenes but
one of the most touching was towards the end when Kenji finally saw Athena
again and for the last time (tissue please!!!).
Lastly, I would like to quote Kenji in his speech at the start of the movie, “If
there is a force greater than love, it is time. Timing is such a bitch. Lucky
are those who find true love at the right time. “ So true Kenji, so true….
By MICHAEL CORKERY After Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced that $72 billion in debt was “not payable,” the price of some bonds fell as much as 12 percent. Published: June 29, 2015 at 08:00PM from NYT Business Day
Rita Moreno dances with New York cardinal at Puerto Rican Day Parade up Fifth Avenue
Rita Moreno dances with New York cardinal at Puerto Rican Day Parade up Fifth Avenue
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Entertainer Rita Moreno took Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan for a dancing spin Sunday in the middle of Fifth Avenue by St. Patrick’s Cathedral.“ "Hallelujah! Bienvenidos a todos,” the cardinal yelled out to the Puerto Rican Day Parade crowd, meaning “welcome to all.”
“At 83, atop a convertible car, Moreno was the grand marshal of the festivities that turned more than 1 million spectators into a sea of red, white and blue. Topped by a single star, they’re the colours of the Puerto Rican flag that also were splashed across 20,000 marchers moving up the avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street.Puerto Rico’s governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, was followed by New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a Puerto Rico native dancing to the pounding Latino soundtrack of the 58th annual parade.Dolan, who is archbishop of the city’s Roman Catholic archdiocese, offered blessings to the mostly Catholic participants.
the extraordinary contribution to this city by the Puerto Rican people. This is a community that over the last century has been one of the foundations of this city.
skullcap he plopped onto the heads of several bemused boys.New York Mayor Bill de Blasio
Puerto Rico to amend laws after US ruling on gay marriage
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor says he will sign an executive order to change the laws of the U.S. territory after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that gay couples are allowed to marry anywhere in the United States.
Alejandro Garcia Padilla said in a statement Friday that people of faith like him have to understand that no one is allowed to impose their religious beliefs on others.
All U.S. Supreme Court rulings apply in Puerto Rico.
Religious leaders across the island rejected the ruling while supporters gathered at the seaside Capitol building to celebrate.
Several gay couples in Puerto Rico had filed a lawsuit challenging local laws including those that prohibit same-sex marriage and the recognition of such marriages.
America's Greece: Puerto Rico says it can't make debt payments
America’s Greece: Puerto Rico says it can’t make debt payments
Puerto Rico’s governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla believes the U.S. territory’s $72 billion public debt is unpayable — a potentially dangerous statement for a territory whose tax-free bonds are popular with hedge funds and distressed-debt buyers. A report published in the New York Times Sunday comes before the governor is scheduled to deliver a public address on the issue. Puerto Rico’s constitution dictates that the debt has to be paid before any other financial obligation is met. If Garcia Padilla seeks to not pay the debt at all, it will require a referendum and a vote on a constitutional amendment. The proposed budget — cutting services by $674 million and setting aside $1.5 billion to help pay off the debt — has to be approved by Tuesday.
There is no other option. I would love to have an easier option. This is not politics, this is math.
Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla
Governor Garcia Padilla recently confirmed that he had considered having his government seek permission from the U.S. Congress to declare bankruptcy amid a nearly decade-long economic slump. Garcia has taken several measures to help generate more government revenue, including signing legislation raising the sales tax to 11.5 percent and creating a 4 percent tax on professional services.
Rita Moreno dances with Cardinal Dolan at NYC parade
NEW YORK (AP) — Entertainer Rita Moreno took Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan for a dancing spin Sunday in the middle of Fifth Avenue by St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
“Hallelujah! Bienvenidos a todos,” the cardinal yelled out to the Puerto Rican Day Parade crowd, meaning “welcome to all.”
At 83, atop a convertible car, Moreno was the grand marshal of the festivities that turned more than 1 million spectators into a sea of red, white and blue. Topped by a single star, they’re the colors of the Puerto Rican flag that also were splashed across 20,000 marchers moving up the avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street.
Puerto Rico’s governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, was followed by New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a Puerto Rico native dancing to the pounding Latino soundtrack of the 58th annual parade.
Dolan, who is archbishop of the city’s Roman Catholic archdiocese, offered blessings to the mostly Catholic participants. Dolan then lifted his straw hat to reveal a red skullcap he plopped onto the heads of several bemused boys.
Stephanie Placeres of Boston has been coming to New York for a dozen years to see the parade.
“We always stand here, at the same spot in the 50s; I have a parking lot that I always go to, and there’s bathrooms right there in Trump Tower,” said Placeres, flanked by her husband, mother-in-law and three young children.
“We’re here because of the pride. It’s overwhelming, amazing,” she said, raising her voice above the noise that hit fever pitch, with hand-held horns and whistles from the sidelines. Placeres, 32, who heads a team of security officers on the Harvard University campus, said she’s been noticing a tighter New York police presence at the festivities she said are more organized and disciplined since the violence and drunken mayhem that followed the event in 2000.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio walked all 35 blocks up Fifth, noting “the extraordinary contribution to this city by the Puerto Rican people. This is a community that over the last century has been one of the foundations of this city.”
Lydia Rodriguez of Brooklyn stood out with a vibrant feathered headdress she said represents the Taino indigenous peoples who historically inhabited many Caribbean islands.
“People don’t know much about them here,” said Rodriguez, 40, proudly raising her adorned head to watch the Puerto Rican parade for her 23rd time.
Puerto Rico Debt Crisis Splits Congress on Party Lines and Draws Muted …
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