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It was eleven years ago when I watched the first installment of the Harry Potter films, the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and it was a week ago when I watched its final installment, the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Up until now, the whole movie, and the whole series, perhaps, still lingers in my brain. When I remember bits of the scenes in the Harry Potter 7.2, I cannot help but still feel sad, not only because the scenes were basically depressing, heavy, and quite really unbearable, but secondly, because I thought that it will be the last Harry Potter movie that I am going to watch inside a movie theater. I even cried lots when the epilogue was showing because I know there will not be another scene next to it, nor another film to be shown the next year that I can patiently anticipate. For me, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was not just an end of an epic book and movie series but also marks the end of my childhood.

The IMAX Experience

I booked tickets from IMAX MOA just a week before the date I intended to watch the movie. I even ordered a Gryffindor shirt online just so I can have something to wear that day and well, to show my support to Harry and all the other casts and tell them that I am indeed with them until the very end. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 is the only HP film to be shown in 3d so I want to watch it in not any theater but the best theater there is. I haven’t tried watching anything in 3d yet so I was kind of hesitant to watch it in digital 3d so I opted for IMAX. Yes, I spent P450 worth of ticket for a movie only to be shown once and without any teaser trailers before it actually starts (I was really hoping for the movie trailers, actually. It’s my most favorite part when I am watching movies in movie theaters).

The IMAX experience was superb. It is really eyegasmic and thought, Avatar would really fun to watch here. I thought I was going to wear those glasses with blue and red colors on them. I would say that the P450-worth of ticket was all worth it. The movie started on time, the seats were ultra-comfortable, you feel like you’re in a VIP movie theater or something. However, I felt that it was very unnecessary for the Harry Potter producers to make the final movie shown in 3d. I don’t think there were lots of scenes that called for a 3d effect. In fact, I can only remember three–the Warner Brothers logo shown at the beginning, the trio’s ride together with the two goblins to Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault, and the scene when Voldemort’s face was breaking into pieces when Nagini was finally killed by Neville Longbottom. With the exception of the showing the Warner Brothers’ logo, I thought that those two other scenes weren’t really important at all. Or were they? Enlighten me, please.

The Performance

As for the artists’ performances, I thought they really improved so much since the first film. Over all, all the cast showed their greatest performances yet. They all gave their all, I suppose knowing it will be the last time that they would portray those roles. There were not a lot of speaking lines for a lot of characters but you can see it on their faces that what they are doing were way beyond just acting.

For one, the last scene of Fred and George when they’re both still alive was just heart-breaking. You can see them smiling, trying to be cool, pretty much being their usual self but you can really see it in their eyes–the fear that anytime something terrible might happen to any of them or any of their family and friends, yet they have to stay strong, or look strong, at the very least, for each other.

Another scene that brought me to almost-crying and whole-body-goosebumps was this duel scene between Minerva Mcgonagall and Severus Snape. This was the very first scene when I first felt my heart was growing its own tear ducts. I was not crying yet but I know my heart was already.

This scene was just heart-pounding and heart-breaking at the same time. You can clearly see from this two that they don’t want to hurt each other because they are friends but they cannot just let their guard down because they are both protecting something or someone. Snape was hiding and protecting the truth because he knows it was not the time yet to spill it all. Mcgonagall, on the other hand was just fed up with all these dark forces on Hogwarts and she was not holding back anymore. I cannot stress enough how impressed I am with Maggie Smith, the actress who played Professor Mcgonagall. She was undergoing chemotherapy while filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 and two yet she was able to deliver her role perfectly. well, I honestly thought she was not really acting, she and Mcgonagall are both very brave and battling cancer and death-eaters feel pretty much the same, I guess.

Of course all the other casts did well, too. They all deserved to be part of the movie, lead by the trio, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliffe, who played Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Harry Potter, respectively, but describing their performances one by one won’t be that thrilling for me and won’t be that good-to-read for the others. And no, I didn’t forget about Alan Rickman who played Severus Snape, he deserves a whole section of this post.

“Look at me. You have your mother’s eyes.”

This was Severus Snape’s, played by Alan Rickman, last words before he died. That was exactly when my eyes decided to start acting like waterfalls. Snape’s last scenes became the end of the calm me. Although it was not directly shown, Snape being bitten by Nagini, I don’t know, three to four times was just so hard to bear. I cried so hard during that scene even more with his last scene and all the other scenes after this (actually, I did not stop crying since then until I was walking out of the theater already).

Alan Rickman’s acting was just so moving, it still breaks my heart when I remember all his scenes from this movie, including that of when Harry was viewing his past through the Pensieve. It made me cry buckets and I think he truly overshadowed the main characters. I think he was the true hero of the entire film. I absolutely love his character and the way it was portrayed was just great. The movie staff and most especially, Alan Rickman did justice to his character. Alan Rickman deserves all the awards!

The Deaths

After Snape’s death, all the other deaths of characters were shown. It was just too devastating and too hard for me to handle when Tonks’ and Lupin’s dead bodies were shown and then Fred’s. I was just crying so hard and hoping the one on my left does not hear a thing at the same time. Thank goodness for the director and the writers not showing how they died because that would just be unbearable.

And then there was Lavander’s death. I hate her so much during Harry Potter and the Half-blood prince when she all just did was basically kiss Ron Weasley, and well, make Hermione Granger vomit. But seeing her being eaten by a werewolf was a shocker. It was just so…morbid.

The Kissing Scenes

There were just two, Ron/Hermione’s and Harry/Ginny’s.

Of the two, of course, I would definitely go with the Ron/Hermione kiss. Well, for an obvious reason that I have a huge crush on Harry Potter and seeing him kiss other girls just makes me cringe and wants to vomit, just like what Hermione felt when Lavander kissed Ron all the time at HP 6. And another thing, the kiss between Harry and Ginny, speaking as a completely third party objective with absolutely no personal interest in the matter, was really awkward. Ginny was kissing Harry’s upper lip, which if you are keenly observing, is almost non-existent. It was just wrong and awkward.

But Ron and Hermione’s kiss was just romantic. It quite gave me a shock and as Ron said it, it was like a now-or-never kiss. It was something, I think they both waited for that all their lives (your fans anticipated for that too, as much as those two did). That was a total pick-up-er for all those depressing scenes of death and war, actually.

The Comic Reliefs

For those who have been watching Harry Potter movies starting from its very first installment, you would probably observe that all the movies, no matter how dark and depressing the whole movies are, there are still scenes that will absolutely make you laugh. Well, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 is no exception to that.

I loved how these scenes and others more were able to be great icebreakers. It did not stop me from crying (yes, I was crying and laughing at the same time) but they were really funny and witty.

And yes, all those minutes Harry Potter pretended to be dead seemed like a big joke for me. I mean, I get it, Neville Longbottom’s speech is supposed to touch your feelings and it was supposed to be his ‘moment’ but that just seemed to be just like Allan’s (Zach Galifinakis) speech from The Hangover Part 1. When I heard Neville spoke those mushy lines I was just “this is like The Hangover all over again!”. And Voldemort’s laugh when Neville stepped forward was just hilarious!

Until the Very End

Yes, finally all was well at the wizarding world as the good defeated the evil but seeing them after nineteen years, with their children boarding the Hogwarts train almost became the death of me. I refuse to leave the theater as I was not done crying yet. It was just seeing the movie that you anticipated every year come to an end. It was just hard seeing them age and then reflecting on how much your life has changed as well.

But I guess, it was not the end yet. I mean, I can re-watch my DVDs when I feel the need to. I can still let Saab and my other children in the future to know Harry Potter and all the other characters and creatures that made my childhood mystical and magical. And hopefully, it would make theirs mystical and magical, too. After all, as J.K. Rowling, author of the books said, “Hogwarts is always there to welcome you home”.

Mischief managed.

DISCLAIMER: Well, I know those people would condemn me for feeling like this, as I have not read any Harry Potter book yet, and you might feel that I am exaggerating. But hey, at least I still have books to look forward to read still. I definitely will, when the lazy person inside me would allow me, soon. :)) And oh, the GIFs are not mine.

Confessions of a Facebook Addict

I’ve only had my Facebook account come my senior year, thanks to my officemates in Euro RSCG-Agatep (where i had my ojt). They told me that Facebook would be the easiest way to keep in touch. Ms. Sheila told me that she would upload our pictures and would just “tag” (i didn’t even know what tagging was back then i had no idea what she was talking about!)  me so i could see those pictures. So at my last day at work, i made a Facebook account at the office and add them up.

And that day started my addiction.

Well, here are some of the signs that I truly am addicted to this social networking site:

1. I rarely open my Friendster account.

2. My first thoughts in the morning are “Oh no, my employees must have died already.” or “ï should harvest my plants before someone steals them” or “i should serve the food now or it would rot.” or “i should harvest my plants or it would wither”.

3. My daily conversations involve a lot of Facebook-related topics. ican’t remember a day in  my life since i had my Facebook account that i didn’t talk about it with other people.

4. When there’s nothing else to talk about, i don’t talk about the weather, i converse about Facebook.

5. I encourage other people to have their Facebook account because it’s so much fun.

6. I check  all my game apps in Facebook before  i go to bed.

7.  I get into fights because of Facebook. I remember selling all of Puroy’s horses in Farmville because i was mad at him. it’s kind of the way i’m getting even.

8. I got really sad when my fishes in fishworld died.

9. i sometimes get affected in the results of some quizzes or advice i get from the applications. it affects my mood. really.

10. Despite all the school works i have to finish, i cannot not open my Facebook. So I multitask. (80% Facebook, 20% school stuff)

there, i am officially addicted to Facebook. I love/hate Facebook. Grr.

here are some learnings i got from watching the vid on how to bring the love back .

“we dont talk anymore.”

In any type of relationship, be it a romantic or a corporate relationship, communication is very vital, two-way communication, that is. both parties should both take time to listen to what the other has to say. learnings come when we listen. when we listen, we would know what the other person really wants and needs, and therefore our efforts would not be futile.

Communication and relationships become epic failures when only one does the talking and the other one fakes the listening.

“you’re not behaving like you love me, it’s not genuine.”

in any type of relationship, it is important to let your partners feel how important they are, thet their opinions are heard, that their efforts are appreciated, and that they are valued genuinely. it is important to be consistent to what we say and do so not to create confusion.

Say what you mean and mean what you say.

“i’ve changed and you haven’t.”

in any type of relationship, change is inevitable. there would be hard times when one seems to have a hard time keeping up. you should help each other mature and change for the better. you should learn to enjoy doing things together.

the key is growing together.

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for OrCom practitioners:

if there are two things we can consider as our mantra in our OrCom 152 class, these are to embrace change and to listen to what our target audience would say.

we should never assume, we must listen to our target audinece well so that we would know what platforms or types of  media we should put our efforts in.

two-way communication is the key.



That Saturday when Ms. Ingrid Cudia was discussing about SEO, Sir Barry asked me what was i thinking after the discussion. I just said “wala po. (i think that has become a reflex) so i would not have to blurt out that stupid thought running in my mind that time and i was just bugging Angge about it. Haha!

Miss Ingrid said that that Google Robot thinks like a human. The advertisements that pops everytime we browse the web varies from one person’s preferences to another.

and that made me repeatedly ask myself (and Angge), “pwede kaya mangyari yung kagaya sa movie na Eagle Eye?” In the movie, there’s this computer that’s tasked to gather information to all people all over the world and can control virtually anything, and then later starts thinking like a human instructing the lead characters to put explosives on a hall where all the officials of the executive branch of the goverment gathers (or something to that effect). Can a robot have a mind of its own? Like what happened in movies like iRobot, Stealth, and Eagle Eye? Hey blame it on the silverscreen.

I should stop watching science FICTION movies. Grr. Seriously. What was i thinking?

Here’s my group’s (with Ana, Noemi, Nancy, and Mina) interpretation on the history of communication.

Had fun editing the vid.

Enjoy watching!

When I was filling up my UPCAT form, i cannot really remember coming across the course BA Organizational Communication. I never had an idea that such course existed.

Just when i received a letter from UP Manila that i passed the exam and that i am free to choose any degree program with an available slot that i first encountered this course (that i never knew i’d actually love.)

when i was scanning the list of degree programs with available slots, i thought:

i dont want any BS course. i want my college life to be easy. (looking at the list) Pharmacy? 5 years? no. Industrial Pharmacy? WTH?! oh BA courses! wait what’s BA? Area Studies? Development Studies? Organizational Communication? hmn.

Organizational Communication? Eto na lang. ang gandang pakinggan eh.

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1st choice: BA Organizational Communication

2nd choice: Dev Stud

3rd choice: Area studies

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So there. that’s how i ended up in the degree program of BA Organizational Communication. Being in this degree program for four years now (not another year, please), i can say that this journey taught me a lot of things while making me enjoy the ride as well. what i love about this journey is that i get to learn new things that i can actually use when im already out in the new world (practical and applicable, that is. not just those things professors teach you just because). though most of the time, im struggling to keep up with all the school stuffs, i must admit, i actually learned to love Organizational Communication and the stress it brought me.

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now, from what i learned from Ms. Ingrid Cudia of Sieg Web Solutions, posts should be clear, concise, and readable for both robots and humans (or something to that effect). here’s a hopefully clear, concise, and readable description of my orcom journey:

the JOURNEY

BA Organizational Communication (OrCom) aims to provide students with a comprehensive training in communication in dynamics operating within organizations. (UP Manila, CAS)

Organizational Communication has been defined in many different ways by many scholars. The following are only a few definitions that encapsulate this four-year degree program of the University of the Philippines Manila. Organizational Communication is (continue reading)


SPEED HUMPS and BUMPS

here are the major humps and bumps i encountered (and actually enjoyed) during my orcom journey.

OrCom 101– Introduction to Organizational Communication

ahh. my very first taste of a research on a real organization. here you’d learn about the fundamentals of Organizational Communication.

OrCom 104– Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication

i did enjoy this course subject very much. theories about how we interact with other people (e.g. telling lies, interpreting signs and symbols, our perception of the “other”) really amazed me. i never thought these things, things that seem so simple and are part of our everyday lives can actually be very complex that the would be the subject of numerous studies.

OrCom 105–  Dynamics of Public Relations

OrCom 142– Communication Processess and Organizational Structures

OrCom 152– Communication Trends and Styles

toxicity mixed with fun– i guess when you have sir barry as your prof, you’ll surely have one hell of a ride. lots of hands-on activities, real-life application of theories, laughtrips, and sleepovers.

Linguistics 100– Introduction to the Study of Language

i enjoyed this class though i scored 1/10 for our very first quiz. i learned that i should review my notes because the prof might give a pop quiz! i actually enjoyed transcribing it became my hobby for quite some time. haha. seriously.

these course subjects surely made my journey bumpy. but what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger and wiser, right?

click for the entire list of humps and bumps.

ORCOM TRAVELLERS

Study hard, party harder!

During my four years in OrCom, i guess that’s the statement we, OrCom students all tried to live by. Despite all the humps and bumps we encounter, we still know how to socialize and enjoy with our friends.

During my four years in OrCom, i learned how to juggle things well. i get to pass my subjects without forgetting to spend some quality time with my friends and loved ones.

During my four years in OrCom, i met some of the most amazing people i would want to have even after i graduate.

Yes, my four years in Orcom may actually be full of drama and conflicts but it was aall worth it spending it with amazing co-travellers.

FINAL DESTINATION

Now what?

After the OrCom Journey, OrCom students may choose to have a career in:

Corporate Communications

Public Relations

Advertising

Marketing

Human Resources

Law

and other communication/media-related paths.

to end this post, i shall quote some succesful OrCom alumni:

“…in this competitive world and society, you really really have to have different skills and different capabilities and Organizational Communication would be a best course for you to be able to train yourself more and to be able to be very very equipped in the corporate society.”

Nikko Tayag

OrCom Batch ‘08

works with Meralco

“It’s the most unique comm[unication] course ever!”

“If you want real adventure, take OrCom.”

Nino Gupana

OrCom Batch ‘06

works with Leo Burnett

(source: PRHS primer)

As much as i would like to make a reflection post on Cluetrain Manifesto because the language used by the author is conversational and easy to understand, i’d say that i also enjoyed reading my free copy (thanks Ryo!)  of Chapter 9 of Wikinomics, The Wiki Workplace: Unleashing the Power of Us. The antics/success stories made the reading understandable. I like that it is both informative and fun to read as well.

Anyway, through the reading i learned that:

pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work

-Aristotle

i’ve learned this through the Geek Squad story of how they used the online game Battlefield 2 as a collaboration tool for him to communicate with his agents coming from different places. true enough, it is better to work on something you enjoy doing so much that you don’t regard it as work after all.

on the organizational level, heads of organizations have to realize that it would be a win-win situation for both sides if employers could keep their employees engaged and motivated to work. and being engaged and motivated would be transformed into accomplishments. the workplace would not be so much of hell and work stuffs would not be so much of a burden–and that means greater productivity and profit.

on a personal level, i think a person like me–someone with a very short attention span–would want and need most something that would help me keep motivated and engaged to whatever it is that im doing. Especially with regard to school stuff, which almost all the time bore me. Haha! That’s why i thank professors who take time to think of creative ways to present lessons for us students to be more engaged in learning. Fun activities and presentations make lessons simpler and easier to digest.

what won’t kill you will only mke you stronger

nowadays, the Web (and new social media) hasn’t only been an avenue for us to share our thoughts and collaborat with other people, it’s also a new place for us to bash other people, criticize everybody else’s ideas and opinion, and destroy each other’s reputation. but given the freedom on the Web to do whatever we want, i think things like these are inevitable there’s no way we can escape what seems to be unbearable.

on an organizational level, companies should always be optimistic whenever they are faced with controversies. they should see these as opportunities to improve their organizations.

on a personal level, well, i’ve learned to be somewhat indifferent to what other people think of me as long as i know that these things are not true. one of my philosophies in life (written for one of sir barry’s subject, what subject was that again? err.) is to not let other people’s words to affect me as long as it isn’t true for there are other poeple who know me better. i’ve learned to trust only the judgement of those people who know me very well. i know this philosophy is against the very essence of reputation but what i’m saying is that we should not let other people’s words discourage us to do what we want to do, be who we want to be, and to “shine”.

no man is an island

this is a cliche, but still works well in explaining the society’s current condition. At present, it would be very hard, nearly unimaginable for us to disconnect or isolate ourselves from the world. we are all interconnected and interdependent among each other. our needs depend on other people’s work and vice versa. we live in a world wherein we can stay connected with anybody no matter how far away they are away from us. especially in the Web, there’s so much platforms that we can use to connect with other people. with all these available avenues, it simply sends us the message that we cannot not collaborate with others. and that we cannot not communicate.

and we should all do ourselves a favor, and start collaborating with others.

which reminds me of a quote sent to me by a friend, “kung kaya ng iba, bakit hindi mo ipagawa sa kanila?”

haha. that was me trying to be funny. WTF!