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Blogging for Someone

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

I think this is the Nth time I will write a blog about someone. Someone I know for at least the past 7 years. Someone whom I trusted alot. Someone whom I thought I would be seeing my self with when I get older. She is my friend... or maybe WAS.
This noon I received text messages from Bing, she told me things I thought was OVER. Things, I thought was part of my history -- our history. Here's the deal:

Several months ago, someone I know made a mistake of her life. At least that's what we've thought... She keeps on insisting things that is so far fetch... It seems like it's not even her who is talking. She even called Bing words that I can't imagine going out of her mouth. Bing cried. Questions flashing in my head... Did she do the right thing? Or are we the ones to blame? But that was over. We, as friends had concluded that she might be under the spell of her "madness" with the guy.

So days had past... weeks, then months. And now out of nowhere, she seems to be digging-up the issues again like a dog, crazy over a piece of bone buried under the soil. I am not a phsychologist nor a psychiatrist, but I can tell when a person is loosing thread in his/her head.

If you are reading this, and you feels like this blog is for you... please, do me a favor. Do not rant on the internet or in text messages. Please! I am sure your mom told you better than that.

Anyways... who are we to tell you. "We are just an stupid excuse for a human being."

Disclaimer: The last quote was not from me nor from the books I have read or from the joke magazines. Someone "man-enough" told that to Bing.


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Yeepee! Philippine's doing great!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Yes! I knew it! Philippines will be at the top spot for the 23rd season of the SEA games! And no! Don't tell me that its too early to conclude this... My intuition serves me right! And I should tell you, I can really feel the top spot for us! Go Team Philippines! Posible! Anyways, I have watch the match between the Philippines and sorry I forgot what country was that. Anyways, the match was really exciting! It was head-to-head and the crowd was really into it. I think I even stood-off my seat when Geisler fell. I thought his oponent will get a point but before he fell, he succesfully kicked his oponent gaining him a 2 point lead! Before I went to school today, while I was eating my lunch, I watch the Men's 3m synchronized diving. I Filipino divers were good! They managed to do at least a high level of difficulty and still making the least amout of splash at their dive. I failed to finished their match, but I think they got the gold.
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The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel (aka Emily Rose)

Monday, November 28, 2005

I have seen it. The movie "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." It left me with several questions... like what happened to Emily? And Who is Emily Rose? I hit my good 'ol PC and went to Google. My searches gave me this results:
WHO IS EMILY ROSE? Anneliese Michel (21 September 19521 July 1976) was a German woman who was believed to have been possessed by a demon and subsequently underwent an exorcism. She was born in Leiblfing, a small Bavarian town, into a lower-middle class Catholic family. In 1968, Anneliese had begun suffering from seizures which plagued her secondary school years, but was able to go to the University of Würzburg in September 1973, where she would study Elementary Education. Anneliese was believed to be possessed, and underwent exorcism over several months. Her death caused controversy, best evidenced by the court investigation that indicted Fathers Ernst Alt and Arnold Renz of negligent manslaughter. This 'Klingenberg Case' is the basis of Scott Derrickson's 2005 movie entitled The Exorcism of Emily Rose. However, this film significantly deviates from the original real world events (e.g., the film is set in the US, Anneliese was renamed Emily Rose) possibly for the purposes of shock value. An upcoming German-language film called Requiem is expected to stay truer to the real events.
WHAT HAPPENED TO EMILY?
'The Exorcism of Emily Rose' is a well-crafted, creepy film that explores profound questions about the nature of God. Does He exist? Do you really want to know? By John Zmirak Looking for a feel-good movie this weekend? Something for grown-ups that addresses the everyday crises and disappointments of life, but ends with a warm, suffusing sense that all is well, and every problem, if honestly faced by a genuinely good-looking protagonist, can be solved within 120 minutes? Then this is not the movie for you. Go see Wedding Crashers instead. The film raises and addresses profound questions about the nature of evil but doesn’t pretend to answer them. The Exorcism of Emily Rose is the kind of movie that disturbs while it entertains. The film depicts (employing poetic license) the possessed by six demons and was approved for exorcism by her local diocese. The exorcism was protracted, horrific, and futile. She died of malnutrition, and the priest in charge was prosecuted for criminal neglect. The film is a courtroom drama centered on the trial, suffused with flashbacks to apparently preternatural, and profoundly disturbing events. The protagonist is the priest's lawyer (played by the ever-brilliant Laura Linney), a cynical agnostic driven by ambition, hired by a shame-faced diocese to hush the whole thing up. But the priest (portrayed by the compelling Tom Wilkinson), refuses to cop a plea—insisting that he must take the stand and "tell Emily Rose's story. That's what she wanted." The prosecutor, a dour Protestant (played with silk and steel rectitude by Campbell Scott), brings an army of expert witnesses to try to prove that Emily had a diagnosed, treatable psychiatric condition—"psychotic epilepsy"—which the priest culpably ignored in favor of exorcism. Thus the film presents forensically the clash between contemporary scientific humanism and spiritual warfare. The contest is presented impartially, with men of each tradition speaking cogently and persuasively for their points of view—including the priest. As the director said, "It really was one of my goals to present a Catholic priest as a character with dignity and respect. I think Catholics and priests are such easy fodder for stereotype and vilification. I wanted to create character you couldn't help but respect for his passion and integrity." The film raises and addresses profound questions about the nature of evil and why God permits the suffering of the innocent—but doesn't pretend to answer them. And that's just what the filmmaker intended. Scott Derrickson, a graduate of the artsy Christian liberal arts university, Biola, calls himself an "orthodox Christian" and confesses that he's addicted to the novels of Walker Percy, and to reading and re-reading G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy. In fact, as Derrickson told me in an interview, Catholic screenwriting maven Barbara Nicolosi warns him, "You're just one Chesterton book away from crossing the Tiber," and becoming a Catholic. Whatever his background, Derrickson has crafted a compelling drama which sends you out of the theater feeling queasily fascinated, wondering if you need to seek some kind of protection, despite your faith or lack thereof. I expect that this film will drive some people afflicted by unfamiliar voices and eerie occurrences to pester priests with the suggestion that they might be possessed. And the priests will do what the Church tells them to do—send these poor souls to the doctor. As the film makes clear, Church officials are extremely skeptical about such claims, insisting that every natural explanation and treatment be completely exhausted before a spiritual cause is inferred for a person's distress. When Catholics get a toothache, they're supposed to go to the dentist—not to Lourdes. When Catholics get a toothache, they’re supposed to go to the dentist—not to Lourdes. I raised with the director the possibility that the film might provoke a panic about demonic possession—as had The Exorcist, which some said inspired the delusions endured by Anneliese Michel, the real Bavarian girl upon whom "Emily Rose" is based. Derrickson admitted that it was a danger. "But as a filmmaker, I feel responsible for the effect my work would have on normal, balanced people—not on the small number of troubled souls. I mean, you can point to several serial killers who carried around the Bible. They just didn't understand it. The Bible's full of provocative, dangerous stuff." (To read how the movie The Omen screwed me up almost irreparably, click here.) Derrickson admits that he didn't follow the facts of the case as closely as one would in making a biopic (such as Kinsey). "I felt obliged to take this true story and do it justice by creating a thought-provoking film that caused people to think deeply about the subject of whether there's a spiritual realm. I thought this was a great way of getting into those questions. It's a work of fiction based on a real thing that happened." The real things that happened, according to the film, are fairly disturbing—especially for a believer. Emily Rose was not a Satanist or an aspiring witch; she'd never even touched a Ouija board. Indeed, she was the pious, virginal daughter of a devoutly Catholic family—the last person who'd open herself to demonic possession. But demons seem to have kicked down the door, and tormented her for years, until Fr. Moore undertook a course of exorcisms—which failed. If a faithful and holy priest like Fr. Moore cannot expel the forces of evil from the soul of an innocent by invoking the name of Jesus... one begins to wonder: What's the point? Which side is really stronger, after all? What kind of a God permits such innocent suffering; is He sadistic, incompetent, or merely distracted? Is the Creator an overworked cosmic chef who's put one too many universes on the stove, and hasn't noticed that ours is bubbling over? Derrickson says he wanted to raise such questions, rather than answer them. "I'm kind of a doubter by nature. That's been a big part of my spiritual journey. What I found personally compelling about this tale is that there's no easy way to resolve the questions the movie presents. There's no simple, clean-cut obvious answer. But the questions it raises are important for everybody. I'm not interested in trying to propagate my own view. It's much more about asking the right questions," he said. If a holy priest cannot expel the forces of evil, then one begins to wonder: Which side is really stronger, after all? The answer offered by the film's most heroic characters—Fr. Moore and Emily Rose herself—is that Emily is a "victim soul," an innocent who willingly offers to "Which led this viewer to ask the director if he wasn't encouraging us both to believe in God and to dislike Him? Derrickson responded: "I often find myself troubled when I think deeply about this and the nature of God. It is perplexing. But isn't that the story of the saints, the apostles themselves? People who suffered tremendously so that God's nature could be revealed to the world. That does give me questions and apprehensions about God, but I always come back to a place of comfort when I think that God Himself endured that—if you believe in the incarnation. I hope agnostics will be troubled by the spiritual possibilities the film presents, but that Christians will also be troubled into thinking about issues like this." It remains to be seen if audiences will be challenged, troubled, and fascinated—as I was—or if they'll leave the theater unsatisfied, because the film leaves unanswered questions. Even after 9/11, and now Katrina, most moviegoers may not be interested in listening to subtle arguments about God and the existence of evil, especially on a Saturday night. I suspect they'd prefer a demon movie that delivers the "moral of the story" nicely packaged up, with a bright red bow. I can't say I blame them. Will "Emily" tap into the mass Christian audience that made The Passion of the Christ a huge success? It remains to be seen. I hope so. '...God Himself endured that—if you believe in the incarnation.' But there's another audience I can't excuse. Already, critics at Slate and the New York Times are complaining that this film is religious agitprop. And to them, it must seem that way, since it proposes a spiritual explanation of events as one (out of several) plausible alternatives. Compared to the films which they're accustomed to praising, that would constitute religious propaganda. If only The Exorcism of Emily Rose had (like the award-winning 1995 Dutch film Antonia's Line) presented its priest as a drooling sexual predator who molested retarded children—then it might be considered "provocative." If (as in virtually every Stephen King film) it had portrayed Christians unambiguously as dangerous fanatics, then it might qualify as "complex and penetrating," not (in the words of New York Times critic A.O. Scott) "propaganda disguised as entertainment." Scott's review says more about the narrowness of his experience and imagination than it does about the film. As someone who does believe (reluctantly) in demonic possession and exorcism, I came out of the theater undecided about whether Emily Rose had in fact been possessed, or simply mentally ill. So did other believers I know who saw the film—not superstitious peasants, but educated people with advanced academic degrees. That's because the film is genuinely ambiguous and ambivalent. But that's not how the (mostly) secularist film reviewers for major newspapers and magazines see the film. One wonders if audiences will listen to them.
Hope you'll watch the movie and get its moral lesson.

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Saturday, November 26, 2005

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