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Analysis/Commentary "Our Lady's Juggler (Anatole France)

December 28, 2009

Analysis/Commentary on “Our Lady’s Juggler” By Anatole France

Background of Author: Anatole France is a son of a Parisian bookseller. His life was one of incessant controversy. His attitude against the church and state was ironic and bitter, though he was educated at a religious school. And while his novels attacked conventional Christian institutions at the depths of his heart, as in the core of every person’s being – France had faith in the Almighty and innate goodness of man.

Analysis: Anatole France identifies with his main character Barnabas (Our lady’s Juggler) using the following defense mechanisms:

1. Repression. His subconscious compelled him to write against religious norms as a result of his repressed anger on the church and conventional Christian institutions. The story pointed it plainly that Barnabas suffered in silence.

2. Compensation – Barnabas lamented about his ignorance. To make-up, he settled for something less. He could not compose writ…


December 29, 2009

The Making of Animated Cartoons

Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Goofy, Pluto and the rest of the comic bunch made Walt Disney a household name. To this day, they are part of every child’s world, spawning merchandise that make the characters come alive even more.

Animation is considered an art form. It has its origins in the day of cave men and among the artists of ancient Egypt and Greece. For centuries, artists tried to make the figures they draw, move, and gave the suggestion of motion – a crusade which was never entirely successful until the feat was managed on film and the cartoon motion picture was born.

Disney (Philippines) animator Nomer Panlaqui says, “The Disney toons are made from originally classic patterns, (from) as early as 1920. Their personalities need to be clearly defined for the series. Drawing them in varied situations is a very serious thing to do but very rewarding as well.”

The Disney Animation Studio in Los Angeles, he re…

Let's Talk

Let’s Start A Conversation

Not everyone has the gift of talking fluently, but there are ways around that problem. It is evident that practice makes perfect, so at all times we could always try.

I keep telling my students to keep trying. In time it will build them confidence and new words saved in the memory bank. One, two, five or ten new words a day will make one’s own dictionary. From here, conversations arise.

“Fantastic” means unbelievably great. When an ESL student learns this word by heart, this word “fantastic” often used will find new words. “Your work is fantastic!” or “You are fantastic!” or “A fantastic game!”

Questions are good conversation starters, too. When we ask people questions, it makes them feel important.

• How are you?

• What are your interests?

• Where do you live?

• What’s your favorite food?

• Do you like watching films?

• What’s your job?

• Do you like alternative music?

Families, friends, and work associates enjoy talking with each other. Tal…

From the Mountains of the Philippines/Bondoc

Filipino folklore would not be complete without its many traditional, and oftentimes herbal medications, remedies, and healing methods. In fact, different regions of the country have methods and treatments that are unique to them. The bottom line is, the healing power of herbs – whether culled from the people of yore learned in a 21st century lab – has an effectivity all its own, that cannot be denied.

Among the world’s earliest civilizations, food and medicine were inextricably linked, and many plants were eaten for their health-giving properties. Take, for example, armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids. They survived on meal which included a daily ration of garlic in order to ward off pestilence and fevers.

Consider too, the dark age of Europe, well into the medieval period, when herbs were painstakingly grown in monasteries. Each monastery in face, had its own “Physics” garden, abounding in herbs that were used to treat the ailments of both the mon…


Games People Play

We present a bewildering range of faces. Some of us put on shows and use these performances to manipulate others into doing things. The following are classic ploys for getting one’s own way.

1. I’m so ill.

Some children learn how to use this one very early, from mothers who ignore them most of the time but fuss over them when they have minor ailment. Poor me’s don’t always complain with symptoms, they’re much cleverer than that.

2. Do as you please, don’t mind me.

Here people makes one feel guilty, the “Do as you pleaser,” immediately reacts by piling on the guilt.

3. I’ll do my duty by you even if it kills me.

This people punish the helpless person for needing their care. Duty doers feel obliged to take on inevitable burdens.

4. I don’t know what I’d do without you.

The dreadful power of the weak! We all have times in our lives when we need to turn to others for help. But sooner or later, even the most unfortunate need to show some courage, some willingness to…

Mobile Mom

Mobile Mom

“Been there, done that,” could very well be said by this mother of five. She has literally made the rounds of all possible professions, some of which are male dominated.

Beth, a Filipina, used to work as security guard for Colegio dela Milagrosa, a job that required agility and, well, endurance to graveyard shifts. Then again, a school, is not as “risky” a post as, say, a bank or jewelry store.

There was a time when she was vending food at the terminal where her husband was also working.

Then fate struck and her husband got sick. The small space they were renting became a mini store. She was minding the store and attending to her husband’s needs. In between, she would go to the bus terminal and sell to commuters. She needed all the money to sustain her growing family.

In 1994, she ventured into another adventure: She loaned money to buy a tricycle, paying for it P 4,132.00 monthly, scrimping on some P600.00 she would earn in a day.

“I feel I can sustain the family w…

A School Less Ordinary

December 29, 2009

A School Less Ordinary

“The seminary is also a school. But not a place for everybody. It is a place for those who are willing to serve God – to the last breath of their lives. Not a place for the weak but for the strong, with the strength that comes from Him who calls a handful of men to serve Him and all souls,” says a Brother, and now a priest (Fr. Pao) of the Rogationist Seminary.

The freshmen at the seminary go through a lot of adjustments. Seminary rules are laid down, matters concerning discipline, relationships, studies, community, living a prayerful life are strictly imposed.

Newbies make acquaintances and eventually forge friendships with fellow seminarians – something that helps a lot to “survive” semi-cloistered life.

“Self-mastery is a must,” a brother declares. This means that in daily ordinary encounters in the seminary, one cannot avoid to confront himself, to identify his values, his individual strengths, potentials and personal limitations. Sel…

Voices Behind Japanese Cartoons

Their business is to make a new soundtrack, which specifically requires adding voices to a film, broadcast or recording. They are instant voices. More often, they are called dubbers.

Way back in the 70’s when Voltes V, Daimos, and Mazinger Z hit, the television Filipino audiences became more entertained. Now the latest craze – dubbing in English and Tagalog voices – have given birth to new dynamics of art.

Oftentimes, great shows emanate from great dubbing. Dubbers breathe the heart and soul to the characters. Like acting, they give life and emotion to the individualities of the cast. It is acting to the voice with limited space because the video is already made. Gestures help them in the voice performance.

Dubbers can produce many voices. Some of them at most, produce three-low pitch, normal pitch, and high pitch. Others produce seven depending on the creativity of the dubber, his experience and background.

“We grow from one voice to several voices,” adds Veron Calaguas in …