Music, Short Stories

The Story I Started with “Iris” Ends in Different Worlds, Now on Wattpad!


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Mundo, guardian angel of the Philippine capital struggles to guide his own 8 children away from crime. Manila, a city where two worlds, the rich and the poor live alongside each other, is the backdrop as Mundo bears witness to the lives of Iñigo and Belle, a budding artist and a lost soul. Drugs, rock music, fast cars…this is a whole new world compared to Los Angeles. And even more are hiding behind their lips.

“People all over the arena floor started panicking, one by one as they bump into both of them. A police officer gets a hold of Belle, before Iñigo notices and pulls her as they run to his car. “A GTR?!” Belle panted, in disbelief. “Get in!” Outside the window, Belle peeks her head at all the ensuing chaos, unable to shield her laughter at the craziness of this particular night.”

“Next, a nearly-closed jewelry store sat on a lonely street. “Wait here…” Iñigo planned to surprise her until he noticed her shadow following him, “First impressions of you don’t last very long, do they?” They chuckle as the store owner closes up shop, signalling to each other when the lights turn off. Belle wasn’t able to contain her giggle, prompting Iñigo to give up trying to find the keys before they run for their lives.”

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Short Stories

What I Didn’t Tell Him, a Love Story Set After Iris is Now on Wattpad!

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It took some time before he left my side, reflecting on the past that he never had. Even guardian angels have doubts. But I let Jiro wander off and get lost in LA to enjoy his furlough. There has to be a lot on his mind. That’s why I left the other half of my story for another time. He wouldn’t have died, he would’ve lived a normal life in a cramped apartment with the love of his life. And he’d be happy as well.

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“Two twenty-somethings lay on the couch of a small Los Angeles apartment. It was a bit cramped, with boxes stacked on top of one another and belongings scattered about. But two people could fit in easily once they’ve settled in. At least the view of the city allowed for ample time to reflect. Jiro stretched whatever inch of him he could. He had a short-haired, slim-bodied girlfriend, but when she falls into a nap, she does it for hours. Still, not for a second did he stare at the reddening sun, or the streets bustling with tiny toy-looking cars and people in the distance.

His eyes were firmly on the girl sleeping on his chest as the TV played in front of them. Jiro’s lips curled into a smile, there was some drool on the corner of her mouth. If she was awake he’d tease her until they play with each other again like kids. It’s been ten years since he was cured of cancer. His mom never visited him, but he’s way past that stage. He’s happy living in a tiny apartment in the middle of LA and living a normal life for the first time. Some things never change, like his mom, or the chaos in the city. But they will soon.”

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The Cover and Much Better Intro for My New Short Story on Wattpad

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My first short story in 6 years comes in the form of Iris, inspired by the song from Goo Goo Dolls. An unnamed guardian angel watches atop an unseen tower in Los Angeles, peeking into and influencing the lives of its inhabitants through telescopes and a small toy globe. He comes to a realization that LA is a lost cause and pins his legacy on a dying 13-year old named Jiro, knowing that doing so will condemn him into spending the rest of his days as a mere mortal.

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“You see, as I peek through each telescope I see, feel and hear what everyone is too, each and every one. Jiro somehow talks to God as though He’s in front of him, and when he tells you, “I’ll always be here” to the one who should be doing it, I don’t know what the hell you’re doing with the time on your hands when you’re all-powerful. I sit back on my reclining seat and fiddle with the tiny globe on my hands. I get furious at all the wrong times. I try to calm myself down. I can’t be angry if I’m the one dangling the carrots in front of every single person in LA. Especially when the most important one dies in a year.”

“A few days have passed. I hold the tiny globe on my hands before peeking at the telescope. It’s English class, but Mr. Caulfield is his usual free-spirited self and goes for another group activity to make plays. Jiro feels his stomach hurt even more as he drinks some water. His mouth is dry and body numb. He stands up along with his group in front. Iris was with them. I spin my globe a bit. Iris is looking down, but she knows Jiro just took a peek at her eyes. They were beautiful, and innocent, maybe even more than his. And they both had white skin like fairies but hers was immaculate. I spin the globe faster, and as they finish, Iris rushes to her seat, but her breath was cut short just the same as Jiro when she passed. I smirk. “…You felt that.”

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Movies, Music, Short Stories

“Iris” a Short Story Inspired by the Goo Goo Dolls Song is Out on Wattpad!

My first short story in 6 years comes in the form of Iris, inspired by the song from Goo Goo Dolls. An unnamed guardian angel watches atop an unseen tower in Los Angeles, peeking into and influencing the lives of its inhabitants through telescopes and a small toy globe. He comes to a realization that LA is a lost cause and pins his legacy on a young teenager named Jiro, knowing that doing so will condemn him into spending the rest of his days as a mere mortal.

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Allegiant Movie Review

  
How ironic it is that surviving the mediocre first two installments in The Divergent Series actually helped me in enjoying the new one. Knowing what to expect is a must for this type of movie. A checklist mentality in story, a cast of underdeveloped characters played by excruciatingly underused actors and awful special effects are just some of Allegiant’s flaws. But knowing what I am getting into as Tris’ opening monologue plays turned out to be a blessing. These films are better off viewed as stylish B-movie-like action romps a la Resident Evil rather than Hunger Games clones, and in that perspective it serves as passable entertainment. Not exactly the best compliment, but potentially redeeming nonetheless.

It’s when you adapt this mentality that you forgive the film’s many flaws. The sins of Divergent and Insurgent still haunt Allegiant, such as the aforementioned poor job in characterization and production issues. The world still feels fake, as if the makers bit off more than they can chew. Shailene Woodley and Theo James still can’t muster up even a tiny sliver of chemistry between both lead characters. Giving priority to casting good, charismatic actors despite only small amounts of screen time does contribute a fleeting positive note, but only fleeting. They’re all nice to look at, but they fade to the background just as quickly as the forgettable story. Composer Joseph Trapanese rises above his work in the previous film this time though, providing the biggest improvement.

The film’s studio must have been worried about diminishing returns going forward given the negative reception of Insurgent and its barely passing Divergent’s gross even with a 3D premium strapped in. They tried really hard to differentiate the new one, increasing the scale and trusting that the sights and sounds of the new locations will provide at least some amazement for viewers. But really, how can you outdo two straight installments that were given middling if not negative reviews without fixing their flaws? Too much emphasis has been given on the business side of thinking rather than the creative. If Ascendant arrives a year from now with an even bigger budget and scale without looking inward first, The Divergent Series will forever be remembered as a missed opportunity.

The concept of this world has long been ripe for a worthy adaptation, but that chance has whizzed past by in just a few years’ time. We can only hope those in charge will see through the smoke and finally change the direction this series has gone on. Tris and Four will never be held in high regard as Bella and Edward or all the other popular young adult adaptation couples without a clear path in which their relationship develops along with the proper breathing room. The same goes for the bigger web of characters. Get the basics done, and maybe The Divergent Series will go out with a bang.

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