ANGEL STRIKES AGAIN! Cosmopolitan (October 2011) Review

Angel Locsin has her 4th time cover in the Cosmopolitan Magazine. I find the magazine more powerful when I saw Angel smiling in the magazine stall; it is actually a great idea bringing back Angel as their cover.

The magazine content has a very good quality to read, It contains articles about both women and men’s health, relationships, fashion, make-ups and more.

But one thing that I observed was that, the magazine concentrates on Sex and Fashion more than anything. They actually have a separate booklet containing articles about sex positions that obviously advertised a lubricant product. I find it very uncomfortable to read considering that Cosmopolitan is a mass earned magazine especially to teens.

Comopolitan also concentrates on Fashion and has fewer articles about lifestyle which I think is more important. Advertisements also dominate some of the pages of the issue which actually happens all the time upon seeing the other magazine issues.


 Cosmopolitan is an international magazine for women. It was first published in 1886 in the United States as a family magazine, was later transformed into a literary magazine and eventually became a women’s magazine in the late 1960s. Also known as Cosmo, its content as of 2011 included articles on relationships and sex, health, careers, self-improvement, celebrities, as well as fashion and beauty. Published by Hearts Magazine, Cosmopolitan has 63 international editions, is printed in 32 languages and is distributed in more than 100 countries.


Cosmopolitan began as a family magazine, launched in 1886 by Schlicht & Field as The Cosmopolitan.

Paul Schlicht told his first-issue readers that his publication was a “first-class family magazine”, adding, “There will be a department devoted exclusively to the interests of women, with articles on fashions, on household decoration, on cooking, and the care and management of children, etc.There was also a department for the younger members of the family.”

Cosmopolitan’s circulation reached 25,000 that year, but by March 1888, Schlicht & Field were no longer in business. John Brisbner acquired the magazine in 1889. That same year, he dispatched Elizabeth Bisland on a race around the world against Nellie Bly to try to draw some attention.

Under John Brisben Walker’s ownership, E. D. Walker, formerly with Harper’s Monthly, took over as the new editor, introducing color illustrations, serials and book reviews.. The magazine’s circulation climbed to 75,000 by 1892.

In 1897, Cosmopolitan announced plans for a free correspondence school: “No charge of any kind will be made to the student. All expenses for the present will be borne by the Cosmopolitan. No conditions, except a pledge of a given number of hours of study.” When 20,000 immediately signed up, Walker could not fund the school and students were then asked to contribute 20 dollars a year. Also in 1897, H.G Wells’ The Was of the Lords was serialized, as was his The First Men in the Moon (1900). Olive Scheiner contributed a lengthy article about the Boer War.

In 1905, William Randolph Hearts purchased the magazine for 400,000 (approximately $11,000,000 in 2007 prices) and brought in journalist Charles Edward Rusell, who contributed a series of investigative articles, including “The Growth of Caste in America” (March 1907), “At the Throat of the Republic” (December 1907 - March 1908) and “What Are You Going to Do About It?” (July 1910 - January 1911) and “Colorado - New Tricks in an Old Game” (December 1910).

Other contributors during this period included Alfred Henry Lewis, Sinclair lewis, A.J Cronin , David Graham Philips, George Bernard Shaw, Upton Sinclair, and Ida Tarbell. A constant presence from 1910-18 was Aurthur Reebe, with 82 stories featuring Craig Kennedy, the “scientific detective.” Magazine illustrators included Francis Attwood, Dean Cornwell, James Flag, and Harisson Fisher


With a circulation of 1,700,000 in the 1930s, Cosmopolitan had an advertising income of $5,000,000. Emphasizing fiction in the 1940s, it was subtitled The Four-Book Magazine since the first section had one novelette, six or eight short stories, two serials, six to eight articles and eight or nine special features, while the other three sections featured two novels and a digest of current non-fiction books. During World War II, sales peaked at 2,000,000.

The magazine began to run less fiction during the 1950s. Circulation dropped to slightly over a million by 1955, a time when magazines were overshadowed during the rise of paperbacks and television. The Golden Age of magazines came to an end as mass market, general interest publications gave way to special interest magazines targeting specialized audience




It is a movie with an absolute substance and that will give you thrills and chills. 

It was all about an obsessive French perfumer with a highly developed olfactory sense and an all-consuming drive to capture the essence of love eventually resorts to murder in his unrepentant quest to find the key ingredient for his recipe in director Tom Tykwer’s adaptation of author Patrick Suskind’s best-selling 1985 novel. Born in a fetid fish market and raised in a dilapidated orphanage, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw) toiled his childhood away in a rank tannery run by the thuggish Grimal (Sam Douglas). Subsequently obsessed by smell, Grenouille’s keen olfactory sense becomes so finely tuned that it eventually overpowers such human qualities as love and compassion. Though he has indeed discovered the unmistakable scent of a woman, Grenouille finds it impossible to connect with the fairer sex on any sort of meaningful level. Roaming the streets of Paris late one night, Grenouille catches the scent of a young girl selling plums and impulsively strangles her, later sniffing her nude corpse in a twisted attempt to preserve the distinctive scent in his memory. After persuading legendary perfumer Giuseppe Baldini (Dustin Hoffman) to take him on as an apprentice, Grenouille travels to the town of Grasse in Southern France in order to learn the art of enfleurage at a firm run by the highly respected Mme. Arnulfi (Corinna Harfouch). It is there that Grenouille becomes dangerously drawn to the vestal aroma of the young and beautiful Laura (Rachel Hurd-Wood), the daughter of widower merchant Antione Richis (Alan Rickman). Soon driven to madness by such a pure scent, the spellbound Grenouille continues to claim the lives of the numerous young girls in a tragic attempt to bottle the impossibly elusive smell of virginal womanhood.


Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is beautiful in its ugliness. Among other things, it features gorgeously composed scenes of maggots, animal entrails, and human corpses. And, in direct contrast to Maria Antoinette, it portrays 18th century France is a grimy, dirty place, regardless of whether the location is Paris or Grasse. Certainly, Tom Tykwer’s latest film is audacious, but audaciousness does not necessarily equate to worthwhile cinema. There’s a mesmerizing appeal to the director’s in-your-face style, even if the images he displays are often repugnant. Unfortunately, Tykwer is working with a flawed screenplay and even the most arresting visuals cannot compensate for the movie’s schizophrenic story.


However, about 110 minutes into the movie, everything changes and Perfume turns into an unsubtle Jesus allegory. All the elements are in place: the cross, the resurrection, the outpouring of love, and the ascension. The shift in tone is so extreme and unexpected that it creates a disconnect with what precedes it. Although one would never call Perfume’s first two-thirds subtle, they are restrained compared to what Tykwer does during the third act.


Perfume deserves to get a full theatrical release, but is being touted as a limited independent. I can only guess that although Perfume is a phenomenal creation as fine as the perfume Jean-Baptiste creates, its dark, grotesque, and murderous nature combined with overly erotic interludes as massive as Caligola is too much for the typical audiences in our society to handle. Therefore our world loses the chance to see, hear, and smell, this masterpiece in the same way the nation of France forgave its ability to be in paradise from Jean-Baptiste’s perfume. If you can get out to see this, make it a priority, as it’s a must see.

It is all about the Thirteen-year-old Nino (Elijah Castillo) has travelled with her aunt to the town of Infanta in Quezon Province. They are there for the end-of-May celebrations. While Nino is at first bored with the slow pace of provincial life, he soon becomes involved in the festivities when he meets the lovely (but older) Lilibeth (Lovi Poe). Nino starts following Lilibeth around, helping her collect money for the big dance at the end of the festival. He inevitably falls hard for Lilibeth, but she’s got other things on her mind. 

The film turns all this around. In the film, the city boy is the innocent one, made witness to the unspoken sexuality that pervades almost every aspect of the festival. To the boy, it’s all about love, while the community is clearly thinking of something more lurid. All this comes across with daring subtlety, all the darkness of this tale just hanging around the edges. The film’s technical limitations sometimes get in the way of the storytelling. This feels most evident in the third act, where the climax feels a little rushed. As a whole, however, there’s a whole lot of cleverness going on. 

Lovi Poe won the best actress award at the Cinemalaya Festival for her role in this film, and she well deserved it. As Lilibeth, she had the tricky task of portraying two equally compelling sides of her character. She embodies both virtue and sin, balancing a sense of overt compassion with a yearning to be free from it. She makes it easy to see why the main character would fall in love with her. Elijah Castillo can’t really match Poe’s presence, but he puts up a brave effort. In the supporting cast, Ping Medina makes for a great bad influence. 

It has also interesting Plot outline that can attract movie viewers to watch:

May is the month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Christ.  In Infanta, Quezon, locals turn each of the 31 days of May into a charming honor not only to celebrate good harvest in their agricultural setting, but also to pay tribute to the virginal virtues of the Mayohan.  Every month of May, a padasal or series of novenas commences to mark the beginning of Mayohan.  This will culminate in a Pasayaw or Tapusan in every purok of each barangay.  A system of ambagan or donation ensues for the festivities to take place.  In the hopes of keeping a tradition alive, the elders support its continued celebration; through the years, however, decadence has long taken over the Tapusan.  Proud  beauty queens, town officials, curious participants and passersby, intoxicated men with carnal needs all play roles in the midst of a spiritual undertaking.  Some have unwittingly tarnished the event’s reputation and essence.  Underlying values and tokens are lost in the turning over of tradition.

Amidst the festivities, a 15-year old young outsider becomes the focal point in  the preparation that the Pasayaw entails.  As this grieving young man comes of age and deals with the recent loss of both parents,  his attention shifts to Lilibeth, a 19-year old provincial lass, the elected presidenta of the pasayaw’s pamunuan, who, herself gets lost in the hoopla and hullabaloo that transpire before May ends. As the event underscores gender lines, generation differences, and class issues, they become entangled in an unlikely partnership,  in their own search for growth and acceptance.


Director/Director of Photography: Dan Villegas
Writer: Paul Sta. Ana
Executive Producer: Dan Villegas
Producer: Aloy Adlawan
Co-Producers: Bobby Bonifacio Jr., Neil Eusebio, J-Ann Gauzon-Mirasol, RR Velasco
Supervising Producer: Tetz Salvador
Associate Director: Allan Forte
Production Designer: Bianca Gonzales-Dadivas
Field Sound Recordist: Mark Locsin
Editor: Jess Yap
Musical Scorer: Emerzon Texon
Sound Designer/Engineer: Joey Santos
Production Managers: Adi Lopez, Loren Rabadam


blablabla. Goodnight :)))))


Uh oh again, our professor gave as an assignment to analyze five different tabloid newspapers according its headlines, local and foreign news, sports news, showbiz news, editorial section, leisure, advertisements and ownership. I chose the newspapers Bulgar “boses ng masa, mata ng bayan”, Pinoy Parazzi, Abante “una sa balita”, People’s Tonight and Bagong Tiktik to be analyzed.



                “Utos ng Comelec, GMA Dalhin na sa Selda” which is the main headline of the newspaper last Wednesday, January 25, 2012. The headline is about PGMA which I found very outdated since the most talked about issue now is the impeachment. But upon seeing the other side, this headline can catch attention of readers because people are tuning in on what is happening to PGMA since the news TV is now overpowered by impeachment. They also have sub headlines about politices such as “ Government officials, nagmumukang buwaya sa juicy position kaya nagpalakad kay Pnoy para maging kapalit si Gatdula sa NBI” and “Ano ang masasabi mo sa muling pangangamote ni Congressman Neil Tupas sa impeachment trial?” As I observed, they chose to put the impeachment trial issue on the sub headlines and the other one political issue, which for me very strategic. I assume that they chose not to over rate their newspapers cover with the sensational impeachment trial because sometimes, people are tired of reading news that they’re hearing every day in news TV.


                “Open ako na ibigay ang uouan!—Enrile” is the main headline Abante. They have less sub headlines in its cover. The good thing about their cover is that it has a summary of what was happen in the hottest news today—the impeachment trial. I think it’s a good technique because it can catch the attention of the readers since the cover is not over crowded with news. It was cleanly presented.

People’s Tonight

                “Youths stab “BUDOY” 7x for fun” is the headline of People’s Tonight and just one sub headline that was about news. They concentrate on crime news, but I think the word Budoy will catches the reader’s attention that’s why it was chosen as the main headline.

                Pinoy Parazzi:

                “Sa isyu ng magiging mahigpit, Enrile umalma” is the main headline of the tabloid. But obviously their sub headlines are all showbiz balita which I think the tabloid is concentrating on. The pictures on their cover are famous celebrities.


                “Away teritoryo: 15 Fishermen inutas, 3 sugatan” is the main healidine of tik tik. I chose to analyze this newspaper since it has the reputation of writing articles about obscene series which overpowered the other news. At their cover, a picture of a celebrity wearing bikini that will surely catches someone’s attention. But though it has negative impression, they featured impeachment news and local news. They also concentrate on showbiz balita and allotted more space in important news.

Local and Political News:


                Bulgar has a page allotted for political and local news. It features about the impeachment including the min headline. The good thing is they wrote about the news of RamGen and GMA that was actually their headline that were now overpowered by the impeachment trial news.


                It has 2 pages allotted space for political and local news that includes more about impeachment and other political news, it also includes news about our economy and crimes happened overnight. The presentation is actually very good and cleaner than Bulgar. The articles are also written in a deeper way than others. You can also easily understand the content of news by the way it was written

People’s Tonight

                It has a page allotted space for local and political news and the next page was allotted for an advertisement of a Government Agency. It also has fewer articles about the section compare to other newspapers. It was also not readable and not clearly presented. The articles content are actually very short and just answered the 4W and 1H and don’t consider other angles.

                Pinoy Parazzi:

                It has 3 pages allotted space for local and political news that was actually very impressive; they featured many articles including political news and more on crimes. But, the content of the news are weak and doesn’t have other angles.


                It has a page allotted for the local and political news and has fewer articles hat other newspapers. It concentrates on crimes and less on politics and economy news. The content of the articles are also very weak and lacking on information.



                Majority of its articles are editorials. Opinion from different writers overflowed in the newspapers and all about politics and doesn’t concentrate on the other aspect of our society. But I find the articles more liberal than others which Is a good point.


It has only sixarticles included on their editorial, but was full of opinions and meaning that can made the readers think on what was happen in our society. It was written very clear by the professional writers such as Senator Chiz Escudero and more. It also helped the readers in having answers about their legal remedies. 

                People’s Tonight:

                It has an interesting Editorial section because it all tackles the society issue in our country which is good for the readers. Though the articles are written in English, it was still understandable. The bad point is, an advertisement also cover the half page of the editorial section.

                Pinoy Parazzi:

                It has no Editorial or Opinion section included in the tabloid. Which is a total turn off. An editorial section is very essential in a tabloid since it tackles the societal and political issue in our country.


                It has one page allotted space for the editorial section. The quality of how it was presented is actually very clean and easy to read. It has no destructions such as advertisements. The only bad point is, they are lacking of articles tackling political news, and it was more on economical news. 



                Majority of the pages of bulgar were allotted for showbiz balita. It seems that it was the favorite part of the staff writers of the tabloid. But in terms of information and presentation, it was actually very good and catchy. It was on the center page of the tabloid so it can be easily be seen by the readers. I think it was the concentration of some of the tabloids in the market.


                It also allotted more pages for the showbiz balita just like the other tabloids, but it was not cleanly presented because of the advertisements per page which is not a good point.

                People’s Tonight:

                Opposite to the other tabloids, it doesn’t concentrate on showbiz balita, it has only a 2 page allotted space for this section and it was on the last page. I think it was a good thing because they concentrate more on important news like local and political news.


                Majority of or I must say almost all of its news are about showbiz balita. They even have a whole page allotted for the comic’s type story of celebrities. It was obviously a Showbiz balita newspaper.


                Its showbiz balita section was also at the center of the newspaper, but it was not totally emphasized. The presentation is actually very catchy because it has colors compared to the newspapers that are black and white.

Other News:

                The leisure part of these newspapers are purely games and articles that can make the readers amaze and laugh. It includes articles about our lifestyle and more. But among all of the newspapers that I analyzed, Tiktik has the only one newspaper that includes obscene articles which I consider a very depriving for the owner and editor of the newspaper. It seems like it was the concentration of the newspaper. 



                The Philippine Star:

The main headline if the newspaper is entitled “Defense blocks ITR presentation” which is obviously about the hottest news nowadays—the impeachment. They include different articles on the front cover together with the headlines. It was about Pnoy, the Impeachment, Local News and Motoring. Compare to with the two newspapers, they don’t have a sneak peak on what was the other content of the newspaper inside.

                Manila Bulletin:

                Manila Bulletin features a different headline compare to the two newspapers. It was entitled “High Seas Massacre” which I find very well because a headline doesn’t mean the most talked about but the most important, the lives of our countrymen. It also has more sub headlines including on the front cover and has sneak peak of what’s inside the broadsheets.

                The Philippine Daily Inquirer:

                The same on the Philippine Star, its headline is also about the impeachment which is entitled: “Article 2 rows stalls trial” but has different angle. The front cover was all about impeachment but I find it okay because they have lots of other news inside the broadsheet. They used the strategy of proper sorting of news to be easily understood by readers.

                Government, World News/ Nation News:

The Philippine Star:

                They have different Government news that was the same on the other newspapers but have different angles. I found it uneasy to read because the continuation of the news stories was spread out on the other parts of the broadsheets. They only include the hottest news about politics and got mild attacks on the others that were overpowered by the impeachment. The advertisements of different products on the broadsheets made destructions upon reading the news. They managed to have only five articles on five pages and the rest are just advertisements.

                World News and Nation News are combined in one section. Though it was properly presented, it was again overpowered by different product advertisements. They also include the weather forecast and World Cities in this section. I also observed that the world news and nation news are literally combined together.

                Manila Bulletin:

Contrary to The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin has lots of news featured because it has fewer advertisements inside the broadsheet. It also has longer articles but the writers managed not to use profound words to be easily understood. They also concentrate on culture and agriculture of the country and crimes that just freshly happened.

                The Philippine Daily Inquirer:

                I find it impressive to read because it has exceptional articles. It has advertisements but very minimal. They concentrate on provinces like Visayas and Mindanao. It also concentrates on culture and agriculture.


The Philippine Star:

                They have 6 different writers and 6 different articles. The appearance and presentation actually suits my taste because it has no destructions and just purely articles and readable because it was properly sorted.

                Manila Bulletin:

                The Editorial section is very creative, they do not only write about politics but also in different angles in our society. The presentation is very readable and has more writers than the other two broadsheets.

                The Philippine Daily Inquirer:

                I find more the articles more interesting compare to the other two articles. More writers and less destructions. The appearance and presentation is very readable and comfortable to read. They don’t also deal in politics, they deal will the issue in our society.

Sports News:

The Philippine Star:

                The sports news has only 1 allotted page that has advertisements. It only includes 3 shorts articles and two of them are foreign sports news. The presentation of the articles was actually lousy and uneasy to read. Compare to the other 2 newspapers, they was the only newspaper who doesn’t concentrate on sports and more of business.

                Manila Bulletin:

                Majority are local news which is good.  Just one page allotted but full of article. It doesn’t have advertisements unlike the two newspapers. They also concentrate on foreign news but all about Filipinos who succeed in their chosen sports.

                The Philippine Daily Inquirer:

                They also concentrate on local news that foreign because it only featured one foreign news which is about tennis. There are advertisements but fewer compare to Philippine Star. The presentation is very catchy and the articles are properly sorted in just 2 pages allotted space.


The Philippine Star:

                The front news is about the concert of Katy Perry here in the Philippines, they chose the angle of the news about Katy Perry kissing a Filipino audience. They have more advertisements than articles which I find very uncomfortable to read. They include schedule of movies showing in different cinemas. SM supermalls have their own page for their schedule.

                Manila Bulletin:

It also features Katy Perry in Manila in their front page. That was the only article in the front page. But, they have lots of entertainment news and the articles are having formal angles. The articles are properly sorted. They have movie schedules but have a little allotted space.

                The Philippine Daily Inquirer:

                They don’t concentrate on Katy Perry’s concert but more on local news. They presented their article more readable and catchy compare to the other two newspapers. The cinema guides are combined in just one page and they have fewer advertisements.


The Philippine Star:

                The cover is full of advertisements with only one article. They include Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) inside with the Stock Market, Top Gainers Company, Top Losers Company, top Gainers, Most Active and Dividends. They combined the people and events to the business section which I find it very uneasy to read.

                Manila Bulletin:

                They have bigger part allotted PSE, they also include BSP reference exchange compare to the Philippine Star that has none. The good thing is they featured a Filipino success in terms of business in a one page.

                The Philippine Daily Inquirer:

                The PSE allotted space is smaller compare to the two newspapers. They have fewer pages than the other newspapers but they fill it with articles. It doesn’t have advertisements inside.

                Other Features:

The Philippine Star:

                It doesn’t have student and campuses section and their broadsheet is totally overpowered by advertisements.  I also observed that their obituary is combined on the people and events that made the other writer of people and events writers dead. In their Fashion and Beauty section majority of their news is about Shalani Soledad’s wedding and don’t have others articles about Fashion and Beauty

                Manila Bulletin:

                They have students and campuses in their section and it features different school and students and their articles. They properly sorted their different articles. It obituary include other crimes in the country. Their fashion and beauty section is all about fashion and more on foreign.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer:

They have specified Universities featured in their student and campuses section. It also impresses me on the type of articles that can really catch the attention of yo


            I chose to analyze the book The Secret garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I read it when I was second Year College. At first, I’m actually not comfortable of reading such children novel but looking at the context of the story, we can see the lessons that every people can relate on. 

The Main Characters Analysis:

Mary Lenox- One of the novel’s two protagonists, Mary Lennox is a ten-year-old girl who, after the death of her parents in India, is sent to live with her uncle in Yorkshire, England. Mary changes drastically over the course of The Secret Garden: she evolves from a spoiled, unloved and unloving creature to a girl who is full of spirit and surrounded by friends. She begins the book as its central character, but is later displaced by Colin. I found her character very powerful at her age and interesting indeed. She’s not a typical girl who lives in a healthy environment but the novel emphasize that a kid is always an explorer.

Colin Craven - The other of the novel’s protagonists, Colin Craven is Archibald Craven’s ten-year-old son and heir. He was born shortly after the death of his mother, and his father could not bear to look at him because of his resemblance to her. It is feared that he will grow to be a hunchback like his father, and he has been treated as an invalid since his birth. Colin’s childhood has been entirely bedridden, and his servants have been commanded to obey his every whim. As a result, Colin is extremely imperious and gloomy; when we first meet him, he is certain he is going to die. By novel’s end, however, he too will have undergone a transformation: he will have become a vigorous optimist, and will have won his father’s love. Both his and Mary’s conversions are affected by the magical properties inherent in the secret garden. Though his character’s revelation is kind a predictable, I’m actually got surprised and excited upon reading the novel. I found the flow and the way it was written by the author very strategic in terms of Collin’s character.

Dickon Sowerby  -  Dickon is alternately described as “a common moor boy” and “a Yorkshire angel”; he is both. Two years older than Colin and Mary, Dickon has lived on Missel Moor his entire life, and has a uniquely intimate relationship with the land. He is described as looking like the god Pan, he has rosy cheeks, rough curly hair, and blue eyes precisely the same color as the sky over the moor; he even carries a set of pan-pipes. Like Pan, he has the power to charm both animals and people: all the creatures that come close to him are instantly tamed, and he counts a fox, a crow, and two wild squirrels among his pets. His power to tame creatures works on Colin and Mary as well, and is one of the central causes of their wondrous transformations. He is the brother of Martha and the son of Susan. Dickon is one of my favorite characters because he’s such a darling and very sweet to his friends, he’s never been blue and always happy. I think the author put a light in the story by Dickon’s character.

Archibald Craven -  The master of Misselthwaite Manor, who suffers from a crooked spine and general ill health. He has been in a crushing depression ever since the death of his wife, ten years before the novel begins. Archibald spends most of his time abroad, since he wants to see neither his house nor his son, Colin, because these remind him of his late wife. At novel’s end, he undergoes a change of heart after his wife comes to him in a dream. Master Craven comes to embrace his son when he realizes that this latter is in perfect health.

Mrs. Medlock - The head of the servants at Misselthwaite Manor, Mrs. Medlock is distinguished by her punctilious obedience of all of Master Craven’s odd rules. Beneath her rigid exterior, she, like all the people of Yorkshire, is basically kind. She and Susan Sowerby were friends in their girlhood.


Story Analysis:

            The story of the Secret Garden concentrates on a little girl named Mary who lived in a very dark past life. She was transferred in a very beautiful place that fills her curiosity. She met mysterious people such as Collin Craven and his father Archibals Craven. There are hidden meaning that you can find upon reading the novel such as the mystery of Secret Garden and its mysterious magic. It symbolizes the beginning in every farewell and happiness in every people’s sadness. The mysterious effect that the author made in plotting the story made the readers got interested more in the content of novel.

            The characters also have different symbolism in our society. Mary, a little girl who found happiness in a very productive vice—planting and taking care of a beautiful Garden which more likely of a leader who was taking care of his country, Cullen who symbolizes every people who need love and care. He was also of symbol of hope of every people who are suffering in pain and sickness, Dickon who is a sign of light and contentment; though they are living in a very hard situation he managed to be happy and nice to his friends and to other people around him.

            The revelation of the Secret Garden opened my mind in a realization of; Happiness can’t be attained by having a pleasure all by you but having a pleasure of sharing that happiness to others. Though the novel is kind a simple and boring at first, it didn’t disappoint me in filling my imagination of things that also made me amaze and enlightened.


Author Analysis:


            Frances Hodgson Burnett has several books that were patronized in Manchester and Pedalton. She wrote a very beautiful novel the little Princess that was a hit in its first release. But, the most sensational is the Secret Garden which was adapted as a T.V series in different counties. She concentrates in writing Fantasy novels that trended in her time.  

"Dissonance Theory applied to Philippine Setting"

  I chose to apply the Dissonance Theory  that was under the Attitude Change Theory in our country’s setting. Dissonance Theory argues that when confronted by new or conflicting information people experience a kind of mental discomfort, a dissonance. As a result, we consciously and subconsciously work to limit or reduce that discomfort through three interrelated selective processes. The first process is the Selective exposure (or selective attention)  by which people expose themselves to attend to only those messages consistent with their preexisting attitudes and beliefs. Second is the   Selective Retention assumes that people remember best and longest those messages that are consistent with their preexisting attitudes and beliefs and the Selective Perception predicts that people will interpret messages in a manner consistent with their preexisting attitudes and beliefs.

  We Filipinos are very sentimental and particular with the things around us. I think it’s a a part of our culture. When things are changed contrary to what we are used to, dissonance immediately follow to our attitudes. One of example of this is when a resolution was passed in the House of the representatives to renamed the EDSA ( Efifenio Delo Santos Avenue ) to Cory Aquino Avenue, with a reason the Cory Aquino deserves the privileged of having this pleasure because she contributed a lot in attaining our freedom by participating the EDSA revolution. After the issue was released, comments and reactions immediately overflowed. Majority reacted that it should no be done because people are used to known EDSA with its name, for them, it will absolutely bring confusion to us specially to those who will travel in Manila from the province since EDSA is the main road of NCR. 

Another simple example is when social networking sites change the appearance of profiles and its external appearance. We always posted or tweets that the change did not make us happy, instead, it brings another adjustment from what we are used before. 

I think, this will continue to be our practice as time goes by. but I’am convinced that we, Filipinos are thinking before making a move or agreeing on things in terms of change that will be beneficial in our country. 

Our President’s Party Business While Our Nation Mourns”

Last December 2011, before Christmas, another challenge happened in our country. A super typhoon strikes in places in Visayas  and Mindanao , a thousand people died, others were injured and many are still missing. I woke up one morning and heard this news, I was really devastated and as I watching it on T.V, I repeatedly thought “It happened again,why?”

As days go by, Overwhelming donations whether it is cash or in kind overflowed. T.V networks, radio station, NGO’s seek donations and help for the victims, even the airlines and shipping company offered their help by shipping and flying the goods in Visayas and Mindanao for free. In the middle of mourning for the dead victims and continuous retrieval operations for those who are still missing, a shocking news released in the public. Our President attended a Christmas Party in Malacanang in the middle of nation’s mourning. It was discovered when celebrity Valerie Concepcion tweets the appearance of Pnoy in the said party. 

My first reaction was, “WHAT?” cause I was expecting more in our President, more than effort than the others did. We are his children cause he is our chosen leader but unfortunately he did this things all the time. I remembered when a news came  out about him playing video games in the middle of Quirino Hostage Scenario, the nations were also devastated in the issue. 

In my deepest opinion, sincerity must come first when this kind of calamity happened in your country. Even a hand or a tap on their shoulder can help them ease the pain they’re going through. As a leader, Pnoy should think not just twice but a million times on how  he should handle these  things. I understand that he’s against “the PAPOGI” thing or showing to people what he did, but in this kind of situations, people need sympathy and help FROM THEIR LEADER. 

Sadly, Pnoy can’t escape the media power, his every move can be detected by the power of media, particularly the social networking sites. Twitter. The news spread when Valerie Concepcion tweets Pnoy’s party business, and when the public read the tweet, they immediately reacted and it became an issue all over the country. 

-mariz donan


1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

»JAMES 3:1-12

I’m praying for those people who can’t resist bragging. Especially for those who truly serve GOD . Please think first before you burst a word because it can be painful and  destructive.