[Movie Review] Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 : A Superhero Movie Of Pure Comical Delight

Three years ago, we were all introduced to a new group of lesser-known Marvel superheroes. Well for someone like me who never got the chance to read the older Marvel comics, I never really heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy until they all hit the theaters last 2014 and instantly became a worldwide sensation. This intergalactic group of unlikely heroes has become a phenomena and is widely embraced by everyone. Their status as superheroes may not be as well established as the other Marvel characters from the Avengers but the Guardians of the Galaxy is special in their very own rights.

Despite of their differences in terms of their beliefs and behavior, there was this kind of chemistry that binds them all and make them a surprisingly ideal group of Superheroes. The first movie was absolutely a great blast which left us all wanting more and now, the long wait is over as the Guardians of the Galaxy will finally rock the cinemas today for its highly anticipated sequel.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 follows the story of Peter Quill who is better known as the Starlord (Played by Chris Pratt)and his gang of eccentric characters including Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Drax (Dave Bautista) , and of course the crowd’s favorite Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel).  The group find themselves in another great danger after stealing the batteries from the Sovereign race lead by certain highest priestess named Ayesha (played by Elizabeth Debicki).  Ironically, they actually accepted the job offered by her to protect the batteries from an intergalactic monsters to have Nebula in return but Raccoon is undeniably a trickster by nature so when the group was caught stealing, they need to escape the overwhelming computer generated army of the Sovereign.
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They had to crash land to a nearby planet where they met Ego(Kurt Russel) who surprisingly related to Peter Quill. It turns out, Ego was Quill’s genetic father and Starlord was introduced to a planet made by his own dad and also revealed his true abilities. Little did they know, Ego has another agenda that will put not just the guardians but the entire galaxy in danger. So yes, the team is up for another action packed mission to save the galaxy from the possible major catastrophe. Of course, I am not going to spoil the movie so you better watch it on your own risk!
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As far as the action sequences are concerned, I think the sequel gave enough justice to the series and is equally impressive to its predecessor. It will still embark you to that visually stunning intergalactic atmosphere that we all enjoyed from the first movie. This is perfectly matched with those clever 80s music selection that will add fun and humor in the movie. What I really love the most in this film are the additional characters and allies. The film will introduced not just Ego but also a certain character named “Mantis” (played by Pom Klementieff) who has the ability to detect people’s inner emotion just by touching them. She also has the ability to alter them and she is also the only one capable of making Ego sleep. I can assure you that she will be one of the likeable characters in this film and her surprising chemistry with Drax will really amuse you.
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It is also interesting to note that some of the characters we saw from the first film will also reprise their roles. This time, however, the foes will now show their softer side and will ally with the guardians. Nebula (played Karen Gillan) and Yondu (played by Merle Dixon Michael Rooker) will join the Guardians to fight Ego, the living planet.

What I really appreciate in the film is that fact that each character were given their own special moment to shine. They will briefly reveal their personal lives that we never saw from the first film. I love how the film provide an equally wonderful action and emotional sequences for each character which is really a great way to show how the film build them up for the succeeding installments in the future.
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If you love Groot from the first movie, well you will adore him even more due to its overwhelming and irresistible cuteness but I personally think that Drax was a revelation in this movie. His lack of adroitness and sensitivity in this film has become a powerful tool that will put the audience in great laugh. Yondu will also share an equally remarkable moment with the main cast and I actually appreciate his skills here even more.

Aside from the action packed sequences and visually stunning graphics, I can perfectly describe this film as apure comical delight“. There was never a dull moment in this film and in fact, even when you thought that it’s going to be a serious one, there goes a surprising punch line that will make you laugh.

Oh by the way, make sure to observe very keenly and look for that Easter eggs! This film do not just have one but FIVE post credit sequences so make sure to stay in your seat until all of them were revealed. I’m telling you, these post credits will put you into so much excitement!

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 rocks the cinema starting today April 26, 2017

Are Bass Players Always Underappreciated?

Are bass players always under appreciated? Just because you can barely hear them in a band doesn’t mean they are not really important. In fact, bass players are considered as one of the most important band members but of course, those who are not really into music will never appreciate their presence.
Are six strings really better than four? I’m actually guilty about this. I am not a musically inclined guy , I love to listen to music but I never gone deeper about it. I can follow the beat and the rhythm while listening but that’s all about it. I never pay attention to which of the band members are responsible for this sound and that sound until I came across an article before stating how important the role or bass players are.

Guitarists and singers often dominates a band but little did we know, bass guitarists are responsible for the rhythm section in a band’s music, along with the drummer and rhythm guitarist. The bassist collaborates a lot with the drummer and together they form what is called a groove. The bass sound is truly an important element in music. Have you tried to listen to Pentatonix? Can you imagine their music without Avi Kaplan in their group? Imagine the sound they make without the bass vocals provided by Kaplan.

Same thing is applied with Bass guitarists! They are one of the fundamental elements in a band. They said that a good bassist can make the music come alive but a bad one will leave it sounding like a soggy mess. So I think it will still depends on skills of the player and of course the kind of guitar he is using. If you decided to venture from rhytym to bass then you must pick the right guitar that will give enough justice to the music you are playing.  Those warwick bass at musiciansfriend.com are seemingly ideal enough for beginners!

Bass guitarist and players may indeed be one of the most underappreciated members of a band but if you really learned to see their importance, you cannot overlooked their presence and you will admire them even more!

14 Churches In A Day : My Visita Iglesia 2017

Visita Iglesia is one of the traditional religious activity done by Filipinos every Lenten season especially during the Holy Week (particularly done every Maundy Thursday or Good Friday). Visita Iglesia is basically a Spanish term that means “to visit  church”, a Roman Catholic Lenten tradition in which Catholics are encouraged to visit seven churches but sometimes it could be 14 much like what my family did this Holy week.

They said that this tradition originated in Rome as early pilgrims visited the seven basilicas as penance. This tradition was adapted in many countries. During the Visita Iglesia, pilgrims will visit one church after another and in each church, they will recite one or two Stations of the Cross (depending on the number of churches). In our case, we were able to visit 14 different churches in Cavite in one day so we just had to recite one Station of the Cross per church.

Visiting fourteen churches in Cavite in one day is not really a new challenge for us. We actually took the same route last 2015 (Check My Visita Iglesia 2015). We took the Southern Route of Cavite (you can also check Cavite Pilgrimage Tour Western Route) and allow me to share it with you. I have blogged almost all the churches on this list so I’ll provide the link below each image so you can get more details about them.

IMG_1364t1. Saint Mary Magdalene Church in Kawit, Cavite – The church was built in 1737 making it one of the oldest churches in Cavite. The church was also located few blocks away from the historical Aguinaldo Shrine (Check: Exploring Aguinaldo Shrine).  On its convent, you’ll find an ecclesiastical exhibit featuring some relics and items related to their patroness, Saint Mary Magdalene and also some historical items related to Emilio Aguinaldo (Check : Saint Mary Magdalene Exhibit) . You can check more details about this church in this post Saint Mary Magdalene Church ~ More Photos Here
IMG_1396t2. Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite – Another church in Kawit Cavite which is relatively new but distinctively beautiful. It features a very serene atmosphere with an open altar showing a huge grotto of Our Lady of Fatima along with the three children Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco. The church was built in December of 1996. Check : Our Lady of Fatima Parish of Binakayan ~ More Photos Here
IMG_1414t3. Saint Michael Archangel Parish in Bacoor Cavite – The new addition in our list is the Parish of Saint Michael Archangel in Bacoor. It was another historically significant church which was built since 1669. The first church was initially built with Bamboos and nipa leaves until it was renovated in 1824 to 1872 with adobe and tegula as main materials. The renovation took 48 years before achieving its current state.  The church was located on the former Bacoor City Hall which is just few blocks away from the Famous Digman Halo-Halo (Check: The Famous Digman Halo Halo of Bacoor) and also the historical Bahay na Tisa~ More Photos Here
IMG_1417t4. Imus Cathedral (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar) in Imus, Cavite – The seat of the bishop of the Diocese of Imus, the diocese that has jurisdiction of all the Catholic parishes in Cavite. The parish is under the patronage of two. First is the Our Lady of Pillar and Saint John the Baptist who is considered as the patron saint of the city. The present church was constructed in 1823 when the town proper was moved to Brgy Balangon. The Cathedral is just in front of the Imus Plaza (Check : General Licerio Topacio Plaza in Imus). Check more details about this church in this post : Revisiting Imus Cathedral ~ More Photos HereIMG_1484t5. Immaculate Conception Parish in Dasmariñas, Cavite – . The Immaculate Conception Church is actually the first Catholic church established in the city of Dasmariñas The stone church was constructed right after the establishment of Dasmariñas as a separate parish in 1866. Check: The Immaculate Conception Church in Dasmarinas, Cavite ~ More Photos Here
IMG_1507t6. Our Lady of Candelaria Parish in Silang, Cavite – The parish was first established on February 3, 1595 where they initially built a small chapel made of light materials under the patronage of St. Diego of Alcalá and a small school and took charge of Silang until 1611. The stone church was built from 1637 to 1639 and was placed under the patronage of Nuestra Senora de Candelaria (Our Lady of Candelaria) in 1640. Check : Our Lady of Candelaria Parish in Silang Cavite  ~ More Photos Here
IMG_1547t7. Pink Sisters Convent in Tagaytay –  Pink Sisters or officially known as Adoration Convent of Divine Mercy is a chapel of a cloistered order of nuns wearing pink habits, thus they were called the pink sisters. Check : Pink Sisters Convent in Tagaytay ~ More Photos Here
IMG_1564t8. Angels Hills Retreat Center in Tagaytay -It’s getting dark and we still have 7 more churches to visit. Angels Hills is basically a Retreat and Formation center which is  just few walks away from the Pink Sisters convent. It is founded in 1999 and covers a total of 2 hectares of land. Check : Angels Hills in Tagaytay, Cavite ~ More Photos HereIMG_1588t9. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Tagaytay – Another church in Tagaytay is the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.  Known as the Healing Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church in Tagaytay City is administered by the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. The church’s reputation as a miraculous and healing shrine is favored for Catholic weddings. It is said that couple who hold their weddings here will be granted healing and blessing right from the very moment they say their “I Do’.  Check : Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Tagaytay  ~ More Photos Here
IMG_1598t10. Saint Augustine Parish in Mendez , Cavite – The small and peaceful town of Mendez has St Augustine Church which is really accessible as it can be found at the highway across the town plaza. One thing I love about visiting this church is the overwhelming greetings from their parishioners. We are always warmly greeted by them and they even offer free meals to the pilgrims.  Mendez Church or officially known as St. Augustine Parish was was established in 1881 although other sources were claiming that it was established around 1712 but the church was destroyed during the second world war. Check: Saint Augustine Church in Mendez   ~ More Photos Here
IMG_1345t11. Saint Gregory the Great Church in Indang, Cavite – Indang Church was originally a chapel established in 1611 but later became a full pledged parish in 1625.  The church was impressively restored capturing the 18th century atmosphere with highly articulate and decorated ceilings and walls that reminds me of those churches in Batangas (Check Batangas Pilgrimage Tour).  Check : The Stunning St Gregory The Great Parish of Indang. ~ More Photos Here
IMG_1628t12. Saint Jude Thaddeus Parish in Trece Martires , Cavite – Saint Jude Thaddeus Parish has a very interesting facade. They have a huge balcony on top with a life-sized image of Saint Jude. It has an arch-shaped facade facing in four different direction forming a cross-like shape if you viewed it from top. Check : Saint Jude Thaddeus Parish in Trece Martires, Cavite ~ More Photos Here
20170413_22550213. Saint Francis of Assisi Church in General Trias, Cavite – History wise, the first church in General Trias was established under the Franciscan orders in 1611 and it was just a subparish of Kawit Cavite. In 1753, Saint Francis of Assisi Parish became a separate parish and the first stone church was erected in 1769. Outside the church lies a small building that is almost identical to building that houses the Magellan’s Cross in Cebu. It houses  a sculpted image of Saint Francis of Assisi from a century old Acacia tree. Beside the church is a convent musuem  (Feel free to check – Museo De San Francisco de Malabon, The Porziuncola-Inspired Adoration Chapel and the Historical Acacia Tree). Check: Revisiting the Saint Francis of Assisi Parish / San Francisco De Malabon Church in General Trias, Cavite ~ More Photos Here
20170413_23432114. San Roque Parish Church in Cavite City ~ Of course, we concluded our Visita Iglesia in our very own parish church in Cavite City, the San Roque Parish church where the miraculous Nana Choleng (Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga) is currently enshrined. Check : Feast of Our Lady of Porta Vaga

Unlike our last Cavite Pilgrimage, we managed to complete all the 14 churches a little early despite of some accidents we encountered along the way. We are so grateful that we managed to visit all the 14 churches in Southern Cavite and went back home safe and of course, spiritually enlightened.

You can also check the complete List of Churches in Cavite For Visita Iglesia

The 43rd Live Via Crucis in Cavite City (2017)

IMG_1648tThe people of Cavite City are naturally religious. They got so many festivities which are done in celebration of their patron saints. There’s the much awaited Regada Festival in celebration of Saint John The Baptist every June and the grander Feast of Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga every November. For the Lenten Season, there’s an annual cultural and spiritual tradition known as “Live Via Crucis“. It is basically the Cavite City’s version of “Senakulo“.  If there’s a Moriones in Marinduque and Pagtaltal in Iloilo, then Cavite City has its own Passion Play which is better known as the Live Via Crucis.1797330_10202773033200233_4165628477011976607_ntVia Crucis or “Station of the Cross” is a passion play done during the Holy Week (Holy Tuesday to be specific) in which participants (a group of local residents of Cavite City) wear biblical costumes and take the center stage of the town plaza to dramatize the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is already an old tradition which can be traced back since 1974. The picture above features my late grandpa portraying one of the centurions or Roman Soldiers. This year marks the 43rd year of Live Via Crucis and they notably made some changes this year1800437_10202773033400238_7509013980156151892_ntMy late grandma as one of the Ladies of Jerusalem during her younger years.IMG_1441tThis year’s Live Via Crucis was still based on the Passion Play written by Antonio Galura under the direction of Charlemagne Tyrone Gopez, Leo Ponseca and Narciso Lamberte Jr and Asst Director Edwin Monton under the supervision of their Chairman Aldous Guiao and Michaelangelo Camilo (Vice Chairman).
IMG_1452ttThe event started around 2pm. A special mass was held prior to the actual play presided by Fr Virgillo ParadesIMG_1564tLive Via Crucis  showcases different acts stated in the written Fourteen Stations of the Cross where one station usually last for 15-20 minutes (including the prayers). The Play will pass through fourteen different Stations. Unlike last year, however, they changed the settings , moving the 9th to 14th stations from Montano Hall field to San Roque Parish Church.
IMG_1589tIMG_1573tThe Last Supper marks the first station of the Cross, the final meal that Jesus shared with his Apostles before his crucifixionIMG_1466tWhile the Last Supper is being held in San Roque Parish Church, another scene was taking place somewhere else. The Centurions and the Roman Soldiers armed with their weapons, horse carriage and armors.IMG_1493tAlong with the people of Jerusalem are the thieves who will play greater roles on the later part of the play.IMG_1516tHestas, the Penitent Thief
IMG_1559ttThe Washing of the Feet
“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14
IMG_1592ttJudas identified by Jesus as the Traitor.IMG_1595tJohn 13: 26-27 ” Jesus states: “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.”
IMG_1612tThe Second Station : The Agony of Jesus in Gethsemane IMG_1621tJesus was accompanied by the Apostles Peter, John and James, whom he asked to stay awake and pray. He moved “a stone’s throw away” from them, where He felt overwhelming sadness and anguishIMG_1630tJesus was then confronted by the devil to tempt him while prayingIMG_1637tThe demon tempting Jesus during his agonyIMG_1664tHe was also confronted by an Angel IMG_1688tJudas and Roman Soldiers arrived in Gethsemane to capture Jesus and bring Him to the Sanhedrin.IMG_1716tThird Station: Jesus Before the Sanhedrin
IMG_1749tJesus was brought to Pontius Pilate  by the SanhedrinIMG_1786rtPilate handed Jesus over to Herod Antipas but Jesus was just mocked by him and he sent Jesus back to Pilate for the trial
IMG_1835ttMatthew 27:24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”IMG_1865tJesus was crowned with thornsIMG_1348tJesus was Crucified
IMG_1356tThe penitent thief
IMG_1381ttMary and John at the Foot of the CrossIMG_1415tJesus said that He was thirsty, one of the last seven words he said before dying on His crossIMG_1428tJesus dies on the crossIMG_1494tMary cradling the dead body of JesusIMG_1511ttMary holding the crown of thorns after Jesus was laid on His tombIMG_1533ttAn Angel came to Mary Magdalene to inform her that Jesus is alive!IMG_1558tThe Resurrection of Christ!

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