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Red Pythons win champ trophy

NEWS -Students go Anime during Dance Night ‘10 p. 2 -Marian’s Top Ramp Models named p.3 OPINION -The art of becoming a worrywart p.5 Feature -Entering Hobbit-holes p.8 - Life is VAMPED up p.9

-Sheena Oab Underdog team Red Pythons ranked highest during the awarding ceremony, February 11 for the Sportsfest 2011 that officially started last February 2 and was capped by the Family Day celebration last February 5. Team Green Wildcats followed as second place and the other teams that followed were the Blue Jaguars and the Yellow Bombers. The opening day was started by the parade of each team, the lighting of the torch, and the cheering competition.

The Red Pythons cheerleaders in their ecstatic routine. Foebe Manuel and Marion Troy Anastacio; and Grades 1-2 , Nicolo Oliveros and Ivy Fernandez.

In the cheering competiThe start of the Sportsfest tion, the Green Wildcats won was initially rough for the Py- first place followed by the thons having no major win- Blue Jaguars. nings in the main events. The The High school divisports events that were particision’s basketball game boiled pated in by the four teams are down to the battle between Basketball, Volleyball, Table Bombers and Pythons where Tennis, and Badminton. There the Bombers won; the final were also chess, cheerleading, match for volleyball girls was muse and escort, parlor games between the same team as well and banner that were part of where the Pythons bested the the scoring system. others. Mr. and Ms. Intrams Other than the stuHS division were Gideon dents, some faculty members Lucson and Alyssa Joy joined in the major ballgames Suguitan from the Red Pyand parlor games during the thons; Grades 4-6 were Sportsfests and the Family Cianel San Vicente and Day. Clyde Salas; Grade 3 were The Citadel\Vol. I No.1 SY 2010-2011

MSQC Sci-Wiz Team ranks 5th at TIP's Olymphysics By Ryan Quiambao

In celebration of the Math and Science Week, last September 21, 2010, five selected students represented MSQC and finished fifth during the Olymphysics Quiz Bee Tournament held at the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP). “That is how we train students here in our school. We would want them to be prepared when they step out of the school grounds and into the realworld.” said Mr. Matias Dizon, MSQC principal.

Kervin Quilo, were the contestants with the able guidance of MSQC faculty members, Ms. Promise Joy Arizala and Mr. Jeremiah Gaerlan. This is MSQC’s first participation in this competition, yet it bested 37 other high schools, 12 from the elimination round and 25 during the succeeding rounds.

Seniors Gio Amparo, Natasha Bonos, Vie Marie MSQC Seniors with Ma'am Rivera, Pauline Pimentel, and Promise after the competition

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MSQC observes Teachers' day By Mik a Castillo

L-R: Innah Mae Ramos Ramos, leading the prayer with emcees, Nyema Magondacan and Natasha Bonos in Manga Costumes.

Students go Anime during Dance Night ‘10

MSQC celebrated the SSC sponsored Teachers Day last February 14., Valentines Day during which the MSQC students, teachers, staff and Administrators participated. There were games for the teachers, giftgiving and special numbers prepared by the students for their “second” parents. The program was started by a prayer lead by Kervin Quilo, SC officer followed by the Opening Remarks by principal, Mr. Matias Dizon. introduced our teachers on a make-shift redcar

pet event while being escorted by some selected students. The Fourth Year band, Friction, together with Joy Suguitan, Trix Anastacio and Wilfredo Collado III, offered songs of gratitude to the teachers. At the closing part of the program, Mr. Giancarlo Dizon presented an AVP music video of his son Gio Dizon, which is a cover version of “Maghihintay Sayo”. Natasha Bonos and Wilfredo Collado were the emcees.

By Arviel Paolo Rivera

Last November 6, 2010, the MSQC community all went to attend the dance night. The Manga inspired event was sponsored by the Dance Club. Senior students brought home the award for being the section with the most number of anime costumes. Three bands from the High school played. Third year Malachi’s Cardcaptor Sakura won first place for the “Draw

My Anime” contest, and the seniors’ Sasuke placed as a runner-up. The fourth year revelation also won first place during the dance contest with the juniors as runner-up. Dance club moderator, Ronald Flaminiano, and Senior students, Nyema Magondacan and Natasha Bonos, hosted the event.

R-L: Ma'am Jessica, Ma'am Berna, and Ma'am Gina receiving gifts from their pupils and students.

Pagbubukas ng Bintana wows audiences The Buwan ng Wika celebration was capped by the staging of the play “Pagbubukas ng Bintana sa Umagang Aliwalas”, August 28 at the MSQC covered court. The play written by MSQC Administrator, Antonio Calipjo Go and directed for stage by English coordinator, Giancarlo Dizon, reflected how the common Filipino families live their daily lives. The flow of the story focused on the Montales clan. Vie Marie Rivera, Brenda from the play admitted she had


By Nicole Tan

problems with her portrayal of a mother’s role. “What I did was to internalize and be open to suggestions from our director. It wasn’t hard learning from Sir Gian (Dizon) since he’s a very good mentor and director”, said Rivera. “He made it easier for everyone.” When asked about what he did to adjust to the gay role, Gio Amparo, Graciano or Grace from the play, said, “ Sometimes I bring my role inside the classroom… practicing it, for me to be familiar and get used to it.”

L-R: The cast and the persons behind PBUA, Sir Gian, Vie Marie, Mr. Go, Gio, Tasha, Kervin, Ann Vic, Jay Jay, Norlito and Sir Dizon.

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Zephas' Annie covets gold at Mass Demo

Juniors, Seniors bring out the formal

By Vie Marie Rivera

By Kervin Quilo

The juniors and seniors enjoyed an evening of music, dancing, food, and moments with their friends and teachers, last February 18, 2011, in their promenade held at the five-star Diamond Hotel, Manila. Gerard Padua was named Prom King while Natasha Bonos was Prom Queen; Prom Prince was Jan Karl, Prom Princess was Joy Suguitan, Dancing king was Wilfredo Collado III and his female counterpart was Nyema Magondacan; Reinard Fernandez and Ronette Barredowere Best Dressed,and the sweetest couple were Rika Masaki and Gideon Lucson. The metamorphic awardees

Mr. Giancarlo Dizon, master of ceremony, says Zephaniah’s feat was “tradition-breaking” for having triumphed over more senior levels. Mrs. Rowena Chua’s Fo ur th Year -Revelation placed second with their very own version of “Fiddler on the roof” with SC mayor, Gio Amparo who played the lead role Tevye.

By April Saul

The Sound of Music made it into third place. Student idols Joy suguitan played Maria and Wilfredo Collado III portrayed the role of Captain Von Trappe. They were assisted by their adviser, Mr. Christian Valdez throughout the practice and the competition proper. Other winners during the Mass Demo 2010 are the following: Grade FourColossians for their “Lion King presentation, Grade 2Proverbs for their :Prince of Egypt” and Grade 1- Genesis for their “Happy Feet” number, and Prep-Marian Spazio with their K-pop dance.

The other numbers were Oliver, Chicago, West Side Story from the high school department, Disney Classics from the elementary division and a Glee production from the Third year Malachi’s Nursery Kindergarten.

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L-R: Ma'am Adula, Sir Dizon with the metamorphic attendees of the night, Chelsea Bonifacio and Christian Ayap.

Marian’s top ramp models named

Top: The cast in a lively community number with Kamille De Jesus, Amelyn Raquepo and Topher Villaruel. Bottom: Drunk Bianca Peralta in slow seductive show tune. Zephaniah Sophomores topped Mass Demo 2010 in line with MSQC's founding anniversary with their 10-minute performance of the musical “Annie” with Kamille De Jesus as “Little Orphan, Annie” through the choreography and supervision of Miss promise Joy Arizala, their adviser.

were Christian Ayap and Chelsea Bonifacio. The administrators with the teachers of the 3rd year- Malachi and 4th year revelation were present during the event. Los Malachios from the Juniors and Friction from the seniors were the bands that played.

February 12, 2011 MSQC held a modeling competition themed “Modern - yet so Filipino" which was participated by the 4th graders up to the high school seniors. Philippine - inspired accessories were mixed with sports attire for the Grade 4– Colossians students, rainy outfits for Grade 5– Corinthians, summer attire for the Grade 6—Thessalonians, Kpop inspired outfits for the Freshmen both sections Ezekiel and Deuteronomy, anime costumes for Second Year Ecclesiastes students, futuristic attire for Second Year Zephaniah, corporate attire for the Juniors from Malachi, and lastly formal attire for the Seniors from Revelation. The judges were Mr. Antonio Go, College Admin-

(R) Shane Ma in his fierce Gaara costume and (L)Karess Legaspi in her heroine anime attire.

istrator; Mr. Giancarlo Dizon, School Registrar; Mrs. Vanessa Dizon – Flaminiano, Asst. Principal; and Mrs. Nesellen Paz – Dizon; Acctng. Officer. Sir Ethen Bermudes and Ma’am Daisy Galgana were the emcees. To see more images of this year’s modeling competition log on to http://

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Click, like and post. BE CAREFUL. It’s a deadly act. F-A-C-E-B-O-O-K. It’s an eight-letter word that conquered the whole world of social sites. It was like a mushroom that suddenly popped out and immediately scattered in each and every corner of one’s activity when using the internet.I, myself, also got infected into what they say FAD (Facebook Addiction Disorder). I can say. It’s highly contagious so, BEWARE! But to everything that one does in this site, I’ve got ten frights that I couldn’t possibly do. Have you ever tried to add or accept a “friend request” from someone who you don’t even know? I’ve tried once. But I tell you, it has become my nightmare. And from that time on, I had never done it again.It’s like opening a mysterious box that has never been opened for years. Taking a risk, it is. Now, how about posting almost all of your personal data such as numbers, address, emails, and many more? I’ll never ever try to do that. Seriously, it could kill me. Not just me, it could also hurt my family and friends.

“Look! How big her *** is!” Oh my! This is the biggest mistake or sin that I could possibly do in my whole life. I’ll never try to post nude or censored pictures or videos. I’m sure that I won’t just get a violation but a miserable life after doing that. Dying is my only option after I had done this. So, risking my precious life for being a social network spectacle isn’t my choice. Isn’t it creepy seeing your picture or video posted in a stranger’s profile when you haven’t tagged him/ her? I have a simple solution to prevent that. Why don’t you try to make your pictures, videos and other private things open only to people whom you trust? It’s the best way of having a private life rather than being a star in one’s profile without even knowing it. Facebook lets you connect with other people easily. It could help in communication but still issues and problems are included in this. Privacy is still a must to be safe and secure. Facebook. Remember, "A simple post, comment, or like could kill you." Senior Editor: Ethen Bermudes Junior Editor: Vie Marie Rivera

EDITORIAL BOARD Antonio Calipjo-Go

Managing Editors: Noelle Tan Pauline Pimentel



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Dare to do it? Lethal things I won’t do on my Facebook account

Artwork by AndreaPimentel


Ang mga kabataan ngayon ay newsmakers talaga; kundi sila ang laman ng balita, sila ang naglulunsad ng balita. Maraming kabataan ang involved sa mga sindikato at kung anu-ano pang gawaing makamundo. Totoo nga bang ang mga kabataan ay hindi na pag-asa ng bayan kundi umaasa na lang sa bayan? Ang mga “hope of tomorrow” ay nalululong na kung hindi sa drugs, ay sa yosi, alak at computer games. Yan ang karaniwang reklamo nila ma’am at sir, na kadalasan puro laro at tambay na lang ang ginagawa ng mga kabataan. Late 2010, kabataan na naman ang bida sa balita dahilan sa pagkakasangkot nila sa mga drug at carnapping syndicates. At tumataas ang kaso at bilang ng mga batang nasasangkot. But let us not make sweeping generalizations. The youth is taking a stand for their fellow youth. For instance, lumalaban sila for a better system of education at sa allocation ng malalaking funds para sa edukasyon. Naniniwala kami sa “youth power” gaya ng Red Cross youth (RCY), Youth for Christ (YFC), Junior Achievers Brigade (JAB), at maging ang pahayagang ito, ang Citadel. The youth, which includes us, could make small steps towards a better Philippines. And even towards a better world. We think the youth is, in fact, on the move. Hidi stagnant o nagsasawalang-kibo at sitting-pretty na lang. May mga naliligaw, but we can always find a way to lead them back to what is right. Ang kailangan ng lahat ng kabataan ay guidance and support, to be able to build a good foundation for their dreams and principles. Associate Editors: April Joy Saul Wilfredo Collado III Staff Writers: Donna Laude Karess Angelica Legaspi Arviel Paolo Rivera Nicole Tan

Artist: Andrea Pimentel Photographers: Christian Ayap, Nisha Miguel Jan Karl Carandang Contributors: Ryan Quiambao Josea Obispo Mika Castillo Kervin Quilo

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Talk has become cheap III

"TALK has become definitely Cheap" I remember the day I learned to talk and speak. I said Dada, Mamam, Papap and many more. I grew up and still, I could speak but much more than what I've known before. Now, I can say SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCI OUS, ALLURE, RESERVOIR, and many more. I could speak these words, because I'm EDUCATED and I am FREE and I have the RIGHT to say whatever I want to say. Though we are all given the chance to speak and talk, there are just these are some people, or should I say, groups of people who are taking this "right" for granted. They are very lucky to possess

this right but why are they making up words that they think COOL and QUIRKY?. But for all the ordinary people, these were all just "MESSY and CHEAP STUFF". They don't know that these things are very POISONOUS and potentially addicting. I have to be straight though, I have to name them. Have you heard of the "J3j3|\/|0|\|$" or the so-called "Bekimons" or even the "G- and S- words"? If you have not known these , then you are quite off the trend but lucky for some reasons. Personally, I've known some of these, but of course I don't use them because I don't like to sound cheap at all. I just don't know the reason why they use these for their own language? Truthfully, it's really cheap and a bit "jologs". It's because they tend to change some words into something

weird and then they'll speak these words and they'll try to popularize them. It's like they are all taking away the legality, formality and I may say the LUXURY of such words. Can you imagine, a 10 year old boy talking like this,"Eowz p0hzzz, MUzT4hz n4 p0hz, aJ3j3j3j3!" for “Hello po. Kumusta nap o.” or like this, "Hegelogo togo agoll ogof yougu!" for “Hello to all of you.” See? They are like erasing the original words from the dictionary and then putting in all the "words" they think are cool?! I say that speaking and talking is cheap when it's irrelevant, insensible and unimportant just like these words I've mentioned. But actually, it's not just all about this, I can also say that we look cheap when we speak of chismis or gossips, because we don't know what

we are talking about, we don't care who we talk about and we talk just to make people look bad. We also speak cheaply when we say bad words, it's obvious, because, we just make ourselves look uneducated and stupid. Yes, stupid. For we have been speaking words with no meaning. It's like we are inventing words. We should always remember to examine what words are coming out of our own mouths, which words sound sophisticated and which words will give the titles, "mr./ ms. cheapness", or "the man/ lady of cheap talk" or "cheap champion" to you. Because if we do not, we could be one of the people who LOOKS CHEAP WHEN THEY SPEAK!

The Art of Becoming a Worrywart It was a cold night, and I was hiding in a pile of comfy sheets. I twisted and turned in my bed. I shut my eyes tight. I got up and walked around the house. I drank a glass of water. I went back to bed. Nothing helped. I still had the next day's group play [in which I had about thirty long lines I was just memorizing last night] in my mind. I had a hard time sleeping with those lines rolling over and over again in my brain. I woke up - or should I say got up from my bed early in the morning, feeling groggy. I barely managed to walk straight. I looked tired, my eye bags were drooping, my pimples were far worse than ever, and that morning was just one

of the worst I ever had. I tend to worry about almost everything. From school stuff I barely had the time to finish so I had to cram, to my expanding waistline and bulging flabs I was dying to crunch flat. I lie awake worrying; I get up from bed worrying. The cycle never stops. That is being a worrywart. "Worrywart" means a person who tends to worry habitually and often needlessly. All of us must have been a "worrywart" at some point in our lives. It's human nature that we worry. We worry about a lot of things. Let's face it, the truth is, there is a LOT to worry about. From Mom finding out that you have a boyfriend to the matter of life and death exam results

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of the Calculus test , we worry about EVERY THING. So does this mean it is okay to be a "worrywart"? Well, think again. Try to notice, when we worry about something good, just like worrying over your top of the class throne, because we fear it might not happen or we might lose it, it WON'T happen and it will GET LOST. When we worry about something bad, just like flunking your Math exam, because we fear it might happen, it WILL happen. And then we ask, “Why on earth is this happening to me?!” The answer is simple: Things get lost when we worry over them so that we'll learn how not to worry and hold on too much to things; things happen

when we worry they might so that we'll learn how to let things fall into place; and things get worse when we thought they wouldn't so that we'll learn the right art of worrying. I didn't say we shouldn't worry; neither should we worry needlessly. We are all better off without worrying. And while there is plenty to worry about, worry is not worth much if it's wearing us down. Worrying is inevitable. It’s part of becoming human. But suffering from too much worrying is optional.

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School Year 2010-2011 brought numerous happenings to MSQ

time, way grander. These were participated in by the faculty me were taken during the Parents Orientation Program, Nutrition Celebration, Field Trip, Sportsfest, Modelling, Teachers’ day, JS

QC. From June to February various events took place and this embers, the administrators and the students. The images above Month Celebration, Buwan ng Wika, Dance Night, Foundation S Prom, English week and Teachers’ Retreat.

By Vie Marie Rivera and Pauline Pimentel


ohn Ronald Reuel Tolkien’s The Hobbit is the enchanting prelude to the well-loved The Lord of the Rings trilogy both in films and novels. Long before Frodo and Samwise, Aragorn and Legolas, there is Bilbo who was first in meeting Gandalf the grey and Golum. Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who believes he is better left alone in the comforts of his hobbit hole than in one of those silly adventures, finds himself being dragged into one. Not long after the wizard Gandalf showed up at Bilbo’s doorstep, he finds himself in the company of 13 dwarves who are destined to retrieve their kingdom and their treasures that are under the fierce dragon Smaug’s protection.


classic battle of good versus evil, served with some greed for gold on the side and a glass of selfdiscovery. Those themes are scattered throughout the 280page novel. It is a chronicle of a journey that involved magic and creatures (e.g. dragons, dwarves, elves, faeries) that only exist in Middle-earth, these characters are definitely

By Nicole Tan January 28, 2011MSQC held its annual educational fieldtrip with grades four up to fourth year high school students as participants. The six buses that transported the students left at exactly six a.m. that started the three-stop trip. Bonding moments marked the long journey. At around 8:30 a.m. , the trippers arrived at their first destination, The Myth of the Human Body Exhibit in Taguig. A 30-person limit per entrance was allowed inside the venue of the exhibit to thoroughly observe and appreciate the specimen. No cameras were


the ones to look forward to, from the quirky main character to the avaricious villain. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is reminiscent of his other and more famous works, TLOTR trilogy. The hobbits somewhat brightens up the mood of the. They share the readers’ knowledge (or the lack thereof) on certain things. They ask the “What’s that?” questions for us, having other characters tell us

their stories. The Hobbit, as well as Tolkien’s other works, is set in an entirely fictional world. That world has captured the attention as well as the imagination of readers both young and old. Tolkien’s book yet. This book is a mustread pageturner for kids who were not able to read any of are the ones that connect the

readers to the story. This is proof that Tolkien never gave us less because he has the ability to bring children’s dreams and nightmares to life and put us straight to it. And it’s final. The book is already on its way to the silver screen. Middle-earth fans are dying to see how loyal the movie will be to the book. We hope that all anticipations and expectations will be met.

best choices of destinations for its annual field trips. Students learned a lot, got close to naallowed inside. There were The last destination ture, and enjoyed all at the guides that shared the details of was Enchanted Kingdom, same time, while they strength some selected specimen, one per wave. The exhibit literally solved the “myths of the body”. where the students, faculty Every system was shown using members and parents spent the ened their bonds with their felthe aid of detailed organs of the whole afternoon till it was- low Marianistas. human body, from a week-old dusk. Everybody was like kids fetus, to the “Red Man”, and during the “Enchanted” mothe “Basketball player”, accom- ments. There were first-timers, panied by healthy organs and average ones, and EK parishotherwise. ioners who, in the end, enjoyed Around lunchtime, the “Seven- hours in heaven”. Even participants readied for yet an- expert Marianistas, who have other fun-filled journey to the ridden “the EKstreme”, Ansecond destination, Picnic chor’s away, and “The PepsiGrove in Tagaytay. The school max Space Shuttle” several paid for the tables used by the times already still had a hard participants in eating lunch. time composing their selves Thereafter, every Marianista after riding the same “stomachenjoyed the foggy view across churning rides”. Taal lake, and felt Tagaytay’s The administrators of cool climate. MSQC, as always, made the The Citadel\Vol. I No.1 SY 2010-2011

By Noelle Tan I was running fast, so fast my legs felt like breaking away from their joints; my lungs seemed to burst. I knew I couldn’t make it. I stopped. And there he was, walking towards me. He took hold of me, almost crushing my waist with his left hand while gripping my neck with his right. I wanted to run so bad, but he was just too strong. He leaned forward, flashing his sharp fangs, ready to bite. This is how people looked at vampires. HIDEOUS. FEARSOME. AND B-A-A-A-D! This is how people look at vampires NOW. I was running fast, so fast my legs felt like breaking away from their joints; my lungs were breathing hard. I knew I couldn’t make it. I stopped. And there he was, walking towards me. He took a hold of me, almost crushing my waist with his left hand, and gripping my neck with his right. I wanted to run so bad, but he was just too strong. He leaned forward, flashing his sharp fangs, ready to bite. Giving up, I pulled him closer, expecting to be kissed. Whispering in my ear, he said “I’m sorry.” I knew our petty fight wouldn’t last.




DIFFERENT vampires looked like, then and now. Before, vampires were creatures to be feared , monsters with hideous looks. Vampires in the past were supposed to be killed. Today, vampires are idolized, especially by teens. They’re viewed as super humans with bionic speed, strength and senses with angelic, mesmerizing faces. In short, vampires today are models of perfection. And today, they’re not someone to be feared ; instead, they’re someone to fall in love with, someone to be in awe of. Take for example, “Interview with the Vampire”, a vampire [as you might have guessed] novel by Anne Rice written in 1973 and published in 1976. It was followed by several sequels, collectively known as “The Vampire Chronicles”. A film version, “Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles”,

1994 starred Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater and Tom Cruise.

into vampires who fly as bats, burn under the sunlight, sleep in a coffin, and bite and convert humans.

The novel has sold 8 million copies worldwide. The film adaptation grossed $36.4 million in its opening weekend, placing it in the number one position in US box office. Total gross in the US was $105 million, while the total including international gross was $224 million, with an estimated budget of $60 million. Though the movie received average reviews, it was nominated for two Academy Awards - for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and for Best Original Score.

And who could forget Edward Cullen, the romantic vamp hero of Twilight? “Twilight” is a series of four vampire-themed fantasy romance novels by American author Stephenie Meyer. It revolves around the world of Isabella “Bella” Swan, a typical teenage girl who moves to Forks, Washington, and falls in love with a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen. Since the release of the first novel, Twilight, in 2005, the books have gained immense popularity and the first three have been made into a series of motion pictures. And believe it or not, in an interview with USA Today, US president Barack Obama said that he and his ten-year-old daughter, Malia, often bond over Twilight books, while Kelly Clarkson has described herself as a “Twilight nerd” and even wrote a song based on New Moon.

Vampires do not only sink their fangs in books and movies, but they also take bites on online games. “Rogue Vampires”, where players can stalk and attack at night, train during the day, live in a coffin, convert humans, learn new skills over time, and socialize with other vampires in the forums;“The Sims 2”, where players can control simulated people, turn them

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From “Twilight Haters” via, said that it’s the most ‘unvampire’ vampire movie [“What kind of vampire is someone who doesn’t have fangs and walked around under sunlight?”]. But despite the criticisms about the series, it’s still hailed by most teens as “today’s youth’s personal brand of Heroin”, as I put it. Vampires evolved as life became modern, when vampire legends are barely believed, and vampires are just considered as a myth. As years pass by, teens, as well as adults, become more and more obsessed with vampires. It’s not a good thing to be obsessed over something that doesn’t really exist – it can make you crazy, believe me – but, all I can say is, we just can’t help but fall head over heels for them. Our world today revolves around vampires, definitely – but is it for the long run?



ot all children are

young. One fine day, for the better part of a bright, windy morning, I found myself playing in the garden with children who are not my age, children who are really young, who are moved by nothing but the urgent pulsing of life in their veins. A ball, tossed my way but missed, rolled straight under a four-foot hedge of ficus which shone golden in the morning light. Going down on my knees to retrieve it, I discovered, on the far side of the hedge, a solitary land snail slowly making its way across the pavement, sliding across it like a skater on ice. A shaft of sunlight fell upon the trail of slime it left, transforming that into a ribbon of iridescent colors. I was reminded that the year was about to end, that the annual ritual of spring-cleaning is near at hand, and I resolved to visit my old display cabinet of seashells that had long been gathering dust and cobwebs in my basement. As evening descended, like a great black bird with its wings outspread, I hunkered down to the task of cleaning and buffing the shells, one by one, and as I did, one by one these thoughts came to me, like moths drawn to the call of a single lantern in the gathering night, and I wrote them down, for me not to forget, for you to remember. A snail leaves a shining path that you can follow, to know where it’s been, to know where it’s gone. Most men leave no trail of their passing in this world. They leave no record, no shell, of their sojourn. And it is to me a puzzle imbedded in unsolveable riddle, why some


By Antonio Calipjo Go Academic Supervisor, MSQC

men, said to be the measure of all things, should leave no mark when they go, leave no imprint of their past existence. Even the wind, unseen by those with 20/20 vision, is seen by the blindest of moles when, either as typhoon or hurricane, it leaves a clear path of destruction, a palpable path of pathos. Snails have definite goals in life ---- to find sustenance, to find sanctuary, to find love. Men march to the beat of a crazy drummer. While mollusks have only one heart, some men are known to possess two, sometimes more, and within these hearts live gods and monsters, who are warring against each other all the time. The greed in men is unlike the hunger of an anaconda which gets becalmed, pacified, for months on end, once it has eaten its prey. A man will eat to his bursting point. He is a rimless, bottomless jar that no Nile or Niagara can fill and fulfill. Men love themselves above all things else. They come and go whichever way they please, often for no other reason but to indulge the lust in him to roam, the wander-thirst that would not be quenched. Many leave to escape people who’ve hurt them, and rarely, very rarely, to escape people they have oppressed, for most men are cruel and cannot stand to look at happiness through another man’s eyes. Many go to escape bad loves and even worse marriages, for it is in their relation-

ships that men are least at home. And so they leave, in panicked droves they leave ---if it were possible they’d fly to Mars! But whichever way they go, they eventually end up being in the same place they once abandoned with such haste and revulsion, always ending where they started. Only when they’re old do people realize that all along they’ve been running round and round in circles, chasing after their own tails like a dog gone bonkers, carrying on like a spring repeatedly wound and sprung, whirling like the whorl of a shell. Once the shellback is home, home from the sea, shell-shocked after losing at the many shell games he’d played in the world, he comes to his final destination, to the end of himself. And what sees he there, inside of himself? Not a length of opalescent ribbon flapping in a happy breeze. Not one resplendent shell stranded on the beach of time. Nothing. None but the lonely heart. Snails leave a trail of slime as they go. When they die they bequeath something of themselves ---- their shells. You, who all your life just took and took, what have you given? What will you leave? I have cleaned the display cabinet; it is as bright and shiny as it can be. The shells no longer exude the scent of brine or seaweed, but when you put one against your ear you can

hear the ocean roar inside your head, imagine the sea rearing and prancing in all its might and glory, down to the details of the lace of froth on the undulating skirt of the seashore. Shorn of its patina of dust, stripped of its fine film of neglect, my shell collection had again become beautiful to behold, but the glass that covers it all also reflects my image ---that of a tired old man looking at these leavings, of lives once lived, of houses once occupied and then forsaken. I find I couldn’t stop thinking about my own mortality. These shells stand before me, mocking with their permanence the impermanence of my existence. When I die will I be placed inside a glass case for people to see? If you saw me then, under the glass, what would you say? Will you come visit and in your mind whisper: yes I remember you no I have not forgotten……? What will you recall --- my tender mercies or my cruelty? In your heart, will you be reckoning whether to call me good or bad? Will you spit on the glass, or weep? Will you light a candle and say a little pray’r for me, or will you light that same candle, place it underneath my coffin and torch me straight to hell? Will your tottering vacillation matter to me then? Should I mind that you brought roses instead of lilies? Should you not have loved me while I lived? I will never be a child again, though it was ever my ambition to be a boy again once I grow old. Just this morning, in the garden of oblivion, my futile attempt to return to that far fantastic world we call childhood showed me why that is not to be. My reflexes now slow, my responses dense and clumsy SEE NEXT PAGE———>

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I find I’ve to sit down and rest every so often, huffing and puffing like a wolf before a house that will not fall. These shells, gathered from many beaches when I was still tumid and tumescent with the sap of youth, they sit before me, silent but eloquent in their derision. They seem to say: Soon, Old Man, your time will come, to join us here in eternal vigil…… When that time comes, can I withstand scrutiny and examination, by a public that comes to gawk, to take great pleasure and delight in

seeing such loquaciousness laid to rest, such garrulity stilled at last? The former tenants of these shells while they lived were hobbled for being born singlefooted; they had had to carry their heavy houses on their backs. They had the smell of fish about them. They were soft, slimy. Ugly and unloveable. In spite of those impediments, their race has thrived and prospered on this earth for 600 million years! Can you beat that? Supposing you were asked to carry a burden that big behind your back and you a cripple, could you have managed? Could you have done better? I wonder.

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Take a lesson from the snail. Be a snail if you cannot be a man. Burdened by the sad accretion of the years, why haven’t you thought of making a pearl, a pearl that is the congealment of all that you were? We must leave a slime trail, a shining path of where we’ve gone, what we did in our lifetime. We must leave a shell of who we’ve been. A shell worthy of being put on display on a shelf or inside a glass case, observed under a luminous light, in the numinous silence --- a life examined. Appreciated. Treasured and kept. Loved. Live while you live. Do what

you can while you can. Ascend the winding staircase of your house, one foot at a time, go to the top, to the very end of yourself, go! Carry your house, staircase and all, but move at a snail’s pace, slowly, very…… very…… slowly, to the unheard tick-tock of an unseen clock. Make mad, dirty, slimy, sticky love like a snail. Love as you must, because you must. Love.

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that people will realize the meaning of true peace and that peace through war is not real peace -VIEM

that all men shall remain equal. that one day I’ll travel the world

that violence and crime be eradicated for the wellness of every nation -JAY


that there will be no more poor people.

-RYAN that I’ll make my own name in history.


-KARESS that nobody dies from hunger and respect and equality is practised

that I’ll be the smartest person who lived.




that war would finally stop and people would not keep anger in their hearts. -AJ

that Philippines will be better than America. -ANDREA

that the earth will surpass global warming KERVIN

when I woke up, the world is still beautiful, everything around is perfect, like the Garden of Eden -


that nature would pity us and finally heal herself. - NICOLE

- that happiness be available in stores -SIR ETHEN

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The Citadel Issue Vol I, no.1  

The first official issue of The Citadel, the student publication of Marian School of Quezon City. Share the link with your friends here and...

The Citadel Issue Vol I, no.1  

The first official issue of The Citadel, the student publication of Marian School of Quezon City. Share the link with your friends here and...