by Arnold Arre
After reading Mythology Class, I was interested to read more local graphic novels. It was nice to read and discover works made by Filipino artists and somehow, I can say that their works are well thought of and executed.
Halina Filipina is a graphic novel about Halina, an American born Filipina who came back to the Philippines to visit relatives and Cris, a struggling movie critic. The two met randomly inside a mall and eventually hit it off. Cris then helps Halina how to live and survive in Manila while Halina makes Cris realize the importance of his hometown.
- The story is very simple. It had a “500 days of Summer” vibe to it. A summer friendship, a fling, an upcoming romance that was not there in the end. It’s a love story without all the mushy drama. Reading Mythology Class then jumping to this, each is very different from the other and shows the versatility of the author to weave stories at entirely different genres
- The presentation of characters were clear and consistent all throughout the story. They were realistic and believable. Cris, for a main character was someone most people can relate to. He is flawed. He has his own set of principles in life and struggles to make ends meet (financially and emotionally) during the period he is with Halina.
- Halina on the other hand, is like a typical Filipina born and raised in a foreign land. She is very eager to learn about the Philippines and discover places and meet new people.
- Zaldy and Meldy Show. This one represented how people tend to follow shows and idolize its hosts that can help them financially. This is a reflection of our reality. Some people, like Cris, hate the fact that people only religiously try to watch these shows live for financial gain but it’s something they will repeatedly do because it entertains them and helps them have a chance to win something.
- I really like the ending.
The End of Faith by Sam Harris
“The only thing we should respect in a person’s faith is his desire for a better life in this world; we need never have respected his certainty that one awaits him in the next.”
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The reason why I read this book was because I know it will hit close to home. I haven’t read novels tackling architecture and life as an architect as deeply as this so it took me a while to finish the book because of so many feels I had with the plot.
Went here for our third and last HOHOL for JSMN buddy reads. This place was the most convenient for us three and also a cafe we all haven’t tried out before. It was a bit hard to find since it is located at the third level of Hemady Square and the signage outside was not as visible. I only knew of the place because I was familiar with the area so if you’re planning to go there, just look for the Starbucks along E. Rodriguez corner Hemady, and you got the right building.
By Arnold Arre
Mythology class is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Arnold Arre. It tells the tale of 10 UP students who received an odd pamphlet inviting them to join a Mythology class. Everyone goes to join the class out of curiosity and finds out that they are the chosen students who are capable of seeking and capturing enkantos lurking in the city. They accept the challenge and go on a quest to slay and capture creatures of local myth and folklore.
One of the things I enjoy since being active in our book club aside from sharing the love for books and reading, is being able to go to different places. We had our August book discussion in Big Bad Wolf and it’s a place I wouldn’t have come to if not for it.
I live in an area where there are a LOT of unique places to experience dining but I am not very aware and up to date with it. People always ask me where to eat in Maginhawa but since there are countless new restaurants popping up here and there, I already lost count of the what and where to eat when in Maginhawa. Maybe I can make a newer, up to date map one of these days? There are still establishments being built so I guess I’ll wait until it’s all done? Something to put for a future post.