Love in the Time of Community Immersion



  • edited April 2011
    wow! bonggang-bonggang review eto! [img] thanks for sharing po.[/img]
    yup thanks to all who positively reviewed the movie......
    nakatulong kayo ng malaki para sa tagumpay sa box-office ng
    catch me i'm in love.....................................
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    tnx po 4 sharing...
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    wohooo! ganda naman!

    Thanks for sharing!
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    Ang saya nga sigurong umattend sa isang community immersion summer camp [img] diba #catchmeiminlove ? lalo na kapag mei kamahalan at warden na kasama. hihi[/img]peacecirclesmaller.gif

    pero seriously. ganda ng review smile.gif
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    Thanks po for sharing smile.gif
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    Thanks for sharing!
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    'Nowelle' wrote:

    Love in the Time of Community Immersion
    Written by: Ruivivar , Patmei Bello-
    Tuesday, 05 April 2011

    THIS should have been the movie they entitled “You Changed
    My Life” because clearly when an American-educated, bratty only
    son of a Philippine President goes to Cauayan, Isabela for an
    “immersion” and gets transformed so profoundly that it also alters
    his mind on the kind of woman who should be worthy of his attention
    and affection, that is definitely a life-changing experience. And when
    that presidential son falls for a middle-class NGO worker from
    Caloocan who has been “single since birth,” surely that womanʼs life
    would never be the same again. For one, the entire Filipino people
    get to make commentaries on her lovelife — in real time, no less.

    ” But they called the movie “Catch Me…Iʼm In Love” instead
    because “You Changed My Life” was already that box-office hit
    movie of Sarah Geronimo with John Lloyd Cruz. Thatʼs probably
    why there were several scenes in the movie
    where Sarah and Gerald Anderson had to
    literally fall and be caught — to justify the
    movie title.

    ” Yes, I watched the Sarah and Gerald
    movie with my mom on its second week last
    Sunday. And we both really enjoyed it. We
    are now certified fans of the new love team
    who had more onscreen chemistry with each
    other than they ever had with their previous
    partners (John Lloyd Cruz for Sarah and Kim
    Chiu for Gerald). Sarah and Gerald really
    sold the story to us. They had us convinced.

    And to think I actually worked in Malacañang
    and had been up close and personal with
    Philippine Presidents and their children.

    Having a Presidentʼs son fall in love with an
    NGO worker is not really that far-fetched, if
    you come to think of it. Actually, it makes
    more sense that I wonder why it doesnʼt
    happen all the time. Oh, wait, we never had
    a President like Christopher De Leonʼs
    character, thatʼs why. Just imagine how
    different PNoy would have been had Cory
    Aquino sent her only son to live in a rural
    community more remote than Tarlac with an
    NGO worker who was as inspiring and
    charming as Sarahʼs character in the movie.

    ” This got me thinking. Most children of
    powerful politicians resent their parentsʼ role
    as public servants because that made them absent fathers/mothers.
    As a consequence, these politiciansʼ kids grow up either shunning
    any kind of community involvement or having a sense of entitlement
    and abusing their privileged position as a form of revenge against
    the country. That is why a community immersion program facilitated
    by an enlightened, committed, and attractive person from the
    opposite sex of the same age could be an effective strategy to bring
    about their “Aha!” moment. Maybe it would be a worthwhile project
    for the Congressional spouses or the National Youth Commission. In
    a system where political dynasty is the norm, perhaps it would be
    wise for politicians to have their children go through a community
    immersion summer camp. Aside from it could help resolve some of
    their childrenʼs angsts and make them better appreciate what their
    parents are doing for the bigger community, it would also better
    prepare them for public office should they choose to go into the
    “family business” later in life.

    ” Maybe this is a strategy NGOs should explore, too, as they
    try to engage the government in their development work. Instead of
    projecting a self-righteous, holier-than-thou attitude towards
    politiciansʼ brats, they should try to be more understanding rather
    than condescending. Perhaps, they can develop ways to make
    public service more attractive and exciting to these resentful,
    wounded kids. I am sure we can make community development
    work a cool thing to do for young people living privileged lives. We
    only need to get them into it even for a brief period and trust that the
    experience, no matter how short-lived, will change them. Because it
    will. I havenʼt heard of anybody who volunteered in the Peace Corps
    or in any similar program who was not transformed by the

    ” I believe it was his immersion program experience that
    enabled Geraldʼs character to fall in love with Sarahʼs character in
    the movie. He was moved first by the social before he was moved
    by the personal. Becoming socially aware heightens your sensitivity
    to the problems and issues of humanity. It makes you a better
    human being. And a better human being loves deeper, falls harder.
    Prior to Geraldʼs characterʼs social awakening, he viewed women as
    mere conquests and sex objects. When his eyes and mind were
    opened to realities other than his own, his perception of women has
    also broadened. The NGO worker
    character Sarah plays made Geraldʼs
    playboy character realize that women can
    be powerful catalysts for social change,
    too, and he starts to respect women more
    because of what he saw in Sarahʼs
    character. And only when he started
    seeing Sarah as a strong, empowered
    woman capable of raising funds for the
    rural communityʼs irrigation system and
    being loved by the people sheʼs helped
    (“Big time ka pala dito,” said Geraldʼs
    character) did he begin looking at her in a
    different light and entertain the idea that
    he could fall in love with this woman. That
    just goes to show that true love can only
    happen between equals. The presidentʼs
    son may enjoy a higher social status than
    the NGO worker but she definitely evens
    the imbalance by being the more socially
    and politically involved one. If you ask
    me, she had more social value.

    ” But despite all of her significant
    a c c omp l i s hme n t s i n c ommu n i t y
    development work, the NGO worker still
    measures her worth by superficial
    standards like physical appearance and
    economic status. She still could not see
    how ridiculous it is to be insecure of the
    pretty but inane and ignorant (she
    actually believed a bad travel advisory
    against Caloocan) socialite played so unimaginatively by Sam Pinto.
    And this is something that the presidentʼs son could not understand
    because, to him, nobody could be more important and more worthy
    of his love than the woman who made him appreciate his father and
    his country more. Which just proves that most women, even the
    strong and smart ones (or especially the strong and smart ones),
    still believe that our society gives more premium on physical
    appearance over character and personal accomplishments. She
    was not intimidated before when she was put in charge of the
    presidentʼs sonʼs immersion program. She never doubted herself
    and, in fact, was proud of what she does and who she is. But when
    the relationship dynamic changed from trainer-trainee to girlfriendboyfriend,
    the dysfunction started to kick in.

    ” What is it about romantic relationships that bring out the
    worst, instead of the best, in us? I think itʼs those darn Cinderellatype
    love stories which promote the myth that belonging to different
    social and economic backgrounds is automatically a problem. You
    know, the “langit-at-lupa” syndrome. It is not. It is oneʼs lack of selfesteem
    that is often the problem. That is why it is always a bad idea
    to get into a romantic relationship with someone if you do not love
    yourself in the first place and are not proud of who you are (and you
    have to know who you are, of course). Good thing the NGO worker
    got over her self-doubt fast enough, with the help of a loving and
    affirming family. Because finding true love starts with loving yourself
    (and this also applies to the presidentʼs son, by the way).


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    Thanks for sharing..very well said and written article about CMIIL..more power to sarah..bring back all the glory to GOD..GODBLESS... 5.jpg 5.jpg[/font][/size][/color]
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