Issue of December 1, 2019
Mt. Province
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Frozen 2 is for grown-ups too

From the iconic view of Burnham’s Rose Garden, between the indigo markets and the colorful Christmas lights, I sat with a college friend in a perfect spot witnessing the brightest planets approaching closer together.

The planets Venus and Jupiter align with the Earth’s crescent moon in a slow dusk last week. I felt a celestial magic as if somewhere up in the galaxy, things are aligning perfectly.

This phenomenon is called “conjunction” where cosmic bodies move closer as if in agreement. The calming effect of seeing massive things set into order reminds me of Disney queen Elsa in the movie “Frozen 2.” But the story is more than a fairytale. It echoes truth both present in mythic destiny and adult reality.

Parents could have more reasons to let their children watch Frozen 2 for it teaches lessons on sisterhood, love and even an important aspect of history.

In the fictional story, the former rulers of the Kingdom of Arendelle have betrayed the indigenous peoples of Northuldra. The Arendellians created a dam as a symbol of friendship that would bridge the two communities. But the story teaches us that a bridge has two sides. The Arendellians feared they will be overpowered by indigenous peoples Northuldrans. The dam became a trap for the people of Northuldra and their near annihilation when the Arendellians exercised their colonial power. Few years later, the elemental spirits who got angry of human greed has sent drought in the middle of autumn, a stormy wind, fire that consumes, and earthquakes that shook the Arendellians to their senses. They were about to pay the consequences of their historical sins if not for Elsa and Ana who sacrificed voyaging to the dangerous path of reconciliation and brought harmony to the world.

Elsa, Ana, and all the main characters in the movie are taking the path towards maturity that makes the movie not just for kids but for adults too.

Elsa searches for her mythic destiny and took the most difficult path when she swims deep into the river of memories and tries to uncover the forbidden knowledge. She found that she’s not invincible after all. She went beyond her powers and like someone who went deeper and deeper in the past memories, she felt colder and colder and she literally freezes and becomes.

Ana, on the other hand, was left with a dying friend and needed to deal with loss, sadness, pain, and grief. Her certainties in life suddenly changed, she matures to take a step to overcome the pitch-black void she’s in.

Elsa and Ana portray grown heroines who deal with real problems and dilemma in life.

Adults who are searching, unsettled, and reactive in life could learn values of sacrifice and empowerment in the movie.

The search for truth both in the present and in the past, whether it’s about inner truth, about a lost voice, about a nation’s secret, or even a hurtful past, like bright planets aligning in the sky, it paves a path for us to follow. It takes courage to show ourselves, find a lost voice and correct an erroneous past – the provocative themes of the movie Frozen 2 left us in the closing of this year.

As Venus slowly drifted in the South and Jupiter in the North, I and my friend departed from each other. We entered the childhood story knowing that we would emerge into different paths destined for us in life, hoping to cross paths in the next conjunction of the brightest planets.


Teaching: Still a noble profession

When I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming a teacher because I know that I can help a lot of children. During those times I also have seen that a teacher is respected. These observations made me believe that teaching helps change lives. I have seen teachers who made a difference in a learner’s life.

When I entered the world of teaching, I am now doubting my views and the positive thoughts about teaching are slowly changing. I am wondering why a lot of learners now disrespect their teachers. Some teachers are even bullied and they cannot defend themselves due to restrictions governing them.

Among the culprits in the declining quality of education include the fact that pupils nowadays are not forced to comply with school requirements, like passing assignments and projects for they know that the teacher will still make a way to pass them. Learners before knew that if they do not do their assignments, there will be consequences – and they have to face it. Today, teachers cannot even impose discipline inside the classroom because they are afraid that they might be complained of committing child abuse. This affects classroom management.

Before, pupils greet their teachers whenever they meet them. If they see their teachers carrying a heavy load, it was automatic for them to help their teachers. Nowadays, learners do not care. They do not even offer an apology if they bumped you or stepped on your foot.

Some colleagues were also accused of committing graft and corruption without enough evidence.

I can say that majority of my colleagues have been spending their own money to buy some of the resources they need in their classroom. They spend most of their time preparing instructional materials than spending time with their families. They miss some of the milestones in their children’s life, proving that “Teachers’ children are the most neglected.”

It is sad that teachers are teaching other children to read, write, and count but are not able to do the same thing to their own kids. They can’t even attend to the important events in their children’s life, because they also need to attend to their duties in school.

It is sad that often, these sacrifices are not acknowledged. Instead, we are told that it is our job and we are paid for it.

Despite these experiences, life must go on for the teacher. To be a teacher, one really needs courage aside from great physical or mental strength. They must continue educating. Cliché as it may sound, teaching is a calling. The future of children lies with the teachers. In the end, it is the joy of a teacher to see their students become successful in life.

I still believe I am encouraged that teaching is indeed the noblest profession.

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