Saturday, October 30, 2004

The Price to Pay.

Episode for Oct 29, 2004, Friday.
Fairies cannot dwell permanently among humans. The reason is that they must return now and then to Encantadia to absorb the anima which is stored there. Anima is the spirit that enlivens all living things, and it is especially vital to the well-being of sprites and fairies. So Mulagat returned to the fairy-kingdom to breathe some anima. Muyak was glad to see him, but no sooner had she welcomed him than he was on his way back to Aliwalas. “Ah,” she sighed, “the prodigal son!” Then, she complained to Linang, “You should scold that boy!” But Linang laughed and said, “It’s no use scolding someone who refuses to listen. Mulagat is like that, just like…” She trailed off, thinking of her old flame Habagat. Mulagat showed up once again at Aliwalas. “Oh, my dear Lawiswis,” he called, “is there anything I can do for you?” “Not much,” she said. “You know, you’re just wasting your time. We’re in the forest. There’s nothing for you to clean up here!” “Well, then,” he replied, “I’ll just sit here so we can talk to each other.” As he sat down, Mulagat finally noticed the Hiyas that Pagaspas carried. “Huh, I seem to recognize that,” he said. He took the Hiyas and examined it. “Yes!” he exclaimed. “We used to have this in my home but it was lost.” “Well,” the children said, “if you’re really any good, why don’t you tell us how to knock off a piece from that?” Not the least offended by the dare, Mulagat simply held the rock and gazed at it. Effortlessly, he broke the Hiyas into two. “Wow!” they cheered. “Now, each of us can take a piece and make a necklace! We’ll never have to grow old even when away from the Hiyas!” Even Gus who did not like Mulagat was forced to take a piece of the rock to fashion a necklace with. “In fairness,” said Wis, “I’m impressed by that!” Mualgat continued to serve his lady-love. It seemed he was beginning to make an impression on Lawiswis. He would defend her too if he thought someone said something inappropriate to her. So then, the Perico began to dare Pagaspas to take off his necklace and be a young man. “If you don’t make a move, he’ll beat you!” Gus was obviously jealous and the parrot-men teased him about it. But Wis would not allow him to take up the challenge. This went on as the fairies watched back in Encantadia. Linang explained to Muyak what was happening to Mulagat. “You see, all the pranks and jokes that Mulagat has played on humans until now have come back to him. His own eyes are playing a trick on him. That’s why he cannot see that Lawiswis is only a child.” Muyak then asked Linang to open Mulagat’s eyes. So Linang struck a beam into his eyes and opened them. Waking up as if from a dream, Mulagat saw the child Wis before him and started back. “Who are you?” he asked. “I’m Lawiswis, who else! What? You have amnesia!” cried Wis. After some time, it dawned on Mulagat that he had been fooling himself, though he couldn’t understand how it happened. Like a gentleman, he apologized to Wis for all the trouble. But Wis said it was all right. “Besides,” she said, “someone owns my heart already.” Obviously, meaning Gus. Between Aviona and Aguiluz, things also improved albeit only slightly. Aguiluz was sitting alone on a rock, contemplating, when Aviona came near and offered him the makahiya as she had done with Alwina. He smiled kindly and told her he accepted her apology. This brought a smile to her face, but not his next statement: “But if you expect things to return to what they were between us, you are wrong,” he said. “Some wounds heal. Some memories are forgotten. Some things are left in the past. Yet a stain in a relationship remains.” Doubt, once planted, is never completely removed. Trust, once lost, can never be fully regained. Bagwis was finally able to talk to Dakila. Dakila’s daughter, as viewers have suspected all along, is none other than Paloma. Bagwis told him that they had met Paloma recently, and she stayed with the group for a while. This came as a great shock as well as good news to Dakila. But his happiness lasted only a few moments. “Unfortunately,” Bagwis went on, “Paloma’s rebellious nature has not changed. We couldn’t stop her from leaving and going out on her own again.” “Then, where is she? How do I find my daughter?” asked the old Mulawin. He held up his magic-staff. As usual, it changed into a bird, Maie. (?) “Find Paloma!” he ordered, and the bird flew off. Now, this bird is also a Mulawin. After searching for Paloma for hours, Maie grew tired and assumed her true form. Just then, Gabriel and Terong walked into that part of the woods. They saw an adolescent female Mulawin standing there. Frightened, Terong cried out: “Bird-woman again after Paloma!” Now it was their turn to surprise the girl. Hurriedly, she asked where Paloma could be found since she’d been sent out to look for her. “She went to find some green blood,” stammered Terong. “Green binhi,” said Gabriel. “What??” said Maie. “She’s in Halconia then.” Gabriel wanted to go with her then. But Maie wasted no time now that she kenw where her master’s daughter is. She flew off and left them standing there in a daze. In Halconia she was indeed. The curious Vultra asked Rasmus for any news from his soldiers yet. “If there were,” he said, “do you think I would be standing here, my dear queen? Have patience. Once you see why I’m doing this, you will thank me for it.” “You have nothing to explain to me,” she said with uncharacteristic gentleness. “I know something good will come out of your plan this time.” Rasmus - used to being insulted by his defiant and outspoken wife - wondered if he heard that right. “Wait a minute,” he said with a frown. “This doesn’t sound like you at all.” “Perhaps.” She was all smiles now. “But I’ve come to realize that a queen should defer to her husband. Not just for the sake of their relationship, but for the good of their subjects.” Meanwhile, Alwina’s training resumed. She learned fast and once again, she called for the birds and they came. Just then, she noticed the handsome Aguiluz standing nearby, smiling at her. Her heart fluttered and, as if the birds picked up on her emotions, they assumed a heart-shaped formation in the sky. Everyone marveled at this sight and knew what she was thinking of. Blushing, Alwina said, “Sorry. I didn’t mean it.” That evening, the Perico were still teasing her about it. Alwina smiled and said nothing. She brought some fruit and drink to Dakila. “Congratulations, Alwina,” said her mentor. “You have mastered the art of summoning birds. But I want to make sure that you understand something. With power comes responsibility. And many trials and hardships lie before you. You cannot afford to be distracted if you want to succeed in your mission. There are many things – many persons – that you must now sacrifice.” This was a not-so veiled allusion to her love for Aguiluz, and she knew it. In Tierra Fuego, Ravena soldiers dragged Lourdes and LIno’s grandmother and left them with all the others they had rounded up. The people recognized Lourdes and, sure enough, blamed their latest misfortune on her. Some of them wanted to attack her, but then the Ravena came and seized the ablest men among them for forced-labor. Among them was one man who knew Lino. He saw Lino in the field and told him, “Your grandmother is alive. She’s looking for you.” The rash young man then grabbed a pistol and wanted to shoot the Ravena soldier guarding them. But the man stopped him. “Don’t be reckless! What would they do to us and to your grandma if you hurt one of them?”
Savannah and her mother hid themselves in a house that the Ravena had somehow overlooked. Savannah begged the bird Balasik for help. But Balasik had stopped talking since the Ravena’s arrival, and he would not talk to her now in spite of her threats. Habagat himself was still in Don Lucio’s hacienda, inspecting the latter’s huge collection of weapons. Habagat smiled with glee to himself as he looked at the heavy arms and guns that no bird-men until now had owned. Lucio watched him silently, vowing revenge. Next morning, Alwina took Gus and Wis with her during a flying lesson. She held them in both her arms and they flew happily all day. Then, she sent them back to camp and took flight alone. It so happened that the father-and-child Musang who had stolen the Hiyas from the children before were there. They were hungry and attacked two Ravena soldiers. But the Ravena beat them back and the Musang fell into a quicksand. Alwina’s eagle-eyes witnessed this from a distance. Even though these were the two had attacked her and her friends before, Alwina rushed to the scene to rescue them. Our heroine is now becoming more and more confident of her fighting skills.

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Friday, October 29, 2004

Training of a Mulawin Leader.

Episode for Oct 28, 2004, Thursday. Last night’s episode focused almost entirely upon Alwina. Dakila sent for the two children, Pagaspas and Lawisis, and asked what they wanted him to do for them. He told them that since it was their friendship that had cursed them in the first place, they must give it up if they wanted to be normal again. They stoutly refused. “Never mind if we become owls or worms,” they said, “so long as we’re together.” But Dakila was only testing them. He smiled at their answer and showed his approval. Freed of the curse, Gus and Wis ran to him and hugged the old sage joyfully. Their happiness would be perfect if not for the love struck Mulagat. He visited Wis that same day with gifts. The other Mulawin were bemused at this development. But Dakila recognized him as an Encantado and told their group not to fear him since these magical beings are friends of the Mulawin. He also told them that Encantados and Encantadas see things that humans and Mulawin alike do not, and sometimes act in ways that seem strange to us. The smitten Mulagat continued to woo the girl, much to her and Gus’ annoyance. Dakila was more concerned about the love triangle of Alwina, Aguiluz and Aviona. He heard the whole story from the Perico. So he took Aguiluz aside and had a frank talk with him. Dakila told him that Aviona’s parents had died in battle against the Ravena; when she was young; he and Bagwis raised her like their own child. The sage also reminded Aguiluz that he had listened to his heart before and it cost him his wings. “I’m not here to scold you,” said Dakila. “But look at it for what it is. You followed your heart once and it brought you nothing but trouble and sorrow. Now, for once, heed the call of duty. Moreover, Alwina is the key to our success in this war. Do not add any more to her worries.” What could Aguiluz say? He knew the old Mulawin was right. Meanwhile, Terong had covered up Gabriel’s wound and gone to sleep. While they slept, the enchanted leaves went to work. By morning, the wound was completely healed. The two men marveled at this as they awaited Paloma’s return. Unknown to them, Don Lucio was now captive of the Ravena. “It’s you who killed my father!” he cried. “Shut up or we will kill you too!” they said. Then, Habagat ordered his troops to round up everyone and pick out those able men who could be forced to manufacture more weapons for them, in preparation for their conquest of neighboring towns and cities. Even Lourdes, the priest and Lino’s grandmother were caught before they could escape the church. Savannah told her mother that they must make themselves useful to the Ravena so that they would not be killed. Perhaps, Balasik could be the key? Back at the Mulawin’s camp, Dakila began to train their future leader, Alwina. He told her that she must go to the mysterious Mulawin tree and see it bear fruit. Just what its fruit will be, no one knows. But she must make it to the Mulawin tree, for it is their only hope of defeating the wicked Ravena. Only Dakila knows the exact location of the tree, and the journey will be perilous. Apparently, the Mulawin tree is the energy-source of Avila, but it grows nowhere in Avila itself. Dakila also discovered Alwina’s gift of understanding the speech of birds. This is a rare ability even among the Mulawin. Only special persons have it. While everyone else’s attention was on Alwina, poor Aviona stayed away on her own. The girl scout Bianca approached her and said sorry for what she had done. Aviona held her close, smiled sadly and told her, ‘You didn’t do anything wrong. All you did was tell the truth.” It would seem that the Mulawin, knowingly or unknowingly, were now reconciling themselves to one another as they head for the war against the Ravena. Elsewhere, Bagwis wanted to talk to Dakila for news about the latter’s family. Dakila gently dismissed Alwina and told her to resume practice the next day. As Alwina went on her way, she was met by Aguiluz. He had thought about what Dakila told him, and observing Alwina in training, he made up his mind. “I want you to know that no matter what happens between us, I’ll still be here for you,” he said. “You are the leader of the Mulawin and savior of the world. Who am I? Perhaps I should kiss the ground you stand on. I love you and you know it. But it seems we’re not meant for each other. Maybe I am not the right one for you.” There was nothing Alwina could say to that. The two noble Mulawin parted thus, and now must prepare for the greatest battle of their lives.

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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Mulagat and a Revelation.

Episode for Oct 27, 2004, Wednesday. Linang and Muyak (?) returned to Encantadia. Marikit and the other fairies reported to them that Mulagat, a young Encantado, had once again slipped out of their realm. Linang only smiled at this. Of all the male sprites, Mulagat is the only one who does not like to stay at Encantadia. He likes to visit humans in their world and play pranks on them. Just like he did with Terong who finally made his way back to Gabriel with the leaves. Terong woke up his friend and master and reminded him that he must live to see Alwina again. Aguiluz found time alone with Alwina again. “Just because you and Aviona are over, that doesn’t mean we are free,” she said. “There are many things on my mind, many questions… We need time.” “What could be on your mind?” he asked. “Why can’t we be free to do what we want?” And then he stopped himself. “Sorry if I insist. You may be right, after all. Maybe we do need time.” He left her alone then. Little did they expect what they would find out very soon about Alwina. Mulagat moved on through the forest in search of more victims. At Aliwalas, the children got into an argument over who should keep the Hiyas. Pagaspas had to relieve himself and Procopio went with him. Bianca stayed behind and held on to Lawiswis’ necklace. Bianca asked Wis why she would not take off the necklace just to see what she’d look like as a young woman. Wis did so, and then set out in the woods to look for Gus’ necklace. The wandering Mulagat happened to be nearby and he spotted this pretty young lady. Wis did not find her friend’s necklace. So she rejoined the other children and put her necklace back on. Mulagat followed unseen. Back at the camp, Alwina and the other adults welcomed back the children. They told them what happened. Bianca noted that, when Wis changed her form, she and Gus did not turn into owls even when they were apart. Bagwis told them that they could now find answers to this and other mysteries now that Dakila was awake. The Mulawin then went together to meet Dakila. But the children stayed behind with the Perico. They were afraid to see Dakila since he had cursed them. As the four children chatted with the parrot-men, Mulagat came forth and appeared to them. The sight of a handsome young stranger in white surprised them all. But unmindful of their reaction, Mulagat headed straight for Wis. “I am Mulagat,” he told them. “I… come from a faraway place. And I am here for this beautiful maiden.” Even though Wis had assumed the body of a child again, Mulagat still saw a young woman in her. He gazed at her with dreamy eyes and tried to woo her with romantic poetry. Irritated, Gus stood between them. “Mulagat,” said one of the Perico, “your name should be Bulagat.” “Can’t you see that I’m only a child?” Wis said. “We don’t look good together!” “Who says we don’t?” said Mulagat. “I am a young bachelor and she is a young lady.” He then asked Wis for a kiss. Disgusted, the little girl slapped him on the face. Meanwhile, the Ravena marched on in Tierra Fuego. Don Lucio’s men warned him of this. But he did not believe them until he saw Ravena soldiers themselves in his mansion. The drunken Lucio then tried to save his own skin by hiding. Hagabat stopped him with a grin and a solid blow to the stomach. Habagat is clearly enjoying himself. Vultra is not having so much fun, however. Her past continues to haunt her as memories of her life with Bagwis flash before her mind. She went to see Rasmus’ new captive, Paloma. The queen wondered what could be so special about this catch. Rasmus made it clear that he wasn’t in the mood to be insulted. He ordered his troops to spread the word about Paloma so that her father would hear about it. It is clear now to Vultra (and the viewers) that Rasmus wants to use Paloma as a bait. Vultra’s skepticism turned to curiosity. “What are you staring at?” Rasmus snarled. “Do you want to say something?” “No,” she replied. “Do I look like I want to say something?” But she smiled wickedly at Paloma. Back at Aliwalas, the Mulawin were gathered ‘round Dakila. First, he asked Bagwis and Aviona for forgiveness. The two replied that there was nothing to forgive. He turned to Aguiluz and asked if he could recognize him. “No, sir,” Aguiluz said. “But I know that you are loved and respected by all the Mulawin.” “There is much that I need to tell you,” Dakila told him, “and I will do so at the right time.” Just then, Bagwis introduced the young maiden with them as Alwina. Startled, Dakila looked at her and said, “You’re Alwina?” “Yes,” she said with a shy smile. Dakila recalled to mind what Rasmus had said to him during the fall of Avila: “Your savior is dead… Alwina.” Dakila now declared, “Alwina, you are the savior of the Mulawin – and of mankind.” A dead silence followed until Bagwis found his voice. “What did you say, Dakila?” Not taking his eyes off the girl, Dakila went on: “It was foretold that the Mulawin who dies and returns to life will be this savior. I know you died and now you are here.” “How did you know that?” she stammered. “How do you know about what I went through?” “I met your mother,” he said. “But someone kidnapped her. That’s why I went to Halconia to see if she was there. She wasn’t. Be prepared, Alwina. You may never see your mother again.” At this, Alwina shook her head in disbelief and cried in Bagwis’ arms. The next morning, Dakila told them that Habagat has changed his plumage and is now a full-fledged Ravena. “They have declared war on mankind,” he said. “This happens even as we speak. We must prepare for battle. But we cannot do that unless we are sure that our savior is ready, in heart, soul and every part of her being.” All eyes fell on Alwina. What will she do now?

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Test.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Waiting for South Rock

This channel is intended for South Rock. Waiting for acceptance of invitation.
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