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About Films: My Personal Favorites

The Wizard of Oz (1939) Superb acting and dancing skills gave the film its palette. Rotten Tomatoes: 98% Imdb: 8.1 Gone With the Wind (1939) A long and winding movie with an impactful ending. Rotten Tomatoes: 90% Imdb: 8.2 Casablanca (1942) A colorless film with decadence and class... Rotten Tomatoes: 99% Imdb: 8.5 Alice in Wonderland (1951) The film's psychedelic colors hallucinate the viewers... Rotten Tomatoes: 81% Imdb: 7.4 The Godfather (1972) A semi-noir film cast in sepia and pastel colors... Rotten Tomatoes: 97% Imdb: 9.2 Babette's Feast (1987) A film that titillates all senses... Rotten Tomatoes: 97% Imdb: 7.8 Enchanted April (1991) The movie showed that politeness can be surprisingly humorous. Rotten Tomatoes: 84% Imdb: 7.3 The Secret Garden (1993) The garden still feels a mystery even after the movie had ended. Rotten Tomatoes: 88% Imdb: 7.3 Pleasantville (1998) A black-and-white film that slowly transitioned into resplendence... Rotten Tomatoes: 85% Imdb: 7.5 The Tr

Once in Six Millennia: The Momentous Year 2000

Pope John Paul II adorned with the Jubilee Vestment opens the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica on December 24th, 1999 to usher in the Great Jubilee Year. Photo By Livio Anticoli through Getty Images I vividly remember the 29th day of February, 2000, because something so distinct happened. The perfect cone-shaped Mayon Volcano we peer on every now and then erupted destructively. As a local, I'm blessed with the views of its beauty and enigma it effervescently possesses. It wasn't something I could get used to as she changes appearance depending on the circumstance --- the time of day, weather, or one's location. Even more so magnificent is its appearance on extreme conditions --- during eruptions. And so, when it erupted on a day that doesn't come in every four years, it left a memory I would remember all my life. But unbeknownst to my young self then was that, that day wouldn't come in another six millennia ... For the Catholics, 2000 was the Great Jubilee Ye