The following is the article I wrote last Monday and is the one I submitted to the Young Blood editorial column of The Inquirer through e-mail two days ago:
It is apparent for the teenagers nowadays to be disturbed in the nation’s turmoils—in which case most of the adults take for granted what teens can say. Ages ranging from the yes-I’m-going-to-high-school stage to the hurray-I’m-having-my-debut period seem to have their own capacity of viewing what is really transpiring in our country. If you agree on the aforementioned, may I take you on what a teenagers’ point of view could be…in behalf of the millions of teenagers considered as the fair hopes of the fatherland.
Some days ago, the movie The Da Vinci Code began to strike a major disturbance throughout the community by sending thunders of controversies and unceasing protestations prior to the content of the motion picture. The movie, as everyone may have known, is the film adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel bearing the same title. Even before the opening of the film, we heard that Tom Hanks’ latest movie is ominous to the Christian community and to the entire country alike—since we are considered as a Catholic homeland—for the reason that its content is a tad blasphemous. Suggestions for banning of the film had been inculcated but then the Movie and Television Regulatory Censorship Board (MTRCB) rated it as “for adults only” (Restricted 18). And for that drastic reason, a quantity of cinemas rejected the showing of Robert Howard’s film. One solid instance is the SM cinemas nationwide barring the movie.
Because of the tittle-tattle that had spread like wildfire all over Filipinos about the contentious movie, scores of thousands indulged themselves on the first day of showing to know why it is being talked about akin to startling showbiz chikas and the triumph of the Filipino mountaineers who had recently gone to the pinnacle of the world’s highest mountain. The dispute created by “The Da Vinci Code” instigated the commoners on being more eager on watching the adaptation. But then, last Thursday, May 25, 2006, Manila interdicted its showing on movie houses as per the resolution of the city council that stated it was a crime to put on view such religion-offensive movie. Beyond doubt, the movie and the novel itself is packed with hullabaloo that triggered youth and religion groups to hold a prayer rally at the Bonifacio Shrine behind the Manila City Hall wherein the glory of the sun witnessed the burning of copies of Dan Brown’s novel and pirated VCD and DVD copies of the film.
Not every one of those who were rallying about the film had watched the film itself, or at the very chance, had read the book. But, you see, there is an awful lot of people joining the benevolence of remonstrations. Some people objects about it because they knew that the film is very profane and it ruins the divinity of Christ. Try to notice that the chief trouble is not really on the movie. If they disagree about the showing of the movie, why didn’t they oppose the selling of the book first? The book had been best selling for a couple of years already. For more than that span of time, why didn’t Filipinos disapproved the novel in a faster rate? Reality: we believe on what we hear is interesting in ourselves.
Thus, if we had just let the movie go on its flow and didn’t succumb ourselves in its controversiality, the wound wouldn’t be that painful, the damage wouldn’t be that towering. There is no trouble about the book because as it is written on the front cover, A NOVEL. So be it. Why can’t we be contented with it as a work of art? The movie is just a work of art and we can’t blame the people behind the film as compared to the unseen veracity about complaining to the author. Why are we fighting for the definition of the factual FACT and the fiction-worked FICTION?
The problem is that we can’t see the real problem. We insist ourselves in pointing out that certain matters are going to deter us on following Jesus Christ, and at the same time we are seeking for the bulky achievements in our lives and can’t even do the right things. We are still taking the path of life with blindfolds that marred the undeniableness of reality. Likewise, there is nothing that can overcome the greatest degree of a person’s love to the Almighty One. The Gospel says that we shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free (John 8:32).
Let us look at life in a perspective filled with betterment, not with references without directions that would make our lives miserable. With this, our lives would be thoroughly decoded by God and no more anagrams would jumble in our mind enigmatically.