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Friday, April 27, 2018

Celebrities who look alike - Batch 5

My last celebrity look-alike post was back in 2013, and I have accumulated a lot in my list that it was necessary to discard some, mostly because they did not look the same now or because I forgot who they were. So without further ado, here's batch five of celebrities who look alike:

Natalie Wood and Anna Friel
Natalie Wood and Anna Friel
Hilary Duff and Marla Sokoloff
Hilary Duff and Marla Sokoloff
Mary Louise Parker and Kaya Scodelario
Mary Louise Parker and Kaya Scodelario
Keira Knightley and Katie McGrath
Keira Knightley and Katie McGrath
Orlando Bloom and Jon Foo
Orlando Bloom and Jon Foo (Asian Orlando Bloom)
Alan Rickman and Ronan Vibert
Alan Rickman and Ronan Vibert
James Spader and Jensen Ackles
James Spader and Jensen Ackles
Josh Hutcherson and Nathan Gamble
Josh Hutcherson and Nathan Gamble when they were kids.

And for the Asian (mostly Korean) celebrities:

Shin Min-ah and Minho (of Shinee) could play siblings
Shin Min-ah and Minho (of Shinee) could play siblings...
Donghae and Amber
...as well as Donghae (Super Junior) and Amber of f(x).
Sandeul and Jang Hyuk
Sandeul and Jang Hyuk
I might be the only one who sees this, but Sandeul (B1A4) reminds me of Jang Hyuk, especially Bright Girl-era Jang Hyuk. The resemblance may be more of their expressions, I don't know, but I just SEE it. It can also be because they're both from Busan.

Yoo Seung Ho and Yesung
Yoo Seung Ho and Yesung (Super Junior)
This clip of Yesung (right photo) from their No Other music video is exactly that "aha" moment.

Leeteuk  and Toma Ikuta and Tamaki Hiroshi
Leeteuk (Super Junior)  and Toma Ikuta and Tamaki Hiroshi
Thankfully, someone else made this image. I got tired of looking for the perfect photos.

Previously:
Celebrities who look alike - Batch 4
Celebrities who look alike - Batch 3
Celebrities who look alike - Batch 2
Celebrities who look alike - Batch 1

Monday, December 18, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

Hana-san

That was how a young Japanese soldier called my late grandmother during their WWII occupation of Davao. Hana means "flower," and because my grandma was around ten years old that time, the soldier probably meant that she was in her flowering age. Her real name was Beatriz.

Lola Beatriz with Mamerto
Lola Beatriz (girl) with Mamerto (left)
and Mama Tibay (bride)
My lola, whose father was Chinese, was raised by her grandparents. When she was still very young, her father, a tailor, took her elder brother back to China (remember that the Chinese prefer sons). I guess they never heard from them again. Then her mother, Manuela, married another man and had other kids.

Lola used to help man a sari-sari store her grandparents owned in Panacan. That was where she met the friendly Japanese soldier, who along with other soldiers assigned around the area, were frequent customers. She said he often brought her sweet manju, something she really liked. She also learned Japanese words and songs during that time, one of which she would gladly sing when we requested. Then one day the Japanese soldiers were sent away and she never saw her friend again.

Lola also liked talking about a grandpa who was very fond of her. She calls him Mamerto Osorio (I think he is her great grandpa. This bit got me confused when I asked about her ancestors because the last names didn't match.) He liked bringing her when he walked about town. Then she would talk about dulce (she meant candies). There were always candies aplenty in her pockets.

Lola BeatrizAlthough she descended from some of the oldest families in Davao, she grew up poor. In fact she only had elementary education. Nevertheless, she became a cook and a seamstress.

With seven children you would think a woman of her stature would find it hard to be successful, but she sent them all to college. Not only that, she even had the grace to accept into her home some relatives and friends who needed a place to stay. Though they were living in one of the poorest areas in the city, her neighbors considered her rich, thrifty, and enterprising (must be the Chinese blood in her).

Eventually she and my grandfather (who also didn't finish school) were able to save money and buy a property in Buhangin. Just thinking about all they have gone through makes me proud.

I had tough and strong grandparents. Both my grandfathers I consider warriors: one was a soldier feared even by his superiors; the other was the quietest, most intense man I have ever met. But lola Beatriz outlasted them all. Happy birthday Lola! May you be in the arms of our Lord forever!