About that theme park: An o-pun letter to Nickelodeon

Dear Nick,

I want to start off by saying, I’m a huge Nickelodeon fan. My childhood (and even an embarrassing chunk of my adulthood) has been shaped and molded by your programming. I was that kid solving puzzles with Steve and Blue, thinking I was the Sherlock freaking Holmes when I figured it out early. I grew up with Kenan and Kel, I cried my little heart out when Kenan moved to Pumice, Montana. And Hey, Arnold! Man, Hey Arnold. Damn it if I don’t know all those kid names like they were my real life best friends. All of this was before the advent of Spongebob in which most of my “humor” as an adult person is based on. The point I’m making is: I’m a HUGE fan but grab a Blue’s Clue and figure it out, you’re making a huge mistake with this Palawan Theme Park thing.

Don’t get me wrong, an underwater Nickelodeon theme-park sounds like its All That, but building it on top of one of the Philippines’ most pristine locales is a bad idea. Someone has to have the Global Guts to say it. Palawan is one of our most beautiful and untouched natural wonders. We love it. We’re proud of it. We want to see our little Rugrats experience it. It’s home to 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Tubbataha Reef and the Underground River. We don’t want to see it reduced to a legend in the Hidden Temple. I get that you’re going to enact safeguards and such to preserve the native marine life but maybe you should take a cue from Dora and go explore some other options.

Clarissa doesn’t have to explain it all for you to know what sort of damage 100 Hectares of Underwater Theme Park could do to a fragile aquatic eco-system. Noah knows you have to make room that those “signature underwater restaurants” somewhere. This is a move straight outta Big Bob Pataki’s playbook and unlike him, we don’t want to see the fishes go the way of the beeper. We haven’t even talked about waste management yet. The fact of the matter is there’s going to be a lot of Invader Zims to the local eco-system. There’s all the waste the park’s visitors will produce, as well as its employees. There’s also all the maintenance gunk your pump in to your machines once it’s operational and let’s not forget about all the dust and smoke and crap you’re going to produce just building the whole thing to begin with.

I know you mean well, Nickelodeon (and your partner Coral World Park) I’ve trusted you with my childhood now trust me when I say this: if you go through with this and you inevitably end up ruining one of our most-prized national treasures, all your good will here will go Kablam! and you’ll be branded as real monsters.

Now there’s some vital information for ya.

Raffy Leynes is the Dan Schneider of Geekend Gladiators. He’s watched so much Nickelodeon as a kid he is barely an adult in his modern life. Whenever he cracks a joke he’s always half-expecting applause from a live studio audience or slime.


Metro Manila Film Fest 2016 – Preview

The Metro Manila Film Festival announced the entries in its annual Christmas season movie festival this November, and just by looking at the entries, one can say that change has come.

Here’s a sneak peak at what movies will premiere in this year’s MMFF:


Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2 is a sequel to the critically-acclaimed 2011 movie, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank. While the first movie was a satire on the Filipino Indie film scene and foreign award shows, the sequel focuses on mainstream Filipino movies.

The official synopsis reads: “Eugene Domingo appears as a fictionalized version of herself once again, and she’s ready to make a new movie with the help of her team, Rainier, Jocelyn, and Lennon.

They discuss her comeback and head to Baguio to film the movie, where Eugene starts making absurd suggestions to change the original realistic script by adding elements of Pinoy comedy.”

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2 stars Eugene Domingo, Kean Cipriano, Joel Torre, Jericho Rosales, and is directed by Marlon Rivera


Die Beautiful revolves around the story of Trisha, a transgender woman who competes in beauty contests. As part of her request before her death, Trisha’s wish was to remain beautiful.

Die Beautiful recently won the Audience Award in the Tokyo International Film Festival in November.

Die Beautiful stars Paolo Ballesteros, Joel Torre, Gladys Reyes, Luis Alandy, and is directed Jun Robles Lana.


Nora Aunor stars in this sociopolitical flick which follows a family and how it deals with hooded people who are involved in extra-judicial killings and other abuses in Philippine Society.

Kabisera stars Nora Aunor, Ricky Davao, JC De Vera, and is directed by Arturo San Agustin, and Real Florido.


Oro is a film that centers around a mining community that is threatened by an armed group. The community’s leader is tasked to defend the town, but struggles to do so when she fails to produce a permit to conduct mining activities. The movie also focuses on the effects on the members of the community despite the threats made by the armed group.

The movie stars Sandino Martin, Arrian Labios, Sue Prado, Cedrick Juan, and is directed by Alvin Yapan.


Saving Sally is not your typical Filipino romantic comedy movie as it infuses animation and live action movie.

The movie centers around Marty’s unrequited love towards his best friend Sally, and how Marty sees the world around him.

Saving Sally stars Rhian Ramos and Enzo Marcos. The movie is directed by Avid Liongoren.


The official synopsis of the movie reads:

“In 1947 those aspiring to be a priest are sent to a remote convent to live in seclusion (seklusyon) on the last day of their training. The purpose is to shield them from the evil of the world. The plot thickens when a mysterious young girl comes to the convent but the question is whether she is really sent by God or by the devil. This is the challenge that awaits the candidates.”

The movie is directed by the master of Filipino horror movies, Erik Matti.

Seklusyon stars Rhed Bustamante, Neil Ryan Sese, Ronnie Alonte.


Sunday Beauty Queen is a Filipino documentary that follows Filipino domestic helpers in Hong Kong as they embark to take part in an annual beauty pageant.

The documentary is directed by Baby Ruth Villarama.


Vince, Kath & James is a teen romantic movie that is based on the viral online posts on Facebook that captured the imaginations and hearts of the Filipinos early 2016.

The movie stars Julia Barreto, Joshua Garcia, Ronnie Alonte, and directed by Theodore Boborol.

Which movie/s are you raring to see in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival? Let us know in the comments section below.

For more details on the upcoming Metro Manila Film Festival, keep it here on geekendgladiators.com

Gino is the Gladiators’ resident TV and comic book reviewer and fanatic. He is a lawyer in the making at day, and full-on geek by night. He believes that the lightsaber is the best weapon during a zombie apocalypse. You can get a hold of him on Facebook and Instagram.

8 Unanswered Questions from Overwatch’s Sombra Reveal

It feels like Overwatch fans have been waiting forever for the release of the new character, Sombra. Ever since players of the massively popular hero shooter noticed that a voice line from another character, Reaper, references the elusive Sombra they’ve been hotly anticipating her eventual release.

So finally after a long and tumultuous road ( *cough* Failed ARG *cough* ), this past weekend at Blizzcon 2016,  Blizzard released the long-awaited character Sombra in spectacular fashion:

With the new short, we are introduced to Sombra and how she fits into the Talon terrorist organization and the world at large. However, as much as her introduction gave us some much needed answers, it does raises up a handful of new questions. Here are some of our biggest ones with some of our best guesses thrown in as answers!

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I Liked It, You Didn’t and That’s Okay: A Guide to Peace on the Internet.


The Internet is an amazing thing. It single-handedly propelled the way we communicate forward at an astronomical rate. Friends and loved ones living thousands of miles away can easily be seen and heard from; Pictures of obscure places can easily be shared; and more recently, interaction with a beloved show or personality is possible in real-time. All this development within a span of a few years.

However, along with all these wonders come some growing pains. For all the ease of expressing one’s opinion on the Internet, it is also as easy to run into conflicting ones. This is because the tools that you use to express your mind is also just as available to someone who might disagree with you. And this, as I’m sure we all know, causes problems.

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Suicide Squad Mid-Credits Scene Explained

If there’s anything we’ve learned about superhero movies is that never, ever leave until the credits are done, and if you haven’t learned this by now then chances are you failed to catch that pivotal mid-credits scene in Suicide Squad.

Warning: Spoilers.

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About Jared Leto’s Joker…

 Warner Bros’s Film Suicide Squad marks the long-awaited on-screen return of the Joker. So how did Jared Leto fair in his turn as the Clown Prince of Crime?

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We Might Have Figured Out INSIDE’s Entire Backstory

There’s a lot to take in with Playdead’s new masterpiece INSIDE and frankly there’s a lot that’s left to the imagination as well. But we just might have a theory as to what exactly went on in this world.

It’s quite a walk along our fictional timeline so stick with us us here.

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Sony E3 2016 Round-up! All the announcements and why they’re awesome.

Sony and Playstation just knocked it out of the park at the grandest videogame stage of them all. Here’s a hearty recap of everything that went down during their press conference.


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“The Matrix” Things You May Have Missed

Who hasn’t seen The Matrix? You know, that awesome blockbuster, action-filled, bullet-time filled movie that has spawned a whole different breed of film-making and action choreography that continues to be present on the big screen. I, for one, have seen it hundreds, nay, thousands of times since it came out, and the latest was just this weekend. The funny thing about it is that I noticed some things that I haven’t before and it made more sense to the movie, some of it, undoubtedly are in articles or forums across the internet, but let me just present to you my observations and point of view.

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Here’s our favorite quote from The Civil War Comics


Captain America: Civil War is finally upon us and its looking to shake up the foundations of the established Marvel Cinematic Universe. I remember that the original Civil War event in the comics was one of the very first comics that really hooked and enthralled me for Marvel content. It was engaging, evocative and thought provoking as it pitted Hero against Hero, Family against Family in an unprecedented battle of philosophies over the Superhuman Registration Act. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the storyline that has stuck with me through the years:

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