Friday, October 12, 2018


One of the most prominent factors that contributed to the amazing success of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” earlier this year would most definitely be the man on the chair behind the scenes. Director Ryan Coogler’s inspired filmmaking not only resulted in a box office smash hit but a movie that has been considered culturally significant by many critic reviews. That had led to Coogler bowing out of being at the helm of the sequel to his 2015 sports film “Creed”, now in the hands of Steven Caple Jr., which would explain why he has accepted a return to the MCU.
The Hollywood Reporter has it that Marvel Studios has extended an offer to Ryan Coogler to both write and direct “Black Panther 2”, sequel to his MCU blockbuster that premiered this past February. The studio undoubtedly saw wisdom in retaining the original creative team as much as possible, and while a new deal with the director for a follow-up took much longer in coming than usual, in the end Coogler has agreed to work on the sequel in an agreement quietly made behind closed doors. Sources cited by THR believe Coogler will begin writing “Black Panther 2” sometime next year.
Usually, when a movie designed to leave a sequel open performs well enough in theaters to warrant that follow-up, both studio and director would have quickly come to an agreement on what to do in the future. Yet, despite the very successful run of “Black Panther” in the weeks leading to its MCU continuation “Avengers: Infinity War”, Coogler and his representatives decided not to jump into discussions with Marvel Studios until well into the latter half of 2018. Now that it is done, and taking to account how long the script will take to write, production for “Black Panther 2” could begin earnestly by year-end 2019 or shortly into 2020.
The first “Black Panther” starred Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa of the secluded but highly advanced African nation of Wakanda, which has been forced to reveal itself to the world due to developing events in the overarching myth arc of the MCU films. The movie itself is now considered a hallmark for the African-American community, not to mention a big earner with an over $1.3 billion international take and a possible Oscar nomination. A sequel is now a sure thing; what is unsure is when to slot in its release.
For 2019 the Marvel Cinematic Universe installments, “Captain Marvel” with Brie Larson premieres on March 8, followed by the fourth “Avengers” film on May 3 to close out the MCU “Phase 3” production slate. “Spider-Man: Far from Home” starring Tom Holland will arrive July 5.
Image courtesy of LA Times

“TRAPO”, Other “PHILIPPINE ENGLISH” Loanwords ADDED to OXFORD Living Dictionary


It has been said that the English language has been enriched by the addition of loanwords from other foreign tongues over the passing of centuries. Among those other languages that have made their mark on the third-most spoken native tongue in the world is over very own Filipino, and its base dialect of Tagalog. It has been influencing English since the 20thCentury, with the introduction in the 1940s of “boondocks” (rural area) from the Tagalog “bundok”, shortened in later years to “boonies”. Even today, more Filipino loanwords are getting added to official English dictionaries. A new batch of them just got in this week.
CNN Philippines reports that Oxford English Dictionary has just included several Filipino loanwords to their massive historical dictionary of the entire English language as it is written and spoken around the world. One particular new addition is being cited by local commentators as being appropriate due to, of all things, the approaching campaign period for the 2019 Senatorial Elections.
The word is “trapo”, long understood by Filipinos as a contraction of “traditional politician”, or one who runs for and serves public office as a lifetime career for himself and his family. It also happens to sound like the Tagalog word for “rag”, itself a loanword of the dialect and Filipino from Spanish, courtesy of the country’s colonial past. The Oxford definition identifies “trapo” as a derogatory or negatively connoting term.
One other new Filipino loanword on the Oxford database that is getting attention is “bongga”, which they define as “extravagant, flamboyant, impressive, stylish, or (more generally) excellent.” Its use is described as informal, so it seems OED has tactfully not described it as something of a frequently-used term in Filipino “gay-speak”. Not that it is important; after all, English has more Filipino in it now.
The rest of the new additions from Tagalog have a common theme separate from “trapo” and “bongga”: they are food names and culinary terms. Filipinos who have an eye on the loanwords in English dictionary databases would not be surprised at that trend. Anyway, those words (with Oxford definitions) are the following: bihon (long thin rice flour noodles), carinderia (food stall), ensaimada (spiral-shaped pastry bread topped with sugar and cheese), palay (un-husked rice), panciteria (noodle restaurant), sorbetes (coco-milk ice cream) and turon (deep-fried pastry rolls of sliced banana and fruits).
Oxford English Dictionary is a historical dictionary of the language, its first edition printed through 1884–1928 and second in 1989. A printed third edition is no longer feasible due to the exponential expansion of modern English, and thus the most up-to-date database can only be seen on their website. The dictionary has over 600,000 words, surpassing 40 book volumes.
Image from Oxford English Dictionary


The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season apparently has not yet run out of “Greatest Hits” to release, in a negative, calamitous way. August 31 through early September saw the Carolinas and its environs be hammered by Hurricane Florence from Cape Verde, causing storm surges that flooded areas along the coast and major river systems in North Carolina, and isolated the city of Wilmington from the rest of the mainland for some time. The weather disturbances that followed Florence were tropical storms that did little. But Hurricane Michael is a different matter. It made landfall around the Florida panhandle this week, and the results were expectedly devastating.
USA Today reports that Hurricane Michael is living up to weather predictions in terms of intensity when it barreled ashore close to Mexico Beach in Florida this Wednesday, October 10. Somewhat close in duration from September’s visit by Hurricane Florence, Michael made such an impact upon its arrival in the US that it is already being described as one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the country, and indeed the most powerful to ever make landfall in the Florida panhandle. Recorded wind speeds of 155 mph ranks it the sixth-strongest US-hitting hurricane in that category.
It is no surprised therefore that lives were lost to Hurricane Michael. One was a child casualty in Seminole County, reported killed by an uprooted tree that fell on a home early morning of Thursday, October 11. A similar fate befell the other victim in Wednesday, this time a man from Greensboro. As Michael passed Florida and rages across Georgia, electricity was cut to around half a million residences and businesses in both states and also nearby Alabama for possibly weeks. This is something that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is stating would only increase as the storm travels inland.
President Donald Trump described Hurricane Michael as a “a tough wind storm” during a late-night Fox News interview regarding the ongoing crisis. “So, to a certain extent, we don’t know (the full scope) because it’s so dark and all the electric is out. But we hear there’s a lot of damage,” remarked Trump on the situation reports from Florida. “And it’s a tremendous wind damage. Tremendous, a lot of things are blown over. Hopefully not houses with people in them.”
And the nightmare is not over. Already the path of Hurricane Michael is being turned north and east, 30 miles west of Augusta, Georgia. By Thursday night it is expected to cross into South Carolina, recently affected by Hurricane Florence, before returning to the Mid-Atlantic coast on Friday, October 12.
Image: The Globe and Mail