XG e n e rat i o n           Volume#1 Issue #1 February 2012              Fallen Angels                - do they          ...
GENERATION X1
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TABLE OF             CONTENTSFalling from the sky                p.4The Ancient Mayan Prophecies        p.6The Printed Com...
XG e n e rat i o n   is a printed youth magazine and is           the brainchild of:         Izza Sanchez              edi...
fr om            g        lin ky    Fal      s       th e         An article by:        Shamsa Libreja         Generation X4
EDUCATION   Do you ever wonder if fallen angels reallyexist? Well, some people say yes and some sayno. Let`s start by defi...
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the ancient mayan    prophecies     An article by:     Izza Sanchez     Generation X                      7
The Mayas or Mayans do not speak of the the    cataclysmic end of the world, instead, they in-    tricately say that every...
FEATURE4        The Fourth Prophecy “points out that the anti-ecological conduct of man and the greater ac-     tivity by ...
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Model: Jeruz Sanchez     Photo by: Izza Sanchez     Generation X14
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TIME TO     PLAY THE       GAME       An article by:      Lionell Trinidad       Generation X16
FEATURE   Last May 5, 2009, the PopCap gameslaunched a tower defense action gamewhich eventually became one ofthe most pla...
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FEATUREGood Omens: To Read or Notto Read?     Simply put, the apocalypse has never been              As Aziraphale and Cro...
A conspiracy       Opinion by: Izza          Sanchez        Generation X20
EDITORIAL       2012: A Conspiracy   The Mayans prophesized it, the Hope Indiansdedicated their lives study-ing the end, t...
About the writers     Writer (n) - A writer is a person who produces literature or nonfiction, such as novels, short stori...
FEATURE “that was the final straw, what was   Sir Terence David John “Terry”         Pratchett’s first two adult novels,le...
INSIDE       THE       Cs       An article by:      Lionell Trinidad       Generation X24
SPORTSFrom lay-ups to three point field goalsand jump shots to dunks - these thingsyou can witness from the 2007-2008 Na-t...
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featuring :Robert FROSTRobert Frost (1874-1963), four-time Pulitzer Prizewinning American poet, teacher and lecturer wrote...
The Road not                            My november         taken                                    guest     TWO roads d...
LITERATURE     PAN WITH US                                  Good HoursPan came out of the woods one day,--            I ha...
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  1. 1. XG e n e rat i o n Volume#1 Issue #1 February 2012 Fallen Angels - do they belong to the heavens or to the underworld?
  2. 2. GENERATION X1
  3. 3. is the creativeyouth. 2
  4. 4. TABLE OF CONTENTSFalling from the sky p.4The Ancient Mayan Prophecies p.6The Printed Compendium p.10Time to play the Game p.16Good Omens: To Read or not to Read? p.182 012: A Conspiracy p.20About the writers p.22Inside the C’s p.24The Literarium p.26Entertainment p.303
  5. 5. XG e n e rat i o n is a printed youth magazine and is the brainchild of: Izza Sanchez editor / lay-out artist Shamsa Libreja Writer Julia Lopez- Pozas Lionell Trinidad cartoonist / writer sports editor Justine Seagan in-charge of fun page Trixia Reyes Literary editor 4
  6. 6. fr om g lin ky Fal s th e An article by: Shamsa Libreja Generation X4
  7. 7. EDUCATION Do you ever wonder if fallen angels reallyexist? Well, some people say yes and some sayno. Let`s start by defining what is an angel?.They sometimes refer to the messengers inheaven or sometimes guardians. Falling angelsare described as angels who rebelled againstGod. When fallen angels are being talked aboutpeople always think of “Satan” or Lucifer. According to Wikipedia, Fallen angel is aconcept developed in Jewish and Christianthought from interpretation of the Book ofEnoch. The actual term fallen angel is not foundin either the Hebrew Bible or the New Testa-ment. Christians adopted the concept of fallenangels mainly based on their interpretations ofthe Book of Revelation Chapter 12. Fallen an-gels are identified with the Watchers, as well asthe angels who are cast down to the earth fromthe War in Heaven, and ha-satan. For so many Fallen angels , Satan is the most mentioned one. In the verses Isaiah 14:12-14 “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn. You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the nations! ”But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. ’I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High,” On this bible verse we can reflect on how selfish he is. He wants to compete with God and prove to him that he is powerful. Some fallen angels that I have researched was Asmo- deus, Sammael, Lilith, Ahriman, Balan, Baliel, and Molloch , these seven are distinguished as his warriors. But even though Satan has its own warriorsthe archangels or angels, in heaven, they are con-tinuously fighting to conquer all the evil spirits inthe World. And because of the faith the catholicssing, WE can conquer those bad spirits. Andwhen someone asks you if they really do exist, theanswer depends on you on what your heart reallydesires to answer. Always remember our Guard-ian angel is always there to guide us whatever wedo. 5
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  9. 9. the ancient mayan prophecies An article by: Izza Sanchez Generation X 7
  10. 10. The Mayas or Mayans do not speak of the the cataclysmic end of the world, instead, they in- tricately say that every element changes and the physical being detaches. The only thing that will remain is the spirit and with it comes the journey of evolution toward higher levels. 1 It tackles “The Time of No Time”. A period of 20 years which they named “Katun”, it depicts the last years of the 5,125-year sun cycle which is currently from the years 1992 to 2012. The Mayans predicted that during these years, solar winds would be more intense and would be vis- ible on our viewpoint here on Earth. This would signify a great realization and great change for mankind. According to the Mayans, these changes would happen so that mankind comprehends how the universe works so we could advance to superior levels, leaving behind superficial materi- alism and liberating ourselves from suffering 2 It says that the answers to the questions of man lies within, that our behavior determines our future. It affirms that humanity finds itself in a moment of fundamental transition toward a new way of perceiving the universe, that the universe and the solar system are receiving a beam of light, energy, and information from the center of the galaxy, and that this is causing an increase in the vibration of the planet and the brain waves and cells of man, placing him in equilibrium with this new frequency, causing enormous changes in his behavior. The second Mayan prophecy shows two paths: one of understanding and tolerance, and one of fear and destruction.In both, man will be sustained with the necessary lessons in achieving evolu- tion of the conscience. This prophecy tells us that humanity is moving toward a new era of harmony and unity, and to reach the peak, we must confront our greatest fears and accept that we are faced with dif- ficult situations in order to learn from them, maintaining peace in any situation which we may experience. No matter how difficult the challenges are, we can maintain and increase our internal energy, producing a state of high vibration and a state of respect for all that exists. 3 It predicts that we must become aware of the current situation of the planet and the grave in- fluence we have entitled to it through the course of natural history. The processes of industrializa- tion without ecological sensitivity have caused, with its wastes, a general increase in the tempera- ture of the planet. This will be accentuated by increased activity of the sun, caused by the energy received from the center of the galaxy, creating great changes in weather and winds. There will be energy vortexes which will clean the earth’s surface, which are the manifestation of the inconformity of our planet, and of the elemental energies contained in its interior.8
  11. 11. FEATURE4 The Fourth Prophecy “points out that the anti-ecological conduct of man and the greater ac- tivity by the sun will cause a melting of ice in the poles. It will allow the Earth to clean itself and green itself again, producing changes in the physical composition of the continents of the planet. The Mayans left registers in the Desdre codices that every 117 spins of Venus the sun suffers new alterations, and huge spots or solar wind eruptions appear.”5 The Fifth Prophecy says that all systems based on fear, on which this civilization is based, will suffer simultaneously with the planet and man will make a transformation to give way to a new harmonic reality. The systems will fail and man will face himself and in this a need to reorganize society and continue down the path of evolution that will bring him to understand creation. Only one common spiritual road for all humanity that will end all limits established among the many ways to look at God will emerge.6 The sixth prophecy points out that in the next years a comet of ice and rock will emerge from the heavens whose trajectory will endanger the existence of humanity. The Mayan culture con- siders comets as agents of change that came to put into movement the existing equilibrium, allowing the evolution of the collective conscience. For the Mayans ,God is the presence of life, has all shapes and has infinite presence.7 In this prophecy it is said that from the year 1999 and until 2002, the light emitted from the center of the galaxy synchronizes all living beings and allows them to voluntarily access an in- ternal transformation that produces new realities. The Mayans mention that every individual has an opportunity to change and break its limitations, with it creating a new way of communicat- ing through thought. It’s predicted that limits will disappear, a new era of transparency and light will begin, the lie will end forever. The last prophecy predicts that spanning from the year 1999 and until 2002, the light emitted from the galactic center will synchronize all the living beings gaining them voluntarily access an in internal transformation that leads to the new realities. They Although most are paranoid about the end oftime, let us take a deep breath to analyze oursituation and be one with the world. Meditate withour minds and comprehend with the laws of nature. 9
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  18. 18. TIME TO PLAY THE GAME An article by: Lionell Trinidad Generation X16
  19. 19. FEATURE Last May 5, 2009, the PopCap gameslaunched a tower defense action gamewhich eventually became one ofthe most played games last 2011.It is a highly addictive game called“Plants vs. Zombies.” The mainobjective of this game is to pre-vent the zombies from eating yourbrains by planting plants that haveoffensive and defensive capabilities.This game is very exciting especial-ly when the zombies come nearerto your house to pursue their goals. On the other hand, the RovioMobile launched a strategic gamelast December 2009 called “AngryBirds.” The primary objective ofthis game is to launch the birdsusing a slingshot to the pigs whostole their eggs. Not only did thegame became famous to be playedon computers but also, people hadcreated different things related to the gamesuch as stuffed toys, t-shirts and manymore. Now that the popularity of those gamesis slightly fading away, there must be acompany creating a much more wonder-ful game to be played by people of all ages.And truly, we can’t wait anymore for thatgame to be launched and influence peopleall over the world. 17
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  21. 21. FEATUREGood Omens: To Read or Notto Read? Simply put, the apocalypse has never been As Aziraphale and Crowley work together tofunnier. save Earth from its impending doom, they dis- cover things along the way; a (very accurate) book Upon looking intensely at the book cover, of Prophecies that held all the information of theGood Omens may seem to be an unusual read. past, present, and future, including details of theTechnically, it is, but the book has more to offer apocalypse, was being held by a local witch; thethan an interesting design. The story focuses on the Anti-Christ (whose name is Adam, ironically) was2 characters who were revealed in the beginning living a nice, suburban life without having theof the book; Aziraphale, the angel with the flaming slightest idea that he would be the cause of billionssword who watched over the Garden of Eden, and of peoples death; the 4 Horsemen (actually, 2 men,Crowley, the shape-shifting snake living in the tree 1 woman, and some sort of ghost-spirit thing thatof Knowledge Of Good and Evil. The book was could be a man) were coming, and they were notmade as a spinoff of the highly popular movie, The happy; a commander and a cadet of the witch-hunt-Omen, and also a combination of the beginning and ing army were on the hunt for the Anti-Christ (andend of all Creation. In the book, however, things do the witch) too; and lastly, no one had a clue aboutnot go as planned. what was about to go down. Aziraphale and Crowley have been living Craziness and knee-slapping humor ensueson Earth ever since the beginning of Creation up in the story as you progress deeper into the bookto the present (which was the 20th Century) and and farther away from getting a good night’s rest.frankly, they loved it. They each had their own I found the book extremely interesting and abso-lives; Aziraphale, the Angel, was a shy, timid man lutely hilarious, as I was an Apocalypse nut (andwho lived in a house-slash-bookstore (which he I still am). The amusing footnotes (contributed bywas the manager of -- no one else was employed) Terry Pratchett) and the whimsical introductionwherein he just sat and read all the books in his (written by both Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratch-storage. Whereas Crowley, the not-so Fallen Angel, ett) served to mold the whole book into a tiny,lived a life of traveling and excitement. They were underrated masterpiece, if I do say so myself. Theboth content and happy. But there was one prob- English humor provides a fresh perspective on howlem: the Apocalypse was coming and they knew it. different American-based humor from theirs. TheEven worse, they had misplaced the Anti-Christ. book is just a bit winding; it goes in fully detailed descriptions of things that do matter, but could be put more simply. All in all, I’d give it an 99% percent for out- standing effort and whimsicality (minus 1 percent because I’m an impatient reader) and for frankly being a very good distraction from my pile of proj- ects and heaps of homework. Sigh. 19
  22. 22. A conspiracy Opinion by: Izza Sanchez Generation X20
  23. 23. EDITORIAL 2012: A Conspiracy The Mayans prophesized it, the Hope Indiansdedicated their lives study-ing the end, the famous Nos-tradamus had various quadrantspredicting the end of time andeven in the Book of Revela-tion was it foretold; the secondcoming of Jesus Christ andthe rapture of the human racetowards the heavens. The question that risesamong many, “Will the worldend to its cataclysmic finale onDecember 21, 2012?” Why is it that this conspir-acy and not yet proven studybrought millions to the bordersof sanity? Most are now pre-paring their end-of-the-worldsurvival kits and applyingspecial reinforcements to theirso called underground and freefrom destruction bunkers. Plain safety measures formany but ecstatic ridiculousness for most. If theplanets do line up, it is only the universe taking its He who “created the beginning and who shall benatural course in a unique and majestic way not to responsible for the end”.be interpreted as a sign of the apocalypse. What if the Mayans only tricked us into believ- Yes, the tectonic plates move about half an inch ing that the world will end, what a great pain in thea year but that doesn’t mean it is going to crack and bottom would it be realizing what their big jokeshift the continents to the poles. Mega quakes and made us do. Even Nostradamus is not that accuratesuper volcanic eruptions may be possible but those in predicting these things since hundreds of yearsare just things that fuel the flames of the borders of ago, there was a different line-up of Astronomy andTrue Science and Science Fiction. thus, his predictions leading to miscalculations. The silly imagination of people gets sillier by the Whenever the end may be, let us reflect on thedays as 2012 kicks in and the year starts off. This very truth that there is someone higher who knowsyear might as well serve as a ticking bomb to mass these things. And not even our tiny minds under-destruction for those end-of-the-world hippies. stand the vastness of the universe and the divinity located within. Let’s face the fact that the end is just a near per-ception of what can happen in the future. It’s not a 2012, a weird conspiracy sending chills down thephenomenon nor is it a general truth based from a spines of paranoid humans.study. It’s time to blink our eyes wide open of what re-ally is happening as panic surges globally. Look atourselves, people tackling THE END of the world,that of which only the higher one in the heavenscan do. 21
  24. 24. About the writers Writer (n) - A writer is a person who produces literature or nonfiction, such as novels, short stories, plays, screenplays, poetry, essays, articles, or other literary art. by: Julia Lopez - Pozas Neil Richard Gaiman (born 10 As a child and a teenager, as a means to learn about the world November 1960) is an English au- Gaiman read the works of C. S. and to make connections that he thor of short fiction, novels, comic Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Lewis Car- hoped would later assist him in books, graphic novels, audio the- roll, James Branch Cabell, Edgar getting published. He wrote and atre and films. His notable works Allan Poe, Michael Moorcock, Ur- reviewed extensively for the British include the comic book series The sula K. Le Guin, Harlan Ellison, Fantasy Society. His first professional Sandman and novels Stardust, Rudyard Kipling. Lord Dunsany short story publication was “Feath- American Gods, Coraline, and The and G. K. Chesterton. He later erquest”, a fantasy story, in Imagine Graveyard Book. Gaiman’s writing became a fan of science fiction, Magazine in May 1984, when he was has won numerous awards, in- reading the works of authors as 24. cluding Hugo, Nebula, and Bram diverse as Alan Moore, Samuel When waiting for a train at Victo- Stoker, as well as the 2009 New- R. Delany, Roger Zelazny, Rob- ria Station in 1984, Gaiman noticed bery Medal and 2010 Carnegie ert A. Heinlein, H. P. Lovecraft, a copy of Swamp Thing written by Medal in Literature. He is the first Thorne Smith, and Gene Wolfe. Alan Moore, and carefully read it. author to win both the Newbery In the early 1980s, Gaiman pur- Moore’s fresh and vigorous approach and the Carnegie medals for the sued journalism, conducting inter- to comics had such an impact on same work. views and writing book reviews, Gaiman that he would later write;22
  25. 25. FEATURE “that was the final straw, what was Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett’s first two adult novels,left of my resistance crumbled. I Pratchett, OBE (born 28 April The Dark Side of the Sun (1976)proceeded to make regular and fre- 1948) is an English novelist, and Strata (1981), were bothquent visits to London’s Forbidden known for his frequently comi- science-fiction, the latter takingPlanet shop to buy comics”. cal work in the fantasy genre. He place partly on a disc-shaped world. is best known for his popular and Subsequent to these, Pratchett has In 1984, he wrote his first book, a long-running Discworld series of mostly concentrated on his Disc-biography of the band Duran Du- comic fantasy novels. Pratchett’s world series and novels for children,ran, as well as Ghastly Beyond Be- first novel, The Carpet People, was with two exceptions: Good Omenslief, a book of quotations, with Kim published in 1971, and since his (1990), a collaboration with NeilNewman. Even though Gaiman first Discworld novel (The Colour Gaiman (which was nominatedthought he did a terrible job, the of Magic) was published in 1983, for both Locus and World Fantasybook’s first edition sold out very he has written two books a year on Awards in 1991), a humorous storyquickly. When he went to relinquish average. His latest Discworld book, about the Apocalypse set on Earth,his rights to the book, he discovered Snuff is the third fastest selling and Nation (2008), a book forthe publisher had gone bankrupt. novel since records began in the young adults.After this, he was offered a job by United Kingdom selling 55,000Penthouse. He refused the offer. copies in the first three days. He also wrote interviews andarticles for many British magazines,including Knave. As he was writ-ing for different magazines, someof them competing, and “wrote toomany articles”, he sometimes wentby a number of pseudonyms: GerryMusgrave, Richard Grey, “alongwith a couple of house names”.Gaiman ended his journalism careerin 1987 because British newspaperscan “make up anything they wantand publish it as fact.” In the late 1980s, he wrote Don’tPanic: The Official Hitchhiker’sGuide to the Galaxy Companion inwhat he calls a “classic English hu-mour” style. Following on from thathe wrote the opening of what wouldbecome his collaboration with Pratchett has said that to write,Terry Pratchett on the comic novel you must read extensively, both in-Good Omens, about the impending side and outside your chosen genreapocalypse. and to the point of “overflow”. He advises that writing is hard“...what was left work, and that writers must “make grammar, punctuation and spell-of my resistance ing a part of your life.” However, Pratchett enjoys writing, regard-crumbled.” ing its monetary rewards as “an unavoidable consequence”, rather than the reason for writing. 23
  26. 26. INSIDE THE Cs An article by: Lionell Trinidad Generation X24
  27. 27. SPORTSFrom lay-ups to three point field goalsand jump shots to dunks - these thingsyou can witness from the 2007-2008 Na-tional Basketball Association Champi-ons, the Boston Celtics. Headed by the Celtics’ head coach Glenn Anton “Doc” Riv- ers, this team became known due to their high energy while playing. Doc Rivers started his coaching career in 1999 with the Orlando Magics. And last 2004, he began coaching the Boston Celtics. And now, let‘s have a background of some of the C’s players in the 2011-2012 NBA regular season. Rajon Rondo (Point guard) – He was born in Louisville, Kentucky inFebruary 22, 1986. He played as point guard for the Celtics as of 2006. This man is young at age but yet, a great man and an expert in handling and passing the ball to his teammates. Paul Pierce (Small forward) – He was born in Oakland California and was raised in Inglewood, California. He is a nine time All-Star and was named the 2008 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. Ray Allen (Shooting Guard) – Walter Ray Allen was born in Castle Air Force Base near Merced, California. He was a military child as he spent his childhood in the Edwards Air Force Base. Last February 10, 2011, Allen broke Reggie Miller’s record of 2,560 in 3-point field goals made. This 36year old man is surely an expert in bagging threes in the court. Kevin Garnett (Power Forward) – KG was born in Greenville, South Carolina and became the NBADefensive Player of the Year in the 2007-2008 season. He was a member of theBoston Celtics since 2007 and a specialist in hitting mid-rangejumpers. The Boston Celtics surely have the best players. They alwayshave charisma in playing with their team- mates. As the 2011-2012 NBA regular season opens, they will surely work hardand put more effort in practices as they aim for their next NBAChampionship. 25
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  29. 29. featuring :Robert FROSTRobert Frost (1874-1963), four-time Pulitzer Prizewinning American poet, teacher and lecturer wrotemany popular and oft-quoted poems including “Af-ter Apple-Picking”, “The Road Not Taken”, “Home 27
  30. 30. The Road not My november taken guest TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood, My Sorrow, when she’s here with me, And sorry I could not travel both Thinks these dark days of autumn rain And be one traveler, long I stood Are beautiful as days can be; And looked down one as far as I could She loves the bare, the withered tree; To where it bent in the undergrowth; She walks the sodden pasture lane. Then took the other, as just as fair, Her pleasure will not let me stay. And having perhaps the better claim, She talks and I am fain to list: Because it was grassy and wanted wear; She’s glad the birds are gone away, Though as for that the passing there She’s glad her simple worsted grady Had worn them really about the same, Is silver now with clinging mist. And both that morning equally lay The desolate, deserted trees, In leaves no step had trodden black. The faded earth, the heavy sky, Oh, I kept the first for another day! The beauties she so ryly sees, Yet knowing how way leads on to way, She thinks I have no eye for these, I doubted if I should ever come back. And vexes me for reason why. I shall be telling this with a sigh Not yesterday I learned to know Somewhere ages and ages hence: The love of bare November days Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— Before the coming of the snow, I took the one less traveled by, But it were vain to tell he so, And that has made all the difference. And they are better for her praise.28
  31. 31. LITERATURE PAN WITH US Good HoursPan came out of the woods one day,-- I had for my winter evening walk--His skin and his hair and his eyes were gray, No one at all with whom to talk,The gray of the moss of walls were they,-- But I had the cottages in a row And stood in the sun and looked his fill Up to their shining eyes in snow. At wooded valley and wooded hill. And I thought I had the folk within:He stood in the zephyr, pipes in hand, I had the sound of a violin;On a height of naked pasture land; I had a glimpse through curtain lacesIn all the country he did command Of youthful forms and youthful faces. He saw no smoke and he saw no roof. That was well! and he stamped a hoof. I had such company outward bound. I went till there were no cottages found.His heart knew peace, for none came here I turned and repented, but coming backTo this lean feeding save once a year I saw no window but that was black.Someone to salt the half-wild steer, Or homespun children with clicking pails Over the snow my creaking feet Who see so little they tell no tales. Disturbed the slumbering village street Like profanation, by your leave,He tossed his pipes, too hard to teach At ten o’clock of a winter eve.A new-world song, far out of reach,For sylvan sign that the blue jay’s screech And the whimper of hawks beside the sun Were music enough for him, for one.Times were changed from what they were:Such pipes kept less of power to stirThe fruited bough of the juniper And the fragile bluets clustered there Than the merest aimless breath of air.They were pipes of pagan mirth,And the world had found new terms of worth.He laid him down on the sun-burned earth And raveled a flower and looked away-- Play? Play?--What should he play? 29
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