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Tenkai Star – The Chief Star of Heaven
(Song Jiang, the Opportune Rain)
Matthew Luke Laonglaan
A boy who lost his parents to an accident that happened after the campaign against Melficio Victorialuna. Without any relatives to depend on, he now lives with his childhood friend, Hyacinth. Fate will pave the road for him and her to meet the other 106 Stars of Destiny.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Long rod and blunt rapier
Weapon Names: Hiro & Lucia / Cloud & Aeris / Faroush & Lyon

Tengou Star – Star of Conflagration
(Lu Jun-Yi, the Jade Ki’rin)
Gabby Lopez
One of ABS-CBN’s head honchos. He works hard in order to make ABS-CBN a reputable media network, but worries about the worsening row with GMA.
Battle Member: No

Tenkan – Star of Idleness
(Gong-sun Sheng, Dragon Entering the Clouds)
Setsumi (Narcissu)
When she committed suicide at Awaji Island, Japan by drowning, her now-lifeless body drifted to Manila Bay. And interestingly, her soul now wanders along its shores, waiting for something.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Needle
Weapon Names: Injection Needle / Dextrose Needle / Embalming Needle

Tenyu – Star of Bravery
(Guan Sheng, the Great Sword)
Hero Angeles
One of the original warriors who fought alongside Hiroyuki and co. He becomes a celebrated hero, but he is still hounded by people who have tarnished his reputation. A prophecy states that a big issue will force Hero to leave ABS-CBN and transfer to GMA, and once he’s booted out, a series of unfortunate events will come to ABS-CBN. That fate must be reversed by Hero himself.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Knightsword
Weapon Names: Sel Legendary Sword+3=1b / Vorpal Sword / Glamdring

Tenyuu – Star of Heroic Ferocity
(Lin Chong, the Leopard Headed)
Joseph Bitangcol
Hero’s greatest rival for the hand of Sandara. At first, he may be an antagonist in Hero’s eyes, but once he fully realizes his manipulation by an evil force, he will fight with Hero and Sandara.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Knightsword
Weapon Names: Caim’s Sword / Zardoz’s Sword / Machete’s Sword

Tenmou – Star of Swift Courage
(Qin Ming, the Fire in the Thunderclap)
Sandara Park
One of the original warriors who fought alongside Hiroyuki and co. She broke off with Hero at Joseph’s recommendation after the great war, realizing the prophecy against Hero without her knowing it.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Twin daggers
Weapon Names: Byellunggum / Walgwanggum II / Haedonggum II

Teni – Star of Majesty
(Hu-yan Zhuo, Double Rod of Iron)
Asa Shigure (Shuffle!)
One of the six girls who were magically summoned to the Philippines by an unknown summoner. Harbors some kind of grudge against Kaede Fuyou, who accuses her of stealing Rin Tsuchimi from her.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Short spear
Weapon Names: Rin / Rin+ / Rin++

Tenei – Heroic Star
(Hua Rong, Li Guang Minor)
Hyacinth Monterola
Matthew’s childhood friend since kindergarten. She always looks after his well-being the way Lyon looks after the Prince in Suikoden V.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Giant balisong
Weapon Names: Paraluman / Sinagtala / Lakambini

Tenki – Lofty Star
(Chai Jin, the Little Whirlwind)
Boy Abunda
A showbiz commentator with a professional attitude and a kind heart. He represents the wishes of many Filipinos who advocate to bring Hero back to ABS-CBN.
Battle Member: No

Tenfu – Star of Wealth
(Li Ying, the Eagle Who Smites the Heavens)
Mike Punzalan
An anime voice actor who expresses concern about the MTRCB’s edict of banning some anime titles from being aired. He decides to fight it, even if it costs his life.
Battle Member: No

Tenman – Star of Abundance
(Zhu Tong, the Beautiful Bearded)
Batista
Known as “The Animal”, he is the only current WWE superstar with Filipino blood. When he visits the Philippines for the WWE Survivor Series Tour, his destiny will be marked as one of the future members of the hero’s army.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Unarmed
Weapon Names: (not applicable)

Tensyo – the Wounded Star
(Wu Song, the Ascetic)
Willie Revillame
The host of Wowowee. Even though he suffered a loss of some kind with the Ultra stampede, he still works hard to help less-fortunate people via his game show.
Battle Member: No

Tenritsu – Star of the Standing Spear
(Dong Ping, Warrior of the Two Spears)
Athrun Zala (Gundam Seed / Gundam Seed Destiny)
Kira’s best friend. Forgetting old misunderstandings, he promises to stand by him until the end.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Handgun
Weapon Names: .357 Aegis / .45 Aegis / .50 Aegis

Tensyo – the Swift Star
(Zhang Qing, the Featherless Arrow)
Kira Yamato (Gundam Seed / Gundam Seed Destiny)
Reunited with his old friend Athrun, the two have assisted ABS-CBN in its major events as leaders of its mecha division, starting with the Claudine Barretto-Raymart Santiago wedding. Their experience as Gundam pilots will be useful sometime in the future.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Handgun
Weapon Names: Lacus / Lacus+ / Lacus++

Tenan – Dark Star
(Yang Shi, Blue Faced Beast)
Pritong Kandule (Ragnarok Online – The Legend of Pritong Kandule series)
The swordsman who always swears and always wields a Double Vital Falchion (’cause he’s an AGI Knight). Helps Hero recognize his greater potential.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Falchion
Weapon Names: Double Vital Falchion / Double Vital Falchion +7 / Double Vital Falchion +10

Tenyu – Guardian Star
(Xu Ning, Master Halberdier)
Erich Gonzales
The winner in Star Circle Quest Season 2. As a fellow champion, she sympathizes with Hero regarding his situation. A master of the spear.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Spear
Weapon Names: Ati-Atihan Spear / Scorpion / Feather Spear

Tenku – Empty Star
(Suo Chao, the Swift Vanguard)
Mel Tiangco
One of the pillars of GMA News and Public Affairs who was once affiliated with ABS-CBN. Still has a bone to pick against her former student, Korina.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Hammer
Weapon Names: Bisig Bayan Hammer / Kapuso Hammer / Whitesmith’s Hammer

Tensoku – Speedy Star
(Dai Zong, the Godspeed Guardian)
Nene Tamayo
The winner in Pinoy Big Brother Season 1. Called “Nenergizer” for her soldier-like qualities and her incredible speed.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Machine gun
Weapon Names: XM-15 Bushmaster / Howling Voice Gun / Laguna’s Machine Gun

Tensatsu – Murderous Star
(Li Kui, The Black Whirlwind)
Zenki (Zenki)
He was supposed to be one of the guards in the Claudine-Raymart wedding, but after messing it up a little, he was teleported back to Japan by Chiaki. After a long sermon, Chiaki commands him to search for the seeds of Karuma in the Philippines, which she feels are running rampant due to smuggling.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Hand axe
Weapon Names: Golden Axe 1 / Golden Axe 2 / Golden Axe 3

Tenbi – Lowly Star
(Shi Jin, the Nine Dragon)
Multi (HMX-12) (To Heart)
Being one of Hiroyuki’s friends who were not “magically transported”, she still decided to study in the Philippines and to continually serve Kurusugawa Electronics under Serika’s care.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Arm cannon
Weapon Names: Arm Cannon / Multi Buster / Multi Buster X

Tentai – Retreating Star
(Li Heng, the Winged Tiger)
Serio (HMX-13) (To Heart)
Being one of Hiroyuki’s friends who were not “magically transported”, she still decided to study in the Philippines and to continually serve Kurusugawa Electronics under Serika’s care.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Laser gun
Weapon Names: Heavy P-Gun / KELG-2006 / Particle Cannon

Tenjyu – Star of Longevity
(Li Jun, the Dragon who Roils Rivers)
Milfeulle Sakuraba (Galaxy Angel)
The bubbly, sometimes ditzy, but extremely lucky, member of the Angel Brigade. She loves to cook stuff, especially cakes; though later she must submit to both Kazuma and Jang Geum.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Ladle
Weapon Names: Custard / Caramel / Strawberry

Tenhei – Leveled Star
(Zhang Heng, the Boatman)
Kim Chiu
The winner in Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition. Being one of the many Chinese-Filipinos out there, she stands up for their rights against discrimination and victimization by ultra-nationalists and kidnap-for-ransom groups.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Spiked bracers
Weapon Names: Chun Li’s Bracers / Punk Bracers / Peng Yu Bracers

Tenson – the Broken Star
(Zhang Shun, Dances in the Waves)
Gerald Anderson
One of the contestants in Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition and paired with Kim. Supports Kim in every way he can, therefore he and her are regarded as the next Hero and Sandara.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Two-handed sword
Weapon Names: Zweihander / Morglay / Keough’s Sword

Tenken – Dagger Star
(Ruan the Second, He Who Ghouls Avoid)
Ayu Tsukimiya (Kanon)
One of the six girls who were magically summoned to the Philippines by an unknown summoner. Her “uguu” and her fondness for taiyaki are some of the components of her personality.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Staff
Weapon Names: Taiyaki Staff / Winged Staff / Staff of Memories

Tenzai – Star of Sin
(Ruan the Fifth, the Reckless Brother)
Misuzu Kamio (AIR)
One of the six girls who were magically summoned to the Philippines by an unknown summoner. Her “gao”/”nihaha” and her fondness for any type of juice are some of the components of her personality.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Puppet
Weapon Names: Triceratops Doll / Tyrannosaurus Doll / Stegosaurus Doll

Tenhai – the Vanquished Star
(Ruan the Seventh, the Ravenous Deathlord)
Reverie Planetarian / Yumemi Hoshino (Planetarian)
A humanoid robot who serves at the Manila Planetarium. The reason behind her admission to the planetarium is a mystery.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Mini-UFO
Weapon Names: Gentle Jena / The Prayer / Loving Depths

Tenrou – the Goal Star
(Yang Xiong, He who is Equal to Guan Suo)
Nash Aguas (Goin’ Bulilit)
The first Star Circle Quest Grand Kid Questor. He wields a smaller version of the weapon used by Nash Latkje (Gensosuikogaiden), the double snake sword.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Double snake sword
Weapon Names: Dahong Palay / Cobra / Anaconda

Tensui – the Star of Intelligence
(Shi Xiu, One Who Heeds Not His Life)
Nikki Bagaporo (Goin’ Bulilit)
The cute girl who loves to sing. Also a finalist of the first Star Circle Quest.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Microphone
Weapon Names: Ordinary Microphone / Gary V’s Microphone / WWE Announcer’s Mic

Tenbou – Savage Star
(Xie Zhen, Double Headed Snake)
Arcueid Brunestud (Lunar Legend Tsukihime)
One of the six girls who were magically summoned to the Philippines by an unknown summoner. A vampire who, interestingly, isn’t vulnerable to sunlight one she set foot in the Philippines.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Claw
Weapon Names: Claws of Blood / Claws of Shadow / Claws of the Moon Princess

Tenkoku – Wailing Star
(Xio Bao, Double-tailed Scorpion)
Saber (Fate/Stay Night)
One of the six girls who were magically summoned to the Philippines by an unknown summoner. Possesses excellent swordsmanship.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Great sword
Weapon Names: Blue Saber / Rosalian Saber / Excalibur

Tenkou – Clever Star
(Yan Qing, Graceful One)
Korina Sanchez
One of the pillars of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. She has fought bravely to preserve her precious hairbrush.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Two-handed sword
Weapon Names: K Prime / Balitang K / Rated K

Chikai – Chief Star of Earth
(Zhu Wu, Strategist of Divine Skill)
Ogie Diaz
With his alter-ego, Gosh Abelgosh, he hosts the “S.H.O.K.E” portion of Magandang Umaga Pilipinas. He will later serve as the assistant strategist in the hero’s army.
Battle Member: No

Chiketsu – Noble Star of Wisdom
(Xuan Zan, the Disgraced/Ugly Warrior)
Keanna Reeves
The winner in Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition. She has several flaws but still remains true to herself.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Staff
Weapon Names: Jeane’s Staff / Kikay Staff / Cebuano Staff

Chiyu – Heroic Star
(Hao Si-Wen, The Guardian Star God)
Michael V.
The energetic singer-comedian and one of the pioneers of the long-running comedy show “Bubble Gang”. Though he loves being a Kapuso, he hates the way the network war is developing.
Battle Member: No

Chirei, Clever Star
(An Dao-Quan, God of Medicine)
Hattori Sohma (Fruits Basket)
The doctor who is cursed to be a dragon when he is hugged by someone of the opposite sex. He may be a bit cold, but he’s always serious in his work.
Battle Member: No

Chikyu, Intelligent Star
(Hu-la Niang, the Ten Foot Green Snake)
Mizuki Takase (Comic Party)
One of the six girls who were magically summoned to the Philippines by an unknown summoner. Kazuki is (obviously) not with her now; but she fights to go back to her beloved.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Racket
Weapon Names: Iron Racket / Golden Racket / Platinum Racket

Chizen, Silent Star
(Pan Rui, Demon Lord Who Roils the Earth)
Serika Kurusugawa (To Heart)
Being one of Hiroyuki’s friends who were not “magically transported”, she still decided to study in the Philippines, with the help of her butler, Sebastian. Still a very powerful mage of the occult.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Magic rod
Weapon Names: Long-Forgotten Gohei / Nimbus 2000 / Grimrung

Chikou, Wild Star
(Kong Ming, the Pleiades in the Night Sky)
Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
He was supposed to be one of the guards in the Claudine-Raymart wedding, but after messing it up a little, Raymart reprimands him. Later, he must search for a female ninja who equals him.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Kunai
Weapon Names: Onimaru / Kitsunemaru / Hokagemaru

Chisin, Forward Star
(Tong Wei, Crocodile Out of the Cave)
Shinn Asuka (Gundam Seed Destiny)
The pilot of the Destiny Gundam who is summoned to the Philippines by Mr. Lopez. When he meets Kira and Athrun, that’s when things get more interesting.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Handgun
Weapon Names: Tadhana / Unmei / Destiny

Chitai, Retreating Star
(Tong Meng, Mirage that Roils the River)
Jin Hyuga (Raijin-Oh!)
The lead pilot of Raijin-Oh. For a child, he has a will equalling that of a battle-hardened soldier.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Polearm
Weapon Names: Thunder / Thundara / Thundaga

Chisyu – the Complete Star
(Ch’en Ta, the Gorge-Leaping Tiger)
Ranpha Franboise (Galaxy Angel)
The member of the Angel Brigade who is talkative and is easily attracted to young handsome males. Specializes in martial arts.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Gloves
Weapon Names: Jericho Rosales / Piolo Pascual / Aga Muhlach

Chiin – Hidden Star
(Yang Chun, the White Spotted Snake)
Forte Stollen (Galaxy Angel)
The oldest member of the Angel Brigade. Loves guns very much that she’ll do anything to get them.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Long-barreled gun
Weapon Names: Sumpak Mk. XXIX / Deer Hunter’s Rifle / Sturmgewehr

Chii – Peculiar Star
(Zheng Tian-shou, the Fair-faced Gentleman)
Angel Locsin
She starred in several of GMA’s fantasy shows, but then became a tsundere girl when she was fired by GMA for no particular reason at all. She gets mad one minute, but then gets nice by the next. Unknown to her, she has the power of fusion much like Yuri Hyuga, Kurando Inugami, and Shania, all from the Shadow Hearts series.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Scissors
Weapon Names: Kid’s Scissors / Barber’s Scissors / Surgeon’s Scissors

Chigaku – Star of Music
(Yue He, the Iron Throat)
Lito Camo
The famous composer of novelty songs. After witnessing the final battle against Melficio Victorialuna, he decided to compose a series of songs to celebrate the struggles made against him.
Battle Member: No

Chisoku – Star of Haste
(Ding De-sun, Arrow-Wounded Tiger)
Genjo Sanzo (Gensomaden Saiyuki)
A monk-gunner-summoner of mysterious origin who works for GMA. He is also known for his connection to the one known only as Anime Kabayan.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Handgun
Weapon Names: Pistol of Mercy / Pistol of Mercy II / Pistol of Mercy III

Chima – Devil Star
(Song Wan, the Guardian God in the Clouds)
Katie Minami (Mirmo De Pon!)
With her fairy, Mirmo, plus her friends (who are not Stars of Destiny, by the way), she renders her services to ABS-CBN as Korina’s senior PA.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Fairy (Mirmo)
Weapon Names: Mirmo I / Mirmo II / Mirmo III

Chiku – Empty Star
(Zhou Tong, Xiang Yu Minor)
Mint Blancmanche (Galaxy Angel)
Despite her petite stature, she commonly serves as the brains of the Angel Brigade. She loves dressing in different costumes, especially kigurumi (mascot costumes).
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Lightsaber dagger
Weapon Names: Polgas-chan / Jollibee-chan / Garfield-chan

Chitan – Short Star
(Zou Yuan, Dragon Out of the Woods)
Yumi Fukuzawa (Maria-sama ga Miteru)
The petit soeur to Sachiko. Always sticks to Sachiko wherever she goes, making Matthew feel the same way to Hyacinth.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Crossbow
Weapon Names: Sachiko / Sachiko+ / Sachiko++

Chikaku – Corner Star
(Zou Run the Unicorn)
Sachiko Ogasawara (Maria-sama ga Miteru)
The Rosa Chinensis en Bouton and the representative of the Mountain Lily Council (Yamayurikai) to ABS-CBN. She must solve the mystery of who is the mastermind behind the off-airing of her show on ABS-CBN.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Longbow and arrow
Weapon Names: Astarea Bow / Lily Bow / Rose Bow

Chisyu – Prisoned Star
(Zhu Gui, Demonic Beast on Dry Land)
Kazuma Azuma (Yakitate! Japan)
With his “solar hands”, the pieces of bread that he makes are usually over-the-top. He has to get used to being a subordinate to Jang Geum, though.
Battle Member: No

Chisatsu – Searching Star
(Li Yun, the Black-eyed Tiger)
Vanilla H (Galaxy Angel)
The (mostly) silent and spiritual member of the Angel Brigade. She always carries with her the talking stuffed toy, Normad, a product of Lost Technology.
Battle Member: Yes
Weapon Type: Stuffed toy (Normad)
Weapon Names: Normad I / Normad II / Normad III

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[Star Wars-style opening text scroll]

In the country that is not that far, far away…

The end of August 2006 brought to a brief close the complicated cold war between ABS-CBN and GMA, thanks to the people who compose the mercenary army called Nueva Liga Filipina.

Since then, the two giant networks, as well as their affiliates, have greatly toned down the mud-slinging that rocked the Philippine broadcasting spectrum many times in the past.

And as for the Nueva Liga Filipina, the group’s popularity increased, paving the way for more recruits. Furthermore, when disaster strikes, the group always lended a hand. Especially to the victims of typhoons Milenyo (beginning of October) and Reming (mid-to-late November).

The months of September, October, and November had been peaceful in general. The economy is flourishing, and the people bear more positive attitudes than ever.

First, let’s look at the events of September.

[End of Star Wars-style opening text scroll]

It’s a hot mid-September day, and the childhood friends have been invited to a marathon screening of “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” at SM Mall of Asia. With them are Katie (with Mirmo, of course), her friends, and Korina.

Matthew Luke: Just to state a fact, naging popular si Haruhi dahil sa mga sari-saring pakulo na lubos na kinagiliwan ng mga anime fan.
Hyacinth: OK, aaminin naming dalawa ni Matt na napanood namin dati ang Haruhi nang buo, pero para iwasan ang mga spoiler, kayo na lang ang manood at humusga.
Katie, Korina, Dylan, Rima, Azumi: Gets na namin!
Matthew Luke & Hyacinth: Sige, let’s sit back and watch!

Matt and co. then watch the first episode with anticipation. At the end of the episode, the ending theme, “Hare Hare Yukai”, rocks the theater’s sound system.

Mirmo: Kakainggit naman sina Haruhi, Mikuru, at Yuki. Tinalbugan kaming mga fairy sa departamento namin.
Yatch: Mirmo, easy ka lang. Kapag nakita natin sila nang personal, isang dance showdown ang ihahanda natin sa SOS Brigade na kinabibilangan nila.
Korina: Sige, aprub ako dyan. Ipi-feature ko iyon sa isang future episode ng Rated K.

But as episode 2 is about to be shown…

Woman’s voice: (from the top of the screen) Korina, nagkita na naman tayo!
Korina: Mel, ikaw na naman?!
Mel: Sino pa ba? Alam ko na pupunta ka rito sa Mall of Asia para lang panoorin ang isang anime!
Korina: Siguro’y tinitiktikan mo ako, no?
Matthew Luke: (slaps forehead, a la Kyon) Naku, paano na yan?
Hyacinth: Tawagin ang mga guwardya! Dali!
Mel: Op op op. Sandali lang~. (dives to the stage) Mga kababayan, bago ko payagang ipagpatuloy ang panonood ninyo ng anime na ito, na sinasabing “mas popular sa Bleach”…

The audience floods the theater with boos and hisses.

Mel: …ay dapat kong i-dwelo ang aking matinding kaaway, si Korina Sanchez. Kapag natalo siya, mapapasaakin na uli ang mahiwagang hairbrush niya!

Amist the audience, Korina bravely approaches Mel.

Korina: Mel, tatanggapin ko ang dwelo mo. At tatanggapin mo rin ang pagkatalo mo!
Mel: Sige, bring it on. Magpaalam ka na ngayon sa hairbrush mo~.
Katie: (from afar) Ma’am K, kaya n’yo yan! At wag patagalin ang laban, ha?

The two duelists draw their weapons, and…

NO ESCAPE! — FIGHT!

[Duel: Korina Sanchez vs. Mel Tiangco]

Attack:
Walang-alinlangan akong aatake!
Subukan natin kung iilag ka.
Tikman mo ang kapangyarihan ng Kapuso!
Tikman mo ang kapangyarihan ng Whitesmith!
O, ano na?

Defend:
Sige, tirahin mo na ako.
Handa na ako sa atake mo.
Laban o bawi?
Kayang-kaya mo ba ako?
Sige, mag-isip-isip ka. Naka-standby ako.

Deathblow:
Bigyan mo ako ng kapangyarihan, Pareng Mike!
Paalam, dati kong estudyante.
Sa ngalan ng GMA, pupulbusin kita!
Kukunin ko ang haribrush mo pagkatapos nito!
Di ka tatagal ng 24 oras!

When Mel’s HP reaches the critical level…

FINISH HER!

Korina: Magic hairbrush, bigyan mo ako ng kapangyarihan!

Out of nowhere, lots of shampoo sachets (with freebies and discounts on them) rain down on Mel.

Mel: Sige! Suko na ako! Suko na ako! Magbati na tayo! Magbati na tayo! Basta wag mo akong ipapapulis, Korina!

Korina Sanchez wins — FRIENDSHIP

[End of duel]

Korina: (sheathing her sword) Mel, sige. Magbati na tayo. Tutal, dati na tayong magkasama, OK? (facing Matt, Hyacinth, Katie and co.) Aprub ba kayo na isali si Mel sa grupo natin?
Matthew Luke: Tutal, nagbati na ang ABS-CBN at GMA, so I’m all for it.
Hyacinth: Basta wala siyang hidden agenda, OK?
Mel: (voice muffled due to pile of sachets) Anong hidden agenda-hidden agendang sinasabi mo? Wala ako n’un! Puro ang intensyon kong sumali sa inyo! At hindi ko na pag-iinteresan ang hairbrush ni Koring, pwamis!
Katie: Cross our hearts and hope to die!

In the end, Matt and co. enjoyed the rest of the day watching the remaining episodes of Haruhi, and Mel gradually enjoying their company.

Therefore, in September, Mel Tiangco was officially included as a member of Nueva Liga Filipina and as a Star of Destiny.

October began with typhoon Milenyo ravaging most of Luzon. Balay Kapatiran was spared of the destruction he wrought, but the mercenary army has to do the natural thing after the storm: charity.

While Matt and Hyacinth were busy leading the other Stars in handing out relief goods to victims who were lining up at Balay Kapatiran, they saw a man in a tattered robe. They immediately recognized him as…

Matthew Luke & Hyacinth: Genjo Sanzo?!
Sanzo: Ako nga iyon. Magmula nang pinalayas ako ni Ma’am Galvante sa akusasyong pagtataksil sa GMA, nanirahan ako sa may paanan ng bundok sa Rizal, nag-iisa. Nagtiis ako dahil natural ito sa mga Buddhista. At noong sumapit na ang bagyo, nagpasya akong lumayas. Lumakad ako, sumilong ako, humingi ako ng tulong. Hanggang sa napadaan ako rito.
Mel: (approaching Sanzo) Kawawa ka naman, Sanzo. Kung hindi ka sana pinalayas…
Sanzo: (to Mel) Hindi na maaaring ibalik pa ang oras, kaya dapat gamitin ito sa makabuluhang pamumuhay. Kaya dahil pareho naman tayong Kapuso, sasali na ako sa grupo mo, Mel.
Matthew Luke: OK lang sa amin.
Hyacinth: Siyempre, dahil tinutulungan namin kita sa ngayon, tutulungan mo kami sa hinaharap, Sanzo.
Sanzo: Maraming salamat. (bows)

On October 22nd, the WWE Survivor Series Tour was shown at the Araneta Coliseum. Multitudes of wrestling fans young and old have flocked to see their favorite superstars with their own eyes.

At the middle of the show, Batista showed up at the middle of the ring, preparing to give a speech to his countrymen.

“Fellow Filipinos, maraming salamat po. You have waited for a long, long time to see me in action. You also considered me as a role model. And now, in front of you all, I’m honest in saying that your efforts are not in vain. Now, I’ll make an announcement.

“There have been several news reports here in the Philippines concerning the mercenary army called Nueva Liga Filipina. That group made waves not just because of their members of different origins, but also because the members managed to put a stop to the cold war between two giant broadcasting networks here. And that is what I call peacemaking.

“I’ve been thinking of this a lot since that war ended this August, and now I finalize my decision.

“I ask the WWE management to hold my contract for at least six months so that I can join the Nueva Liga Filipina.”

The audience was surprised by The Animal’s decision. Among them, is of course, Matt & Hyacinth.

Matthew Luke: Wow! Si Batista, sasali sa atin!
Hyacinth: Pero bakit kaya? Sige, patapusin natin ang speech niya.

“Indeed, you are all surprised by my decision. But my gut feeling tells me that in the coming months, a great tragedy will rip the Philippines apart. So, as a token of gratitude to my homeland and as a sign of goodwill, I must join the Nueva Liga Filipina in order to stop the tragedy from happening.

“Don’t you worry, fans. You will still see me in action — on a real battlefield.

“That is all. Again, maraming salamat po.”

Batista then leaves the ring with confidence.

The rest of the story? Immediately after the show, the WWE management summoned Matt and Hyacinth to meet Batista and to formally draft him into the army.

And thus, in October, Genjo Sanzo and Batista were officially included as members of Nueva Liga Filipina and as Stars of Destiny.

Finally, in November, two events marked the calendar.

On November 15, the unknown person who had brought out the Scroll of Brutality to mess up the ABS-CBN/GMA showdown, and also the superior of the pirates who ravaged Manila Bay, was arrested at the unknown place, then revealed to be a townhouse owned by his long-time female friend. He is none other than… ex-Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan.

Gringo may have broken his foot in the process of his arrest, but only God knows when that impediment of his won’t get in the way of him doing a Houdini for the umpteenth time.

The other event… is when typhoon Reming cut a swath across Bicolandia. It turned a paradise of a region into a wasteland.

Charity once again became the buzzword for the folks at Nueva Liga Filipina. This time around, 50% of the members had to leave to personally hand out what the typhoon victims needed the most.

In Albay, the province that sustained the most damage from Reming, the childhood friends led the half of their army in giving relief goods, until they noticed something.

Man’s voice: (muffled due to debris) Aaaagghhh… Tulungan mo ako… Hindi ako makahinga…
Matthew Luke: Hmm… Wala na ibang gagawin kundi salbahin siya mula sa putik.
Hyacinth: Agree ako dyan.

With shovels in their hands, they dug through mud to free the trapped person. And the dig was a success. The man survived.

Man: (singing) Yes, I won with joy in my heart / Deep, deep down in my heart / J-O-Y, joy in my heart / Deep, deep down in my heart~
Hyacinth: (gasps) Michael V.?! Paano ka napunta rito?
Michael V.: Mahabang istorya ‘to. *ehem* Noong nakita ko si Ma’am Galvante at pinagbintangan niya akong traydor, nawalan ako ng malay. Tapos, nagkamalay ako sa isang bukid dito sa Albay. Nagtanong-tanong ako sa mga tao rito at nasurpresa sila na si Michael V. pala ako. Sinabi pa nila na “yayariin” ko sila, ngunit ang sabi ko naman sa kanila, “Seryoso na ‘to. Gipit na gipit ako. Tulungan mo naman ako upang makabalik ako sa Maynila.” Naantig sila sa panawagan ko, kaya pinatuloy muna nila ako sa mga kabahayan nila. At nang dumating ang isang bagyo, doon naging masalimuot ang lahat. Yung mga nakasalamuha ko rito ay nawala. Tapos na-trap ako sa mudflow. “Nayari” ako. (cries)
Matthew Luke: Huwag kang mag-alala. Dahil kilala ka namin…
Michael V.: (tries to stop crying) …at kilala ko kayo, dahil sa mga balita…
Hyacinth: …tutulungan ka namin, sa abot ng aming makakaya. Sige, sama ka sa amin. Tutal, kasama pa namin sina Mel at Sanzo.
Michael V.: Ows! Talaga?
Matthew Luke: Tumpak!

The rest of the story? The childhood friends introduced Michael V. to Mel and Sanzo, who were with them during the relief operations.

And that is how in November, Michael V. got officially included as a member of Nueva Liga Filipina and as a Star of Destiny.

The last three months were, as said before, peaceful. But come December, the boiling point will be reached once again, as lots of events will mark 2006 to a close.

Stars Introduced So Far

Tenman – Star of Abundance
(Zhu Tong, the Beautiful Bearded)
Batista

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Strategy Battle 3: The Climax of the Network War

Victory Condition: Survive for four turns.

Loss Conditions: All friendly units are defeated. / Collateral damage to the area reaches 75%.

Special Note: In this battle, there will be exact HP’s for the friendly units, the enemy units, and the area itself.

Freedom Gundam’s HP: 18,010
Aegis Gundam’s HP: 17,010
Synaethesia Megazord’s HP: 17,500
GA Emblem Frames’ HP: 16,000
Brutalized Tempest Sarimanok’s HP: 30,000
Brutalized Rainbow Serpent’s HP: 30,000
Area’s HP: 20,000

With every attack by either a friendly unit or an enemy unit that hits the ground, there will be a corresponding damage to the area that is equivalent to 10% of the damage dealt by the attack. Therefore, if the area’s HP reaches 5,000, the strategy battle will be lost.

Special Note 2: Mecha units (whether friendly or enemy) have some specials that can be only activated when their power gauges (not available to other unit types) are filled to certain levels. When you use a special that consumes a correspending power level, the gauge will be depleted accordingly. Therefore, it is recommended that you use the mecha units’ power gauge-dependent specials wisely.

STRATEGY BATTLE START!

Player Turn 1

Friendly Unit 1 decides to move 300 meters near Enemy Unit 1, and then defends.
Friendly Unit 2 decides to move very near Friendly Unit 1’s new position, and then defends.
Friendly Unit 3 decides to stay in its current position, and then defends.
Friendly Unit 4 decides to stay in its current position, and then defends.

Enemy Turn 1

Enemy Unit 1 decides to stay in its current position, and then attacks Enemy Unit 2. Enemy Unit 2 suffers 5,992 damage. The attack does not hit the ground; therefore no damage is dealt to the area.
Enemy Unit 2 decides to stay in its current position, and then attacks Enemy Unit 1. Enemy Unit 1 suffers 5,874 damage. The attack does not hit the ground; therefore no damage is dealt to the area.

Player Turn 2

Friendly Unit 1 decides to stay in its current position, and then attacks Enemy Unit 1. Enemy Unit 1 suffers 4,080 damage. The attack does not hit the ground; therefore no damage is dealt to the area.
Friendly Unit 2 decides to stay in its current position, and then attacks Enemy Unit 1. Enemy Unit 1 suffers 4,282 damage. The attack does not hit the ground; therefore no damage is dealt to the area.
Friendly Unit 3 decides to stay in its current position, and then attacks Enemy Unit 2. Enemy Unit 2 suffers 4,181 damage. The attack does not hit the ground; therefore no damage is dealt to the area.
Friendly Unit 4 decides to stay in its current position, and then attacks Enemy Unit 2. Enemy Unit 2 suffers 4,321 damage. The attack does not hit the ground; therefore no damage is dealt to the area.

Enemy Turn 2

Shinn: Yuhauo-ijmael-emetheliyu!
Jin: Koreuanf-adedf-figidisfigidis!

Enemy Unit 1 decides to stay in its current position, and then does a special (LV1) on Enemy Unit 2: Hyper God Thunder Crash. Enemy Unit 2 suffers 7,890 damage. The attack hits the ground; therefore 789 damage is dealt to the area.

Gozon’s Soul: Yaranaikus-habbus-piaded!
Abrera’s Soul: Harblus-votedrelin-desfargeg!

Enemt Unit 2 decides to stay in its current position, and then does a special (LV1) on Enemy Unit 1: Mga Kulay ng Kapuso. Enemy Unit 1 suffers 7,776 damage. The attack hits the ground; therefore 778 damage is dealt to the area.

Player Turn 3

Nene: Kayong lahat, dapat maging dahan-dahan sa pag-atake!

Friendly Unit 1 decides to stay in its current position, and then defends.
Friendly Unit 2 decides to stay in its current position, and then defends.
Friendly Unit 3 decides to stay in its current position, and then defends.
Friendly Unit 4 decides to stay in its current position, and then defends.

Enemy Turn 3

Enemy Unit 1 decides to stay in its current position, and then does a special on itself: Brutal Healing. Enemy Unit 1 recovers 10,000 HP.
Enemy Unit 2 decides to stay in its current position, and then does a special on itself: Brutal Healing. Enemy Unit 2 recovers 10,000 HP.

Player Turn 4

Friendly Unit 1 decides to stay in its current position, and then defends.
Friendly Unit 2 decides to stay in its current position, and then defends.
Friendly Unit 3 decides to stay in its current position, and then defends.
Friendly Unit 4 decides to stay in its current position, and then defends.

Enemy Turn 4

Enemy Unit 1 decides to stay in its current position, and then defends.
Enemy Unit 2 decides to stay in its current position, and then defends.

Player Turn 5

Before the Friendly Units can make a move, the aura that envelops the Enemy Units suddenly fluctuates. That also causes their respective pilots to wander aimlessly.

Kira & Athrun: Shinn!
Mizuki & Milfeulle: Jin!

From the ELJCC…

Mr. Lopez: Bakit nagkaganito? Mukhang nag-iiba na ang Tempest Sarimanok!
Ms. Charo: Hindi mo ba napansin? May masamang aura na bumabalot sa kanya.
Mr. Lopez: Ano ba namang gimik ng kabila?!

From the GMA HQ…

Ms. Galvante: Sige lang! Tapusin silang mga numero dos! (notices the Rainbow Serpent acting erroneously) Ha? Bakit hindi umaatake ang Rainbow Serpent?! At sino naman ang mga sawsawero’t sawsawera? Di bale. Tapusin! Tapusin! Tapusin!

From Balay Kapatiran’s control center…

Willie: Bigatin pala ang mahikang bumabalot sa kanila. Kahit “Boom Tarat-Tarat”, walang epekto roon.
Zenki: Higit pa ang bangis nito kaysa kay Karuma.
Kim: Mga kasama! Tingnan ninyo!

In a sudden turn of events, the Enemy Units finally discharge the aura from their systems. And the affected pilots return to normalcy.

Kira & Athrun: Shinn! Shinn! Naalala mo ba kami?
Mr. Lopez: Asuka! OK ka lang ba?
Shinn & Jin: Ahhh… ughh…
Gozon’s Soul: Ha? Nasaan ba ako? Di ba dapat nakahimlay ako?
Abrera’s Soul: Ewan ko lang, pero ginagamit ang mga kaluluwa natin sa isang masamang paraan!

At the unknown place…

????: Arrgh! Bakit nagkaganito? Nawala nang bigla ang masamang mahika koh! Heh. Meron pa akong plan B. Ito!

The unknown dude presses yet another button, and…

????: Generic Monster Revival Spell, activate!

While the Friendly Units worry about the status of the Enemy Units’ pilots, a black globe appears between the Enemy Units; and from it, a brand-new monster surfaces.

????: Tapusin silang lahat na mga walang-kwentang estasyon, The Brutalizer! At maghasik pa ng mas malaking lagim!

From Balay Kapatiran’s control center…

Matthew Luke: Ewan ko kung paano ako aasta sa mga panghuling pangyayaring ito.
Hyacinth: Di bale, Matt. Bumalik naman sa normal sina Shinn at Jin. Tingnan n’yo, o.

Back at the battlefield…

Shinn: Kira? Athrun? Bakit nandito kayo?
Kira: Dahil nag-alala kami sa inyong dalawa ni Jin sa maaring sapitin ninyo at ng iba pang nandito.
Jin: Tama na ang pag-alala! Ang halimaw na iyon… ang tunay nating kalaban!
Athrun: At mabuti naman at dumating ang mga kasama natin!
Gozon’s Soul: Hindi na kami papayag na gamitin pa kami sa isa na namang masamang balakin. Kaya nagpasya kami ni Ma’am Abrera na isakripisyo ang mga sarili namin bilang pantubos sa mga nagawa namin dati.
Asa: Mr. Gozon?
Gozon’s Soul: Nang maging mga kaluluwa kami, nalaman namin na minanipula pala kami ni Ma’am Abrera ng isang masamang pwersa. Ngayon, oras na upang lumaya kami sa mga susunod pang panggagamit!
Abrera’s Soul: Handa na kami! At sa inyong mga tagapagtanggol… maraming salamat.

Enemy Unit 2 decides to stay in its current position, and then does a special on The Brutalizer: Self-Destruction Mode. The Brutalizer suffers 10,000 damage. The attack does not hit the ground; therefore no damage is dealt to the area. Enemy Unit 2 is then destroyed.

Kira: …
Athrun: …
Shinn: …
Jin: Napapaano kayo? Huwag maging malungkot! Hindi pa tapos ang labanang ito!
Kira, Athrun, Shinn: Ah, yun pala! Hindi dapat tayo sumuko!
Mizuki, Nene, Milfeulle: Sige! Pagsama-samahin natin ang ating mga kapangyarihan!

At the unknown place…

????: Kahit magsama-sama kayong mga putragis, wala pa rin kayong kawala!

The conditions and the friendly and enemy unit designations are now changed.

Victory Condition: Defeat the Brutalizer.

Loss Conditions: All friendly units are defeated. / Collateral damage to the area reaches 75%.

Friendly Units

1. Freedom Gundam (HP: same as before)
B: Kira (pilot)

2. Aegis Gundam (HP: same as before)
B: Athrun (pilot)

3. Synaethesia Megazord (HP: same as before)
B: Mizuki, Asa, Ayu, Misuzu, Arcueid, Saber (all pilots)

4. GA Emblem Frames (HP: same as before)
B: Milfeulle, Mint, Ranpha, Forte, Vanilla, Nene (all pilots)

5. Tempest Sarimanok (HP: 22,222)
B: Shinn, Jin (all pilots)

Enemy Unit

The Brutalizer (HP: 40,000)
B: (auto-pilot)

Player Turn 5

All Friendly Units decide to stay in their current positions, and then…

Kira, Athrun, Mizuki, Asa, Ayu, Misuzu, Arcueid, Saber, Milfeulle, Mint, Ranpha, Forte, Vanilla, Nene, Shinn, Jin: Time for convergence! Ready! DANMAKU RAIN!

…do a cooperative special on the Brutalizer: Danmaku Rain. The massive curtain of fire damages the Brutalizer for 99,999 damage. The attack does not hit the ground; therefore no damage is dealt to the area. The Brutalizer is then destroyed.

Matthew Luke & Hyacinth: (singing) Boom tarat-tarat…
Willie & Lito: (singing) …boom tarat-tarat…
Mr. Lopez & Ms. Charo: (singing) …tararat-tararat…
Serika & Setsumi: (whispering singing) …boom-boom-boom.

STRATEGY BATTLE ENDS IN A MAJOR VICTORY!

Seconds after the strategy battle, at the GMA HQ, Ms. Galvante suddenly feels pain in her head. Even the Invader Zim that she summoned suddenly disappeared.

Ms. Galvante: Aaaagggghhhh! Aiiigghhhh! (breathing heavily) Ughhh… nasaan ba ako? Ha? Nasa GMA pa rin ako? Pero anong ginawa ko?

She then spots the remains of the battlefield from where she stands, and…

Ms. Galvante: Ah… hindi. Kung hindi sana naging sobrang agresibo tayong mga Kapuso, hindi sana humantong sa isang malaking gulo. Kahit na hindi na maibabago pa ang nakaraan, ipantutubos ko at ng mga nasa ilalim ko ang tunay at dalisay na serbisyong totoo. Walang labis, walang kulang.

Meanwhile, at the unknown place…

????: Punyemas! Nabigo na ang mga plano kong kay tagal nang pinaghandaan! Ito talagang mga sawsawero, mga sagabal talaga sila sa mga plano ko tungo sa isang digmaang-bayan! Di bale na. Nagtatago pa rin ako, at nandito pa rin sa panig ko ang mga bata ko. HINDI NILA AKO HUHULIIN NANG BASTA-BASTA!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Last week of August 2006. Sunny skies. At Balay Kapatiran.

Mr. Lopez: Maraming salamat uli sa inyo, Nueva Liga Filipina. Kung hindi dahil sa inyo ay mas maraming mga Pilipino ang madadamay sa kumpetisyon namin ng GMA.
Ms. Galvante: At sa ngalan ng namayapang si G. Gozon, maraming salamat din sa inyo at nalaman naming mga Kapuso ang kahalagahan ng patas na kumpetisyon, na walang bahid ng pamumulitika, ng kontrobersya, at anumang nakapagsisira sa mga magagandang samahan.
Matthew Luke & Hyacinth: Walang anuman po.
Mr. Lopez: Kaya napag isip-isipan ko ito nang matagal.
Matthew Luke: Na ano po?
Mr. Lopez: Pwede po ba akong sumali sa inyo?
Hyacinth: Siyempre! Hindi naman po ito kontrata, eh!

And the rest of the Stars of Destiny elicit a giggle.

Ms. Galvante: At kung sasali sa ako sa samahan ninyo, back out muna ako.
Ogie & Boy: Bakit naman?
Ms. Galvante: Alam na ng karamihan ang mga ginawa naming krimen laban sa kanila. Alam ninyo naman, may mga taong utak-pulbura. Kaya mas mabuti kung magla-lie low muna ako.
Mr. Lopez: Don’t sweat it, Madam. Akong bahala sa iyo, parang si Pedro Penduko!

After a few minutes, Ms. Galvante bids the SOD’s a warm goodbye.

Kira, Athrun, Shinn, Jin: Ngayon, itutuloy natin ang sinimulan! Kung may panganib na magbabadya, tayong mga Bituin ng Tadhana ang lulutas dyan!
Rest of the Stars of Destiny: SIGE! HUWAG NA NATING PIGILAN!

The network war may be over, but the entire story is far from over.

Stars Introduced So Far

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Meanwhile, back at Balay Kapatiran…

Matthew Luke, Hyacinth, Ayu, Misuzu, Reverie, and Setsumi have finally arrived on time.

Boy: Salamat sa pagbalik ninyo. Sa ilang minuto ay darating na si Gen. Esperon, kasama ang mga makakasama natin.
Matthew Luke: Good, good. Ngayon, habang hinihintay natin sila, ipapakilala ko ang mga bago nating recruits: sina Reverie Planetarian at Setsumi.

Reverie and Setsumi then introduce themselves to the force in their own unique ways.

Hyacinth: Oh! Ayan na yata sila! Ang nakapagtataka, bakit ang gamit nila, AFV?
Boy: Syempre, mga VIP’s sila. Now everyone, stand at attention. Papababa na si Gen. Esperon.

Gen. Esperon alights from the AFV. Behind him are several men carrying a huge box. The members of the Nueva Liga Filipina stand at attention to pay respects to him.

Gen. Esperon: Mga ipinagpipitagang mga miyembro ng Nueva Liga Filipina, mabuhay.
Matthew Luke & Hyacinth: (salutes) Sir, yes, sir!
Gen. Esperon: Hey. Don’t go too formal on me, huh. Even though you are all part of a mercenary army, you’re still civilians to me. (clears throat) Ngayon, hindi na ako magpapatumpik-tumpik pa.

With all the courtesy and hospitality they can offer, the Nueva Liga Filipina accomodates the AFP Chief of Staff as an esteemed guest.

Gen. Esperon: You, the Nueva Liga Filipina, are really excited to know who are the persons inside this big box.
Nash: Buti na lang po, General, mas malaki pa ito sa X-Box.
Gen. Esperon: Nakakapag-joke pa rin kayo, ha? O sige. Para mas espesyal ang pagbubukas ng kahong ito, inimbita pa namin ang Apo Hiking Society at ang Kamikazee.
Erich: Bakit naman?
Gen. Esperon: Siyempre, uh, for a more dramatic effect. Heto, nandito na sila.
Apo Hiking Society & Kamikazee: Hello sa inyong lahat.
Gen. Esperon: OK, guys, humanda na.

The two bands ready their positions near the box and give a signal that is almost unintelligible to the two childhood friends.

Hyacinth: (Hmm… bakit kaya nila kinakatok ang kahon?)
Matthew Luke: (Siguro, ayaw nilang malaman na mga miyembro ng Jemaah Islamiyah ang nasa loob.)
Hyacinth: (As if!)

Gen. Esperon gives a signal, and then…

Apo Hiking Society: (singing) Heto na…
Kamikazee: (singing) Heto na…
Apo Hiking Society & Kamikazee: (singing) Heto na…

“WWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!”

During that long shout, the box breaks open in an abrupt fashion, giving way to the additions to the force.

Keanna, Multi, Serio, and Serika on one side.

And Nene and the Angel Brigade on the other.

Sir Mike: Ha! Talk about a GRAND entrance. Sinong may pakana niyan, anyway?
Gen. Esperon: Actually, I cannot say that. It’s classified. (clears throat) Kayong lahat, ipinakikilala namin sa inyo ang mga bago ninyong kakampi!

The general then introduces Keanna’s and Nene’s groups.

Kim & Gerald: Kumander Nene? Keanna?
Keanna: Ooohhh… kayo ba iyan, Kim at Gerald?
Kim & Gerald: Kami pa!
Nene: Hindi ko inaasahan na makakasama ko ang mga not-quite housemates ko. Ang liit talaga ng mundo.
Yumi: Onee-sama (Ate), tingnan ninyo! Mga miyembro ng Angel Brigade ang makakasama natin! Ako kasi ay isa sa mga tagahanga nila!
Sachiko: Ows? Talaga?
Milfeulle: (approaching Yumi) Wow! Isa na namang tagahanga! Mabuti naman! Ipagbe-bake kita ng cake!
Yumi: Sige!
Sachiko: Hinding-hindi ako tatanggi.
Forte: Hoy, Milfeulle. Tama na ang cake-cake na yan. Malulugi lang si Goldilocks at ang pulang laso.
Multi: Ang dami palang mga kaalyado natin, no?
Serio: Kaya dapat pag-igihan mo ang pangangalap ng datos, OK?
Reverie: (approaching Multi and Serio) Ikinagagalak ko kayong makita, mga kasama kong robot. Ako po ay si Reverie Planetarian. (proceeds to boast her features that flatter Multi and Serio very much)
Serika: …
Vanilla: …
Setsumi: …
Serika: …
Vanilla: …
Setsumi: …
Serika: (whisper) Magandang araw.
Setsumi: Maligayang pagdating.
Vanilla: Salamat sa Diyos.

And now, the introduction and assimilation of the new allies turns into an impromptu party. As the party drags on, Gen. Esperon, the Apo Hiking Society, and Kamikazee have to leave Balay Kapatiran for their individual important appointments. They informed the force beforehand (why wouldn’t they?).

However… half an hour later…

“Asa, asa da yo, asagohan tabete, gakkou iku yo!” [Umaga, umaga na! Mag-almusal na’t papasok na tayo!]

Nayuki’s catchline is, surprisingly, Matt’s cellphone ringtone; much to the jealousy of Hyacinth.

Hyacinth: Matt? Meron ka bang ibang babae sa buhay mo?
Matthew Luke: Ringtone lang ‘to, eh!
Hyacinth: Oo, ringtone nga, pero… niligawan mo siya kapalit ng pagrekord ng boses niya sa cellphone mo, no?
Matthew Luke: HA?
Asa: (approaching the two) Hoy, Matt, Hyacinth. Tama na ang LQ. Tutal, hindi ko naman boses yun, eh.
Ayu: (approaching the two) Uguu! Tama si Asa! Tigilan ninyo yan! Boses iyan ng kaibigan kong si Nayuki! Binigyan ko lang si Matt ng ringtone na iyon noong isang araw.
Matthew Luke & Hyacinth: Haaaayyyy. Tapos na rin ang LQ.
Asa: At tapos na rin ang pag-ring. Missed call na iyon.

But then, the partying stops. Because Ogie informs the entire force of a concern that is very pressing.

Ogie: (as Gosh Abelgosh) Mga kasama, itigil muna natin ang pagpa-party. May mas mahalaga pa tayong aasikasuhin sa ngayon. Pumunta na tayo sa control center ngayon din.

At the control center of Balay Kapatiran, the force sees the ongoing events on the giant monitor.

P. Kandule: P***! Naglalaban na ngayon ang mga robot ng EY BI ES SI BI EN at DYI EM EY!
Kira: At saka… nararamdaman ko rin… na ang isa sa mga dati nating nakatagpo, ay nandoon sa loob ng robot ng Dos, Athrun.
Athrun: Ewan ko, pero baka magkakatotoo ang kutob mo, Kira…
Hero: At ang mas masaklap… naglalaban sila malapit sa EDSA! Baka may mga madadamay na inosente!
Sandara: Kawawa naman… ayokong dumanak ng dugo sa walang sapat na kadahilanan…

Matt’s cellphone rings again with Nayuki’s sweetness (and without Hyacinth’s jealousy this time). He answers it immediately.

Matthew Luke: Sir Gabby?
Mr. Lopez: Matt! Dahil nararamdaman kahit dito sa ABS ang lakas ng robot namin at ng robot ng kabila, ikinatatakot namin ni Ma’am Charo ang civilian casualties. Idispatsa ang mga kaalyado ninyo sa pinaglalabanan para masigurong walang madadamay. This is urgent!
Matthew Luke: Understood. (hangs up and faces the rest of the force) Mga kasama, dapat nating siguruhin na walang madadamay na sibilyan sa labanan nila. Kaya tayo ang aakto bilang mga peacekeeping lumberjacks!
Hyacinth: Tama si Matt! Ngayon, idispatsa natin ang mga lumberjack units.

(This is the portion where you are free to select your units. Because infantry-type units are no match for big, hulking mecha units; mecha units and similar vehicular units must be selected, as well as their pilots. This is in preparation for the next strategy battle, while will happen in the next episode.)

The selected units are the following:
1. Freedom Gundam
2. Aegis Gundam
3. Ren’ai Rangers
4. GA Emblem Frames

When the undispatched members wonder why the Ren’ai Rangers are selected (they already know that the Angel Brigade has Emblem Frames; even Nene has her own, thanks to the combined expertise of Mint and the resourcefulness of the AFP)…

Mizuki: Matt, Hyacinth… tungkol sa sinabi ninyo noong Big Brother House siege…
Matthew Luke & Hyacinth: Na kayo’y mga panibagong bersyon ng Power Rangers…
Mizuki: Well, nandyan na ang mga morphers namin, na suot-suot pa namin simula nang kami’y naparito sa Pilipinas…
Arcueid: …at meron din kaming special finishing move sa bisa ng pagsasama-sama ng aming mga lakas.
Saber: Sa katunayan, hindi makukumpleto ang pagiging mga Ren’ai Rangers namin nang wala ang mga ito.
Korina: Sige. Ipakita ninyo ang natitirang katibayan ng pagiging Ranger ninyo.

The Ren’ai Rangers prepare, and…

Mizuki, Asa, Ayu, Misuzu, Arcueid, Saber: Ren’ai Rangers, power up! Ha!

The Ren’ai Rangers are transformed, as usual.

Mizuki, Asa, Ayu, Misuzu, Arcueid, Saber: Summon the Carezords!

From a rainbow out of nowhere, the Carezords, the Zords of feeling, display in all of their glory.

Nikki: Wow! Para silang mga higanteng bersyon ng Carebears!
Joseph: I don’t care. Even the Carebears don’t care.

The Ren’ai Rangers then enter their respective Carezords.

Mizuki: Ngayon, panahon na para magkaisa!
Mizuki, Asa, Ayu, Misuzu, Arcueid, Saber: Synaesthesia Megazord Formation!

And another complicated formation sequence (that I can’t tell in detail, yet again) ensues. At the end of the sequence…

Mizuki, Asa, Ayu, Misuzu, Arcueid, Saber: Synaesthesia Megazord, ready for action!
Normad: Olrayt, nasayang na ang dalawang minuto para lang sa isang walang-kuwentang sequence mula sa mga paulit-ulit na sentai series.
Ranpha: Tumahimik ka, Normad! Kung hindi…!
Matthew Luke: Hoy kayo, walang rason para makipagtalo. Atupagin muna ang dapat trabahuin.

The explanation ends here.

Matthew Luke & Hyacinth: Lumberjack Peacekeepers, move out!
Kira, Athrun, Mizuki, Asa, Ayu, Misuzu, Arcueid, Saber, Milfeulle, Mint, Ranpha, Forte, Vanilla, Nene: Heading out!

While the Lumberjack Peacekeepers are heading out, let’s look at the events in the unknown place.

????: (viewing the events via a monitor) Ayan, tamang-tama. Oras na upang “simulan ang init”. Hahahaha…

The unknown person presses a button, and…

????: Scroll of Brutality, descend!

A scroll descends from the sky and into the battle site. While the two opposing mechs are in the middle of their brawl, the scroll brings out malevolent energy that is easily absorbed by them. Seconds later, the mechs exude a purple-crimson aura.

Only at that time did the Lumberjack Peacekeepers arrive at the battle site. Their first and most important collective action? Defend the innocent civilians from any attack that the two mechs may accidentally inflict.

And Kira and Athrun’s hunches are correct.

Kira & Athrun: Shinn Asuka!

The two then try to radio in Shinn, but…

Shinn: Drr… trr… drr… trr…
Kira: Ha? Anong nangyayari sa kanya?
Athrun: Hindi ko nga alam, eh!
Kira: Pati ang dati nating kasama, si Jin ng Raijin-Oh, ay nagsasabi ng kung anu-ano!
Jin: Lashuvash… lahurah… lashuvash… lahurah…
Mint: Kira, Athrun, mga kasama, mukhang may masamang enerhiyang bumabalot sa mga robot na iyon! Ang enerhiyang iyon, base sa analysis ko, ay sadyang nagpapabrutal sa ugali ng kahit isang pinakamaamong nilalang!
Mizuki: Kung gayon, pakalmahin natin–

But the interaction is interrupted by a huge blast that destroys a small part of EDSA.

Milfeulle: Naku! Baka may nadamay na sibilyan!

And the souls of Gozon and Abrera, the heart of the Rainbow Serpent, also show no signs of letting up.

Gozon’s and Abrera’s souls: Urlangth-ikmal-wasfamayorch…

From the control center…

Ogie: (as Gosh Abelgosh) Salamat sa pag-analisa sa masamang mahika, Mint Blancmanche. Ngayon, wala na tayong magagawa kundi pigilan ang mga sinapi ng mahikang iyon.
Kira & Athrun: Kahit na madadamay sina Shinn at Jin?
Ogie: …………. (as Gosh Abelgosh) Tama.
Matthew Luke: Minsan kailangang magsakripisyo upang magantihan ng pabuya.
Hyacinth: Matatapos din ang panibughong ito.
Kira: (pause) Tama. Shinn, Jin, ililigtas din namin kayo! SUGOD!

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