(Author’s Note: Ever since I’ve introduced the Super Network Wars saga to our non-Filipino readers via the Baka-Trio Webzine [a web-original magazine focusing on original English-language visual novels], I was swarmed with complaints from them, all focusing on one thing: they couldn’t comprehend what was going on. After all, I didn’t start the saga; -KiRa-YaMaTo- did. And so to put things into place, I’ve been demanded to create an extra episode focusing on how the various characters introduced in the past two episodes set foot into the Philippines, Pearl of the Orient Seas. Plus, because I’ve said before that SNW is a sequel to To Heart: After Remembering the Memories, I’ll also include a brief summary of it here. Hope this helps.)
I am Maria Makiling.
The half-nymph, half-sylph womanly transcendent being fondly remembered in traditional Philippine lore.
For hundreds of years, many people have searched for me and my abode, situated within the confines of Mount Makiling in the province of Laguna, in hopes of finding the love I could not even return. Even the most-recognized hero of this nation, Jose Rizal, was one of them. I did not dare show myself to all of them… because of a failed promise of love brought about by political circumstances.
But as the years pass, the condition of the entire Filipino nation was becoming worse. Colonization continued, a terrible war was raged, restoration efforts failed despite their intended purposes, and political bickerings multiplied and worsened.
The negative energy brought about by negative events in Philippine history was transplanted into the hearts of Filipinos without them knowing it. Thus, as time passes and the motions of modernization are moving the world at a steady pace, the people could not use themselves as a collective engine for progress. Instead, they cling to the glory of a past long gone, still apply antiquated mindsets to modern times, resort to solutions which heavily rely on emotion and raw passion rather than reason and intellect, and refuse to break free from the zone of smallness. Therefore, the conditions were ripe to give birth to a nefarious being from the abyss of Philippine negativity: the Trapo Rune.
As a transcendent being myself, I was horrified by his power from the time of his birth. But because of his manipulative nature, he successfully hid his true colors by disguising as a human, a politician who served in the Commission on Higher Education: Melficio Victorialuna.
As a human, he abhors all ideas which are not Filipino in nature. He showed this trait when he interfered with the arrival of thirteen Japanese youths on Philippine soil because he insisted they were all terrorists. Then, two Filipinos, both teen celebrities, tried to stop him, but were killed in the process. The Japanese were then exiled to Basilan, an island province far south, in the region of Mindanao, awaiting execution.
The act was heavily condemned by many Filipinos, even though the country was ripped apart by an electoral scandal involving the President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Victorialuna, sensing the unity the Filipinos have shown in the condemnation of his act, decided upon himself that he shall rain political pestilence on the entire nation by casting an evil spell — the spell of ultimate hatred — to silence his many, many enemies — and to establish a national junta wherein he is the only supreme ruler.
Fortunately, there were two brave souls — a Filipino male and a Korean female who were brought together by the same TV reality show that catapulted them to stardom — who want to restore the decrepit state of the Philippines by rescuing the Japanese hostages and banding with them to unify the Filipinos against Victorialuna.
The quest of the two was a painful, albeit fulfilling process; but in the end — even in the bitter end, wherein the despot almost has his plans to rule the nation with an iron fist completed — the seventeen valiants — the thirteen Japanese, the Filipino-Korean couple, even the two killed celebrities who came back as spirits to guide their peers — ruined the despot’s grand scheme and eliminated him with the help of the Filipinos’ prayers. The struggle they waged was called The EDSA War.
The seventeen led a new age — an age wherein national progress is prominent and signs of political bickering and other negative Filipino traits tainted the Filipinos no more — an age called the Philippine Calm.
The Trapo Rune obviously never manifested its power during the Calm because of its only defeat as Melficio Victorialuna.
As I watched those developments from my abode, I was pleased with the prowess the collective Filipino populace had shown in the face of a metaphysical evil.
And so was the seer from another world, another universe — Leknaat the Blind Seer.
Knowing that the world she came from is enjoying an era of general peace because of non-interference of the True Runes that goverened the very nature of it, she came to Planet Earth, Continent of Asia, Republic of the Philippines — on a covert mission.
She had set up her base in another Philippine sacred mountain — Mount Apo, in the region of Mindanao, and handpicked me as her right-hand woman.
Her mission is to see that the rune outside her world — the Trapo Rune — would never manifest its power for all eternity, because she predicted that it would someday re-awaken.
The both of us will oversee the people’s destiny in the age of the Philippine Calm that may end abruptly.
Because we both believe in the power of many, we have handpicked one hundred and eight stars of destiny — all from differing countries, differing worlds, differing universes, differing dimensions — that will be led by two ordinary childhood friends.
At the moment we started, they are separated; but various circumstances, both physical and metaphysical, will unite them and the nation once more to finally put an end to the true menace.
May what we will do will serve as an example to the citizens of the Planet Earth that “unity in diversity to face destiny” will always endure forevermore.
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