From zombies to preems, and ‘Captain America’ in Filipino

Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

Back in 2011, an events company in the US set up “Run for Your Lives,” an obstacle course and run that threw zombies in the mix with the runners. While that company is no longer around, “The Walking Dead Escape” (tied in the with TV series) has been successfully filling the void for fans of this type of event.

Over here, Outbreak Manila started out with a “Run for Your Lives” in 2012 and they’ve outdone themselves with their “Outbreak Missions” event in Intramuros on April 5.

The old historical buildings, the cool summer night, the stone structures and cobble stone walks, the dark nooks and crannies, the absence of electrical lighting, and the view of the Manila City Hall all added to the ambience once you got out of the main entrance.

I was in the wrong attire for my last minute participation (high heeled boots, a glittery top and reindeer ears), and I did not have my eyeglasses or a flashlight but still had good fun. I saw lots of runners screaming, freaking out, and falling—as if they indeed had to escape being chewed on.

Kudos to the organizers, to the cast and to those zombies who did not break character.

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The end of March and the beginning of April has marks the end of The Walking Dead Season and the start of Game of Thrones.

Season 4 just kicked off in the United States and tonight, HBO Asia will air the first episode.

The current issue of Vanity Fair, which has cast members on the cover raises the pressing dilemma of fans: The TV series is catching up to the books. The release dates of the five books so far have been: 1996, 1999, 2000, 2005 and 2011.

At the rate author George R. R. Martin is writing—we’re looking at 2016 for book six, “The Winds of Winter,” and who knows when for the seventh and final book, “A Dream of Spring.”

When Vanity Fair mentioned this, author Martin’s reply was: “Yes. It’s alarming.”

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Finally, I saw a quick ad on TV5 for Captain America dubbed in Filipino. I went online to try and find the schedule, but instead I just read tweets of people upset with it. I have no idea what they find so objectionable; it’s a great way for a lot of people to learn and appreciate the Filipino language, and for a lot of non-English speakers here to enjoy the Captain America story.

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For those staying in Manila this Holy Week cleaning their apartments and catching on their series, you’re doing what I’m doing. Cheers.


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