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THERE are cases in Pinas that have gone the urban-legend way. When interest on the case is revived with a different twist, you begin to ask if what you’ve believed all this time were all fake news. It so happens that you talk with someone who knew about the case as it was years ago, and he says the twist had always been its direction until someone up there took it away and the twist vanished to Siberia.

And, so, here’s the twist that’s supposedly the truth and nothing but the truth. What version would you believe now? Hmmm. Esep-esep! Better watch a movie then, at least you’re assured it’s truly a figment of someone’s imagination. Like “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” There’s no such thing as a man riding a flying ant a la Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) riding a dragon in “Game of Thrones.” But this ant-riding man is Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym a.k.a. Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), a superhero and Avenger who can morph into any size—tiny to gigantic—with the help of his “Pym particles.”

I fell asleep while watching some scenes of the movie. Either it’s boring or I was sleepy—which do you think is the truth and nothing but the truth on this? There were times when I woke up to the audience’s laughter and of course I couldn’t rewind the scene to find out why it was funny. At least, I saw—spoiler alert!—the gigantic Hello Kitty Pez dispenser.

This must be superhero-movie-overload, when you’re watching too many of them, by the time Ant-Man and Wasp are onscreen, you begin to doze off—ho-hum, zzzzz.

Much like a hotel breakfast buffet that awakens the appetite, if only the tummy has room for more. But everything has its saturation point that makes you ponder on the inspiration behind “The Greatest Showman” song, “Never Enough”: “‘Cause darling without you/All the shine of a thousand spotlights/All the stars we steal from the nightsky/Will never be enough.”

Oh. So, that’s what “Never Enough” means. I thought it’s about food.

I can easily relate with anything about food. In an ideal world, everyone should have at least one healthy meal a day. But there are people who can’t understand hunger since they’ve always had food on the table, and never experienced begging for food or for money.

Still, truth is stranger than fiction, as the saying goes. Fiction can be an escape from the truth and the Pinoy teleserye can be that escape as it drags on and on like this romantic scene that had Nathan (Piolo Pascual) making pa-cute with Dani (Arci Muñoz) in “Since I Found You” (SIFY).

Papa P is now 41 years old. Men his age already have college-aged children who are making pa-cute with their significant other. So, Papa P’s teleserye role is definitely fiction.

I watch a teleserye only once in a super blue blood moon, and to see SIFY dragging on and on is enough to convince that nothing much has changed in the Pinoy teleserye. I heard, though, that “Ang Probinsyano” focuses on a Pinoy’s real life—politics, rebels, graft and corruption, drugs, a family’s challenges. In case you haven’t had enough of that. Now you know that truth can also be presented as fiction.

There was a time when Sharon Cuneta and Cherie Gil starred in “Bituing Walang Nigning.” Gil’s famous line in the film was, “You’re nothing but a second-rate trying hard copycat!” Can that same line be thrown at the movie that’s trying to tell a story based on truth?

But whose truth is it?

In “The Da Vinci Code,” Dan Brown wrote: “History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books—books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, ‘What is history, but a fable agreed upon?’”

There were other versions before Brown wrote that quote, and here’s one supposedly said by Sir Winston Churchill: “History is written by the victors.”

In other words, whatever is advantageous to the one telling the story. So, if someone gossips to you, find out who will benefit from it, and there you have the story behind the headlines.

Gossip, the teleserye, movies and the news need an objective mind that can tell truth from fiction. Otherwise, you should be awarded with the Most Gullible award, complete with crown, sash and trophy.

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