Final battle, commence!

Allies: Hiroyuki, Akari, Hero, Sandara (all in their transformations throughout this battle
Enemy: Melficio Victorialuna (HP: 50,991)

Melficio Victorialuna's moves:
1. Alab ng Paghihimagsik -- Fire attack vs. all opponents
2. Puso at Gabi ay Magsinlamig -- Ice attack vs. all opponents
3. Banal na Ipo-Ipo -- Wind attack vs. all opponents
4. Tinig ng Kalupaan -- Earth attack vs. all opponents
5. Walang-Katapusang Agos -- Water attack vs. all opponents
6. Galit ng Kalangitan -- Thunder attack vs. all opponents
7. Lumiliwanag na Daanan -- Holy attack vs. all opponents
8. Mga Demonyong Walang Impiyerno -- Shadow attack vs. all opponents
9. Rosas ng Digma -- Physical attack vs. one opponent
10. Sibat ng Pagwaksi sa Tatsulok -- Physical attack vs. one opponent; damage inflicted is equivalent to HP healed by self
11. Pangkalawakang Digma Tungo sa Bagong Lipunan -- Ultimate non-elemental attack vs. all opponents

Melficio Victorialuna: The administration. The opposition. The third force. Everyone in the Philippines. I'll rip every last shred of them!
Melficio Victorialuna gets a turn. He chooses to cast two elemental spells, Alab ng Paghihimagsik and Puso at Gabi ay Magsinlamig, on all allies. All allies suffer an average of 528 damage.
Akari gets a turn. She chooses to use her Special Ability, Shining Chemical Impact, on Melficio Victorialuna. She deals 1049 damage to him. 1049 HP is restored to all allies.
Melficio Victorialuna gets a turn. He chooses to cast Sibat ng Pagwaksi sa Tatsulok on Hiroyuki. Hiroyuki takes 1220 damage. 1220 HP is restored to Melficio Victorialuna.
Hero gets a turn. He chooses to use his Special Ability, Data Drain, on Melficio Victorialuna. Melficio Victorialuna's status points are down by 50. Hero's status points are up by 50.
Hiroyuki gets a turn. He chooses to use his Special Ability, Purifying Flames, on Melficio Victorialuna. He deals 2036 damage to him.
Melficio Victorialuna gets a turn. He chooses to cast Rosas ng Digma on Sandara. Sandara takes 1054 damage.
Sandara gets a turn. She chooses to cast Walang Sabit on Melficio Victorialuna. But Melficio Victorialuna's time progression is not stopped!
Melficio Victorialuna gets a turn. He chooses to cast two elemental spells, Banal na Ipo-Ipo and Tinig ng Kalupaan, on all allies. All allies suffer an average of 509 damage. Sandara is in critical condition.
Akari gets a turn. She chooses to use Johnny Midnight's Toning Water on all allies. All allies' HP's and MP's are restored to full.
Hero gets a turn. He chooses to cast Sweep Slash on Melficio Victorialuna. He deals 1516 damage to him.
Melficio Victorialuna gets a turn. He chooses to cast two elemental spells, Walang-Katapusang Agos and Galit ng Kalangitan, on all allies. All allies suffer an average of 1381 damage.
Hiroyuki gets a turn. He chooses to use Pito-Pito Herbal Tea on all allies. All allies' HP's are restored to full.
Sandara gets a turn. She chooses to use her Special Ability, Taepodong, on Melficio Victorialuna. She deals 3200 damage to him.
Melficio Victorialuna gets a turn. He chooses to cast two elemental spells, Lumiliwanag na Daanan and Mga Demonyong Walang Impiyerno, on all allies. All allies suffer an average of 1671 damage.
Hiroyuki gets a turn. He chooses to use Pito-Pito Herbal Tea on all allies. All allies' HP's are restored to full.
Hero gets a turn. He chooses to cast Disabling Slash on Melficio Victorialuna. He deals 5529 damage to him. But Melficio Victorialuna is not paralyzed!
Akari gets a turn. She chooses to attack Melficio Victorialuna. She deals 1891 damage to him. A critical hit!
Melficio Victorialuna gets a turn. He chooses to cast Rosas ng Digma on Hero. Hero takes 1804 damage. A critical hit!
Sandara gets a turn. She chooses to use Miracle Virgin Coconut Oil on Hero. Hero's HP is restored to full.
Hiroyuki gets a turn. He chooses to attack Melficio Victorialuna. He deals 1121 damage to him.
A brief silence temporarily fills the air as the spectators below are cheering on. Even the leading figures of the administration and the opposition (including Pres. Arroyo and Susan Roces, no less!), who of course recovered, join in the fun.
Melficio Victorialuna: You think I will let the fake president who is a certified liar, cheater, and stealer live? You think I will let the divided opposition join temporarily and then go back to fighting each other when that fake president is kicked out, and meanwhile I just slouch and do nothing? You think I will let that so-called third force introduce their half-hearted reforms while I have better plans for the Philippines than them?
Hero: To answer your first question... You not only insulted the fair president's name, but also that of the late great Eddie Guerrero!
Sandara: To answer your second question... The differing factions of the opposition may have their own ideologies in mind, but that shouldn't make them prisoners of their own beliefs!
Hiroyuki and Akari: And to answer your last question... A half-hearted yet realistic reform is better than a utopian solution. A country can't progress overnight, you know.
Melficio Victorialuna: What is a terrorist? A miserable little pile of not just secrets, but an overwhelming desire to blow up everything! But enough of this worthless banter. Have at you!
Melficio Victorialuna gets a turn. He chooses to cast Rosas ng Digma on Hiroyuki. Hiroyuki takes 4004 damage. A critical hit! Hiroyuki is in critical condition.
Akari gets a turn. She chooses to use her Special Ability, Shining Chemical Impact, on Melficio Victorialuna. She deals 4731 damage to him. 4731 HP is restored to all allies. Hiroyuki is no longer in critical condition.
Sandara gets a turn. She chooses to use her Special Ability, Taepodong, on Melficio Victorialuna. She deals 3019 damage to him.
Melficio Victorialuna gets a turn. He chooses to cast Rosas ng Digma on Hero. Hero takes 1433 damage.
Melficio Victorialuna gets a turn. He chooses to cast Rosas ng Digma on Akari. Akari takes 1538 damage.
Suddenly, in mid-air, a mysterious globe appears and grows bigger in size, and from it a human appears. He is actually the Dark Lord Shawne Kleckner of the Right Stuf International. In his spell entitled "Black Thursday", he lifts his right hand into the air, and another globe appears and grows bigger in size. He then hurls it at Melficio Victorialuna. The globe deals 18950 damage to Melficio Victorialuna. Afterwards, Mr. Kleckner disappears. (Note: The special summon you just saw is a result of Akari equipping Mr. Bean's Teddy, an accessory exclusive to her that not only dramatically boosts her status points, but also summons random personalities at random times.)
Akari gets a turn. She chooses to use an Elixir from Quiapo on herself. Her HP and MP are restored to full.
Sandara gets a turn. She chooses to use an Elixir from Quiapo on Hero. Hero's HP and MP are restored to full.
Melficio Victorialuna gets a turn. He chooses to cast Rosas ng Digma on Akari. Akari takes 1370 damage.
Melficio Victorialuna gets a turn. He chooses to cast two elemental spells, Banal na Ipo-Ipo and Walang-Katapusang Agos, on all allies. All allies suffer an average of 1130 damage. Akari and Sandara are KO'd.
Hiroyuki gets a turn. He chooses to use a Mega Defribulator on Akari. Akari is no longer KO'd and has her HP restored to full.
Hero gets a turn. He chooses to use a Mega Defribulator on Sandara. Sandara is no longer KO'd and has her HP restored to full.
Melficio Victorialuna gets a turn. He chooses to cast Rosas ng Digma on Sandara. Sandara takes 849 damage.
Melficio Victorialuna: Now experience the full power and fury of the masses' struggle that I embody! Chickens from outer space, give me strength!
Melficio Victorialuna gets a turn. He chooses to cast his ultimate spell, Pangkalawakang Digma Tungo sa Bagong Lipunan, on all allies. All allies suffer an average of 1675 damage. Akari and Sandara are in critical condition.
Hero gets a turn. He chooses to cast Disabling Slash on Melficio Victorialuna. He deals 6051 damage to him. But Melficio Victorialuna is not paralyzed!
Melficio Victorialuna: What? My energy is rapidly fading! Curse you all! $$$$( YOU BETRAYERS OF THE NATION!
Melficio Victorialuna then suddenly finds himself locked in an energy ball. He, of course, cannot move nor act nor speak. Whodunnit, you ask?
John: Hey, guys! We thought of the best way to finish off that evil chicken. You must generate a giant robot and then use its power to deal the most spectacular coup de grace ever seen in Filipino history! But first, that robot must be formed by the four of you.
Heart: Furthermore, there must be a base body for that robot. And it must be finally formed by the prayers of our compatriots. Now, we are currently reminding the people to pray. Just give us time, OK?
Hiroyuki gets a turn. He chooses to use Pito-Pito Herbal Tea on all allies. All allies' HP's are restored to full.
Akari gets a turn. She chooses to cast Lutong Bahay. The combination of Organic Vegetables and Sukiyaki/Nilaga Ingredients generates an Enhancing Sukiyaki Hot Pot, which grants all good status effects to all allies.
Meanwhile, down the surface...
The Filipino people, regardless of age, origin, religious beliefs, and political beliefs, cry their hearts out in prayer. And from them shiny white beams emanate and immediately fly towards Multi, the perceived base of the super robot.
John: Now, guys! It's your time to do the formation!
Hiroyuki, Akari, Hero, Sandara: OK!
The four raise their right hands.
Hiroyuki, Akari, Hero, Sandara: Robot of Solidarity, converge!
Multi first transforms into a giant robot, and John and Heart fuse with it to enhance not just the robot's appearance, but also its power. Afterwards, the four get inside the robot's main console.
Hiroyuki: Nice!
Akari: I've never seen this before!
Hero: It's technology brought about by the prayers!
Sandara: The spirits are with us now.
Multi: My purity has paid off! I'm a Transformer, at last!
Heart: First, let your friends stall Mr. Victorialuna with their powers, and then you deal the finishing blow. All clear?
Hiroyuki, Akari, Hero, Sandara: All set!
Hiroyuki and Akari: Friends, channel your powers from the heart to incapacitate the heartless.
Shiho, Masashi, Serika, Ayaka, Aoi, Kotone, Lemmy, Rio, Tomoko, Serio: Hanniyaba tohartha solidaritas liberabitto vossu! United we stand, divided we fall! Pagkakaisa ang kailangan! (Unity is needed!) Beam of the Heart, materialize!
A pink heart-shaped beam tears through Mr. Victorialuna's body!
Melficio Victorialuna: AAAAAHHHHHH!
Voice from above: FINISH HIM!
The Robot of Solidarity draws out its sword. The sword transforms into the Sword of Equality.
Hiroyuki, Akari, Hero, Sandara: The left blade is love. The center blade is peace. The right blade is justice.
The Robot of Solidarity charges towards Melficio Victorialuna.
Hiroyuki, Akari, Hero, Sandara: Sword of Equality! Unification Slash!
The Robot of Solidarity makes a gradual V-shaped slash, similar to the finishing blow that Voltes V makes to its enemies. Because of the slash, Melficio Victorialuna is about to explode.
Melficio Victorialuna: AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH! As long as disunity exists... I will be back! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! Mabuhay ang PilipinaAAAASSSSS!
And Melficio Victorialuna explodes in a blaze of glory.
Final battle ended.

February 28, 2006. Blue skies.

People from all walks of life. The multitude of the Filipino nation. Even the ones who were perished before by the curse who are revived by the grace of God. They all gather at EDSA, the site of the Philippines' greatest battle.

The main event: The awarding of the seventeen heroes (even John and Heart, who are miraculously revived) the Order of Sikatuna with the Rank of Datu. It's not only the administration who will give the award; even the opposition has pitched in as a gesture of goodwill and also as a sign of a new breed of politics.

Pres. Arroyo: By the power vested in me and the rest of the people of the Republic of the Philippines...

Susan Roces: ...we representatives of the political sphere hereby grant these seventeen gallant teenageers the Order of Sikatuna with the Rank of Datu.

Pres. Arroyo: We will never forget what they have done, subduing the root cause of disunity.

Susan Roces: More importantly, they reminded us forbearers of current Philippine politics of many, many things.

Pres. Arroyo: Once my friends and I dreamed of flying. We would sail a ship, with me as its captain. In time, I became that captain. I found a new ship with new friends. My ship was the administration.

The crowds cheer.

Susan Roces: Others chose a different captain. Their boat was the opposition.

The crowds give the applause to the two. Afterwards, Cory Aquino cuts in.

Cory Aquino: You know, I realize I am like a lot of you people. We want a captain. And we want a ship to ride, but more important than that... Really, we all want to ride together.

The crowds cheer and give the applause.

Susan Roces: There are some things you cannot do alone. But they become easy with friends beside you.

Pres. Arroyo: This was the lesson that we learned when we launched those ships.

Susan Roces: It was power... And we misused that power. We turned our friends and followers against each other.

Pres. Arroyo: Please forgive us all.

The three then bow. The crowd seems dissatisfied, but soon they are aware of what the three said.

Susan Roces: Somehow we forgot. There is a much larger ship out there. The one that we are all riding ever since we were born. That ship is the Philippines.

The crowds cheer and give the applause.

Pres. Arroyo: No one knows just where our voyage will lead us. But we do know one thing: One way or another, we will get by. We will go on living. We all will usher in the Philippine Calm.

The crowds cheer and give the applause.

Cory Aquino: And we all owe our thanks to those valiant youths who helped make this come true.

And the rest of the members of the administration and the opposition hand over the medals and plaques to the seventeen heroes, all to the ecstatic cheers of the crowd.

Cory Aquino: No award-giving ceremony will be complete without them giving a speech. And so, we hand over the microphone to them.

Hiroyuki, Akari, Hero, Sandara, John, and Heart all step up to the plate to give their collective speech, while their friends watch by and support every word that they will speak.

Hero: To start off this speech, let us remind you all of something. To make the Philippine Calm last for ages, we must first break down the myths concerning democracy: one of the vital components of national unity.

Sandara: Democracy may be an imported idea, but to simply import it into our country is very, very hard. You know why?

John: Our culture, more appropriately, social structure, is incompatible with the ingredients of democracy. A square peg in a round hole, in simple terms.

Heart: The ideals of Western-style democracy that revolve around understanding one another towards progress is NOT EQUAL to our typical Filipino mindsets of "utang na loob" (debt of gratitude, reciprocity) and "pakikisama" (smooth interpersonal relationship).

Hiroyuki: Let me tell you this as a Japanese citizen who'll live in the Philippines for the time being. After World War II, my home country was a wreck.

Akari: But when democracy was introduced to us by the Americans, we easily adopted it because it fits the typical Japanese mindset: that we all work hard not just for ourselves, but for the entire country.

Hero: If the Japanese like our friends here wholeheartedly fused democracy into their culture, why can't we?

Sandara: Jose Rizal once said in "El Filibusterismo" that "the slave is the image of his master: the country, of its government." An inept citizenry equals an inept government. That's why we always scowl and complain whenever foreigners or even fellow Filipinos expose something bad about the Philippines in general.

John: WE are all infected with the social cancer. The social cancer of weak sense of public good. It's not really a part of the ideal Filipino character; it's like a leech that sucks the blood out of its host. "Utang na loob" and "pakikisama" are just some personifications of that cancer.

Heart: For so many of us, making sense of public life merely involves the habitual extension of the ethos of intimacy to the larger society of anonymous others. Many of us could not stand anonymity. There appears to be this overpowering desire for personal connectedness. We are addicted to emotional and personal warmth. Our leaders are keenly aware of this; so they adapt what their constituents wanted.

Hiroyuki: That addiction has led to a lack of concern for the general welfare. The idea of public interest or public good is reduced to legal fiction, ritually invoked by all and sundry but never taken seriously.

Akari: If there is a strong link between democracy and culture, then there is a need not only to specify this link but also to acquire a practical understanding of it. To achieve it, ask yourselves: what makes democratic citizenship possible?

The crowd falls silent for several minutes.

Akari: I see that not everybody knows the answer. Even those who know are hesitant to answer because of the fear of the unknown. So who are the real culprits? The REAL problem?

Hiroyuki: As the final battle that you all saw suggests, the problem's not an offensive opposition or a defensive administration. The problem's not capitalism, not communism, not militarism, but US-ISM! It's us all that's the problem!

Heart: But don't get your hopes down. If all of us is the problem, then all of us is the solution.

John: Going back to the question that is "what makes democratic citizenship possible?" or in layman's terms, "what is it in everyday life that will allow persons without personal ties to work together for a common cause?", the true answer is this: SOCIAL CAPITAL.

Sandara: Social capital is the glue that binds us all. Social capital is the fibers of the social fabric which comprise a myriad of interactions that make up our public and private lives. An increase in social capital, or, which amounts to the same thing, an increase in experiences that generate trust and recognition of common ground, will allow people in ever larger numbers to move comfortably from the tight circle of friends and family into the larger society. Loss of social capital, on the other hand, would mean the rise of distrust, loss of social cohesion and the pervasive pursuit of short-term self-interest, which could lead to conflict and social isolation as well as contempt for power and authority. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Hero: The heart, soul, and nucleus of social capital is social trust. You must trust not only your friends and relatives, but also the rest of the people. It's a challenge, all right; but it can be achieved only through habit and practice. We're NOT forcing it down your throats, mind you.

Hiroyuki, Akari, Hero, Sandara, John, Heart: And if you all still don't get it, only one Filipino word will summarize what social capital is all about: BAYANIHAN.

Bayanihan. Bayanihan. The word resonates into the hearts and minds of people not only in the crowd, but also to the rest of the Filipinos who watch the awarding ceremony via all forms of mass media.

Hiroyuki and Akari: Hey, guys. You're all familiar with that term, right? So why can't you all take it to heart?

Hero and Sandara: The ship thing that the President, Mrs. Roces, and Mrs. Aquino mentioned earlier can be applied to bayanihan. Imagine... imagine a large ship containing almost 90 million people called MV Philippines... sailing towards a new frontier called "progress"...

John and Heart: In the long run, it is sustained and ever-expanding civil society activity, and the kind of civic habits and dispositions they instill in people, that will make "trapo" practices history. Forget about trying to fix national character, shoving abstract ideologies into our brains, or enforcing a moral recovery.

Realizing what the heroes said, the rulers and the rest of the people of the Republic of the Philippines fall silent, reflecting on the ultimate solution to national unity: social trust.

And up in the sky, the souls of Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr., Fernando Poe, Jr., and Raul Roco shake hands with each other, knowing that even without them, their efforts to unite the Philippines were not in vain.

However...

From a computer console at a nondescript house somewhere in the Philippines...

"Commencing the logging-on sequence of the following personae into the realm of Daig'digaia...

Hiroyuki Fujita.

Akari Kamigishi.

Rio Hinayama.

Tomoko Hoshina.

Kotone Himekawa.

Masashi Sato.

Ayaka Kurusugawa.

John Pratts.

Heart Evangelista.

Opening portals..."

And on the stage where the heroes stand, portals appear and warp Hiroyuki, Akari, Rio, Tomoko, Kotone, Masashi, Ayaka, John, and Heart; much to the surprise and discontent of everyone concerned. After they are sucked in, the portals vanish.

The rest of the Filipino nation can only wonder, but what is more important...

...is that they finally found a cure to the burning fever that is national disunity.

The Philippine Calm... will start roughly... but will go on smoothly.

THE END

To be continued in "The Seniors' Adventures" and in "Super Network Wars Omega: Suikoden Pilipinas"

As long as disunity exists... I will be back...

Your fate... and my fate... will intertwine...