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15 Times Gwen Stacy Was Amazing

All the best moments of Spidey's first love.
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If you haven't seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2, here’s a BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT: Gwen Stacy dies. The Green Goblin drops her from the sky, and Spider-Man swoops in to save her and his webbing does reach her, only for the impact to kill her via whiplash. She dies in Peter Parker’s arms. TEARS, YOU GUISE.

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All the fan theories online prepared us for that moment, but it was still a pain and a pleasure to watch. Emma Stone is that rare actress who's a solid player in comedy and drama, but with Andrew Garfield, she has a glow about her that makes us love her more. To watch her die onscreen, with Andrew cradling her in his arms? So good.

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In honor of our fallen heroine, here are 15 of her best moments in the Spidey reboot.

  1. When she handled Peter's awkward stammering like a pro.

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  2. When she was having a good hair day, which was, like, every day.

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  3. When Peter showed up outside her bedroom window and instead of making a scene, she was just mildly amused and curious. 15 Times Gwen Stacy Was Amazing
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  4. When she was there for Peter, who was all banged up and bruised.

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  5. When Peter broke up with her because of a promise he made to her dad, and those big green eyes of hers welled up.
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  6. When she graduated valedictorian and delivered a pretty personal speech. "We have to be greater than what we suffer. My wish for you is to become hope. People need that. And even if we fail, what better way is there to live?" 

  7. When she wasn’t afraid to give Peter a piece of her mind.

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  8. When Peter wasn’t the only troublemaker between the two of them.

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  9. When her outfit choices made us want to be her BFF just so we could raid her wardrobe.

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  10. When Peter kissed her in front of the whole school and she went along with it. There is a fine line between gross and sweet PDA—file this one under the latter.

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  11. When she got into Oxford because she was smart and driven, and of course she wouldn’t let a guy hold her back, even if that guy was the love of her life.

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  12. When they broke up and Peter admitted he stalked her just once… a day… maybe, and she was okay with it. (Because it was still the cute, non-creepy kind of stalking.)

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  13. When she called Spider-Man “Peter” and almost gave away his secret identity.

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  14. When she wouldn't take no for an answer and insisted on helping Spider-Man defeat Electro.
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  15. This is going to sound superficial, but she looked good even seconds away from death. What—don’t tell me you’ve never had a nightmare about dying when you look like hell! No, just me? Okay.

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RIP, Gwen Stacy. You will be missed.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is now showing. Do yourself a favor and watch it in 4DX at Bonifacio High Street Central. Between the motion chairs and actual gusts of wind, you’ll feel like a web slinger yourself!

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Today, I am sharing my mother's story. I wish my mother was a constant in my life, like an angel who guards you to sleep and comes right there when you called. But angels come back home too, in heaven where they always belonged, and my mother went back a little early. My mother died when I was 13 years old. My last memory of my mother: Letting go when you are not yet ready is a very cruel thing that one has to ever experience. It is a sudden wave of total sadness and desperation crashing into your very core.

On the 28th of July 2013, we went to a resort in Bataan for the employees’ getaway. My parents own a 7-11 franchise, and it had always been a tradition to give their store clerks a get-together every year. I remember very well the last breakfast I had with my mother. The Sunday morning sky was clear and sunny, and the sea was calm and tranquil as we ate our breakfast on a cottage under the tall palm trees. She shared with us a strange dream she had the other night. She dreamt about an unknown woman holding an ice pick chasing her down on a dimly lit street, then she woke up just before the woman could grab her arm. We never knew what that dream exactly meant and now, I wished I never knew its meaning. After breakfast, my family and our employees decided to take a swim at the beach. The day was nice. The morning air may be chilly but the sun’s kiss on our skins gave us warmth. It was perfect. Everything is fine and the tides are low which made it very enjoyable to swim. We swam a little farther from the shore and we stopped to the point where the water reached our shoulders. We were talking about the good things in life and reminiscing the good old days. Those are the things that I’ve always loved about my family because I never had a meaningless conversation with them.

A few moments later, we heard a panicking call for help from one of our store clerks. It was Rachel. She was struggling to keep her head above water. She was already drowning but the odd thing was, she was only a few feet away from us. At first, we thought she was just playing around until we felt the sand in our toes dissolving like powder. It felt like as if the seafloor submerged deeper. I remembered sighting the shore and it seemed so close yet very far away. We were all panicking at that time. No one knew how to swim except my mother so without having second thoughts she swam towards Rachel and called out to my father, “Yung mga anak mo! Dalhin mo sa pampang yung mga anak mo!” and I never thought I already heard my mother’s last words to my father. I was paddling like a dog, gasping for air, as I say a little prayer to God to take us all back to safety. I felt my father grabbing our swimsuits, trying to lift our bodies so we can breathe even though he was also struggling to keep himself alive. Once I felt my toes touch the ground, there came a veil of relief that covered my whole body. As soon as my father and my sister made it to the shore we started calling out for help. There were no lifeguards on duty at that time, no personnel, nor guards. I saw my mother already floating in her stomach. We sighted a boat sailing nearby, we waved our hands and called for their attention. They almost ignored us because they cannot comprehend what we were trying to relay but the good thing was a passenger in the boat noticed my mother and Rachel in the water.

My mother’s body was laid on the shore. She was unconscious and her whole body was pale as white. My father performed CPR but my mother couldn’t get the water come out of her mouth because the food she ate earlier got stuck in her throat and blocked the passage. A concerned tourist offered his car to deliver my mom in a nearby health center or a clinic of some sort since the hospital was miles away from the beach and she needs immediate care. My father told us to stay in the hotel room and prepare mom’s belongings so that if she wakes up she has fresh clothes to change into. My sister and I finished packing our things and waited for our father to pick us up from the hotel. I was crying and I couldn’t stop myself because I was afraid to lose my mother. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be if I lose her that day. Moments lasted until we heard a knock on the door and it was my father, crying, and apologizing to us. He hugged me and my sister tightly and saying, “Sorry, anak, sorry hindi na uuwi si mommy, sorry hindi ko nasagip si mommy”. And that was the moment I felt sinking into the ground. I never knew what to feel at first. I was numb because my worries were now actually a reality that I have to live in. I was at shock because I am now one of the kids in those cliche teleseryes who lost a mother at an early age. We went to the health center to settle everything. The clinic was very small and it sure did lack equipment. He told us to stay in the car. I wanted to see my mom, but I know he never wanted us to see her like that. I didn’t know what to feel. I was having high anxiety levels that my stomach is churning and I wanted to vomit. I got off the car and entered the health center to find the restroom. When I was finding my way around, I passed by the emergency room. I saw my mother lying in a foldable bed, lifeless, her hands dangling from the side of the bed, she has violet bruises on her skin, and her body was partially covered with a white towel.

That is when it sunk into me that she’s dead and never coming back. My father asked the others to just commute back to Manila because what we need right now is comfort from our family. The drive back home was one of the most painful memory I had as a kid. My father was in the steering wheel crying his eyes out. We drove from Bataan to Pampanga. We went home to my grandmother’s house, the nearest house that we can call “home” because how are we still going to be “home” without her?

Once we reached Pampanga, we stopped over to the gas station and my father made some calls to our loved ones to tell them that my mother passed away. He then called my aunt to help him arrange for the funeral. We got home and my grandmother hugged us and told us to get some rest. Already tired of crying, I went to sleep for a while. I woke up and for a second, I thought everything that happened the other day was all just a dream. That she was there in Manila, sitting on the couch reading some furniture magazine, waiting for us to go home. But that’s how cruel life is, right? I got up and weirdly, I felt sands in the bed. It was gray, just like the ones on the beach. I thought maybe it was just dirt but it was a fair amount to believe that maybe she visited us before she left. - ?

- The part of how I conquered the grief of her passing is shared in my personal blog. I felt the need to share my story with everyone since she's the woman I look up to. Feel free to visit my personal blog too when you have the time. I love writing my stories. Thank You! link: http://qkathreece.wixsite.com/kathreecequizon/post/breaking-waves

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