March 30, 2012

Lent culminates this Holy Week

Lent is a forty-day period before Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday. We skip Sundays when we count the forty days, because Sundays commemorate the Resurrection. Lent begins on 22 February 2012 and ends on 7 April 2012, which is the day before Easter.

Holy Week was a tradition that was integrated into the Filipino society during the Spanish regime. Since then, Filipinos have been commemorating this day as an important religious holiday. 

Semana Santa (Holy Week) is from Palm Sunday to Black Saturday, then Easter Sunday. It is traditionally a solemn occasion in the Philippines,  a time for serious atonement. Holy Week is when many people perform holy rites in fulfillment of a vow they made when they asked God a favor, such as a cure for an illness. Priests and religious statues are dressed in purple to symbolize gloom. Devout Catholics go to church everyday, some fast. 

An important Maundy Thursday symbol is the concept of the Holy Eucharist, which is evident in the re-enactment of the Last Supper scene that depicts the last day before Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross. Maundy Thursday marks the event before Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross. Aside from fasting, most Filipinos refrain from activities such as drinking alcohol, eating meat and intercourse with their partners. Maundy Thursday is highlighted by the re-enactment of the Last Supper, which is organized by churches. It is customary for Filipinos to visit seven churches on this particular day. This is called Visita Iglesia which is a Spanish word for “to visit churches”. Some people visit 14 churches to symbolize the 14 stations of the cross.

Good Friday is symbolized by the cross, as it commemorates the belief that Jesus Christ suffered and sacrificed his own life to save humanity. Good Friday is a part of the religious holiday week in the lead up to Easter Sunday. This is the time when many Filipinos refrain from engaging in worldly activities such as listening to loud music or drinking alcohol. Most Catholics refrain from eating meat during this day and engage in fasting and prayer.

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are regular non-working holidays. Vacation seasons are always prime time to many people. There are large crowds of people in bus terminals.  Aside from going home to their provincial , regional destinations, holiday destinations such as beaches and hotels are also busy with many tourists and travelers.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has set up a microsite emphasizing safe travel during the observance of the Lenten season next week.

DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas said motorists and the general public looking for updates on land, air and sea travel and other related topics just  log on to 

Image sourced here

Have a blessed Holy Week ! Give glory to God who has offered His Son for our salvation.
Live well and be worthy of this blessing!

Battleship 2012

A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.

Peter Berg (Hancock) produces and directs Battleship, an epic action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgård , Rihanna and Liam Neeson.

Based on Hasbro’s classic naval combat game, Battleship starsTaylor Kitsch as Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam, a physical therapist and Hopper’s fiancée; Alexander Skarsgård as Hopper’s older brother, Commanding Officer Stone of the USS Samson; Rihanna as Lt. Raikes, Hopper’s crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones, and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone’s superior (and Sam’s father), Admiral Shane.

This is from Hasbro, the company that brought you Transformers. “Battleship” is distributed and released by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corporation.

Here are two memorable quotes from the movie: 

Admiral Shane : Prepare to fire.
Crew member: Sir, which weapons?
Admiral Shane : All of them. 

Alex Hopper    : Where do we find him? 
Crew Member: Just fished him right out of the water. 

Battleship Final Trailer 2012 [HD] - Official Movie Trailer

Miss Philippines Earth 2012

Miss Philippines Earth 2012, the 12th edition of the advocacy-driven Miss Philippines Earth beauty pageant , will be held on May 27, 2012.
Miss Philippines Earth aims to give a strong emphasis on environmental awareness programs together with the Miss Earth Foundation. This is the most relevant beauty pageant in the Philippines where the participants and winners work on the environmental-social-humanitarian advocacy of the pageant.
The winner of Miss Philippines Earth 2012 will serve as the Ambassador to environmental protection campaigns in the country, and represent the Philippines to one of the biggest international beauty competitions - the Miss Earth Pageant.
Miss Philippines Earth 2011 Athena Mae imperial will crown her successor who will represent the Philippines in the international Miss Earth 2012 beauty pageant which continues to build its reputation as the most relevant beauty event in the world, setting a legacy of beauty and responsibilityMiss Philippines Earth 2012 grand title and four other titles of equal importance and with the same rank will be crowned.
Tarhata Clio Shari Rico Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2011 Tarhata Clio , Miss Philippines Fire 2011 Michelle Gavagan , Miss Philippines Air 2011 Jonavi Raisa Quiray , and  Miss Philippines Water 2011 Murielle Adrienne Orais will crown their respective successors.

Here is the list of official candidates for Miss Philippines Earth 2012:
  • Ariella Arida (23 years old) - Alaminos, Laguna
  • Lei Denise Marzoña (23) - Antipolo City, Rizal
  • Lauren Danielle Reid (19) - Australia’s Filipino Community
  • Dianne Dreyfus - Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
  • Melanie Belina (19) - Bansud, Oriental Mindoro
  • Christina Jana Siratnanont (25) - Bantay, Ilocos Sur
  • Queenie Uy - Batangas City
  • Zeneline Bulalaque (20) - Batuan, Bohol
  • Roxanne Corluy (20) - Belgium’s Filipino Community
  •  Danielle Marisse Fernandez (19) - Biñan, Laguna
  • Dorothy Joy Pagurayan (24) - Cabugao, Ilocos Sur
  • Lara Theresa Leones (24) - Antipolo City, Rizal
  • Roanne Marie Noche - Calaca, Batangas
  • Ellyz Lee Santos (19) - Caloocan City, Metro Manila
  • Maricel Mansano (24) - Candon City, Ilocos Sur
  • Jem Francelle Sanico (21) - Catarman, Northern Samar
  • Janica Burasca - Daanbantayan, Cebu
  • Ina Dominica Guerrero (18) - Daraga, Albay
  • Jennifer Grace Alberto (22) - Floridablanca, Pampanga
  • Dane Felisse Marasigan (21) - Ibaan, Batangas
  • Alvy Faith Pel-Ey (19) - Ifugao Province
  • Jaydielou Dilidili (24) - Indang, Cavite
  • Bhertie Bagaporo (22) - Iriga City, Camarines Sur
  • Nylever Carandang (21) - Kawit, Cavite
  • Trissia Joy Aldave - Libmanan, Camarines Sur
  • Jennifer Edytha Japor (21) - Lucena City, Quezon
  • Abbygale Rey (20) - Makati City, Metro Manila
  • Zandra Flores - Manaoag, Pangasinan
  • Maria Genefe Navilom - Mandaue City, Cebu
  • Aufelyn Zabala (22) - Marilao, Bulacan
  • Jade Charmaine Manago (19) - Misamis Occidental
  • Kathleen Subijano (24) - Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
  • Ivy Salvino (23) - Nabua, Camarines Sur
  • Glenna Christina Duch (18) Negros Oriental
  • Crislet Gerona (21) - Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur
  • Krystal Alonday (20) - Paombong, Bulacan
  • Gail Garcia (24) - Pasay City, Metro Manila
  • Thoreen Halvorsen (19) - Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
  • Stephany Stefanowitz (22) - Quezon City, Metro Manila
  • Mary Joyce Cruz (19) - Rodriguez, Rizal
  • Margaret May Liavor (21) - San Fernando, Romblon
  • Princess Manzon (25) - San Francisco, Cebu
  • Samantha Purvor (24) - San Juan City, Metro Manila
  • Dianne Ramos (22) - Subic, Zambales
  • Glennifer Perido (22) - Tabuk City, Kalinga
  • Meryl Angeline King (23) - Tiaong, Quezon
  • Candice Ramos (24) - Vigan, Ilocos Sur
  • Kristina Cassandra Buac - Zamboanga City

Check out their pictures Here.

Miss Philippines Earth 2012 Teaser 2

David Archuleta Fans Day on March 31!

Great news for David's  fans, a cool Fans day!
On March 31, 2012 there will be David Archuleta Fan Gatherings in select partner music stores in the Philippines (see below). Fans who visit the designated stores on March 31, 2012 will get the chance to be one of the first to view David’s newest music video “Forevermore”. Lots of exciting activities are in store for fans who visit the designated stores on March 31. There will also be exclusive freebies, lots of fan interaction and of course – the Forevermore album! Keep checking Ivory Music & Video’s Facebook page for updates.

Astroplus The Block – March 31, 2012
Unit A & E 229 2nd Flr., The Block,
SM City North Edsa

Odyssey Megamall – March 31, 2012
SM Megamall , Julia Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City,
Metro Manila, Philippines

On April 1, 2012 catch the premiere of David Archuleta’s newest video “Forevermore” on MYX. Keep on watching MYX or visit for more details. Get a dose of David Archuleta’s “Forevermore” video, only on MYX. Your Choice. Your Music. Starting April 1, 2012 you can vote for “Forevermore”, just visit to vote for the video.
For fans outside the Philippines, you can catch the online premiere on April 1, 2012 (Manila Time) on Yahoo! Philippines. Check Yahoo! Philippines for more details.
Check out the teaser for the “Forevermore” music video here, very short . Wait until Apri l1 to see the full video on Yahoo Philippines! 

Video: Ivory Music & Video

March 28, 2012

Bigfish’s Summer Energy all set to sizzle in Boracay!

Summer’s heat is officially upon us. This only means one thing: BIGFISH Summer Energy will soon be making Boracay bounce!
Together with Freedom Music, Bigfish presents Summer Energy 2012, a three-date party series happening on April 5-8 in Boracay. Pumping the beats at this year’s beach fest are two of Armada Music’s hottest talents and dance music’s most promising acts: progressive house artiste Ashley Wallbridge, Nathan C. of Housexy and award-winning trance tandem Aly & Fila. Joining them at the decks are Bigfish resident DJs DJ Green and DJ John Paul Lee.

This year’s Summer Energy is Bigfish’s most exciting and ambitious one to date. It kicks off with the chilled-down Sunset Sessions on April 5  at the beachfront of Paraiso Bar in Station 2. Taking the energy up several notches is the Main Party happening on April 7, 8pm, also at the beachfront of Paraiso Bar, where revelers can sway until the summer sun rises. But the celebration doesn’t stop there—on April 8, from 6am onwards.

Bigfish’s yearly sojourn to the country’s favorite summer spot has been attracting party-hearty vacationers like bees to honey since 2001, when they staged their first summer outing at Boracay’s pristine shores. The exhilarating dance beats combined with the salty sea air, the powdery sand, and the waves lapping on the shore have made Bigfish’s brand of beach partying unbeatable. Over 10 years since Bigfish first set foot in Boracay, theirs is still the biggest and longest-running party on the island.

BIGFISH Summer Energy 2012 is presented by Bigfish and Freedom Music, with major sponsors Spy Wine Coolers, Red Bull, Cuervo Tequila, Boracay Eco Village. Official media partners are Magic 89.9, Kalibo Cable, Radio Boracay 106.1, Focus Media, Killer Bee, Mellow 94.7, Wave 891, 99.5 RT, Myx, Velvet, People Asia, FHM, Where, Clavel, Uno, Garage, Metro, Maven, Adobo Magazine, The Philippine Star, Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin Lifestyle, Business World,,,,, Focalcast, Media Magnet,, and Special thanks go to official residence partner Diamond Hotel, O Music and Video, Oliver’s Super Sandwiches and Gold’s Gym. Supported by The Philippine Department of Tourism.

Coming up next for Bigfish is another much-awaited yearly tradition: the massive dance fest that is Bigfish Innovation White, happening on June 23. Every year, Innovation White unites Manila’s clubbing community in this white-themed celebration, where all party-goers don their purest white threads. For this year’s Innovation White, Bigfish pulls out all the stops and presents a total of seven acts! Expect one wicked musical ride courtesy of Chris Raeuber, The Japanese Popstars, Cosmic Gate, Myon & Shane54, Bobina, John Paul Lee, and Emma Hewitt live on vocals.
Ferry Corsten in Summer Energy 2011, Boracay Isaland, Philippines
Summer Energy 2011, Boracay Isaland, Philippines 

For inquiries, please contact Team Bigfish through (02) 6327762 or (02) 6348238. For more information, visit


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