November 30, 2012

The famous Aiza Seguerra receives critical acclaims for theater projects

Aiza Seguerra, the well known acoustic singer, TV and movie star and talented versatile theater actress, has been reaping critical acclaims for her musical theater performances. She has been awarded recently by Aliw Awards the Best Featured Performance in a Musical trophy for her stint as hippie Regina in the local staging of Rock of Ages.

Aiza is currently receiving heaps of praises from audiences who have been enthralled with the magic of the local staging of Disney’s Aladdin. In the musical, Aiza plays the pivotal role of the Genie who is central to the musical’s plot and to the love story between Aladdin (Tom Rodriguez) and Princess Jasmine (K-La Rivera).

Critics praised Aiza’s kid-friendly act and her versatility. Audiences also lauded her spots in the musical – Friend Like Me andSomebody’s Got Your Back.

Aladdin is still on at the Meralco Theater until December 9.

Congratulations Aiza! Photo shows Aiza holding her Aliw Awards trophy for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

She really deserves this. I'm so happy for great blessings for Aiza. I was so lucky to watched her in her concert as she celebrates her 25 years in showbiz held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last September 28, 2012.

November 29, 2012

The restored version of the multi-awarded Filipino classic “Oro, Plata, Mata” by Peque Gallaga open 2012 Cinema One Originals Film Festival

It was a pleasure and honor to witnessed the restored version of Filipino classic 1982 multi awarded film "Oro, Plata, Mata" by Peque Gallaga and Jose Javier Reyes as this year’s opening of Cinema One Originals Film Festival at the Robinsons Galleria Movie World, November 28.

The film was set in the Philippine province of Negros during World War II,  about how a rich family copes with the war and how the people change amidst violence and death. It tells the story of a family who is scared to be involved in the war and decided to go to the woods but as the longer they stay there the nearer they get to danger.

"Oro, Plata, Mata" means Gold, Silver and Death.

The screenplay of the 1982 film was written by Jose Javier Reyes with cinematography by acclaimed cinematographer Rody Lacap. 
The film cast includes Cherie Gil, Sandy Andolong, Ronnie Lazaro, Joel Torre, Liza Lorena,   Manny Ojeda, Fides Cuyugan-Asencio, Mitch Valdes, Lorli Villanueva, Abbo dela Cruz, Kuh Ledesma as "Diwata", Manny Castaneda, and Mary Walter. It won the 1982 Gawad Urian awards for Best picture, direction, cinematography, production design, musical score, and sound. In the same year, it won the Luna Awards of the Film Academy of the Philippines for Production Design and for Best Supporting Actress (Liza Lorena).
“The script, by Jose Javier Reyes, is so thematically dense that a single interpretation is probably insufficient to discuss what the movie is really about. One could say, at the very least, that the film is about irrevocable change, how one can never really go back to happier times, once you’ve been touched by war. It’s about inevitable decay: gold, silver, death. It’s about the country, and how we’ve come to this point,” wrote Philbert Ortiz Dy in a review.

“Oro, Plata, Mata has much to offer you. It’s the kind of film that gives you more and more to chew on the more you watch it. It’s an almost frighteningly rich film experience, one that shouldn’t be missed by any Filipino film devotee,” he added.
This marks the first showing of the restored version of the film. The restoration was made possible through a partnership between ABS-CBN Film Archives headed by Leo Katigbak and Central Digital Lab, Inc. It is the second film restored after Ishmael Bernal’s “Himala” in time for its 30th anniversary.
“Oro, Plata, Mata” is considered as Gallaga’s most significant contribution to Philippine cinema. This is the timeless classic at the opening of the 8th Cinema One Originals this November 28 (Wednesday) at the Robinson’s Galleria Movie World. The festival's opening event started at 6:00 p.m.
The 2012 Cinema One Originals Festival will run from November 28 to December 9 at Robinson’s Galleria Movie World and from November 29 to December 4 at the Edsa Shangri-La Cineplex. The festival’s much awaited awards night will be held on December 3 at the Studio 1, ABS-CBN Main Building.

The 2012 Cinema One Originals Festival is an annual project of the Cinema One, the local movie channel on cable, owned and operated by Creative Programs, Inc (CPI).
With Jose Javier Reyes and Peque Gallaga
Checkout more photos @ Cinema One Originals 2012 Film Festival/Enjoying Wonderful World FB

The 8th Cinema One Originals 2012 Festival Presents Biggest Line-up with 13 Competition Feature Films

Cinema One Originals 2012 proudly presents its biggest line-up for its 8th year run with 13 competition feature films; divided into two categories: “Cinema One Plus” composed of seasoned directors awarded with a two million production budget each and “Cinema One Currents” composed of new breeds awarded with a one million budget each.
Chosen through careful deliberation from hundreds of entries, these 13 films, six of which debuts as the filmmakers first feature film, hav e the potential to make names for its filmmakers, directors, writers and actors in the local and international arena.
“The festival is definitely bigger now in terms of content, variety and ambitions compared to the past years of Cinema One Originals. We have something for everyone not answered by mainstream cinema,” said Cinema One channel head, Ronald Arguelles.
Brave, bold and original, The 8th Cinema One Originals Festival line-up is composed of the following titles: 
For the “Cinema One Plus” category:
MARIPOSA SA HAWLA NG GABI by Richard Somes is a tale of an innocent woman who unravels horrible truths while in search of her long lost sister in the city starring Erich Gonzales, Alfred Vargas, Joel Torre, Maria Isabel Lopez, John Lapus and Mark Gil;

MATER DOLOROSA by Adolfo Alix, Jr. is a story about a typical Filipino mother who lives a dark, shadowy life in Manila’s underground starring Gina Alajar, Cogie Domingo, Alessandra de Rossi, Carlo Aquino, Joem Bascon, and Mercedes Cabral with the special participation of Phillip Salvador;

BAYBAYIN by Auraeus Solito, a unique tale of two sisters who fall in love with a man who can’t hear and speak starring siblings Assunta and Alessandra de Rossi and introducing Adrian Sebastian.

For the “Cinema One Currents” category : 
ANG PAGLALAKBAY NG MGA BITUIN SA GABING MADILIM by Arnel Mardoquio is a story about the companionship between three escaping rebels and a young war survivor against a Mindanao war backdrop;
CATNIP by Kevin Dayrit is a psychological film on two friends who despite their frequent rifts and differences find comfort in being together starring Lauren Young and Maxene Magalona;

MELODRAMA NEGRA by Ma. Isabel Legarda is a dark comedy which follows the complicated and macabre lives of a woman and her ‘dead’ friends, blood-hungry sociopaths and a wealthy political family;
SLUMBER PARTY by Emmanuel Dela Cruz is a riotous comedy about a tied-up cute frat boy and three curious gays starring Markki Stroem, Archie Alemania and RK Bagatsing; 
PASCALINA by Pam Miras is an untypical story of a simple girl who, after visiting her dying aunt, experiences changes in her life that will push her to the edge of madness and monstrosity;

ANAK ARAW by Gym Lumbera talks about the colonial illusion of an albino who believes that he is a son of an American;

EDSA XXX by Khavn De La Cruz is a futuristic black comedy film infused with original rock soundtrack. It tells the story of the reign of Three Eyes in the Philippines in year 2030 starring Epi Quizon;

ABERYA by Christian Linaban, Cebu story about love, sex, and psychedelic potions which intertwine the lives of four people in one night starring Will Devaughn, Mercedes Cabral, Iwa Moto, and Nicholas Varela;

PALITAN by Ato Bautista depicts lovers who find themselves asphyxiated and trapped in an erotic triangle;
MAMAY UMENG by Dwein Baltazar gives a glimpse into the life of an 84-year-old man who is alone, waiting, and praying not for long life, but for a quick escape.

Apart from these originals, the festival will give tribute to Philippine classics through the screening of three of the most important restored films that greatly contributed to the foundation of Philippine Cinema: “Oro Plata Mata”, “Himala” and “Genghis Khan”.
“Oro Plata Mata”, the 1892 film directed by Peque Gallaga will serve as the opening film for the prestigious event while the award-winning film “Himala” will celebrate its 30th anniversary through an exclusive showing of a documentary special by “Ka Oryang” director Sari Dalena and writer/editor Keith Sicat.
An exhibition programme featuring guest films will also take place in the festival to include special screenings of “Alagwa”, “Supremo”, “Jungle Love”, and “Graceland”.
The 2012 Cinema One Originals Festival will run from November 28 to December 9 at Robinson’s Galleria Movie World and from November 29 to December 4 at the Edsa Shang Cineplex. The festival’s much awaited awards night will be held on December 3 at Studio 1 ABS-CBN Main Building.
The 2012 Cinema One Originals Festival is an annual project of the Cinema One, the local movie channel on cable, owned and operated by Creative Programs, Inc (CPI).

Go out and play! McDonald's McHppy Day Fun Run

Leave the computers and video games behind it'’s time to go out and play! Join us on
December 2, Sunday, at McKinley Hill for the McHappy Day Fun Run! 

This will be the fourth McHappy Day Fun Run celebrating World Children’'s Day for the benefit of the Ronald McDonald House Charities and its banner program, Bright Minds Read.

The McHappy Day Fun Run will include pitstops with games during the race, as well as a
family activity area with games, fair booths, and a photo wall.

We'’d love it if you could swing by! Bring your families and kids, and let'’s make a fun day
out of it!
*Last day of ONLINE registration is today.

You can also register at the following McDonald’'s branches: Katipunan, Forbestown,
Greenhills, and Greenbelt; and at RUNNR, Bonifacio High Street.

Hope to see you there!

McDonald'’s Philippines

November 28, 2012

Yahoo! Technostorm Expo Brings the latest technology and gadgets to Filipino users

Yahoo! Philippines launched Technostorm on-ground exposition last Monday at Trinoma, Quezon City. This technostorm expo featuring telecommunications and cutting-edge technology products and services from leading global and local brands. This includes Microsoft, Smart Telecom, Nokia, HP, Epson, Sony, Wi Tribe, PLDT, Sharp, Sun Cellular, LG, Samsung, Lazada, Globe and Phillips.
Hosted by Yahoo!, the expo runs from November 26 to December 2, 2012, and accessible to anyone who is a technology enthusiast. Filipinos can now visit the Technostorm expo to experience the products, watch demos, attend the tech talks and hear from the experts before contemplating on making a purchase.
Technostorm began with a Virtual Expo on Yahoo!, featuring the up-and-coming products and services of the country’s leading tech, telecommunications and connectivity brands. Utilizing Yahoo!’s rich media solutions, the brands created an interactive web page complete with product information, drive-to-site links, video features and a full preview of the gadgets before bringing these online experiences to the Filipinos on-ground.

“Technostorm is a celebration of all things tech. Yahoo’s digital capabilities provide a unique platform for Filipinos to explore, discover and understand the world of technology, and bring them face-to-face with gadgets and devices that create connectivity,” said Arlene Amarante, Country Ambassador and Sales Director of Yahoo! Philippines. 

“At Yahoo!, we are always looking for creative ways to connect people with what matters most and are committed to bring inspiring and entertaining experiences to our users.” Amarante concluded.

Here are some pictures of great people who were the speakers in the event sharing the latest technology and gadgets. 

Enjoy the wonderful world of Yahoo! Philippines Technostorm expo until December 2, 2012.

About Yahoo!
Yahoo! is focused on making the world's daily habits more inspiring and entertaining. By creating highly personalized experiences for Yahoo! users, they keep people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world. In turn, Yahoo! create value for advertisers by connecting them with the audiences that build their businesses. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has offices located throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific (APAC) and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. 

The cooler way to drink coffee !

Sing and dance along with Ramon Bautista and Frank Magalona as they show you the cooler way to drink NESCAFÉ 3in1 Creamylatte and Chocolatte!

Party rock!

There's a cooler way to drink kape
It's coffee na ibang klase

There's a cooler way to drink kape
Madali lang i-prepare baybe (Party rock!)
It's coffee na ibang klase
Made with 3in1 from NESCAFÉ

Konting water lang na MAINIT
Add cold water and then ice to COOL IT
Sunod na step ay malupit
All we gotta do is...MOVE IT!

Verse 1:
In the club, it's very hot
See a pretty girl but I'm sweating a lot (Huh!)
Need to chill to make a move
All my pawis, I gotta remove (Whoa!)

Verse 2:
It's easy to be cool when you know
Just give me cold H20, and yelo, sa baso
Let's mix 'em up!
Yeah, Chocolatte so cool man!
Gotta get all the steps
Best way to be chillin' (Hey!)

There's a cooler way to drink kape (Woo!)
Madali lang i-prepare baybe (Party Rock!)
It's coffee na ibang klase
Made with 3in1 from NESCAFÉ (Let's go!)

Konting water lang na MAINIT
Add cold water and then ice to COOL IT (Party Rock!)
Sunod na step ay malupit
All we gotta do is...MOVE IT!

Cold 3in1 from NESCAFÉ

(Move it! Move it!)

Every mag cold NESCAFÉ 3in1

Enjoy the wonderful world of Nescafe' FaNS Day - Enjoying Wonderful World

November 26, 2012

The first ever celebrity ambassador for Cosmo Body - Jodi Sta Maria

Jodi Sta Maria , well known celebrity, an actress, a member of  ABS-CBN's  circle of homegrown talents "Star Magic,"  is now Single & Sexy continues to radiate elegance in Cosmo Body’s new campaign. A different, Jodi Sta Maria brings her sexy back when she posed in a swimsuit for CosmoBody campaign.

Yesterday, November 25,2012, in an elegant and star studded affair at the Rue Bourbon Eastwood, Jodi was welcomed with so much warmth from the guests and fans. The Actress  amplifies a positive message for everyone to keep healthy and Fit with the latest advances in slimming supplement  from Cosmo Body.

Cosmo Body is an Over-the-counter supplement that acts by blocking the absorption of dietary fat. Cosmo Body is indicated for obesity management including weight loss and weight maintenance when used in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise. 

Cosmo Body is also indicated to promote THERMOGENESIS a process in which the body fat is converted into energy.

The Star Magic actress couldn’t suppress her happiness at the opportunity of representing Cosmo Body. 
Jodi reiterates, adding that her continued use of She said that Cosmo Body has led her to maintain, a sexy and healthy body “I’ve been a long-time user of Cosmo Body,” she said.

“We are thrilled that someone as healthy fit and inspirational as Jodi has joined Cosmo Body,” said Nino Bautista, Director and Founder, Bargn (bar-jen) Farmaceutici Phils Co . (BFPC)
“Jodi epitomizes Cosmo Body’s mission to encourage everyone to live a healthy and fit life and make a noticeable impact on their confidence and appearance.”

“This is really something new and different for me, I was also in shocked when I saw the campaign materials, but I think there’s nothing to be afraid of” Jodi said as many people was a bit of a shock to see Jodi’s newest pictorials. 

“With her perfect body and genuine beauty, Jodi is a natural fit and wonderful addition to the BFPC family,” said Red Gatus, Director and Founder. 

“Jodi remains grounded even through all her success.  She personifies the iconic image of the brand”.

Jodi  is quite appreciative of Cosmo Body , as it complements her own slimming and weight management regimen and the demands of her profession.  “Having a nice body is a must when facing the cameras,” says the busy actress who remains a fixture of ABS-CBN’s primetime teleseryes.  

Jodi is looking forward to making the rounds of the various outlets that sell Cosmo Body along with her other duties as the health supplement’s endorser.  In fact, she is now finalizing and double-checking her schedule so that her nationwide sorties for Cosmo Body will be truly special. 

November 25, 2012

Balik Tanaw kay FPJ with Mary Grace Poe - Llamanzares

Sharing her father’s passion to serve and desire to help the poor, she understands that poverty can break the Filipino family and bring great harm to our children. 

That's like father, like daughter. She is Grace Poe, FPJ’s daughter.

Grace Poe sees the need to focus poverty alleviation efforts on the family as a basic social institution. She wants government to take a more active role in helping children of poor families. She believes that the future of our nation depends on the kind of citizens these children will become.

She commit herself to a platform that builds on her father’s social covenant and focuses on three areas: Poverty alleviation, Opportunities for all, especially the children, and Electoral reforms.

"My father called for a “social covenant” to rebuild Philippine society and lead our nation towards unity and sustainable development. His goal was addressing the poverty problem. He was confident that with our people’s support, it was possible to have a country where every Filipino can aspire for and live the good life."
It's a great recent blogcon with Grace. That was  a night of remembering Fernando Poe Jr. where we  relive the legacy of 'Da King' whose death anniversary we will celebrate on 14 Dec 2012. It will be a night of nostalgia and friendship, reliving the old and establishing new ones. held at the Pool Deck of the Imperial Palace Suites in Morato, Quezon City, November 19.
And there will be more wonderful  FPJ events in these coming days. She urged everyone to join the “Magpaligaya Poe Tayo Ngayong Pasko!”  campaign this holiday season.  Through this, Grace hopes to share her blessings by granting a needy person’s Christmas wish.
Those who want their wish, or someone else’s wish to come true must send their name, email address, mobile number, age, name of the person the wish is for,  background about the  said person, the wish itself, why the wish was made and what makes the person deserving to on or before Saturday, Dec. 8. The winner will be announced on Friday, Dec. 14, FPJ’s death anniversary.
And moreover, join the “Share Your FPJ Moment” contest encourages FPJ fans to share their experiences with the King of Philippine Movies and their thoughts on why he is their favorite movie star.

Those who want to join must like the Team Grace Poe Facebook page as registration entry.  They must post their photo with FPJ and accompany it with a short description on the said Facebook page. Pictures of family members and FPJ followed by a short description are also accepted. All photos must bear the contestant’s full name, home address and contact number.

Here's more about Grace Poe:
Grace Poe is a newcomer to politics but not to public service. She proved her leadership competence as Chair of the MTRCB (Movie and Television Review and Classification Board) under the administration of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

As MTRCB Chair, she reformed the classification system for movies and television, provided institutional support to independent film makers, and brought together government agencies and media organizations in order to protect the interests of children. All these accomplishments she achieved without calling attention to herself.

Grace worked in the United States as a teacher, a product liaison officer, and a product manager. And before her stint in Philippine government, she worked at FPJ Productions and Film Archives, Inc. Grace Poe has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College, USA and finished two years of Development Studies at UP Manila.


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