December 31, 2014

Beauty: The best gift you can give your friends this Holidays

It is said that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." But we think it's actually in the eye of the woman who gets the most sleep, drinks the most water and follows daily regimen.

Looking your personal best may be an all-day ritual. There's something we do everyday, an investment that will have you not only looking beautiful but feeling that way, too.  Always take care of yourself. 

All day long, be mindful of your stature. Stand up straight with your shoulders back. Walk tall and think positive thoughts. Offer up your happiest smile. Let your inner beauty shine outward.

You are a beautiful gift to the world.

Everyday, and for special occassions, like birthdays and holidays, you can share or gift something to your friends, loveones and to yourself - a wonderful, helpful and memorable one. 

Youth and beauty – these are two things that you and your friends might put on your must-have list at any given time. To always look young and energetic, dazzling everyone with your attractiveness and a winning spirit that shows your can-do attitude. To always have that adrenaline flowing through your veins, confident that you can move and act in the pace you want.

While you can’t turn back the hands of time, there’s a better way to give yourself, friends, and loved ones these two desirable, yet priceless gifts this holiday season. Experience the pleasure of tapping on a new source of power that can delay the aging process and usher in a new phase of rejuvenation, both physical and mental. The good news is, the gift of youth and beauty can be yours in one lovely gift – the new Premium HyC 150!

This powdered collagen drink manufactured by FINE Japan Co. Ltd. Is now distributed in the Philippines and easily accessible to anyone who wants to feel young, move young and look young. This new product has been called the new fountain of youth because it contains the optimal combination of effective anti-aging nutrients, plus more in one sachet. Mix with your beverage of choice or just add plain water and its semi-sweet flavor makes it even more enticing to drink during breakfast, snack time, or an after dinner refresher. 

The Premium HyC 150 makes rejuvenation possible through its two main nutrients: collagen and hyaluron. Collagen slows down the aging process and prevents dryness of skin, wrinkles, and age pores. It also counters the effects that excessive sun exposure, pollution, and bad weather can do to our skin. Meanwhile, hyaluron gives you moisture to lubricate joints and tissues allowing you to stay active.

More than the potent combination of collagen and hyaluron, Premium HyC 150 also contains a good dose of Pearl Coix Extract that brightens skin, making you look fairer. Long used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, it also helps eliminate freckles, heal tumors, and remove inflammation from the body. Complementing this is Vitamin C, which makes your skin healthy, spot- and blemish-free. Make it a habit to take Premium HyC 150 daily – then see and feel the difference in just a few days. 

Youth and beauty in one sachet. It’s a convenient gift you can give your friends this holidays – and see its lovely effects last longer than the season.

For more information, visit our website at; like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter #HyC150 or Instagram @HyC150. Or call (02) 5467297. Premium HyC 150 is now available at selected Watsons stores nationwide.

Backroom, Inc. looks ahead for a more blessed and brighter 2015

Backroom, Inc. wrapped up a blessed and meaningful 2014 with a Christmas Party last December 18 held at the Village Patio, 185 Maginhawa Street, Diliman, Quezon City.

For Backroom, Christmas is always a joyous and much-anticipated season of the year. It is a time of merry-making and thanksgiving for all the blessings received. The Christmas Party was also a continuation of Backroom’s 25th anniversary celebration.

The party began with a Thanksgiving Mass officiated by Reverend Fr. Allan Samonte followed by a sumptuous dinner.

After dinner, exciting parlor games were played participated in by Backroom staff, artists, and guests.

One of the highlights of the party was the videoke singing competition among Backroom staff and guests. Junnel Manansala, Backroom artist and member of NYOBG, emerged as the First Place winner with his rendition of the song Let Me Be the One. Jamie Almario who sang You bagged Second Placewhile Philip Rojas who sang Bituing Walang Ningning won Third Place.

A video presentation reminiscing the company’s 25 years was presented. Happy memories of the good old years were recalled as the staff and the guests watched old photos on the screen.

As part of its annual tradition, Backroom had its raffle draw and exchange gifts. Raffle prizes were also drawn for lucky guests.

It was a fun and intimate Christmas Party. Backroom, Inc. is now optimistic for a more blessed and brighter 2015!

December 30, 2014

SilkAir, SIA’s regional wing, can now fly to Denpasar, Bali and soon to Cairns

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, SilkAir operates the Singapore Airlines Group's narrowbody fleet and extends the Group network by seeding and developing new, exciting destinations in Asia Pacific.

Passengers of SilkAir, Singapore Airlines’ regional wing, can now fly to Denpasar, Bali as the carrier launched its flights to the destination on 12 December 2014. Next year, passengers will also have to opportunity to fly to Cairns, Australia as SilkAir begins it flights to the destination on 30 May 2015. 

SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, will begin daily services to Denpasar on 12 December 2014 and to Cairns on 30 May 2015.

Together with Singapore Airlines’ four daily flights to Bali’s capital, both airlines will offer a total of five round-trip services a day, subject to regulatory approval. For the route to Cairns, SilkAir plans to operate three times weekly on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, through circular routings with Darwin. The inaugural flight and subsequent Saturday flights will depart Singapore for Cairns non-stop and then return to Singapore via Darwin. The Monday and Thursday flights will fly to Cairns via Darwin and then return to Singapore non-stop.

Passengers coming from Manila can choose from four daily flights to Singapore via Singapore Airlines to connect conveniently to Denpasar, while passengers coming from Cebu, Davao or Kalibo can fly to Singapore via SilkAir. Passengers connecting through Singapore can also take advantage of the Singapore Stopover Package, which is inclusive of overnight hotel accommodation with roundtrip airport transfers for as low as USD35. Those traveling beyond Singapore are also entitled to a SGD20 Changi Dollar Voucher that may be used at the different outlets in Changi International Airport.

“The increase in the number of flights reflects Singapore Airlines Group commitment in expanding our service offerings and providing our customers with more choices and convenience.  Through synergising the networks of both airlines, we are able to enhance the connectivity options available to our customers through our combined network of 99 cities in 35 countries,” Singapore Airlines’ Senior Vice President, Marketing Planning Ms Lee Wen Fen said.

SilkAir’s Chief Executive, Mr. Leslie Thng said, “Bali is a popular year-round travel destination renowned for its multifaceted attractions from temples, to pristine beaches and paddy fields. SilkAir is extremely pleased to have the opportunity to connect travellers around the world to this vibrant tourist destination from 12 December.”

As for the new Cairns route, Thng, shared: With the launch of Cairns, we, together with our parent company Singapore Airlines, will soon serve a total of seven points in Australia, namely Cairns, Darwin, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. “We believe this new service will be of interest to the leisure travelers as Cairns is well known for being the gateway to the popular Great Barrier Reef.”

Founded in 1876 as the port for inland goldfields, Cairns is the hub of Tropical North Queensland and has the closest access to the Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest reef in the world, measuring 2,011km in length and 72km across at its widest point, also making it the world’s largest World Heritage Area.

Customers are advised to note that the new flights may not be immediately available in computer reservations systems due to the lead-time required in making system updates.

Filipino Bloggers Network Christmas Party 2014

I am enjoying wonderful world of bloggers for more than three years. A lively and active online communities, social networks, community platforms and groups of people with similar goals, commonalities, affinities, interests connect and exchange information.

The Filipino Bloggers Network (FBN), one of the most active bloggers group in the country, successfully held its annual Christmas party at the Aluform facilities at Jade Garden, San Juan City last December 13.

The event which was filled with fun games, great food and more importantly, sharing of stories of the fellow online writers.

FBN currently has almost 1400 blogger members and continue to expand as it provides a venue for Pinoy bloggers to interact with other members from different part of the Philippines. Moderating the discussions and posting opportunities from different brands for the group are co-admins Divine RC and Richard Mamuyac.
This year’s celebration was supported by the following generous sponsors:

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Aluform PreFab Construction and Consultancy - Makers of office buildings and technoparks. The company also supplies the materials for the homes but would-be owners can engage their own contractors if preferred. They can also avail of Aluform’s services for the house construction. For more information and dealership inquiries, call (0917) 828-8189 and (0917) 891-1088. Or email
AMPR Publicity and Communications, Inc. (AMPR) - One of the country’s leading public relations agencies. AMPR is a full service public relations and marketing services company that caters to various industries and companies of diverse sizes. AMPR is also engaged in related services such as event planning and management, news and events monitoring from media and non-media sources, conceptualization and development of creative materials and brand marketing review for clients in need of end-to-end development of communication plans. For more about AMPR Publicity and Communications, Inc.’s expertise and services, like them on Facebook at or contact them through (02) 706-1971 and
Get Med app – Published by UNA IT Mobile Solutions Philippines Inc. GetMed is your first stop for leading a healthy lifestyle. Get the latest health tips, news stories, diets, health horoscopes and more via this FREE app. Stories and articles come from reputable sources around the world to ensure you are getting the best advice in leading a healthier life. GetMed also allows you to enhance your experience when you need to search for a Doctor, Visit your Doctor or look for your local hospital. With more doctors registering daily, you will be able to book your appointment with registered doctors with the simply click of a button. The app is available in Google Play and App Store.
Dominguez Marketing Communications, Inc. - One of the Philippines leading and most respected public relations and marketing organizations. Established in July 1995 and fully incorporated in January 1997, the company has become more than a Public Relations Company as it prefer to call themselves an Integrated Marketing Communications Company. Contact them through tel. no. (02) 897708, email or visit their website
Comm&Sense - One of the first marketing communications agency in the country to offer inbound marketing solutions. At the core of Comm&Sense’s strategy is Content Marketing. Content Marketing fullfils the goal of finding your customers, without annoying them. This is accomplished by strategically and consistently feeding them with content that they want.  More info at You can contact them via email or tel. no. (02) 893-5274.
True Blends the Strip - Hailed as one of the most popular cafes in Ortigas by Zomato Food Guide and published by Yahoo! Philippines.  True Blends’ hearty and healthy drinks makes use of the finest quality tea leaves and coffee beans. True Blends also offers All-day Breakfast Meals, Combo Meals, Tidbits such as Mojos and Chicken Chops, Sandwiches and Sausages at a student friendly price.  True Blends is located along Ortigas Avenue just between Mercury Drug Store and 7-11 at Medical City Pasig.  You can also call for delivery at (02) 697-7977.  And, they also offer flexible and affordable milk tea booth packages for event.
Sugarleaf - Foods that Nourish and Healthy Choices. The company advocates healthy living through organic foods and natural health.  Their mantra s “Let Food be your medicine!” For more info, contact Mr. Angelo Narciso Songso via email, tel. no. (02) 385-0387 or visit their website
Unilab - The biggest pharmaceutical company in the Philippines.  The company has a market share of some 20 percent which it has consistently maintained for more than three decades.  Its portfolio includes some of the biggest prescription and consumer healthcare brands in the country. To know more about the company, visit
Lightwater - Water is the purest and most natural beverage in the world. The brand’s goal was to create a beverage which is both pure and also functional to meet everyone’s    needs. So they added more function to water to make it better. they added vital electrolytes which will hydrate and keep body systems running smoothly. For more info about lightwater, please contact: Suncoast Brands International Corporation via or visit and for their Vitamin Boost brand.
GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc. (GMCI) - Transformative values-based marketing campaigns designed to influence perception and change beliefs. The company is known for innovation and strategic marketing in the communications industry. Our services include strategy, branding, digital, crisis and issues management, integrated marketing and events, among others. Contact them through tel. no. (02) 856-4624, email or visit
Lamoiyan Corporation - The first Filipino Company to succeed in penetrating the local toothpaste industy, long dominated by mutinationals. With Hapee, their own brand of toothpaste since their formal inauguration in March 1988,  the company was able to maintain a consistent quality standard that was patronized and love by the Filipinos nationwide. Lamoiyan also provides a variety of quality products for oral care, household and personal care at an affordable cost. Some of our brands includes Hapee, Kutitap and Gumtect toothpastes. Dazz dishwashing paste/liquid, and Licealiz for lice infestations. To know more about them, visit
Breville - An iconic Australian and global brand. Design and innovation have underpinned this success. From the Snack'n'Sandwich maker in 1974, to the wide feed tube Juice Fountain™ in 1999, and the Professional 800 Collection of today, Breville has provided inspiration to generations of customers.

Though Breville's roots are in Australia, Breville-designed products are now sold in more than 30 countries around the world, including the United States. Like a true Australian however, Breville has remained grounded, despite its global success. Breville is proof that some companies still listen to customers. Visit to know more about their products.
Mondelez International  - One big company. The company believes that above all, in one thing – something that’s unique to their organization – and that’s the power of Big and small. They have the scale and resources of a global powerhouse. But also the speed, creativity and agility of a fresh new start-up. Oreo and Tang are just two of their popular products. Visit to know more about them.
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With the overflowing support that FBN receives this year from different partner brands and members of the group this year, bigger and better opportunities and events are coming soon in the horizon.

December 29, 2014

Remembering Gat Jose Rizal and here's the message of PNoy Aquino to the Filipino people as we celebrate Rizal Day, December 30

Remembering the National Hero, President Benigno S. Aquino III will lead the celebration of Rizal Day at Luneta Park early morning of December 30, 2014.

President Aquino made a message for the Filipino people a day before the 118th celebration of Rizal Day remembering the sacrifice made by Gat Jose Rizal for the country.

“We discover an exemplar of citizenship in our national hero; and in his triumphs and sacrifice, we imbibe the inspiration to continue the fight for the Filipino. May this commemoration invigorate and impassion us as a people, that we may remain unwavering in the duty to bequeath succeeding generations with the dignified, progressive future they deserve,” the President said in a message posted at the national government’s official website.

“The battles we confront may be different from our forebears’, yet the call to action and service they once heard remains resonant and clear.”

President Aquino urged the entire country to “walk the path of accountability and commit ourselves to the task of nation-building. We shall compose the next chapters of our history and pass it on to coming Filipinos. United, let us strive to leave them a legacy of an empowered and proud nation.

Here's the message of President Aquino to the Filipino people as we celebrate Rizal Day, December 30, 2014

The Filipino people stand united in celebrating the life of a man who, throughout his life, sought to uplift the circumstances of his motherland and fellows: We honor Gat Jose Rizal—his courage, deeds, and generosity of spirit.

We discover an exemplar of citizenship in our national hero; and in his triumphs and sacrifice, we imbibe the inspiration to continue the fight for the Filipino. May this commemoration invigorate and impassion us as a people, that we may remain unwavering in the duty to bequeath succeeding generations with the dignified, progressive future they deserve.

The battles we confront may be different from our forebears’, yet the call to action and service they once heard remains resonant and clear. Rizal served as our precedent for prodigious acts: He took upon himself to alleviate the despair of others and cast his stake for a tomorrow of peace and liberty.

As today’s stewards, we are enjoined to do the same: Walk the path of accountability and commit ourselves to the task of nation-building. We shall compose the next chapters of our history and pass it on to coming Filipinos. United, let us strive to leave them a legacy of an empowered and proud nation.


30 December 2014

E!’s Fashion Police returns with comedienne Kathy Griffin as host

Kathy Griffin 
Two-time Emmy and Grammy Award Winning comedienne Griffin takes the throne alongside new panelist, Brad Goreski, and returning stars Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic when the comedy series returns with Golden Globes coverage on 13 January 2015 at 9PM

Melissa Rivers continues on as executive producer.

E! Entertainment recently announced Fashion Police will be in good – and very funny – hands with actress and comedienne Kathy Griffin as host.  Joining Griffin will be Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic, who return to the panel along with a new face: celebrity stylist and television personality Brad Goreski (It’s A Brad Brad World). 

Fashion Police – made famous by the iconic and indelible Joan Rivers – will air 17 style-studded episodes throughout the year, focused exclusively on the excitement surrounding the biggest red carpet and fashion events of 2015 including the Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, New York Fashion Week and more.  E!’s Fashion Police returns on 13 January 2015 at 9PM with Golden Globes coverage.

“Not only was Joan a trailblazer, she was also a dear friend and mentor to Kathy, who will no doubt continue her legacy and do the series justice by bringing her own unique comedic style and tell-it-like-it-is personality to the host chair,” said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, E!

"Plus, the addition of trendsetting stylist Brad completes the panel as the show begins its next chapter, which will focus on covering the major award shows and fashion events throughout the year.” 

Brad Goreski
Executive Producer Melissa Rivers added, “Kathy just feels right, and Brad brings a fun, new voice to join Giuliana and Kelly in this ensemble. I’m excited to see where this panel takes this series my mother so adored in this next incarnation.”

For her part, Griffin said, "I get it! These are some big shoes I'm going to fill. Joan was truly one of a kind.  Now I hope you will accept me for me.  I'm just Kathy. 

Two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin is a towering figure on television, on tour, and in publishing. She breaks through the entertainment clutter with her universally recognized brand of pull-no-punches comedy.  This year, Kathy made history with her 6th consecutive Grammy nomination and first win for Best Comedy Album (Kathy Griffin: Calm DownGurrl), as one of only three female comedians to ever win Grammy awards for Best Comedy Album. 

Brad Goreski is a fashion stylist and lifestyle expert. He is the former star of Bravo’s It’s a Brad, Brad World and currently serves as the Brand Stylist for Kate Spade New York for which he has styled a number of print and digital campaigns, as well as numerous fashion presentations at New York Fashion Week.  His celebrity clients have included Jessica Alba, Demi Moore, Christina Ricci and Rashida Jones. 

E! Channel airs on Channel 57 for Sky Cable and Destiny Digital, Channel 25 for Cignal and Channel 33 on Cable Link.

PH bloggers form group, PBNet inducts 1st set of officers

A group of Filipino Bloggers is setting up a formal organization with the induction of its officers and members on December 18.

Philippine Bloggers Network or PBNet (, is formed by a group of 15 online publishers, bloggers from travel, tech, lifestyle, business, entertainment, food and more. The PBNet aims to professionalize the blogging industry by conducting seminars and fora that are designed to help bloggers in taking online publishing to professional levels. 

Louis Casambre, Department of Science and Technology undersecretary and executive director of Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), inducted the officers and members of PBNet.
Louis Casambre, Department of Science and Technology undersecretary and executive director of Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO)
“2015 will be very special. It will be the first year of Philippine free wi-fi and hopefully TV whitespace, which have the power to bring what all of us have been enjoying for so long. With these two, next year is our chance to fix the digital divide in our country and provide Internet in unserved areas. We should all rally behind it for next yaer to make it work,” Casambre said in his keynote address as PBNet looks for a brighter year ahead.

Raffy Pedrajita, PBNet President
In his message during the officers’ induction, Pedrajita said, “As PBNet aims to develop and enhance the skills toward responsible blogging of its members, the organization will be gearing up to spearhead in educating Filipino bloggers on ideal manners and proper ethics in delivering digital publication.

“Being at the forefront of providing significant and credible information, PBNet will become the premier bloggers’ organization in the country,” Pedrajita said.

The induction of PBnet officers and members is also the group's Christmas Party held at the Sagabay Office, Liberty Center, Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City.

Azrael Coladila, PBNet Director
Hosted by Azrael Coladilla,  open the event with a prayer and Marlon Magtira share the history of Philippine Bloggers Network through his opening remark.

Marlon Magtira, PBNet Director

PBnet 1st General Membership meeting last May 17, vOffice, Bonifacio Global City.
PBNet members have been forging activities since 2013. This year, during its first general membership meeting last May 17 held at its Official Headquarters at vOffice, Bonifacio Global City, the following were elected as officers:

Raffy Pedrajita (, president;
Ian Irving Bacungan (, vice president internal;
Ron Villagonzalo (, vice president external;
Rafael Pekson II (, secretary;
Arabelle Jimenez (, treasurer;
Marlon Magtira ( and
Azrael Coladilla (, directors.

Other members of the group include:
Enzo Luna (
GianCarlo Viterbo (
Eli Villagonzalo (
Ted Claudio (
Irene Enriquez (
Mary Anne Barbieto (
Edel Santiago (
and Myrna Roman ( and also known as Enjoying Wonderful World.

With their own respective niche followers as online publishers, PBNet members cover travel, food, lifestyle, technology, business, and entertainment industries.

Pedrajita, Magtira and Bacungan promote blogging insights in Bloggers’ Hour radio program every Friday, 11:00AM-12:00NN at DWDD 1134lHz Katropa Radio with live streaming over .

Villagonzalo, Pekson, and Enriquez are advocating freelance and work at home employment and etreprenuership through a series of seminars.

December 28, 2014


As the competition progressed with only seven girls remaining, Diva’s SupermodelMe: Sirens heats up the weekly challenge with this coming episode's topsy-turvy task. 

The Philippine representative, 21-year-old Jasmine Ng, found herself tumbling head-over-heels at Kuala Lumpur’s newest and largest trampoline park. Jasmine and the rest of the girls learn the basic techniques of jumping off trampolines in an effort to channel their inner gymnasts. 

During the photo challenge, the aspiring models were turned into eye-catching window display mannequins behind a glass shop fronting a busy street. They were challenged to keep their body in control and maintain their balance as a living mannequin. 

Guest judge and Philippine celebrity Ruffa Gutierrez graces the judging panel this round for choosing those who are worthy to stay in the competition. Who goes home and who stays? Find out in yet another fashionably fun episode. 

Supermodel Me Season 5, episode 6 will air on December 29, Monday at 8PM. See it first and exclusive on Diva Universal. 

Diva airs on Channel 37 for Sky Cable, Channel 40 for Destiny Digital, Channel 110 for Cignal and Channel 32 on Cable Link. #supermodelme and #DIVAasia are the official hashtags of SupermodelMe: Sirens.

About Universal Networks International
Universal Networks International, the international channels division of NBCUniversal, is one of the world’s premier entertainment portfolios, delivering quality content and compelling brands to over 176 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The brands in the portfolio include Universal Channel, Syfy, 13th Street, Studio Universal, E! Entertainment Television, The Style Network, DIVA, Telemundo and Golf Channel. These unique brands deliver a full range of entertainment experiences to local audiences across the globe. 

Universal Networks International also operates Movies 24. Further, NBCUniversal News Group, one of the most influential and respected portfolios of on-air and digital news properties in the world, operate CNBC and NBC News internationally.

Universal Networks International is a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

McDonald’s Ph Launches First Multiple Card Payment Facility

McDonald’s enables a more convenient way to pay for dine-in, take-out, and drive-thru transactions. Customers can now use their credit and reloadable cash cards to purchase McDonald’s products.

“We never stop working towards an easier and more convenient way fo r customers to order and enjoy their McDonald’s favorites. We first changed the game with online and 24 hour McDelivery then came our McDo PH App, making our products available anytime, anywhere with the same goal in mind, we’re introducing contactless payment,” said Kenneth Yang, McDonald’s Philippines President and CEO.

“The technology is another first in the local quick service restaurant industry, as it uses a single terminal to accept cards from different issuers. Through this, we have also formed partnerships with trusted brands to offer only the best service to our customers.” 

This payment facility aims for better customer experience by reducing payment service time in a safe and more convenient way. The improved efficiency in store operations also reflects the company’s continuing innovation and commitment to fast service.

Close to 30 McDonald’s restaurants in Metro Manila are now equipped with a terminal to accept contactless card payments from Mastercard PayPass, VISA Paywave, e-Plus Tap To Pay Card, and Sweep Card.

This allows customers to do card transactions without having to enter a PIN or sign a receipt through the radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that ensure secure payments.

In 2015, more restaurants both in Metro Manila and provincial areas will be equipped with this technology. Customers can also look forward to contactless payment in Drive-Thru counters and McDelivery.

You can try paying for your McDo goodies using your card now!

Share it on McDonald’s official Facebook page at or tag @McDo_PH on Twitter or Instagram.

December 27, 2014

2014 Metro Manila Film Festival Winners

“Bonifacio ang Unang Pangulo” is the best picture for Metro Manila Film Festival 2014 awards night held this Saturday, December 27 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

Derek Ramsay and Jennylyn Mercado were awarded best actor and best actress for their performance in the romantic-comedy film "English Only Please."

The 40th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) organizers announced the full list of winners and awardees for the 2014 film competition in the awards night which was hosted by comedian-host Edu Manzano and 'Feng Shui 2' star Kris Aquino. Father Larry Faraon opened the 40th MMFF awards night ceremony with a prayer.

Eight (8) official entries have competed for the 2014 MMFF major award categories such as best picture, best actor, best actress and best director.

Entries to MMFF 2014 include Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles, Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo, Muslim Magnum .357, Praybeyt Benjamin 2, Feng Shui 2, My Big Bossing's Adventures, Shake, Rattle & Roll XV, and English Only, Please.

Here is the list of winners at the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival:

Best Actress: Jennylyn Mercado for "English Only Please"
Best Actor: Derek Ramsay for “English Only Please”

2nd Best Picture: “English Only Please”
3rd Best Picture: “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2”

Best Supporting Actress: Lotlot de Leon for “Kubot: Aswang Chronicles 2”
Best Supporting Actor: Joey Marquez for “Kubot: Aswang Chronicles 2”
Best Child Performer: Ryzza Mae Dizon for “My Big Bossing's Adventures”
Best Director: Dan Villegas for “English Only Please”
Best Screenplay: “English Only Please”
Best Original Story: “English Only Please”
Best Cinematography: Carlo Mendoza for “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo”
Best Editing: Marya Ignacio for “English Only, Please”
Best Production Design: Ericson Navarro for “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2”
Best Visual Effects: “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2”
Best Makeup: “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2”
Best Original Theme Song: Von de Guzman for “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo”
Best Musical Score: Von de Guzman “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo”
Best Festival Sound Engineer: “Bonifacio Ang Unang Pangulo”

New Wave:

New Wave Best Picture: “Magkakabaung”
New Wave Special Jury Prize: “M: Mother's Maiden Name”
New Wave Best Actor: Allen Dizon “Magkakabaung”
New Wave Best Actress: Zsa Zsa Padilla for “M: Mother's Maiden Name”
New Wave Best Director: Jason Paul Laxamana “Magkakabaung”
New Wave Best Supporting Actor: Kristoffer King for “Maratabat”
New Wave Best Supporting Actress: Gloria Sevilla “M: Mother's Maiden Name”
New Wave Short Film Special Jury Prize: “Kalaw” by Asia Pacific Institute

Special Awards:

Commemorative Award: Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito-Estrada
Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award: “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo”
FPJ Memorial Award for Film Excellence: “Bonifacio Ang Unang Pangulo”
Youth Choice Award: “Bonifacio Ang Unang Pangulo”
Female Face of the Night: Nadine Lustre

This year's MMFF also includes 5 full-length entries under New Wave category. Official entries which were launched last November at Resorts World Manila are Ato Bautista's Gemini; Zig Dulay's M. (Mother's Maiden Name); Jason Paul Laxamana's Magkakabaung (The Coffin Maker); Arlyn Dela Cruz's Maratabat (Pride and Honor), and Diane Ventura's Mulat (Awaken). Independent films were screened from December 16 to 24, 2014 at SM Megamall and Glorietta 4 cinemas.

The mainstream festival has kicked-off on Thursday, December 25, 2014 and will have ongoing nationwide screening until the first week of January 2014. During the festival, no foreign films are shown in Philippine cinemas in order to showcase locally produced films.

For Pope Francis Ph Visit, January 15, 16, and 19 are special nonworking days in NCR

Malacañang has declared January 15, 16, and 19 as special nonworking days in the National Capital Region in view of the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines.

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. issued Proclamation No. 936 on Monday, declaring three of the five days that the Pope will be in Manila as special nonworking days in NCR.

His Holiness Pope Francis will bring his message of “mercy and compassion” to at least 11 different venues in the province of Leyte and Metro Manila during his Apostolic Visit to the Philippines on January 15-19, 2015.

Pope Francis is expected to arrive in Manila from Sri Lanka, the first leg of his Asian trip, by plane past 5 p.m. on January 15, and will go on a motorcade to his official residence in the Philippines.

President Aquino will be welcoming Pope Francis upon his arrival at Villamor Airbase on January 15, Thursday. The President will lead the welcome ceremony for the Pope at the Palace’s Kalayaan Grounds the next day, Friday.

Tens of thousands are expected to see and hear Pope Francis deliver a speech at the University of Santo Tomas in January.

#MMFF2014: Bonifacio Ang Unang Pangulo

This is a film that truly capture our patriotism, a story of a noble hero - Andres Bonifacio.

The true story of Andres Bonifacio, a man who rose as a leader in the fight against the Spanish oppressors, and would gain the enmity of even those fighting for the same cause. 

Andrés Bonifacio y de Castro (November 30, 1863 – May 10, 1897) was a Filipino nationalist and revolutionary leader. He is often called "the Father of the Philippine Revolution". He was a founder and later Supremo ("supreme leader") of the Kataas-taasan, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan or simply and more popularly called Katipunan, a movement which sought the independence of the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule and started the Philippine Revolution. He is considered a de facto national hero of the Philippines, and is also considered by some Filipino historians to be the first President of the Philippines (through the revolutionary government he established), but officially he is not recognized as such. --- From Wikipedia

Directed by Enzo Williams and stars Robin Padilla, Vina Morales, Daniel Padilla, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Eddie Garcia, Jericho Rosales, Rommel Padilla, RJ Padilla, Isabel Oli, Ping Medina, Joem Bascon, Cholo Barretto, Jun-Jun Quintana and Isko Moreno.

Actor Robin Padilla, who portrays the titular character Andres Bonifacio, says he hopes to show, through the film, that there was more to the revolutionary hero than being brave and brash, qualities that most people associate with the beloved historical figure.

Vina Morales plays as Andres Bonifacio's second wife, Gregoria de Jesus. Jericho Rosales portrays Jose Rizal. 

“Bonifacio was also smart, loving and prayerful. Before he became leader, he was a follower,” Robin shares.

Here's a significant epic movie that we should not miss this season, recommended especially to the students. 


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