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Thursday, July 31, 2014

E! News Asia puts the spotlight on the Ultimate Pinoy Heartthrob Piolo Pacual





Sensational Filipino showbiz celebrity Piolo Pascual opens up about his public and private life on his E! News Asia Special. This exclusive no-holds-barred, tell-all interview premieres 28 September at 9pm on E! – the destination for celebrity and entertainment news.

Piolo is considered to be one of the most successful TV and film stars in the country. The 37 year old star has been at the top of his profession for nearly two decades clocking up an incredible 20 movies, 10 solo albums and over a dozen TV shows. E!_Piolo Pascual Uncensored_photo

“A household name in the Philippines, Piolo’s personality, gravitas and compelling life story are a perfect fit for E!” said Christine Fellowes, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Universal Networks International. “The Filipino appetite for local celebrity stories such as E! News Asia Special: Anne Curtis and record-breaking reality series It Takes GUTZ To Be A Gutierrez, has proven popular with our viewers and will continue to be a priority for NBCUniversal in this region.”

The celebrity-obsessed culture in the Philippines has arguably made Piolo’s personal life as entertaining as one of the romantic blockbusters he has starred in. He has played his part in the “love team” phenomena being paired off romantically with several of his leading ladies, notably actress KC Concepcion. Their two-year whirlwind romance captivated the imagination of their fans before it all came to a dramatic end.


In the brand new 30-minute E! News Asia Special, Piolo will reveal the truth about all the rumors and myths surrounding him. Viewers will also get a chance to see him at his most candid, talking about his aspirations and surrounded by the people he loves: his family and his 17-year-old son Inigo, who he has reconciled with after a long absence. Current and former co-stars Toni Gonzaga and Iza Calzado, among others, are also featured in this showcase.

Piolo joins other regional entertainment powerhouses like Lisa Surihani from Malaysia, Jay Park from South Korea, Aaron Aziz from Singapore and fellow countrywoman Anne Curtis in securing his very own showcase on E!

E! News Asia Special: Piolo Pascual premieres 28 September, 9pm only on E!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Most Intriguing Magician David Blaine is Live in Manila on September 12!





Max's partners up with Gilas for your favorite Max's take out treat




 Max’s Restaurant and Team Gilas   #PusoToTheMax partners up  to support the Philippine team to the FIBA World Cup in Spain– basketball and authentic Filipino cuisine. Mark Pingris dropped by at Max's Restaurant Cubao to give his support to the bloggers.


Max's Restaurant continues to drum up support for these modern-day heroes as Gilas Pilipinas inches closer to the most awaited and prestigious competition in Spain slated for August. Max's recently launched the "Gilas Favorite Delivery Treat," an offering of one whole Max's sarap to the bones fried chicken with a free bottle of banana catsup and a limited edition Gilas Pilipinas Eco Bag for only PhP299. Fans may now share the thrill of watching their favorite basketball team while enjoying Max's world famous, crispy-on-the-outside-and-tender-on-the-inside fried chicken.

 Max's Gilas Favorite Delivery Treat is valid until July 31, 2014 for both online and delivery transactions anywhere in the Philippines.




Coinciding with Max's Gilas Favorite Delivery Treat, Max's announced the winner for its "Dito Galing and Gilas" campaign. All set to fly for Spain are winners Pauline Vislenio and Jennifer Tayag Dueñes who will both be given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch Gilas Pilipinas compete live against the world's best basketball teams in the world.




Monday, July 28, 2014

THE ACTION-THRILLER “LUCY” STARS SCARLETT JOHANSSON





Portraying strong, unique female characters on the big screen is always a welcome challenge for Scarlett Johansson. So when casting his latest action-thriller “Lucy,” and writer-director Luc Besson needed to find an actress who could be believable as extremely vulnerable, as well as superpowered, when her exposure to an illicit substance inadvertently makes her acquire incredible skills, Johansson quickly came to mind.

Producer Virginie Besson-Silla describes the unlikely heroine of this story: “Lucy is an average girl who’s having fun with her friends in Asia, and there’s a lot of partying going on. She’s discovering life, but she’s going to discover it the hard way…and go much further than she would ever expect.”

For the role, Besson and his producer reached out to Scarlett Johansson, who has starred in intimate films such as “Lost in Translation” and “Her,” as well as action blockbusters including “Iron Man 2,” “The Avengers” and, most recently, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
Besson was impressed by the actress’ discipline. He explains that she was precise and professional from the get-go: “When we first met, Scarlett had read the script and I enjoyed the way she talked about it. She was excited for the right reason, which was the story. At that moment, it was a done deal for me. She was definitely the one.”


Johansson explains that one of her interests in portraying Lucy is based on the fact that the character “is in a transient phase in her life when we find her. She’s figuring out who she is, and she’s feeling like she should probably get her life on track.” The actress was not only attracted to the material, but to Besson’s vision. She notes: “The film poses some complex existential questions. It would have been hard to imagine how the script has evolved because so much of that is Luc’s vision. Anything I could imagine the film to look like, just from reading the descriptions in the script, pales in comparison to the actual life that Luc breathed into this project.”

Johansson acknowledges that even though she was initially disoriented by the screenplay’s nonlinear structure, she knew that she could trust the director. Quite familiar with Besson’s work, she cast aside caution and signed on to the film. “This is actually what drew me to this project,” she insists. “I had to trust Luc’s vision. I remember meeting him and he said, ‘You have to trust that I know what this is about because it can be vague at times. But if you see what I’m seeing, you’ll believe in it.’ So, I took a leap of faith. He’s a formidable guy who knows what he sees in his mind and wants that vision to be executed perfectly.”


Everyone involved in the production acknowledges that Lucy was a highly demanding role. Still, Johansson went beyond everyone’s expectations. Commends Besson-Silla: “It was all the more difficult, as Lucy starts off as a plain girl and turns into, as it were, a superhero. She goes through so much. Scarlett was able to take that journey easily.”

With such a clear vision of his protagonist, Besson was able to devise a method to help his leading lady get in character. He explains: “We created something very funny, which Scarlett had on her wall, to allow her to understand what reactions I wanted from her when I asked her to play, say, 25 percent, or 50 percent, or 70 percent of her brainpower.

“For every 10 percent, we charted out what you could do with that percentage— your level of knowledge and possibilities,” Besson continues. “It was a very good guide. Every morning she’d look at the chart to see which girl she had to play. If you look at the Lucy at the beginning and the Lucy at the end, they have little in common. When we arrived on set, Scarlett was exceptional. You can ask for whatever you want and she says, ‘Okay.’ She’s always willing to try.”

The actress admits that the most challenging part was to portray Lucy as a truly relatable character, despite the psychological and physical changes that she’s experiencing: “As the drug kicks in, Lucy gradually loses the ability to empathize and to feel pain. Even though she can delve deeply into someone’s memory and eventually control him physically, she doesn’t have any opinion. She loses her preconceived ideas or judgment about the other person. It was difficult to avoid making my performance flat and monotonous. You have to see the humanity behind her circumstances.”
Opening across the Philippines on August 06, “Lucy” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.


Ai-Ai delas Alas plays the role of a policewoman in "Ronda" for Cinemalaya 2014





I am always looking forward for Cinemalaya every year, actually all of us filipinos do. We are all excited for the indie films' story plot, (what lessons to be learned at the end of the film) and who will made it to the best actor category.  I made a list on what to watch and I included Ronda,  I would love to see Ms. Ai-ai delas Alas tackle the role of a policewoman, how subdued her acting is in this indie film.

Cinemalaya 2014 entry Ronda held its presscon on July 25, 2014 at Tiago Restaurant. Ms. Ai-ai delas Alas was excited for an acting award for the said movie.  She co-produced the movie and finished the indie film for seven days. "Yung ma-nominate ako dito sa movie ay  matutuwa na ako, yung manalo ako ay bonus na yun. Sana nga ma-nominate ako sa Urian, wala pa kong Urian, merun na ako sa Famas at MMFF. Yung Urian kasi ay parang pang Oscars na yun". she told the media.


In the successful ‘Tanging Ina’ movies, Comedy Queen Ai-Ai delas Alas played a mother who survived life’s trials with a lot of humor. Now, she takes on a different and more challenging mother role in Ronda, a finalist in the New Breed category of the 2014 Cinemalaya Film Festival.
Directed by Nick Olanka - whose past works have included mainstream films like ‘Cinco’ and TV shows like ‘E-Boy’ and ‘Apoy sa Dagat’ - and written by Adolf Alix Jr. and Jerome Zamora,



Ronda is the story of a policewoman whose job is to patrol the dangerous and seedy streets of Manila (a familiar setting for most indie films), and who finds herself faced with a unique dilemma when she has to arrest her own son for killing his girlfriend.

Ai-Ai is also the film’s co-producer. She has produced and co-produced other films before (the latest was ‘Kung Fu Divas’, co-starring Marian Rivera), but this is her first venture into indie filmmaking, both as producer and actress.

In both areas, she learned a lot. “Hindi na bago sa akin ang pag-produce, pero itong indie film, mas okay ito kasi mas mura, unlike sa mainstream, P5 million ang pinakamababang percent,” says Ai-Ai, who is also appearing in a Cinemalaya entry for the first time.

In terms of acting, Ai-Ai also learned something new. Because she does mostly comedy films, she is used to sometimes overplaying to the camera, to large gestures and what is occasionally called ‘overacting.’ But in Ronda, with its serious subject matter, Direk Nick advised Ai-Ai to underplay it instead. “Ang laki ng difference ng indie sa mainstream (in terms of acting),” says Ai-Ai. “Ang instruction ni Direk Nick sa akin, ‘wag akong aanggulo at aarte na artista. Less is more. Dapat all-natural.”

Ronda also stars Perla Bautista, Bernardo Bernardo, Menggie Cobarrubias, Carlo Aquino, Carlos Morales, Cogie Domingo, Mon Confiado, Moi Bien, DM Sevilla, Kiko Matos and Julian Trono, with the special participation of Cesar Montano and Angeli Bayani.

And speaking of Cesar Montano, Ai-Ai’s character has a love scene with him which she considers one of her highlights and the most challenging parts of making Ronda. “Ang pinaka-challenging sa akin dito is of course the love scene with Cesar, na may konting boobs na nakita — pero konting-konti lang, may bra naman — and ‘yung malayo ang tinakbo ko, sobrang hirap, naka-Take 4 ako, pagkatapos n’on, ayoko na tumakbo. Sa acting, ang madaling mahirap din, wala ka masyadong dialogue but iaarte mo sa mata lang and silently, umaakting ka.”


Fortunately, her director guided her all the way. “He’s a very cool director,” she says of Nick Olanka, with whom she also got to work for the first time. “No pressure.”

Her mother character in Ronda is of course very different from the mother she played in the ‘Tanging Ina’ series. “Dito, as a mother, hindi ako martir ng kagaya sa Tanging Ina. Mas magaling akong pulis kesa magaling akong nanay,” she says.

Ai-Ai took her cue from the security detail she had following her most recent separation. “Kinopya ko lang ‘yung arte nung dating escort ko na PNP (Philippine National Police), hindi masyadong nagsasalita,” she laughs. “Astig lang.”

She believes that the film has an important message to send out to all mothers, which is that it is crucial “to know your children and have a good relationship and communication with them.”
Regardless of whether the film, or she personally, wins any awards in this year’s Cinemalaya race, Ai-Ai will consider it a memorable experience. In fact, she’s not even expecting to win anything.

“Ma-nominate lang ako, ok na and pag nanalo ng award, super-bonus na,” she says. “Pag gusto ni God na manalo ako, game na. At least kahit ano ang mangyari, na-experience ko makagawa ng indie film.”

Along with the other Cinemalaya 2014 films, Ronda will have different screenings at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Ayala Cinemas.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

AQUABEST UNVEILS TECHNOLOGICAL QUARTET







Aquabest the country’s premier water refilling franchise is set to revolutionize the way Filipino’s  experience drinking water as it launches its four exclusive water treatment technologies.

Utilizing its new technologies the company will enable the company’s 700 store network to produce  Granderized water a type of water that is not only clean but also healthy. The company utilizes four unique technologies Grander, Tanwing, Nanogen, and Reverse Osmosis; that alters the very nature of water to make it better.

Tanwing Technology and Reverse Osmosis are filtration technologies that help eliminate practically all contaminants in the water making them safe and clean. Tanwing works by utilizing two wavelengths of ultraviolet radiation to help eliminate all biological contaminants. At the same time, reverse osmosis filters water at the nanometer level far smaller than a strand of hair to ensure that all impurities are filtered out.

The Nanogen and Grander Technologies work at the molecular level to infuse health giving properties to the water by affecting the molecular structure of the water. Nanogen is a Korean technology that utilizes nanotechnology to neutralize pure water’s inherent acidity. Acidic water is supposed to be a contributing factor to some diseases. Grander Technology from Austria alters the molecular structure of water to improve body's absorption.

Overall, Aquabest Granderized Water improves on the inherent cleansing and rejuvenating qualities of water.  Each drop reaches deeper into the core of every cell in our bodies, allowing them to perform their functions better. Drinking Aquabest Granderized Water  will rejuvenate the body at its very core helping people look and feel better.

GB Sampedro’s ‘Separados’ to compete in Cinemalaya 2014



Separados, a story of six men struggling with the pain of separation, is director GB Sampedro’s entry to the New Breed category of the 2014 Cinemalaya Film Festival.

Starring Victor Neri, Ricky Davao, Anjo Yllana, Jason Abalos, Alfred Vargas and Erik Santos in his movie debut as a call center agent who ends up as a battered husband, Separados is inspired partly by GB’s own experiences and those of his friends who were either married or in relationships that, for one reason or another, ended. It is a concept that GB began forming in 2006, a year after his own relationship hit the rocks. Through the years, and subsequent relationships that also ended—including his relationship with beauty queen and actress Daiana Menezes—GB refined the concept, adding characters and scenes until the movie reached its present form.

GB Sampedro
Although the stories of the six characters in the movie are distinct and separate, they are woven together in a tightly-written story that discusses separation from a man’s point of view. GB and co-writer Eric Ramos spent weeks researching why couples separate because they wanted to come up with a realistic film that takes an honest look into an age-old problem. According to their research, the top reasons for separation include sexual incompatibility, religious differences, indulging in vices such as drinking and gambling and domestic violence. (Yes, sometimes men are the victims).“Ilang weeks of pagbabasa at pag-research ang inubos namin sa movie kasi gusto ko talaga na ma-reinforce siya ng tamang research para hindi ako masabihan ng ‘Hindi naman totoo ‘yan!” says GB.

Separados is GB’s follow-up to 2009’s Astig, another ensemble movie that won for him a Best Director award in that year’s Cinemalaya festival. Separados will be screened from August 1 to 10 at different venues of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Ayala Malls cinemas.

The movie shows that men can also be the victims in a separation. “Yon ang di naman masasabing selling point siguro, pero kumbaga ‘yon ang bago, may ibang perspective ka na makikita dito. ‘yung punto de bista ng kalalakihan. Usually kasi, hindi nila tinitingnan na capable pala ang lalaki na masaktan.”

Separados achieves this without making women look like they’re at fault. “Hindi naman bine-blame lahat sa babae,meron din dito likas na babaero na character, pero may dahilan din, may reason kung bakit siya naging babaero, yun nga lang, di mo masyadong ma-elaborate,” says GB.

The movie weaves together the six men’s stories in a unique way. GB explains: “The first character suffers from sexual incompatibility with his partner, at ‘yun ang nagiging ugat ng problema nila. Dahil doon, si lalake nagiging workaholic na lang which leads na nagkahiwalay sila, painful nu’ng una pero naging maganda sa dulo. Tapos he remarried, at nagkaroon siya ng second chance. ‘Yung mapapangasawa niya, anak ng second separado who is played by Ricky Davao, na ang istorya naman niya, closet queen siya. Alam niya na bading siya mula pagkabata niya, pero kinasal. Nagkaroon siya ng relationship sa babae, na sinubukan niya to convince himself na straight siya. Pero nagkaroon siya ng feelings for a man, na isa ding separado na car salesman naman, who is Jason Abalos, and so on and so forth. Tuhog-tuhog ang mga istorya nila.”

The cast turned in some very revealing performances. Acting in a story like Separados was a challenge for most of them, especially since the characters they play in the movie are very far from who they are in real life.

Alfred Vargas, who doesn’t just act in, but also co-produced the film, says the Separados journey was a unique experience for him.

“It involved me so much more in the whole filmmaking process,” says Alfred. “Filmmaking is one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling endeavors I’ve ever been into. I didn’t realize it until I became a producer myself. What’s also interesting is that I gained more understanding of what a professional actor should be when I started producing films. It opened my eyes and made me see the realities and the ups and downs of the industry.”

So far, he says, he is proud to say that he has produced quality films that may inspire Filipinos. He hopes those who come to see Separados will find pieces of themselves in the movie.

“People can expect to see themselves instantly in the shoes of one or more of the separados,” he says. “Separados is a narrative about love, life, relationships, failures and hope. It’s everybody’s story.”




Marian Rivera leads the pack of endorsers for Kopiko Cafe Blanca




Kopiko launches its another variant the creamylicious "Kopiko Cafe Blanca" the latest addition to Kopiko’s instant coffee mix brands on July 22, 2014, with its four celebrity endorsers Marian Rivera, Iya Villania, Aljur Abrenica and Christian Bautista at Isabela Ballroom of Makati Shangri-la.



Marian Rivera




With the Kopiko execs Michael Tandas, Christian Bautista, Iya Villania and Marian Rivera

Aljur Abrenica

How do you like your coffee, I like mine smooth and aromatic with the right caffeine kicking in. Filipinos adore coffee so much, that you can find them in every table, in any given day. I have been buying Kopiko sachets eversince the launch of coffee brown found its way in the market. Right now, I made a switch from Kopiko Brown to cafe Blanca. I found that Cafe Blanca has the vanilla smooth flavor that I love, and its the creamiest there is in a sachet plus its affordable.  Its perfect to partner for my slice of cake, biscuits or a home made sandwich.


Derived from the Spanish word ‘blanca’ meaning ‘white’, Kopiko Café Blanca is Kopiko’s version of creamy coffee brought to the next level: a tempting aroma, silky smooth feel, and luscious creamy goodness, all distinctly blended the Kopiko way.

Michael F. Tandas, Marketing Manager of Kopiko in the Philippines, said, “We believe creamy coffee lovers deserve a different level of taste experience, through Kopiko Café Blanca, an ordinary coffee time is transformed into a truly creamylicious moment with its extra-creamy special taste made for discerning consumers”.

The exclusive media-launch also featured the showing of its new TVC and introduction of its four (4) brand ambassadors: Aljur Abrenica, Iya Villania, Christian Bautista, and Marian Rivera. The brand ambassadors revealed their secrets on why they chose Kopiko Café Blanca as their choice of creamy coffee.









Marian Rivera shared, “I have tried a lot of instant coffee variants in the market, Kopiko Café Blanca’s delicious creamy blend is outstanding and amazing! I am sure, you will love it!”

The exclusive media event was graced by executives from PT Torabika Eka Semesta, makers of Kopiko, led by its Group Country Head for Philippines & Indian Sub-Continent, Mr. Mulyono Nurlimo, who shared the rich history and vision of the company for the Philippine market.

“PT Torabika started developing the market in the Philippines since 1994 and in 2006, it marked an aggressive and successful product launches starting with Kopiko Astig 3inOne Black Coffee. In 2009, it launched Kopiko Brown Coffee, in the succeeding years, Kopiko Kopiccino and Kopiko L.A. Coffee followed. PT Torabika also has its nutritious healthy food range such as Energen Cereals and Energen Go Fruit Instant Oats and its confectionery brands like Beng Beng chocolates, Fres Mint Candy and Kopiko Coffee Candy.”

Nurlimo added that PT Torabika is committed in serving quality-tasty food products at an affordable price for Filipino Consumers.

Kopiko Café Blanca is now available in leading supermarkets, groceries and sari-sari stores nationwide for only PhP6 per 30-gram sachet.





Friday, July 25, 2014

Lindsay Lohan stars in the explicitly erotic thriller "The Canyons"





Notorious writer Bret Easton Ellis (“American Psycho”) and acclaimed director Paul Schrader (writer of “Taxi Driver” and director of “American Gigolo”) join forces for this explicitly erotic thriller about youth, glamour, sex and surveillance. Manipulative and scheming young movie producer Christian (adult film star James Deen) makes films to keep his trust fund intact, while his actress girlfriend and bored plaything, Tara (Lindsay Lohan), hides a passionate affair with an actor from her past. When Christian becomes aware of Tara's infidelity, the young Angelenos are thrust into a violent, sexually-charged tour through the dark side of human nature.


The Canyons” is a contemporary LA noir film about the dangers of sexual obsession and ambition, both personally and professionally.  One chance encounter among a group of people in their twenties sets in motion a series of events, resulting in deceit, paranoia, cruel mind games and violence.



From Crystalsky Multimedia, “The Canyons” opens very soon this August 13 in cinemas nationwide.



Huawei launches its 4th brand in SM Southmall

Huawei opens 4th brand shop in SM Southmall




A new Huawei brand shop has been opened in SM Southmall, Las Piñas City due to the growing demand for Huawei devices in the city and in southern Metro Manila.

The new shop is located on the third floor of SM Cyberzone. Huawei’s aggressive expansion makes this its fourth brand shop in the country in less than two months. Designed to be highly experiential, the store has interactive areas where shoppers can try Huawei devices – 3G/4G LTE smartphones, tablets, and mobile broadband devices, among others – at their own pace.

“The Brand Shop further strengthens the retail offering of Huawei and gives shoppers an opportunity to avail of the very best of accessible premium devices,” said Charles Wu, Huawei Device Philippines country manager. “And our brand of consumer device shopping is significantly different as we want them to really experience Huawei’s brand essence the moment they step into the store.”



Operated by MemoXpress, the new Huawei shop takes after the brand’s signature premium, clean, and comfortable feel and look.

Started operating in May 2014, the other two brand shops in Metro Manila are located in SM North EDSA and SM Megamall. Early this month, Huawei opened its first store outside Manila in Ayala Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. Additional stores are set to open in the coming months.

To celebrate the shop’s opening, Huawei hosted a road show and gave Huawei goodies and surprises to those who participated. A groufie kiosk also delighted guests as groups of friends posed for groufies using the recently launched Huawei Ascend P7. Equipped with an 8MP 5P non-spherical lens front-facing camera, the Ascend P7 is especially designed to capture the perfect panoramic selfie or groufie shot.

Snap every special, spontaneous moment of your life before they are gone. With the innovative 1.2 second Ultra Snapshot function and voice-activated snapping function of Ascend P7, you’ll never miss a special moment. Huawei Ascend P7's unique Ultra Snapshot function enables the user to be camera-ready 1.2 seconds after double-clicking the down volume button intuitively while in locked mode, instead of spending time trying to unlock the screen.

The Ascend P7 embodies excellent craftsmanship with edge as the sleek unit features a high-powered combination of 4G LTE and Huawei’s unique dual antenna, which greatly improves signal reception and allows users to enjoy unlimited media viewing. The 6.5mm-thick, five-inch full-HD phone also provides enhanced strength and durability against everyday use with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 front and rear covers.

For more updates about Huawei Device Philippines, follow the brand on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/HuaweiDevicePH ) and Instagram (@huaweideviceph).


“FIFTY SHADES OF GREY” UNCOVERED THE SIZZLING TEASER TRAILER, IMAGES



Universal Pictures and Focus Features have just uncovered the sizzling teaser trailer and images of Sam Taylor-Johnson's feature film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The trailer may be viewed at http://youtu.be/bdagP6--_-s.


“Fifty Shades of Grey” is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever.


Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Joining Dornan and Johnson in the cast are Luke Grimes as Elliot, Christian’s brother; Victor Rasuk as José, Anastasia’s close friend; Eloise Mumford as Kate, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate; Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian’s mother; Rita Ora as Mia, Christian’s sister; Max Martini as Taylor, Christian’s bodyguard; Callum Keith Rennie as Ray, Anastasia’s stepfather; Jennifer Ehle as Carla, Anastasia’s mother; and Dylan Neal as Bob, Carla’s husband.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the creator of the series. The screenplay for the film is by Kelly Marcel.


Opening across the Philippines on February 11, 2015, “Fifty Shades of Grey” will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.



GET A SAMSUNG 39-inch LED TV for only P19,990.00!





In today’s world of modern technology, a vast array of television sets are available, each offering different sizes, specifications, and innovations. Leading the pack is Samsung, being the World’s and Philippines’ number one TV brand. It has attained this status after years of developing premium flat-panel TVs with not only ground-breaking technology but also a strong design aesthetic.

A staple in its current lineup is LED technology as Samsung understands that your first priority as a viewer is stunning picture quality. Couple this with Full HD capability and you can enjoy your favorite movies, TV series, and video games like never before. However, high quality viewing normally equals a high price, especially when you’re taking about large screen sizes, thin borders, and stylish designs.




Luckily, for those looking to purchase a 39’’ Full HD LED TV, Samsung will be having a promo this July 28-August 3! 39 inches for only P19,990. That means you’ll save P10,000.00! But hurry, the offer only runs for 7 days in participating Samsung dealers nationwide.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Star Records Launches Debut Album of Rock Band “Generation”



Star Records releases the self-titled debut album of Generation, a new rock band composed of sons of legendary Filipino recording artists. Its members include Joe Chan and Mike Chan, sons of Jose Mari Chan, on bass and keyboards, respectively; Kowboy Santos, Sampaguita’s son, on lead guitar; and Ige Gallardo, son of Celeste Legaspi, on rhythm guitar.

Formed in 2008, the band started performing in various gigs, playing classics from The Beatles, Doobie Brothers, Cars, among others. Then in 2010, Generation began recording their debut album of all-original songs. The members describe their brand of music as new classic rock as showcased by its distinct yet melodic compositions, like the album’s carrier single “Love is Killing Me.”





The 12-track album also features original tracks, namely, “Make It Right,” “Idol,” “Shine Your Light On Me,” “Keena,” “Star,” “Walking A Fine Line,” “Can’t Be Wrong,” “Purple,” “He’s Gone,” “She,” and “Just Let Go.” In their debut album, all four members take turns singing lead.

The “Generation” album is now available in record bars nationwide for only P250.00. The tracks can also be downloaded via iTunes, Amazon.com, Mymusicstore.com.ph, and Starmusic.ph.

CELEBRITIES DONNING THEIR FAVORITE TOD’S

CELEBRITIES AND THEIR TOD’S




Take a cue from these gorgeous stars who know a thing or two when it comes to looking fab.

Taking the limelight is the lovable Emma Stone carrying her Tod’s Signature Clutch in silver to the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Second on the list is Robin Wright donning her Tod’s Signature Clutch, also in silver, when she attended the 100th Annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington D.C. Spotted in a similar style as these two, leading ladies Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz dressed up with their favorite Tod’s arm candies at the Cannes Film Festival. Moore strutted the black carpet with her Signature Hard-case Clutch in gold metal at a Hunger Games party, while Moretz donned the Tod’s Signature Hard-case Clutch in silver metal at the dinner for her film, Clouds of Sils Maria.






Uma Thurman arrived in style at Cannes with her Tod’s D-Cube Travel bag in white leather and orange suede. While out and about at the Big Apple, Uma was spotted looking simply chic in her Tod’s fringe sandals in burgundy and white patent leather. Looking gorgeous all over the world, in New York and in Tokyo, Taylor Swift completes her look with her Tod’s Sellas shopping bag.


As the lone gentleman on our list, Armie Hammer looked quite dapper wearing the Francesina Fondo Cuoio in black when he attended the 100th Annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.



Without doubt, A-list celebrities choose only Tod’s when it comes to high quality Italian fashion.

In the Philippines, Tod’s is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) and are available at the boutiques located in Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center Makati and Rustan’s Tower, Shangri-La Plaza Mall.

Boyz II Men LIVE in Manila this September 17, 2014


Ovation Productions, the premier concert promotions and productions company in the country, presents Boyz II Men LIVE in Manila this September 17, 2014! The brilliant and immensely talented group is currently composed of baritone Nathan Morris with tenors Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris. In 2003, past member Michael McCary left the group because of health predicaments. The insistent popular demand in the Philippines for Boyz II Men magnetized the American R&B vocal group to once again grace the archipelago for the fourth time this coming September.



Filipinos possess an unwavering love for romantic ballads, and Boyz II Men—the ones behind soulful tracks such as “I’ll Make Love to You”, “End of the Road”, “On Bended Knee”, “Water Runs Dry”, “A Song For Mama”, “One Sweet Day” (with Mariah Carey), and “4 Seasons of Loneliness” among other hits —will more than satisfy this craving. The group is widely popular for touching the hearts of many through their powerful voices, heartwarming lyrics, and splendid harmonies. The group has also done recordings of Motown’s Greatest Hits, a CD of the greatest love ballads, and other covers of popular hits.


Boyz II Men’s vast success soared to great heights in the 1990s after releasing “End of the Road” which reached the top of the charts and conquered the number one place of Billboard Hot 100 for thirteen weeks. This caused one of the best vocal groups to break Elvis Presley’s record of longevity in the charts. Boyz II Men wowed the world once more by breaking their own record with the songs "I'll Make Love to You" and "One Sweet Day" (with Mariah Carey), at fourteen and sixteen weeks respectively. The latter track still holds the all-time record for longevity in the Billboard Hot 100.

As one of the most massive names in R&B and a capella, Boyz II Men endeavored to put R&B back into the mainstream as it had been in the 1970s. The group has indubitably put a resonating impact on music and certainly brought back R&B to the popular scene. Boyz II Men garnered an astonishing cumulative 50 weeks on the number one spot of the Billboard Hot 100, a feat that only Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Mariah Carey have surpassed. This proves how impactful Boyz II Men’s music has become and how the power of their voices has shaped and defined a capella and R&B music.


Catch Boyz II Men live in Manila on September 17, 2014 8PM at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
For inquiries, please contact TicketNet at 911-5555 or visit www.ticketnet.com.ph
VIP - 5,750 Patron - 4,750 Box Premium - 3,750 Box Regular - 2,750.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More fuel, more chow in Caltex-Chowking promo





The journey just got way happier for motorists who will fuel up starting July 15 to September 30, 2014 at any Caltex station. Aside from getting maximized power, improved fuel economy, lower emission, smoother drive and reliable performance in every Caltex with Techron fuel purchase, Caltex customers can also enjoy a free Chowking Halo-halo, Chinese-Style Fried chicken, Pork Siomai Chow Fan and more.

Motorists can get free Chowking food items for every single or accumulated fuel transaction worth P 2,500 using their locally issued credit and debit cards, cash, StarCash or StarCard. A maximum of five combined receipts from one Caltex station can be exchanged for a single food coupon. Exchange period is until November 30, 2014. Promo coupons are valid for one year from date of issuance and can be presented to all Chowking branches nationwide.

Caltex customers with Happyplüs cards can also avail of the promo and earn points at the same time to grab more free meals at any Chowking, Jollibee, Greenwich and Red Ribbon store. To become a Happyplüs member, membership kits are available for only P100.00 in Caltex stations and any branch of the four fast food chains.

Caltex-Chowking Fuel for Chow is part of a promotional campaign introduced by industry giants Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex fuel and lubricants, and Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), owner of Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich and Red Ribbon brands. CPI and JFC kick-started the campaign with the Free Jollibee treats promo last year followed by the Happyplüs loyalty program launch last summer.

Per DTI-NCR Permit No 5254, Series of 2014. See flyers for more details or visit www.facebook.com/CaltexPhilippines for updates on other Caltex promos and activities.

Nate Burkey supports the 'futkaleros" dream of making it big



Nate Burkey of Azkals supports the dream of futkaleros by training with them and giving them tips on how to play the most loved and watched sport in the world.
Nate Burkey, together with FutKal founder Pete Amores, LBC Foundation Executive director Nena Wuthrich, and LBC Chief Marketing Officer Javy Mantecon joins the media people, futkaleros and coaches for the LBC Foundation and Futkal Primer event last July 19, 2014 at Sinulog Hall of Blue Leaf Filipinas.



(From left-right) Nate Burkey of Azkals, Pete Amores – FutKal Founder, Ms. Nena Wuthrich – LBC Foundation Executive Director, and Mr. Javy Mantecon – LBC Chief Marketing Officer


 LBC foundation, a supporter and believer of FutKal Field of Hope who are reaching out to the poor is hoping to go international with their "futkaleros".


Field of Hope, is a project aimed to help victims of the Yolanda tragedy recover, both mentally and emotionally, through "the beautiful game", football. Through sports, arts and music activities, and discipline, the program is giving children a new lease on life despite tragedy and poverty.

Futkaleros and coaches

FutKal has been implementing social development football programs in different provinces and regions since 2006. Through the years, the program has evolved and is now being praised for its recent efforts in Tondo, where they have trained a good number of Futkaleros. FutKal founder Pete Amores describes these children as ‘football enthusiasts that manifest a positive attitude and a purpose driven life.’

FutKal’s success on their “Kick for Life” program in Tondo has attracted the attention of the LBC Foundation, which prompted the latter to partner with them for “Field of Hope”. Nena Wuthrich, Executive Director of the LBC Foundation, hopes to achieve something equal to the success of “Kick For Life” or better with Field of Hope.

“Field of Hope is something that FutKal and LBC have been working on for quite a while,” said Wuthrich. “We saw the effect of FutKal’s programs on the kids in Tondo, and were hoping to inspire children affected by Yolanda from Tacloban in the same positive way,” she continued.


LBC Foundation and FutKal recently held an event at Blue Leaf Filipinas to show everyone how the programs are run. After a brief introduction, members of the press, special guests, and their children took part in an intense and fun football clinic with FutKal coaches, complemented by arts and music workshops.

“These programs are specially designed to appeal to the youth,” said Amores. “It gives them an outlet for their creativity and passion while teaching them the discipline they need for a better future,” he stressed.

“Aside from rebuilding homes and restoring livelihoods, we really want to help the children cope through post-traumatic stress therapy,” Wuthrich added. “This is all part of the LBC Foundation’s commitment in moving lives, businesses, and communities.”

To know more about FutKal and their activities, you may visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/FutKal.

The LBC Foundation also supports other causes and programs to help move communities. To know more, visit the LBC foundation Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LBCFoundation.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SM CinExclusive releases Black Butler at SM Cinema on July 23


SM Cinema through its CinExclusive program, the exclusive screening of films at the digital theatres of SM Cinema nationwide, is showing the live action movie Black Butler starting July 23, 2014.


 Prepare to be charmed by demonic butler Sebastian, who highly values everything his master presents him with, I never read Manga but I became an instant fan of Sebastian who by the way loves cat. I was fascinated by his mysterious ways, so to discover more about him, go and see Black Butler on July 23, 2014 on the big screen.

Black Butler is loosely based on the Japanese manga of the same name written and illustrated by Yana Toboso and serialized in the monthly G-Fantasy, published by Square Enix. Since its first publication in 2006, the series has sold 18 million copies worldwide and has been translated to 20 languages and sold in 42 countries and territories.

Black Butler features an all-new story set 130 years later after the events in the manga. It revolves around Kiyoharu who, upon the request of the Queen, investigates murder cases with the help of the demonic butler Sebastian.

SM Cinema is the largest film exhibitor in the Philippines with more than 250 screens in 48 branches across the nation. SM Cinema operates IMAX which offers state-of-the-art projection system, surround system and crystal-clear lifelike images that appear real. Aside from IMAX, SM Cinema also operates Director’s Club Cinema that has the best comfort and style which offers leather seats, and butler service. This is best for movie buffs that prefer high-end choice.

Movie goers can also check cinema schedule by dialing the hotline number, (02) 470-2222.  This hotline number can be used for movie concerns and ticket purchases. Tickets, from movies to concerts, can also be easily purchased at SM Tickets, the only ticketing agency with booths available nationwide.
Snacks are also available in SM Cinema through Snack Time. Snack Time offers a wide variety of food, from snacks such as popcorn, burgers, sandwiches, corndogs, drinks and candies to healthy gourmet meals fit for movie goers’ lifestyle.

“At SM Lifestyle Entertainment Incorporated, our mission is to make our entertainment and food brands the first choice among all Filipinos because of the great experience and value for money that we provide through our empowered managers and motivated co-workers. Our world-class recreational facilities, products and services aim to provide Filipinos more venues to create wonderful memories with their families, friends and loved ones,” says Edgar C. Tejerero, President.

Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SMCinema and follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SM_Cinema for updates.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

The SM Group supports Filipino figure skater Michael Martinez in Winter Olympics 2018







The SM Group signs a four-year contract extension with Michael Martinez for monetary support in his goal to make it to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The contract stipulates exclusivity to the SM brands only. The presscon was held last July 17, 2014 at the SM Arena and left for the US the day after to train in preparation of the Hilton Honors Skate America to be held in Chicago Illinois in October 22-26, 2014.

Michael was one of the select few invited by the organizing committee of the Hilton Honors to compete in this prestigious event. Only World Top Ranking skaters, which Martinez ranks 27th, are requested to attend the competition.he training and competition.  He added that he is doing this for the country and his mother, he is now training on perfecting his quadruple jump and works on polishing it. "I am pushing myself to the limit, kapag sumablay po sa competition, tayo lang po ule and gawin yung dapat. Ieenjoy ko po lahat eto". Michael Martinez added.


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Michael Martinez, who had discovered his love for skating at a very early age, honed his skills at the SM Skating Rink. He had joined international competitions such as those developed by the International Skating Institute and the International Skating Union, but his efforts have recently been noticed by the Public as the only Filipino representative at the Winter Olympics 2014.

To further develop his talent, SM Prime Holdings, SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc., and the SM Foundation teamed up to provide Martinez monetary support for his training and needs for skating.



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