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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Blue Water Day Spa introduces celebrity ambassadors: Ara Arida, Christian Bautista, Michelle Dee, Harry Morris and Fabio Ide

"I take a massage each week. This isn't an indulgence, it's an investment in your full creative expression/productivity/passion and sustained good health."
Robin Sharma

When was the last time you visit your massage therapist. When I checked mine it was 3 weeks ago as of this writing. I suddenly felt the urge to block my schedule any time tomorrow and visit my favorite therapist as soon as possible. A good massage helps re-align my body. Its the most effective stress-relief buster. It helps me to work and think better.  I remember the last time I availed their Mild Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) massage 3 months ago. It relieved me of my headache and helped me to sleep longer than my usual 4 hours. Now that they are offering the Blue Water Day Spa Therapeutic Colonic Massage among others which melts the fat away, the latest method of losing weight. I guess I should give this a try this weekend to prepare my body for the holiday season.

While many head to Blue Water Day Spa to get themselves beach ready for the summer, a healthy mind, spirit and body is always in season.

Blue Water Day Spa, the renowned leader in ultimate pampering and rejuvenation, helps you achieve and maintain that balanced state of well-being through its wide, varied range of treatments. From intensely rejuvenating massages to deep cleansing facials, and sculpting and toning treatments that help you maintain your toned physique, Blue Water Day Spa helps you address all the symptoms of stress and gives you that boost you need to get you through the week.

With several branches located in around the metro, Blue Water Day Spa also offers its discerning clientele relaxing respites in the city where they can de-stress and pamper themselves.

And just in time for this holiday season, Blue Water Day Spa proudly presents its roster of ambassadors: Michelle Dee, Harry Morris, Fabio Ide, Ara Arida and Christian Bautista. 

The youthful Michelle Dee has a lot to deal with these days, a hectic schedule and so much more. And the stress of the daily grind ultimately affects her well-being, causing headaches, neck strains and pains in her lower back. To help soothe the symptoms caused by stress, Michelle turns to Blue Water Day Spa’s Combo Herbal Massage. Using a soothing blend of essential oils, the deep tissue massage helps to work out the tensions in the back and neck. “After just one session, you feel looser and more relaxed. You’ll definitely feel that you’re ready to take on another day!” shares Michelle.

A multi-awarded artist and actor, Christian Bautista has to divide his hours, recording at the studio and shooting for his back-to-back shows. The long production days and the stress on set oftentimes makes him binge on junk food. “Which, of course, affects my weight and my mindset. When I eat junk food, I feel lethargic and don’t quite have the energy,” he says.  For this, he uses the Blue Water Day Spa Therapeutic Colonic Massage. It is the latest method of losing weight, and it gives Christian that boost of energy. “It makes you relax, and it helps tone the body. I combine this with exercise and eating right, and after a few sessions, you’ll see impressive results,” he shares. “The Colonic Massage also helps get rid of the blockages and impurities in your system, so you instantly feel lighter and freer.”

Ariella “Ara” Arida, Miss Universe 2013- Third Runner Up, understands the importance of looking your best, and so despite no longer competing for the crown, she invests time and effort in maintaining her toned physique and youthful looks. To help her look camera-ready, Ara schedules her Blue Water Day Spa Y-Lift treatments regularly. The Y Lift treatment, a combination facial and skin treatment, helps to reduce the signs of skin-aging and gently “lifts” the face for that youthful look. “When it comes to my body, I try to eat clean and live healthy, and complement that with my Y-Lift treatments which gives me that radiant glow and smooth complexion,” she says.

Blue Water Day Spa has numerous other treatments for different body issues and has treatments that complement the different lifestyles of its customers. For active individuals and athletes like Fabio Ide and Harry Morris, they turn to Blue Water Day Spa’s Athlete Massage to help soothe the aches in their muscles.

Harry Morris, a player of the Philippine Volcanoes (rugby team), often pushes his body to the limits, going through intense trainings and games regularly. “After training or a rough game, my muscles and joints hurt a lot. When I get the Athlete’s Massage, I’ve noticed that my recovery time gets cut in half,” he says.

Fabio Ide, entrepreneur and model, agrees with Morris, adding, “Your body is like a well-oiled machine, so you have to make sure it gets the upkeep it needs. This massage does incredibly well in making sure that you stay at the top of your game and that you enjoy that range of motion painlessly.”

Whether it’s to look more beautiful, to speed up recovery time, or to just simply pamper yourself after a long, hard week of work, Blue Water Day Spa is here to help you relax and rejuvenate anytime.

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Stella Artois inspires perfection

When it comes to providing the ultimate beer experience, Stella Artois inspires excellence and perfection at every stage, from brewing to staging the perfect pour to hosting the per-fect party.

Detail is never overlooked when a glass of Stella Artois is being poured. That’s why the Belgian beer brand holds the Draught Masters Championship every year, a competition that celebrates perfection, quality and passion – everything Stella Artois embodies as a brand.

Philippine Draught Masters champion Laurio recently showed off the exact way to pour Stella Artois at an intimate get-together at Pablo Bistro

Tap Virtuoso Jason Laurio beat a pool of peers and announced the Philippine champion at the 2017 Stella Artois Asia Draught Masters competition.

To prove that Stella Artois is poured with the same majestic flair in the Philippines and elsewhere as it is in its homeland of Belgium, the renowned beer brand scours each country in search of the most talented beer slingers on the planet. Tap virtuoso Jason Laurio beat a pool of peers and announced the Philippine champion at the 2017 Stella Artois Asia Draught Masters competition.

Pepper Teehankee,’s main man Raj Sadwani with wife Margie Sadwani, and Stella Artois Marketing Head Chester Cabrera

Laurio was judged on his passion, enthusiasm and skills on executing Stella Artois’ com-plex 9-Step Pouring Ritual, a custom that epitomizes the brand's continual quest for per-fection. This centuries-old tradition requires polished expertise in the art of pouring the perfect beer from the tap as well as the bottle, showcasing Stella Artois' dedication to delivering superior beer the world over and promoting the unique Belgian beer experience that Stella Artois aficionados have enjoyed for more than 600 years.

The Stella Artois perfect pour is fundamental not only to ensure the highest beer taste but to provide an entertaining spectacle for bar patrons and to provide a source of inspiration for bartenders. This pouring ritual makes use of the brand’s Chalice, a curved glass that was designed to enhance the beer’s flavor by releasing its aromas when liquid is poured into it.

"Just as wines are poured into specific glasses for peak enjoyment, the Chalice’s curves, stem and signature gold rim yields the ultimate drinking experience of Belgium's gold-standard lager,” says Chester Cabrera, Head of Marketing at Booze Online, Inc, distributors of Stella Artois in the Philippines. “Stella Artois should only be poured one way. It is observed properly to serve the pleasantly bitter beer flavor we’ve always loved.”

Philippine Draught Masters champion Laurio recently showed off the exact way to pour Stella Artois at an intimate get-together at Pablo Bistro at The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, explaining the intricacies of each step of the Pouring Ritual along the way.

To round off the perfect Stella Artois experience, Belgium’s beloved beer was paired with carefully crafted bites sent out by Pablo’s talented kitchen team. Beer has become a wor-thy accompaniment to meals in recent times as connoisseurs have become more aware that different beer styles and flavor profiles can complement a meal just as well as fine wine.’s Seph Asong and RJTV’s Jamie Fournier

                                    Booey Benin and Joanne Pecson

Each of the items in Pablo’s cocktail menu mirrored Stella Artois’ distinct taste beautifully. Hearty cheese-filled pizzetas and croquetas complemented the beer’s full-bodied flavor, while a sweet and salty chicken satay helped balance out the beer’s bitter notes.

As this cozy cocktail gathering proved, Stella Artois does not only inspire the perfect pour; it’s also the perfect companion for hosting the perfect party.

Thursday, September 28, 2017


Filipino-American filmmaker Dean Devlin (writer/producer, Independence Day) makes his feature film directorial debut with Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming epic thriller Geostorm (in Philippine cinemas Thursday, October 12).

In the film, after an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything...and everyone along with it.

Geostorm stars Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen, 300), Jim Sturgess (21), Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Alexandra Maria Lara (Rush), Daniel Wu (Warcraft: The Beginning), Eugenio Derbez (Miracles from Heaven), with Oscar nominees Ed Harris (mother!) and Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Thirteen).

An edge-of-your-seat, heart-pounding ride for movie audiences who enjoy a ticking-clock mystery rife with conspiracy and wrapped in pure escapist fare of epic proportions, Geostorm has it all: from blistering underground infernos to desert-freezing ice storms and everything in between.

Devlin reveals that the idea for the story originated when his daughter, then six, asked him to explain climate change. “In the simplest way, she asked me, ‘Why can’t we just build a machine that fixes it?’ That sparked all these ideas in my mind about what would happen if we did build just such a machine. And what if something went horribly wrong? That became the ‘what if’ story—what if we wait too long to deal with extreme climate change? What if we don’t? What if we could create this amazing machine to control the weather around the entire planet? And what would we do if it went rogue?”

As the story unfolds in the film, two years have passed since the complex web of interconnected satellites—dubbed Dutch Boy—went online. The years have been tranquil ones, until now. Unexplained malfunctions in the highly sophisticated system are now causing, rather than preventing, deadly weather patterns never before seen by mankind: ice and snow in the deserts of Afghanistan, smoldering under the streets of Hong Kong, and cyclones in India, to name a few.
Dutch Boy is out of control, wreaking havoc across the globe.

“Dean has a mindset that comes from working on big epics like ‘Independence Day,’ so when he put his mind to the subject of global warming, he came up with a timely twist on the genre classic by setting it against the backdrop of a political thriller and filling it with unnatural natural disasters,” notes producer David Ellison. “In other words, within our story, the science is sound—it’s the people controlling it who are the problem.”

“For me, entertainment should be just that—entertaining—and not necessarily hit you over the head with a message,” Devlin observes. “But I also feel that science fiction works better, has more of an impact, when you have something to say. Hopefully, we’ll take audiences on a roller coaster ride across the planet and off into space, and leave them having had a fantastic time, and maybe just a bit more curious about the world around them.”

Geostorm is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.

Keep calm through Christmas with Ascof

Holiday Season is fast approaching when you start hearing christmas songs inside the malls as early as September. Along with the cold weather comes the cough and flu that is associated with the christmas season.

Taking pride in having the longest Christmas celebration in the world.

Holiday activities like shopping, reunions, partying, and traveling result in stress, which, in turn weakens our immune system and renders us prone to catching common ailments like cough.

To make the most out of the festive season, it is important to stay healthy. And for veteran actor-model Ian Veneracion, this means maintaining an active lifestyle despite the temptation to stay in bed all day long brought by the cool weather. This is why when he is not facing the camera, Ian makes sure that he keeps a balanced diet and engages himself in regular physical activities.

While he admits that he does not go to the gym, Ian shares that he maintains his physically fit body by engaging himself in his favorite competitive sports like football, basketball, tennis, swimming, sailing, motocross, martial arts, and boxing. He also highlights the importance of getting enough sleep, eating properly, and maintaining a clean environment to avoid cough during the holidays.

But when cough already sets in, Ian prefers using a natural remedy like Ascof (Vitex negundo  L. Lagundi Leaf) to ensure that he and his family get instant relief. A father of three, Veneracion says he places his trust in Ascof, the pioneer and innovative natural cough remedy in the Philippines, because it is safe and effective, with no adverse effects in the clinical trials of the syrup.

“I definitely believe in the product kasi safe s’ya. I even drank a real shot while shooting the commercial,” Veneracion attests. “People should trust Ascof because it’s a natural remedy that you can take even when you are just starting to show the symptoms of cough. Hindi ka matatakot.” Ascof is made from 100 percent organically grown lagundi leaves, making it a natural, safe, and effective remedy for cough and bronchial asthma. 

Veneracion prefers using the variant Ascof Forte Menthol Syrup because of its ‘hagod-menthol’ soothing effect. “There are other variants both for kids and adults – but my personal favorite is Ascof Forte Menthol Sugar Free Syrup because it does not raise my blood sugar. It’s a suitable variant for health-conscious consumers like me, and for diabetic patients as well,” he says.

While it is easy to just pig out and slack off during the holidays, Veneracion asserts that we must maintain a healthy diet and an active lifestyle to help boost our immune system and avoid getting sick.

“Balance is always key. You need to work, pero you need to have fun. You need alone time, but you also need to engage in physical and spiritual activities. We observe a healthy lifestyle to prevent cough, pero kapag tinamaan tayo ng ubo, take Ascof, of course.” 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Watch Happy Death Day on October 18

Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, Whiplash) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Universal Pictures' Happy Death Day, in which college student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe, La La Land) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

Tree is a blissfully self-centered co-ed whose world revolves around just one person. When she hazily wakes up on the morning of her birthday in the bed of supposed one-night stand Carter (Israel Broussard, The Bling Ring), she soon discovers that today is anything but ordinary.
Stumbling back to her sorority—and into the expected judgment of roommate Lori (Ruby Modine, (TV’s Shameless) and house president Danielle (newcomer Rachel Matthews)—Tree rushes through the routine of an average student. But as she experiences everything from the typical activists on the quad to her office-hours fling with professor Gregory (Charles Aitken, TV’s The Knick), she can’t help but feel that she has seen and lived this day before.

Just when Tree is ready to say goodnight to this bizarre birthday, she is brutally murdered by a masked stranger…only to wake up back in the room of the one person alive who also believes she’s experiencing something eerily impossible.

 As Tree daily finds herself daily getting closer to her real killer, she must shed her inhibitions in order to face everyone’s biggest fear. If she succeeds in unmasking her murderer and stopping this madness, she will hopefully end what has become her personal hell. If she can’t, she will be stuck in an insane loop, reliving a ghoulish nightmare that has become her death day.

Joining director Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and producer Jason Blum (Split, Get Out) behind the camera are a talented group of collaborators, including writer Scott Lobdell, director of photography Toby Oliver (upcoming Insidious: The Last Key), production designer Cecele M. De Stefano (TV’s Empire), editor Gregory Plotkin (Paranormal Activity series), costume designer Meagan McLaughlin Luster (10 Cloverfield Lane) and composer Bear McCreary (10 Cloverfield Lane).

Happy Death Day is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Pili has everything you need to establish a solid and sustainable beauty routine

NATURAL BEAUTY and wellness-focused brand Pili has come up with a diverse range of products that champions the under-appreciated potential of the local pili tree.

By harnessing pili oil from the pulp of the pili fruit and the even more potent elemi oil from the resin, Pili produces oils, soaps, lotions, and other potions that maximize moisturizing and anti-aging properties. What’s more, everything is hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, paraben-free, and natural.

  Look positively glowing with Pili’s antioxidant-rich lotion. Fitted with pili oil that will help prevent premature aging and elemi oil that will tighten and smoothen skin, the fragrant hand and body lotion will keep you effortlessly effervescent. Or, make your skin luxuriously soft and dewy with their signature body oil that’s packed with pili’s naturally occurring vitamin E and antioxidants.

The bath soap is a quick option for the gal on the go. Not only does it live up to the same moisturizing promises (with the added benefits of coconut oil), it also cleanses and rejuvenates the skin. Thanks to its antimicrobial components, it continues to prevent the build up of body odor long after you’ve stepped out of the shower.

Finish off your beauty regimen with a spritz of the hair serum. With the same moisturizing capabilities, it keeps your scalp from drying and easily tames stubborn frizz. This bottle works overtime, perfect as a leave-on conditioner, hair mask, or even an overnight hair treatment.

But as any beauty guru will tell you, beauty comes from within. Pili has a collection of essential oils that invigorates, calms, relieves, and more. The Rise and Shine, a mix of citrus and elemi oils, focuses and bolsters energy. The Stress Away relaxes tired and tense muscles thanks to its soothing blend of eucalyptus, ginger, cypress, juniper berry, wintergreen, menthol, and camphor oils.

A good night’s rest can go a long way in your grooming ritual. The Sweet Dreams essential oil has a naturally soothing scent that will swiftly put you at ease before you sleep.

There’s also the Breathe Easy whose eucalyptus and elemi oil blend eases your nasal passages and the Bug Me Not, which repels insects with its medley of citronella, lemongrass, and neem. The latter two also come in handy natural balms and are perfect for children

Pili, the little tree that you probably only knew as a candied delicacy, has everything you need to establish a solid and sustainable beauty routine. Maybe it’s time to try it.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

#F1Cares: F1 Hotel Manila Community Engagement Programme

Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community,” 

F1 Hotel Manila carried out its first corporate social responsibility last September 2, 2017. “F1 Cares: Community Engagement Programme”, which was led by the hotel’s execom, was done to highlight the company’s great compassion towards social awareness.

Being an institution that values its responsibility not only to the company, but also to community’s environmental and social wellbeing, F1 Hotel Manila reached out to organizations that help the elderly and deaf community.

The hotel chose two community organizations for the “F1 Cares” campaign. Talking Hands, a deaf education center, is an organization that provides programs and services to children with hearing-impairment and their families through the project: ESTE- Ending Silence Through Education Programs. GRACES, or Golden Reception & Action Center for the Elderly and other Special Cases (formerly as Golden Acres Home for the Elderly), is one of four homes for the elderly under the DSWD, which houses 288 senior citizens rescued from the streets or from families that can no longer take care of them.

Aside from providing humble donations, F1 Hotel Manila aims to continue a strong relationship with these beneficiaries, by planning to extend internships to Talking Hands students, and conducting activities with Grace’s. With the hotel’s success for five years, it is only rightful to give back to community, and become socially responsible. F1 Hotel Manila is located in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

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PSID celebrates Golden Anniversary with a G.O.L.D. exhibit

In 1964, a young US educated designer Edith Oliveros joined Cancio-Calma and Associates. In the early stages of her career with firm, her strong presence in the design field created a stir when a number of young women expressed an interest in interior design and architecture. These young women mostly wives and daughters belonging to the upper class families learned about the craft first hand by going to jobsites or attending coordination meeting with clients.

At that time she was teaching design at the Philippine Womens University and her employers suggested that it would probably be an excellent idea to consider a more formal classroom program for those who what to learn about interior design and Edith became part of a committee that develop an academic certificate program of the study and practice of interior design

The curriculum used then was based on the one being offered by the New York School of interior design that includes fundamental subjects such as elements and principles of Interior Design as well as Mechanical Drawing, Art History Color Theory,  Perspective Drawing and Color Rendering. Classroom learning was augmented with practical, hands on experience in Cancio-Calma’s furniture company and showrooms.

At that time the straightforward approach to design education unimpeded by academic prerequisites were considered revolutionary as it facilitated learning for those who were more mature than regular college students.

It was in June of 1967 when the Philippine School for Interior Design first opened its doors in Makati and the school rapidly grew in statue  with its rising number of enrollees and its highly professional and dynamic learning environment that helped elevate its reputation as the leader in interior design education.

Fast forward five decades later, As the PSID now celebrates its Golden Anniversary, it looks back at its illustrious past with an exhibit aptly named G.O.L.D. featuring the works of its 72 interior design  graduating students in 3 galleries of 24 elegant sophisticated and excellently designed interiors.

Five decades of excellence in Interior Design education, and still, the Philippine School of Interior Design continuously soars and remains to be the undisputed premiere school for Interior Design. In its 50 years, the school has produced some of the finest interior designers in the industry and students who continuously top the board exams every year. This illustrious past meets the future movers and shakers of the design world as PSID mounts “GOLD: Glamorous, Opulent, and Luxurious Designs”, a graduation exhibit slated on October 1-31 at Uptown Bonifacio Mall in Bonifacio Global City.

The Vito Selma Chair

As the school celebrates its golden anniversary, GOLD will showcase luxurious and glamorous designs that also celebrate comfort, functionality, opulence, and cost efficiency.

Co-presented by Megaworld, and mounted in cooperation with Boysen, Schema, Shell Canvas, La Europa, Designery, Daikin, and Tecson Flowers, the exhibit is set to showcase an array of 24 exquisitely-designed spaces that highlight the trends of the decades in which the school has offered design students quality training mixed with the aesthetic of luxury, opulence, and glamour.

For the first time in PSID’s history of graduation exhibits, the school’s students, alumni, and faculty have joined forces and showcase their brightest design ideas for GOLD. The exhibit will be divided into three galleries.

The Students Gallery will exhibit interiors conceptualized and constructed by the 72 pupils of PSID Advanced Class of 2017, as well as students from the PSID-AHLEN Institute. The graduating students will showcase design concepts that capture the essence of luxury, opulence, and glamour as finishes and materials take center stage to elicit an ambiance that caters to sophistication and sense of style.

Meanwhile, the Alumni Gallery is a “blast from the past” of sorts with already established PSID alumni such as Chitz Legaspi and Lalyn Nivera participating again in a graduation exhibit. It is a way for the alumni to relive the challenges and experiences of creating a booth for the graduation exhibit and apply what they have learned, both from the school and in the practice to evoke a sense of nostalgia.

Also a first for the PSID exhibit is the Faculty Gallery. Select professors and instructors of the PSID, namely Michael Pizarro, Mark Perez and Vianca Anonuevo, Gino and Karen Abrera, Jigs Adefuin, Mary Anne Bulanadi, and Chat Fores will also showcase their works to help commemorate the school’s anniversary. Pitted side-by-side with the works of PSID students both past and present, the Faculty Gallery will be a testament to PSID’s elite design training.

“GOLD” is a carefully planned, extensively researched exhibit that perfectly celebrates PSID’s five decades of design education. For the past half-century, PSID has been known to produce groundbreaking exhibits that become the benchmark of interior design shows in the academe, and are considered go-to events for architects, fellow interior designers, design enthusiasts, and the general public to learn more about world-class Filipino design and innovative interiors that come to life. PSID brings interior design a notch higher each year, presenting exhibits that challenge the graduating batch to showcase their repertoire of design skills and the PSID mark of excellence.

This is one of my personal favorite booth from the PSID's GOLD exhibit. Booth No.17's DEN by Gino and Karen Abrera. The Kintsuku Room. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Toby’s Sports to Celebrate First National Sports and Fitness Day on October 1, 2017

The Sports Retail Giant Boosts Efforts to Promote Sports and Fitness with New  Toby’s Sports, the largest multi-brand sports retailer in the Philippines, today announced that it will be celebrating the 1st National Sports and Fitness Day on October 1, 2017. Toby’s Sports established the National Sports and Fitness Day to further highlight the positive benefits of sports and fitness activities for Filipinos of all ages.

Apart from having the widest selection of sports products from the top brands in the industry, Toby’s Sports has also been at the forefront of the sports and fitness movement through a variety of initiatives, such as running a youth sports foundation, regularly holding sports events for amateurs and consistently partnering with other organizations that are dedicated to improving people’s lives through sports. The retail giant’s 50 stores nationwide also house a team of sports enthusiasts and specialists that are dedicated to helping customers find the right gear and assisting them in their journey to an active and healthy lifestyle.

“We have been the trusted ally in sports and fitness for millions of Filipinos nationwide for the past 39 years, and we’re excited to finally introduce a special day dedicated to appreciating the importance of engaging in sports and an active lifestyle,” said Toby Claudio, President of Quorum International Inc., the parent company of Toby’s Sports. “As we celebrate the first National Sports and Fitness Day on October 1, 2017, we want our customers to know that they can count on us to cheer and support them in whatever sport or fitness activity they take on.”

To make the first National Sports and Fitness Day extra special, Toby’s Sports will be giving away Toby’s Backcourt Pro basketballs to the first 50 customers per store nationwide, as well as in its e-commerce site ( on October 1, 2017. 

Toby’s Sports is also encouraging their customers to share their National Sports and Fitness Day experience and tag @tobyssports on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #NSFDay.


This year's recepient of the Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, Jackie Chan stars as the venerable Master Wu in Warner Bros. Pictures' all-new, big-screen event, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie.

Master Wu is a bearded, white-robed, flute-playing wise man with an anthology of zen-ish axioms and a surprisingly sharp tongue, who producer Dan Lin describes as “the soul and emotional anchor of the movie, and the counterpart to the villain, Garmadon.”

This wise, all-knowing mentor promises to train the ninja in the ancient art of Spinjitzu fighting, but first, he challenges them not only to balance on rocks but to find the balance within themselves. He carries a big stick, which he plays like a flute. Years of meditation have not softened this warrior’s edges, or his ability to crack himself up, and Master Wu is full of surprises.

Indeed, seeing promise in the young ninja, Lloyd, and knowing that NINJAGO City needs a champion, “Master Wu is helping Lloyd to achieve his destiny,” says Chan.

In the film, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas, who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power.

“Jackie Chan brings a lot of comedy to Wu, and he’s really loveable, the way his voice comes through,” Lin says. “He adds a great deal to the emotional spectrum of the movie, whether it’s heart or humor, and he also brings a level of authenticity, because we really want this to feel like an Asian-inspired martial arts movie, and Jackie was rigorous in overseeing the action and making sure we were doing it in an accurate way.”
“Master Wu is Garmadon’s brother, but also his enemy,” Chan explains with mock gravity. “Master Wu is Lloyd’s uncle, but also his teacher. So, any way you look at it, it’s a complex relationship, very tricky, and very interesting.”

Wu and Garmadon’s long-brewing animosity ultimately erupts atop a rope bridge over a rushing river, which Chan cites as his favorite fight in the film.

Chan not only stars in the film, but also brought his renowned stunt team to choreograph the fights—bearing his trademark of rapid-fire, spectacularly executed moves, deftly undercut with a sense of humor. How do animated kicks, flips and jumps compare to the real world? “You can create all kinds of movement, all kinds of impossible things, and through the animation, make it 10 times better and more fun,” the genuine master declares.

Moreover, acknowledging a catalogue of injuries nearly as famous as his lifetime of action roles, Chan laughingly adds, “This way I don’t have to do my own stunts, and no one gets hurt.”

In Philippine cinemas September 27, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) has partnered anew with PLDT Home for the third consecutive year

The Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Men makes a much-ballyhooed return to the Philippines for the third consecutive year as eight of the glo...