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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Greatness from Imperfections -- J. EDGAR Movie Review


One thing I admire about Leonardo DiCaprio is how how he progresses as an actor, how he outdo what he has done previously, and how he reinvents himself and presents a whole new package everytime he comes out in a movie.  And this is what I witnessed in the latest  movie offering of Warner Bros., J. EDGAR.

J. EDGAR tells the story of J. Edgar Hoover who was considered as the face of law enforcement in USA for almost 50 years.  He was feared and admired, reviled and revered.  But behind closed doors, he held delicate secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.  Directed by Client Eastwood, J. EDGAR, topbilled by Leonardo DiCaprio explored the life, both public and private, of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th Century.  The movie also stars Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Damon Herriman, Ed Westwick, and Jeffrey Donovan.

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Columbia Pictures' critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” gets an R-18 rating and has been approved without cuts by the Movies & Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) of the Philippines. This means, only audiences 18-years-old and above may be admitted when it opens in selected theaters on Feb. 1.

 Click here to read full story > Cont... THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO gets R-18 Without Cuts from MTRCB

Our Favorite Taho


Tahoooo!!!  Tahoooo!!!  Tahooooo!!!  I used to hear this line in our neighborhood in Makati City (a city in Metro Manila) when I was a kid.  This often wakes me up during Saturday mornings (as for weekdays, I usually wake up at 5:30 am for my morning classes, which is way earlier than the round of that morning shouts).  So during weekends, when I hear that shout, I immediately grab my cup from the kitchen and run towards the gate to buy my favorite taho which I think is an icon in Pinoy's breakfast meal.

Taho is a Philippine snack food, traditionally sold and taken during mornings, made out of medium firmness tofu, arnibal (similar to caramel) and sago (similar to pearl tapioca).  Philippines' taho, which can be found anywhere in the country, is similar to Indonesia's and Malaysia's tahu.  Ancient records suggest that taho originated from the Chinese douhua.  Even before the Spanish conquest of the Philippine islands, Chinese traders have interacted with our forefathers, hence enriching our culinary.  

Taho is made by processing the silken tofu to become a very fine custard. Brown sugar will be caramelized to create the arnibal which will sweeten the recipe. Sago will be boiled until it becomes gummy. All the ingredients will be put into two large aluminum cans - sago and arnibal (plus the plastic cups and money) ompartmentalized in one can while the actual taho will be in the other container.  Once a customer buys, the three main ingredients will then be put in a cup and mixed. And taho is then ready to be taken either by using a spoon or sipping it from the cup.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Zipline to Courage!


At the start of the year, I crafted a personal battle cry.  And it's "New World in 2012".  It has been my practice to come up with such line for my personal goal setting for the coming year.  It started in 2008 with "2008 will be great", and then followed by "Shine in 2009", then "Golden 2010" and last year's "Get Even in 2011".  Here are links to articles in Tatak Digitista to give you some more backgrounder.


Anyway, true to that goal I set for the year, I'm bolder this time around, to conquer new worlds.  New world does not necessarily mean a new place.  It could also be a new experience which can be a world in itself.  And lucky enough, a couple of weeks ago, I hit a personal milestone for the year by doing something for the first time.

Guess what I just did?  I just tried doing the zipline in Tagaytay!  :)  I know some of you may react that it's not that difficult to do but folks, each person has a different body chemistry and psyche, and what may be easy for one may be difficult for another person and vice versa.  At first, I was quite hesitant to do it (and I just want to ride the cable car.  It was not my first time though since I've already tried it in Sentosa, Singapore.).  Why?  Well, perhaps because of fear that I don't know how my body will react to heights (since I had a not so good experience last time) and how my friends will respond since I feel am not that fit to do the zipline.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Channing Tatum goes back to romantic drama in THE VOW


Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe, Dear John) strengthens his position as one of Hollywood’s next generation of leading men as he goes back to romantic drama in the inspiring movie THE VOW.  He stars opposite Rachel McAdams in this Columbia Pictures' next offering. 

In the film, newlyweds Paige (McAdams) and Leo (Tatum) were struck by tragedy shortly after their marriage. A car crash puts Paige in a coma, where she is cared for by her devoted husband. When she comes to, without any memory of her husband or their marriage, the husband must woo her and ultimately win her heart once again.

9 Works Theatrical brings PEANUTS characters to life via the musical YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN


Who among you plays Snoopy's Street Fair or follows Charlie Brown and Snoopy in cartoon strips and cartoons?  Well, don't be contented with that as this coming February 2012, you can actually witness them live and in a much grander scale!  9 Works Theatricals which brought and staged in Manila the successful runs of Rent and Sweet Charity is presenting the timeless characters from Charles M. Schulz' popular comic strip "PEANUTS" via the Tony award-winning musical, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. 

In YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, Charlie Brown can’t seem to win the heart of the elusive Little Red-Haired Girl, nor his friend Lucy, a bossy, crabby little tyrant who dispenses “Little Known Facts” and is convinced that she could be Queen someday. Lucy’s all-time crush is the sensitive piano-playing Schroeder who is an admirer of Beethoven. Meanwhile, Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s wise-cracking yet lovable dog, and Linus, Charlie Brown’s blanket-toting best friend, daydream all day as their friends battle with kites, school, and for Sally, Charlie Brown’s lil’ sis, getting a “D” in last week’s homework.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Experiencing Chinese New Year in Binondo (for the 1st time!)


Some say that my small eyes make me look Chinese.  In fact, when I was sent to China for work, some of the locals have always mistaken me to be just like them.  They kept on talking to me in Mandarin :).  However, although my mom's ancestors have a little Spanish lineage as well, I still consider myself  more than100% Filipino.  That doesn't mean though that I don't value the Chinese influence in the Filipino culture.  Of course I do, especially when I took Mandarin classes (although Fookien is the one most spoken in the Philippines) a few years back when I finally appreciated the value of their traditions, which I never paid attention before.

And with my interest and curiosity for the Chinese custom, I actually have planned at the start of the year (during my personal goal setting session) that I'll celebrate Chinese New Year this time around!

A few weeks back, I was asking around who were interested to join me or who among our Chinoy (Filipino Chinese) friends celebrate new year in Binondo (Philippines' China Town).  And again, there was no one as excited as me.  I guess I just have to face it that my kind, the culture junkie, is really rare haha :D.  'But heaven and earth reconciled and made something even more special for me.  I was tasked to be part of the grand new year celebration of the country's largest and leading insurance company Philam Life!  My wish was simple, just to witness a Chinese New Year in Binondo but what was given to me was even something bigger, something more spectacular, something more captivating!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Party Pilipinas Welcomes the Year of ther Dragon with Powerful Performances


To make a grand welcome for the Year of the Dragon this coming Sunday, Party Pilipinas gears up with powerful performances from GMA Network's biggest stars!  VoX (Vocal Excellence) gives life to Chinese Zodiac Signs as interpreted by songs featuring GMA’s prime singers Jaya, Kyla, Rachelle Ann, Jonalyn, Maricris, Aicelle, Julie Ann and Protege grand winner, Krizza Neri. Birthday girls Glaiza de Castro and Kylie Padilla celebrate their special day on the show with equally stunning performances. Glaiza gives a rockin birthday treat while Kylie performs another air dance number.

Start your Chinese new year filled with love in a number showcasing popular love songs performed in duets. Fall in love like never before with Heart Evangelista and Kris Lawrence, Lovi Poe and Mark Bautista, Aljur Abrenica and Janine, Jake Vargas and Protege Denise, Jay Perillo and Protege Krizza, Nomer and Leana, and phenomenal singing loveteam, Julie Ann and Elmo.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Uratex offers a good start for the Chinese New Year


I've shared a lot of stories here already that somehow gave you an idea how hectic my schedule is, from work, to blogging, to personal life; my situation is really quite bizarre!  And for the working class where I and I guess most of you belong, sleeping has already become a luxury!  Before when we're much younger, we've taken sleep for granted, but for now, we are so hunting for them!  And for such rare opportunities when we can have that most needed sleep, we wanted it to be really that good, hence we make sure our sheets are comfy, our pillows are soft, our room's cooling system works well, our room's sound and view can rock us to sleep, and of course our bed can bring us to clouds to rest and rejuvinate.

Well, if you haven't equipped your sleeping station yet with those stuff I mentioned, then better start it at as soon as possible!  And there's no better time to do that but at the start of the Chinese New Year when we acquire or receive things that give us fortune and positive vibes that we need to keep us going and fire up our much wanted success for the coming year!  As we get mini water fountain that is known to let good luck flow continuously in our abode, or a precious piece of jewelry made of jade, or any of the numerous lucky charms in Chinese Feng Shui, we also need to supply ourselves with cool yet useful and convenient things in the house that can gear up our quest for wealth, health and anything in between.

Take the case of Uratex mattresses which can provide us a comfortable bedroom which we need for our so much desired (in fact needed!) health and wellness.

Everyday Deluxe Mattress

Everyone desires a good night’s sleep, which is helpful to everybody because it helps us recharge our tired bodies after a hard day’s work. And this is where the Uratex Premium Mattress line comes in, with products like Premium Touch Cozy Latex, Premium Touch Viscoluxe Memory, and Purifoam.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tom and Jerry to make a grand comeback on GMA


Today's and yesterday's kids will have more exciting mornings as beginning on Jan. 23, Monday, GMA Network is bringing back the most popular and perhaps the longest-running rivalry in television history: Tom and Jerry!

The decade-old cartoon TV series, which was originally created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in the 1940s, is about the never-ending clash between Tom, a house cat that enjoys the privilege of being a pampered pet and his arch nemesis Jerry, a cunning mouse that, despite its size, bears the wit and strength comparable to that of the spinach-feeding Popeye! Their enmity and the crazy antics they resort to, in order to outwit each other guarantee a fun-filled viewing experience for the audience.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rugby Session with Volcanoes, Diving with Whale Sharks, Boy Abunda's DSquared Glasses and More, Available in WWF Greener at 50 Fundraising Online Auction at eBay


The recent Typhoon Sendong was another reminder that we really need to take environment issues seriously.  We witnessed how climate change can have devastating effects in property and lives of people.  Now is the time to rebuild the nation and prepare for long term plans and more sustainable environmental programs so that such effects of natural calamities and disasters may be reduced or eventually prevented.

This is what WWF is working on for the past 50 years.  As it celebrate its 50th Anniversary, WWF launched the Greener at 50 Fundraising Online Auction to raise funds for the environment.  Now on its second leg, WWF announces the available items donated by WWF supporters and unique experiences managed by the organization.  Everyone can help by bidding for the following:

SM Cinema Launches the 1st Bigshot Film Festival


In college, as a communications student, I went through the process of producing my own film (together with my team mates).  Though it was a difficult and tedious procedure, I enjoyed it a lot as I was able to learn film making in action, squeeze our group's creative juice and have fun and bond with our production team.  And I'm also happy to reminisce the glorious awards night when we won grand slam for that project in the student film festival where our movie was part of. 

And this is what I happily recalled when I attended the recent press conference of the first ever Bigshot Film Festival in the country.  The project which searched for promising student filmmakers was spearheaded by SM Cinema in its support to advance film literacy in the country and promote Philippine cinema as a vehicle to cultivate and nurture our cultural identity.   These students are so lucky to have been given this opportunity to produce their own films and have its commercial run in the country's largest theater network.  Not all good and promising students are given this chance!  I would have joined this project if there was already a Bigshot Film Festival during my time.  :)

The Bigshot project was conceptualized in 2010 after movie exhibitors including SM Cinema received a 10% reduction on amusement tax. The project was SM Cinema’s way of giving back to the film industry by means of supporting independent movies made by budding student filmmakers.


 POTATO ON THE GO (Music / Magazine):

It's not happening someday and it's not a dream.  But yes, you read it right, it's SOMEDAYDREAM, it's NOW and happening FOR REAL!  Somedaydream has been chosen by respected Filipino Magazine – Pinoy Magazine as their Kick-Off issue front cover for January – February!

The magazine will be officially available at your leading newsstands and bookstores nationwide on the 19th of January. Dreamers must get ready and grab a copy as soon as it’s out. Why? Somedaydream's exclusive photographs are something to look forward to. A 38-page, never-before-seen pictures of Somedaydream growing up are featured; 100 plus secrets and confessions are also revealed in the magazine. Fans of this OPM Breakthrough Artist will surely anticipate this rare issue.

American Idol is back! Season 11 premieres on ETC!


AI (American Idol) fanatics have another reason to celebrate!  American Idol is back and its Season 11 premieres via satellite this January 19, Thursday and January 20, FRIDAY at 6PM on ETC, and witness the start of a truly localized viewing experience like never before. As American Idol is not just about who has the best voice, it is also about you the fans and ETC wants to know what you have to say. Simply rant or rave with other viewers via ETC’s Twitter, Facebook and website and you could win great prizes from ETC or see your comments on-air. What are you waiting for? Join the conversation now #aionetc!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

When a film banks on effective story telling -- WE BOUGHT A ZOO Movie Review


At a time where jazzed up editing and spectacular special visual effects are the most recognizable selling points of a movie, here comes a simple yet powerful film which banked on the basic story telling (which should be each film's first and basic foundation) and nailed it right.  

From the director of Jerry Maguire, Cameron Crowe, comes a highly entertaining, heartwarming adventure and family movie called WE BOUGHT A ZOO.  Inspired by the true story about a single dad who dreams up the coolest, most unusual gift a parent could ever give his family: a zoo.  The family travels from the city to their new home in the wilds of upstate New York, where their ramshackle zoo is waiting to be restored to its former glory.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Magnavision's newly released videos now available nationwide


Did you miss some of the coolest movies of 2011 or do you want to watch again your most favorite films of last year, in a guilt free and much better way?  Worry no more!  Magnavision has recently released the newest titles for its DVD, VCD and Blu-ray collection which is available in video stores nationwide!

First there is the romantic comedy Crazy Stupid Love!

Crazy, Stupid, Love, the perfect combination of sexy and cute, will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and VCD this month from Warner Home Entertainment Group. Adapted from a screenplay by Dan Fogelman (“Cars” films), Crazy, Stupid, Love is a critically acclaimed romantic comedy-drama that follows a man’s perfect life unraveling after he discovers his wife is having an affair, turning his whole world upside down.

Click here to read full story: Cont... Magnavision releases new videos available nationwide

Monday, January 16, 2012

Kate Beckinsale Returns as Selene in UNDERWORLD AWAKENING


Fans of Kate Beckinsale and  the first two Underworld films will surely be thrilled by the return of the actress as the fearsome Vampire huntress Selene, in Columbia Pictures' 3D action-thriller “Underworld Awakening.” “We really wanted to work with Kate again,” says producer Gary Lucchesi. “Sometimes the stars just align themselves perfectly and this is one of those times.”

Beckinsale admits she thought twice about slipping back into the familiar skintight black latex suit before accepting the part again. “But it was a life-changing role for me, so I feel very affectionate towards it. It’s exciting to be able to follow a character over such a long period of time. It’s rare to get that chance.”

Tom Rosenberg, Lakeshore Entertainment chairman and CEO, says he’s thrilled to have Beckinsale in the film. “She is Selene, and Selene is the heart and soul of Underworld. Right from that first scene in the first film, she embodied the perfect tone.”

Click here to read full story > Cont... Kate Beckinsale Returns as Selene in UNDERWORLD AWAKENING

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Jack TV conquers weekend viewing with the launch of its Saturday Night Laugh block!


This January, Jack TV conquers the weekend viewing with the launch of its Saturday Night Laugh block! This block of shows will surely give you every reason to stay home on a Saturday night as it delivers top-notch laughs from the most-loved and most-anticipated new shows. Catch the latest seasons of The Simpsons, Family Guy and Saturday Night Live as well as breakout animations Napoleon Dynamite and Allen Gregory first and exclusively on Jack TV!

Entering its 23rd season and approaching its historic milestone 500th episode, The Simpsons have even more laughs and adventures lined up for fans. Their latest escapades include Homer attempting to help a former CIA agent, Bart and Lisa becoming successful food bloggers and Marge worrying about Homer’s health when he becomes a workaholic at the nuclear plant. Also dropping by to join in the fun are guest stars Michael Cera, Armie Hammer, Joan Rivers, Jane Lynch and Chef Gordon Ramsey, who all lend their voices. Premieres January 21, Saturday at 8PM.

Click here to read full story: Cont... Jack TV conquers weekend viewing with the launch of its Saturday Night Laugh block!

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE to heat up the big screen in February 2012


Nicolas Cage returns to the big screen as Johnny Blaze in Warner Bros.' new action-thriller “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.” In this gritty new vision for the character, directed by Neveldine/Taylor (“Crank”), Johnny is still struggling with his curse as the devil’s bounty hunter – but he may risk everything as he teams up with the leader of a group of rebel monks (Idris Elba) to save a young boy from the devil… and possibly rid himself of his curse forever.

Click here to read full story: Cont... GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE to heat up the big screen in February 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

United International Pictures and Solar Entertainment Announce Record Breaking Gross in 2011 and Exciting Movie Line-up for 2012


United International Pictures. together with its Philippine affiliate Solar Entertainment Corp., one of the country’s leading film distributors, recently announced its record breaking theatrical gross of PhP 1.6 Billion (and still counting!) in 2011 which they consider as their biggest year of all time!  This was revealed by Solar Entertainment Corp. President Mr. Wilson Tieng. 

Tent-poles films, which were mostly great sequels, such as Fast and Furious 5, Kung Fu Panda 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Marvel’s Thor quickly escalated the gross tallies to 1 billion in the second quarter of 2011.

With this monumental feat, UIP and Solar also announced their line-up of movies for the year which also have all the potential to reach 1 billion this year.  These movies are:

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN. In the epic retelling of the classic tale Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays as the one person in the land fairer than the Evil Queen (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) who dispatches the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) to destroy her. Unknown to the Queen, The Huntsman becomes the protector of the young woman threatening her reign, training her in the art of war. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White's beauty and power. This breathtaking new twist of the legendary tale is from producers Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland), Sam Mercer (The Sixth Sense) and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. The upcoming sequel to 2009’s sci-fi-action film G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, Retaliation continues where Rise of the Cobra left off. The G.I. Joe team is framed as traitors by Zartan, last seen disguised as the U.S. President). The Joes gather their numbers to expose the truth, and stop Cobra. Channing Tatum, Arnold Vosloo, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce and Lee Byung-hun reprise their roles as Duke, Zartan, Snake Eyes, The US President, and Storm Shadow, respectively, with the star addition of Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson.

Click here to read full story: Cont... United International Pictures and Solar Entertainment Announces Record Breaking Gross in 2011 and Exciting Movie Line-up for 2012.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Good Things Come in Small Packages -- ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED Movie Review

POTATO ON THE GO Review (Movie):

In animation and in live action, the whole world has fallen in love with Alvin and the Chipmunks.  For sure, following it up with a new movie sequel will be quite challenging for the producers.  How else can you make it more fun?  'But this is the challenge that 20th Century Fox accepted and perhaps they are jumping in joy right now with the success of their newest offering ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A COMFORT Room Indeed!


I was amazed when I saw this one.  It's a comfort room in one of the buildings in Ortigas, a restroom with a magnificent view!  It's a COMFORT Room indeed!  If this is what I can get to visit and see every time nature calls, then pooping will be a much more delightful routine! haha!   :)  Good job to the designers, builders, administrators and owner/s of this building!  :)

Do you know where this rest room is?  Make a guess!  :)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Horse Takes Over The Cart!


In 2010, I posted this article Pinoy Cow retires from driving the cart.  I was amused with what I saw but at the same time missed the cow pulling the cart which I grew up with. 

Almost two years after, I saw another innovation of the said cart.  Now, another animal is driving it!  Yes, what you are seeing is a horse.  Well, perhaps the owners felt using the horse is more practical since it's
 much faster than the original cow pulling the cart.

This shot was taken at the Mac Arthur Highway in Malolos, Bulacan.

Read full story here: The Horse Takes Over The Cart

Spielberg's TERRA NOVA to premiere on Jack TV this coming January 12


Steven Spielberg's sci-fi family adventure drama series TERRA NOVA is set to premiere first and exclusively on Jack TV this coming January 12, Thursday at 7PM. It’s the year 2149 and the world is dying due to overdevelopment and overcrowding. With the majority of plant and animal life extinct, mankind realizes that its only opportunity for survival is a trip to the distant past.

Read full story here: Spielberg's TERRA NOVA to premiere on Jack TV this coming January 12

A Classic Story with Cutting Edge Execution -- SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Movie Review


For movie makers, transforming a literary classic into a movie masterpiece is always a challenge.  If one follows the story page per page, he may hear reactions that it's no different from the book.  'But if he changes it dramatically, he will surely hear nasty remarks from the book fans.  For me, once a book is made into a film, the director and screen writer are given the freedom to make their cinematic interpretations of the literary piece.  And from the recent movie I saw, the SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, during its recent Philippine premiere by Warner Bros. in Glorietta 4, I could say that the film makers are able to give an edgy execution out of a literary classic and well loved characters. 

Directed by Guy Ritchie and written by Michele Mulrony and Kieren Mulroney SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS is an action mystery movie based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  A sequel to the 2009 film SHERLOCK HOLMES, the movie brings back Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law to reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, and several other actors as characters they played in the 2009 film.   The film is inspired by Conan Doyle's work The Final Problem, but it is an independent story rather than a strict adaptation and this where cinematic freedom is maximized.

Read full story here: Cont... Classic Story with Cutting Edge Execution -- SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Movie Review

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Anatomy of the TaDi Pose


Last year, you've seen the 100 celebrities and personalities who did the TaDi Pose (posed for Tatak Digitista).  A lot were amused, delighted and supportive, a few silently didn't approve of it for reasons I do not know, and some would like to follow what I did.

Well first, there are there are two reasons why the TaDi Pose was created.  It's both an escape and a capture.

Catch PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Season 2 on ETC starting January 7


PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, the most tweeted about TV show of 2011 had its fans on the edge of their seats as its mix of mystery, scandal, intrigue and nail-biting suspense proves to be a hit formula with audiences in different parts of the globe.  Now, the lies will continue to pile up when the long-awaited mid-season return of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Season 2 on ETC begins Saturday, January 7 at 8PM.

Read FULL STORY here: Cont... Catch PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Season 2 on ETC starting January 7

Network Wars continues as GMA Network posts breakthrough ratings performance in 2011


With TV5's entry to the big three, alongside ABS-CBN and GMA Network, network wars in the Philippines continues to heat and gets even more exciting!

GMA Network, Inc. (GMA) recently announced that for 2011, it altered television channel ranking as it overtook ABS-CBN in nationwide total day household audience share, placing the latter only to second rank - according to broadcast industry's more trusted ratings service provider, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

Based on full 2011 nationwide data of Nielsen (December 25 to 31 based on overnight ratings), GMA posted a 34.2 percent total day average television household audience share, outscoring ABS-CBN's 31.1 percent and TV5's 15.6 percent by substantial gaps.

GMA noticeably increased its total day household audience share record in 2011 versus 2010 by 3.2 points. In contrast, ABS-CBN's record suffered a significant drop of 8.6 points during the same period.

The country's first epic TV series Amaya

Read full story here: Continuation... Network Wars continues as GMA Network posts breakthrough ratings performance in 2011

Friday, January 6, 2012

Nirvana in Crustasia -- Enjoying Asia's Best Crab Dishes in Manila


We Filipinos love eating crabs!  Sometimes, it defines how Pinoys we are on how we eat them.  There's no really science behind it but I believe you'll agree with me that there's a certain technique in eating it right?  And if one seems to be doing it the wrong way, he or she may hear this line: "Hindi ka marunong kumain ng alimasag / alimango"  (You don't know the proper way to eat crab).  And as a Pinoy, that's a shame!  Haha.  That's why eating crabs in restos and hotels is very much challenging for me (and reserve eating it at home), sometimes to avoid the hassle, I would order something else.

Well not this time around!  I was proven wrong when I was recently invited to a resto in Power Plant Mall   called Crustacia Asian Bistro.  Crustasia Asian Bistro specializes in crab dishes and other authentic Asian seafood cuisine. 

This time, eating crabs is as easy as counting 1 2 3.  They just made it too customer friendly!  Right before the dishes are served, there are green apron like wear that we can use to avoid stains from the food that we eat.  Then there are crab crackers that we can use to dig down the crab meat and savor its taste.  Then if it's really too challenging to break the shells, we can ask the waiter to do it for us.  :)  That's what I can say as Crabbing 101!  :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law back in SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS!

Did you miss the powerful tandem of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes?  Worry no more!  The action duo is back as Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Jude Law returns as his friend and colleague, Dr. Watson, in Warner Bros.’ new action-adventure “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”

Read full story here: Continuation of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law back in SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Warner Bros. Unveils Line-up for 2012; includes DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE HOBBIT and WRATH OF THE TITANS


Warner Bros. continues to be one of the formidable forces in movie making as it unveils its powerful line-up for 2012.   Warner Bros' offering of the year consists of much awaited tent-pole releases (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Hobbit”), blockbuster sequels (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sherlock Holmes 2”), potential franchise-starters (“Jack and the Giant Killer,” “Dark Shadows”) and prestige titles (“Gravity,” “J. Edgar”). With all these surefire bets, what's not to like?

The Dark Knight Rises. The epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Christian Bale again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Marion Cotillard, as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes the first of two films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.

Wrath of the Titans. A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Sam Worthington) —the demigod son of Zeus (Liam Neeson)—is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. But Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades (Ralph Fiennes) makes a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus.

Read full story: Continuation of Warner Bros. Unveils Line-up for 2012; includes DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE HOBBIT and WRATH OF THE TITANS

Sunday, January 1, 2012

20th Century Fox Reveals Fantastic Movie Line-up for 2012


It's the start of  2012 and movie buffs can't wait to know what exciting films are lined up by major studios for the year!  20th Century Fox won't be far behind as it anchors in 2012 with big screen adaptation of classic favorites from television and books, phenomenal movie franchises and a novelty of ideas captured in unparalleled 3D technology employed by the Fox lot.

Supervised by George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic, “Star Wars Episode 1: the Phantom Menace” undergoes meticulous technological and artistic conversion for its long-awaited 3D movie release. Navigating within a galaxy far, far away, the movie conversion is set to deliver most of the Saga’s amazing scenes from the peaceful planet of Naboo to nearby ally and warring galaxies.

The returning cast of “Alvin and the Chipmunks” strikes a third in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” where Dave (Jason Lee) is on board a luxury cruise liner with the gang for a well-deserved break. Incidentally, they find themselves in a deserted island after going overboard during the trip. Thinking that they have found a tropical paradise, they soon found out that they are not alone.

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