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Saturday, March 31, 2012

It’s Earth Hour 24/7 at GMA Network


On 31 March 2012, between 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, the islands of the Philippines are set to go dark – all in the name of saving energy and keeping the planet green.

This, in a nutshell, is what Earth Hour is all about.

Every year, GMA Network aligns with WWF Philippines to help celebrate this global event. The lights of the Network’s headquarters in Quezon City go off during the annual Switch Off event. In 2011, GMA 7 had an expanded participation, so to speak, as its originating stations in various provinces also had their lights turned off for 60 minutes in commemoration of Earth Hour.

Click here to read full story > Cont... It’s Earth Hour 24/7 at GMA Network

Astig Ka Pag Men's Health Ka! -- Enchong Dee on Being the Cover of Men's Health April 2012 issue


"Astig ka pag Men's Health Ka! "  This is the proud and fulfilled statement of ABS-CBN actor Enchong Dee when I asked him during on what he feels on being a cover for Men's Health the second time around.

In the press launch of Men's Health summer April issue, which he is a cover, Enchong revealed that he once had a chat with another actor and the latter said that it's his dream to pose for the cover of Men's Health.  And with Enchong doing this the second time around, this guy is one lucky young man!  :)  "Parang status symbol na sya pag Men's Health cover ka.  Proud ako na kinuha nila ulit ako (Posing for Men's Health is like a status symbol.  Am proud that they got me again), explained Enchong.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

ABS-CBN Prepares Holy Week Programs to Inspire Filipino Viewers


What's your plan for Holy Week?  Are you going out of town or are you staying home?  As more and more Filipinos go out of town for vacation, I believe many of us still prefer staying at home (or visit our hometown and stay with our folks).  And for the home bound peeps, they look for things to do during idle time.  Some stock DVDs while others look for things to watch on TV.  And gladly, our TV stations have felt this need and year on year, have been providing service to us by providing programs suitable for the season.  And this is what ABS-CBN has prepared again this time to inspire the Filipino viewers during the observance of this coming Holy Week. 

Manila Archbishop Chito Tagle

Reflect and be inspired this Holy Week as ABS-CBN airs some of its heartwarming specials, dramas and Star Cinema movies, and best documentaries beginning on Maundy Thursday (April 25) until Good Friday (April 26).

Click here to read full story >  Cont... ABS-CBN Prepares Holy Week Programs to Inspire Filipino Viewers

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

World Vision to hold the 3rd "Flying High" Graduation Celebration -- 50 Honor Graduates to be Recognized!


Living in gruelling poverty, the odds that these 50 children will ever get to school let alone graduate were almost impossible. But thanks to caring Filipinos who helped sponsor the education of these children, they were not only able to study in school but they are now graduating top of their class!

On March 30, World Vision will hold the 3rd “Flying High” Graduation Celebration to recognize 50 top honor graduates from its assisted communities. Proof that with hard work and determination anything is possible.

The very first “Flying High” celebration was graced by World Vision Ambassadors Nikki Gil and Lea Salonga to recognize graduates from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Last year, the event was attended by youth achievers from Jollibee’s Yumbassador program.

This year, a list of special guests will share their own stories of ‘success amid poverty’, and how through hard work and determination they are now living their dreams!

The sponsors of these 50 graduates will also be present to witness this special occasion with the children they are supporting through school.

Child abandonment and military 'abuses' on Reporter's Notebook tonight, March 27


In the middle of the night, , a security camera captures a disheartening scene: a young woman leaves her child by the doorstep of someone else's home. After some inquiry, authorities tracked down her whereabouts. When asked why she abandoned her child, she said that she did not have the means to raise the child properly adding that if she only had a choice, she would have done otherwise.

This Tuesday, GMA's award-winning documentary program Reporter's Notebook will discuss the problem of child abandonment and what really drives many "unprepared" moms to desert their children. Are poverty and emotional inadequacy the culprits, or are all these just an excuse to evade the responsibility of being a mom?

Click here to read full story > Child abandonment and military 'abuses' on Reporter's Notebook tonight, March 27



As the title indicates, Warner Bros.' new, 3D fantasy adventure “Wrath of the Titans” called forth some mammoth and mythical adversaries to pit against the demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington).

The Kronos

These include the multi-headed Chimera, three one-eyed Cyclops and an army of double-bodied Makhai. Perseus' most formidable opponent is, of course, Kronos, the gargantuan, heretofore imprisoned Titan and father of Zeus (Liam Neeson), Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston), who is on the verge of breaking free and bringing hell down on the earth.

Click here to read full story > The Monsters of WRATH OF THE TITANS

Monday, March 26, 2012

Velvet Heats Up Summer 2012!


Hello sunshine! Bring out the sunglasses, slather on some spf, and wear the sunniest smile as Velvet, the only fun and sexy party channel, let’s you in a season that spells HOT HOT HOT!

This summer of 2012 feel the heat with Velvet’s ultimate summer manual that will take you from Hollywood’s warm and luxurious sun to Boracay’s pristine waters as it ignites this exciting time of the year with strings of on-air and on-ground offerings.

Be at the forefront of summer fun with your desired series. Siblings Annie (Shenae Grimes) and Dixon Wilson (Tristan Wilds) together with your much followed West Beverly gang is back with new adventures and intriguing dramas as they say hello to life after high school and cruise through adulthood with big decisions to make and new people to meet. Let the cooling effects of a refreshing pina colada calm your nerves down because anything can happen under the sun at America’s favorite zip code. Catch back to back premieres of the fourth season of “90210” on March 24 at 7PM.

Click here to read full story >  Velvet Heats Up Summer 2012!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Heaven Sent BODHI Vegetarian Health Food!


Avoid pork.  Don't eat fried too much.  Take less sweets.  When I got this verdict from my doctor, I immediately said, "No prob doc.  I can do that!"  But when I left his clinic, I worriedly asked myself, "Oh wait, how am I going to do that?  What the heck will I eat?" 

Well, for someone like me who's always on the go, I rely on food that I can buy outside.  If in case I buy something and prepare at home, I see to it that it's instant and easy to prepare.  And with that set-up, I just didn't know how I could survive.  As you know, most of the fast food or even carinderia / jolly jeep, which we frequent for lunch, don't have a special set-up for those who are on diet. And sadly, when our office moved from Makati's CBD to another place, the choices on food become more limited.  So now you know the challenge I've been going through!  :)

Well, during one of my mall strolls, I dropped by at the food court of SM Megamall.  So I was on the hunt for the perfect meal for me, who's determined to change his lifestyle, from sinful to saintly.  :)  Literally, I stopped at each store, clockwise to be exact, until I saw... BODHI!  

Studio 23's Bida Best Kid campaign kicks off today, March 25!


Studio 23 is launching its own "Bida Best Kid" station ID featuring its wide array of child-friendly programs this Sunday (Mar 25) at 11:30 AM as part of ABS-CBN's ongoing child-empowerment campaign.

Currently, Studio 23 offers the longest kids programming schedule on free TV with its Have-A-Haba-Toons for younger viewers from 7 AM to 11 AM, and the Anime’To block from 3:30 PM to 6 PM daily.

Click here to read full story > Continuation...  Studio 23's Bida Best Kid campaign kicks off today, March 25!

Are you ready for another HANGOVER?!


HANGOVER I and II rocked the whole world with its overload of fun and crazy antics but if you are still craving for more, another one for the road, then worry no more as the Wolf pack will be back soon on the big screen via HANGOVER III!

BURBANK, CA, March 22, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures are reteaming with Todd Phillips for “The Hangover Part III,” the third installment in the record-breaking comedy franchise, which is slated for release on May 24, 2013. The announcement was made today by Jeff Robinov, President Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

Click here to read full story > Cont... Are you ready for another HANGOVER?!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

MMA Round Girl Arianny Celeste On Balls Channel


Sizzling hot mixed martial arts (MMA) round girl Arianny Celeste visited Balls Channel Friday to promote the Hot Import Nights (HIN), one the world’s biggest and most popular car shows, on March 24 to 25 at the World Trade Center. Aryanny was interviewed live on ABS-CBN New Channel’s “Dateline Philippines” by Hard Ball segment anchor Sison. She will also appear in an interview with Balls’ flagship sportscast “Game Day with Boom Gonzales.”

Click here to read full story > Continuation... MMA Round Girl Arianny Celeste On Balls Channel

Friday, March 23, 2012

TITANIC Returns in 3D


“Titanic was called the Ship of Dreams. And it was. It really was...”

In 1997, James Cameron’s TITANIC set sail in theaters -- and one of the world’s most breathtaking and timeless love stories was born. The film’s journey became an international phenomenon as vast as its name, garnering a record number of Academy Award® nominations, 11 Academy Awards® and grossing over $1.8 billion worldwide. On April 6th, 2012, precisely a century after the historic ship’s sinking and 15 years after the film’s initial theatrical release, TITANIC resurfaces in theaters in state-of-the-art 3D.

Upon its original release, TITANIC was celebrated for transporting audiences back in time, right into the belly of the R.M.S Titanic in all her glory and into the heart of a forbidden love affair entwined with the ship’s epic collision with human arrogance, nature and fate. Now, the leading edge of 3D conversion technology has allowed Oscar® winning director James Cameron to bring moviegoers the most visceral and dynamic screen experience of TITANIC yet imagined.

Click here to read full story > Continuation... Titanic Returns in 3D 

DARK SHADOWS Character Posters Unveiled!


Fresh from revealing the teaser poster of the new Johnny Depp-starrer “Dark Shadows” last week, Warner Bros. has just rolled-out nine character posters for the gothic comedy!

Director Tim Burton brings the cult classic series “Dark Shadows” to the big screen featuring an all-star cast. The individual posters feature the nine major characters Barnabas Collins (Depp), Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer), Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), Roger Collins (Jonny Lee Miller), Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley), Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Grace Moretz), Bella Heathcote (Victoria Winters) and David Collins (Gully McGrath).

Click here to read full story and see all posters > Cont... DARK SHADOWS Character Posters Unveiled!

Catch the premiere of PROJECT RUNWAY PHILIPPINES Season 3 on ETC this March 25


Who has what it takes to be the next big Filipino fashion designer? Project Runway Philippines returns this March 25, Sunday at 8PM on ETC. Ready to launch the careers of up-and-coming designers, host Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez with mentor Jojie Lloren and judges Rajo Laurel and Apples Aberin will use their extensive expertise in the field of fashion to guide fifteen new contestants through weekly challenges set to test their creativity and skills. Vying for a spot at the final runway where they will present their final collection to top industry insiders, the stakes are high and only one can strut away with the prize.

Click here to read full story > Cont... Catch the premiere of PROJECT RUNWAY PHILIPPINES Season 3 on ETC this March 25

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tweeting is not wrong; Cyber Bullying is!


I guess we already are aware how powerful social media is.  It can make and break people.  But even before the digital technology came in, communication, where social media is a part of, is such a powerful tool.  That's why the quote "The pen is mightier than the sword." was crafted.  So whether it's verbal, through the use of traditional media (print and broadcast) or through the new age digital channels, communication is one slow burn nuclear weapon.  In short, tweeting can also be the new form of chismis (intrigues) or character attack. 

I am writing this to express my opinion on the recent controversy on twitter where Philippine actress / singer Sharon Cuneta (also known as the Megastar) and her daughter KC Concepcion (who is also an actress) were bullied on the Internet.  Actually, the words thrown to them are really below the belt but what really dismayed me is how people reacted and expressed their opinion on this matter.  I read comments saying she should not be on twitter, twitter is not for her, bawal ang pikon sa twitter.  What kind of reasoning is this?

Eugene Domingo Rocks Asian Film Awards Night!

POTATO ON THE GO (Internet):

One Youtube video that is currently being shared is Eugene Domingo's acceptance speech for the People's Choice Best Actress award she recently received from the Asian Film Awards for here movie Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank (The Woman in Septic Tank).

There's no doubt that Eugene Domingo won the hearts of Filipinos and made us proud with the movie Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank.  But Eugene's brief stint, her acceptance speech, during the awards night made us even prouder with her not only because she proudly dedicated the award to the Philippines but she made the international audience appreciate her unique sense of humor!  :D

Earth Hour 2012 To Reach The Outer Space!


Finally, Earth Hour breaches Earth! For the first time, the global 60-minute switch-off will extend to the International Space Station, where Earth Hour Astronaut-Ambassador Andre Kuipers shall stand vigil over our imperiled planet as the lights switch off on March 31, 2012, sharing photos and live commentary.

Official Earth Hour Shirts Now Available at WWF Philippines!


As the Earth Hour fever continues to heat on, WWF recently announced the release of the official Earth Hour statement shirts!

So if you are an Earth Hour advocate, aside from switching off your lights on March 31, 8:30 to 9:30 PM, you can also show your support by donning an Earth Hour statement shirt!  You may choose from the following statements: Come to the dark side (my favorite! hehe), I am not afraid of the dark and I like it when the lights are off.  Isn't it more cool to express your support to Earth Hour with these statement shirts?   :)

Johnny Cheats Death Once More in CITY HUNTER


In his quest to expose the wrongdoings of his fourth target Chairman Conrad (Chun Ho Jin), Johnny Lee (Lee Min Ho) risks his life again when the "City Hunter" attempts to obtain evidence of a fatal chemical inside Chairman Conrad Chun’s factory. Will he be caught red-handed by the factor guards? Will he survive the deadly gas that they will release once spotted inside the factory? Will this be the end for Johnny? Who will save him this time?

Click here to read full story > Cont... Johnny Cheats Death Once More in CITY HUNTER

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Join the Biggest Earth Hour Celebration this coming March 31!


I Will If You Will.  You may have noticed the presence of this phrase in the cyberspace for a quite a while.  At the start, you may have probably encountered fun dares like "I will go to the gym everyday if Carl quits his too many cheat days."  Social media influencers took part on it and everyone just kept on daring one another with fun and excitement.  But a week after after, I Will If You Will got serious, but not foregoing the interesting part as well.  The statement turned into something like "I will reduce my carbon footprint if Carl will stop watching dolphin shows."  From status messages, it became graphic designs, and then videos.  And with the captured interest, social media influencers and other netizens started to get involved, and this time with much conviction.  WWF Philippines after which revealed what the campaign is all about.  It's this year's biggest and grandest staging of one of the most important celebrations in the planet... the EARTH HOUR!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Juris as the Soothing Voice of Asia


The singing career of Star Records' ‘Acoustic Pop Sessionista’ Juris continues to blossom after her latest album “Forevermore” recently reached the gold record status. Juris is now set to release her second single “Magkaibang Mundo” which was written by the former Sugarfree vocalist Ebe Dancel.

Aside from launching her latest single, Juris is going to enchant her beloved listeners not only in the Philippines but also in other South East Asian countries as she is set to be positioned to be the “Soothing Voice of Asia" with the launch of her third album this year. Her latest album produced by Singaporean company S2S will be an all-English repertoire that would cater to the wider South East Asian market.

Click here to read full story > Cont... Juris as the Soothing Voice of Asia

PBB Unlimited Update: After finding out the 'dark' secret, Slater to retaliate against Paco!


After successfully uncovering wildcard housemate Paco’s supposed homosexuality, a made-up lie he confessed to Tin, Big Brother challenged Slater to turn the tables on Paco and test his patience, a task successfully carried out by Paco as a house player.

Former evictee Paco, who was reconfirmed as an official housemate last weekend in “Pinoy Big Brother Unlimited,” had earlier ‘came out’ to Tin as a part of his house player duty. This week, will Slater prove to be as daring as Paco and be able to infuriate him?

Click here to read full story > Cont... PBB Unlimited Update: After finding out the 'dark' secret, Slater to retaliate against Paco!

Reliv and SoyLabs Launch LunaRich


In a population where cholesterol has become one of the serious health concerns, people not only rely on medicines but on other healthy alternatives and supplements.  I know this myself not because I endure from it (yeah, that's surprising) but my mom has been managing her cholesterol levels for a long time already.  And I often see her try supplements aside from her medication.

And recently, I learned of another alternative.   Reliv International, Inc. and Soy Labs LLC announced the creation of LunaRich™, an exclusive soy powder which contains more than five times soy peptide lunasin than the industry standard to effectively help control cholesterol production in the body. Reliv is adding LunaRich to its high-quality nutritional supplements and is now available in the Philippines starting March 2012.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Warner Bros. reveals DARK SHADOWS poster and trailer


Director Tim Burton brings the cult classic series “Dark Shadows” to the big screen in a gothic comedy featuring an all-star cast, led by Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter. Check out the film’s international one-sheet art and first trailer, both recently revealed by Warner Bros.

Synopsis: In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Depp) has the world at his feet—or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive.

Click here to read full story > Cont... Warner Bros. reveals DARK SHADOWS poster and trailer

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Big Jump! (Da Best sa Batanes part 2)


In exploring life and the endless possibilities wrapped around it, I would like to believe I am adventurous, brave and daring enough.  Well, not on all aspects hehe.  Though I think I am such, there are things I don't do because I feel uncomfortable doing or I think I don't want the public to see me in such an awkward way.  Let's say, I won't dance in front of many people (unless am with friends and people I'm comfortable with) or dress up in a very eccentric way. 

But during my recent trip to Batanes (you may read Da Best Sa Batanes part 1 here), there was one thing I did which I was hesitant to do in the past.  It's doing the jump shot!  :)  During our trip to the Marlboro Hills, when we were scheduled to do the jumpology, I just took my inhibitions away and did the BIG JUMP!  :)

And as you can see, if I did not let go and held on to my restrictions then I would have not enjoyed the moment and have this kind of awesome and unforgettable shot!  :)  I guess this is Treasure Find 19, dropping the doubt, seizing the moment and enjoying life!  :)

Thanks to Imelda Acidera of etceteraetcetera for taking this photo.  :)

Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy back in each other's arms in Disney's THE MUPPETS!


Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are back on the big screen, with the whole Muppet gang, for a brand-new, big-screen adventure in Disney’s “The Muppets.”

“It’s funny, upbeat and full of laughs for everyone…frogs, pigs, bears…even people,” says Kermit. “For new fans, it’s a chance to see the Muppets in action on the big screen. And for old fans it’s a chance to get together with old friends…and get a little crazy together.”

Click here to read full story >  Cont... Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy back in each other's arms in Disney's THE MUPPETS!

Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton ready to defend WBO title against Argentinean challenger


Hot off the heels of Johnriel Casimero’s unforgettable post-fight experience in Argentina, reigning IBA and WBO women’s super bantamweight champion Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton defends her WBO belt against Yesica “La Leona” Marcos in the latter’s hometown in San Martin, Argentina on March 16.

GMA Network airs the bout dubbed, "Laban ng Lahi presents Giyera sa Argentina: Ana Julaton vs. Yesica Marcos" on Sunday, March 18, at 11:00 AM.

Click here to read full story > Cont... Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton ready to defend WBO title against Argentinean challenger

Friday, March 16, 2012

Marvel releases new posters of THE AVENGERS


The web is all abuzz with Marvel's big-reveal this week of seven brand-new posters for “The Avengers.”

In keeping with the teamwork theme, the posters did away with solo character features. This time, each superhero is complemented by another “avenger” in the background. Check them out below!

Marvel Studios presents “Marvel’s The Avengers”—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Click here to read full story > Cont...Marvel releases new posters of THE AVENGERS

Da Best sa Batanes! (TaDi Goes to Batanes Series)


"When God created the world, He gave his best in Batanes,"  -- Mandy Navasero

With that quote alone I bet you can already visualize how beautiful the place I will be talking about.  Batanes.  Considered as the smallest province in the Philippines, in terms of land area and population, Batanes is a group of islands located at northern Philippines and south of Taiwan.  It has 10 islands but only 3 are inhabited, Batan, Sabtang and Itbayat.

Marlboro Hills
So what really hooked me in going to Batanes?  It was a magazine article I read years ago when Filipino photographers voted / declared Batanes as the most photogenic place in the Philippines!  I saw the pics and I was just amazed and got intrigued with the beauty of the islands.  Wrongly, I told myself, and my friends that it just looks like New Zealand!  Why did I say wrongly?  Well, because Batanes has a beauty of its own, comparing it with another place is a mortal sin.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Disney presents the first look at THE LONE RANGER


Disney has just released the first-look image of its upcoming blockbuster “The Lone Ranger” starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer.

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes.

Click here to read full story > Cont... Disney presents the first look at THE LONE RANGER

Search for Beginnings Leads to Mankind's End in PROMETHEUS 3D


“PROMETHEUS 3D” is an original epic mythology from Ridley Scott whose previous works span the reality of futuristic realms such as “Aliens” and “Blade Runner” and whose classic unforgettable works also include “Thelma & Louise,” “Gladiator,” “Black Hawk down,” “American Gangster,” “Body of Lies,” “G.I. Jane,” “Legend” and “Black Rain.”

Acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott brings us to a future not too distant from the present in “PROMETHEUS 3D” with an impressive ensemble cast starring Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba , Guy Pearce and Logan Marshall from a screenplay by Damon Lindelof (creator of tv’s phenomenal series “Lost”).

Click here to read full story > Cont... Search for Beginnings Leads to Mankind's End in PROMETHEUS 3D

Falling for the Villain -- MY KONTRABIDA GIRL Movie Review


In a society where Cinderella stories and characters prevail, trying a different route is a real risk to take. But this is the route that GMA Films bravely took through its newest offering MY KONTRABIDA GIRL starring Rhian Ramos and Aljur Abrenica. And from what I witnessed during its press screening, the audience fell in love with the film's "villain".  :)

MY KONTRABIDA GIRL tells the story of a premier kontrabida in Philippine television Isabel Reyes (Rhian Ramos) who traces the root of her "evil persona" from her bad childhood experience caused by his friend Chris Bernal (Aljur Abrenica).  And with Isabel slowly losing the grip of her character, she went on a mission to get back at her enemies and ruin their lives!

Click here to read full story > Continuation... Falling for the Villain -- MY KONTRABIDA GIRL Movie Review

After Anne Curtis, it's Bella Flores' turn to do the TaDi Pose!


After the phenomenal Annebisyosa Anne Curtis posed for Tatak Digitista's 2nd Anniversary, a Philippine movie icon did the TaDi Pose this time around!  Yup and she's no less than the Kontrabida Queen of Philippine Cinema Ms. Bella Flores!  :)  

Bella Flores doing the TaDi! :)

Anne Curtis' version of the TaDi Pose! :)

Bella Flores, or Tita Bella as people in the entertainment industry call her, is featured in GMA Films' latest movie offering "MY KONTRABIDA GIRL" which stars Rhian Ramos and Aljur Abrenica.  In the movie, Tita Bella, being the premier kontrabida in Philippine movies, gave fun but remarkable tips on how to become a villain.  And no less than the movie's lead Isabel Reyes (Rhian Ramos' role) draw inspiration from Tita Bella! A lot of the actors did fabulous stuff in the movie like Rhian Ramos, Charice Solomon and Aljur Abrenica but Tita Bella just did a mark by playing her role!  :)  Her inclusion added fun to the unique brand of comedy that the film offers!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

JOHN CARTER in IMAX 3D starting March 9!


IMAX Corporation and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures announced that the action-adventure film “John Carter,” from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton, will be released to IMAX 3D theatres simultaneously with the film's worldwide release in Digital 3D and regular theaters on March 9, including the Philippines. “John Carter” is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs and stars Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe and Lynn Collins.

“John Carter,” set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars), tells the story of war-weary former military captain John Carter (Kitsch). He is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions among the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Dafoe), and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Collins). In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

Click here to read full story >  Continuation... JOHN CARTER in IMAX 3D starting March 9!

Dashboard Confessional, The Cab, Cobra Starship and The Used team up in SMASH PROJECT 2012 in Manila!


Dayly Entertainment and Dickies Philippines give you five hours of auditory pleasure as American music heavyweights grace the stage of Smart Araneta Coliseum for one night of rock-infused music fest. Smash Project will definitely be a concert like no other, as American bands Dashboard Confessional, The Cab, Cobra Starship and The Used each performs a full set concert on March 8, 2012.

Smash Project 2012 will feature pop punk band from Utah, The Used. Founded in 2001, this four-piece actrose to fame after the release of their self-titled album in June 2002with such talent that earns them a following globally. Their musical style is composed of raunchy rhythm and powerful riffs made impressive by a solid vocal delivery by Bert McCracken.The Used current band members are Bert McCracken (vocals), Quinn Allman (guitar, backing vocals), Jeph Howard (bass) and Dan Whiteside (drums).

Click here to read full story >  Dashboard Confessional, The Cab, Cobra Starship and The Used team up in SMASH PROJECT 2012 in Manila!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pave the way for DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX!


“What was the Lorax? And why was it there? And why was it lifted and taken somewhere from the far end of town where the Grickle-grass grows? The old Once-ler still lives there. Ask him. He knows.” —Dr. Seuss, “The Lorax”

Click here to read full story > Cont... Pave the way for DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX!

Strawberricious Baguio! -- Finding the Strawberry Taho and Strawberry Sinigang! (Yo Baguio part 2)


Who loves taho?  Who are addicted to pork sinigang?  Well, if you are a proud Pinoy, I guess you love both, just like me!  :)  The two have always been in my favorites list but when I recently went to Baguio, I didn't expect that these well loved Filipino snack and dish still have something much new to offer!

We all know that Baguio (the market) and Benguet (the farm) are haven for strawberries!  While we are aware and delighted with the fruit, the jam and the ice cream, Baguio peeps have innovated their very own produce and came up with all new offerings to the public!  And they are... the Strawberry Taho and Strawberry Sinigang!  :)

Perhaps those who frequent the place may have encountered and tasted those gastronomic delights but I won't be ashamed to admit that it was my first!  :)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

R&R Within Reach at Paradizoo and Residence Inn


For a hot (literally and figuratively hehe) country like ours, we once in a while look for and go to cool places to rest and relax.  I was fortunate enough to have been to Baguio and Tokyo, Japan a few weeks back but if the need arises, I don't have the time and funds in an instant to just pick up my bag and go to those places.

Good thing there's Tagaytay and the nearby towns in Cavite which are just kilometers away south of Manila.  But don't get me wrong, Tagaytay is not last in the options.  :)  In fact, it's one of my favorite places as well.  That's why when I got an invite to visit Paradizoo and Residence Inn, NO was just taken out of my vocabulary!  :)

THE AVENGERS' New Official Trailer Unveiled!


Marvel fans' excitement will continue to heat up with the launch of the new full trailer of MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS!

Here's the new official trailer of MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS:

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Yo Baguio -- The Bloggies' Baguio Getaway (part 1)


I can't recall how many times I've been to Baguio, which is dubbed as the Summer Capital of the Philippines by the Americans in the early part of 20th Century.  But going to this wonderful place never bored me.  Thinking of its distinct characteristics -- the scenery, the weather, the people, the goods just continue to amaze and magnetize me. 

Baguio, formerly known as Kafagway, is 1,500 meters above sea level and is located at the Cordillera Administrative Rregion (North Luzon Island) of the Philippines.  A highly urbanized city, Baguio was declared the Summer Capital of the Philippines because of its cold weather brought about by its altitude.
A few years back, I got the interest to go to Baguio during its Panagbenga Festival (Flower Festival) because of a scene I saw in the romantic comedy movie of Aga Muhlach and Regine Velasquez :).  I was amazed with what I saw and I told myself, how come I've never been to Baguio during this time!  Oh well, there's never too late for TaDi's Bayanihan Republic.  So here's the adventure!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

1st Philippine Popular Music Festival Opens Its Doors to All Filipino Songwriters


First there was Metropop.  Then Himig Handog followed.  And then there was silence (for original creations).  Covers or revivals somehow dominated the local music scene.  But don't get me wrong, the covers / revivals fill me up, stave off my hunger, but as an avid admirer of Original Pilipino Music (OPM), I crave for new compositions.

That's why I was happy to witness when Metropop was revived and Himig Handog was created several years ago.  But for reasons I am not aware of, they both went off the air.  And as they bid goodbye to their fans, reality competitions emerged.  There are competitions for aspiring singers, dancers, actors, models, bands, chefs, even children wanting to be chefs but what happened with the search for songwriters?

With a local music scene widely dominated by imported music, the Filipino songwriter has become a stranger in his own land.

But once again, am happy to hear that a new search has been launched!  Prominent names from various industries have come together to spearhead the creation of the Philippine Popular Music Festival or PhilPOP!

Cartoon Network's BEN 10: DESTROY ALL ALIENS premieres on March 11


This March, Cartoon Network brings us BEN 10: DESTROY ALL ALIENS, the first CGI animated movie for the Ben 10 franchise, which was entirely conceptualized and produced in Asia!

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