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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Promil Pre-School i-Shine Talent Camp to get its last two finalists via online votes!


Who will complete this year’s Promil Pre-School’s i-Shine Talent Camp Top 12? The top 10 has already been selected and you have the power to decide who will become the last two finalists through your votes!

Twenty more talented hopefuls await your vote at ishine.abs-cbn.com. Watch their impressive talent videos and support your favorite! Only 1 vote per video per day is allowed. Voting period is from May 28 to June 3.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

OPM Icons join forces for the grand launch of The Mall of Asia Arena


The biggest names in the Philippine music industry come together in a once-in-a-lifetime one-night grand concert titled “Icons at the Arena: Masters of OPM” to launch the  The Mall of Asia Arena and celebrate the greatness and ingenuity of Original Pilipino Music (OPM).

The Mall of Asia Arena was built to provide our world-class Filipino artists with a home, with a venue that deserve their first class talent, an equally world-class venue... the Icon for Icons!  (Click here to know more about The Mall of Asia Arena).

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Catch "Us Girls" Fun Fab Finale this Saturday!


“Us Girls” will cap off its three-part Fun Fab Finale with blazing performances from Kapamilya stars and a lookback on the lifestyle magazine show’s chic six years this Saturday (May 26), 7:30 p.m. on Studio 23.

Celebrating with hosts Iya Villania, Chesca Garcia-Kramer, and Angel Aquino and co-host Megan Young are vocalist Arnel Pineda, actor and now recording artist Xian Lim, actress Empress Schuck, actors Robi Domingo and Arron Villaflor, band Rocksteddy, and girl group The Opera Belles.

Explore the world with Vault Magazine


“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – Saint Augustine

Vault Magazine takes its readers to an all new level as the number one sophisticated men’s lifestyle magazine features the luxury of global travelling and attempts to reclaim the romance in international wandering.

Globe Telecom to offer new iPad starting May 29


Globe Telecom recently announced that it will offer the new iPad in the Philippines on Tuesday, May 29. Globe Telecom will offer iPad with a range of attractive Tattoo data plans that will allow customers to connect to its nationwide network at speeds up to 42Mbps.

The third generation iPad is a category defining mobile device that features a stunning new Retina display, Apple's new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video. It also still delivers the same all-day 10 hour battery life* while remaining amazingly thin and light.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Electrolux opens the search for the next Wok-A-Holic Kitchen Star!


Electrolux gives 12 participants the chance to be part of a culinary boot camp and compete for the title of Wok-A-Holic Kitchen Star 

As part of its exciting list of activities lined-up in celebration of its 10th Anniversary, Electrolux is once again calling on all culinary enthusiasts as they launch the 3rd Wok-A-Holic cooking competition!

With this year’s theme, Wok-A-Holic Kitchen Star, Electrolux is searching for 12 participants who will cook their way to the top and win the grand prize which includes a culinary scholarship from CCA Manila, an Electrolux kitchen showcase and gifts from this year’s Wok-A-Holic partners.

Warner Bros. unveils The Dark Knight Rises main poster!


Warner Bros. has just released the main one-sheet art of its upcoming blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises,” the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar® winner Christian Bale again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Globe Telecom announces Samsung Galaxy S III with fully-customizable unlimited data plans


Globe Telecom announced that it is launching Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S III, under its suite of fully-customizable postpaid plans bundled with unlimited mobile internet.

Globe subscribers can avail of the Samsung Galaxy S III under My Super Plan Unli Surf Combo, which comes with unlimited mobile browsing, bonus call and text services, and choice of unli boosters for the ultimate smartphone experience. With Globe My Super Plan Unli Surf Combo, the country’s only customizable unlimited data plan, Globe provides users with uninterrupted surfing, their gadget of choice, and freebies all in one subscription. This plan also helps maximize the features of the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Meet a different Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman


We all grew up with the fairy tale of Snow White but soon we'll see her in a different light as Universal Pictures presents an adult and darker version of the said classic story.

In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen Oscar® winner Charlize Theron out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman Chris Hemsworth (Thor and The Avengers) dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.

The breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale is from Joe Roth, the producer of Alice in Wonderland, producer Sam Mercer (The Sixth Sense) and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders.

 “Snow White and the Huntsman” is released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.

Columbia Pictures Releases SKYFALL Teaser Poster


Columbia Pictures has just released the teaser poster for the highly anticipated James Bond film, “Skyfall” – the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. The poster launch teases the global launch of the first trailer, which unveils in the afternoon of May 21st in the Philippines.

Daniel Craig once again stars as the British super spy, his third Bond movie in a row coming off “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale.”

Witness the showdown between Jessica Sanchez and Philip Philips on American Idol Season 11 Grand Finale Live on ETC on May 24


The votes are in and after weeks of performing on the American Idol stage Jessica Sanchez and Philip Philips have been chosen by America as the final two performers to compete for the crown. Find out who will be the next American Idol during the Grand Finale LIVE via Satellite this Thursday, May 24 at 8AM on ETC!

The Grand Finale night will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, where the two remaining finalist will stand on stage before an audience of more than 7000 as well as a global TV audience of millions as host Ryan Seacrest announces the next American Idol.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Broadway Hits in One Fun Musical -- FORBIDDEN BROADWAY Theater Review


Annie.  Phantom of the Opera.  Les Miserables.  Cats.  Rent.  If you love theater, I bet you know these titles and would want to see these masterpieces over and over again.  But do you know that you can watch all of them plus a lot more in just one sitting, in just one play?  Yes, you're reading this right.  It's possible, well, you may look at it that way, through Forbidden Broadway, New York's smash-hit musical revue!

Forbidden Broadway is a hilarious spoof of  popular Broadway musicals such as the titles mentioned above.  And with that, the play brings us back to our well loved plays through the years, but in a different way... in a funny, outrageous way!  This is what I witnessed at the press preview of Forbidden Broadway at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in RCBC Plaza.  The play was directed by Joel Trinidad (from the hit monologue "Caveman") and produced by Upstart Productions (same team that brought us the successful Breakups & Breakdowns and Crush Hour). 

The Amazing Spider-Man will have an earlier playdate in the Philippines!


Columbia Pictures has just announced that The Amazing Spider-Man will now open in the Philippines on Friday, June 29, 2012. That's a five-day margin ahead of the film's original release date in Manila, US and North America which was supposedly July 4.

One of the world’s most popular characters is back on the big screen as a new chapter in the Spider-Man legacy is revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man. Focusing on an untold story that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story, the new film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott, Irrfan Khan, with Martin Sheen and Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, and Matt Tolmach are producing the film in association with Marvel Entertainment for Columbia.

Jack TV brings back the spellbinding drama The Killing


The most addictive and spellbinding drama series is back on Jack TV! Premiering May 20, Sunday at 10PM on Jack TV, the second season of The Killing continues the hunt for who killed Seattle teenager Rosie Larsen. After numerous twists and several possible suspects, homicide detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Steven Holder (Joel Kinnaman) are still far from discovering the truth behind the young girl’s tragic end.

Picking up right where Season 1 left off, Linden thought the case was closed when she accused prime suspect city councilman Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell) of murder after she saw a surveillance photo of him in the car that Rosie’s body was found in. However, after a phone call informing her that the CCTV camera where the photo was supposedly taken has in fact been out of service for months her entire case is brought back to zero.

Invasion of New & Retro Aliens in Men in Black 3


Master of make-up effects Rick Baker’s inventive (and Oscar®-winning) aliens are a vital part of previous Men In Black films, so it’s no surprise that the legendary artist returns for Columbia Pictures' new comedy adventure Men In Black 3.

For Baker, working on the Men In Black movies is especially fulfilling because the films inevitably require him to design in so many different ways: “Some films are straight makeup – say, we’ll do age makeup. Others will call for fake bodies or heads. Others, we’ll make animatronic characters and puppets. The Men In Black movies involve all of those things – and I got to design for the computer-generated stuff as well. We ended up making about a hundred aliens for this movie, and you could have made a whole story about any one of them.”

Friday, May 11, 2012

Make your mom feel special through Hotel Elizabeth Cebu's "Mother's Day Treat"!


Are you living or planning to go to Cebu for this upcoming Mother's Day?  And are you thinking of a special way to treat your mom on that memorable day?

If you are then allow me to share this good news from Hotel Elizabeth Cebu!  Hotel Elizabeth Cebu is currently offering their "Mother's Day Treat"!  The "Mother's Day Treat" package comes with an overnight stay with your mom in a Deluxe Room at Hotel Elizabeth Cebu!  For only PhP 4,800 (good for 2), you will already enjoy a Breakfast Buffet, Drink of the Month, Sunday Dinner for 2, Complimentary Facial and Complimentary gift from the Bakeshop for your mom!  What a special treat for your mom right? 

Make way for Barbie Magazine


Make way for Barbie as she finally arrives in the Philippines through the BARBIE Magazine of ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc. The maiden issue will be released this month, dubbed as the Fun 1st Issue. ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc., the home of nationwide-praised magazines such as “The Buzz”, “K Magazine”, “Chalk” and many others, brought out the BARBIE Magazine to cater and inspire the minds and creativity of young Filipino girls.

With its first issue, BARBIE Magazine will share fun facts about Barbie and introduce its readers, may be young and young-at-heart, to the most important people in Barbie’s life – her sisters and friends.

Dingdong Dantes and Dennis Trillo lead GMA's Summer Party in Boracay


Summer isn’t over yet! And in Boracay – the Philippines’ Summer Party Capital – the heat is just about to go a notch higher as some of the biggest stars of GMA Network, topbilled by Dingdong Dantes and Dennis Trillo, give an all-out access to entertainment and party to all Kapuso through a two-day event dubbed “Kapuso Weekend” this May 11 to 12!

Ready to take those barefoot-steps on the island’s powdery white sands and participate in Day 1 activities are Dennis (Biritera) together with Jennylyn Mercado (Showbiz Central), Mark Herras and Bela Padilla (Hiram Na Puso), Bianca King, Gabby Eigenmann, and Rochelle Pangilinan (Broken Vow), Geoff Eigenmann, Sam Pinto, Carlo Gonzales, and Arthur Solinap (Legacy), LJ Reyes (The Good Daughter), Michelle Madrigal, Isabel Oli, Jay-R, Rachelle Ann Go, and Jolina Magdangal (Party Pilipinas), plus Bubbles Paraiso, Carl Guevarra, Victor Aliwalas, Wil Devaughn, and John Feir.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Jack TV's Saturday Night Laugh Block


Break your boring Saturday night habit with Jack TV’s Saturday Night Laugh Block! Starting May 2012, catch four hours of non-stop animated fun courtesy of TV’s most well-known, long running and much-loved animated comedy series only on Jack TV, home of animated comedies!

From The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Futurama Season 4 follows the intergalactic delivery crew of the Planet Express. The crew, made up of an odd group of characters, including Fry, a human who has just woken up after 1000 years of being frozen, Leela, a one-eyed beauty, and Bender, a robot as they venture further in to outer space delivering more weird and crazy packages. Catch the crew every Saturday at 6pm in back-to-back episodes on Jack TV.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Metro Home and Entertaining Releases Annual Condo Special


Step into Manila’s most stylish condos through the pages of Metro Home and Entertaining annual condominium special, where a variety of condo styles are featured, from the compact and practical to the chic and sophisticated.

Take a peek into the ACQUA Livingstone property and model units, developed by the Antonios of Century Properties, and designed by the well-loved Italian fashion house, Missoni.

Rock of Ages Rolls to the Big Screen


Under the direction of Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”), New Line Cinema’s feature film adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” comes to the big screen. “Rock of Ages” tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n’ roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more.

The movie musical stars Julianne Hough (“Burlesque”), with actor/singer Diego Boneta in his feature film debut, Russell Brand, Oscar® nominee Paul Giamatti, Academy Award® winner Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, R&B queen Mary J. Blige and multiple Emmy®-winner Bryan Cranston, with Oscar® nominees Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise.

Catch Vampire Diaries Season 3 Finale on ETC on May 15


Don’t miss the emotional season finale of The Vampire Diaries Season 3 this May 15, Tuesday at 8PM on ETC as lives are put in jeopardy, love triangles will come to an end and we go on a flashback to a much simpler time. After discovering that the death of an Original vampire will kill their entire blood line Stefan and Damon need to figure out other measures to deal with Original hybrid Klaus. Since the only vampire with knowledge as to who’s blood line they may be from died, the Salvatore brothers do not know if killing Klaus will also lead to their death. But if they can’t kill him, just what can they do with him?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hero TV Presents "Flash of May"


The country’s no. 1 anime channel Hero TV will give everyone a jaw-dropping experience this May, as it presents its gigantic offerings featuring values-enriched new and returning anime titles, plus locally produced shows and Hero Theatrixx movies.

Dubbed as the “Flash of May,” the channel will begin this month’s celebration with the premieres of inspirational “Hanasaku Iroha” on May 17 (Thursday), supernatural “Jigoku Shoujo Season 2” on May 14 (Monday) and puzzling “Shiki” on May 20 (Sunday).

Jonah Hill Makes Nerd The New Cool in 21 Jump Street


Jonah Hill has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents, due in part to his dynamic evolution from laugh-out-loud comedy star to Golden Globe, SAG, and Academy Award® nominee for Best Supporting Actor in 2011 for his role in Moneyball, in which he starred opposite Brad Pitt.

Now, he makes a successful return to the comedy genre with Columbia Pictures' “21 Jump Street,” an R-13-rated movie that took Hollywood box office by storm.

Warner Bros. Unveils "The Dark Knight Rises" New Trailer


Warner Bros. has just revealed the full trailer of its upcoming blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises,” the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

The trailer was unveiled at Warner Bros. Philippines' youtube channel.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The TaDi Pose 19th Edition -- Aljur Abrenica, The Morning Rush Team, Enchong Dee, The Avengers and More!

Yup, you read it right.  This is already the 19th edition of the TaDi Pose (sans the special bloggers edition of course).  This time though, aside from the celebrities and known personalities (e.g. government officials) as well as characters (e.g. Jollibee), more and more ordinary people with extraordinary contributions or just even trivial traits will be part of the TaDi Pose! :)

And with that, let me present the Batch 19 of the celebrities and personalities who are brave, fun and game to do the TaDi Pose! :)

Earth Hour Co-Founder Andy Ridley did the TaDi!  I thought this won't happen anymore as he celebrated Earth Hour in Manila while I handled Davao.  But thanks to WWF Philippines, this happened!  :)

The Art and Science of "Letting Go"... Tokyo's Hi-Tech Toilets!


Warning: if you are eating, don't read this anymore or better yet, drop your food now!  :D

Food blogging is such an enjoyable activity because we savor the taste of the food we eat and share it with the rest.  But while eating is such a fun thing to do, don't you think "moving" or "letting go" is an equally refreshing experience? :D   Di ba, iba yung feeling once you let it go?   LOL :D  So shouldn't there be another niche in blogging that deals on the last part of the digestive process? :D

Well, this blog post is really not actually about pooping.  This is about my Treasure Hunt in Japan and the marvelous thing that I found.  And that is Tokyo's hi-tech toilets!  :)

Well, I know, you may ask, why the hell am I blogging about toilets!  Haha, don't click away, let me explain first.  Don't you think having a good toilet is an essential aspect in traveling?  As much as we enjoy the places we go to and eat the most delicious food in town we visit, we also need that amenity for our bathroom break that will keep us moving.  And I was fascinated to discover these hi-tech toilets!

I first encountered this in Hotel Shinagawa where we spent our first few days in Tokyo.  I was amused that  right after that "ceremony" I won't need a toilet paper (or water and soap), as I just needed to press a button to clean you know what. :)  It sprays water in different ways depending on how you want it!  At Hotel Sakura, our second home in Tokyo, an added option is available.  This time, it can be like sprinkle or shower or bazooka shots hahaha.  Some of my colleagues were even surprised when they tried the hi-tech toilet for the first time.  Others on the other hand joked that they stayed longer in the comfort room because they enjoyed the water splash hahaha.  Anyway, we were also able to adjust the temperature of the water.  And since we were there at winter time, the warmer of the bowl, as it touches the thighs, is very relieving.  So right after moving, you just need that tissue paper and you're done. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Resorts World Manila to launch GameZoo -- a different kind of family bonding experience


Resorts World Manila (RWM), the premier place in the country will be adding a new attraction to its fold of world class amenities and offerings with the launch of GameZoo.

GameZoo, a 2-storey complex which features the most up-to-date and exclusive arcade and recreational games, plus state of the art rides for kids and adults alike, formally opens its doors to the public on May 4, 2012, Friday.

Attending the formal launch are RWM President Kingson Sian, and the RWM Vice President for Marketing Communications Martin Paz. Also to grace the event are the children from the cast of ‘The Sound of Music’ which is currently being staged at the Newport Performing Arts Theater. CosPlayers, kiddie mascots, and other attractions add up for the festive launch.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Reimagining History in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter


Based on the bestselling vein-thumping mashup novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, Timur Bekmambetov directs while Tim Burton and Jim Lemley produce “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

Dubbed as a revisionist tale of the 16th US President’s life as a politician by day and a vampire hunter by night, it stars Benjamin Walker as the iconic commander-in-chief and Dominic Cooper as his mentor. The film also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln, Jimmi Simpson as Josh Speed and Anthony Mackie as Will. Alan Tudyk takes on the role of Stephen A. Douglas, while Rufus Sewell is the film’s chief antagonist vampire Adam.

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