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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Pinoy fishers are back to the seas with stronger fiberglass bancas

“My father has always been a Pescador, our term for fishermen,” says Cocoy Garcia, a 38-year old fisher, as we strolled around his stilt village in Culion, Northern Palawan. “I was nine when he first took me out. We caught baskets of squid that first night, lured in by the glow of our petromax lamp.”

Two Bancas for the Philippines project beneficiaries haul up a netful of fish aboard a newly-made fiberglass boat in Busuanga, Northern Palawan. Through strong public and private sector support, the project has enabled fisherfolk to build 800 fibreglass boats across Palawan and the Visayas. 
Artisanal or small-scale fisheries employ 90% of the world’s capture fishers, providing 50% of global yields and 60% of wild-caught seafood. The Philippines has 1.3 million artisanal fishers, comprising 5% of its labour force. (Gregg Yan / WWF)

Together, Cocoy and his father fished for decades. The old Pescador taught his son the age-old skills of the sea – how to read the tide, mend nets, overhaul engines, repair boats, where to find the biggest fish.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cinderella, Star Wars: The Force Awakens lead Disney's 2015 movie line-up!


Walt Disney Studios Philippines will release nine movies in 2015, led by Marvel's “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the live-action “Cinderella” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the first Star Wars installment since 2005.

Disney's opening film for the new year will be Rob Marshall's “Into the Woods,” already a December blockbuster in the U.S. and stars Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine and Emily Blunt. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel — all tied together by an original story.

SEVENTH SON to kick-off 2015 movie blockbucters


From Legendary Pictures, producers of “Godzilla” and “300: Rise of an Empire,” comes “Seventh Son,” the first fantasy adventure to open the New Year 2015.

Based on the book "The Spook's Apprentice" by Joseph Delaney, the film stars Jeff Bridges (“TRON: Legacy”), Ben Barnes (“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”), Alicia Vikander (“The Fifth Estate”), Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”), Olivia Williams (“The Sixth Sense”), Antje Traue (“Man of Steel”), Djimon Hounsou (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Julianne Moore (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”).

Future Hunter-Gatherer interactive hologram wins the prestigious Electrolux Design Lab competition grand prize

Future Hunter-Gatherer, an educational grocery shopping experience inspired by nature, won the 2014 Electrolux Design Lab competition. The winner was selected by an expert jury in front of an audience of 150 international journalists and bloggers at the Electric Venue in Paris, France.

Pan Wang from China, a student from Central Saint Martins- University of the Arts in London, bagged the grand prize of the prestigious Design Lab competition with her design concept, the Future Hunter-Gatherer. The design projects a hologram that lets the user play a game to gather food by fishing, hunting or gathering ingredients from nature. The gathered ingredients are then communicated to and ordered from the local grocery store or market, which in turn delivers the goods to the user’s doorstep.

In line with the theme Creating Healthy Homes, the design creatively proposed solutions to healthier and more pleasant living environments for future generations. “In an educational, honest and playful way, this concept addresses issues of ecology and consumer awareness related to the food supply chain in an urban society,” said Lars Erikson, Senior Vice President Design at Electrolux and Head of Jury.

KakaoTalk offers more privacy and chat options

Daum Kakao (co-CEOs Saehoon Choi and Sirgoo Lee) introduced Secret Chat mode and Decline Invites features for KakaoTalk, adding even greater privacy and protection to the popular mobile messaging platform. Available upon updating to the newest version of KakaoTalk, the new features provide users with increased options on how communications are carried out – and with whom – resulting in a more satisfying chatting experience.

[With Secret Chat, Users Offered a Higher Standard of Privacy]

Secret Chat mode is a new type of chatroom that employs end-to-end encryption on all messages exchanged within the chatroom. Secret Chat ensures heightened confidentiality of user conversations by providing end-to-end encryption, where the decryption key for chat messages is stored in the user's device making the messages only readable by the users involved in the conversation. Since the decryption key is stored only in the device, other parties cannot access conversations through any outside point—even through servers.

20th Century Fox unveils 2015 movie line-up!


20th Century Fox, avant-garde studio behind  breakthrough concepts in filmmaking such as the immersive 3D technology in “Avatar,” the better-than-ever sequels of franchise films such as “Ice Age” and superheroes such as “X-Men” films, non-stop heart-pounding action flicks and phenomenal book-to-film adaptations of “The Fault In Our Stars,”   “Life of Pi” and “Maze Runner” welcomes 2015 with unforgettable and highly-entertaining movies poised to set new box-office records.  

Ben Stiller and the his magical friends and new ones are back  in the third and final instalment of “Night at the Museum” franchise, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” The adventure begins when Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) discovers that the iconic historical heroes, seems to be out of control – fighting, brandishing guns and causing chaos at the Museum of Natural History, where Larry runs the extraordinary ‘Night Program’ and must find a way to keep the magic alive.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Catch Feng Shui 2 in SM Lifestyle's XD-4D Cinema in SM Mall of Asia!

The newest addition to SM Cinema Mall of Asia’s Specialized Theatres – the XD: 4D Cinema is a new 4D experience with enormous in-theatre effects including snow, wind, water, scent, fog and strobe/lightings. It also has seat impactors, motion seats, seat vibrators and even a leg tickler to add a breathtaking fourth dimension experience.

In this year’s upcoming 40th Metro Manila Film Festival, Star Cinema, in partnership with SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. will feature its official entry and Feng Shui, at the XD: 4D Cinema in Mall of Asia. Feng Shui, to be shown on December 25, 2014, will be the first Filipino movie rendered in 4D.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Have your ultimate movie experience in XD-4D Cinema!


SM Lifestyle Entertainment Incorporated (SMLEI) introduces the newest addition to SM Cinema Mall of Asia’s Specialized Theatres – the XD 4D Cinema!

This is a new 4D experience with enormous in-theatre effects including Snow, Wind, Water, Smell, Fog and Strobe/Lightings. It also has Leg Tickler, Motion Seats, Seat Vibrators and Seat Impactors to add a breathtaking fourth dimension experience.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Presenting the characters of Disney's CINDERELLA


Walt Disney Studios has rolled out three new character posters for “Cinderella” featuring Ella and the Prince (Lily James, Richard Madden), the Wicked Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and the Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham Carter).

A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SPONGEBOB: SPONGE OUT OF WATER releases character posters


Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies have just shared the character posters of the comedy adventure “SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water.”

 The upcoming sequel takes the animated characters into the live-action realm and turns them into superheroes, and these posters provide the names of their alter-egos: SpongeBob is Invincibubble, Patrick is Mr. Superawesomeness, Squidward is Sour Note, Mr. Krabs is Sir Pinch-A-Lot and Plankton is, well, Plank-Ton.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Producers announce 24th James Bond movie SPECTRE


James Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today announced the title of the 24th James Bond adventure, “Spectre.”

The film, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his fourth film as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007.

Monday, December 8, 2014

St. Paul University is the 100th EMC Academic Alliance (EAA) Partner in the Philippines


EMC announced its landmark 100th EMC Academic Alliance (EAA) partner in the Philippines - St. Paul University.

St. Paul University has joined the EMC Academic Alliance (EAA) program to offer courses in leading areas of technology including Information Storage & Management, Cloud Computing, Data Science & Big Data Analytics and Backup & Recovery Services to engineering graduates.

KakaoTalk now available on Windows Phone 8.1 -- Newest version defined for optimal experience

KakaoTalk, Korea’s No. 1 mobile chat application, is now available for Windows Phone 8.1!  Developed specifically for Microsoft’s latest mobile OS, the new version of KakaoTalk offers a seamless and responsive user experience.

KakaoTalk for Windows 8.1 features a number of key improvements, including a fully revamped UI design. Key features such as free 1:1 and group chats, multimedia file sharing, automatic friend list, as well as emoticons and stickers were streamlined for better performance. New features include the option to pin preferred chatrooms at the top of the screen and new file sharing options that allow users to send multiple images at once and even transfer document files for added productivity.

Benedict Cumberbatch is Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE!


Benedict Cumberbatch has entered the world of the mystic arts.

The actor will star in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016 (including the Philippines). The film, directed by Scott Derrickson with Jon Spaihts writing the screenplay, will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

foydi's Catch 38 - Brown Christmas

Like many of you, Christmas is also the most wonderful time of the year for me.  The moment the calendar hits the 1st of September, I can't help but get excited with the coming of the holiday season. I bet you've heard many times that the Philippines has the longest Christmas season or celebration in the world as we start it at the on-set of the ber months (September 1) up to the second week of January the following year (the week of 3 Kings celebration).

But what I particularly like about our Christmas celebration is that we were able to put  local color to something that is shared by the west.  So just like US army jeeps turned into the festive Philippine jeepney, western outfits turned into elegant but cool Barong Tagalog and Baro’t Saya, and ceremonial feasts of saints transformed to colorful fiestas, we were able to tweak White Christmas to Brown Christmas!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Join the Final Journey to Middle Earth in THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (Opens Dec. 12 in theaters and IMAX)


New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” represents the culmination of director/co-writer/producer Peter Jackson’s 16-year journey to bring to life the richly layered universe of Middle-earth conjured nearly a century ago by J.R.R. Tolkien in his literary masterworks The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again was first published in 1937, having emerged from the revered author, poet, university professor and philologist’s imagination as bedtime stories for his children. In the 17 years that followed, Tolkien continued to develop, expand and enrich the complex mythology of Middle-earth to produce its sprawling, apocalyptic conclusion, The Lord of the Rings. Collectively, the author’s towering modern myth has had a seismic impact on world culture, becoming among the best-selling novels ever written, and sparking the imaginations of generations of readers all over the world.

Welcome 2015 with NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 3: SECRET OF THE TOMB (Opens Jan. 8)


Gear up for 2015’s wildest adventure opener for the whole family with the world’s greatest of comic talents led by  Ben Stiller along with (the late) Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Ben Kingsley, and Rebel Wilson in “Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb” with Shawn Levy once again at the helm, producing and directing a pantheon of comic talent.

More than thrice the fun, adventure and thrills in the latest installment of one of the world’s most successful film franchise, Stiller reprises his role as Larry Daley,  a museum guard who travels the globe, , uniting favorite and new characters and embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

Fall in love this December with PLAYING IT COOL (Opens Dec. 17)


In today’s status driven world, “Playing It Cool” comes at the most opportune of time with a very simple, classic yet relatable theme on love – Chris Evans plays a writer, disillusioned by love, was suddenly tasked by his publisher to write a rom-com novel.  Not only does it hamper his next book’s publication, but for one who has been avoiding commitments for so long, he’s even more surprised to realize that he’s falling head over heels to someone (Michelle Monaghan) who  is already engaged.

This generation’s signature story, “Playing It Cool,” written by Chris Schafer and Paul Vicknair have penned a story that will move audiences around the world – a material so cinematic that it demands to be translated into film.    

Sunday, November 30, 2014

After Batman, Christian Bale plays Moses in EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS (Opens December 5 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D)


One man’s destiny to rule an empire is about to be challenged by a man destined to defy it in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” starring Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses. The film’s intrigue, scale, scope, adventurer and vivid characters provide a unique theatrical event.  The Exodus from Egypt is the original and definitive heroic saga.  It's also a powerful and personal story rich with emotion, rivalry and betrayal and an undying quest for freedom.

Notes Scott: “Moses’ life is one of the greatest adventures and spiritual quests of all time.”  From its opening battle where 15,000 Egyptian soldiers attack a Hittite encampment, to the towering structures, a terrifying series of plagues, and the parting of the Red Sea, Scott brings his signature vision to one of our most cherished and important stories.

Finally, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS teaser trailer is here!


An early 88-second tease of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has been released by Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

GMA Pinoy TV's Kapusong Pinoy sa Singapore concert today features Dennis Trillo, Jonalyn Viray and The Amazing Betong


GMA Pinoy TV brings its highly anticipated Kapusong Pinoy Concert series to Singapore with Kapuso artists Dennis Trillo, Jonalyn Viray and Betong Sumaya gearing up to delight Pinoy fans in the country on November 30.

On the heels of its highly successful previous installments in Los Angeles last September and Dubai this November, the concert titled Kapusong Pinoy sa Singapore will be held at the Kallang Theater, 1 Stadium Walk in Singapore.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Have a more meaningful Christmas through Caritas Manila's BUY & GIVE EXPO 2 at Glorietta this Sunday!


The Social Entrepreneurship Program of Caritas Manila will hold the second-run of a Grand Expo dubbed “Buy and Give Expo 2”on November 28-30, 2014 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Palm Drive, Makati City.

Caritas Manila’s Social Entrepreneurship Program helps the livelihood of poor communities by encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit and marketing their products. This program is providing skills and training to the urban poor communities and marginalized sector as well as honing them to become social entrepreneurs. Caritas Margins and Segunda Mana are two of the programs under Social Entreprise.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

16 Philippine Cities Underwent Climate Change Adaptation Assessment


The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Foundation have completed Business Risk Assessment and the Management of Climate Impacts – a four-year, 16-city study to prepare the largest Philippine cities for escalating climate change effects.

Initiated in 2011, the study’s first phase covered the cities of Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Iloilo. Its second assessed Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Laoag and Zamboanga. The cities of Angeles, Batangas, Naga and Tacloban were evaluated in 2013. For 2014, Butuan, General Santos, Puerto Princesa and Santiago were covered.

Make way for JURASSIC WORLD's 1st trailer!


The park is open! Universal Pictures has just unleashed the first full trailer of its epic action-adventure “Jurassic World”.

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, “Jurassic World.” Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

The movie takes place 22 years after the horrific events of the original “Jurassic Park” and is set on a fully functional park on Isla Nublar.

Experience the Looney Tunes Christmas in SM Bicutan!


They say the Philippines has the longest Christmas season or celebration in the world.  They say it actually starts on September 1 and ends after the Three Kings in January.  Well, whether long or not, I just love the Christmas season, especially when it hits the 1st of December!

Yes, although I'm excited the moment September hits the calendar, it's only on the 1st of December that I am able to savor the holidays because by then, I may have finished deadlines and start on the Christmas rush! :)  It's time to shop! :)

And Christmas shopping is even made more exciting with the fantastic holiday treats of malls just like in SM Bicutan!

Kids and the whole family dreaming of a white Christmas are in for a treat as SM City Bicutan treats them to a Looney Tunes Show Snowfest. The mall’s event center has been magically transformed into a Looney Tunes snow village, where mallgoers can snowlebrate to their heart’s content.  SM Bicutan executives and local government officials graced the launch of the Looney Tunes Show Snowfest.  ABS-CBN talent and former PBB housemate Jane Oneza on the other hand serenaded the audience with pop and Christmas songs.

A Walk in the Cloud -- A closer look at WD's My Cloud


We all have stories to tell, just as we also have lots of photos and videos we love to show off, and that is why everyone’s been busy hitting the share button on social media.

But the photos/videos we share are just a percentage of the total content we create every day. The rest we store in portable storage devices that we eventually transfer to our hard disks at home—or upload it on the Cloud.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

3-Day Festival of Sports and Music in Mall of Asia Arena!


In just one week, Filipino fans will experience a tennis extravaganza organized by the International Premier Tennis League like no other. The 3-day match schedule of tennis superstars featuring Sharapova, Williams, and Murray is the first leg of a rule breaking tennis spectacle celebrating the comeback of international tennis in the Philippines.

With DJ Irie playing indoors and in between sets, and with an outdoor festival featuring bands such as Taken by Cars and Razorback, DJ’s such as DJ Ron Poe and the Zombettes, and international supermodel Sophie Sumner, the three-day tennis festival on November 28-30 at the Mall of Asia Arena will surely leave fans breathless.

Holiday Sneak Peek at THE PEANUTS MOVIE


Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, developed with the latest breakthrough in 3D animation.  Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.

From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the Ice Age films, “The Peanuts Movie” will prove that every underdog has his day.

New trailer of SEVENTH SON released


Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures have released the new trailer for the upcoming fantasy adventure, “Seventh Son".

The film stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, Djimon Hounsou and Julianne Moore. It is based on the book "The Spook's Apprentice" (AKA "The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch") by Joseph Delaney.

FREE MOVIE DAY in SM Cinema and WM Cinemas this December 6!


Christmas season is the time of the year to share moments with your family and friends. And what better way to start celebrating this special occasion than to go out for a movie day…for free!
SM Lifestyle and Entertainment Inc., continues to promote bonding activities among Filipino families and friends this December 6, 2014, as SM treats patrons of SM Cinema and WM Cinema to a first-rate movie experience with add-on services.

SM Cinema, the largest cinema exhibitor in the country, will have its 3rd FREE MOVIE DAY this December. This year, WM Cinemas (with 6 branches) is joining the event and will be offering and rolling out the same program for its patrons.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Here are the character posters of INTO THE WOODS!


Disney's eagerly awaited fantasy adventure “Into the Woods” has just unveiled ten glorious character posters featuring the Witch (Meryl Streep), the Baker (James Corden), the Baker's Wife (Emily Blunt), Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), the Prince (Chris Pine) and the Wolf (Johnny Depp).
Also getting their solo posters are Little Red (Lilla Crawford), Jack (Daniel Huttlestone), Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) and the Other Prince (Billy Magnussen).

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.

The urgent need to protect the Coral Triangle's marine ecosystem

TADI News Feed:

Sydney, Australia – Coral Triangle countries are helping to avoid a natural and humanitarian toll in the Indo Pacific by conserving ocean habitats that are critical for the food security and livelihoods of more than a hundred million people, delegates at the World Parks Congress heard recently.

Tubbataha is at the heart of Coral Triangle.
Photo source: WWF Philippines

The Coral Triangle is a 6 million-km2 marine area that directly sustains and protects more than 120 million people in coastal communities across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss sets the world on fire anew via THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1 (Opens Nov. 20)


Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss is set to set the world anew on fire as she stands to lead their people in the highly-anticipated third installment of the blockbuster phenomenon that blazed across movie screens around the globe, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay –Part 1.”

The movie finds Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1” is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong, from an adaptation by Suzanne Collins and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween from HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2!!!


Columbia Pictures has just released a special video featuring the spooky but beloved characters from “Hotel Transylvania 2” wishing everyone a fa-boo-lous Halloween this Friday, Oct 31. The video also shows Count Dracula giving safety reminders on how to make this Halloween a “monster of a celebration.”

Catch the featurette here:

“Hotel Transylvania 2” is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2012 smash hit “Hotel Transylvania” from Sony Pictures Animation. Director Genndy Tartakovsky returns to helm the sequel, as do screenwriters Adam Sandler and Robert Smigel.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Travel beyond galaxy in INTERSTELLAR (Opens Nov. 6)


With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history: traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars, in Warner Bros. Pictures' futuristic thriller “Interstellar.”

From acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight” films, “Inception”), “Interstellar” stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, Oscar winner Anne Hathaway, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn and Oscar winner Michael Caine. The main cast also includes Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Mackenzie Foy and Topher Grace.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

ANNIE original motion picture soundtrack out on Nov 17


For generations, families everywhere have fallen in love with the musical score to “Annie,” and such iconic songs as “Tomorrow,” “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” and “Maybe,” have provided the soundtrack to countless childhood memories.

Now, as a new vision for the classic show is set to hit Philippine theaters in January 2015 in Columbia Pictures’ Annie, Roc Nation Records/Overbrook Entertainment/Madison Gate Records/RCA Records announce the “Annie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” will be released on November 17th, 2014.  The soundtrack features newly recorded versions of the film’s signature songs plus new tunes performed by Sia, Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhan√© Wallis, Cameron Diaz, and more.

Marvel Studios releases AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON teaser trailer


The first trailer for Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" has landed and we've got your first official look right here:

True Believers! Feast your eyes on the chaos and make sure to check out the film in Philippine theaters in April 2015.

It's up to Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes to save the planet from Ultron (James Spader), and you can check out the trailer to see the gang back in action, along with a few new faces and the official teaser poster just below.

The Philippines' Lambanog is Now Ready for the World!

If you're a true blooded Filipino, I bet you've tasted or even heard about Philippines' signature liquor called lambanog.  Every now and then, in almost every celebration, our very own lambanog has been a house hold name.  (And I heard that for towns where lambanog is the main produce, the drink is always the centerpiece!).

Philippine Craft Distillers, Inc., a licensed world-class distiller of liquor and spirits has ventured into crafting a fine spirit that pays homage to Philippine roots with the first extra premium lambanog in the market.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES unveils character posters


The character poster artworks for Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” have been unveiled online.

The one-sheets individually feature in close-up shots the film's eight major characters namely Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin, Galadriel, Legolas, Tauriel, Bard and Thandruil.

Keanu Reeves is back as hitman in JOHN WICK (Opens October 30)


One of Hollywood’s top lead actors, 50-year old Keanu Reeves is at the top of his game- physique and stamina even better to-date in the full-throttle action-packed film “John Wick” as he takes on the titular role of a retired assassin who hunts down his adversaries with the ruthlessness that made him a crime underworld legend.

After the sudden death of his beloved wife Helen (Bridget Moynahan), John Wick (Reeves) receives one last gift from her, a beagle puppy named Daisy, and a note imploring him not to forget how to love. But John’s mourning is interrupted when his 1969 Boss Mustang catches the eye of sadistic thug Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen). When John refuses to sell the car, Iosef and his henchmen break into his house and steal it, beating John unconscious and leaving Daisy dead. Unwittingly, they have just reawakened one of the most brutal assassins the underworld has ever seen.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sineng Pambansa Horror Film Festival 2014: UNLI SCREAM this Halloween! (Showing from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4)


It’s that time of the year when stories of ghosts and paranormal entities send a heightened chilling sensation down your spine. This October, get ready to relive Filipino folklore horror as SM Cinema and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) bring you Sineng Pambansa Horror Film Festival.

Titled after the well-known (and feared) folklore characters, the T’yanak and the Hukluban, will take you back to when you were a child, listening to your grandparents’ stories of murderous monster babies and the Philippine version of the grim reaper.

Here comes the all-star main poster of HORRIBLE BOSSES 2!!!


Good guys and villains huddle up for the main poster of New Line Cinema’s adult comedy “Horrible Bosses 2,” the follow-up to the 2011 hit comedy “Horrible Bosses.”

The new one-sheet art features Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as everyone’s favorite working stiffs.  Posing with them are returning castmembers Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx, and new “bad guys” Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Witness the horror from ancient times in THE PYRAMID


 The curse from ancient times continues to the present times when “The Pyramid” was unearthed by a team of a father-daughter,  both scientists along with their crew and two  journalists looking for proof of civilization from centuries past.

Believed to be the curse of the pharaohs against adventurers who dare disturb their sacred tombs, history has recorded ample proofs that the curse is indeed a strong unseen force not to be toyed with even at the time of breakthroughs in technology.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Chris Hemsworth's IN THE HEART OF THE SEA releases teaser trailer


Take your first look at the teaser trailer of Ron Howard's “In the Heart of the Sea,” the new action adventure based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the New England whaling ship Essex. Watch the trailer here:

In the winter of 1820, the Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story.

“In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

ILUSTRADO - Another groundbreaking drama series from GMA Network! (World Premiere on Oct. 20, 9:20 pm)


The search for good Philippine TV programs is like the hunt for fish in Manila Bay. You know what I mean. So the moment you found one, you celebrate, you feast, because it's like experiencing a miracle! :)

Let's set aside news and information programs because we definitely can excel in that field. But in drama? I actually read an online article why Philippine TV dramas can't be like Hollywood. While I agree with most of what the writer said but I can't say yes with the rest because there were some that showed promise. And... we don't need to follow Hollywood if we want to excel in this field. We just need to excel. Exclamation point. We don't need to copy anything.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER premieres tonight on the new Sony Channel


Newly launched Sony Channel has announced that “How To Get Away With Murder”, executive produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy”, “Scandal”), premieres today, October 15, 2014 at 9:05 p.m. on the Sony Channel.

 Academy-Award nominee Viola Davis stars as the brilliant, charismatic criminal law professor who is everything you hope your Criminal Law professor would be. She teaches a course she boldly refers to as “How To Get Away With Murder”, choosing the brightest students in her class to join her at her firm.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sharapova, Williams, Murray and other tennis stars to play in the IPTL games in the Mall of Asia Arena


In just a little over two months, the Philippines will lay witness to the first ever international tennis competition featuring worldwide tennis superstars Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, and Carlos Moya as headliners of the Manila Mavericks team. Garnering PHP 23 Million on its initial ticket sales, the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) is expediently gaining traction as the sports event of the year.

What do we really know about the up and coming three-day competition? Here are a few interesting facts about the IPTL:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Planet's Rarest Babies at Wildlife Reserves Singapore!

In celebration of the World Animal Day this year, Wildlife Reserves Singapore announced the arrival of some of the world’s rarest babies, among them the critically endangered Sunda pangolin that is native to Singapore.

Photo by Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Between January and August 2014, over 400 animal babies were born or hatched in Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo. Nearly one in four births belongs to animals listed as ‘threatened’ in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species* and these include the Bali mynah, Javan langur, proboscis monkey and giant anteater.

WWF reports highest recorded growth of Tamaraw population


The tamaraw, the Philippines’ largest and rarest endemic land animal, is on a comeback. In 1969, the global population was thought to have dropped to less than 100 heads, threatening the species with extinction.

Today, due to strong conservation efforts, the tamaraw population stands at 382 – the highest ever recorded.

Which Kakao Friend Are You?!

In addition to KakaoTalk’s unique and diverse features, the fast, fun and free mobile messaging app is best known for its Kakao Friends characters. No matter your personality, you will be able to find your perfect avatar among the seven distinct and colorful characters.

So which Kakao Friend best represents you? Are you an attention-seeker like Neo? Or more playful and silly like Muzi? Check out the Kakao Friends profiles, then dig deep and bring out the Kakao Friend inside of you!

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