Friday, August 28, 2015

MLQ. Ang Buhay Ni Manuel Luis Quezon.

The Epitaph as the start of the play.
The musical play MLQ, Ang Buhay ni Manuel Luis Quezon by Full House Asia Production, presented by the Quezon City Government tru Mayor Herbert Bautista, open the newly constructed Kia Theater, formerly known as The New Frontier Cinema way back then, still in Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City.

The first play and event to use the almost 2,500 seating capacity theater is headed by Actor Arnold Reyes playing the mighty role of Quezon, the second President of Philippines. The story open at the epitaph of Quezon wherein three students of this generations dissect and dig more about Quezon’s childhood up to his last days. It provides a visual presentation on how Quezon survive the war and the war in politics as well. 
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista.
Under the direction and written by George De Jesus III, the play provides more detailed and accurate biographical life events of Quezon, from being a Seminarian, to being a Governor of Tayabas, to being a Fiscal in Mindoro and being an assemblyman that lead him to Malacanang.   It aims to inspire the youth of today, on what kind of sacrifices the father of Filipino language been trough 
Arnold Reyes as Manuel Luis Quezon.
MLQ The Musical also feature Chinie Concepcion as Aurora Quezon, and the three students are Ross Pesigan, Joshua Deocareza and Martha Comia. Other cast are Topper Fabregas, Jun Ofracio, Stella Canete, Dolly De Leon, Joel Saracho, Christian Velarde, Randy Villarama, Richard Cunanan, Ron Alfonso, Kathleen Francisco, Ruth Aferez, Joann Co and Melvin Sumalinog as the guitarist. 

The play open last August 19, 2015 that mark the 137th Birthday of Quezon , it runs until August 28 with two shows daily one from 10 in 2pm show. 
The cast and Crew of MLQ.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Ex With Benefits, a sexy offer from Star Cinema this September.

Star Cinema's Creative Chris Gazmin, Direk Gino Santos, Coleen Garcia and Derek Ramsay.
It’s very rare that Star Cinema make movies with sexy theme, and for this season the leading Movie company in the Philippines dare to offer something sizzling entitled “Ex With Benefits”, that will serve as the launching movie of Showtime host Coleen Garcia and the return of Actor Derek Ramsay in Star network after moving to another network.

During the Blogconference last Aug 18, 2015 at the Malayan College in Cabuyao Laguna, Ramsay says that he miss working with Star Cinema where he find the people are the great in industry. And he was happy to be back and made a new movie, but he assure the public it’s not a Kabit movie he did in the past.

He reiterate that his character is so in love here, and that what people should look for how intense his delivery. Director Gino Santos told us that Ex with Benefits will surprise viewers on how beautiful and artistically he shot all the bed scenes of Ramsay and Garcia.  Santos other films are The Animal and #Y, both Cinemalaya finalists.

Ramsay and Garcia along with Santos clarify the issue of putting Medical Representatives in bad light, this is in reaction with the trailer of the film. The cast insists it’s about the two ex-lovers who meet again after many years, and not about their profession.  It’s better to watch first before judging the movie.

Showing nationwide on Sept 2, 2015, Ex With Benefits also stars Rayver Cruz, Tirso Cruz III, Carmi Martin, Kitkat, Juan Rodrigo, Nina Ricci-Alagao, Jobelle Salvador and Mengge Cobarrubias



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Cinemalaya 2015 focus on short films.

And the winners are....
After 10 years, Cinemalaya, the Philippine Independent Film Festival decided to reboot itself and assess what needs to be done for the coming of more than Ten years in case. This year’s Festival focuses on the short films, and Asian Films also was showcase to add highlight, yes they were none full length movies under Directors showcase and New Breed Category.

And here are the winners for this year 2015, Best Screenplay-Papetir, Audience Choice- Santissima, Best Film- Pusong Bato, Best Direction-Petersen Vargas of Lisyun Qng Geografia, NETPAC Prize and Special Jury Prize is Wawa. Awarding ceremony was held last Aug 15, 2015 at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. 

The chosen ten full length film for next year’s competition is also announce, below are the finalist for Cinemalaya 2016.

1.       Ang Bagong Pamilya Ni Ponching by Inna Salazar and Victor Villanueva
2.       Ang Mga Bisita ni Mamang by Janice O'Hara and Denise O'Hara
3.       Dagsin by Atom Magadia
4.       Hiblang Abo by Ralston Jover
5.       I America by Ivan Andrew Payawal
6.       Kusina by David Corpuz and Cenon Palomares
7.       Lando at Bugoy by Vic Acedillo, Jr
8.       Mercury is Mine by Jason Paul Laxamana
9.       Pamilya Ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy, Jr
10.   Tuos by Derick Cabrido
The Cinemalaya 2016 Film makers.
During our interview with Chris Millado, Cinemalaya Festival Director, he inform us that they do some evaluation and checking in the past ten years, most film makers complain of time constraint and looking for financial partners in a very limited time. That’s why they announce it early this time and even on the coming years.
“This is part of our evaluation ng last ten years, ang laging reklamo ng mga film makers kulang na kulang ang four months para bouin ang pelikula, it used to be na pag-ina-announce sila they only have four months to gather their financing, their partners, their casting, their production, the post prod kaya most of the time hot from the oven ang kanilang mga pelikula” Millado said.

Millado also mention that Cinemalaya is running throughout the year due to series of activities, aside from the most intense Festival held every August, they are doing the Cinemalaya Art House, Cinemalaya campus and Cinemalaya Institute.  He also dismiss rumor that Business Tycoon Tony Boy Cojuangco is no longer part of Cinemalaya, he is still the head of Cinemalaya Foundation and the one thinking about the long term or sustainable plan of Cinemalaya.

He admit that they are still under exploratory talks regarding funding for Cinemalaya, that’s why for 2016 they are not just going back in status but will add more cinemas in Metro Manila, this is aside from the CCP Cinemas, Greenbelt Cinemas, Trinoma Mall and Alabang Town Center. One plan is doing it simultaneous in other region during the festival.

“Ticket sales are not enough to make this run, its only 25 to 30% percent of what we spent, Government keeps in pero hindi pa rin yun enough so we have to look for other ways para mapuno ang budget so we can continue cinemalaya.” Millado added.

Regarding the issue of uploading the Cinemalaya movies online in 2014 Festival, Millado said that its now bridge under water between the past participants of Cinemalaya, it is under the contract but they admit that there is a miscommunication and they from the Festival decided to stop it since it is not a clear ways of generating funds.
Cinemalaya Awards Night Performers. Isay Alvarez, Gian Magdangal, May Bayot, & Reuben Laurente.
“Pinanindigan namin yun, talagang part yun ng contract, hindi lang na-communicate sa mga film makers na gagawin na yung clause na yun ng contract so practically napaliwanag na sa kanila, nagkaroon na ng dialogu, at tanggap naman, but tinigilan muna naming hanggang sa makahanap ng mas malinaw at effective na paraan to distribute.” Millado said.

Cinemalaya 2016 will only have full length category as well as the short films, the new breed and directors showcase are now in one, and the budget for each movie is now at P750, 000.000 Deadline for submission of entries for Cinemalaya 2017 is on Oct 15, 2015.  For more information please check http://www.cinemalaya.org, www.culturalcenter.gov.ph and the Cinemalaya facebook page or CCP Media Arts Office at telephone number 832-1125 local 1704-1705 and the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.

The well attended 8th Cuyonon Baragatan.

It was one of the most attended Cuyonon Baragatan that happen last Aug 16, 2015 at Club Filipino in Greenhills in San Juan City. More than 500 Cuyonons  from Metro Manila and other part of Luzon, and from abroad attended this once a year reunion to celebrate the forth coming Feast of St. Agustin, the patron saint of Cuyo, an island municipality in Palawan.
Top: CBO Founding Member Grace Gobing, Below: Fr.Eugene Elevera, Baham Mitra, Educator Emma Bautista, Amor Abueg and wife Nelly. 

Among attendees this year are past officials in the province of Palawan, like former Governor Baham Mitra, former Congressman Amor Abueg, Former Board Member Jimmy Josol , Cuyo Mayor Andrew Ong, and members of Palawan Clergy headed by Fr.Eugene Elevera of Seminario De San Jose.
Dr.Heracleo Lagrada while delivering his inspirational talk.
Baragatan Cuyonon 2015 is spearheaded by Manny Ching, Dr.Heracleo Lagrada of Fatima University is this year’s inspirational speaker, on his talk Lagrada remind the youth of today about the cultural importance of Cuyo to the province, and show some old and new photos of Cuyo.
Engr.Rufo Cabanlig is this year's Guest Speaker.
Engr.Cabanlig accepting his plaque of appreciation from CBO Officers.
But it was Engr. Rufo Cabanlig of MacroAsia is the guest speaker, on his message he discuss his struggles being a student who hail from Island Cuyo to UP Manila campus.  He was able to achieve many things in Mining industry and he was so happy because he is a true blooded Cuyonin.
Nanette Pediapco-Trampe jam with Sinika.
The Sinika or Sining ng mga Katutubo headed by Nonoy Lanzanas made a grand performance, they perform songs from their latest album that on sale that time, they also had a duet number with Rosanna Pediapco-Trampe who also appear in the album.

The Cuyonon Baragatan Organization also announces the incoming chairperson for the celebration next year and in 2017. Trampe will be the head for next year, while Jess tan is for 2017 in order to give them so much time in preparation and get more sponsors.
Krissy Mayo, Eunice Samandre and CBO Officers and members.
Aside from Sinika, Child Singing Champion Krissy Mayo, Eunice Samandre and Ms. Ana also perform as intermission. Founding member Grace Gobing  perform a breathtaking dance number as well as some founding members for some cultural dances of Cuyo. The annual gathering ends with raffle and dance party. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The songs of Vehnee Saturno is now a musical play.


The latest musical to hit the Philippine Theater by September is Chuva Choo Choo, The Mr.Kupido Musical inspired by songs written in the past by hit maker Vehnee Saturno. It will be produced by Stages Production Specialist Inc under the direction of seven time Palanca winner George De Jesus III.
Moresette Amon.
Joana Ampil.
This Original Filipino Musical will open on Sept 25 and 26, 2015 and will serve as the opening salvo of the newly built Power Mac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati. The short run will continue by January of 2016.

Billing this exciting production is the former Kim of Miss Saigon Joanna Ampil and The Voice finalist Morisette Amon, they will portray sisters Dina and Darla, whose story started when they witness an altercation that they wish they never saw, and from there a hilarious hiding and impersonations, they even land as contestant in a reality singing contest, so it’s a choice of stardom over secrets and quest for true love as well.

Among the songs to be used in this musicals are Isang lahi originally sung by Regine Velasquez, Bakit Pa of Jessa Zaragoza, Be My Lady of Martin Nievera, Sana Kahit Minsan of Ariel Rivera, Forever Is Not Enough of Sarah Geronimo, Mula Sa Puso of Jude Michael, and Chuva Choo Choo originally by Jolina Magdangal, and a lot more.

Saturno’s career in song writing span for almost 35 years, he has written almost 800 songs and around 150 of that are all hits, during the launching of this play last August 13 at My Cinema in Greenbelt 3, Saturno admit he is so happy for this project, he said he long pray for it for the longest time and now it’s happening.

First show of Chuva Choo Choo is on Sept 25 and 26 (3pm and 8pm), Sept 27 at 3pm. The second run is scheduled on January 2016. For ticket inquiries call Cheng Pimentel of Stages Production Specialist, Inc at (0917)859-6544.

Agora awards 2015 now open for nominations.

The Officers and Agora awardees from Philippine Marketing Association.
 The search is on, for this year’s best marketers in The Philippines via The Agora Awards now turning 36 years older. It’s considered the Oscars of Philippine Marketers who, the best and effective marketing campaigns are recognized, and the minds behind those marketing success.

From the greek word Agora meaning Market started in 1979, as of now it has eight categories such as Marketing Company of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Advocacy Marketing, Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship (Large scale, medium and small scale), Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Management, Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Communications, Marketing in Education, Overseas Marketing and Export Marketing.

The winners for this year should be nominated, the form can be downloaded from www.theagora.ph and deadline of submission is on Sept 8, 2015. But the twist for this year is, aside from the usual awarding ceremony, selected past winners of Agora Awards will also convene for a day of talks, to share their stories, their secrets and tips on how to succeed in Marketing, it’s called the Agora Circle Conference that they are reviving for this year.

Among those past winners and will be speakers are Greg Banzon of Century Canning Corp, Sari Yap of One Mega Group, Inc, Emily Abrera of McCann Erickson Philippines, Butch Jimenez of PLDT, Chito Sobrepena of Metrobank, and a lot more.

For inquiry regarding reservation and the rates, just go to the www.theagora.ph for more details. 
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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Lamudi joins Asia E Commerce Expo 2015.


Lamudi Philippines is the leading online real estate website in the Philippines. With over 90,000 properties and 1,000 brokers and developers online. Lamudi aspires to help consumers find their perfect home online from the complete assortment of properties for sale and for rent in the country. Simultaneously Lamudi helps brokers and developers connect to millions of prospective buyers previously beyond their reach. Lamudi is globally established in 30 countries. Lamudi is part of the Rocket Internet Group of companies, the largest incubator of online start ups in the world with headquarters in Berlin and over 100 ventures across 50+ countries. Previously successful ventures of Rocket Internet include Zalora, Lazada, Zalando, Groupon. Lamudi Philippines acquired MyProperty.ph in April 2015. The team together currently consists of 80 people.
Jacqueline Van Den Ende, the founder and managing director of Lamudi will join Cinstantin Robertz of Zalora and Janette Toral of Digital Club Filipino in the first panel discussion. Asia E- Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) will be at SMX Aura, Taguig on November 25, 2015, Wednesday and brought to you by TAG Media and Public Relations. #AECoE will give you a unique opportunity to learn from, and network with senior leaders from the biggest brands in Asia Pacific region and in which the leading e-commerce experts from emerging markets, award winning e-commerce players and established e-retailers in APAC gather under one roof. Industry leaders will share independent experiences and insights for delegates from different countries. You can be a part of this inspiring environment and benefit from the excellent networking opportunities it offers. It features: Sessions on ePayments, eLogistics and ePrivacy Opening reception Conference programme Over 15 local and international high level speakers 30+ sponsors 1 Hour of Speed Networking What will you learn: · Market Analysis · Digital Marketing · CRM · Strategy · E Commerce · Going Global Why you should attend: · To grow your business · To meet investors · 300 APAC Audience · Maximizing cross border e commerce Speakers are leaders from different industries and engaged in momentous pursuits of significance to the ASEAN region and beyond. Attendees are senior business people, high-ranking government officials and media. #AECoE is not just about learning, empowerment and inspiration but a potential future collaboration that’s why we allot time for networking. Speakers confirmed are as follows plus 10 more awaiting for their confirmation; • Constantin Robertz- Managing Director, Zalora • Lars Jeppesen- CEO, Tech One Global • Jacqueline Van Den Ende- Managing Director, Lamudi • Kristian Melquiades- General Manager, Viber • Janette Toral- Founder, Digital Club Filipino • Subir Lohani- Managing Director, • Chinkee Tan- Book Author and Radio Host • Robert Yupangco- CEO, Yupangco Group of Companies • Frederic Levy- Founder & CEO, CashCashPinoy • Camille Montejo- CEO, Tree Top Adventure Inc. Moderators; • Chris Kiklas- President, EmLogis • Pocholo Gonzales- CEO, Creativoices Production • Spanky Enriquez- Corporate Communications Consultant Asia E Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) is expecting 300 visitors & up to 30 companies to share their products and services in the expo. For partnership/sponsorship, please contact the organizer at 09166299381 or at maria@asiaecommerce.ph Registration Fee per delegate: Php 3,000.00 (Inclusion: Snacks, Elegant Lunch, Speed Networking, Conference and Expo.) (PR)
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Ginkgo Biloba, for your brain.


Enhance your Brain
Everywhere we look, beauty products and services are front and center… EDSA billboards, Online Sites, TV/Radio commercials and newspaper ads. There can be no doubt that they sell. What could be more appealing than the opportunity to improve oneself?
Not much. That’s why you shouldn’t forget about your mental health either. With mental wellness, comes true and sustainable self-improvement. Train smarter, not longer. Acquire the will and knowledge to eat better and stay lean. Take care of your brain.
ATC Ginkgo Biloba is a dietary supplement called the “Brain Enhancer”. It contains an herb, Ginkgo Biloba, which protects the brain from nerve damage that might lead to Alzheimer’s disease. It can also help in managing symptoms of Dementia.
ATC Ginkgo Biloba is available at Mercury Drug and all leading drugstores nationwide for P6.00 per capsule. Improve yourself with ATC Ginkgo Biloba.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

World’s Best Island showcases Tourism of Palawan.

It’s given, Palawan indeed is one of the most beautiful island in the Philipplines, and of course to the world.  In order to continue promote, market and attract 3 million tourist by 2016, the Provincial Government of Palawan along with Palawan Tourism Council, Department of Tourism, Tourism Promotions Board and The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Advancing Philippine Competitiveness  (COMPETE) Project, held a five day tourism and trade fair.



It’s called Palawan, World’s Best Island happen last August 7 up to 11 at the Activity Center of Glorietta Mall in Makati City. it is the first ever Tourism and Trade Fair initiated by the Provincial Government to promote further the Tourism industry of Palawan, participated mostly by different Resorts, hotels and travel operators in the province. 
Palawan Gov. Jose Ch. Alvarez and Palawan Tourism Council Pres. Debbie Tan.
On his speech, Palawan Gov. Jose Ch. Alvarez emphasize that Tourism is key factor in the continuous development of Palawan, and they from the local government is committed to continue uplift the lives of Palawenos. 

The opening ceremony is attended byDOT- MIMAROPA  Regional Director Atty.Minerva Morada, Palawan Tourism Council President Debbie Tan and Pampanga Gov.Mark Lapid.  Along with Palawan Congressman Chicoy Alvarez, and Puerto Princesa City Councilor Matthew Mendoza.

The Palawan Dance Ensemble, Provincial Capitol Chorale and Provincial Acoustic Band highlight the five day fair with various dance and songs presentation of Palawan Culture.


Pampanga Gov. Mark Lapid and Palawan Cong.Chickoy Alvarez.

TackThis, the newest online store of Filipinos.

The Tack This Team. Host Sel Guevera and Raymund Villanueva, Mitch padua, VP for Digital Commerce, Rebecca Ricalde, AVP for Digital Commerce at Voyager innovation.
Online, that’s where the majority of this Earth’s population is most of the time, social media is the in thing today even buying stuff and products, majority looks and search in different online selling sites.  Many of it become successful and easier for customers since they are not going to malls, spend fare or even snacks during the shopping duration.

With a lot of selling websites online, a new one is now up and ready to help sellers and upgrade their lives, they aim to help Filipinos to capitalize on social media while at the same time earning.

During the bloggers conference last August 5, 2015 at the Vyne Tapas Bar and Restaurant in Bonifacio Global City, www.tackthis.com.ph is formally introduced to bloggers like me who like others sometimes looking for products online. We are told that it is easy to set up plus a sure ball of empowering small businesses. It is fueled by Voyager Innovations, the digital arm of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc.

During the presentation, TackThis is something unique in a way because they only sells products or services that are guaranteed brand new, with proper accreditation and only Do it your self-items.  Plus they give sellers a service of professional photographers who can picture your products before posting online.

In TackThis, you can also share your post via your Facebook account to attract more buyers, which in fairness to others is not available to other online selling sites.  They also assure that TackThis is created for non techie people, and its design is easy to manage, setting up your stores and even management of your store if you’re too busy to check, they can take care it for you.  Automated inventory, sales tracking, and wide partners of financial options and delivery services are all in for TackThis.



TackThis is a product of PayWhere Pte Ltd.


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