Friday, February 12, 2016

Treat yourself to a different kind of Valentine’s Day date







Catch an evening of entertainment with the Fanzy Notes as they serenade you and your loved one at the Prism Plaza. Some of the bands featured are KA & Z, Kem and Keiko, Lemon Express, Puresounds, Ten O Six Band, Moxie Band, Climax Band, The Juans, Rhythm Manila Band, and DJ Ice.

Valentine’s Day. It is that one day of the year when everybody seems to look out of rose-colored glasses, when chocolates and flowers take the top spot of shopping lists of both the couples and the beautifully single.
Dates are considered serious business during this day of the month. Often, people have the mindset to arrange for the most lavish of celebrations. But what if you are looking for something different than the usual romantic fanfare?
Prism Plaza located in Two E-Com Tower in the Mall of Asia township provides a different kind of Valentine’s Day fun with its slew of restaurants perfect for couple and group dates. More than the usual candlelit dinner, however, Prism Plaza hosts bands to serenade you and your loved one.
Some of the bands featured are KA & Z, Kem and Keiko, Lemon Express, Puresounds, Ten O Six Band, Moxie Band, Climax Band, The Juans, Rhythm Manila Band, Fanzy Notes, and DJ Ice.  Chill back and enjoy a different twist to Valentine’s Day through their catchy tunes and intoxicating energy.
Additionally, Prism Plaza also offers a breathtaking view of the Mall of Asia’s annual Pyromusical competition. Take yourself, your special someone or your friends on a one-of-a-kind pre-Valentine’s Day date by reserving a spot in one of Prism Plaza’s restaurants.
Watch colors decorate the night sky while enjoying a beer or a cup of coffee at Prism Plaza’s airy environment. Afterwards, you can savor the music while enjoying the beautiful nightscape view from your spot.
The yearly competition features international participants from all around the globe. This year, the countries that will light up the night sky will include Portugal, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Australia, France, and the Philippines.
Even after the celebration of the season of hearts, Prism Plaza is the perfect place to be for those who simply want to kick back and relax. The plaza perfectly combines good food, catchy music, and good ambience amidst the beautiful city nightscape.
You do not need a special reason to treat yourself to a night of fun. Even after the glitter of Valentine’s Day settles, inject a little bit of interest into your usual nightlife by going somewhere fresh and fun.


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Thursday, February 11, 2016

#PhilippineElection2016. Petilla and Lapid for #BayangMatuwid.

We got invited recently for the Yes to Clean Election Forum. They featured the candidates for senatorial race of Liberal Party wherein former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas is the standard bearer.

We were able to listen to the two aspirants for this May elections during the forum that was held at the ground floor of Cybergate Tower 3 in Mandaluyong City last February 6, 2016.  Former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla and former actor and COO of Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Mark Lapid are among who presented their platforms why they want to be senators.
Former Energy Secretary and Senatoriable Jericho Petilla. 
Petilla’s track record includes Ateneo engineering graduate, a former Governor of Leyte and Cabinet official of President Benigno Aquino III under the Department of Energy. On his talks obviously he is more knowledgeable in terms of energy crisis. He told us the price index of different power supplies that the Philippines are using. He also shared his thoughts on using the nuclear power plant and the Malampaya Gas.

Petilla also impressed us on his familiarity about community health problems. He told us that he used to think that Philhealth should be abolished because it is not reliable. But he is now convinced that it is a work in progress and remittance of payments to different hospitals is now faster.

We had a one on one interview with Petilla. We talked about the energy crisis that my beloved province of Palawan. He said that it’s an issue between the contract of power supplier and the cooperative. He believes that the cooperative should enforce what is mandated to its contract in order to resolve the crisis. He also discussed why Palawan is not benefiting from Malampaya Gas, to think it is the cheaper option of power supply that Luzon is now enjoying. He said that Palawan cannot accommodate the watts produced by the gas, and it will be an overboard expense for the people of Palawan if they will buy the gas.

Somehow I was blown away with Petilla’s skills in addressing these kinds of issues, even though we know that it is his work in the past and he should be knowledgeable to it. However he makes a stand and was convincing enough to offer solutions to the problem. I think he will make sense in making laws and bills that the Senate of this country needs. His expertise in local governance up to Cabinet position is a plus factor.
 
Actor and Senatoriable Mark Lapid.
Next speaker is the son of incumbent Senator Manuel Lito Lapid. Mark Lapid is a former Governor of Pampanga and was appointed as Chief Operating officer of TIEZA, a special office under Department of Tourism. Mark, like his father, also ventured into showbiz. He had his own solo action films way back and is now married to former actress Tanya Garcia.

Lapid emphasized on his talks that his main concern in running as senator is to give employment with his background in Tourism. He believes that many people will benefit from this industry. He also discussed local regulations needs polishing in terms of tour guidelines to ensure the safety of the tourists. Nevertheless, he is convinced that the tourism industry of the country is still one of the best high earners for our economy.

He admits that his father’s image in the senate is tagged as the silent leader during plenary sessions. But he told us that his father is not silent in terms of work. He is proud to say that his dad passed many bills on record in the senate. Given a chance he wants to pursue laws regarding free medical checkups for the poor.

The Yes to Clean Election Forum is organized by Y2ML Volunteer Activation Community.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fusion eating in Payatas, Earl’s Bento & Ramen Bistro.

Pork Teriyaki
Tired of working in the BPO industry for quite long, photo and travel enthusiast turned entrepreneur Earl Dio Dayrit decided to open a small restaurant in Payatas, Quezon City. It offers a variety of cheap meals ranging from Japanese cuisine to homemade pares down to well-loved pasta.
 
Earl Dio Dayrit
The location is pretty unusual for this cuisine. But Earl who was trained from SKD Academy for Culinary Arts wanted to upgrade food service to the community where his family lives. Making food for masses with great tasting experience is his foundation.  He created some secret recipes he himself developed as he embraces the dining public industry.

Among the winning menu offered by Earl are Pork Tonkatsu or popularly known to his venue as Breaded Pork. It’s unique taste with some secret seasoning makes it as one of his best seller. Pork Teriyaki is an added factor with a mala-sosyal presentation. Tonkatsu and Teriyaki come with rice and I’m sure you’ll ask for more. 
Ramen.
The Ramen is also a recommended one. The serving and its broth is something special that everyone would love. Tofu Steak is a different story.  So far, it’s on the top of my list because it really captures your senses.  But what’s really great about Earl’s Bento and Ramen is the affordable price.
Oreo Donuts
Desserts and ice cold type of drinks is also on the go. Churros and Oreo Donuts are best tasting ever. Iced Coffee is also served.  Earl is advocating natural style of cooking, meaning no additives or any non-organic seasonings.
Earl's Bento & Ramen Bistro Menu (As of December 2015)
Located at 50 San Juan Bautista St, Payatas-A, Quezon City. For orders and catering you may contact them at Telephone (02)431-4018. 

Tandem, the motorcycle ride of brothers. (Movie Review)

Brothers Rex and Roman played by JM De Guzman and Nico Antonio.
I remember the lesson in every classic Filipino film way back, “Ang nabubuhay sa patalim, sa patalim din mamamatay”. The latest film “Tandem” is not far from this thought, even though it didn’t orchestrate the usual hero style for its lead star, it is still a hero type of movie in the eyes of a brother.

Tandem is a story of two brothers, in this era of criminals using a motorcycle to steal and even kill in the name of money. One idolizes the other. The kuya shows heart to make his younger brother not be drawn to the realities of life.

Tandem stars JM De Guzman, Nico Antonio, and Rochelle Pangilinan. This is an official entry for the Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Catergory last December of 2015 under the direction of King Palisoc for Quantum Films along with Tuko Film Productions and Buchi Boy Films. De Guzman was awarded Best Actor for his portrayal in the festival.

There are parts in the film that show slow pacing sequences. However the cast is convincing enough to earn pity at the end. One thing noticeable is the editing and the sound is really at its best. The use of a stray dog that looks like it was shot dead is one poetic value to look for in Palisoc’s first full length feature. Cinematography and the color really match the entire theme of the movie. No doubt, it is the same technical people behind the acclaimed Heneral Luna movie.

If you grew up in the Philippines and you are able to witness the era of action films monopolizing the movie industry in the past, Tandem will give you that feeling where Pinoy action stars are in its glory.

Tandem will return to theatres this February 17 nationwide. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

In this Kaleidoscope World. 3 Stars and a Sun Review.

Not many have noticed that the late Francis Magalona’s music have subversive messages. Maybe people have denied that because Francis M, besides being the Master Rapper, had been swallowed in the shadows of the murky world of Pinoy showbiz. Or maybe not a lot have recognized that rap or hip hop is an art.

Inspired by the Master Rapper’s music, Mixcaela Villalon and Rody Vera formulated the dystopian rap musical 3 Stars and a Sun with the direction of Nor Domingo and musical arrangement of Myke Salomon. This closes PETA’s 48th season after their successful production of Rak of Aegis.
2026, a massive storm changed the world, depleted Mother Nature, created chaos among humans and expunged history. A Stormdome was constructed to save what was left from humanity. Now, 2096, the dome is divided into classes led with corruption that spawned immense poverty. The story revolves around two groups of kids, the rich ones from the glossy and developed Lumino City and the rebels from the rough streets of Diliman City, who call themselves Tropang Gising.

Tropang Gising had been aiming to overthrow the dictatorship inside the Stormdome with several failed attempts. The leader of Lumino City has been victorious in erasing the memories of those inside the dome and making them her slaves. With the conflicts arising, the two groups wonder what’s outside the dome. Why are they so afraid to go out? Will opening the dome change their world?

Sounds familiar? Maybe. Maybe not. You may have heard of this story from recent famous books and films. Or maybe because this is the state of our society.  The rich and powerful ones are the minority, the poor and needy ones the majority. Can the majority change the world? 3 Stars and a Sun ended with that question. This play can create a few goose bumps and can make you think what we have done to our country. It could generate hope among Pinoys just like what Francis M’s music had wished for.

With great cast and minimalistic production design, 3 Stars and a Sun will make you fall in love with Francis M even more. One of the leads in the cast is Bodgie Pascua, alternating with Raffy Tejada, who plays Mang Okik tells the story behind the Stormdome. Yes, Kuya Bodgie raps. Other members of the cast are Carla Guevara-Laforteza, Che Ramos-Cosio, Nicco Manalo, Gold Villar, Nar Cabico, Paolo Valenciano, Gio Gahol, Giannina Ocampo, Justine Pena among others.

3 Stars and a Sun is now showing at the PETA Theater Center at 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. This will run until Marh 6, 2016 from Tuesdays to Sundays. For tickets and inquiries, you may call (02) 725 6244 or visit petatheater.com and ticketworld.com.ph.
Verdict: B. Most of its entertainment value is from the music. Of course, it’s Francis M.
The Cast and Artistic Team of 3 Stars And A Sun with Ms.Pia Magalona
Words by Aga Posadas
Photos by Evo Joel Contrivida

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ballet Philippines presents dance from Art works.

Redha and the Ballet Philippine Dancers.
For the first time, Ballet Philippines (BP) is staging a production that collides with artworks. It’s a contemporary dance based on the creations of Gabriel Barredo, an acclaimed Filipino installation artist whose masterpieces are travelling here and abroad.

The show is called “Opera”, which is Barredo’s original exhibition title that opened on January 2015 at Silverlens Galleries in Makati and toured for the opening of the National Gallery Singapore November last year. It’s an array of surreal sculptures that radiates meaning about our human body and how we take care of it. 

BP President Margie Moran informed us that it is one of their most expensive productions with rough estimate of P5Million production cost. “We are looking to collaborate with the art, other forms of art particularly the visual arts. So we thought it’s best to collaborate with Gab Barredo. It’s also his dream to do collaboration with us. This is something new. This is for adults only type of Ballet performance, you need to have a mature mind to understand. You need to use a lot of imagination.” Moran said. 

Doing the Choreography is one of the world’s most travelled choreographers, Redha Benteifour, a notable French artist whose previous repertoires are performed by BP in the past such as Je Tu, Elle, and Les Petits Mots D’Amour. Benteifour is known as the “Unclassifiable Choreographer” and has worked with some of the world’s leading dance companies like Bolshoi Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The National Ballet of Cuba, Le Jeune Ballet De France, The Het Nationale Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.

BP Artistic Director Paul Morales said that even if it’s a big and expensive production, only 17 dancers from the company are performing. They have a limited run for three days only and it is their mission to present a new kind of art form.

“The music is new. The whole experience is new. It’s like an experiment, even (in the) international (scene) ay hindi pa masyado nagagawa, combining sculpture and dance.”  Morales added. 
The Opera by Gabriel Barredo
Music was provided by Malek Lopez, Libretto by Yvette Tan and Erwin Romulo, costume by James Reyes and videos by Pabrika.

Opera’s cast is headed by Victor Maguad and Eri Sorilla as the Twins, Carissa Adea as the Mother, Denise Parungao as Death, Jean Marc Cordero as the Watcher, and Earl John Arisola as the Creation.  Co-presented by the Embassy of France, it is the closing show of BP’s 46th Season. 

Other sponsors are Globe Platinum, San Miguel Corporation and Belle Corporation. It will be staged at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) on February 13 and 14 at 1pm and 6pm show. A fundraising gala is scheduled on February 16 at 8pm. For inquiries and tickets visit www.ballet.ph call them at (02)551-1003, or call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999. 


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Welcoming the New Year in a New Light. VRP Medical Center.


With the fiery new year comes a new change, VRP Medical Center embarks on a major renovation plan for its people stakeholders, doctors, and patients alike. Since its renovations earlier last year, VRP focuses on a more customer oriented approach. A family based corporation never distracted from its vision: “A Hospital That Cares,” VRP opens its hearts to developing and improving quality service, technological advancement, and a warm, calming environment.

Doors open to a fresh Central Registration Area, a well crafted mural to greet the children and families, and a spacious waiting area for visitors and friends. From a 148 square meter room, the Emergency Room will be extending to 224 square meters to accommodate patients and those waiting in line. VRP sets into motion an additional 48 rooms to shelter its current 178 bed capacity.

Focusing on comfort, modernity, and care, VRP continually strives to improve their wide array of facilities in order to better serve the people. The hospital launched their new Nuclear Medicine Department last October 2015 under the guide and eye of Dr. Jeanelle Margareth Tang, an immigrant from Canada who decides to come home to the Philippines and finish a training course, with hopes to set up a practice in Nuclear Medicine. In partnership with Mandaluyong Medical Services Inc. (MNMSI), VRP already has a solid support right from the start from Its supplier, Inter medical SE, to its doctors, partners and stockholders. 

The rise of the Nuclear Medical Department brings forth new services for its patients such as thyroid function tests, general nuclear imaging, bone scans, reflux studies, GFR and radionuclide therapy. It also boasts a new set of high quality equipment like the Multi cam 1000, a camera that provides hi resolution and better imaging under medical procedures, and the Berthold Multi crystal LB2111 Gamma Counter.



Dramatic change is everywhere, both inside and out. With an idea of a holistic healing, the roof deck will be converted into an intimate chapel for those in search of spiritual guidance. Additional offices, departments, and a Physician Center is also in the works. The facade will also undergo a major contemporary aesthetic change which could reflect beauty and care of VRP.

With its fresh, newly minted facility and developed professional care, patients could only expect more from the newly improved VRP Medical Center. As a family and as a community, VRP welcomes the year right.


About VRP.
A hospital that cares. VRP Medical Center is now in its 42 years of medical service to the Philippine Community. The first hospital to be ISO Certified. VRP Remains to give high quality health care and improves the advancement of medical practices and technology in accordance with the ever changing trends and practices in science and medicine.

Our Physicians, renowned for their own fields in medicine, spearhead our medical research, and the training and development of budding Doctors. (PR)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Love for romance and love for environment. A Lakbay2Love Film Review.

Lakbay2Love official poster.
Lakbay2Love is a film about beauty, no doubt. The sceneries shown in Lakbay2Love by Erasto Films are all worthy to be shown onscreen. Eye candy with a breathtaking feeling, would make you wish that you could explore those mountains, hills through biking. This is the third offering by the award-winning filmmaker Ellen Ongkeko Marfill, following Pusang Gala and Boses.

Lakbay2Love stars Solenn Heussaff and Dennis Trillo. Solenn plays Lianne, a videographer who features forester Jay-R (Trillo) who advocates biking for healthier environment.  Lianne is recovering from heartbreak over Macky (Kit Thompson) who happens to be a friend of Jay-R. Their fates crossover.  But the film does not create so much of a love triangle feel.

One very good thing about Lakbay2Love is the details of its characters. The research was well analyzed and given justice through their dialogues. You can feel that it is not just about biking. It also points out some negative impacts of it to the environment.

Trillo’s charm and brilliance in acting was showcased. I felt his skill in the scene before he sang Overdrive, his eyes were talking to me. The fact that he is a biker in real life shows onscreen. While Kit Thompson’s performance makes you think that he had been acting for a long time, even before his Pinoy Big Brother stint. The scene with shirtless Kit playing with a dog is a winner.  You’d wish for extra rice.

Lakbay2Love presents sceneries of the Philippines that I think was never shown in any other films, like the La Mesa Dam, Timberland Heights and Benguet. I guarantee that those landscapes are all to die for and make them part of your bucket list.

The songs are all original Filipino music and really fit well to the scenes of nature being explored.

Lakbay2Love will open in theatres this February 3, 2016. This film is supported by La Mesa Ecopark, Timberland Heights, 7-Eleven, Firefly Brigade and the Cordillera Conservation Trust. For details, please check facebook.com/Lakbay2Love or www.lakbay2love.com
The Cast of Lakbay2Love. Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heusaff and Kit Thompson. (Photos from the movie FB Page)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sherlock Holmes-ing (Repertory Philippines’ Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot)

The cast of The Games Afoot.
Repertory Philippines commences its 2016 season with the comedy thriller Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot. It will be shown at Greenbelt 1 Onstage from January 15 to February 7.
It’s Christmas 1936. William Gillette, the star of the Broadway version of Sherlock Holmes, was shot during the curtain call of their show. Recuperating, he invites his castmates to a dinner at his luxurious mansion in Connecticut, with the intention of finding out who tried to murder him. The night turns out to be a revelation of each character’s involvement in the crime. They are joined by Gillette’s mother, a theatre critic and a detective. So who tried to kill Gillette?
The play may start at a humdrum pace but gets intriguing to the end just like most of whodunit stories.  The excitement blended with hilarity makes the entertainment. The set and costumes make you feel the glitz and glamour of 1930s.
Pinky Amador as Daria Chase.
The wonderful set of The Games Afoot Circa 1930.
The actors, led by Paul Holme who plays William Gillette, aptly brings out the comedy and mystery in the story.  Other characters are played by Joy Virata, alternating with Jay Valencia Glorioso, Jeremy Domingo, Christine Flores, Hans Eckstein, Mica Pineda, Natalie Everett and Pinky Amador. ReP’s The Game’s Afoot is directed by Miguel Faustmann.

Verdict: B+. Entertaining enough not to miss.

Words by Aga Posadas
Photos by Evo Joel Contrivida

Sunday, January 17, 2016

All News in one. Top Buzz app review.

The young generations nowadays are so engaged with the latest technology right on the palm of their hands. And even millennials like me need to adapt to changes while checking the latest news. Reading many apps of different news organizations is such a burden to anyone just to be informed and updated.

Until this new app Top Buzz came. It offers compilations of day-to-day headlines, stories that may interest every human and somehow inspire us to do better. It took me almost two minutes to download Top Buzz through my Smartphone. And hola, I am connected with all the happenings in my city up to the latest buzz in the world.
The side bar that show's different categories you can choose from.
They have all the credible news outfits in one whole screen. It’s easy to navigate since it doesn’t offer many buttons or links. The side bar has all the lists of the types of stories by category which makes your life easier.  And what’s best is the pre-selection of types of news you just want to read, not those promos that you see in almost every website.

Once I touch the app from my home screen in my phone, the headlines in a thumbnail post is apparent. From that, you can scroll down the entire buzz for a day. And if something strucks you, you will be redirected to the right link of the story. This newest all- in-one newsstand is the pioneer in giving you the things you want to know. Aside from news, it also offers Jobs and deals that you can get online.

To download Top Buzz here is the link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=topbuzz.app&hl=en  , or like their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/topbuzzco/   So let’s start to be informed and updated to our world around us, and get connected.
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