Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Museo Pambata June 2011 Activitiies

June is the Month for Fathers!
The museum has a treat for dads this June! The first 30 fathers who visit the museum with their family this month get free gift items!

Every Saturday
Haraya Storytelling Hour, 10 AM
Listen to classic favorites and well-loved Filipino children's stories, as told by our friends from Alitaptap Storytellers Philippines.

Every Second and Fourth Sundays, April to July
If you're a curious naturalist, space buff, an explorer or adventurer, join our fun science sessions facilitated by our guides! Join us in cool experiments and scien-terrific activities.

June 1
Tour Operators Meeting, 2 PM
Various tour operators from the country gather at Museo Pambata for an annual get-together on the museum’s new rooms and tour programs.

June 4
Anino sa Museo: Si Rizal at ang Karilyo, 10 AM
Anino sa Museo pays tribute to Rizal by sharing the story, “Ang Gamu-Gamo,” followed by a special workshop on shadow puppetry facilitated by Anino Shadowplay Collective.

June 4, 5, 11, 12, and 18
Bayani ng mga Ama, Halimbawa ng Kabataan
Let's celebrate Rizal's birthday in a fun bonding activity. Every Saturday and Sunday from June 4 – 18, fathers and sons can dress up in Rizal costumes and have their pictures taken in our Old Manila room. Their photos will be uploaded on our Facebook fan page, where they can compete for the most number of “likes” and win special prizes. The winner will be announced on June 19. Drop by our Facebook fan page for more details.

June 5
MP Guides Corner: Rizal the Sculptor, 2 PM
Be a sculptor, just like Rizal! Learn how to make sculptures with clay, together with our guides.

June 11
Paglaki Ko, Gusto ko Maging Ophthalmologist at Optometrist, 10 AM
Our national hero was inspired to become a doctor to cure his mother's failing sight. Know what it's like to be a healer of sight with Dr. Vivan Sarabia of Sarabia Optical and Dr. Mary Rose Teodoro of the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology.

Father's Day, Fun Day, 2 PM
Fathers and their kids celebrate Father's Day through music and poems! Join Jay Menes, Hubert Fucio, and Rolly Maligad as they tell stories, read poetry, and play music together with their children

June 12
Fun Science: Scienterrific Rizal, 2 PM
If you're naturally curious and interested in the sciences, maybe you can become a scientist just like Rizal. Let our guides tell you more about his scientific discoveries and inventions.

June 18
Ang Bayanihan sa Museo: Rizal's Letter to the Women of Malolos, 10 AM
The Philippine National Folk Dance Company will portray Rizal's support for the women of Malolos through dance, as well as perform other dances illustrating our struggle for independence.

June 22
Manila: Then and Now, An Exhibit
Did you know how Manila looked like back in 1946? See the beauty of Manila back in 1946 and in 2010 through a collection of photographs from two previous exhibits: Being There, 1946: The Legacy of Teodulo Protomartir and Placing the Transition.

June 24
Araw ng Maynila: Manila Trivia Time!
It's Manila Day! Test your knowledge on Manila in our trivia corner, and win a prize!

June 25
Book on the Spot: Ang Sampung Magkakaibigan, 10 AM
Join Karlo as he tries to get along with his classmates in this book written by Kristine Canon, illustrated by Ruben de Jesus, and published by Adarna Books.

NOTE: All activities are subject to change without prior notice. Visit Museo Pambata at Roxas Blvd. Corner South Drive, Manila. Museum hours from Tuesday to Saturday is 9 am to 5 pm and 1 to 5pm during Sundays. Admission fee is 100 pesos for children and adults, with special discounts for group tours. Manila residents with valid IDs are free on Tuesdays and can enjoy 50% off on fees on all other days. For more information, call 523-1797/98 and 536-0595 or email info@museopambata.org

Monday, May 30, 2011

Bonakid Pre-School Pays Tribute to Moms with a Surprise Mother’s Day Serenade

I really appreciate it when organizations come up with events that pay tribute to the special people in our lives. Two thumbs up for Bonakid Pre-School for delighting moms last Mother's Day with a special song of thanksgiving for all the mothers who are doing their best to raise their children well :)

Press Release:

A good and loving mother is the strongest foundation of a child. This is why this Mother’s Day, Bonakid Pre-School paid tribute to mothers for all the love and guidance they have given their children with a surprise serenade at Market Market Taguig.

Mothers strolling in the mall were delighted as singers bearing roses suddenly appeared and serenaded them with a song that touched their hearts. The song entitled “Salamat Inay”, sung by children and teens, expresses gratitude to mothers who have raised kids that are ready to face the world – mga batang may tibay at may laban sa buhay.

To face the world, children need strong bodies and a strong character. Bonakid Pre-School believes that the process of building children’s character and teaching them the right values should begin in pre-school as it is the time when children first get to interact with the outside world. During these formative years, mothers play a significant role in molding the values that will serve as the foundation of a child’s character.

Besides building good character, children also need strong bodies. Good nutrition must always be a mother’s priority. Teach him to eat healthy and provide him with food that is rich in immunity-boosting nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, Iron, Zinc and Beta-Carotene.

Drinking milk that contains these nutrients, such as Bonakid Pre-School, will also help give him a strong and resilient body. Bonakid Pre-School has Tibay Boosters, a combination of nutrients that help support the immunity, protection and physical growth of children. Plus, it has Lutein, a nutrient which helps protect developing eyes.

In a period full of new and exciting influences and experiences, a mother's guidance is the driving force that shapes the child's character and well-being. “So this Mother’s Day, Bonakid Pre-School is saying salamat inay… Salamat sa walang sawang pagmamahal at pagbibigay-tibay sa inyong mga anak. Dahil sa inyo, maraming bata ang lumalaking may tibay at may laban sa buhay,” said Aubrey Allarde, Product Manager for Bonakid Pre-School.

To watch the BonaKid Pre-School surprise Mother’s Day serenade just log on to http://bit.ly/mu2gMX

Sunday, May 29, 2011

NGC Shows Food Lovers How to Be Street-Smart

Hey Filipino food lovers! Watch out for a very interesting culture and science TV series from the National Geographic Channel  (NGC) that will be shown on the Nat Geo channel soon.

I got to watch a sneak peek of Sinisintang Chibog last week and found the facts and figures as well as  the interviewees' stories fascinating. Mitzi Borromeo and RJ Ledesma hosted the event and moderated a Q and A portion between media guests and the following speakers: 

Ms. Nancy Reyes-Lumen, food writer and editor, TV and radio show host, and an acclaimed cook. She belongs to the famous Reyes family who started Aristocrat restaurant; Ms. Sabrina Batac, R.N.D., a registered nutritionist-dietician and a certified assistant diabetes educator who works at St. Luke’s Medical Center’s Weight Management Center; and Dr. Bong Casis, a neurosurgeon affiliated with St Luke’s Medical Center and The Medical City. 

Press Release:

Most Filipinos often regard themselves as street-smart because they already know something about everything or they are not easily fooled into believing what they don’t know. Or they have the skills needed to survive in difficult situations. But are Filipinos really street-smart?

In NGC's first-ever locally produced mini-series Street Smart, NGC asks questions about occurrences in the everyday life of Filipinos and answers them through “street” experts – scientists and people who are immersed in the particular question every day – to uncover amazing yet little known facts about everyday things.

“We are excited to present Street Smart because this is the first culture and science TV series of its kind in the country. Our viewers definitely can improve on their street smartness by watching the series,” said Jude Turcuato, Fox International Channels territory director.

Hosted by NGC Live Curious ambassador Mitzi Borromeo, Street Smart is made up of three one-hour episodes that take a scientific look at the everyday life of Filipinos or the secret life of things through themes such as technology, music, love and attraction, shopping, and health.

Street Smart premieres soon with “Sinisintang Chibog(Food Beloved), a deeper look at Filipinos’ love affair with food from the confessions of sweet-tooth Tania Vaca-Son, vegetarian Corey Wills, and meat lover Alex Lizot-Garcia.

Sharing their knowledge and expert opinions on the science of food, diets, and nutrition are psychiatrist Dr. Norieta Balderrama, registered nutritionist and dietician Sabrina Batac, anthropologist Dr. Francisco Datar, cultural guide Ivan May Dy, food writer Mol Fernando, surgeon Dr. Jeff Inciong, and artist, chef, and food and travel writer Claude Tayag.

Street Smart’s second episode, Flavors of Our Lives, takes a look at the science of flavor as it explores what happens to our bodies when we savor food inside and out. The episode uncovers the mysteries behind how we detect different tastes and the sensory experience of the flavors of our lives.

The series’ third episode, Chibog Chismis (Food Rumors), separates fact from fiction as it investigates 5 food stories in the food rumor mill that has misled adventurous food lovers.

NGC hosted a special screening of “Sinisintang Chibog” at Mercato Centrale at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Mercato is a weekend lifestyle market that offers unique, great tasting food finds and a selection of healthy and organic fruits, vegetables and livestock.

Street Smart is presented by Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation in cooperation with Collezione-C2.

*Photos used with permission from orangemagazinetv.com


About National Geographic Channels International

National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) invites viewers to live curious through its smart, innovative programming that questions what we know, how we view the world and what drives us forward. A business enterprise owned by National Geographic Television (NGT) and FOX Entertainment Group, NGCI contributes to the National Geographic Society's commitment to exploration, conservation and education through its six channels: National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channel HD, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Wild HD, Nat Geo Adventure and Nat Geo Music. Globally, National Geographic Channel (including NGC U.S., which is a joint venture of NGT and Fox Cable Networks Group) is available in more than 315 million homes in 166 countries and 34 languages.

For more information, please visit www.natgeotv.com.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Breathe in Generous Space at Anuva

For those who are looking for spacious real estate property that's not in the center of all the smog and pollution in Metro Manila ...

Press Release:

The latest census says that the country’s population density is at 260 persons per square kilometer. And as Filipinos flock to the country’s center of economic activities, Metro Manila becomes the Philippines’ most densely populated region with 18,650 persons per square kilometer, 26 times that of CALABARZON and 41 times that of Central Luzon.

As the city gets smaller with the corresponding rise of business and residential buildings, it is quite comforting to find ample breathing space right at one’s own home.

Anuva, a 2.4-hectare resort-themed medium rise residential enclave developed by SOC Land in one of the prime spots in Metro Manila, proves to be the smart choice for buyers who want to live in the busy metro and still get their much needed respite.

Anuva allots 80 percent of its total land area to open space. This is much more than the industry average of 50 percent and the mandatory 30 percent allocation for open space.

To help achieve this, Anuva, among other innovative concepts, features 20-and-14-storey tandem buildings instead of separate buildings. Tandem buildings are two buildings placed beside each other and joined by a core. The additional land area is used for its various amenities.

“Our city can be really condensed and we understand the need of our residents to be relaxed and rejuvenated while at home. That is why we provide them with enough open space for them to unwind,” said Alex Jazmines, General Manager of SOC Land.

Not only that, Anuva takes into consideration the great need for a natural environment in the city. As such, the development features not just your ordinary amenities but “green” amenities like themed gardens, meditation areas and walk parks, as well as a jogging lane and biking lane, courts and other facilities where residents can relax, unwind and rejuvenate. This is apart from the aquatic amenities of Anuva, which includes pools, a lake, and ponds.

An additional relaxation space is also available for residents at the condo’ Sky Lounge at the roof deck of the 14-story building.

Low-density buildings

What’s more, Anuva’s tandem buildings come with an average of 20 units per floor which is more typical of luxury or high-priced condo buildings. This is much less than the usual 55 units per floor of other affordable condos.

“We want our residents to be able to roam around the corridors and feel that they are living in a spacious abode. And having a smaller number of rooms per floor does exactly that,” said Jazmines.

The units are also larger in size compared to their counterparts in other residential establishments. Anuva’s studio unit has a floor area 10 percent larger than other developments. Anuva’s 1-bedroom unit at 34sqm is approximately 30 percent larger than other projects.

And because Anuva accommodates less number of residents, expect its amenities to be well maintained with less usage.

All these convenience, though, don’t come at a high price. Anuva is truly a value-for-money home at P54,000 per square meter as compared to other projects priced at P75,000 per sq.m. Straight payment for Anuva is also available at zero percent interest for as low as P7,500 a month. (For more information on the Anuva project, call 553-4070; 553-4080; 543-4691; 0917- 5579513 or visit www.anuva.com.ph)

“With more privacy and more amenities at a much lower price, Anuva is indeed the smartest choice for a home,” said Jazmines.

Anuva is strategically situated along the east service road of SLEX, one kilometer away from the Sucat Interchange and about ten minutes away from Makati and Alabang and a 45-minute drive from the leisure destinations of Tagaytay.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Be Your Most Delicious with Tomato EDT

Tomato launched two fragrances last week at their Trinoma branch. Read more about my personal account of the event here.

Press Release:

EXUDE PURE DELICIOUSNESS when you wear the scrumptious new eau de toilette from Tomato. The special, scene-stealing scents are the latest addition to the Tomato collection of clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories. The fragrances were launched at Tomato's Trinoma branch last May 20th.

The new Tomato fragrances, “Oohlalicious” and “Vavalicious”, are especially blended to complement your Tomato fashion wear and accessories. Oohlalicious and Vavalicious are here to let you be delicious, not just look like it.

Oohlalicious: Subtly yummy

Oohlalicious lets you subtly unleash your inner foxiness. Wear Oohlalicious and leave a trail of unspoken desires and hearts on the verge of breaking simply by walking across the room—no need for obvious gestures.

Just the barest glance at your admirers is enough: your casual smile, tucking a lock of hair behind your ear—it’s your quiet confidence and secret yumminess that will mesmerize them. Oohlalicious will keep them wondering why you’re so unforgettable despite your laid-back, composed and serene exterior.

Oohlalicious opens with fresh and mouth-watering fruity notes; blended with a very feminine heart note composed of jasmine, rose and light musk, trailed by sweet woodsy endnotes.

Oohlalicious is stored in a simple, transparent round flacon adorned with silver heart charms and engraved with the statement “Smell delicious. Be Delicious.”

Oohlalicious is perfect for Tomato Women who are young, fun, and sexy. It gives a boost of positivity so you’d feel good and confident about yourself.

Vavalicious: modern, chic, spicy

Vavalicious, on the other hand, is about elegant, chic modernity and sophistication—with a touch of spiciness that hints at some naughty fun in store. It is for women who express their innate elegance and class—but without coming off as too dainty and too refined to the point of boredom.

Wear Vavalicious and be the ultimate prize catch: a woman of class and sophisticated charm but with an undercurrent of thrill, edgy excitement and spice brimming just below the surface.

Vavalicious is a modern and chic iris with the warm woodsy and spicy aromas with a subtle dairy feel.

Designed for modern and elegant Tomato Women, Vavalicious is stored in a heart shaped bottle topped with a sophisticated angled cap ornamented with gold heart charms.

Vavalicious is something that could ‘spice up’ your life. Applying it on your wrist or neck is like adding a little fun in you.

Oohlalicious and Vavalicious are now available in all Tomato branches and kiosks nationwide for only P300 per bottle.

Visit a Tomato store near you to check out the new Tomato eau de toilette and get a free a cute accessory for your cell phone.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Angelina Jolie talks about Kung Fu Panda 2 and her kids too

I like reading interviews of celebrities talking about their roles in this or that film. Here's one where Angelina Jolie talks about the Kung Fu Panda sequel and several other stuff. I hope you'll also find this interesting :)

Don't forget to catch and enjoy watching Kung Fu Panda 2 in theaters. It's opening in all Philippine cinemas today!

Press Release:

As Tigress, perhaps the most accomplished fighter of the Furious Five, Angelina Jolie was also happy to return, and like Black, was enthusiastic when she found out that her character would be undergoing some changes as well. Jolie says, “First and foremost, Tigress is a fighter, and she’s out to get the bad guy. But what’s nice about this story is that she has a bit of a breakthrough and learns to be nicer. Her pride was wounded when she was not chosen to be the Dragon Warrior, and it took her a while to get over being angry at Po and the universe, in general.”

The writers enthusiastically created new facets in Tigress that gave Jolie more to explore this time around: “What if Tigress had this softer side to her? To be able to give that to Angelina and see what she did with it was great to witness. Sometimes, it takes an animated character to show a different side of an actor. As a voice performer, you’re free from people’s expectations of what they’ve seen from you in live-action films.” 

When asked why she feels the first film was so successful (and the reason why the cinematic tale is continuing), Jolie observes, “The movie was so fun and cool and hip, but it also had a sense of history and culture. It was also this moral tale of how to behave, how to treat your friends, which makes it more like a classic animated film. But mostly, it has Jack Black, which I feel is the main reason people went to see it—it would be my reason! He’s so funny, and the dynamic between him and the Five, it’s almost a classic dysfunctional family.”

“And what really impresses me,” considers Jolie, “is that they really took the hard road with this sequel. Sometimes, you can just take it easy on a second film—but the choices they made, there’s so much more added depth. I think the writers and the filmmakers decided to address issues of sense of self and identity—things that come into play for anyone who starts life as an orphan or undergoes adoption. Working with Jen as a director, she’s probably the calmest person I’ve ever met. She’s put a great deal of thought into these projects, which have taken up something like seven-and-one-half years. She’s such a soulful person and she’s brought so many interesting, thoughtful layers to the story. She has a great nurturing sense about her, along with extraordinary intelligence and depth.”

Her admiration of her colleagues aside, when asked to name one of the best things about working on the “Panda” films, Jolie jokes, “You get to come to work in your pajamas.”

So how was it coming back to the character, any different, did you have like, I’m coming home feeling?

I think it was more fun the second time around that we all got to know each other and our characters already had history. So it was fun to kind of jump in and immediately start to play and we didn’t have much time off because you start doing them, they take so many years. We kind of jumped in right away and I love her, for me, Tigress is one of the best characters I’ve ever played, I love it, it’s a pleasure.

Does having six kids at home make you feel more interested in films like Kung Fu Panda? Also, what do you think in general about the sequel?

Certainly anybody with children. But at the end of the day we’re all big kids and we all just wanna play and we all like to do these movies. You know, it’s a great deal of fun. But certainly, having my kids and we talked about them as being a bar, ‘cause they were from two to ten and we figured that this was a good group to get a gauge of whether or not the film was working when we brought them in. So, of course in so many ways, I did it for them and I’m excited for them to see it and for sequels I think, you know the trick of a sequel is you have to make it better than the first one and that’s a very, very hard thing to do, especially with one that was so successful and I think, our very, very talented Director pulled it off.

As an actress and as a parent, how do you deal with violence in movies in general? How do you decide what to show to your children and how much is enough?

Well, I think one you have to know your children, ‘cause I think there are children that have a better understanding and are ready earlier than others. But for a film like this, I don’t see this as a film that’s too violent. I think this actually show, it’s actually quite the opposite because the strength, even in the final battle, it’s the inner peace and the way of kind of sending back somebody’s negative energy, is actually what wins against the kind of manic aggression and violence and war weapons. It’s the one that doesn’t want to use violence, but the one that chooses to kind of find a centre. So, you know, all my boys are in martial arts classes and it’s been a great way. Boys are boys and they have a certain kind of energy, naturally and it’s been wonderful to get them focussed on martial arts, to teach them about the discipline and the respect and the control of their own bodies. And I think, to ignore that that’s a part of humanity, of human beings and especially little boys, is wrong. So it’s to help guide them through it and help give them some assistance of, you know, what is a positive thing, what’s a good guy, who do you fight against if you need to and to try not to, certainly. But if you have to, to defend yourself.

You said before that Tigress is one of the most interesting characters that you play. Why is it so? Also, has the development of your character this time got anything to do with having a female director?

I think it is an interesting question. I’m sure there is something to do that that, yes. I’m sure. We’ve never discussed it. I don’t think a man couldn’t have seen that, I think it was something though that, I think the original Tigress, it was wonderful in that it was chosen that, one of the strongest leaders of the Furious Five was a woman. When I first saw the characters, I didn’t know if she was a boy or a girl but I wanted to play her, whoever she was, ‘cause I liked her and I was very excited that it was a girl and for my Daughters, for me, I thought it was great and then I think, you know, we talked a lot about the fact that Po has, actually for a male character, he has a lot of sensitivity and emotion and so it seems like a very nice balance that she’s kind of the harder one that needs to learn to be a bit more emotional and he’s the very emotional one that is getting tougher. Right, can I say that?

You play a lot of fighter roles, tough women, and femme fatales. Are you a fighter? Where does that come from? You’re a tough customer on the screen, what’s the personal alter ego to that, if I may ask?

Well, certainly my alter ego is who I am 100%, which is a Mum who’s changing diapers and colouring all night long. So I’m sure I’m very, very soft. But no, I’ve always been somebody that’s been drawn to strong characters and I admire strong women, emotionally and physically, not just physically, just people that I feel are fighting for something. I have a sense of justice and injustice and it’s always been more that than just wanting to be tough and I’ve been very lucky that I came to my career at a time where women are being allowed these roles and have had such great opportunities for these types of characters.

“Kung Fu Panda 2” is released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Exciting Offers from "Pampers Salutes Moms” Promo

Hey moms with babies who use Pampers diapers! Check out these offers ...

Press Release:

This May and June, Pampers salutes moms for all the love and support they give their babies with special offers and discounts from partners Hobbes & Landes, Gymboree Play & Music, The Picture Company and The Spa.

From May 19 – June 30, every P1,000 purchase of Pampers Diapers allows you to choose one fantastic offer from these partner stores. Have more fun and games with baby through a 3% discount on purchases for selected brands at Hobbes & Landes Power Plant and Greenhills Promenade.

Encourage your baby’s development through a 75% discount on your first class at Gymboree Play & Music or get 1 free class on your child's first enrollment to either a 4, 8, 12, 24 or 48-session Gymboree Playtime course,

Capture precious family keepsakes with a free family portrait session and free 10.16cm x 15.24cm (4”x6”) print (worth P2500) from The Picture Company.

Finally, pamper your skin with a free skin consultation session and a 10% discount on any treatment from Skin Dermatology & Laser Center at The Spa Fort Bonifacio.

To join the promo, just visit the Facebook Fanpage of Pampers Philippines (http://www.facebook.com/#!/PampersPh). Click on the “Pampers Salutes Moms” tab to register and fill up the required details.

An e-mail confirmation will be sent to the registered email address containing the free Pampers Salutes Moms coupon within five working days. Just print out the coupon and surrender it to the partner merchants with your proof of purchase and enjoy these great discounts and freebies!

More fun prizes from Hobbes & Landes, Gymboree Play & Music, The Picture Company and The Spa also await moms at the Pampers Facebook Fanpage as Pampers will be running a daily trivia game starting this June.

Answer right and get the chance to win everything from a gift pack from Hobbes & Landes, free class sessions from Gymboree, free photo sessions and 4x6 print from The Picture Company and free Skin Consultation gift certificates and free Barre 3 classes from The Spa.

So check out the Pampers Facebook Fanpage this May and June or posters for more details on this great promo!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The world is a playground this summer for Jollibee Kids Scouts

Kids looking for a last hurrah for summer? Here's one activity they would definitely enjoy ...

Press Release:

Summer couldn’t get any better with the Jollibee Kid Scout program, the flagship activity of the Jollibee Kids Club (JKC).

The six-day program exclusively for JKC members offers workshops that will inspire kids to develop skills and learn more about themselves on many different levels. Set in a lively and nurturing environment, these in-store activities assure moms that their children can explore the many facets of their personalities. Through the Jollibee Kid Scout program, kids can grow beyond the four walls of their home and also beyond school.

Participants can enjoy thrilling games, values and personality development and arts and crafts workshops. They are also given the chance to get hands-on during the make-your-own snack activity where they also learn about how their favorite store operates behind-the-scenes. The summer program will be capped off with a graduation day where the children’s achievements are recognized in front of their proud parents.

With more than 500 participating Jollibee stores and over a hundred thousand members nationwide, JKC continues to provide children a grand time through many different activities that help them become well-rounded individuals. Moms can immerse their kids in the fun Jollibee experience this summer and beyond by signing them up for the JKC Jollibee Kid Scout program. All they need to do is drop by the nearest participating Jollibee store and a friendly store crew member will gladly assist them.

Jollibee Kids Club extends a helping hand to parents in making kids be the best they can be through creative activities such as the Jollibee Kid Scout program. Parents of non-JKC members can sign up their child for a JKC membership in select Jollibee branches. For inquiries, call (02)898-7777.

Monday, May 23, 2011

PRIX-pare to Drive to Singapore with Hot Wheels

F1 and Hot Wheels fanatics! Here's your chance to win a free trip to the Grand Prix happening in Singapore this September!

Press Release:

On your mark, get set, go! Experience the ultimate grand prix as Hot Wheels brings you the hottest raffle promo of the year, “Experience the Ultimate Grand Prix,” where you can drive all the way to one exciting destination to witness the live, blazing action in this year’s Formula One Grand Prix to be held in Singapore.

“Experience the Ultimate Grand Prix,” which runs until June 15, 2011, is open to all boys and girls aged 6 years and above at the time of the raffle draw on June 29, 2011. Joining “Experience the Ultimate Grand Prix,” is as easy as 1-2-3. One, purchase one basic Hot Wheels car (code 3612) or P 300 single receipt purchase worth of any Hot Wheels item at any participating outlet. Two, participants must claim their coupons at the customer service area or from any promo representative at the same time that the valid receipt is presented. Three, drop entries at the designated Hot Wheels promo boxes.

A total of 52 lucky winners will be drawn during the Grand Draw on June 29, 2011 to be held at the Richwell Trading Corporate Building at 25 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

Keep your fingers crossed and your racing gear ready as you may be one of this year’s two lucky winners who will each get a round trip ticket for 2 to Singapore on September 24 to 26, 2011 and tickets good for 2 to the Singapore Grand Prix on September 25, 2011. Winners will also receive free meals, hotel accommodations and exciting memories that will last a lifetime!

Consolation prizes will also be given to 50 winners who will each win a one day pass with free Go Karting at Enchanted Kingdom’s exhilarating Kart Trak.

Just keep those entries coming in for there is no limit to the number of raffle coupons however one winner may only get one prize.

Hot Wheels remains to be the top die-cast type toy car in the world. Introduced to the market in 1968 by Mattel, these have become popular not only among the young children but also among adult hobbyists and racing enthusiasts. By the year 1970, a series of “Gran Toros” were introduced and pretty soon, replicas of NASCAR and Formula One cars were dashing off the store shelves faster than the fastest race cars in the world. Hot Wheels is still best known for its nice hot rods and muscle car models and around 10,00 different models have been produced through the past years. 

There will always be one toy car that will be perfect to one collector’s personality, but for most collectors, they cannot help but love every single toy they collect. The age-old adage goes, the older Hot Wheels model it is and the harder it is to find, the better! Today, Richwell Trading Corporation is proud to be the team behind the distribution of these well-loved toy cars throughout the world.

So what are you waiting for? Race now to your favorite toy store and buy that Hot Wheels you’ve always wanted. Keep collecting and you just might find yourself in Singapore to experience the most thrilling race of your life.

Hot Wheels is exclusively distributed by Richwell Trading Corporation. Available at all leading toy stores and department stores nationwide. For more information, call Richwell Trading Corporation at telephone numbers 732-5141 to 47 loc 211 or visit www.richwell.net and like them on Facebook.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Celebrate the Vibrant Life in the South

For those who are looking for properties in the South, here are some promising possibilities ...

Press Release:

Alveo Land’s three thriving communities - Verdana, Treveia and Venare - each possess distinct characteristics that create their own brand of comfortable, intimate community life in the south.

A total family living experience

Spending quality time with loved ones easily becomes an everyday opportunity to cherish at the 42-hectare sprawling Verdana Homes Mamplasan in Biñan, Laguna.

A suburban development that embraces families with a tranquil and dynamic sense of community, Verdana provides residents with an endless array of activities for the whole family. Less than an hour’s drive from Makati City, Verdana is perfect for those who want to combine the warmth, comfort, and traditions of urban living with modern-day facilities. 

Verdana lets you enjoy family and community life to the fullest with a wide range of amenities that allow opportunities to nurture relationships—mingle with friends and neighbors at the Social Hall, indulge in a quality time with loved ones at the open playing fields and picnic areas, or go swimming with the kids during weekends. Other amenities include a Central Park complete with a lap pool, a clubhouse, a relaxing gazebo, an outdoor basketball court and covered badminton courts as well as a biking and skating park and jogging trail. 

Embracing the greens

Living amidst the comforts of nature is, indeed, one of the best things anyone can experience. Cradled away from the busy city life of Metro Manila is Alveo Land’s Treveia NUVALI—a modern large-scale residential development built on the principles of environmental sustainability.

Treveia boasts a wide range of facilities that revolutionize contemporary suburban living amidst a lush environment, landscaped parks, woodland groves and themed gardens that promote environmental consciousness and care for nature. 

Treveia’s facilities are seamlessly integrated with various sustainable elements. This include double-piping technology for water conservation and re-use, low-energy LED and solar power lights, bio-swales for efficient storm water management, and a host of other innovative green technologies and features.

Residents at Treveia also enjoy the lush natural environment complemented by courtyards and themed gardens and other eco-centric amenities, such as a Grand Clubhouse with an open lounge and swimming pools. So what makes Treveia unique? It is a distinct community that pioneers eco-friendly existence and efficiency.

Active rejuvenation in a suburban address

Having the time and opportunity for active suburban recreation within the comforts of the home is what Alveo Land’s Venare NUVALI offers. Located at the south of Treveia, Venare houses NUVALI’s Active Zone–a 50-hectare sports facility for water, air, and land sporting activities.

Venare is a lifestyle community that puts emphasis on the virtues of multi-active living and rejuvenation. With relaxing views of the proud Mount Makiling, the Tagaytay Ridges, and the vast Laguna de Bay, Venare creates an ideal community where wellness of the body and spirit can be best achieved with its five multi-active amenity zones. These are the Aqua Zone, which features scenic cascading pools; the E-Zone, a multimedia entertainment hub; the Green Zone, a venue for verdant outdoor recreation activities; the Go Zone, with its indoor athletic facilities, jogging trails, and sports playing fields; and the Me Zone, a serene area for holistic fitness, active rejuvenation, and tranquil meditation.

Families looking for a perfect adventure of a lifetime will enjoy swimming, camping, playing, and revitalizing in a neighborhood of quaint views, gently-rolling terrains, and sustainable living at Venare. 

The distinct yet diverse lifestyle that residents enjoy in these three Southside communities highlights Alveo Land’s delivered promise of a relaxed, modern living environment anchored on lifestyle innovations. As Alveo Land’s centerpiece in the rapidly developing Southern Luzon area, these Southside neighborhoods set the standard for innovative urban living.

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Alveo Land Corp. sets the benchmark for innovation in Ayala Land. Armed with sharper foresight, unparalleled excellence and total commitment, Alveo Land Corp. is a real estate company that doesn't just find the means to provide the most innovative homes; it looks for ways to make you live the life you deserve. For more information, visit www.alveoland.com.ph, email info@alveosales.com.ph, or call (632) 848.5100 (Metro Manila) and 1-800-10-8485100 (outside Metro Manila).

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Kaspersky Lab to PlayStation Network users: Watch out for credit card fraud

Fraud alert to gamers using the PSN!

Press Release:

In the wake of the PlayStation network hacking in late April, leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions Kaspersky Lab is urging users of the PlayStation Network (PSN) to keep a watchful eye on their credit card information for signs of fraud or purchases that they may not have made.

The company further recommended that any passwords used on the PSN must be changed immediately especially if these have been reused somewhere else. In addition, Kaspersky Lab also warns users of emails claiming to be from Sony or affiliate firms asking for personal information.

Kaspersky Lab junior malware analyst Timothy Armstrong says it is quite evident that Sony did not make enough effort to secure user data. It was often believed that networks of game consoles, including Microsoft's Xbox Live, are largely trusted because these have had no history of security issues common among websites and personal computers.

Just days after the incident was reported, Sony admitted that nearly all types of user information became available to the unknown hacker. These include the names, addresses, email addresses, birthdays, and PSN login details of over 70 million PSN users.

Furthermore, Sony said that there is possibility of credit card information being stolen as well. It promised that it is extensively investigating the matter and is in the process of rebuilding the network while undergoing security audits.

Though it was not clear what methods were used to hack into PSN, it shows attackers are becoming increasingly interested in alternate sources of personal information.

“Console gaming on platforms such as the Playstation and Xbox are incredibly successful in large part due to the networks behind them. Users can purchase games, content, and access to third party services such as Netflix,” says Armstrong.

The alleged PSN hack was first revealed in April 20, allegedly allowed the hackers to gain access to personal accounts and passwords of over 70 million users. This is considered the first such major hack of a gaming console network.

The PSN is an online service by Sony to users of their PlayStation 3 console and PlayStation Portable handheld player. This service allows users to download a variety of games, add-on applications, and other exclusive web-related services.

Apart from the PSN, Microsoft has its own online service called Xbox Live for its Xbox 360 owners. Nintendo also has its WiiConnect24 for its Wii game console .

Friday, May 20, 2011

World’s Phenomenal “Titanic” Re-Release in 3D

Titanic is one my favorite films of all time despite the tragic ending to the love story between Rose and Jack. It's so exciting to find out that the movie will be re-released in 3D next year!

Press Release:

Hollywood, CA (May 2011) – Coinciding with “Titanic’s” centennial year since sailing, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment jointly announced that James Cameron’s “TITANIC” will be re-released worldwide on April 6, 2012. The release, which marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic setting sail (April 10th), will present the film in 3D for the first time.

Written, directed and produced by Cameron, “Titanic” is the second highest grossing movie of all time. It is one of only three films to have received a record of 11 Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director; and launched the careers of stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

Called “A spectacular demonstration of what modern technology can contribute to dramatic storytelling” by Variety upon its release in 1997, the long in the works 3D conversion is being overseen by Cameron and his Lightstorm producing partner Jon Landau who produced the hit movie.

Said Cameron, “There’s a whole generation that’s never seen ‘Titanic’ as it was meant to be seen on the big screen. And this will be ‘Titanic’ as you’ve never seen it before, digitally remastered at 4k and painstakingly converted to 3D. With the emotional power intact and the images more powerful than ever, this will be an epic experience for fans and newcomers alike.”

“This new presentatioin of Paramount’s top-grossing film is particularly special because 2012 is the 100th anniversary of our studio. Paramount has had the pleasure of introducing audiences to some of the all-time classics of cinema during that century of moviemaking and we cannot think of a better way to mark the occasion than with this re-release of ‘Titanic’,” said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures.

Commented Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairmen and CEOs, Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman: “Our 30-plus year relationship with Jim Cameron and Lightstorm has been enormously rewarding , from ‘Aliens’ to ‘Avatar’, and the global phenomenon of ‘Titanic’ remains one of the greatest sources of pride in our history. We are pleased to allow a new generation of audiences to experience the film in its brilliant digital restoration in 3D.”

“Titanic” in 3D will be re-released in the Philippines by 20th Century Fox thru Warner Bros. in theaters nationwide.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Straight from the experts: Sustainability influences interior design

I am glad that interior designers are also leaning towards using sustainable products in coming up with eco-friendly designs. I hope more of them would join this worthwhile cause.

Press Release:

People nowadays are starting to be more pragmatic, considering long-term benefits over extravagance. This current mindset reflects a paradigm shift towards a more sustainable aesthetic. Choosing eco-friendly designs in clothing, technology, and especially in the home, they are setting a greener lifestyle standard. Guiding people in designing more environment-friendly and still elegant homes are some of the country’s top interior designers - Johnny Hubilla of Hubilla Design Group, Leo Almeria of Leo Almeria Design Studio and Hisako Hirayama of Design Hirayama + Quesada (Design HQ). Working with more forward-thinking art and furniture stores and suppliers, they show that good home design can express personality while promoting concern for the community.

Fusing sustainable and indigenous designs

“More people are becoming practical and concerned for the environment,” says Johnny Hubilla, a pillar in local interior design. “The trend now is practical and sustainable design. So if you can use fabric, use it because it can be washed. If you can use bamboo then do so because it is durable and can be replaced over time.” Hubilla, founder and president of the Hubilla Design Group, is most noted for his contributions that helped the local interior design industry flourish. He was a former chairman of the Board of Interior Design of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), and former vice head for the National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts (NCAAA) for the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Design-wise, his signature style is to leave touches of indigenous materials or native-inspired pieces in his designs.

Leo Almeria, one of the country’s seasoned interior designers and owner of the Leo Almeria Design Studio, also interprets the trend towards sustainability by embracing local or native designs in beautifying the modern Filipino home. “My design philosophy revolves around the lifestyle of the client,” he shares. “For instance, I have to determine if client is sophisticated, casual or executive, so that I make an appropriate plan that fits his/her personality. It should also have touches na bagay sa climate of the country (using local materials that allow ventilation), and show a sustainability-centered frame of mind.” A veteran in the local interior design industry, Leo Almeria continues to design residential and commercial spaces, and guides aspirants by teaching courses at the Philippine School of Interior Design and College of St. Benilde.

For interior designer Hisako Hirayama of Design Hirayama + Quesada (Design HQ), fusing different styles can mean a more timeless look for the home, minimizing the need for constant renovation. “Mix old with the new; do not go with just one style. Try placing oversized furniture in small spaces because it surprisingly expands the space, or create cove lighting for mood enhancement,” says Hirayama. She co-founded Design HQ boutique with Frenjick Quesada, which is now ten years in the business. She is a passionate designer who translates client’s needs into inspiring designs.

Finding pieces that suit the lifestyle

With more of their clients ascribing to the sustainable concept in interior design, Hubilla, Almeria and Hirayama are pleased to know they have a one-stop place where they can source key furniture “anchor” pieces - LRI Design Plaza located along Nicanor Garcia (formerly Reposo) Street. Considered by many architects and interior designers as the ultimate urban design hub, it houses timeless furniture pieces and artwork that go with the trends and changing times. Featuring stores that showcase world-class Filipino products and designs, stores that carry a mix of edgy and modern art, and stores that cater to the eclectic tastes of a designer, LRI Design Plaza is home to a myriad of quality products that can contribute to sustainable home design. As these experts have confirmed, LRI Design Plaza is truly the place to go when looking for furniture, artwork and decors that meet the demands of the times. LRI Design Plaza is located at 210 Nicanor Garcia Street (formerly Reposo St.), Bel-Air II, Makati City. For more details, please call 895-1772; 895-5470 or (0922) 857-2559.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mr. Popper’s Penguins: Pure Jim Carrey Magic From Start To Finish

Have you seen the trailer of Mr. Popper's Penguins yet? It's hilarious! I'm looking forward to seeing Jim Carrey and his zany antics on the big screen again!

Press Release:

Jim Carrey stars anew at his comic best in the hilarious and heartfelt family film “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” based on the beloved children’s book of the same title by Richard and Florence Atwater. Carrey plays Thom Popper, a workaholic New York businessman who has neglected the woman he loves and his children, in order to pursue his real estate career with a relentless drive. His life is suddenly and dramatically turned around when six penguins are delivered to his apartment and he is forced to become their full-time caretaker. They are undeniably cute but inevitably cause chaos, gradually showing him what is really important in life. Directed by Mark Waters, the wonderful supporting cast includes the legendary Angela Lansbury, Carla Gugino …and six Gentoo penguins. 

Carrey’s character Thom is divorced from the woman he still loves (played by Carla Gugino), he does not make time for his two children and has lost touch with everything that is precious in life. Mr. Popper has sacrificed his family for his career. We discover that as a child he never got the chance to form a close relationship with his own dad, who preferred traveling around the globe having adventures to staying at home and building a bond with his son. 

An inherently good guy, Mr. Popper has become consumed with work and is remarkably self-centered. Everything changes when he inherits six Gentoo penguins from his estranged father. Initially horrified, he gradually befriends the beautiful Antarctic birds as he is compelled to care for them. The penguins waste no time in creating total havoc and in the process, turn his life upside down as they slowly turn his pristine and swanky New York apartment into a chilly winter wonderland. Inevitably, the pesky penguins require his constant attention and make it impossible for Mr. Popper to conduct business with his previous level of relentless focus and drive. As he finds life both at work and at home rapidly unraveling, he also begins to learn the value of family.

“Mr. Popper’s Penguins” will open in Phil. cinemas on June 17 from 20th Century Fox. Visit 20th Century Fox (Philippines) on Facebook and on www.youtube.com/20thcenturyfoxph for promos and latest clips.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Walk the World! Help End Hunger!

We can all do something! Please read and know the various ways you can help this worthwhile endeavor ...

Press Release:

Take a step towards ending hunger with WFP National Ambassador Against Hunger KC Concepcion at SM Mall of Asia, on May 29, 5:00AM

PHILIPPINES – “Karon pa jud ko nabusog, Ma’am!” (This is my first time to feel full, Ma’am!), said Shiela Mae Gascon, 9, a grade three student, after eating a hot nutritious meal through the support of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for Tugar Elementary School in Kauswagan Municipality in Lanao del Norte. Tugar Elementary School is just one of the 300 schools that WFP assists with its Emergency School Feeding programme in the conflict-affected provinces of Central Mindanao to help get children into schools and out of hunger.

Hunger and malnutrition are the biggest threats to global health worldwide, and are responsible for a third of all deaths in children under the age of five in the developing world.

This year, thousands of people around the globe are preparing to join WFP and its major corporate partners, TNT, Unilever and DSM, in a walk to raise awareness and money to feed hungry children in some of the poorest countries in the world on May 29, Sunday.

WFP and its partners are passionate about taking action on this important issue and believe that everyone can help by joining Walk the World Pilipinas as a step towards ending hunger.

WHERE: SM Mall of Asia, IMAX Parking lot
WHEN: May 29, 2011, Sunday, 5:00-10:00AM

This year’s Walk the World, which is set to be bigger than the previous years, is open to walkers and runners who are passionate about fighting hunger. In addition to the traditional 2-km walk, there will be a 5-km run for enthusiasts, both male and female, and a competitive 10-km group run. Proceeds from the event will support approximately 80,000 school children in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur.

Join Walk the World Pilipinas today (www.walktheworld-pilipinas.org) – together we can end hunger.

It costs WFP just 10 pesos to provide a nutritious meal to a child at school. School feeding programmes also give parents an extra incentive to keep their children in school, and help to lay a healthy foundation for a better future for the young.

If you can’t join the walk in person, you can still get involved at http://wfp.org/walktheworld with photos, videos and donations.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Magic Trick -- X-MEN: FIRST CLASS' Latest Trailer

Press Release:

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is a new beginning for the X-Men. The story is by Sheldon Turner, an Academy Award nominee for co-scripting Up in the Air, and Bryan Singer – whose work as the director of the first two films in the series, X-Men and X2: X-Men United, was hailed by critics and audiences around the world for their skillful and seamless blending of drama, action, scale and social-political themes. Singer’s X-Men films became a template for the resurgence in comics-to-movie adaptations, and landmarks in the new age of superhero films.

Most of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is set in the 1960s, an apt period for an origins tale because it was during this decade that Marvel Comics editor, head writer and art director Stan Lee, along with Jack Kirby, created the X-Men comics. The X-Men, like many of their Marvel predecessors, are an unusual heroic group – at times sarcastic, anti-social and clearly flawed, yet sympathetic when battling the demons of their love lives, tackling the traumas of self-esteem, or taking on powerful villains in their universe of special powers. They are the children of the atom, homo superior, and the next link in the chain of evolution. Each mutant was born with a unique genetic mutation, which at puberty manifested itself in extraordinary powers. In a world increasingly filled with hatred, prejudice and fear, they are scientific oddities…freaks of nature…outcasts who are feared and loathed by those who cannot accept their differences.

“X-Men: First Class” opens June 2 (Thursday) in Philippine theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. 

Visit 20th Century Fox (Philippines) on Facebook and on www.youtube.com/20thcenturyfoxph for promos and latest clips.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

BPI Family Brings Tech Thrills for Negosyantes

Thinking of getting a loan to grow your business? Choose BPI Family Savings Bank and get cool freebies!

Press Release:

Technology has come a long way to become a vital tool for a business success. Now negosyantes will definitely enjoy the latest in technology as BPI Family Savings Bank (BFSB) brings the coolest gadget treat through its Ka-Negosyo Real Thrills promo. BPI Family encourages more and more negosyantes to start up or expand a business as they offer premium gadget incentives for every acquired Ka-Negosyo business loan.

With a minimum booked loan amount of 1.5 million and a three year term, BPI Family will give away a Samsung netbook. For 3 million and above, the negosyante will be given a choice of Apple Ipad or Samsung Galaxy Tab. And for 5 million and above loan amount, negosyantes will get an Apple Macbook Air as complimentary item.

“BPI Family has been committed to ensure that negosyantes get the best deals of their money by providing them with tools and services to support the growth of their businesses. Through the Ka-Negosyo Real Thrills promo, we aim to make the most out of the trending gadgets in the market and utilize technology to make business operations easy and be able to lead growth and expansion for our negosyantes,” shares Jose Teodoro “TG” Limcaoco, President of BPI Family Savings Bank.

Ka-Negosyo Business Loan, indeed, thrills negosyantes with these latest and most coveted gadgets that can bring business start-up and growth to a high-tech speed.

Ka-Negosyo Real Thrills promo runs from May 1- June 30, 2011. For more information, visit www.kanegosyo.com.ph or a BPI or BPI Family Savings Bank branch near you, call 754-NEGO, text 0917-852NEGO or 0922-869-NEGO or email kanegosyo@bpi.com.ph.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Win a trip to the X-MEN First Class Stunt School!

Contest alert for X-Men fans! I'd bet a lot of you would be very excited to join this promo :) Good luck!

Press Release:

12 May 2011, Manila, Philippines – Today, Microsoft Philippines announces the beginning of its consumer campaign, giving Filipinos the chance to travel to New York and witness the breathtaking performances of official X-MEN: First Class stunt coordinators by simply using Windows Live Hotmail and Microsoft Office Web Apps.

To join, participants must visit the contest webpage and accomplish a few easy steps.

First, participants should register with their name, contact number, country of residence, year of birth, enter their Hotmail/MSN/Live e-mail address, and briefly state who their favorite X-MEN character is and why. Next, they must select one out of three Office Web Apps tasks to accomplish, choosing among “Decode Xavier in Word”, “Magneto’s order in PowerPoint”, or “Beat Beast in Excel”.

The chosen task will be sent to the participant’s Hotmail/MSN/Live e-mail address. All participants must follow the steps as enumerated in the e-mail in order to complete a qualified entry by Tuesday, May 31, 2011, for a chance to win an X-MEN: First Class Movie Hamper or a trip to the X-MEN: First Class Stunt School in New York, USA, from June 17-21, 2011*.

“Through this campaign, we are encouraging Filipinos to explore the endless possibilities of the Web,” said Femee Cruz, Information Worker Product manager, Microsoft Philippines. “With Office Web Apps, we are giving Filipinos the power to be increasingly productive and have control over all documents right at their fingertips.”

In the local market, Microsoft recently announced the availability of Office Web Apps, the Web version of the world’s most popular productivity suite, Microsoft Office, designed to increase users’ productivity by allowing them to work from virtually anywhere.

Office Web Apps are convenient, lightweight versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, which make it easy for users to do more and can be used to access, share and work on Office documents from any place with an Internet connection, and with the familiarity and confidence that they are operating in the Office experience created by Microsoft.

Its seamless integration with Office gives users the ability to quickly and easily switch from working on documents on the PC or in the browser, making it easy to bring ideas to life at home, school or work using any device. Office Web Apps also makes it so much easier to share and collaborate with colleagues, classmates and friends partnered with Windows Live.

“There have been significant developments in the way Filipinos are using the Web. Microsoft recognizes these changes and we are optimizing user productivity and taking their experiences to a whole new level with the introduction of Office Web Apps,” concluded Cruz.

* The grand prize winner is entitled to one (1) single ticket to the X:MEN FIRST CLASS STUNT SCHOOL in New York, inclusive of return flight tickers and 4D3N accommodation, plus two (2) tickets to the local X:MEN FIRST CLASS movie premiere. Airline and accommodations are subject to Microsoft’s discretion.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Cirque du Soleil Puts Manila on the Entertainment Map of Asia

My husband and I have both been fascinated with Cirque du Soleil since our college days when we first watched a CD of their show called Quidam. Since then, we've dreamed of watching them live someday. I hope that this year, our long-time wish will finally come true ...

Press Release:

When staging huge productions, foreign artists look to our neighbors like Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Macau, and Taipei, to host shows that will cater to a more affluent market. Big productions such as the “Lion King”, “Wicked” and “Phantom of the Opera” have been staged in some of these Asian countries and have done exceptionally well in terms of market sales.

Over the years, Manila rarely gets the opportunity to stage big productions due to the lack of infrastructure and the Filipino market has always been underestimated.

Macau, on the other hand, has become an entertainment hub for its five-star hotels and casinos as well as entertainment shows for all ages. The Venetian Hotel in Macau, for example, was able to stage big ticket productions including “ZAIA”, one of the many offerings of Canada-based international performing group Cirque du Soleil. And for years, Filipinos wishing to witness such international caliber stage productions had to spend more money by travelling to other neighboring Asian countries.

In an effort to bring world-class entertainment to the country, Hoopla Inc., official promoter of Cirque du Soleil in the Philippines, finally brings one of the Cirque du Soleil big top live production Varekai.

Varekai has been touring in the last nine years in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. This year, Varekai finally visits Asia beginning with Taiwan in January. They are currently performing in South Korea and will be premiering in the Philippines in June 2011.

Hoopla, Inc. believes that the Manila staging of Varekai will help boost the image of the Philippines as an entertainment destination and will encourage other big-ticket productions to consider the country for their shows. The official promoter also shares that they are very excited to bring Cirque du Soleil to the Philippines because they feel that the local audience deserves only the best. Made possible by the show’s presenting sponsors, Manila Hotel and Banco De Oro, together with its official sponsor, Sun Life Financial, they stressed that there is huge market for high-quality productions in the Philippines, affirming the Filipinos’ passion for art, music and entertainment.

Cirque du Soleil will set up its trademark blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) which can house up to over 2,500 audiences across Quirino Grandstand. Varekai will perform in Manila for a limited engagement from June 22-July 8, 2011. Tickets are available through our online box office at www.hoopla.ph or www.cirquedusoleil.com. For inquiries, call 775-0939, 881-0947, 0919-4508125 and 0917-4436463.

About Cirque du Soleil

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from close to 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities on five continents. Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.

For information about Cirque du Soleil, images and additional information on the show, please visit: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/CirqueDuSoleil/en/pressroom/default.htm
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