Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mazdatech Philippines Now Accepting Entries in Upcoming Carshow at Tiendesitas

Heads up Mazda vehicle owners!

Press Release:

Mazdatech Philippines, a non-profit organization comprised of car enthusiasts and automobile service professionals, is holding its 9th Mazdatech Car Show on October 22, 2011 at the People’s Village area, Tiendesitas in Pasig City, Philippines.

Mazdatech, taking pride in itself as an ambassador of the Mazda brand is bringing together car enthusiasts and automobile service professionals along with common car owners and drivers via their common interest from the 1960s to 1990s Familias, 626s and MX5s to the newer 2010 variants recently launched in the Philippine market, namely the Mazda2, CX7, and CX9s.

For 11 years since its inception as Protégétech Philippines in March 2000 and incorporation in 2003, the organization has aimed to exceed the challenge of being responsible drivers as its commitment to society, and as the primary choice of resources in the upkeep of automobiles through continuous research and development in maintenance and performance. Protégétech Philippines changed its name to Mazdatech in 2007.

The 9th Mazdatech Carshow is intended to bring together in large-scale, car enthusiasts and automobile service providers along with common car owners and drivers under the Mazda label for a day to celebrate 11 years of what is deemed the ultimate car experience. This momentous event is expected to draw a minimum of 1000 participants consisting of car enthusiasts, automobile service professionals, common car owners and drivers along with families doing a weekend walk at Tiendesitas.

MTP members, their families and friends as well as aspiring members will likewise have the opportunity to bond and enjoy the weekend as they join together and visit the carshow. The event is co-sponsored by Mazda Greenhills and SunGard.

Interested parties may log on at for more information.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Japanese University Offers Scholarships for Filipino Students

A renowned international university in Japan is aggressively recruiting Filipino students and beefing up its international student profile. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) will provide qualifying Filipino students scholarships to pursue international degrees on its campus in Beppu, Oita Japan. APU belongs to the esteemed school system of the Ritsumeikan Academy, of which Ritsumeikan University and other primary, junior and senior high schools are integral institutions.

“Among the over 90 nationalities currently enrolled in APU, many Filipinos have successfully and consistently received 100% tuition reduction scholarships,” says David Evans, APU Admissions Counselor.

Representatives from APU will conduct an information session on October 1 at Dusit Thani Hotel between 10 am and 12 pm to meet Filipino students who wish to earn international degrees, and to explain to participants about the school and its programs, admissions policies and procedures, as well as scholarship opportunities. APU alumni and current students will also be there share their University experiences. Registration is free.

APU offers degree programs in International Business and a range of Social Sciences at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Degree programs in the undergraduate are taught using a bilingual system. International students typically enter on an English basis (although students can also enter on a Japanese basis) and for the first year of undergraduate study, they will learn the Japanese language. In short, there is no need to know Japanese to enter APU, students study for their degree in English, but will also learn Japanese once they are there. Proficiency in both languages prepares students to take their courses in either English or Japanese when they reach third and fourth year of studying. Meanwhile, degree programs at the graduate level are taught exclusively in English.

Minimum requirement for qualification to APU undergraduate programs is completion of K-12 education or an International Baccalaureate, or completion of at least second year college courses. For the graduate programs, completion of at least 16 years of education is required.

Currently, there are 25 Filipino students on campus, and 21 have since finished their courses. The enrolment ratio of local to foreign students is 53% Japanese is to 47% international students making the university one of the most international and multicultural campuses in the world.

Information about APU may be accessed through its website at For registration inquiries, contact 782-5599 or email

Monday, September 26, 2011

Warrior: Another SM Cinema Exclusive

What do you fight for? Catch Warrior starting Sept. 28 at SM Cinemas ...

Press Release:

Warrior features rising stars Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as they command the screen as two estranged brothers facing the fight of a lifetime -- a moving, inspirational action drama from acclaimed director Gavin O’Connor.

Haunted by a tragic past, Marine Tommy Conlon (Hardy) returns home for the first time in fourteen years to enlist the help of his father (Nick Nolte) to train for Sparta, the biggest winner-takes-all event in mixed martial arts history. A former wrestling prodigy, Tommy blazes a path toward the championship while his brother, Brendan (Edgerton), an ex-fighter-turned teacher, returns to the ring in a desperate bid to save his family from financial ruin. But when Brendan’s unlikely, underdog rise sets him on a collision course with the unstoppable Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront each other and the forces that pulled them apart, facing off in the most soaring, soul stirring, and unforgettable climax that must be seen to be believed.

Warrior is a rousing ode to redemption, reconciliation and the power of the human spirit, a moving testament to the enduring bonds of family.

Each purchase of Warrior ticket online comes with a FREE Pacquiao shirt and buy four (4) warrior tickets and get one (1) for free. You can also join the Warrior online promo for a chance to win Pacquiao vs Marquez Part 3 tickets. Just log on to their website and answer the movie question correctly. Per DTI-NCR permit No. 8304 Series of 2011.

Watch it best at SM Cinemas and for a more convenient way of getting your tickets; experience the newest from SM Cinema – the CINEMOBILE: Your mobile, your movie ticket. Have your movie tickets delivered to your mobile phone only through

To watch the trailer, please click here.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Up to 70% on Over 120 Brands at the 2011 Mega Brands Sale!

Shop early and get huge discounts of up to 70% off! Here are the details of one of the most anticipated sales this year ...

Press Release:

With Christmas fast approaching, to millions of Filipinos, what to shop for and where to go shopping for Christmas is a constant issue each year. 

RCBC Bankard cardholders and shoppers don’t have to worry! The 2nd Mega Brands Sale is here – at the Megatrade Hall 2 and 3, 5th Level, SM Megamall on September 30 to October 2, 2011. With over 120 brands participating, and with discounts of up to 70%, who says you have to go to Divisoria for your Christmas shopping? In fact, with the wide array of high quality brands to choose from, you could end up shopping more for yourself than for friends and family.

Discriminating shoppers will find shopping at the Mega Brands Sale a truly rewarding experience, minus the hassle that normally accompanies the hectic Christmas Rush. The sale event offers convenience, security, the widest collection of well-known upscale global brands, great discounts and freebies, all under one safe, air-conditioned and well-organized market place. Reward yourself with an early Christmas shopping for shoes, bags, gadgets, and gizmos, personal care, men’s and ladies’ fashion, timepieces, eyewear, housewares, sporting goods and other gift items, with marked down prices of up to 70% off on selected items.

And here’s even greater news for RCBC Bankard cardholders, 0% interest installment for up to 12 months will be available. Meanwhile, special giveaways await those who will sign up for an RCBC Bankard credit card during the sale event. RCBC Bankard is the official credit card partner of the sale event.

Admission to the sale event is free for both RCBC Bankard cardholders and non-cardholders alike. Daily raffle prizes will also be given away during the 3-day event. As part of its corporate social responsibility, MCT Events, the event organizer, has chosen ABS CBN Foundation-Bantay Kalikasan as its beneficiary for the event with part of the proceeds going to the foundation for the advancement of its environment-related goals. 
So, shopaholics and bargain hunters who are after both quality and reasonable bargains, mark your calendars. The 2nd Mega Brands Sale from September 30 to October 2, 2011 is the event to attend. Bring the whole family and have an early Christmas shopping in October! 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

UP College Of Home Economics Turns 50: Alumni to Stage Gala Fashion Show for Scholarship Fund

Home Economics seminars plus fashion show alert!

Press Release:

The University of the Philippines Home Economics Alumni Association (UPHEAA) is hosting a whole day affair to celebrate the golden anniversary of the UP College of Home Economics (UPCHE). The event dubbed “Damayan! Streaming the UPCHE Alumni” will be held on September 28, 2011at the Philippine Trade and Training Center in Pasay City with seminar-workshops from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., cocktails at 7:00 p.m. and a gala fashion show at 8:30 p.m.

 the gala fashion show team

“UPHEAA reinforces its commitment to the Millennium Development Goals for Global Competiveness in services, products, skills and talents. We want to feature our alumni by staging a series of activities showcasing their many talents in the field of Home Economics and beyond,” said Dr. Evelina G. Escudero, UPHEAA President.

The seminars, workshops and lectures will be facilitated by UPCHE alumni professionals from different fields of expertise. Topics include Family Entrepreneurship "Start Your Own Business" by Dr. Eleanor Malicdem; Instructional and Toy Production by Dr. Evalyn Hizon; Home Care Products by Mrs. Lourdes Rivera; and Handicraft and Fashion Accessories by Ms. Kristyn Caragay.

“All lecturers except Ms Rivera are faculty members of the UP College of Home Economics. Ms Rivera was honored this year by the UP Alumni Association for Women Empowerment,” added Escudero.

Home Economics teachers from both private and public schools are invited to attend the lectures to learn new trends in teaching Home Economics in the elementary and high school levels.

Highlight of the day’s festivities is a benefit gala fashion show for UPHEAA’s scholarship fund. The show will feature collections from accomplished UPCHE alumni designers Jun Jun Ablaza, Eerie Angeles, Tracy Dizon, Jan Garcia, Jojie Lloren, Lito Perez, Pidge Reyes and Michele Sison.

The multi-awarded UP Singing Ambassadors, under the baton of Ed Manguiat, will perform the musical numbers of the show. Manguiat is also an alumnus of the College of Home Economics with a degree in BS Hotel and Restaurant Management.

For ticket inquiries and other information, please contact the UPHEAA office at 02-9206873 and look for Ms. Cora Claudio, or email

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Jason Bateman Interview: "The Change-Up is Shocking and Different"

I've just seen Jason Bateman in Horrible Bosses last week and he was hilarious! I'm sure he will also have audiences laughing out loud in this new movie called The Change-Up which starts showing next week.

Press Release:

In The Change-Up Jason Bateman sheds his nice guy image which sees his family man swap bodies with Ryan Reynolds’s 's brash womaniser. The Change-Up's crude humour gives way to a soft heart as Bateman's Dave reconnects with his long-suffering wife and Reynolds's Mitch falls for legal assistant Sabrina (Olivia Wilde). Bateman can currently be seen co-starring as Nick in the Warner Bros. ensemble comedy Horrible Bosses, alongside Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis.

What did you think of the script when you first read it?

I was laughing all the way through it. The second I put it down, I emailed the head of the studio and introduced myself.

What appealed to you about THE CHANGE-UP?

I liked that I could play the character making all the noise and being an idiot, instead of being the smart guy that is sort of reacting to the idiot. I actually get to play both roles in this film, which is an actor’s dream.

Would your parenting style be closer to Dave’s or to Mitch’s then?

It’s a good combination of each. I guess I just kind of figure it out as I go along.

What were the babies like to work with?

Yes, we got lucky with them. There is no way to know how they were going to react when they were around a big crew. Obviously, you wouldn’t be able to negotiate much with them if they didn’t want to work. We were lucky that they did want to work most days. Their parents were very cooperative and tolerant with some of the things we wanted them to do.

We tend to think the grass is always greener on the other side, but this film proves that it’s not always true.

Yes, and hopefully you don’t need to switch into someone else’s body to realize how good you’ve got it. One of the things that makes this movie so relatable is that everybody sort of fantasizes about the grass being greener on the other side and changing into someone else, which is something you obviously can’t do. THE CHANGE-UP takes you there and spits you out the other side without any damage.

What was it like to work with each other?

We knew each other a little bit, enough to really want to work together. I think we had good rhythm and it made for a lot of fun on the set. The truth is that when you work with someone in a movie you learn a great deal.

Was it difficult to keep a straight face at times during the shoot then?

I would just drive my fingernail into my hand. So, I had to make sure I started the scene with my hands in my pockets. Other times, it was just great to let it go. Laughter is too rare these days.

Did you get to improvise?

All the writers encouraged us because they were involved in the rehearsal process. They were there with their laptops as we would start to make up different stuff and say, “Yeah, it’s better for you to say it like that!” In the end you forget what was yours and what was originally in the script.

But as you both play Mitch and Dave, whom do you think you are closer to?

I am maybe a little bit more like an idiot than people may think. There are probably equal parts from both of us in each character.

Do you ever fantasize about living someone else’s life?

Don’t forget that we get to pretend being other people by definition as actors.

What makes good comedy?

For me it’s all about the execution.

THE CHANGE-UP is much more than a comedy about body-switching.

I think it’s important to do something multi-dimensional because you are asking the audience to sit there for an hour and a half. It’s not sketch comedy. You have to develop characters and a plot line, which takes you to heart and emotion.

What is director David Dobkin like?

I see THE CHANGE-UP as a tri-pod with these two guys that Ryan and I play, and then the director, trying to navigate the tone of a movie that has a concept people are familiar with and like to go back to. You need someone that has a very current and savvy sense of humor to be able to know how to keep that fresh on a day-to-day basis. David was invaluable for us.

What can you say about Leslie Mann and Olivia Wilde?

They are both intelligent, beautiful and have a good sense of both comedy and drama. And they are very flexible at making those gear changes. They were great partners in this and certainly don’t take a back seat to the importance of Ryan’s character or mine.

You both seem very comfortable in the genre.

It’s funny because I thought I was going to be a dramatic actor, but comedy started off first. Maybe I’ll get to do more dramatic roles further ahead in my career.

Are you surprised sometimes by what ends up getting the best laughs on the screen?

It’s interesting to see what people react to, which is often a result of the later stages of making a film. Once the editing and music come in, and the scenes have been processed through the audience, they are in a different mood than you anticipated being in, so different stuff will click. They say a movie is made three times. First when it’s written, then when it’s shot and finally when it’s edited. You never really know, so you just try to throw as many things against the wall as possible and see what sticks.

Were there any jokes that went too far and didn’t make it in the end?

We put everything in the film that we wanted to. At the end of the day, it’s the writers who created it. Our job was to try to execute it as cleverly or tastefully as possible.

Your characters in THE CHANGE-UP make a wish that is granted while pissing in a fountain. What wish would you make?

I am happy with where I am right now and would probably hesitate to change anything.

“The Change-Up” is released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment. Corp.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

One-Man Exhibit :TOTI CERDA -- I Will Do Anything for Peace & Freedom

If you happen to be in Makati from Sept. 22 to Oct. 16, drop by at Greenbelt 5 and check out Toti Cerda's interesting exhibit.

Press Release:

Premier watercolor artist or figurative/ hyper-realist painter TOTI CERDA moves out of his comfort zone – that of depicting children at play in watercolor – to portraits of iconic world figures in acrylic in his latest exhibition at the Altro Mondo gallery. He throws the question “What personal sacrifice would you make to attain peace and freedom?” to these figures and answers it himself with his rendition of 12 4’ x 5’ paintings.

These acrylic paintings include images of -- among others – political figures Mahatma Gandhi, Jose Rizal and Mao Tse Tung; actors Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Bruce Lee; musicians Michael Jackson, John Lennon and Bob Marley; artist Salvador Dali, scientist Albert Einstein, and even Jesus Christ!

The exhibit – which is Cerda's first as a freelance artist -- opens officially at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 at Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea, at the 3rd Level of Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City.

“This is non-traditional rendering, different from what I used to do” Cerda said. Although done in acrylic, the effect is grainy and has the feel of a watercolor painting. The paintings somehow remind one of Andy Warhol, Chuck Close or our very own Ronald Ventura.

In 1987, Cerda started doing pen and ink renderings as an illustrator of comics publications. From being a comics illustrator, he became one of the house artists of an Ortigas-based gallery for 13 years. From the years 1997 to 1999, Cerda bagged the grand prize at Gallery Genesis’ Kulay sa Tubig Annual Watercolor Competition. Years after being elevated to the Hall of Fame, Cerda emerged as the hall of famer of the competition’s Hall of Famers. He has since then reaped awards from the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Art Association of the Philippines (AAP), Government Service and Insurance System (GSIS) and the Philippine Art Awards of Philip Morris.

The exhibit runs until October 16.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sexy Comedy “What’s Your Number?” Dares Adults to Spill Out Numbers

Find out more about one of the most anticipated romantic comedies of the year and what its lead actress has to say ...

Press Release:

Noted for her canny portrayals in comedy films, Anna Faris stars in the risqué romantic comedy “What’s Your Number?” opposite the equally hot Chris Evans.

Tapping the taboo in adult conversations on the number of sex partners, “What’s Your Number?” initially introduces us to Ally Darling (Faris) on a quest to find a husband. Ally is a delightfully flawed woman who has just read in a magazine article warning that women who have had relationships with 20 or more men are unlikely to settle down and get married. In a panic, she realizes that she has reached her limit and instead of looking for a new boyfriend, she decides to revisit her 19 exes hoping to find the ideal one. Assisting her on this quest is her attractive neighbor Collin (Evans). 

Commenting on her character’s habit of pleasing her boyfriends by adapting to them in different ways, “I think there’s a social pressure to be in a relationship, to get married and have kids. In our opening scene, Ally is a vegan because her boyfriend is a vegan and she gets dumped. Then there’s this wealthy guy and she pretends to be upper class and one of her boyfriends is British so she goes all out on the accent,” says Faris.

“But I don’t think she’s being insincere, she says ‘here is how I’m going to make it work, I want to be in this relationship. I’ve done that and I think lots of women have done that,’ reflects Faris on her character.

Also starring on the film is Faris’ real-life husband Chris Pratt as Disgusting Donald, one of Ally’s exes. His character triggered Ally’s desire to revisit her past relationships. When they are reunited, he’s morphed into a total heartthrob. Sadly for Ally though, he is now engaged and not at all interested in her. “I couldn’t be more proud of my wife. A lot of actresses have their image to worry about or vanity; but Anna will fall down and have chocolate all over her face and toothpaste all over her mouth. She’s the hottest clown in the world,” Pratt says.

Faris brings Ally to life with her impeccable comic timing and authenticity that most women will easily identify with. But Faris points out that Ally is a more complex heroine, “I’ve always loved the idea of a woman screwing up, not knowing what to do. This totally appealed to me because I keep hearing from my friends and other women that “What’s Your Number?” feels like their story.”

“While the comedy is entertaining, the movie examines some serious issues on self-appreciation,” says co-scribe Jennifer Crittenden. “Ally is trying to find the right guy who will also appeal to her family. But ultimately of course, you have to follow your heart, your gut and be who you are. She needs to make her own choices based on who she is as a person.”

Anna Faris has already displayed her comic talent in hits from the “Scary Movie” series, “Just Friends” and “House Bunny.” Other impressive appearances in acclaimed dramas include “Lost in Translation” and “Brokeback Mountain.” 

It’s a date with your current and ex lovers when “What’s Your Number?” opens on October 5 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Jollibee Kids Meal Toys for September - October 2011

Press Release: Ben 10 Alien Action and Secret Wings Fairy Fun Make Their Way To Jollibee Kids Meal Toys

Jollibee Kids Meals get even more exciting with the coolest, newest toys that fun-loving boys and girls won’t find anywhere else.

From September 11 to October 10, they can get their hands on the latest in-demand toys—Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Alien Fighters and Secret Wings: Beauty Dazzlers— with every order of Jollibee Kids Meal.

Boys will enjoy the action-packed Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Alien Fighters and have fun playing teen hero Ben Tennyson as he fights evil extra-terrestrials using the Alien Blaster. Simply insert the alien card in the provided slot, press the button and launch the alien cards into space! Another exciting toy is the Alien Beamer which reveals Ben’s different alien enemies. Just pull out the pointer, flip up the viewing lens, push the side button to activate the light, and place the cards in front of the light to reveal the mighty alien forms.

Girls will love creating a world of flight and fantasy with the Secret Wings: Beauty Dazzlers. The colorful toys inspire stylish and artistic adventures. Create cute and charming hair styles with the Princess Twirler. First, twist out the yellow cover and remove the blue winder. Roll the yarn around the core and attach it to the handle. Pull and insert the yarn through the winder’s side slit, then re-attach the winder to the handle. Pull the yarn through the cover’s center hole then re-connect the cover to the handle. Twist the cover to lock it in place. Put hair and the yarn through the threader that has been attached to the gadget and watch it twirl! Clip on the beads and cut the excess yarn to flaunt styled hair. Just as exciting is the Color My Charmer toy, which has a customizable pendant and markers. Just color the “gemstones” using the provided fancy markers, cut a photo that will fit inside the pendant, then show off your dazzling creations!

Take home each toy for free with every purchase of a Jollibee Kids Meal. Choose among the Yumburger Meal (P80), Spaghetti Meal (P88), 4-pc Chicken Nugget Crunchers Meal (P98), and 1-piece ChickenJoy Meal (P103).

Drop by the nearest Jollibee branch now to get the Jollibee Kids Meals and play with the most fun and exclusive toys. These special Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Alien Fighters and Secret Wings: Beauty Dazzlers items are available only from September 11 to October 10, 2011, so hurry and collect them all!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Enchanted Kingdom's EKindness On-the-Spot Art Making Treat for Kids!

Calling all parents with kids who have artistic talents ...

Press Release:

Enchanted Kingdom, the country’s most colorful and happiest theme park, calls on all creative little kids ages 6-12 years old! Come and paint your love for Mother Nature as EK presents EKindness On-the-Spot Art Making Treat for kids on September 24 at the magical world of Enchanted Kingdom.

Kids will get the chance to show how much they care for the environment through their own masterpiece with the theme “How can I help save Mother Nature?” Art-making activities include drawing, painting, sketching, paper mache, arts and crafts. Their creativity can color their way to being a Junior EK Ambassador for the Environment and a lifetime member of the EK Wizard’s Club. Exciting and bright surprises from Enchanted Kingdom also await other participants!

So kids, be imaginative and let your pastels speak of what you can do for Mother Nature. See you at EK on September 24!

EKindness On-the-Spot Art Making Contest is part of Enchanted Kingdom’s “Ekindness – EK is now an Earth friendly parK” celebration this September. For more details, log on to or like them on Facebook.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Korean Film Festival At SM Cinemas

This one is for all the K-Pop fans out there as well as those who love watching Koreanovelas :) I'm sure you'll find this announcement really exciting because all films are free and open to the public!

Press Release:

As part of the ongoing Korean Tourism Month celebrations, mall-goers will have the rare opportunity to watch popular Korean films as the Korean Cultural Center and the SM Cinemas showcase a Film Festival this September.

Focusing on themes of love, the Korean Film Festival unreels on September 20-25 at the SM Mall of Asia and SM City North EDSA and at SM City Cebu from September 28 to October 2.

The movie Secret Reunion will be screened during the festival’s premiere nights in Manila on September 19 and in Cebu on September 28. Scandal Makers, A Happy Life, My Dear Enemy, Hwang Jin Yu, For Eternal Hearts, and Christmas in August will also be featured in the festival road show. All films will be free and open to the public.

Scandal Makers is about Nan Hyun Soo, a much sought after celebrity and DJ who is worshipped by teens. One of his listeners, Jung-nam sends him letters telling him of her willingness to see her father whom she never met. Her story becomes a hit and catalputs the show’s ratings. But one day, Jung – nam knocks on Hyun Soo’s door saying that he is the father she never met. Cha Tae Hyun, Park Bo Young, and Wang Suk Hyun star in the film.

Secret Reunion, which stars Kang Dong Won and Song Kang Ho, is about Song Kang-ho, an ex agent of National Intelligence Service who is very careful about his actions. Paired with Kang Dong-won, a former spy from the North, both men keep their identities hidden from each other.

A Happy Life’s plot revolves around three former members of a college rock band, Volcano, who are reunited by the death of their leader. At the funeral, a young jobless guitarist, Gi-Young suggests that they re-form the band with him as the front man. Jang Geun Suk, Kim Yun Seok, Kim Sang Ho, and Jung Jin Young star in the film.

My Dear Enemy is about Hee-Soo, who is living a miserable life as a single woman in her thirties. She sets out to find her ex-boyfriend Byeong Woon, who owes her $1,000. Byeong Woon is also penniless, but knows that girls are willing to give him money. Hee –Soo follows him as he visits many girls for money, and starts a one- day journey that will change her life again.

Hwang Jin Yi, which stars Song Hye Kyo and Yoo Ji Taw is a film based on the story of Hwang Jin Yi, the most renowned courtesan of the Chosun Dynasty. Beautiful, talented, and intelligent, she has no choice but to become a gisaeng because she is illegitimate. The movie shows how she used her position and her charm to gain favor from the upper class.

For Eternal Hearts is an ordinary boy meets extraordinary girl story. Their love however, does not last long as the girl, Pippi, dies in a student demonstration. While trying to get over Pippi, he is hired as a tutor for a girl named Su-young. He almost gives up because of her peculiar personality, but he soon falls in love with her and bizarre things start to happen.

Christmas in August, starring Han Suk Jyu and Shim Eun-Ha is about Jung-won ho falls in love with Da-Rim while suffering from an unnamed illness. He hides the fact from Da Rim, and continues living as usual, spending time with his friends and family.

The Korean Film Festival is one of the many exciting events at the SM Supermalls. For more information, visit or or follow the Korean Cultural Center on Facebook.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Smile Train Gives Filipino Children the Gift of A Smile and a Second Chance At Life

I speak from experience when I say it can be very hard to have a child with a disability because I have a son with cerebral palsy. I can imagine the hardships being magnified if the family more so could not afford to spend for the child's medical needs. 

Thankfully, there are organizations and individuals who do the best they can to help out poor families and give them hope that they, too, are entitled to a brighter future.

If you know families with children who have cleft palates, please read on to find out how you can help by simply pointing them to the right direction. Thank you very much! 

Press Release:

Cleft lips and palates are a major problem in developing countries such as the Philippines, where millions of children go through life with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly, and those who are able to attend school are constantly teased and bullied by other children, forcing them to hide in their homes. Unable to finish their schooling and find a job when they are older, these children – and their families – live very difficult lives filled with shame, isolation, pain and heartache.

The problem of clefts in developing countries is an economic problem – not a medical one. The families of these children are too poor to afford to pay for surgery.

The good news is that Smile Train has built a global network of thousands of partner hospitals and participating surgeons who are providing more than 115,000 free surgeries each year for patients in their own communities. Every child with a cleft can be helped with a simple surgery that may take as little as 45 minutes. And Smile Train, the leading cleft charity in the world which has been offering this surgery for free to Filipinos in underserved communities year-round for the past 12 years, aims to reach more patients across the country this year.

Pre and post-op photos of 2-year-old Zymon Clyde Fuentes

“It has been Smile Train’s lifelong commitment to help children born with clefts all over the world, and the Philippines is one of the countries where we hope to make much headway in this undertaking,” said Priscilla Ma, Executive Director, Smile Train. “We estimate that there are 4,500 Filipinos born with a cleft annually, on top of the over 120,000 Filipinos with unrepaired clefts to date.”

Last year, Smile Train performed over 4,400 surgeries nationwide through the help of 50 partner organizations, or an average of 12 cleft-related surgeries daily. Ma was recently in town to meet with some of these partners and, together with Smile Train’s Country Manager for Philippines, Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, firm up plans for reaching out to more indigent patients especially in the far-flung areas of the country.

One of Smile Train’s biggest partner organizations is the Philippine Band of Mercy (PBM), a private, non-stock foundation dedicated to providing free medical and surgical services to underprivileged children born with cleft lip and palate deformities. PBM, based in Quezon City, has taken on over 5,000 surgeries since becoming a Smile Train partner in 2002.

Pre and post-op photos of 7-year-old Ahmad Lakim

“Smile Train is a pioneer in the progress of cleft care in the Philippines, empowering local institutions and surgeons to work together in providing the life-changing free cleft surgeries to indigent children. We are blessed to have Smile Train as our partner in fulfilling our mission to provide Filipinos with the opportunity to avail of adequate medical aid and the right support, and help them take a step towards a better life,” said Bob C. Mirani, Chairman, Philippine Band of Mercy.

“Through joint efforts with partners like PBM, we are providing children born with clefts with the same opportunities in life as a child born without, brightening smiles throughout the country, and ultimately giving these children a new chance at life,” concluded Ma.

Smile Train offers free surgeries to Filipinos in underserved communities. To find out more about Smile Train and its partners in the nearest location, interested parties may call or send a message to 0917-52-TRAIN (0917-52-87246).

About Smile Train

Smile Train is the leading cleft charity in the world, with over 1,100 partner hospitals and has helped children in over 80 countries. Over the past 12 years, Smile Train has provided over 650,000 free cleft surgeries in different parts of the globe, with its dedicated, local partner surgeons performing more than 300 surgeries a day. With this simple surgery, Smile Train is working to help children smile for the very first time, enabling them to explore, play with other children and go to school without being teased, thus, giving them a second chance at life. For more information, please visit

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ballet Philippines’ INAMORATA is about woman in all her glory

Last month, I posted in my other blog about the opening of Ballet Philippines' 42nd Season.  Unfortunately, I missed out on Encantada due to unforeseen circumstances. I heard from a friend though that the show was sensational so I deeply regret not being able to watch it

This month, I'll make sure to catch Inamorata. What's it all about? Please read on to find out more ...

Press Release:

Inamorata, Ballet Philippines’ second season offering, is the heart of its 42nd Season: Faces of Eve. Presented at the CCP Main Theater on September 23 to 25, 2011, Inamorata highlights this season’s celebration of the centennial of International Women’s Day by presenting the many facets of woman.

She can be a grand dame, who, even in her last breath, is still magnificent and a sight to behold, as shown in the immortal classic The Dying Swan. It is choreographed by Mikhail Fokine for legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova and set to the poignant music of Camille Saint-Saens’ Le Cygne. The piece will be in sharp contrast to the comedic love pas de deux from Harlequinade, to show the woman’s wit and whimsy. Harlequinade is choreographed by Marius Petipa to the music of Riccardo Drigo.

To show a sampling of woman’s strength, Inamorata also presents the bravura pas de deux from Flames of Paris. Originally from the full-length ballet set in the French Revolution, choreographed by Vasily Vainonen with music by Boris Asafiev, the pas de deux is now a standalone showpiece performed by the strongest dancers in prestigious ballet competitions around the world.

Completing the performance are fresh new works choreographed by the best Filipino choreographers: Ballet Philippines’ artistic director Paul Alexander Morales, BP resident choreographer Alden Lugnasin, former BP artistic director Denisa Reyes, DancePull Company artistic director Dwight Rodrigazo, Sydney-based choreographer Novy Bereber, 2010 Gawad Buhay winner for Outstanding Choreography Carlo Pacis, and Don Adrian Obviar, winner of the 2nd BP Choreographer’s Cup. Each one will render a dance sketch of their muse, accompanied by the heavenly voices of sopranos Rachelle Gerodias and Camille Lopez-Molina, among others.

The new choreography will also feature costumes designed by none other than top Filipino designers Rajo Laurel, Ito Curata and Jojie Lloren.

“The strength of ballet is that it highlights the fusion of all the arts,” says Ballet Philippines artistic director Paul Alexander Morales. “In this special evening where we honor women as the beloved, we are excited about the heightened experience of dance paired with beautiful voices and the cutting edge looks from our top designers.”

For tickets, visit or call Ticketworld at 891-9999, CCP Box Office at 832-3704 or Ballet Philippines at 551-1003.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Moms make meaty, great-tasting soups with Knorr Cubes

Moms always want to give the best to their families. We make sure to choose the right ingredients when preparing food for our loved ones' meals. Here, real moms share why they choose Knorr cubes to make great-tasting dishes.

Press Release:

A huge bowl of delicious soup is one great expression of a mother’s love to her family. Like a reassuring hug or an adoring kiss, the goodness of a steaming meaty soup never fails to warm the heart. In making their signature soup meant to delight the whole family, one ingredient most moms rely on is the meatiest Knorr Cubes.

Knorr Cubes is the standard for great-tasting soups. It graces the tables of Filipino families to serve nothing less than comforting, appetizing experience.

“Proven to be the meatiest cooking aid in the country, Knorr Cubes is an affordable, convenient and trustworthy ingredient aimed to help mothers make the best, meatiest soups, and provide comfort and love to the whole family,” shares Chef Tristan Encarnacion, Knorr’s resident chef.

Take it from doting mothers Melody and Michelle who both believe that a soup-based dish is not complete without Knorr Cubes to meat it up.

Michelle Mantecon is a 37 year-old mom, wife and businesswoman. She takes cooking as a meaningful way to make her family feel how much she loves them. “I love cooking arroz caldo, nilaga and tinola for them. Knorr Cubes is an important ingredient for my soupy recipes since it adds the meaty, distinct flavor that my whole family can’t get enough of,” she says.

31 year-old mom and career woman Melody Cabanilla has been using Knorr Cubes ever since she started cooking for husband Ronald. A legacy passed on to her by her mom, she prepares deliciously comforting soupy dishes with Knorr Cubes for them to enjoy after work. “And now that we have two sons, there are four of us who share loving and joyful meal times over hot, soupy dishes. Our favorites are bulalo and sotanghon since these are very filling, flavorful and made tastier with Knorr Cubes.”

For these moms, nothing beats the joy and satisfaction they see on their family’s faces, thanks to the meaty goodness brought by Knorr Cubes. Indeed, meal times become more mouth-watering, meatier and inspire more meaningful family bonding moments with Knorr Cubes.

Knorr Cubes is available in sari-sari stores, supermarkets and groceries nationwide, and is also now available in P4.50 singles pack in Chicken, Pork and Beef variants.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mark Salling in “GLEE The 3d Concert Movie”

Our favorite musical TV series is coming out in the big screen ... in 3D! Here's an interview with the guy who plays Puck ...

Press Release:

Mark Salling who stars in the hugely popular TV show “Glee” along with all the other familiar young faces from the high-energy series performs in “Glee The 3D Concert Movie,” filmed during their recent tour that filled stadiums.

Glee’s depiction of teenage life and relationships with its leads as flawed and mostly underdogs made strong waves across all ages that one doesn’t have to be skinny or perfect to succeed. 

In the following Q and A by Ellaine Lipworth, Mark Salling, a classically trained pianist who also plays the guitar, bass and drums shares about the new film and what makes Glee resonate with audiences of every generation.

Q: How exciting is it making a movie?
A: It is very exciting and special; it’s good to see the world and see so many different fans and different cultures and just spread the joy of GLEE. A lot of people who couldn’t make it to the concerts will be able to see us on the big screen, that’s the main thing, and the movie is in 3D. But we didn’t really feel like we were doing a movie.”

Q: How do you keep going and maintain the energy and momentum?
A: “You know, you say I’m young and I’ll sleep when I die and keep on trucking. I drink a double dose of vitamin C packets every day and I work out every single day during the show. You keep your body healthy and you keep your mind healthy.”

Q: What do you think of the way the show has brought classic music to a younger generation that might not know all these wonderful songs and artists you are covering?
A: “It is great and I think the other side of that is that it also brings new music to older people.” 

Q: Why do you think GLEE has become so popular?
A: “It has something for everyone. It is all about embracing what makes each person different and it is about rooting for the underdog and people can relate to that concept.”

Q: You are a musician, does music still have the same impact for you now? Does it still feel as fresh and as inspiring to you now it is part of your daily life doing GLEE?
A: “You know, it really does. GLEE has actually opened my eyes personally to different horizons of music and dance and writing and acting and there is so much for an artist to take in and learn, so that’s what I’ve been trying to do.” 

Prior to GLEE, Salling has appeared in commercials and in films, including “Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering.” His television credits include “Walker” and “Texas Ranger.” Salling enjoys playing Frisbee and golf and has a passion for ornithology.

“Glee The 3D Concert Movie” opens September 21 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Five reasons why real friends need offline bonding moments

It's great that a lot of us get to communicate with friends easily via all the techie gadgets we have. But, if you are really good friends with several people, nothing beats seeing and talking to them in person. I agree with Greenwich, we all need offline bonding moments once in a while and not be content just chatting or sending messages via email.

Press Release:

Celebrate Friendship Day everyday with your barkada in the best way possible—by spending quality time together in person. And as you schedule your fun get-togethers, budget will be the least of your worries because Greenwich, the Philippines’ favorite pizza chain, now offers presyong kaibigan for their pizzas and pastas. Face-to-face moments with the barkada can now be easier and scheduled more often so you can enjoy the many other perks of real-time face time with friends. All it takes is to round up your friends with “Greenwich tayo!”

1. Live emoticons. Virtually nothing gets lost in translation when interactions are face-to-face. To rule out misinterpretations among friends, make your kwento or latest update come to life by sharing it in person, complete with real feelings in your face and voice. Have a joke to share? Sure you get the smiley, but there’s also nothing more infectious than hearing the LOLs of friends in person. Wanna make it extra fun? Throw in a special barkada treat- Greenwich Special Overload - with 13 premium toppings! Double-size for only P229 that’s good for 3 friends.

2. Celebrate! Happy status update? New gadget? Great day at work? Share and celebrate with the barkada! Kilig moments with a new significant other? Go ahead and tell everyone what happened. Nothing beats the feeling of getting giddy together and painting a rosy picture of your future with those who know you best. Make it feel extra festive with Greenwich All-Meat & Cheese Overload. Barkada-size for only P349 that’s good for 4 friends.

3. Barkada date. Forget about your ‘single loneliness’ and enjoy the day with other single friends instead, together with your favorite comfort food. In their company, you’ll have plenty of special someones. Go and get cheesy together over a favorite John Lloyd Cruz-rom-com flick, or lose yourselves in an action thriller. In the physical company of your friends, you’ll always be comforted and never have to feel alone. Certainly not when you’re also crowding over 7-Cheese Overload. Double-size Overload Pizza for only P229 that’s good for 3 friends.

4. Real hugs and comfort. When shared face-to-face, bad news becomes lighter because you can look into the faces of your dearest friends. Nothing beats having them around to physically comfort you and let you know it will be okay. Rally them and feel their support as you pour out your troubles. Be there for them, too, whenever they need a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on. The comfort level just goes through the roof when you top off the moment with the certified Philippines’ favorite Ultimate Hawaiian Overload. Double-size Overload Pizza for only P199 that’s good for 3 friends.

5. True-blue ‘trending’. Know what your cool friends are wearing, and most importantly, how they pull it off in person. Watch the hottest music videos together or share a pair of earphones to listen to new indie bands and share reviews live and on-the-spot. By sharing new interests and passions together and in person, friendship bonds are strengthened. And the kwentuhan lasts longer with a Greenwich Lasagna Supreme for only P79.

Missing your friends yet? Send a PM now and invite them out. And with Greenwich’s pizzas and pasta dishes now presyong kaibigan, you can have as many get-togethers as you want and enjoy the best of real moments together.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Noel Cabangon Launches "Panaginip" Album

FYI OPM enthusiasts especially to the fans of Noel Cabangon ... This. sounds like a really good album. I'm buying one soon. Looking forward to hearing all the songs in it.

Press Release:

Universal Records is proud to present Noel Cabangon’s latest album "Panaginip" featuring the launching single of the same title. The album is the follow-up to Cabangon’s previous album and first under Universal Records “Byahe”, which stayed as the number one album in major record stores for 17 weeks en route to being certified Platinum. Panaginip boasts of 15 tracks consisting of 4 covers and 11 original compositions of Cabangon. The album was recorded at Sound Creation with major musical arrangers Bob Aves, Fred Garcia, Ria Villena-Osorio, Simon Tan, and Ito Rapadas.

The album was inspired by Sting’s performance with the Royal Philharmonic in Berlin. “People tend to know me more as an acoustic performer,” says Cabangon. “This time, this album is mostly done with a full band with orchestral arrangements.”

Why "Panaginip" as the album title? “Dahil lahat ng kanta ay nagmumula sa imahinasyon. Ang mga awit ay tula, ang mga tula ay awit. Ang mga awit ay likha ng malayang panaginip. Ang panaginip ay likha ng malayang isip,” says Cabangon. “Ang pag-iimagine ay malaya, wala namang nagbabawal sa iyo.” While it may appear that "Byahe" turned to be the biggest selling album of Cabagon’s career mainly because of the great cover songs, Cabangon bravely takes the road less traveled with an album comprised mainly of original songs.

“It’s a bit risky, kasi sa panahon ngayon ‘in’ pa rin ang covers”, says Cabangon. “'Byahe' was an overwhelming success because the advantage was it had very familiar songs. But Universal Records is behind me. It is called "Panaginip" because it’s a challenge for a songwriter is for his creation to be heard. Kailangan tayo gumawa ng bagong originals. We have to move forward and write more songs. For the songs in this album hinahanap ko yung elegance ng mga hit songs. As songwriters, we need to challenge ourselves into creating a brilliant concept and to become brilliant songwriters na di natin makita sa mga new songs, walang sophistication and elegance. We should try to write lyrics that are poetic without becoming too deep. We need to challenge our listeners. Kailangan makadagdag na rin tayo to the rich anthology ng Philippine music.”

Noteworthy original songs include collaborations with former Sugarfree frontman Ebe Dancel (“Hulog Ka ng Langit”) and Diamond soul siren Nina (“Ikaw Na Sana”). Other impressive new songs include the aforementioned title track “Panaginip”, as well as “Dahan Dahan”, “Bayani ng Bayan”, “Ngayon ang Bagong Simula”, the hip-hop flavored “Walang Katulad” and the haunting “Awit ng Naghahanap”, a heart-wrenching tune inspired by victims of political killings. Three longtime original songs from Noel Cabangon are also included in the album (“Sana Dumating Ka na”, “Dahil Nariyan Ka” and the '80s inspired “Umuulan sa Tag-araw, Umaaraw sa Tag-Ulan”).

Of course, the covers are still there: “Bulag, Pipi, Bingi” (Grand prize song of the 2nd Metropop Music Festival, originally performed by Freddie Aguilar), the Heber Bartolome classic “Tayo’y Mga Pinoy”, “Tag-Ulan” by Lolita & The Boys and the Pete Lacaba/Ding Achacoso-written “Sangandaan”, which gained attention from the Mike De Leon classic film "Sister Stella L".

With his new album, Noel Cabangon is once again ready to sing about us and his dreams for all of us.

“This album encapsulates my dreams for my country, my fellowmen and my friends,” says Cabangon. “It’s one big challenge to do well primarily on original songs but this is one of the challenges that is worth working hard for, para mabigyan buhay ang bayan.”

“Panaginip” Tracklisting:

1. Bulag, Pipi, Bingi
2. Dahan Dahan Lang
3. Hulog Ka Ng Langit with Ebe Dancel
4. Sana Dumating Ka Na
5. Ikaw Na Sana with Nina
6. Dahil Nariyan Ka
7. Sangandaan
8. Panaginip
9. Walang Katulad
10. Tag-Ulan
11. Tayo’y Mga Pinoy
12. Awit Ng Naghahanap
13. Umuulan Sa Tag-Araw, Umaaraw Sa Tag-Ulan
14. Bayani Ng Bayan
15. Ngayon Ang Bagong Simula

For more info on Noel Cabangon, please like his Official Facebook Fanpage and follow him on Twitter.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Museo Pambata September 2011 Calendar

A Treat for Teachers!
To celebrate Teachers’ Month, Museo Pambata is treating the first five teachers who visit the museum every Thursday from September 1 to October 5 with special gifts!

Happy Grandparents’ Month!
MP shows love for lolos and lolas, by giving away free gift items to the first 30 grandparents who visit the museum with their families this month!

Every Saturday Morning
Haraya Storytelling Hour, 10 AM
Join MP in a story-filled morning! This month, they're featuring stories by Rene O. Villanueva, an author featured in Museo Pambata's Career Options room, in honor of his birthday on September 22.

September 3
Anino sa Museo, 10 AM
Watch your favorite songs and stories as they are performed by shadows and lights, together with Anino Shadowplay Collective.

September 4
MP Guides Corner, 2 PM
Make some music with a shaker made out of tissue roll tubes and beans! Our guides will show you how.

September 10
A Storytelling Workshop for Adults!
September is Literacy Month! Why not learn how to tell stories to children? Learn from Kuya Bodjie Pascua in this workshop for teens and adults.

September 13 to October 13
Zero In: Open Call
Join MP as it opens an exhibit as part of this year's Zero-In consortium project, with the theme “Open Call.” See various indigenous dance costumes from the collection of National Artist Ramon Obusan. An exhibit will also be held at SM Mall of Asia (from September 15 to 24).

September 17
Ang Bayanihan sa Museo, 10 AM
Dance with the Philippine National Folk Dance Company as they perform dances from all over the Philippines.

Dito sa Museo, Bida si Lola at Lolo, 10 AM
Celebrate Grandparents Day with the lolos and lolas of Hospicio de San Jose in a party specially organized for them.

September 18
MP Guides Corner, 2 PM
You can make reindeer from the outlines of your hands and feet! Learn how with MP's fun guides!

September 29
The Mobile Library is Back!
Museo Pambata's Mobile Library Van is back to bring stories to kids! MP re-launches the Mobile Library Van at the Manila City Hall.

Museo Pambata is located at Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive. Museum hours from Tuesday to Saturday are from 8 AM to 5 PM and 1 to 5 PM during Sunday. All activities are for free with admission (Php 100 for both children and adults). Manila residents with valid IDs may come in for free during Tuesdays and avail of a 50% discount on other days. For more information, call 523-1797 to 98 or 535-0595 or send an e-mail at

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Keeping it to 20 in “What's Your Number?”

Here's a sneak peek of a funny movie that, I think, some single women would be able to relate to (or not) :p 

Press Release:

An interesting cocktail of a frank and lively sexual content but with a genuine romantic heart, “What’s Your Number” winds back Ally Darling (Anna Faris) to the men she’d dated after reading a magazine article on the average number of lovers women should have in their lifetime. Ally becomes convinced she’s reached the limit of sexual partners a woman can have before she’s deemed unmarriageable (except maybe, as Dr. Fig notes, she lives in New Zealand). With celibacy as a non-starter, Ally embarks on a mission to find a mate, without adding to her number, by seeking the colorful and strange assortment of lovers from her past; she wonders, are they married, available, gay …dead?

Having been fired from her job and at the same time an ended relationship, Ally embarks on a quest to find the best “ex” of her life, by any means necessary for her chance at true love. Helping in her quest is her new neighbor Colin, played by Chris Evans. Seeking a haven from the woman he’s brought home the night before, Colin comes to Ally’s rescue when she tries to disentangle herself from her booze-riddled mistake of the night before. Ally and Colin click, and even though Ally’s romantic sights are aimed entirely in retrospect, she has found in Colin a new friend and ally. “Ally and Colin enhance each other but don’t necessarily live for each other,” says Evans. “They’ve helped each other become better versions of themselves, but they don’t need each other to exist.” 

Faris and Evans nicely balance one another, with Evans displaying a sense of grounded, physical stability while Faris provides a series of fluid, deft and comical transitions that always surprise. “When Ally and Colin meet, there’s a lot of tension between them,” notes Faris. “Ally’s kind of disgusted with Colin because she sees women coming in and out of his apartment. She thinks he’s just this man-whore. Ally wants much more for her own life, so she’s really annoyed when sees somebody who’s lackadaisical in their own lifestyle – probably because she’s envious. Eventually they come to understand one another.”

“Colin comes from a family of cops and detectives, so he’s good at digging up dirt,” adds Evans. “That’s why Ally enlists his help. And he’s a bit of a womanizer, and is very ‘alpha.’ He’s a likable guy but he’s not exactly husband material. But slowly Colin realizes that Ally’s the person he’s supposed to be with, and that opens a lot more doors for him.”

Executive producer Nan Morales confirms that Ally and Colin’s first meeting is far from auspicious. “When she meets him, the audience will think, ‘No, Ally no!’ It’s like what her friends say: ‘You don’t want to go out with that guy; he’s dangerous, he’s sexy, he can trick you.’ But this is how Colin lives; he’s honest about it. This is a lesson Ally needs to learn; she needs to own who she is in order to go to the next level in her life.”

“What’s Your Number” opens October 5 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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