"ASAP" is still my first love I can't resist!

I was one of the few lucky people who was invited to watch the stellar taping for the Christmas episode of "ASAP Rocks." Well, it's not my first time but it feels like it's always my first time when I'll be watching this kind of shows.

Maybe I have seen and interviewed some of them during their album launching or simple dinner/lunch, but seeing them live on stage is totally different. With me watching the taping are the award-winning U-Bloggers - Pusang Kalye, Rocky Batara, Cuteberl, Kumagcow, Flow Galindez, my blogging family and I am proud to be one! I am so happy that I am one of these people who watched this live!

Nothing to prove, "ASAP" is already ASAP since it started the musical-variety show on ABS-CBN. Maybe you can see my tweets on Twitter that I am supporting its rival program, well that's true. But I can't deny that "ASAP" is my first love and and I can't resist falling inlove with my first love. Now you know why!
ASAP is the longest running, most-awarded top-rating Sunday musical variety show on Philippine television, currently aired weekly from 11:45am to 3:00pm on ABS-CBN and aired to over 20 different countries and territories through The Filipino Channel. Winning practically every “Best Musical Variety” award from every Philippine award-giving body and even recognized by the ASEAN TV awards, it has become the benchmark of quality family entertainment showcasing the BEST Filipino world-class performers in the last 14 years. ASAP is now widely acknowledged as a fashion and music authority in the country.
I can tell "ASAP" talents are a bit more fashionista. You can see how they handle their clothes in every production numbers they have. One more thing, they've got the looks and have the classy vibe of the "ASAP" talents.

Every year, they are getting better and better in terms of creativity and artistry with an added x-factor to catapult ABS-CBN artists to be more extravagant. I want to congratulate Teacher Georcelle (of G-Force) for the dancers' growth this year! I am also impressed by their performances- just maintain the growth and think outside of the box by the choreo, dj and dancers.

This is not my first experience on a musical-variety show like this, but what makes this a great experience? ABS-CBN has the best courteous guards! I have to say that here I met with polite and courteous guards. All their staff are so accommodating and very lovable and they assisted us well. What great about being a live audience at "ASAP" is their jester. I love this comedian (I still don't know his name) which keeps on talking during breaks!

All I can say is... If you want to see lots of stars, go to "ASAP!" You will surely enjoy the performances of your favorite stars plus experience their heartwarming smiles to the live audience! Their show is so much organized and they've got alot of stars and singers, a great contributing factor to make a show more lively.

I really am an "ASAP baby" and that's a fact! It is undeniable that the show is designed to provide us the total entertainment - enjoyment and satisfaction of the fans. Watching "ASAP" feels like home to me. It's the variety show I've been watching since I was a kid. I grew up watching this with my family.

Credits to PusangKalye for the pictures



Make this Christmas that's full of love and happiness!

The meanings of Christmas are many. How brightly they blend into our lives as we share something special all across the miles and years. One of the things that I love about Christmas is seeing the kids with their bright eyes and happy smiles. I am a ninong (godfather) of 5 children, 

My family will celebrate Christmas in Mindoro, our hometown with my Mommy, Ate and Kuya and of course, my brother in law. My sister is 6-months pregnant, this makes this Christmas very special. We will still miss the presence of our Daddy. Sigh! Wherever you are Daddy, I love you so much. I hope you are in heaven now.

Thanks to the people who exerted efforts for this gifts.

I love Christmas because there's plenty of chocolates, candies and all the foods served are all dilicious. I love the wonderful feeling of receiving Christmas cards and gifts from friends in far away places. In fact, I still have with me a box full of cards that I have received all these years. I always love to collect them especially the love letters. And I love hearing and singing Christmas carols make my heart sings. I also love Christmas because of its commercialism, optimism in the face of really bad (but sometimes romantic) weather, presents, food and also as an excuse to party! And I want to add.... the decorations wherever I go!

This Christmas season I want to make sure I express my gratitude to each one of you for reading my blogs and to my subscribers for being there for me with your comments of love and joy!



Taste swirly goodness with your personalized Pinkberry tart frozen yogurt, now in the Philippines!

Pinkberry reinvented the frozen yogurt category when it launched in West Hollywood, CA in January 2005. Today it is the most talked about, best tasting, premium frozen yogurt, made with high-quality fresh ingredients.

Now, the swirly goodnes makes its way to the Philippines! The first ever Pinkberry store opened in the Philippines last December 07, 2011 at Greenbelt 5, Makati City. Pinkberry introduces to us Filipinos the fresh flavors and sophisticated style for which the brand is known.

Pinkberry is a premium frozen yogurt made with real nonfat yogurt and fresh nonfat milk. Pinkberry is made with only the highest quality ingredients and is the perfect balance of tangy and sweet, resulting in a light, refreshing, clean and craveable taste.

From store design to exceptional customer service to our irresistible flavors and toppings, Pinkberry provides a social experience that indulges the senses. Pinkberry’s distinctive flavors are expertly crafted to complement its daily fresh-cut fruit and premium toppings that offer an irresistibly tangy, incomparable refreshing taste. Pinkberry is certified by the National Yogurt Association and carries the Live & Active Cultures Seal.

On a bloggers' meet-up at the first Pinkberry store in the Philippines, we were able to experience the feeling of excitement starting from picking the mixes of ice cream and the toppings. I was able to taste all the flavors and I picked chocolate and mango flavors for my mix. The original yogurt has a gelato smoothness feel and has the right sour and sweet taste. I chose the mango + chocolate frozen yogurt with raspberry and cheese cake.

And here's the look...

Refreshing and appropriate this cold Christmas, even though I’m not very good on mixing yogurt ice cream with fruits. The raspberry was a really refreshing addition to the cheese cake slices. Pomegranate ice cream was great too, but the mango flavor was a little too sweet for me. And I love sweets that's why I picked this one!

It was surprisingly creamy and you really could taste the best flavors. It was a flavor explosion in my mouth. This sweet/salty combination in a cold christmas treat, had me at hello. I didn’t want to feel like a little piggie. So if you are lucky enough to have a Pinkberry near you, run I tell you, don’t walk to the nearest location! For a great number of line will surely surprise you!

What's great about this newest yogurt ice cream craze, customers can personalize every yogurt experience at Pinkberry with any combination of delicious toppings. At Pinkberry, uncompromising quality is paramount and the toppings bar is no exception. Each topping is selected with the highest quality standards, whether it's fresh fruit and is hand-cut daily in-store, organic gummy bears with no high fructose corn syrup, toasted crunchy almonds, 100% pure pomegranate juice, or rich, premium Belgian chocolate shavings to name a few.

For more information about the Pinkberry Philippines, follow them of Twitter @PinkberryPH, or like http://www.facebook.com/PinkberryPhilippines. Get a taste of Swirly Goodness by visiting www.pinkberry.com.



The victims on "Bagyong Sendong" need help!

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, 
but still I can do something; and because I cannot do 
everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do"
-Hellen Keller

Cagayan de Oro City, along with other nearby towns and cities got stormed by Bagyong Sendong last night. It was just an ordinary day yesterday when it rained. It just seemed like an ordinary drizzle because usually, we only get downpour that lasts for about 3-6 hrs/day.

This is one of the images I have seen on my Facebook timeline
that broke my heart into pieces.

Bagyong Sendong left our brothers and sisters in Mindanao and other affected areas in a state of devastation. This made me felt sad upon looking the victim pictures of typhoon sendong hit down particularly in Northern Mindanao. If you’d like to help, you can check out the list below the hotline numbers and establishments that accommodate relief goods for Bagyong Sendong victims in the Philippines.

This is the Aerial View of Cagayan de Oro City
during the wrath of Typhoon Sendong

Here are some ways to help them:

1. Donate to Philippine Red Cross for relief efforts. Just text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)

2. Donate to Xavier University Ateneo Relief Center, BPI account number 9331-0133-63. Volunteers are also needed, call (+6388) 858-3116 for inquiries.

3. Donate to Iligan City's Trust Fund
Account Name:City Treasurer’s Office Iligan City
Trust Fund # 0820-016201-030
Bank Name: DBP (Development Bank of the Philippines), Iligan City

4. Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro needs donations in CASH, FOOD (noodles, canned goods, etc.), BOTTLED WATER, and CLEAN CLOTHES. Details here

5. Iligan Bloggers Society is asking for cash donations, canned goods, noodles, bath and laundry soaps, toothpaste, rice, used clothings, slippers. Details here

6. ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya. Donations accepted in cash and in kind. Details here

7. Globe G-Cash. Text DONATE(space)AMOUNT(space)MPIN(space)SLB and send to 2882

3. Volunteers are also needed at DSWD Cagayan de Oro. Call 09066150095.

4. For donations on Paypal, your names and initials here

We Filipinos are known for “bayanihan” – a spirit of communal unity or effort to achieve a particular objective. This is one of those times that we really need to put “bayanihan” into practice. We need to put aside all our differences and work together to help the victims of Bagyong Sendong.

Any type of help you can give – cash, food, clothes, etc. will help ease the burden of the poor victims of these recent calamity. I also pray for the countless families who were displaced and affected by Bagyong Sendong and hope that they’d get the help that they need and be able to recover as soon as possible.

Always pray everyone!



Movie Review - Mission Impossible : Ghost Protocol

Sixteen years on from the first big screen revival, this largely gripping fourth instalment in Tom Cruise's action franchise is still taking its cues from the original TV show. Like the original film in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, part four focuses more on the group dynamic of the "Impossible Missions Force" agents rather than solely on the Ethan Hunt character, played once more by Tom Cruise. Hunt is joined by fellow agents Jane Carte (Paula Patton) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), who previously appeared in the third film, and analyst William Brandt (Jeremy Renner).

The Story

The movie starts with a clever jailbreak by Cruise's Ethan Hunt, stuck in a Moscow prison for reasons unexplained until late in the story, then serves up an opening-credit montage fondly reminiscent of the old Mission: Impossible TV show.

Once free, Ethan is dispatched to infiltrate the Kremlin along with Impossible Missions Force agents Jane Carter (Patton) and Benji Dunn (Pegg). But it's all a setup by madman Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist), who sets off a devastating explosion at the Kremlin to cover his theft of a Russian nuclear launch device and manages to finger Ethan's team for the blast.

With U.S.-Russian tension at its worst since the Cuban missile crisis, the threat that's always hung over the IMF team comes to pass: the secretary (Tom Wilkinson) disavows knowledge of their actions, leaving Hunt and his comrades on their own as they try to clear their names and stop Hendricks from instigating nuclear war.

Joining them is Wilkinson's aide, William Brandt (Renner), a guy who takes to field work a little too easily to be the desk-jockey analyst he claims he is.

Cruise looks shaggy, and sure, we could blame his bad haircut on the fact that Ethan's just out of prison. But it doesn't help an aging screen idol to look so unkempt; the Mission: Impossible world routinely defies reality, so would it have been so far-fetched for Ethan to stop by a salon before heading back into action?

What Cruise does on screen is pretty much the same-old. Ethan runs, Ethan leaps, Ethan bashes faces, Ethan violates traffic laws, Ethan runs some more. Cruise has two main modes in his acting repertoire: flash that thousand-watt smile or play the stone-face, and he mostly does the latter here, so honestly, Ethan's not all that interesting when he's standing still and talking.

That work ethic of Cruise, though, shows in every one of the spectacular action moments. For the climb up Dubai's 2,700-foot Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the filmmakers claim they had planned to re-create part of the building's exterior and have Cruise scale it on a safe soundstage. But Cruise wanted to climb the real thing, so much of the sequence was filmed with him harnessed to the building more than 1,000 feet up.

The Movie

His action scenes are clean, coherent, thrilling, and visceral, never more than in a mid-film sequence in Dubai that piles setpiece atop setpiece as the action moves in, around, up, and down the Burj Khalifa skyscraper—the tallest building in the world. If you have the slightest fear of heights, grip the arm rests tightly and press both feet flatly to the floor during Cruise's attempt to scale the world's tallest building; even safe in your seat, an unnerving feeling of vertigo is bound to result as you stare down from the 130th floor. This is one the best part of the movie is during the task Ethan took up in Dubai where they showed him being “Spiderman” on the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa.

Most interesting about this latest "Mission: Impossible film" is the frequency in which technology fails at the critical moment.

The characters are likeable and developed, the scenarios are complex without feeling ridiculous and the action is engaging. One more I can say is - "Pegg is Pegg", the comic relief who adds some decent chuckles.

"Ghost Protocol" ends with a talky epilogue that feels tacked-on and trite, though it offers a couple of cameos from Mission past.



Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range - Your one stop shop to a healthy, wholesome lifestyle

The mind is like a bow and thoughts are like arrows;
 life is all about hitting targets"

Gandiva Cafe

The Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range is located at the 7th Floor, One Corporate Center Building, Julia Vargas corner Meralco Avenue, which offers a delightful selection of healthy, vegetarian dishes for health enthusiasts and a practice and training ground for budding archery practitioners.

They called us in a bloggers event one rainy Friday night and they offered us to try the veggie pizza, veggie burger and the pesto. The slice of veggie pizza was light, with a veggie meat ham and other veggie trimmings laid into it although i wish they should have served more of this as a thin slice don’t really bite the taste palette much. Actually, this is my first time to try this vegetarian dishes, and in all fairness, I loved it!

What makes me love the dishes served to us on the event, is the feeling that it's not a "fake" one. I mean, especially the burger, is even closer to the texture and taste of a real burger (with meat/beef patty).

The pizza slice was yummyand definitely tastes good. I am not particular with the taste of pesto (because I haven't tried eating it yet) but I liked what they served me. The atmosphere was clean and airy. Service was the best! Friendly staff. A big 5 star from our party! Had a delicious dinner with great bloggers, and we'll definitely go again. Everything was fresh, fairly priced & nicely portioned. We didn't order anything without exclaiming that we'd have to have it again.

Gandiva Archery Range

Archery is a fun and relaxing hobby that men and women of all ages can enjoy. Archery is a quiet, solitary sport that can be competitive or non, and doesn't require a whole lot of physical fitness or skill when you are first starting out. Plus, you are filled with a great sense of satisfaction when you release your arrow, hear it hit the target, and then see that you actually hit what you were aiming for.

Gandiva Archery is open to the public and offers lessons ranging from beginner’s to advanced.

This is my first time to try this kind of sports and I liked it! Many thanks to the one who assisted me for his patience and help in getting myself and some others started in the world of archery! I love his comments and insights have really made a difference to us in building our confidence and we are now seriously looking at taking the next steps.

For me the one who assisted me has taken archery from something that I always wanted to do - to something I will never stop doing! If you are thinking of taking up archery I would highly recommend booking in this place and you will not regret it.

Hope to be here again soon & again, many thanks for the help, patience & the food!

The Story of Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range

Gandiva Archery Range and Café started because the founders and owners, a family of archery enthusiasts loved the famous Mahabharata and particularly adored the story about Arjuna and the celestial bow Gandiva. Thus, they put up their first ever archery store on 2008 at SM Mall of Asia in memory of the mighty bow Gandiva.

Together with DepEd’s efforts in promoting archery on a grass-root level, we at Gandiva support Archery, a long time Olympic sport by providing technical skill and training ranges as well as sponsoring archery events among the youth. With the help of Samick from Korea, Gandiva starter bows were manufactured to provide Olympic class sport equipment for Filipino archers at reasonable prices. Now archery in the Philippines has become widespread and Gandiva is proud to be a part of this.

Today, year 2011, Gandiva evolves to cater not only to the archers, through its archery range franchise but also to make available a whole new level of healthy eating and living to athletes and health enthusiasts. We still continue on with the advocacy to promote archery nationwide, but now we are here to offer the vegetarian lifestyle and green living through the Gandiva café.

Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range is located at 7th Floor, One Corporate Center, Julia Vargas Ave cor. Meralco Ave., Ortigas, Pasig City. For inquiries and reservations, please contact : Phone: 5719000 loc 125/ 6384549/ 6388771.

For more questions and informations about Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range, please log on to www.gandivasports.com, email them at gandivasports@gmail.com, follow them on Twitter - @GandivaArchery or ‘like’ Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range on Facebook.



Movie Review: The Lion King returns to theaters in 3D

The 1994 Disney classic, The Lion King, returned to the big screen for a release in 3D. The Disney Magic is still present in The Lion King, a story about a lion (the King of the Jungle) who has to struggle with his self-identity before he finally finds it.

We will put on our 3D glasses and immersed ourselves in a world of colorful nostalgia for our youth. We must go to see this movie put me right back into the prime of our childhood. I was again looking forward to my favorite lines and the song "Hakuna Matata." Yes, there’s a lot of history in all our lives that revolves around The Lion King. If there’s one Disney movie that touched generations, it’s this one. Hakuna matata, anyone? Do you agree with me guys? Haha!

This is the synopsis:
A young lion prince is born in Africa, thus making his uncle Scar the second in line to the throne. Scar plots with the hyenas to kill King Mufasa and Prince Simba, thus making himself King. The King is killed and Simba is led to believe by Scar that it was his fault, and so flees the kingdom in shame. After years of exile he is persuaded to return home to overthrow the usurper and claim the kingdom as his own thus completing the "Circle of Life".
Many people already know the tale of young Simba and his father, Mufasa, king of Pride Rock. Scar, Simba's uncle, kills his older brother to become king and tells Simba to run away. Simba flees to the jungle and ends up with two unlikely friends who help him realize his place as the King of Pride Rock.

"The Lion King" is primarily about guilt and redemption. Simba, a young lion cub and heir to his father's throne, is led to believe that he was the cause of the king's death. The trauma caused by this is so great that Simba goes into exile, attempting to find peace-of-mind through anonymity in the company of a warthog and a meerkat. But it's never that easy to escape the past.

Many of the people who flocked to the theater went to enjoy a reboot of one of their favorite Disney movies. Growing up in the ‘90s, everyone had their favorite Disney movie and this limited re-release gave people a chance to remember why they loved this one.

More than the story and the songs in the movie, I like more this film because of the quotable quotes from the loveley characters in the movie. Here they are (Most of them are from Mufasa, Simba's father):
  • “Oh yes, the past can hurt, but the way I see it you can either run from it or learn from it.” - Rafiki
  • “I'm only brave when I have to be. Simba, being brave doesn't mean you go looking for trouble.” - Mufasa
  • “One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king.” - Mufasa
  • “In times like this my buddy Timon here says, ‘You gotta put your behind in your past.’” - Pumbaa
  • “Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.” - Mufasa
  • “Remember who you are. You are my son, and the one true king. Remember...” - Mufasa
  • Well, as far as brains go, I got the lion's share. But, when it comes to brute strength...I'm afraid I'm at the shallow end of the gene pool.” - Scar
  • “Look inside yourself, Simba, you are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life.” - Mufasa
"The Lion King" is a timeless movie that transcends generations. It is a tale about survival, betrayal, importance of family and love. It is a tale that ought to stay with us every day of our life. It is a movie that doesn’t shy away from hurt – even if it is masked often by protective parents and their explanations. "The Lion King" is a movie for the ages. And we are lucky we happened to be those ages. "The Lion King" is still a true generational film! "The Lion King” has stood test of time and remains just as spectacular as it did back in 1994.

Don't dare miss the return of "The Lion King" on the bigscreen in 3D format on December 15, 2011



Prepare to laugh and love the "Next Fall" this 2012

"What is the role of religious faith in our lives – how it can both unite and divide us?"

This is question that entered in my mind when I finally saw the preview of the first offering of Repertory Philippines for 2012, the "Next Fall". Yes, I was invited by Repertory Philippines last December 6, 2011 (Tuesday) for the rehearsals of the "Next Fall" where I was able to see some of the 

I am so glad I finally got to see this play "Next Fall", that Flow Galindez has been telling me for so many times. He is so much excited for this play actually. That is why I am so glad that I was one of the chosen bloggers to see the preview of this play.
"Next Fall" was written by playwright Geoffrey Nauffts. It is a very moving story of Luke and Adam, a gay couple agonizing over differences in their religious faiths. The play portrays the ups and downs of this unlikely couple’s five-year relationship with sharp humor and unflinching honesty. And when an accident changes everything, Adam must turn to Luke’s family and friends for support and answers. "Next Fall" paints a beautiful and funny portrait of modern romance, asking the hard questions about commitment and faith. But ultimately, simply, it is about the transformative power of love. 

As you can see, part of it is a love story between two gay men and their differing religious beliefs in addition to the friends and family around them that are woven into a beautifully written script. 

I a so much excited to see this play on January 13, 2011 at On Stage theater, Greenbelt 1 because as I can see, this play is simple, beautiful, and really moving; even though I just only saw some of the scenes of this play. You will really notice here the obvious and witty dialogue from the usual roll-call of gay characters - the ditsy mom, the distant father and the brooding best friend.

Not everyone will relate to the homosexual relationship and not everyone will relate to the various religious stances held by the characters in the play, "Next Fall." What everyone will relate to, however, is the common denominator of religion in our lives and how it influences our views. That is why this is not just your ordinary gay-love story.

When a play presents two gay lovers, one Christian and the other atheist, the audience may lick its lips for a meaty philosophical debate with a modern twist. This play was said to disguise as a tragedy about two men with irreconcilable views of the world, “Next Fall” has nothing to do with God or science.

David Bianco & Bart Buingona will play the two gay men in the "Next Fall"

"Next Fall" is not just your ordinary gay love story. It is also about how people exaggerate the importance of those oppositions and sacrifice love in the process, but it is also about learning the lesson that while next fall might never come, the certainty of the here and now can (and will) suffice. This play will surely entertain us but will wear its heart on its sleeve and nowhere near scratches the surface of the fascinating subject matter.

For tickets, inquiries and other information, call Repertory Philippines at 571-6926 or 571-4941 or email info@repertory.ph. Tickets are also available thru Ticketworld at 891-9999 or www.ticketworld.com.ph.  Visit www.repertory.ph, subscribe to youtube.com/repertoryphils, and add “Rep Phils” in Facebook.



Happy 24th Birthday to me : Another year was added to my age

Thank you to everyone: family, friends including blogger friends and facebook and twitter friends. Everyone who has made my day extra special with your birthday wishes, cards, virtual cards and an extra special thank you to my very special someone who spent the day with me.

I am such a lucky guy to have wonderful friends and family who care enough about me to take a minute out of their day to call, write, and text me beautiful messages! Thank you all so very much. You don't know how much it means to me, and how much I really needed it!

Thanks also to my Soyami Team (I am working here now) for the cake and the very special greetings.

One year to go and my age will start to freeze to 25. Haha! I am not kidding. That's normal guys. I know you will understand me guys especially those who already freeze their ages to 25. Haha!



6 Days to go before my Birthday : What to do?

It's 6 days more to go and it's going to be my birthday! I still have no plans yet... (1st) because I don't have enough money and (2nd) I don't know what to do. I was actually supposed to post this starting for the 30days, but I completely forgot to do it. Better late than never, I am officially sharing my promise to myself.

Birthdays are special to me and even if I am not anymore a child where parties and balloons matter, I am still excited for every birthdays that will come in my life. An added year in my life is a blessing and a great opportunity to enjoy life and the things God has given me.

Just like every year, I will be alone for my birthday. I'll be thinking about the things happened to me the previous years. Just like reminiscing the past.

This year, I am going to take it super seriously! Ok, I lie, I am not going to take it that seriously. Haha! Anyways, I am happy with my life right now... No, actually, I am expecting to receive special gifts on my birthday that's why I am posting this as a reminder for you guys to think about your birthday presents to me. I am officially obsessed with so many things!

Well, I am very active with blogging right now and all I want on my birthday is a domain for my 5 blogs, a DLSR, a new laptop, new shoes, new shirts, new eyeglasses, new bag, new watch, new jeans, new undies, and Php 10,000.00 cash! Haha! What a great request! Anyways, just choose! Thanks ^_^



Yam Laranas’ The Road Movie Review : Yam Laranas sets new record in this new horror movie!

The Road” is the newest offering of GMA Films and the critically acclaimed Director of “Sigaw/The Echo”, Yam Laranas. According to Direk Laranas, he began to write the story of “The Road” since 2005 and was completed in July 2010 (last year). GMA Films approved this material of Laranas and began the actual filming in July this year.

This is the synopsis:
The Road” is a story about a twelve-year-old cold case, which is reopened when three teenagers go missing while traversing an infamous and abandoned road. As investigators try to find leads to the whereabouts of the missing teens, they also unearth the road’s gruesome past that spans two decades – a history of abduction, crimes and murders. Although the road is isolated, anyone who tries to pass through it can be sure that he is not alone. Lingering in the dark and desolate pathway is a vengeful ghost who makes sure no one leaves the road – alive!

The Movie

"The Road" is a great example of a thriller-suspense filled, psychologically film that you should watch. I can say that there is this mystery that we as the viewers have to figure out. This movie clearly is one of the best movies that I have ever seen – providing a totally different approach to a horror-thriller-crime genre. What's amazing about this movie is that it lets you know who is this killer right from the start, but then, here’s the twist – what if what you’re seeing 10 years ago is totally different now?

The Actors

I was impressed with the acting of Carmina Villaroel, Rhian Ramos, Barbie Forteza, Marvin Agustin, Tj Trinidad, Ynna Asistio, Derrick Monasterio, Lexi Fernandez, Louise Delos Reyes and Alden Richards.  They created likable, interesting characters that you can believe in. The acting by everyone involved is very believable and that makes it quite harrowing at points. I don't want to give away a single thing about the story but what I can say is that it’s an absolutely one of the most brilliant twist on a story that has been done.

Alden Richards plays here the role of a psycho killer. This boy-next-door stepped up into a better character of an abductor and a psycho killer. You will really amaze on how this cutie shows his emotions on acting even without a single word. 

On the other hand, every scene with Carmina Villaroel adds more shivers up my spines. Even when she has no prosthetics in the movie, just a plain character being the mother of Renz Valerio, who played the young Alden Richards, you will feel very scared with her role. Carmina is truly one of Philippine TV’s important gems when it comes to acting prowess.

My Say

More than the acting of the actors here and the stuff, one great thing that adds to this movie is the attack of the movie. It’s not just the typical ghost horror story that thrills everyone. Direk Laranas promises to treat moviegoers to a fresh new approach to horror.

“Nakakatuwa nga kasi meron kaming listahan ng mga eksenang hindi na dapat isama sa pelikula kasi gasgas na: yung mga tipong hinihila sa ilalim ngkama, yung may tatapik sa likod mo tapos paglingon mo kaibigan mo lang pala, etc.  Sabi ko, ‘pag walang kinalaman sa istorya, wag na nating ilagay.’ Kasi yung audience –lalo na yung mga mahihilig sa horror – alam na nila lahat ‘yan e.  Hindi mo sila mabobola.  At feeling ko nakakahiya sa audience kung ang ipapakita mo sa kanila ay ang mga bagay na napanood na nila,” Laranas said.

The set location was shot in Teresa, Rizal. According to the director, the location is very cinematic and it’s actually the first time that it was used as a location for a film. I commend also the Swedish composer Johan Soderqvist who is assigned for the musical scoring of the movie. The musical scoring adds more
Kudos to Yam Laranas and the staff, for bringing us this seriously difficult project and turning it into one of the cleverest movies today. This movie is anything you want it to be; glossy and superficial, or deep and meaningful. You will surely scream with all your heart out!

So, go to the theater near you, gather your popcorn, and just remember that you may not be alone when you do... Or just dare yourself to watch the movie, alone! If you enjoy serious drama, investigation films, serial killers, great acting, you'll definitely enjoy this movie. This is a must watch for this season! "The Road" will surely scare the moviegoers nationwide beginning November 30, 2011!

RATING: 9/10



Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and You!

Today (December 1), observe World AIDS Day to raise awareness of the global impact of HIV/AIDS! World AIDS Day is a global celebration where we look back on all that's been accomplished for those that are infected and affected by HIV, as well as look forward to what more we need to do. On World AIDS Day, we pay tribute to the millions of people living with HIV/AIDS in the Philippines and around the world, and the millions of people who have been tested for HIV. 

Let us support and participate in the various activities of our respective organizations, sectors, and communities to mark World AIDS Day 2011 to help increase awareness of the HIV and AIDS conditions as well as contribute to an intensified campaign for the prevention and proper treatment of these conditions.
We are all living with HIV-- but like these celebritiesand prominent figures of society, we can cometogether and do something to stop the rise of theepidemic in the country. Join and blow the red whistle.

Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that around 33 million people worldwide have been infected with HIV and that around two million each year die from AIDS-related conditions. In view of this, the United Nations General Assembly on October 27, 1988, officially recognized December 1, 1988, as World AIDS Day. This year’s World AIDS campaign focuses on “Zero AIDS Related Deaths’’ to stimulate a “push toward greater access to treatment for all’’ without discrimination.

Why should I take the HIV test?

The following are behaviors that increase your chances of getting HIV. If you answer yes to any of them, you should definitely get an HIV test. If you continue with any of these behaviors, you should be tested every year. Talk to a health care provider about an HIV testing schedule that is right for you.
  • Have you injected drugs or steroids or shared equipment (such as needles, syringes, works) with others? Have you had unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with men who have sex with men, multiple partners, or anonymous partners?
  • Have you exchanged sex for drugs or money? Have you been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis, tuberculosis (TB), or a sexually transmitted disease (STD), like syphilis?
  • Have you had unprotected sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions?
If you have had sex with someone whose history of sex partners and/or drug use is unknown to you or if you or your partner has had many sex partners, then you have more of a chance of being infected with HIV. Both you and your new partner should get tested for HIV, and learn the results, before having sex for the first time.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that destroys the body's CD4
immune cells, which help fight disease. With the right medications, you
 can have HIV for years or decades without HIV progressing to AIDS.
 AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is diagnosed when you
 have HIV as well as certain opportunistic infections or your CD4 cell count 
drops below 200.
Picture credits to medicinenet.com 

In the Philippines, we have the Take the Test group who brings HIV testing closer to the community through quality confidential counseling and informative education. This is an innovative way of making everyone a responsible owner of their own sexuality. Their projects are about Awareness Campaign on HIV, FREE HIV Antibody Testing, Pre-test and Post-Test HIV Counseling (one-on-one), Effective Referral and follow-up. You may like them on Facebook here http://www.facebook.com/takethetest or email them here takethetestproject@yahoo.com.

We recognize that HIV testing and linkage to care can save lives and are working to build on those successes to allow more people to live longer and healthier lives. The media will always be a powerful tool. And as in any campaign for awareness, I’m hoping it can really drive a hard point: That HIV is here and must be faced.

Let us support and participate in the various activities of our respective organizations, sectors, and communities to mark World AIDS Day 2011 to help increase awareness of the HIV and AIDS conditions as well as contribute to an intensified campaign for the prevention and proper treatment of these conditions.



"Ang Babae sa Septik Tank", our country's bet to the Oscars

Bloggers, "we are one" to bring "Ang Babae sa Septik Tank" to Oscars

"Ang Babae sa Septic Tank" is Cinemalaya 2011's Best Film and is one of 63 films vying for the Best Foreign Language Film award in the 84th Academy Awards (Oscars). This is Philippines' entry to the Oscars!
Director Rainier (Kean Cipriano), Producer Bingbong, and Production Assistant Jocelyn set out to make a gritty, realistic, award-winning independent film about a woman who, out of poverty, decides to sell one of her seven children to a pedophile. Along the course of the movie, they met with an arrogant director with gaps in his knowledge, the actress who they want to play Mila the lead role of their movie, Eugene Domingo (who plays herself), and a bunch of hooligans that brings them back to the reality of the movie they chose to make.
"Ang Babae sa Septik Tank" is one of the movie I have been watching for the nth time! Honestly guys, good or bad reviews, I am a solid supporter of Pinoy Films - mainstreams of indie films. And when I was invited for the blogger's night just to watch this movie, no hesitations, I signed up. Honestly, I really love the film watching Filipino movies. But more to my love on Filipino movies, this movie made me realize that there are some brilliant minds in the Philippine movie industry waiting to be discovered.

"Ang Babae sa Septic Tank" is a comedy portraying the day of three ambitious filmmakers and the portrayal of creative imagination at play. Aside from the obvious theme of poverty porn by most indie filmmakers in the industry nowadays, this film actually says a lot about the theme of exploitation and the current state of our country at the present. What's so great about the film is it's funny and entertaining yet at the same time it doesn't go over the line like most mainstream comedy films.

Once again Eugene Domingo proves her versatility as an actress. She delivered an absolutely knockout performance making a parody of her very own self in “Septic Tank”. The scene where she demonstrates the three types of acting sent us rolling down the aisle with laughter. You have to see her to believe what a comic genius she is. We really hope that "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank" could bring home the first Oscar Award for the Philippines.

Atty. Josebeth Alonso talking about "Babae sa Septik Tank"'s
nomination to the Oscar Awards

Chris Martinez and Marlon Vergara talk
about "Ang Babae sa Septik Tank"

Like what the movie producer-lawyer Joji Alonso told us, it may not be for the film but for the country and for the Philippine film industry. For Atty. Alonzo, "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank"'s campaign to the Oscars "is no longer personal." She said to make a wave at the Oscars would open windows of opportunities for all Filipino film makers as it would help the upcoming Filipino films be recognized internationally. And we are one with her in that belief.

There are great Pinoy movies just like this one! This' really worth the Oscars!



Hennessy Artistry : The Global Art of Mixing 2011

When the Best Cognac in the World mixes with the World's Best Musical Talents

Hennessy Artistry : The Global Art of Mixing 2011 set the tone for the party at Opus Lounge, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City on the night of 11.11.11. This is the second year in our country that Hennessy Artistry paired with only the best international and local acts with the world’s best cognac for its Halo event.

Party-goers tasted some fresh flavors when enjoying Hennessy VSOP at the Hennessy Mixing Bar. Mixes available on the Henessy Mixing Bar are Hennessy AppleHennessy Ginger cocktails, Hennessy Citrus and Hennessy Berry. The Hennessy Mixing Bars was scattered all over the place with beautiful girls all prepared to mix some drinks for all party goers.

The philosophy behind the Hennessy Artistry Halo is “The Global Art of Mixing”; the mixing of various genres of music and the blending of top talents and emerging artistes. Combining the acts with spectacular ambience and energy, an extraordinary experience is created. This showcases Hennessy’s art of blending in both cognac and music, by combining tradition with trendy innovation.

This multicultural and vibrant series had already left waves of sonic fusions across the largest continents and over 40 countries from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Taipei, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, to Germany, Poland, Moscow and South Africa; becoming the international trendsetter of music and style.

Hennessy Artistry Manila 2011 is a great success. The artists performed at the Hennessy artistry event came from many different parts of world and cover the entire spectrum of genres. From electro to hip hop to R&B to soul to trance to rock to house and everything in between, they will seamlessly come together live on stage. To all the wonderful performances of the two international superstar DJs – American DJ Andy Caldwell and Australian DJ Sky Nellor. Also playing will be veteran DJ Manolet Dario, the soulful Sinosikat? vocalist Kat Agarrado and it girl R&B/Rock artist Bea Tantoco.

Thanks Hennessy for the USB. It's very useful to me in the office. :) Cheers to Hennessy and more power! More party to come!

Check out the Facebook fan page, Hennessy Artistry Manila and follow @HArtistryPH on Twitter for more information about the event.



MJ's Hand-rolled Grilled Thin Pizza : Have some taste of Pinoy in a Pizza

Well, Christmas is coming nearer and its that time of the year again, where most Filipinos around the world celebrate Christmas! Christmas holidays also marks the days of feasting on traditional Philippine food at home, at a relative’s place or at a friend’s house. Filipinos love the Christmas Season because it is the perfect time to celebrate with the people who matter most.

It's not my favorite food but it's one of the few foods I really like. I'm still a very picky eater.

MJ's Cafe at Baypark is back on business and now open and ready to serve you with our grilled thin pizzas once again!

What is MJ's? MJ's Cafe is a restaurant along Roxas Boulevard (front of Baywalk), Malate, Manila which offers Filipino-Fusion food, and has a unique grilled thin pizza offering for people. It is named after "Manong Jay" who conceptualised the restaurant in 2006, during the height of Baywalk.

Manong Jay is a young entrepreneur who has traveled much and in his travels, he fused some of the tastes of these food into a Filipino dish. But the best innovation was the grilled thin pizza which currently has 5 classic flavors and 3 of his signature flavors -- Sisig Pizza, Bistek Pizza and Tinapa & Red Egg. These signature flavors are a must try! Visit the restaurant or if you are from Manila, call 475-4163. We also have a venue for parties and private functions.

MJ's Café continues to offer comforting Filipino Food that everyone just loves. Like the Grilled Thin Pizza, the Filipino food menu can also be delivered to your offices or homes. The portions are good for sharing, but there are rice meals as well for single portions. The rice meals are priced just right, and they are: MJ's Famous Tender Pork BBQ Rice Meal, which has two sticks of the tender pork barbecue with rice priced at Php 60.00; The Breaded Fish Fillet Rice Meal, priced at Php 80.00, and: The Grilled Liempo Rice Meal priced at Php 85.00.

Paskong Pinoy! Pizzang Pinoy!

Paskong Pinoy is just around the corner, and like every year, Filipinos know how to make the season extra festive. As early as September, Christmas decors are out and Christmas songs are playing on the radio. People are looking forward to cool weather and the Christmas food such as hams, chestnuts and many more are very much looked forward to. Companies ready themselves for parties and giving the bonuses. Families and friends get together for reunions or simply spend time over food – either in restaurants or in the comforts of their homes.

To celebrate the coming season, MJ’s Café Bar, which is a trade name of JEN Food Inc. gives an early Christmas present to its customers through Pasko Pinoy, Pizza Pinoy, which puts its three famous signature flavors of their Grilled Thin Pizzas on Buy 1 Take 1 promo. The three pizzas under this promo are the Sisig Pizza (Php 335.00), the Bistek Pizza (Php 300.00) and the Tinapa & Red Egg Pizza (Php 260.00).

This Grilled Thin Pizza is a unique MJ’s Café recipe. The restaurant is located at Baypark along Roxas Boulevard Service Road, Malate, Manila and specializes in Filipino Fusion food along with its Grilled Thin Pizza line. MJ’s Café is suitable for dine-in, take home and deliveries. It can also serve as a party venue for a minimum of Php 5,000 for three hours consumable on food and drinks.

For inquiries, you may call 475-4163 ; informations and updates like MJ's Hand-rolled Grilled Thin Pizza on Facebook or visit http://www.mjcafe.ph/.



Boardwalk's First Bloggers Forum : Eat, Play, Blog

The night was full of fun and surpirises who participated the Boardwalk’s Eat.Play.Blog. Bloggers’ Forum last Friday at Ming Restaurant in Ortigas. It was 11.11.11 and was so perfect for bloggers to show their creativity on the activity conducted by the Boardwalk staff. This event was hosted by Ace Gapuz, Edward Watson, and one of Boardwalk's top runway models, Gerard Sison.

Save Time with the Help of a Free Personal Shopper with Boardwalk

If you love hip and trendy shoes, you should definitely check out Boardwalk shoes! Boardwalk shoes are not just fashionable, it's also affordable! You can also get a free personal shopper just for you on any Boarwalk stores! Personal shoppers are representatives from a store who assist you with making your purchases. They give you individualized attention and can offer opinions on which clothing items will best suit you. Just feel like a celebrity and shell out big bucks for this service, you can find a free personal shopper to assist you.

Simply call and ask for a personal shopper on any Boardwalk store, provide measurements and a list of items and they will surely be glad to help you out. They'll help you select items based on your budget and needs, and will offer an objective perspective on questions of fit and fashion. These personal shoppers know the latest trends much better than I do, and they always seem to find things that flatter my body better than I find when I’m left to search a store on my own. It will save you the time of having to wander around the sales floor looking for what you want. And right now, it's a buyers market at retailers, so don't be shy about bringing your list to other clothing retailers and asking for help.

Boardwalk, Celebrities and the and the love for our Environment

Boardwalk also supports 11.20.2011 : A Run For The Pasig River which is spearheaded by the ABS-CBN Foundation, an event that promotes a safe and clean Pasig River and aims to bring back its former glory.

The new website at www.boardwalk.com.ph will allow you to be a personal shopper for your friends and family because their online catalog is updated and the sizes and style designs guide will help your fashion needs met in an instant. On their 20th year, Boardwalk expands their efforts to pursue making a difference in the lives of others now with a recently opened hub in Hongkong and more celebrity models to promote their products like Nikki Gil, Coco Martin, Julia Montes and Matteo Guidicelli.

For more information, visit www.boardwalk.com.ph or like them in Facebook and follow on Twitter for more updates and promos.