Friday, April 29, 2011

FAST & FURIOUS 5: VIP Screening at SM Megamall

                United International Pictures in cooperation with SM Cinema held the special advance screening of “Fast & Furious 5” at SM Megamall Cinema 6 on April 28, 2011, at 7.30pm. It was attended by VIPs, the Press, theatre industry partners, brand partners and other special guests. The said premiere is a culmination of SM Cinema’s De Luxe Makeover Launch where guests were introduced to the newest innovation of SM Cinema. 

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast & Furious 5.  In this installment, former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law.  Dwayne Johnson joins returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze, Tego Calderon and Don Omar for this ultimate high-stakes race.

Since Brian and Mia Toretto (Brewster) broke Dom out of custody, they’ve blown across many borders to elude authorities.  Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom.  As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead.  But he’s not the only one on their tail.

Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) never misses his target.  When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them.  But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can’t separate the good guys from the bad.  Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey…before someone else runs them down first.

Watch it best at the 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 You can also join our Fast & Furious 5 online promo for a chance to win cool premium items. Just log on to our website and answer the movie question correctly.

                Opening May 4 at SM Cinemas and Imax Theater Mall of Asia, “Fast & Furious 5” is a United International Pictures release through Solar Entertainment.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

SM North EDSA IMAX Theater Hosts THOR VIP Screening

I don't know what's with April as this month is really with filled must-see movies.  Add THOR in the list!

United International Pictures in cooperation with SM Cinema host the special advance screening of “THOR” at Imax Theater North Edsa on April 27, 2011, at 7.30pm. It is the first advance screening in the country who will be attended by VIPs and members of the press.

The epic adventure THOR spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the mystical realm of Asgard.  At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war.  As a result, Thor is banished to Earth where he is forced to live among humans.  When the most dangerous villain of his world sends its darkest forces to invade Earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero.

Watch it best at the 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 You can also join our Thor online promo for a chance to win cool premium items. Just log on to our website and answer the movie question correctly.

Watch THOR on the eve of April 29 in 3D at Imax Theater North Edsa and Cebu and SM Digital Theaters nationwide.
 Opening April 29 in full 3D at SM Digital Theaters nationwide and Imax Theaters North Edsa and Cebu, Thor is a United International Pictures released through Solar Entertainment.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Stanley Chi’s Suplado Tips Book Overview

The humor book Suplado Tips, written by Stanley Chi, takes humor to a new level as it regales readers with witticisms that revolve around one conviction: suplado is the new sexy.

Stanley Chi, a celebrated humorist, is the man behind that notorious idea. Suplado Tips, Chi’s fourth book, is a compilation of smart-alecky tips on how to assert oneself with an air of cockiness. One suplado tip advises, “Kung may nagtampo sayo dahil na-sampolan mo ng supladong hirit, hiritan mo ng, ‘Hindi ko na problema yan!’ (If someone resents you for your snide retort, just say, ‘That’s no longer my problem!’)”

The book, just like any monumental discovery, started as a completely random and impromptu post on Facebook. “That online post turned out to be my very first suplado tip,” Chi said. “I toyed with the idea that being cocky can be a means of getting what you want – or at least a way to delude yourself that you already have everything in the first place.” Soon after he shared several of his suplado tips on Facebook, they spread like wildfire.

“Many people dream of sticking it to their bosses or giving someone they hate a nasty remark or two, but they often resort to doing none of the above. Filipinos tend to be non-confrontational, avoiding conflicts as much as they can. Suplado Tips is the funny respite that people with a grudge have been looking for,” Chi said.

“Reading a suplado tip is like acting out a fantasy. The book gives you many scenarios where being standoffish gives you the upper hand, something which otherwise would not happen in real life,” Chi added.

Having been released nationwide in National Bookstore and Fully Booked outlets just last March, some stores have already reported a shortage of the book. Suplado Tips has reaped a cult following even before the book’s release, with readers already scouring bookstores months before the book made it to the shelves.

Suplado Tips has spurred on a series of video testimonials, all of which hailed the book in comical embroidery. Ramon Bautista, a TV celebrity and a host of the former radio show, The Brewrats, gave the first testimonial. “Simula nung tinuruan ako ni Stanley Chi na maging suplado, nawala ang ubo ko (Ever since Stanley Chi taught me how to be stuck-up, my cough disappeared),” Bautista said in the video with pokerfaced wit. Obviously meant as a comical testament, Bautista went on to describe how being suplado has gained him more fans and stalkers, and how it eventually cured his skin problems. (Bautista also stepped up later on to write the book’s foreword.) Since then, many other celebrities have given their own hilarious accounts of how Suplado Tips has helped them, some of which were not entirely fictional.

With the book selling like pancakes way before the book launch to be held on the last week of May, PSICOM Publishing Inc.’s Tom Aquitania was more than happy that he asked Chi to write the book. After the undeniable popularity of Stanley Chi’s suplado tips on Facebook and on television’s Front Act (of which Chi was a host), Aquitania asked Chi to compile them into a book. “Stanley’s suplado tips on Facebook has even led to the creation of the Suplado Society of the Philippines, complete with its own suplado oath. All of this, despite being clearly just a pseudo-serious joke, is also an unmistakable sign that Stanley Chi’s suplado tips is something the public will want more of,” Aquitania said.

Stanley Chi, already popular for his quick wit and dry humor, brings candor to a new level through the contemporary Suplado Tips. Chi started showing his knack for comedy when he created the comic strip Chopsticks for Manila Bulletin eight years ago, still being published every Sunday. He went on to become a standup comic and a TV host for the comedy show Front Act.

Suplado Tips, Chi’s newest venture into humor, is now available online through and may also be purchased from all National Bookstore and Fully Booked outlets nationwide (unless it has already sold out).

*For more information on Stanley Chi’s Suplado Tips and to embark on your own journey towards “supladoness”, visit
*Text by: Stefanie Dela Cruz

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Nike Trainer 1.3 Max Limited Release on April 27

You love Manny Pacquiao, you love to collect limited edition items from Manny, you love Nike, you love shoes...  now this ones for you!!!

Manila, April 25, 2011 | Nike Philippines announced today the launch of only 50 pairs of the Nike Trainer 1.3 Max on April 27 exclusively at Nike Park The Fort as a lead up to Manny Pacquiao’s next fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on May 7, 2011.

Designed for the multisport athlete looking for a training shoe with excellent cushioning, durability and stability, the Nike Trainer 1.3 Max includes Nike’s top innovations including Flywire and Max Air technologies.

As Manny’s daily running shoe, the Nike Trainer 1.3 Max provides a soft and comfortable ride after hours of rigorous, high-impact training in the gym. With mesh zones for cooling, the shoe is ideal for year-round use in hot climates such as Los Angeles and General Santos, Philippines, where the “Pac Man: has been training for his upcoming bout.

“If you practice hard, you can win every battle,” says Manny. This mantra holds true for athletes throughout the world who realize winning starts with training.

A lottery will be held for the 50 pairs at Nike Park The Fort on April 27, 2011. Ballots will be distributed starting 5pm and the lottery will begin exactly at 7pm. The Nike Trainer 1.3 Max retails at P7,995.

A full Manny Pacquiao-inspired collection of apparel and the Nike Zoom Huarache Low will also be available at select Nike stores beginning April 27.

Samsung Corby II: Always In Style and In Touch

This April, I attended the release of Samsung Corby II at SM Megamall.  The Corby II just got better and chic!  I usually don't prefer touchscreen phones but when I saw Corby II, I already had a change of mind.  And the best thing is, if you have P5,000 in your pocket and you need a phone that is Wi-Fi ready, you can already grab this phone.

To introduce you more to the product, continue browsing guys and see home you'll really stay in style and stay in touch.

What's chic with Samsung Corby II?  The colors of course!

Samsung Corby II follows the spirit of the original Samsung Corby on colors. Available with a range of bold colors (Festival Yellow, Candy Pink and Chic White)

The device also has mFluent built-in, allowing for instant messaging via a variety of platforms – including Facebook chat, Yahoo Messenger and Gtalk.

And it's easier to use!

Corby II’s enhanced touch interface will deliver a new, intuitive experience to Corby II users. TouchWiz enables multiple home screens and a smooth, easy-to-use menu that’s seamless to navigate. The device is a feature phone but it will feel like it has a smartphone interface since it allows users to read and reply to text messages without needing to quit a current task. The QuickType by t9 Trace is two to three times faster than standard typing and supports more than 75 languages, delivering a more convenient typing experience while reducing input error.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


                Viva International Pictures in cooperation with SM Cinema, Easy Rock and Love Radio held the special advance screenings of “Beastly” at SM Megamall Cinema 2, SM Cebu Cinema 1 and SM Baguio Cinema 2  last April 19, 2011, at 7:30 pm.

 The modern-day Beauty and the Beast

Seventeen-year-old Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) is the spoiled, shallow and incredibly popular prince of his high school kingdom.   Entirely captivated and empowered by his own physical appearance, Kyle foolishly chooses Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), a witch masquerading as a high school student, as his latest target for humiliation.  Unfazed by his cruel behavior, Kendra decides to teach him a lesson – she transforms him into someone as unattractive on the outside as he is on the inside.  Now he has one year to find someone who can see past the surface and love him, or he will remain “Beastly” forever.  His only hope, a quiet classmate he never noticed named Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens), may be his best chance to prove that love is never ugly.

Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) and Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) star in Beastly for CBS Films, the film division within CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS).  Mary Kate-Olsen (New York Minute), Peter Krause (“Parenthood”), LisaGay Hamilton (“Men of a Certain Age”) and Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”) co-star.  Daniel Barnz (Phoebe In Wonderland) directed the project which will make its theatrical debut in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico on March 4, 2011.

Susan Cartsonis (No Reservations, What Women Want) produced through her company, Storefront Pictures.  Roz Weisberg is co-producer and Michael Flynn is executive producer.  In addition to his role as director, Barnz wrote the screenplay, which is based on the Alex Flinn novel of the same name.

Watch it best at the 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



Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ngiting Mister Donut: Donuts Smiling Back at You

 Ang cute ng newest TVC ng Mister Donut 'di ba?

Simple joys can be easy to forget when things get hard and the pace becomes more hurried at work, in school and at home.  It could be a crazy deadline or a cranky boss stressing you out.  Maybe it’s busy mornings and downtown traffic. But however tough the daily grind gets, there should always be room for some cheer.


Ngiting Mister Donut:
Ngiting Mister Donut pertains to the new approach to food, service and the overall Mister Donut experience.   People behind Mister Donut worked hard to ensure that everything is done to delight its customers.  This can be seen through the new store décor, people and the deliciously innovative products tailored for Pinoys young and old.

Mister Donut’s Bavarian Frost in Chocolate, Strawberry or Vanilla flavors:
Mister Donut is the perfect snack to keep you company wherever you are. Grab some donuts on your way to work with a hot cup of coffee.   Munch it in heavy traffic to lighten the mood.  Feeling down and hungry?  Bite into a Mister Donut for a quick pick-me-up.  For those headed for the beach, grab a box and enjoy it with the barkada.  You may spend hours on the road but at least you’ll have fun getting there.

The new Bavarian Frost:
Made with the highest quality ingredients, the Bavarian Frost is filled with mouthwatering Bavarian crème and glazed with your choice of either a rich chocolate, strawberry or vanilla icing.  It is the perfect all-day feel good indulgence and a great pasalubong for the family.

New Shop Design:
When you visit Mister Donut today, a lighter, merrier store awaits boasting of bold and bright colors to complement the courteous crew’s upbeat energy.  Donuts are kept and handled in a hygienic manner to ensure total food safety.  And with each order comes a Ngiting Mister Donut, a warm and simple gesture that comes straight from the heart.
Where to catch the Ngiting Mister Donut:
Mister Donut is available at malls, markets, bus and jeepney terminals, LRT and MRT stations, 7-Eleven convenience stores, SM Cinema booths, Shell and Petron gasoline stations  or any of the more than 1,000 Mister Donut branches found all over the country.
“Mister Donut’s Bavarian Frost in Chocolate, Strawberry or Vanilla flavors – the perfect all-day feel good treat for yourself and a great pasalubong for loved ones.”

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lleida: Circulo Verde's Fourth Tower

    Ortigas & Co., one of the country’s premiere developers, unveils another residential high-rise within their flagship development, Circulo Verde.   Lleida, named after a Spanish Catalonian town, is the first tower in phase one to offer units, mostly studio and single bedroom types, which provide more viable investment options for young professionals, empty nesters, and independent individuals. Two- and three-bedroom units are also available for starting families.

Circulo Verde is a 12-hectare property located along Calle Industria in Bagumbayan, Quezon City. Prior to Lleida, OCLP launched three towers comprising phase one of the whole residential project: Majorca, Ibiza, and Seville, all of which have been received favorably by the market and are meeting construction and sales targets. To date, Ortigas has recorded P1.4B in revenues coming from Circulo Verde unit sales alone.
With a pricing range of 1.8M to 8.5M varying from 21 to 95 square meters per unit, the new tower features, 195 units in twenty-one residential floors, plus two floors for retail. It is being constructed to have a patch of green integrated into the structure called a Sky Garden—a bi-level lush green space occupying the 11th and 12th floor, that offers an excellent view of the city and amenity deck.  This is deemed ideal as a lounge and entertainment area.

“Our Sky Garden serves multiple purposes apart from just aesthetics. People living in residential towers are almost always denied the pleasure of having a backyard. This is our way of a providing a green “breathing space,” for those who do not want to stay confined in the four corners of his unit,” says Joey Santos, General Manager of the Real Estate Division.

Residents of Lleida will have access to pools, function rooms, a children’s playground, and the vast open space of Circulo Verde. Phase one residents would also get to enjoy Verde Weekends, an interim development comprised of an open field, where people could enjoy various sports and leisure activities such as flag football, kite flying, and Frisbee. It also has its own set of attractions such as a motorized zip line and a remote control racetrack. Plans are underway for the construction of a baseball diamond and a soccer field. Ortigas has allotted a total of P100M for landscaping, providing residents an ideal space for leisure and living.
In four years, an estimated 2.7 hectares allocated for phase one would already have all five residential towers. Circulo Verde will have a total of 15 residential towers upon the completion of all phases, with 70% of the total land area allotted for greens, parks, playgrounds, jogging and biking lanes.

“Ortigas & Company is committed to provide high-quality developments for working, playing, and living,” adds Santos. “We develop centers for commerce, providing venues for new jobs and business opportunities. We also create exciting commercial spaces like Tiendesitas and the Greenhills Shopping Center, which constantly undergoes redevelopment to address the changing needs of our patrons. And, ever since the 80’s, we have offered prime residential communities like Valle Verde and Green Meadows, which both remain choice addresses for living. Now, we continue our tradition of providing premier residential options with our latest tower Lleida, in Circulo Verde.”

Being a responsible developer, Ortigas & Co. has made precautions against impending calamities like floods to ensure that Circulo Verde secure. Approximately P350 M was allotted to flood protection technology such as building a perimeter retaining wall, which will run one-kilometer on the periphery of Circulo Verde, an eight meter elevation from the Marikina River, automated floodgates, and a back-up pump system.
For more information you may contact the Circulo Verde Guest House at 6381641, the Sales Lounge at 7257894, or visit


I remember myself laughing all throughout the movie. (",)

“DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES” kicks off one year after the first film, with Greg beginning seventh grade.  Greg has mastered middle school, rid himself of the Cheese Touch, and thinks he’s got it all together.  There’s just one problem: Rodrick is trying to ruin Greg’s life.  “The movie is centered on a classic theme, something most people have been through, which is sibling rivalry,” says producer Brad Simpson. “Every day, Greg probably wishes he were an only child.”

Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Robert Capron, Steve Zahn and most of the cast from “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” return.  One key new member of the Wimpy Kid family is director David Bowers (“Flushed Away,” “Astro Boy”), making his live-action feature debut.  “This film was like a family reunion,” says Kinney.  “It felt like coming back for a second year of summer camp.”               
Also central to the story are Greg’s mom and dad, played by Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn.  Being Greg and Rodrick’s parents is no picnic, but mom Susan Heffley is trying to do her best with the men in her life.  “Susan has started writing a parenting column for the local newspaper about her family and she feels like hers should be a model family,” says Harris. “But Susan’s family is not a model family; they’re the Heffleys.”

“Every parent can relate to Susan’s challenges with her son,” says Nina Jacobson. “There’s no relationship that lasts longer than the one with your siblings, and Susan is desperate to get her boys to be closer.   Her husband, Frank is a little skeptical about her efforts to bring the boys together, knowing that Rodrick is not a great influence.  But Susan will do whatever she can to bring them together.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

BUM Equipment Clothing: Show your Real Side and Win

BUM Equipment Clothing:  My Reality, MY STORY

How to Participate

1. Contestant must have a valid Email.

2. “My Story” Contest is open for Boys & Girls,
13 yrs old above and resident of the Philippines.

3. A contestant is qualified to join upon purchase of any of BUM’s My Story Collection T-Shirt for boys or girls available at BUM Boutiques & leading Department Stores Nationwide.

4. To register, Log on to and fill up the application with

• Full Name
• Date of Birth
• Complete Address
• Telephone and or Mobile Number
• Valid email address
• Store name where the product is purchased
• Write a story in not less than 300 words, on
   how BUM influenced their “Realities”?
• Submit story entries with the photograph at
• No other products or brands (except BUM) must
   be worn in the photograph and photo must be
    in landscape picture orientation, JPEG/GIF or
   PNG format and cannot exceed 2MB in file size.
• A contestant may opt to submit more than 1
   story entry, provided each story submitted
   must be supported with a decent photograph
   of the contest wearing the “MYSTORY”
   collection T-shirt; however each photograph
   must be a differentdesign from the My Story

   Photos must be taken with a date starting
   April 1, 2011 until the end of entry submission.
   The collections are identifiable by the “My
   Story” swing tags.

5. BUM Management and the website administrator shall screen the entries, makes sure that entries are written decently, should not contain any obscene words and the likes before uploading and posting at BUM’s website.

Photographs must adhere to the following guidelines to be approved and uploaded:

• It must be clear and not blurred.
• It must be focused on one person only who is
   wearing the BUM My Story T-Shirt.
• It must have a date starting from April 1 –
   May 30, 2011.
• It must be in landscape orientation.

6. Should a contestant decide to “post” or “share” their stories on Facebook, Twitter or any other website without the knowledge and controls of BUM, BUM shall not in any way responsible for whatever consequences and or any sort of comments allowing himself/herself to be the subject of varying comments, view and opinions of people, which may be express or relayed not just at BUM’s Facebook Fan page, but in other ways and medium, including but not limited to blogs. In such cases BUM Management & the website administrator will not be in any way held responsible and whatsoever in the dissemination of such.

7. Before submission of entries, contestants attest he or she has fully read and understood the mechanics and agrees upon the terms and conditions of this promotion.

8. Promo period April 1, 2011 to May 30, 2011. Announcement of winners June 30, 2011


All entries must be received until 11:59 p.m. of May 30, 2011. BUM will not responsible for any technical delay in the transmission of the entries. All entries must be submitted via


1. Anyone who visits the BUM website can vote once for any entry. IP address of the voter will be logged on the database to prevent double voting. A unique IP address is equivalent to one vote per entry.

2. Voting starts once first approved entries are posted on the website and ends 11:59 PM June 29, 2011.

3. Only the votes executed at BUM website will be considered valid.

4. Top 8 best entries will be selected based on the entries with top number of votes.

Faith Mission Book 1: A Book to Read this Lent

Faith Mission Book 1:  Mathematical Proofs of the Words of God

When I got an invite for the book launch, I readily accept it as it was like an invitation from God, inviting us to believe in him   again, and maybe, I thought, could answer the question of all humanity, "When will this earth end?"

But after getting into the launch yesterday at Manila Hotel, I got inspired by the author, Mr. Archimedes Fontanos Peńara.   His wife was given a second chance to live which also became his decisive moment.  He started dreaming about God. He was touched by God’s hand and was chosen by God to awaken mankind through God's words through mathematical representations.

Mr. Archimedes Fontanos Peńara, the author.

Now, the Book Craft Publishing, Inc. also was inspiring.  Mrs. Jovita Diaz-Aquino is the publisher of Book Craft Publishing Co. Inc.  She spoke how God changed her life especially now that the publishing industry is not that stable but through God, she made it.

Yes, I am not a math wizard and I haven't read the entire book yet, but I believe that God is Perfect.  This is what Mrs. Jovita Diaz-Aquino said as she explains how the book was created and even some "end-of-the-world thing" were explained.  But it all boils down to one thing, "God is Perfect."

Mrs. Jovita Diaz-Aquino, the publisher.

Lent is here, a season to repent, so I think this would be a good book to read than have a movie marathon next week.

Available at FULLY BOOKED branches The Fort, Rockwell, Promenade, Gateway, SM North, Mall of Asia, Cebu and Greenbelt 5.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Samsung Notebook Series 9: Reasons to Love the Sexy PC

Last March, Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation (SEPCO) launched the THINNEST, LIGHTEST and BRIGHTEST notebook by Samsung at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City.

Now I am giving you the reasons to love this notebook.

1)  THINNEST measuring only 16.3mm (0.64 inches) in depth, and with a screen size of 13 inches.

2)  LIGHTEST with a weight of only 1.31 kg (2,88lbs.)

3)  BRIGHTEST — using only Samsung’s LED technology: ‘SuperBright Plus’ display (400nit) with 16 million color reproduction 80% brighter than other notebooks.

Samsung Series 9 (front view)

4)  Encased in the most advanced duralumin metal alloy only used in specialized aircrafts, making it durable yet stylish and ultra light

5)  The Samsung Notebook Series 9 is available for Php 79,990.  Although, it is a high-priced you will be assured with THREE-year warranty, and 0% interest for 12 months on all major credit cards.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011



SM Digital Theater North Edsa hosted the special advance screening of “Gnomeo & Juliet” last April 12, 2011. It was attended by VIPs, the Press, theatre industry partners, brand partners and other special guests. The said premiere is a culmination of SM Cinema Beyond Entertainment event where guests will be updated with the goings-on at SM Cinema, the largest cinema exhibitor in the country today. 

Aptly set in Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon, “Gnomeo & Juliet” highlights the heated rivalry between neighbors Mr. Capulet and Miss Montague, who’ve taken their zeal for gardening to a whole new level. Their gardens overflow with kitsch plaster garden gnomes who, when the humans are out of sight, have taken up their respective owner’s non-neighborly behavior. The feud has taken on an even more personal nature with the gnomes, where simply being a Red from the Red Garden or a Blue from the Blue Garden comes with a host of prejudices that most don’t understand, yet fail to question.

“Why gnomes?” asks producer Baker Bloodworth. “Why not gnomes? This story is worth telling; it’s relevant. I think the artwork is joyous and vibrant and colorful and it has Elton John tying it all together.”

Fortunately for the garden gnomes, in addition to an extraordinary soundtrack featuring both new songs and classics from the Elton John-Bernie Taupin library, this version offers an all-new third act—replacing Shakespeare’s tragic conclusion. “I think this is definitely the ending that people always wanted from Romeo and Juliet,” says Emily Blunt, who lends her voice to Juliet (and actually kicked off her career on stage as a more traditional Juliet at the 2002 Chichester Festival). James McAvoy, incidentally, provides the voice of Gnomeo.

“The theme of the movie is that love can overcome hate; that’s universal,” adds Bloodworth. “It plays to everybody. We aim to entertain people and to send them out the door with something to think about.”
But what would Shakespeare think?
“He was a great storyteller,” says Bloodworth. “I expect he’d have good fun with this.”

Watch it best at the 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

Opening across SM Cinemas on April 13 in full 3D and regular formats, “Gnomeo & Juliet” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

Monday, April 11, 2011


MANILA, 08 April 2011 – Yahoo’s hugely successful Purple Hunt contest with prizes worth over P10 million is nearing its final week.

To be a part of the online treasure hunt, logon to to register and start the hunt. To win these exciting prizes, search for the Purple Boxes online and around the country.

Nokia X2-01 mobile phones, Nokia MD-9 speakers, Smart Bro Bro prepaid pocket wifi and the grand prize of a Hyundai i10 with a curious purple twist are up for grabs in this on-line contest. The winner of the grand prize - a purplized Hyundai i10 will be announced on April 17 at a finale event.

The location of the event will be revealed in the last clue which the participants can find using Yahoo! Search.

The day-long event is packed with Yahoo!’s characteristic fun personality with booths to explore, Yahoo! goodies to hunt for and cool items to collect. Live music and live act performances demos, talks and games will continue throughout the day to make it a memorable event for everyone.

To learn more about the Purple Hunt 2.0, search Yahoo! Purple Hunt 2.0 or log on to The five week long contest, which started on March 15, is in its second year of running.

Yahoo! launches Royal Wedding Website

Yahoo! Has Your Invitation to the Royal Wedding

Yahoo!’s royal wedding site features a live stream of the event, a visitor guestbook, and marital advice from celebrities

SINGAPORE, April 5, 2011 -- With the wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton less than a month away, people’s interest in the big event is growing exponentially – searches worldwide on Yahoo! for the royal wedding have increased 8 million percent since the announcement of the royal engagement and 1,523 percent just in the last month. To satisfy the millions of Web users all over the world who are hungry for royal wedding details, Yahoo! has launched its royal wedding website, and in the United Kingdom.

As the premier digital media company, Yahoo! brings together the best of the Web to celebrate the royal couple. The site features articles, photo galleries, videos, and more. A digital guestbook has been created in Prince William and Kate’s honor so well-wishers worldwide can offer their advice to the couple. Several celebrities have already added their advice and wishes to the Royal Wedding Yahoo! Guestbook, and more will contribute in the future.

Yahoo!’s royal wedding website will be an extension of Shine From Yahoo! (, the leading website for women’s lifestyle content, and demonstrates Yahoo!’s position as the premier Web destination for landmark global events. Features of the Yahoo! Royal Wedding website include:

Guestbook: The Royal Wedding Yahoo! Guestbook gives people a place to offer their marital advice and best wishes to Prince William and Kate Middleton, then share those wishes with users’ social networks.  See the celebrities who have left messages for the couple:

Photo galleries: View photos of the couple’s courtship, Kate Middleton as a child, and much more.

Articles and blogs: The latest news on the royal wedding, plus articles on the wedding trends, fashion, the royal wedding's participants and guests, and more.

Wedding live stream: Watch the royal wedding live by visiting on April 29.

Video:  Yahoo! will feature video from Associated Press, Reuters, and ABC News, along with original video content including a joint ABC News/Yahoo! News Web show called “Wedding Royale.” ABC News will also provide weekly flashback videos of the royal family. During the week of the wedding, Yahoo! will have a crew on the ground in London producing stories on topics people are most interested in.

Mobile site: Yahoo! allows you to get your royal wedding fix anytime, anywhere, by visiting from your mobile phone.

A chance to enter the “Live It Up Like Royalty” sweepstakes: By signing the Royal Wedding Yahoo! Guestbook or by “liking” Shine from Yahoo! on Facebook, users will automatically be entered to win a trip to Las Vegas to be treated like a king or queen.

Contest rules:
Localized Yahoo! Royal Wedding sites available in nine countries outside of the United States:  Canada (, Brazil (, Argentina (, Mexico (, United Kingdom (, France ( and several other countries in Europe. The Spanish language site is available at:

Additionally, Flickr by Yahoo!, one of the world’s best places to post and share photos, features The Official British Monarchy Flickr stream:

For media covering the royal wedding, Yahoo! can be a great resource. Yahoo! will have the following experts and information available to media:
Jennifer Romolini, editor in chief of Shine From Yahoo! and royal wedding trends expert, available for interviews in New York City or via phone and Skype.
Jennie Bond, a British journalist who has worked for 14 years as the BBC's royal correspondent, travelled extensively with the royal family, and has reported on many events related to the British royal family. Jennie will be available to U.S. and UK media via telephone and Skype.
Global and local data, trends, and marital advice from the Royal Wedding Yahoo! Guestbook, including celebrities’ advice and best wishes.
Global and local search data trends from Yahoo! that determine the topics and wedding details that have people most riveted.
Data on the top-viewed royal wedding images, articles, and more.

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Visit Shine From Yahoo!:
Follow Yahoo!’s royal wedding coverage on Facebook:
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pacific Global Hospitality Institute: Gateway to International Five-Star Hospitality Industry

When I was in college, I always ask myself why do I need to take subjects that are not related to my course.  College years will be shorter and I can have a job immediately.  I was a working student then and I cannot handle work and studies at the same time so I decided to take a vocational course.

I took up medical transcription and landed on the right job, a medical transcriptionist.  That is for the medical field, but now for those aspiring chefs, here's a school and training institution that serves as a gateway for its graduates to become part of the five-star hospitality industries in just as short as 2 months.

We went to a school tour during the press launch held at Tri-Place Hotel in Quezon City (where the school is also located) on April 9, 2011.  Although the interiors of the school is not yet finished, we have already seen the high quality standards of their facilities.

Mr. Raymond Chan touring the guests at PGHI.

The school will provide students with state-of-the-art equipment, materials and technology typically found in target establishments that will prepare the students for the real world of fine dining and services.  We were informed that a one big room can accommodate 20 students.  They committed to high quality all the way, the ratio of such facilities for each student will never be less than optimum so they get the total learning experience they deserve.

Ms. Marghieth Garcia, Mr. Luis Tiu, and Mr. Raymond Chan

Mr. Luis Tiu, President of PGHI and Tri-Place Hotel says that he wants the students to get employed upon finishing their course at PGHI.  The school will assist students in linking with renowned employers through its active career counselling arm.

"We train them for employment.  That's why we also offer a 'study now, pay later' scheme for we really want to generate more jobs and opportunities here and abroad."

For more information, visit:

Certificate in Food and Beverage Service – 2-month Intensive Program
Subject areas: Hygiene, Safety and Security; Workplace English; Putonghua (Mandarin); Personal Skills; Food & Beverage Service Theory; Practical Food & Beverage Service; Liquor Studies.

Advanced Certificate in Professional Food and Beverage Service – 1-year Full-time Program
Subject areas: Food & Beverage Service Theory; Practical Food & Beverage Service; Alcoholic Beverages; Catering Operations, Sales & Marketing; Business Administration in F&B Operations; and Communications for Food & Beverage Service.

Certificate in Professional Culinary Arts – 1-year Full-time Program
Subject areas: Kitchen & Catering Operations; Food Production Practice; Applied Science/Nutrition; Business Administration for Kitchen & Catering Operations; Information Technology; English for Kitchen & Catering Operations.

Blued Clothing Company First Stylepreneurs: Southville International College Studes

I posted about BLUED’s search for their first ever batch of stylepreneurs last December and now is the time for the revelation.

The BLUED Stylepreneur hopefuls from Southville International College, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, and University of Sto. Tomas presented to us their own fashion lines at the Blued’s fashion show in Trinoma Activity Center last March.


The fashion entrepreneurs were judged by Brad Geiser, the managing director of Geiser Maclang Marketing Communications, Inc.; Pam Gonzales, fashion PR consultant; Louis Claparols, president of the Young Designer’s Guild of the Philippines; Jon Rajo, VP for corporate branding and communications of Bayan Telecommunications and newly elected president of Philippines Association of National Advertisers and BLUED President Benzon Tan.

In the end, Southville International College enterprising students were hailed as Blued’s Stylepreneurs.  They will be given a chance to join an internship program under BLUED, receive BLUED premium items, and most importantly to get the head start to launch their own BLUED collection.

CONGRATULATIONS Southville International College!!!

Southville International College

Friday, April 8, 2011

BIG MOMMA's Like Father, Like Son Premieres at SM Megamall

Last April 7, I was invited by SM Cinema to watch Big Mommas 3:  Like Father, Like Son at SM Megamall Cinema 6.  But before that, I've seen first the trailer.  The trailer seems to me "it's-like-a-not-so-good-to-watch" movie until the time of the advance screening from 20th Century Fox, SM Cinema, and 97.9 Home Radio.

They reinvent the movie franchise.  The film makers opened the latest film up to an audience untapped by Big Mommas 1 and 2.  Essentially not making something that is not a shadow of the first two movies.

I agree to what they have done.  It not just an ordinary comedy movie anymore.  Giving importance to family relationships and friendship, building trust, and respect are some that I just learned from the movie and laugh at the same time.

Starring: Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson, Jessica Lucas, Faizon Love, Emily Rios, Portia Doubleday, Michelle Ang

Release Date:  April 13

So gear up and get ready for Big Momma's Like Father, Like Son.  Experience the convenience of SM Cineobile, your mobile, your ticket.  Movie Tickets delivered to your mobile phone through

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Habitat Launches 4-year Campaign

Celebrity Ambassadors, private, business, government and youth sector rise to challenge towards social responsibility

On March 12, 2011 (Saturday), Habitat for Humanity Philippines proudly launched its massive social responsibility campaign entitled, “I Build...What Will You Build?”. The campaign period is in line with Habitat’s upcoming silver anniversary in 2013. Over the years, Habitat has built over 32,000 homes for families in need in 22 provinces across the Philippines. The country’s housing needs, however, are immense, and continue to increase each year. Currently, more than four million families or 20 million individuals are without a home. Habitat aims to build over 70,000 homes by 2015. The houses that will be built are for the following programs: Disaster Response and Risk Mitigation, Urban Renewal and Development, Peace Build, and Housing for Public Servants.

Habitat expresses thanks in its 23 years of existence, families in need were given the chance at better lives because of Habitat and its partners. As a gesture of gratitude, Habitat showcased an activity that gave volunteers, donors and advocates the chance to meet other like-minded individuals at the Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk. The audience was treated to a special dance performance by Steps Dance Studio followed by a touching presentation on the impoverished Filipino’s “This is a Familiar Story” – a look into the vicious cycle that keeps underprivileged families trapped in a world of poverty. The story showed the current state of poverty in the country and how easy it is for more privileged citizens to help improve their lives simply by extending a helping hand.

Diverse advocates and ambassadors for Habitat in a show of faith towards one mission, individuals and groups from different sectors have signed up to rally for Habitat’s vision of providing homes for Filipino families in need. Celebrity ambassadors have committed to become the voice of the organization and to help inform the public about how to make a difference through Habitat. Key personalities from the news and entertainment industry have offered their support and commitment statements at the launch: theatre actress Cris Villonco and Star Magic’s Matteo Guidicelli, who are Habitat’s Youth Ambassadors; Habitat Youth Council founder Alexandra Eduque,  basketball sensation Chris Tiu, GMA news anchor Arnold Clavio, ABS CBN award-winning broadcaster Karen Davila, model/actor Derek Ramsay and TV host Kuya Kim Atienza as Habitat Ambassadors; and Queen of All Media Ms. Kris Aquino as the Habitat Nation-builder ambassador. Ms. Aquino surprised Mr. Zobel de Ayala with her donation to build six houses. A tribute to the late President Corazon Aquino demonstrated the former president’s dedication and passion for nation building and transformation. The event was hosted by ambassadors Karen Davila, Arnold Clavio and Kuya Kim Atienza.

Over 300 guests joined Habitat in its festivities, engaged in a meet-and-greet with the celebrity ambassadors and enjoyed treats from sponsors, such as refreshments from Pepsi, the official thirst quencher, and scrumptious donuts from Krispy Kreme. Attendees pledged their own “I Build…” commitment statements through a photo opportunity sponsored by iFlick Photo Booth. Habitat celebrated the commitment of its Prime Movers in a special gathering with “I Build…” campaign Chairman and Habitat for Humanity International Board of Trustees member Mr. Fernando Zobel de Ayala at Chateau.

Towards one cause chaired by Fernando Zobel de Ayala, “I Build” is a four-year initiative of Habitat for Humanity Philippines that will celebrate 25 years of providing decent shelter for families in need. Habitat works with partners to provide holistic, transformational and sustainable solutions to uplift the lives of Filipino families.  “I Build...” embodies the substance and soul of Habitat. It mirrors Habitat’s continued commitment to build much more than houses. It is a call to action for every sector of society to commit something that will create a meaningful change to the country. The success of the launch event was made possible with the amalgamation of various members of each sector: Ayala Malls for the venue, PricewaterhouseCoopers & Isla Lipana & Co., Philippine Seven Corporation & Philippine Seven Foundation, Inc., Karen Davila, Senator Chiz Escudero, Max’s Restaurant, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc., Krispy Kreme, iFlick Photo Booth, C2 Iced Tea, Panasonic, K2 Interactive, Inc., the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin and BusinessWorld.

Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) is a non-profit organization that serves Filipino families in need of decent homes. We bring together partners who share the same vision of transforming lives through building responsible and sustainable communities. Established in 1988, HFHP is a country affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International based in Georgia, USA.
HFHP envisions that every Filipino family has a decent place to live.