Simply Adorable Ju Hyung of You With Me

Irresistably handsome with his modulated sexy voice! Who would not fall?

Hwarang and Suspicious Partner Korean actor JIn Ju Hyung is once again back in Manila to promote his first Filipino-Korean film, “You With Me”, a cute romantic comedy showing in the Philippines September 27 2017.
This cool exclusive video invite shot after the grand press conference at Seda Hotel.

I first met Ji Hyung last May 2017 after their teaser Meet and Greet with fans at Glorietta Mall and between him and fellow actor Hyun Woo, i found him quite mysterious yet incessantly charming! No wonder female fans are so drawn to Ju Hyung!

YWM is to be screened in Hongkong, Japan, US and South Korea.

He stars together with fellow Korean Hyun Woo and Filipina actress Devon Seron and is very grateful that he got to work with this production crew in Korea and the Philippines.

Directed by Rommel Ricafort
Written By Shine Ricafort
Produced by Gitana Film Productions and RR Films/Entertainment

Follow Ju Hyung on Instagram and send some ♥: @j.t_K1124

Feast your eyes on this cute video invite. Super appreciate this #Ritaro

 

 

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TP’s Season Opener Impressively Seditious

Define “seditious”?
According to the reliable Merriam-Webster dictionary…it means inciting or causing people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.

That is the clear cut premise of Tanghalang Pilipino’s 31st Season opener, Professor Nicanor Tiongson’s “Auelio Sedisyoso” a Rock Sarswela, playing at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines until September 17.

I can still recall a few months ago when this production was in the raw of preparations that included an intimate script- reading session open to the public. The same Artistic Team went on board headed by director Sir Chris Millado, coming off fresh from the highly-acclaimed super polished and refined repeat of “Mabining Mandirigma” featuring Ms. Liesl Batucan in the lead. And how she incredibly nailed it until the end!

The script by Prof Tiongson underwent meticulous revisions trying to include all the juiciest information possible on the colorful yet controversial life of Aurelio Tolentino who’s name and reputation was not music to the ears of the Americans in that particular period in Philippine history. His expertise in historical biographies is truly unwavering.


I was also excited how Musical Director Joed Balsamo would come up with his patriotic yet vocally challenging compositions. I learned from Maetro Joed himself that Sedisyoso was supposed to have a lot of songs than that of Mabining Mandirigma and this time what stands out are ensemble songs.

Promotions for Aurelio Sedisyoso got even more hyped with the surprising inclusion of an award-winning actor in the person of Baron Geisler, tasked to play the role of Tikbalang, an allegorical character, a shape-shifter that takes on the different faces and phases of American colonization.

Sedisyoso also marks Baron’s very first venture into theater after his many years in film and television. Everybody was wondering is he really ready to plunge into theater’s demanding LIVE performances? This is where I put on my give-the-benefit-of-the-doubt hat and let’s give him a genuine chance of proving something to himself and the prestigious theater community as a whole.


I was delighted when the lead role went to a good theater friend in David Ezra, who’s memorable role of Emilio Aguinaldo in Mandirigma is still on top of the list for me. Although opera is his forte, David has this impressive flair of dishing out rock solid and vocally challenging and straining numbers. This makes his famous and iconic mom, Ms. Dulce, truly proud!

Meeting former Rivermaya band co-vocalist Norby David for the first time was an extra sweet treat him having crossed over to theater as well. Aurelio marks his third stage production. I also liked his accoustic guitar duet with David.

And the rap duel scenes were entertaining and gives us a touch of modernism on a historically-based plot.

Majority of the cast in this production are very familiar to me and my awesome theater friends too! Watching such works become extra interesting when you are familiar with its actors thus cheering them on truly results to a more meaningful experience for them as performers.

When I saw Jonathan Tadioan’s version of Tikbalang during opening night, I had no tinge of doubt he would falter or commit an obvious mistake because based on his impressive roles done in the past, I was super confident, this character was a breeze for Tad. I am an eternal fan!


If you haven’t seen this rock sarswela yet, please, please I encourage you to do so. You will be amazed and be entertained on how cast member Sasa Cabalquinto makes all her stage appearances truly felt! She’s a gifted ace dancer to begin with and has a cute sense of humour in one partcular scene involving her, David, Baron, Kakki Teodoro (as Tolentino’s 2nd wife Natividad) with Aurelio’s children Didoy,Corazon and Onsing (remarkably performed by Phi Palmos).

Technical concerns on the lapel microphones were obvious on the first show during opening weekend which was duplicated on its 2nd week. That is something understandable in theater acts but expected it could be restrained towards the remaining shows until closing.

I guess I could award production designer Toym Imao and his genius on how he was able to invert the usual Little Theater stage to be half audience and half performing area which drew us spectators much closer to the theater artists. Impressive on the transformation of the default audience padded seats section bedecked with scaffoldings and an inclined plank (that reminded me of another rock sensation prod of Jesus Christ Superstar) and miniature lanterns.

Costume wise, I miss James Reyes’ genuinely classy steam punk wardrobes and accesories donned during the Mabini run and re-runs.
But I do appreciate how he still presented the cult-like and earthly brown hues and retained the red white and blue and star spangled stateside colonialism impression of the Uncle Sam period.

Kudos to the mastered lighting of Sir Katsch Catoy and his team which complimented GA Fallarme’s resplendent high quality projection design. And Ms Denia Reyes’ superb choreography never fails to impress.
I believe theater neophyte Baron got quite nervous on some of his scenes opposite more seasoned actors but despite that, he still managed to pull through with all his might and heart especially on his song numbers. One could not help but compare his make up and hair to that of Heath Ledger’s version of The Joker. For me he stands out on the beauty pageant portion and his punchlines were just right on time. It was so cool for the rest of the cast and ensemble to really rally behind Baron and make him feel that performing on the Tanghalang Pilipino stage is a remarkable stepping stone to a promising theater career should he decide to accept dramatic roles. Congrats BG!

Bravo and clap clap to the cast and ensemble:
David Ezra, Baron Geisler, Jonathan Tadioan, JV Ibesate, Aldo Vencilao, Blanche Buhia, Joshua Tayco, Eunice Pacia and Monique Nellas, as well as Remus Villanueva, Hazel Maranan, Kakki Teodoro, Norby David (former co-vocalist of Rivermaya), Jing Reyna-Jorge (former vocalist and violinist of Sugar Hiccup), Paw Castillo, Phi Palmos, Alfritz Blanche, Tope Kliatchko, Ali Santos, Sigrid Balbas, Aika Zabala, Sasa Cabalquinto, Raflesia Bravo, Jasper Cabra, and Lian Silverio,

Directed by CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado with Book and Lyrics by Dr. Nicanor Tiongson and Music by Joed Balsamo. Completing the rest of the artistic team are Denisa Reyes for Choreography, Toym Imao for Set Design, Katsch Catoy for Lighting Design, James Reyes on Costume Design, GA Fallarme for Projection Design, and TJ Ramos for Sound Design, with Barbie Tan-Tiongco for Technical Direction. Francis de Veyra of Radioactive Sago completes the team as its Musical Arranger.

Remaining shows:
September 16 – 3pm & 8pm
September 17 – 3pm (SOLD OUT)

Tickets thru Ticketworld or call Tanghalang Pilipino at 02 8321125 local 1620 or 1621.

Photo Credit: Tanghalang Pilipino Facebook Page except for the Curtain Call photo.

Are You Ready for UTRUST?

Blockchain payment platform UTRUST is going where no other of its kind has gone before. Leveraging a team of experts from various consumer and corporate business, financial, legal, and technical fields, it is building a groundbreaking service that promises to change the way the world uses cryptocurrency. By adopting a familiar experience combined with safety features that render payment fraud obsolete, UTRUST is building the payments platform of the future.

Many have hailed crypto coins as the currency of the next generation. One of their main selling points is their decentralized and secure blockchain-based origins. This solves many of the problems inherent in today’s fiat currencies and bank-based payment structures. However, cryptocurrency is still relatively unheard of in the Philippines and most of Asia, owing to the complications arising in their use.

 

UTRUST seeks to change this. The service is the ideal entry-point to increase the adoption of cryptocurrencies in emerging markets, by serving as a bridge between crypto and fiat users. Buyers will able to purchase any product using their favorite coin, without the extra hassle of converting to fiat first. The platform automatically does this, and delivers the payment in fiat money to the seller. This simple process makes UTRUST the PayPal of digital currencies.

 

However, the service really shines in its cutting-edge security features. Imagine being able to shop online with complete peace of mind, knowing you cannot be defrauded. Users can use UTRUST to pay for their purchases — the payment is kept safe in the service’s centralized escrow system, and is only delivered to the merchant upon receipt of the goods. In the unlikely case that a dispute arises, UTRUST’s dedicated resolution team takes action and resolves it within a fixed timeframe. No more waiting for weeks to get your funds back!

Home-based entrepreneurs will also benefit by adopting the system. Aside from lower selling fees and faster approval speeds, merchants no longer need to fear the threat of chargebacks. By tapping into the fiat financial system, utilizing an intuitive interface, and building trust between buyers and sellers, UTRUST makes transitioning into cryptocurrencies a breeze.

 

Nuno Correia, CEO, said: “UTRUST sees the potential of cryptocurrencies and digital technology to transform financial services provision in both developed and developing markets. The potential gains are particularly exciting in emerging markets where mobile phone penetration could recreate the role physical banking infrastructure plays in developed markets.

 

The service helps its users break away from the clunky banking infrastructure completely by using their mobile phones as financial hubs. Imagine being able to pay anything through your phone, without a bank account — purchases, mortgages, loans, and more. In a country whose mobile phones far outnumber its own population, UTRUST can change the way Filipinos think of finance.

Feel Refreshed with “Blended”

Are you fond of a variety of fruit juices out in the market right now?
I love juices so much so when they are extracted from the actual fruit or herbs. 

I recently discovered “Blended” at the recent History Con 2017 which is personally made and is the latest business of a colleague’s sister.
Awesome stuff! Must try five flavors: Lychee Pandan, Hibiscus with Passion Fruit, Wintermelon with Lemongrass, Citrus Ginger and Peach Rosemary.


Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, also known as rose mallow, is an attractive flower native to subtropic and tropical climates all over the world. Its petals are used to make hibiscus tea, a beverage which has been consumed in many different regions for centuries, including West Africa, Persia, Mexico, Ghana, Cambodia and Egypt. It is recognised in many cultures as a medicinal plant, and is used to treat colds and improve skin health, amongst many other applications.
Lychee Pandan

While purple passion fruit is high in vitamin C, riboflavin, vitamin B2 and copper; yellow passion fruit generally has a higher nutritional value and contains alpha-carotene. Yellow passion fruits are normally used for juice processing. Passion fruit juice has a bright yellow or orange color and a strong exotic flavor.

Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly known as rosemary, is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region

Peach juice is deliciously made fresh from a glut of peaches. It can be drank on its own, or combined with other juices, cocktails, or punches to add peach flavor to the drinks.

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MISSO for Healthy Living

Filipinos are becoming smarter when it comes to food choices. According to international consumer knowledge Kantar WorldPanel, people are now shifting to foods that are lighter and more nutritious despite their busy schedules.

While the shift is slow, there is a gradual improvement on both the food and beverage choices of Filipinos. But what really constitutes healthy eating? A lot of food and lifestyle merchants are taking a step towards offering nutritious meals, but how truthful is the term ‘healthy’ in the nutritional table of our favorite store bought ingredients?

According to the University of Washington, preparing and eating homemade food has a number of benefits over buying from the store. Many commercially prepared foods and ingredients, for example, can be high in salt, fat, and sugar. In addition, certain grocery items can trigger food allergies and sensitivities because of hidden ingredients.

However, when you create homemade food, you have more control over what you eat, particularly on the ingredients you use. There is also better portion management, unlike ready meals available commercially.

Perks of Going Homemade

Chef Louise Mabulo, Culinary Ambassador and Chef Chad Datu,  R& D Officer of IAJ Wellness both campaign for the use of natural ingredients. During a cooking demonstration championing easy homemade dishes, both chefs elaborated on the benefits of DIY dishes, particularly homemade oils.

“You make your food healthier since you know where your oil is coming from as compared to buying store bought oils, where you don’t know the process,” explained Chef Mabulo.

Chef Datu added, “It’s natural, it has no preservatives, and additives that you don’t know.”

Extracted oils are making a statement in the culinary world because of their range of benefits. For example, flaxseed oil has been said to help improve skin texture and reduce inflammation because of the Omega-3 fatty acids it offers. Chia seeds provide support for the heart and cardiovascular systems, and black sesame oil is proven to be good sources of energy, help with aging, and decrease the risk of cancer.

In addition to the health and beauty benefits of extracted oils, they also offer something special for the palate as well. “Natural oils amplify the flavors of the dishes. You get a really rich and natural flavor,” said Chef Mabulo.

She also explained how the addition of extracted oils can add an aesthetic appeal to food. Black sesame oil, for example, looks visually pleasing when creating vinaigrette for salads, one of the dishes they prepared during the demo. “When a food is colorful, it becomes more delicious,” she finished.

Making homemade cooking easier for all

One of the challenges of homemade cooking is the effort that often comes with it. With the hectic schedules of Filipinos nowadays, people find it easier to just buy ready-made dishes or ingredients.

The good news is that a lot of leading kitchen manufacturers are listening and catering to the shift to healthier lifestyles of consumers nowadays. IAJ Wellness, specifically, has brought the MISSO s2o Seed-to-Oil Extractor to the Philippines, an innovative kitchen partner that lets anyone enjoy homemade fresh oil. With a safe and durable design, the Oil Extractor can extract up to 50% oil from any small seeds.

New Series “The Elements” On AXN Channel

Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia announced today a new original series for AXN featuring Australia’s top magician, illusionist and escapologist, Cosentino. The four-part series, entitled The Elements, will captivate audiences with Cosentino’s mesmerizing street magic, large-scale illusions and death-defying escapes all themed around Earth, Wind, Fire and Water.

The filming kicks off this week in Singapore before Cosentino takes his magic on tour, filming against iconic backdrops in Taipei, Manila and Kuala Lumpur. Various popular Asian artists, including singers, actors and models will join Cosentino as he performs his spell-binding stunts, creating a raft of “how did he do that?” moments.
Cosentino has quickly become a global star within the magic industry. He is a multiple winner of the prestigious Merlin Award (magic’s version of the Academy Awards) including acknowledgement as the ‘International Magician of the Year’ and the ‘International Escape Artist of the Year’.

Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Production and Marketing, said, “The Elements supports our vision to create a pipeline of original, locally relevant series that engages our viewers both on screen and via social platforms. As a world-renowned illusionist, Cosentino made his AXN debut as a guest star during the Asia’s Got Talent finale episode in 2015. We’re thrilled to partner with Cosentino again to usher in his magic revolution in Asia.”

Commenting on The Elements, Cosentino said, “I am thrilled to be embarking on this new partnership with AXN, who is the undisputed leader of English language broadcasting across Asia. I am very proud of what we have created with The Elements series. The concept of the shows and the magic and escapology contained within them is unlike anything else that has been seen before”.

The Elements will premiere in early 2018 first and exclusively on AXN.

@AXNAsia / #AXNAsia / AXN-Asia.com

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