Ballet Plus More at the Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila

For those with artistic inclinations, enrolling in ballet classes makes perfect sense. Institutions like The Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila offer a perfect environment for nurturing the love for the craft. There’s a supportive community for learning, a safe venue for training, and the guidance of the best in the region; CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Co-Artistic Director Osias Barroso, and other world-class trainers.

But there’s more to ballet than just strength and grace. Beyond the Vaganova technique, students also learn about passion, hard work, determination—the list just grows longer at every stage in life.

Contributing to Childhood

Studies have shown that cultivating a child’s creativity improves their mental ability later on in life. Most children develop an interest in music and dance from an early age, so parents nurture it by enrolling them in special ballet classes that are lighter, more playful, and fit for their attention span. Interaction with other children at this stage also means that their social skills receive a big boost.

Ballet is best learned while a child’s mind and body are at their most limber. Age-appropriate classes for older kids maximize these by teaching not only all the basic movements and concepts, but also discipline and focus early on. An increase in concentration reaps benefits outside the studio—don’t be surprised if their grades in school get better.

Aiding Adolescence

Teenage life can be tricky, but with ballet, they’ll be able to train discipline and determination along with the arts. More advanced combinations are taught in ballet lessons for this age segment, where they build strength not only in their pointe work, but also in their mind. They get a chance to perform in front of an audience, which develops confidence and self-esteem during this very crucial part of life.

Most students already have the hang of ballet at this point, with some even considering a career in the arts. At the very least, they’ve already developed an appreciation for a healthier lifestyle, as is the case with exposure to any physical recreation.

Forever a Fit

If you think ballet is only for those who started as children, think again because it’s never too late to pursue the arts. Places like Ballet Manila offer classes for all ages and skill levels, whether it’s for fun, for fitness, or a mix of both. Even complete beginners can feel right at home, as Ballet Manila fosters a friendly and supportive environment that accommodates every learning pace.

Whatever your creative or fitness goals may be, it’s a good idea to pursue them at The Lisa Macuja School of Ballet Manila—the only ballet school in the Philippines with direct links to the Russian Ballet Academy of St. Petersburg, Russia.

For more information regarding rates, program details, and schedules in both Pasay and Quezon City branches, just visit www.balletmanila.com.ph.

 

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Stallone is Back With Escape Plan 2


Another movie to hit the SM Cinemas this June is Escape Plan 2: Hades, a sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s 2013 action flick, now together with Dave Bautista.


After breaking out of “The Tomb”, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) continued his life together with his own team of elite specialists trained in the art of breaking people out of the world’s most impenetrable prisons.

Unfortunately, his most trusted operative, Shu Ren was kidnapped and disappeared inside Hades, the most elaborate prison ever built. With this situation, Breslin together with his team will go to penetrate Hades and rescue.


Don’t fail to watch Escape Plan 2: Hades at SM Cinema branches Now Showing nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, http://www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.

You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

This latest flick by Sly Stallone will guarantee you a great viewing!

 

Girl Power Rocks in Ocean’s 8 Movie

The latest installment of the Ocean’s film series features an all-female power cast headed by my favorites Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett. And I believe this is the first time these two acting heavyweights have starred together.

A spin-off of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Trilogy, Ocean’s 8 follows the story of Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) the estranged sister of Danny Ocean (George Clooney), as she assembles her own all-female crew to execute the biggest heist of their lives – stealing a $150 million necklace at the Met Gala.

An all-star female cast featuring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham-Carter and a lot of cameos will surely capture your attention with this big movie on the big screen.

Like in all Ocean’s film, expect an exciting twist in the story.

Catch Ocean’s 8 at SM Cinema branches nationwide starting June 13, 2018. Book your tickets through the website, http://www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.

You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

A P24 Treat from Cowboy Grill @24

When someone mentions Cowboy Grill place or restaurant, it is immediately associated with great “pulutan” or meaty eats over drinks of beer or a variety of cocktail drinks plus awesome LIVE band music situated in the heart of Manila.

If yours truly has an event or show at the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) or within the area, we would continue the after show party and get together at Cowboy Grill for those reasons mentioned earlier. ☺

And  did you know that dear Cowboy Grill is celebrating their 24th anniversary this year? Time really fliest super fast the restaurant is a year shy from celebrating its silver year.

Just recently, we received a personal invitation to grace the recently-held blogger’s conference to announce one of Cowboys Grill’s several promos lined up.

The first Cowboy Grill started when Shakey’s decided to shift to a family-oriented restaurant from a food outlet with live entertainment. To retain the live band concept, the owners decided to establish Cowboy Grill, right next to Shakey’s.

Cowboy Grill celebrates it’s 24 years in the business of giving the people a happy place to eat and drink. Having a great place with great entertainment, delicious and reasonably priced dishes, attentive and friendly staff as well as keeping up with the latest trends are their strong foundations that keeps them going for all these years. 

“For the past 24 years, we remain steadfast in providing our valued guests with high quality entertainment and premium products that are reasonably priced and served promptly by our friendly employees. We are so thankful to our loyal guests who have continued to support and patronize us. We are celebrating a milestone with a renewed passion and a vision for the future,” said Mr. Solomon Caasi, Jr., Cowboy Grill’s chief operating officer.“For the past 24 years, we remain steadfast in providing our valued guests with high quality entertainment and premium products that are reasonably priced and served promptly by our friendly employees. We are so thankful to our loyal guests who have continued to support and patronize us. We are celebrating a milestone with a renewed passion and a vision for the future,” said Mr. Solomon Caasi, Jr., Cowboy Grill’s chief operating officer.

“We are planning to adapt a family-oriented restaurant concept, while retaining the live band concept. We want to create a good balance between the two concept. The live bands remains our biggest draw, our biggest competitive edge. But we also want to welcome other market segment which we have yet to tap,” he continued.

“We are planning to adapt a family-oriented restaurant concept, while retaining the live band concept. We want to create a good balance between the two concept. The live bands remains our biggest draw, our biggest competitive edge. But we also want to welcome other market segment which we have yet to tap,” he continued.

Established by its founding chairman Leopoldo L. Prieto, who brought the first Shakey’s Pizza restaurant in the Philippines, the first Cowboy Grill started when Shakey’s decided to shift to a family-oriented restaurant from a food outlet with live entertainment. To retain the live band concept, the owners decided to establish Cowboy Grill, right next to Shakey’s.

 Through the years, Cowboy Grill has evolved and became the best place where the party starts, with live bands, great food and unique experience.

 To this day, its guests enjoy freshly prepared items such as its famous Sisig dishes, Crispy Pata, Buffalo Wings, and Nachos. Though they still serve their bestsellers, Cowboy Grill has adapted with the times and now served pasta and chicken meals, as well as pizza choices such as Cowboy Especiale, Nachos Pizza, All-Meat Pizza, Seafood Pizza, Sisig Supreme and Manila Pizza, to cater to much wider taste preferences of its customers.

 This year, Cowboy Grill is gearing towards introducing its daytime operation. For the past years, Cowboy Grill operates from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., opening its doors to dinner and party crowd. The company plans to shift to a more family-oriented concept, tapping the lunch crowd.

 As part of the ongoing improvements, Cowboy Grill will experiment with a more contemporary design which will influence the look of the brand as a whole.

 “Right now, our interiors has that bar look – with black chairs and tabletops, dimly lit interiors, strobe lights, among others. In the next months, we will undergo some renovations to balance the look – it needs to have that cozy, comfortable ambiance of a family restaurant, yet it has to still be edgy and contemporary that suits the party vibe,” according to Mr. Erickson Caper, marketing manager.

 Aside from this expansion, Cowboy Grill kick started the change with the introduction of the Hot & Ready take-out counter. Starting 9 a.m., the take-out counter opens its patrons to enjoy Cowboy Grill bestsellers on its off-hours. The company has also introduced its catering services, as well as delivery functions.

 “We are a one-stop shop for your dining needs. People think that Cowboy Grill is just a bar, no kids allowed. We want to change that perception. This year, we are working on re-introducing Cowboy Grill as a restaurant and bar. We are shifting from entertainment to family-oriented dining concept, extending our operation hours from 6p.m. to 5a.m. to 10a.m. to 5a..m., Mr. Caasi continued. “Aside from the main dining and live bands, we will focus on catering and function services, as well as delivery and takeout.”


Its loyal customers who always come to Cowboy Grill because of its live bands need not worry. The restaurant will retain the live band aspect of the business. Today, Cowboy Grill has a roster of approximately 30 bands performing different music genres. The bands have already gained their strong following among the customers.

 

“Cowboy Grill has always been synonymous with live bands. We will keep that concept. We are still looking at how to integrate the two concepts. Who knows we might even introduce acoustic performances with slow, chill music during the daytime, while they’ll be a full-set up for live bands at night. This year’s expansions and changes are just the turning points, leading to our 25th anniversary next year.”

 

Through the years, Cowboy Grill manages to maintain its growing business, anchored on good food, good service and quality entertainment and they shall continue to do so for many years to come. 

Congratulations and many more power and business years be unto you to our friends at Cowboy Grill!  

Free Film Screening of Birdshot and Deadma Walking at FDCP Workshops on Filmmaking

The Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors’ 2nd EDDYS (Entertainment Editors’ Choice) will screen two best film nominees during the two-day workshops of the Film Development of the Philippines (FDCP).

TBA’s Birdshot and T-Rex Entertainment’s Deadma Walking will unreel on May 26 and 27 at the Cinematheque Center Manila of FDCP.

The free film showings, in line with Globe’s #playitright anti-piracy campaign, will come after the FDCP workshops on Scriptwriting by Fatrick Tabada (9 a.m.-12 noon) and Sound Design (‪2 p.m.-5 p.m.) by Immanuel Verona on May 26, 6p.m.; and Acting by Anthony Falcon (9 a.m.-12 noon) and Cinematography (‪2 p.m.-5 p.m.) by Rain Yamson II on May 27, 6 p.m.

On the road to The 2nd EDDYS, nominees will be recognized at The EDDYS Nominees Night, happening in partnership with FDCP. SPEEd officers and FDCP Chair Liza Dino will be awarding special certificates at the event on June 3, 5 p.m., at 38 Valencia Events Place, Quezon City.

The 2nd EDDYS is slated early July and will be held in partnership with FDCP, led by Chairperson Liza, and Globe, represented by Senior Vice President Yoly Crisanto.

Paolo Valenciano will be directing the show. A glittering after-party, The EDDYS Mega Party, to be hosted by OneMega Group, will happen after the awards rites. The 2nd EDDYS is being presented by telecom giant Globe and produced by the fastest-growing FM station, Wish 101.5.

Next Level Business and Financing Thru DEBC 2018



Digital Marketing and E-commerce are the wave of the future. And this trend has slowly taken shape globally. The emergence of cyptocurrency and blockchain trading promises millions of opportunities for Filipinos wanting to earn money in the confines of their homes.

To know and find out more about this digital trend on financing and investment, DEBC or Digital Marketing E-Commerce and Blockchain Congress 2018 is happening this May 26 at the Grand Ballroom of the Luxent Hotel from 8am to 6pm.

During its recent media launch, we met John Calub who is the founder and leader of this congress being the country’s leading success coach and educator.

We also got introduced to Carl Ocab, who will share secrets on how to make money online by creating a website. He is one of the country’s top blogger featured in Forbes Magazine 30 who have earned their millions before age 30.

Photo Credit: Jayson Biadog

All the way from Baguio, Ariel Wanag, President of Crypto Master Traders, Incorporated was also a guest who will also share his ways and methods when it comes to crypto currency.

“It was quite hard and confusing at the start, but once you get to learn and study how it all is, you will find out that this kind of investment isn’t that difficult to deal with.” according to Mr. Wanag.

Photo Credit: Rikki Suarez

Straight from Hongkong, there was a video conference opposite Mr. Riku Onuma – COO of Kings Coin, who answered some questions regarding coin tokens. He is among the VIP guests who will grace DEBC event this coming weekend.

For more information on said event of Mr. Calub, please read on and see you on May 26!

ATTEND AND RECEIVE FREE BITCOIN (BTC)! Plus get a chance to win a 32-inch LED TV, a brand new cellphone and other amazing surprises!

DIGITAL MARKETING, E-COMMERCE & BLOCKCHAIN CONGRESS 2018

Date: May 26, 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Venue: Grand Ballroom, Luxent Hotel, Timog Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines
Attire: Business Attire or Smart Casual (no slippers & shorts)

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

1. Eight ways to catapult your business & sales by using the latest digital marketing techniques
2. How to instantly grow your business globally through e-commerce technology
3. New ways to grow your finances passively using blockchain & cryptocurrency

TOPIC AND SPEAKERS:
A. MORNING SESSION
-Registration and Business Networking

-How to grow your profits through digital marketing (blogging, viral videos, search engine optimization, social media ads) by Carl Ocab – Forbes’ Magazine Internet Millennial Millionaire (30 Under 30 Cover Story)

-How to ride the e-commerce boom and expand your business globally by John Calub, Philippines’ No. 1 Success Coach and CEO of Success Mall

AFTERNOON SESSION:
-Intro to Blockchain and Smart Contracts by Michael Brucal – CEO of ZendCreative

-How to earn millions through crypto currency trading without leaving your home by Ariel Wanag, President of CryptoMaster Traders, Incorporated

– How to start your own crypto currency mining business by Akili Polee – CEO Of Pinnacle Mining (United States of America)

-The future of tokens and e-commerce – Token News Hong Kong and Riku Onuma – COO of Kings Coin (Hong Kong).

*Topics and speakers may still be subject to change

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Business owners/entrepreneurs, working executives, sales and marketing people and all those interested to experience digital transformation in their businesses and those who want to gain financial freedom.

BONUS:

Receive FREE Bitcoin for the 1st 250 participants who arrive at the venue. Plus a chance to win a 32-inch LCD TV, mobile phone and other amazing prizes!

TICKET RATES:

1. VIP Seats – P1,500.00 (Includes front seating, private photo opp with speakers and lunch)
2. General Seating – P750.00

Tickets available in all SM Tickets Outlets Nationwide
https://smtickets.com/

You may also deposit payment at any BPI bank account number at any BPI branch account # 3881-0031-11 (John Calub Training Inc) after deposit email deposit slip to payments@johncalubtraining.com. Simply bring your deposit slip to the event registration booth as they will serve as your entrance ticket.

FOR INQUIRIES:

You may call JCTI office at (02) 877-9479 or text us at 09153228026 / 09151098357

FOR UPDATES LIKE US ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/JohnCalubTraining/

WEBSITE:
www.johncalubblog.com

EVENT ORGANIZED BY:
Token News Hong Kong in partnership with John Calub Training, International.

#DEBC2018

Far East Film Fest Set to Conquer Udine, Italy

 In celebration of the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) will be leading a big delegation of Filipino filmmakers, artists, and members of the academe with the Philippines chosen as the Country of Focus in the Far East Film Festival happening on April 24 to 29 in Udine, Italy.

Set to compete in the Festival are “Si Chedeng sa Si Apple,” “Smaller and Smaller Circles” and “Ang Larawan,” while restored Ricky Lee classics, “Himala” and “Moral”, directed by the well renowned late director, Marilou Diaz-Abaya will be showcased at the restored film classics feature.

With the opportunity to showcase our very own filmmakers in Far East Film Festival, FDCP is bringing in select filmmakers and speakers for Sandaan: Philippine Cinema Centennial Talks.

Speakers include Mr. Ed Lajano, Festival Director of QCinema, Bianca Balbuena, CEO of EpicMedia, renowned actress Elizabeth Oropesa and FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño for Filipino Popular Cinema to be moderated by Mr. Max Tessier on April 26.

Film Historian and documentarist Mr. Nick Deocampo will talk about Discovering the Past: Asian Film History – Filipino Cinema during WWII, to be introduced by Mr. Roger Garcia, Festival Director of Hong Kong International Film Festival on April 27.

Aside from these, FDCP is also proud to announce that three Filipino film projects made it to the 14 titles selected by Focus Asia, the Far East Film Festival Project Market dedicated to genre cinema. These projects in development will be presented to more than 200 professionals made up of panels, one-on-one meetings, projections and networking opportunities.

These are “Belen” by Quark Henares, produced by Bianca Balbuena and Bradley Liew, Epicmedia Productions Inc., “Quantum Suicide” by Mikhail Red, produced by Micah Tadena, Media East Productions and Taro Imai, Harakiri Films, co-produced by Japan and “Wilderness” by Nadira Ilana, produced by Nadira Ilana, Telan Bulan Films and Pamela Reyes, Create Cinema and Panuksmi Hardjowirogo, M’GO Films, a co-production between Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore.

On the other hand, Filipino Producer Monster Jimenez of Arkeo Films with her film in development, “Return of the Owl” by Martika Ramirez Escobar made it to the 15 selected projects for the tenth edition of Ties That Bind, the Asia-Europe co-production workshop, bringing together Asian and European professionals in the development of film projects. These selected films will have the opportunity to meet numerous producers, financiers and distributors present on the Focus Asia days for potential partnership in the development of their film.

 

The Far East Film Festival runs from April 20 to 29, 2018.

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