A Festive Kick Off for Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018

The 2nd year of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino had it’s kick off event and Grand Fans Day last August 14 2018 at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura in Taguig.

The PPP is a project spearheaded by Chairperson Liza Dino-Seguerra and features the best of Filipino film making as presented in various genres and subject matters.

The official eight entries for the main features include: 

Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WIFI    — by Jun Robles Lana

Bakwit Boys  — by Jason Paul Laxamana

Madilim Ang Gabi — by Adolf Alix Jr

Pinay Beauty  — by Jay Abello

Signal Rock — by Chito S. Rono

The Day After Valentine’s  — by Jason Paul Laxamana

Unli Life   —  by Miko Livelo

We Will Not Die Tonight  —  by Richard Somes

The six Special Features include: 

Balangiga  — by KhaVn

Kiko Boksingero  — by Thop Nazareno

Paki  — by Giancarlo  Abrahan

Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus  —  Gwein Baltazar

High Tide —  by  Tara Illenberger

Tu Pug Imatuy  —  by Arbi Barbarona

Our good friend Devon Seron from the film “Bakwit Boys” was there with fellow cast mate Vance Larena. Director Jason Paul Laxamana directs the film about dreams and reaching out hard for it no matter what. 

The only action film in the line up “We Will Not Die Tonight”  had its other cast attend including Direk Richard Somes with Alex Medina and Paolo Paraiso. 

Another good friend of mine from the movie “The Day After Valentine’s lead actor JC Santos was there to represent. This is the 2nd film under Direk JP for the same festival. 
Director Red Arbi Barbarona of Special Features “Tu Pug Imatuy” with Mara Lopez for “Signal Rock”
The opening film was Lino Brocka’s “White Slavery” shown back in 1985. And it lovingly reunited its lead stars Ricky Davao, Ms. Jaclyn Jose and Sarsi Emmanuel who is a very popular and sought after sexy and dramatic actress then.

The iconic film was remastered and digitally restored to be viewed by many more with a plot as burning as today’s headlines on human trafficking and prostitution.

This year’s #PPP is showing in cinemas nationwide from August 15-21 2018. This gives the movie public a reminder of a string of great quality locally made films that is worth for international release as well.


Taiwan Excellence Hoops Camp Fuels Pinoy Skills on the Court

Combining the Filipino passion for basketball and the Taiwanese drive for innovation, the first-ever Taiwan Excellence Basketball Camp recently filled the Mall of Asia Music Hall with an intense 3-on-3 Hoop Challenge, top-notch innovations from Taiwan Excellence, and PBA stars.

A partnership between Taiwan Excellence and legendary PBA star Coach Eric Altamirano, the two-day Camp aimed to promote sportsmanship as it brought together some of the Metro’s most promising basketball players while highlighting the incredible products awarded with the Taiwan Excellence Seal.

“Taiwan Excellence Basketball Camp is an exemplary showcase of excellence from both countries: the fighting spirit of the Filipinos further empowered by the products of Taiwan,” said Alfred Wang, Director of the Economic Division of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO).
With its aim of promoting the leading products, Taiwan Excellence shares to the world a variety of truly innovative brands. Initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Taiwan, R.O.C., in 1992, the symbol of Taiwan Excellence is continuously recognized by 102 countries.

The symbol of Taiwan Excellence, according to Wang, honors Taiwan’s most innovative products “that provide tremendous value to users worldwide.” Each product has been selected for a specific Taiwan Excellence Award based on their excellence in the following categories: design, quality, marketing, Taiwanese R&D, and manufacturing.

Boasting participation of 192 amateur Pinoy ballers, the Camp put their skills to the test in a rigorous 3-on-3 matches while 3 PBA stars are on the sidelines showing support.

Alongside Coach E of Alaska Aces, local court heroes JC Intal and Doug Kramer of Phoenix Fuel Masters also gave their support to the budding ballers.

Also integral to the whole Taiwan Excellence Basketball Camp set up is the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone which exhibits the top-of-the-line products of Taiwan.

With products from tech giant Asus, fitness company Johnson, and bike manufacturer Tern, among others, the Taiwan Excellence Zone got everyone up close and personal with impressive products championed by Taiwan.

Wang hopes these superior products from Taiwan will boost the way of life and strengthen the love of Filipinos for basketball and sports in general.

“They did a great job in showcasing the best products that Taiwan can offer. The quality can go head to head with other global brands,” said Christian Ramos, one of the players for the Camp.

Meanwhile, the two celebrity players look forward to using the products themselves.

“I am really excited about the bikes from Tern. They make biking and going around the city a much more fun experience,” said Intal.

As for Kramer, he has his sights on the Paper Shoot, compact digital cameras with cases made out of eco-friendly paper.

“I really feel that the whole family will fall in love with it. It is so simple and sophisticated, I know my kids will love using Paper Shoot.” Kramer said.

For updates about Taiwan Excellence, visit their website https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/ph and follow their Facebook page at facebook.com/TaiwanExcellence.ph.


Guess If #BagongLabaOBagongBili With Tide, Alex G and Melai C

It started with an unexpected twinning OOTD. Now, netizens can’t get over who’s wearing bagong bili o bagong laba!

In a surprising yet funny incident, Alex Gonzaga and Melai Cantiveros were ‘twinning’ over the same white jumpsuit. And it’s not just your ordinary ‘Who wore it better?’ case. Plot twist? What got netizens talking is the confusion on who is wearing bagong bili o bagong laba.

Being playful as they are, the two girls posted this on social media and asked their followers to guess whose OOTD is Bagong Bili and Bagong Laba. In just 24 hours, Alex and Melai’s posts has over 200,000 likes and comments across social media. Now, everyone is feasting over it and throwing their own guesses. Even their co-actors and friends from showbiz are joining in on the craze.

It’s probably the toughest guessing game on social media right now, and the answer remains a mystery!

Celebrity host and actor Luis Manzano quipped in his comment, “Teka teka ,napahinto ako dito at nagulat ha! Kita ko yung post ni@cathygonzaga at @mrandmrsfrancisco? SWIPE! Bilis! 🙂 Sino ba sa kanila ang naka-BAGONG BILI at BAGONG LABA?!? Kilala ko si Melai, ma shopping yan, itong si Alex talo pa kuripot ng daga feeling ko bagong laba yang sa kanya. Baka TIDE ginamit para mukhang bago! 
Anong sa tingin niyo? Kanino ang 

Lloyd Cadena,  thought otherwise and said, Parehong maputi at mukhang bago ang damit nila pero NAKAKALOKA ang hirap hulaan kung kanino ba ang BAGONG BILI at BAGONG LABA! Feeling ko yung kay Melai ang bagong laba kasi sobrang familiar ng pagka puti niya parang labang TIDE! Ano sa tingin niyo, Cadenators?


Other celebrities who tried their luck were close friends of Alex– Fourth and Fifth Solomon, and mommy vloggers like Kris Lamugui, Anne Clutz and Isha Borromeo.

Whose OOTD do you think is Bagong Bili and Bagong Laba? Make your guess now for a chance to win cool prizes and a meet and greet with the stars! Share Alex and Melai’s post on Facebook or Twitter with your answer and the hashtag #BagongBiliOBagongLaba


Catch Great Phone Deals Plus More at Cyberzone Mobile Fest 2018

Cellphones and more cellphones galore! This is the place where you can avail of the best deals on your cellphone needs.

You can still catch the #CyberzoneMobileFest2018 at the SM North Edsa Annex Cyberzone Activity Center 4th floor during mall hours until Sunday July 29, 2018 only.

Your favorite phone brands like Samsung, Asus, Vivo, Motorola, Huawei, Cherry Mobile among others are there with various customer activities and awesome phone deals when you purchase upfront.

There are on the spot contests and item giveaways based on special instructions from these brands that you will enjoy.

Some of the brand mascots are in the area to cheer up shopppers and delight small kids, toddlers and even the adults who gamely pose for selfies or groupies.
You can also catch fun and informative lectures from resource speakers brought to you by the major phone brands. The experts will teach you tips on camera photography and how to enhance or improve your social media platforms like Instagram for example.
What are you waiting for? Bring your family or barkada and head on to #CyberzoneMobileFest2018 at the 4th floor of SM North Edsa Annex.

Have fun and enjoy what mobile technology can offer you today. 🙂 🙂

Photo Credits: Filipino Tech Addict Facebook Page 


Tom Cruise is Back for Mission Impossible 6

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

Experience heart-pounding and exploding action in SM Cinema and IMAX theatres together with the IMF’s best spy, Ethan Hunt, as he comes back with his team for Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

After capturing Solomon Lane, the IMF team led by Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise)joined forces with CIA assassin August Walker (Henry Cavill) for another impossible mission to take, prevent massive nuclear attacks on Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia from a group of terrorists known as the Apostles.

Left to right: Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

After series of unfortunate events, IMF now needs to deal with the CIA. Haunted by their past mistakes, Hunt and his crew, must stop a global catastrophe while facing the CIA, assassins, former allies and the fallout of their good intentions.

Left to right: Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn and Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

Tom Cruise reprises his iconic role, Ethan Hunt, together with his IMF team, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. Also coming back for more action are the leading ladies, Michelle Monaghan and Rebecca Ferguson. Angela Bassett joins the cast as the CIA superior and Henry Cavill as the deadly CIA assassin, August Walker.

The action-packed Mission: Impossible – Fallout becomes even bigger and better in IMAX theatres. Featuring up to 26% more picture on climactic scenes, the IMAX moviegoers will surely enjoy and see even more of the harrowing escapes and death-defying action sequences.  Mission: Impossible – Fallout is also the first movie in the franchise that was specially formatted for IMAX screens.

Catch Mission: Impossible – Fallout in IMAX, Director’s Club and SM Cinema branches nationwide starting July 25. For more convenient experience, 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!

The Importance of #OneForMarino

IEF, Inc, brings to life a campaign created to resolve a silent yet rampant problem of the Filipino seafarers, coined by the company as Business Gambling.

After months of rigid immersion, focus group discussions, research and interview, IEF, Inc. finally found one factor and the team eventually termed it as business Gambling.  After noting the matter, IEF, Inc. immediately and carefully designed a potent campaign to help provide a societal solution against it, hence, #OneForMarino was brought to life.

Kristine Marcelo, a CPA and the CEO of IEF, Inc, along with her agile team, dedicated their career into doing an in depth research to find out the probable cause of the recurring financial rat-race-problem among the seafarers.  Seafarers are champions of the Philippine economy and it’s contradicting that they end up attaining poor financial status upon their retirement.

#OneForMarino clearly defines business gambling as the seafarers’ impulsive and repetitive decision to invest in various businesses with minimum to completely insufficient knowledge and purely depending on chance or probability for return.

The campaign was named #OneForMarino, as this is a mission to collaborate with multiple organizations and sectors to create one strength for social good.  IEF, Inc, believes that the success of the campaign will be greatly influenced by the support of other organizations, especially those from the Maritime industry.

#OneForMarino will run from August 2018 to May 2019, with official Maritime launching to happen on July 27-28, 2019. The intention of this campaign is to saturate media platforms to reach out to as many seafarers and make them aware of the dangers, risks and solutions of business gambling.

The highlight of this campaign is to bring the FIRST EVER EXHIBIT + CONFERENCE to run 32 times during the campaign duration, aiming to reach over 15,000 participants.  This Exhibit + Conference is expected to be interactive, fun and highly igniting.

The Exhibit + Conference will be held at Bayview Park Hotel Manila.  Tickets will be available on partnering Maritime agencies to be posted and continuously updated on the company’s facebook page and website (facebook@OneForMarino and http://www.ief.ph)


Catch Across the Crescent Moon at Cinematheque Manila

In observance of the 2018 World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), and Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), will be holding a Cineforum featuring the film, Across the Crescent Moon on July 31, 2018 at the Cinematheque Manila.

The Cineforum is one of the main activities lined up for the week-long celebration of the global event in the Philippines, which mainly aims to raise public awareness on human trafficking. It will be graced by the film’s director and producer Ms. Baby Nebrida,  IACAT member agencies and partners led by the DOJ as IACAT Chair, the CFO (Usec. Astravel Pimentel-Naik) and the FDCP (Chairperson Liza Diño).

In 2013, the United Nations General adopted a resolution designating July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This resolution declared that such a day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”

The award-winning masterpiece of Ms. Nebrida (heralded as the Ambassador for Peace by the International Parliamentarians), is a good eye-opener to the problem of human trafficking in the Philippines. The protagonist, portrayed by Matteo Guidicelli, is a Muslim soldier who battles human trafficking and other crimes in the Southern part of Mindanao while keeping his marriage to his Christian wife (Alex Godinez) intact. The film highlights the perils of modern-day slavery and digs deeper into kidnapping, abduction, and illegal recruitment, as three modes of trafficking in the Philippines. It also tackles the uniqueness of inter-faith relationships, echoing the importance of unity despite tremendous religious and cultural differences. The film has garnered numerous international acclaims such as “Best Ensemble Cast and Best Feature Global Film” by the International Film Festival Manhattan and “Best Film” by the Catholic Mass Media Awards.

Human trafficking is a crime that exploits men, women, and children for numerous purposes including forced labor and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labor globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation. From 2016 until the current year, the Philippine government, through the IACAT headed by the DOJ, has consistently ranked Tier 1 in the US Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. This means that the government fully meets the minimum global standards for the elimination of trafficking. The launch of IACAT’s 1343 Actionline Against Trafficking in 2011 marked the commitment of our government in eliminating threats of human trafficking, slavery, and abuse.

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