Despite of Your “scandal” Honor Thy Father Did Not Disappoint (Me)

Honor_Thy_Father_posterHONOR THY FATHER
Directed by: Erik Matti
Starring: John Lloyd Cruz, Meryll Soriano, Dan Fernandez, Tirso Cruz III, Perla Bautista, Yayo Aguila, Khalil Ramos, William Martinez, Lander Vera Perez, Boom Labrusca, Krystal Brimner

I missed seeing this indie film during the Cinemalaya 2015 Festival last November. Learned a few months back that lead star and one of my fave character actor John Lloyd Cruz even shaved his head for the title role! Whoa! That’s how dedicated he is to the film!
HTF2When I learned that Honor Thy Father is showing again for the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF2015) I just could not miss watching it this time around. All was doing well until the news of its disqualification to be nominated as a Best Picture nominee erupted a day before the Awards Night December 27. Talk about “great timing” by the organizing committee. Of course HTF’s producers spoke out and aired their side for a reconsideration. There was even a clamor by film bloggers in social media to rally behind the movie. Even heard there were pull outs of the movie from some theaters. Tsk, tsk…

And so I finally viewed Honor Thy Father last December 27th and it did not disappoint my expectations.
The film revolved around the promise of get-rich-quick schemes that may be too good to be true, but are also too tempting to ignore. Sob stories of people robbed of their hard-earned money by these schemes are in the news almost every day.

I really loved the location choice which was predominantly filmed up north in Baguio City in the Mountain Province and Bontoc. Acting was no problem as every actor displayed mastery in the delivery of their roles. It was my first time seeing young actor Khalil Ramos on the big screen and was very impressed! Keep it up Khalil! I applaud Direk Erik for a socially-relevant film here even if I kinda was not in favor of the ending scene but still you all have my thumbs up, direk EM and JLC and Meryll. Congrats!
HTF3And so the MMFF 2015 Awards Night sailed on and here were the “deserving awards” garnered by Honor Thy Father minus of course the covered possibility of bagging the Best Picture award!

Honor Thy Father is still showing in a theater near you and hoping no more film pull outs until the end of the MMFF 2015 Festival a few days after New Year’s week.

HTF

 

It’s Another New Year’s Eve (2015)

newyearBack here in Manila, it’s already December 31 aka New Year’s Eve 2015…
Wishing each and everyone out there especially my dear family, relatives, friends, loved ones and cool followers of my blog, a blessed Happy New Year 2016!
Thank you for keeping up with me this year and here’s looking forward to an even more exciting and promising year ahead with the grace of our Lord God!

Let’s raise our glasses!
#HappyNewYear2016
#AuldLangSyne
#NYE2015

I miss you Mom! Cheers in Heaven ♥♥♥

Luke Sydnor: Not Your Typical Rap Artist (Part 1)

Take a listen to my good rapper-friend Luke Sydnor’s latest music video, L.O.VE. pt II.
He has been writing his own music for almost a decade now. Has collaborated with equally great talents and travelled within Europe and the US for certain performances. And to think he’s only 17 and based in France with his loving family. Incredible! I am bowled over!

While most of his avant-garde hip hop songs are lifted from life events, sensitive observations, personal encounters and experiences, Luke sings and composes from the heart and at such a young age his lyrics are filled with depth, sometimes pain, and a fervent sense of maturity.
maxresdefaultWith such great potential to become big, you’ll certainly go places with your music, Luke! It’s already happening. Never stop inspiring and being inspired.

I shall zero in on Luke’s music in specific in my next entry. In the meantime, do check his videos on YouTube. Happy listenin!

Please support Luke Sydnor by becoming part of his social media circle:

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/lukesydnor?fr…
Twitter : http://twitter.com/sydnorluke
Youtube : http://www.youtube.com/lukesydnor

PLDT Ambassador Pia Wurtzbach Brings HOME the Coveted Miss Universe 2015 Crown

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Manila, Philippines – After a 42-year drought for the crown, the Philippines makes pageant history once again.

Miss Philippines and PLDT HOME DSL ambassador Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was recently crowned Miss Universe 2015 after a dramatic coronation night held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

Wurtzbach bested 80 women from various parts of the globe to claim the country’s third Miss Universe title. She follows in the footsteps of Gloria Diaz who won in 1969 and Margie Moran who brought home the crown in 1973.

“We could not be any more proud of our very own PLDT HOME DSL ambassadress as she embarks on this new journey as Ms. Universe 2015.” PLDT VP and HOME Marketing Director Gary Dujali said. “Pia has been with us throughout the year as we aggressively went around the country bringing the family-sized broadband connection of HOME DSL to more Filipino homes nationwide.”

PLDT HOME DSL is the country’s number one broadband with over one million subscribers. For more information, log on to www.pldthome.com

Congratulations dear Pia! Thanks be to God for your coveted win! See you soon!

PSE Bull Run 2016 Rages On!

I am an avid supporter of this annual running event that usually jump starts the first month of every year. The PSE Bull Run is usually my first run endeavor and it’s awesome to share this event with the rest of the running community especially coming from a party-filled Christmas Season! Running is a fitting and smart way to shed off all the calories taken in and get back in shape to face another wonderful year ahead… 
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FB promo 1Registration Venues:

PSE Ayala
27/F Tower One and Exchange Plaza, Ayala Triangle, Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Chris Sports Branches
Glorietta 3
SM Megamall
SM North EDSA Annex
Entry fees are inclusive of race bib, timing chip, singlet, certificate, finisher’s shirt (all categories), and finisher’s medal (for 16K and 21K only).

Come and Visit Meralco’s “Liwanag Park” This Yuletide

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The giant belen is the highlight attraction of Liwanag Park at the Meralco Compound.

It is indeed the season to be blessed and share the love and happiness of Christmas! Yours truly was among recently invited to witness the annual lighting of a very popular compound. It was made memorable since it was my very fist time to witness such joyous event!

In keeping with its annual Maliwanag ang Pasko tradition, the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) once again opened the Liwanag Park to the public with a lighting ceremony held earlier this month at the company’s headquarters in Ortigas, Pasig City with fireworks to the awe of everyone present.

The whole Meralco compound literally lit up on cue when Meralco Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, along with other Meralco executives, pushed the button signalling the opening of the park, which in recent years has been a popular Christmas destination in Metro Manila.

2015 Meralco Lighting Ceremony

Fireworks and thousands of small lights lit up the night sky, celebrating the Christmas season at Meralco.

Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro also graced the lighting ceremony and received, on behalf of DepEd, a donation of 2,000 solar lamps from Meralco employees, partners and customers. The donation is the result of One Meralco Foundation’s “One Child, One Lamp” campaign launched in November to raise funds to donate solar lamps to public schools in mountain and island villages without electricity.

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Meralco Liwanag Park visitors had the chance to have their photos taken with Meralco athletes like James and Phil Younghusband.

Public officials and community leaders from the municipalities in the Meralco franchise area were also present during the ceremony. Earlier, they received recognition from One Meralco Foundation for their contribution to the foundation’s Household Electrification Program which brings electricity to low income families within the Meralco business area. Since 2007, the program has energized more than 15,000 families.

The Meralco Liwanag Park

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Families can enjoy Meralco Liwanag Park’s other attractions like this train ride.

Among the park’s many features are Christmas figures and a gigantic tableau of the nativity scene made entirely of scrap copper wires. Visitors may hitch on a ride via a miniature train, reminiscent of the days when rail operations were a part of the company’s vast portfolio of businesses (Thus, the “R” in the MERALCO acronym which stands for “Rail”). The train’s tracks circle a giant Christmas tree which is decorated with lanterns crafted from old electric meter covers and LED lights. Another attraction, especially for the kids and die-hard action movie fans, are two large robots fabricated from parts of decommissioned Meralco service vehicles and basket trucks.

The park also houses a night bazaar where visitors can go shopping for clothes, gift items, food products, among others. Proceeds of the bazaar will go to One Meralco Foundation’s “One Child, One Lamp” campaign which aims to provide solar lamps to students in public schools without electricity.

The Meralco Liwanag Park is open every day from 4:00pm to 10:00pm until January 10, 2016.

So don’t miss this invite and see you there! Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year 2016 to us all! 

Golden Ticket Holds Sold Out Screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

starwarspanelGolden Ticket Events has just awoken the force within every Star Wars fan with the exclusive screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, held one day ahead of its December 17 release in the Philippines. The screening was held at SM Megamall Cinema 3 to a sold-out crowd.

And thankfully I was there to witness and watch a childhood film sci-fi favorite, thanks to our community website, Astig.Ph in which yours truly is an avid contributor.

Despite the popularity of the movie, the reception was still unexpected. “The screening was held in the middle of pre-holiday festivities,” said Kendrick Go, Marketing Director of Golden Ticket Events. “In spite of their busy schedules, inclement weather, and holiday traffic, our patrons were still able to make time for the screening. It gives me great pleasure that Golden Ticket Events is able to continuously provide a memorable movie theatre experience in the Philippines.” Congratulations! _DSC8804

In celebration of the movie’s exclusive Philippine premiere, Golden Ticket Events amped the ante and treated patrons to free popcorn, bottled water, and 1,000 PHP worth of goodies and gift certificates. Even the movie ticket itself, The Golden Ticket, can be used to claim free skin care services from Forever Beautiful, a facial and slimming spa located in SM Megamall.
_DSC8838Right before the actual screening, there was a raffle held alongside with special gift certificate prizes to a couple of patrons who donned their The Force Awakens choice characters in full costume with props. A fun moment occurred when the host requested for a volunteer who could act out a scene with him specifically the Darth Vader-Luke Skywalker “I Am Your Father” scene.  That volunteer kid was so in character!

Released more than ten years after the film series’ last instalment (Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith), Star Wars: The Force Awakens is slated to be the much awaited movie of the decade. With J. J. Abrams–the man who helped reinvigorate the Star Trek franchise–at the helm alongside fan favorites Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill and of course the beloved C3PO, R2D2 and Chewy aka Chewbacca, the movie is expected to break box office records and earn $1 billion in profits globally.
Star-Wars-The-Force-Awakens-Han-Solo-ChewbaccaThe seventh installment of George Lucas’ epic space opera, Star Wars: The Force Awakens follows Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker after the events in Return of the Jedi, where the Rebel Alliance remains in conflict with the the Galactic Empire. The entrance in their respective scenes were met with gushes and applause from the audience with much nostalgia how long we missed them on the big screen.

New generation characters were also introduced in this episode featuring the exciting roles of actors Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver as Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and evil one Kylo Ren. I had loaded fun liking adorable globular droid BB-8 and wished I have a cute replica of him. In fairness, actress Ridley is a cross resemblance betweeb Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman in some scenes and was very fierce like Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games. Looking forward to be seeing some of them in Episodes 8 and 9 within the next four years. Yay! More episodes in the works!
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star-wars-the-force-awakensI’ve been shared “nice” spoilers by some friends prior to watching this film and I did not mind at all. I would see those cool scenes anyway. What also touched me great was the final scene when Rey finally got to see Luke Skywalker on top of a breathtaking cliff overlooking the vast blue ocean returning his personal light saber in anticipation for a follow up very soon! Grateful and thankful with sheer pleasure sharing this awesome episode with fellow SW fans and blogger friends! A night to remember! Many thanks Golden Ticket, Astig.Ph and the rest of the sponsors. Until the next flick?!

And so the saga continues…

_DSC8824This special advance screening was made possible by Business Mirror, ASTIG.PH, View Magazine, Cook Magazine, Forever Beautiful, Treetop Adventure, Zoomanity Group, and Tag Media and Public Relations.
#StarWarsGoldenTicket #GoldenTicketPH

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