Watch Legend of the Seeker, Grey's Anatomy, Us Girls and Private Practice Online

Friday, December 18, 2009

Witness the birth of a legend and follow the adventures of Richard Cypher in the Emmy Award-winning series “Legend of the Seeker” airing Wednesdays on Studio 23.

Based on the novels “The Sword of Truth” by Terry Goodkind, the show tells the epic tale of young woods guide Richard whose fate takes a sudden twist after the evil wizard Darken Rahl invades the Midlands.

In order to save the people of this land, a mysterious lady named Kahlan Amnell heads to the Westland to look for him being the only seeker (according to prophecies) who can defeat Rahl. Now, Richard must step out of the comforts of his forest sanctuary and embrace his newfound destiny with the use of his sword. “Legend of the Seeker” airs Wednesdays at 8 PM.

From next level fantasy adventures, Studio 23 also bring you a more intense dose of medical drama this Monday (Dec 21), 8 PM, on “Private Practice.”

Miranda Bailey of “Grey’s Anatomy” guest stars this week as she brings a kidney transplant patient to Los Angeles. On the other hand, consequence of Addison’s emotional affair with Noah is starting to catch up with her while Sheldon and Pete finally discovered who the father of Violet’s baby is.

Both “Legend of the Seeker” and “Private Practice” (alongside other FUSE programs like “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy”) can be watched online via Catch Up TV ( Kabarkadas can now watch the latest episodes as well as ‘catch up’ on past episodes of their favorite Studio 23 programs with just one click of a button.

Aside from foreign programs, Catch Up TV also plays local programs such as “Y-Speak,” “News Central,” “Us Girls” and Studio 23’s 1 to 2-minuter shows “Shoutout,” “News Bites,” “Quick E” hosted by Aaron Atayde, and “Girlista” hosted by Megan Young.

Don’t miss all these exciting on-air and online offerings only from you one and only Kabarkada on television and in the internet, Studio 23. Get it here!

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Two Pinoys remain intact at the HP Space Competition

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Still nine contestants are on their way to getting a dream job and US$50,000 in the new pan-Asian reality television series HP Space after a surprise twist in the latest episode save the day for three contestants, including the two Filipino bets in the show.

The total 16 contestants at the beginning of the show were down to nine, with the Filipino pair still intact, coming in to episode four of this new exciting series shown every Wednesday at 9 pm on Star World. Another elimination is up, and three more candidates will need to pack up their belongings and return home at the end of the episode from Singapore, where this two-month show is staged.

Filipinos Raffy Francisco, a filmmaker, and 25-year-old performer Adrienne Vergara, along with their teammate Lora Lee, a design student from China, landed at the bottom of the three teams this week, which means they will be eliminated. However, the contestants were in for a big surprise: episode four was a non-elimination round, and the three were given a second chance to prove their worth.

The Filipinos survived the elimination – thanks to luck – but not without valuable lessons learned, especially for Francisco who was the only thorn among the two roses. He said being at the bottom and almost got eliminated made him realize that he must assert himself at every challenge.

For this episode, each team was asked to convert a confined hotel room into a modern, sleek and chic living space. The challenge was to redesign a bare room by incorporating Singapore iconography with a contemporary feel using textures with sleek and modern lines for the living space, and also, to show how HP personal computers can be an attractive entertainment center.

The week’s mentor Douglas Young, creator of G.O.D., took the contestants to Chinatown, Little India, and Geylang in search of design motives and iconography that they will translate into the modern design that pays homage to their Asian heritage.

The concept and room design of Singaporean art director David Tang, Korean motion graphic designer Uni Lee, and Indian photographer Rohit Ferriera impressed the judges most.

Graphic designer Note Kunprasop from Thailand and illustrator Admira Pustika from Indonesia, struggled with Indian visual artist Sawan Singh, and the team suffered some “unforgivable” misses with their room design. But in the end, the team impressed the mentor by taking the risk of embracing the clichés.

Francisco, Vergara, and Lee’s design was a disaster, with another contestant commenting the room looked like a porn studio. Francisco made a short video presentation of their idea and somehow made the judges appreciate their concept. However, it wasn’t enough to save them from falling to the bottom.

HP Space, the latest platform for Asia’s aspiring talents to cultivate, nurture, and showcase their passion for creativity and the arts, is an entertaining new television series to watch on Star World. The show is a welcome breather on a Wednesday night, the middle of a work week. And with two Pinoys with strong chances of making it to the last man or woman standing, Filipinos have more reasons to enjoy this new Asian hit.

The show gets more exciting with each episode and the challenges more demanding of creativity and talent. Episode five looks to be another blockbuster with the contestants strutting their stuff in fashion. Be sure to catch it every Wednesday at 9 pm on Star World.

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The Special Education Expo 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Every child with special needs has a right to an educational program that is suitable to his/her needs. Having the right education and the right tools is crucial in ensuring that a child fully realizes his/her full potential for development, both as an individual and as a member of the society.

It is for this reason that our company, Etera Events, is initiating a Special Education Expo on December 1, 2009 at the newly renovated Glorietta Activity Center. Simultaneous to the exhibition is a Special Education forum, storytelling, games and performances by celebrities.

The Special Education Expo 2009 is the first fair on special education to be held in the country. With the theme “A World of Possibilities”, this event aims to bring together parents of special children, special education schools, therapy centers, toy manufacturers, suppliers of special tools and equipment, specialized food sellers, book publishers, and other SPED industry practitioners like teachers, doctors, therapists, among others.

The goal of the event is to create awareness on the needs of special children and provide options for these individuals to ensure they live a happy and normal life.

By contributing to make this event happen, you are helping improve the quality of life and dignity of more than 5.4 million Filipinos who are in need of special education products, equipments and services. Proceeds for the said event will be given to Support and Empower Abused Deaf Children, a non-profit organization dedicated at defending the rights of deaf children who are victims of sexual abuse and maltreatment.


10:00 AM – 11:10 AM: Opening of the Exhibit, Introduction of Keynote Speaker
11:10 AM – 11:30 NN: Keynote speaker: Dra. Liza Martinez, President, Philippine Deaf Resource Center
11:30 AM – 12:00 NN: Learning Block Session 1: The State of Sped in the Philippines (by Teresita Inciong, Assistant Secretary for Programs and Projects, Department of Education)
12:00 NN - 12:15 NN: Free time
12:15 NN – 12:45 NN: Learning Block Session 2: How do you know your child is Special?(by Dr. Mark Reysio-Cruz)
12:45 NN - 01:00 PM: Free time
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Learning Block Session 3: Getting the appropriate Placement for your Child (by Prof. Olivia Mijares-Magtoto)
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Movie Previews of Silent Odyssey, Blind Architect and Alyanna
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Learning Block Session 4: The Complementing Roles of Therapy and Special Education (Dr. Ferdiliza Garcia with Resource Persons Janel Anne S. Belarmino (OT) and Kristofferson G. Mendoza (PT))
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Intermission: Alitaptap Storytellers
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM: Learning Block Session 5: Reading techniques for teaching children with learning disabilities (by Wordlab)
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM: Free time
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Learning Block Session 6: Techniques for teaching exceptional children (by Prof. Genevieve Rivadelo)
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM: Intermission: Stepping Stones Kids
4:15 PM – 5:00 PM: Learning Block Session 7: How to cope with stress (by Dang Koe, President, Autism Society of the Philippines)
5:00 PM – 5:15 PM: Games and Raffle Draws
5:15 PM – 5:45 PM: Learning Block Session 8: In the eyes of an Exceptional Child (by Elena Martinez, KASAMAKA CBR)
5:45 PM – 6:00 PM: Intermission: Pasay North High School Chorale
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Presentation by Beneficiary: : Support and Empower Abused Deaf Children
6:45 PM – 7:15 PM: Sponsor Slots, Exhibitor Presentations
7:15 PM – 7:45 PM: Raffle Draws, Games
7:45 PM – 8:00 PM: Closing Note

One of the event’s major sponsors, World Vision, will be bringing celebrity endorsers to do intermission numbers, storytelling and other activities.

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Singapore Expo to accelerate growth of Traditional Medicine in ASEAN

Thursday, November 26, 2009

With the trend towards a healthy lifestyle on the rise, so is the demand for natural products like traditional medicine (TM). Just over the last five years, China exports of traditional medicine to the ASEAN region have increased by more than 150 percent from US$81.36 million in 2004 to US$210.80 million in 2008.

Aside from its being a natural and holistic alternative to western medicine, traditional medicine's affordability, accessibility, effectiveness, and long heritage are the factors driving the growth of the industry.

An inaugural exposition to be held in Singapore aims to further accelerate the growth of the TM sector by providing a platform for TM organizations from the region to showcase the latest in patent medicine, raw herbs, herbal extracts, health supplements, health care and therapy, as well as equipment and related services.

Jointly organized by Singapore TCM Organizations Committee (STOC) and the Singapore TCM College, the Traditional Medicine Expo (TMExpo) 2009 will be held from December 4-6, 2009 at the Suntec City International Convention and Exhibition, Singapore.

Said Mr. Lee Tiong Sa, Chairman of STOC, “The organization of TMExpo 2009 is very timely as the governments of the various ASEAN countries work towards the establishment of an ASEAN common market, and to harmonize the regulatory system for Traditional Medicine and Health Supplements for the region by 2015.”

Trade visitors looking to gain a deeper understanding of the latest developments and regulatory systems for traditional medicine in the various countries in the region will definitely gain invaluable insights at the TM Expo 2009 conference; the one-and-a-half day conference will feature an esteemed panel of speakers hailing from national health organizations, industry associations, and prestigious educational institutions in the region.

Two Filipino experts, Dr. Rainier Villanueva, President of the Chamber of Herbal Industries of the Philippines, and Mrs Melody Zamudio, Food-Drug Regulation Officer III, Food & Drug Administration, Philippines, will join the roster of speakers at the TM Expo Conference.

As the conference is expected to attract 200-250 overseas business practitioners, it will offer excellent opportunities for corporate networking and potential business collaboration.

According to Dr. Villanueva, “The conference programme will serve to strengthen understanding of the government regulatory policies for Traditional Medicine in the various markets in the region as well as key trends driving the growth in the sector. I am confident that industry players will be able to glean insightful information which can help them explore untapped opportunities and venture into new markets.”

In addition to showcasing the latest on traditional medicine in the region, TM Expo 2009 will also feature exhibitors from China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and the U.S.

These regional companies find TM Expo 2009 as an opportunity to launch their products and services.

According to Dato Dr Pa Nok Ching of Malaysia's Jin Bin Corporation Sdn Bhd, “As the up and coming regional TM hub in Asia, Singapore is the perfect location to introduce our company and launch some of our products to a regional audience. We are also hoping to identify potential working partners and overseas business prospects.”

The TM Expo is supported by International Enterprise Singapore, the Singapore Ministry of Health, SPRING Singapore, the Singapore Tourism Board, and corporate sponsor Eu Yan Sang.

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Western Union chooses Rhap Salazar to sing Galing ng Pinoy

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

To voice “Galing ng Pinoy,” Western Union chooses singing champion Rhap Salazar, who feels very excited about promoting the anthem around the world. For him, “Galing ng Pinoy” speaks of the strength and perseverance of the OFW. “Filipinos have a can-do spirit. They don't stop until they reach their dreams,” he says. “OFWs leave their families to work in other places. They really are our heroes.”

Rhap, himself, has become a little hero of the country. In July 2009, he brought home top honors, as the junior grand champion solo vocalist and junior grand champion performer, at the World Championship of the Performing Arts (WCOPA). Besting thousands of contestants from 48 countries, he continued the Philippine's winning streak in the competition, which, in past years, had hailed Jed Madela, Reymond Sajor, and Catherine Loria, among others, as top performers.

For Jonathan, it is only fitting that Rhap sings “Galing ng Pinoy.” “At a very young age, while representing our country, he became a world champion. He is a world-class talent for a song that talks about the world-class Filipino,” the music manager declares. Choosing the 12-year-old also adds authenticity to the song. He continues, “When Rhap sings 'Galing ng Pinoy,' it becomes purer. There is more emotion. There is more heart. You can feel the sincerity in every line he delivers because you cannot hide the innocence of a child.”

Singing comes naturally to Rhap, who, at the age of three, began his affair with making music with his voice. In a little town, in the province of Mindoro, his parents, Aida and Emmanuel, noticed that their son knew how to hold a microphone. At town fiestas, they encouraged this interest by joining him in singing competitions. Though he didn't win first prize in his debut, Rhap, with his version of “I'll Be There” by The Jackson 5, soon collected an armful of trophies in contests that followed, Fast forward to 2005, Rhap took on the whole country, winning the ABS-CBN singing tilt Little Big Star. In 2009, he dreamed of the world, joining WCOPA in Los Angeles. Apart from taking home top honors, Rhap swept the WCOPA's junior division, winning five gold medals in the vocal categories of Broadway, gospel, open, pop, and R&B.

Now and then, fans do recognize him. When it happens, the young star feels happy, knowing that people enjoy what he's doing. “It makes me want to do better so that I can make them happier,” proclaims Rhap. “Making people feel good is what I really love about singing.”

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Phoem Gets Laud!

Sexy maxi dresses seem to be Phoemela Baranda’s fashion preference lately and she has been experimenting with styles and colors inspired basically with just one dress, the Multi-Dress.

The TV Host/Model recently signed up as the newest endorser of Get Laud, our local clothing company which pioneers in creating pieces that are affordable, stylish and fits any body shape. The Multi-Dress is Get Laud’s answer to demand for dressing up in different style without breaking one’s bank account.

In the recent fashion show held at 9501 in ABS-CBN, Phoem was officially launched as the face of Get Laud, walking the runway with the store’s newest collection. A fashion icon for more than a decade, Phoem is proud that she gets to represent the company’s vision of delivering Philippine-made clothing to all women without compromising style, comfort and affordability.

Speaking from an insider’s point of view Phoemela said, “Get Laud has very unique designs and wide variety of style you can choose from. You can go for casual chic to elegantly stylish. From vibrant colors and prints to tone down earth colors and it comes in plus size. Get laud is very up to date with excellent quality at an affordable price. It's a fashionista's heaven.”

For someone who is deemed to dress good all the time, Phoemela has learned to scout the local fashion stores to score great bargains that are as stylish as its more expensive counterparts. An avid fan of the local designs, she said that some of the best pieces could be found in our local retail stores. Like most models, she even goes all the way to Tutuban to hunt for fashion finds, which she can mix and match, into a sassy ensemble.

A smart dresser, influenced by her years of experience in the fashion industry, Phoemela doesn’t dress for the trends. She still prefers classy and simple outfits that can be converted from daywear to eveningwear as she skips from modeling to hosting and attending events. On casual days, she favors plain shirts and shorts, owing to its comfort. Comfort for her is the key to looking good. When your comfortable your confident,” she says.

Phoemela Baranda started her career as an image model and since then became an in-demand ramp, commercial and print model. She also dips her foot into acting, landing roles in Pangako Sayo, Cool Dudes and Narito ang Puso Ko. Nowadays, she is busy juggling hosting jobs in The Buzz and TV Patrol while being the Public Relations officer of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines

To steal Phoemela Baranda’s style, visit any of Get Laud’s 30 branches nationwide or log on to

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The Buzz Magazine launches its December Issue

It's Christmas! This is just the most-awaited time of the year. Everyone is in the mood for parties and celebrations. But before you put on that party dress, make sure that you are also fully loaded with the latest chismis. To cap off this year, The Buzz Magasin has the exclusive stories that you are dying to know about in full details.

At last, sila na at forever pa! The long wait is finally over. Sen. Mar and Korina exchanged their heartfelt “I do’s” last October 27. Get a glimpse of the never-been-seen photos during the wedding and their honeymoon that will make you kilig.

At last, Angel Locsin breaks her silence about her hush-hush breakup with Luis Manzano four months ago and are actually not speaking terms. Is she ready to fall in love again? On the same boat, Gab Valenciano and Rachael Ann Go ended their one-year-old relationship. Find out how the ex-lovers ended up toward splitsville.

At last, we unravel the Richard Gutierrez and Jewel Mische’s love story that bloomed over innocent coffee breaks when they teamed up for a previous fantaserye. Get an inside scoop of their quiet relationship. Who is this couple that calls each other Yummy and Baby girl? Are they also talking about marriage?

Another breaking news that you should not miss: Ecxlusive! Wedding photos of Igi Boy Muhlach, the upcoming reunion movie of John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo; why is the Kimerald love team having pressure for 2010? And read Tito Boy Abunda’s secret road to success.

Plus! Bonggang feature of Annabelle Rama’s birthday celebration, the making of Hindi Ka Nag-iisa music video, Kian Kazemi’s new trip and the 2010 bonggang teleserye lineup revealed in celebration of ABS-CBN’s 60 years of being home to the best Pinoy teleseryes!

As you do your Christmas shopping, don’t forget to buy The Buzz Magasin’s December 2009. It will not only be a stress-free Christmas but a sumptuous one when you find out the latest buzz in showbizlandia.

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National Geographic Channel launches Big Blue exhibit in Manila

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

National Geographic Channel, in partnership with Ayala Malls and The Mind Museum, unveiled a life-size sculpture of the world’s biggest baby blue whale in Manila. This is the last stop of the Asian tour that aims to further public understanding of blue whales. Blue whales are the largest creature to ever inhabit the earth. Bigger than the greatest dinosaurs, they weigh up to 200 tons and extend up to 30 meters.

The Big Blue Exhibition will take visitors into the world of the magnificent blue whales. The sophisticated sculpture will be the highlight of the event. It is a life-like rendering of a nine-meter long, two-month old, female blue whale that was created by a team of professional model makers in Australia.

The exhibition also includes expert sharing sessions, conservation and education activities, and a feature writing competition. It features never-before-seen footages from National Geographic’s groundbreaking documentary, Big Blue.

The Big Blue Exhibition will run in five different venues on the following dates: Glorietta 5, November 17-26; Trinoma Mall, November 28-December 11; Alabang Town Center, January 4-17; Market! Market!, January 18-February 2; and Greenbelt Mall, February 3-17.

“The National Geographic Channel is delighted to launch Asia’s first Blue Whale Exhibition in Manila, in partnership with Ayala Malls and the Mind Museum. We hope that this inspiring encounter with this majestic creature will spark imaginations and further interest in marine conservation and how oceans relates closely to the well-being of humans,” said Sonia Jackson, senior vice president for marketing and general manager for Hong Kong and the Philippines of Fox International Channel, the mother company of National Geographic Channel.

The Ayala Malls, led by Ayala Group senior vice president Marivic Anonuevo, is committed to support the National Geographic’s efforts to encourage Filipinos to care for this beautiful creature and raise awareness of marine conservation in the Philippines.

Learn from the expert

National Geographic and The Mind Museum have invited local marine mammal scientist Dr. Arnel Andrew Yaptinchay to host special sharing sessions to inspire students and visitors of the Big Blue Exhibition.

Dr. Yaptinchay is one of the volunteer scientists providing advice on some exhibits for the museum. He is involved in conservation initiatives on threatened marine species such as the whale shark, cetaceans, and dugong in the Philippines. Dr. Yaptinchay has once served as director for the Species Conservation Program of World Wide Fund-Philippines. He will share his experiences with local audiences and answer questions.

Big Blue documentary

Showing on National Geographic Channel 18 November at 7 pm, 21 November at 11 am, and 22 November at 8 pm, the two-hour Big Blue special is the first documentary to uncover the mysteries of the blue whale.

The special features never-before-seen moments in the life of blue whales, with stunning first-time footage of a blue whale calf and its mother and amazing shots of an adult blue whale singing.

Audiences will also get a unique whale’s view through an advanced technology developed by National Geographic called CRITTERCAM®, which allows unprecedented access into the animal kingdom without human interference.

This state-of-the-art research device was attached to a blue whale’s back to record footages of the animal as it travels deep into the ocean to allow scientists to study its behaviors.

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Eugene Domingo is Star Studio Magazine’s November issue

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Eugene Domingo leads StarStudio’s list of 2009’s surprising stars. Domingo made the great leap this year from competent support to box-office sensation on the strength of her smash solo comic hit Kimmy Dora. Aside from the emerging comic royalty, fan favorites like Dingdong Dantes, Gerald Anderson, Erich Gonzales, Zaijian Jaranilla, Sandara (now Dara) Park, John Lloyd Cruz (and more) comprise our special November 2009 portfolio.

We also have on this issue the first of Rica Peralejo and her fiancé Joseph Bonifacio’s pre-nuptial preparations which Bonifacio himself penned, and an account of controversial host Willie Revillame’s Wowowee vacation, grand TV return and his next big purchase.

On a sad note, your monthly show biz companion looks back on the tragedy that was Ondoy with over 50 photos of celebrity heroes and victims and their heartrending stories.

Typhoons come and go but life goes on. Don’t forget to share in StarStudio’s humble offering of hope and engaging showbiz stories available in leading bookstores and newsstands nationwide.

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Carla Abellana on Chalk’s November issue!

Wondering what gifts to give your boy, BFFs, and family this Christmas? Chalk’s got all the answers in their annual Gift Guide Special! Check out the list of the best stores to visit for all your gift-shopping needs, plus UAAP and NCAA Hotties confess what gifts they’d really like to get this year. Cover girl Carla Abellana talks about her rise to stardom and reveals her top five shopping tips. Find out what the hottest upcoming trends are for the holiday parties, then see how you can get the exact same looks—for less! Say goodbye to raccoon eyes and smudges—there’s also a guide on how to make your makeup last the whole night. Want more UAAP action? Get a load of the pull-out poster recapping all the highlights of the recently-concluded basketball season with photos of all of the UAAP team captains inside. Plus Jabbawockeez, model Ian Batherson, Monster Radio RX 93.1’s Paula Santos, and more! It’s all in Chalk’s November issue, in newsstands now

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Elevating the action to the next level of thrill is an entire month of world class events on Balls, the complete channel for all sports buffs on Skycable Channel 34.

Sports enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the U-17 FIFA World Cup Nigeria will be shown live at Balls Channel on November 12 starting 10:30pm and 16 at 1:30am. The FIFA U-17 World Cup is the third oldest FIFA competition following the FIFA World CupTM and the FIFA U-20 World Cup. In 2005, only 16 teams participated in the tournament and after only two years, the figure rose to 24 particpating teams with a total of 66 associations taking part. Joining the superstar teams of Nigeria and Brazil are the youth squads of Algeria, Malawi and Switzerland eager to make their debut on the world stage.

UFC 105 fans can't wait any longer for the main event as Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture makes his comeback to the light heavyweight division against dynamic striker Brandon “The Truth” Vera on November 15 at 7a.m. Another great fight that shouldn’t be missed is UFC 106 between superstars Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin in a rematch of their explosive showdown back in 2006. Stay tuned on November 22 at 11:00am to find out if this sequel will be another instant classic.

Plus, adding fire and spice to an already fast paced month is the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup on November 21 at 11:00pm and 23 at 12:30am. Now on its 5th year, the 2009 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The FIFA Beach Soccer World started in Rio de Janeiro in 2005 and has steadily grown in popularity. It currently has a record number of participating teams with more than 65 countries from the six FIFA confederation zones taking part in the qualifying stages.

Log on to for more details and information on upcoming events. Balls is available on SkyCable Platinum, SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators nationwide.

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2009 Cinema One Originals: Maximus & Minimus

Friday, November 6, 2009

Director: Nap Jamir. Writer and Line Producer: Jimmy Flores. Cinematographers: Pao Orendain, Armin Collado, Nor Domingo, Nap Jamir. Production Manager s: Endi “Hai” Balbuena, Maita Lupac. Associate Director: Mark Shandii Bacolod. Production Designers: Endi “Hai” Balbuena, Sammy Esquillon. Costume Designers: Tessa Aquino, Nikki Sonico. Musical Scorer: Teresa Barrozo. Editors: Bebs Gohetia, Miko Araneta.
Cast: Cai Cortez, Baron Geisler, Mikel Campos, Liza Lorena, Malou Crisologo, Kimmy Maclang


Fate’s been reasonably fair to Max, a full-figured young woman with a ton of confidence, a hefty bank account, and a hearty sex life. Needless to say, she’s pretty satisfied with what’s on her plate. No complications. No weight issues at all. Life is sweet.

Until the sex part hits a snag.

Max is consumed by doubts, both crucial and trivial, mostly involving her waistline. She learns to cope in a manner typical of her upbringing.

Meanwhile, Max’s one-time lover Papu has a size-related dilemma of his own. He embarks on a futile search for redemption after an embarrassingly short encounter.
Maximus & Minimus is a comedy about excess and shortcomings, with an ounce of sex and a pound of quirkiness.

Director’s Statement

“The objective is to tell a good, funny, and very visual story. It’s an attempt to extract humor from a quirky Filipino situation.

“Maximus & Minimus touches on subjects that do not normally come up in public discussion. We present these delicate matters in a way that cushions any unpleasant impact, and that is through humor.”

About the Director

Nap Jamir has been Director/Cinematographer for more than 400 television commercials since 1985.

He was the director of photography for the PETA-CCP production of Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere, a 13-episode mini-series for television directed by National Artist Eddie Romero. His film credits include Auraeus Solito’s Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros and Tuli, which both competed at the Sundance Film Festival, Jeffrey Jeturian’s Bridal Shower, and Tikoy Aguiluz’s Rizal sa Dapitan.

Since 2005 he has been Senior Lecturer on Advanced Cinematography at the University of the Philippines Film Institute. Maximus & Minimus is his directorial debut.

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2009 Cinema One Originals: Wanted: Border

Director and Writer: Ray Defante Gibraltar. Line Producer: Chits Jimenez. Cinematographer: Ogi Sugatan. Assistant Director: Karla Pambid. Production Designer: Alf Alacapa. Production Manager: Che Villanueva. Editor: Tara Illenberger. Art Director: Jeffrey Winston Lazaro. Sound: Allan Hilado. Wardrobe: Amanda Nava. Poetry: John Iremil Teodoro. BTS Director: Oscar M. Nava. Talent Coordinator: Kristoffer Rhys Grabato. Art Department: Ramon Montejo, Rey Laude, Rey Gico.
Cast: Rosanna Roces, Joy Louise Evidente, Kristoffer Grabato, Publio Briones, Raffy Tejada, Edward Divinagracia, Dante Amaguin, JP Libo-on, Edgardo Amar, Rheno Mar Soqueño, Boyet Zuluaga, Kukok Piconcillo, Nemia Guinabo, Sol Alquizar, Dennis Ascalon, Mona Pico, Pamela Falcis, AJ Aurelio, Faith Javellana, Edrelita Sebio, Audie Barbasa, Arnel Sumpay, Maria Esperanza Matea Sunshine Teodoro, Peter Paul Deocos, members of Teatro Busilak, University of Iloilo, and students from the Western Institute of Technology.


Mama Saleng is a religious fanatic who owns a boarding house and a canteen. As a child, Saleng was accused, along with her grandmother, of being an “aswang”. Her thirst for human flesh was quenched during the Martial Law years when she met Jessie Beltran, an undercover agent tasked with the brutal extermination of activists on Panay Island. Mama Saleng came to enjoy killing, becoming like the “aswang” she was accused of being.

She continues to indulge her monstrous appetites among her hapless lodgers.

Director’s Statement

“Every day for four years I passed a misspelled sign that said “Wanted: Border”. It was on the lamppost in front of the apartment I was renting. In 2001 I wrote a screenplay and called it “Wanted: Border”. At the time I was stressed-out from the fast pace of life in Manila. From all the stress I ended up creating some bizarre characters.

“This film is a sort of exorcism for me. All the characters are connected to me in some way. I used stories I heard from my friends, the experiences they told me about. The rest are figments of a hunger-driven imagination.”

About the Director

Ray Defante Gibraltar studied Philosophy at Saint Vincent Ferrer Seminary, Jaro, Iloilo, and the University of Saint La Salle, Bacolod. He attended filmmaking workshops at Mowelfund Film Institute in 2001. His films When Timawa Meets Delgado, Syokoy, and Panudlak have been screened in international festivals.
He is based in Guimbal, Iloilo, Philippines where he delivers eggs, does organic farming for a living, and watches a lot of animation with his son, Ray Gerard.

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2009 Cinema One Originals: Paano Ko Sasabihin?

Director and Writer: Richard Soriano Legaspi. Assistant Directors: Anna Isabelle Matutina, Pam Miras. Cinematographer: Ogi Sugatan. Editor: Anna Isabelle Matutina. Production Designer: Bon Labora. Art Director: Jane Legaspi. Wardrobe: Dindin dela Cruz, Marlon Tabangcura. Sound: Alan Hilado. Line Producer and Production Manager: Karr Cotamora. Location Manager: Michael Macaraeg. Production Coordinators: Ren’z Estacio, Michelle Ngu. Still Photographers: Mike Odono, Robert de la Cruz.
Cast: Erich Gonzales, Enchong Dee, Geraldine Tan, Johann Alcantara, Ian Viktor, Mikhail Lawrence Hirang, Zernan Mataya, Nestle Garcia, Sarah Joy Agarin, John Marc Tajanlangit, Airich Macalintal, Jules Katanyag, Max Balatbat, Shiela Llana, Judee Bendiola, Renz Estacio, Acer Cruz, Don August, Jeffrey Baligad, Nathan Crisostomo, Joana Marie Martin, Rica Acopio, Hazel Ann Ching, Karen Mercader, Erwin Postorioso, Rehima Grace del Rio, Gabriel Lance M. Pangan


What if the attractive mute guy you meet on the metro train thinks you’re also deaf? Are you ready to pretend to be deaf? And what if you were both just pretending so as not to disappoint each other?

Paano Ko Sasabihin (How Do I Say This) is a romantic comedy about two souls entangled in a loop of lies, both of them hoping that true love will straighten everything out.

Director’s Statement

“This was my first attempt to write a full-length feature, and I finished it in 2002. I’d almost given up on getting it made until it was selected by Cinema One Originals.

“My fascination with the deaf began when I was a child—we lived near a school for the deaf on the border of Santolan, Malabon and Malinta, Valenzuela. From watching them I came to realize that communication has no boundaries. Speaking in sign language is not a limitation but a gift.”

About the Director

Richard S. Legaspi is Advertising, Painting and Art History lecturer at his alma mater, the University of the East. A graduate of the Asian Film Academy in Busan, South Korea, his films have been screen at the Busan, Dubai, Pyongyang, Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, and many other festivals. His short film Ambulancia won at the Festival Internazionale del Cortometraggio San Gio in Verona Italy.
His latest film projects include “Hand-Painted Feathers”, which is set to compete at the Dubai IFF in December, and “Escape to Nothingness”, part of the official selection at World Film Festival Bangkok 2009.

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2009 Cinema One Originals: Si Baning, Si Maymay at ang Asong si Bobo

Director, Writer, Editor, and Production Designer: Milo Tolentino. Line Producer: Rica Arevalo. Associate Line Producer: Lorenzo “Toti” Reyes. Production Manager: Kat Pasigan. Cinematographer: Hermann Claravall. Sound Design: Mark Laccay. Musical Score: Diwa De Leon. Animator: Christian Fadera. Script Consultant: Doy Del Mundo. Assistant Director: Carlos Quismundo.
Cast: Karley Largueza, Jhoana Jean Evangelista, Angela the dog, Rio Locsin, Simon Ibarra, Geraldine Tan, Gloria Austria, Jan Harley Hicana Rebanal.


In a quaint seaside village, 6-year-old Baning yearns to learn her ABCs. While the other kids attend the local public school, she has to wait by the roadside for school to end so she can play school with Maymay.

Maymay, aged 9, is distracted by her mother’s flirtation with a local lad. She misses her father who’s working abroad, and she has a crush on an older boy who seems oblivious of her. In contrast Baning seems unaffected by her family’s poverty and the fact that her slow, delinquent brother gets to attend school while she helps her mother with the laundry. What really bothers her is the way Maymay’s personal dramas affect her makeshift education. Then there’s the matter of Bobo the dog, the drunk next door, and the dreadful box hidden in the shed.

Director’s Statement

“I want to make a film brimming with sunshine and heart, one that celebrates the playful and generous spirit of the Filipino child while paying tribute to the colorful, crude, but proud rural Filipino family.”

About the Director

Rommel Tolentino a.k.a. Milo is a visual artist who does fine art and commercial photography, graphic design, and films. He has received three Cinemalaya awards for his short films Orasyon, Andong, and Blogog. Milo is the first Filipino filmmaker to win the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Competition (2009), and the Sonje Award in the Pusan International Film Festival (2008). His awards include the 2009 Gawad Urian for Short Film, the 2008 United Nations Millennium Development Goals Award, and the 2009 Bamboo Camera Award given by indie film pioneer Kidlat Tahimik.

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2009 Cinema One Originals: Bala-Bala 

Director: Melvin A. Brito. Writers: Arianne A. Viardo and Melvin A. Brito. Line Producer: Joselle Acuña. Creative Consultant: Sherad Anthony Sanchez. Assistant Directors: Alfred Reyes and Oscar Llave, Jr. Graphics and Special Effects Designer: Ishamar Mangaser. Production Designer: Joy Puntawe. Sound Design: Mark Laccay. Musical Scorer: Ado Ortiz, Jr. Cinematographer: Roman Carlo Olivarez. Technical Director: Manuel Abanto. Production Managers: Mac Pe Benito, Patricia Yadao. Editors: Melvin A. Brito, Pablo Garcia, Linberg Cabebe. Videographers: Edward Lee Gagarin, Niño Alejandrino, Florido Romero III. Make-up Artist: Sarah. Art Director: Carrie. Wardrobe: Malia Viardo. Sequence Manager: Farish Banalnal. Production Assistants: Enric Mabasa and Christian Diaz.
Cast: Micah Muñoz, Rold Salamat, Angel Jacob, Jao Mapa, Richard Quan, Tom Olivar, Glenda Resurreccion.


When Fredrick Aguila visits the epidemic-stricken area of Dagatan, San Jose, Batangas, his only mission is to identify the disease that is spreading throughout the barrio and killing all the livestock.

In the course of his investigation he not only uncovers the secrets of the barrio, but miraculously heals a young girl.

News of his healing power spreads, and the villagers demand that he cure their sick children as well. Fredrick discovers his true identity, and his mysterious connection with the events in Dagatan.

Director’s Statement

“This film is based on my childhood experience. I spent my vacations in Dagatan, where I discovered that fantasy and magic are not merely stories. There are many things in this world that we are vaguely aware of but do not believe. But I believe, and I want to share what I’ve seen.

“Bala-Bala is a film for the whole family. It’s told in a serious manner, but it will be easily understood by viewers ages 8 to 98. I think of it as an independent film with a mainstream feel.

“Audiences who are open to exploring the realities beyond urban life will appreciate this film.”

About the Director

Melvin Brito has worked as an editor and director of videos and television shows. At present he is a writer and segment producer on a popular noontime variety show. Melvin majored in mass communications at Far Eastern University. Bala-Bala is his first feature film.

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Starbucks Coffee Philippines 2010 Planner

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Starbucks Coffee Philippines tradition returns this Christmas season – with the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee Philippines 2010 Planner. The planner is available in 3 different textured and designed covers reflecting the unique stages of the coffee bean. Now on its 7th year, this annual Starbucks tradition highlights the company’s heritage by sharing its history, products, innovations, partner and customer stories and global responsibility.

A customer can avail of a Starbucks Christmas traditions planner promo card from November 4, 2009 to January 6, 2010. One sticker is awarded for each Starbucks beverage purchase. Holder must accumulate a total of seventeen (17) stickers (nine (9) Christmas beverage plus eight (8) core beverages except bottled drinks) to redeem one (1) Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2010 Planner.

For every redemption of the Limited Edition Starbucks Coffee 2010 Planner comes a donation to the continuous relief efforts for the Typhoon victims and to SparkHope – Starbucks flagship program for early childhood care and development in partnership with UNICEF.

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Cathy out, Kattlin of Finland on PBB DOUBLE UP

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Straight from Big Brother Finland, sexy Estonian-born Kattlin Laas will be arriving to Manila on November 1 for the Big Swap of “Pinoy Big Brother Double Up” on ABS-CBN.

Despite weather forecasts about a coming storm, Big Brother is pushing through with one of the biggest twists of the season where a housemate from Finland will trade places with a local housemate, which happens to be Cathy Remperas, the Charming Babe of Bohol.

The 22 year old Finnish housemate admitted to the Finnish Big Brother that she is not fluent in English. A food processing worker, Kattlin describes herself as a positive and cheerful person. Her weakness, meanwhile, is her short temper. She hates people with oversized ego, people who lie a lot, and people-pleasers.

Will Kattlin be able to relate to the Pinoy housemates? Will she be able to adjust to the culture and language? What foreign traits and culture will she introduce to the housemates and the Filipino audience?

Find out how Cathy will do in Finland by following Big Brother’s secretary on Twitter. Just search PBBSecretary and click follow. Don’t miss Kattlin’s first days inside the PBB house this Sunday “George and Cecil” on ABS-CBN.

Keep posted on the news inside the PBB House visit

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In celebration of Cinema One's 15th year anniversary, it gave its avid viewers an early halloween treat - Sine Sindak sa Eastwood!

Two shrill-jerking horror films were shown: the Cinema One Original Yanggaw starring Urian Best Actor Ronnie Lazaro, multi-awarded Techie Agbayani and Joel Torre plus another spook-filled film Shake, Rattle and Roll 2K5 final segment Lihim ng San Joaquin starring Tanya Garcia, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Elizabeth Oropesa, Noni Buencamino, Ronnie Lazaro and Pen Medina.

Kapamilya stars and celebrities who braved the night were Megan Young, Joem Bascon, Victor Basa, Dimples Romana, PFF’s Ram Sagad, Mark Abaya, Isabel Roces, Brent Javier and featured film Yanggaw’s cast and crew including director Richard Somes and actors Ronnie Lazaro and Aleera Montalla.

Aside from these two spine tingling films, three of the hottest Pinoy bands - MYMP, Duster and Sandwich - rendered hair tickling performances while guests were able to play cool games with the celebrities. Comedians Tuesday Vargas and John Lapus brought the house down with their hosting.

An added bonus was also free fortune telling and tarot card reading for those who bought issues of select ABS-CBN Publishing magazines.

For more updates and information on other upcoming events, tune in to Cinema One available on SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators nationwide.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Veteran broadcaster Ted Failon brings you stories that will surely leave a mark on every Filipino’s mind and heart as ABS-CBN premieres its newest magazine program “Failon Ngayon!” this Saturday (October 24) at 5:30pm.

Join Ted as he brings the latest news and information as well as extraordinary tales that will give your weekend afternoon viewing a whole new flavor.

The most controversial and most talked about personalities of the week take the hot seat and answer tough questions in “Most JuanTED,” while people get to voice out their opinions as they become the show's "Isyu-sero.” The respected radio commentator also takes his brave commentaries to television in this segment as he critiques politicians, people in the government, as well as in private and local agencies.

From hard hitting news and opinions, Ted gives you a slice of the lighter side of life as he features out-of-the-ordinary stories and the spirit of heroism among Pinoys alongside peculiar stories which will definitely rouse your curiosity and interest.

Above all, “Failon Ngayon!” will be of service to the public as Ted becomes the bridge for citizens to find solution to their problems.

Don’t miss the premiere of “Failon Ngayon!” this Saturday (October 24) at 5:30 PM on ABS-CBN.

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QC councilors face-off on anc’s “Square Off: The Civics Debates”

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Councilors Bong Suntay and Edcel Lagman will go one-on-one on the first edition of “Square Off: The Civics Debate” this Wednesday (Oct 21) on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC SKYCABLE 27).

The potential 2010 election rivals will tackle issues on peace and order, illegal gambling, social waste management, graft and corruption, and public health among others during the debate to be moderated by anchor Twink Macaraig.

“Square Off,” ANC’s top-rating current affairs program, aims to aid voters in weighing their options in the 2010 elections this season through “The Civics Debates.” With a one-on-one format, the program gives viewers an opportunity to see the understanding of governance, public service, and community needs of possible election candidate.

Texters and bloggers are also invited to interact as their questions may also be asked during the program.

Catch “Square Off: The Civics Debate” this Wednesday (Oct 21), 8pm live on ANC with replays every Thursday at 1pm, and Saturdays at 1pm.

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The Lifestyle Network,on its 10th Anniversary pays tribute to 10 outstanding women who have made exceptional marks in the fields that they?ve chosen and have touched the lives of people around them as they live out their passion. You can catch them wearing the channel's most vibrant colors in its newest logo in the mini-plugs aired in between the programs. This is in celebration of their 1st decade on Philippine television and will be highlighted through a weeklong photo exhibit which will be held at the Archaeology Wing, Powerplant Mall, 2nd Floor from October 23 through the 31st.

The channel prides itself in its top 10 picks of outstanding women : Singer-Actress Lea Salonga who?s a world-class persona and lived large on the world stage; Host-Actress Donita Rose who has found out that the center and happiness is simply being a mother and having a quiet life whilst active in other things like her advocacy; model and former model lifestyle Network host Isabel Roces who's an outspoken advocate of animal rights and a strong supporter of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals); Fashion Designer Hindy Weber-Tantoco who?s a fashion designer, mother and supporter of causes all rolled into one; Stage Actress Menchu Lauchengo-Yulo who?s a supporter of the Culture and the Arts.

Completing the list is cancer survivor and advocate Kara Alikpala who bravely faced the challenge of defying cancer; Chef and Entrepreneur Margarita Fores who best represented the channel?s food EQUITY; Former President and CEO of Mc Cann Phils and Chairman of CCP Emily Abrera who has accomplished many things and believed that a woman can; Managing Director of ABS-CBN Foundation Gina Lopez who?s continuously extending her hand in her charitable works especially with her concern on the country and children?s future; Ballet dancer Lisa Macuja who's a world class performer and very dedicated to the Arts and her craft .

Lifestyle network's loyal viewers who are as important and has been regularly following the channel's daily offerings, various events and promos are just as valuable. As such, they are making known to everyone 10 inspiring stories of people who inspire our viewers. There is a call to send in their narration on these people they look up to and the top 10 will be aired as well as be featured in the said photo exhibit.

For more surprises and treats, continue to tune in to the Lifestyle Network the channel where life and style blend and visit for more details.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation has bagged two nominations at the prestigious 2009 International Emmy Awards for the outstanding performance of actress Angel Locsin in the series "Lobo" and the outstanding drama series "Kahit Isang Saglit" starring Jericho Rosales and Malaysian model-actress Carmen Soo.

Locsin is the only Filipino nominated in the acting category and will be competing against actresses from France, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. She portrayed the role of a Lyka Raymundo, an aspiring fashion designer who later had to confront her own destiny as a she-wolf.

In a text message read by Kris Aquino in Showbiz News Ngayon (SNN) Monday night, Locsin said she is honored to be nominated but could not totally rejoice or celebrate because of the difficulties that the country is going through after typhoon "Ondoy."

On the other hand, "Kahit Isang Saglit" will be competing in the Best Telenovela category against programs from India and France. It is a landmark TV project aired both in the Philippines and Malaysia. The drama series was shot in both countries, marking ABS-CBN's first collaboration with a Malaysian production group (Double Vision).

ABS-CBN made history in 2007 when its late night news program "Bandila" earned an International Emmy nomination, beating some 800 entries worldwide in the News and Current Affairs categories. It was the first Philippine newscast nominated in the Internal Emmys.

Winners will be revealed during the Gala Night on November 23, 2009 at Hilton Hotel, New York.

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Globe and modu bring the world’s lightest phone to the Philippines

Friday, October 2, 2009

Innovation leader Globe Telecom has sealed its partnership with modu Ltd., with the shared mission of introducing breakthrough mobile products to the Philippine market.

Much like Globe, modu is a pioneer in its field and is poised to locally launch its flagship product, the customizable and modular modu phone never before seen in the Philippines and soon to be available only from Globe through its exclusive local distributor Lynk Communications.

Globe Telecom President and CEO Ernest L. Cu welcomes the partnership as marketing coup, as well as a key strategic move. “At Globe, we are committed to always putting the customer first and doing everything in our power to delight the Globe user. Modu for its part has shown an astute understanding of what makes our customers tick; the modu™ phone, with its unique approach to personalization, is proof positive. We are confident this leading-edge partnership will bring new value to a market that continues to grow in sophistication and discerning tastes.”

The modu phone is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records™ as the lightest fully-functional phone in the world, weighing in at only 1.5 oz., yet fully loaded with a music player, mass storage device and 2 GB internal memory. The Philippines will in fact be among the first countries to launch this novel phone. The big news behind the modu™ phone is its incredible potential for personalization through interchangeable modu™ jackets -- fashionable phone enclosures which can instantly change the look and style of the handset. Through the use of various trendy modu jacket designs, users can have a different phone every day of the week, with a single handset.

modu was founded in 2007 by Dov Moran, inventor of the USB Flash Drive (DiskonKey™) and other groundbreaking personal storage solutions. The company is headquartered in Israel with offices in Croatia and South Korea. The company’s vision is to bring a fundamental change to the dynamics of the personal communication world. Introducing the world’s lightest phone, in partnership with Globe, is a key step.

For Globe’s part, the company’s track record for innovation began over a decade ago with the launch of text messaging. Over the years, Globe has introduced a series of advanced services, such as the award-winning m-commerce solution GCash, the world’s first and only virtual landline and mobile service Duo, and the re-launched Globe Broadband Tattoo which is now the fastest-growing prepaid wireless broadband service in the Philippines.

Globe has also strengthened its broadband play by rolling out new connectivity solutions like the cutting-edge fiber-to-the-home technology GPON, and the country’s first WIMAX network which is also the largest WIMAX 2.5 GHz deployment in Southeast Asia.

Globe’s latest launch is the new Globe Tattoo, a re-branded and revitalized prepaid service providing the first-ever prepaid SIM that can be used to call, text and surf the internet. The converged experience from Globe Tattoo comes in an array of pop-art designer prepaid SIMs that can be used in both mobile phones and broadband USB sticks. The flagship offer of Globe Tattoo is ImmortalTxt, another pioneering effort which is the country’s first-ever SMS service with no expiry for its text offer.

The Globe-modu partnership bodes well for technophiles for whom the latest, hottest device is an absolute must-have. Gadget fans can look forward to exciting new offers from Globe and modu.

In photo, Globe Telecom President and CEO Ernest L. Cu and modu founder and CEO Dov Moran show off the world’s lightest phone, exclusively available from Globe.

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Boys Over Flowers's Kim Bum is in Manila!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

“Boys Over Flowers” star Kim Bum finally sets foot in Manila. He arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Wednesday morning. Bum, who’s popularly known as Yi Jeong in the top-rating Koreanovela aired recently in ABS-CBN, is currently in the country to shoot a commercial for RC Cola opposite teen actress Maja Salvador. The arrival of the 20-year old Korean superstar was first announced via “Boys Over Flowers” Twitter account Wednesday afternoon. Keep tuning in ABS-CBN and follow it’s the BOF Twitter account at for more updates on his appearances.

I heard there will be meet and greet with Kim Bum and the mechanics will be posted soon on and

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

“I’m living a life with diabetes, but I’m not letting it stop me.” – Gary Valenciano

One famous Filipino who is inflicted with this is Gary Valenciano. The country’s “Mr. Pure Energy” shares how he almost lost his life due to diabetes on “I Survived” this Thursday (Oct 1) on ABS-CBN.

Gary has been battling Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes since he was 14 years old. His wife, Angeli and kids have been witnesses to many of his attacks, and to almost 90,000 insulin injections in his lifetime. But in 2005, no one was prepared for his worst hypoglycemic attack.

It happened in Pasadeña, California during the “ASAP Kapamilya Caravan Tour,” where Gary lay unconscious and almost went into a comatose.

How did the people around him work together to help revive him? And how is Gary surviving his disease? Here is an inspiring story for millions of diabetic Filipinos as told to Ces Oreña Drilon this Thursday (Oct 1) on “I Survived,” right after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN.

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This Sunday (Oct 4), the whole country will be at a standstill for the opening of “Pinoy Big Brother Double UP,” live at 7:30pm on ABS-CBN.

After months of anticipation, “Pinoy Big Brother Double UP” will finally reveal the identities of the newest housemates in a night full of wonder and magic. Also to watch out for is the newest trick up Kuya’s sleeve with the reveal of the meaning of “Double UP,” which will surely surprise and hook viewers from all over the country.

According to PBB business unit head Lauren Dyogi, the twist is a first in the history of the “Big Brother.”

“PBB’s” former housemates will come in full force to welcome the new members of the “PBB” family and so will the program’s trio of hosts Mariel Rodriguez, Bianca Gonzalez, and Toni Gonzaga.

The “PBB” franchise is set to cause a craze again with “Pinoy Big Brother Double UP,” with people across the nation already trading thoughts and opinions on the meaning of “Double UP” in malls, schools, homes, offices and even online, as in

The wait is surely worth it because this season, “PBB” fans can be with Kuya the whole week! Get double the features on “Pinoy Big Brother Über,” double the fun on “PBB Games Uplate,” and double the excitement on “Pinoy Big Brother Double UP” on primetime, right after follows “Dahil May Isang Ikaw” on ABS-CBN.

Stay tuned to Studio 23 for the weekly highlights inside the “PBB” house on “PBB Weekend Primetime” every Saturday and Sunday on 6pm starting October 10. Also see raw footage from the house on “Pinoy Big Brother Streaming” at 1pm starting October 12.

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Students get 10,000 free Smart Bro dongles at “B Free” mega event

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Students of member schools of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) gathered in a festive inter-university blowout mounted this weekend by leading wireless Internet provider Smart Bro.

Worthy of a Guinness record title, the huge crowd turn-out in “B Free Day” reached peak excitement as 10,000 units of Smart Bro prepaid wireless modems or ‘dongles’ were given away for free to the students, a first in the marketing initiatives by a wireless broadband company in the country.

This is in line with Smart Bro’s partnership with the two premier collegiate sports leagues, which produced limited editions of Smart Bro Plug Its, dongles designed with the sports team monickers of UAAP and NCAA member schools. These are Adamson University, Ateneo, La Salle, FEU, National University, UE, UST and UP for UAAP. The NCAA member schools are College of St. Benilde (CSB), Jose Rizal University, Letran, Mapua, San Beda, San Sebastian, Philippine Christian University (on leave), and University of Perpetual Help.

“Supporting school sports is one of our advocacies as these provide positive entertainment and promote healthy competition among the youth. Giving away the dongles is our reward to them, in line with Smart Bro’s goal of delivering Internet for all,” explained Smart marketing group head Annie P. Naval.

UAAP Season 72 president Anton Montinola said the league was “happy to be associated with Smart, a quality organization with quality products that cater to the youth, just like the UAAP. We are very thankful for this collaboration.”

On the other hand, NCAA 85th Season chair Jose Mari Lacson said, “We only partner with number one, and this should add spice to what the NCAA is all about, which is that of keeping up with the times.”

The NCAA board’s marketing committee head Henry Atayde also said “it’s about time we introduced something new, young and fresh since we’re the oldest league in the country.” Earnings from the partnership will be used for the scholarship program of CSB, the school he represents.

This first-of-its kind event was a fitting get-together for students as the collegiate sports season moved towards heated final playoffs that will decide the fate of their school teams.

Held at the Megatent in Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City, “B Free Day” thrilled the student crowd with back-to-back performances by popular rock bands Sandwich, Hale and Spongecola; raffle draws; and games and treats reminiscent of school fairs such as bail out jail booth, balloon darts, ball toss, back massages, burgers, beverages and other sponsors’ freebies—all beginning with the letter ‘b’.

Another popular section of “B Free” featured a remount of the successful Smart Bro Broadbandemonium – The Great SMART Bro Sale. The sale brought together major PC brands Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Neo and Toshiba, which have bundled Smart Bro in some of their latest models, to give buyers the right equipment to enjoy the Internet with Smart Bro’s fast connectivity.
Smart Communications, Inc. recently launched its expanded HSPA network nationwide, from Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte to Digos, Davao del Sur—with many more cellsites expected to go live before 2009 ends. Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, and other key cities are already covered with seamless, high-speed mobile broadband which provides a subscriber high speeds of up to 5.8Mbps, enabling Smart Bro subscribers to enjoy the fastest wireless broadband service when surfing the internet.

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Timing the Future

Monday, September 21, 2009

It’s now or never -- at least when it comes to teaching children the value of time and the discipline of time management.

“Parenting experts have said it time and again—childhood is the best time to ingrain the skill of time management,” points out Kelvin Ngo, Operations Manager of Kids Watch Central. “Studies tell us that 80% of a typical workday is wasted on unimportant tasks and wasted time – a statistic that could have been prevented if only these adults had been disciplined early on.”

To help raise awareness on the importance of time management among children, Kids Watch Central will be holding Kids Watch Central Family Fun Summit 2009 a parenting seminar on time management that takes this issue head-on. “It may sound like a cliché, but now’s the right time to do something about it;

Real Mothers, Real Lessons

“What makes Kids Watch Central Family Fun Summit 2009 different is that the lessons from it are not textbook-based. The insights that will be shared are from real-life mothers who actually had to experience teaching their kids first-hand,” notes Ngo.

Kids Watch Central Family Fun Summit 2009 will be headlined by Mocs Lopez and Jennifer Tan. The former is a teacher from Explorations Pre-School and a mother to three kids. Lopez is a firm believer on setting clear priorities and delineating tasks. “One important insight is that the prioritizing should come from the children themselves. If they’re the ones who classify homework for tomorrow as ‘urgent’ or attending soccer practice as ‘important;’ then they can delegate their time and optimize their efforts willingly.”

Meanwhile, Jennifer Tan, who’s likewise a teacher from Explorations Pre-School and a single mother to two boys aged 6 and 8, opines that children themselves should realize the consequences of not having their time managed well.

”Parents should talk to their kids about the consequences whenever they don’t manage their time,” says the progressive parenting advocate and hands-on mom. “It isn’t enough that parents discipline them whenever they refuse to follow. Parents should communicate how time management affects their kid’s daily activities. For example, parents can tell children that if they prioritize studying now, that means they have more time to play later on.”

Concretizing Time

However, both Mocs Lopez and Jennifer Tan admit that teaching time management is not an easy task – especially since time itself is an abstract concept. “It’s not unusual for children to ask: ‘mom, what does a minute look like?’ or ‘how do I know if my time is already up,’ and this is where tools such as children’s watches come in.”

They also believe that it would help if these timepieces are visually appealing or interesting to the kids themselves. “If their favorite character is Spiderman or Barbie of course, they’re likely to be more interested in looking at watches that feature these characters as opposed to a plain-faced one. It’s about adding an element of ‘fun’ to a visual representation of time.”

Kids Watch Central --a retail outlet that specializes in kids watches—for instance, is one place where parents can source trendy and colorful character watches. Here characters such as Transformers, Hello Kitty, Barbie and Ben10 come alive to teach children the value of time and the discipline of time management. Kids Watch Central stores can be found in the children's accessories area of leading department stores.

Without doubt, parents should give their children an early head start on the lesson of time management. And with proper guidance and the right tools such as Kid’s Watch Central’s character timepieces, ‘now or never’ is not so daunting after all.

Kids Watch Central, is located inside the Children’s Accessories area in leading department stores such as SM, The Landmark, and Rustan’s.

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In 2004, director Yam Laranas released the horror movie Sigaw, which went on to become a huge hit both here and abroad. A year later, Yam received a call from a Daily Variety reporter who told him that a producer named Roy Lee wanted to watch it, so he sent a copy to the States.

When producer Roy Lee watched Sigaw, he loved it. “Certain scenes made me jump and I have seen so many other horror movies where that never happens,” Roy said. It just so happened that he served as a mediator between Hollywood and Asia—he is the man behind the Hollywood remakes of so many Asian horror films which include The Ring I, II & III (Ringu, 1998, Japan), The Grudge I, II & II (Ju-on, 2000, Japan), The Departed (Mou gaan dou [Infernal Affairs], 2002, Hong Kong), The Lake House (Siworae, 2002, Korea ) and Dark Water (Honogurai mizu no soko kara, 2002, Japan).

“Sigaw stood out as a really well-crafted movie and when I found out Yam had made the film for well under a million dollars and had done such a great job, I wondered about what kind of picture he might make if he was given the resources to do a full Hollywood production,” recalled Lee.

So it was that Yam’s masterpiece started its journey from Manila to Manhattan and from Sigaw to The Echo. Some changes were made to Sigaw to make it more suited for American audiences. In the original, the main character just moved into a new apartment. When he questioned the screams he heard coming from it, his girlfriend tried to get him to move out, but he refused out of pride.

For North American audiences, pride alone isn’t a reason to keep an apartment. “We solved that problem by giving Bobby, the main character, a criminal record and because of the terms of his parole, Bobby has to stay in the apartment where his late mom used to live,” explained Tyler Mitchell, one of The Echo’s producers. The Echo’s setting was also changed from Manila to Manhattan.

American actor Jesse Bradford takes over the role that Richard Gutierrez brought to life. When approached to play Bobby Reynolds, he was given Sigaw to watch and that sealed the deal. “I thought Yam had a terrific visual sense and I had never taken on a role like this.”

Meanwhile, Iza Calzado reprises her role as the victimized wife. “It’s hard to find someone who can be both sympathetic and horrific in the same film. Iza lends herself well to both,” says Mitchell.

For Director Laranas, the experience of remaking Sigaw was an epiphany. “I got to relive the days when I made the original, but correcting my mistakes and making it better this time, working with people who were there to help me tell the story better and on a bigger scale, and that was gratifying.”

To be released by Viva International Pictures locally, The Echo will hit theaters on September 30.

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