Tokyo Tokyo Watta Tempura: Satisfying your larger than life tempura cravings!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

You have always wanted it big, but of course you know it would have been more satisfying, if it were—bigger.

It’s time to chew up those undersized meals that leave you unsatisfied. Ready your insatiable appetite for the perfect Japanese meal experience as Tokyo Tokyo prides itself in bringing enjoyment right at your tables with its BIGGER and crunchier WATTA TEMPURA!

Tokyo Tokyo, the leading Japanese fastfood chain in the country, marks another milestone in celebrating its 24th year in the industry.

Seizing your tastebuds with the best of tempura delight, Tokyo Tokyo now uses not only ¬black tiger prawns but also a (secretly) reformulated batter mix, making its Tempura bigger and crunchier! Watta Tempura talaga!

“Being the leading Japanese fastfood chain, it only makes sense for Tokyo Tokyo to own the tempura segment,” says Tokyo Tokyo’s Marketing Head Noel Carreon. He adds, “With this in mind, Tokyo Tokyo embarked on a massive program to ensure that the new Tempura will become a sure hit. Product development, investment in new equipment, systems, operations training, sourcing and in-store merchandising all became part of the mix to establish a strong foundation for the brand’s marketing campaign.”

Take a feast in every scrumptious bite of the BIGGER and crunchier WATTA Tempura in three enjoyable selections with MIXED SEAFOOD TEMPURA, PRAWN VEGGIE TEMPURA, ALL PRAWN TEMPURA, and TOKYO BENTO PRAWN and VEGGIE TEMPURA.

Watch the gigantic Watta Tempura craze as it unfolds its amusing and catchy television commercials on top TV networks and never miss the Watta Tempura fun as well aboard MRT trains! What a Watta Tempura craze indeed!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Yanggaw proved once again that ingenuity comes with its rewards! The horrifying flick and Best Film of the 2008 Cinema One Originals bagged a total of three major nominations at the 6th Golden Screen Awards which will be held on April 30, 2009 at the Metro Bar, West Avenue, Quezon City.

The three major nominations of Yanggaw are: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role – Drama for Ronnie Lazarro, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role — Drama, Musical or Comedy for Tetchie Agbayani and the much coveted Best Motion Picture – Drama which Yanggaw (Strawdogs Production Films) competes with 100 (Martinez-Rivera Films), Boses (Erasteo Films Production), Brutus (Bonfire Productions), Concerto (Digital Spirit Films), Jay (Pasion Para Pelicula Productions), and Ploning (Panoramanila Pictures).

Yanggaw’s story revolves around an ordinary provincial family with an extraordinary problem - their youngest daughter has been inflicted with ‘yanggaw’ which is the deliberate transformation of a human being into an aswang.

It’s twice the celebration as the Yanggaw team also got six major nominations in the 25thy PMPC Star Awards for Movies which will be on the 25th of May.

Yanggaw is produced and owned by Cinema One and Creative Programs, Inc (CPI) thru its Cinema One Originals movie project.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Mocha Girls have proven, again, that they do posses the “X” factor!

It was a night of wild-fantasies-come-to-life as MAXIM’s April cover girl Mocha took center stage for her autograph signing party held at the Taboo Bar, Ortigas last Friday (April 17).

Mocha, together with her precious gals Hershey, Bez, and Grace, brought the house down with their endearing, sassy, and sexy performances that made the gentlemen, and even the ladies, scream for more! Hosted by MAXIM sex-and-relationship columnist Krista Ranillo, the party was hyped with hot games and fierce performances from the Mocha Girls.

The audience was treated to a provocative lap dance number in which Kevin Ranillo, brother of Krista, and two other men were hand-cuffed to the tune of the Spice Girls’ “2 Become 1.” Their performance of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” really did mean something to Hershey and Mocha as they surprised the crowd, again, with their signature lip-lock.

Actor Joross Gamboa was also present at the party to congratulate co-star Mocha for the success of MAXIM. Joross and the Mocha Girls can be seen on the big screen in the thriller flick, Sumpa.

After the show came the autograph signing, where dozens of men lined up to take pictures and get signatures from the Mocha Girls. “The Mocha Girls were hot…the show was hot…perfect!” exclaimed a fan after getting his MAXIM April issue signed by Mocha.

Grab your own copy of the first gay and lesbian issue of MAXIM magazine and see Mocha and her girls strut their stuff in the pages of MAXIM, the best-selling men's lifestyle magazine in the world!

Available in all your leading bookstores nationwide!
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Sizzling hot Mocha on Maxim April Issue

Monday, April 27, 2009

MAXIM Philippines shakes up the men’s magazine’s genre this month with a first ever Gay & Lesbian Issue, with controversial singer Mocha on the cover. Mocha, frontwoman of the Mocha Girls and a self-confessed bisexual, is totally naked on the cover, flanked by one of the members of the Mocha Girls, Hershey, also naked and covering Mocha’s groin with her hand. Since joining the magazine as a photo blogger in February, Mocha has provided MAXIM with plenty of monthly sizzle with pictures of her making out with a series of attractive females.

In the magazine’s most provocative cover shoot ever, Mocha evokes lesbianism and sado-masochism as she is joined by her girl group, which also include Bez and Grace. Boy Abunda leads the issue’s centerpiece feature, “Gays’ Night Out At Classmate,” in which Boy and four other prominent gay men hold a roundtable discussion of gay issues inside a VIP room of Classmate, the preeminent gentleman’s club—in the company of sexy GROs (guest relations officers) and a stripper. Writer and gay activist Danton Remoto, fashion designer Puey QuiƱones, Magic 89.9 deejay Mojo Jojo, and magazine editor Carlo Tadiar join Boy, the host of The Buzz and Showbiz News Ngayon, in this not-so-private conversation about homosexuality in the Philippines.

MAXIM begins the collection of articles on gays and lesbians with a mock cover featuring another controversial celebrity, Binibini Gandanghari, the artist formerly known as Rustom Padilla. In lieu of a proper interview, MAXIM addresses the country’s most famous transgendered person in an open letter that is humorous, heartfelt and compassionate.

Other eye-popping pictorials feature World Wrestling Entertainment diva Eve, theater and film actress Angeli Bayani and the amazing tandem of MAXIM babes Tracy Torres and Mellow Johnson.

Other major features in the issue are a nostalgia piece on Bagets, the classic youth movie that marks its 25th anniversary this year, and a pre-fight analysis of the much-anticipated Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton fight.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

“Us Girls” will undergo a cool change as the most fashionable show on TV turns three this Sunday (Apr 26) on Studio 23.

The country’s leading lifestyle magazine program will be unveiling a fabulous new look and an equally fab new host in Megan Young, via a sizzlin’ summer grind party at the posh Manila Hotel.

Megan will join Iya Villania, Chesca Garcia-Kramer, and Angel Aquino as they party with the hottest celebrities and guest performers at poolside in this season of heat.

Armed with gorgeous looks, youthful charm, and spot-on fashion sense, Megan is expected to bring her own flavor to Studio 23’s hit TV show.

The young actress, who first wowed the public with her oozing appeal and style playing “Marcela” on ABS-CBN’s “I Love Betty La Fea,” was chosen to pinch hit for Chesca who’s now approaching the final trimester of her pregnancy.

It will be a bittersweet farewell for the doll-faced TV host, who has become very close to the staff and fans of “Us Girls.” In fact, she is one of the most active members of the program’s multiply site, where she regularly posts pictures and interacts with fans. Chesca promises a fancy comeback in the future.

On “Us Girls,” Megan will help Iya and Angel in giving the modern Filipina the best tips and features on fashion, beauty, fitness, food, gadgets, and travel.

“Us Girls” has been credited for giving its viewers the chance to experience the wonderful features of the program first hand. From time to time, lucky fans are invited to appear on TV for free makeovers or to bond with their favorite stars.

The program has also gone beyond TV with bazaars, parties, and fashion shows organized for the public. On its third year, “Us Girls” is ready to give triple the fun and delight as we “learn it, live it, love it” in 2009.

Don’t miss the hottest and hippest anniversary special ever of “Us Girls” with Iya, Chesca, Angel, and new girlfriend Megan this Sunday (Apr 19), 7pm on Studio 23.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Can a picture paint a thousand…lyrics? It sure can lead to P2 million on the buzzing third season of “The Singing Bee,” starting this Saturday (Apr 25) on ABS-CBN.

Host Cesar “Buboy” Montano, the Bandble Bee, the Honeybees and the Song Bees Frenchie Dy, Apple Chiu, MC Castro, OJ Mariano, and Michael Cruz are up with exciting new treats and gimmicks for the show’s fans, after a smashing 1st year anniversary episode last Sunday (Apr 19).

The third season levels up the entertainment with a new round called “Pics BEE With You,” which will surely be a new favorite among the viewers. There will also be a few improvements in the game mechanics to heighten the suspense especially on “The Final Countdown” round, where a team can still win P2 million after correctly guessing the lyrics to four of the seven songs to be played.

So far, only Team Pieta, composed of Jestoni Alarcon, Jason Abalos, and Janus Del Prado, has won P2 million since the program shifted to team format in January. Previous individual millionaires include celebrities Rachel Alejandro, Aiza Seguerra, and Manilyn Reynes, and regular player Steno Padilla.

Buboy, meanwhile, expressed happiness over the success of his award-winning game show. “Seasons one and two gave us very memorable moments. For season three, we promise to triple our effort as a way to thank our viewers for their amazing support for the show,” said Cesar, who’s set to showcase his vocal prowess more this season.

The Singing Bee” takes pride of performing well against different competition since it began as a primetime and weekday program last year. “Filipinos love for singing is a big plus for us. But what sets us apart is the passion of our people. You can really see we’re all having fun even from the television,” Cesar said.

Find out the other must-see surprises on “The Singing Bee Season 3,” starting this Saturday (Apr 25) after “Komiks Presents: Flash Bomba” and Sunday (Apr 26) after “Goin’ Bulilit,” only on ABS-CBN.



Friday, April 24, 2009

If ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ were a series, it would be "Stylista". Expect drama, intrigue, controversy, unscripted comedy and a whole lotta style when this hit reality show premieres on April 29, 2009 at 7:30pm on Velvet.

Eleven aspiring fashion enthusiasts vie for a much-coveted editorial job with one of the most exclusive and elite fashion magazines in the industry today, Elle Magazine. These hopefuls work as assistants to Elle’s Fashion News Director, Anne Slowey, a demanding but well-respected fashion icon.

Executive produced by Tyra Banks and Ken Mok - the geniuses behind America's Next Top Model - each episode of Stylista features a different and challenging assistant task and a fashion editorial assignment that the competitors must carry out – from styling a model to producing a fashion spread and even presenting their artistic ideas to a client. In consultation with Elle’s Creative Director Joe Zee, Anne fires one person each week until the last assistant standing gets “promoted” to the coveted real-life job opportunity. The grand prize includes a paid editorial position at Elle magazine, a paid lease on a great apartment in Manhattan, and a clothing allowance at H&M, all for one year, valued at $100,000.

Who will be able to face all of the challenges head-on and still stay poised and fashionable? Only the right fit will emerge as the ultimate “Stylista”.

Don't miss a single exciting episode of this fashionista staple! Stylista premieres April 29, Wednesday at 7:30pm, only on the home of prestige and glamour, Velvet channel 53, available on SkyCable Platinum, SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators nationwide.

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101.9 For Life bares nominee list for its first WAKI OPM MUSIC AWARDS

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Your one and only Bespren on radio, 101.9 For Life, honors the creativity and originality of the Filipino artists in the music industry with the first ever WAKI OPM Music Awards on April 25 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.

Unlike other music awards, only 100% Pinoy works were included as official nominees while revivals, music sampling (for rap songs), Tagalized versions and the likes were disqualified.

Making the cut for the Album of the Year category is Yeng Constantino’s “Journey,” Sandwich’s “S Marks the Spot,” Itchyworms’ self-titled album, and Moonstar 88’s “Todo-Combo.”

Martin Nievera, Bugoy Drilon, Piolo Pascual, and Rico Blanco were among the nominees for the Male Vocalist of 2008 category while Sarah Geronimo, Yeng Constantino, Aiza Seguerra, Laarni Lozada, and KC Concepcion were nominated for Female Vocalist of 2008.

For the Band of the Year category, it’s a showdown among top bands Itchyworms, Hale, Spongecola, Sandwich, Moonstar 88, Cueshe, and Imago.

Breakout Star of 2008, on the other hand, includes nominees Bugoy Drilon; Laarni Lozada; Bea Alonzo; and KC Concepcion.

For the song categories, hit songs Habambuhay (Yeng Constantino); Paano na Kaya? (Bugoy Drilon); Migraine (Moonstar 88); Ikaw ang Pangarap (Martin Nievera); and Kahit Na (Sarah Geronimo) compete for the Senti Hit Award while dance crazes Giling Mo (Mocha); Supahpapalicious (Vhong Navarro); Sumayaw Ka (Gloc 9); Giling Giling (Willie Revillame); and K.I.T.T.Y. (Kitty Girls) vie for the Dance Hit category.

Sarah Geronimo and Howie Dorough’s “Ill be There For You,” Project 1’s “Ang Sarap Dito,” and Yeng Constantino’s “Simbang Gabi” are neck-to-neck in claiming the top spot for the Best Collaboration of 2008 category as novelty hits “Giling-Giling” by Willie Revillame, “Angkas” by Masculados, “Supahpapalicious” by Vhong Navarro, and “Malivodka” by Andrew E. are only a notch away from being proclaimed the Best Novelty Song.

WAKI OPM Awards also gives the power to choose to avid Besprens through the Listener’s Choice Awards. Bugoy Drilon, Piolo Pascual, Erik Santos, and Sam Milby battle it out in for the male category as KC Concepcion, Bea Alonzo, Toni Gonzaga, Yeng Constantino, and Sarah Geronimo work it in the female category.

Meanwhile, special awards namely the Kantamercial of 2008, Song of the Year, and DJ’s Choice Award will also be determined by the distinguished judges.

Don’t miss 101.9 For Life’s first ever WAKI OPM Music Awards on April 25, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Philippines’ premier vocal ensemble recently made a leap from the FM to the AM band via DZMM Radyo Patrol 630.

Moy, Ces Jay, Sweet, and Anne of The CompanY are the featured voices in the sizzling new summer jingle from ABS-CBN’s flagship AM radio station.

DZMM debuted the jingle last 5 April via the program “Music and Memories,” anchored by Boots Anson-Roa and Willy Nepomuceno.

With a summer and fiesta feel, the tune is able to maximize the unique vocal prowess of “The CompanY,” showing why the group remains a hit even after almost 20 years in the music industry.

According to ABS-CBN Manila Radio Division head Peter Musngi, the jingle is a rearranged version of DZMM’s popular station ID.

“It has been a DZMM tradition to invite notable OPM artists to give their own rendition of our jingle. Sharon Cuneta, Gary Valenciano, and Charice Pempengco all lent their voices before. This year, we’re proud to have “The CompanY” give their own twist to the station ID,” he said.

The new DZMM summer jingle, arranged by Marc Lopez and Moy Ortiz, can now be heard over DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and DZMM TeleRadyo on Skycable channel 26 on an hourly basis.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

With pristine beaches and virgin rainforests, the remote town of Palanan can very well be a first-on-the-list destination for vacationers and nature-lovers. However, with the lack of roads attaching it to the province of Isabela, the “Last Stand of the First Philippine Republic” remains unknown to many Filipinos.

This Tuesday (Apr 21), guest correspondent Dominic Almelor rediscovers the forgotten paradise of Palanan, which has been trapped in obscurity since being known as the hideout of then Philippine President Emilio Aguinaldo during the time of the Americans.

Surrounded by the mountains of Sierra Madre and the waters of the Pacific Ocean, Palanan can only be reached by boat or via a small plane. It’s this isolation which has made it hard for people to get there, as well as technology.

Up to this day, residents move around the town only on motorcycles, tricycles, or horses. Romeo Donato, a Palanan native, even had to fly out to Isabela to get proper medical attention for his rare illness.

Dominic will find out what future lies ahead for the people of Palanan and if there’s still hope that roads can be constructed to connect it to the rest of Isabela.

Join Dominic Almelor on his adventure to Palanan’s forgotten paradise this Tuesday (Apr 21) on “The Correspondents,” right after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN.

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