Friday, July 31, 2009

StarStudio, the entertainment magazine which brings you closer to the stars, teams up with two of the country’s biggest and hottest celebrities, Claudine Barretto and Diether Ocampo as they treat 50 wards of the Kabataang Inyong Dapat Suportahan (K.I.D.S.) Foundation Inc. and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to a fun-filled afternoon at the Manila Ocean Park.

Dubbed StarStudio Celebrity Charity Series with Claudine and Diether, the event gives these children a chance to spend a day with these two prime Kapamilya stars as they go on a special tour to see the Philippines’ first state-of-the-art Oceanarium. Real life best friends Clau and Diet will not only serve as the hosts for the event: they will also be the kids’ kuya and ate for the whole afternoon!

StarStudio prepared an unforgettable treat for the kids and the kids-at-heart - sumptuous food and drinks, exciting parlor games and prizes, a magic show, balloons and many more. And they get to take home special kiddie lootbags especially prepared for them!

Claudine and Diether will be assisted by the StarStudio Editorial Team at the event, along with their other celebrity friends who have also agreed to be the kids’ ates and kuya’s for the day.

No doubt, the kids will have a blast with StarStudio, Claudine and Diether for this very special and fun-filled event! For exclusive photos and other details on the event, grab the next StarStudio magazine issue, available in all leading bookstores and newsstands nationwide for P85 a copy.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ABS-CBN broadcaster Adrian Ayalin breaks down the broken promises of previous State of the Nation Addresses (SONA) a day after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo delivers her last SONA this Tuesday night (July 28) on “The Correspondents.”

Every year, PGMA speak about defeating poverty in her report on the nation’s condition. But until now, millions of Filipinos remain poor. Instead of spending time on finding ways to alleviate this national predicament, the government seems to be more immersed in the issue of charter change.

Daria Abite is just one of the 27.6 million Filipinos languishing in poverty. The P600 that she and her husband earn in a week from selling clothes and collecting garbage is not adequate to support their family so they were forced to give up four of their eight children for adoption. She said a decent job and regular wage would haul them up from their situation.

Visit to learn more about other national issues tackled by the program. Watch Adrian Ayalin as he rips the issues on PGMA’s SONAs this Tuesday night (July 28) on “The Correspondents,” right after Bandila on ABS-CBN.

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Watch the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's 9th State of The Nation Address via Live Streaming

Monday, July 27, 2009

You can watch the live stream of the 9th State of the Nation Address of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on July 27, 2009 4pm at the Batasan Complex via Live Streaming. To watch the live stream 4pm (Philippine Time) click here.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

As the rains keep pouring, top movie cable channel Cinema One likewise showers everybody with laughter when it features the iconic sitcom turned mega-hit Iskul Bukol 20 Years After on Blockbuster Sundays this August 2 at 8:00 pm!

Iskul Bukol (20 Years After) is the cinematic reunion of iconic comic trio Tito Vic and Joey and the movie metamorphosis of the famous sitcom Iskul Bukol which aired over IBC Channel 13 from 1978 to 1990 every Saturday evening. Spoofing Elvis Presley’s All Shook Up, sung by Vic Sotto is the sitcom’s intro song for Iskul Bukol which became the jumpboard where its characters and players became famous, garnered recall and spawned successful careers for its cast. There was Miss Tapia (Mely Tagasa), with her pa-sosyal sister Kukang. The late Bing Angeles was Mang Temi (Bing Angeles), the dark skinned cafeteria owner with loyal ward and busboy Redford (Redford White). Tonette Macho (Anthony Roquel), the gay student who always befriends the fairest girl in class. (Mary) Mary Masab is the college sweetheart who was later replaced by Joey Anson (Joey Albert). Bibeth (Bibeth Orteza) is Vic’s noisy roommate. Ritchie D’ Horsie (Richard Reyes) is the fellow student who always waits for the university’s dismissal bell.

This time becoming a comedy-adventure, Iskul Bukol (After 20 Years) screenplayed by Bibeth Orteza and directed by Tony Reyes who frequently helmed hit comedies of Vic Sotto (Ang Kuya Kong Siga, Bakit Ba Ganyan, Biyudo sa Daddy Biyuda sa Mommy) places the famous alumnus of Wanbol University to work together to solve an important mystery. The infamously boastful Escalera Brothers (Tito and Joey) reunite with now archeologist Victorio Ungassis (Vic) to search for a strange and powerful peseta, one of the 30 silver coins remunerated to Judas Escariot for Jesus Christ’s betrayal. Legend has it that it can empower its finder and bearer with immortality. While the main cast reprise their role from the sitcom, this Metro Manila 2008 contender has special appearances of big stars that add to its colour and comedic appeal like Sharon Cuneta, Ryan Agoncillo, Robert Villar, Carlene Aguilar, Francine Prieto, Gian Sotto, Oyo Boy Sotto, Keempee de Leon, Ciara Sotto, EB Babes, Benjie Paras, Jose Manalo, and Jacky Woo.

Treat your Sunday summer nights with loads of laughter when Iskul Bukol 20 Years After premieres on Cinema One’s Blockbuster Sunday, August 2 at 8:00 pm! Available on SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators nationwide.

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Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center celebrates National Science Week

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center joins the celebration of the National Science Week in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology from July 20 to 26 with special lecture workshops that will help kids become better learners and encourage parents to take an active role in their kids’ development.

Two interesting lecture workshops that will discuss how kids can do better in school and how parents can encourage them to increase interest in learning science while having fun are slated for three successive Saturdays of July until August.

On July 18, 25, and August 1, learn how to create Mind Maps to help your kids organize their thoughts and understand concepts better using techniques developed by Tony Buzan, a world renowned guru on brain power and the inventor of Mind Maps, the most powerful and transformative thinking tool today.

The Buzan Power Learning Workshops will teach you how to create Mind Maps which will help you make notes to retain important information in a fun way, creatively organize the day, find solutions to a problem, or explain an idea or concept.

A Mind Map is a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of your brain. It harnesses a full range of brain skills such as word, image, number, logic, rhythm, color, and spatial awareness in a single, uniquely powerful manner. This way, it gives you the freedom to roam the infinite expanses of your brain.

Making a Mind Map is easy to do— you just need a blank unlined paper, colored pens or pencils, your brain, and your imagination. When you use Mind Maps everyday, you will find that your life becomes more productive, fulfilled, and successful on every level.

Buzan has written more than 90 books on maximizing brain power, with sales in over 150 countries. His books have been translated into 33 languages. Among his latest books is Brain Child, which is written for parents who want to bring up smart kids.

The workshop sessions will be conducted by Ivy Marquez, a licensed Buzan instructor trained at the Buzan Center Asia in Singapore. “Parents who are actively involved in the learning and teaching of their children will find mind mapping a handy and effective tool to impart knowledge to kids,” says Marquez, who has a wealth of experience with kids in her 10 years of homeschooling and tutoring.

Marquez is a BA Mass Communication graduate from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She worked as corporate communications officer at San Miguel Foods, Inc. and has served as Kid's Church Director in Victory Christian Fellowship for 15 years.

On July 25 at 10 am, Kids are from Jupiter: Nurturing Inquisitive Minds by Dr. Grace Shangkuan Koo, Ph.D, promises an interesting Saturday morning as it discusses the need to nurture children’s inquisitive minds at homes and in schools.

Dr. Shangkuan Koo will present how the human brain works such as the functions of the right and left hemispheres, and how teachers and parents should deal with children’s questions everyday. She will also discuss a child’s natural behavior like his need to move and play, as well as his insights and openness, sense of humor and wonder.

Today, parents and teachers face a lot of questions from kids who are curious about many things. For example, when a kid asks, “Why is the moon silver and round?” the best thing to do is welcome the question and try to answer it that will satisfy a kid’s curiosity. Ignoring or dismissing a child’s question as stupid would discourage the child and might dampen his innate curiosity.
After the seminar, Dr. Shangkuan Koo will welcome questions during an open forum. She will also conduct a creative thinking exercise for the participants.

Dr. Shangkuan Koo is an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She took her post-doctoral studies as a visiting scholar at Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 2003 and studied with Drs. Howard Gardner and Kurt Fischer. She contributes articles on education, parenting, classical music critiques, and travel stories to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

To register for these sessions, please call the following numbers: 813-2732/03 and 830-2191 for the Buzan Power Learning Workshops and 727-8838 or 09178273124 for Kids are from Jupiter seminar.

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Showbizlandia gets even hotter with its latest biz from the stars!

Annabelle Rama couldn’t help herself from revealing the real deal between the so-called item between her daughter Ruffa Gutierrez and John Lloyd Cruz.

Angel Locsin, Sarah Geronimo, Kim Chiu, KC Concepcion and Marian Rivera are amng the candidates of being the real queen in showbiz.

And will Carla Abellana get the throne in GMA 7?

Lee Min Ho celebrates his birthday with his fans! Find out what his fans gave him for his birthday.

Dingdong Dantes is said to be doing remakes after his team up with Marian Rivera.

We got another exclusive from Bea Alonzo on her depression!

All these and more in our sizzling August issue of The Buzz Magasin!

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Vilma Santos on ABS-CBN in all Saturdays of August

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

ABS-CBN proudly presents a grand five-part TV special for the one and only Star For All Seasons entitled ‘Vilma: A Woman for all Seasons’ airing on all Saturdays of August.

Known as the Star for All Seasons, Vilma Santos is no stranger to the entertainment industry. Having been part of show business from the age of nine, Vilma won her very first acting trophy as Best Child Performer from FAMAS for the film Trudis Liit (Little Trudis). Since then, the respected actress has been in over a two hundred films and various TV programs over the years and has pleased the most prestigious award-giving bodies for movies and television such as FAMAS, Gawad Urian, PMPC and Catholic Mass Media awards among others.

She was also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Awards by Cinemanila and FAP among others as well as UP Gawad Plaridel Award for her achievements as an actress and a public servant.

Aside from bringing entertainment to Filipinos for several decades through her passion for acting, Vilma also has a heart for public service. She is currently in politics as the first woman Governor of Batangas who is appreciated by her constituents for being hands on and was also the first woman Mayor of Lipa City for three fruitful terms. She is also a doting mother to two wonderful sons and a loving wife to fellow public servant Ralph Recto.

Presented in a documentary-magazine and reality TV format, fans and viewers alike will be in for a real treat as the revered multi-faceted woman tells all about her life in this five weekend special that will tackle everything on the esteemed actress-turned-Governor , from the start of her career to her term as the first woman Governor of Batangas as well as sneak peeks in her highly awaited and much talked about movie ‘In My Life’ with son Luis Manzano and blockbuster film actor John Lloyd Cruz.

‘Vilma: A Woman for all Seasons’ TV special is a must-see television event that will go down in history. Tune in to ABS-CBN on all Saturdays of August, right after ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya.’

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Mindanao youth, off to a journey for peace on “The Correspondents”

Young Filipinos caught in the middle of warfare in Mindanao recently traveled halfway across the world in search of ways to regain harmony in their native soil. See their momentous journey for peace from Manila to the United States and back with Abner Mercado this Tuesday (July 21) on “The Correspondents.”

High school student Lorevera Abellar had a traumatic experience when her family’s house was bombarded in war-torn Shariff Kabunsuan. Luckily, no one from her family was hurt.

Lorevera is one of 20 young Christians, Indigenous, and Muslims from Mindanao who were brought by the Philippine Youth Program to the U.S. to discover the ways to end the turmoil in their homeland.

Now that they’re back, the challenge for them is to impart the knowledge and experience that they gained abroad in their mission to finally bring peace to Mindanao.

Visit to know more about the issues tackled in the program. See Abner Mercado as he chronicles the Mindanao youth's quest for peace this Tuesday (July 21) on “The Correspondents” right after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN.

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Catch the highly acclaimed horror movie Yanggaw at the IndieSine of the Robinson’s Galleria from July 29 to August 4, 2009!

Being a horror movie, this Cinema One Original movie of award-winning writer-director Richard Somes which stars acclaimed and multi-awarded actors such as Ronnie Lazaro, Joel Torre and Tetchie Agbayani and featuring a breakthrough performance by a newcomer Aleera Montalla its storyline is deeply rooted on family values and family life. Yanggaw is arguably the first Cinema One movie to tackle a dark yet very new side of what a family does, can go through, why and how it confronts and exorcises its own problems.

Filmmaker and writer Somes who anchors on the family being a complete community inside the home stresses that when he wrote the movie’s story approximately four years ago aims to make Yanggaw forego the clannish, grounded or sentimental attitude a family has over a member who becomes its prodigal, problem or deteriorated member. “Yanggaw is my statement to society. Yanggaw is a metaphor of addiction, bad deeds or problems a family member does na naapektuhan ang family niya; example a prodigal member who’s existence is already dark that he or she is unwanted already by his or her own family. Yanggaw will show what will happen to a family who has this type of a member. Kadalasan kasi sa pamilya kahit anong mangyari tanggap pa rin ang ganitong member. Disagreeable iyon eh. So ang isang member na bulok ang existence, if a family will keep him or her, the entire family will fall apart. Kung tutuusin mali iyon”.

This statement makes Yanggaw an intelligent horror movie because aside from its family values “where there are changes needed to be done to eventually effect change also to our society,” Somes says, “Yanggaw is my statement to society. Kadalasan kasi sa pamilya kahit anong mangyari tanggap pa rin ang ganitong member. Disagreeable iyon eh. So ang isang member na bulok ang existence, if a family will keep him or her, the entire family will fall apart. I want viewers to see na sa pamilya rin, mayroong hangganan sa ganitong klaseng family member, anak man or magulang. Compromises have to be done.”

Yanggaw’s plotline is a simple family with an extraordinary problem. Living in far-flung province and whose environment still believes in dark myths and superstitious beliefs that their life did not seem to advance, their simple lives became complex when their youngest member, the daughter is stricken with an illness no doctor could cure or diagnose. Suddenly they realize she is already… na-ya-yanggaw , slowly transforming into an aswang .

Take the entire family to a different viewing! Yanggaw will run at the Robinson’s Galleria IndieSine from July 29 to August 4. Celebrate with Cinema One's 15 years of evolution as a major contributing force in local cinema.

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Party online with MYX Setlist

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The official music website of the number one music channel of the Philippines, is in for something bigger. With only less than a year from it’s launch,’s pageviews reaches to a million each month because of the rich music content plus the very famous Live Chats! MYX and bring the artists to the people from almost anywhere with just a click of a button!

Now geared for something bigger, introduces a first - MYX Setlist! A one of its kind online event that brings the concerts to the fans at home! Using the same live streaming technology of the chats, the biggest names in the OPM industry will perform their songs and your favorites.

A week before the scheduled MYX Setlist performance, the artists will be featured on the website with their profiles and supporting articles on the Frontdoor with the videos prepared by the artists inviting their fans to log on. will also have post chat interviews and features to be posted on the site too. It’s a very interactive and very informative experience not only for the artists but also for the fans.

Viewers can still interact with the featured artists through chatting on the chat window. They can request for songs, greet, rave, and ask questions. The artists can answer them on the spot. Not only can the fans get to interact online, is giving a chance to meet and greet their favorite artists on the gig itself! People will just have to go to, click the MYX Promos tab on the Frontdoor and join the contests. Fans can also win signed CD’s and merchandise too!

We’re booked! Here are the acts to watch on MYX Setlist for the month of August.

Itchyworms (August 3, 2009, 6 PM, Manila Time)

Silent Sanctuary (August 7, 2009, 6 PM, Manila Time)

Chicosci (August 10, 2009, 6 PM, Manila Time)

The Dawn (August 14, 2009, 6 PM, Manila Time)

Jessa Zaragoza (August 20, 2009, 6 PM, Manila Time)

Paraluman (August 21, 2009, 6 PM, Manila Time)

Miguel Escueta (August 26, 2009, 6 PM, Manila Time)

6Cyclemind (August 27, 2009, 6 PM, Manila Time)

Log on to for the schedules and the features on the artists for MYX Setlist! You’ll only get the first and the best from and the number one music channel in the Philippines – MYX. Your choice. Your music. See you in the gigs!

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Dirty Sex Money is back

Dirty Sex Money returns in the US after the airing of its canceled four episodes. ABC the channel that airs the drama series will air the final three episodes over the next three weeks.

Dirty Sexy Money stars Peter Krause as Nick George, Donald Sutherland as Tripp Darling, William Baldwin as Patrick Darling, Natalie Zea as Karen Darling, Glenn Fitzgerald as Rev. Brian Darling, Samaire Armstrong as Juliet Darling, Seth Gabel as Jeremy Darling, Zoe McLellan as Lisa George, with Jill Clayburgh as Letitia Darling.

Dirty Sexy Money was created by Emmy-nominated Craig Wright (Brothers & Sisters, Lost, Six Feet Under). Wright, Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters, Everwood), Josh Reims (Felicity, Everwood), Oscar-nominated Matthew Gross (Day Break) and Bryan Singer (House, Superman Returns, The Usual Suspects) are executive producers. The series is produced by ABC.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Can Rhap Salazar be the next international kid wonder?

Get to know him more this Saturday (July 18) in the continuing month-long celebration of “Wonder Mom.”

Join Karen as she looks into the humble beginnings of Rhap, a young boy who once dreamt of becoming a famous singer and now slowly realizing his ambition after winning “Little Big Star.”

As early as 5 years old, Rhap’s mom already saw his potential that’s why she permitted her son to join Baranggay singing contests back in their home town. Winning ABS-CBN’s singing competition definitely served as his biggest break as it paved the way for him to appear on various television shows.

Now, Rhap is in the United States to represent the country in the World Championship of Performing Arts. Will he bring home the championship and become an international sensation just like his best friend Charice Pempengco?

Meanwhile, if Rhap dreamt of something big for himself, mommy Marife selflessly dreamt for her beloved 4-year old son Carlo who is slowly losing sight on his left eye. Despite the challenges in raising two children and three of her siblings, Marife worked hard 24/7 just to provide for her family and only want nothing but the best for all of them.

With her courage and strength as a wonder mom, Karen will reward her by granting her wish and taking her son Carlo to an eye specialist.

Don’t miss all these this Saturday (July 18) in “Wonder Mom,” 9:45 AM on ABS-CBN.

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Fr. Joey Faller confesses on “Probe Profiles”

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

He makes the blind see, the lame walk, the bedridden up and about. He is not the Lord —but this healing priest, Fr. Joey Faller, is almost divine for his thousands-strong followers.

This Wednesday (July 15) on “Probe Profiles,” Cheche Lazaro gets behind his cloak and demystifies the priest, revealing a healer who himself is wounded and humanly weak.

Bringing us where the healer dwells, Lazaro treks the 300-step grotto of Faller’s Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon, and engages him in a no-holds-barred exchange about his life as a healing priest, the source of his power, the temptations he has failed to resist and the cross he now bears. Unguarded, Faller talks about the familiar tug-of-war between the desire to remain faithful to his mission and the undying allure of money, lust, and fame.

“Probe Profiles” is replayed Fridays at 3 a.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC SkyCable channel 27). The episodes may also be viewed for free—in premium quality—on See Cheche Lazaro as she presents Fr. Faller’s confession on her weekly investigative show, “Probe Profiles,” on Wednesday (July 15) after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN.

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Disney Channel Scavenger Sweepstakes begins tonight

Monday, July 13, 2009

The scavenger hunt sweepstakes begins tonight Disney fans. Starting tonight from June 12 to July 16 Thursday you can win 3 wizard wands, a Hannah Montana ankle bracelet and an S.S. Tipton life preserver by watching Disney Channel from 8-9pm for the sneak peaks of the Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana as the show premieres on Friday July 17.

After watching the sneak peak you should log on to to answer the questions. You should have all six things on the list so you can be qualified to join the sweepstakes. The contest is open to kids ages 6- 16.

Here are the things to be posted on the Disney Channel Scavenger Sweepstakes. Sunday (orange life vest), Monday (comb), Tuesday (lip gloss), Wednesday (blood pressure cuff), Thursday(vial of blue dye), and on Friday (bunch of roses)

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More and more Filipinas are now open to undergo operation to enhance their God-given looks. Watch “The Correspondents” this Tuesday evening (July 14) as Bernadette Sembrano unveils the reasons why “Maria Claras” willingly go under the knife for the sake of beauty.

Sixteen year old Angel couldn’t wait for the physical changes she will experience on her adolescence so she decided to undergo a noselift. For P30,000, her confidence got a boost after the transformation done to her.

Akira, on the other hand, felt that there was still something lacking in her physique despite having a beautiful face and sexy body. That’s why at 19, she also had her nose done. She’s the third in the family to go under this type of procedure.
They are only two of Maria Claras who were changed by science - their natural beauty fading away because of plastic surgery.

Visit to learn more about other national issues tackled in the program. Don’t miss this episode of “The Correspondents” with Bernadette Sembrano on Tuesday (July 14), right after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN.

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Highly acclaimed movie Dose is extended for a week at the IndieSine of the Robinson’s Galleria!

Because of its brave and original storyline, first-rate cast with their first rate performances, insistent public demand and its courageous expose interpretation on what happens behind closed doors between young gay boys and lonely grown men, Dose has become a movie that has set new standards in Philippine movie making!

Written and directed by award-winning screenplay writer Senedy H. Que, Dose, his directorial debut stars award-winning actors Yul Servo, Emilio Garcia and introduces Fritz Arvhie Chavez. It also stars one of a country’s most accomplished stage actresses Irma Adlawan.

Dose is the tale of an unusual friendship between a lonely 12-year old queer boy and a grown gardener. Both forlorn individuals and living away from their loved ones, they strike an instant bond that lay their confidence with each other’s company. But when they get closer for comfort, their friendship leads to a closer bond that defies age…and gender! Thus reflecting its very catchy tagline “love knows no age or gender!”

Garnering raves from critics and film enthusiasts alike, Dose has received well deserved reviews from various sources:“The film investigates profoundly the thin line between love and lust, friendship and passion…” - Bibsy Carballo, People’s Tonight;“Touching…a bold film!” - Gary Mak, International Programmer, Hongkong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; “A provocative tale of ambiguous friendship…” – Ethel Ramos, Malaya ;“…funny, sad, and exhilarating…deeper, braver, edgier than ‘Ang Pagdadalaga Ni Maximo Oliveros’ or ‘Ang Lihim Ni Antonio’…” – The Bakla Review ; “more than just a sex film…may kurot sa puso.” – Archie de Calma, Pinoyparazzi; “…one of the best indies ever. A very good film…” – Lobster Tony, web blogger. In the blog website Box Full of Liwaliw, reviewer-cum-blogger Carlo Roxas Valdez describes Dose as “a fresh out-of-the-box independent film.”; Writer Edgar Cruz, in his Buzzstation column in The Daily Tribune, quotes a reviewer that named Dose as “the second best among the top ten Filipino movies of the year".

As Cinema One celebrates its 15-years of leadership in local cinema cable viewing, catch Dose’s extended run until July 14 at the IndiesSine of the Robinson’s Galleria.

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The Michael Jackson Memorial… MYX BIDS FAREWELL TO THE KING OF POP

Friday, July 10, 2009

MYX, the number one music channel in the Philippines, along with billions of fans of the King of Pop will bid farewell to the legendary musical icon, Michael Jackson by airing the live coverage of “ The Michael Jackson Memoria l,” also simulcast via Studio 23, on July 8 (Wednesday) starting 1:00am (Manila Time). The memorial service for Michael Jackson will take place at Staple Center in Los Angeles.

Special replays of the said event will also be aired on MYX on the same day at 1:00pm and 10:00pm.

MYX will be also be airing "Farewell, Michael Jackson: The MYX Music Memorial" on July 11 (Saturday) at 12:01am. Due to insistent public demand, MYX will play Michael Jackson's biggest music videos for 24-hours. This special will feature the King of Pop's songs, commentaries, trivia and updated interviews from local artists regarding the passing of a true icon and his contribution to the world of music.

Regular programming on MYX resumes on July 12 (Sunday) starting at 12:00a.m.

Stay tuned to MYX, the number one music channel in the Philippines and also on Studio 23 for the special coverage of Michael Jackson’s Memorial. MYX is on Sky Cable Channel 23 and is available on SkyCable Gold, SkyCable Silver and other quality cable operators nationwide. Log on to for more updates.

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Philippine sports finally enter the digital era as ABS-CBN begins its high-definition (HD) test broadcast of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines’ (UAAP) basketball games this Saturday (July 11) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Monday (July 13) on Balls HD (SkyCable Channel 166) .

According to ABS-CBN Sports Head Peter Musngi, it will only be a matter of time before ABS-CBN starts airing boxing, billiards, and even non-basketball games of UAAP and the NCAA on HD.

“We’re bringing the UAAP to the digital age. With HDTV, local viewers can now experience what sports fans around the world already enjoy – wide-screen and crystal clear picture quality, fluid motion, and digital sound. HDTV is apt for sporting events and it is a perfect fit for avid sports viewers who want to see all the action,” said Peter Musngi, Head of ABS-CBN Sports .
High definition TV (HDTV) is the latest standard in TV technology, which is already experienced in countries across the United States, Europe and Asia. As the first and only local network with a full HD OB van, ABS-CBN will mark the first time in Philippine television history to broadcast a locally-produced program and a live event on high-definition .
Balls HD (SkyCable channel 166) will air the live telecast of the UAAP games on HD from 2pm to 7pm every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, while NCAA games on HD will air every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The primetime telecast of the games will be at 8pm for UAAP and 10pm for NCAA on the said days.

There will also be live standard broadcast coverage of the UAAP and the NCAA on Studio 23 on the same schedules. Replay of the games will follow on the same days on Balls Channel (Skycable Channel 34) on primetime beginning 8pm for UAAP and 10pm for NCAA.

“UAAP and NCAA on HD” are available to all SkyCable subscribers with an HD box, which decodes SkyCable’s HD signal. For further inquires on “UAAP and NCAA on HD” and “SkyCable HD,” please call SkyCable at (02)631-0000. Subscribe to My Feed

Lebron James gets dunked on video

King James or Lebron James was dethroned by a sophomore at Xavier named Jordan Crawford last monday during the pick-up game at the LeBron James Skills Academy but unfortunately the footage that was shot during the game was gone or according to the reports the video was confiscated. What would the notion me on the said incident? That Lebron James couldn't accept he was defeated by a newbie especially by a sophomore?

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Food Sufficiency Program Bayan-anihan Launched

Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Chinese philosopher once said, “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life.”

The same concept is the inspiration behind Bayan-anihan—Gawad Kalinga’s (GK) food sufficiency arm, which was established to eradicate hunger by empowering poor families to produce their own food via backyard or organic farming. It advocates for a hunger-free Philippines under the battlecry, “Goodbye Gutom! Empower the poor. Eradicate hunger.”

As its main objective, Bayan-anihan (BA) aims to launch 2,500 farms in the next three years to feed at least 500,000 people for life with the aid of multi-sectoral partnership among GK and the Department of Agriculture (DA), agricultural schools, local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), major corporations and the youth.

During its soft launch last March, a ceremonial planting day was held simultaneously in GK communities all over Luzon— including Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Southern Tagalog.

Two months since its first planting day/soft launch, 24 metric tons have already been harvested from 115 GK-BA farms. This bountiful yield serves as a great opportunity to celebrate Bayan-anihan’s formal launch to the public on July 15 with a big ceremonial harvest. At the same time, it signals the beginning of the nationwide fight against starvation in the country through its upcoming activities and programs.

On this day, the official Bayan-anihan song and website will be unveiled, and there will be speeches by Sec. Arthur Yap, Department of Agriculture Secretary; Tony Meloto, Gawad Kalinga founder; and John Concepcion, Unilever RFM Ice Cream–Selecta Managing Director and CEO. A parade of vegetables and fruits will be staged by the Gawad Kalinga community, and outstanding Bayan-anihan caretaker teams will be honored.

Young adults, teens, and children can play games, while the adults will have a cooking session using the harvested vegetables. As a fitting end to the ceremonial harvest day, delicious and nutritious meals made with the harvested vegetables will be shared by everyone.

Since this is a multi-sectoral movement, the national and local government units, schools, corporations and individuals, and the NGO’s, and the youth can be involved in several ways.

The government can help out by providing infrastructure, land and water, and giving funds for farm inputs. Schools can make training programs as part of the curriculum for faculty and students and can even train the community people as part of their practicum. Any corporation or individual, on the other hand, can sponsor or adopt a farm for P150,000, which will be enough to feed 30 families. They can also participate during planting days, salu-salo affairs, and other activities. Other NGO’s can also help by leading the implementation of this program in their communities using the Bayan-anihan model.

Lastly, the youth can lend a hand by training and by being one with the community through the planting and harvesting activities. With the youth’s help in sustaining the training, the poor will never have to go hungry again, and it will espouse self-sufficiency for the next generations.

By supporting Bayan-anihan, everyone can develop and polish values like self-worth, hard work, excellence, bayanihan (spirit of teamwork), and care for health and the environment.

Through efforts like this, the seeds of hope are planted in the hearts of many Filipinos. For sure, we can anticipate a prosperous and a food-abundant Philippines in the future.

Join Bayan-anihan and call the Bayan-anihan hotline at 09284382838 or visit the website, to do your part in helping Pinoys bid farewell to hunger!

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'Kada Kwento is the story of a barkada, the story of friendship.

A series of short films produced by Internet Television and Globe, 'Kada Kwento is a collection of stories about seven individuals that make up a barkada. In each film, we see interesting (and sometimes amusing) manifestations of friendship that each one shares with the rest.

The whole series revolves around these unique personalities. There's an optimistic yet frustrated traveler, two constantly bickering best friends, a passionate musician who introduces a soft-spoken singer to the barkada, and a slightly socially-awkward bookworm. Key among these individuals is an aspiring young writer named Luis, who also ties the whole series together. Step into his writing as the stories are told in his words.

With a scheduled release of one episode per week starting June 24, this five-episode series will only be released online - highlighting and Globe's focus on creating gourmet content for new media. Witness unique, intimate, and engaging stories accessible by a few clicks of your mouse.

This is the story of friendship. Five stories, five films, one barkada. This is 'Kada Kwento.

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Live coverage of Michael Jackson Funeral

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Live on Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles Michael Jackson's Memorial Service will be held with other artists like Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Magic Johnson, Smokey Robinson and John Mayer who will be giving their final respect to the King of Pop. News and Media agencies are now having Michael Jackson Memorial Service televised and shown via live streaming. MJ's body is also on its way to the Staples Center where the police and organizers are now tightening their security for the family of the late King of Pop Michael Jackson.

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Bite by Bite: All You Need to Know About Hotdog Eating Contests

Monday, July 6, 2009

So you think that finishing a hotdog in less than 5 minutes is already mean feat? Think again.

In 2007, 24 year-old Joey Chestnut won the 92nd Annual Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest. His winning form? Downing 66 hotdog sandwiches in 12 minutes.

Joey Chestnut is but one of the rising superstars in the field of competitive eating. Competitive eating is an activity in which participants compete against each other to consume large quantities of food in a short time period. Contests are typically less than 15 minutes in length, with the person consuming the most food being declared the winner.

And no, this isn’t a fast food fad that’ll fizzle out quickly. In fact, informal eating contests probably date back thousands of years. The International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE) even observes that “30 hungry Neanderthals in a cave fighting over a rabbit” probably constitutes the first instance of competitive eating. Meanwhile, in terms of magnitude, the United States, Japan and England have embraced it the most.

“It’s almost like a sport with its pageantry and play-by-play commentary. But what really drives home the comparison is the skill, discipline and training shown by participants,” says 7-Eleven’s Food Service Division Manager Armi Andrade.

Competitive eaters or "gurgitators," say that just like bodybuilders or marathoners, their success results from intensive training. But far from them requiring just physical training, they need mental preparedness as well. In fact Hall Hunt, a structural engineer currently ranked 9th in competitive eating, takes an academic approach by studying food density and identifying which liquids are best in breaking down food. He notes for example that lemonade cuts down the grease on French fries.

The rules that govern an eating contest are pretty simple. The food to be eaten is either weighed, like cabbage, or cut into uniform pieces, in the case of a pizza-eating contest, for example. No one is allowed to start eating until an official gives the signal. Competitors can eat the food however they want, either breaking it into pieces or just shoving it in. They can dip the food into a liquid (usually water) to make it softer.
“Yes, it’s fun to watch and it’s undeniably entertaining” quips Andrade. And now, Filipinos can showcase their ingestion prowess with the biggest competitive eating event in the country – 7-Eleven’s Big Bite Match.

“Filipinos love to eat and we also respond well to challenges,” says Andrade. “This combination creates an ideal environment for competitive eating. We aim to provide Filipino competitive eaters a venue that can be recognized in an international scale to showcase their one of a kind skill.”

Until August 15, Filipino eating machines can go to the nearest 7-Eleven store in their area and avail of the Big Bite Pack that contains five hotdog sandwiches of their choice and one Big Gulp. To start the journey to hotdog munching supremacy, participants should finish the five sandwiches in the shortest time possible. The fastest eaters from 7-Eleven stores nationwide will compete in a grand culminating event where only one will be proclaimed champion and will receive Php 500, 000 in cash.

“This is our first step in infiltrating the global competitive eating arena and we believe that Filipinos, as we’ve proven in other fields, can wow the world with their appetite for victory,” ends Andrade.

7-Eleven is celebrating its 25th year of being the largest convenience store chain in the Philippines. For inquiries about franchising, please contact the Customer Hotline at 724-10-31 or the Mobile Hotline at 0920-945-2036. Big Bite ® Match is the biggest competitive eating event in the Philippines visit for more information

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Movies Spring to Life in Northern Manila: TriNoma Unveils Digital 3D Cinema

Sunday, July 5, 2009

If movies are reflection of life, wouldn’t you want to experience them in a way that is closest to reality?

Imagine yourself reclining in a plush seat before a big screen. The lights start to fade and you wait in anticipation for the opening music to play and the first image to appear. Then it happens: the sounds begin to crack and the visuals appear dreary and flat.

If movies are reflection of life, would you want this to be yours?

To offer a new level in cinema entertainment to movie enthusiasts, TriNoma recently unveiled its Digital 3D Cinema with a special screening of Ice Age 3. The newly upgraded TriNoma Cinema 4 is set to deliver an enthralling experience with its top-of-the-line technology and amenities coupled with the distinctive Ayala Malls experience.

“Watching movies is a common interest shared by all Filipinos, both in the past and modern times. It’s a simple way to relax after a hard week’s work or just enjoy the company of family and friends,” says Amir Precilla, General Manager of Ayala Malls Cinemas. “At Ayala Malls Cinemas, we are constantly on the lookout for the latest innovation to give our patrons a movie-watching experience that is relevant to their lifestyle.”

Created by Dolby ® the global leader in movie technologies, the Digital 3D Cinema technology creates a whole new world of viewing pleasure by bringing vivid, brilliant visuals coupled with the crisp, clear surround sound that transport everyone inside the theatre to a vibrantly rich, sensory realm. It is trusted by different film makers associations around the globe including the prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

In TriNoma’s Cinema 4, moviegoers will get the same multi-sensory bliss wherever they are in the theatre – at the front row or at the back. It will also recreate the feel of a movie studio so people will get to see the film just like how the director meant it to be, down to the smallest details.
Lastly, the cinema’s dynamic ambience, spacious interiors, accessible location, and the exceptional customer service that Ayala Mall cinemas have been known for give every film aficionados more reasons to head back to TriNoma and enjoy for themselves an image-driven and rewarding time at the movies.

“We take the business of cinemas seriously. Show after show, we aim to give our patrons a movie-watching adventure that is worth their time, resources and effort,” adds Precilla.

So for dynamic and vibrant movie fanatics like you, let TriNoma’s Digital 3D Cinema take you to the next level of cinema entertainment with movies that spring to life.

Catch Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in 3D at TriNoma. For ticket reservations, visit

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Star Home Video unleashes the blockbuster movie that has scared thousands of moviegoers this year, Star Cinema’s T2, on DVDs and VCDs.

A horror-suspense story that has brought the viewers to the edge of their seats but has touched their soft spots also because of the infused drama is now immortalized. Topbilled by the country’s Diamond Star, Maricel Soriano, T2 is sure to fill your homes with chills and thrills as it brings Engkantos to the fore.
“T2” is a story of Claire (played by Maricel Soriano), a travel agency owner and a volunteer to Buklod-Pamilya Foundation. She brings an orphan (Mica Dela Cruz) home only to find out that the orphan is from a family of “engkantos”.

Add T2 to your collection now and get it on original DVDs and VCDs, exclusive,worldwide, from Star Home Video!

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