Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Super Tuesdays on the All NEW & Exciting AXN Beyond

Get set to be blown away by the latest drama and entertainment shows on an all new, all awesome AXN Beyond channel. More than ever, viewers from the Philippines will enjoy a fresh and unrivalled programming line-up Tuesday nights across a newly-expanded spectrum of genres, as AXN Beyond refreshes to redefine the entertainment experience like no other.

Turning into a ‘super-sized’ channel, AXN Beyond will serve up more monthly premieres from many more genres than before. Taking the definition of ‘entertainment’ to the limit, AXN Beyond will go beyond fun, feisty and fabulous with its variety of shows. These range from mystery and suspense, fantasy and science-fiction, paranormal and supernatural, fashion and design, to lifestyle and romance, across drama, variety, reality, sitcom, comedy, talk shows, movies and even music concerts.

Said Voo Chih Yeong, Head of AXN Beyond, “Viewers need to look no further than AXN Beyond for the latest shows across the variety of genres, as our channel will have something for just about everyone at a single destination. With a far more compelling entertainment experience, AXN Beyond now appeals to an even wider audience than before. Viewers who have come to enjoy the great programs on AXN will definitely love and appreciate the same world-class quality in the fresh content selection on the all new AXN Beyond.”

Indeed, AXN Beyond hails from the same team that brought Asia its top English general entertainment channel, AXN. As a fresh, hip and energetic TV destination, the new AXN Beyond draws audiences across a wide range of demographics seeking new and exciting entertainment choices, and has its sweet spot among male and female viewers aged 18 – 35.


Beyond fun on AXN Beyond’s Super Tuesdays
AXN Beyond viewers are set to enjoy a back-to-back series of the channel’s very latest shows on Super Tuesday evenings not-to-be-missed. The fun begins with reality talk show The Marriage Ref, as celebrities such as Madonna, Demi Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow pass judgement on real-life couples’ marriages.
That leads to light-hearted series like Drop Dead Diva Season 2 which continues the life of shallow model Deb (Brooke Elliott) whose soul ends up in the body of a brilliant, plus-size attorney. The night’s fun culminates in AXN Beyond’s headliner of the month – fresh new legal comedic drama The Defenders which stars Jim Belushi (According to Jim) and Jerry O’Connell (Sliders) as colourful Las Vegas defence attorneys.
With all that and more, viewers will surely adore the all-new, all awesome entertainment experience with the latest shows across the greatest variety of genres, unveiling this December on the fresh, hip and super-sized AXN Beyond. Check out some of these shows airing tonight:


The Marriage Ref

Tuesdays, 8:10pm, first and exclusively on AXN Beyond

Jerry Seinfeld is back and in the producer's chair for a funny and revealing comedy panel series The Marriage Ref, about the unpredictable and hilarious institution commonly known as marriage. In The Marriage Ref, disputes between real-life couples are revealed, examined - and ultimately judged.

For the first time, audiences will be able to look at these fights, analyze them and declare a winner. At the centre of the action and making "the call", is popular comedian Tom Papa (The Informant!) who will have the final say in determining the victor of each spat.

Advising and influencing the Ref's decision will be a rotating panel of ‘experts’ comprising top celebrities, comedians and sports stars who will weigh in and offer their own wit, wisdom and unique opinions. Guest stars featuring through the series include Tina Fey, Eva Longoria Parker, Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Madonna, Martha Stewart, Sheryl Crow, Tracy Morgan, Gloria Estefan, Donald Trump and Gwyneth Paltrow.

 Drop Dead Diva Season 2

Tuesdays 9pm on AXN Beyond

Returning for a second season, comedic drama Drop Dead Diva continues the story of a shallow wannabe model that dies in a sudden accident, only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a brilliant, plus-size and recently deceased attorney, Jane.

At the close of last season, Deb was ready to let go of her past and embrace her new life as Jane. But the unexpected arrival of Jane’s “secret” husband, Ethan (Devon Gummersall), at her doorstep left her with more questions than ever. To make matters worse, Jane may be disbarred after breaching client-attorney confidentiality when, against the firm’s advisement, she reported her client for fraud. Faced with a new love triangle and the uncertainty of her career, Jane must, once again, chart out a new future for herself…

The 13-episode second season of Drop Dead Diva features breakout star Brooke Elliott (Wicked, Taboo”), Margaret Cho (Ghost Whisperer, Notorious C.H.O.), Jackson Hurst (The Tree of Life), Kate Levering (Cashmere Mafia), April Bowlby (Two and a Half Men), Josh Stamberg (Lie to Me) and Ben Feldman (The Perfect Man).The Season 2 opener of Drop Dead Diva will feature entertainer Paula Abdul (American Idol) reprising her role as Judge Paula Abdul, a figment of Jane’s subconscious. Devon Gummersall (“My So-Called Life”) and David Denman (“The Office”) return as guest stars this season.


The Defenders
Tuesdays 9.50pm first and exclusively on AXN Beyond
The Defenders is a comedic drama about two colourful Las Vegas defence attorneys who go all-in when it comes to representing their clients. Nick (Jim Belushi, According to Jim) and Pete (Jerry O’Çonnell, Sliders, Crossing Jordan) are the local go-to guys with an eclectic client list who are still looking to hit their own jackpot.

Leading the law firm of Morelli & Kaczmarek are Nick Morelli, an earnest, hard-charging attorney who represents his clients to the best of his ability, no matter how big or small the case; and his partner, Pete Kaczmarek, whose passion for the law is matched only by his love of fast cars, beautiful women and expensive clothes.

Joining them in their growing law practice is new associate Lisa Tyler (Jurnee Smollett, The Great Debaters), an enthusiastic young attorney looking to put her exotic dancing days behind her; and their young assistant, Sophie (Tanya Fischer, Life On Mars), a spunky and sweet ingénue who is eager to please her bosses.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Meralco Appliance Calculator: my electricity budget buddy

The Meralco Appliance Calculator (M.A.C.) has been a consumer’s electricity budget buddy since 2003. The M.A.C. is designed to be an electricity bill management tool of Meralco residential customers to help them: a) better manage their electric consumption and their electric bill; b) make wiser decisions in buying home appliances, and; c) get home energy efficiency tips that are customized to their home electricity consumption. Any consumer can access the M.A.C. from Meralco’s website: www.meralco.com.ph.


Although the M.A.C. has been around for many years now, new features and enhancements are constantly being introduced to enable it to cater to the growing demands of electricity users. With the new Meralco Appliance Calculator (M.A.C), users can now have the option of using either “My Appliance Calculator” or “My Bill Manager”. “My Appliance Calculator” allows the user to calculate the estimated consumption cost of appliances - one at a time. “My Bill Manager”, on the other hand, allows the user to calculate the estimated consumption cost of appliances in a table format. It allows the user to get an estimate of the household’s total electric consumption cost and see which appliances consume more electricity. Other features of the “My Bill Manager” menu include: consumption manager, energy efficiency adviser and target bill amount estimator. Consumption manager allows the user to see the corresponding electric consumption pie chart and some text description of the chart based on the information provided by the user. The energy efficiency adviser, meanwhile, allows user to see some energy efficiency tips based on the information provided by the user. The target bill amount estimator, on the other hand, allows the user to see an estimate of his “monthly target kWh consumption” and “estimated price per kWh” by just inputting the “target electric bill amount”.


Other new features of the M.A.C include: a) e-mailing of the M.A.C web link to friends through the “email” button; b) sharing the M.A.C web link to Facebook and Twitter accounts through the “share” button; c) sending feedback to Meralco regarding the new M.A.C through the “feedback” button; d) printing the computation results of “My Bill Manager” through the “print” button (for easy access and future reference of the computations), and; e) viewing the basis for computing the estimated electricity consumption of home appliances for the M.A.C application through the “formula” button (so that users can validate the results of the computations).


The M.A.C. is truly a user-friendly, interactive and valuable tool for costconscious electricity consumers. Go give it a try!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Amazing Race Asia: Down To The Final THREE!

It’s the final showdown in the upcoming finale episode of The Amazing Race Asia (TARA) Season 4! Coming head to head will be the youngest team in TARA history versus the first father-and-daughter team versus the super athletic best friends, Richard and Richard! Smelling victory at hand, the teams have upped the game and kept fans teetering on the edge of their seats, as they race neck to neck and check in at stops within minutes of one another!




With the last leg of the race taking place in Singapore, it is the unlikeliest of teams that have made it to the final three that will fight for the first place in TARA 4.

In the only Fast Forward of the race, the Richards sacrificed their lovely locks by shaving their heads, which gave them a significant head start. While their physical fitness placed them at a solid advantage as they led in the top three for seven legs, the Richards hit a spate of bad luck in the last two legs, where they got terribly lost and even broke a race rule that had them backtrack their route and cost them a near-elimination.

As for Michelle and Claire, the girls showed that their youthful age and pint-size builds were anything but a handicap. The best friends beat the other teams with a lot of grit and determination. No one can forget how the feisty duo swallowed 275 chicken balls, out-eating even the men from the other teams! Besides, they managed to trail close behind the Richards with top three rankings in five legs, even after being yielded by the Indian team Dimple and Sunaina!

Despite having a familial bond that is the envy of many, Natasha and Hussein have been cracking under the pressure, which led to constant bickers that saw them end up at the bottom of the pack in several portions of the race. Natasha’s patience was duly tested by her father's antics during the race, especially during his attempt to cheer her on with his whistle blowing during the log sawing session. As the oldest participant this season, Hussein also had some physical limitations in completing some of the tasks, like the high-wire walk in Galle or the trapeze act in Sydney. Not all’s lost though, for in the penultimate leg, the father-daughter team rise to form to take the lead for the first time!

Throughout the race, there have been some pretty extreme challenges presented to the teams, with some that resulted in unexpected outcomes. The underwater dive in Malaysia for example, saw not one or two but five teams failing to complete the task, which resulted in a four-hour penalty for each team. Transportation woes also saw teams arguing, haggling and at times, flirting with pilots to set off early, while others got lost on the roads so much, it almost became a routine. Add in complex dance numbers, eating of exotic food (think crunchy fat grubs with the consistency of jelly!) and death-defying acts and there is no question that this race has become the ride of a lifetime for all teams.

With very little rest and an even tinier time gap among the three teams, will the Richards do Pinoys proud by finally changing TARA history of strong teams not fulfilling their potential (think Marc & Rovilson, Geoff & Tisha), or can underdogs Natasha and Hussein put aside their generational conflicts to emerge as the winner? Or can Michelle and Claire bank on their home advantage and continue to show that age and size matter not in this race around the world?

All will be revealed in the gripping grand finale of The Amazing Race Asia Season 4 on AXN, 9 December at 8PM (JKT)/ 9PM (SG, MY, PH)/ 10PM (HK)!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cee Lo Green's "The Lady Killer"

I finally got hold of Cee Lo Green's new album "The Lady Killer."



And all I can say is... Perfection. He's really in for the kill.

In an era where auto-tune music rules, Cee Lo Green's album, with its real, bad-ass lyrics, funky tunes and a true voice that auto-tuners want to achieve, this is a great masterpiece.

I mean, who can sing a song entitled "F**k You" and still be great? Only Cee Lo can do that..

This album reminds me of the Soul Music Era - where music is a combination of lyrics written like it's a man's confession of love, dedication, anger and frustration but set in a funky melody. Listening to this album made me emotional and at the same time made me want to stand on top of an old school diner table and dance.

My fave cuts aside from the infamous "F**k you"?

  • Wildflower
  • Bodies
  • Cry Baby
  • Fool For You
  • It's Ok
  • Old Fashioned
  • Scarlet Fever

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Brunch and Brawl for Pacquiao-Margarito Fight at Marriott Manila

Another thrilling and action-packed event is set to happen at Velocity Bar as Marriott Manila takes you to the biggest match of the season.




Inviting all sport-loving families to gather on November 14, 2010 at Velocity Sports Bar from 8AM to 1PM and witness the World Super Welterweight Championship event live via satellite from Dallas Cowboys Stadium Arlington Texas, USA. There is quite no perfect destination to watch another most-awaited fight of the country’s pride aside from Velocity Bar with its sleek and state-of-the-art sporting ambience. Everyone will surely experience a larger than life blow by blow adventure of the game in gigantic screens. Find out if Antonio Margarito will fall another victim to Pacquiao’s fist after celebrated victories over the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar dela Hoya, and Ricky Hatton.

Take the viewing experience to a higher level with an inclusive ambrosial brunch buffet escapade, courtesy of Executive Chef Meik’s culinary choices: crispy bacon, corned beef, hash brown, garlic rice, Chinese bun, and Singapore noodles. The oven-fresh bakery section is also filled with an assortment of sweet and crisp bread choices which include pandesal, ensaymada, warm croissant, Danish bread roll, cheese cake, and apple tart. Wrap up the treat with a loadful of healthy fruits such as papaya, orange, watermelon, and mango. Then top it all off with creamy fruit yogurt, crunchy cornflakes and coco pops. Sip in indulgence free flow of San Miguel beer, soda or iced tea for only P1750 net or a choice of 2 San Miguel beer, iced tea, or soda for only P1500 net. Watch the nation’s sports hero with his biggest event of the year as he goes for the gold only at Velocity!

For inquiries or reservations, please call 988-9999 or visit www.marriott.com/mnlap

Monday, November 1, 2010

1st Halloween read - Crescendo by Fitzpatrick

I bought books for my halloween weekend reading...

Just finished reading Becca Fitzpatrick's second book in her Hush Hush series - Crescendo.


Will talk more about it in my next blog post.



But just so you know, after reading the ending, all I can say is - there's a third book in this series.



Yey! More Patch!!!



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Glee's Christmas Album and identity of Kurt's boyfriend!

Glee will release a Christmas album! According to EW.com, it's scheduled to be released on November 16, weeks before Glee's Christmas episode.

And here's a tip, Kurt's boyfriend will be in this album!

Here's the tracklist:

1. We Need A Little Christmas (Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer)
2. Deck The Rooftop (Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera, Kevin McHale, Heather Morris, and Jenna Ushkowitz)
3. Merry Christmas Darling (Lea Michele)
4. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Chris Colfer and Darren Criss)
5. The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year (Chord Overstreet, Mark Salling, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, and Heather Morris)
6. Last Christmas (Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, and Chris Colfer)
7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Lea Michele, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, and Jenna Ushkowitz)
8. O Christmas Tree (Matthew Morrison)
9. Jingle Bells (Cory Monteith, Mark Salling, and Kevin McHale)
10. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (k.d. lang and Morrison)
11. Angels We Have Heard On High (Amber Riley)
12. O Holy Night (Lea Michele)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Zombie TV flick

Addicted to Zombie flicks? Then I think you're in for a treat!

Fox International Channels, the channel behind award-winning and famous shows like Glee (my fave), Family Guy (another fave!), Criminal Minds (again, my fave!), is set to premiere another show which I think will be another TV hit especially among George Romero movie fans, THE WALKING DEAD.

www.iwatchstuff.com


ABOUT THE SHOW
Waking up in an empty hospital after weeks in a coma, County Sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) finds himself utterly alone. The world as he knows it is gone, ravaged by a zombie epidemic. The Walking Dead tells the story of the weeks and months that follow after the apocalypse. Based on Robert Kirkman’s hugely successful and popular comic book series, AMC’s new original series, The Walking Dead, premieres with a 90-minute episode on Halloween night: Oct. 31 at 10/9c. Written and executive produced by three-time Academy® Award-nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile), who also directs the pilot, and executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens), the series debuts during AMC Fearfest, the network's annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films.

The Walking Dead is an epic, edge-of-your-seat drama where personal struggles are magnified against a backdrop of moment-to-moment survival. A survivalist story at its core, the series explores how the living are changed by the overwhelming realization that those who survive can be far more dangerous that the mindless walkers roaming the earth. They themselves have become the walking dead.



The Walking Dead will premiere this November on Fox.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

2-month break...

I can't believe it's been 2 months since I wrote my last post in this site!!!


How time really flies...


I've been really busy these past weeks with work stuff and all...



But starting this week, I'm going to write again!



While I was on a two-month blog break, there have been a lot of happenings in my life... One-by-one, I'm going to relive most of them and share it with you (if there's really someone out there interested in reading my site.. I wish..)



Start!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Instituto Cervantes' 9th Pelicula Pelikula!!!

I really enjoyed the screening last year and I hope I can watch again...


Instituto Cervantes brings back Pelicula Pelikula - 9th Spanish Film Festival starting September 30 to October 10, 2010.




The 2010 Oscar Award for Best Foreign Film, El Secreto de sus ojos will be screened during the Spanish film fest's Opening Night on September 29, 7 p.m. at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas. For more information, visit http://www.pelicula.ph/.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

OH MON DIEU! GOSSIP GIRL SEASON 4

Parlez vous gossip?

Gossip Girl Season 4 Teaser!!!


Paris!

Need I say more?


Friday, August 6, 2010

Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 Release

Summit Entertainment has announced that Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 will be released on November 16, 2012. 

AUGUST SALES!

Aside from these stores, do check out also Zara and Gap's ongoing sale promos!






Thursday, August 5, 2010

Feast you taste buds on Marriott Hotel Manila's Flavors of Thailand

Thailand is known as one of Asia's shopping mecca and tourist's haven. I will never forget my trip to Thailand with my friends. And the food, it's a bit spicy, but whoa, they're really good.

If you're craving for a pad thai or any Thai food, you don't have to book a ticket to Thailand because Marriott Hotel Manila brings to you the rich and unique flavors of Thailand as Marriott Hotel Manila brings the best of Thai in partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Embassy of Thailand and Thai Airways. From August 1 to 31, satisfy your taste buds with a delicious showcase of authentic Thai dishes by Thai chef Thanathorn Krobsuay flown all the way from one of the most contemporary Marriott properties in Asia, the JW Marriott Bangkok. A Thai local himself, chef Krobsuay shares his sophisticated style and expertise in Thai cooking which never fails to mesmerize guests and capture the palates of discerning gourmands.


Chef Thanathorn Krobsuay

Start the adventure with a savory piping hot tom yam goong soup (spicy prawn soup with lemongrass and galangal) that will surely perk up the senses with its sweet and spicy broth. Follow it with Som tum(spicy green papaya salad) a palate stimulating spicy salad starter made of shredded papaya, beans, and dried shrimp. Some of the classic main dishes include Thod mun pla (thai fish cakes with pickled cucumber) which is a marinated fried fish cake with green beans and herbs swathed in sweet and sour sauce, which remains a favorite tasty treat of Thais. Featuring as well is the larb gai(minced chicken salad with mint and ground rice) enhanced with the natural flavors of lime juice and fish sauce. Another favorite is Pad Thai (stir fried noodle with seafood) considered a national dish consists of fried noodles, eggs, been sprouts, shrimp, chicken, and tofu combined with oriental ingredients such as tamarind juice, hot chili, and fish sauce producing a nutty, pungent taste. To end a hot Thai feast, complete the meal with a refreshing kanom thai ruam (selections of Thai royal desserts) that has an amusing sweet and salty balance of tastes. Usually made of coconut milk based or sweet sticky rice, all desserts feature most piquant Asian ingredients and recipes.


The famous Pad Thai


Goong Makham

Bring home the Flavors of Thailand as Chef Thanathorn conducts a free cooking class on August 12 at 2:30pm. Slots to the class are free by simply reserving at the Marriott Café reception and presenting a receipt.

Here’s more, diners who avail of the Flavors of Thailand buffet also get a chance to win a pair of roundtrip tickets to Thailand courtesy of the Thai Airways and Tourism Authority of Thailand. The prize trip includes a three-night stay with breakfast at the Rennaisance Koh Samui Resort and Spa Thailand.

The Flavors of Thailand will be available during lunch and dinner at PHP 1,350 nett for adults and PHP675 nett for children, while Sunday Brunch is at PHP 1,650 nett. Children below 12 get in for half the price and children below 6 get in for free!

Marriott Café is located at the Ground Floor of Marriott Hotel Manila. For more information and reservations, call (632)988-9999 or visit www.marriott.com/mnlap.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Christophen Nolan's Inception Now Showing in IMAX

The dream is real, especially when you see it in IMAX.



Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Inception directed by the highly acclaimed Christopher Nolan is the most talked about movie of the moment. Everyone’s been buzzing about the film’s mind blowing scenes, exceptional effects, and excellent storyline.

The film starring multiple Oscar nominee Leonardo Di Caprio opened in multiple IMAX screens on its worldwide release last July 15.

"Inception is a film that asks the audience to come on a journey into the human mind – its going to be an incredibly immersive experience, and in IMAX, they are going to get the best version of that…we have done all kinds of things to re-format the film for The IMAX Experience, and as a result, you get enhanced clarity, sound and a closer relationship with the action. I think IMAX is going to be a really amazing way to see Inception." Director Christopher Nolan said in an interview.

IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures International are both confident to bring to audiences a truly immersive and one of a kind movie experience with the release of INCEPTION.

"Chris Nolan has created a film with limitless vision and the kind of rich detail that springs to life on the IMAX screen," said Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President, Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures International. "As the number of IMAX screens around the world continues to grow, so does the demand for this enhanced movie-going experience, and we are thrilled to supply films like Inception for the IMAX format."

"We are very excited to share this highly anticipated and wildly creative film with IMAX audiences and Christopher Nolan fans, which are increasingly becoming synonymous with one another," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Chris Nolan's unique vision combined with the talents of Leonardo DiCaprio and the rest of the cast creates the kind of cinematic event that we believe will resonate very well with IMAX moviegoers."

"With a visionary director that knows and understands the power of the IMAX medium, a talented cast lead by a superstar actor and an innovative studio that knows how to communicate the IMAX brand to audiences worldwide, this film has all the key ingredients for an anchor 2010 IMAX release," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "We are so excited with Chris Nolan's return to the IMAX format and look forward to sharing this incredible film with our growing audience worldwide."

The film also stars Oscar® nominee Ellen Page ("Juno"), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe ("The Last Samurai"), Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard ("La vie en rose"), Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("500 Days of Summer"), Tom Hardy ("RocknRolla"), Cillian Murphy ("Batman Begins"), Oscar® nominee Tom Berenger ("Platoon") and Academy Award® winner Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules").
Inception- truly a must see movie in IMAX 2D. Immerse Yourself. The Dream is Real.

NOW SHOWING AT IMAX THEATRES (SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, & SM City Cebu).

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Good morning..

Imagine waking up every morning with someone like Robin Thicke at your side...



*sigh

Robin Thicke's It's in the morning featuring Snoop Dogg from the album Sex Therapy: The Experience.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Star Movies' August Highlights

SUNDAY MEGAMOVIE
STAR MOVIES offers an exciting mix of the best films from around the world. Gain access to an array of international blockbusters and Hollywood epics, providing non-stop drama, action, adventure, suspense, comedy, classic westerns and romantic tearjerkers.



Premieres Sun, 1 Aug @ 9pm
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN
Starring Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson and Robin Williams
Directed by Shawn Levy
Night has fallen upon the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The guides have gone home, the lights are out, the school kids are tucked in their beds - yet something incredible is stirring as former night guard Larry Daley (Stiller) finds himself lured into his biggest, most imagination-boggling adventure yet in which history truly comes alive. In this second installment of the Night at the Museum saga, Larry faces a battle so epic it could only unfold in the corridors of the world's largest museum. Now, Larry must try to save his formerly inanimate friends from what could be their last stand amid the wonders of the Smithsonian, all of which, from the famous paintings on the walls to the rocket ships in the halls, suddenly have a mind of their own.

Premieres Sun, 8 Aug @ 9pm
CITY OF EMBER
Starring Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Saoirse Ronan and Harry Treadaway
Directed by Gil Kenan
For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights - underground. Built as a refuge for humanity and powered by a massive generator, this city will only sustain for 200 years. But as the generator starts to fail, the dazzling lights of Ember begin to flicker and fade. Two teenagers, in a race against time, must search Ember for clues that will unlock the ancient mystery of the city's existence, and help the citizens escape before the lights go out forever.

Premieres Sun, 15 Aug @ 9pm
DRAGONBALL EVOLUTION
Starring Justin Chatwin, Chow Yun-Fat and Emmy Rossum
Directed by James Wong
Dragonball Evolution is the long-awaited, live-action motion picture based on the popular Japanese manga created by Akira Toriyama. Justin Chatwin stars as the heroic Goku, a powerful warrior who protects the Earth from an endless stream of rogues bent on dominating the Universe and controlling mystical objects - Dragonballs. Throughout his quest he gets help from Bulma (Rossum), a beautiful woman intent on retrieving the mystical Dragonballs for her own reasons; Chi Chi (Jamie Chung), a young martial artist who captures Goku's eye; and Roshi (Chow), the Master who guides Goku on the young man's epic quest to save the Earth from the forces of darkness.

Premieres Sun, 22 Aug @ 9pm
HANNAH MONTANA THE MOVIE
Starring Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus and Lucas Till
Directed by Peter Chelsom
In this big-screen feature, Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) struggles to juggle school, friends and her secret pop-star persona. And when Hannah Montana’s soaring popularity threatens to take over her life, she just might let it. So her father (Billy Ray Cyrus) takes the teen home to Crowley Corners, Tenn., for a dose of reality, kicking off an adventure filled with the kind of fun, laughter and romance even Hannah Montana couldn’t imagine.

Premieres Sun, 29 Aug @ 9pm
STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI
Starring Kristen Kreuk, Chris Klein, Neal McDonough and Robin Shou
Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak
In this action-packed big screen translation of the iconic videogame "Street Fighter", female fighter Chun-Li (Kreuk) embarks on a quest for justice. Powerful forces are converging on the streets of Bangkok. There are warriors, some of whom possess extraordinary abilities, all of whom are determined to see their side prevail. Some fight for justice; the others for unlimited power. Now, they are preparing for the ultimate battle — of terror versus beauty, light versus darkness, and good versus evil.

Starting in August, STAR Movies presents viewers with a LUNCH PASS! Every day at 12:30pm, take a break and serve up lunch with your favourite movie! This month, the lunch line-up includes blockbuster hits guaranteed to keep you entertained including The Day The Earth Stood Still, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Bangkok Dangerous, Die Hard, Max Payne, Race to Witch Mountain, There’s Something About Mary, Valkyrie and more!

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS THIS MONTH ON STAR MOVIES
Mon, Aug 02 @ 4pm
CAPTAIN MIKE ACROSS AMERICA
Starring Michael Moore
Directed by Michael Moore
Opinionated documentary filmmaker Michael Moore takes an up-close look at the political leanings of college students in George W. Bush-era America with this effort shot during Moore's 60-city college campus tour in the months leading up to the 2004 election.

Mon, Aug 02 @ 9pm
NOBEL SON
Starring Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Danny DeVito and Eliza Dushku
Directed by Randall Miller
Barkley Michaelsen (Greenberg) is a college student living under the shadow of his monstrous, arrogant father, Eli (Rickman), who has just been awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry. As for Barkley, on the night that he goes home with a sultry poet named City Hall (Dushku), his life takes an unexpected turn for the dangerous. Barkley is kidnapped and the requested ransom is the two million in Nobel prize money. When Eli refuses to pay, a venomous tale of familial dysfunction, lust, betrayal and ultimately revenge begins.

Tue, Aug 03 @ 7:20pm
GENOVA
Starring Colin Firth, Catherine Keener and Willa Holland
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
In the wake of a family tragedy, an English ex-patriot living in the United States decides to relocate himself and his daughters to Italy, only to discover that tragedy may have followed them overseas when the youngest girl proves unable to move past her acute emotional pain.

Wed, Aug 04 @ 7:15pm
FRANKLYN
Starring Ryan Phillipe, Eva Green and Sam Riley
Directed by Gerald McMorrow
Franklyn is a psychological sci-fi drama set between contemporary London and the dystrophic Meanwhile City, where the separation between church and state has been obliterated to make way for a religion-dominated society. As atheist vigilante Jonathan Preest (Phillippe) prepares to seek revenge against Meanwhile City's powerful leader Emilia (Green), who finds her cynicism and depression accelerated by the difficult relationship she shares with her mother. Meanwhile, sensitive Milo (Riley) attempts to recover from a recent heartache, just as deeply religious Peter (Bernard Hill) arrives in London to search for his missing son, a haunted Gulf War veteran.

Wed, Aug 04 @ 10:55pm
STIR OF ECHOS: THE HOMECOMING
Starring Rob Lowe, Marnie McPhail and Ben Lewis
Directed by Ernie Barbarash
Upon returning home from the line of duty, National Guard Captain Ted Cogan (Lowe) thought his life would go back to normal, until he started seeing visions of a group of innocent bystanders he inadvertently killed in Iraq. With his family on the brink of destruction, Ted turns to a psychic that aids him in understanding what needs to be done to put these restless souls at peace - even if it means giving up his own life.

Thu, Aug 05 @ 00:30
ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED
Directed by Maria Zenovich
Marina Zenovich's award-winning documentary examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary director Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.

Thu, Aug 05 @ 21:00
THE HURRICANE
Starring Denzel Washington, Dan Hedaya and Vicellous Shannon
Directed by Norman Jewison
In June 1966, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (Washington) was a strong contender for the middleweight boxing title. When three people were murdered in a New Jersey bar, Carter's dreams were destroyed. Driving home from a nearby club, Carter was erroneously arrested for the murders and sentenced to serve three life terms in prison.

Several years later, Carter's published memoir, The 16th Round, inspired a Brooklyn teenager (Shannon) and three Canadian activists (Deborah Unger, John Hannah, Liev Schreiber), who believed in the truth, join forces with Carter to prove his innocence. Their extraordinary efforts, commitment and love ultimately secured his release, leaving "Hurricane" to sum up his 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit by simply stating, "Hate got me into this place, love got me out".

Fri, Aug 06 @ 9pm
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR
Starring Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale
Directed by Kenny Ortega
In High School Musical 3: Senior Year, high school seniors Troy (Efron) and Gabriella (Hudgens) face the prospect of being separated from one another as they head off in different directions to college. Joined by the rest of the Wildcats, they stage an elaborate spring musical reflecting their experiences, hopes and fears about their future. With incredible new music and exciting dance numbers designed to take maximum advantage of the big screen, this motion picture extravaganza delivers plenty of high-energy entertainment from East High’s talented ensemble.

Tue, Aug 10 @ 4:10pm
NOT FORGOTTEN
Starring Simon Baker, Paz Vega and Michael DeLorenzo
Directed by Dror Soref
Soon after exchanging wedding vows with his second wife, a haunted man becomes obsessed with discovering the true fate of the missing daughter from his first marriage. Later, when the man and his new wife consult with a mystic, it quickly becomes apparent that some things are better left forgotten. With the help of a sheriff and two FBI agents, Jack searches the seedy underbelly of Mexico City for his daughter and discovers that there's no escape from his past.

Thu, Aug 12 @ 9pm
YEAR OF THE DRAGON
Starring Mickey Rourke, Ariane and John Lone
Directed by Michael Cimino
When a prominent businessman-mob leader in Chinatown is assassinated by a member of a Chinese youth gang, Vietnam vet and highly decorated cop Stanley White (Rourke) is assigned to Chinatown and ordered to clean up the gang problem. White soon realizes that the teenage hoodlums are under the control of an ambitious young crime boss, Joey Tai (Lone). White becomes obsessed with destroying Tai. Prone to breaking rules and unlikely to make compromises, White goes after his target, vowing to spare nothing and nobody, including himself.

Fri, Aug 13 @ 4:20pm
BIRDS OF AMERICA
Starring Matthew Perry, Hilary Swank, Ginnifer Goodwin and Lauren Graham

Directed by Craig Lucas
Morrie (Perry), who gave up most of his youth raising his younger siblings, Jay (Ben Foster) and Ida (Goodwin), after their father's death, now lives in an idyllic home with his wife, Betty (Graham). Ida has become a promiscuous and perpetually broke artist while Jay is a recluse who frequently conducts antisocial experiments. While it's been quite a while since the siblings have all been together, the childhood dynamics quickly return when Ida comes knocking at the exact moment Jay goes supernova. As neurosis and instability suddenly cascades through their home, Morrie and Betty suddenly find their delicate attempts to secure Morrie's work tenure washed down the drain right while he attempts to make amends for the trouble his free-spirited brother and sister cause about town.

Sat, Aug 14 @ 9pm
DIE HARD
Starring Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia and Alan Rickman
Directed by John McTiernan
The action-packed classic follows New York cop John McClane (Willis), who has just arrived in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve to reunite with his career-driven wife, Holly (Bedelia). At Holly’s Christmas party, a group of German terrorists, led by Hans Gruber (Rickman), enter the building and take everyone hostage in hopes of stealing the millions in negotiable bearer bonds that are in the safe. Now it’s up to John to rescue his wife and the hostages.

Sat, Aug 21 @ 9pm
DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER
Starring Bruce Willis, Dennis Franz and John Amos
Directed by Renny Harlin
In this sequel to the classic action movie, renegade commandos seize a major international airport to rescue a drug lord from extradition. Detective John McClane (Willis), there to meet his wife, must battle incompetent airport security, gung-ho anti-terrorist squads and a deadly winter snowstorm to break the terrorist's grip before his wife's plane runs out of fuel. Once again McClane finds himself deep in a terrorist plot that only he can prevent.




Fri, Aug 20 @ 9pm
THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY
Starring Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon and Ben Stiller
Directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly
There's something about Mary (Diaz) that still bewitches Ted (Stiller). Although he hasn't seen her in over a decade, since his prom-night date with her ended in disaster, his heart still flutters at the memory of her. Still crazy about her after all these years, and curious to know her whereabouts, he hires private eye Pat Healy (Dillon) to track her down in Miami.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Powerbooks sale from July 15 to August 15!

Book lovers rejoice!

Powerbooks is currently having a booksale from July 15 to August 15. Get up to 40% discount on bestsellers and critically-acclaimed fiction and non-fiction books!



Haven't been to Powerbooks yet? Me, I bought a hard bound copy of Dan Brown's Lost Symbol at Php 400+  and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush Hush updated edition at 20% off! Will go back probably this weekend or next weekend! Yahoo!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Glee and True Blood

Mark your calendar Gleeks!


FOX has announced that the pilot episode for Glee's second season will premiere on September 21.
I miss Jessie St. James.


Another show that I'm looking forward this September is the season 4 premiere of Gossip Girl. Photos of their shoot are already out. Hmmmm. Fleur de la Cour as Chuck's Paris date? Something's fishy...


By the way, premiering tonight on HBO Asia!

True Blood Season 3!


Monday, July 12, 2010

SM Cinema presents: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

“I love the world of magic, and to be able to bring that to a contemporary audience through `The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ was really appealing to me,” says Jerry Bruckheimer, legendary producer of such blockbuster franchises as “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “National Treasure.”

“I’ve always liked stories that have a magical element, and this film is one of the great magical stories of all time,” he adds. “We thought it would be tremendously exciting to develop the core of that concept into a brand-new story set in the modern world.”

From Walt Disney Studios, Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub comes “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”—an innovative and epic adventure about a sorcerer and his hapless apprentice who are swept into the center of an ancient conflict between good and evil.



In the film, Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners pit their powers against those of the fiercest—and most ruthless—practitioners of all time. It’ll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes `the sorcerer’s apprentice.’

Set in modern-day Manhattan, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” might have some New Yorkers looking over their shoulders. “The idea is that sorcerers and the ancient art of sorcery are alive and well in present day New York City,” says Turteltaub. “It’s much more entertaining to show audiences the magic in things they recognize than to create something.” Indeed, the filmmakers transformed New York into a vortex of science and magic, home to battling sorcerers and playground for their powers.

While the film isn’t a remake of the classic Disney piece from “Fantasia,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” pays proper homage to it, a fact that didn’t escape the director. “’The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ has such a great Disney pedigree to it,” says Turteltaub, “and I knew right away that I’d be dealing with something that had to be excellent, had to be special, had to live up to its important role within Disney and the history of film. That piece from ‘Fantasia’ is as iconic as any eight minutes of film that has ever been created, so to be part of that was really exciting. You think, ‘all right, where do you go with that’—and that’s where all the creativity starts jumping.”

This new sorcerer and his apprentice are a far cry from Mickey and the blue hat. The live-action film is a contemporary take on the ancient art of sorcery, exploring good versus evil in a city where magic is abound in plain sight. “It’s a story about two quests,” explains Bruckheimer. “Balthazar has been searching the world through the centuries for his apprentice, and Dave then has to discover his true potential as a human being.



Dave is a very serious student, and doesn’t need or want Balthazar in his life, or to be a sorcerer. If someone showed up at your door, and said that you’re really a sorcerer, you wouldn’t believe them either. But Balthazar is like a fly that keeps buzzing around, tormenting this poor kid until he succumbs to becoming this magical character, which I think every kid would want to be.”

Opening in SM Cinemas nationwide on Thursday, July 15, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

Visit http://www.smcinema.com/ or Facebook.com/SMCinema for the branch directory, promos, and events for “The Sorcerer's Apprentice”.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Trailer!!!

Are you ready muggles?

I got goosebumps after watching this, it's as if I've been hit by a Stupefy + Petrificus Totalus Spells.

Here's the 2-minute Official Trailer of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! On 3D baby! Yahoo! Can't wait for you, November!

Random thoughts on Twilight Saga: Eclipse

I attended a midnight screening of Twilight Saga: Eclipse yesterday.

The constant bickering between Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) made me laugh.

Daddy Swan (Billy Burke) & Jessica (Anna Kendrick) were still the best, hope they had more screen time.

Thought the Jasper and Alice fight practice scene was sexy. Jasper's hot despite his longer blond locks.

The fight vs. Victoria and the proposal scene wasn't as exciting as it was in the book.

A lot of picturesque scenes.

 But still, the movie never got better. I am still frustrated with the acting of the 3 leads.

More about this on my next post.


Friday, June 25, 2010

Philippine Eclipse midnight screening in SM Cinemas

This will psyched you up!

Apart from the Eclipse party and midnight advance screening of the third installment of Twilight Saga: Eclipse which will happen at the Mall of Asia Cinema this June 29, SM Cinema, the largest movie theater company in the country, has announced that they'll also have a midnight screening of Eclipse at all SM Digital Theaters and selected SM Cinemas.

Catch Eclipse midnight screening at the following SM Theaters:

Megamall, North Edsa, Mall of Asia, Manila, Southmall, Marikina, Cebu, Iloilo, Sta. Rosa, Clark, Baguio, San Lazaro, Lipa, Taytay, Naga, Bacolod, Pampanga, Cebu, Davao, Batangas, Dasmarinas, Fairview, and Sucat.

For more details, please refer to www.facebook.com/SMCinema and click on the "NOTES TAB" for the full branch directory or visit http://www.smcinema.com/.

Monday, June 21, 2010

American remake of Let the Right one In: Let me in

I haven't even watched this movie, and it already had an American remake?




Chloe Moretz as Eli
Credit: www.cinematical.com


Let the Right One In, a multi-awarded foreign film about a kid who befriends and soon fell in love with his next door girl neighbor/vampire Eli, is getting an American remake, entitled "Let Me In," starring Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) as Eli. The remake is slated for release this October. Waaah! I need to watch the original film first!


Plot outline:
An alienated 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young newcomer to his small New Mexico town, and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood in Let Me In, a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).

Twelve-year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar®nominee Richard Jenkins). A frail, troubled child about Owens’s age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.

When a string of grisly murders puts the town on high alert, Abby’s father disappears, and the terrified girl is left to fend for herself. Still, she repeatedly rebuffs Owen’s efforts to help her and her increasingly bizarre behavior leads the imaginative Owen to suspect she’s hiding an unthinkable secret.

The gifted cast of Let Me In takes audiences straight to the troubled heart of adolescent longing and loneliness in an astonishing coming-of-age story based on the best-selling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma In (Let the Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

My thoughts on Sex and the City 2, Prince of Persia and Killers

I know these films have opened weeks ago, but forgive me if it took me forever before I can watch them. While the whole country celebrates Independence Day, I spent my whole afternoon watching three films in SM Cinema - Sex and the City 2, Prince of Persia and Killers.

Now my thoughts:

Sex and the City 2


Sex and the City 2 follows after Carrie Bradshaw's marriage with Mr. Big. in SATC 2, she's now dealing with her struggles to deal with issues of living with his husband and completing her new book about New York women settling down. Carrie is known for being the "it single girl" of New York, so despite her love for Mr. Big, she still finds it difficult adjusting to the married life. And then when Samantha got invited to visit Abu Dhabi for a possible PR business client, she and the gang went on a luxurious vacation and there found lots of sand, new experiences, new learnings and of course, men and sex.

What I love about this television-series-turned-to-movie is that it dealt with a lot of issues about women, aging and fashion. Any woman can relate to any of the four characters. And these are not just common issues, but also the challenges women faces whenever she advances to a new stage in her life. And it is a surprise that of all places that they've picked for a location shoot, they picked Abu Dhabi, a country that is quickly progressing but still retains sex as a taboo subject and women are still not at par with men in terms of their role in the society. A country whose values are so different from the four women of New York, especially Samantha's.

And of course, nobody can complain about the clothes and the shoes. They are all beautiful. Sigh.

Prince of Persia


Prince of Persia is based on a popular video game of the same title. It stars a buffed Jake Gyllenhal dressed in an ancient, slightly dirty and yet sexy army costume jumping from building to building and got himself involved in brawls and sword fights with black hooded, weird-looking people.

Despite the fast-paced action, I find the film quite dragging. It took me just minutes to predict what will happen in the movie. But if you're a fan of the game, then this film is a treat for you.

Killers



In Killers, Katherine Heigl, a common and unadventurous woman who is just fresh from a breakup, flies to France with her parents for a vacation. There she met Ashton Kutcher, an assassin disguised as a tourist. And after that, (of course) they went into a date, fell in love, and got married. With marriage as his priority, Ashton left his assassin job and lived in a suburban village with his wife, who still don't know his true identity. One year later, after getting an invitation from his formal boss, his life was put into jeopardy as people around him tries to kill him and his wife. And the ruckus begins.

Killers is a Mr. and Mrs. Smith gone all wrong. I can't say more about this movie. Though Katherine's parents in this movie are so funny. And Mr. Ashton Kutcher is so ripped in this movie. Gotta envy Demi Moore. Yum.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Thoughts on Eclipse soundtrack

I've finally heard the songs included in the Twilight Eclipse Soundtrack.



With Alexandra Patsavas still in charge of compiling the OST, expect a lot of indie but great talents coming on board to lend a song to the album. She was able to mix both new and mainstream talents, thus making it a good listening experience not only to Twilight fans, but to music lovers as well. 

Compared to the previous soundtrack, New Moon, songs in this album are more upbeat, but with a couple of songs giving you a "mood for love" feel. I love Cee Lo Green, The Battles, Fanfarlo, The Bravery, The Black Keys and the Bombay Bicycle Club. The lyrics were heavy and yet the music is positive and upbeat. 

There are also ballad songs in the album which I think will be used to Edward and Bella's cuddle scenes, and my ultimate fave is Sia's My Love. It's so ethereal, listening to the song made me feel like floating. Beck & Bat for lashes' Let's get lost is so suave to my ears.

What I liked about the Twilight albums is that it can stand on its own with its compilation of great talents and songs. It's not only a great relaxing companion, but a learning experience as well for it reorients our taste in music, opening our ears to new sounds and talents out there.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

SM Super Chefs: A Flavor Cook-Off at SM Hypermarket

Filipinos are foodies at heart. Indeed, our love for food permeates the very fabric of our society – and more often than not, it is part of the glue that binds Filipino families together. This is shown when we invite people into our homes, or when we watch our mothers and aunts plan entire events around menus. Entire books have even been written about how much of our history is reflected in our favorite dishes.


Chef Deejay Santos shares his Adobo recipe


Chef Pau Sia shares his Menudo recipe

As a living testament to our country’s past cultural influences, our meals are a merry mix of Chinese, Spanish, and Western influences. Classic Filipino favorites such as Adobo, Menudo, and Kaldereta all draw inspiration, in one way or another, from our colorful past – yet the amalgamation of flavors which never fails to whet our appetites is unmistakably Filipino. Thus, every Filipino household has a favorite version of Adobo, Kaldereta and Menudo, with flavors ranging from sweet to salty and a mix of other ingredients such as green peas, tomatoes, and carrots, all of which make the dishes more enticing to the Filipino palate.

Luxury made affordable by SM Hypermarket
However, in as much as Filipinos love their food, the availability of fresh quality ingredients, coupled with escalating costs, make the preparation process quite frustrating. Surely, fresh beef and pork for Kaldereta, Menudo, and Adobo are non-negotiable staples much like quality collateral ingredients such as fresh potatoes or carrots. Apart from freshness, the ingredients should not only be luxurious in taste but should also be easy on the pocket.

Luckily, SM Hypermarket, one of the largest supermarket chains in the country, has taken it upon itself to make quality ingredients easily available to every Filipino, making it easier for homemakers as well as food establishments to bring genuinely delicious food to Filipinos everywhere. “If there’s anything a good cook knows, it’s that the best ingredients make for the best dishes. So in order to make these mouthwatering delicacies, the average cook has to find and purchase these ingredients at a reasonable price,” says Frances Crisol, SM Hypermarket's Senior Manager for Marketing Communications. “As such, at SM Hypermarket, we’ve made luxury affordable to our shoppers in order for more families to enjoy good food.”

Not your typical ‘talipapa’
“We’ve taken the beloved Filipino wet market and gave it a modern twist, but we don't sacrifice anything for the convenience of shopping in a clean, air-conditioned environment – both the quality of the goods and their affordability are the same as the ones found in your local wet markets. What’s more, we have quite a selection of products you can choose from. Aside from everyday ingredients, we also carry hard to find items such as fresh herbs and imported vegetables.”

In true wet market tradition, SM Hypermarket branches also offer “takal-takal” products, allowing shoppers to buy at preferred quantities and prices. If it’s large quantities a shopper needs, though, the store also offers Big Packs – bulk products such as meats, sauces and condiments at a very affordable price.

A revolutionary competition
Not content with just revolutionizing the way Filipinos shop, SM Hypermarket wants to invigorate the Filipino’s love for Pinoy food, as well.

In 2004, SM Hypermarket introduced SM Super Chefs, which began as a cooking demo featuring some of the nation’s best known celebrity chefs from whom shoppers picked up cooking tips on how to use the vast variety of the fresh ingredients available in SM Hypermarket. In 2009, the concept further evolved into a customer cook-off, where selected participants were able to shop for their quality ingredients at SM Hypermarket and cook them right there in a contest that challenged their creativity and their culinary skills.

This year, SM Super Chefs undergoes an ultimate makeover to make it even bigger, better, and more exciting! The competition will feature more challenging tests of the contestants’ culinary talents. Open to all cooking enthusiasts, from housewives to hobbyists to professional chefs, the competition will be held in several stages, with the elimination and final rounds being televised over the Asian Food Channel starting July 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm.

To participate, interested cooks only need to purchase P500 worth of groceries at SM Hypermarket, either single or accumulated purchase, that includes any product of the contest sponsors – Unilever Foodsolutions, Nestle, San Remo, Purefoods, Selecta, Kraft Miracle Whip, Cheez Whiz, Eden Cheese, Mccormick, Lee Kum Kee, Kikkoman soy sauce, Clara Olé, and San Miguel Foods.


Chefs Pau Sia, Deejay Santos and Tristan Encarnacion

Each participant will then be required to undergo a cooking audition per branch starting on June 15, 2010. The audition will require them to prepare one of the three favorite Filipino dishes – Adobo, Caldereta, and Menudo, and bring them to any of the 20 SM Hypermarket branch on specified dates.

There will be three winners of the audition chosen for each branch. These winners will then face off in live cooking challenges against the winners from other branches until only 12 participants remain. These twelve finalists will then compete in four more rounds.

The show will be hosted by celebrity chef Tristan Encarnacion, and will have the remaining cooks strive to please the discriminating palates of the panel of judges – restaurateur and chef Rolando Laudico, culinary school proprietor chef Reggie Aspiras, and broadcaster and food enthusiast Winnie Cordero.

The cook who bests all his or her competitors and claims the title of SM Super Chef will take home a P100,00 dream kitchen showcase, and go on a four-day all-expense-paid trip to Singapore for a culinary training.

For a copy of the sample recipes, click here:

Chef Pau Sia's Menudo recipe
Caren Bayon-Yrastorza's Kaldereta recipe
Chef Deejay Santos' Adobo recipe

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Breaking Dawn update

Summit Entertainment, the production outfit behind the Twilight movies, has announced that the last installment, Breaking Dawn will be made into two films.



Summit Entertainment confirmed today that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN will be released as two separate films with the first of the two slated to be released in theatres on November 18, 2011. Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct both films starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner along with Billy Burke as Charlie Swan as well as returning members of the Cullen Family including Peter Facinelli as Carlisle, Elizabeth Reaser as Esme, Jackson Rathbone as Jasper, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, Ashley Greene as Alice and Kellan Lutz as Emmett.

The project, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, is currently being written by Melissa Rosenberg with Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer producing. The TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN will start production in the Fall.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.

Isn't that too long?!?!?! November 18, 2011?!?!?!?!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Listen to Glee: Journey!!!

Listen! I'm so psyched up!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Glee goes funky and sneak peek on season finale episode

Can't believe it.. Time really goes fast. This week's Glee episode is the second to the last episode of the season. They're going to say "Bye bye for now" on June 9. Huhuhu... Enough moping, let's recap what happened.

Photo courtesy of fox.com/glee


  • Jessie St. James has returned to Vocal Adrenaline. They snuck in New Direction's auditorium and sang a song number to intimidate them. As part of their dirty tactics, they trashed their rehearsal room and Jessie broke up with Rachel, hoping this will spoil their chances at regionals.
  • To get revenge, Puck and Finn destroyed Vocal Adrenaline's tires but was caught. Finn told the principal that they'll pay the damages by working part time.
  • Infuriated by Sue, Will decided to get revenge by seducing her then break her heart after. He regretted doing that so he asked for an apology for he did.
  • Depressed and newly divorced Will went to Sam to seek help. Will can't find a way to inspire his glee club after what Vocal Adrenaline did to them. Sam told him that there's weakness, Vocal Adrenaline can't do a Funk number. So he assigned the club to research for funky songs to perform.
  • Jessie called Rachel and asked if they can meet at the parking lot. Rachel went to meet with him, but she later found out that it was a setup. Vocal Adrenaline, including Jessie threw eggs at her.
  • After hearing Rachel's story, Puck and the rest were so angry and wants to get revenge. Will stopped them saying violence isn't the answer. So instead, he borrowed Rachel's phone to call Jessie and told him to gather all the Vocal Adrenaline and meet them at New Directions' auditorium.
  • And now it's New Directions turn to do a number to intimidate the Vocal Adrenaline and sang "Give up the funk" by Parliament. After the number, Jessie and his team were worried because they knew that funk is the only genre that they cannot perform because they're "soulless automatons."
So love the ending! I love Puck's last line, "See you punks at regionals." So cold and ruthless, just the way I like it. Back at you Jessie! Hahaha!

And this is it! The preview of Glee's season finale episode! Can't wait!



Wait there's more! A season finale sneak peek!


Monday, May 31, 2010

Ticket prices for the Usher in Manila concert

Start saving people!



Ticket Prices for the Usher Concert at SM Concert Grounds on July 9:

VIP Php 12,471.00 (Reserved Seating)
PATRON Php 9,353.00 (Reserved Seating)
Gold -> P6236 (Reserved Seating)
Silver -> P4157 (Free seating)
Bronze -> P2079
Gen. Admission -> P624

All standing(no seats) and tickets are available in all Ticketworld outlets starting today onwards. For more details about the show, call 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph. Another Music Management International concert with Fearless Production, Ovation Production and Channel [V] Philippines.

Information courtesy of: ManilaConcertScene

Sunday, May 30, 2010

OMG! OMG! 2 episodes left for Glee Season 1!

I wasn't able to write something about Glee theatricality episode, but I think you won't need it anymore after watching so many replays in JackTV and ETC Channel.

Next is the Funk episode. Glee club is starting to feel the pressure of the regionals. And who will add more to the tension? Jessie!!!

Jessie has returned to Vocal Adrenaline! He broke Rachel's heart! Watch the teaser!



And if you haven't heard yet, the popular TV show has released a new compilation album of songs that will be used on their upcoming season finale episode entitled, "Journey." Glee: Journey to Regionals will be released on June 8, 2010.

Tracklist:


1. "Faithfully"
2. "Any Way You Want It / Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'"   
3. "Don't Stop Believin'" (Regionals Version)
4. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (featuring Jonathan Groff)
5. "To Sir, with Love"
6. "Over the Rainbow"

Song preview:


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Win a kitchen showcase worth P100,000 and free trip to Singapore with SM Hypermarket's Super Chefs 2010

SM Hypermarket has launched the latest and greatest edition of its Super Chef series by turning it into a reality show – think Iron Chef meets American Idol meets Survivor.



Super Chefs is open to anyone who can cook, be they housewives, carinderia owners, culinary school students or professional chefs. The competition is divided into three stages: 1) audition; 2) elimination; and the 3) grand finals. The Super Chefs grand finals will be aired on the Asian Food Channel and hosted by Chef Tristan Encarnacion.

To get qualified for the audition round, interested participants just need to present a P1,000 single or accumulated purchase from any SM Hypermarket inclusive of the sponsors’ product together with your cooked dish on the submission day. Throughout the competition, their creations will be judged by celebrities like Winnie Cordero and the country’s top chefs like Reggie Aspiras, to ensure that only the best survive.

The grand winner of the SM Hypermarket Super Chefs will get to take home a kitchen showcase worth P100,000 and go on a 4-day all-expense-paid trip to Singapore for a culinary training. Runner-ups will also win a P50,000, P25,000, P15,000 or P10,000 SM gift certificates.

The contest runs from May to July 2010. For details, visit any SM Hypermarket branch, log on to www.smhypermarket.com, or like Super Chefs on Facebook.




SM Hypermarket Super Chefs 2010 is sponsored by Unilever Foodsolutions, Nestle, San Remo, Purefoods, Selecta, Kraft Miracle Whip, Cheez Whiz, Eden Cheese, Mccormick, Lee Kum Kee, Kikkoman soy sauce, Clara Ole and San Miguel Beer.


Click here for the contest mechanics.

Monday, May 24, 2010

SM Hypermarket opens 20th Branch in North Harbour, Manila

An all new experience with a touch of the familiar is happening this side of the metropolis. SM Hypermarket North Harbour is now open, revitalizing shopping in the world’s most densely populated area.

SM Hypermarket North Harbour will be serving approximately a million consumers in the bustling neighborhood of Manila, Navotas and Caloocan, providing them with a holistic shopping experience where most shopping needs are satisfied all in one go.

More choices of goods and services

Consumers are given more choices with a variety of merchandise and other convenient services which are distinctly SM.



SM Hypermarket North Harbour has its own ‘modern wet market’ with its Fresh section where the same variety of selection in a wet market is offered but with more shopping conveniences – air-conditioned place, clean aisles and precise weighing scales.



Shoppers can also find toys, apparel, appliances, home furniture, and techie gadgets. Moreover, for medicines, home repair, or money transfer, they can go to Watson’s, Ace Hardware, or Western Union.



Consumers can also settle bills, exchange foreign money, and even take home roast chicken from the Rotisserie nook and fresh bread from the bakery stand.



They are also given novel alternatives through the affordable house brand SM Bonus, with over one thousand items to choose from, and the takal-takal section which enables consumers to pick the ingredients they want at preferred and affordable quantities.

Moreover, caterers and carinderia owners can get their supplies of meats, sauces, condiments and other ingredients found in the Big Packs area at very affordable prices.

For sure, consumers will get what they deserve at SM Hypermarket North Harbour – excellent customer service at all times. They will also experience luxury of space and a wide array of choices which are both essential to delivering shopping convenience.

Employment for locals, community outreach

When SM Hypermarket North Harbour opened, employment opportunities for the community were created. Local talents were tapped to build their career in SM – one of the biggest conglomerates in the Philippines.

Also, SM Hypermarket gives small and medium enterprises (SMEs) a chance to showcase their products during the weekend bazaar as it allocates a certain area for SMEs to display and sell their products.

In effect, SM Hypermarket is now a community concept, reaching out to nearby barangays through various events and programs such as cooking demonstrations, songfests, and dance contests. This year, SM Hypermarket will be turned into a community store, not just a place to shop, but a place that shoppers can call home.

This transformation happens as SM Hypermarket invests in people and business partners by providing jobs for the locals and business opportunities for SMEs in the community.

More in store for consumers

SM Hypermarket North Harbour is the 20th branch of SM Hypermarket in Metro Manila and nearby provinces like Rizal, Cavite, Pampanga, and Pangasinan. More stores will be opened this year to bring the SM shopping experience closer to more Filipinos nationwide.

Since it started operations in 2001, SM Hypermarket has been successful in creating the convenience of having a first-rate indoor wet market and a food and general merchandise store. It also continually introduces new concepts to enhance and reinvigorate the consumers’ shopping experience.
 
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