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GMA News TV’s Front Row: Pag-Ahon Sa Putik

Filipinos are known to be one of the most resilient people in the world. Three weeks after Typhoon Sendong ravaged Iligan and nearby provinces, some of our fellow countrymen are slowly making an effort to rise from the devastation that caused alot of suffering. Typhoon Sendong is one of the worst disaster in the Philippine history, leaving thousands of dead bodies, families and lives tremendously affected, and damaged properties estimated to have reached over a million in cost. Such desolation can still be felt with relatives still missing, and survivors trying to live in an already tight evacuation centers. While it’s understandable that most are still at a loss on how to go about with life, there are those who opted to go back to their houses in an effort to patch things up. Catch GMA News TV’s documentary show Front Row as they share the lives of these brave ...

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Internet Sensation 2CELLOS Performing Live in Manila this January

The world is teeming with talented people and good thing the Internet has made it possible that we see some of them perform with just a click of a button. But Pinoy fans of the YouTube sensation 2CELLOS will have a chance to watch them perform live. The duo will be coming to the Philippines and perform at the Resorts World Manila on January 20th. 2CELLOS are Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser who uploaded their video on YouTube playing their musical instruments to the tune of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal. The video was watched a million times over, propelling them to popularity. They eventually guested in The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Soon enough, record label Sony MASTERWORKS caught up with the talented duo and signed them up for a record deal. Check out this video of 2CELLOS performing and I’m sure everyone will agree they deserve the attention they’re ...

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An Eye Popping Attraction — the SM MOA EYE

There’s a new attraction in town at the SM Mall of Asia. It’s the tallest and biggest Ferris Wheel in the Philippines — the SM MOA EYE! I have been hearing about it, but my eyes popped when I saw it. Inspired by Singapore Flyer and England’s the London Eye, this Ferris Wheel measures 55 meters in diameter. It has 36 fully-airconditioned gondolas and can accommodate 6 persons per gondola. Talk about convenience! I also learned that it also has 6 VIP gondolas that can be rented out for special occasion. That’s pretty interesting. I was at the SM By the Bay Amusement Park last December 16th to witness the lighting ceremony of this giant ride which was hosted by the beautiful Phoemela Barranda and attended by SM Prime Holdings executives, the media and guests. It was really exciting to see this newest tourist destination in the country come to ...

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Immortal — Michael Jackson’s Songs Immortalized

The King of Pop has influenced a lot of people in the world through his music and performances. It is not surprising that artists in different genres and discipline adapted, even copied his style in their own works. Our very own Gary Valenciano has acknowledged that the legendary performer has made a big impact in life, particularly in his career. His dance moves alone are a testament of MJ’s influence. Michael has a huge following and despite his death, his fans continue to look up to him for inspiration. Unlike other artists, performers has caught on Michael’s legacy through their moves, music and performances. Even our very own inmates from Cebu showed that they can work in unison, dancing to Michael’s music. The popular Cirque de Soleil did their own homage to the musc royalty via the Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL WORLD Tour when the group performed to MJ’s music. ...

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Movie Review: Tower Heist

Tower Heist Cast

An action-comedy movie top-billed by Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, the Tower Heist is about a robbery at a billionaire’s penthouse located at the most luxurious condominium in Central Park where the most-advanced security system is installed. The crime is perpetuated by the building’s General Manager, Josh Kovacs (Stiller). The intention was to reclaim what was stolen from them. Alan Alda plays the billionaire and Wall Street bigwig Arthur Shaw who owns the penthouse. He manages huge portfolio investments and was accused of defrauding his investors, including all the staff at the tower whose retirement money Shaw was entrusted to manage. Kovacs successfully convinced an evicted condominium resident, the concierge, the elevator boy and the maid to help him with the plan. But to make this $20-Million robbery a sealed deal, he recruits small-time thief Slide (Murphy) to do the dirty work. What happens next for these amateur criminals is ...

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Puss in Boots – A Movie Review

Cute and Lovable Puss in Boots

Yesterday, I had the chance to be invited at the red carpet premiere of DreamWorks’ latest animation flick Puss In Boots at the IMAX Theatre of SM City North Edsa. I was so excited but was not expecting anything more than a regular screening. I had a chance to watch Real Steel at the same venue, but it was not in 3D. This time it’s different! The 3D glasses were handed to us as we enter the cinema. Oh boy was I thrilled! The story is actually set prior to Puss in Boots meeting Shrek and Donkey. This was the time when he is full of good moral character who protected the innocent — a hero. This is not the story I grew up with, having remembered the fairy tale story I read in my childhood. I would have wanted to see how the original story was portrayed on screen. ...

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NBA Legend Clyde Drexler In Manila for NBA Madness

NBA Legend Clyde Drexler is coming to Manila to participate in the NBA Madness Philippines 2011 event. Drexler is a 10-time NBA All-Star and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame where he was voted in 2004. He visits metro Manila from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 with the Orlando Magic and Portland Trail Blazers dance teams. The NBA Madness Philippines is an interactive basketball fan event organized by the National Basketball Association and Solar Entertainment. The event will feature basketball clinics and games, including the Clyde Drexler Challenge, wherein fans can compete against the NBA legend for prizes. Drexler won an NBA championship with the Houston Rockets in 1995 and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. He will share his experience to fans and audiences who in turn can participate in various activities including dance clinics and autograph sessions. ...

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Got Fridays! Got Fun at Teatrino!

Thank God it’s Friday! Yes, we all look forward to that day. A day that signals the end of stressful moments at work, in school or in whatever that makes us busy. At least, until Monday comes along. Friday is often celebrated with parties, dining out, night outs, movie dates, shopping and everything that spells fun! Here’s another way to celebrate the end of the weekdays for the entire months of September to November 2011 — Got Fridays @ Teatrino! Freddie Santos, one of the most notable stage directors in the country directed and conceptualized Got Fridays @ Teatrino in collaboration with the Music Museum Group and various artist management companies. Presenting a new breed of local singers in a wide selection of musical genres, audiences will be treated to nearly three hours of great performances while enjoying food and drinks.On queue this September includes Kuh Ledesma’s daughter Isabella with ...

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Cowboys & Aliens: A Story of Greed, Kindheartedness, Revenge & Unity

Last August 10, I watched Cowboys & Aliens courtesy of Nuffnang Philippines and Pizza Hut. It was one of my most anticipated event having heard some buzz about the movie. I’m also a Harrison Ford fan — not having seen him on the big screen for quite sometime, this would be a good opportunity to watch one of my favorite Hollywood actors on the big screen. There I was seated among fellow bloggers enjoying the story of greed, kindheartedness, revenge and unity in a western-sci fi movie. Contrary to my impression of the movie, this is actually a Daniel Craig movie more than Ford’s. Although they shared a few scenes throughout the movie, James Bond has more screen time than Indiana Jones. I’m not complaining. It’s just that the movie sought to capitalize on Harrison Ford’s popularity and downplayed Daniel Craig’s. I love the movie from start to finish. Just ...

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Ryan Cayabyab Leading to Advance Filipino Music and Artistry

For the 2nd time, 7101 Music Nation launches the 2011 ELEMENTS National Singing and Songwriting Camp. Led by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab as Artistic Director, together with businessman Julio D. Sy, Jr and music industry aficionado Twinky Lagdameo, 7101 Music Nation is a pet project with the goal of building platforms that will promote the sharing of ideas and talents to advance the Filipino musicality and artistry. With the most challenging task of getting this vision done by gathering Filipino artists and musicians all over the Philippines and even from foreign land, Ms. Lagdameo acts as the Chief Operating Officer who aims to replicate or even exceed last year’s accomplishments. The success of the group’s first project hosted last year — The ELEMENTS National Songwriting Camp — led to a decision to include singers this time. The Camp is open to all aspiring singers who are 18 to 25 years old, ...

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