Saturday, October 29, 2016

Miss Earth 2016 Winners: Miss Philippines Imelda Schweighart Breaks 2-Year Winning Streak for PH



Imelda Schweighart, Philippines' representative to the Miss Earth 2016 competition failed to make it to the Top 16 portion of the competition out of the 83 candidates from around globe.

Her loss breaks the Philippines' Miss Earth winning streak, as Angelia Ong won the title in 2015, while Jamie Herrell won in 2014.

Miss Earth 2016 - Ecuador
Miss Air - Colombia
Miss Water - Venezuela
Miss Fire - Brazil

Miss Earth 2016 - Top 8
Vietnam
Russia
Sweden
United States

Miss Earth 2016 - Top 16
South Korea
Northern Ireland
Italy
England
Macau
Mexico
South Africa
Australia

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Cinema One Originals 2016 Festival Movie Entries, Dates and Venues


Cinema One Originals has made a name for itself as the film festival that breaks new ground and opens eyes to new modes of cinema, new forms of narrative, and new perspectives of storytelling. On its twelfth year, Cinema One Originals celebrates this with its new tagline: Anong Tingin Mo?
 
The literal translation of Anong Tingin Mo is “What do you think?” and in many ways, it encapsulates how any one film can be many different things to many different people but also exemplifies the multi-layered diversity that has been the hallmark of Cinema One Originals. This year will be all about different ways of looking at the same thing.
 

For the first time, Cinema One Originals gave grants to three original feature documentaries:

Teng Mangansakan’s “Forbidden Memory” lifts the veil on the events of September 1974 as it talks to the survivors of a gruesome mass murder that has been kept under wraps for decades.
Paolo Picones and Gym Lumbera’s “Piding” traces the history of Oliver Carlos, a grieving ornithologist reeling from tragedy who comes back to his hometown. 
John Torres’ dreamlike, mysterious “People Power Bombshell” unearths a lost film by Celso Ad Castillo and probes its circumstances and implications.
 

Seven original narrative features were also given grants, three to Cinema One Originals alumni:

Lily,” about a woman who is rumored to be a half-monster, is Keith Deligero’s first foray into horror and myth.
The quirky love story “Every Room Is A Planet” resumes Malay Javier’s fondness for juxtaposing science-fiction with youth culture.
Borgy Torre’s basketball crime film “Tisay” transposes his noir inflections onto a unique milieu.


Four first-time filmmakers will also make their debuts this year:

Petersen Vargas’ dark high school comedy “2 Cool 2Be 4gotten
Samantha Lee’s millennial love story “Baka Bukas
Jose Abdel Langit’s ethnographic mystery “Malinak Ya Labi
Jules Katanyag’s geriatric action film “Si Magdalola At Ang Mga Gago
 

This year’s festival will also screen a slew of acclaimed foreign films including some of this year’s world cinema highlights like:

Ashdar Fajardi’s “The Salesman
Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay
Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only The End of the World
Ciro Guerrera’s “Embrace of the Serpent
Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinart’s “Swiss Army Man
Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake,”


Likewise, critically-acclaimed documentaries  such as:

Gianfranco Rossi’s “Fuocuoammare
Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow’s “De Palma
Pierre Film’s “Close Encounters with Vilmos Szigmond


As well as a slate of the best horror films of the year:

Na Hong-Jin’s “The Wailing
Veronica Franz & Severin Fiala’s “Goodnight Mommy
Robert Eggers’ “The Witch
Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Creepy.”
 

Among the restored classics to be showcased this year are:

Mario O’Hara’s “Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos
Danny Zialcita’s “Nagalit Ang Buwan Sa Haba Ng Gabi
Lino Brocka’s “Cain At Abel
Ishmael Bernal’s “Pagdating sa Dulo


There will also be special screenings of:

Lav Diaz’s Golden Lion-winning “Ang Babaeng Humayo
Sherad Sanchez’s found footage horror “Salvage
 
Cinema One Originals runs from November 14 to 22, 2016. Screenings will be at Trinoma, Glorietta, Gateway, Greenhills and Cinematheque.

54 Celebrities Involved in Illegal Drugs Released by PNP Director Generald Bato Dela Rosa


The Philippine National Police has a list of 54 celebrities, among them the host of a "top-rating" television show, who are involved in illegal drugs, Director General Ronald Dela Rosa said during Tuesday's Manila Overseas Press Corps Forum.
"Yung listahan na naisubmit [kay President Rodrigo Duterte] is 54. Ang basis nito yung mga celebrities na nahuli natin, yung mga celebrity suppliers na sila yung pinagbebenthan nila. Sila yung mga customer. Nakuha natin yung mga panagalan doon at umabot sa 54," Dela Rosa explained
The PNP had arrested radio disc jockey Karen Bordador, actresses Sabrina M and Krista Miller, and two men's magazine models for possession of illegal drugs.
Dela Rosa added that the list of 54 celebrities was separate form the list of 30 narco-celebrities submitted earlier.
Meanwhile, NCRPO regional director Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde said that the list of 54 narco-celebrities contained TV and radio personalities, even disc jockeys, but no broadcast journalist.
Albayalde added that releasing the list to the public would depend on the president since the document was a confidential watchlist. "It's being kept confidential. Up to President Duterte kung ilalabas or not. Pero ang sa amin is this list came about from different informatiom gathering," he explained.
The NCRPO chief called the celebrity list was a "normal" watchlist, similar to the list of suspected drug users and pushers. Both needed constant validation.
Albayalde noted however that the list could only be used for building a case and was not evidence against the celebrities.
"It's just a document for our use, for our consumption," Albayalde said.

Original content published on www.gmanetwork.com

Pregnant Georgina Wilson-Burnand Covers Metro Magazine November 2016 Issue


She is Georgina!

Complex. Powerful. Gorgeous.

The essence of a woman exists not in her form, but in the depths of her shadows and light. This woman, equally complex, fascinates. Such is the duality of our muse, Georgina Wilson, who shifts roles of wife/soon-to-be-mother/fashionista, yet keeps much of her identity intact.




See a different side of Georgina in Metro's most provocative cover to date! Out now in bookstores and magazine stands nationwide.

Be the First to Own an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus from SMART


Finally! You can now own the best, most advanced iPhone ever as SMART Communications now offers iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The new iPhone 7 features new advanced camera systems, the best battery life on an iPhone, and they are now water and dust resistant.




To avail, register your interest for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus beginning this Friday, October 28, 2016 at http://smart.com.ph/iPhone7 #SmartiPhone7 and #SmartiPhone7Plus

McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson Spotted on a Surprise Date at McDonald's MCS



Things just got even hotter between the rising loveteam McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson, fondly called McLisse, when the two went out on a surprise date in McDonald’s after they attended a high-profile suit and tie event last Saturday night. Fans were thrilled when McCoy shared the good news on his Twitter account that the night was not yet over as Elisse had agreed to an after-party date with him. The glammed-up pair was then spotted inside McDonald’s Makati Cinema Square, standing in line at the counter for their midnight McSpicy meals.

Through a team-up with McDonald’s, McLisse gave fans the chance to be a part of the date in the almost 15-minute Facebook Live session. Over 15,000 viewers tuned in to the video aired on McDonald’s Facebook page, where they cozied up and shared their first impressions with each other, revealed each other’s favorite traits, and recalled the night’s exciting moments, all while munching on their McSpicy and fries. Seeing the two in this surprise session was definitely worth giving up a few minutes of sleep for.

Here are some of their dates’ most kilig-worthy moments:



Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Join Forces to Bring Philippine Pride in the First Back-To-Back Boxing Fight


For the first time in the history of Philippine boxing, arguably two of the most iconic names in the ring are set to fight back to back against the world’s rising stars in “The Legend Vs. The Champ.”  Eight-division champion Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao is set to join WBO Super Bantamweight champion Nonito “The Flash” Donaire in the much-awaited sporting event happening on November 6 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada in the U.S.  and to be beamed live in the Middle East, exclusively by The Filipino Channel (TFC) and Top Rank Inc.


In this corner of the world, Pacquiao also called Pacman, is returning to keep the spirit of Philippine boxing in the world arena, alive.  Dubbed People’s Champ for bringing pride to the Philippines in his illustrious 21-year boxing career, Pacquiao is set to raise the flag of pride once again as he faces World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in the battle fittingly dubbed “The Legend Vs. The Champ.”
For the first time, co-fighting in the main event is four-division champion Donaire, who will face the undefeated Jesse Magdaleno in the title fight in a bid to sustain his WBO Super Bantamweight crown.
According to Top Rank Boxing Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bob Arum, given the Filipino’s propensity for boxing, it was not long before this idea came to fore and Pacquiao and Donaire were the easy choices.  In an interview with Balitang America’s Bev Lorente, Arum said: “We are looking to do something really spectacular for all Filipino people.”
Pacquiao (58 wins-6 losses-38 knock outs), who took an early retirement after his much-celebrated fight versus Floyd Mayweather Jr., sprang back to the boxing area to prove that it is not over until it’s over. Bringing with him courage and speed, he is facing boxing’s rising star Vargas (27-1-10), armed with power and aggression.
In an interview by TJ Manotoc via ABS-CBN Sports + Action, sports analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz said even after having taken a respite Pacquiao still has ‘it.’  “Manny is still good, there is no question about it.  He is  still an attractive fighter, a heavy puncher, moves very well and he has got charisma,“ Nathanielsz said.  Nathanielsz added: “Manny is two punches too hard, moves too hard and has got too much speed for Vargas.“


Meantime, Donaire (37-3, 24 knock outs) stands to face his toughest match ever against undefeated Magdaleno who has 23 wins, 0 losses and 17 KOs under his belt.
In an interview with Steve Angeles of “Balitang America,” Arum said that while the Pacquiao – Vargas fight is much awaited, the Donaire – Magadaleno match may steal the show.
Arum explained: “Nonito, we know what a warrior he is. Magdaleno is a hungry fighter, undefeated. I’m proud of that fight. I think it’s going to be a terrific fight.  I think every one of these fights is going to be evenly matched but I can see where people are saying Donaire and Magdaleno, two guys that live in Vegas probably will be a barn burner.”
Don’t miss this history-making sporting event on November 6 at 4 a.m. in KSA and 5 a.m. in Dubai, live (with replays) via TFC.tv  PPV subscription is at SAR and AED 80.  “The Legend Vs. The Champ” is also available via OSN, ELife and Mozaic TV Powered by Ooredoo.  For more information, visit emea.kapamilya.com or follow us at facebook.com/TFCMiddleEast or follow us on IG at Twitter @KapamilyaTFC (with additional reports from Steve Angeles, Bev Lorente and TJ Manotoc via Balitang America, sports.abs-cbn.com and ABS-CBN Sports + Action.  Photos courtesy of Top Rank, Inc.)

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 - Movie Poster and Trailer



Your favorite intergalactic misfits line up for a fresh look at Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" with the unveiling of a teaser trailer which may be viewed at http://youtu.be/2WhQcK-Zaok.
From director and screenwriter James Gunn himself: “So the first Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer will be coming in not too long, but we know how thirsty you guys are for a glimpse - so we put together this special sneak peak at #GotGVol2 for you.”
The gang's back together in a new poster as well, with Yondu and Nebula joining Quill, Gamora, and Drax, offering a tease of the mischief and mayhem our heroes have in store for us next year.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn. The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana as Gamora; Dave Bautista as Drax; Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket; Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot; Michael Rooker as Yondu; Karen Gillan as Nebula; and Sean Gunn as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan and Kurt Russell.
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.
Opening across the Philippine on April 26, 2017, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

ABS-CBN Brings Back Noli De Castro's Kababalaghan Halloween Special


Excitement has filled social media lately with the release of the teaser to ‘Kabayan’ Noli De Castro’s “Kababalaghan” TV special, set to air on Sunday (October 30) at 3:30pm after “Banana Sundae,” and at night on “Sunday’s Best” after “Gandang Gabi Vice,” in time for Filipinos’ Halloween celebrations.
In less than a day, the preview to the much-anticipated program posted by ABS-CBN News on its official facebook page garnered over 250,000 views, more than 5,000 reactions, and close to 1,500 shares.
De Castro’s spookfest in his iconic “Magandang Gabi Bayan” news magazine program was hugely popular during the ’90s, and was a Halloween tradition for Filipino families. This year, five stories of mystery and of mystic nature await viewers who want a little scare over the weekend heading to the All Souls’ Day. Real-life accounts of demonic possession, ghost sightings, and witchcraft will be presented by Kabayan, who has been known to personally go to sites to research on the occult.
According to the veteran news anchor, his most memorable experience doing the Halloween special was doing spiels in the cemetery in the middle of the night, and also entering countless haunted houses.
With fond memories doing the special, De Castro said it was not a difficult decision to revive “Kababalaghan,” which they first din in 2011 due to insistent public demand. The throwback to his Halloween special in “MGB” gave the younger generation a glimpse of the stories that brought chills to their elders, and made the latter recall their scary and fun memories watching the show.
What made us do it again is the huge interest we monitored on social media. Because we have been seeing posts about our old episodes, I thought why not make it again?” he mused.
While the 2016 “Kababalaghan” will have better graphics because of new technology, he said the charm of the old Halloween specials will still be there.
It was not for the faint of heart. We used to advise our viewers, ‘kung matatakutin ka at may sakit sa puso, stay away’, but they still end up watching. People can expect not just scary and occult matters, but also information and the science behind  them,” Kabayan added.
Catch the return of Noli De Castro’s “Kababalaghan” Halloween special this Sunday (October 30) at 3:30pm on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SKYCable ch 167) with a late night telecast at “Sunday’s Best” after “Gandang Gabi Vice.” For updates and more information, follow and visit http://news.abs-cbn.com.

NBA and ABS-CBN Seal Partnership for NBA Digital Destination in the Philippines


The National Basketball Association (NBA) and ABS-CBN Corporation, the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment organization and an official NBA broadcaster in the Philippines, today announced a partnership to operate the NBA.com/Philippines, the NBA’s official digital destination in the country.
The online destination, hosted on the ABS-CBN Sports portal (sports.abs-cbn.com/nba), will provide Filipino fans access to daily video highlights, game recaps, scores, stats and more.  The mobile optimized digital destination will also provide localized content including analysis by local celebrities and sports personalities as well as special features focusing on the NBA’s influence on the Philippine’s lifestyle and culture.
ABS-CBN Corporation is the ideal partner to help grow our digital presence   in the Philippines,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson.  “NBA.com/Philippines reflects our commitment to engaging our passionate fanbase through digital and mobile with relevant stories and localized content, ensuring that basketball fans across the country will stay up-to-date on all things NBA.”
The partnership between ABS-CBN and the NBA to manage NBA.com/Philippines deepens the relationship between our two organizations in the promotion of the NBA brand,” said ABS-CBN Chief Digital Officer Donald Lim.  “Filipinos are avid followers of the NBA, and we believe that the newly designed digital destination will bring the best of the league to our kapamilyas in the Philippines.”
As a free to air broadcast partner of the NBA, ABS-CBN continues to deliver quality execution for NBA properties to strengthen the brand’s affinity with basketball-loving Filipinos,” said ABS-CBN Integrated Sports Head Dino Laurena.  “The digital platform plays a key role in engaging the new generation of NBA followers, and we look forward to this opportunity to synergize both the TV and digital executions.”
The NBA currently has relationships with a network of television and digital media partners in the Philippines headlined by ABS-CBN, FOX Sports, and Solar that will combine to televise more than 30 live NBA games per week during the 2016-17 NBA season, which tips off Oct. 26.  Leading telecommunications provider Globe Telecom also offers NBA LEAGUE PASS to its 45 million mobile and broadband customers.
Follow the NBA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/philsnba) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/nba_philippines) for all the latest news and updates.

Filipino Comedian Alex Calleja Secures Spot in Top 20 Funniest Persons in the World


Another Filipino talent is making waves overseas as Filipino comedian Alex Calleja secured a spot in the top 20 of 2016 Laugh Factory Funniest Person in the World.
With his natural wit and humor, Alex was able to capture viewers’ hearts around the world as he enters the next round of the competition and joins 19 other comedians from different countries in fulfilling their dreams of winning the title.
To watch and vote for Alex, just log on to www.votealexcalleja.com. Voting ends on December 6, 2016. Viewers may also share his video by using the hashtag #PusongPinoy.
Hailing from Bicol, Alex is a former professor and an IT programmer, but later on pursued a career in stand-up comedy in 2007. With a career spanning almost a decade, his wit has conquered television as he now serves as writer for ABS-CBN comedy shows “Goin’ Bulilit,” “It’s Showtime,” and CineMo gag program “Funny Ka, Pare Ko.”
He also has already performed in several countries in Europe and Asia, proving his impressive talent in his chosen craft.
The 2016 Laugh Factory Funniest Person in the World is organized by the Laugh Factory, Inc., a renowned comedy club in Hollywood and Long Beach, California, which has showcased comedians such as David Letterman, Eddie Murphy, Kathy Griffin, among others. It was also hailed as the number one comedy club in US by USA Today.

MOANA Answers Call of the Ocean in High-Seas Adventure



From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people.
“Moana is the 16-year-old daughter of the chief of Motunui,” says director Ron Clements. “She’s athletic, nimble, compassionate and incredibly smart. She has a never-say-die attitude and a profound connection to the ocean.”
So it’s troubling to her, to say the least, that her people don’t go beyond the reef surrounding their island,” adds director John Musker. “They stay within the confines of that reef, and Moana doesn’t really understand why.”
The story is inspired in part by the oral histories of the people and cultures of Oceania. Three thousand years ago, Polynesian voyagers, the greatest navigators in the world, voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering thousands of islands. But then, according to scholars, for approximately a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. “Navigation is such a big part of Pacific culture,” says Musker. “The ancient Polynesians found their way across the seas without the use of modern instruments, using their knowledge of nature, the stars, the waves and the currents.”
Adds Clements, “We heard many times that the ocean doesn’t separate the islands, it connects them. Voyaging is a real source of pride for Pacific Islanders, a part of their identity. They were, and continue to be, some of the greatest explorers of all time. What they did was quite sophisticated, borderline miraculous.
There are many theories, but no one is certain, about what may have led to this 1,000-year gap in exploration; this sparked the filmmakers’ imaginations. Says Musker, “In our story, our heroine, Moana, is at the heart of the rebirth of wayfinding.”
During her journey, Moana meets the mighty demigod Maui, a larger-than-life character who was inspired by multitudes of varied tales and legends about him throughout the Oceania region. Says Musker, “We were fascinated by the stories we read, the tales told to us by experts in the region. Maui was larger-than-life, a trickster and a shapeshifter. He could pull up whole islands from the sea with his fishhook; he had the power to slow down the sun. He is an incredible figure.”
Maui, who’s on his own journey of self-discovery, reluctantly guides Moana in her quest to become a master wayfinder and save her people. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.
It’s a story that takes place many, many years ago, but with a contemporary feel,” says producer Osnat Shurer. “Our hope as filmmakers has been to create a universal story that is also an homage to the beautiful people of the Pacific Islands who inspired us along this journey.”



Filmmakers cast newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, and Dwayne Johnson lends his voice to demigod Maui. The voice cast also includes Jemaine Clement as Tamatoa, a self-absorbed, 50-foot crab ; Rachel House as Moana’s trusted Gramma Tala; Temuera Morrison as Moana’s no-nonsense father, Chief Tui; Alan Tudyk as the voice of dumb rooster Heihei; and Nicole Scherzinger voices Moana’s playful and strong-willed mother, Sina.
Helmed by Clements and Musker, the directing team behind “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin” “The Princess & the Frog,” and produced by Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), “Moana” features music from a diverse and dynamic team that includes Tony®-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Tony-winning “Hamilton”), Grammy®-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Tarzan” “The Lion King”) and Opetaia Foaʻi (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka).
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 56th animated feature “Moana” sails into Philippine theaters on November 30, 2016.
“Moana” is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Like us on Facebook, WaltDisneyStudiosPH; follow us on Twitter, @disney_phil; follow us on Instagram, @disney.ph and use the hashtag #MoanaPH.

Fritzie Lexdy Noche Wins Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2016



Fritzie Lexdy Noche, a 36-year old mother and dentist from Batangas, was crowned as the new Mrs. Philippines Globe 2016. A second-time contestant of the pageant, she bested 17 other contestants who were also vying for the much coveted title and crown.

 
Personifying beauty and substance, Fritzie Lexdy Noche is also civic leader and a former president of the Philippine Dental Association – Batangas chapter in 2007 – 2008. She obtained her degree in Dental Medicine at the Centro Escolar University and took up Masters in Orthodontics Temporomandibular Dysfunction and Orthopedics at the Roman Dental School.


During the coronation night held at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura, Taguig City, Noche  and the other candidates proved to themselves, as well as to all the guests, that being married or having children should not hinder them from reaching their full potential.



My second try at Mrs. Philippines Globe has allowed me to discover more about myself and improve my persona as a wife, mother, and friend to all,” said Fritzie. “I will bring everything I learned in this journey as I represent my country for Mrs. Globe 2016.”
Noche, who won PhP150,000 worth of prizes, will also represent the Philippines in the prestigious Mrs. Globe World Finals in Hainan, China in December 2016.

Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2016 - Winners Circle:

Woman of Substance:Timikko Santos
Solane Mother of the Year: Annalyn Marie Gayatin
First runner-up: Michelle Boyero
Second runner-up: Niezal Cayangan
Third runner-up: Nova Christine Dela Cruz

Mrs. Philippines Globe Classic 2018: Annalyn Marie Gayatin




Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2016 - Special Awards

Most Elegant Woman: Michelle Boyero
Mrs. Body Beautiful: Darlene Conde
Woman of Charity: Darlene Conde
Best in Talent: Annalyn Marie Gayatin
Career Woman of the Year: Fritzie Lexdy Noche
Supermodel Mom: Fritzie Lexdy Noche
Most Beautiful Face: Timikko Santos
Darling of the Press: Nova Christine Dela Cruz
Personality of the Year: Angelica Marie Catangay
Life Story of the Year: Niezal Cayangan
Entrepreneur of the Year: Maria Theresa Uhlmann
Achievement of the Year: Maria Giselle Barrion
Mrs. Philippines Globe Woman of the Year: Pinky Siva


Mrs. Philippines Globe 2016 Top 9

Other official candidates who also gave their best during the competition were Marjorie McMurchie, Brooke Cajita, Madonna Naval, Rasha Demonteverde, Genieve Uy, Coleen Ramos, and Geisha Muring.




Leading the panel of judges were Mrs Globe Philippines National Pageant Director Carla Cabrera-Quimpo and Mrs. Globe 2013 Sheryl Lynn Callister who flew in from the Netherlands to grace the event.  Joining them were Mrs. Philippines Globe 2012 Joyce Agsaway, Mrs. Philippines Globe 2012 Woman of Substance Pinky Siva, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1985 Joyce Ann Burton Titular, Mrs. Philippines Globe 2014 Janice Trillo, All Star Team president of Rotary Club of Makati Gems Vangie Jaehn, Solane Brand Executive Rae Steffi Behag, and Metro Pacific Investment Corp. Vice President for Public Relations of Melody Del Rosario.

One of the biggest international beauty pageants for married women, Mrs. Globe aims to empower misses as a vital part of the society. The pageant also recognizes that their achievements, charitable acts and stories can serve as inspiration to others.
Mrs. Philippines Globe is presented by: Samsung Hall, Lucky Rainbow Makati, SM Tickets, Sony Boy Mindo, Jojo Bragais, Arnell Papa, Eimee Cragun, Working Mom, Solane, and Bio-Oil. This pageant is organized by EVI Marketing Communications.    

TFC, Well Go USA and Myx TV Bring TRAIN TO BUSAN to U.S. Theaters Starting November 4


When the seemingly low-key, out of competition entry, Train to Busan (Bu San Haeng), from South Korea made its debut in May at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, no one expected how epidemic its impact would be on the global stage. Like a fast-spreading virus outbreak, praise for and delight over the film swept over audiences and movie critics around the world as the film began its international distribution journey.

 

"The undead are born again… A first-rate zombie apocalypse film!" screams The Irish Times.

 

"A brilliant portrayal of the chaos that engulfs the world," declares the Times of India.

 

"Train to Busan is the highest-grossing Korean film in Hong Kong box office history!" announces the South China Morning Post.

 

"It's a view of flesh-eating Armageddon from the first class windows of a speeding train," describes FILMINK Australia.

 

"Yeon Sang-ho's Train to Busan is the best fast-zombie picture since the Dawn of the Deadremake. It's also an awful lot of fun!" claimsNOW Toronto.

 

"Train to Busan terrifies… there's a shifting and pervading feeling of inescapable phobias merging with every zombie attack," says theInquirer.net.

 

"The action scenes are incredible – straight out of a video game – and there's palpable tension in every scene. This is the film World War Zcould have been," claims StarBurst Magazine, the world's largest magazine of cult entertainment.

 

"In the manner of the most enjoyable horror pictures, every time you think things can't get worse… they do," warns the Miami Herald.

 

"Really, the result is first class throughout," says Entertainment Weekly.

 

"95% on the Tomatometer." –RottenTomatoes.com 

 

Asian Content and Talents On the Rise

Come November 4Tuesday, filmgoers and horror-thriller-suspense fans in the U.S. will get the chance to watch in top select theaters the movie that Sony and Fox in Hollywood and Gaumont, Canal Plus and EuropaCorp in Europe are reportedly engaged in a bidding war for to remake the film.  This is made possible by the first-time collaboration of Well Go USA Entertainment, TFC@theMovies and Myx TV.

 

As of October 23, Box Office Mojo has reported box office gross of about US$88 million worldwide for Train to Busan.  Rumors of a sequel are already ongoing.  

 

When it premiered at Cannes, highly impressed moviegoers immediately said that Train to Busan is much more than just zombies on a train.  Many pointed out that it was a social and political commentary on the contagious greed that pervades modern society versus the kindness of a few remaining souls in humanity.  This is among the reasons why the movie connected so well with a large international audience.

 

As Emily Browne of MoviePilot.com wrote: "This is especially poignant after S. Korea faced a national tragedy in 2014, when 300 teenagers drowned after a ferry overturned in the sea. Investigators discovered that the ferry had been overloaded by its corporate owners to save money, while the captain and crew escaped to safety. Initially the media reported that everyone survived the disaster, because the government told them to. This dark moment in Korea's recent history heavily influenced the movie's plot, and inserted depth into the done-to-death zombie genre."

 

Also praised was the acting of the cast.  Train to Busan not only caught the attention of mainstream Hollywood as a film but it also cast a spotlight on its actors and their performances.  Now, it was reported that some of the cast members have received proposals and casting calls from major Hollywood studios.

 

But the biggest kudos have to go to its director,Yeon Sang-Ho, who also wrote Train to Busan. At a time when South Korean TV and genre cinema are as vibrant as ever, one can count by one hand how many have ventured into zombie movies.  Considering that Yeon Sang-Ho'sbackground is animated films, his first daring attempt at live action film via Train to Busanis not only an Asian cinematic and box office triumph but a testament to shining Asian talent with exceptional directorial and writing skills and an ambitious, courageous, socially conscious vision for the industry.

 

If audiences are looking for a Halloween film that is the real deal, with all the chills and thrills, and literally, the wildest, scariest ride with a soul at the theaters starting November 4, their strongest bet this year - hands down – is Train to Busan… speeding towards a theater near you.

 

For the theater list, visit www.tfc-usa.com/ttb




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Spotted: Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard Hold Hands in ALLIED Poster



Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard are dressed to kill in the international poster of Paramount Pictures' Allied, the World War II romantic thriller from Oscar-winning director, Robert Zemeckis.
Written by Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises,” “Locke”), the film stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Kaplan and Matthew Goode.
“Allied” is the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.
Distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures, “Allied” opens nationwide on November 23.

Kristoffer Martin and Joyce Ching in their Biggest, Daring Role Yet via GMA-7's Afternoon Soap HAHAMAKIN ANG LAHAT



Starting October 31, televiewers are about to see a whole new actors in Kapuso young stars Kristoffer Martin and Joyce Ching as they take on their most challenging, daring role shedding their teenybopper image in GMA Network's latest afternoon soap HAHAMAKIN ANG LAHAT.

Joyce Ching plays the role of Rachel Tan Ke. A daughter of Ivy (played by Eula Valdez) but she grew up knowing that her mother is Ivy’s sister. She gets pregnant by her boyfriend but he escapes from his responsibility and runs away.

Kristoffer Martin is Junjun Labsat, Laura's son (played by Snooky Serna)  who will deeply fall in love with Rachel and he is willing to do anything for her to love him back.


"First time po namin parehong mag sexy sa isang project. May mga kissing scenes po kame dito bukod pa po sa nag two-piece bikini ako at nag-trunks naman po si Kristoffer dun sa swimming pool scene namin." Joyce said during the presscon held at GMA Network Building on October 25.


"Medyo mabibigat po yung mga eksena namin dito. Kase yung role namin talagang matured na. Hinde na ito yung katulad ng mga past soap namin na medyo pa-cute pa. Dito talaga kailangan naming mag-level up na bumagay sa mga roles namin," Kristoffer added.






Joining them is Thea Tolentino is Phoebe Tan Ke, the scheming and backstabber sister of Rachel. She will also be attracted to Junjun but will not act on it because she doesn’t want to be disowned by her family.





Hahamakin ang Lahat revolves around the repeating fates of a mother and her child who both had to bear the agony of not being able to be with the man they truly love because of the struggles and conflicts they encounter in winning the approval of their family.

Under the direction of Don Michael Perez, witness how life is fulfilled not just by everlasting love, but also by an enduring faith in “Hahamakin Ang Lahat” beginning October 31 after “Oh, My Mama!” on GMA Afternoon Prime.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Miss International 2016 Winner is Philippines Kylie Versoza


No doubt, she's the most beautiful girl in the human land right now.


Philippines very own Kylie Versoza wins Miss International 2016 crown during the pageant's finals night held at Tokyo Dome in Japan on Thursday, October 27.







Miss International 2016 - Winners Circle:

Miss International 2016: Philippines
First Runner-up: Australia
Second Runner-up: Indonesia
Third Runner-up: Nicaragua
Fourth Runner-up: USA 

The Future of Sleep: URATEX Sleep Revolution Collection Pillows



We live in a time where we can function 24/7 if we have to. But with these increased productivity, some essential activities are sacrificed, foremost of which is sleep. We take the simple pleasure of a good, superior sleep for granted.
 
We need to have adequate sleep, that much can’t be emphasized enough. Sleep loss can have drastic effects on a healthy lifestyle; it will have an impact on your heart, weight, mind and well-being. Insufficient sleep will lead to serious, long-term health problems, such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity and rational thinking.

But through the untiring efforts of URATEX, a large number of Filipino families and individuals now sleep better. Because of these innovations, we have become healthier, more productive and energized during the day.

Nothing understands this fundamental need for better sleep than Uratex. As the undisputed “Sleep Specialist,” Uratex continues to innovate and revolutionize the way it gives a superior sleeping experience to Filipinos through its latest collection, the Sleep Revolution.

With Uratex, you get the best sleep. Everyone at our company takes great pride in making sure that each mattress we manufacture delivers superior comfort and support to improve your quality of sleep. Today, we will offer innovative products that will deliver on this promise,” says Cherry Wong-Tan, Marketing Director of Uratex. 


The Sleep Revolution
The Sleep Revolution is the future of sleep. The new collection focuses on Premium Touch Romance, Senso Memory Ultima Plus, Orthocare Biorytmic and Perfect Serenity Aura Fresh. It not only gives better sleep, but also responds to specific needs of different sleep problems Filipinos usually encounter.

Keeping the flames of love alive doesn’t have to stop after a long, hard day. The Premium Touch Romance is all about inspiring passion and desire for you and your significant other. The secret lies on its mattress ticking infused with the essences of ginseng, ylang-ylang and cinnamon, giving it a sweet and spiced romantic ambiance. Its unique perfume micro-capsules have a long-lasting effect to inspire a more intimate bond for couples. Crafted with Smart Reflex® Pocket Spring System that intelligently isolates body movement for an undisturbed sleep. Additionally, its combines the best of both worlds: Natural latex and Senso Memory foam for a superior sleep experience.


The Orthocare Biorytmic mattress uses advanced sleep technology using rejuvenating minerals responsible for restoring energy and regulating the body’s biorhythm. As you sleep, it helps reduce stress and provides better balance and concentration. For outstanding pressure relief and back support, it is coupled with Orthofirm® foam for a firm comfort feel all night long.


For a refreshingly cool sleep, look no further! The Senso Memory Ultima Plus is specially designed with a cooling technology that helps you fall asleep faster. What sets it apart from others is that its memory foam is blended with Hydragel® beads that absorbs heat. Wrapped with Cooler® knit fabric, it provides an enhanced cooling effect and has been proven to lower body temperature by up to 2°C. Furthermore, its plush comfort layers delicately adjust to your body’s movements while you sleep, relieving you from painful pressure points.


Always worried about odors in your bed? The Perfect Serenity Aura Fresh is the solution to your problem. This innovative mattress has odor-repelling qualities that offer a fresh, clean sleeping environment. For long-lasting odor-free protection, its cover is formulated with complex compounds that effectively eliminate all unwanted odors from the body so your mattress smells fresh while you sleep. It features a convoluted high-resilient foam with an egg crate design that allows air to flow freely. Balancing the body’s biorhythm is essential as it improves your intra-body communication and promotes your overall well-being.



Uratex Innovative Pillows
Uratex Premium also offers innovative pillows equipped with the same sleep technologies to complement these mattresses. The cores of Perfect Serenity Aura Fresh, Orthocare Biorytmic and Premium Touch Romance pillows are made of supersoft molded foam built for plush comfort while the Senso Memory Ultima Plus pillow’s core is made of Senso Memory foam with Hydragel® beads. Both mattresses and pillows are treated with Sanitized® that effectively protect against growth of bacteria, odor, mildew and dust mites.


Our Sleeping Solutions Partner
The latest Uratex Premium Mattress Collections are available at Our Home. Our Home is the country’s top lifestyle furniture store chain; with 24 stores in major SM malls nationwide. The company’s philosophy has remained consistent — to provide customers with trendy, chic and affordable luxury furniture as well as superb service. Our Home offers a wide array of contemporary furniture, decor and home accessories that are of high quality at affordable prices.


URATEX Mission and Vision
Since we were founded in 1968, our Mission remains the same: To be the customer’s choice, with products and services that can be relied upon and depended on. Our Vision is also unwavering: We intend to satisfy customers through quality products that are competitively priced, delivered on time, and developed through close coordination with our customers. As our founder, Robert G. Cheng, declared, ‘We will not stop until we give every Filipino a comfortable and affordable mattress to lie on,” said Mrs. Naty Cheng, CEO and President, RGC Group of Companies.


Uratex Executives and Managers enjoy the company of special guest Venus Raj crowned 4th Runner-up Miss Universe 2010 during the Sleep Revolution launch event.  With her (from left) are Edwin Gallor, Director of Uratex Automotive Group, Marvey Alcantara, Uratex Consumer-Marketing Manager, Dindo Medina, Uratex Sales Director, Eddie Gallor, President of RGC Group of Companies, Love Sacluti, Uratex Brand Manager, Cherry Tan, Uratex Marketing Director and Meg Rosello, Uratex Marketing-Copy Editor


About URATEX Philippines
For more than 48 years, Uratex remains to be the country’s industry leader in manufacturing quality foams and mattresses that help everyone sleep better. As a commitment to excellence, it continues to innovate itself by using the latest technologies to deliver exceptional comfort and support in each mattress. For more information, visit www.uratex.com.ph or call the Consumer Hotline, 888-6500.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL Scares Up U.S. Box-Office with $14M



Universal Pictures' new suspense thriller "Ouija: Origin of Evil," the follow-up to 2014's horror hit "Ouija," opened in the US with a spooky $14.1 million at the box-office, a smash return given its $9 million budget. The film bows in the Philippines this Wednesday, October 26.

Universal distributed the Blumhouse production, which got markedly better reviews than the original. The first film in the series kicked off to $19.9 million before going on to make $103.6 million globally. Platinum Dunes and Hasbro produced the board game adaptation.

"Origin of Evil" is set in the 1960s and centers on a scam seance artist who unwittingly invites evil spirits into her home. Universal believes the film will benefit from the Halloween holiday next week. "Based on the fact that we're the only wide release horror film on Halloween, we're expecting to hold well," said Nick Carpou, Universal's domestic distribution chief.

Also factoring well for the sequel's future box-office prospects are the positive reviews from critics, who gave "Origin of Evil" an 82 percent Fresh Rating over at Rotten Tomatoes review-aggregator site.

Variety critic Geoff Berkshire writes, "The rare horror sequel made with considerably more wit, craft, and imagination than its predecessor, Ouija: Origin of Evil feels less like the continuation of a budding franchise than an apology for what went wrong the first time."

"Conjures shivers worthy of Halloween," applauds Jane Horwitz of The Washington Post, while New York Times's Neil Genzlinger hails, "Deliciously creepy, thanks largely to a terrific performance by the youngest of its stars."

In the terrifying new tale and the follow-up to 2014's sleeper hit Ouija, a widowed mother named Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) and her two daughters Doris (Lulu Wilson) and Lina (Annalisse Basso) add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter Doris is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

"Ouija: Origin of Evil" is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Winners: Miss Grand International 2016 is Indonesia, Philippines Nicole Cordoves is First Runner up






Here is the complete list of winners in Miss Grand International 2016 held Tuesday night (Wednesday morning in Manila) at Westgate International Theater in Las Vegas, USA.


Miss Grand International 2016 - Indonesia
First Runner up - Philippines
Second Runner up - Thailand
Third Runner up - Puerto Rico
Fourth Runner up - United States of America








Top 5:
Puerto Rico
United States of America
Philippines
Thailand
Indonesia


Top 10:
Korea
Peru
Ukraine
Macau
Bahamas


Best in Swimsuit - Bahamas
Best in Social Media - Jamaica
Best in Evening Gown  - England
Miss Popular Vote - Korea (automatically advances to Top 10)


Top 20:


Jamaica
Spain
Mexico
Portugal
Venezuela
Malaysia
Cuba
Australia
Vietnam
Tahiti
Wales

Discover Shanghai, the “Paris of the East” via AirAsia Philippines


AirAsia Philippines, the world's best low-cost airline, continues to connect the world as it added another wonderful destination on their route map – Shanghai, "The Paris of the East"
Shanghai is known as China's commercial and financial center but is also bursting with cultural experiencesOn one side of the Huangpu River lies ultra-modern Pudong, home to the newly opened Shanghai Disneyland and the colorful Oriental Pear Tower, and on the other sidePuxi with its host of historical spots like the French Concession, glitzy waterside promenade The Bund with its stretch of historical colonial buildings or Yuyuan Garden, which gives you a glimpse of Ming and Qing dynasty architecture




After an exciting day in Shanghai, take a break by going to notable places outside the city center. Relax at the Dongping National Forest Park, a man-made forest at Chongming Island. Ride a boat at the "Shanghai's Venice", the Zhujiaojiao Water Village at the ChinpuDistrict and have spiritual trip to the Lingyin Temple at the Zhejiang, Hangzhou to complete your dream vacation.




And one definitely won't go hungry in here – finding its culinary secrets is an adventure in and of itself. Don't leave Shanghai without trying their Xiao Long Bao, Jianbing or Egg Pancakes, Scallion Oil Noodles and Bamboo Tofu with Pepper partnered with the Xinjiang Black Beer or Tsingtao Beer.




AirAsia Philippines, continues to surprise and delight travellers with their wide range of flights. From top tourist spots of Asia such as Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore to the hidden gems like Kota Kinabalu, Siam Reap and Bali, AirAsia continues to make travel accessible by offering the lowest fares online to over 100 destinations across Asia.

To get a glimpse of what you can experience in Shanghai, visit AirAsia's Official Facebook page (facebook.com/AirAsiaPhilippines) or watch the webisodesfeaturing Shanghai's beautiful spots, friendly faces and delicious food at the following links:
Episode 2 "The Many Faces that you'll meet" - https://www.facebook.com/airasiaph/videos/1170456926347516/
Episode 3 "Food you shouldn't miss in Shanghai" - https://www.facebook.com/airasiaph/videos/1179645322095343/
Episode 5 "Great Mid-Autumn Places to Visit" - https://www.facebook.com/airasiaph/videos/1215154041877804/
 
Or see it for yourself by booking a flight at www.airasia.com

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