Tuesday, April 30, 2013

T.G.I. Friday’s New Bar Menu

T.G.I.Friday’s, the first American casual dining chain in the Philippines has a new bar menu. The updated bar list includes a wide array of affordable drinks such as the Ultimate drinks, beer on tap at P60, local bottled beer at P75 and beer by the bucket for only P350. Cocktails also available starting from P125, and includes staples such as the Long Island Tea, Bahama Mama, Kamikaze, and 77 Sunset Strip. To cool down for the scorching summer, the Refillable Mojito is also continuing its run as one of bar’s most popular offerings, available everyday at only P295.
Long Island and Mohito


Electric Lemonade



Introduces Stars Behind the Bar and Red Card

Adding to the excitement is the launch of the first leg of the Stars Behind the Bar tour, which includes a showcase of celebrity bartenders, free drinks, and a chance to learn basic flairs and cocktails. The featured bartenders went through a rigorous round of auditions, with most being previous participants of the renowned Shake, Rattle, and Pour Bartending Championship, which will be on its 18th year in 2013. T.G.I.Friday’s is known for popularizing flair tending, and hosted the first known flair bar tending competition in the US in 1985. Patrons are also known to flock the bar to watch bartenders dazzle with flips, flairs, and tricks before drinks are delivered with a personalized touch.

The Stars behind the Bar

The T.G.I.Friday’s Stars Behind the Bar tour is in partnership with Stolichnaya Vodka. Catch the tour at the following dates and locations:

  • Tomas Morato on May 2
  • Robinsons Galleria on May 3
  • TriNoma on May 4
  • Bonifacio High Street on May 9
  • Glorietta on May 10
  • Mall of Asia on May 16
  • Eastwood on May 17
  • Malate on May 23
  • Alabang Town Center on May 24
  • Tomas Morato on 30
  • Robinsons Galleria on May 31.

Also, introducing the T.G.I Friday’s Red Card, a passport for a buy-one, take-one on cocktails every Thursday. The cards will be distributed free of charge to dining guests.

T.G.I.Friday’s is a Bistro Group restaurant, and its latest promo is part of the group-wide Taste the Love campaign.

About T.G.I.Friday’s Philippines

T.G.I Friday’s is the first American casual dining chain in the Philippines, which opened in 1994. To date, it has 14 branches throughout the country. For more information, visit http://fridays.com.ph/, like www.facebook.com/welovefridays on Facebook, and follow @Fridaysphil on Twitter.

Me with the TGIF stars and crew

Credits: Photos are from the TGIF press release


Monday, April 29, 2013

Movie Review: ‘Identity Thief’

I had a chance to watch the advance press screening of Identity Thief last April 26, 2013 at the Solar Entertainment Corp. screening room. It was the best comedy movie I had seen so far this year!  The press wear really laughing out loud enjoying the movie. It was 111 minutes of entertainment!

The innocence of the character of "real" Sandy Patterson played by Jason Bateman combined with the witty street-wise cunning character of the "fake" Sandy Patterson played by Melissa McCarthy was like butter and jam complementing each other.

I rate this movie 4 of 5 for its great slapstick, situational comedy and Mellisa McCarthy's comic performance. I highly recommend this movie if you want to be entertained by laughing. It's also a feel good movie.


Movie Trailer:

Here is a press release of the movie for Jason Bateman.



Jason Bateman chases Melissa McCarthy in ‘Identity Thief’

Jason Bateman was left black and blue while shooting wrestling scenes with Melissa McCarthy in his new comedy 'Identity Theft'.

Jason Bateman was given "a couple of bloody noses" by Melissa McCarthy filming 'Identity Theft'.
The actress didn't hold back during fighting scenes for the new comedy and Jason admits things got pretty painful during some scenes.

He said: "She looks so sweet then she'll punch you in the throat. All of that tussling and wrestling was painful at times. I paid the bill with a couple of bloody noses. She hit me with a right hook, then a left, then grabbed her camera to take a photo of it."

Jason knew he wanted to work with Melissa right from when he saw her in 'Bridesmaids', especially after he how far she was prepared to go for her roles.

What was it about IDENTITY THIEF that made you want to star in the movie and also produce it?

IDENTITY THIEF was a script that came my way. It had an easy concept about someone who steals another person’s identity and it also involved a road trip. It was like two of my favorite movies, MIDNIGHT RUN and PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES put together.

Did you bring this project to filmmaker Seth Gordon?

Seth and I were in London working on the press tour for HORRIBLE BOSSES. I just talked him through it, as the project was in the beginning stages and looked like it could become a reality. He was excited about the concept. When I told him I had Melissa McCarthy in mind for the other main role, he said, “OK, I get it!”

What made Melissa McCarthy the right choice to play the thief that steals your character’s identity?

Melissa is one of the funniest people I know and she was open to playing the part.

What is Seth Gordon like as a director?

Seth is a very nice man that runs a very kind shoot. We were lucky he agreed to do this because he knows how to set a great tone. He is incredibly talented, but the greatest thing about Seth Gordon is that he is just a good guy. You want good people on a comedy set. He is a great leader in that sense.

How important is it in the comedy genre to be able to work on a fun set?

You can’t have a bunch of bad or nasty people on a comedy set and expect them to do anything that’s funny. You don’t want any tension.

You play Sandy Bigelow Patterson. Who is he?

Sandy is basically a guy that I think people are pretty used to seeing me play. He is sort of an everyman that is right down the middle. It is important in every comedy to have that character in the center that we can relate to. That way, we can appreciate all the absurdity that happens around him.

What can you say about Melissa McCarthy’s character?

Melissa’s character is one of the greatest on-screen antagonists I’ve seen in a long time.

What do you believe Melissa McCarthy brought to the role of Diana?

Melissa played Diana with a lot more heart than we had originally intended in the script. Maybe it was our fault to only think that this character has these colors and that character has those other ones. Melissa was able to do so much and not make the character one-dimensional. She can put heart in a scene where it was not intended. As a result, she gives you something more fulfilling to watch.

You hit Melissa with a guitar. What was it like to film that scene?

I don’t believe I have ever hit a woman on or off a set before. I remember apologetically suggesting the idea of hitting her with this guitar to stop her from getting away. Seth Gordon laughed and said it would be great. We built a little side-helmet for the stunt girl and went ahead with the scene.

Did you frequently improvise during this shoot?

There were some things that were improvised, but this script was written so beautifully by Craig Mazin that we didn’t need to do much. Still, we liked to surprise and say things differently with some of the final takes just to make people laugh. Some of those moments made it into the movie.

Even though the film is a comedy with some outrageous moments, it is also grounded in reality. Can you explain further?

In writing the script, Craig did a lot of research to make sure that everything was plausible. You always expand the borders when you take any kind of comedic license, but he tried to deal with all that as responsibly as he could.

Have you ever been the victim of any kind of identity theft?

Luckily, identity theft hasn’t happened to me yet, but it has happened to Melissa and many other people I know. Identity theft is happening more and more, since it is probably a little bit easier with the technology now. I’ve been very lucky so far.

Has your identity ever been mistaken with someone else’s?

I get mistaken for Jerry O’Connell quite a bit, but I don’t mind. He gets it the other way around as well. Every time we see each other, we compare stories.

Why did you decide to also produce the movie?

You don’t know how long you are going to be invited to this party, so it is fun to diversify. Like with any profession, you start to absorb and appreciate what other people you work with do, and some of those jobs are very interesting.

What do you enjoy about producing?

I enjoy trying to put together a group of people you really admire, whether you have full or limited access to them. It is kind of like building a sports team because you try to figure out who will do each job best.

Why did you decide to team up with Seth Gordon again?

I knew Seth would be a great guy to team up with again because we share a sensibility and he is such a nice guy. The same thing can be said about Craig Mazin.

What is the audience takeaway from IDENTITY THIEF, apart from all the fun and laughter?

IDENTITY THIEF is just a fun comedy. If there is a theme or a message, it is hopefully under many layers of light-hearted comedy. For me, that message would be that maybe, every once in a while, you should take a closer look at who you think you are because you probably could improve.

“Identity Thief” is released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.

Showing May 1, 2013. Nationwide


Credits: Photos and Press Release provided by Solar Entertainment Corporation.


Sunday, April 28, 2013

How to Get Free Tickets to Daniel Padilla's Concert on April 30

Here's how to get a free ticket to "Daniel Live", Daniel Padilla's first major concert on April 30 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum:

For a minimum single receipt purchase of any regular BUM Girl's pant, you can get a Daniel Live concert ticket for FREE.

For more details, visit: www.bumequipment.com.ph



Leading teen apparel brand BUM proudly announces Daniel Padilla’s first major concert entitled “Daniel Live” on April 30, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Daniel, who is one of BUM’s celebrity endorsers, will perform old school rock and some of his songs from his latest album. As sponsor, BUM will also be giving away free tickets. For a minimum single receipt purchase of any regular Girl’s pants, get Daniel Live concert tickets for FREE. For more details, visit www.bumequipment.com.ph.

BUM is also the official licensed manufacturer of “Daniel Live” concert shirts and is now available exclusively at selected BUM boutiques.(Victory Mall Antipolo, EDSA Pavilion and Farmers Plaza)

Credits: Poster and press release provided by B&L Multimedia Ltd. Co.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Review: Ocean’s Harvest at Marriott Hotel Manila's Marriott Cafe

The Philippines, with its more than 7,100 island surrounded by the sea, its no wonder why we Filipinos love seafood. We have abundance and varieties of fresh seafood that we love to eat in variety of ways: grilled, fried, sauteed, in sauce or in soup and much more.

One of the typical thing to do now to enjoy fresh seafood is to go the "Dampas". But wait! Here's another way of enjoying "Dampa" style dining: Marriott Cafe at Marriott Manila Hotel is offering Ocean's Harvest, a seafood buffet held every Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

It's a feast of fresh seafood to be cooked in your favorite way of cooking. It's like going to the "dampa" that you select the seafood you want to be cooked and then get it cooked the way you want it. The only difference is that you are doing it in the ambiance and the comfort of a 5-star hotel restaurant.

Let Chef give you a walk-through in this video what is stored for you when you visit Marriott Cafe's Ocean's Harvest.

Video Walk-through

Here are some of the photos I took to wet your appetite. Enjoy!

Fresh Seafood Selection

The Ocean Surf Market Style Buffet Menu's “Catch of the Day” which includes fresh salmon, tuna loin, local tanigue, pompano, talakitok, lapu-lapu, maya-maya, shellfish, jumbo prawns, half shell local scallop, local clams, jumbo squid, suahe shrimps, blue marlin, and local gindara―all proudly displayed on ice.

You can have them wok-fried or stir fried, grilled, teppanyaki style or sauteed.  Tell the master chef's how you want your "catch" cooked. They will give you a number that you hang on your table and then when it's ready, it's served in your table.

Also available are the slippers lobster, local blue sea crab, curacha crab, prawns, mussels, and white shells are chilled seafood that are ready to be eaten.

In addition to these numerous seafood options, here are also the other yummy things you can enjoy at the Marriott Cafe Ocean's Harvest that you would not find in your typical "Dampa":


Soups, Dimsum, Roasts


Cheese and Bread

What else did I have ....


What I had for dessert!


Well judging from all the photos you have seen on what I ate, you can definitely guess that I really enjoyed that dinner. Nothing like having a 5-star "dampa" experience + more!

At Php 2,300, it's definitely worth it especially if you are into seafood! I food was fresh, good quality and taste great.  The 5 star ambiance and service is unbeatable for the price.

So if you are looking for a good week-end dine-out for the best "dampa" in town, head to the Marriott Cafe's Ocean's Harvest seafood buffet. Enjoy!  For inquiries or reservations, call (02) 988-9999.

Fellow bloggers with our hosts from Marriott Hotel

Posing with the receptionist

Invite from Ms. Michelle


An inviting beacon set in the world-class casino entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is the place to work and play. Ideally located in Newport City across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, it is a convenient 15 minute drive from Makati Business District and Bonifacio Global City. Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest accommodations that offers luxurious bedding, in-room safe, mini-bar, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, 40" full high definition LCDs with IPTV, videos on demand and jack pack plug-and-play system. The hotel features excellent dining options such as Marriott Cafe, Cru Steakhouse, Java+ and Lobby Lounge. Leisure facilities include Quan Spa, Health Club, Salon and Newport Mall. With a Grand Ballroom and several meeting rooms, Marriott Hotel Manila is also the ultimate destination for meetings and events, from wedding to gala dinner celebrations.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Iron Man 3 Movie Review: Coming out of the Cinema a Bit Frustrated

I went to SM City North EDSA April 24,2013 to see Iron Man 3.  I decided to see it in 3D at the regular cinema rather than the IMAX. I saw the 7:00 p.m. screening at Cinema 1. Excited, I queued earlier at the cinema entrance to get a good seat.  Having seen the first 2 Iron Man movies, I was full of enthusiasm and expectations that this will be a movie worth paying Php 300 pesos (in addition to the Php 175 worth of condiments/snacks) and would have paid more if I saw it in IMAX.

The movie started and dragged on for the introductory scenes to establish the background for the other two characters: Aldrich Killian (played by Guy Pearce) and Maya Hansen (played by Rebecca Hall). I'm not sure how long it was, but it was sure long enough to get the guy next to me complaining when the action will start! Although it was necessary to establish to 2 characters, in my opinion it was too long for an action movie.

When a bit of the action started, then it became alright but still not as fast paced for an action superhero movie. Of course, at the later part it started to pick-up and became more exciting.

The storyline was quite good but overall I was a bit disappointed in the movie for a couple of reasons:
  • slow start as I mentioned earlier
  • the 3D was not impressive at all. Maybe because it was not originally shot using 3D cameras but converted to 3D in post production. Save some bucks and don't bother watching it in 3D unless you will be watching it in IMAX 3D.
  • the sound was not loud enough (it could be the problem of the cinema). Could not feel the intensity of the explosion and action scene.

Overall, I rate the movie 3 out of 5. It is still worth watching especially if you have seen the other 2 Iron Man movies. Good storyline and some good action super hero scenes at the later part of the movie.

IMDB Details: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1300854/

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Man_3

Movie Trailer:


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Marriott Manila Goes Green with Organic Revolution

Raising the flag heralds the start of the organic revolution

Nothing is more healthier (and tastier) than eating organic food.  That's why Marriott Manila offers a choice for health enthusiasts in healthy dining.  As part of it's corporate social responsibility and desire to offer its customer healthy options, it has gone green and joined the organic revolution.

Here is the press release from Marriott Manila about it:


Marriott Manila Goes Green with Organic Revolution

Marriott Manila invites everyone to join the revolution—the organic revolution, that is!

With its commitment to serve and develop communities, Marriott Manila is going the extra mile by showcasing locally grown produce and humanely raised meats in partnership with the Bautista Organica farm in Nasugbu, Batangas. Marriott Manila’s chefs, headed by Executive Chef Meik Brammer, took some time off the kitchen to sow and plant the organic seeds themselves in the farm. The seeds brought from the farmers will be tended without the use of any unnatural fertilizer and synthetic pesticides, making the crops it will yield 100% organic.

Chef Meik and Chef Rej checks the vines that trails the trellis

Chef Rej hand-sows the seeds

The community joins in planting the seeds

Ideally located in Nasugbu, Batangas, the Bautista Organic Farm is a mere two-hour drive away from Manila. It is run by local farmers who also craft and sell the organic seeds which Marriott Manila bought for starters. Aside from fruit, herbs, and vegetables, chickens and other farm animals are also raised ethically raised in this farm, given with natural feeds and allowed to roam. These animals will then qualify as organic and more healthful, including its by-products, like the eggs from the chickens and the milk from the goats and cows.

The harvested crops will not only sustain some of the hotel’s fresh produce needs, but also will be transformed into special delectable dishes for the “Organic Station” of Marriott CafĂ©’s dinner buffet from Sundays to Thursdays for the whole month of April.

Chef Rej uproots an organic carrot

Leafy greens grow perfectly assisted only with hemp trellis

Organic eggplant grows beautifully without the use of harmful pesticides and crop enhancers

Other unique organic offerings will be available the whole month of April at The Greatroom. The Organic Tropical Cocktails are special blends made with local organic tropical fruits and herbs for P290 nett each. The Jungle Banana Colada, Lemon Grass and Passion Fruit, and Mango, Ginger Mojito are concocted without any unnatural additives. These drinks taste so sinfully delicious; no one would believe they are also healthful.

For a grander organic option, the CRU Steakhouse presents the “Organic Farm Wine Dinner” where one can have a lovely four-course, full organic dinner with wines to match for only P2,700, on April 25, 2013 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. It is a showcase of the harvested ingredients transformed by CRU Steakhouse’s Chef Rej Cassanova into delectable creations, paired with the perfect wine from the Philippine Wine Merchants.

The availability of these organic offerings at Marriott Manila will not only provide diners of more healthful, equally delectable options that would surely tickle everyone’s fancy, but also help create a general public awareness of a more sustainable, enjoyable, lifestyle option. So join the revolution now!

For “Organic Farm Wine Dinner” reservations, call 9889999.


Marriott Hotel Manila is set in the world class tourism complex of Resorts World Manila. Ideally located in Newport City across NAIA Terminal 3 the hotel is a mere 15-minute drive from Bonifacio Global City and Makati Business District. Blessed with a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest rooms that offers luxurious bedding, high-speed internet, 40" full high definition LCDs with IPTV and the new remote jack pack plug-and-play system. Hotel facilities include Quan Spa, 6 meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom, 5 superb restaurants, outdoor pool and a health club.

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Credits: Photos and text provided by Marriott Manila


Monday, April 22, 2013

Bridesmaid Melissa McCarthy turns up the Heat as an 'Identity Thief'

A comedy crime movie with Melissa McCarthy is something you look forward to. Co-stars with Jason Bateman and directed by Seth Gordon.

Movie Trailer:

Here is a press release by Solar Entertainment Corp.:


Bridesmaid Melissa McCarthy turns up the Heat as an 'Identity Thief'

Oscar®-nominated actress MELISSA MCCARTHY starred in the smash-hit comedy Bridesmaids as Megan, the confident sister of the groom, opposite Kristen Wiig.  The film was directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow.  For her role in the film, McCarthy was nominated for a BAFTA, a Critics’ Choice Movie Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.  She won a 2012 MTV Movie Award for Comedic Performance of the Year.  Last year, McCarthy won an Emmy Award, and she recently received her second Emmy nomination for starring as Molly on the top-rated CBS comedy Mike & Molly, which is currently airing in its second season.  She also received a nomination for guest-hosting Saturday Night Live.  McCarthy was last seen in Universal Pictures’ This Is 40, for director Judd Apatow.
Now the 42 year-old plays Diana in the comedy Identity Thief. Her character steals the identity of Sandy Bigelow Patterson, played by Jason Bateman.

What appealed to you about this project?

I was excited to get a call from Jason Bateman and was looking forward to meeting him because I love the movies he has been involved with over the years. I thought we would get along and be friends, which is the goofy thing every fan thinks.

Apart from starring in IDENTITY THIEF, Jason Bateman also produced the movie, correct?

The truth is that once he said, “Let’s do it!” he really made everything happen very fast. Jason is a good producer.  He’s also nice and smart. I could tell he really wanted to make the same kind of movie that I wanted to make.

What makes Jason a good producer?

Jason pays a lot of attention on set and actually watches what’s going on very carefully. For him, to have the title of producer is not just a name, which was nice to see.

Jason plays the straight-shooting family man that becomes the victim of your character, Diana, when she steals his identity and starts to spend his money. How do you see these opposing characters?

I see the two characters as two very opposite people with wildly different lives. Even though they are so different, they are also kind of stuck in their routine lives.

What do you think Jason Bateman brought to the role of Sandy Bigelow Patterson?

Sandy is a family man and a really good guy and Jason was just very funny as Sandy. It is really hard to play the kind and centered person that everyone can relate to and still be so funny.

How do you see your character, Diana?

Diana is a slightly crazy character who is really just lonely and running the same cycle over and over again because that is what she has always done.

Diana goes from someone we initially don’t like to a person the audience ends up warming up to. Can you expand further?

Yes, that character arc was the whole point of Diana’s journey. I didn’t want her to be that kind of one-dimensional thief that just doesn’t care. I thought it would be better if she was the kind of person who hadn’t even thought about what she was doing to people, then finally realized that she is destroying this nice man’s life and understand that her actions have consequences. To see how she confronts the fact that what she does really affects others is interesting because not a lot of comedies go there.

How do Sandy and Diana affect each other’s lives?

The interesting thing is that when Sandy and Diana get together they realize they are both living lives they weren’t expecting. That is the weird common bond they have that maybe allows them to become friends. In this way, they can both change. He can become more in control of his situation and my character can take some responsibility for what she is doing.

What can you say of director Seth Gordon?

A: When I first met Seth, he talked about how we were all going to get along well during the shoot. He made sure everyone was nice and nobody was crazy, which really paid off in the end.

Did you have a good time making this film?

Yes, we had such a good time! It wasn’t an easy movie to make because it was so physical, but Seth played a big part in making sure we enjoyed the shoot. The same goes for Jason, who knows how to keep a light tone on set.

IDENTITY THIEF is also a road movie. Do you enjoy road trips?

I really like road trips. I remember driving to California from New York and getting into some really remote places where I could hardly recognize the country I was in. I loved that experience and the variety of it.

Your character, Diana, is resilient, isn’t she?

I remember comparing Diana to a cockroach in regards to her resilience. Sometimes she is in pure survival mode and manages to get back up and walk away from dangerous situations.

Was it physically challenging to pay Diana at times?

Yes, it was very physically challenging! Both Jason and I had a lot of bruises and some bloody noses along the way, but it was really fun.

Which action sequences were the toughest to shoot?

I think the sequence in Diana’s house, when Jason comes and tries to put handcuffs on me, was the toughest to shoot because that house was in Atlanta and the air conditioner was broken. It was hard to focus and think, but we had to spend two or three days fighting.

Did you manage to develop a very effective throat punch?

I can say I have never before punched anyone else in the throat other than Jason Bateman. Now that I kind of have a taste for it, anything can happen! After all, he did hit me with a guitar, which was a fun improvised moment.

Do you enjoy improvising on set?

I love to improvise if I’m working off of a really well-structured script. I don’t like it when you have to find what isn’t there or fix it. I prefer when everything is already there and you can change something just to surprise people. Then, it becomes really fun.

Have you ever been the victim of identity theft?

Years ago, somebody managed to drain my entire checking account leaving me with nothing. I couldn’t even put gas in my car, pay my bills or get food! I remember being in a bank crying my eyes out and thinking, “I can’t leave without any money!” Somebody had been writing out checks in my name for three days.

Did you meet with any real identity thieves to prepare for this role?

A lot of research had already been done by all of the production team, and I preferred not to meet with identity thieves because I wanted to stick more to why she was doing what she was doing rather than how she was doing it.

What do you think it takes to do something like stealing someone’s identity?

Nowadays, you would have to be tech savvy to steal someone’s identity. I don’t think I could do it because I just have no ability with technology. I guess I would have to pickpocket, as I can barely work a computer.

"IDENTITY THIEF" is released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.  Showing Nationwide. May 1, 2013

Credits: Text and photos provided by Solar Entertainment Corp.


Star Trek Into Darkness : On a deadly manhunt to capture those who devastated the Starfleet

One of the most awaited sci-fi movie of the year: Star Trek Into Darkness! Really looking forward to see this movie this May 2013. Looking forward to watch it in IMAX!  My daughters saw the preview on IMAX and they said it was really good.

Movie Trailer:

Here is a press release for the movie from Solar Entertainment Corporation. Enjoy!


Star Trek Into Darkness :  on a deadly manhunt to capture those who devastated the Starfleet

This Summer of 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek Into Darkness.

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

The movie stars Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock, Karl Urban as Lieutenant Commander Dr. Leonard “Bones” Mccoy, Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, Anton Yelchin as Ensign Pavel Chekov, Simon Pegg as Lieutenant Commander Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, John Cho as Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, and Bruce Greenwood as Rear Admiral Christopher Pike who return to reprise their roles from the previous film, with the addition of Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve to the cast.

Star Trek into Darkness is a Paramount presentation directed by Producer/Director J.J. Abrams. It is distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corporation. Coming soon at your favorite theaters and cinemas this May.

Credits: Text and Photo provided by Solar Entertainment Corp.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Coverage of Earth Day Jam 2013 Photos and Videos

The Earth Day Jam Street Party was a blast!  Thousands of people gathered near the corner of 9th and 34th Street at Bonifacio Global City to celebrate in advance Earth Day and party at the street.

The event was hosted by Issa Litton, Monica Llamas, and Alvin Anson.

It was not only a night of music and fun but also of commitment and education on how to love back mother earth.  There were "green" marshals that went around to get people's commitment on paper on how they can help conserve the environment.  There were pledges of using public transport, turning off electricity when not in use, to funny pledges like taking showers together to conserve water.

A few of the crowd who pledge where called to the stage or interviewed about their pledges and given tree seedlings to plant in their backyards.

Some of the representatives from different environmental groups spoke in between the artist transition. Some of those who came were from the Firefly Brigade (cycling advocacy), some from the Manila Zoo and responsible pet ownership group, Clean Air group among the few.

Event hosts: (L-R) Monica, Issa and Alvin

Here are some of the photos and videos I captured during the event. Enjoy! Rak-Rakan na!


Line Up Page 1
Line Up Page 2
Line Up Page 3

Barbie Almalbis


Kitchie Nadal

Ely Buendia


Mayonnaise Band



Ney with the crowd

Ney with collaborators

Blogger friends of Wazz Up Pilipinas with Rocksteddy

Yours truly, Ted Claudio



Kalayo Band

Reggae Mistress


Rocksteddy - Boy Kulot




Moonstar 88

Sandwich - Betamax

Releasing of Butterflies, Lou Bonnevie


More videos and photos coming soon! (still editing and uploading). Stay tuned!