Sunday, April 29, 2012

I Run For Integrity is Happening on May 6, 2012


I Run For Integrity 2012 On May 6

TAGUIG CITY -- For the second year in a row, the Integrity Initiative presents "I Run For Integrity" on May 6, 2012 (Sunday) at the Bonifacio Global City starting at 4:00 AM.  An expected field of 7,000 runners will compete in the various distance categories of three, five, 10 and 15 kilometers.

Registration is going on at Chris Sports branches located at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, Market Market, Festival Mall and Glorietta, Fitness and Athletics at Bonifacio High Street and the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines at the Philippine AXA Life Center along Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati City.  Fees are reasonably pegged at PHP 600.00 for 15 kilometers and PHP 550.00 for the other distances. 

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The race kit includes a color-coded technical shirt, race number and timing chip plus a certificate and loot bag upon crossing the finish line.  As a bonus, all 15-kilometer finishers will receive a medal.  The shirt colors are white (3K), red (5K), blue (10K) and yellow (15K).

One thing that makes this run unique is that runners have to sign a pledge for integrity printed on the registration form.  The organizer, Integrity Initiative, is a private sector-led campaign that aims to promote and strengthen common ethical standards among various sectors of society.  It operates on the principle of inclusion and collective action.


Colorful singlets for the different distances: yellow (15K,) blue (10K), red (5K) and white (3K).

To insure that the race lives by its name, the organizers have tabbed veteran race director Rudy Biscocho to oversee operations.  During the recent media launch held at Fitness and Athletics, Mr. Biscocho vowed to go after all forms of cheating, including taking of shortcuts and the proliferation of bandits or unregistered runners.
Prizes await the top male and female finishers in all categories.  By the way, foreign runners have been allowed to participate but they will be ineligible to receive prizes without proper documents from concerned government agencies like the Bureau of Immigration and Department of Labor.
I Run For Integrity is made possible by Chris Sports and Convergys with the help of Aboitiz Power, Globaltronics and Smart.  Other supporters include Bellaroca Island Resorts and Spa, Blue Cross, DHL, Kellogg’s Special K, MAN Diesel, MSD, Planters Bank, Royal Cargo, The Medical City and United Salvage and Towage Philippines with Gold’s Gym as Wellness Partner.

Chef Hasset Go Bloggers Night “ The Mercantti Experience”


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Chef Hasset Go Bloggers Night: The Il Mercanti Experience is to be held at Il Mercanti Food Bazaar (Metrowalk) on May 5, 2012 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm.
This event is strictly for food bloggers only who are committed to submit a post-event article about the event on or before May 12, 2012.
To sign up, please visit this link.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012





Based on the bestselling vein-thumping mashup novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, Timur Bekmambetov directs while Tim Burton and Jim Lemley produce “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

Dubbed as a revisionist tale of the 16th US President’s life as a politician by day and a vampire hunter by night, it stars Benjamin Walker as the iconic commander-in-chief and Dominic Cooper as his mentor. The film also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln, Jimmi Simpson as Josh Speed and Anthony Mackie as Will. Alan Tudyk takes on the role of Stephen A. Douglas, while Rufus Sewell is the film’s chief antagonist vampire Adam.


“It was an adventure, like I'm entering a new world I had never been before and I wanted to explore it,” Bekmambetov says of his attraction to the project. “I wanted to meet these unbelievable characters, Abraham Lincoln, his friend, Will, his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, his enemies and his friends. And I wanted to go with him through his journey.”

And what a journey it is, as we follow the young Abraham Lincoln from his childhood right on through to some of the most important speeches of his Presidential career. But as much as we might know the central character from history lessons and his portrait on the $5 bill, here his journey has been reimagined and heightened for a modern audience. Was there more to his lifelong struggles?

It’s safe to say that ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER is no ordinary period piece. Anthony Mackie, who plays Lincoln ’s trusted confidant William H. Johnson, reveals that it’s more than just the truth which is being bent for our entertainment. “I think there are many different aspects of Timur’s ability in this film,” he enthuses. “I think if you just look at how far he’s bending the truth you know you’re also going to see that in the camera work and the acting.”

For the actor though, the film’s story is an accessible introduction to a chapter of world history that shouldn’t be forgotten. “The story of Abraham Lincoln and everything that was happening in the mid-1800s in America is so popular that we know the turn of events,” he says. “We know the dates, we know what happened. Timur has given us a different way to look at it and he’s putting people in the position to go back and refresh themselves about what happened. You get a cool story in a new and funky way.”


For the actor tasked with bringing Abraham Lincoln to life, Ben Walker, the President is such a complex character that little embellishment is needed to find an accurate portrayal. “When you really look at Abraham Lincoln and his legacy and his life, you realize how truly complex and complicated he was as a man,” Walker says. “You recognize how complicated were the issues that he lived for and that lends itself to playing him. It gives you some wiggle room too when you get to the point where you’re reinventing American history.”

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” opens June 27 in cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Monday, April 23, 2012






On April 29, 2012 (Sunday) 5:00 A.M at Forbes Park Village Pavilion, the Rotary Club of Forbes Park, together with the Forbes Park Association and Miss Earth Foundation Inc. in partnership with SONY Walkman presents THE FORBES PARK EARTH RUN 2012. This is an event that will stage health, wellness and environmental awareness to raise funds for its charity community services.

In the same intent as its first staging last year, this event aims to have one thousand health enthusiasts participating in a “Buddy” fun run in 3 categories: the 3K; 5K; and 10K runs. Fifty young ladies of Miss Philippines Earth 2012 candidates will be featured as runners and a video will be taken as a pre-pageant activity. Participants in the run will be amongst the seven Makati Village residents and guests.

Now, this is awesome for a few reasons!

clip_image004FIRST, well it’s our second year and we’re opening it to the public! This year, aside from being able to register at the Forbes Park Pavillion, you can buy your race kits directly from the following GNC branches (yes, the means you don't need to come back to the store to get your race kits!):

1. Glorietta IV (8176324)
2. Greenbelt 1 (8930936)
3. Rockwell Powerplant Mall (8971405)
4. Rustan’s Shangri-La (0923-7293908)
5. SM Megamall (6342703)
6. The Podium (5708752)
7. SM Mall of Asia (5560865)
8. Alabang town Center (8507844)
9. Trinoma (9013857)
10. Greenhills Parklane (7264427)
11. SM North Edsa (3767680)
12. Robinsons Ermita (0923-7097407)

SECOND, This year you can avail of the following discounts!:
200php discount if you either:
- present a senior citizen's card
- present a valid student ID
- present your shirt from last year*
100php discount (can be applied on top of the 200php) when you present a GNC purchase receipt worth minimum 1000php!
*Those that will choose to avail of the 200php discount for the shirt cannot avail of the senior or student discount. They must pay in full upon registration and wear their shirt from last year on race day, where they will get a 200php refund. Runners who avail of this cannot claim a shirt from this year.


THIRD, we have really really great raffle prizes for grabs after the run!
1. Runners must be present to be eligible to win in the raffle.
2. Runners must drop the raffle stub on their race bibs into the fishbowls to participate in the raffle.
3. A team of runners may only win once, but they may have as many chances to win as there are members in their team.
Last and the BEST part and the part the organizers are most proud of. Proceeds from the run will be split amongst the chosen beneficiary. These are Gawad Kalinga; Wishes of Aids & Limbs for Kids (WALK), the Rotary Watch PNP free legal assistance and CommPassion Project in Mindanao.

For more information, visit our Facebook page at


BO’S Coffee”s 56th Store Opens @ Solenad


A Filipino Coffee Store that uses our own crop from Batangas and Cavite farms. They started doing the business during early 90’s 1 year ahead before Starbucks does business here in Davao City and somehow goes to Manila and gets it mark as one of the most visited Coffee Store in the country which can be compared to multinational coffee company in the country.



Bo’s Coffee’s 56th Store Opens in Solenad

Now on its 16th year of serving Just Roasted Freshness, Bo’s Coffee has come so far from its humble beginnings as a six-table kiosk in Cebu to being one of the country’s most successful coffee brands. With its growing branches nationwide and a loyal community of coffee lovers, Bo’s Coffee is now opening its fifty-sixth (56th) store in the Philippines.

This new branch is nestled right inside the Nuvali community. Nuvali is a destination where people can meet up, go shopping, or just relax. In an avenue where people can embrace nature and savor life, Bo’s Coffee Solenad is definitely a place for quick coffee fixes, meet ups, and unwinding. Customers can enjoy Laguna’s fresh breeze as they sip a cup of brewed coffee, or stroll by the picturesque views of the lake while they drink the sweet concoctions of Froccino Primo.

Froccino        coffee&cream cheese cake

During its official store launch, Bo’s Coffee Nuvali also offers two latest selections:

(1) Biscotti Amaretto as the Summer beverage - Blended coffee with biscotti and Amaretto syrup topped with whipped cream, dark chocolate drizzle and crushed biscotti sprinkles

(2) Fillet O’ Dory Cream Sandwich for Lent - Golden brown, crispy breaded cream dory fish fillet with fresh lettuce in tangy tartar sauce

The fifty sixth (56th) branch shows the big difference from the time when the coffee shop culture was not fully grasped. Today, Bo’s Coffee continuously grows with Mr. Benitez’s passion to bring world-class coffee experience to the country. Bo's Coffee looks forward to even more aggressive expansion in the coming years, both locally and abroad.

Thursday, April 19, 2012





Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi action movie “Prometheus 3D” brings explorers and scientists to an inhospitable, barren environment. With a strange and vast alien structure, Scott assures the audience that it looks like nothing that has been seen before in science fiction.

“What if you could meet God but God turned out to be the Devil?” So asks PROMETHEUS Executive Producer Michael Ellenberg of the themes at the heart of Ridley Scott's first return to science fiction since his seminal work on “Alien” and “Blade Runner.”

At the core of Scott's story are the eternal questions of human existence: Who are we and where do we come from? As Michael Fassbender who plays the android David in the movie summarises: “It's basically about trying to find out if there was intervention in the birth of civilisation on planet Earth by other beings, which we come to know as Engineers, and whether they had a master plan in mind for us.

For director Ridley Scott, the themes of PROMETHEUS are a reaction to an abundance of post-apocalyptic cinema. PROMETHEUS isn't necessarily about looking forward, at what we might become, but it's about looking back, at where we might have come from.

Shot in Iceland, “Prometheus” production designer Arthur Max reveals that Morocco was the first choice of location for the movie. “We were planning to shoot in Morocco,” shares Max. “But with all the geopolitical turmoil in North Africa, we weren't able to do so. So we had to rethink.” The change means a very different aesthetic to the look of the planet – Morocco's deserts have been replaced by the cold, icy rock of the Iceland location.

In addition to shooting on location in Iceland, the production took over the 007-Stage at Pinewood Studios, just outside London. At 374ft long, it is the largest soundstage in Europe and boasts more than 59,000 sq ft of usable space. For PROMETHEUS, it wasn't big enough by half.

The production started on the backlot behind the stage, constructing the Prometheus's cargo bay and a small replica of the planet surface. This spilled onto an extension built to house more of an alien pyramid mound interior set, before finally connecting, and filling, the main space inside 007-Stage.


In the end, the production added 150ft to the stage's length. “I knew, looking from end to end, it was never going to be big enough for this set,” says Scott. “I hate working with green screen. I like the actors to have their proscenium and see what they're doing; see the arena they're in. It’s partly that. To do that blue screen thing and say, 'the monster’s coming down the corridor!' It’s really boring.”

“The scale meant we could do a nice, big exploration scene in there,” explains Max. “We've got a 250ft network of tunnelling in there, 150ft of chambers and 25ft high doors.”

For Michael Fassbender, Scott's attention to detail in the set design of the planet surface was second to none. “Have you gone into 007-Stage yet?” he exclaims with disbelief. “You have to see the space colon, as I call it!”

The practicality of the set makes his job easier as an actor, he explains. “What's great is Ridley will do something on a piece of fishing line if it works, and stick a bit of green screen up in the corner. He knows technology but what's great about him is he's very primal. Even the technology in the film, you're like, 'That's totally feasible.'”

Arthur Max says he and Ridley Scott have learnt, over many years of working together on films like GLADIATOR, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, and BLACK HAWK DOWN, that sometimes it's better to achieve something practically than with CGI. “I think balance is the key in how much you build,” he says. “You have to get a convincing base, and when you speak to the visual effects department, they'll tell you that they want enough reference material to work from. It's especially tough on this, because almost every shot has a visual component and everything has to be constructed from scratch. You can't go to a backlot and you can't go to a prop house.“

The centrepiece of the alien set at Pinewood was a 32ft tall monolithic head, which can be glimpsed in posters for the film. This was built practically by Arthur Max's team. “The idea there is that it's part of the culture of the Engineers,” says Max of the race of aliens at the heart of the story. “This race of interplanetary visitors who have given us upgrades – mentally and physically – over the millennium.”

Max summarises the key challenge of envisioning the alien environment: “The people who inhabit this planet, called the Engineers, and their technology, is beyond anything we're able to know or understand, but it has to be visually interesting. That's, I think, the hardest challenge, too, because we have to compete with the most iconic science fiction creature ever. Trying to come up with something that's going to rival that is the real trick.”



“PROMETHEUS 3D” lands very soon on June 7 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

SM San Lazaro Department Store Promo



SM SanLazaro have a special treat for graduating students this summer …..And  its extended till April 30,2012,.

Promo Duration:        March 15 to April 15, 2012 (but we extend it until April 30)

Coverage:                SM Department Store San Lazaro and Classic Savory San Lazaro only.

Mechanics:             For a minimum of P1000 worth of purchase at SM Department Store San Lazaro, entitles a customer for a 1 coupon to

                               redeem one (1) Fish Fillet in Lemon Sauce at Classic Savory SM San Lazaro.

Saturday, April 7, 2012




GARY V opens the summer season with a series of 8 concerts at the Music Museum, marking his 29th anniversary in the industry and the 25th year of his company Manila Genesis Entertainment & Management, Inc. Stricken by Type 1 juvenile diabetes for 30 years now, this unmatched performer has been a shining beacon of inspiration in the country and he remains complication-free and still, on top of his game. Gary has consistently inspired his millions of fans through his craft as a singer, musician, songwriter, video producer, dancer, actor, musical arranger and a multi-awarded television host/performer for 9 years on the undisputed top-rating musical variety show, “ASAP.”

After visiting typhoon victims in Cagayan De Oro and Iligan for UNICEF, Gary V jumpstarted the year with a new segment on “ASAP 2012” entitled “With Love: Gary V” – a spin-off of his platinum CD under Star Records and his much-talked about television special which aired seven times on ABS-CBN and MYX in 2011 and twice on The Filipino Channel. The segment features Gary as he showcases stories of love, forgiveness, redemption, and faith while he sings songs that celebrate the beauty and goodness of humanity. “With Love Gary Valenciano,” the CD compiles the soap opera and movie theme songs which he performed and recorded for ABS-CBN and Star Cinema. Just this March, Gary, together with the ASAP team, flew to Cagayan De Oro to shoot a video with a courageous flood victim for his segment. All these efforts let led to “On Higher Ground,” a fundraiser for UNICEF and the Shining Light Foundation, two faithful partners dear to Gary V, who has been National Ambassador for UNICEF for 14 years now.

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  In his stellar career, one of Gary’s most celebrated corporate relationships was with Coca-Cola with whom he had a contract for over ten years. Two years ago, he was tapped to launch their refreshing product, Real Leaf, and this year was invited again to record “Tuloy Ang Happiness” the 100th Year official anthem of Coca-Cola with Sarah Geronimo and Someday Dream, with powerful appearances at the Gala Night at Makati Shangrila as well as the “Concert Ng Bayan” at SM MOA last March 26.

The country is excited for Gary’s much awaited return to the silver screen via an upcoming movie under Straight Shooters Media entitled “I Do Bidoo Bidoo” which he will star in together with Zsa Zsa Padilla, Eugene Domingo, Sam Concepcion, and Ogie Alcasid. He has appeared in 13 films for Regal Films, Seiko Films, Viva Films, and Star Cinema.
For his concert series at Music Museum, fans can look forward to witnessing Gary V in his best element as he performs his greatest hits as well as some of today’s hottest chart-toppers, party anthems, and homegrown favorites. Fans can also expect groundbreaking and pioneering technology and excellent audio-visuals through their corporate partners Videosonic and Soundcheck.

“I’m very excited and at the same time a bit nervous because we have come up with new routines and a lot of surprises for this series,” says Gary. “I am particularly excited for our opening production number. It will be awesome. I really hope it works the way I envisioned it.” Gary V will be performing with two world-class musicians, Awit Awards 2008 Best Female/Best New Female Singer Julianne and Juan Miguel Salvador, formerly of Rage Band and now the musical director of Authority, which represented the country in the 2005 Global Battle of the Bands in London.

“Gary V: On Higher Ground” happens at Music Museum on April 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27; and May 9 and 10. The show will be for the benefit of UNICEF and Shining Light Foundation. The show is supported by ABS-CBN, MYX, Smart, Soundcheck, Videosonic, Gold’s Gym, Aficionado, Coca Cola, Goldilocks, Lee, Universal Records, Star Records, Studio V, Essensuals Toni & Guy, Fernando’s, with media partners: Radio High 105.9, Crossover 105.1, Monster Radio RX 93.1, Tambayan, Magic 89.9, DZMM 630, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Business World, People’s Journal and People’s Tonight.

“Gary V: On Higher Ground” will be directed by Gary and son Paolo Valenciano with Musical Direction by Mon Faustino. Tickets are priced at Php 3,500.00, 2,500.00, 1,500.00, 1,000.00, and 500.00. For tickets contact Ticketworld (891-9999), Music Museum (721-6726; 721-0635), and Manila Genesis (706-2170 to 71; 0915-4975225; 0908-8871397).