Saturday, July 23, 2016


Logline: Who’s zooming who?
Director: Pedro Morelli
Screenplay: Matt Hansen
Stars: Gael García Bernal, Alison Pill, Mariana Ximenes, Jason Priestley, Robert
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Animation

A comic book artist, a novelist, and a film director from separate realities write stories about one another.

A multi-dimensional interface between a comic book artist, a novelist, and a film director. Each lives in a separate reality but authors a story about one of the others.

ZOOM is a fast-paced, pop-art inspired, multi-plot contemporary comedy. The film consists of three seemingly separate but ultimately interlinked storylines about a comic book artist, a novelist, and a film director. Each character lives in a separate world but authors a story about the life of another.

The comic book artist, Emma, works by day at an artificial love doll factory, and is hoping to undergo a secret cosmetic procedure. Emma’s comic tells the story of Edward, a cocky film director with a debilitating secret about his anatomy. The director, Edward, creates a film that features Michelle, an aspiring novelist who escapes to Brazil and abandons her former life as a model. Michelle, pens a novel that tells the tale of Emma, who works at an artificial love doll factory … And so it goes ...

MTRCB Rating: R16 (Strictly for 16 years of age and above)
Running Time: 1 hour 38 minutes
Released by: Solar Pictures

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Official Hashtag: #ZoomTheMovie
Solar Pictures is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @solarpicturesPH



·         Soldier Sinner Saint
      Discover how one man's failure led to his greatest achievement
Director: Paolo Dy
Screenplay: Paolo Dy
Director of Photography: Lee Briones
Music By: Ryan Cayabyab
Stars: Andreas Muñoz, Javier Godino, Julio Perillan and Pepe Ocio
Genre: Drama, History

Synopsis 1:
IGNACIO DE LOYOLA tells the story of a brash, hot-headed soldier in a time of political upheaval in Spain. The young Iñigo went from living a life of brutal violence and debauchery, to becoming one of the greatest saints in the history of the Church. This film chronicles Iñigo's torturous struggle to turn from darkness to light—a struggle that nearly destroyed him, but also gave him the key to a spiritual weapon that continues to save lives to this very day.

Synopsis 2:
A modern and very human take on the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, often called 'The Saint of Second Chances.'

As a brash, hot-headed soldier in a time of political upheaval in Spain, the young Iñigo went from living a life of brutal violence and debauchery, to becoming one of the greatest saints in the history of the Church. This film chronicles Iñigo's torturous struggle to turn from darkness to light—a struggle that nearly destroyed him, but also gave him the key to a spiritual weapon that continues to save lives to this very day.

Produced by Jesuit Communications Philippines (JesCom), IGNACIO DE LOYOLA was shot on location over two months in Spain.

Synopsis 3:
‘IGNACIO’ is a full-length feature film about St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.  It is an incisive and thrilling look at the life of the real man behind the legend, following his transformation from a brash, impulsive youth obsessed with women and sword-fighting; to the masterful, charismatic leader of an order that would change the face of Christendom.

In his lifelong quest to become the heroic Knight of his fantasies, Ignacio stares death in the face again and again, having his leg shattered by a cannonball in battle; driven to near suicide by his inner demons; finding himself imprisoned, accused of being an illuminati;  and finally finding his life in the hands of the Inquisition. Through it all, he would come to see the hand of God working in his life, shaping the self-obsessed sinner into the loyal and passionate soldier-saint.

The film also shows how Ignacio wove the trials, errors, and lessons of his eventful life into the fabric of his masterpiece, the Spiritual Exercises. Combining clarity of thought with Ignacio’s own love of fantasy and imagination, the Exercises form a rigorous method of making one’s life decisions, and have guided and influenced countless seekers throughout history.

MTRCB Rating: PG (Parental Guidance). Viewers below 13 years old must be accompanied by a parent or supervising adult)

Running Time: 2 hours and 4 minutes

Released by: Jesuit Communications Philippines thru Solar Pictures

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Official Hashtags: #IgnacioMovie #IgnacioDeLoyola #WhatWouldYouGiveUp

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

HardieFlex® gives customers a new advantage, introduces new hotline

Manila, Philippines – July 21, 2016: Strengthening customer relations is one of the number one priorities of companies today. With an increasing number of businesses emerging yearly, today’s business benchmark has shifted from just producing quality products to providing an overall customer experience. 

James Hardie, one of the most trusted brands in building products, has consistently dominated the fiber cement board industry through its HardieFlex® brand. Aside from offering durable and cost-efficient products, it takes its promise of living without compromise to a whole new level by continuously creating programs to improve customers' end-to-end journey. 

Through Hardie™Advantage, the company has, over the years, successfully built a relationship with customers through various touchpoints, starting from the manufacturing process through after-sales service.

Making strides in further upgrading the customer experience through Hardie™Advantage, James Hardie announces the launch of a new hotline number under Ask HardieFlex™. Starting today, builders, designers and homeowners can easily contact James Hardie via the toll-free hotline #5454 or by sending an SMS to 0918-8-HARDIE (427343).

Through this service, James Hardie aims to take part in its customers’ journey by assisting them in searching for appropriate building solutions, choosing the right building products and purchasing without a hassle, and even in the proper installation and maintenance of HardieFlex® fiber cement boards.  

“James Hardie always keeps in mind the customer experience, and we are always ready and willing to be with them throughout the whole journey,” said Mark Sergio, James Hardie Philippines Country Manager. “We believe that launching a more accessible hotline is a big step in order to reach out to our customers not just in Manila but in the entire country. We want them to know that we are always here, ready to respond to whatever inquiry or concern they may have”, added Sergio.

With James Hardie’s new toll-free hotline number, James Hardie’s valued customers can easily keep in touch with the brand, whether it may be for product inquiries, hardware locations, pricing, installation workshops, technical support and the like. Customers can also visit for more info.


MediCard receives Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand award

MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) provider, has been given the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand 2016 Gold award in the Health Card category. Now on its 18th year, the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands Awards commends products and services most trusted by Filipinos.

Brands were chosen by consumers and were rated on the following attributes: trustworthiness and credibility, quality, value, understanding of customer needs, innovation and social responsibility.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award because it reflects the trust given to us by consumers. MediCard takes pride of its highly competent and well-trained doctors and medical professionals who can help and present solutions for the health and
wellness of their patients,” said Dr. Nicky Montoya, president of MediCard Philippines.

MediCard offers services such as preventive health care, hospital confinement, out-patient care, emergency care, members’ financial assistance and dental care.

It also has numerous free-standing clinics and satellite clinics nationwide, bringing the best and accessible medical care to its members.

To help its patients practice a healthy lifestyle, MediCard also has the MediCard Lifestyle 
Center which is designed to offer effective solutions for wellness.

With the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand 2016 Gold award reinforcing MediCard’s accomplishments, MediCard continues its commitment to bringing trustworthy and excellent healthcare services to Filipinos.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Essilor Philippines issues advisory on Crizal® Transitions® lenses

To guarantee total protection for the eyes and ensure that patients are getting high-quality ophthalmic lenses, Essilor, the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, advises consumers to be more discriminating when buying lenses that are touted as “transitions lenses.” 

Transitions® is a trademark brand of photochromic lenses that performs as everyday clear lenses indoors and darkens when exposed outdoors especially to UV light.   

Transitions® is a brand that is owned by Essilor International, which designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of lenses in over 100 countries worldwide.

Here in the Philippines, the Transitions® brand is partnered with Crizal®, a globally recognized brand owned by Essilor International, known for its range of anti-reflective, anti-smudge and anti-static lenses. Anti-reflective lenses reduce glare from daytime lights and reflections from blue lights. They also provide protection against scratches, smudges, dust, water and other enemies of clear vision.

Crizal Transitions® lenses provide optimum vision solution.  These genuine lenses are 30% faster to fade back to their clear state and conveniently offer a great contrast perception though glare reduction in any light.

The genuine Crizal Transitions® lenses come with an authenticity card upon purchase.  With these premium lenses, you can rest assured that your eyes are protected and safe.
To learn more about Crizal Transitions® and other high-quality vision solutions provided by Essilor, visit

About Essilor
The world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its corporate mission is to enable everyone around the world to access lenses that meet his or her unique visual requirements. To support this vision, the Company allocates over €160 million to research and development every year, in a commitment to continuously bring new, more effective products to market. Essilor’s flagship brands are Varilux®, Crizal®, Transitions®, Xperio® and OptifogTM.
It also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eyecare professionals.
Essilor reported consolidated revenue of nearly €5.7 billion in 2014 and employs 58,000 people. It markets its products in more than 100 countries and has 33 plants, 490 prescription laboratories and edging facilities, as well as several research and development centers around the world.
Essilor was classified by Forbes magazine as being among the world’s 30 most innovative companies.
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Philippines makes its mark as global entertainment destination

The Philippines once again made its mark in the global entertainment scene as over 26,000 fans from across the globe gathered together for some explosive dance music performed by renowned local and international pop icons in this year’s biggest music event, the MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016.

Presented by the Department of Tourism (DOT), and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the one-night-only outdoor live music event, with the theme Can’t Stop Movin!, presented the amazing evolution of pop music and its dance influences. The Concert Grounds of SM Mall of Asia was basically on fire as fans danced, cheered and sang their hearts out on hit after hit of iconic and contemporary pop dance music.
Philippines makes its mark as global entertainment destination…

World-renowned local artists, Mr. Pure Energy Gary V. and his son, Gab Valenciano opened up the stage with an intense set of performance. Filipino favourite teen love team, James Reid and Nadine Lustre followed, sending fans high above the love cloud with their kilig-filled performance.

American singer-songwriter, Bebe Rhexia also pumped up the stage with her hit songs including “Me, Myself and I” and “Broken Hearts”. Fans also went wild as A-Pink, one of Korea’s favorite K-pop idol female groups, flawlessly performed “Remember”, “Mr. Chu”, “Luv” and “No No No”. L.A. grown electronic dance trio Far East Movement got everyone singing, dancing and jumping with their hit singles, “Like a G6” and “Rocketeer”. The headliner, prolific hit-maker, One Republic, wrapped up their performance of “Counting Stars”, “Apologize”, “Stop and Stare” and “Secret” with an explosion of fireworks.

It gets even better as the Philippines will also be highlighted in a global telecast reaching an international audience of more than three-quarters of a billion households in over 160 countries under the MTV World Stage global series.

Only on its second year, MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 proved once again that the Philippines is not only a premier global destination for arts and culture and leisure and adventure, but is also one of the world’s top destinations for world-class entertainment.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Asia’s fastest-growing property portal – now in the Philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, JUNE 30, 2016: Since starting operations in the country, Dot Property Group’s Philippines website has witnessed phenomenal growth with the website - – allowing property owners and real estate agents to list their properties for sale and rent for free.

Established in 2013 in Singapore, Dot Property Group is Asia’s leading connected property portal group, operating property portal websites throughout Asia in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore as well as in the Philippines, where millions of local and international property seekers are actively seeking their next home to buy or rent. The websites have been attracting increasing numbers of visitors - not only locally but from around the region and the world.

Dot Property Philippines, which began operating earlier this year, is the most recent addition to the growing Dot Property Group network. The Group sees huge potential in the Philippines, given the always-online lifestyle of the target market who find the Internet to be the most accessible tool when looking for the perfect property.

Alva Horgan, Managing Director for Emerging and Frontier Markets for Dot Property Group, noted that with a population of more than 100 million people and the 13th largest Internet audience worldwide, half of the population is under 25-years-old and, thus, is more likely to be tech-savvy. Internet use in the Philippines is more than 45 percent of the total population – that counts for almost half of the population.

The growing population of young professionals will be a source of future demand for residential properties. They will be searching online in greater numbers and is aiming to be their single source of information.

Horgan said: “There’s a great opportunity for Dot Property Group to further establish the Group as the preferred choice for consumers when it comes to buying or renting property, or looking for market intelligence.

“Since arriving, Dot Property Philippines has already signed some of the country’s leading property developers, real estate agents and other companies, and that number continues to grow on a daily basis.”    
 Early this year the Group also appointed Tanya Peralta-Yu as the Philippines Country Manager. She will oversee all aspects of Dot Property Group in the Philippines, including day-to-day operations and promoting the company’s rapid expansion within the online portal market, both among consumers and advertisers.

Horgan said that Yu’s appointment comes at a pivotal time for the Group, with the explosive growth of its business within the Philippines, regionally and globally.

Two of the major drivers for the growth of Dot Property Group are the useful resources it provides to enable property searchers to find their next home with ease, and the seller-friendly features, including free and easy uploading of property listings.

Real estate agents and developers can maximize their opportunities to showcase listings and generate real sales enquiries, while property seekers can search and filter a comprehensive selection of the available properties.

Dot Property Philippines’ listings includes houses, condominiums, villas, land, foreclosures and commercial spaces for sale and rent.
“We are seeing incredible growth in terms of traffic, and for advertisers seeking to connect to young property seekers, we provide them with the most convenient tool available online to find their next property,” said Yu.

“With the positive outlook for the real estate industry in the Philippines, we are well positioned to be the property portal of choice. The Philippines’ sustained economic performance will mean more jobs, resulting in more people with spending power, especially among the young working class,” she added.

“Whether they’re looking for a place to call their own or for investment, they have more resources to find the best location, compare the best deals or discover the latest updates in the real estate market. Dot Property Philippines’ is more than happy to provide all the assistance it can give,” Yu concluded.