Thursday, May 31, 2012

Concert: "Icons at the Arena: Masters of OPM"

OPM ICONS Make History in One-Night Concert. The biggest names in the Philippine music industry come together in a once-in-a-lifetime one-night grand concert titled "Icons at the Arena: Masters of OPM" to celebrate the greatness and ingenuity of Original Pilipino Music (OPM). World-class concert artists from various generations take part in the show including Lea Salonga, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Jose Mari Chan, Zsazsa Padilla, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velaquez, Basil Valdez, Freddie Aguilar, Christian Bautista, Erik Santos, Juris, Jed Madela, Piolo Pascual, Bamboo, Arnel Pineda, and the singing group, The Company. 

Hosted by JIm Paredes and Pops Fernandez, "Icons at the Arena: Masters of OPM" will also be graced by comic TV Personalities Pokwang, Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola. Staged by ABS-CBN's Star Events, this will be held on June 16 (Saturday), 8pm at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, with Johnny Manahan as director, and Ryan Cayabyab as musical director.

For tickets inquiries, call 470-2222 or log on to For more information, visit Star Record's Official Fan Page at or follow @starrecordsph on Twitter.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Energizer and OML embark on second solar-lights distribution drive in Rizal

LIGHT OF CHANGE.  A young student can now be able to study at night thanks to the solar-powered lanterns donated by Energizer to Barangay Puray, Rizal. 
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A MILLION THANKS. Residents of Barangay Puray, Rodriguez Rizal happily shows off the solar powered-lamps given by Energizer Philippines, Inc. and One Million Lights. 

Energizer and OML embark on second solar-lights distribution drive in Rizal
Energizer Philippines is set to bring more light to the lives of the people living in Barangay Puray, Rodriguez, Rizal, as it prepares to distribute 280 solar-powered lights. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Watch Rare Bird Species Thrive and Flourish in Nuvali’s Bird Sanctuary

Indigo-banded Kingfishers, Blue-throated Bee-eaters, Black-naped Orioles, Chestnut-cheeked Starlings and Glossy Swiftlet Collocalias.

These species of birds, among many others, have all found a home in Nuvali.
In partnership with the Wild Bird Club of Philippines, NUVALI opens its Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary for bird walkers, watchers and nature enthusiasts who would like to go beyond typical nature trips. The bird sanctuary has an ecologically sound environment that encourages existing wildlife to live and flourish within NUVALI. Not your usual sightseeing activity, bird walking at Nuvali is the perfect activity for those who would want to fully immerse themselves in the wonders of nature. Viewing decks, gazebos, foot trails and fun and experiential exhibits for bird-watching enthusiasts, families and groups make bird watching an enjoyable outdoor recreational activity.

Endemic bird species chose Nuvali as their home, and so did various migratory birds who have decided to take a quick stop in Nuvali’s scenic landscape. A total of 76 faunal species composed of 62 bird species were recorded through Haribon’s Biological survey of NUVALI, which was conducted last November 19-22 and December 4-6, 2008. Thirteen species or 17% of vertebrate fauna (10 birds, 1 mammal and 2 lizards) are endemic including 2 restricted-range species restricted to the Luzon faunal region. This further highlights Philippine biodiversity, making our country a top destination for bird enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Saudi Envoy Hands Over 60 Tons of Dates to WFP for Conflict-Affected Communities in ARMM

Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ambassador to the Philippines Abdullah Al-Hassan (second from left) and senior representative of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Finance in Riyadh Saad Al Sunaidi (far left) formally hand over 60 tons of dates to U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) Philippines Representative and Country Director Stephen Anderson (far right), with Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of Middle East and African Affairs Executive Director Neal Imperial (second from right) acting as witness.  
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Photo Credit: WFP/Anthony Lim/Philippines
The generous date donation from the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest ever to WFP Philippines.  In coordination with the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development, WFP will distribute the food to 30,000 vulnerable families in the conflict-affected provinces of Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.   

[Contest] ALAXAN FR: "Aray Mo, Galing Natin Pilipinas"

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Manny Pacquiao is once again hard at work, enduring all kinds of pain as he prepares for his upcoming bout against the undefeated Timothy Bradley. With the support of Alaxan FR and the entire Philippines, Pacman is set to defend his title and once again bring honor to the country.
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Kapuso Update: Tagalog films on Saturdays, Hollywood movies on Sundays

Beginning tomorrow, May 19, weekends will be a lot funnier, more romantic, dramatic, and action-packed as GMA gives viewers another good reason to stay home every Saturday and Sunday.

Kapuso Movie Nights (KMN) will now feature all-Filipino films and will move from Sunday to Saturday, while SNBO (Sunday Night Box Office) will feature Hollywood films, including a series of James Bond movies which were initially aired on Kapuso Movie Nights.

So get ready with your popcorns, Kapuso!

Court of Appeals favors GMA Films in civil suit filed against movie licensor

(Quezon City, Philippines) - The Court of Appeals (CA) ruled in favor of GMA Network Films, Inc. in a civil case filed by the latter against movie licensor and supplier Ricardo Honrado.

In a 13-page decision penned by Associate Justice Stephen C. Cruz dated April 30, 2012, the Special Thirteenth Division of the CA reversed and set aside the Regional Trial Court's (RTC) dismissal of the case owing to Honrado's violation of a TV Rights Agreement with GMA Films. 

In December 1998, GMA Films entered into an agreement with Honrado covering thirty-six (36) films, which the latter offered for telecast. The agreement states that the program titles are subject to the approval of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB); and in the event of disapproval, a censored title must be replaced by the licensor with a new title acceptable to both parties, or a proportionate amount shall be deducted or refunded from the total price.

In May 2003, GMA Films filed a complaint for payment and damages against Honrado with the RTC for his refusal to refund the payment for the movies "Evangeline Katorse" and "Bubot."

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Kris: “Love ng Heart ko, San Marino”

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Having been aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the country, Kris reveals one of the many ways on how she keeps her health healthy. “I eat foods which has lots of Omega-3. One product that I love is San Marino Corned Tuna.

Every 180-gram can of San Marino Corned Tuna has 1,125 mg of Omega-3. Omega-3 which is naturally-found in tuna contributes to having a healthy heart as it lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. It also reduces risks of heart attack and other cardio-vascular diseases.

Another reason why I love San Marino Corned Tuna is because it has less oil than the usual tuna flakes in oil products and has lots of tuna.” Kris adds, “And San Marino Corned Tuna has absolutely no preservatives.”   

I am definitely recommending San Marino Corned Tuna to my family and friends. I want them to have healthy hearts too,” Kris imparts. 

American Standard: New Luxury Line of Bathroom Fixtures

THE VENTUNO COLLECTION. One of American Standard’s newest luxury line of bathroom fixtures, designed by award-winning designer, Franco Bertoli.

American Standard launches new luxury line of bathroom fixtures.

American Standard, one of the leading makers of high-quality bathroom fixtures, launches its latest and most luxurious line of products that promises to make any home the envy of the neighborhood.  The latest line of shower heads, lavatories and water closets highlights the company’s commitment to design quality and innovation that it has long been known for.

These new product lines represent American Standard’s uncompromising belief in the growing sophistication of the market.  These products are here because of extensive product research into what the consumers want and what they need.”  said Noel Tolosa, American Standard marketing manager.  

As a trendsetter in the design and innovation sector, American Standard has always ensured that its designs remain relevant to the needs of today’s families and to today’s times.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Born Expeditions: Tale of Two Whales' finale on GMA-7's Born to be Wild

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For almost two weeks, Doc Nielsen Donato and his team have been documenting whales and dolphins in Bohol's seas for "The Born Expeditions: The Tale of Two Whales."

They filmed the behavior of spinner dolphins, melon-headed whales, and bottlenose dolphins. Until Doc's team spotted the biggest whale yet - a Bryde's whale. Along with other marine mammals and the biggest fish in the world, the whale shark, Bryde's whales were once hunted in Pamilacan. After what seemed like years of "absence" from Bohol's seas, a Bryde's whale sighting was finally reported by researchers in 2010. And as Born to be Wild's footage shows, the Bryde's whale is indeed back in Bohol.

But the question remains - where is the blue whale that the team documented a year ago? The blue whale is the largest creature to have ever existed on earth, and in the Philippines, it has only been formally documented a few times. Last year, Born to be Wild showed Philippine viewers what was then the most extensive footage of the blue whale in our own waters. This year, Doc Nielsen and the team wonder if the blue whale will surface again, for a more detailed observation.

Suddenly, they see a fluke or "tail" which appears to be the same size as their boat, if not bigger. A fluke this big can only mean one thing.

Don't miss the awe-inspiring finale of The Born Expeditions' "Tale of Two Whales" this Wednesday night on GMA-7's Born to be Wild after Saksi.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Kroketten: Fun and Healthy Potato Dutch Snacks

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If there’s one type of carb that Filipinos have a strong penchant, that’s potato. Whether it’s mashed, fried, in a salad and soup, we so love the flavor and feel of the tiny grains that melt wonderfully in each bite.

Since snacking on potato is one of the most popular sustenance and enjoyment in the country, we introduce a unique variety that is surely yummy, appealing, and extra healthy. It’s also interesting to know that it’s made affordable for all! Introducing Kroketten, Netherland’s favorite snack as the Dutch word means a little, round ball.

“Kroketten is one of the best ways to enjoy potato—crunchy, filled with cheese and meat, while they’re deep fried in a healthy corn oil. We’re now located in twelve branches which amazingly garners an impressive response since we started operations fourth quarter of last year”, says Kroketten president/owner Maribel Bosch.

A former hotelier boasting a vast exposure to the best cuisines of the world, there’s no denying that Maribel is also an expert in the kitchen and has discerning taste buds.  Having been based overseas with her husband and kids, she discovered that croquettes deserve to be in the Philippines soon for its simple and delicious taste which she thought will appeal to all levels of people. True enough, her gut feel proved to be true as Kroketten is growing and is now trending in Manila.  

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Geoff Eigenmann excited to work with dad in new afternoon series, comments on case against cousin Andi

Kapuso heartthrob Geoff Eigenmann says he’s excited to work with his dad Michael de Mesa in GMA’s new afternoon drama program Kasalanan Ba Ang Ibigin Ka?, which is scheduled to air its first episode on June 4.

This is the first time that Geoff and Michael will be working together in a television series. The last time they were together was in the film First Day High.

“Pero iba ‘yun e, eto halos araw araw kaming magkasama or every other day, and iba kasi I’m sure kasi tututukan ako niyan.”

Asked whether he feels pressured by the fact that he will be working alongside his father who is very well an established actor in the industry, he says that he sees working with a family member an advantage rather than a hindrance.

“Actually ako, ‘pag may nakakasama akong family member sa work, I don’t really feel the pressure, I feel more relaxed kasi siyempre kilala mo na yung tao.  In this new project ang kasama ko tatay ko who has seen me since the time I was in diapers. Mas kumportable ako kasi alam kong tutulungan nila ako.”

“He (de Mesa) found out first that we will be working on this project first than I did. The moment I found out, I was really happy. Maganda kasi ang istorya and in this one, mag-ama rin kami.  It is something to really look forward to.”

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sister’s Piggybank Launched TV Child Star’s Career

Sometime in December 2011, after arriving home from school, ten-year old Jinkee Magan saw on TV an advertisement that would change her life.  GMA Network announced that it was going to hold auditions for child singers who would star in a new program.  The young dreamer thought that this was her ticket to stardom.  Ever since she saw her idol Regine Velasquez perform on television, she has always wanted to be a TV star herself. Months later, the poor child dreamer becomes a child star and a household name: Roseanne Magan.
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Born to be a star
Born Jinkee Mae Magan on February 22, 2002, Roseanne is the sixth of seven children of factory worker Juanito and housewife Rosemarie Magan.  Though neither parent is a professional singer – and so are her siblings – Roseanne has showed signs of being a singing star at a very young age.  At six, she was already competing in amateur singing contests.  Since then, she was joining contests here and there -- from barangay fiestas to mall shows.
Noong una siyang nagpakita ng interes sa pagkanta, ang napapansin namin e paborito niya yung kanta ng Aegis (a local band),” recalls Roseanne’s father. “Pero ang idol niya talaga ay si Regine (Velasquez).”  

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Angus Walls: Oral Health Expert Visits the Philippines

Oral health expert visits the Philippines Renowned oral health expert Professor Angus Walls, a member of the British Dental Association, visited the Philippines to conduct a lecture on the “Latest Trends in Removable Dentures” and on the “Implication of Oral Health and Nutrition on Systemic Health in the Elderly.” The event is timely in light of studies showing that an estimated 21 million Filipino adults are denture wearers. This makes the Philippines a country with one of the highest denture incidences among emerging markets.
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Having a healthy set of teeth is an essential aspect of daily life. However, oral health is being taken for granted by many Filipinos, with the high incidence of denture wearing even among the non-elderly just one more argument for the need to engage in an information campaign on oral health care in the Philippines.

Monday, May 7, 2012

UFS, WFP join hands to boost school meals for 40,000 students in Central Mindanao

MANILA – Through its innovative “Sandwich Heroes” campaign, Unilever Food Solutions, a subsidiary of Unilever, has raised Php 400,000 in the Philippines for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The donation will allow WFP to feed 40,000 children under its school meals programme in conflict-affected areas of Central Mindanao, particularly in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte. 
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We are very grateful to Unilever for its longstanding partnership with WFP in the Philippines, including its latest creative efforts to help raise awareness of the issue of hunger in the country,” said WFP Philippines Representative and Country Director Stephen Anderson. 

The funds Unilever has donated will help WFP and its government counterparts, the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Education, provide hot nutritious meals for children in remote, conflict-affected areas.” 

Villar Foundation Repatriates Three OFWs from the UAE 20th anniversary-related advocacies and activities in full swing

The three overseas Filipino workers (OFWs)- Romilyn Daguplo,  Joanalin Pascua, and Jacquelyn Costuna-and their relatives cannot thank the Villar Foundation enough for putting an end to their distress and desperation.
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The Villar Foundation led by its Managing Director, former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar, has been repatriating distressed OFWs and helping them and their relatives as part of its key advocacies.

We are happy that we are in a position where we can help our countrymen, especially pour OFWs who unfortunately encounter different types of problems abroad. We cannot rescue them all, so it is good that both the private sector and the government are extending similar help to OFWs,” said Villar.