Monday, February 24, 2014


After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy-the Winter Soldier.

Initial release: March 26, 2014 (Italy, Sweden)
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Prequel: Captain America: The First Avenger
Costume design: Judianna Makovsky
Music composed by: Henry Jackman

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

AIESEC Philippines: Hosting the Asia Pacific Youth to Business Forum 2014

Pioneered in the country by international student-run organization AIESEC in the summer of 2013, the Youth to Business Forum (Y2B) poses with a bigger and more global comeback this March 24, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Taguig City. 

Still presenting a unique avenue for the youth and business sector to discuss and collaborate on ideas for prevailing social issues, Y2B aims to create concrete solutions that will build a more sustainable future for the Asia Pacific region. 

This time around, the youth forum will tackle matters of Value-based Leadership and its capacity to engineer social change through collective action with the help of the business sector. 

The youth is encouraged to take on a proactive disposition on the development and alignment of personal values that would create opportunities for both individual and region productivity. 

A total of 500 students from over 21 countries of Asia Pacific are invited to join the one-day forum with various talks, discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities with some of the greatest thought leaders of the commercial industry. 

NorKor prison camp

By Nina Larson | AFP News
Ahn Myong-Chol witnessed many horrors as a North Korean prison camp guard, but few haunt him like the image of guard dogs attacking school children and tearing them to pieces.
Ahn, who worked as a prison camp guard for eight years until he fled the country in 1994, recalls the day he saw three dogs get away from their handler and attack children coming back from the camp school.
"There were three dogs and they killed five children," the 45-year-old told AFP through a translator.
"They killed three of the children right away. The two other children were barely breathing and the guards buried them alive," he said, speaking on the sidelines of a Geneva conference for human rights activists.
The next day, instead of putting down the murderous dogs, the guards pet them and fed them special food "as some kind of award," he added with disgust.
"People in the camps are not treated as human beings... They are like flies that can be crushed," said Ahn, his sad eyes framed by steel-rimmed glasses.
The former guard is one of many defectors who provided harrowing testimony to a UN-mandated enquiry that last week issued a searing, 400-page indictment of gross human rights abuses in North Korea.
After fleeing the country two decades ago, Ahn worked for years at a bank in South Korea but gradually got involved in work denouncing the expansive prison camp system in the isolated nation.
Three years ago, he quit his bank job to dedicate all his time to his non-governmental organisation, Free NK Gulag.
"It's my life's mission to spread awareness about what is happening in the camps," he said.
There are an estimated 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners in North Korea, a nation of 24 million people.
Ahn, who today is married with two daughters, knows all too well the brutal mentality of the camp guards.
When he, as the son of a high-ranking official, was ushered onto the prestigious path of becoming a guard in 1987, he says he was heavily brainwashed to see all prisoners as "evil".
- 'Horrors still happening' --

Friday, February 21, 2014

An Evening With Modern Day Heroin- JESSICA COX

   Filipino American Jessica Cox never gave up. She braved school, finished college, plays the piano, scuba dives, is a black-belter in Taekwondo, drives a car, is a licensed airplane pilot, and can even do her makeup. All with her feet that has become her arms.

Jessica is a motivational speaker so Ortigas Library Foundation invites you to an evening of listening to this incredible young woman achieve her dreams. In this world, Persons with Disabilities (PWD) have to work so much harder to gain acceptance and respect, get a job and have a satisfying life. Listen to how Jessica did it and set your own course as well.

6:00-7:30 PM
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The Decagon Hall, Silver City, Frontera Verde corner Julia Vargas Ave., Pasig City
Fees: 1) Php1,000.00 per individual;
2) Php2,000.00 allows registrant to bring 2 PWDs to attend as well;
3) Limited free tickets for persons with disabilities

Proceeds from the evening’s donations will help local People with Disabilities (PWD) organizations as well as the completion of a documentary on her life.

RSVP essential. Please call tel: 631-1231 (ask for library).
For free limited tickets, please call to reserve.
We accept credit card payments and we will also provide our bank account details.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Great British Festival

Join us on 7-9 March for the Great British Festival!

The Great British Festival will be held at Bonifacio High Street in March 7 to 9 and bring together all that is best about the UK, including many companies who are trading and investing with the Philippines as well as film, music and culture.

Activities include: Trade Exhibition, Business Talks, Fashion Show, UK Visa Information Booth, Live Music, Live Cultural Acts, Visit Britain Information Booth, Sports Acitvity Booths, Cinema in the Park, Pop-up theatre, UK in Miniature and Education Pavilion.

Click the link below for more information and how you can get involved.

This is Great Britain’ is organised by the British Embassy Manila, UK Trade & Investment, British Chamber of Commerce Philippines, British Council Philippines and the British Alumni Association of the Philippines.

The event is co-presented by Bonifacio Global City and Bonifacio High Street, and media partners Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 99.5 PLAY FM, 96.3 Easy Rock, Mellow947, Business World and Solar News Channel.

Sponsored by: Surface Technology International, Lee Cooper Philippines, GSK Philippines, Jaguar Philippines, Land Rover is More Fun in the Philippines, Pru Life UK, Marks & Spencer Philippines and Fil-Anglo.

Monday, February 17, 2014

25 Horrible Things That Happen If You Don't Get Enough Sleep

In our 24/7 culture, sleep loss is a major problem. Back in 1942, we averaged almost 8 hours of sleep a night — now that's down to 6.8. (Seven to 9 hours per night are what's generally recommended.)
Almost 40% of Americans get less than 7 hours of sleep a night, a recent Gallup poll found, and an estimated 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder.
Everyone knows that it's important to get enough sleep — but you may not realize just how many things can go wrong when you don't.
Here are 25 unfortunate risks of partial and total sleep deprivation, some more common than others.
1. Irritability
"Complaints of irritability and [emotional] volatility following sleepless nights" are common, a team of Israeli researchers observed. They put those complaints to the test by following a group of underslept medical residents. The study found that the negative emotional effect of disruptive events — things like being interrupted while in the middle of doing something — were amplified by sleep loss.
Source: Sleep, 2005

A Closer Look at Art Fair Philippines 2014

    The Museum Foundation of the Philippines Inc. teams up with Art Fair Philippines 2014 to broaden your exposure to Philippine contemporary art!  A selection of daily tours, expertly managed and conducted by specialists, will run for the duration of the fair.

Daily, 20 to 23 February 2014
A Closer Look at Art Fair Philippines 2014

Walk through two levels of the fair with curator Lian Ladia, founder of the online art platform Planting Rice.  A great way to deepen your appreciation for what our participating galleries have on view, and to get to know the different artists making their mark today.

When: Daily, 20 to 23 February 2014
Time:  10:15 am
Meeting point:  Reception Desk, Art Fair Philippines 2014
Fee:  Free

20 February 2014
In City and Country, Elmer Borlongan, 1992-2002 at The Ayala Museum

Take a guided tour of Ayala Museum’s blockbuster exhibit, mounted to coincide with Art Fair Philippines 2014.

In City and Country, Elmer Borlongan, 1992-2002 reviews the body of work of an artist seen as visual expressions of the fin de siècle anxieties of Philippine society. His paintings, regarded as both social realism and figurative expressionism, depict the relationship of the contemporary Filipino with his environment, from city to country. Over 40 paintings display portraits of survival and endurance.

When:  Thursday, 20 February 2014
Time: 3:00 pm, Ticket/ Information desk, Ayala Museum lobby
Fee:  Discounted museum entrance fee of PhP 125.00 upon presentation of your Art Fair Philippines 2014 ticket


The outcome document of the 2010 MDG Summit requested the Secretary-General to initiate thinking on the global development agenda beyond 2015. The outcome document of the 2012 Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development initiated an inclusive process to develop a set of sustainable development goals. There has been broad agreement that the two processes should be closely linked and should ultimately converge in one global development agenda beyond 2015 with sustainable development at its core.
Beyond 2015 is a global civil society campaign, pushing for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals. In the Philippines, twenty-five civil society organizations and social movements comprise the national hub. A consultative process participated by over two hundred CSO organizations in island-wide consultations have discussed and agreed on what the next development goals for the country must be.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

“A Conference-Festival Summit on ‘Maharlika’ to gather together diverse “Maharlika”-based groups in the country and abroad”

   Change is progressive. We cannot deny the fact that today, our nation needs total change and transformation. There is crisis in every aspect of life. Most of our countrymen have been deprived of their basic necessities such as food, clothing, shelter, and medicine. How much more on the human rights, employment, social standing, economics, education, etc. to name a few. To one long forgotten aspect is the enrichment of our culture heritage and the right access to the origin of our country's name.
 If we get back to our roots, there is a connecting link from the past that must be patched up to resolve the mystery that has remained—a question of our own identity.
Where do we start? We begin from the consciousness that has been stuck up and has to awaken.
With a growing number of individuals, groups, and organizations working for the “Maharlika” cause and ideals, there is a growing need to raise the level of Maharlika discourse to a national and regional level – establishing its philosophical foundations, defining its shared meanings, and articulating its shared ideals, goals, and vision. Hence, there is a need to establish its academic discourse, looking at it from many angles : semantically, metaphorically, symbolically, politically, sociologically, economically, anthropologically, historically, and even from the perspective of the arts, culture and the humanities, specially its mythical dimensions. For Maharlika Summit 2014, the main goal is to examine the word, concept and metaphor of “maharlika”, and to revision it as a cultural metaphor, folk history, and social movement, for applied and policy research, and for its possible contribution in social, cultural and human development and national transformation.
There is a need to gather together diverse “Maharlika”-based groups in the country (or even abroad), on account of their growth in numbers, expansion of consciousness, intensification of desire, and deepening of intensions, in their quest for the Maharlikan ideals of personal and social transformation, as well as national identity, development and harmony.

In Celebration Of The 125th Anniversary of Jose Rizal’s Letter to the Young Women of Malolos: Mga Kababaihan Ng Malolos

YOU ARE INVITED! In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Jose Rizal’s Letter to the Young Women of Malolos, the Women of Malolos Foundation, Inc. (WOMFI), Basilia Committee and Kino Arts produced a musical docudrama on this outstanding group of women, "Ang Kababaihan ng Malolos."

Monday, February 17, 5PM
UP Cine Adarna, UP Diliman
Open Forum after the screening

Thursday, February 20, 1:30-3PM
Escaler Hall, Ateneo De Manila University

Directed by Sari Dalena and Kiri Dalena
Written and Produced by Dr. Nic Tiongson
Cinematography: Kiri Dalena
Music by Vincent A. DeJesus
Production Design by Dax Dacanay
Costume Design by Gino Gonzales
Editing Keith Sicat and Joris Fernandez
Sound by Mark Laccay
Cast: Hazel Faith Dela Cruz, Karl Medina, Bong Enriquez, Carlos Celdran and Malolos theater actors.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit: Now More Relevant in the Wake of Yolanda and Climate Change Effects

   It is all systems go for the Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit at the Multipurpose Hall of Meralco, Pasig City on February 27-28, 2014. The summit was originally scheduled on November 28-29, 2013 but was reset due to the devastation then brought by Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas that necessitated the urgent attention of government agencies on relief operations.

Rommel Juan, president of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (eVAP), one of the organizers, said that the EV Summit has now become more relevant in the light of the recent effects of Typhoon Yolanda. “Now, people are more conscious of the negative effects that can be brought upon by our neglect in preserving the environment thus resulting in global warming and climate change. Thus this year, even major auto shows abroad have prominently featured electric vehicles and other forms of alternative fuel vehicles”, he adds.

OrgASM set to hold the 1st Area Studies National Conference

OrgASM celebrates its tenth year anniversary this academic year 2013-2014. In celebration of this milestone, OrgASM, in partnership with the UP Manila Arts and Sciences Alumni Society, Inc. and in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the UP Manila Department of Social Sciences, Area Studies Program and AGUHON, is set to hold the 1st Area Studies National Conference on March 11-12, 2014 at the Balay Kalinaw Conference Hall, Balay Internasyunal, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. We have chosen the theme “Bridging Disciplines: History, Politics, Economics, Geography, Culture and Heritage in Today’s Holistic Understanding of Global Society” which asserts the global perspective and interdisciplinary scholarship of Area Studies in the Social Sciences. This is the first Area Studies National Conference of its kind. With this conference, we endeavor to make Area Studies an indispensable instrument in bridging understanding of the different geographical, cultural, politico-economic and administrative regions in the world. In particular, said national conference of the proponent shall develop among the participants a critical understanding of a highly diverse Philippine society. The said conference shall also inculcate into the hearts of today’s Filipinos the lessons of nationalism, cross-cultural relationships and cultural relativism towards strengthening the sense of citizenship of Filipinos in contemporary times. This said conference shall have as its principal participants the students and teachers of the secondary and tertiary levels from public and private schools, colleges and universities from different provinces and cities of the country. The invitation to the said national conference is also extended to the general public who are interested in the topics and objectives of the conference.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Nick Joaquin’s MGA AMA, MGA ANAK caps Tanghalang Pilipino’s strong 27th Season of Social Dramas

    What do you remember about the 70's?  though i was in elementary then, i recall music from singers like the Beatles, Bread, Carpenters, Eddi Pegregrina, Nora Aunor. also sitcoms of actors like Chiquito, Panchito, Pugo & Togo, Pugak at Tugak

    What about the families then? Ain't it good to look back, see how it was, and have a feel of yesterday. How we are now, and what have been learned since..

Tanghalang Pilipino, the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines presents its final  offering for its 27th Theater Season, opening at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) this February 21st. “Mga Ama, Mga Anak,” written by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin based on his short story “Three Generations”, and translated by National Artist Virgilio Almario and Jose “Pete” Lacaba, Jr., into Pilipino from his original English play “Fathers And Sons”, is a poignant drama in three acts.

Featuring TV, Film and Stage luminaries Robert Arevalo and Spanky Manikan, alternate as Zacarias Monzon, Celeste Legaspi and Jackie Lou Blanco, alternate as Sofia Monzon, and young actress Cris Villonco (Bessie). The story revolves around a former town ilustrado and Caretela king Zacarias Monzon, his fall from power and wealth, and his gnawing conflicts with his son and his family. Cruelty, hedonism, disloyalty, and suffering marred his past. Now, so close to death, Zacarias still has the reins over his resentful son, his confused grandson, and a benevolent martyr of a mistress, until they decide it was time to cut loose and be responsible for what they are and what they will be. Award-winning director and stage actor Joel Lamangan directs this production for Tanghalang Pilipino.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

TANGHALANG PILIPINO's 28th theater Season 2014-15 Line-Up!


Playwright: LATETA BUCOY

A rap-through musical by (awards) Layeta Bucoy, direction by (awards) Tuxqs Rutaquio, featuring a popular master rapper and the Actors Company. This original Filipino musical is inspired by the Napoles scandal. This will highlight the struggle of a group of young Filipino student leaders to check and police their own ranks against their own early inclination and natural lust for power and the strong temptation toward materialism, corruption and dishonesty. A reality search for the future President, senators and congressmen of our country, hopefully, all of a different breed from all those in our midst right now.

JULY 11, 12, 13 – 18, 19, 20 – 25, 26, 27
REGULAR: Php800; STUDENT: Php400
20% Discount on the regular price for senior citizens, government employees, military employees and PWD’s (Please present valid ID)

Translation: ROLANDO TINIO

This play addresses loss of identity, an obsession to keep clinging to the old glorious days gone by, a man’s inability to accept change within himself. He is tired of the bigger new world that he is living in now. It underscores denial, contradiction and order vs. disorder.

AUSGUST 15, 16, 17 – 22, 23, 24 – SEPTEMBER 5, 6, 7
REGULAR: Php600; STUDENT: Php300
20% Discount on the regular price for senior citizens, government employees, military employees and PWD’s (Please present valid ID)

Filipino Translation: JERRY RESPETO 
Direction: FLOY QUINTOS 

An expressionistic parable that explores the relativity of truth, the vanity and necessity of illusions. This will be an ensemble work that will underscore our tendencies to live lives far beyond our real lives, farthest from our real, true selves and worth. This will be directed by (Award) Floy Quintos. 

SEPTEMBER 26, 27, 28 – OCTOBER 3, 4, 5 – 10, 11, 12 – 17, 18, 19
20% Discount on the regular price for senior citizens, government employees, military employees and PWD’s (Please present valid ID)

BALANGIGA (Sarswela)
Playwright: RODY VERA

A Filipino musical (sarswela) on the Balangiga massacre which happened during the Philippine American war in 1901 where 48 members of the US 9th infantry were killed by Samar townspeople. 

NOVEMBER 28, 29, 30 – DECEMBER 5, 6, 7 – 12, 13, 14
20% Discount on the regular price for senior citizens, government employees, military employees and PWD’s (Please present valid ID)

LARO SA PANAGINIP (Dangerous Liaisons)

A most engaging dissection of one woman’s obsession to possess everything she desires to satisfy her limitless osycho-physical needs. She uses the weaker characters for the lust; some succumb to her wiles, but other more virtuous souls succeed in suppressing her venomous vice. 

February 20-22, 27, March 1, 6-8, 2015
20% Discount on the regular price for senior citizens, government employees, military employees and PWD’s (Please present valid ID)

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Venomous Cone Snails: Using Philippine Marine Biodiversity to Develop Drugs for Pain

By Dr. Baldomero M. Olivera

Distinguished Professor of Biology, University of Utah • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor • Adjunct Professor, Marine Science Institute, UP • Adjunct Professor, Salk Institute, La Jolla, California

Saturday, 15 February 2014, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Museum Foundation of the Philippines Hall
National Museum-National Art Gallery, P. Burgos Street, Manila

Free with National Museum Fee: P150 adults, P50 students
(Free admission to museum for MFPI members. Please text/call to ensure seats.)

Baldomero (“Toto”) Olivera was born and grew up in the Philippines; his early research contributions include the discovery and biochemical characterization of E. coli DNA ligase, an important enzyme of DNA replication and repair that has become a keystone of recombinant DNA technology. Toto Olivera initiated the characterization of predatory cone snail venoms.  A large number of peptide neurotoxins ("conotoxins") are present in each venom, and their characterization led Olivera’s research group to molecular neuroscience. Several peptides discovered in Olivera’s laboratory reached human clinical trials and one (Prialt) has been approved for the treatment of intractable pain.

Olivera has been elected a member of the American Philosophical Society, the U.S. National Academy of Science, and the Institute of Medicine.  He was given the Outstanding Alumni Award of Caltech, the Redi Award from the International Society for Toxinology and the Harvard Foundation Scientist of the Year 2007 Award. As an HHMI professor, Olivera’s science outreach program in the Philippines instills interest in young students through scientific principles observed in organisms and objects that they see every day. He has described over 30 new species of marine snails; one was chosen “100 of our planet’s most amazing new species” in 2013. In addition, he has a long-term interest in Southeast Asian Ceramic Art found in the Philippines.

He started collecting shells as a child and turned this hobby into a scientific career in Neuroscience and Biomedicine. He will discuss how the amazing biodiversity of Philippine seas has made it possible for him to discover a drug that alleviates pain, and contribute significantly to Neuroscience. He will also discuss how the maritime culture of the Philippines has continuously helped him in his scientific career.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Ang GomBurZa At Si Plaridel Sinumla Ng Pagbubuo Ng Konsepto

Totoo bang nabuo ang Katipunan ng isang araw lang?

Dahil ba talaga sa pagpapatapon kay Rizal sa Dapitan kung kaya na buo ang Katipunan?

Gaano ka sigurado ang mga kinikilalang mga tagapagtag ng Katipunan ay karapatdapat ngang maibilang sa mga nagpasimula ng Katipunan?

Ano ang kaugnayan ni Plaridel sa pangyayari sa GOMBURZA at sa Pagbubuo ng Konsepto ng Katipunan?

Inihahandog ng BONIFACIO 150 COMMITTEE

ANG GOMBURZA AT SI PLARIDEL: Simula ng pagbubuo ng Konsepto ng Katipunan

Suportahan at Tangkilikin natin ang Bahay Nakpil-Bautista-Tahanan ng mga Katipunero
Photo Credit: Alternatve History

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

“You only live once” AXA Health Campaign: Fail Proof Your Future Now!

   How should we handle emergency cases, like sickness and the likes, These are inevitable things we cannot avoid in life. so we must be prepare for it. After attending AXA's event yesterday, i realized how important it is that the earlier we plan our sickness insurance, the better.

     Listening to Ms. Prats story makes me think how hard it is not to have an insurance. more than the agony of facing a love ones suffering from an illness, where to get the financial is one big burden to handle It's good that to know, that  there is  a company, like AXA, who could cover us in our times of despair and emergencies.

   Usec Dr. Ted Herbosa of DOH, mentioned common diseases afflicting filipinos now due to bad lifestyle. thus we should be aware of these and be mindful of things we do and eat,

 Lifestyle diseases afflicting more Filipinos. AXA urges financial preparedness for critical illnesses,other medical emergencies. According to statistics from the Department of Health (DOH), non-communicable diseases (NCDs) or lifestyle diseases such as heart attack or heart failure, stroke, and cancer are the top 3 leading causes of death among Filipinos.
  Digging deeper into the numbers, it is reported that more than 276 Filipinos die of heart disease on a daily basis. Moreover, 9 people are diagnosed with cancer every hour, and 142 Filipinos die from cancer every day. At least one Filipino suffers from stroke every 9 minutes; for those who survive, they have a 75% chance of becoming permanently disabled.

While there may be increasing public awareness to preventing these diseases through diet and exercise, little is done to raise awareness for Filipinos to prepare financially for the impact of having any of these lifestyle diseases.

Fall in love with The CompanY this Valentine’s Day

 The CompanY, composed of Moy Ortiz (Bass), Annie Quintos (Soprano 2), Cecile Bautista (Alto), Sweet Plantado (Soprano 1), Jay Marquez (Tenor 1), continues to be the country’s Premiere Vocal Group with endless singing engagements and hit albums. This Valentine’s Day, let The CompanY serenade you with international-calibre musicality in the show “ValenTunes with the Company,” 8:00 p.m., Crowne Plaza, Ortigas.

Before the show, a special dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m.
The CompanY will perform some of their memorable hits and their own rendition of today’s biggest tunes and some romantic modern classics. Included in the repertoire are “Marry you,” “Treasure,” and “My Humps.”

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Let Christian Bautista be your ‘Ace of Hearts’ this Valentine’s date

Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista, with his soothing voice and memorable ballads, will serenade those who will watch his Heart’s Day show “Ace of Hearts,” February 14, 8 p.m., at the Ace Hotel, Kapitolyo, Pasig. The show will be his first V Day show in the country in recent years.

“It feels good to, once again, be part of the Valentine’s Day celebration of Filipinos – may they be single, in a relationship, or married,” says Christian. “Iba pa rin siyempre ‘pag Pinoy ang nag-se-celebrate ng Valentine’s.”

The show’s repertoire will include some of the most romantic OPM and international tunes, plus some of Christian’s biggest hits like The Way You Look At Me, Everything You Do, among others.

The Romantic Balladeer will also be joined by two revered theater actresses Sheila Valderrama, who recently bagged the Best New Female Recording Artist from the Awit Awards, and Cris Villonco, Christian’s leading lady in the upcoming musical “Ghost.”

The concert will also be the first time that Christian and Cris will perform a song from the musical, slated to premiere mid of 2014.
“It will be a romantic show,” assures Christian. “I hope you will come and join me in this romantic musical journey.”

Ace Water Spa also provides a unique romantic experience as it is the first Spa in the country that boasts of incorporating European Spa Concepts.

For tickets to the show and inquiries about the hotel, please visit

Friday, February 7, 2014

Touch The Artist Vision- How Can I Assist The Blind @Metropolitan Museum This February 2014

A Blurb on the Met’s Touch the Artist Vision Program
TOUCH THE ARTIST’S VISION (TAV) is a pioneering educational program at the MET for the visually-impaired to experience and appreciate art, through the use of tactile, braille, and audio guides.
Reserve guided tours now at or call (02) 708-7829
Available schedules are as follows:
For the month of February
Thursdays and Fridays 10 AM – 12 PM
2 PM – 4 PM

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Ultimate Health & Wellness Event !

Khoa Bui and PMCM Events Management have teamed up and created a never before seen event that finally shows you how to lose weight, improve your image, lose belly fat, get toned, healthy cooking, juicing and more.

Expert speakers who’ve walked their talk and experienced their own results will show you their secrets to having better health and wellness in your life.

There will be a free Zumba class on the day where everyone can join in and have fun!

The topics include:
- How to lose your belly fat
- How to get a six pack
- Double your dating
- How to prepare healthy and affordable meals
- How to sleep like a baby
How to have more energy
- How to get glowing skin
- Watch a LIVE make over
- How to quit smoking

Monday, February 3, 2014

Buddha-Bar Manila turns 2, gives away a Jaguar!

  Buddha-Bar Manila marks its 2nd Year Anniversary in a festive Shanghai Night Party with international DJs, DJ Sechaud and DJ Campos infusing their signature music together with Buddha-Bar Manila’s signature cocktails all-perfected for the metro’s top bar destination’s 2nd Year Anniversary on February 1. Feeling nostalgic from the day the posh and stylish bar opened its Manila doors, Buddha-Bar Manila welcomes its 2nd Year Anniversary with an elegant twist and a dash of Shanghai fashion. With some luck on the side, metro party philes and diners come in their chic Shanghai-themed outfits ready to start the first major party of the year.

  Welcoming the guests are the ever gregarious Buddha-Bar Manila staff who have been committed to world-class service for Manila patrons since 2012, along with excellent quality champagne, and a party experience that is definitely one for the books. Buddha-Bar Manila has been known for its sumptuous Pacific Rim menus and cocktail treats that made the anniversary celebration more than complete.
Adding to the ecstatic anniversary feels, Buddha-Bar Manila flies in party DJ icons, DJ Nicolas Sechaud and DJ Carlos Campos. DJ Sechaud, Buddha-Bar Dubai’s resident DJ, is known in party circles as the Sunset Master who had played in premiere party destinations like Ibiza, Brazil, Germany, Italy, and luxurious fashion events of Versace and Gucci. Alongside DJ Sechaud, is Barrio Latino Paris DJ, DJ Carlos Campos. DJ Campos is considered a legend in party music mixing and has produced various tracks in the hit signature Buddha-Bar music compilation. A trip around the world through soothing music, the Buddha-Bar Manila 2nd Year Anniversary is a celebration of its signature music influx in the Philippine party scene.
And the perfect cherry on top of Buddha-Bar Manila’s 2nd Year Anniversary is the grand draw of the lucky winner in the Drink.Dine.Drive promo. Launched in July 2013, the much anticipated contest has enticed many guests to try their luck and February 1, only one gets to drive home the brand new Jaguar XF 2014.
A fabulous 2nd Year Anniversary that coincides with the end of the biggest Buddha-Bar Manila contest ever, the Drink.Dine.Drive promo, Buddha-Bar Manila continuously offers hip treats to diners, party goers, and denizens of the city; the meticulously prepared Business Lunch  that is available everyday, Industry Nights on Monday and the fun Ladies’ Night every Wednesday, plus so many exciting new happenings to look forward to.
Buddha-Bar Manila 2nd Year Anniversary is another milestone to remember how Manila party scene endlessly evolves. With its strong presence and remarkable trend setting, Buddha-Bar Manila shifts dining and partying to a more posh, more stylish, and more glamorous level; best for the best!  
Buddha-Bar Manila is located at Picar Place, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City. For reservations, call +632 8566859/+632 8566709. 
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Art Fair Philippines 2014

Art fair born in car park is bigger and better in 2014

A bigger and better Art Fair Philippines 2014 is set to be a much-anticipated event after its successful inaugural edition in 2013. Featuring the best of Philippine contemporary art, Art Fair Philippines 2014 takes place from February 20 to 23, 2014 at the same easily accessible urban venue: The Link car park building located between the Makati Shangri-la Hotel and the Landmark Department Store in Makati City, Metro Manila’s financial and commercial district.

Sunday, February 2, 2014


November 30, 2013 at 9:24pm
P.U.P. SanJuan, Kalakhang Maynila / Abril 23-26, 2014

P L E N A R Y A      
UNANG  ARAW  (23 Abril)    
Pangkalahatang Perspektiba: Pagkabuo ng Bayang Pilipino (1588-1913) -- Dr. Zeus A. Salazar
I. Krisis ng Pamayanang Pilipino (1588-1663)                        
1)  Tadhana ng Estado ni Raha Sulayman (1588-1602) -- Dr. Nancy Kimuell-Gabriel & Prop. Raul Sebastian                                    
2)  Opensiba ng Estado ng Maynila (1602-1635) -- Prop. Reymar Yson Tecson &  G. Ian Alfonso
3)  Sa Anino ni Sultan Kudarat:  Tugon ng “Moros y Infieles” sa Kastila (1635-1663) -- Dean Julpiki Wadi                                            
II. Bayan, Pueblo at Villa/Ciudad Bagong Pamayanan (1663-1745)
4)  Pagpapalawak ng reducción (1663-1681) -- Prop. Amelia Salgados-Ferrer
5)  Reaksyon ng mga Bayan: Pakikipagpalagayang-loob at Himagsik (1681-1719) -- Dr. Vicente Villan
6)  Almacén de la Fé: Pagtindi ng Unang Praylokrasya sa Kolonya (1719-1745) -- Dr. Rhommel Hernandez                                                  

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory (ed. Edward Branigan & Warren Buckland, 2013)

  The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory is an international reference work representing the essential ideas and concepts at the centre of film theory from the beginning of the twentieth century, to the beginning of the twenty-first.

When first encountering film theory, students are often confronted with a dense, interlocking set of texts full of arcane terminology, inexact formulations, sliding definitions, and abstract generalities. The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory challenges these first impressions by aiming to make film theory accessible and open to new readers.

Edward Branigan and Warren Buckland have commissioned over 50 scholars from around the globe to address the difficult formulations and propositions in each theory by reducing these difficult formulations to straightforward propositions.

The result is a highly accessible volume that clearly defines, and analyzes step by step, many of the fundamental concepts in film theory, ranging from familiar concepts such as ‘Apparatus’, ‘Gaze’, ‘Genre’, and ‘Identification’, to less well-known and understood, but equally important concepts, such as Alain Badiou’s ‘Inaesthetics’, Gilles Deleuze’s ‘Time-Image’, and Jean-Luc Nancy’s ‘Evidence’.

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory is an ideal reference book for undergraduates of film studies, as well as graduate students new to the discipline.

The French Revolution By Graciano Lopez-Jaena

by Graciano Lopez-Jaena, a Filipino propagandist during the Spanish occupation of the Philippines, 19th century

(This article was published in La Solidaridad, May 15, 1889. It was written in commemoration of the French Revolution.)

One hundred years ago, an event that occured in France shook the world. Let us salute, as good democrats, that grand French Revolution and its immortal Assembly which changed the face of the world and the history of the centuries.

Without it, without that Revolution, humanity as a whole would be lying in the most stinking obscurantism, dominated by the ironhand of the ancient, tyrannical institutions. Without it, we would not be enjoying the conquest of science, especially physical and chemical, which have given a downright lie to the stern assertion that certain truths were revealed.

World Premier; Marco Polo: An Untold Love Story, A New Musical Limited Show Only

“Manila’s beautiful set in full force at Marco Polo an Untold Love Story the Musical”

So says well-known theatre critic Mario Hernando as noted in his blog.

As does celebrated cultural journalist Rosalinda L. Orosa who in her own words  was stupendously surprised at “the singing, acting, staging, lighting, dancing and direction — all these expressing Chua’s book, lyrics and music — rendered Marco Polo comparable to the best musicals I have seen here and abroad. It could be for this reason executive producer Olivier Leonard reportedly plans to stage Marco Polo in London.”

Manila’s beautiful people was led by no less than Fil-Am philanthropist and art patroness Loida Nicolas-Lewis who helped launched this first musical composed by a Filipino helmed for West End and Broadway among bankers and investors in New York last year. The new musical is written and composed by stage actor, singer and director Rogelio Saldo Chua. It will be performed by a 40-member international cast and artistic team dominated by seasoned Filipino theatre professionals led by formerly New York-based actor David Bianco in the role of Marco Polo. Playing the role of Princess Kogajin is Fil-Am Stephanie Reese who was Tuptim in the revival of King & I on the West End and performed the lead role of Kim in the German version of Miss Saigon. The two leads will be supported in the Manila premiere by Pinky Marquez as Empress Wu, Chinggoy Alonso as Rustigielo and George Yang as Kublai Khan.

Date of Performances:
February 8, 2014. Saturday, 8:00 PM
February 9, 2014, Sunday, 3:00 PM
Venue:  Meralco Theater Ortigas cor. Meralco Avenue,
Ortigas Center, Pasig City

The Manila premiere of the full musical theatre version starts with the gala night on February 8, 2014, Saturday at 8 pm and a 3 pm matinee performance on February 9, Sunday.  All shows are at Meralco Theatre, Ortigas, Pasig.  A road show covering cities in Asia and Europe is being planned to drum up investor interest in the West End London opening. For tickets, call TicketWorld at 891-9999 or email

Come June 2014, See The Entrepreneur and Franchise Expo @Megamall

    After successfully staging the Philippine SME Business Expo 2013, the country’s biggest expo for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) last July 12-14, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center Taguig, with 140 participating businesses and over 10,000 visitors, MediaCom Solutions, Inc., Philippines’ preferred stakeholders’ communications and events enterprise is presenting the country’s biggest exhibition and convention for innovative entrepreneurs and growing franchise businesses, the Entrepreneur and Franchise Expo 2014.

The Entrepreneur and Franchise Expo 2014 with the tagline, “Your Step to Success!” is set to be held on June 27-29, 2014 at the Megatrade Hall, Hall1, 5th Level, Mega B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Empowering over 150 Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) from various business sectors, from food, education, retailing, real estate, travel, automobiles, logistics, agriculture, manufacturing, technology, IT, financing and more.

“Our vision is to provide entrepreneurs a top environment with fun-filled activities and exciting programs where they can network with other business stakeholders, introduce their businesses, learn the latest industry trends and to assist them in growing their business to achieve the next step to success” says MediaCom Solutions, Inc. CEO and Entrepreneur and Franchise Expo organizer, David Abrenilla.

The Entrepreneur and Franchise Expo 2014 is supported by the Filipino International Franchise Association (FIFA) and will feature the latest innovations and showcase exciting products and services from the brightest entrepreneurs in the Philippines. This three-day event will feature personal finance guru, Randell Tiongson, RFP, founder, Janette Toral, Freelance Regional Director for Continental Asia, Jojy Azurin and many more as they share their success stories on how to make it in the world of business.

This event is sponsored by Injoy and supported by Department of Science and Technology –Technology Application and Promotion Institute, Brother Philippines, UniOil Petroleum Philippines, Inc., Le’Ondell, Jetti, Global Pinoy Remittance & Services, Nail Cocktales, Becken Trading, Ever Bilena, Yan Yan International, Laminine, Express Pay, Tapa King, E-Concepts, Victoria’s Empanada, Bon Appetea, MShoppe, Positive Living Station, Starkaffea Corporation and many more.

Wazzup Pilipinas is one of the online media partners.

For more inquiries and bookings, visit or call the EFE secretariat at (+632) 843-2174 or email