007: Spectre Trailer
Picking up shortly after the events of Skyfall, 007: Spectre dives into Bond's past and brings him into conflict with his longtime foes S.P.E.C.T.R.E.
007: Spectre stars Daniel Craig along with series newcomers Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, David Bautista and Andrew Scott alongside franchise veterans Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Harris and Rory Kinnear.
The film opens Nov. 6, 2015.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Starbucks to release Limited Edition Collector Series City Mugs featuring Manila and Cebu
On March 23, Starbucks will release the Starbucks Relief Mugs, the newest addition to the Collector Series City Mugs. This limited edition series features Manila and Cebu in specially sculptured designs.
Relief is a sculptural technique wherein the shapes carved on a surface stands out from the background. A must have for collectors I must say.
The Manila Mug features the famous landmarks in Manila - Luneta Park, Paco Park, Philippine Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio, National Museum, Palacio del Gobernador, Manila City Hall, Fort Santiago and the iconic Philippine mode of transportation, the Jeepney. SRP ₱550, ₱625 (NAIA 1)
The Cebu Mug features landmarks of the Queen City of the South - Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, Basilica del Santo Niño, Halad Museum, Lapu-Lapu Bridge, Carbon Market and Mactan Shrine. SRP ₱550, ₱625 (NAIA 1)
Friday, March 20, 2015
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Lance Raymundo to play Jesus Christ a year after surviving freak accident
Exactly a year ago, Lance Raymundo, his manager Shandii, and I were driving to a vegetarian restaurant when I learned that he was playing Jesus Christ in a passion play scheduled to be staged in a month. I told Lance that the most holy role of the Redeemer is a very huge shoe to fill and much is expected of him when it comes to imbibing the character in real life. He understood what I said very well and vowed that he would do everything to live up with it by giving a great performance. A week after that, Lance figured in a major accident that rocked the headlines for weeks. The whole accident, details and all, were downplayed so as not to worry his fans and friends. Truth be told, Lance almost didn’t make it. Only a miracle sent from above made him fully recover and made it possible for him to continue what he had started before.
For Lance, he could not ask for more blessings, or more miracles – because everything that has been presented to him, professionally and personally, are all taken as life affirming instructions for him to do things better, and for him to become a better person. For someone who has been given another chance to live beautifully, Lance is counting each day as a blessing – and as a reminder of this gift, he vows to live by example and inspiring people. He believes that the physical ordeal that he experienced prepared him to portray the role of the Messiah with humility and sincerity.
Senaculo 2015, which is produced by Greenfield Corporation and directed by award-winning actor and theater director, Lou Veloso, will be staged during the Holy Week. It will be kicking-off on March 29 at the Greenfield District in Mandaluyong City. Succeeding performances will be held at San Juan Gymnasium, Sta Ana Manila, and Baguio City.
Lance’s preparations have tested his physical endurance, emotional sensibilities, and of course, his acting and singing skills. If one thinks that he has already exceeded the most difficult times – trials, incidents, accidents, and challenges still happen – and these things have all culminated exactly a year after. The great part of it is that miracles still continue to come his way. No new scars wouldn’t heal with the power of his faith and prayers now – or otherwise, Lance jokes that either he is really that blessed or his body is now made of full metals, considering the amount of reconstructive surgeries he had to endure before.
Senaculo 2015 will also feature both veteran and up and coming film and theater actors playing key roles, such as returning multi-awarded actor Bernardo Bernardo, Bodgie Pascua, Ced Carreon, Aldrico Padilla, Nina Campos (the daughter of pharmaceutical tycoon and Greenfield District CEO Jeffrey Campos), and former Tanghalang Pilipino resident actor Tracy Quila. The passion play which has been running for decades as Veloso’s lifelong “panata” prides a remarkable cast of community theater talents from Teatro Sta Ana.
By Archie Del Mundo
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 Now Available in the Philippines
Microsoft today announced the availability of the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 in the Philippines for only Php 4,290 (SRP) and Php 5,290 (SRP) respectively.
Lumia 435 is the first 400 series Lumia and our most affordable Lumia yet. With core smartphone features, the best Windows Phone experiences and access to the latest apps, it opens up the Lumia Windows Phone experience to even more people.
Lumia 532 on the other hand, is a powerful quad core smartphone that builds on the success of the Lumia 530. With a premium layered design, Glance screen, front facing camera and more memory, Lumia 532 enables people to achieve their goals with the best of Microsoft’s experiences.
· Switch effortlessly between voice and video calls with built-in Skype integration and a front-facing camera.
· Read, review, edit and share on the go with the full Microsoft Office suite coming pre-installed.
· Keep your photos, videos and Office documents safely backed up with 30GB of free OneDrive cloud storage.
· Easily manage work and personal correspondence on the fly, with Microsoft Outlook straight out of the box.
· Capture photos quickly and easily with Lumia Camera right out of the box, and take, edit and share great selfies with the front-facing camera and Lumia Selfie app.
· Have your Home Screen your way with the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update, complete with one-swipe Action Center, Word Flow and Live Folders.
· Stay up-to-date with the best new features through regular Windows updates too.
“With smartphones continuing to rise in popularity, there is a growing group of people who want a handset with all of the everyday smart essentials, but without the premium price tag,“ said Karel Holub, General Manager, Philippines, Microsoft Mobile Devices Sales. He added, “Whether you’re a first time smartphone user or just want more bang for your buck, Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 present a compelling option by providing everyday smart essentials for our more price conscious customers” said Holub.
The Lumia 435 is already available in GMA and will be available in key provincial areas of the Philippines within the next few weeks. The Lumia 532 on the other hand, will be exclusively available in Graphics’ Mindanao stores from March 20, 2015, and in key outlets within a couple of weeks. Both devices will be available in a range of colors including bright green, bright orange, white and black.
(Press Release by Microsoft)
Monday, March 16, 2015
Sharon's comeback project debuts with soaring ratings
Sharon Cuneta's much talked-about homecoming to Abs-Cbn has been testament of the network's able hands in creating and sustaining stardom. In less than a week since her return, Sharon has been the centerpiece of every news media that matters and has successfully dulled the memory of her time out from the network.
But as with any other television celebrity, the success of her comeback is measured by ratings. And so this makes it official. Based on data from Kantar Media, Your Face Sounds Familiar's first episode last Saturday (March 14) registered a national TV rating of 22.5%, or seven points higher than rival program “Celebrity Bluff” (15.5%). Its Sunday (March 15) episode, meanwhile, triumphed with a national TV rating of 27.9% versus “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho,” which only got 23%.
Monday, March 16, 2015
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Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Trailer
The Phantom of the Opera in Manila
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