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Saturday, March 30, 2013

HIN 2 Manila: UPDATE

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Representing TEAM REPSOL from Davao City for HOT IMPORT NIGHTS 2 MANILA WORLD TRADE CENTER APRIL 20-21, 2013

Good Day B2B Friends!

How is your Holy Week going so far? It's Easter Sunday tomorrow, Happy Easter in advance! By the way, B2B WILL BE CHOOSING 60 SHOW CARS FROM HOT IMPORT NIGHTS 2

ENTRIES that will be presented and showcased in the FAST & FURIOUS 6 : THE EVENT on May 15, 2013! And just add P1,000 for entry fee in HOTTER SUMMER NIGHTS 6 CARSHOW on May 18, 2013!


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Have a great weekend.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Schick Barangay Tour Photos

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Kalawaan Pasig City leg of the Suaveng Ahit Gwapong Schick Barangay Tour.

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MAGICAL WORLD OF "EPIC" (3D) REVEALED

Director Chris Wedge (Ice Age) returns with "Epic," his latest animated fantasy about a young girl who discovers a battle between good and evil based on the book "The Leafmen and the Brave Good Bugs" by William Joyce Starring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Jason Sudeikis, Beyonce Knowles, Josh Hurcherson and Christoph Waltz.

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Amanda Seyfried stars as Mary Katherine, a teenage girl who discovers a magical world in the forest where a massive battle is being waged between good and evil forces. Mary's eccentric dad (Sudeikis) is convinced that pint-sized leaf men and similar fantastical creatures reside in the depths of a nearby forest. He turns out to be correct, but is unaware that Mary is magically shrunk down to their size and becomes embroiled in an ongoing battle of gigantic proportions to save the mystical lush kingdom.

"Epic" will open May 24 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Check the trailer in 20thCenturyFoxPh YouTube channel

50th PMAP Annual Conference: Global Opportunities. Leaping Forward. Defying Limits.

The global economic landscape is seeing a new dawn, with Asia as its center and the Philippines, its sweet spot. The turnaround could not have come at a more opportune time. A young Filipino workforce is raring to go and governance is breaking through a renaissance of accountability and transparency. The message is unequivocal: We are open for business! It’s all systems go.

This year, the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) will hold its Annual Conference that recognizes a challenge: the country is at the center of Global Opportunities. But more than recognizing that reality, we see it as our mandate. There’s no other way but to seize these possibilities. We are now at the brink of living our dreams and imaginings. There are no excuses. This time, we have to make it work!

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Members of 50th PMAP Annual Conference Directorate doing the thumbs up sign to signify that everything is in full gear at the launch of the country’s biggest HR event.

The horizon has opened up and all eyes are on the Philippines as the world’s new economic tiger. The ball’s on our court and the challenge is to leap forward. We can no longer afford to move at our current pace. Catch-up, leapfrog… that is what we should do. But to realize this, we need to defy limits, break free from our self-imposed restrictions that used to define who we are and what we can do.

As we usher in this golden year of the PMAP Annual Conference, the organization take stock of the rich mine of ideas in our sharing and learning community. Fifty years of thought leadership, advocacy and camaraderie. A story that in this milestone year turns into our quest for GOLD.

“We EXPLORE the terrain as we paint the global economic landscape, create strategies, and search for talent. We MINE our collective experience as we extract issues, build consensus, and crystallize our advocacies. We REFINE our practice as we re-examine functional HR competencies. We SMELT the ore of our skills as we deep-dive into focused workshops to forge proficiency, mastery, and leadership. And we SHOWCASE best practices in HR and people management as we celebrate models and successes,” PMAP Vice President and Conference Chair Roberto Policarpio said during the launch.

The 50th PMAP Annual Conference will be happening at the Philippine International Convention Center  from September 25-27 with the theme, ”Global Opportunities. Leaping Forward. Defying Limits.

For registration, contact PMAP at tel. no. 726-152 or email pmap@pamp.org.ph. Visit www.pmap.org.ph and like www.facebook.com/PMAP1956 for updates and important announcements.

ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS FIGHT CARD FINALIZED

PLUS: YUSUP SAADULAEV VS LEANDRO ISSA, RENE S. CATALAN VS ALEX SILVA AND

BASHIR AHMAD VS SHANNON WIRATCHAI ADDED TO MAIN CARD

ALSO: UNDEFEATED SINGAPOREAN RONALD LOW MEETS MALAYSIA’S CHEN YUN TING AND NCAA DIVISION I WRESTLER JAKE BUTLER RETURNS

CATCH ALL THE ACTION LIVE ON STAR SPORTS IN ASIA AND ON PAY-PER-VIEW AT WWW.ONEFC.LIVESPORT.TV AROUND THE WORLD

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT WWW.SISTIC.COM.SG

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ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC) announced the five remaining bouts for its return to Singapore on 5 April. Singaporean fighter Ronald Low makes his ONE FC debut against Malaysia’s Chen Yun Ting on the undercard while NCAA Division I wrestler and Princeton graduate Jake Butler faces Nuur Muhammad of India.

Russia’s Yusup Saadulaev meets Brazilian Leandro Issa in a Bantamweight bout while Wushu World Champion and former SEA games and Asian games gold medalist Rene S. Catalan of the Philippines faces Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Alex Silva.  Also on the card, Pakistani MMA pioneer Bashir Ahmad meets Shannon Wiratchai of Thailand.

ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS will be broadcast live on STAR SPORTS across Asia. This historic moment will mark the first time ever a live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event will be broadcast on the network. ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS will be available in 28 countries to an estimated 500 million viewers.

Fans from around the world can also witness the action online via livestreaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv. The undercard fights are available for viewing free-of-charge and the main card fights will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.

Tickets for ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS are now on sale at SISTIC (www.SISTIC.com.sg). Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and Cage-side experience for VIPs at $S348 followed by Arena - $S148, Terrace - $S68 and Balcony - $S38. All applicable service charges apply.

CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “ONE FC will make history again on 5 April when we go live on STAR Sports for the first time across 28 countries to an estimated 500 million viewers. This is a huge step in the progress of ONE FC and is a testament to our ever-increasing following all across Asia. This event will be the biggest in ONE FC history and features the top names in MMA, headlined by a Lightweight World Championship showdown between submission ace Shinya Aoki and our reigning Lightweight World Champion Kotetsu Boku. The five fights added today feature Asia’s top fighters ensuring that this fight card is filled with exciting fights from the top to bottom. Close to 12,000 fans will pack the Singapore Indoor Stadium, making it the biggest fight card in Asia this year. Don't miss it!”

The first fight of the night will revive the sporting rivalry between Singapore and Malaysia as Singapore’s Ronald Low faces Chen Yun Ting from Malaysia. Ronald Low is undefeated in his professional Muay Thai and MMA career. He will make his ONE FC debut in front of his fellow countrymen against top Malaysian MMA prospect Chen Yun Ting, who trains out of the famed Muayfit gym alongside ONE FC fighters Peter Davis, Eric Kelly and Arnaud Lepont.

Also on the undercard, NCAA Division I wrestler Jake Butler returns after making a successful ONE FC debut last month in Malaysia. He now faces Bengal MMA Champion Nuur Muhammad.

The main card will begin with a bout between Pakistani MMA pioneer Bashir Ahmad, who is making his ONE FC debut, facing off against Shannon Wiratchai from Thailand. Both fighters carry undefeated professional records into this battle but only one will leave with his loss column intact.

Wushu World Champion, SEA games and Asian games gold medalist Rene S. Catalan from the Philippines faces Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Alex Silva in a Flyweight division battle. This clash of styles promises to be an exciting affair between two world champions in their respective martial art.

Leandro Issa is another Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion who trains at the world-class Evolve MMA gym in Singapore alongside title contender Shinya Aoki. Yusup Saadulaev is the former TFC Featherweight champion and is an outstanding wrestler from the Dagestan region in Russia. The winner of this bout will take a step closer to a Bantamweight title shot in the near future.

For more updates on ONE Fighting Championship™, please visit www.onefc.com and follow on Twitter @ONEFCMMA and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ONEFCMMA.

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LATEST TRAILER SHOWS 40-YEAR-OLD GOOGLE INTERNS @ “THE INTERNSHIP”

Hollywood-Based Filipino Actor Tobit Raphael Included in Cast With Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn

Nick (Owen Wilson) and Billy (Vince Vaughn) battle it out with the techies in “The Internship” as two old-school salesmen in their 40s who use old fashioned charm and brilliant sales technique to sell watches. On the night that they try to close a big sale with a client, to their shock, they find that their company has been shut down because kids don’t wear watches anymore. Suddenly, they find themselves unemployed as two dinosaurs in the digital world.

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Owen Wilson & Vince Vaughn THE INTERNSHIP

After an exhaustive job search online, Billy chanced upon an opportunity for them to reinvent themselves – an internship program with Google.

20th Century Fox now brings the latest trailer of “The Internship” tracking the misadventures of Wilson and Vaughn as they try to pass an internship interview at Google. As seen on the trailer, the interview is conducted via Google Hangout and the two being first-time online interviewees get too close to the camera and shout loudly into the microphone. As luck would have it, the two passes the internship interview through common sense, imagination and charm.

At Google, where it’s worlds away from anything they have experienced before, they find themselves in a sea of tech-savvy 20-year-olds who they need to compete against to win a full-time employment at Google.

They eventually team up with a sexually curious nerd, a mobile phone obsessed geek, and Yoyo (Raphael) a genius Asian kid who lacks social and common life skills and Lyle who is an underdog who wants to fit in. Going through training and competing with kids half their age, they are hell-bent to prove that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself. The movie also stars Rose Byrne, John Goodman, Dylan O’Brien and Josh Gad.

“The Internship” opens very soon cinemas (Philippines) from 20th Century Fox.

Check out “The Internship’s” latest trailer here at 20th Century Fox’s YouTube channel

Win Your Dream Wedding with Club Balai Isabel

On April 20 to 21, 2013, Club Balai Isabel will hold its first bridal fair entitled, “The Wedding Caravan” organized by R & A Events Specialist by Ricci Ang, hosted by Vet Lauzon.

This grand event will be held at Club Balai Isabel, located on the romantic shores of Lake Taal in Barangay Talisay, Batangas City from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. The Wedding Caravan is designed for couples who desire a memorable and tailor-fit wedding. The event will showcase different wedding specialists and designers dedicated to making dream weddings happen.

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This two-day event is packed with exciting activities and prizes to be given out to lucky couples. A series of bridal talks, makeovers and more will take place in this gathering. There shall also be a sumptuous food tasting by Juan Carlo the Caterer, a renowned catering service group. A fashion show highlighting the wedding collection of couture designers of the Fashion & Wedding Designers of the Philippines shall also be included in the line-up of events.

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Club Balai Isabel will launch their first ever “Win a Dream Wedding” promo during the event. To join the contest, the couple must produce a three-minute creative video telling their love story and their idea of a dream wedding. The winning couple shall be entitled to a first-class Dream Wedding at Club Balai Isabel. The prize package will include a wedding gown by designer Joel Bautista, a special wedding cake by Hearts and Bells, photo and video coverage by Nice Print Photography, wedding invitations by Printrade Society Printers, photo souvenir by Smack Shot Photo Booth, catering by Juan Carlo the Caterer and other services by event partners such as Creations, Dragon Fireworks, Blessed Sacrament Flower Shop, and Ground Zero.

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The Wedding Caravan this April at Club Balai Isabel shall be the befitting destination for couples, wedding enthusiasts and specialists taking part in the celebration of love and marriage.

Lenovo Introduces Touchscreen Multimedia Idea Pad Z Series Laptops

The Idea Pad Z400 and Z500 thin and light laptops with 10-point multi-touch optimized for Windows 8

That’s perfect for the PC+ Era

Lenovo announced the launch of its latest touch-optimized Idea Pad Z Series laptops, the Idea Pad Z400 and Z500 which are designed to take users’ PC interaction to new heights.

“Our slim Idea pad Z touchscreen series equipped with Windows 8 is a testament to Lenovo’s long term commitment of driving innovation by expanding into new form factors as we lead the way to the PC+ era,” said Vicky Agorrilla, Country General Manager, Lenovo Philippines. “ The Z series blends fashion, form, and function to address the evolving needs of Filipino consumers looking for a slim, versatile, and intuitive personal computer with great multimedia and multimedia and multi-touch features at a competitive price point.”

Mobility with Power in a Sleek Design

The Idea pad Z400 and Z500 are 25 percent slimmer than your standard1 notebooks yet they don’t compromise graphic or processor performance. The Idea Pad Z400 is powered by up to 3rd generation standard voltage Intel Core i7 processors and sports a 14-inch LED backlight HD widescreen display. The Idea Pad Z500 on the other hand is powered by up to 3rd generation standard voltage Intel Core i5 processors and a15-inch LED backlight HD widescreen display. Both also come equipped with up to 1TB of HDD storage.

Combined with the latest NVIDIA GeForce graphics technology, smart features like intelligent Touchpad optimized for the Windows 8 interface with easy scroll, zoom and rotate functions, and access to Lenovo Cloud, the latest Z series laptops offer users a slim laptop with robust performance.

User computing experience is also made more interactive as the Idea Pad Z400 and Z500 have a 10-point multi-touch technology that allows different users to perform multi-tasking at the same time on the same computer by making intuitive gestures on the laptop screen.

The Idea pad Z400 and Z500 exhibits a sleek yet sturdy laptop design with its tactile soft-touch exterior and Backlit Accu Type keyboard and wide array of colors such as Coral Blue, Dark Chocolate, Peony Pink and Enamel White.

Pricing and Availability

The Idea Pad Z400 non-touch starts at Php29, 995 and is now available at Lenovo Exclusive Stores and authorized business partners and the Idea Pad Z500 non-touch is priced at Php91,995

Decadent Graduation Cakes at Café 1771

From the smooth and velvety to the sweet cakes without the guilt, Café 1771 presents its homespun cake creations by Pastry Chef Arnold Bautista that will surely make your beloved graduate say that life is sweet. Available in 2-inch round sizes good for 2 persons, this petite cake is perfect for gift or when you want a cake dessert that tastes good as it looks.

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If thinking of a dessert that will signify your well-deserved congratulations,   Rose Noire (P250 net) is a delightful surprise, especially for someone who’s a certified chocolate lover. Lavish layers of Valrhona dark chocolate with hazel nut praline that sits on a crunchy crust, this chocolate-loaded creation also comes with a surprise at the center: a croquantine for some crunch and dark chocolate flavor with a distinct praline taste.

Gianduja Truffle Mousse Cake

Gianduja Truffle Mousse Cake

For something that can make anyone dive right in, Evasion (P270 net) gives this promise: an evasive combo of white and dark chocolates with cream cheese and fresh strawberry in a lightly crispy feullentine at the center. What’s more to love? It’s not too sweet and amazingly creamy.

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Light, pillowy and comes with a nutty center, the Gianduja Truffle Mousse (P250 net) combines the dark and white chocolate praline flavors.  Structured with elements that will surprise the palate, its sweetness comes from the base made of chocolate sponge then followed by marshmallows with cashew nuts and topped off with chocolate mousse as a velvety finish.

Sugar-free Coffee Pie

Sugar-free Coffee Pie

And who wouldn’t want the 1771 Group of Restaurants signature dessert, the sugar-free coffee pie (P220 net)? An epic recipe from the family of Executive Chef Vicky Rose-Pacheco for over twenty years, the addicting secret is in the crisp texture of the combined flavors of Dutch cocoa and coffee with cashew nuts. And with no bells and whistles or outré ingredients, this version is sweetened with coconut sugar and lightly dusted with cocoa for an awfully memorable dessert minus the guilt.

A good cake not only serves as a delightful centerpiece—the very presence of it on the table marks a celebration itself. For an extra touch of something dreamy and decadent to welcome another chapter of a hard working graduate, give these mini cakes as a surprise, guaranteed to communicate your love and best wishes! For advance orders, call 631-7340.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

WATCH “TURBO” (3D) LATEST INTERNATIONAL TRAILER VERSION

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Revving up soon on the big screen is Dreamworks Animation’s “Turbo” (3D), meanwhile the movie’s international trailer

Starring the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Snoop Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz and Samuel L. Jackson, “Turbo” is a fast-paced, action-packed 3D comedy and is set to have audiences around the world root for a super-charged snail to use his incredible powers to win the ultimate race against his idols so that he can prove once and for all that no dream is too big and no dreamer is too small.

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TURBO - voiced by Ryan Reynolds

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From a concept by David Sorren, a DreamWorks Animation veteran story artist, “Turbo” is about a snail who feeds his need for speed by sneaking into a garage to watch racing on an old dusty tv set and emulates his hero, French Canadian Indy 500 champ Guy Gagne.

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Turbo (Reynolds) desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he's living and race like his hero, making him an oddity in their slow moving community. As fate would have him have it, he gets that chance one day after a freak accident when he suddenly finds himself vested with the power of incredible speed.

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From DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox, “Turbo” in 3D opens July 19 in cinemas nationwide.

The Search is ON for MISS HIN 2 MANILA!!!

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Remember them?

- Geng, SJ, AJ, Erah, Crizzy, Kookai, Ge Anne, Ivy and more!

Now, HOT IMPORT NIGHTS and B2BCARSHOW.COM proudly brings back the Search for Miss Hot Import Nights 2 Manila!

Be part of the beautiful B2B Babes' family and go around the Philippines!

Please email your set card or profile to mike_ladderevents@yahoo.com

(cc: ladderevents@yahoo.com) and contact 09174649997 during office hours for more info.

HIN2MANILA | HOT IMPORT NIGHTS 2 MANILA : Contest

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DO YOU WANT TO WIN THESE COOL PRIZES?? - for MARCH 23 and 24 ONLY

-2 pairs of GBX Racing shoes

-20 Repsol Summer umbrellas

-4 Barkada VIP passes to HIN2 Manila

-10 HIN2 Manila posters

-5 EXCLUSIVE passes to the meet/greet/press conference of HIN2 Manila.

Mechanics for March 23 and 24 only  - RACING SHOES

1. Download the HIN2MANILA poster image

2. Post it to your wall

3. Screenshot your wall with HIN2Manila poster image

4. Post it in www.facebook.com/b2bcarshow wall

5. Like it

6. Invite your friends to like www.facebook.com/b2bcarshow and like your post

7. TOP 2 MOST LIKES = 1 PAIR OF GBX RACING SHOES EACH (by March 24 - 9pm)

Mechanics for March 23 and 24 contest - 5 EXCLUSIVE passes to the meet/greet/press conference of HIN2MANILA / 4 Barkada VIP Passes

1. Download the HIN2MANILA poster image

2. Make it your cover photo

3. Screenshot your wall with HIN2Manila as your cover photo

4. Post it in www.facebook.com/b2bcarshow wall

5. Like it

6. Invite your friends www.facebook.com/b2bcarshow and like your post

7. FIRST 5 TO REACH 200 likes = 1 Exclusive pass with meet and greet opportunity with IMPORT BABES

8. FIRST 1 TO REACH 500 likes = 1 Exclusive pass + 4 VIP PASSES FOR HIN2 MANILA

9. DEADLINE March 24 - 9pm

ALL LIKERS of www.facebook.com/b2bcarshow.com will get a chance to win A REPSOL SUMMER UMBRELLA = 20 WINNERS (FOR MARCH 23, 2013 ONLY)

DO YOU WANT TO WIN MORE PRIZES? - for MARCH 25 to APRIL 5 ONLY

-2 pairs of GBX Racing shoes

-20 Repsol Summer umbrellas

-10 EXCLUSIVE VON DUTCH - B2BCARSHOW.COM HIN2MANILA

-10 EXCLUSIVE PASSES to the meet/greet/press conference of HIN2 Manila

Mechanics to follow

HIN2MANILA | HOT IMPORT NIGHTS 2 MANILA

We are heating up... We really are...

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HIN2MANILA | HOT IMPORT NIGHTS 2 MANILA

CARSHOW & LIFESTYLE EVENT

APRIL 20-21, 2013

WORLD TRADE CENTER

PHP 50 CARSHOW ENTRANCE ONLY 

PHP 500 VIP PARTY = 1 CARSHOW ENTRANCE + 1 VIP PARTY ENTRANCE FREE LIMITED BALLER ID

Car Entries - please contact 0917 4649997 (last few car slots available) Booth / Exhibitors - please contact 0917 5133989 ( 2 booths available) Corporate and Media Partnerships - please contact 0906 4445183

DAY 1 CARSHOW - 11AM TO 7PM ONLY (GATES CLOSE AT 630PM)

VIP PARTY + CONCERT - 8PM TO 12MN (GATES OPEN AT 730PM)

DAY 2 CARSHOW - 11AM TO 8PM

DRIFT EXHIBITION

DAY 1 - 11AM - 4PM

DAY 2 - 1PM - 5PM

BIKE STUNTS

DAY 1 - 11AM

Ticket Reservations on - March 23, 2013

Call HOTLINE - (02) 543 2949 (during ofc hrs 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday)

Email - mikeb_ladderevents@yahoo.com

Tickets available on - March 27, 2013

Selected GBX / G3 Stores 

Robinsons Galleria, SM Megamall, Robinsons Ermita, Eastwood City walk, Paseo, SM Fairview

Selected Von Dutch Stores to follow, SM Tickets on March 28, 2013

GROUP BUY

- Atleast 40 tickets

- Call 0905 5567432

Tickets available ON SITE too - April 20/21 (But to avoid long lines, you can buy your tickets asap)

Duty Free Fiesta Mall: Celebrate Easter with us!

 

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Celebrate Easter with us at Duty Free Fiesta Mall. We have lined up fun activities you and your family will surely won’t want to miss.

Have a Hoppy Easter Sunday at Power Plant Mall

 
Jump right into the excitement of Easter Sunday festivities at Rockwell’s Hoppy Hunt, an Easter egg hunting festivity on Sunday, March 31, 2013 at the Rockwell Tent.
 
                                                                      
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Let your little ones enjoy a fun-filled afternoon as they catch a puppet show and mascot dance, and join in the interactive Easter story performance. What’s an Easter celebration without the egg hunt? Kids of all ages can collect colorful eggs and add them to their baskets filled with goodies from Monde Nissin, Lemon Square, Bizu Patisserie, CPK, Build City, and many more.
 

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The fun doesn’t stop there as kids can busy themselves in activities such as bunny ears making, ceramic and plastic egg decorating, and face painting.

 
 
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Plus! Kids get a chance to win 1 of the 5 Apple iPod nanos courtesy of Beyond the Box.
Rockwell’s Hoppy Hunt starts at 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Tickets are priced at Php550 for one child and one adult, and Php 200 for an additional adult. For more information visit  www.facebook.com/PowerPlantMall.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

DIRECTOR DANNY BOYLE: HEAD-SPINNING HEIST IN “TRANCE”

Academy-Award winner Danny Boyle brings together James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vince Cassel in a stirring ensemble performance in the mind-bending action thriller “Trance.”

Boyle, whose worldwide acclaimed works “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Shallow Grave,” “Trainspotting” and “127 Hours” that covered themes such as triumph of the human spirit despite abject poverty and reality brings a new kind of thrill in “Trance.” Boyle crafts a wildly twisted mind puzzle exploring identity, madness and perception using the altered state of hypnotic trance.

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“Trance” introduces us to Simon (McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, who teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting, a work of art worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he wakes to discover that he has no memory of where he has hidden the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader Franck (Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon’s psyche. As she digs deeper into his broken subconscious, the stakes become much higher and the boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur and disappear.

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Dawson Cassel McAvoy in TRANCE

“After “Slumdog,” producer Christian Colson and I were looking for new work to do together and I told him there were a couple of ideas I’d always been drawn to: the Aron Ralston story - which became “127 Hours” - and this mad thriller called “Trance,” recalls Boyle. “It felt like it would be perfect material for John Hodge. Boyle worked closely with screenwriter John Hodge -- with whom he collaborated on “Shallow Grave” and then on the acclaimed and shocking black comedy about Scottish junkies, “Trainspotting” -- on a screenplay that melds dangerous seduction and electrifying action in a suspense filled spiral.

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Director Danny Boyle in TRANCE

In tackling the material, Boyle saw a chance to update classic film noir themes – betrayal, moral uncertainty, sexual tension and the lurid instincts that seem to lurk beneath every human’s skin into a modern context. He was also excited to bring a fresh take to the iconic femme fatale, with the character of Elizabeth Lamb, the beautiful hypnotherapist who proves to be every bit the equal of the men playing power games around her.

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James McAvoy in TRANCE

As Boyle and Hodge began writing and updating the classic film noir themes such as betrayal, moral uncertainty, sexual tension and lurid instincts, they knew this story could not be constructed with a conventional, linear plot-line but demanded a kaleidoscopic structure revolving around McAvoy’s character, Simon. They plunged deep into the disoriented, broken mind of a character who not only cannot remember where he left the stolen Goya . . . but also has no idea what so urgently impelled him to hide it in the first place. They designed a web-like narrative in which Simon’s hypnosis sessions start to blow apart his very concept of who he is, and how he came to be in this situation.

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Rosario Dawson in TRANCE

Hodge continues: “Danny and I wanted to have a kind of constant uncertainty for the characters as to what the truth is. These three characters have to rely almost exclusively on what the others are saying or doing in order to figure out what’s going on. And of course, pretty much everything that the others say or do is either a lie or a manipulation or unreliable in some way. So, the protagonists are trapped in a puzzle of their own making. The challenge for them -- and the fun for the audience – is to try and solve that puzzle.”

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Vincent Cassel in TRANCE

Most of all, Boyle and Hodge loved the idea of having three strong characters who at various times might appear to be either very good or very bad. “The story’s got three excellent parts in it and they battle for who’s at the center of the film,” comments Danny Boyle. “That triangle is a lovely dynamic to have in place as you can play with the question of which character the story belongs to.”

A Fox Searchlight Pictures and Pathé present, a Cloud Eight / Decibel Films Production, “Trance” also stars Danny Sapani, Matt Cross and Wahab Sheikh.

Remember, don’t forget “Trance” opens very soon this May from 20th Century Fox. Check out “Trance’s” trailer here @ 20thCenturyFoxPh YouTube channel

“PERCY JACKSON: THE SEA OF MONSTERS” FIRST-LOOK PHOTOS

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Talented teen heartthrob Logan Lerman returns as demi-god Percy Jackson, the son of the powerful sea-god Poseidon and sails the most dangerous of seas in the upcoming “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” along with returning cast Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Jake Abel and Sean Bean.

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Based on the bestselling “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” book series written by Rick Riordan, “The Sea of Monsters” reunites Percy (Lerman) and Annabeth (Daddario) at Camp Half-Blood along with Tyson (Douglas Smith), Percy’s half-brother who is a Cyclops. Their journey takes them to uncharted dangerous seas to recover the Golden Fleece that can save the camp and eventually save their best friend Grover (Jackson) who is half-man/half-goat from a very mean Cyclops, Polyphemus.

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With Percy whose powers include control of the waters, Annabeth whose strengths are her wit and warrior skills from her god-mother Athena and Tyson being resistant to fire and possesses powerful strength, the three embark head-on amid raging seas racing against time and battle with other teen demigods to save their world.

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Logan Lerman & Alexandra Daddario PERCYJACKSON SEA OF MONSTERS

Arriving in (Phils.) theaters August 15 nationwide, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” is from 20th Century Fox and will be available in 3D and 2D format.

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Lamoiyan kicks off advocacy program to mark 25 years in business

Filipino-owned Lamoiyan Corporation kicked off recently its advocacy program dubbed “Project Silver” as part of its 25th anniversary celebration themed “Giving Hope, Sharing Smiles.”

Hundreds of residents of Barangay 73 at the PNR Compound in Caloocan City received free medical and dental services last March 3 through Lamoiyan Corporation’s community project, “Adopt-a-Barangay,” which aims to increase the awareness in promoting proper oral care and in treating head lice.

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“Starting this month, Lamoiyan Corporation is celebrating its 25th year in the business. Project Silver is actually one way of thanking our consumers for all the years they have been supporting our company. So it is but right that we do a medical-dental mission like this to really give back to them what we have received for the past years,” Lamoiyan Corporation Assistant Vice President for New Business Development Peter Paul Ang said in his message.

During the event held at the community's covered court, residents participated in the oral health education, diet counseling, lecture on head lice and tooth brushing drill led by teams from both Lamoiyan Corporation and the Kalookan City Dental Society.

The people also benefited with free distribution of toothbrush and toothpaste, fluoride application, tooth extraction, and anti-lice treatment and shampoo.

Based on the survey of the Department of Education, toothache and lice infestation are among the top three reasons why public school children absent themselves from their classes mainly because of ignorance or inability to buy toothpaste or anti-lice shampoo.

Given that these problems still exist, Lamoiyan Corporation, according to Ang, is firm in its resolve to find a solution to these problems through its very own products—the first Filipino-made toothpaste and Licealiz shampoo—which are made affordable yet world class in quality.

“We are very thankful to Lamoiyan Corporation for choosing our community as one of the beneficiaries for their anniversary outreach campaign. It's really a big help for my constituents. We are very indeed,”Brgy. 73 Chairman Joven Llena said.

For its part, as a trade partner of Lamoiyan Corporation and in helping select the community to adopt for Project Silver in their area of distribution, Fast Trax Corporation (FTC) Supervisor Hans Castro stressed: “We are also to be part of this very meaningful and noble project. It’s really an honor for us to be a partner of Lamoiyan Corporation in its continued commitment of serving the Filipino people.”

FTC, being the exclusive distributor of Lamoiyan products in Metro Manila, and other 17 regional trade partners of the toothpaste manufacturer, are set to conduct other medical-dental missions in 24 more communities nationwide until June of this year.

“We are just beginning with a single step. Hopefully with this project, more and more people will become aware of proper hygiene, be it keeping their teeth or hair clean,” Ang said.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Honda TMX Supremo—patok sa mga tricycle driver

Natapos kamakailan ang “Honda 100K Challenge,” ang kauna-unahang test-driving challenge sa bansa kung saan naging tampok ang mga tricycle driver at mga “TODA” (tricycle operators and drivers association) sa ilang bahagi ng Pilipinas.

Ang kakaibang event na ito na sinimulan ng Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) noong Nobyember 2012 at inabot ng halos 2 buwan bago matapos, ay sinalihan ng higit sa 100,000 mga tricycle driver mula sa mga TODA sa iba’t-ibang probinsiya sa buong Luzon at maging sa iba pang lugar sa Visayas at Mindanao. Lahat sila ay nag-test drive ng Honda TMX Supremo para malaman kung paano ito sasagupa sa mga pang-araw araw na kondisyon sa pagmamaneho at klase ng kalsada.

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At base sa kanilang reaksiyon, lahat ay nasiyahan at marami ang nagsabing bibili sila ng Honda TMX Supremo upang mas makatipid at masiguro ang mas malaking kita.

Si Mang Erning Manalo, 43 anyos mula Laguna at isang tricycle driver na sa loob ng mahigit 20 taon, ay Masaya tungkol sa Honda TMX Supremo. “Ito ang klase ng motorsiklo na gusto ko—madaling imaneho at tiyak magugustuhan ng mga tricycle driver sa lugar namin. Matibay at madali i-maintain kaya wala akong problema sa kalsada.”

Si Mauricio “Isyong” Tolanes, nagdedeliber ng liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) gamit ang motorsiklo, ay nagulat dahil madali palang gamitin ang Honda TMX Supremo. “Akala ko ay mabagal dahil medyo malaki, pero mabilis pala ito at mas maaasahan sa kalsada. Naging mas madali ang pagdedeliber ko dahil madali akong nakakabalik sa tindahan para kumuha pa ng ibang idedeliber. Masaya ako at lalo na siyempre ang amo ko,” Tolanes said.

“Ginusto talaga namin na ang mga tricycle driver, ang mga ‘Bossing ng Kalsada,’ ang mismong maka-experience sa mga benepisyo ng mas pinalakas na Honda TMX Supremo at paano ito makakatulong sa kanilang hanapbuhay bilang tricycle driver, na mas makakatipid at mas malaki ang kita na maiuuwi para sa pamilya. Kapag Honda ang gamit nila, sigurado sila na ang kanilang motorsiklo ay mas matatag at kayang sagupain ang anumang hamon ng kalsada dahil ito ay mas mabilis at mas maaasahan,” wika ni Dennis Restor, Sales and Marketing Manager, Honda Philippines, Inc.

Para sa kahit anong hamon ng kalsada, ang Honda TMX Supremo ang siyang maghahari dahil ang proven road workhorse na ito ay mas pinalakas at pinahusay pa para mabigyan ang Pinoy motorcycle driver ng isang malakas, matatag, mabilis at mas maaasahan na motorsiklo.

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Dahil ang target ay motorcycle driver na gusto laging nasa maayos na kondisyon ang kanilang motor, ginawa ng Honda ang bagong TMX Supremo na mas angat sa iba gamit ang superior engine technology upang maghari sa 150cc class. Ang bagong Honda TMX Supremo ay may world-class engine specification na dinebelop, tinesting at in-adjust ng Honda Research and Development upang masagot ang mga pangangailangan ng mga Pinoy motorcycle driver na makatipid sa gastos sa engine maintenance at mas lumaki pa ang kita.

Una sa lahat ay convenience ang handog ng Honda TMX Supremo sa mga tricycle driver, lalo na sa mga gumagamit nito pang-hanapbuhay. Mayroon itong electric at malambot na kick starter para siguradong walang palya ang timing at mas swabe ang pag-start ng makina, at may “Easy Access Choke Control” din kaya mas mabilis ang pag-start kahit matagal nakatigil o hindi umaandar ang makina.

Dahil sa 4-stroke, OHC, air-cooled engine nito na may 7,000rpm power at 5,000rpm na torque, siguradong mas malakas ang hatak kaya walang katapat ang performance sa kalsada. At dahil sa 5-speed, constant mesh manual transmission nito, walang problema sa performance dahil sa Honda TMX Supremo, sure ang gaan ng pagmamaneho, mas mabilis at mas matipid pa sa gas.

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Aangat din ang Honda TMX Supremo pagdating sa komportableng biyahe dahil sa “Telescopic Fork front suspension” at “Twin rear suspension” nito, pati na ang malaking 1306mm wheelbase at 771mm seat height kaya komportable ang sasakay dito, lalo na sa mga mahahabang biyahe.

Dahil sa mga “superior product feature” na ito ng Honda TMX Supremo, sigurado ang “durability,” “power,” “convenience,” at “comfort.”

Tanungin lang ang mga tricycle driver at TODA at sila na mismo ang magsasabi kung anong klaseng motorsiklo ang Honda TMX Supremo.

Para sa iba pang detalye tungkol sa mas matatag, mas komportable at mas maasahan na Honda TMX Supremo, magpunta lamang sa kahit saang Honda authorized 3S shop dealer o tumawag sa 1-800-10HONDAPH (4663274) o mag-email sa customerservice@hondaph.com. I-“LIKE” din ang Honda Philippines, Inc. Facebook page (Honda Motorcycles Ph) o bumisita sa Website: www.hondaph.com.

MAGICAL EASTER LAND AT HYATT Hotel and Casino Manila

Treat the children and the whole family with a passport to a magical adventure. This Easter, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila will not only keep the magic alive – it is a family celebration complete with glorious elements, including food, games and activities meant to fire up the bliss and excitement.

For only PHP 800 net for both children and adults from 11 am to 3 pm, Le Salon is transforming into a magical enchanted garden where everyone can look forward to meeting candy fairies, wizards and dwarves. Not only are these characters a surprising delight, the afternoon buffet snacks are pouncing with sweet and savory choices personally hand-picked by Executive Chef Josef Miklavc and his team. Fruit Magic’s refreshing fruit shakes are also available featuring their most popular concoctions.

Magical Easterland

Magical Easter land

With careful eyes and a steady hand, activities such as face painting and meringue egg decoration will surely satisfy everyone’s penchant for arts and crafts. Plus, the line-up of interactive activities, such as balloon twisting, pin the magic wand, magic hat, eggs in a pot and an exhilarating show by a wizard performing feats of magic and illusion, serve as the ultimate icebreaker and bewitching features of the party.

Of course, it would not be an Easter party without egg hunting, so all children get to “eggs‑plore” for many eggs in the Mystery Egg Hunt, with carefully tucked away incredible prizes, including an overnight stay in a guestroom with breakfast buffet for two at the Market Café.

Since no one is meant to leave the party empty handed, prizes and surprises that await include Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels, Polly Pocket, Sqwishland, ShellCore, Faber-Castell Philippines novelties and IFEX notebooks, ABS-CBN publishing’s Working Mom, Spiders, and Cars magazines, plus Worlds of Fun and Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila gift certificates. For goodies and snacks, Oishi, Chips Delight, Smileys, Egg Bites, Trolli Gummi Candies, Yakult, Selecta Moo chocolate and milk drink, Lucky Me Special, Monde Specials, Nestle Professional, Purefoods Fun Nuggets and Tender Juicy Hotdogs, Magnolia Ice Cream, San Miguel Foods Inc.- Great Food Solutions, Clara Ole, Smuckers, Treetop and Jack N’ Jill Snacks such as Star Pops, Coca-Cola soft drinks, Quake Bars, Star Fruits, Wiggles, Yammy Chocolate Chewy Candy, Cream-O, Magic Creams Junior and Presto bring their most-loved products as a take-home gift.

To kick the Easter party up a notch, families can combine fun and feast by dining at any of the Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila restaurants and taking advantage of the special rate of PHP 400 net!

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is located at 1588 Pedro Gil cor M.H. Del Pilar St., Malate, Manila.

For more information, please call the Food and Beverage Reservations Centre on +63 2 247 8666 or make a booking online by visiting www.manila.casino.hyatt.com. Alternatively, email cath.mn@hyatt.com.