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Monday, October 28, 2013

#BLOGAPALOOZA 2013: It’s back and it will ROCK your world…


So what is Blogapalooza? Blogapalooza is a community that is considered a link between big and small businesses who have something cool to share and the online community of people who love to share. Blogapalooza is a blogger event on crack! Lots of giveaways for the bloggers and online community and a chance for big and small businesses to present their product and brand to the Influential bloggers and online social media influencers.


You can also join Blogapalooza Community and Event, to meet the small and big businesses and gain more blogger friends, on the 16th of November 11AM-9PM at SMX Aura, Taguig City. See you there guys !!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Robert De Niro is back to his gangster ways in ‘The Family’ (aka Malavita)

Robert De Niro is one of the most celebrated screen actors of all time. He continues to expand his boundless range with performances spanning from comic to serious and everything in between. Robert De Niro is back to his gangster ways starring in films like Goodfellas, Casino, The Untouchables, Once Upon Time in America and The Godfather II, De Niro has proven time and time again that he is at home in gangster genre. And while he’s starred in a few bad titles over the last few years, it’s always good to see him come back home, and that sentiment can now be extended to Luc Besson’s new crime comedy-thriller ‘The Family’ (aka Malavita).

Based on the book “Badfellas” by Tonino Benacquista, The Family centers on the Manzino family, a mafia clan that has to go onto witness protection when the patriarch , Giovanni (De Niro), testifies against his associates. Hiding as Blakes, the family.


De Niro says he was attracted to the film’s humour and original point of view. “It’s an unusual take on the mobster genre with a novel storyline,” he says. “My character was a crime boss in New York, but he turned in his whole crew. When he entered the Witness Protection Program with his family, they were sent to France, but every place they have been resettled, they end up in hot water. Now they are in the middle of nowhere and it might as well be Mars. The situation can seem a bit surreal, but the character is very real and relatable.”

Always attuned to small points of authenticity, De Niro researched life in the Federal Witness Security Program, or WITSEC, prior to the shoot to see if an ex-crime boss from the East Coast might really end up in a small French village. “I learned that this situation could exist, especially if it were politically oriented in some way.”

He also asked an expert to weigh in on life in the mob. “When we started really dealing with

the story, there were some little things that I felt weren’t entirely accurate about Fred’s world,” says

Malavita, a film by Luc Besson with Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Diana Agron, John D'Leo...

A key turning point in the film comes when Fred shocks his FBI handlers—and surprises even himself—with his plan to write a memoir that will set the record straight about exactly how he lived his life—and which could have disastrous results if it ever got out. “I think when you get older, if you feel you’ve done something unusual, good or bad, you want to tell your side of the story,” says De Niro. “That’s what motivates Fred. He wants to express his own take on this world and why he did what he did. He is in a sense trying to redeem himself. He wants to document how things went down and justify his decisions so he will have some peace of mind.”

Fred also begins telling locals that he is working on a book about the Allied landing in Normandy during World War II. As an American writer, he is asked to speak at the local film club, which is screening, of all things, Goodfellas, a sly nod on Besson’s part to both De Niro and Scorsese‟s involvement in MALAVITA. The audience’s enthusiasm for the movie inspires the ex-gangster to share a few stories of his own. “And he likes the attention,” says De Niro. “Finally, he’s getting validation for all the things he’s done, not by people of his secret world, but by the larger legitimate world.”

While on the set, De Niro had to adapt to Besson’s trademark breakneck pace of shooting, a quality he found energizing. “Luc works very fast. He has it all in his head when he comes to the set and he’s behind the camera, so he’s completely in control. He’s got the whole canvas in his head. I like the way he works a lot—there’s no wasting of time. It’s important for spontaneity.”

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The director says he was a bit in awe of working with the Oscar® winner. “I mean, I saw Mean Streets and Taxi Driver when I was 15,” says Besson. “But at the same time, I just had to roll up my sleeves and get to work. What’s the point of having Robert De Niro if you do nothing special with him? We worked hard. He’d be asking me questions all the time, calling me on the phone, and that was fine by me. He can wake me up any time.”

“The Family” (aka Malavita) is released and distributed by Captive Cinema.

Showing on October 23. Nationwide!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Michelle Pfeiffer from ‘Married to the Mob’ to a wife of a mobster in ‘The Family’ aka Malavita

Michelle Pfeiffer is a Golden Globe Award winner and three time Academy Award nominee who over the last three decades has captivated film audiences with her stunning beauty and compelling performances.

Most recently, Pfeiffer was seen in Dark Shadows, a film that reunited her with Tim Burton for a big-screen take on the gothic vampire series from the 1960s. She also appeared in Alex Kurtzman‟s drama People like Us, opposite Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde and Elizabeth Banks, and Garry Marshall‟s romantic comedy New Year’s Eve, alongside Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ashton Kutcher.

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This year she is starring opposite Robert De Niro in the film "The Family," Pfeiffer plays the wife of De Niro, who plays a Brooklyn mobster. Their family has been forced to move to Normandy, France, under the witness protection program.
“Michelle Pfeiffer was Luc‟s first choice to play Maggie Blake. She agreed to do the film very quickly because the story is so appealing and so was the idea of working with Luc and Robert.”

Although De Niro and Pfeiffer both starred in the films Stardust and New Year’s Eve, they had never actually appeared in a scene together. Still, De Niro says he felt very comfortable working with her. “I figured it was a good match for us,” he says. “I‟m very happy that Michelle was available and wanted to do this.”


Pfeiffer came in to meet with Besson full of ideas on how to make the character richer and more rounded. “Michelle is very focused,” says the director. “Pairing her with an actor of the caliber of Robert De Niro brought out the best in each of them. They had not shot together before, so they really wanted to show each other that they could be counted on. It was just a pleasure for me, because they respect each other so much. They‟re great team players.”

Pfeiffer says she came to the set looking forward to working with De Niro and was not disappointed. “He‟s such an icon,” she says. “There are maybe five actors that have godlike status for me, and he‟s one of them. He is very humble, very quiet and collaborative, and he has a generous spirit. I really enjoyed being on the set with him and with Luc Besson.”

The actress, who starred in Jonathan Demme‟s 1988 Mafia comedy Married to the Mob, admits she has a fondness for playing gangster‟s wives, but the real attraction for her was the Manzoni-Blake family dynamic. “They take a genre that I love in a new direction. This is really about how they interact with each other and the outside world, which is a great source of humor in the film. They are their own worst enemies and impossible to protect because they just can‟t behave. It‟s really about the family connection and that overrules all, no matter the circumstances.”

Michele Pfeifer The Family (1)

Maggie is the bedrock of the family, according to Pfeiffer. “She does have a temper, but she always hits the ground running and tries to make the best of the situation to keep her family‟s spirits up. She has accepted that this is now their way of life, but she still has some issues and her rage has got to come out somewhere. She‟s humiliated by the whole experience, especially the anti-American sentiment that they keep encountering in France. She tries to fit in, to do good and to respect the culture that she‟s in, but she feels she is being treated unfairly.”

Pfeiffer enjoyed working on Besson‟s warp-speed schedule, even though it was occasionally challenging. “I like that,” says Pfeiffer. “You constantly have to be on your toes. At the same time, it lends a really good energy to the film. Luc is constantly thinking, which I love. He‟s collaborative, but I knew that my ideas had to be very well thought out, because he doesn‟t waste time on debating anything that he thinks won‟t work.”

“THE FAMILY’ is released and distributed by CAPTIVE CINEMA

Showing on October 23 Nationwide!

Evercool Radiator that suits you

Around 20 years ago, Roberts Automotive & Industrial Parts Manufacturing Corporation (Roberts AIPMC) marked its entry into the automotive metal industry with the launch of Evercool Radiators, a brand that has been tried and tested time and again by the company’s growing clientele of original equipment manufacturers (OEM) in the Philippines and even in foreign aftermarkets.


And now, after two decades of unparalleled presence in the industry, Evercool Radiators decided to diversify by introducing 3 new sub-brands in order to cater to the ever-changing requirements of the market.

Recently, Evercool made the country aware of its new radiator offerings—the “Alpha,” “Supra,” and “Ultima”—that discriminating customers can choose from. With the introduction of these new radiators, consumers can now freely choose the Evercool radiator that suits them the most, depending on their budget and preference.

Alpha Sticker

Evercool Alpha, for one, is the cost-effective radiator that is suited for passenger cars and light commercial vehicle types. It is designed for light duty and low speed vehicles commonly used for city driving even in heavy traffic conditions. At a very affordable price, this is the solution that companies or entrepreneurs look for when it comes to basic vehicle use.

Supra Sticker

The Evercool Supra, on the other hand, is the “original” high performance radiator by Evercool made for general automotive use. It is designed for vehicles with regular duty and for high-speed, long drive conditions, yet can also perform equally well in slow speed city driving. This radiator can be used by pick-up, vans, trucks and SUVs.

Ultima Sticker

Finally, the Evercool Ultima is Roberts AIPMC’s extreme quality radiator that is specially designed for trucks and buses and others that entail heavy duty applications. Its durability and toughness requires less maintenance and can be used in punishing road conditions and for vehicles with hefty loads. It is a reliable partner for heavy--duty vehicles because it can withstand excruciating heat and massive vibration.

For users’ peace of mind, every Evercool radiator, whether the Alpha, Supra or Ultima, underwent and passed different radiator quality and durability tests such as vibration test, pressure fatigue test and road test. Roberts AIPMC also has an ISO 9001:2008 certification and the company only uses materials that comply with the Japanese International Standard (JIS), so that consumers can be assured of every radiator’s quality.

As Roberts AIPMC's product and service portfolio for Evercool continues to expand, car owners now have a much more valuable solution to car trouble. With Evercool consumers now have choices to let the joyride roll ever onward.

For more information about Roberts AIPMC, located at RGC Compound, Canlubang Industrial Estate, Bo. Pittland, Cabuyao, Laguna, visit www.roberts.com.ph.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

MarQuee Mall's "Big Bite! The Northern Food Festival

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Big Bite! is a foodie’s dream come true with its huge outdoor food market featuring everything from cooked Filipino favorites to famous native delicacies and baked goodies, fresh fruits, vegetables and more.  The food festival will be from October 18 to 20 and will showcase over 100 food stalls featuring the best food products from across the provinces of Pampanga, Bulacan, Ilocos, Baguio, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Bataan, Pangasinan, Cagayan and La Union.  It’s a culinary showdown of the most mouth-watering heritage cuisines from Northern Luzon.


WHO: Select coaching staff from the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers

WHEN: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 4:00pm – 6:00pm

WHERE: Mall of Asia Arena

The NBA – in conjunction with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas – will host a clinic for local basketball coaches at the Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. Members of the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers coaching staff will be on hand to help conduct the clinic for the attending coaches. This free coaching development program is supported by the NBA and is open to all coaches of any level.


Interested coaches may register by contacting sbp.nbacoachesclinic@gmail.com.

The Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers are in the Philippines as part of the first-ever NBA preseason game in Southeast Asia – NBA Global Games Philippines 2013. The NBA Global Games will see eight NBA teams play in eight cities in six countries this October. The schedule – which will also feature the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards – will also include the first-ever NBA preseason game in Brazil, and in the cities of Bilbao, Spain, and Manchester, England. It will also include games in Beijing, Istanbul, Shanghai, and Taipei.

More information can be found at NBA.com, www.mallofasia-arena.com, and via social media on Facebook.com/philsnba and on Twitter @NBA_Philippines.