Friday, January 18, 2019

Tong Yang Plus now in Palawan.

From the group that manage Viking Luxury Buffet, Four Seasons Buffet and Tong Yang, Tong Yang Plus is now here in Palawan as they open their 15th branch that offers the best food buffet in Asian cuisines, they open last January 12 at SM Puerto Princesa.
Tong Yang from Chinese word that means winter sun started its operations since 1995, with Pacific Apex, Inc management they upgraded Tong Yang with Plus that offers more food selection as per Viking’s standard, but the main attraction is having a individual hot pot and grill compare to the traditional sharing system with old Tong Yang.
Tong Yang Plus in Puerto Princesa has 200 seats including the by the bay terrace set up that offers magnificent view of Puerto Bay, it is the most beautiful branch so far not to mention the well-lit interiors that is so very modern asia, it did create a welcoming vibe to its patron.
“Filipinos in general loves to eat, love to be with one another, we want to capture also special occasions also by dining in Tong Yang Plus, hindi lang sya basta masarap yung food but we wanted altogether to give this kind of experience here in Palawan.” Jemma Zafra, Marketing Manager from API.
Same with other branches, Tong Yang Plus in SM Puerto Princesa patronize local products, since Palawan is best with seafoods rest assured that is fresh catch and harvested in Palawan sea and soil, plus the local employment they give to the City.
Promos and discounts are also available, just check their Facebook page for more details. They open during lunch and dinner. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

"It should start with us." The Brilliante Mendoza's ALPHA: THE RIGHT TO KILL Movie Review


Brilliante Mendoza's Alpha: The Right to Kill, has a bold and brave narrative that exposed the loopholes of the current administration's war on drugs. The film also highlights factors that affects the human nature whether they are in power or not. It also narrates the the reality of life specially on the slum areas of Metro Manila and what are the causes that we should really focused on that resulted them to be in that situation. It brings awareness on the current state of the society that is unknown to many of us. 

Alpha: The Right to Kill has a very strong narrative that would make a massive impact towards the war on drugs. The way that the story progresses has a fluidity to directly deliver its message to the audience. It has a good cinematography and the film has been made raw and organic, which gives a different kind of watching experience. It gives the impression that it could happen to me, this could happen to you or something that had happened to some of us. 

However, i observed that there were insignificant scenes that must be edited out as it does not give justice or clarity to the whole message of the scene and its story. There were couple of times that few seconds to a minute has been wasted on fillers. There are also some frames and shots that were to blurred and unfocused to the subject or the actor that resulted to terrible headache after watching the film. Although the shaky frames goes well with how you exactly see and experience the scene in real life which is really disturbing and uncomfortable. It might be a bad note from my side but in general, it is truly a brilliant and an amazing execution. 
ABOUT THE FILM
The Philippine Premier of internationally acclaimed filmmaker Brillante Mendoza's Alpha: The Right to Kill was held recently at the new Director's Club Cinema at The Podium. The film, which won the Jury Prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain in 2018 will be shown in Philippines at SM Cinema and theaters nationwide starting January 16

A joint project of Solar Entertainment, Centerstage Productions, and SM Cinema, the event gave guests an exclusive private screening of Director Mendoza's latest masterpiece. It also gave guests a glimpse of The Podium's newly opened Director's Club Cinemas with its luxurious and state of the art facilities.

Directed by Brillante Mendoza and written by Troy Espiritu, Alpha: TheRight to Kill is set against the backdrop of the Philippines Government's crackdown on illegal drugs, a SWAT-led police force launches an operation to arrest Abel, one of the biggest drug lords in Manilla.

Starring Allen Dizon, Elijah Filamor and Baron Geisler, the film follows the story of Police Officer Espino (Dizon) and Elijah (Fillamor). a small-time pusher turned informant, provide the intelligence for the operation which quickly
escalates into a violent and heavily-armed confrontation in the slums between the SWAT and Abel's (Geisler) gang.

Before the investigators arrive at the crime scene, Espino and Elijah walk off with Abel's backpack full of money and methamphetamine.

This gesture of survival for one and corruption for the other will soon set off a dangerous series of events, both of them risking their reputations, families and lives in the process.

ALPHA also joined other international film festivals Official Selection of Warsaw Film Festival in Poland. 2018 Singapore International Filim Festival, Tokyo Filmex, Busan International Film Festival in South Korea, Cairo Internaticnal Film Festival in Egypt, Minsk International Film Festival in Belarus, 36th Torino Film Festival in Italy and Shaken Aimanov 14th International Film Festival in
Kazakhstan

The ALPHA, THE RIGHT TO KILL red carpet premier is one of the many exciting events at Director's Club Cinema at The Podium.
DIRECTOR'S CLUB CINEMA AT THE PODIUM
Situated at the business district of Ortigas, Director's Club Cinema(DCC) at The Podium is sure to be a favorite hang-out spot for those who want to unwind while watching much-awaited blockbusters. DCC The Podium offers a unique cinematic experience through extraordinary facilities and premium services that take movie watching to the next level.

The cinema's hallways also pay tribute to the director's favorite equipment- the camera. With hues of black and gray. DCC Podium does not fall short of modern style and sophistication.

Be in control at DCC The Podium as comfortable leather recliner seats easily adjust and favorite Snacktime treats are but a push of a button away through the in-house butler service. Make movie nights more exciting in any of the three (3) DCC theaters, each with a 48-seating capacity, at The Podium.

Utilizing the latest technology in digital surround sound and quality projection and screen, this cinematic experience is sure to be a visual and sensory treat!

Enjoy the latest blockbusters at SM Cinema's latest offering at Director's Club Cinema The Podium. Book your tickets through the website. www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app. You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates! 

Text and Photos by JC Salud.

Friday, December 21, 2018

#Sylviahera by Sylvia Sanchez

 A cooking show hosted by the multi-awarded and versatile actress Sylvia Sanchez, this is not a typical cooking show that we mostly watched in television or any online social media channel. This come up with collaboration of ideas between Sylvia itself and the Director of the show, Direk Dante "Ga" Nico Garcia. The concept of this show is very simple but very inspiring and you have a lot of takeaways after watching each episode.

Pilot episode will be aired on December 25, 2018 @12:01 A.M in Youtube at CasaNieves.tv channel entitled “Homecoming”. You can see the real Sylvia Sanchez as a person not a celebrity without make up while doing the show, how her childhood life before she become a big celebrity in this country. Pilot episode shoot in her hometown in Agusan Del Norte. It showcases her talent and skills not in acting but in Culinary Arts and most people did not know that he studied Culinary Arts. She would love to share her skills in cooking but here she would not teach how to cook. In every menu that she offers have a story connected in her life especially in her childhood life up to the present.  

Excited to watch the pilot episode, seems that you are watching a short indie film, show does not have a script and it’s very spontaneous just like you are watching a reality show, a travel video blog and cooking show into one, his family is also part of this show in the pilot episode. You can see her husband and children here in the show living a normal province lifestyle. Anyone can relate her humble beginnings living in a simple lifestyle in her hometown where her roots came from. Good thing of this show is, in every menu that she cooks have a simple recipe and the ingredients is accessible in the market.
Mostly are Filipino dishes with the twist in every place that she will be visited. Ingredients are easily to find and affordable. This will cater to all the mothers, food enthusiasts, millennials that would love to cook and even for those does not know how to cook you can get an idea how she prepares the food and eventually you can learn how to cook. Cooking technique is very basic as what we are doing in cooking in our daily lives.

Here you cannot see her cooking in a kitchen. She can cook anywhere using her one burner stove. They called it “bumble box”. There’s a lot more going to happen in the show. Just subscribe @casanieves.tv for more episode aired monthly.

Looking back in a humble beginnings, will be forever great full to see that each every one of us has a silver lining.

Text and Photos by Rubi Eisma. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Business Benefits of Getting Your Very Own EIN



Whether you run an e-commerce business or you have your own office, you may be required to get an EIN. You have heard about it and you probably know what it stands for which is Employee Identification Number. The type of business that you have will determine if this is necessary or not.

These are some of the possible reasons why you may need to get EIN number Wisconsin:
  • You are planning to hire employees in order for the company to become functional.
  • You would need to get a bank account for your business.
  • There is a need for you to protect your social security number.

If you do not need any of the things that are mentioned above just yet, you may not need an EIN right now. Still, this does not mean that you would not need an EIN in the future. These are some of the benefits that you can get when you have an EIN:

  • This is considered to be a legal requirement if you are going to have an actual office. This will make your business a separate entity from yourself. You will automatically become your own office’s employee. Your EIN will help you file your taxes on time so that you will have no problems with this in the long run.
  • You would like to improve your corporate and business credit. How will you show that your company is good if you cannot provide any credit? The EIN will help you do this.
  • The EIN never expires. This does not need to be reissued even if your company would undergo a name change in the future. You can only have one EIN for business. There is no need to go through the whole process again.

Getting an EIN can be easy as long as you are a resident of the United States of America. You can just go to the website and answer the questions that will be given to you. Click submit and receive your EIN soon. Do remember that the EIN is not only for business. Estate EIN is needed if you own a real estate property.

Monday, December 10, 2018

NCCC Mall celebrates 40th Anniversary

New City Commercial Center (NCCC) is now 40 years old, and its Palawan Mall is 28 years in service and still leading the retail business in the province, it is a known destination for reasonably priced goods and exceptional customer service.

During its Thanksgiving event last December 10 at Skylight Hotel, NCCC announces the plan to expand more micro mall in Palawan, they already acquire some properties in El Nido and Roxas for Northern Palawan, and Narra and Quezon for southern part, they also announce the plan for the fourth floor level of NCCC Mall in Lacao Street that for so long is close to public due to some renovations, that level will house some government offices soon.

NCCC Mall also reveal some of their long running corporate social responsibility programs, like the scholarship project intended for the sons and daughters of their loyal employees, the Reward points system program for the benefit of Taw Kabui For Child, Inc, and the outreach activity for Batak Tribes in Brgy. Manalo here in Puerto Princesa.

In support for environment protection, NCCC also introduce their green program that will require its shopper to use eco bag everytime they go shopping or tend to their groceries, they also implementing the use of paper cartoons for bulk buying.

For the busy month of December, NCCC give their schedules and events to watch out for, late night sale is expected on December 23 from 9am to 10 in the evening. A KPop Costume Christmas event in their Activity area is also set on Dec 15.

A music festival is also held last December 10 with Tawag ng Tanghalan finalist Sam Mangubat along with TNT Hearthrobs Sofronio Vasquez, JM Bales and Christopher Bahaya that is popularly known as the TNT Cove. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Chud Festejo’s Nanay Tatay is PhilPop 2018 winner.

Finals Night was held at Estancia Capitol Commons Mandaluyong. Ten finalists battled it out for the First, Second and Third Place respectively. From a number of submitted songs, a pre-judging was held at the BGC Theatre and from the pool of 30, ten finalists were chosen to compete for the Grand Prize.

At the end of the evening of December 2, Chud Festejo’s Nanay Tatay emerged victorious. He was actually not expecting to win but he is really glad that he won the top Prize, Nanay Tatay is a song that talks about Innocence and Vulnerability. Aside from that, the music Video of Nanay Tatay, it was also a winner for the special awards category. Chud went home with one million pesos as the Champion.

Ferdinand Aragon’s Visayan entry entitled “Di Ko Man” was declared first runner up. Aragon says that the song is actually a visayan Harana, for winning the first runner up he goes home with a prize of Php500,000.00 pesos. Jek Buenafe’s Ako Ako got the 2nd place, it was interpreted by his band Feel Day featuring Hans Dimayuga.They take home Php200,000.00 as prize.

The roster of judges included Mr. Verb Del Rosario, Vice President for Viva South; Ms. Trina Belamide, artist and veteran composer; Ms. Liza Diño-Seguerra, Chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines; Mr. Randy Estrellado, COO of Maynilad; Mr. Noel Cabangon, PhilPop Board Member; Mr. Paolo Guico, Vocalist of Ben & Ben; and Mr. Ryan Cayabyab, PhilPop Music Festival 2018 Chairman.

PhilPop is on its 7th year of an unending legacy of enriching OPM. Moving forward, aspiring songwriters can continue making their dreams come true with PhilPop, as they are still up for greater actions in the years to come.

“Definitely, the Songwriting Boot Camp will push through in 2019 that will prepare us for the big 2020 music festival again. It’s gonna be every two years,” PhilPop Executive Director Dinah Remolacio assures.

PhilPop 2018 is an initiative of the PhilPop Music Foundation, chaired by Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan. PhilPop is co-presented by MAYNILAD, and is supported by MERALCO (major sponsor), Mid Atlantic Foundation for Asian Artists, Inc., NYXSYS (official OOH partner), SMART, VIVA Records (official record label partner), Ortigas and Co., PETA (production partner), Coke Studio, NCCA, OPM, TAGA-ALOG, Rappler (official media partner), Pinnacle (official agency integrator partner), and Gabi Na Naman Productions (official promo partner). Cheers to OPM!

Text and Photos by Antz Cabrera.

Monday, December 3, 2018

The notes we have on Manila Notes.



Manila notes is a Filipino adaptation of Tokyo notes written by A Japanese playwright and director Oriza Hirata. It was adapted by our very own Rudy Vera and was directed by Tokyo notes writer himself.

The story happened in the future, around 2043. There’s a war happening in Europe and in order to protect and preserved the collection of Vermeer, the paintings was relocated to several countries in Asia. Inside the receiving area or lobby of the museum, family members, lovers, friend and other kind of relation meet to discuss life, mainly about taking care of parents, family / marital problems, inheritance business and plans in life. The play depicts the regular day to day living of Filipinos.
The stage really shows a modern design of a museum lobby, the coach are color blue, yellow, and red that looks like a Philippine flag color to me. It is also adorned with hanging capiz shells, which made me feel that I am really in manila, I remember the old houses in manila has a lot of capiz windows.

When sister-in-laws Tessie and Evelyn appear, I immediately notice that Tessie has a big smile but a very sad eyes. Later in the story, I realized that, she is separating with her husband who happened to fell for somebody else. Without knowing the story yet, and the underlying reason for her facial expression, i find her admirable that she was able to really show the pain that she is experiencing in her marital problems despite the smile.
I don’t know the kind of family the Tenorios have. All are busy trying to be the best in their own field, but with us Filipinos, there is always somebody who will sacrifice her happiness, her career, to take care of the family, the aging parent. Too much love of Evelyn to her family which she doesn’t complain of anything. That she just really want to enjoy time with siblings.

The interaction of Joaquin the tutor and Aliyah Go the tutee, is really a pain. Seeing your childhood crush and remembering the feeling you have and no chance of being reciprocated.
Manila Notes is a true roller coaster ride of emotions. An emotion of a friend, a daughter who was not given much time feel the fathers love who gave her huge inheritance, a family, a business partner an old colleague.

First time that I watched a play where there are two dialogues happening at the same time. Two set of conversation. It’s like you are really with them, both conversations are happening and you have to choose which one are you going to focus on. But the two dialogues compliments each other.

The cast are fabulous, the set are amazing. The story is superb.
CATCH THEM


Performances of the play began last November 30 and will run until December 16 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) in the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City.

Text and Photos by Jeilenn & Leo Francisco.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Breaktime with Chanon in Manila

Thai breakthrough artist Chanon Santinatornkul known as Bank from “Bad Genius”, allso known Nonkul to his fans visited once again Manila last Nov 30 at the SM Skydome in Quezon City, it was called Breaktime: Chanon Santinatornkul.
The event lasted for two (2) hours,  Chanon  performs 2 songs, an interview about life, career and childhood memories  and upcoming projects followed the program hosted by VJ Ayi from MYX.
A fun game before the main event thrilled the fans due to exciting prizes for the winners and a chance to meet up close in person with Nonkul. During the program, Nonkul also join some games and he declare it that he had so much fun and enjoyed the event.
After the fan meeting, fans and member of media of different outfit have a chance to have photoshoot with Nonkul. Before leaving the event, kit giveaways given to the attendees as souvenir, Nonkul promise that he will be back soon in the Philippines, that’s what we have to wait for. 
Text and Photos by Rubielyn Eisma

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Tanghalang Pilipino and Japan Foundation, join hands for the production of “MANILA NOTES”

A scene from "Manila Notes".
Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) along with the Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM), in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) present "Manila Notes", as part of TP 32nd season production from November 30 to December 16, 2018, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, at 3PM and 8PM, at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater).

Adapted from Tokyo Notes, written by internationally acclaimed Japanese playwright and director Oriza Hirata. The play is one of the most critically acclaimed works of Hirata, which has been translated into 13 languages for productions in many cities around the world.

To make sure that the Japanese material communicates well with the local Filipino audience, the Palanca Hall of Fame writer Rody Vera has been working with Hirata on the adaptation together with the twenty (20) leading Filipino actors. Hirata introduced to the actors his acting style called “contemporary colloquial theater theory,” which is entirely different from Western acting techniques.

This technique, created by Hirata to counter the traditional loud theater seen in Japan, has been received by the world to great acclaim. This, apart from the stellar cast and artistic staff, gives the audience another great reason to watch this acclaimed production.

The artistic team, actors and production staff have been actively involved in the process of creating a brand-new type of theater practice through workshops, rehearsals and discussions. Lastly, the set design is also a collaboration by an acclaimed Japanese set designer, Itaru Sugiyama and select theater practitioners and students in Manila.

Tokyo Notes is inspired by Yasujiro Ozu’s film “Tokyo Story”—the story of Manila Notes takes place in the lobby of an art museum in Manila sometime in the near future. A major war is being waged in Europe and many paintings have been moved to the various cities in Asia. In front of such paintings, family members, friends and lovers continue their fragmentary conversations on taking care of their aging parents, inheritance, future careers, and love, among others. With the backdrop of a distant war, the play clearly portrays how Filipinos live their everyday lives, which reveal a whole range of problem and crisis of our modern society.

Manila Notes boasts of the some of the most versatile performers on the Philippine stage today: Meann Espinosa, a Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) actor, and Mayen Estañero, a TP Actors Company alumna, lead the cast, which also include some of theater’s finest: Former TP Artistic Director Dennis Marasigan, Gie Onida, Ian Segarra, J-Mee Katanyag, Neomi Gonzales, Wenah Nagales, Kathlyn Castillo, Randy Villarama, and Elle Velasco. Together with them are some of the members of the TP Actors Company: Jonathan Tadioan, Marco Viaña, Lhorvie Nuevo, Antonette Go, Joshua Tayco and Manok Nellas. The young, talented actors from different universities, Micah Musa from UPLB, Manuel Tinio from De La Salle University, and Manjean Faldas from the DLSU-College of St. Benilde, complete the cast.

These actors were carefully selected after an open audition last September, conducted by Prof. Hirata, himself.
The cast and crew of Manila Notes.
For more information please visit our website at www.jfmo.org and Facebook. For ticket reservations, group sales, sponsorships, and special performances, please contact Tanghalang Pilipino: Juan Marco Lorenzo at 0999 8843821 or Lorelei Celestino at 0915 6072275 or 832 1125 local 1620/1621.

Tickets are also available at Ticketworld online or by calling 891 9999, and at the CCP Box Office.
For announcements and more information, visit the TP Facebook page at
https://facebook.com/tanghalangpilipino or email tanghalangpilipinomarketing@gmail.com.

Photos by Gilbert Kim Sancha.

Monday, November 19, 2018

What's inside the Dressing Room?

The 43rd Season of Dulaang UP definitely has a great line up of Plays. For their second offering , Dulaang UP chose to stage a play about the theater, a 1997 Japanese play called "The Dressing Room" by Shimizu Kunio.

As DUP usually does, they would be staging in parallel both an English and a Filipino version of this play. The English version was written by Chiori Miyagawa, as adapted from the original English translation by John Gillespie. The Filipino translation is by multiple Palanca award-winning playwright Nicolas Pichay.

Always making sure that they push limits, Dulaang UP also pushes the envelope further by innovating on the casting as well. The original play involved four actresses playing the four actress characters. The English version will stay faithful to this casting. To put a twist in Filipino version, however, the four actress characters will all be played by male actors. I believe this is a great way to kind of put things into perspective.


The dressing room is literally where the action of this play is set. Initially, we see Actress A and Actress B dressed in Japanese-style robes, sitting in the middle of the stage in front of their respective box tables, applying white makeup on their faces. Suddenly, Actress C will enter dressed in Victorian finery, rehearsing her lines. Much later, an Actress D will come into the room to tell Actress C that she wants her role back. The whole play will be about the actresses' musings about Shakespeare and especially Chekhov as they reflect on the passions and frustrations they have about their acting careers.
Theater actors and theater fans will definitely fall in love with the intense love for theater espoused by this play. When sentimental Actress A and acerbic Actress B have an acting showdown playing Lady Macbeth, the effect was electric. This was even though some essence had been lost with the translation as the difference between two Japanese adaptations should have been highlighted (but obviously could not be conveyed in Filipino). Familiarity with the history of Japanese theater will enhance appreciation since the original Japanese play assumed the Japanese audience it targeted already knew.

The Dressing Room will run at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater until November 25, 2018.Make sure to catch it.

Text and Photos by Antz Cabrera.