Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Concert Date this Valentine's Day with Boyce Avenue

Boyce Avenue is composed of the brothers
Alejandro Manzano, Fabian Manzano and Daniel Manzano. 
Boyce Avenue, one of today’s hottest singing sensations which gained worldwide popularity for its strong acoustic roots and melodic rock sound, is returning to perform at a special Valentine’s Day concert on Feb. 14, 2015 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

Billed as “Boyce Avenue Live in Manila 2015!,” the treat from Ovation Productions will bring back the American band more than a year after its last local performance in response to the popular demand of Pinoy fans. The overwhelming support of Filipino Boycers made the band the no. 1 most streamed international artist on Spotify in the country. 

The one-night-only show will mark Boyce Avenue’s fourth local appearance in six years following its sold-out concert at Resorts World Manila last Dec. 30, 2013, also produced by Ovation Productions, and its headlining tour with American Idol winner Kris Allen and the dance troupe Jabbawockeez on Feb. 5-6, 2010, one year after its local debut on Feb. 16, 2009.

As its first-ever arena show in the Philippines, the Big Dome gig is expected to attract a huge attendance from a cross-section of music lovers who have passionately followed, along with millions in other parts of the globe, Boyce Avenue and their music online through their YouTube channel.

Formed in October, 2004 in Sarasota, Florida, Boyce Avenue is composed of three Puerto Rican-American brothers who first came together as a band when Alejandro Manzano (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Fabian Manzano (guitar, vocals) reconnected with their elder brother Daniel Manzano (bass, percussion, vocals), who moved back to Florida from Massachusetts after graduating from Harvard University Law School. 

The group, named after a combination of two streets where the brothers grew up, took its most formative steps toward becoming a band by continuing to write original music and performing local shows.

In 2007,  Boyce Avenue showcased their emotive, radio-friendly alt rock on YouTube with a series of videos of them performing acoustic versions of their songs as well as covers of their favorite songs by other artists, such as Justin Timberlake’s “Love Stoned,” Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” among many others.

The result was fantastic.

The videos instantly shot to sky-high popularity on YouTube and, to-date, Boyce Avenue has over 1,000,000,000 viewers on YouTube and over 5,500,500 subscribers– making it one of the top artists of all time on YouTube.  It has likewise gained 500,000 Twitter followers and 2,500,000 Facebook subscribers that account for a strong and solid digital fan base.

Other unforgettable Boyce Avenue covers include “Use Somebody” (featuring Hannah Trigwell) by Kings of Leon, Rihanna’s “We Found Love”, “Demons” by Imagine Dragons, David Guetta ft. Usher’s “Without You”, and Katy Perry’s “Roar” (featuring Bea Miller). 

While producing the videos for YouTube, Boyce Avenue remained committed to create original material for its debut album, completing the recording of its last three songs in October 2007 – “Dare To Believe,” “On My Way” and “Hear Me Now” (piano acoustic). 

The album, titled “All You Meant To Be,” was released on March 25, 2008 and was well received in the market and got positive reviews in industry publications, while its songs were featured in various MTV programs.

In their desire to connect with their online fan base, Boyce Avenue shifted their focus on touring, starting in early 2009 when the group performed for an estimated 25,000 over four headline shows in the Philippines, followed by a series of headline tours in the United States, Canada and Europe.

They returned to the Philippines in 2010 to play festivals with Kris Allen and The Jabbawockeez during the MusicFest 2010 concert  at the McKinley Hills concert grounds in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

As of May 2012, the band has headlined, since its initial 2009 headline tour,  6 tours in Great Britain and Ireland, 6 tours in continental Europe, 4 tours in the United States, 3 tours in Canada, 1 tour in Australia and has played several shows in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines
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Over the past three years, Boyce Avenue has played for over 350,000 people in 20 countries and 5 continents, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia, Brazil, Europe and the United Kingdom.

On June 15, 2010, the trio released “All We Have Left” under Universal Republic which contains reworked songs from “All You Meant To Be” as well as new songs, such as “Every Breath,” “On My Way” and “Broken Angel.”

On Aug. 9, 2011, the band left Universal Republic and began producing its CDs through its own label, 3 Peace Records.

Boyce Avenue’s EP (Extended Play), “No Limits,” released on April 24, 2014, contains more upbeat pop tracks than their previous work, including seven original tracks produced by the band, with “I’ll Be The One” co-produced with Milkman and “Scars” with Ryan Ogren.

A special tribute came from Louis Tomlinson of One Direction, a vocal fan of Boyce Avenue, when he arranged for the band to open for One Direction during its debut “Up All Night Tour” in Great Britain and Ireland in January, 2012.

In 2014, Boyce Avenue was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Web Star: Music.

Catch Boyce Avenue LIVE in Manila at The Big Dome on February 14, 2015 and make Valentine’s Day a memorable experience!

(“Boyce Avenue Live In Manila 2015!” is presented by Ovation Productions. Ticket prices are P4,852, P4,224, P3,168, P2,112 and P782.  Tickets are available at all TicketNet outlets nationwide and online at www.ticketnet.com.ph.  For ticket inquiries, call TicketNet at 911-5555.) 




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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Pre-Valentine's Date with Michael Bublé


There is no doubt that critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Michael Bublé always gives his audience a night they will never forget. With his unsurpassed charm, splendid stage presence, and enchanting vocals, he transforms his concert into a date with his fans. During his full house show in Value City Arena in Ohio, Bublé mentioned that he didn’t want it to be treated like an ordinary concert. He added, “It’s more like a first date. I start nice and slow, because I know some of you haven’t seen me before.”

Bublé’s electrifying performance is complemented by his natural ability to please the crowd. The Telegraph writes, “On [Bublé’s] first concert of a 10-night run at London's 02 Arena, part of the Canadian singer’s 2013 To Be Loved worldwide tour, he high-fived male fans, blew kisses to adoring women and stood atop a 20-foot structure while blasting out jazzy takes on the old standards.” The Canadian crooner, donning a full tuxedo and shiny shoes, had sold out the O2 Arena on those 10 nights. He was backed by a full orchestral band which he grandiosely introduced as their information such as their respective hometowns, colleges, and draft dates were flashed on screen. He rendered the crowd astonished with his versions of classics, but it was his chart-topping hits “Hold On” and “Haven’t Met You Yet” that got the crowd on their feet.

The multi-Grammy Award winner connects exceptionally well with his audience through his effortless humor, hip dance moves, and strikingly infectious charisma. This global entertainer performed in 18 sold out shows in UK, 31 in Europe, 12 in Canada, and plenty sold out shows in the US, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand for his To Be Loved Tour.

On January 31, Michael Bublé will sweep Manila off its feet. Catch the Canadian crooner at the Mall of Asia Arena, 8 PM, as Wilbros Live in cooperation with Dainty Group and FOX International Channels presents Michael Bublé LIVE in Manila. Tickets available at SM Tickets via smtickets.com or call 470-2222. Special thanks to Warner Music Philippines, ABS CBN, MYX, RX 93.1, Play FM 99.5, Natural 97.9, 103.5 KLite, Mellow 94.7, The Philippine Star, Business World, Business Mirror, HDI Admix Inc, Philstar.com, PEP.PH and Inquirer.net.


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Miss Universe 2014 Semi-Finalists

Just happened to watch the pageant and here are the lucky ones that was picked to join the semi-finals!


  1. Colombia
  2. Italy
  3. India
  4. France
  5. USA
  6. Indonesia
  7. Venezuela
  8. Spain
  9. Philippines
  10. Argentina
  11. Jamaica
  12. Ukraine
  13. Brazil
  14. Netherlands
  15. Australia


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Redefining Facial by Luminisce Holistic Skin Innovations.



Luminisce Holistic Skin Innovations redefine the Facial treatment and spa I know, my experience with them recently surpass and exceed my expectation for all the refreshing and rejuvenating process that other Clinic or any skin derm spa I know in the metro.

First step is the consultation with the charming and very accommodating Dr.Kristina Reyes, the resident specialist of Luminisce with a degree in Clinical Dermatology from King’s College in London, she will address all questions for all your skin problems and concerns, I would say she really is an expert to deal all skin issues, and the possible treatments and surgery if needed.  One thing about her is the feeling of assurance that indeed you are talking to a right person, and not to somebody that was train by professional to run a Derm Clinic.

I was given a Luxury Facial that only Luminisce offer, the procedures from face massage to cleansing, plucking of white and black heads to the use of numerous machines is really great, I feel that it’s all updated that conforms to all the pollutions and stress your face receive in daily basis, and in one settings, it could all gone at Luminisce.

 And the Clear Laser Peel, wow as in wow if you will try it, it’s like the miracle that you will feel immediately.  The Coquille Peel is something also to look forward to, it really bring back your youthful skin that was gone.  With all of this services I avail from Luminisce, it’s the good service that matters most, you will feel special and royal even if you avail just one of the many skin treatment they offer, not to mention their simple yet royalty ambiance of the design inside the clinic.
 Luminisce open last December of 2012, with a vision of offering world class private healthcare, and having a holistic approach towards skin care.  Dr.Reyes told me that Luminisce only employ professionals that she herself train with flying colors, six of her staff are registered nurses and 1 food technician.

Aside from being a certified Dermatoligist, Dr.Reyes is also well train in laser technology, she have certificates from Ramathibodi Hospital Mahidol University in Thailand, and in National Skin Centre in Singapore. One thing great about this Clinic is those laser machines they have that is so updated and well maintained, I myself can attest to that.

Luminisce Holistic Skin Innovation Clinic is located at 32nd St, 4th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. Just abaove the Mercury Drug Building across St.Lukes Hospital. For appointment you can reach them at Tel.Nos (632)511-5800, Mobile # 0915-9794661, or email them at luminesce.office@gmail.com . They are open Monday to Saturdays from 10am to 7pm.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Save more and be safe on the road with MICHELIN tires


The New Year calls for new tires, and here’s good news! If you buy new Michelin tires, you can earn additional cash vouchers too.

Michelin is offering for a purchase of a pair of MICHELIN tires for passenger car or light truck (PCLT) of the same pattern and tire size (size 14-inch and above), entitles you to a Sodexo cash voucher worth PhP 500. The more MICHELIN tires you buy, the bigger the amount of cash vouchers you get.

The vouchers are valid anytime, with no expiry date. The promotion cannot be used in conjunction with other sales activities offered by the dealer.

The Michelin Promo is covered by DTI FTEB SPD No. 0264, Series of 2015. For more details about the promo, customers may consult the promo posters, visit participating dealers in their area or log on to www.michelin.com.ph. 


Michelin, the leading tire company, is dedicated to sustainably improving the mobility of goods and people by manufacturing and marketing tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles/motorcycles, earthmovers, farm equipment and trucks. It also offers electronic mobility support services on ViaMichelin.com and publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in more than 170 countries, has 111,200 employees and operates 67 production plants in 17 different countries. The Group has a Technology Center in charge of research and development with operations in Europe, North America and Asia.(www.michelin.com)


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kleenex launches facial tissue with Cucumber extract.



THE No.1 Facial tissue brand in the Philippines now comes up with new innovations that fit for today’s woman, and to make their days softer than ever. This Kleenex with Cucumber extracts,was introduce last January 21, 2015 at R Space in Makati City.

Headed by Senior Brand Manager Ritz Tan and Brand Assistant Krystal Chua of Kleenex Family Care, told us that Cucumber is associated with beauty care products and identify with moisturizing, refreshing benefits, and they incorporate that with their tissue, and they develop softer facial tissue that will differentiate it from other brand.  “Kleenex with Cucumber extract is a proof that softness can take women of today from anywhere, whatever they want to aspire, without having to sacrifice their looks and beauty.’’ Tan said.

Kleenex Big Bosses, Krystal Chua and Ritz Tan.
Tan assure also the public that it is unscented, the new tissue with new packaging will not irritate your nose because of its smell, it is softer since they are using 100% imported rolls from Taiwan, and the good news is that, the price didn’t change at all.

“it's environment friendly because for Kimberly-Clark, we are to adhere to international standards in terms of processes, if you look at the back there is a icon that says no elemental chlorine, so in the process there is no emission of carbon dioxide like any other paper manufacturing products.” Chua added.
At the said event, Celebrity ambassadors of Kleenex are also introduce, and they give their testimonies on how a tissue can change lives. Like Socialite and TV Personality Divine Lee that being a go-girl with different hosting job, Kleenex is her best friend especially in removing make up.

Volleyball player Gretchen Ho who now venture to hosting sports show on TV, Kleenex is a factor for her since she have a very athletic and active lifestyle. Even Fashion and Travel Bloggers Nicole Anderson and Laureen Uy see to it that Kleenex Tissue is in their kit wherever they may go.

Celebrity Mom Cheska Garcia-Kramer however paid tribute to her mom, because it’s her mom who taught her of using Kleenex, and now that she is already a mom, she is doing the same to her kids in educating to use the good facial tissue.
Kleneex Celebrity Ambassadors, Grace Ho, Laureen Uy, Cheska Garcia-Kramer, Divine Lee and Nicole Anderson. 
Tan and Chua also announce that there are more to come for Kleenex this year, one coming this February is a App Photo contest via social media using #SoftnessMakesMe. 



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"COMET": Showing this February in the Philippines

“A beautifully rendered experience that excels on nearly every level”  Awards Circuit


Following the success of the Adam Levine-Kiera Knightley starrer Begin Again, Solar Pictures brings to local cinemas “COMET”-- a cosmic love story that is sure to leave audiences with that warm February feeling.

“Comet,” stars Golden Globe nominee Emmy Rossum (“The Day After Tomorrow,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Mystic River”) and Justin Long (“Live Free or Die Hard,” “He’s Just Not That Into You”).

“Comet” is an original modern love story that follows Kimberly (Rossum) and Dell (Long), who first meet at the Hollywood cemetery where they’ve both come to watch a meteor shower.

Kimberly is brilliant and beautiful; Dell is nerdy and pessimistic, but with an incredibly sharp mind and direct manner. While she and he are not a natural pair, they are cosmically drawn to each other and, under a night sky, luminous with falling stars, they begin their epic love story.

As the opening title card states the events “take place over six years (a few parallel universes over).”

But what starts as a typical romance quickly turns dreamlike as viewers leap back and forth in time, examining their eventual six-year relationship through the lens of their meeting and four other pivotal moments: a monumental fight at a friend’s wedding in Paris; a break up conversation after Dell has moved to New York; a reconnection on a train ride along the California coast; and finally, when Dell pops in on Kimberly unexpectedly in her home in the Hollywood Hills.

The leaps between these moments are seamlessly woven together to create a sense that this love story transcends time and space and that Kimberly and Dell are destined to be together, if not in this universe, then maybe the next.

Content Media introduced and screened the film to international distributors for the first time at the 2014 American Film Market (AFM) last November and was then picked up by Solar Pictures, among other films.

“The universal theme and inventive storytelling in ‘Comet’ have us believing that audiences will really connect with the film,” said Content Media President of Film Jamie Carmichael. “We were drawn in immediately and are happy to have this film…”

COMET opens in cinemas nationwide on February 25, 2014 and is released by Solar Pictures.



For more information Like the Solar Pictures Facebook page: www.facebook.com/solarpicturesPH
Solar Pictures YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/solarpicturesPH
Watch the #CometMovie trailer here http://youtu.be/VncNuiNKiOc


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Monday, January 19, 2015

AXN Announces “Asia’s Got Talent” Judges

SINGAPORE (13 January 2015) – It’s a YES! Grammy-award winner David Foster, UK pop sensation and former Spice Girl Melanie C, Indonesian rock icon Anggun and Taiwanese-American pop idol Van Ness Wu have been named as the celebrity judging panel for the season premiere of hit talent search show, “Asia’s Got Talent” on AXN.
Billed as the biggest talent competition in the world, “Asia’s Got Talent” will light up screens across Asia in March on AXN and will feature some of the region’s most incredible performing artists as they compete to take home the coveted winning title. 
Hui Keng Ang, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia said, “We have put together a superb panel of judges for ‘Asia’s Got Talent’. This is definitely our most ambitious original series to date and is very much in line with the type of smart, high-quality local programming that audiences have come to expect from AXN."
Paul O’Hanlon, Managing Director of FremantleMedia Asia said, “We’re proud to say that ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ will be the largest version ever of the Got Talent franchise, and our judges bring a depth and breadth of experience and talent worthy of this show.”
From thousands of applicants, the four judges must select Asia's most jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, and breathtaking performances.  Those who move on to the semi- finals will face an even more intimidating judge, the AXN audience at home who will ultimately determine who wins the first season of Asia’s Got Talent. Adding to the excitement, the semi-finals and finale will be held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, with the winner awarded a contract to return and perform live at Asia’s leading entertainment destination. 
 



A powerful judging panel:

Anggun, Rock Icon
Anggun started singing at seven and by 12 released her first Indonesian studio album, ‘Dunia Aku Punya’, with hit single ‘Mimpi’ recognized as one of the ‘150 Greatest Indonesian Songs of All Time’ by Rolling Stone magazine. 

A series of singles and albums followed to make Anggun the biggest Indonesian rock star of the 90s. Her international breakthrough came in 1997 with ‘Snow on the Sahara’ which was released in 33 countries worldwide, topped music charts in Italy and Indonesia, and made the top 20 in Finland, France, Japan, Spain, and the US. Following that, Anggun released five more studio albums, and released songs that featured in Danish movie “Open Hearts” and the Hollywood box office hit, “Transporter 2”. Anggun is a recipient of the ‘Chevalier des Arts et Lettres’ from the French government. She is also a judge on “X Factor Indonesia” and “Indonesia’s Got Talent” TV series. 


David Foster, Music Producer
David Foster discovered and launched some of the greatest music careers including Michael Bublé, Josh Groban and Celine Dion. He has created hit songs and award-winning platinum and gold albums for Earth, Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Seal, Chaka Khan, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Brandy, ’N Sync, Boz Scaggs, and Gloria Estefan; propelled classical singers like Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban into mainstream popularity; as well as created soundtracks for hit films like “The Bodyguard”, “Urban Cowboy”, and “St. Elmo’s Fire”. In 2008 and 2011, David performed and hosted his very own, star-studded “Foster & Friends” concerts in Las Vegas to celebrate the music from his career and toured Asia annually from 2010 – 2012. David has won 16 Grammy Awards from 47 nominations, and is the chairman of Verve Music Group.


Melanie C., Pop Icon
Melanie was part of the iconic five-member Spice Girls, in which she was nicknamed ‘Sporty Spice’. Following that, as a solo artist, Melanie sold more than 12 million records from six albums that she released. She has the second most No.1 singles in the United Kingdom and is also the only female to top the charts as part of a quintet, a quartet, a duo and solo. Melanie also performed the role of Mrs Johnstone in the West End musical “Blood Brothers,” for which she was nominated for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ at the Laurence Olivier Awards. In 2012, Melanie co-starred in the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and also judged the preceding talent search series “Superstar” to select the lead actor for the said musical.


Van Ness Wu, Actor/Singer
Van Ness Wu was born in California where he took classes in performing arts, acting and languages in Hollywood before moving to Taiwan at 21 to build his career. His breakthrough came with his lead role in the wildly popular hit idol drama “Meteor Garden” and its sequels. Van Ness and his co-actors of the series formed the pop idol group F4 – now known as JVKV – and released three studio albums. 

Turning his attention to his solo career, Van Ness released his debut solo album in 2002 and followed that with six other solo studio albums up to 2013, as well as singles collaborating with musicians including Kanye West, Beyoncé, Wang Lee Hom, Kangta, and Coco Lee. He also acted in many other TV series including “Autumn Concerto”, “Material Queen” and “Peach Girl”, as well as movies such as “Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon” and “Kung Fu Chefs”.

“Asia's Got Talent” is the 63rd version of "Got Talent", which won the Guinness World Records title for being the world's "Most Successful Reality TV Format" in 2014. The hit format is co-owned by FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment.
The season premiere of “Asia’s Got Talent” on AXN is proudly presented by Marina Bay Sands, BIG COLA, Pantene, Caltex, Jetstar and Tune Hotels. 
Marina Bay Sands is the premier sponsor of “Asia's Got Talent.” As Asia's leading entertainment destination and crossroads for global celebrities, Marina Bay Sands provides opportunities for local talent to shine on the world’s stage. 
BIG COLA is the exclusive beverage partner of “Asia’s Got Talent”. With BIG COLA, ‘if you can dream it, you can do it’. Contestants and fans across Asia will be encouraged to ‘Think BIG’ and ‘Dream Bigger’ in pursuit of their dreams.
Pantene, the exclusive haircare partner of “Asia’s Got Talent”, makes hair stronger inside and shinier outside to enable contestants to shine and be the world’s number one talent. 
Caltex is the exclusive petroleum partner of “Asia's Got Talent.” Caltex delivers a hassle-free experience to get people back on their journey quickly, so they can have more time and energy to do whatever matters most to them. By being a part of “Asia's Got Talent,” Caltex wants to celebrate key moments of the contestants’ journey to stardom, providing viewers the opportunity to enjoy the journey with them.
Jetstar is proud to be the official airline of the very first edition of “Asia’s Got Talent.” With more than 600 weekly flights to 22 destinations across 13 countries in Asia Pacific, Jetstar enables talent to fly further, connect with families and fulfil dreams.

Tune Hotels is an international select-service hotel brand that provides accommodation with high quality essentials in key gateway cities.  Five star beds and power showers help “Asia’s Got Talent” contestants get a good night’s sleep and perform at their best.

AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including four seasons of the international Emmy-nominated “The Amazing Race Asia”; the Asian Television Award-winning “Cash Cab Asia”; “The Apprentice Asia”; “Cyril: Rio Magic”; “Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition”; and the Asian Television Award-nominated “Cyril: Simply Magic.”

www.AXNAsia.com/AsiasGotTalent
-ENDS-
About Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia
Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia was established in 1997 with Singapore as the Asian headquarters of Sony Pictures Television's networks business. It operates six ad-supported 24/7 channels which are wholly-owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
AXN is the home of thrilling entertainment; beTV is the place to be for the best of TV; Sony Channel is the premier destination for female-skewing Hollywood entertainment; Animax offers anime for all; ONE is powered by prime and current South Korean entertainment content; and GEM serves up star-studded and popular general entertainment programming from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea.

About FremantleMedia Asia
With offices in Singapore, Beijing, Bangkok, Jakarta, and Mumbai, and servicing the entirety of Asia, FremantleMedia Asia is one on the preeminent production companies in the region, producing world class content from the large scale talent competitions for which it is best known, including Idol, X Factor, and Got Talent, to long running game shows such as Family Feud. In addition to creating and developing local content, FremantleMedia Asia is no stranger to localization and is uniquely positioned as one of the most accomplished adaptors of international formats in the region, ensuring continuing success season after season in territory after territory. Beyond single market productions, FremantleMedia Asia has also demonstrated its strength in pan-regional production having recently produced the widely successful The Apprentice Asia.

For further information, please contact: For Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia:
Paul O'Hanlon Jennifer Doig
Managing Director, FremantleMedia Asia Executive Director, Communications
T: +65 6223 8771 T: +65 6622 4278
E: paul.ohanlon@fremantlemedia.com E: jennifer_doig@spe.sony.com


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Monday, January 12, 2015

Lenny Kravitz in Manila this March!


Wondering if you’ll ever see him perform live in Manila? This March 24, 2015, Lenny Kravitz will strut to Manila for the first time. One of the preeminent rock musicians of this generation will have you grooving to his hits and cuts from his latest album “Strut”.

In his 20-year musical career, Kravitz has changed rock music with his own brand of 60’s and 70’s soul, rock, and funk. He stood out with his undeniable presence and classic sound, transcending race, genres, and style. The industry is definitely listening to his work with his long list of collaborations with various artists from different backgrounds like Madonna, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Aerosmith, N.E.R.D, Mick Jagger, P. Diddy, and more. To add to his long list of musical achievements, he holds the record for most wins in the “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” category at the GRAMMY Awards. He has sold over 40 million albums to date. The rock icon is also an accomplished actor with notable works in the critically acclaimed movie Precious and the box-office hit The Hunger Games as Cinna.

Lenny’s 10th studio album, “Strut”, is a reunion of sorts to his rock & roll roots. “This record brought me back to a place of what I love so much about music,” Lenny Kravitz says, “back to the feelings I had when I was in high school. It’s a real rock & roll record – it’s raw, it’s got soul and it came together really quickly.” Even with a full plate from shooting movies and managing his creative firm, Kravitz Design Inc., the GRAMMY winner drew inspiration while shooting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, thinking of song titles, lyrics and riffs purely on instinct. Recorded back home in Bahamas, he wrote, produced, arranged, and laid in almost all the tracks himself to give the album the sound as raw and a clear as he remembered it from his earlier albums, “I feel like I’m just beginning, like I’m just hitting my stride.” The album, his first release since 2011, has 12 tracks including his sultry and infectiously groovy “The Chamber”, “Sex”, and “New York City”

Finally, the multi-award winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist will make you experience his raw sound live at the Globe Circuit Events Grounds in Makati City for a one-night only show on March 24, 2015 presented to you by Midas Promotions. Tickets are now available at all TicketWorld outlets. Tickets prices are as follows Platinum (seated) – 13,000 | Diamond (seated) – 11,000 |Gold (seated) – 9,000 | Silver (standing) – 3,500 | Bronze (standing) 2,000. For inquiries, call 891-9999. Get more details on www.midaspromotions.com and www.lennykravitz.com.


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Sunday, January 11, 2015

5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Prayer Life!

I am not really getting that religious these days, but I feel that it is just timely to share this one with you guys.

Ok, a quick show of hands of “good Christian folk” who have nodded off while praying.  Come on get those hands up!  Well, I’m guilty too and as a youth volunteer, this can be your demise unless you can make some aspects of being a Christian exciting.  Here are 5 techniques that I’ve used to get youth focused and excited about talking to God.   
1.  Prayer is an ACTION!  This is a good way to give some structure to a prayer if someone feels intimidated or unsure of what to say to God.  

“A” stands for adoration.  Think about when you were a teen and you needed money from your parents.  You didn’t just go up to them and say, “Hey, can I have some money?”  NO!  You “butter them up” a little first and brag on what a great parent they are.  God wants that same kind of attention.  I like opening prayers by establishing our relationship.  God is first and great and mighty, so spend the first few moments lifting Him up.

“C” is for confession.  Let’s go back to the money analogy from above.  After you praise your parents, then you would often interject something like this, “I know I didn’t keep my room very clean this week, but I promise I will do better.”  God wants to hear what you have been doing wrong and what you will do about it.  Sure he already knows what you are doing, but it’s all about your recognition and what you are going to do about it.

“T” stands for thanksgiving. Offer some thanks for your health, friends, family, freedoms, mentors, luxuries, etc.

“I” is for invitation.  Invite God into your life.  This is the time to ask God to help you with that “big thing” that might have been the whole reason you decided to pray in the first place.  But take it one step further.  Invite Him to not only help you with whatever you are praying about, but to be your friend, guide, and savior.  

“O” represents other’s needs.  Now it’s time to think of all those special people in your lives and offer up some good thoughts about them.  I think “other’s” could also mean places, events, or other things.

“N” is for next step.  This is the most forgotten part of any prayer.  We ask God to do this and that, but we never wait to just listen for a response.  We need to give God a chance to respond back, and it may not happen immediately.  However, finishing a prayer with some quiet, thoughtless meditation gives God the chance to tug on your heart and tell you what to do next. 

2.  The CSI Prayer – Have you ever seen one of the 14 versions of CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) on CBS?  Well, I admit I don’t watch it regularly, but I do like this one type of scene that shows up in every show.  Here’s what happens:  two investigators walk into a room where a murder was just committed and one says to the other, “Hmm, Looks like a murder. I wonder who did it?” and at that time the camera zooms down to the floor to show a hair follicle left by the killer.  The camera focuses you on the one piece of evidence they will need to solve the crime.  Focus is the key to the CSI prayer.

Too often our prayers are too big and global.  We want to always pray for world peace and the millions who are poverty stricken.  Those prayers are great, but sometimes it's good to focus on the smallest detail of what’s really troubling you.  I used my father’s forearm as an example with our youth group.  My dad is a skin cancer survivor, but he has had multiple surgeries on his left forearm. 

He lives about 3 hours away, so for my CSI prayer, my mind zoomed across the miles and I could picture him sitting at the kitchen table and I was only focusing on his left forearm.  Don’t be afraid to be too specific with your prayers. 

3.  Popcorn Prayer – Here’s a fun way to add some randomness to your prayer life.  You may have several thoughts or concerns that you want to pray about, but your just not sure how to put them in order.  Let chance be your friend.   Write down on slips of paper 5 people you really care about (a different slip for each person), a couple of your favorite verses, maybe a favorite quote or saying, 2 or 3 big issues in your life, and anything else you want to pray about.  Now take all of those slips and toss them into a hat or cup.  Start your prayer and every few seconds pull out a slip.  This is also a good technique to add to the “O” (other’s needs) part of tip #1 from above.

4.  Make it funny – Whoever said that prayer always has to be serious has never worked with youth.  It only takes one “gas release” or gurgly stomach to make the most serious moment a real laugher.  Understand that you can be funny without being disrespectful.  After all, God gave us humor and if you ask most people, it is the number one thing they look for in potential friends.  

Humor also gives us an easy way to be true with ourselves.  Have you ever noticed how crying and laughing are closely related to each other and they can often occur in the same setting?  Often our short comings and problems that cause us sadness can be better coped with if we can laugh about them.  The other day, I was driving down the road and praying (my most frequent praying time) and I just blurted out to God, “Wow, God, sometimes I really stink at my job!”  I immediately laughed at my honesty with myself and it was a great stress reliever from my hard day.

My wife was raised Catholic and when we first started dating, she was amazed at how I made-up prayers.  We laugh about it now, but there is a certain ‘improvisation” to praying that can be intimidating.  Relax!  It is ok to laugh when you pray. 

5.  Change your location – This is a no-brainer!  If you always pray in the same place at the same time with the same words, then an easy way to spruce up your prayer life is to change your environment.  Some of my most memorable prayer times have been outside taking in all of God’s great creation.  In fact, maybe my most memorable was by a river in Tennessee.  

Mountain TOP (Tennessee Outreach Project) is a special mission trip that our church does every year.  One year, I had an opportunity to lead a prayer for about 30 youth and adults down by the river at one of our evening worship services.  I told everyone that they would pray many times in their life with their eyes closed and heads bowed, but tonight was going to be different.  I said to look at the stars above and to look out over the river and to look into the eyes of your neighbor while I prayed, because we wouldn’t be in this place together again.  I received a letter a few weeks later from one of the youth talking about that prayer and I will cherish it forever.

When I pray.. I make sure I have these diptyque candles that gives the good feel of being able to communicate with my savior. I love the scents too!

And I hope this is a cool way to end my article!  I hope you have enjoyed it and that these tips can have an impact on your relationship with God.  Shoot me an email if you found it helpful. 




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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bohol introduces Visit 2015 Campaign.


Behold Bohol.

From Earthquake, to typhoon, the Province of Bohol definitely knows how to stand from rubble, and to start the year 2015, they introduces “Visit Bohol 2015”, a year round tourism campaign that will help the province rose from the ground and attract more tourist to come to Bohol.


The campaign kickoff last January 9, 2015 at the Activity Center of Glorietta Mall in Makati City, through a Bohol Travel Fair that last until January 11. Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto head the affair with the aim of making Bohol as a top in all bucket list to be visited this year.
Cong.Rene Relampagos
Representative of First District of Bohol, Cong. Rene Relampagos on his speech said, that Bohol is more than the Chocolate Hills, they are more than the natural wonders, they have a lot to offer from conventional tourist, to the extreme adventurist.

They are also not stopping in providing new attraction in Bohol, like the latest world class restroom in Tagbilaran City, not in a hotel but in a gasoline station.
DOT Sec.Ramon Jimenez, Jr.
Department Of Tourism Sec. Ramon Jimenez, Jr is the keynote speaker of the program, on his talks he salute the Boholanos for being the confident, because the successful tourism areas in the Philippines is where the most confident Filipinos live like Bohol.

“Bohol are not the only one with beautiful beaches, Bohol Churches have been ravage and damage by natural causes, and yet tourism is still at growth,  the only explanation on this is the leadership that embraces Tourism, as a viable solution to poverty and stagnation, and the people who are determine to be the best “. Jimenez  said.



Jimenez also said that travelling is less popular now days, due to competition from different Countries using all media forms, it’s the most the competitive industry in the world, that’s why this Behold Bohol event is very timely, Boholanos are the forefront of quality, focus and self-driven modern Philippine Tourism.

The Visit Bohol 2015 is originally scheduled last December 8 to 10, 2014, but due to Typhoon Ruby that slammed parts of the country, it was move to these dates. Partners for this event include United States Agency for International Development through its Advancing Philippine Competitiveness Project (USAID-COMPETE), the Department of Tourism, United Nations-World Tourism Organization (UN-WTO), and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).
Actress/Comedian Giselle Sanchez host the program.
They also partnered with Air Asia as the leasing budget airline in the region, as the exclusive airline partner that offer low seat prices for the Manila-Tagbilaran and Manila Cebu flights.  Other grabs at the said fare are almost 60% discount in accommodations, tour packages and other travel essentials plus indigenous Boholano products.

Bohol attractions includes the famous Chocolate Hills, the Loboc River, Baclayon Church and the Tarsiers.

At the opening ceremony, the internationally acclaimed Loboc Childrens Choir closes the program through a mini a concert. Actress/Comedian Giselle Sanchez host the event.
And everyone is mesmerized by this angelic voices, The Loboc Childrens Choir.