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

Ched Fundejo’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, Ched Fundejo’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. Ched 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 DiƱo-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