Chase Rainy Day Blues With SM City Malls 3 Day Sale!

SM City Sta Mesa is just across the street from my school, and when I go home I do pass by the mall to chill and check out new finds that I would like to buy especially when sale season comes. And though the weather may be wet and wild, its actually a perfect time to seek retail refuge to SM City Malls like SM City Sta Mesa, SM City Masinag, SM City Calamba, SM City Tarlac and SM Center Valenzuela This August 3, 4, and 5 2012!

Yes! the 3 Day Sale season is back with discounts up to 70% off! Also you can win one of 15 ASUS Eee PC X101H  when you shop at these malls. I'm aslo excited as it would be just after my class that I can shop for great finds at this mall. You can also check the mechanics below to guide you on your shopping plans this weekend. If you will be there you can ask me on where to go for the best bargains in the mall!

MUSIC LYF: Parokya NI Edgar - Inuman Session Vol. 2 (Album)

Parokya Ni Edgar releases second volume of Inuman Sessions after eight years

Eight years was all it took for Parokya Ni Edgar to release the follow-up to the phenomenal hit album Inuman Sessions Vol. 1 – aptly titled Inuman Sessions Vol. 2. The project, produced by Universal Records, comes in CD only and DVD with bonus CD formats.

The band’s hits are performed live in the album – Pangarap Lang Kita, Mang Jose, Papa Cologne, One Hit Combo, among others.

“This new volume is actually a continuation of the first,” admits lead vocalist Chito Miranda. “It is a celebration of music, booze, fun, and friendship, just like the first Inuman Session.”

LONDON 2012: Medal Count - July 31

Here are the medal count for today as of 1:00 PM. The London Olympics started on July 27 and will end on August 12, 2012. High hopes for the Philippine contingent that we could at least a medal and hopefully the first gold for the country. However, our weightlifting contingent Hidilyn Diaz was unable to snatch a medal on yesterday's event for Women's 58Kg. But there are still more hope for the coming events. Now back in medal tally, China still leads with 9 golds, 5 silvers and 3 bronze medals followed by USA (5 Gold, 7 Silver, 5 Bronze), France (3 Gold, 1 Silver, 3 Bronze), Democratic People's Republic of Korea (3 Gold, 0 Silver, 1 Bronze), and Italy (2 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze). 

See the rest of the medal tally below and also keep glued to Manual to Lyf for more news and updates.

MUSIC LYF: Jessica Sanchez - Stuttering

Remember how the judges were left ‘stuttering’ when the senational American Idol songstress Jessica Sanchez performed a stunning and soulful rendition of Jazmine Sullivan’s “Stuttering”? She sang that song like it was her own and totally killed it! Randy Jackson described Jessica’s performance as the ‘biggest fish of the night.’ Jennifer Lopez added, ‘My favorite part in the middle is you started digging’, while Steven Tyler expressed, ‘Every time you sing, I forget where I am.’ 

Fans all over the world will surely be delighted to hear the petite powerhouse croon in the studio version of “Stuttering” all over again. The song is part of Jessica Sanchez’ American Idol Season 11 Highlights album repertoire where it takes us back to some of her memorable and brilliant performances in the reality television singing competition, American Idol. It also includes Jessica’s breathtaking and nostalgic rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”, her sultry cover of Beyonce’s “Sweet Dreams”, her duet with Joshua Ledet entitled “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me” plus Jessica’s anthemic finale song, “Change Nothing”. At the same time, “Stuttering” is also dubbed as Jessica’s Concert Single for the upcoming American Idol Tour. 

REEL DEAL: Guni Guni - Behind The Scenes

Regal Films' goes Horror again this year with Lovi Poe, Empress Schuck, Benjamin Alves, for Guni Guni. We were behind the scenes of the pictorial for the movie with Lovi, Empress, Benjamin together with Julia Clarete, Gerald Pesigan and Ria Garcia.

It was also an opportunity to meet the stars and talk about their movie and what fans and viewers would be excited with this movie. Though we think that their beautiful faces won't scare us at all, but looking on the story would go, it may have this sinister and creepy plot that I could consider of a stick-to-the-mind horror. Directed by Tara Illenberger and will be shown on August 22.


Roderick Paulate admits he has not moved on from mom’s passing

During a recent shoot for GMA’s upcoming station ID, veteran comedian Roderick Paulate was asked to write on a piece of white board whatever or whomever it is that he loves the most.  He wrote “mom” on the board, referring to his diseased mother who passed away three years ago.

Roderick says his closeness with his mom is an “open book” in the industry.  In his past talk and variety shows, the phrase, “I love you, mom!” was almost always a part of the actor’s closing spiels until his mom died.

Three years have passed since his mother’s death but until now, Roderick has not yet fully accepted his loss.

“I don’t want to be ‘plastic;’ I don’t want to be covering my emotions.  Up to now, kahit three years nang wala na ang mommy ko I haven’t accepted it. E ganun e.  Some people say you have to move on.  Fine, but it’s easier said than done.  Pero kahit tina-try ko na sabihin sa sarili ko na ‘she’s in heaven’ ganyan, of course I still miss her so much.  I mean, I want her to enjoy the Kingdom of Heaven and the presence of God but as a human being it’s hard to do kasi nandito pa ako sa lupa e,” explains Roderick who was a bit reluctant to be interviewed about the matter at first.

Stay Safe! Some Help Information You Need

Here are some information that you might need because of the incoming storm "GENER" approaching the metro. As it also affect other provinces right now but also brings heavy rains and strong winds. Keep yorself safe and know some cautionary  information this  rainy day. This post will be updated for news and alerts about the weather. Keep an emergency kit and stay indoors. If in low lying areas, evacuate immediately when warned by officials. 

LONDON 2012: Medal Count - July 29

Here are the medal count for today as of 9:47 PM. The London Olympics started on July 27 and will end on August 12, 2012. High hopes for the Philippine contingent that we could at least a medal and hopefully the first gold for the country. China leads with 5 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals followed by USA (2 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze), Italy (2 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze), Brazil (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze), and South Korea (1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze). See the rest of the medal tally below and also keep glued to Manual to Lyf for more news and updates.

source: London 2012 website

MUSIC LYF: The Ultimate Jessica Sanchez SKYPE Party!

16 year old Filipino-Mexican sweetheart Jessica Sanchez has long won the world by capturing the hearts of many with her brilliant singing style and over the top performance during the eleventh season of the reality television singing competition, American Idol.

This Sunday, July 29, be ready to get your hearts captured again by the American Idol songstress as MCA Music and Astroplus invite you to “The Ultimate Jessica Sanchez SKYPE Party!” --- An exciting event where fans all over the metro will get the rare chance to bond with their idol through a LIVE SKYPE SESSION from 10:00 am onwards at the SM Megamall Event Center (former ice skating rink). Fun games, exclusive Jessica Sanchez signed items and a guest performance by Asia’s Acoustic Sweetheart Sabrina await those who will attend the party.     

MUSIC LYF: Yonel's Top 30 - July 28

For this week's countdown,  Far East Movement featuring Cover Drive steals the number one spot this week with TURN UP THE LOVE . 2nd place goes to the collaboration of Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen with GOODTIME . The third place goes to ONE MORE NIGHT  by Maroon 5 which fell from the top spot. See the rest of the countdown after the jump and also like Yonel's Top 30 hits on Facebook!

MUSIC LYF: Jennifer Lopez - Dance Again (Album)

Special Deluxe Edition Contains Bonus DVD With Music Videos From CD

Packed with a dozen sensational career-spanning hits and two new chart-topping songs, “Dance Again…the Hits,” released by Ivory Music & Video, the exclusive licensee of Sony Music in the Philippines, marks Jennifer Lopez’s first-ever greatest hits package.  The stellar new tracks are “Goin’ In” (featuring Flo Rida) and “Dance Again” (featuring Pitbull). “Dance Again” has sold more than 1.4 million copies worldwide since its March 2012 debut, and reached #1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Chart.  On May 10th, Jennifer sizzled on stage while performing “Dance Again” on American Idol, as well as executing a scorching version of “Goin In” on the  American Idol finale. “Dance Again” finds Lopez, Pitbull and producer RedOne teaming up as they did for “On the Floor,” which is also on “Dance Again…The Hits.”  2011’s  “On The Floor” is Lopez's most successful single to date, topping more than 18 national single charts and selling over three million copies.

Never before seen childhood photos of Aljur Abrenica revealed

He started out as a lanky teenager in the reality-based artista search “Starstruck” back in 2006. Soon, he became one of the hottest Kapuso hunks because of his good looks and muscular physique. And he became a certified TV star with the telefantasia hit “Machete” in 2011.

But who is Aljur Abrenica behind the cameras? This Saturday night, join Rhea Santos as she gets up close and personal with one of today’s most sought-after Kapuso stars in the documentary-magazine program Tunay Na Buhay.

Join Aljur as he visits his hometown in Pampanga and joins his siblings on a sidetrip to Batangas. Discover his fitness regimen and many other revelations in Tunay na Buhay this Saturday night,  after Imbestigador,  on GMA-7. 

PROJECT PAGSULONG: Building the nation is our business

Given the chance how will you alleviate poverty? That is a question that most of us ask to our fellow Filipinos and even to ourselves. That is why the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines Alumni Community (TOSP-AC) , PLDT Smart Foundation, RFM Foundation, and PLDT Ka Asenso fourmulated a formula of:

Youth + Technology + Entrepreneurship

Through Project Pagsulong which aims to promote youth to do businesses and also at the same time make a social impact with the community called Social Entrepreneurship. The Program Lifecycle starts with the application that is still ongoing (June to August 30, 2012). Each team should be 3 members(18-30 years old) to 5 max with 1 proposal.

REEL DEAL: Diary of A Wimpy Kid

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” is the third and latest big screen installment of author Jeff Kinney’s wildly popular series of illustrated novels about wise-cracking but hapless middle school student Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon). As Greg confides to his diary (though, as he likes to point out, “It’s NOT a diary, it’s a journal!”), middle school is “the dumbest idea ever invented,” a never-ending ordeal involving – among other appalling things – wedgies, bullies, morons and swirlies. And if you don’t know what a swirly is, then lucky you.

Avida Land, PEF sign MOA for bid to save Philippine Eagle

Avida Land has entered into a sponsorship agreement with the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF)—after the signing of the MOA, Avida officially supports the foundation’s efforts to help save the Philippine Eagle and its habitat. With the agreement, Avida is now one of the corporate sponsors of PEF in a concentrated bid to protect this critically endangered species. 

The Philippine eagle is considered one of the largest and most powerful eagles in the world. It is also one of the rarest of all eagle species, found only in the forests of Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao. Unfortunately, the destruction of forests threatens these raptors’ (meaning, “birds of prey”) existence. The Philippine Eagle is critically endangered and there only about 500 pairs left in the wild

Following the terms of the agreement, Avida Land will support PEF for the next 3 years to help breed Philippine eagles at the PEF sanctuary. The sponsorship also goes into efforts to educate the public on the importance of the Philippine eagle to Davao’s ecosystem and to our national heritage.

REEL DEAL: Just One Summer - Poster

Here is the poster of one of the most awaited Pinoy love movie of the year. Just One Summer stars JULIELMO or otherwise known as Julie Ann San Jose and Elmo Magalona.  Fans are excited for the movie as they also support the two to makes trends on twitter. Just One Summer will show n August under GMA Films.

Lets Go for Pinoy Gold this London 2012 Olympics!

photo from Choose Philippines

Its just a day away until the 26th Olympiad will happen in the historical yet modern city of London in Great Britain. Though our country might have not yet have its Gold medal, we are very optimistic and supportive of the 11 athletes that represents the Philippines in the games. This is also the reason why we made the blog into an Olympic theme in support of our best athletes that would hopefully bring us pride and glory. 

Their number may be small compared to the previous games, analysts are positive that even with this number,  we have really sent quality players that will earn us medal/s and hopefully our first gold.

Of course, we also watch the Olympics because of the grandeur that each host nation would do to make each games unforgettable. The live airing of the opening and closing ceremonies as well of the coverage of the games will be covered by AKTIV (IBC13) and TV5.

Now let's get to meet our Pinoy Pride Athletes!

K-POP Star Hunt Season 2

The search for the next K-Pop Superstar begins!

tvN, Asia’s leading Korean Entertainment Channel launches K-Pop Star Hunt Season 2 and is once again looking for the next K-POP Superstar!

Are you aspiring to be Korea’s next pop sensation? Make K-Pop Star Hunt your first step to stardom! With the success of its first season – attracting more than 50 million viewers across Asia – K-Pop Star Hunt is set to make its triumphant comeback for a second season.

Through K-Pop Star Hunt (Season 2), talents across Asia will have the incredible opportunity to make K-Pop miracles of their own. Aspirants from the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan will be given the opportunity to battle it out to become the next K-Pop superstar.

Party Pilipinas presents APIR this Sunday

Put your hands up and be part of the one and only concert party on television with Party Pilipinas APIR

This Sunday (July 29), get a glimpse of what future entertainment is all about, encapsulated in a mind-blowing opening number featuring the best concert performers and top recording artists of our time.   

GMA primetime leading man Dingdong Dantes will surely make his presence felt as he brings along his own mob! 

The future hit makers join forces with GMA Afternoon Prime and Telebabad's big names to render heartwarming performances on "Love, Party Pilipinas".  

RnB Royalties Kyla and JayR are back to deliver another stellar performance with Ogie Alcasid, Janno Gibbs, Jaya, Jolina Magdangal, Rachelle Ann Go, Mark Bautista, La Diva, and Solenn Heussaff for "Party Pilipinas All Stars".  See more of Kyla as she jams with Pinoy Rock idols Kamikazee. 

GMA gives away more than 15 million cash via Kapuso Milyonaryo

GMA-7 is set to give away more than 15 million worth of cash prizes with its latest and by far biggest promo campaign, Kapuso Milyonaryo. 

In the course of the promo period, which will run from July 30 to September 23, eleven Kapuso viewers will receive an opportunity of a lifetime and will be 1 million pesos richer. 

During those 8 weeks, Kapuso Milyonaryo will award 1 million pesos each to four (4) surprise winners, as well as 10,000 pesos to 35 winners weekly via the plugs shown on GMA and GMA News TV (GNTV). 

Regine Velasquez considers diet a serious business

During her pregnancy, Regine Velasquez, grew to a staggering 165lbs.   Now that she’s back in show business after giving birth to baby Nathaniel, she’s targeting 125lbs!  For most of us, this is “a giant leap for mankind” but not for Regine, who is determined to transform the extra flabs to sexy curves in time for her anniversary concert in November.

Regine says she’s currently on Southbeach diet, which she said, has helped her bring her weight down by 12 lbs.

Although the ideal weight for her height is 115lbs., Regine thinks that she would look “too skinny” if she’d target that weight.  Instead, she decided to target 125 lbs. 

Now, she’s trying to lose 15lbs. in a month, but she’s taking it easy.  She also admits to having a diet “cheat day,” which she said was necessary in order to “fool” her body into thinking that she has not changed her usual diet.

REEL DEAL: The Bourne Legacy - Director Tony Gilroy SPOTLIGHT

Manila According To Tony Gilroy

During preproduction, of The Bourne Legacy director Tony Gilroy toured Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in Vietnam, Jakarta in Indonesia, and Manila in the Philippines.  Ultimately, Manila’s history as a shooting location won over the team.  Major Hollywood features, such as Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July and Brokedown Palace, were shot in the Philippines in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.  “They had a 25-, 30-year run of making movies there,” says Gilroy, “and they have this huge infrastructure that was built up from all the films made about Vietnam.”

Julie Ann San Jose Upcoming Album

Kapuso pop star and singing sensation Julie Ann San Jose will be launching her first solo album on the first week of August (tentatively August 5). The Album is entitled " Julie Ann San Jose" contains 10 tracks (originals and covers). The carier single of Julie Anne's album is "I'll Be There." The album is under GMA Records. She was known with her covers like "Super Bass" and a trending topic on twitter with his loveteam Elmo Magalona.


The star for all seasons, Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto is back with a new movie with Star Cinema. This time she goes with the new suspense thriller THE HEALING. Written by Roy Iglesias and Directed by Chito Roño. Gov. Vilma tells the bloggers that this wold be her first suspense thriller in her career. She mentions that even though she is a seasoned actress, she still learns a new style of acting just to satisfy the high standards of director Chito Rono. She is also happy working with a wide array of actors from different generations which she says makes her young with the youthful spirit.


The Republic of Wadiya makes its mark not by terrorism but the wacky and super crazy movie The Dictator starring Sacha Baron Cohen. Though he might be known with his very controversial film Borat. The Dictator tells the story of General-Admiral Aladeen who leads the nation of Wadiya which is rich in oil however lives under the Tyranny of the "Supreme One" who also is spoiled with almost everything he wants. However he still feels a sense of loneliness.

The Dictator is actually based from a novel of the fallen leader Saddam Hussein entitled, "Zabibah and the King". They made a modern twist to this story plus the fact that Cohen is a genius in making insanely controversial comedy that requires an open mind and sense of humor to greatly enjoy the film.

There would be a lot of stereotypes, racial slurs written in a comedic way that in the end you would laugh and forget the insulting script. Though I can say pertains to politics, the society wherein it serves as an eye opener to the issues of the world which also shows the irony that many have failed to portray. The long wait was indeed worth it!

Aiza Seguerra Celebrates 25 Years in Show Business with BENTE SINGKO: The Anniversary Concert

Stars shine in show business but many personalities flicker after their first fifteen minutes of fame. Longevity is only reserved for a few and in the exceptional young age of 28, Aiza Seguerra has already shared with us 25 years of musical and artistic craftsmanship.
From her young career as Vic Sotto’s daughter in Okey Ka Fairy Ko and more than thirty movies, the former child star has blossomed into one of the country’s most respected acoustic singer-songwriters and guitarist with hits such as Pagdating ng Panahon and Akala Mo.

Aiza wishes to share her gratitude for her silver milestone with BENTE SINGKO: Aiza Seguerra Anniversary Concert on September 28 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, a production from Blackbird Music Creations, That’s Ntertainment Productions and line produced by MediaNation Inc.


New Survey Reveals Heavy Burden of COPD and COPD Lung Attacks in Asia, including Philippines

1 of 4 of those with COPD symptoms in surveyed countries remain undiagnosed
COPD poses a heavy burden burden in Asia, particularly in the Philippines: Among the Filipino respondents, 62% were unable to work, and 70% of those able to work full-time or part on average miss 14 days at work

Majority of sufferers worry about COPD lung attacks affecting their quality of life
Once daily tablet, roflumilast, a first-in-class treatment is launched to target the underlying cause of COPD and reduce risk of COPD lung attacks

COPD is a debilitating disease which poses a significant burden in Asia. Key findings from the new landmark “Epidemiology and Impact of COPD in Asia” Survey  (EPIC Asia Survey) show that COPD affects the quality of life and impacts work productivity. Yet the disease is still largely underdiagnosed and sub-optimally treated with almost half of those surveyed with COPD symptoms still undiagnosed. 

MUSIC LYF :Sabrina - Acoustc Love Notes Album Launch


Asia’s Acoustic Sweetheart SABRINA recently held a successful launch of her latest album “Acoustic Love Notes” at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls last July 13 at Eastwood Mall Open Park, July 14 at Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill and July 15 at Lucky Chinatown Mall. She was joined by special guests- popular radio and TV personality Joe D’Mango and up and coming singer Anj Sulit who are both featured in Sabrina’s album.

Sabrina displayed flair on her spiels and demonstrated how vocally gifted she was throughout the 3 day launch and was backed up by a four-piece band with back-up singers. The 12 song set includes her carrier single “Somewhere Down The Road”; all-time love hits like “The Art of Letting Go”, “Insensitive”, “Cry”, “Officially Missing You” and “One Last Cry” among others as well as her original songs “Sa Bawat Paghinga”, “One True Love”, “Over For Now But Not Forever” and “Again”—her duet with talented singer Anj Sulit. The show was made special by the presence of Mr. Joe D’Mango who, in between songs, gave his love advice on-stage like his famous program “Love Notes”. Though it rained during the first day of the launch at the Eastwood Mall Open Park, fans still trooped and bought albums of Sabrina. She was also able to attract and impressed new fans during her shows at Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill and Lucky Chinatown Mall. MyPhone raffled off brand new Q88 cellphones for album buyers.

MUSIC LYF: Jessa Zaragoza - Pag Wala Na Ang Ulan (album)

Bakit Pa?

Siya Ba Ang Dahilan?

Sounds familiar? As a kid who grew up in the 90's I do appreicate the OPM artists in the turn of the new Millennium. And one of my most admired singers of that  time (and up to now) is Jessa Zaragoza. She is back with a new album PAG WALA NA ANG ULAN under GMA Records. She still looks young and sexy even after all these years, and still has a powerful and soothing voice that will captivate our hearts.

For this album she also collaborated with the soulful Kris Lawrence for the song "Napatawad Na Kita". She said that they chose him because he is great with R&B which is a creates a perfect harmony for the theme.

Protege: The Battle for the Big Artista Break - Mentor Spotlight GINA ALAJAR

GMA's artista search Protege: The Battle for the Big Artista Break marks a milestone because after several weeks of scouring the Philippine for potential stars, the five mentors in the search - Roderick Paulate (Mega Manila), Gina Alajar (South Luzon), Jolina Magdangal (Visayas), Ricky Davao (Northern and Central Luzon), and Philip Salvador (Mindanao) - will finaly choose their four (for each mentor) proteges from among those who auditioned in designated auditions locations in the country and from and those who auditioned online via

San Marino cited by Reader's Digest Two Years in a Row

San Marino has solidified its reputation as the most trusted corned tuna brand in the Philippine when it bagged he Gold Award in Reader's Digest Trusted Brands Consumer Poll two years in a row (2011 and 2012).

The Gold Award bestowed on San Marino represents a "seal of approval, a vote of trust and confidence from consumers," according to Reader's Digest in one of its issue.

The criteria employed in the poll inculde trustworthiness and credibility, quality, value, understading of customer needs, innovativeness, and social responsiblity.

MUISC LYF: Yonel's Top 30 - July 22

For this week's countdown,  Maroon 5 steals the number one spot with ONE MORE NIGHT . 2nd place still goes to Flo Rida feauturing Jennifer Lopez with SWEET SPOT . The third place is TURN UP THE LOVE  by Far East Movement featuring Cover Drive. See the rest of the countdown after the jump and also like Yonel's Top 30 hits on Facebook!

MUSIC LYF: Gloc 9 - MKNM: Mga Kwento Ng Makata

Gloc-9 releases biggest album MKNM: Mga Kwento Ng Makata

Premiere rapper Gloc-9 is mighty proud of his forthcoming release MKNM: Mga Kwento Ng Makata, his first under Universal Records.

“I have worked very hard for this album,” says Gloc-9. “Before, I would record albums for about two months. For MKNM: Mga Kwento Ng Makata, it took me around six months.”

He adds that he is ultimately satisfied with the album, which includes collaborations with some of the biggest names in the industry – Chito Miranda, Bamboo, Ebe Dancel, Jay Durias, Billy Crawford, Maychelle Baay of Moonstar 88, among others.

ART IS A BANG: Joe A Filipino Rock'sical

I do admire theater companies that create their own original stageplays which truly show talent and originality of Filipinos on stage. And with though many people particularly students would consider Philippine History as a boring subject, it great to see it alive and somehow makes us think about the happenings and even the controversy that made them very interesting.

Philippine Stages Foundation (PSF) staged recently their new offering for the opening of their 11th Season with JOE: A Filipino Rock'sical. Seeing the play itself was an eye opener even for a history enthusiast like me about the other side of Rizal. With the past and present weaved together with each character plays an important role in making a tribute show for the National Hero.

And what I also admire about this play is the original music which amplifies the feel of the play. Though it might overpower the feel of the rock musical, but still blends well just the like past-present plot. It was a very fun play with characters which each audience may find themselves to be part of the play. Highly recommended for students and students-at-heart who loves to know more about Jose or Joe.