Start the New Year with a bang! Mister Donut gives you much to be excited for this 2013!

For those single people who wants to be "double", this is your chance to experience double with the double goodness with the new Bavarian Doubles. Enjoy two delectable flavors in one regular donut. Double the smiles with the right sweetness that’s only from Mister Donut. Choose from three flavor combinations: Classic Bavarian and Choco Fudge, Coffee and Caramel, Choco and Caramel. Double affordable also because its only P 130 lfor box of 10, or P 13 each donut. Watch out for the funny and witty combination of Bitoy, with Little Miss Philippines 2012 Ryzza Mae Dizon in the  new Bavarian Doubles TVC.

Double the love at sweetness on Valentine’s Day, take advantage of their Valentine’s Gift Set. 6pcs Belgian Bites in a heart-shaped tin can plus a heart balloon for only P120, or all that plus an adorable bear for only P165! Now there’s no reason not to give your sweetheart something just as sweet this season of hearts.

BPI 2012 Net Income at P16.3 Billion

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) posted strong business volume and revenue growth in 2012 as the Philippines likewise grew at a faster pace compared to other Asean economies. BPI’s unaudited net income for full year 2012 reached P16.3 billion, a 27% increase over the P12.8 billion posted in 2011. This translated to a Return on Equity of 17.5% and a Return on Assets of 1.9%.

Total resources reached P985 billion or 17% higher than the previous year as the Bank’s core businesses remained solid. Deposits expanded by a healthy 18% to P802 billion while assets under management was P743 billion or 11% higher, bringing total intermediated funds to P1.5 trillion.


12 musical masterpieces all set to capture the hearts of hopeless romantic Pinoys...

In celebration of 60 years of Philippine television, ABS-CBN and Star Records once again set the stage for brilliant Filipino composers to share their musical masterpieces to the world as it relaunched the country's biggest multimedia songwriting competition “Himig Handog” with the theme, "Pinoy Pop (P-POP) Love Songs: Mga Awit at Kwento ng Pusong Pilipino.”

Now on its 5th year, “Himig Handog” received a total of 2,500 original compositions from Pinoy songwriters worldwide. And from the thousands of entries gathered, 12 songswere chosen as "Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs" finalists, which include "Alaala" by Ma. Fe Mechenette Tianga, Melvin Huwervana, and Joel Jabot Jr. from Iloilo; "Ano'ng Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa" by Jovinor Tan from Malabon; "If You Ever Change Your Mind" by Marion Aunor from Makati; "Hanggang Wakas" by Soc Villanueva from Australia; "Kahit Na" by Julius James de Belen from Quezon City; "Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat" by Jungee Marcelo from Pasig City; "One Day" by Agatha Obar Morallos from Baguio City; "Pwede Bang Ako Na Lang Ulit" by Jeffrey Cifra from Cavite; "Sana'y Magbalik" by Arman Alferez from Caloocan; "Scared To Death" by Domingo Rosco Jr. from Bohol; "Tamang Panahon" by Wynn Andrada from Makati; and "This Song Is For You" by Jude Gitamondoc from Cebu City.


I was never a fan of Bollywood film until last 2011 when I saw the blockbuster movie "3 idiots" which I consider one of my best films of all time. And after that I appreciated the beauty and wonder of Indian films that goes beyond the song and dance numbers which I could consider very well made some even better what hollywood can do.

And this year might also be a year to start watching more of them with SM Cinemas bringing them here and to be shown on the silver screens. To start of the year is an action-suspense movie "RACE 2" starring Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ameesha Patel, and Rajesh Khattar. Directed by Mustan Burmawalla/ Abbas Burmawalla

The story of Race 2 is set in the lush locales of exotic Europe, with a backdrop of gambling and Casinos. A fast paced thriller that takes the legacy of 'Race 1' forward, with high octane action, combined with thrills and twists that have a roller coaster effect, and edge of the seat excitement. 

SM Cinema unveils its CinExclusive Movie Line-up for the Love Month

This Love Month, SM Cinema patrons can enjoy three exciting SM-exclusive movies to keep their hearts aflame with romantic comedy, suspense and historical drama. 

Just in time for Valentine’s Day is the romantic-comedy movie, Playing for Keeps which features an all-star cast led by Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid, Uma Thurman and Catherine Zeta-Jones. 

Gerard Butler plays George, a burnt-out professional soccer player who decides to take a break from the professional arena and return to his home town in Virginia. Determined to win back his ex-wife (Jessica Biel) and their son (Noah Lomax), he decides to take the coaching job of their local junior league soccer team. However, with every cougar soccer mom’s eye on his good looks and physique, he has a difficult time focusing on his goals. 

FASHIONISTA: Lady Grace Intimate Wear

Being sexy not only comes from the physical body but is also enhanced by the clothing one is using to further enhance the appearance and shape of a lady.   Fashion does not confine to just designer clothes and accessories but also sees the fashion value of intimate wears that further shows the true beauty of the woman's body. We got to know LADY GRACE which is a brand that is now ready to reveal themselves to the public.

Being in the industry for quite some time, they just launched their new endorser, Diana Menezes, they also ready to expose the proudly Filipino brand as it goes on its expansion and new collections that will make us not only feel sexy with their underwear but also proud of high quality and affordable priced garments that reflects the new women of the 21st century.

P. F. Chang's Opens Second Restaurant in Bonifacio Global City

BGC is becoming a mecca of foodies with the emergence of many restaurants which are very unique and even world class. Global brand P.F. Chang's which is present in many countries featuring regional dishes and a new twist to contemporary cuisine.

Located near Bonifacio High Street, P. F. Chang's is the second branch in the Philippines which their first branch opened last year in Alabang. This spells a treat for people in central Metro Manila to enjoy these dishes. The facade of the restaurant is very noticeable with two large horses and with a warrior decorations makes you feel like an emperor or a general into an imperial banquet. 

As Chinese New Year also coming in the next few weeks, P.F. Chang's also offer something to start the Lunar New Year with treats and also a warrior deal. And we got a chance to taste their menu which made me look a chinese cuisine in a different light. Will share the food review on fudfyt!

HEALTHY LYF: Organica at Healthy Options

Start the year right with something healthy and also sustainable. Remebering  we featured an organic farm in Majayjay Laguna, the Costales Nature Farm? They are now part of healthy revolution that will bring more organic food to more tables and tummies as Healthy Options introduces Organica which will showcase organic produce like vegetables, poultry, and even meat.

Having tried organic foods from Majayjay and Tagaytay, it spells good news to people wanting to eat delicious food with high nutritional value. At the launch, it was revealed that 2013 will be the start of having organic produce available at Healthy Option stores. Not only they will make organic food available to more people but also help Filipino Organic Farmers, now that is a mutual progress! Celebrities also joined in the launch like Daniel Matsunaga and many more!

What convinced Katrina Halili to allow "Magpakailanman" to feature her story

Katrina Halili rose from being a Starstruck aspirant to being a TV goddess whose beauty and gorgeous body graced the covers of glossy magazines, tickling the fantasies of men and becoming the subject of envy among many women.  But as she reached the peak of her career, one scandal knocked her down to a ground deeper than where she had started.

A year later, she tried to make a comeback in showbiz but it was cut short when she announced that she was pregnant with Kris' baby.

MUSIC LYF: Julie Anne San Jose’s Debut Album turns Platinum

Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose releases her latest single “Bakit Ngayon” on Party Pilipinas today.  This is the 3rd single lifted off her self-titled debut album which is now a certified Platinum Record, having exceeded over 30,000 units in both physical (CDs) and digital sales.  

“Bakit Ngayon” follows closely on the heels of her two previously hit singles “I’ll Be There” and “Enough”.  “I’ll Be There” is a typical ballad that talks about young love while “Enough” is an upbeat, R&B-infused tune.  Julie Anne further shows her versatility as a singer with the release of “Bakit Ngayon”, a pop-rock Tagalog song composed by up and coming band vocalist Barbara Jeanne Ponciano.  

Katrina Halili on moving on: "Nadapa ako, bumangon ako, at inayos ko ang buhay ko"

Kapuso actress Katrina Halili is back in showbiz refreshed and with a renewed spirit. And in her return, she tells her own story in an episode of the GMA drama anthology, "Magpakailanman," which airs this Saturday, January 26.

Barely a few years ago, in the midst of the sex video controversy the actress was involved in, the public saw a devastated Katrina Halili.  But now, a mother of a beautiful baby named Katrence (her daughter with boyfriend Kris Lawrence), Katrina has clearly moved on from her past and is ready to embrace new challenges life has in store for her.

"Nadapa ako, bumangon ako, at inayos ko yung buhay ko. Kapag nagkamali ka, hindi mo na kailangan sabihin sa mga tao na mabuti kang tao, kailangan mo lang itama ang pagkakamali mo at ayusin ang buhay mo," said Katrina.

The SM Store 3-Day Sale+3-Way Save

Great news guys! More savings in-store for you with The SM Store’s very first 3-Day Sale for the year!

Introducing... the 3-WAY SAVE!!!

ONE: Additional ten percent off the first two hours of Friday with SM Advantage Card!

TWO: Free P100 shopping coupon for every P2,000 single-receipt purchase on Saturday and Sunday!

THREE: 5% rebate with BDO credit cards for all three days!

The SM Store’s 3-Way Save! The more you buy, the more you save!

Feb 1-3, 2013 @ North EDSA | Sucat | Rosario | Lanang

See posters for details. (Per DTI-NCR Permit Numbers 345, 0566, 0311, Series of 2013.)

And as a bonus! 7 iPAD MINIS to be given away!!!

For every P1,000 single-receipt purchase at The SM Store, you’re entitled to a raffle coupon for a chance to win one of seven (7) iPad minis with Free Globe Prepaid SIM and Powersurf 99!

See posters for details. (Per DTI-NCR Permit Number 0560, Series of 2013.)

"Apoy Sa Dagat," To Set TV Screens ON Fire Begining February 4

Primetime TV will get hotter this February despite the cold spell of the weather with the new show of ABS CBN that will feature sought-after celebrities of our generation, Piolo Pascual, Angelica Panganiban, and Diether Ocampo with Apoy Sa Dagat. This new teleserye brings a lot of new and veteran actors known for their calibre in drama.

With the story set with the vast seas and coastlines, would show a lot of water flooding the screens but also filled with the beautiful scenery of the country. Apoy Sa Dagat might sound like the classic telenovelas in the past but looks very promising with the plot not fully revealed  especially with Angelica Panganiban's role of two different women.

GMA Network seeks review of COMELEC Resolution No. 9615

GMA Network, Inc. (“GMA” or “the Network”) expressed serious concerns and reservations on certain provisions of Resolution No. 9615, (the Rules and Regulations Implementing Republic Act No. 9006 otherwise known as the ‘Fair Election Act’) (the “New Rules”), affecting the broadcast industry.

In a letter dated January 23, 2013, GMA, through its Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, Consultant to the Chairman and CEO Pacifico A. Agabin, Vice President for Legal Affairs Atty. Ma. Luz P. Delfin, and Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion and Lucila Law Office urged the Honorable Commission to recall and revisit said provisions based on certain procedural and substantive concerns.  

GMA raised its concern on the manner of passage of Resolution No. 9615 as COMELEC did not conduct any public hearing especially among those affected by the resolution. GMA noted that the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines requires due notice to all interested parties as well as an opportunity for the same to be heard.

Considering that substantive rights of various parties shall be affected by the New Rules, GMA questioned the propriety of its promulgation without public participation.

CTB Trustees pay courtesy call to BSP Governor

The incoming 2013 Board of Trustees of the Chamber of Thrift Banks (CTB) recently made a courtesy call to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr.  The CTB is the umbrella organization of the country’s thrift banks. The visit is in line with the 2013 CTB national convention slated on March 20 at Dusit Thani Manila with the theme:  “Thrift Banks: Building for Broader Horizons in 2013” where the Governor is among the guest speakers.

The meeting also highlighted discussions about the significant growth in the Philippine economy recently and positive outlook for more investments to be infused this 2013. The Chamber also introduced its new set of officers for the new fiscal year. 
Gov. Tetangco (seated, center); with (seated from left) CTB Auditor and Bataan Savings & Loan Bank President Lolita Simpao; CTB Trustee and University Savings Bank Director Ma. Consorcia Tamayo; CTB Convention Chair/Trustee and Isla Bank Chairman Jose Ma. Lopez-Vito III; CTB and BPI Family Savings Bank President Jose Teodoro Limcaoco; BSP Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla, Jr.; CTB Secretary and Security Bank Savings President Gina Go; CTB Executive Director Suzanne Felix.  Standing are (from left): CTB Second Vice President and Malayan Savings Bank President George Martirez; CTB Treasurer and China Bank Savings President Alberto Emilio Ramos; CTB Immediate Past President and  HSBC Savings Bank President Patrick Cheng; CTB First Vice President and RCBC Savings Bank President Rommel Latinazo; CTB Trustee and Wealth Development Bank President Gregorio Anonas III; CTB Trustee and Queen City Development Bank President Rogelio Florete; CTB Trustee and Palawan Development Bank President Eric Mondragon; and CTB Consultant Benjamin Yambao. 

Angeline Quinto Stars in ABS CBN's newest Kilig-serye "Kahit Konting Pagtingin"

From being the Queen of Teleserye Theme Songs of many of ABS CBN's successful shows in the past years, Angeline Quinto goes beyond singing the songs to actually be part of the show herself. She will be part of their newest kilig-serye "Kahit Konting Pagtingin" with not just one but two leading men, Sam Milby and Paulo Avelino.  

This would be a new love team up with the PBB Hearthtrob Sam MIlby and the 2012 Breathrough Artist Paulo Avelino fresh from the success of his previous show, Walang Hanggan.

Forever pilots with high TV ratings

The much awaited premiere of GMA Network’s latest drama series FOREVER topbilled by Heart Evangelista, Geoff Eigenmann and Ms Gloria Romero debuted with high TV ratings on its pilot episode yesterday, January 21.

According to the more widely recognized TV ratings data supplier Nielsen TV Audience Measurement (based on overnight data), Forever posted a Mega Manila household rating of 15.3 percent against its counterpart program Aryana which garnered 14.8 percent. 

Forever, which is another original creation of the GMA Entertainment TV Group, is directed by Ricky Davao. It is an original concept by Jun Lana with Headwriter Kit Villanueva- Langit.

Heart, who plays the role of Young Adora, is very excited with her new show in the Kapuso Station and feels overwhelmed with the great reviews and comments she has been receiving from fans and viewers. “I’m very thrilled with my new show and I really liked the concept. I didn’t expect na trailer pa lang ganun na kaganda.”

REEL DEAL: The Man With The Iron Fists - Jaime Chung SPOTLIGHT


The Hangover Part II’s Jamie Chung plays Lady Silk in ‘The Man With Iron Fists’.  Producer Marc Abraham explains Lady Silk’s role in the action-adventure: “To buy the freedom of his beloved prostitute, the Blacksmith does what he has to do and builds weapons for bad guys.  He’s not proud of it, but he’s justified it.  In the end, he decides to free himself from all this and to do the right thing: to destroy those weapons and the people who have forced him to make them, and to hopefully free the woman he loves.  Ultimately, Jamie’s character is in love with him, but not so much that she would sacrifice her freedom.  She wants wealth, power and to get out.  She’s used him to some degree, but he’s touched her.”  

GMA Network fortifies regional presence at the start of 2013

Coming from an exceptionally productive 2012, GMA Network intensifies its commitment to further strengthen its presence all over the country and to reach more viewers this 2013. For January alone, GMA is set to launch its newest originating station and takes part in three of the country's grandest festivals.

As part of the Network's aggressive regional expansion efforts, GMA-7 launches the latest addition to its growing number of originating stations in the country: GMA Northern Mindanao.

Strategically located in Cagayan de Oro, GMA Northern Mindanao is expected to service over 1,404,183 estimated television households thereby effectively widening the Network's reach in the region.

GMA Northern Mindanao, which airs starting January 28, covers parts of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Bohol, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Compostela Valley, North and South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Zamboanga del Sur, and Maguindanao.

REEL DEAL: The Man With The Iron Fists - Batista SPOTLIGHT

Move-over ‘The Rock’ Half-Filipino Wrestler Superstar Dave Batista is here!

Half-Filipino World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar and current MMA heavyweight fighter David Batista stars as Brass Body in Universal Pictures’ “The Man With The Iron Fists”. The performer shares that his nearly invincible character—who is able to deflect any weapon by turning his skin into brass at will—is brutal inside and out.  He says: “If you break Brass Body down, what he is really is a mercenary.  In his opening scene, he’s carrying the little kids around, but basically what he wants is money.  He would kill his own mother for money.”

The Man With the Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and ELI ROTH.  Making his feature-film debut as a director, co-writer and leading man, RZA—alongside an exciting international cast led by RUSSELL CROWE as Jack Knife and LUCY LIU as Madam Blossom—tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-takes-all battle for a fortune in gold.

Derrick Monasterio admits getting jealous of Joshua Dionisio

Teen kapuso star Derrick Monasterio admitted that he sometimes feels jealous of fellow teen actor Joshua Dionisio, the former on-screen partner and rumored suitor of Barbie Forteza, who is Derrick's co-star in the afternoon series, "Paroa: Ang Kuwento ni Mariposa."

Derrick made the admission last week when he and Barbie engaged in a Live Chat with their fans online via GMA Network's web portal

An online chatter asked whether Derrick feels jealous of Joshua.  The teen actor answered the question out loud, albeit succinctly: "Opo. Minsan."

Marian Rivera and Glaiza de Castro’s rivalry intensifies in Temptation of Wife

Marian Rivera’s quest for vengeance against Glaiza de Castro further intensifies as her character plots new schemes to turn her world upside down in Temptation of Wife.

In the episodes this week, Chantal (Marian) and Heidi (Glaiza) face off in a make-up competition. In order to secure her victory, Heidi sabotages the models of Chantal. But Chantal wouldn’t let Heidi win so easily.

Chantal volunteers herself as the model for their rematch and after the deliberation, Chantal gets the judge’s nod and outshines Heidi, much to her dismay.  What will be Heidi’s reaction after her greatest rival Chantal walks away with the grand prize?

Nigel, on the other hand, (Rafael Rosell) continues to discourage Chantal from seeing Marcel (Dennis Trillo). He doesn’t want Chantal to get hurt again and fall prey to his sweet charm. But Chantal is already consumed with her desire for revenge against Marcel so she gives in to his request that they meet up again.

Angeline, Paulo, and Sam Team Up for the First Time in "Kahit Konting Pagtingin"

ABS CBN's newest 'kilig-serye' to air this January

This January, ABS CBN will launch its newest romantic-comedy series title "Kahit Konting Pagtingin," which stars Queen of Teleserye Songs Angeline QUinto together with her two dashing men, Breaktrhough Actor of 2012 Paulo Avelino and Romantic-Comedy Heartthrob Sam Milby.

According to Angleine, she is overjoyed with the blessing of having her first teleserye. "I am really happy becasue I didn't expect that this will happen" shared the singer-actress. "If before I'm only part of teleseryes as the singer of the theme songs, now TV viewers can watch me everyday as an actress."

SM North EDSA Great Northern Sale This February 2013!

The New Year means new life and also a time for great beginnings! SM North EDSA gives a treat to loyal mall goers and shopaholics with the SM North EDSA's The Great Northern Sale this February!

BIG SALE ALERT: Ascend to the high point of high fashion for a shopping experience you will never forget.

Indulge at the GREAT NORTHERN SALE this February 1 to 3, with up to 70% off on selected brands

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'The Tim Yap Show ' premieres tonight on GMA

Starting January 21, eventologist and TV host Tim Yap shares the latest updates from the world of show business via his latest show on GMA dubbed as The Tim Yap Show.  

Staying up late has never been this fun, exciting and entertaining. The Tim Yap Show will be the source of the latest updates from the brightest stars in showbiz and the hottest celebrities with the help of social media like Twitter and Facebook. Aside from that, Tim also gets exclusive access to the latest happenings with the most talked-about personalities in this upbeat late-night show. 

ART IS A BANG: School spirit takes center stage as “Rivalry” returns

Good news to those who missed out on the all-original and all-new Filipino production of Rivalry: Ateneo-La Salle The Musical

It’s another opportunity to bring out the pom-poms and prepare the loudest cheer as 
4th Wall Theater Company brings back the well-applauded and well-loved musical starting January 25, 2013 at the Meralco Theater.

School spirit is very much alive as Ateneans and La Sallites clash onstage and engage in an intense battle replete with rousing musical numbers, impressive choreography and exchanges of wit and humor. The competition between the two schools is so engaging that even those who are neither from Ateneo nor from La Salle enjoyed the show.

“Based on a backyard study we did, 45% of those who watched the first staging are neither from Ateneo nor from La Salle. More importantly, the audience of theater in the Philippines is not expanding the way it should be. The reason why we have to do this again is we know we have a market to tap. I would like for us to leave a legacy of really expanding the theater industry,” Ed Gatchalian, executive producer and musical director of Rivalry, explained.

An exclusive sneak preview of “Rivalry” was held recently for the online community to experience the much-talked about production.

ART IS A BANG: Pasinaya 2013

Watch Philippine BARANGGAY Folk Dance Troupe at 'PASINAYA: CCP Open House Festival'

Sunday | 3 February | 12:30pm
CCP Main Theater Ramp (Folk Dance Zone)
Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City

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This is American Idol Season 12!

Are you Team Minaj or Team Mariah?

That is the question for the fans of the new season of Amercian Idol which is having a new set of judges with the sole original hudge Randy Jackson and host Ryan Parentheses new season is expected to be hot with the clash of two lady judges Mariah Carey and Nicky Minaj. If you ask me, I'm going with Nicky Minaj because she may be young but has achieved a lot and proved to be a worthy artist that is never afraid of being normal to show musicality and innovation. Mariah is also a great diva with her timeless songs, great voice and hot body at her age definitely is worthy of an idol judge slate.

Now I am expecting a lot from the new set of judges as I, in the past years, grew less of a fan of the previous seasons because there wasn't something new. This season might actually be a saving grace to pioneer singing reality show of the US. The premiere of the new season goes full swing with its live telecast on Starworld.

Cheer for Pinoy Chef Paul Qui in Top Chef Season 9 on beTV

Get set to embark on the gruelling journey of fellow countryman, Paul Qui, to culinary excellence in America through the Emmy award-winning culinary contest reality TV series Top Chef Season 9. Follow the Manila-born, Texas, Austin-based chef through the toughest of cooking challenges against a record field of contestants and cheer him on to his glorious achievement on beTV as he does the Philippines proud!

Premiering January 21, 2013 and airing weeknights, 7:40pm on beTV, the riveting Top Chef returns for its latest, ninth season which chef Paul Qui wins! Share in his roller coaster ride through 18 episodes to beating 28 other contestants to bring home the US$125,000 cash prize as well as earn the coveted title of ‘Top Chef’. “Filipinos have a lot of heart, a lot of drive. And I definitely got that from my parents,” said Paul, who grew up in San Juan in Metro Manila. He believes these traits helped him ‘bring home the bacon’ from Top Chef.

Three OPM acts to watch out for in 2013

THIS 2013, there are three Original Pilipino Music (OPM) acts that you must watch out for. Young, talented, and oozing with mass appeal, they are a glimpse of the future of the Philippine music industry.

We’re talking about rock band Letter Day Story, balladeer-songwriter Myrus, and boy band 1:43 (pronounced as “one forty-three”). These three, who are all managed by public relations and social media expert Chris Cahilig, have been making waves across all media platforms.

LETTER DAY STORY, composed of rockers Aldrick “Dex” Yu, John Oliver “Oli” Agustin,  Chrisanthony “Not” Vinzons, and Emil Joseph “EJ” Arabit, won the Best Rock/Alternative Recording trophy at the 2012 Awit Awards for their song “Save Me.” They won over the other nominees, who are all more established and highly-respected bands and solo artists. 

GMA’s Yesterday’s Bride continuously wins in tv ratings nationwide

Yesterday’s Bride (YB) topbilled by GMA’s most in-demand actress Lovi Poe with Rocco Nacino consistently outscores the programs of the rival network since it aired last October 29.

Based on National Urban TV Audience Measurement (NUTAM) overnight ratings gathered by the more widely recognized TV ratings supplier, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement, Yesterday’s Bride marked an average household tv rating of 14.8% and ruled over its counterpart program Angelito: Ang Batang Yugto which only garnered an average of 8.6% from October 29 to December 15, 2012.

For the period December 17, 2012 to January 11, 2013, YB beats rival network’s newly aired program MMK Klasiks. YB registered a commanding average tv rating of 14.8% while the competing program only scored an average of 8.1%.

ART IS A BANG: Art Fair Philippines 2013

Art in a car park? Yes it can and will happen in Makati with Art Fair Philippines 2013 on February 7 to 10, 2013.  

Featuring the best in Philippine contemporary art, Art Fair Philippines 2013 will take place in an alternative urban venue--The Link car park located between the Makati Shangri-La Hotel and the Landmark Department Store. Many know the building because its walls convert into a glowing palette of ever-changing color in the evenings.  

Twenty-four invited galleries and art groups, chosen for carefully edited selections from their roster of artists, will transform Level 6 of the Ayala Land-owned car park into a boutique art fair.  Names familiar to followers of the Philippine art scene, stalwarts of regional art auctions, as well as promising newcomers will show work in all types of media. Visitors will be welcomed at a specially commissioned reception desk created entirely of iconic San Miguel Beer crates by artist Norberto “Peewee” Roldan, Jr.  

First CONVERSE Flagship Store Store Opens in the Philippines

Everybody loves sneakers, and when it comes to this kind of shoe one name comes to mind, Chuck Taylor by Converse. They have been the shoe of the deviant generation, the rockstars and the  artists (like me). Its comfortable feel makes you want to jump and run, and sometimes eccentric. 

Though converse has been available in the contry for quite some time and stores in malls, they just recently launched their first flagship store in the Philippines which is the biggest in area and also with the variety of merchandise available.

In the launch January 18, 2013, it was well attended by the media, the converse management, and celebrities like Bernard Palace, Tessa Prieto-Valdez, Kapamilya stars Ejay Falcon, Khalil Ramos, Zaijan Jaranilla and Xyriel Manabat. The store is located near the link between the Landmark and is along the people traffic in Glorietta. 

Boracay Garden Resort offers special rates at the 20th Travel Tour Expo

Visit Henann Resorts’ booth at the 20th Travel Tour Expo (TTE) at the SMX Convention Center from February 15 to 17 and get as much as 40% discount on published rates and 20% discount on Boracay Garden Resort’s packages.

Based on twin sharing, pay as low as P5,471 net per person for a two-day stay in a deluxe room. The package is inclusive of roundtrip transfers via Caticlan, daily buffet breakfast and set dinner. Travel period is until March 31, 2014 except on super peak dates.

REEL DEAL: Award-WInning Filmmakers , Actors Assembled in Lincoln

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg directs “Lincoln,” adapted from the book of Pulitzer Prize

winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner and starring Academy Award-winners Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field - which essays a time in Abraham Lincoln’s life when he is in the most perilous final four months of his presidency.

I came I Ate I Conquered Yoshinoya's Gyudon Eating Contest!

No doubt I do love Japanese food and Gyudon is one of them. Yoshinoya, where I consider to have the best Gyudon in the country, is having the GYUDON EATING CONTEST now on its fourth year. Indeed it is a challenge as the dish is very heavy even for a regular bowl. Now imagine yourself eating several bowls within the limited time of 5 minutes.

To get to know the feeling, we had a blogger's contest on who can eat the most bowl in 5 minutes. I had experienced this contest 2 years ago where I came only second with 3 and a half bowls. As you can see, the table is placed with gyudon bowls, condiments and a glass of water. The countdown begins ...3...2...1...

You can also be part of this contest which open to all, and the first step is to go to the nearest Yoshinoya outlet near you. Up to 100,000 pesos is up at steak for the winner! Isn't that sweet, eating and winning has never been this great!

Ayala Cinema Les Miserables Movie Trivia Promo!

Love to watch Les Miserables on the big screen?

Check out this wonderful movie at Ayala malls and also join in their promos that will make your movie date really special!

Reserve your cinema tickets early  - check out Ayala Malls Cinemas’  for your all-access pass to exclusive “LES MISERABLES” movie events and promos at Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Alabang Town Center, Market!Market!, Trinoma, Ayala Center Cebu, Marquee Mall Angeles, Abreeza Davao and Harbor Point Olongapo.