Best of December: Let beTV stir up both hemispheres of your brain!

According to psychologists, the left side of the brain controls logical thinking, while the right side showcases one’s creativity. One uses the left hemisphere for analyzing and the right for creative pursuits. This December, let beTV’s line up of shows work both logical and creative thinking and help viewers figure out their brain’s dominant side!

For the brain’s left hemisphere

Catch Dr. Dani Santino (Callie Thorne) as she continues to evaluate and analyze how to go about her roller coaster of a life in the 3rd season of Necessary Roughness. The series focuses on how a tough divorcee like Dr. Dani is able to get her life and career back on track when she loses her job as the psychotherapist for the New York Hawks professional football team and lands a new challenge at talent management agency V3 under the charming Connor McClane (John Stamos) who has secrets to hide. In past seasons, Dr. Dani had been underestimated at every turn, but succeeded beyond all expectations and became a sought-after therapist for her unique brand of tough love therapy, among professional athletes, musicians, politicians. All this while also raising two teenage children on her own and managing her love life. Necessary Roughness begins on December 12, 9:00 PM, Mondays to Thursdays, first and exclusive on beTV! 

FASHIONISTA: Fashion Experiments With Converse Weatherized Collection

Today we will be cooking up something new, not with food ingredients, but with fashion find that we can inside the flagship store of Converse Philippines. Housing the popular Chuck Taylors and other Converse collections like Jack Purcell and specials with comic series like Batman and other DC characters, we can now make an interesting approach to the sneaker brand and it other products.  

Sneakers is probably the best thing that ever happened in footwear. Developed in the past century has now the footwear of the people. And one of the iconic brands, Converse has reinvented itself to keep up with the times as style and taste change. And that is why we answered the call of converse for fashion bloggers to express and impress ourselves through mixing and matching different styles and combination using their latest line up, the  Converse Weatherized Collection. The new line up has a great selection of design and functionality which is both practical and fashionable. 

Converse maybe a brand for the skating generation, this does not limit the other possibilities of styles one can come up with. That is why I like to call it "Fashion Experiments with Converse Weatherized Collection."

Looking at the different designs of the collection, I saw the perfect personalities that would fit for those sneakers. And I have come up with 4 styles using 4 different sneakers, and probably 4 different personalities that come with it.  I posted these pictures in my instagram too.

Air Asia Flies People To Help People Live A life Well Lit

On November 30, 2013, Crizal Transitions, the leading Photochromic lens in the world, wants us to “see life in a brighter light.” As such, they have organized the first-ever open-air music and movie festival, Cinemajam!

Live music from GraceNote, Moonstar 88, Itchyworms, Callalily, and a special performance by Bamboo will be filling the air and setting the mood for the day-to-night affair. On the other hand, movies Love, Actually and Limitless, the mystery thriller featuring Bradley Cooper ensures different angles on life and love.

December Happenings at Solaire!

Come and celebrate this Christmas season at Solaire as they present Solaire Exclusives Holiday 2013! Feel the magic as they bring you loads of entertainment that are surely perfect for the whole family. 

Celebrate the Christmas spirit around 18-foot, adorned pines trees while you enjoy classic holiday symphonies with their very own line-up of choir groups. Musical Fountain Show with synchronized water, music, and light displays will surely leave you in awe.  Christmas is never complete without Santa! Grab the chance to meet & greet Santa and take photos with him together with the whole bunch.  

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UPAA Presents Willie Nep In "Comic Relief" For UP Super typhoon Victims

The UPAA is sponsoring comedian Willie Nepomuceno in “COMIC RELIEF: It’s more fund in the Philippines” on December 14, 2013, Saturday, 8:00 PM, at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan City. The show is for the benefit of UP students, faculty and staff deprived of facilities and resources by Super Typhoon Yolanda, specifically those in the devastated UPV Tacloban College and UPM School of Health Sciences in Palo, Leyte.

With funds generated from the project, the UPAA hopes to help enable many of the severely afflicted students to continue their schooling in the Leyte campuses, or other UP campuses, and thus pursue careers that will empower them to contribute to the advancement of their region and the country.

FASHIONISTA: Fashion Bloggers Weather It Out in the New Converse Collection

The community of fashion blogger will be abuzz on November 28, Thursday, as 23 of their most well-known personalities will battle it out in "The 2013 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Weatherized Collection Look Challenge." Converse flagship store in Glorietta 2 in Makati City will be the stomping ground of this event where fashionistas - both men and women - will have to come up with a distinct ensemble using shoes and apparels (jackets, caps and bags) from the brands Weatherized Collection.

The de riguer fashion statement of the season, the 2013 Chuck Taylor All Star Weatherized collection displays a rough-hewn look perfect for the urban terrain. They are worn by those who want to experience life in all its textures and complexity, the perfect antidote to the safe and experienced. As arbiters of taste and setter of trend, fashion bloggers will be naturally drawn to the collection for its complete disregard of conventions.

MUSIC LYF: American Idol Star Jessica Sanchez Releases New Charity Single “Lead Me Home”

Proceeds From Single Sales to Be Donated to the Red Cross Benefiting Victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines

“Lead Me Home” First Single from the Forthcoming Original Cast Recording, Heartbeat of Home, A New Music And Dance Spectacular With Music By Brian Byrne

To Be Released February 2014 on Decca/Universal Music Classics

American Idol star Jessica Sanchez lends her soaring vocals to the inspiring single, “Lead Me Home,” the first track available from the forthcoming Original Cast Recording, Heartbeat of Home. The full length album will be released under Decca/Universal Music Classics (MCA Music / Universal Music Philippines) in February 2014.

As a young singer of Philippine decent, Sanchez and the Decca label have partnered to donate $0.90 from each single sold of “Lead Me Home” to the Red Cross to support those affected by Typhoon Yolanda in the region.

Art in the City: Filipino artistry in focus as Greenfield kicks off Art for Generations

The rise of an idle piece of land into a vibrant urban district tells a compelling story of how art, nurtured by a creative vision and an enduring commitment to innovation through time, weaves cultures and ideas all together to build a community where lifestyles thrive in progress.

This has been the story that Greenfield Development Corporation has been carefully crafting all these years. Greenfield began as one of the country’s largest property ownership and landholding companies in 1961, armed with a significant pool of land and resources, and an unwavering vision of land stewardship and legacy.

It began etching a name for itself through its involvement in the development of growth centers and key areas in Metro Manila, particularly in Mandaluyong City, its host city. One key achievement that has successfully risen from this endeavor is Greenfield District—a 12.8 hectare mixed-use development that stands as the company’s flagship project.

ART IS A BANG: Maxie The Musical is the Best Filipino Musical of The Year!

That is what I can say confidently to all (and even you) as I witnessed the cast played the songs that has been playing in my head after the press preview of Maxie the Musical (Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros) at the PETA Theater this November.

Maxie the Musical inspired from the indie movie which won awards and shown in international film festivals was also a hit in the Theatrical version. With songs made by great composers/singers William Elvin Manzano, JJ Pimpinio, and Janine Santos. Direction and choreography by Dexter M. Santos.

#ViberHelps with United Republiq

It is now possible that while people enjoy great electronic music can gather help to the typhoon-stricken areas of Visayas through the collaboration of Republiq, Worldwide Womb and Driven, together with the free call and messaging app VIBER presents UNITED REPUBLIQ, held last November 21 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds. 

It was a gathering of the biggest names in Electronic Dance Music, the world-renowned DJs Axwell, Nicky Romero and Dutch duo NO_ID. Also playing in the concert are the top DJs Ace Ramos, Mars Miranda, Martin Pulgar and Marc Naval. The event was a non-spot string of electronic beats from evening to sunrise with people partying to the sound and of course non-stop dancing and partying.

The Holiday Rush Continues With the Crocs Christmas Megasale 2013

Here’s another reason to be jolly this Christmas.

The most popular shopping event of the country continues as Crocs sets another opportunity for Crocs fans to shop until they drop. Fresh from the success of their Megasale in Tiendesitas last November, Crocs announces a second date at its homebase, the NBC Tent at the Fort from December 3 to 5, 2013.

In what could be the biggest sale event of the year, Crocs says that the Megasale is a way to say thank you to their fans who have made the Megasale a success for five years running. As an added treat, RCBC Cardholders are treated to a free entrance for them and their companion of choice, while fans can enjoy all the choices for only a P50 entrance fee.

With over 200 designs to choose form and at up to 90% off, the holidays are just more fun with Crocs.

Viber Pledges Financial Aid To Philippine National Red Cross, GMA Kapuso Foundation

In light of the current state of calamity in the Central Visayas region wrought by super typhoon Yolanda, Viber has pledged its financial aid to the Philippine National Red Cross and GMA Kapuso Foundation.

Aside from its charitable contribution, Viber has also spearheaded its own typhoon relief campaign called “Viber Helps.”

On top of this initiative is its Viber Out, a new service that allows Viber users to make free calls to Globe mobile subscribers in the Philippines. The service was borne out of the pressing need to address the breakdown of communication services in the typhoon-stricken areas in the Visayas.

XSTIG: Microsoft reimagines life through Windows Glass House

Microsoft Philippines illustrates how Windows 8.1 apps and devices power Filipino families and transform their everyday living

Microsoft Philippines today has unveiled the Windows Glass House, a life-size installation that replicates a typical home but is reimagined with the incorporation of different Windows 8.1 devices and apps made for each member of the family. The Glass House, designed by renowned interior designers Ivy and Cynthia Almario, illustrates the ability of Microsoft technology to power Filipino families and to transform their everyday living. The Glass House showcased the newest Windows 8.1 tablets such as the Lenovo MIXX2 and Acer W4. The new Asus T100, otherwise known as the ‘Transformer Book,’ also took center change as the device that is both a tablet and a netbook. Other new devices such as the Nokia Lumia 1020 were also displayed to complement the Glass House. 

LIVEvolution: Leveling Up Living Standards

Times are changing fast and the economy is at its record high with construction and Real Estate as one of the growing industries in the country. Just like mobile and internet technology, there is no other way for industries but to "level up" existing practices and information to new and more effective ways that will be game-changing yet efficient.

We might remember the days that materials were made from the things found in the environment, but given the limited resources and space of the modern city and the changing rural landscape, and extreme natural phenomenon which would damage structures is a constant strife for the construction industry.

BPI and SMART launches new and exciting ‘BPI Load SMART and Win!’ Promo

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), through its mobile banking platform BPI Express Mobile, together with SMART Communications, Inc. introduced its newest mobile banking prepaid reloading promo that gives mobile banking clients a chance to win SMART Money cash credits.

Recently launched at the SMART Jump Experience Center in SM Megamall Cyberzone, the “Load Smart and Win” promo rewards loyal users of BPI Express Mobile's SMS-based mobile banking through SMART.

“BPI and SMART commits to continuously offer fast, secure, and easy mobile banking to our mutual clients. We want to make even the most basic of transactions, like prepaid reloading, extraordinary by rewarding our clients through the ‘Load SMART and Win Promo’,” said Mr. Frederick Faustino, AVP, Mobile Banking Channel, Bank of the Philippine Islands.


Dirty business is indeed very dirty and bloody at the same time. But it can also be luxurious and philosophical. This is what I realized when I saw "The Counselor" starring Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz.

The movie is a very complicated web of characters ranging from the innocent girl, drug cartels, crazy sex freaks, and many other links that one would never imagine being part of an illegal trade.

The Counselor reminds me of Vanilla Sky with Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz, and the one thing missing is Tom Cruise, which is filled  by Michael Fassbender. The  best thing about the Counselor is its eye for detail, which is best seen with Cameron Diaz's character. Sophisticated, complex yet close to reality which gives that chill and sometimes pity to  innocent characters involved in the mess.

REEL DEAL: 47 Ronin

"47 Ronin" is helmed by visionary director Carl Erik Rinsch ("The Gift"). Inspired by styles as diverse as Miyazaki and Hokusai, Rinsch will bring to life the stunning landscapes and enormous battles that will display the timeless Ronin story to global audiences in a way that's never been seen before.

From ancient Japan's most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure "47 Ronin" is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 Ronin. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.

“47 Ronin” is released and distributed by United International Pictures through Solar Entertainment Corp.

National Geographic Channel Turns Spotlight On "Comet of teh Century"

In anticipation of what could be one of the biggest astronomical events in our lifetime, National Geographic Channel will be broadcasting Comet Of The Century, a show that will introduce the world to Comet ISON as it passes near Earth by the end of the month of November this year. The special will combine CGI and breathtaking images captured by cutting-edge technology to show why the coming of Comet ISON is considered by many astronomers to be a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic event.

REEL DEAL: "Afternoon Delight" SPOTLIGHT

Sundance Film Festival Winner "Afternoon Delight" Follows a Woman's Sexual Awakening

Fresh from her remarkable hilarious role in the movie “We’re The Millers” with Jennifer Aniston, Katherine Hahn’s  talent shines through in her first starring role in “Afternoon Delight” about a stay at home mom whose sexual awakening came in her 30s when everything looks just perfect.  

The Adventurer : The Curse of Midas Box

Ancient mysteries. Powerful evil. And a fearless hero's quest through a fantastical realm of steam-powered wonders and sinister magic. In The Adventurer : The Curse of the Midas Box, seventeen-year-old Mariah Mundi's life is turned upside down when his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped. Following a trail of clues to the darkly majestic Prince Regent Hotel, Mariah discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long-lost artifact that grants limitless wealth - but also devastating supernatural power. With the fate of his world, and his family at stake, Mariah will risk everything to unravel the Curse of the Midas Box!

‘The Adventurer: The Curse of Midas Box’ released and distributed by Captive Cinema showing soon!

REEL DEAL: Director Neil Jordan on Byzantium and Vampire Movies

Neil Jordan’s body of work is an odd, fascinating beast. On one level, the Irish director’s fablelike films — with their often mystical elements, their vivid photography, and their tormented, passionate characters — are remarkably consistent in tone, style, and themes. On another level, though, the films are a diverse lot, ranging from moody dramas like Mona Lisa and The End of the Affair, to thrillers like The Crying Game and The Good Thief, to big-budget, star-studded epics like Interview With a Vampire and Michael Collins, to fairy tales like The Company of Wolves. He’s even made a couple of exuberant comedies along the way (including High Spirits, which is better than you remember). Now, with his latest, Byzantium, a tale of mother-and-daughter vampires (played by Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan) hiding out in a British seaside town, Jordan has returned to the vampire genre, and the result is one of his strongest, most ambitious and romantic works in years. Jordan talked to us about his new movie, fairy tales, and vampires.

Social Revolutionists conquered Laguna at the Laguna Blogging Summit

Santa Cruz, Laguna--November 14 & 15, 2013 are the dates that Social Revolutionists conquered the hearts of Laguenos. The 2nd Laguna Social Media and Blogging Summit (#2LaBS) was held at the Cultural Center of Laguna from 8am to 5pm with powerful speakers who were armed with their strong & revolutionary topics to share, empower & teach the participants about Online Marketing, Social Media Ethics, Passion, Responsibilities and on how to become a catalyst for change. 

For this year, the event became bigger and louder. The participating students are from Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU), STI, AMA, University of the Philippines and De La Salle Zobel Ayala Alabang. 


In attendance at the recently concluded Australian (Sydney) premiere of the upcoming adventure comedy “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty are Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig.

Ben Stiller produces and stars in the movie where no one really knows the power of the private dreams inside our heads  . . . until they inspire our reality.  That’s what happens in Ben Stiller’s contemporary rethink of one of the most influential fantasy stories of all time – indeed the quintessential tale about the irresistible allure of fantasizing: James Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”  Stiller has taken that two-and-a-half page 1939 classic and opened it up into a 21st Century comic epic about a man who finds that his real life is about toblow his wildly over-active imagination out of the water.

Check some of the photos here.

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” opens January 22 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Prizes Won on "Bet On Your Baby" Getting Bigger By The Week

Grand prize of P1 million, still up for grabs

After having opened its Baby Dome doors to regular contestants, “Bet On Your Baby” has helped in creating a more secure tomorrow for a number of families, especially with their winnings not going below P100,000 in the show’s jackpot round.

Last Saturday (November 16), the country witnessed how lucky Baby Wafat Garcia, the son of a worker in the rice plantation industry, was as his family took home P300,000.

This Saturday (November 23), will another family win big to finally reach the grand prize of P1 million in the jackpot round?

MUSIC LYF: Regine Velasquez-Alcasid provides inspiration in Hulog Ka Ng Langit

Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez has recently launched a number of special projects for the benefit of the Typhoon Yolanda victims like the auction of her personal items. Aside from this, Universal Records and the Songbird recently released the album Hulog Ka Ng Langit, part of its proceed goes to Philippine Red Cross. 

The album, composed of songs that give inspiration to wives and mothers, has the beautifully-penned Hulog Ka Ng Langit as debut single and title track of the album. The song truly embodies what the album is all about – unconditional love between husbands and wives, and mothers to children.

REEL DEAL: "The Ouija Experiment" Gone Terribly Wrong

Based on true events, “The Ouija Experiment” narrates the story of five friends who decide to record their experimental sessions with an Ouija board hoping to create a viral video that will make them famous.  Directed and written by Israel Luna whose foray into filmmaking was inspired by the movie “The Exorcist” at the age of five, he would then eventually be known for his  horror and offbeat films such as “Fright Flick,”  “Ticked-off Trannies with Knives” and “The Deadbeat Club.”

#ViberHelps with #UnitedRepubliq

Have you imagined that you can donate and help our fellow Filipinos at the same time? Well that is possible with the concert that will happen later at the Mall of Asia grounds with United Republiq made possible by Viber Philippines!

Pledge P500 worth in cash or in kind and party for a cause with superstar DJs AxwellNicky Romero, and NO_ID! Just drop by the Viber Area MOA Concert Grounds with your donations between 2PM to 12MN to score free admission today! See you there! #ViberHELPS #UnitedRepubliq



Audio-distribution service SoundCloud debuted its first-ever movie trailer in partnership with 20th Century Fox via “The Book Thief” trailer featuring the film’s score by John Williams with visuals from the movie.

It's yet another way SoundCloud, which has 250 million active users monthly, is ramping up its visual presence. Last month, SoundCloud added Instagram integration, allowing users to apply their filtered photos as artwork on their audio players.  


Designer To The Stars' Francis Libiran Is Metrowear Icon

In celebration of Metro Magazine’s 24th year, which coincides with Francis Libiran’s 15 years in the fashion industry, Metro has named him, the “designer to the stars,” its latest Metrowear Icon.

Libiran has gained renown for his elegant style and great skill with draping fabrics and doing intricate beadwork. His creations have drawn the attention of fashionistas in both local and international circles. Among the stars that have been fortunate to wear his beautiful dresses and bespoke suits are the likes of Anne Curtis, Sam Milby, Shaina Magdayao, Billy Crawford, Xian Lim and Kim Chiu. For major events like the Star Magic Ball, the brightest (and most fashion-savvy) of stars look forward to wearing his creations. His latest fashion coup was creating the dresses and gowns wore by 2013 Miss World winner, Megan Young. His coral beaded evening won him raves all around.

Jeepney TV Hold First Anniversary As Fundraiser for #TulongPH

Jeepney TV, the home for the Philippines’ daily dose of throwbacks, recently commemorated the celebration of its first anniversary with a concert held to benefit relief operations done by the Sagip Kapamilya campaign last Friday (November 15).

With Jeepney TV’s concert entitled “Hapi-Hapi Kaara-One,” special guests from yesterday and today performed musical numbers dedicated to the victims of the recent super typhoon Yolanda.

#YolandaPH: Leyte Progressive High School students get free tuition in Manila

Students of Leyte Progressive High School (LPHS) of Tacloban City, who evacuated to Manila after being affected by the wrath of Typhoon Yolanda, can now enroll at various Chinese Schools in Metro Manila. The following school announced additional assistance:.

JUAN MINUTE: Enrique is the "King of the Gil"

Fresh from the success of She's The One, Enrique Gil is set to a bigger stage with one of his best asset as an artist, his dance moves. Dubbed as Philippine showbiz’s ‘Dougie King’ he is ready to conquer the Smart-Araneta Coliseum this November as he brings his own swag and delight his supporters at his first ever concert titled “King of the Gil.”

Enrique has also been in Kapamilya projects like "Princess and I" , "Muling Buksan ang Puso", MMK and  in several music videos with Kapamilya artists like Zia Quizon and Myrtle. He is also a YouTube hit for his dance moves especially  when he performed for the "I-Vice Ganda Mo Ako Concert".

In the recent BlogCon with Enrique, he confirms that half of his talent fee will be donated to the victims of the storm in Visayas. He also shares that dancing comes naturally when the music starts to play. He did not expect that his moves for "Teach Me How To Dougie" and "Gentleman" were dancing hits to many. And with a string of dance hits with his moves, this gave way for the album "King of the Gil" made by Star Records and a possible new album after the concert.

REEL DEAL: Shakes and Rattles In Korean Movie "Horror Stories"

Asia’s culture probably holds the creepiest of ghostly encounters based on true events due to the people’s dire need to connect with the spirits of their loved ones or someone who might reveal truths of unsolved mysteries. 

In the upcoming Korean movie “Horror Stories 2,” parallel to the country’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll” ghost stories, three stories of spirits come to life in an insurance company wherein they connect with the dead to find answers to fraudulent claims. But as each case is reopened, a dark shadow surges over them and grows stronger as the memories of the dead come to life.   

The movie starts to reveal dark spirits in the basement of an insurance company where an employee and her boss goes through old files for review.  The company’s manager named Park (played by Park Sung-Wong) discovers that his eccentric new employee Se-Young (Lee Se-Young) has an extraordinary ability to see past events that happened by connecting to any personal belongings  of the dead.  Park then uses Se-Young’s gift to unravel mysteries in their past insurance cases that were left unanswered.

Converse hails Even as its first-ever ‘Get Loud’ champ

Baguio-based band and North Luzon representative Even, whose song “Luminary” extols the virtue of holding one’s head up high, taking chances and being the best that you can be—important in this time of national crisis—was declared the first-ever “Converse Get Loud Band Competition” champ in the song writing & musical showdown held at Excess Superclub last November 9.

The band, which bested four other finalists chosen from major regions of the archipelago, also walked away with the People’s Choice Award by having garnered the most votes from Converse Philippines’ official Facebook page.

REEL DEAL: Celebrating The Potential Everybody Has In "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty"

Meet Walter Mitty, an ordinary person given to adventurous daydreams far grander than his real life.  Directed, produced and starred by blockbuster actor and filmmaker Ben Stiller,  “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” follows a modern day-dreamer, an ordinary magazine photo editor who takes a regular mental vacation from his ho-hum existence by disappearing into a world of fantasies electrified by dashing heroism, passionate romance and constant triumphs over danger.  But when Mitty and the co-worker he secretly adores (Kristen Wiig) stand in actual peril of losing their jobs, Walter must do the unimaginable:  take real action – sparking a global journey more extraordinary than anything he could have ever dreamed up.