REEL DEAL: Honor Thy Father REVIEW

If there would that would stand out this year for the Metro Manila Film Festival is the inclusion of the film HONOR THY FATHER by Erik Matti. The film was also produced by its lead actor John Lloyd Cruz. The announcement of the film to be included in this year's roster was made in late October which surprised the public, and also gave a shorter time for marketing compared to the other entries.

Honor Thy Father is unique by showing a spectrum of fathers in matriarchal inclined Filipino film industry. But mothers also play a great part on this movie that intensifies the scenes. It has also been ages since we seen a film made in the North, as we see not the tourist sites but the mountains, the mines, and the terrains that gives us a new feeling.

Honor Thy Father comes as a relief to film goers who prefer serous and meticulous movies that targets real social issues and would definitely make an impact in for the festival. But despite the great reviews it got with earlier screenings as a feature film in Cinema One Original Festival, the film cries fouls with initially the limited cinemas and some are pulling out the film to give the slot to the popular films. There is also the controversy with the disqualification from the Best Picture Award because of "non-disclosure" that did not comply to the regulation of the festival.

Despite the movie being disqualified in the best picture race, it bagged awards in the Festival for Best Original Song, Best Make-Up Artist (Ryan Panaligan & Erika Racela), Best Supporting Actor (Tirso Cruz III) Best Child Performer (Krystal Brimmer), and Best Director (Erik Matti). But due to the controversy, Erik Matti did not go to the awards night but sent a representative to read his statement as his acceptance speech.

"The Finest Hours" Depicts Greatest Boat Rescue in US History‏

A heroic action-thriller, Disney's “The Finest Hours” is based on the extraordinary true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history in the U.S. Presented in Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D, the film transports audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale.

Directed by Craig Gillespie, “The Finest Hours” stars Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films); Academy Award®-nominee Casey Affleck (“Interstellar”); Ben Foster (“3:10 to Yuma”); Holliday Grainger (“Cinderella”); John Ortiz (“Silver Linings Playbook”); and Eric Bana (“Lone Survivor”).

“EDDIE THE EAGLE” Trailer Reveal

Eddie never gives up and likes to prove his detractors wrong. Sounds universally familiar?  Just like the unbreakable focus and determination of the recently crowned Ms. Universe 2015, Philippines’ Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach comes an inspiring story based on true events in “Eddie The Eagle” starring Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton. 

From the producers of the blockbuster action movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” the feel-good story of “Eddie The Eagle” is about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Egerton), a courageous yet unlikely British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as his family and the entire nation initially counted him out.  Persistently trying to perfect his skill with the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach, portrayed by Hugh Jackman, Eddie eventually wins the hearts of sports fans round the globe when he performed a historic feat at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.  A loveable underdog with a never-say-die attitude will rise in “Eddie The Eagle” when it opens in cinemas this April 2016. 

From 20th Century Fox, check out “Eddie The Eagle” trailers here: ,

REEL DEAL: Star Wars The Force Awakens REVIEW

This has been the most awaited movie of the year, and many have high hopes and expectation for the film. As the Star Wars franchise made a mark in pop culture and has been part of many generations who have seen it, collected toys and merchandise, games, and even had cosplays of it. 

To start a whole new films that follows the timeline after the original trilogy which stars Mark Hamil, Harrisson Ford and Carrie Fisher. As a lapse of over 30 years, lot has changed in the galaxy far far away. With a new kind of evil that rose from the previous empire, a new villain Kylo Ren emerges to seek the destruction of the rebels.

There also comes the characters of Poe (Isaac), Rey (Ridley), and Finn (Boyega) who will start a new path and will also be connected with the Resistance. It will be refreshing to see Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker for this one. But let us not forget that there are also the droids C3PO, R2D2, and the new favorite BB8.

Up And Coming Talented Young Actor Josh Green Stars As Mischievous Brother-To-Be-In “ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS 4: THE ROAD CHIP”

The Chipmunks we know and love, Alvin, Theodore and Simon embark on a journey across the U.S. and for the first time, they’re on a mission to keep their family together in the fourth installment of the hugely successful family adventure franchise in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.”

In their latest adventure, through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami…and dump them.  They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother, Miles, played by Josh Green.

The idea of Dave tying the knot doesn’t thrill the boys; in fact, they fear it’ll uproot their lives – and maybe uproot them from Dave’s home!  Further complicating matters is Sam’s (Dave’s special friend played by Kimberly Willams-Paisley) teenage son, Miles (Green), who has an instant dislike of the Chipmunks.

Share the Holiday Cheer With SM Bears Of Joy!

The spirit of giving continues this Christmas with another year of SM Foundation's SM Bears of Joy. This will be the great opportunity to share the joy and blessing we received this year. Available on all SM Malls, the SM Bears of Joy are available for only P200 in which you get two bears!

One bear is for you to cuddle, and the other one is for sharing to a child in need who will definitely appreciate your act of kindness. It is really the most meaningful gift you can get, and the child, this season!

Young Adult Novel "The 5th Wave" Takes Battle to the Big Screen‏

A powerhouse cast led by Chloë Grace Moretz (“If I Stay”), Nick Robinson (Jurassic World”), Ron Livingston (“The Conjuring”), Alex Roe (upcoming “Rings”), and Liev Schreiber (“Salt”) stars in Columbia Pictures’ adaptation of Rick Yancey’s bestselling novel “The 5th Wave,” the first book in his planned trilogy.

In the film, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him.

Yancey’s book was published in 2013 to critical and popular acclaim, with over 20 weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers list. The second book in the trilogy, The Infinite Sea, met with similar acclaim and success, with the third book, The Last Star, set for release next year.

Worry no more about those post-Christmas pounds Jump-start your post-holiday health regimen with the Philips Power Juicer

With the abundance of delicious food last Christmas and New Year’s Eve, it’s not surprising that most have gained a few pounds over the holidays. There’s nothing wrong with taking a well-deserved break from diets and weight-loss goals to enjoy the season, but now it’s over, it’s time to go back to healthy living.

An easy yet delicious way of returning to a healthy regimen is juice cleansing. By consuming fresh fruit and vegetable juice as part of a diet program, the body is able to get rid of built-up toxins from unhealthy food and habits. It also helps the body absorb the nutrients it needs to jump-start metabolism for weight loss.

Latino Actor Guns for People's Votes in "Our Brand is Crisis"‏

In Warner Bros. Pictures' “Our Brand is Crisis,” front and center of the election chaos stands presidential candidate and veteran politico Castillo, who sees his consultants (led by Sandra Bullock's Jane Bodine) as a necessary evil, and whose mix of charm, pride and privilege is deftly captured by Portuguese actor Joaquim de Almeida (“Fast Five”).

The actor nearly didn’t make the “Our Brand is Crisis” shoot because of an ill-timed gym injury shortly before production, but instead opted to use the situation to his advantage. “Castillo is not an easy guy, not a smiling, happy guy. He has issues. He’s impatient. So I used my own discomfort for the character,” he says.

Misa De Gallo Diaries Day 9: St. Peter and Paul Parish Makati

For the final night of the Misa De Gallo Diaries, I went to a new direction with a new church that I have not celebrated Simbang Gabi with. Since all of the churches nearby are already in the list. Choosing the church/chapel would mean going beyond my comfort zone. And it was just beyond the river-bend literally. The "hidden" parish of St. Peter and Paul is almost 400 years old and is just two rides from home and it has only been once that I attended mass there. 

The church is a perfect fusion of the old and the new, with the facade of stone reminding us of the past, and the interior with LED TVs for prompts and videos embraces the future beautifully without overpowering each other.

Horror-Thriller "The Forest" Unveils First Trailer‏

The first trailer of Columbia Pictures' upcoming suspense thriller “The Forest,” has been unveiled and may be viewed at

The trailer for director Jason Zada’s horror film finds Natalie Dormer straying from the path through Japan’s Aokigahara Forest in search of her missing twin sister.

Rising with terrifying grandeur at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan, the legendary real-life Aokigahara Forest is the suspense-filled setting of the supernatural thriller “The Forest.” A young American woman, Sara (Natalie Dormer of “Game of Thrones” and “The Hunger Games”), journeys there in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. In the company of expatriate Aiden (Taylor Kinney of “Chicago Fire”), Sara enters the forest having been well warned to “stay on the path.” Determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, Sara will have to face the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who dares come near them. These malevolent spirits lying in wait for Sara at every turn will plunge her into a frightening darkness from which she must fight to save herself.

Misa De Gallo Diaries Day 8: Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord

For the eight day of the Simbang Gabi Series, I finally went with SM Megamall's Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord which has been a part of the Misa De Gallo Diaries from the first year. And with a diverse mass celebrators each year, there is indeed something new to be experienced with the mass here.

However I came in late for the mass despite an earlier effort but it was not due to the traffic, it was the cash register. I made my last minute shopping at the next door mall with the gift certificate I got this year. Since that would the few places I can redeem them, I made my shopping there. It took me an hour since the selections were quite expensive, and when I was at the counter, the gcs need to be verified first before finishing the transaction which cost me minutes behind the start of the mass. I quickly went to megamall after that, and along the way thinking why I have sacrificed precious time for shopping. But I was glad that I can still make ot for the celebration.

Misa De Gallo Diaries Day 7: San Roque Parish

I was planning of having an anticipated mass on this day but the traffic was so horrible that I went into a different route which brings me to San Juan Greenhills. I was hoping for a mass at the Holy Family Chapel inside the mall but what I saw was the people already leaving the chapel. The mass was held at 7pm and I arrived at 8pm.

But I never lost hope, I went into another trip this time going to Robinsons Galleria which has the EDSA shrine. I would expect that I would celebrate the mass at around 8 or 9 based on previous experiences. However, when I got there, the church was open but there is no mass. There is no tarpaulin or any information in their bulletin board about the Simbang Gabi Schedules.

Are you Instagram-ready for the holidays? You can always be camera-ready with Philips' line of grooming and beauty products

It's the season to be jolly, but Christmas is also the best time to be camera-ready.

Apart from capturing unforgettable moments with loved ones, people also love sharing their experiences on social media. Facebook and Instagram feeds become a stream of gifts, celebrations, and those ubiquitous Christmas selfies once the holiday season rolls in.

People take the extra effort to look more dashing, more gorgeous than usual for their Christmas photos. Some even go to great lengths to make sure no one posts any unflattering photos of them after the festivities die down. It's not just a moment in history for many; it's that special time of the year where you could look and feel your best.

Saoirse Ronan Wins Best Actress For Role In “BROOKLYN”

Saoirse Ronan, her first name being pronounced as SIR-sha, is currently making headlines after winning Best Actress in two of the recently concluded prestigious award giving bodies - the British Independent Film Awards and the New York Critics Film Awards for her starring role in the profoundly stirring movie “Brooklyn.”

Currently a frontrunner in the upcoming 2016 Golden Globes for Best Actress in A Motion Picture, Drama for her role in “Brooklyn,” Ronan in her acceptance speech at the British Independent Film Awards shared that "I got an amazing role to play. I was given the opportunity to honour a journey and a story that's very close to me."

“JOY” Movie Starring Jennifer Lawrence In Best Picture And Best Actress Category

Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence stars in this year’s highly-anticipated movie “Joy” this awards season directed by of David O. Russell that probes four decades in the upward-moving life of a single-mom-turned-business-magnate to explore how daring, resilience and the persistence of vision carry people from the ordinary into extraordinary moments of creation, striving and love.    

“Joy” has recently been nominated for two major awards in the upcoming (2016) Golden Globes – Best Motion Picture, Comedy and Best Actress In a Motion Picture, Comedy (Jennifer Lawrence).  "I am incredibly grateful to be recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press for my role in JOY. It was an enormous privilege to play such an amazing woman. And it is an honor to be among the other extraordinarily talented women in this category. I share this with David O. Russell and the incredible cast and crew,” says Lawrence on her nomination.

Misa De Gallo Day 6: Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish

Now I am getting the hang of it, I now decided to stay up late to avoid oversleeping. I will get my sleep afterwards. Unlike this time, I know where to go. Going back to the first church where I started this devotion, Sacred Heart Parish in Sta Mesa Manila. 

Back then when we were living in Manila, it was this church that I always pass by when I go to school. It is also a witness of changes in my life, and I have also witnessed the changes of the church as well. Since I lived in Mandaluyong, going to the church was also not that frequent. 

But for this mass, I was quite impressed with the many changes inside the church. The facade remained the same, but the feel of the interior is new, there are now side screens instead of the projector and massive celling fans which I would only find in malls. The changes were ment to bring a better experience for mass goers since it can be hot and dark beacuse of the original architecture. This reminds me that we do change, and it should always be for the better.

Taking The Movie Experience To A Whole New Level At Ayala Malls Solenad Cinemas

The newest Ayala Malls Cinemas opened its doors at Solenad in Nuvali last November 18, 2015. Located at the 3rd level of the mall’s cinema building, it houses four (4) state of the art theatres – bringing to the local community the latest technology that will elevate one’s cinematic experience - with (1) Recliner Seats, (1) Dolby AtmosTM, and (2) Dolby Digital theaters.

Present during the opening ceremony was the Ayala Land team led by its executives Ms. Meean Dy – Ayala Land SVP & Head of Strategic Landbank Management, Ms. Myrna C. Fernandez – AVP-Commercial Business Group, and Ms. AC C. Legarda, Senior Division Manager-Commercial Business Group.  Santa Rosa Mayor Arlene Arcillas and family, Congressman Dan Fernandez and Santa Rosa homegrown celebrity Alden Richards were also in attendance.  Guests were also the first to experience the recliners seats, watching the epic final installment of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 2.

"Angry Birds Movie," "Secret Life of Pets" Share Christmas Videos‏

Two of next year's most highly anticipated animated comedies – Columbia Pictures' “The Angry Birds Movies” and Universal Pictures' “The Secret Life of Pets” – are out to bring cheers with the release of their Christmas-themed videos just in time for the holidays.

Watch and listen to Angry Birds hatchlings charm their way into trying to sing a carol at while the intelligent Pets are tricked by their humans in posing for Christmas portraits at

Misa De Gallo Series Day 5: St. Francis of Assisi Parish

The fifth day falls on a Sunday which counts as a Simbang Gabi and a Sunday mass, with the fail I made on the fourth day, I made sure that the fifth day will be an improvement. This time, I first helped my roommate Pierre to get to the airport first early in the morning. Going out in the wee hours is best for commuting, however it is also a little bit dangerous.

After dropping him to the airport, I made my way to the bus to EDSA. From that point I can make an option of getting to churches along the way. Since I was done with Greenbelt, I look into the next location which is Mandaluyong. Immediately I thought of St. Francis of Assisi Parish which is located in Shaw Boulevard. I am not a regular of the church since there was the masses that are held inside the neighboring malls like Shangri-La and Megamall.

But I do look up to this church for being the humble beacon in the midst of progress and prosperity. Like the Franciscans they kept the feel of the church despite some improvements. 

Met Opera Shows In HD Season 3 At Greenbelt Cinemas

Ayala Malls Cinemas recently unveiled its MET OPERA IN HD SEASON 3 at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas featuring the movie “La Donna Del Lago” that started last December 8. 

Ayala Malls Cinemas brings the world-class experience opera in the country, presenting operatic productions to a wider audience.  Its debut feature on its third season, “La Donna Del Lago” tells about a time when Scotland under King James V (reigned 1513–1542) was in a state of unrest.  Amongst the rebels were Douglas (Elena's father), Rodrigo (to whom she has been betrothed) and Malcolm (whom she loves).  The King is in the habit of going about his lands disguised as Uberto.  Seeing Elena he instantly falls in love with her, but she repels his advances stating that he is confusing hospitality and friendship for romantic interest.  In the meantime he has realized that she is related to his enemies.  The clans gather to overthrow the king, and Rodrigo and Douglas discover Elena's secret love for Malcolm.  She tries to keep the peace, but the call to arms diverts the soldiers.  The battle does not go well, and Rodrigo is killed.  Again the king in disguise encounters Elena and gives her a ring to take to the king if she is ever in trouble.  She decides to use it and goes to Stirling Castle where she finds that both Malcolm and Douglas are prisoners.  She pleads their cases, and the king magnanimously pardons them and blesses the union, now unimpeded by Rodrigo, between Elena and Malcolm.

The Magical Ice Festival Continues This Christmas With Disney On Ice!

Since I was a young boy, I loved my first experience of Disney On Ice which has been staged annually at Araneta Center. This year, it will now adapt a new story with the inclusion of the well loved story of Frozen featuring the sisters Anna and Elsa! Yes, this year it is time to "Let It Go" and ask the family "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" with the Disney On Ice.

Now on its 33rd show worldwide, Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival will once again capture the hearts of the Filipino fans—both parents and their children—who will watch the show at the Big Dome. 

The Force Awakens at the new Gateway Dolby Atmos Cinema

With a lot of malls and movie houses popping up in the metro which of them truly makes a difference in terms of cinematic experience? Well we don't have to go far since Gateway Cinema finally unveiled their new and improved cinema 5 which is now the Gateway Dolby Atmos Theater!

And to celebrate this new milestone for Gateway mall, they had premiered the most awaited movie of the year, Star Wars The Force Awakens.

Though I have seen the film a day before, I would really love to see the film in a Dolby Atmos Cinema. Having experienced Dobly in very selected theaters in the Philippines, I can attest that it has the best cinema sound quality which enhances the viewing experience. This is also the biggest Dobly Atmos cinema in the country.

GrabCar launches STAR WARS-themed vehicles

STAR WARS-themed GrabCars will cruise into Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Ho Chi Minh and Bangkok today

Experience the Awakening this December with STAR WARS-themed GrabCars. Starting today, GrabCar users can indulge in their STAR WARS fantasy and travel in comfort and style in custom designed vehicles. They just need to book a ride using the special STAR WARS GrabCar icon in the GrabTaxi mobile app.

In Perfect Tune With Meghan Trainor And Award Wining Legendary Artists In “SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN THE PEANUTS MOVIE” (3D)

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved Peanuts Gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation.  Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron.  From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the “Ice Age” films, “Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie” will prove that every underdog has his day.

“Snoopy and Charlie Brown The Peanuts Movie” features the iconic music of Vince Guaraldi, who composed the beloved “Linus and Lucy” song from the television specials.  “Let me put your concerns to rest,” confirms Martino, “the ‘Linus and Lucy’ song and all the cues you know and love are in the film!”

Martino turned to longtime Peanuts collaborator, jazz legend David Benoit, to perform the memorable title tracks for the film.  To bring to life the iconic “voice” of Ms. Othmar (the kids’ teacher) and all the other adult voices in the cast, the filmmakers tapped New Orleans jazz legend Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. 

DepEd to open its recruitment online through Kalibrr

The Department of Education (DepEd), along with four government agencies, signed a  Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Bagumbayani and Kalibrr to democratize the recruitment through widening the contracting net and the market reach of the government online.

[L-R] Bureau of Local Government and Finance OIC Executive Director Jocelyn Pendon, DepEd Undersecretary for Regional Operations Rizalino Rivera, Kalibrr Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and co-founder Paul Rivera, Department of Transportation and Communications Undersecretary Rene Limcaoco, Department of Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary Angelita Gregorio-Medel and Public-Private Partnership Center Executive Director Cosette Canilao in the MOA signing to democratize recruitment in government agencies through Kalibrr.

Kalibrr is a job-matching online platform for job seekers and companies. Its cloud-based platform enhances the way applicants find jobs and companies hire talents through its series of enhanced assessments. Bagumbayani is a youth organization consisting of civil servants promoting positive change and integrity in the government by sustainably recruiting young people into the civil service.

Misa De Gallo Diaries Day 4: Our Lady of the Abandoned Church

For this day, I made a terrible mistake of sleeping which prompted me to wake up at 5am, a dreadful hour without an idea where should I go. So I hurried up and went to Sta Ana which I presumed will have a mass at that time. Took two jeepney rides but when I arrived at the destination, the mass is already over.
I was really sad, but these things could happen. So under the rain, I walked a little around the church hoping there will be another but since the next one will be more than two hours, I said it would not be practical since I still haven’t slept long enough. 

"Ghostbusters" Reboot Conjures Character Posters‏

The first official image and four character posters for the female-led reboot of “Ghostbusters” have been released by Columbia Pictures.

The first-look photo is a group shot of the women, and they certainly look like a formidable team.

The one-sheets individually highlight the four lead stars. Kristen Wiig plays Erin Gilbert, a particle physicist, academic firebrand, spectral warrior; Kate McKinnon is Jillian Holtzmann, a nuclear engineer, munitions expert, and proton wrangler; Melissa McCarthy is Abby Yates, a paranormal researcher, supernatural scientist, and entity trapper; and Leslie Jones is Patty Tolan, a ghost tracker, municipal historian, and metaphysical commando.

Posters Arrive for Cautionary Tale "The Big Short"‏

The international posters for the critically acclaimed satirical comedy “The Big Short” has just been released by Paramount Pictures, bearing the tagline, “If You Can't Beat the Banks, Make Them Pay.”

Based on a true story, the financial crisis-themed movie stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Marisa Tomei and Finn Wittrock.

In the film, when four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything.

With its fresh, irreverent take on one of the most widely covered stories of the century, “The Big Short” transforms a dark chapter of American history into a riveting cautionary tale shot through with black humor and quirky characters.

Thornton Takes on Bullock in "Our Brand is Crisis"‏

Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton (“The Judge,” FX's “Fargo”) stars as Pat Candy, the rival election strategist of Sandra Bullock's character, Jane Bodine, in Warner Bros. Pictures' satirical comedy, “Our Brand is Crisis.”

As the story opens, the infamous campaign fixer Jane Bodine is in seclusion, following a tragically unsuccessful run that left her more shattered than she can admit. She’s not quite ready to return to the fray when a former associate comes knocking in hopes that Jane can help turn things around for a hugely unpopular presidential candidate in Bolivia, named Castillo. She declines. But when Jane learns that her bitter rival Pat Candy has been hired by the opposing party, her competitive nature kicks in. Having lost to Pat more than once before, this could be her chance to even the score.

I Feel and Roam Safe With Pacsafe Travel Gear!

Traveling now became more stressful recently when the "Laglag Bala" Modus Operandi came out. There is also the threat of bags being opened and robbed, or sometimes taken completely. That is why we take protective measures to protect our valuables. 

We tried locks, tape and even wraps that would damage the bag it self since it was not really meant to be treated that way. But there is already a brand that assures us the safety of our belongings, and it is available here in the country.

Best known as every global traveler’s best mate in smart travel, Pacsafe’s heritage has always been anchored in delivering innovative travel products that makes use of unique award-winning, anti-theft technology.

Globe Telecom holds thanksgiving party for bloggers, influencers

Country’s top digital icons experience the Star Wars fever beyond the cinema powered by Globe Platinum Broadband

As the Star Wars fever in the country heats up in time for the much-awaited release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Globe Telecom held a thanksgiving celebration for bloggers and social media influencers with a galactic theme powered by Globe Platinum Broadband that paved the way for fast and seamless connectivity of up to 1Gbps internet speeds.

Tech Guide: Here’s the Ultimate List to Have in Mind When Looking for That Perfect Smartphone for You

We’re breaking down the ‘insider secrets’ and top tips in order for you to maximize your smartphone experience

In this modern digital age, even the tech-savvy among us admit that they too can get easily get lost in the sea of products and devices that are advertised to be the supposed latest ‘game-changer’ in the tech industry. And as such, nowadays one must be even more vigilant in choosing what kind of smartphone that can really keep up with his basic needs.

And though many may say that making that decision is easily more said than done, on the contrary, one only actually needs to just look for certain essential factors that should be present for you to get that perfect smartphone experience attuned to your lifestyle.

Misa De Gallo Diaries Day 3: Greenbelt Chapel

This chapel is one of my favorites in Makati whenever I pass by the Ayala Center. As it is located in the posh district of Makati CBD, I would have a better experience than what I had in San Felipe Neri. Passing by the chapel in the afternoon gave me the info that the dawn mass will happen at 5am.

Prior to the mass, I was able to attend 3 Christmas Parties from different groups: DepEd, Star Cinema, and The Road Trippers. Given their locations and commute time, I did spent a lot of time in the road, and domino-ed for me to be late in all of them. But it was all well since I was able to spend quality time with all of the people I have been with for this year. It has been a fruitful year indeed.

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" Launches Character Posters‏

Fresh from coming out with a well-received new trailer, Warner Bros. Pictures has now released the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” character posters showing the trinity of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in hero poses. Check out the one-sheets below.

From director Zack Snyder comes “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” starring Oscar winner Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing.

Warner's Animated Comedy "Storks" Delivers First Trailer‏

Warner Bros. Pictures has rolled out the announcement trailer for the studio’s new animated feature “Storks” which may we viewed at

The comedy's teaser one-sheet art has also been unveiled below.            

Nicholas Stoller (“Neighbors”) and Doug Sweetland (Oscar-nominated short “Presto”) are co-directing the feature from an original script by Stoller.  Stoller is also producing the film, together with Brad Lewis.  Glenn Ficarra, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, John Requa and Jared Stern are serving as executive producers.

Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammer lead the voice cast for “Storks.”

With a totally original story developed under the umbrella of the Warner Animation Group, the film will deliver a fresh and funny look at the fable behind storks.
Opening across the Philippines in September 2016, “Storks” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

HOOQ places student films in the spotlight at this year’s MMFF

HOOQ, Asia’s largest video-on-demand service, has signed a groundbreaking deal with the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) to screen a selection of the official entries on the app. 

“Everyone has to start somewhere and for many directors, that happened while they were in school. Young filmmakers from schools like Ateneo de Naga University and DLSU-CSB made it as finalists in this year’s MMFF” said Jane Walker, HOOQ Philippines Country Manager.  “It is very encouraging that their animated films were chosen among hundreds of entries to take part in this festival,” she added. 

First "Fantastic Beasts" Trailer Casts Spell Online

Warner Bros. Pictures has just debuted the first announcement trailer for the much-anticipated adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” giving audiences the first glimpse at a never-before-seen part of the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.

Watch the trailer at

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident … were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

Towards universal healthcare: improving healthcare access for indigent Filipinos

While touting the Philippine pharmaceutical industry as one of the strongest in Southeast Asia, a study commissioned by the Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP) has also acknowledged the challenges it continues to face due to the prevalence of communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as the devastating effects left by mega-disasters that struck in 2013.

Significant steps have already been accomplished by the pharmaceutical industry to address these challenges, and ongoing efforts are being made to further increase patient access to quality medication and healthcare.

SM Hypermarket Makes One More Dream Come True

Pinoy Food is now getting its due attention from the world food scene and our Pinoy street food flare is just as loved.

In an epic cook-off by some of the country’s most talented street food cooks, ten of the best street food cooks competed at the grand finals where they were tested, not only by the Kusina Master - Chef Boy Logro but also by a crowd of 100 people composed of students, drivers, shoppers, and other business owners, the ones who eat their dishes every day.


The biggest bang from the worldwide blockbuster franchise in the “Ice Age” series has just exploded with the latest trailer reveal of the franchise’s latest and fifth instalment “Ice Age: Collision Course.”  Check trailer here:

From Blue Sky Studios and directed by Mike Thurmeier, “Ice Age: Collision Course” brings us to the ever hilarious and loveable Scrat in his epic pursuit of the elusive acorn that catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.

“Ice Age: Collision Course” features the returning voice cast of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes, Jennifer Lopez with new voice cast Stephanie Beatriz, Adam Devine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J and Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan and Neil de Grasse Tyson.

The latest cosmic, out-of-this-world adventure for the entire family awaits when “Ice Age: Collision Course” opens in Philippine cinemas on July 6, 2016 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Misa De Gallo Diaries: Day 2 - San Felipe Neri Parish

The second day of Simbang Gabi would be a little more easier that before, however there is still the threat of rain since the typhoon has not yet left the country. I was another busy day of events which led me to go home much more earlier compared to the day before wherein I have to walk kilometers to get to I need to go to. And since I live in an area with churches along the roads makes it accessible for me.

But on the first stretch of the road, there were no jeepneys yet to serve as a quick ride to the church. I have to walk the long street wherein it is really bare yet lighted. I always feel uneasy about this road since it would be place where I can be mugged, but with faith and optimism I passed the street and was able to get to the parish, San Felipe Neri.

Misa De Gallo Diaries 2015: Day One - Holy Cross Chapel

I had a hiatus on this the Misa De Gallo Diaries that became a tradition here for Manual To Lyf because of my work during the graveyard hours. And now that I am back to freelance writing, it would be fit to come back again for this series again. And for this year, I would not promise much, but I would like to talk about what happens on the masses I had during the 9 days before Christmas.

The first day was challenging since it was a day of a lot of events and also it was when typhoon Nona came to the country and caused disastrous traffic. I came home at 2am tired, thirsty and soaked in rain water. I could have just collapsed in my bed after changing to get rest immediately, but I came into thinking that today was the first day of Simbang Gabi. It took a few minutes to decide if I would go or not, but eventually I wanted to continue this tradition that have shaped me as a person I am today, and most of all to be a thanksgiving for the bountiful year.

Shell V-Power Nitro+ ends the year with excitement!

In the 365 days in a year, any ordinary day can turn out to be filled with pleasant surprises. Unknown to some, these pleasant surprises can be claimed in exploring paths and finding new discoveries on the road. As the year 2015 comes to a close, Pilipinas Shell encourages motorists to claim the exciting drives they deserve with their premium performance fuel, Shell V-Power Nitro+

“As we celebrate the coming yuletide season and mark the wonderful memories of this year, we Filipinos also deserve to revel in the simple joys and exceptional adventures on the road,” said Pilipinas Shell Vice President for Retail, Anthony Lawrence Yam. “More than getting to destinations, we share the passion of Filipino motorists in giving their vehicles utmost care in fueling their exciting drives.”

Santa's Eleves Bring Joy To Lancaster New City Residents

Christmas indeed is a time of giving and fun. And in the growing community of Lancaster New City in Cavite, the 

Santa's Little Suprises

Lancaster New City is set to give a special treat for families living in the development during one of the Christmas light show schedules. Tagged as "Santa's Little Suprises," Santa's elves are set to come over to give away gifts to celebrate the true essence of Christmas: sharing love, peace and happiness.

On December 19 and 20, a Christmas song will signal the appearance of Santa's elves as they come out from the Santa's workshop arcades and so a special performance for the crowd. This will be done as they usher kids to line up at the arcades. Children lined up will be specifically picked and chosen by Santa's elves for the children to trully appreciate the meaning of sharing love, peace and happiness.

Election Madness Escalates with "Our Brand is Crisis"‏

Warner Bros. Pictures’ new satirical comedy “Our Brand is Crisis” starring Sandra Bullock takes a timely look at the high-stakes gamesmanship behind the scenes of a presidential campaign, seen through the eyes and actions of the strategists-for-hire who are pulling the strings.  The film could not have come at a timelier moment for the Philippines which is currently in the maelstrom of election madness.

Spielberg's "The BFG" Teases with First Trailer‏

The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life.

Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.

Watch the film's teaser trailer here at

"The Legend of Tarzan" Unleashes Teaser Trailer‏

The lord of the apes returns in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ new 3D action adventure, “The Legend of Tarzan” starring Alexander Skarsgård (HBO’s “True Blood”) as the legendary character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Watch the film's teaser trailer at which has just been launched by the studios.

Directed by David Yates (the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters, including “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2”), the film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou, John Hurt, and Christoph Waltz.

In “The Legend of Tarzan,” it has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.

"13 Hours" Star John Krasinski Named Grand Marshal for Nascar Sprint Cup‏

Film and television actor John Krasinski, who stars as a former Navy SEAL in the upcoming, real-life motion picture thriller “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” served as the Grand Marshal for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held recently at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Krasinski, an actor, writer and director, gave the command for the Sprint Cup Series drivers of the 43-car field to start their engines in front of a crowd that annually comprises one of the largest-attended, single-day sporting events in Texas.