DRAGON BALL SUPER: BROLY Opens January 30 at SM Cinemas

Friday, January 18, 2019

I am a die hard Dragon Ball fan. I only know a few people who have this much gusto compared to me and it's been a while since I have heard of Brawley. For those who don't know, he's not a new character because I have personally seen his saga when he was drawn by Akira Toriyama in 1993. I watched it my friends by buying a Betamax copy those years (ask your parents) and he has caught my attention since then.

He was dubbed the "Legendary Super Saiyan" and showed unfathomable brute strength against Goku before his said father Paragus control his temper. Vegetta thought he was getting a new kingdom, but didn't know the one who is destroying other planets was Brawley himself. That ended with a strong battle, Goku claiming victory as he was sent energy by all the Z Warriors and Vegetta (who was the reluctant enemy that time and got beaten up too).

This 2018, they have had some sort of a parallel universe and will start on after the recent Tournament of Power where almost everyone got erased from the face of the universes. Goku as usual won that but will have to face a different kind of Brawley, as he is drawn differently, powered with more rage and lies by Frieza. You will have to watch how this all happens on January 30, 2019 as it is exclusively shown in SM Cinemas. Trust me, this will be good.

I hope these DBZ warriors don't die.

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GSK Employees Spend Time with Smile Train Beneficiaries

I have always regarded these people as purposed workers, those who extend a hand, go over and beyond their 4 corner office and do something beneficial for those who need it most.

Last year, November 23, about 400 Glaxo Smith Kline employees went to visit some of their partner organizations 16 Gawad Kalinga sites and two Smile Train facilities as part of their Orange Day efforts. Their company allows one paid day off a year so they can help in one authorised charity activity. This one in photo was the Smile Train facility in Sta. Mesa Manila wherein they visited people with cleft palate conditions, most of which they were able to help have surgeries then have speech therapy from Craniofacial Foundation of the Philippines and totally changed their way of life. It is one of their passions, volunteering per se is GSK's way of creating positive and sustainable change in communities. They too will benefit from it as they bring new energy back and learn from these experiences to GSK.

GSK continues to plan fund raising activities and have their employees pledge to spend time with these beneficiaries as they commemorate their 50th year in the Philippines. A milestone worth celebrating as they make more Filipinos do more, live better, longer.

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Xian Lim and Louise Delos Reyes for HANGGANG KAILAN

Thursday, January 17, 2019

I am a KimXi fan but I’m glad both Xian Lim and Kim Chiu are doing projects separately; and being good at it. Viva Films, Saga Prefecture Film Commission, BLUART Productions and XL8 are cooperating and releasing this new film called HANGGANG KAILAN? (Until When?) directed by Bona Fajardo. The premise is, how two people would say goodbye before they call it quits in their relationship? (In one last trip) How does one really say goodbye? Interesting? I bet.

This is the story of Donnie and Kath played by Xian Lim and Louise Delos Reyes, two people who have been together for two years, but agreed to spend their last days as a couple. For 4 days and 3 nights, they are forced to stay in Saga, Japan. With picturesque landscapes and interesting cultures, they happen to know they need to be apart after the trip. If it will it happen or not, that is what you’ll see in this movie.

Bona Fajardo says “We call this as is because of the situation of the relationship. It wasn’t an accident, but they were just caught in a different place when they decided. It wasn’t planned at all. Most of the talk is made by them to explain the scene, this film had to make them do next level things.”

Xian says “We will tackle questions to ourselves, to ask if we are doing a good thing. Louise didn’t talk much, she’s very reserved at first but very game later on. Making this film wasn’t instructional, we had free hand most of the time. I did produce this as well and I have wished to do this for a long time. When I did production in the past, it wasn’t like this. I loved the story so I explored and became part of the process. It is so good to spend time in Viva and Blueart. The scenes were planned ahead, we talked for hours about it. We felt comfortable, it was collaborative when we had to do that matured scene. I hope people don’t concentrate on that though because it is just one of the needed things. You ask yourself if what you are doing is right, until when will you do it. My character stands on what could be 4 last days of our relationship. He got caught, Donny had choices. Expect very heavy dialogue heavy scenes. This is more of a drama.”

Louise adds “Xian is refreshing to work with, it was suddenly offered to me so we didn’t have time to get along or know each other. He is much of a gentleman, an artist, he also has inputs in this film. We only had a week because of the event we need to do in the movie. We had to do love scenes, it was my first time there and I had realizations when I was working with them. I hope you get to see all the scenes we did there. We shot in Saga Japan and had to see the Balloon Festival. Kath is a free spirited person, I admire her struggles and how she wanted to give up even if he loves the person so much. We both have conflicts, it’s not about the feelings alone, it’s the journey.”

Hanggang Kailan will show on theaters nationwide starting February 6. The two sends their wishes for you to watch their film, now will you?


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Enchong Dee and Janine Gutierrez for Regal Films’ ELISE

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Enchong Dee and Janine Gutierrez pairs up this 2019 as Regal Films makes them their official valentine offering this year. Knowing they are from different networks, we all sit and wonder how this pair up would work, but a good story based on real life events as they give life to the characters of Bert and Elise. This is directed by Joel Ferrer.

This is a dramedy of childhood sweethearts, who met when they were slightly older and figured to fall in love with each other. Here, they started to feel LOVE is no childs play, there are tons of struggles in life, problems with the people around them who do not approve of it. Elise is not all about love and romance, it also talks of beating all odds how to be together, of friendships, on moving on, finding your dreams and is the perfect material for these two. Janine says “It’s nice to actually wish for two people, first loves, if they will end up together. It's a fresh kind of romcom, it is about getting to know yourself and it is different from the usual. Direk asked us to watch a Chinese movie  which this has a lot of similarity in treatment so I can follow, but concept and content  is different.” Enchong adds “I hope people see how this happened in real life, it is a biopic so if they do realize it does happen to other people, maybe they can relate to that. We gave Victor a lot of the exposure, he will be stripping down a lot and you'll see most of it in the movie.”

The film also stars Miko Raval, Victor Anastacio, Miel Espinosa and Laura Lehman. This will show on February 6 so follow Regal Films on their social media channels if it’s not much to ask. 

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