Asia Pacific PREDATOR League 2018: Philippines

Monday, December 18, 2017

Looks like ACER is stepping up to the plate and is making events for their products, putting their foot where their mouth is. They jusy concluded the Philippine leg offhe Asia Pacific Predator League 2018 at the Highgrounds Cafe in Scout Rallos Street in Quezon City. It's right beside Tomas Morato avenue which is a couple minutes away from my home. Even though this is my turf, teams from around the country will converge at this huge cafe powered by the latest in PREDATOR desktop rigs to vie for the Philippine championship so they could represent the country in Indonesia.

If you don't know, this league is the region's biggest gaming tournament dor DOTA 2 League and is happening in 7 participating Asia Pacific countries. The elimination rounds (qualifiers) already happened in 4 regions in the Philippines. For Mindanao, it happened in TNC (TheNet.Com is their official venue partner, they are also the organizers) Bukidnon, for Visayas it's in TNC Bacolod, then for North Luzon at TNC La Union and for NCR it's at TNC Marikina. If they become the champions of the Asia Pacific Predator League 2018, they will get the chance to get US$ 150,000.

As for the winning the Philippine leg, they will get to win Php 50,000. Second Prize gets Php 25,000, Third gets Php 15,000 and Php 10,000 for the fourth. The Philippine leg champion will then fly to battle other country champs from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Hong Kong and host Indonesia. 

Mr. Andrew Hou, President of Predator Gaming Pan Asia Pacific Region says "We see a lot of potential and tremendous growth in the region for the coming years and we're sure we'll be discovering outstanding gaming talent in the Philippines as we continue to unleash more products as we all discover the world of Predator gaming." They will continue to support teams such as Philippine Dota Pride and TNC Pro Team Dota 2. If you want to know more about this and future events, visit their official website because they've got everything there if you want to join the competition.

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Mark Neumann, LT, Christopher De Leon for "Kamandag Ng Droga"

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Got invited to the premier of the "Kamandag ng Droga" film of Carlo J. Caparas last week and saw stars Christopher De Leon, Mark Neumann, Ms. Perla Bautista, AJ Muhlach, CJ Caparas, Sarah Lahbati Gutierrez and their co-stars. Ms. Lorna I think was out spending time with family so she wasn't there at the premier. The film is an advocacy movie, about drugs and family relationships. Although it was tackling a pretty serious subject, it felt more like what we're seeing right now in the news, so it touched in reality and how the current administration is dealing with it. 

You will see the President's speech inserted in a few scenes while they are discussing the subject so it felt like a broadcast from TV or a long talk in congress. If you are a fan of the President then you'll really love this film but if you're not, then you probably should skip it. If you are looking for acting prowess, this may have hits and misses but overall it's just okay. You also should watch this for the merits of the stars, more so if you miss them because you haven't seen them in quite a while. As usual, Christopher and Ms. Lorna delivers, but felt it could have been better if they had a different premise, a different issue or talk, because I got a bit tired of the lengthy talk they did about the menace of drugs. It comprised about 80% of it, and the rest delved into family relationships, with friends, peer pressure, death and a lot of partying.

Please don't take me wrong, it was okay all in all but it was just not my cup of tea. Was it worth to watch it? If you are a fan of the president and his campaign then YES, if not then watch it because of the lovely stars in it. It was made for an intended audience, like a niche project. Take this review with a grain of salt, this is just me and perhaps not the entire audience that evening. Some clapped after the end scenes and had a pretty good time seeing the film. If you want to see it for the cause they want to also push, then this is for you. It's still out on theaters nationwide! Watch it before MMFF starts.

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ESPN5 Launches SPORTSCENTER Philippines

Friday, December 15, 2017

Looks like they're going for greatness as ESPN5 launches a new program fitting in the daily happenings in sports across the country and the rest of the world. You've seen the teasers on TV, and yes they're really doing it as SportsCenter finally launches in the Philippines this December 17. No, this is not a drill. 

What's gonna happen? Well, for starters they're going to get YOU updated EVERYDAY for 30 minutes, done by the great people from ESPN5 live, unadulterated and fast sports news broadcasted from their studios in Manila. What's in it? The latest sports happenings from leagues across the country and around the world so fans from the PBA, NBA, WNBA, American Football, local and international volleyball fans would get their fix when they want it, where they want it on the boobtube. This will also include daily contributors from the SportsCenter US broadcasts, so you are NEVER gonna be shortchanged when it comes to sports news, NOT gonna happen. Aside from that, the best sportscasters from the industry like Aaron Atayde, Lia Cruz, Magoo Marjon and Amanda Fernandez will deliver it like pizza, fresh, hot and fast! Because you deserve the best that this synnergy brought about by the partnership of broadcasting giants TV5 and ESPN, because you deserve it.

These young and hungry sportscasters will bring their expertise in commentary, especially in PBA, NBA, FIBA (where we should expect our country's GILAS will do good!), and a whole lot more. TV5 head honcho and President Vincent "Chot" Reyes says "We are more than excited to bring you the iconic and leading sports brand in the world to Philippine shores and I believe this will define sports programming on television. We are so honored to bring SportsCenter in the Philippines, it's a milestone and we can't wait for you to see it!"

Now remember, it'll be just 30 minutes of updates each day. That's the amount of time you get your pizza through delivery, it'll make you a genious in conversation with your bros, compadre's and just about anyone in the world because you will stay current, informed, because again it's what SportsCenter could do. Easy.

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Andrea Torres and Lharby Policarpio for MEANT TO BEH

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fun to see Ms. Andrea Torres and Lharby Policarpio this afternoon at the CAVE in Tomas Morato. We were there to interview them for their film MEANT TO BEH which is the comback movie of Vic Sotto while he's paired with the timeless Ms. Dawn Zulueta.

Andrea Torres says "I am not a bad person here, not negative at all but I will wreak havoc with their relationship. I have been part of MMFF previously, like 10 years ago. I feel this is a blessing to end the year and I am excited. I was a bit stiff in the beginning, thinking of what to say or do Bossing Vic was already breaking the ice. How I wish we could get to do the bonding we did in Baguio, I miss them a lot. I have done comedy before since I am part of Bubble Gang, but of course I was still star struck because they are who they are. Ms. Dawn was so funny too and you can't compare it with what she portrays in real life. I am so glad about their feedback because that's what I wanted to do. I am also shocked at how they treat you like friends. Baste is like a baby brother, such a good kid to actually be with because he always never forget to share food when he's about to eat, he's certainly going to be adored by a lot of people. I am also going to gift myself with an out of the country trip, I think I owe it to myself to be with my folks and my brother. I am really looking forward to another MMFF eventful week. This is a G movie, you will expect the whole family to be there and I am excited to see them watch the film. You'll see this to be blessed in the box office, I wish he could win the best actor trophy. Just to be part of the project was a dream for me, but if ever I win the best supporting actress category would make me really happy. About the Bench Fashion Show, you just would never forget a moment like that. Their feedback was all good and if you were in the back stage, you wouldn't see anything like that because everyone was so nice and they were giving me food left and right, it was just like a celebration for Bench's 30 years."

Lharby Policarpio was also with us that afternoon and he says "I play Brad here and is a school bully. We have our own story inside the actual film. This is my first time to do an MMFF entry do getting to work with them was a dream for me. Though I was a college bully, it was more concentrated with JC and I did mistreat them a lot. The set is happy because from the director to the stars, they were all cracking jokes. Sue is remarkable, she's like one of the boys. She jokes a lot even if we are changing clothes, she's so chill and she doesn't make you feel that she's a big star. I also can't wait to travel because I do that quite often, for Christmas I wish that I would have time for that. This film is relateable and fun, like what any Vic Sotto project you have seen in the past but with more heart, more inspiration. We are sure this will earn a lot, but the awards will just be a reward for us. We hope you watch the film if you want to get inspired, a little touch of romance and learn about real family relationships."

MEANT TO BEH will be shown on December 25 and will also star Gabbi Garcia, Ruru Madrid, Sue Ramirez, Daniel Matsunaga and supee cute Baste. Bring your family and friends please!

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