An Afternoon with The Asterisk Artist Management

Monday, March 30, 2020

This happened a few weeks ago before the lockdowns in Manila happened. A new breed of artists will grace television, commercials and film this 2020 as Asterisk Artist Management finally was launched at the Water Balance Events Place in Muntinlupa City. The agency is headed by Kristian Kabigting. Kristian is no stranger in the industry and has helped countless artists land jobs and projects in different networks. He's basically putting this into good use as he now formalizes everything, and in hindsight help these artists to get where they need to be. I felt the reason why he's doing this, he believes in them and that I think counts.

By the way, Water Balance Events Place is pretty nice. It's got a pool, several rooms to sleep in and a few function rooms. Look it up on their social channels if you need a place to celebrate your birthdays or events.

Before we did the press conference, we waited a bit and took naps as they got ready. Their artists are a mix of old and new faces, some pretty good ones from film outfits and regulars of commercials, so you probably have seen some of them. We got the chance to talk to Z Mejia, Nico Nicolas, Enzo Santiago and former Girltrend Kamille Filoteo in the dressing room to get to know them a little better.

When they started the program, they introduced them one by one, Princess Manaloto, Hannah Balahadia, Ronan Bearis, Carl Saliente, Nina Flores, Karissa Toliongco, Ivan Morriel, Sam Cafranca, Hillary Tan, Miguel Diokno, Ayumi Takezawa, Z Mejia, Christine Lim, Darwin Yu, Nico Nicolas, Enzo Santiago, Axel Torres and Kamille Filoteo.

The Asterisk will also be producing concerts and fan meets of international artists including Thai Actors Off Tumcial and Gun Atthapan on May 2020. Their event arm Asterisk Events is headed by Aian Ylagan. They are also in the plans to produce digital content via Asterisk Digital TV on YouTube headed by Nicole Din. They also have Asterisk Digital Entertainment Inc which is also under Asterisk DTV of Ms. Ma.Theresa Clift. Now these promising actors and actresses will have their own projects, the chance to also work beyond their channels and be involved with projects where their passion starts. This is a huge gamble for Kristian and the Asterisk group but from the looks of it, it's very doable. Here's part of the interview we did with the artists, with some really good info on how they started and their plans when the ball starts rolling.

Here's where they told us about why they joined The Asterisk!

Did you know that Axel Torres actually auditioned for GLORIOUS?!

They have around 30 artists that can go to different networks, which means there are lots of opportunities in store for them.

Congratulations to all the artists, to Kristian and his new venture! There is nowhere to go but up!



Thursday, March 19, 2020

We spent the afternoon marveling at how generous Dunkin’ is to have been able to put up a big concert at Araneta Coliseum with the most popular boy group in the Philippines today SB19. They’re no endorsers yet but they coined them presentors in a one of a kind show at the big dome. This is part of Dunkin’ Day where they show appreciation to their loyal customers by giving them free donuts and lotsa discounts on that day. Unfortunately, all of these will be moved to a later date but don’t fret with the postponement (amidst the COVID19 concern), they promise it will be a big one!

They call it GIVE IN TO SB19, a mix of entertainment numbers with Kpop and Ppop songs all performed by the boys. They trained under Korean entertainment company ShowBT and recently got the nod of International Billboard’s Next Big Sound Chart. Sejun, Stell, Ken, Josh and Justin would like you to be there, so make sure you got your tickets okay?! Oh and they also revealed vouchers for VIP seats were gone in 3 minutes!

Here’s some of the highlights of the press conference and a couple of photos which you’ll love!

Is SB19 sweet?!

What do they think of the A’Tins?

How did SB19 start?

How do they take care of their skin?

Someone tried to ask them about their girlfriends, this happened:

They got overwhelmed seeing their billboards

About the concert being postponed to a later date!

So for announcements and dates of the actual show, make sure to follow Dunkin’s social media channels and the SB19 official accounts because they will also announce it there. 

See you all soon A’Tin!


I'll be there! :)


HELP Caritas Manila Provide Ligtas COVID-19 Kits to Poor Families Through GCASH

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Since the entire Luzon is under Enhanced Community Quarantine (Lockdown) from March 17 to April 12, a lot of people have no access to public transportation and tasked to stay inside homes. The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases intensified efforts to identify and isolate confirmed Covid-19 cases in NCR and that has affected poor families Luzon wide. The need to purchase food and basic protection needs against COVID-19 has been so hard these couple of days and a lot of them have been deprived of livelihood especially those who only have earnings day to day to put food on the table.

Caritas Manila, the lead social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila just recently launched their "LIGTAS COVID-19" campaign which aims to provide Caritas Ligtas COVID-19 kits and Caritas Manna food bags to 6,000 poor families in the NCR. This has been a priority to augment barangay and local government efforts as there are still thousands of families left to fend for themselves as the capital faces a lockdown to put a curb in the spreading of the virus.

Each 2000 Peso donation goes to purchase Caritas LIGTAS COVID-19 kits for a family of 5. It includes:

1 liter of 70% ethyl alcohol
5 handy bottles of 30 ml alcohol
5 washable face masks
1 liter of antibacterial liquid soap
1 box of 100 tablets of vitamin C with zinc
A pair of reusable gloves
1 liter of liquid bleach
3 pieces of cleaning cloth
Eco bag

While the 700 Pesos worth of Caritas Manna bag for families contain:

5 kilos of rice
munggo beans
9 assorted canned goods
2 packs of Caritas Margins kalabasa/malunggay noodles
1/4 pack of sugar and salt
Eco bag

For those who would like to help Caritas Manila, you can simply donate any amount through GCash. Simply scan the QR code above in your GCash app and you can donate as low as 1 peso to help protect these families from COVID-19. YOU can help.


SvelTi Aesthetic Centre Outs LAVIEEN Machine

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

SvelTi Aesthetic Centre just opened its doors to bloggers this afternoon as they leveled up with services as they acquire new LAVIEEN Machine.

Ms. JM Matias, SvelT'i Operations Manager says 'We are a little tight today, but I would  to personally like to thank you all for coming. Most of skin problems we encounter in our clinics involve deep acne scars and we now have something to address it, this is Lavieen, it's skin rebirth. This would be best for Pigmentation."

Dr Rowena Aguilar-Joven adds "How long is the healing period? They always ask that. People are so afraid of procedures, this is the first of our BB Lasers. This is a machine with a 1927mm Thulium laser to target pigment lesions or photo damaged skin. Lavieen can be used in sub ablative mode, to target the junction between the epidermis and dermis. Coagulation and denaturalization mainly for whitening but with less downtime. No more fear of not going out and live a normal life like when you do other fractional lasers. Clinical trials show epithelial cells remain, have thermal effect of upper dermis, it would be best for skin rejuvenation. Pigment problems are cured, pores reduced and elasticity in your skin improves. On the day of treatment you'll get slight swelling, scab formation on second day, elimination of scab on third day and after 5 days you're all done. Scabbing are as small as dots of a ballpen, and it would dry out after a few days."

Here's how they did part of the procedure:

She adds "We also call this the BB Laser, at the same time it reduces fine wrinkles and large pores."

According to panelists who have undergone the procedure, you will see results right after it. You come in and in a few minutes you're done. Some patients who suffer from Melasma, enlargment of pores, look like they have BB cream without using it. It's like getting three results in one. They also do organic and fruit based facials, contouring, all you have to do is ask.

SvelTi Aesthetic Centres are found in 61 Timog Avenue in Quezon City and the other one at the GF of the Millennium Building in Ortigas Center Pasig. 


Roxanne Barcelo for IWant’s FLUID

Friday, March 06, 2020

A man can fall in love with a woman, a man can fall in love with a man too, it can be anyone, romantically and or not, that’s fluid.

Roxanne Barcelo plays Mitch, who meets George (played by Ann Colis) who both got hurt in past relationships and ended up liking each other, no matter how weird that sounds to some people. 

Roxanne says “I really appreciate that Direk has that much trust in me in creating a production like this. I was hesitant about this but now I understand how I had the best experience of my acting life in this series. The lines that Al Tantay told me just broke me down, he said If you’re sad I’m sad, I just miss my Dad and those lines just touched me. I wouldn’t say how it felt, you have to watch it to see how people go through relationships. I couldn’t compare the kiss with her, she’s so beautiful, she’s a stunner, mulatta, she’s very captivating and if you were my character, you wouldn’t be surprised how she fell in love with her. Showtime was an experience, it was therapeutic and that’s where I experienced how there is music in all of us. How to look in our experiences, don’t die without letting your music out of you. There was a time I got to perform back there, I would be glad to be a host there if given a chance. I wouldn’t want to just stay sweet in roles, I want very creative ones and this was a nice place to do it.”

Here’s how the presscon with her, the Director and Joross Gamboa:

Fluid is made for iWant (so download the app now), this is produced by Lonewolf Films and written by Carlo Ventura, Benedict and Benjie Mique. Cast includes Janice De Belen, Al Tantay, Zar Donato, J-Mee Kantanyag and Emmanuelke Vera. Episodes 1-4 will be up on March 16. This film is about acceptance, family relationships, how love disrupts everything so make sure parents and young ones watch it!


Time to Invest in BRIA Homes Central and Northern Luzon

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Central and North Luzon is booming and these regions are getting to be business hubs, tourism and leisure destinations. A world-class Clark International Airport sits right in the middle of this and yes, the Subic-Clark cargo railway too. With the advent of big things coming to the region, livable communities should be a priority and this is what BRIA Homes is bringing. 

Albeit the NLEX-SLEX connector road is finished and demand for industrial, commercial and residential space is growing and if the ones out there are not affordable and of good quality, it wouldn’t be reasonable. BRIA Homes is changing this since they’ve set up these projects all around town so people who choose to live in these homes would further flourish and grow. Jobs availability are at an all time high and wether you are here or an OFW, Central Luzon is just perfect for you.

BRIA Homes has got communities in Alaminos, Pangasinan; Urdaneta, Pangasinan, Paniqui, Tarlac; Magalang, Pampanga; San Fernando, Pampanga; Mariveles, Bataan; and Hermosa, Bataan. They are actually doing more in nearby towns and cities, so expect more in the coming years. These are really good investments too. 

They believe in Affordability (Mura) + Quality (Dekalidad), and each BRIA Home was built around this mission. Now everyone has got the chance to own homes, near their workplace, some retail establishments, schools, churches and hospitals so it would be easy to live because everything is near.

You can also pay via their flexible payment schemes, from bank-financing and Pag-IBIG funding. You can go to and from nearby cities and provinces easily because of existing and constructed highways, which is important to keep connections. 

That is priceless. If you want to know more about BRIA Homes call (0966) 277 5944, like “Bria Official” on Facebook, and follow “@TheBriaOfficial” on Twitter and IG.


#CebSuperSeatFest with MIMIYUUUH

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Just got off the fun event of Cebu Pacific as they unveiled their Super Seat Fest Be a Baryahero campaign among media guests and Manila’s cutest influencers lols. I admit, I’m one of a LOT of people who have been waiting for seat sales in the wee hours of the morning and yes I have personally got a flight to a province which I haven’t been to last night hence my 4am sleep time. Cebu Pacific and several government agencies have been working hard, partnering towards making local tourism a big thing now that international travel is slightly down due to the Covid situation. There are a LOT of places in the country where I’m sure you haven’t been to yet, and that definitely requires a lot of effort to do, make it a part of your bucketlist and enjoy with your friends and family.

Oh and yes, they also got a new Cebu Pacific Brand Ambassador in the persona of the one and only fun ghorl MIMIYUUUH. The famous YouTuber asks you to drink your water bish, and skirrrrrt to your favorite destinations at a fraction of the cost. With your Barya (chump change) you can be a Baryahero. Cebu Pacific has been offering these one peso fares years ago, they have seen they have been copied and they promise to even bring you better deals in their 3 day sale starting today. This is their #CebSuperSeatFest which happens March 3, 4 and 5 rawr!

March 3 is for Domestic
March 4 for International 
March 5  is for whatever is left on sale on both dates. 

Travel period starts from September 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021. I’m bound for Roxas City and Cauayan Isabela, places I’ve never been before. You should do the same, I’m sure you’ll create more memories. It’s affordable because it is Cebu Pacific. 

Every Juan deserves to fly!