The People of TOP CLASS: The Rise to P-POP Stardom!

Friday, May 27, 2022



Looks like June is going to be an exciting month as the show entitled "Top Class: The Rise to P-POP Stardom" starts airing on KUMU and TV5. Miss Universe Catriona Gray will be hosting the show together with Albie Casino and Yukii Takahashi who will be doing co-hosting duties and the online segment of the show.


Contestants were picked from thousands who auditioned for the show and to choose the right one for the job, they've got world class mentors KZ Tandingan, Shanti Dope and Brian Puspos who will be doing training for Singing, Rap and Dance in this promising reality show.

Only 30 talented male trainees will become finalists and Filipinos will be in the front seat to see who among these aspirants deserve the top spot as they battle it out to become P-POP's best offering to the world stage.

You may follow them on TOP CLASS' official social channels like Facebook, IG, Twitter, TikTok and KUMU. They will be holding classes at NU Laguna, and it'll be epic when they announce the names of those who qualified for the epic show. This is produced by Kumu, TV5, Cignal Entertainment and Cornerstone Entertainment so you can only expect the best to happen on Philippine TV.

Who will be the next P-POP rising star? Ooh I can't wait to see who wins!

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KEN CHAN Wishes To Work with JULIE ANNE SAN JOSE and GLAIZA DE CASTRO Soon


Our boy Ken Chan is doing mighty good with his shows and now he's taking his newest single QUARANFLINGS in the promo route. This will be launched in June 12 on AOS, but the track has already been released in social channels and streaming sites so if you're looking for something you could relate to go ahead and listen to it now.

Ken Chan says "We didn't have anything to do but survive during the pandemic, but I think the only person I have had the pleasure of being with during the whole thing was Rita Daniela. For that I am grateful, and yes, there are a lot of people who messaged me but if I've met them, I treat them as friends. During the pandemic, there are a lot of people who have had the experience of having a relationship, and I think they'll be able to relate to Quaranflings. This is a song composed by Lolito Go and produced by Paulo Agudelo under GMA Music."

He adds "I know Rita and I would really have a good following, I am looking forward for more projects with her but there's a good time for that. We both know that we should work with other artists. If I was going to work with other actresses, I wished for Bianca and it came true for Mano Po. Next time, I want to work with some of my closest friends like Julie Anne San Jose or Glaiza De Castro. To clear, I just picked up that quote I tweeted a couple weeks ago on Google, I think I forgive easily." 

Here is Ken's latest single



Here's our blog conference this morning:



With his wish to go back to AOS and soon to work with Julie Anne San Jose or Glaiza De Castro, Ken Chan will surely be a remarkable leading man on GMA and their new shows. Aside from being busy with businesses he's put up in the last few years, he's continuing to make music, to hopefully release more next year or late this year.




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Women, Power and Money: PUSOY on VIVAMAX


Just got off the advanced premiere of the film PUSOY starring Vince Rillon, Angeli Khang, Baron Geisler, Janelle Tee and an ensemble cast. The popular card game isn't actually that known quite as much elsewhere so having this in a movie intended to be shown in film festivals had me a little worried. It might not be able to get that part of the game understood. Though between that concern and how this could be an interesting story line, Director Phil Giordano had us all at the edge of our seats and left us all asking, what would happen next?!

This is an action, drama, suspense film but set in the Philippines. Vince plays the role of Popoy, a very doting son. Married but still in the home he grew up in because he couldn't make ends meet as he supports his folks, his wife and kid too. Under circumstances that he couldn't control, he had to work for a gambling lord (played by Baron Geisler, an intense man at that). He takes commissions doing favors and finishing rivals in the dens they go to. Janelle and Angeli's character on the other hand are card sharks, and if you put two chicks in one bowl... the claws come out. That starts a whole other conflict not just in the game, but their relationships.. and their lives changed. 





Here's our coverage of the private screening on video, enjoy!



I wouldn't want to spoil things for you, but definitely... a lot different from the usual Filipino flicks we see in cinemas. The material was worked on successfully by Direk Phil Giordano and Direk Brillante Mendoza. This will be shown this May 27th on VIVAMAX so make sure you download the app and subscribe to see this and other titles on their library. The film also had a tough premise, if you had no choice... would you do something illegal if lives were at stake?!

You can purchase subscription credits via online stores, if you're up to it, you'll definitely love the story.


These are exciting times!



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OPPO Teases PH with Find X5 Pro 5G

Thursday, May 26, 2022

There's so much appreciation for good things, so when OPPO had us do a physical event... I couldn't wait to see what they had in store for us to see this evening. I had an event in the morning and planned to go home and dress up, but plans changed and just shopped for it instead. I haven't seen a lot of blogger friends covering, but that kinda changed.

In a nutshell, OPPO is letting us experience one of their newest flagship phones in the market called OPPO Find X5 Pro 5G. The phone is special as it employs 80W SuperVOOC Charging, 1 Billion Colour Bionic Display, plus ColorOS 12.1 powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 which is a processing monster. 

To tell you honestly, I would probably buy something like this just on aesthetics because when I saw how it looked like face value, I was impressed. The modern design, the shiny exterior (you couldn't even take photos of it as light was reflecting from it in Glaze Black). They also have this in Ceramic White version, which I both dig.



The newest phone has 12GB RAM, 256GB ROM, QHD (3216x1440) 92.7% screen ratio display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The camera is 50MP F/1.7 aperture, plus 50MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera at F/2.2 and macro support. They also had a 13MP Telephoto Cam with an F/2.4 fixed focus for far subjects if you need it. The front camera is a 32MP F/2.4, you can take all the selfies and be left satisfied. I've tried some of the features like slow motion, dual view (lovely for vloggers), stickers, time lapse, portrait mode, among other things it does. It's capable of shooting up to 4K, you've got room for that in storage so those movies you plan to make with it would become really convincing.

Sad News: Unfortunately this event was just done for us to experience it. This specific model won't be released in the Philippines as they're concentrating mid range and the different series they have. Though they might be able to do it if clamor comes so ask if you feel like it... especially on their social channels because they do listen to customer feedback.



Fun to also see our boy Bret Jackson who's still got a lot of music in the pipeline. I've been missing this guy a lot since we haven't seen each other for years. He's got a few singles out and some under him and James Reid's Careless Music. It was also fun to see OPPO's executives saying hi over cocktails, it was a really fun night... thank you OPPO! :)


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New Spot: ARCANA LOUNGE

Sunday, May 22, 2022

If there's something that is lacking in San Juan City, it's the fact that there's really a scarcity of good bars... but here's good news. ARCANA LOUNGE finally has opened and we've got first dibs on things they offer.

Ambiance: I think I've seen this being worked on a couple months ago when a couple workers went outside and pat dust off their clothes... and I saw a new sign put up in front, I stopped and said to my self, this is interesting! When I entered ARCANA this evening, my eyes were certainly drawn on the copper clad ceiling. I felt they did this on purpose so you get to feel how large the room was. The place could seat 50-60 people (maybe more) and tables were arranged for groups of 4 or more to fit friends, family. The back side had a long bunk chair and the others were upholstered thick, pretty comfy to be seated for hours. They also had fresh flowers, dropped in several places. Design wise, it reminded me of a little mix of modern, industrial and art deco. There's a sense of it being posh, their attention to detail was astounding.



The Bar on the other had was built differently. The racks are filled to the brim with different kinds of booze as they serve hard drinks and cocktails. The bar is all clad in gold, black, aimed to complement the restaurant interior. It also has their huge logo, intimidating to look at but once you know the bartenders, you'll love them instantly.


Gourmet Nachos -Warm nachos with hearty chili con carne topping. Fresh and complements Gin, Tequila based drinks.

Purple Sour - Something they whipped up to surprise me, this was refreshing and perfect to start the evening.

Buffalo Wings - It had the flavors, not too spicy... make sure you eat it while it's hot!

Sisig Rolls - A different take on the usual bar chow. Like a mix between Filipino and Vietnamese. Again, make sure you consume while it's hot.

Truffle Pizza - One of my favorites that evening. It had the right amount of cheese, crispy crust and truffle permeated all over the top.

Sliders - If you need something filling, the sliders would surely do that. It comes with fries, which I think was also laced with a little truffle.

Fra Diavolo - Fresh pasta with shrimp, cheese and lemon on the side.

Steak Fried Rice - I liked their version, like the other items I mentioned earlier, eat it while its hot.

USDA Rib Eye Steak - They made it the way I like it. Medium, still has the right amount of fat (which I love) and buttery soft still. I would even love to have seconds. I would go back for this in a heartbeat!

Prawn Thermidor - For prawn lovers out there, here's your fix. You may have this shared but I doubt you'll do because it's cheesy good.

Lamb Rack - For those who would want something a bit more lean, get the Lamb rack. They cooked it perfectly... I'd assume this would be for those special date nights or "treat to self" days.

ARCANA LOUNGE maybe new, but fret not as they've got some seasoned Chefs and Mixologists behind all their counters. They plan very well, and honestly, the ambiance is a huge selling point. If you have guests, friends or family that need to be given a classy dinner, something to drink afterwards, this is the place you should be looking for. A plus is that they also customize drinks, just ask the friendly bartender what you prefer so they could whip up something for you.

ARCANA LOUNGE is located at the Greenhills Promenade's second level. You may enter through the stairs from Music Museum or the one on the left door of the mall's old door. I enjoyed my time there and surely, I'd be back for more!


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Luxury Living with Brittany's New Condominium Towers

Saturday, May 21, 2022


If you're looking for a place with true cool breeze, outdoor decks, lush gardens that promotes peace and tranquility... that's exactly what Brittany Corporations new condo towers offer. They think about how you can take refuge, with your wellness in mind, as they continue to build and develop several properties down south.


Brittany is the luxury residential arm of Vista Land and Lifescapes, Inc. and they've made strides in making sure that if you choose to live in their projects, you'll get a lifestyle that promotes holistic wellness, much like Crosswinds.

The new towers at Alpine Villas

Crosswinds is a huge 100 hectare land that is tucked away from the busy city limits of Tagaytay. They built several towers, Swiss Chalet style houses developed in lush forests where you'll feel you're in another country as the weather changes. It's the perfect place to take a walk, not too hot, not too cold, enough to get you appreciate the smell of fresh pine trees, other worldly architecture you only see in movies or the Swiss alps. Crosswinds has been transformed in the last few years, and now has retail concept stores, new amenities around so you don't have to go elsewhere if you're at the enclaves all year.


Encompassing 2.8 hectares of Crosswinds is Alpine Villas, a charming enclave consisting of mid-rise towers in the style of Swiss chalets that are surrounded with charming European-inspired cafes and restaurants. They built towers Bernese, Blanc and Brienz so each resident would enjoy majestic sunsets, views, as it is 540 meters above sea level. Imagine the cups of coffee you'll enjoy as you sit in tables right outside, and the memories you'll make forever.

Recently, they built a new one called Biel. It's a 9 storey condo tower with 58 units. You can choose between studio, one bedroom spaces, two bedroom ones, or ones with balconies in different measurements (30 to 90 square meters). This costs around Php 9 to 31 Million per unit, but with the amenities like gyms, exercise spaces, parks, pathways, green gardens, views, that are priceless. These are units that can make you feel that you're re-connecting with nature. The lush vegetation, quiet surroundings, would take your meditation sessions to a whole new level. This would be perfect as a second or vacation home for those who would want to escape the city.

It's also got CCTV and security working 24/7, following safety precautions and guidelines set by the LGU so the community remains safe, with less worry... so you can enjoy the time with family, friends, all day. You can also choose this as an investment, as every sane person would want to experience this for a few days, months, even years. Brittany also has properties in Portofino which you can find in Alabang. There's also La Posada in Sucat Paranaque and Georgia Club in Sta. Rosa, Laguna if you want to experience the same luxury elsewhere too.

If you want to know more about it, visit their official website www.brittany.com.ph or their social channels by searching Brittany Corporation.




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Making Sure Budget Plans Work

Friday, May 20, 2022


The pandemic has taught us a lot about how good financial management remain as a valuable skill not just for personal survival, but giving ease to the lives of your family - the closest people for you. We determine budget plans early on, with proper forecasting you get to have peace of mind yes, but in rare occasions, we all struggle. When one gets sick, incapacitated, restrictions happen and people lose their jobs, when businesses decide to close shop, these are emergencies nobody gets prepared for so it is wise you get to evaluate your budgets regularly and learn to properly make adjustments when the need arise.

Managing Finances Effectively

You need a good bank, know where you are putting savings, things for investments, for entertainment (because you deserve that too) and an emergency fund (when the unimaginable happens).


Allocate Appropriately

I always make it a point to have funds directed to a specific goal. A huge chunk of course goes to bills, food and shelter (about 50%), 10 percent goes to entertainment (if you want to go to a vacation, buy something for yourself or your loved one you need to set aside something for this purpose), then 25% goes to investments (if you prefer digital currency, bank deposits, stock market, insurance premiums or money market you need to do this early on). 15% goes to emergency fund so in times you wouldn't be able to work or pay for medical bills if you or your family gets hospitalized, you have this to get funds from. There are a lot of other things to consider and customize these rates, you need to weigh what works for you and stick to it. If you need to adjust, go ahead and make that play. You need to be a little aggressive in making sure your budget works for you.

Monitor Your Investments

Since a huge part of your funds go to investments, you need to have this checked a few minutes a day. Make smart choices if you are looking for short term ones, relax on the long term goals. You don't need to watch lines go up and down and spend hours for it, so only do it when times are volatile, and be aggressive if you have the money to do it with. Familiarize yourself with the market and slowly make your way to grow your funds. You also have to find one that fits your lifestyle. If you want to delve into business, or become an entrepreneur, pick up  a loan with easy payment terms and lower interest rates because a lot of it is out there. 

Manage Your Debt Wisely

Loans, credit card bills are of course part of the game. If you've got a lot of these, consider plans to pay more than the minimum monthly payments to reach your goal of zero debt. You can schedule payments for some purchases for ease of doing business and everyday transactions. Know when interest rates would be okay for you or not. See if you are going to benefit in the long run because remember, some loans and credits are not taxable and if you pay them earlier, it won't be too painful to see where your funds go. Give debt consolidation a try so it would also be manageable to pay for things. If you want information on that, click here.

These are what I do now in order to manage funds, if you've got one that serves the purpose, follow your own strategy and adjust when you see the need to. The market isn't constant just like change, think of more ways to grow your money and see if your budget plans work today.


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Jane De Leon is the New Santé Barley Daily-C Endorser

Thursday, May 19, 2022





She’s flying, she’s going places, Jane De Leon is the new brand ambassador for Santé Barley Daily-C. Joey Marcelo of Santé says “Jane was chosen as she embodies Santé in these times, a kind and compassionate woman much like the hard working unsung heroes during the pandemic.”


For those who don’t know, Daily-C is sodium ascorbate that is easy on the tummy and safe for daily use. Santé Barley on the other hand is Barley Grass, their premier product available in capsule and powder form. It is full of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, to help boost your immune system so you don’t easily get sick. 

Jane says “If we want to help other people, we need to make sure that we too are healthy. I am thankful to have been designated as Santé Barley and Daily C ambassador, of which I hope to influence more Filipinos to take care of themself and their families.”




Santé also introduced the Lopez family, their first family brand ambassadors. They will be showcasing them in different ad and publicity materials for Santé products soon.



Kuya Kim Atienza was also there to tell the audience about the reason why underwears were usually outside their costumes. Smart guy!





Jane adds "I need to be emotionally and physically prepared to help other people. I have tried the product and it's not acidic, really great and I needed this for work."


If you want to know more about their products, you may visit their official website mysante.com.

A Dose of Love and Laughter in New Web Series "Ming ♥ Tomas"


People are still looking for that one emotional fix, to get a dose of love and laughter into their homes especially when times are hard. Romcoms have certainly been a hit in the movies, it makes you smile automatically when you think of that one special romantic moment in your life... and this is where Mang Tomas is banking on. They call it Ming ♥ Tomas.

They sought one of the most notable artists to create posters in hopes to combine all the feels that Mang Tomas All Around Sarsa brings, and Justin Besana delivered. They also took actors that give authenticity, and put to life characters that men and women would relate to no matter what age group they belong to.

Ming ♥ Tomas is a story of two people, one's sweet and lovely, the other is macho and hardworking. Though they have different lives, the stars have aligned and brought them hope, a connection that complemented the meal they had in the course of taking their relationship, love into another level they never thought would come true. Picking the right person wasn't really easy, at the end of the day, it wasn't just about putting your best foot forward... and showing a deeper reason to every quirky moment you've experienced and dream of forever.

 

You can watch the episodes on the Mang Tomas Facebook page, and the official NutriAsia YouTube channel. You can now enjoy episodes "AngMANGhuhula" and "Ang GANAduo" and feel all the kilig it brings. This series is created by award winning directors Chris Cahilig and Joel Ferrer, shot entirely on mobile phones with help from mobile videographer Tristan Cua. You can also win #MachoGanado gift packs if you answer the simple question at the end of the episodes. Go enjoy it at home just like I did. 

You may follow their social channels to know more about it. 


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LEGION Unleashes New Laptop Series for 2022

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Just got home from the Lenovo LEGION event at the Whitespace Events Hall in Makati City. Pretty sure there's a lot of people looking for the next generation laptops from the brand that held the number one spot last year. Gamers, students, creators and professionals probably have seen how they listened to consumers, and today is a momentous occasion to bring their big guns out!

Lenovo GM Mike Ngan says "Thank you for being with us today from almost two years of not seeing each other physically. Today, we are working and presenting with our business partners Microsoft and Intel. When we launched the Legion brand we were in the 6th place, we continued to develop and started climbing the ranks. 2021 we became number 1 in terms of revenue sales. A lot of our customers are asking for Legion and established a name of its own. We are on our second generation of Legion products and we are launching it today."




Tristan Ver Gonzalez Product Manager for LEGION says "Our core ever since has been gaming, but we don't stop there. We at Legion deliver the best hardware, our customers enjoy their product and have excellent customer service. The most bang for the buck laptop, IdeaPad gaming 3i. All new chassis, new display at 16 inch, rear I/o ports, latest connectivity in a gaming laptop. It is available in onyx gray and glacier white. This supports type c charging, 8hr battery life, thunderbolt support, display ports and a 16 inch 16:10 panel so you can view more and scroll less."

Legion 5i is very thin, comes in Mg and Aluminum Metal Cover, thermally efficient, larger exhaust, quad heat pipe layout, improved CPU heat sink. Has 12th gen Core i7 processor, ddr5 memory, gen4 SSD, plus 3 year warranty.

The Legion 5i Pro has a 5 heat pipe layout, larger exhaust area, world's first 16 inch WQHD+ gaming laptop, dedicated media keys, dedicated num pad, best in class thermals.

Their most premium 16 inch gaming laptop is the Legion 7 series. With the Legion 7i and the Slim 7i, it's got all metal trim, zero bump, thinner than previous gen of laptops. It's got RGB keyboard, RGB vents, RGB strips under it. It has a massive vapor chamber, phase change thermal compound, improved airflow, 175w GPU power. 99.99Whr battery for more gaming time. It has a fingerprint reader with RGB indicators, ergonomic keyboard, force sensitive WASD keys where the harder you press it, the more it gets pressed. It also has swappable ceramic keys that comes in a.tool kit when you buy it. RGB is controlled by Legion Spectrum software, which can also audio sync and screen sync (imagine your movies sync with the lights!).

The LEGION 7i and Lite 7i has 12TH GEN Intel core i9 HX and can handle all things powerful.  It comes with 3 year accidental damage protection aside from the usual and additional XBOX Game Pass for serious gamers out there.

I'm sure this is just the start, go check out the Lenovo Legion social channels to know more about these products and price points. According to ballpark figures, some of them are in the 69K range up to 120+ so it just depends on your laptop requirement on what you want to choose.




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Dreaming Big: Tadeo Paras

Friday, May 13, 2022


Meet Tadeo Paras, a 25 year old fashion photographer born and raised in the Philippines. He graduated from De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde and went to the US in 2019 to finish his masters in business at San Diego, California.

His fascination with movies came at an early age and he has always wondered how films were made. He says "I love how stories are being depicted on the silver screen and how it's being told." He had opportunities to act in top rating drama series in ABSCBN like "Wildflower" (during 2018) and "Nang Ngumiti ang Langit" (in 2019).  With this experience, his passion grew even bigger over the years.

He was also inspired by the work of Gordon von Steiner, one of the most sought after photographers in the world. His work consists of the who's who of international brands, supermodels, celebrities and a throng of unbelievable fashion spreads in Vogue Italia, and other countries. He's also done remarkable work in video editorials, working with gargantuan photographers in the field which is why he's obsessed with him and his craft.


Putting in the work, Paras is currently studying film making at Santa Monica College in the US. He plans to pursue further studies in other universities and augment skills in fashion photography. He dreams to become one soon and says "I've seen how the west does film projects and the difference in storytelling, the diversity in choosing actors. I'd like that to happen in the Philippines, to not just have the face for it, but the needed depth in our films. I believe this puts me at an advantage since I have theater and TV acting experience, this will surely help in my studies."

Paras continues to build experience in different projects making music videos, events, media, content creation and production. He also shot LA Fashion Week and a few more shows as restrictions ease stateside. His plans of making worthy films and stories that depict culture, quality, and the Filipino way of life is just the start. Can't wait to see him reach his dreams, with the flag on his sleeve every time.


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Filipino Films from Cignal Entertainment Receive Accolades in Italy

Thursday, May 12, 2022


Luck has come our way as the Philippines through Cignal Entertainment's movies bag awards at the recent 19th Asian Film Festival in Italy. This is a big win not just for the production of two pieces "Big Night!" and "Resbak" (english title Payback). This happeened last April 7 to 13 this year at Farnese Arthouse in Rome and undoubtedly, has brought honor once again to the country in this Asian exhibition featuring 30 different entries from countries like Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, china, Taiwan and Thailand.

"Resbak" director Brillante Mendoza was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Roma Lazio Film Commision. Actors Christian Bables (which did Big Night) and Vince Rillon (from Payback) on the other hand won Best Actor for their respective films that are produced by Cignal Entertainment. News of having these in streaming platforms soon are in the works so that more people would be able to watch it. Payback will be released in the Philippines soon.

For those who don't know, "Big Night!" was previously shown in Metro Manila Film Festival in 2021. This is directed by Jun Lana and had stellar reviews, also won several awards including Best Actor, Supporting Actor, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, Musical Score, Best Picture and the Gender Sensitivity Award (which was fitting!).

This is a part of what Cignal Entertainment is pushing for. They want to champion fresh, socially relevant and world appealing films and show them to a greater audience. They are thankful for the awards they won in this festival and the ones bestowed to the people who are in these films.

You may visit their official website at www.asianfilmfestival.info for more information about the films and the awards they've given to different films over the years. Congratulations Cignal Entertainment!




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