JL, Biogesic and Unilab for a Healthier Philippines

Saturday, November 26, 2022

The word "Ingat" resonated with so many Filipinos, more so during the pandemic as health suddenly became so much of a priority (for obvious reasons). Biogesic and Unilab recently reminded us that getting sick could actually affect anyone at anytime, and during these times... there should be "Alagang Walang Pinipili". The feeling and act of unconditional care for others has always been their call. Then on this day, they also renewed their ties with the main man, John Lloyd Cruz. When he looks at you and said "Ingat" with those eyes, things get better.

This time he's taking the point across to more Filipinos, together with that signature salute of his, he's going to communicate how it is to be in a state where there's "Alagang Walang Pinipili". He says "It's had not to feel the care and support of the people you work with at Unilab. They always want to know how you are, how you are doing, and ask you what you want to do. Now our connections get even deeper. Especially now on their 50th year!"

Unilab Corporate VP Alexander Panlilio adds "We believe in the care and quality healthcare we provide for every Filipino family.  Biogesic has always been synonymous with the "Ingat" tagline which John Lloyd does in our messages. This time we want to strengthen our connections with "Alagang Walang Pinipili" just like what he experienced with us at Unilab."

This is a commitment from Unilab and Biogesic. If you want to know more about their campaign, check out their YouTube channel via youtube.com/c/biogesicph.


Top Holiday Destinations: Tagaytay Highlands

Christmas in the Philippines start at "BER" months, which means months that end with BER (September to December). It is dubbed as the longest Christmas celebration in the world and we do often take this time to be with friends, family, and loved ones. Destinations such as Tagaytay Highlands are often on top of the list because of the cool climate, serene and beautiful landscape where guests, residents would enjoy the countryside without going too far from the metropolis via a short ride away down south.

It has changed a lot over the years as new exclusive residential homes and units have been put up as vantage points to Taal Volcano and lake area, and Laguna-Mount Makiling side, you'll end up crazy trying to look at the nice views from one side and the other. They also have recently put up Christmas decors, lights, ornaments as the holidays come closer, making this a very inviting place to be in especially this December. Tagaytay Highlands will also be holding a Christmas Party for the young ones come December 17. It will be held at the Sports Center Hall so make sure you get them all dressed for the occasion.

Aside from that, there will be a Christmas Bazaar on the Highlands Golf Parking area from December 27 to 31 to make sure those aguinaldos and shopping money be spent without leaving the sweet enclave. The Sports Center Hall will also get converted for the New Years Eve countdown on the 31st, so schedule appropriately during the holidays.

For those who prefer a more holy retreat, Chapel events will happen from November 27th til the end of the year, so make sure you check schedules appropriately on site or their social channels. You can also take the trip there for the annual "Simbang Gabi" which starts from December 15th to the 23rd. The holiday mass will also be celebrated on Christmas eve and the day itself, plus on New Year's day. It's certainly a dreamy place to be in during Christmas time so if you're in the mood for a move, consider Tagaytay Highlands to be on your list if you would like a change of pace and destination during the holidays. The award winning developer Highlands Prime Inc. is a subsidiary of SM Prime Holdings. It's safe and made of dreams, so if you're interested go check out Tagaytay Highlands on FB, IG and their site tagaytayhighlands.com today!


EFFITIX Now in the Philippines

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Pets are all part of the family. They bring so much joy which to me is priceless and can never be replaced. Taking care of them is essential, and these days we can never be too complacent as a simple mosquito bite would carry disease, but now there's something that can prevent that.
Pharma company Virbac knows how the Philippines need solutions for animal health. This is why they are bringing in Effitix, a topical solution for canines so they won't get tick or flea infestations. This also could save them from heartworms as it repels mosquitoes which cause these problems too, and can do it in a span of 4 weeks. 

Dr. Remil Galay a professor of Veterinary Medicine from the UPLB says "Dogs can be sick by pathogens from tick bites. Based in our studies Ehrlichia Canis is the most common detected in the Philippines. A study published last year include Ricketsia, Lice, we need to keep this off our dogs. There are a lot of methods you can employ, like soaps and shampoos, but that doesn't last after washing. The protection doesn't last long. Fipronil remains effective in killing brown dog ticks. There are new drugs combined with it which gives stronger killing effects, additionally prevent resistance to one drug. It is also shown effective in different kind of ticks."

Dr. Sheila Chavez who is the Technical Assistant Manager for Companion Animals from Virbac Philippines showed how to apply the topical solution to pets. She broke off the top, put the liquid and lathered it onto the skin (not the hair).

Journalist Gretchen Malalad wore the fur Mommy hat during the event and talked about how she took care of her fur babies. She rescue cats and dogs, put some of them for adoption. She also neuter and spays them to prevent animal abandonment. Being a dog lover, she had one of her dogs always play and run with her, though one day, the doggie got too tired. She got him to a vet, but when his blood tests came, he had heartworms. It was a long treatment, took 6-8 months and regular checkup. She used Effitx to also rid him of ticks and lice too. She also tried it on her other dogs and saw it was clearly effective. She wanted to have known about it before her doggie got sick, she's glad Effitix is now in the country.

This also kills them within 24 hours and still work even if they take a bath, shampoo, a dip in a pool and usual activities. They come in pipettes so it's easier to apply on our best friends to keep our cute little doggies safe from harmful parasites. It's only for doggos eight weeks old and above and comes in different sizes since dogs don't come in one size. This is good news for those keeping their pets at home, and you can get them starting December 16 via authorized online pet stores and  probably shops and clinics by February next year. You may check pH.virbac.com for more information about the topical solution they offer. You can also follow their social channels @VirbacPH on FB and @virbac_philippines on IG because they update often there.

Effitix costs Php 345 for the 4-10kg size, and for the 10-20kg size costs Php 365. They also have a promo on December giving free brush with shampoo container. (Will be announced on social channels soon) so stay tuned!

Of course, consult your vet at all times. 


Cignal Entertainment Does Showbiz Caravan: A Proper Thanksgiving and for Charity

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Had a wonderful time talking to stars from Cignal/TV5 shows Sing Galing Kids, Sing Galing, Suntok Sa Buwan, Oh My Korona, Kalye Kweens, Now Zending, Reelverse and several other programs from the Kapatid network. They've been doing a showbiz caravan visiting several spots in Mega Manila to bring entertainment and thank everyone who supported their shows. Some of them are already ending, so it's an apt thing to do for those who contributed to their success. We talked to Zendee, Marimar, Ms. K Brosas, Jessy Salvador, Paulo Angeles and Pooh who also had a mall show later that day for the same purpose.

We talked about a lot of things including their experience about being on the show and working with other actors during the locked in taping and the pandemic. It's a pretty neat sight to get to know how they survived some of the most difficult circumstances like when Sing Galing was airing and Zendee had COVID-19. She was adamant to finish her work despite difficulty breathing, I was at awe on how she was able to do that. Here's our interview with her and Marimar that afternoon.

The Showbiz Caravan was pretty well received over at Starmall in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. They were there from November 17 to 19 to the delight of mall goers, shoppers and fans of the shows. They also did a portion where they get to sing with the stars and prizes went to a charity for the benefit of Kids of National Children’s Hospital and to a baby named Aaron who is a 7-year-old patient with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. That was certainly touching to see. 
Ms. K Brosas touched on a topic about Ms. Kris Aquino and how she was able to give her advise about accepting praises, and thanks as a celebrity. That part really made sense, and touching how their friendship has lasted all throughout these years.

Jessy Salvador (Maja Salvador's sister) talked lengthily about their show Oh My Korona which she says had her comedy acting chops tested during the whole show. She was glad Pooh was instrumental in making her better in the genre and hope she'll get to do drama shows in the future. Pooh on the other hand shared his experiences on working with his co-actors and how blessed he was despite the hardships of the pandemic, the lack of work, and how he was still blessed. Listen in!

Then on the other side of the venue, we got to talk to Paulo Angeles. Such a fine gentleman. Good looking, but never thought of himself as a matinee idol material. He often was playing a playful lad, partnered with different love interests, but wants a more dramatic role next time. Here's what we talked about during the press conference:

The finale episodes of Oh My Korona will air on November 26 while the grand finals of Sing Galing Kids and regulars will air on December 3 and 10 respectively. The Suntok Sa Buwan ending on the other hand will air on December 8th, while Kalye Kweens will end on Christmas eve. You can watch it on the date or re-runs if you use the Cignal Play app,. it's actually free so no need to burden yourself watching the shows especially for PH subscribers. Thank you for the opportunity to talk with you all! You've done good.


Megan Young for Megan Beauty

The epitome of grace, elegance, and being humble, that's exactly what Megan Young is. Of all the encounters I've had with her covering events and showbiz interviews, she's up there with the best and I believe it has been one of the reasons why she won Miss World 2013. It has been one elusive crown that the Philippines has never won and til now, she's hosted the show several times and still connecting with the organization. 

Recently in one of her vlogs, she was seen taking a few minutes doing her beauty regimen, a time to take care of herself with a peel off mask, an eye gel patch and facial foam wash from beauty brand Megan. She was adamant how effective it was and told the benefits of each product. Back then, she wasn't an endorser yet and when folks from Lifestrong Marketing Inc., they figured this was the opportune time to make her the brand's endorser.

The executives know she's the perfect representation of Megan Beauty. Megan has always been a champion for women empowerment and making true sense of "beauty with a purpose". If you would like to know more about her and her campaign, head on to Megan Beauty social channels as her endorsement involves various materials like photos and videos specifically made for those who believe they too can achieve the same.

I personally love their masks and now, it's got more meaning with Megan Young on board. Congratulations to Megan and Megan Beauty! It's about time!


Congressman Arjo Atayde Urges to Expedite Anti-Flooding Projects in PH

It's a sad, but we all have to face the reality that climate change is happening and we are getting the rut of its impact especially those located in coastlines, remote islands, plains, mountains, even cities too.

The weather has not been like what we have experienced in the past, and the existence of Super Typhoons has already broken what we all thought was already strong, not good. These days, it's not just the wind we're scared about. It's also the rain, the rising tides and ultimately, the flooding. We've been paralyzed in one way or another and this cost billions of damages, not just on property, but also lives.

We're so used to managing it, doing temporary band aid measures so it's so nice to hear someone acting on it. Recently. Congressman Arjo Atayde of the 1st District of Quezon City urging the government offices to prioritize the proper management and fast track completion of flood control projects especially in prone areas. This was said in his privilege speech on Tuesday and also proposes a Czar specifically just for that.

He utters "It's but timely to put one in the Executive branch to particularly address and ensure who will be responsible for coordinating with DPWH and MMDA. By putting a "Flooding Czar" NCR's various local government projects will be fast tracked putting priorities where it's due." He also made mention about the Metro Manila Flood Management Project that involves over 36 pumping stations, plus construction of 20 more (by October 2024), but so far only 1 has been acted upon. He also is pushing for funding from DPWH to make further studies in addressing this issue. It would also include the construction of retarding ponds in places like malls, schools, basketball courts, play areas, including the San Juan River.

Arjo also worries about his constituents like in Barangay Mariblo, Barangay Sto. Domingo and Barangay Talayan who already has experienced waist deep floods, to hopefully rid it with a more permanent solution for years to come. He also made samples out of Barangays in Bungad, San Antonio, Katipunan and Damayan who experienced knee deep floods. We are resilient people, but we should never resort to normalizing what we do during natural disasters and calamities. It cost the country 60.07 Billion last year and we should all do our part in making sure nothing bad like this would happen. The "Flood Czar" should take care of that.


Rémy Martin Presents 1738 Accord Royal at Whiskey Live Manila

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Missed this event but nothings gonna stop me from telling you good news about the Whiskey Live Manila event a few weeks ago.

Rémy Martin actually launched their 1738 Accord Royal. It's a really unique cognac heavily rooted in histroy as it has been granted Accord Royal status by King Louis XV in 1738. I must say, I got a taste of in mixes at Honeycomb where they also launched an event, quite surprised how smooth it is, not pungent, just the right amount of fruitiness, oak, spicy and toasted with a bold flavor. It's definitely something that can be done in different ways, and be paired with savory food without spoiling it.
Cointreau Philippines Ed Guzman dubs this as something for the younger market. Whiskey Live Manila has been off for a number of years because of the pandemic, this certainly made it all worth the trip to BGC. Mad props to Rémy Cointreau Philippines Country Brand Lead Myke Soon who hooked us up at the Honeycomb event. That was certainly fun!

If you want to know more about the new Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal, you may visit remymartin.com or their social channels RemyMartinPhilippines on FB, IG. You can order them now at boozy.ph or singlemalt.ph if you want to try them out!

Puregold's Heartwarming Ads Praised by Netizens

If you've been on YouTube, Facebook or different online platforms, you've probably seen the new Puregold ads with the theme "Nasa Iyo Ang Panalo" launched by them in time for their 25th Anniversary. As of this writing, they've had over 43.1 Million views and has been praised by netizens because of how it was presenting raw stories of successful stars, athletes before they were able to succeed in their respective fields.

The series include SB19's very own Justin de Dios, this generation's drama superstar Francine Diaz, lovers Luis Manzano and Jessy Mendiola, TikTok phenom Queenay Mercado, and our country's Olympic pole vaulter EJ Obiena. The ads may have had a lot of views, but what matters most is the effect it has on Filipinos who would learn a thing or two about the lives of these greats. Justin was able to inspire people about his work ethic, his hard work and how he was able to pursue his dreams despite the hardships. Francine Dias on the other hand had to really work her way up before she was able to enter showbusiness, to land roles that was able to showcase her depth as an actress, and inspire the youth at the same time. There are many more comments on these videos that have solidified how effective they've been able to put the message across.

The President of Puregold Price Club Inc. Vincent Co sees this as an opportunity to share the stories of inspiring Filipinos on their 25th year in the business. You may view the "Nasa Iyo Ang Panalo" ads on YouTube, Facebook on Puregold's official channels. They also have a TikTok account so just search @puregoldph because they also got them there.


EXCLUSIVE: Director Alvin Yapan for CALL ME PAPI

Monday, November 21, 2022

He's got over 13 films on his belt, and very well known for critically acclaimed "The Dance of Two Left Feet" in 2011, "Culion" in 2019 where we had the pleasure of covering in Palawan and recently "Hulagway" which he worked with NCCA a couple months back. This time, it's a whole different movie, his first commercial film, on a different genre which he divulges was the handy work of the late well loved producer Shandii Bacolod who also worked in this movie. It's called CALL ME PAPI, a funny "barkada" movie where 5 men from different walks of live, get their stories intertwined.

The project was supposed to be released a few years ago but the pandemic happened. This prompted them to re-think how they would finish filming, and when things relaxed a bit, another hard lockdown was placed (prolly around November 2020). But nothings gonna stop them from doing it.  This is produced by Feast Foundation and will be distributed by Viva Films.

Dr. Alvin Yapan says "What I like about this project is that some of my friends say they couldn't concentrate on looking at just one guy in the film. These guys are good looking and I think it was meant to feel that way when it was thought about by Shandii Bacolod. This was intentional, to put guys with different looks, in this generation, so they get well represented in the film. There's one that came from the province, a bougie one, a gym instructor, a waiter, a bartender and a call center agent who was forced to live with each other. This discusses what they go through with the work they do. Shandii already worked with Enzo Pineda in Utopia. We got him to audition for this film because I didn't know him prior to this. He did so well in the audition, he had presence, he wasn't nervous in front of the camera and he was pretty tall. He was meant to be part of the lead cast. Even after this film, I would really like to work with them again because of how easy we got to work together. I don't know why but I've always landed in projects that have an ensemble cast. I couldn't complain in the looks department, they also have a sense of comic timing. They also have formed the dynamics, but to tell you honestly, this was one of the most difficult films to cast because it required a lot with the actors. We've gone through a lot just to put them together." 

He adds "Royce was always a joker on set, Aaron was so lean and fits his character like a glove, Enzo was caramel, Lharby had majestic physique, Albie had the perfect abs. I had Albie read the script and when we talked later on, he really liked the role of the waiter. His story arc is a little different than the others. I'm glad that none of them were problematic on set, that when I instruct them to do things, they oblige right away. I connect more with the character of Royce, as I can relate more with what he was going through. I can't really tell much because it might spoil the film."

Dr. Alvin Yapan wants this to showcase how friendship works, how you can trust each other when times are hard, when you treat people like family. There's a lot of promise in this film, and later, we'll get the chance to talk to the cast. This by the way stars Albie Casiño, Enzo Pineda, Lharby Policarpio , Aaron Concepcion and Royce Cabrera. This will be something that will be in several parts, and designed to be continued in the future. It will depend on what would get the interest of the audience. So make sure you get heard on their channels if you want to know more about the boys.

This comes out on December 7, so see you in theaters soon!


SARAH GERONIMO and Unbox the Holidays with Acer Philippines

Looks like our good friends from Acer Philippines has just launched their Holiday campaign. We got into a festive mood last week as PBB host Robi Domingo started off telling us who's about to perform and she's terribly missed by Popsters, and ordinary folks alike. Yes, she's the one and only Popstar Queen Sarah Geronimo-Guidicelli. But before that, we looked around at what Acer is offering this holiday season.

In a nutshell they're going to give up to 8000 pesos worth of SM Gift Pass on participating laptop units when you purchase them during this last quarter. They call it Unbox the Holidays with Acer. In order to qualify for it, you need to register your device for warranty. Then after they check (which usually take 5 days), they will transfer the amount to the registered phone number so you don't have to travel outside anymore. Everything is digital now, so you can use it to purchase a lot of stuff from SM Giftpass partner establishments (all SM brands of course!) so pretty much, you've got to get this perk when you plan to buy laptops this season!

Executives from Acer and the Queen of Pop Sarah Geronimo took the stage to discuss about the laptops and entertain the crowd that afternoon. The participating devices include the Aspire 3, Aspire Vero, Aspire 5, Swift 3 and Swift 5. Product prices range from Php 28K and Php 88K, so you really have a lot to choose from. The amount of GC's you get depends on the unit you purchase, but max you can have is 8K SM Digital Giftcards.

Sarah was super excited to perform on stage since it's been a while since she has done this outside of studios. She loved it so much, she gave us reason to see that there's another dance craze that will happen very soon. 

@kumagcow She missed performing live on stage, here's Sarah Geronimo! #SarahGeronimo #tiktokshowbizreporter #EntertainmentPH ♬ original sound - John Bueno

Thank you Acer Philippines for having us! It was so fun to be there that afternoon!


MOIRA DELA TORRE Says Who Wins at "The Great 0% Interest Festival"

Sunday, November 20, 2022

You've seen it happen, and it's still happening as Home Credit Philippines launched the 0% interest sale across the country. With "The Great 0% Interest Festival", people can now have their wish lists ticked among the multitude of products they can get on installment during this holiday season. The newest Home Credit brand ambassador and Queen of emotional songs Moira dela Torre just appeared on a new campaign video released on Home Credit's official social channels particularly Facebook and YouTube.

In it, she gets to be the judge for the newest reality singing competition in town called "Buy-dol Philippines". They showcased what's new, what's hot, and what you can get during the Great 0% Interest Festival. The holidays certainly calls for that, and if there's a certain time to get those high ticket items and gifts for your loved ones, it's certainly today!

Let's see how the lovely Moira found some of the contestants shine on stage! There's a lot of them who surprised us, like OMG!

It was special to see belters, rock acts, a whole enchilada of artists tell us what to expect in their special sale. Then they begin telling what they were sold on, and in the end announced who won the competition. 

It's YOU!, especially if you take your pick in over 50,000 products you need in your life right now. From laptops, cellphones, devices from the biggest brands in the country, you can get them in easy payment terms. Go download the Home Credit app on Google Play to see how you can have your own dream gadgets without the use of cards... because what, it's 2022!

There's a lot of other fun ways to shop, but not all offer 0% interest rates. It only will last until January 31st, plus they're SEC and BSP licensed. Make sure you take the trip to appliance centers in malls, shops, partner establishments that have Home Credit stations inside so you can get that lovely item you've always wanted NOW. Download the app today here!

If you want to know more about it, go follow Home Credit's official Facebook, IG and TikTok accounts because they update quite regularly. 

Now I'm in the mood to shop!


All Nurse Cast Intoduced: SIGLO NG KALINGA (The Life of Anastacia Giron Tupas)

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Last month, a call for auditions was announced by the production and the Philippine Nurses Association for the film "SIGLO NG KALINGA". This is about the life of Anastacia Giron Tupas set in three acts. In an unconventional move, they wanted to have the cast to be all NURSES. This weekend, they just announced an ensemble cast who would tell the story of the honorable lady.

Dr. Carl Balita was right. If you think about it, casting nurses in the film would entail training them because not all are professional actors. He believes in them that much, with their talent, and proved he could find the right people for the project. With the help of Archie Del Mundo who wrote and is line producing this film, they presented these individuals to the press last week.

Now it can be told, the cast includes Abbey Romero, Denmark Mismanos, Jewell Alano, Lorrich Del Tantoco, Joel Rey Carcasano, Jerico Roque, Dre Canaria, Bambi Rojas, VJ Mendoza, Tads Obach, Ms. Irma Bustamante and Ms. Lydia Palaypay. The title role of Anna Formantes went to Joy Ras who also was extremely emotional that afternoon. She mentions "Nurses are like actors too, we do our jobs everyday and try not to show much emotions especially when we get affected when someone dies, we feel and remember patients when that happens. Our jobs as nurses in a way equate to acting experience."

VJ Mendoza will play Alfred in the film.

VJ Mendoza adds "When I saw how they worked in the workshops we had, I saw how intelligent they were picking up advanced acting methods being taught to us by Ms. Angeli Bayani. They follow instructions very well. Imagine, I have been doing acting projects for many years, and they are at par with what I could do!"

To tell you honestly, the line of questions asked by the press was a bit worrisome as it questioned the lack of experienced actors in the list. Dr. Carl Balita took time to explain their goal of giving the roles to equally talented Nurses that would fit what they need to do in the film and how they were able to see what huge potential lies with the new cast. All of them were also eager to showcase the lives of unsung heroes, who got recognized about their work especially during the pandemic. This is a dream for most of them, and being a part of a movement to tell the story of Anastacia Giron Tupas was truly an honor they wouldn't want to pass on.  As Dr. Carl says "They have what it takes to perform the role (the actors that we chose), this is for the love of the nurses whom I want to put on the spot!" and we certainly couldn't agree more.


Joy Ras and Tads Obach will play Anna Formantes and Tony, a couple

Aside from the cast, Dr. Carl Balita also told us that he's working on several nurse actors like Rocco Nacino, Kuh Ledesma, Princess Punzalan, Carol Banawa and other artists to become a part of this film (or cameo roles) once the ball starts rolling. The piece will be shown mid next year and they are still finalizing some of the details. I could feel they too were so excited about the possibility of the actors surprising us all with their performances in this project, which they would rather want to do once it shows on theaters.

A lot of people are already eager to see what Director Lemuel Lorca has up his sleeves as this will be part of the award winning work he's already done in the past few years. They have intentions of putting this into international film festivals, and I wouldn't be surprised if it picks up a laurel or more when showcased abroad. 

From what I see, Dr. Carl Balita and the Philippine Nurses Association already has a gem in their hand. If the accolades come and the viewing public gets to see this film, they deserve every bit of praise they would get from SIGLO NG KALINGA. 

Congratulations to everyone who's making this dream a reality!


Honoring Q3 Top Performers: Brittany Corporation

An exemplary company honoring those who work hard and dedicate themselves to bring Brittany Luxury living to those who deserve it, Brittany Corporation just held their Q3 Sales Excellence Awards at the Mella Hotel.

Brittany Corporation's best sales professionals gathered all together in a gala properly entitled "Evergreen", all to honor the best sales pros and teams. During the event, they also announced the new developments in the pipeline including one in Baguio called BERN, plus Forresta which is located Villar Land. They already have acheived a lot with their previous one called Crosswinds in Tagaytay City, which I have been able to visit and stay in a couple of years ago.

They have honored those who have gone above and beyond the already exceptional service they provide and performance during this third quarter. This is welcome news for their employees and agents. They've given a Spotlight Award, Ace Leaderboard Award, the Pinnacle Award, the President's Circle Award and Circle of Excellence Award. They also discussed in the event their sales target for the last quarter so as to strengthen their commitment as the luxury residential arm of Vista Land. Now they have homes, condo units, lots in prime locations around the country. Take your pick from Portofino in Alabang Muntinlupa, La Posada in Sucat Paranaque, Georgia Club at Sta. Rosa Laguna and Crosswinds in Tagaytay.

If this looks and feels interesting for you, make sure you follow their social channels by searching for Brittany Corporation on brittany.com.ph, FB, IG or YouTube as they're all there!


Sam YG is Your Guy for SportsPlus

Friday, November 18, 2022

The new online sportsbooking platform SportsPlus has just announced celebrity DJ and Boys Night Out stalwart Sam YG as their official spokesperson for the brand.

Sam says "I know how passionate Filipinos are when it comes to sports, we are the greatest fans in the world. SportsPlus just makes it more exciting especially if you're very confident about the athletes or teams you follow on games. Now fans could now be part of the action and take a notch higher by entertainment they could get via bit.ly/sportsplusph."

This is only for ages 21 and up, and is fully accredited by PAGCOR. After a quick signup, you can start your own moves for 100 pesos. It's safe, secure and very efficient, payment options (including GCash) are easy to understand and use. It runs and fits into your phone's browser so there's no need to download apps right from the get go. Sam adds "This is really exciting and easy to learn, and cashing out is a breeze." 

Again, this is only for ages 21 and up. Make sure you practice responsible gaming! 


Singer-Actor LA Santos Grateful for Continued Success

We met LA Santos a little over 5 years ago when he started a singing career under Star Music. Back then he was featured in Rated K and led 7K Sounds. These days, he's already transitioned from being in the music industry and became an actor, appearing in one of the top shows in the country. He's now part of the cast of DARNA which has been raved about here and elsewhere in the world.

LA says "I've been so blessed about what I have achieved in the past few years. I have now been able to love the art of acting, I am beyond blessed to have been able to join Darna. The experience of being here takes me to another world and I'm glad about the reception of my character Richard Miscala (part of the paramedics) in the show. I've worked hard and have undergone one on one workshops with seasoned actress Malou Crisologo which has been very instrumental in making me part of Mars Ravelo's Darna."

Being on the hit TV show, he now has had the opportunity to work with Joshua Garcia, Janella Salvador, Jane De Leon and other stars from the network. They've been very nice to LA and has given him pointers to take his time with the lines he has, to relax and not overthink. He's been able to make moments happen with his co-actors in the show, and remarks "We're definitely like family!".

LA Santos also appeared in "Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin" together with Sam Milby, Iza Calzado and Jodi Sta. Maria. Jodi told LA during filming that he should understand why he's doing the show, to not get distracted about anything other than his dreams for his family, as they've always been there through the years. They also keep him grounded too.

For now, LA wants to be able to work with Ian Veneracion on a TV or movie project. He was able to open shows for him in recent concerts, as he too is family like the other celebrities he's already worked with.

Recently, his song "Di Maghihiwalay" has become part of the Darna official soundtrack and has been loved by netizens because it's been used for cutesy Joshua and Jane scenes in the show. Aside from being an actor and singer, he also wants to become a veterinarian as he loves animals too. He's also going to have new projects soon but is still keeping it in the wraps. He's so glad about the love he's receiving and is very thankful for the opportunities coming his way. Make sure to listen to his single on the music video embedded above as he's going to make more very soon too. 

Congratulations LA! Keep the fire burning!


Bad Life Choices: ALAPAAP Now Out on VIVAMAX App

Today is a good time to head on to your VIVAMAX app to watch ALAPAAP. It's a pretty disturbing film, probably would ruffle a lot of feathers as it's a little unconventional; yet very interesting. This is directed by Fredrich Macapagal Cortez, a protege of legendary Brillante MA Mendoza (as he's worked under a different capacity for 7 years) who's also producing this film.  

It delves into the lives of college friends, some who are into film making. To finish their studies, had to make a documentary as requirement. They decided to do a documentary, a tribe from a remote province. It wouldn't be that easy as they're no ordinary bunch of guys and gals. Let's just say it's all about bad parenting, vices, urges and alcohol ultimately taking over their usual lives. They're a pretty rough bunch and it won't be too long til they meet mishaps along the way. 

You'll get to see the role of Josef Elizalde who plays Erik Bengzon being a lot problematic. He's in his own world, pretty much feeling invincible but later on receives the ugly truth of his actions. Aside from that, Ali Asistio who plays Orius Plana will make you think if he's a good friend or a a bad influence. He looks like a goody two shoes at first, then an evil doer, and makes matters worse. Katrina Dovey, Andrea Garcia, Chesca Paredes, Alona Navarro provide chameleon like characters wherein the audience begin to see horrid changes as they take in intoxicating drinks or substances. They even took it to the mountains (visiting natives) and lived to regret every second of it. The lone London based guy Luke Selby had some of the press screening the movie at the edge of their seats as he contributed what he could do in the acting department. Albeit foreign, he fit right in like a glove. He was in conversation, yet clueless, you'll have to fish out reasons how he ended up in group sessions as with the other cast members. 


I asked how this would be different from a Brillante Mendoza directorial work, and Fredrich Macapagal Cortez told us about his cinematography background that would take this into more of his style. This is quite easy to understand once you get to see the closeup shots (especially the eye, skin and sunlight scenes) which you'll see if you stream this project. This is also exclusively going to be released through the VIVAMAX app so download it if you want to see the movie. Subscription fees are also affordable, so you have a chance to see it all. Aside from that, the cast also told us about how detractors shouldn't look at their work differently. Listen in to what we talked about after the screening, I love how frank Andrea Garcia answers questions:

If this piqued your interest and want to know how it ends, go watch ALAPAAP scheduled to be released today November 18 on the VIVAMAX app.