Caritas Manila Holds Celebrity Bazaar on October 18



Caritas Manila will hold its second Celebrity Bazaar on October 18, Thursday from 1-10pm on the 2nd level of the Mega Atrium of SM Megamall.  Entrance fee is P500 per person.
The bazaar will feature pre-loved luxury items up for sale from generous celebrity donors Heart Evangelista, Alden Richards, Ruffa Gutierrez, Dr. Vicki Bello, Scarlet Snow Belo, Cristalle Bello, Bang Pineda, Teacher Georcelle, Toni Gonzaga, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Vice Ganda, Iza Calzado, Divine Lee, Jinkee Pacquiao, Manny Pacquiao and premier designers Michael Cinco and Cary Santiago. Heart Evangelista is this year’s Event Ambassador.

Proceeds from this year’s bazaar will benefit the Youth Servant Leadership and Education Program (YSLEP) of Caritas Manila. The program sends and supports less fortunate but deserving students nationwide to their college or university of choice.        

The first Caritas Manila Celebrity Bazaar was held 2 years ago with former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach as Event Ambassador. The bazaar earned enough funds to support 5,000 YSLEP Scholars.  At any given time, there are between 3,000 to 5,000 YSLEP scholars nationwide. Figures show that providing a youth a college or vocational degree gives him a 98 per cent chance of helping his family overcome poverty.

“We at Caritas Manila are so grateful for the generosity and enthusiasm of these celebrities to help YSLEP scholars,” comments Fr. Anton CT Pascual, Caritas Manila Executive Director.  Their assistance will go a long way in proving education and support can help realize the potentials of our future leaders coming from the ranks of the poor.”

 “To date, more than 10,000 YSLEP scholars have graduated from college and vocational schools nationwide especially from the poorest provinces.”
Caritas Manila is one of the biggest non-profit organizations in the country led by its chairman, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.


For more information, visit Caritas Manila at 2002 Jesus Street, Pandacan, Manila or call 562-0020 to 25, email caritas_manila@yahoo.com, or log on to www.caritasmanila.org.ph.



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Glaiza De Castro's Cinemalaya movie "Liway" now runs in cinemas nationwide!

Glaiza De Castro during "Liway" blogcon

One of GMA Artist Center's pride, prime actress Glaiza De Castro stars as "Kumander Liway," in Cinemalaya's Highest-Grossing film of All Time, "Liway." Glaiza considered her role here as very challenging, "Unang-una, galing kasi s'ya sa totoong istorya, galing s'ya sa mga totoong tao, kumbaga as much as you want to put your own interpretation of Liway...parang mas maganda kung...or better kung mag-stick ka na lang kung ano talaga 'yung nasa istorya eh. And nakausap ko si Liway herself ...nakwento n'ya 'yung... kasi naka-survive s'ya, and 'yun 'yung isa sa mga sobrang  empowering and inspiring na factors ng proyektong 'to kasi 'yung ginagampanan mo eh nandito," she exclaims. 



"Liway" has garnered prestigious awards during the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

Winner of three Awards: 

SPECIAL JURY COMMENDATION
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
SPECIAL JURY CITATION (Kenken Nuyad) 

Glaiza as Kumander Liway 

The setting of the story was set during Martial Law. It is about a young mother who uses storytelling to protect her young son from the painful realities of prison life. Martial Law, like what I was taught during my learning years, happened in the year 1972 during the Marcos regime specifically on September 23 and the proclamation No. 1081 was officially lifted on January 17, 1981. 


The movie is based on director Kip Oebanda's experiences as he was growing up inside the prison camp. where his parents were detained. Aside from Glaiza De Castro who plays Inday/ Kumander Liway, it also features rousing performances like co-GMA Artist Center, Dominic Rocco then there's Kenken Nuyad who portrays Inday's son, Dakip along with actors Soliman Cruz, Joel Saracho, Nico Antonio, Sue Prado, Paolo O'hara, Ebong Joson, Gerry Cornejo, Diana Alferez, Julie Bautista, Pau Benitez, Liway Gabo, She Maala, Renante Bustamante, with Vance Larena, Upeng-Galang Fernandez, and Khalil Ramos in a very special role. The screenplay is written by Kip Oebanda and Zig Dulay, and is produced by VY/AC Productions and Exquisite Aspect Ventures and was distributed by Quantum Films. 

GMA Artist Center stars, Glaiza De Castro and Dominic Roco during their blogcon 

On the other hand, another GMA Artist Center actor Dominic Roco, finds Glaiza, as her favorite co-acting partner and he already told her about it. He also commends Glaiza's acting performance here as her best so far. 


Glaiza with Kenken Nuyad 

Asked about what they have learned about the story of "Liway" and Martial Law, Glaiza answered, "Parang feeling ko hindi ako worthy to discuss about it pero, through Liway, mas nagkaroon ako ng understanding dahil galing s'ya sa totoong istorya, nangyari talaga s'ya nung panahon na 'yun. Isa 'to sa mga factors na alam ko nung panahon na 'yun, pero it doesn't mean na magbabago na talaga completely 'yung understanding ko sa kanya, so far, kung anuman 'yung mapapanood n'yo sa 'Liway,' ayun lang din 'yung alam ko nung panahon na 'yun so wala nang mas hihigit pa dun, wala nang le-less pa dun pero sana lang din 'yung mga taong manonood nito, hindi nila tignan kung ano 'yung polotical view or aspect kasi there's so much more than that. It's not just about Martial Law, let's not talk about that, pwede naman tayong mag-focus dun sa nanay at sa anak n'ya na pinalaki sa prison at ang tina-try ba protektahan sa harm na nangyayari sa paligid nila. Ang nung napanpod ko 'yung pelikula, isa sa mga bagay na na-realize ko, ang understanding ko sa kanya ay love letter s'ya ng anak sa nanay. 

While Dominic answered, " 'Yung 'Liway' to me, isa s'yang eye-opener sa mga haka-haka na sinasabi ng mga tao dati. It was just a confirmation... wow, this really happened... it wasn't what we knew before." 


Now here's the biggest turn out of the movie and I know every moviegoer will be so excited for this one! Check this out!! 









I wasn't able to watch the movie itself when it had its scheduled screenings last August at the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) but based from what I have learned and the good things and commendations that I've been hearing about this movie, I guess I am going to set a schedule and watch it since it is now commercially showing in cinemas nationwide! 

See you there!!! 

Thanks for your time Glaiza dear and Congrats!!! 




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Maine Mendoza Has Changed

Maine Mendoza 

Phenomenal Star Maine Mendoza is a hot topic once again. Recently, a new endorsement shoot of hers leaked online and her hawk-eyed legions of fans were quick to grab the receipts. She was spotted at what appears to be the pictorial shoot for Maxi-Peel and word has it, she's the new endorser of their latest product called Maxi-Peel ZERO.

Here's what we know: Word has it that she's looking for something more  than just a basic cleanser,  and she feels that her old brand simply doesn't make the cut anymore given her very hectic lifestyle. That's why she's making the switch. We've seen Maine endorse all sorts of products but over the years, she has become much more selective in terms of products and  brands she works with, choosing only the ones that she truly believes in. This is why she's not just the top celebrity endorser in this country, she is also the most compelling. Just very recently, Maine was one of the winners at the 8th EdukCircle Awards bagging two awards, the Most Influential Female Endorser and the Best Female Variety Show Host.

Could this be the reason why Maine has been posting more selfies recently? Her supporters have been pointing out that her skin is to-die-for. Not a blemish in sight! And they are quick to add that her glowing skin is the perfect complement to her endearing personality.

Reese Dianson, a Maine loyalist, proudly exclaims: "Love namin si Maine because with her, what you see is what you get. Hindi mo siya mapipilit sa isang bagay na ayaw niya. Kaya kung magpapalit nga siya ng brand, yun talaga ang kanyang paniniwala. So kami, as true believers, lilipat din kami!" For Becca Lizada who has followed Maine from the first time she made her debut at Eat Bulaga: "Si Maine, totoong tao yan. Walang halong kaplastikan. Bawat galaw at salita niya, yun siya sa real life! Kaya sa endorsements niya, choosy si Maine dahil pangalan niya ang nakataya!".

True or not, Maine's fans are buzzing with excitement and if it is, we're betting that just like any product she endorses, Maxi-Peel ZERO will soon be flying off the shelves, too.


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Macoy Mendoza and his Music

Macoy Mendoza during one of his performances in his  "Music and Me"  concert at The Teatrino in Promenade, Greenhills last Sarurday, October 6, 2018. 

A lot of talents, promising or not, have tried entering the showbusiness, either in the acting scene or music industry but, reality really bites... only few have been called and chosen. 

Last Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the Teatrino in Promenade, Greenhills, I was able to watch and meet and have a quick chat with Macoy Mendoza... who, for me, looks like the younger version of prominent actor Carlo Aquino at a first glance (or in some of his angles). Macoy is tagged as the newest concert cutie or heartthrob. At his tender age (only eighteen), he can also write songs and he even plays piano. 


His first concert experience was when he performed as one of Prima Diva Billy's guests in her July concert at the same venue. That served as his testing ground and from then on, a lot were impressed by his performance since he belted out in most of his songs. We seldom encounter male singers and as young as he is who still managed to nail it. He's like following the footsteps of Darren Espanto in a way. 


Macoy Mendoza with Allan K. 

In a particular portion of Macoy's concert, he sang Michael Jackson's originals and one of those was the song, "Music and Me," and as soon as I heard him sing, I was in awe and really admired how his voice range had turned out. He has a very high voice range and very powerful too for a male singer like him.

For a newbie like Macoy, you will definitely have a special place in the music industry. 
Gooduck to your studies and career!!! 




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Top 5 Visually Stunning Movies to Enjoy on Your Mobile Phone

October 07, 2018


Our way of viewing films has changed ever since smartphones emerged. We are no longer limited to watching through television, theater, and other large media devices. Smartphone technology has revolutionized media accessibility as it gives us the freedom and mobility to consume media on a whim. For instance, we can simply watch our favorite film while commuting to work, traveling around the country, or during lunch breaks.  This is certainly one way to momentarily escape from the boredom and drudgery of the daily grind. To further feed our artistic cravings and urge to get away from the mundane, here is a list of visually stunning movies to enjoy on your mobile phone:

1.      Loving Vincent is a 2017 experimental animated film about the life and death of Dutch post-Impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh. It’s the world’s first fully painted film which required over 100 classically-trained oil painters to paint with oils on canvases (same as van Gogh’s style) on each of the 65,000 frames used in the film. The actors had to first film the entire movie, and the artists had to craft the animated paintings over the images after the filming of the movie ended. This added a layer of creativity because it allowed the viewers to still recognize the actors’ portrayal and appeal through the painted scenes. This gem is a one-of-a-kind visual mirage of vivid whirls and colors, enriched by the artists’ hard work and renditions of van Gogh’s masterpieces such as the celebrated “The Starry Night” and “Sunflowers”. This work of art stars Polish theatre actor Robert Gulaczyk on his first big feature, Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, and Saoirse Ronan. The film garnered many accolades and was nominated for the Best Animated Feature at the 2018 Academy Awards. The movie trailer may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGzKnyhYDQI.


Loving Vincent is an experimental animated film about the life and death of Dutch painter, Vincent van Gogh.

Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 neo-noir sequel to the 1982 beloved sci-fi film, “Blade Runner”. The movie is about a replicant/bioengineered human who discovers a mystery that leads him to another replicant who has been missing for the past thirty years. The 2017 version is progressive and poised in tone through its muted gray, blue, and yellow visual imagery and cutting-edge effects. The non-cliche setting of a rainy and gritty future Los Angeles added texture and depth to the visuals. It stars Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, and Cuban actress Anna de Armas in her first breakout role. Harrison Ford also returned to his role from the first movie. The film was praised by critics and won the Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects at the 2018 Academy Awards. The film trailer may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCcx85zbxz4



Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 neo-noir sequel to the 1982 beloved sci-fi film, “Blade Runner”.

Dunkirk is a 2017 war film written and directed by Christopher Nolan (known for spectacular films such as “Inception” and “Interstellar”)  that portrays the British soldiers’ retreat to Dunkirk, north of France during World War II in three aspects: land, sea, and air. Nolan crafted the movie from the perspective of the characters, aiming to use stimulating imagery instead of the usual narrative.  With the director’s signature non-linear sequencing, paired with impactful visual storytelling, Dunkirk has been constantly praised as one of the greatest war films of all time, and maybe even Nolan’s best work as of yet. It stars Fionn Whitehead on his first major role,  Tom Hardy, Kenneth BranaghCillian Murphy, and ex-One Direction singer Harry Styles in his film debut. This war epic impressed many, and won the Best Editing at the 2018 Academy Awards. The film trailer may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-eMt3SrfFU.


Mad Max: Fury Road is an action movie and reboot of the Mad Max franchise about a captive who partners with a fellow survivor to escape from a fortress run by a tyrant leader.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 2014 comedy film written and directed by Wes Anderson (known for artistic films “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox”) centering on a concierge who befriends the lobby boy to prove that he is not guilty after he is wrongfully accused of killing an affluent hotel guest. The visuals of the movie are seamless---the color palette is dreamlike, the production design is quirkily stylized, and the flawless framing of shots are all a testament to Anderson’s distinct and zany artistic eye. It also features an ensemble cast of Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori in his first notable role, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, and Owen Wilson. The movie is a cult favorite, and has won the Best Costume DesignBest Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Production Design  at the 2015 Academy Awards. The film trailer may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Fg5iWmQjwk


The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 2014 comedy film centering on a concierge who befriends the lobby boy to prove that he is not guilty after he is wrongfully accused of killing an affluent hotel guest.

To fully appreciate the films that we have suggested, we highly recommend the V11 to satisfy your yearning for visual stimulation and entertainment. Its sleek 6.41-inch Super AMOLED display has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, which is vivid with life-like depth and texture. It also has exceptionally vibrant colors and stunning clarity for the best mobile experience. The Halo Fullview™ Display features a 91.27% screen-to-body ratio that delivers a convenient and an uninterrupted viewing experience that turns your video into a high-quality one at anytime, anywhere.


The Vivo V11’s Halo Fullview™ Display features a 91.27% screen-to-body ratio that delivers a convenient and an uninterrupted viewing experience that turns your video into a high-quality one at anytime, anywhere.

Own a V11 now to fully appreciate a film’s cinematic visual quality. You can pre-order the Vivo V11 in two ways: On ground and online. It is available in all participating Vivo concept and multi-brand stores. It will come with exciting freebies—a gift set (bluetooth speaker and earpiece with selfie stick), as well as 6 months extended warranty. Fans may also pre-order the Vivo V11 on shopping websites such as Lazada, Shopee, Argomall, and Akulaku. Freebies such 10,000 mAh game power bank, a gift set (bluetooth speaker and earpiece with selfie stick), as well as 6 months extended warranty will be included. #



About Vivo

A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle.  In the Philippines, Vivo is the top 3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide.  

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at vivoglobal.ph or check out their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vivophil), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/vivo_philippines/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/vivo_phil) accounts.

Works Cited:

Loving Vincent: Figlerowicz, Marta. 2017. “The Moving Pictures of Loving Vincent”  https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/the-moving-pictures-of-loving-vincent/. December 30, 2017.

Awards List: http://oscar.go.com/


Dunkirk: Fadnavis, Mihir. 2017. “Dunkirk movie review: Sensory overload, powerful visuals show Christopher Nolan is on top of his game“. https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/watch-dunkirk-movie-review-sensory-overload-powerful-visuals-show-christopher-nolan-is-on-top-of-his-game-3829483.html. July 19, 2017.

Mad Max: Fury Road: Failes, Ian. 2015. “A graphic tale: the visual effects of Mad Max: Fury Road”. https://www.fxguide.com/featured/a-graphic-tale-the-visual-effects-of-mad-max-fury-road/. May 29, 2015.

Mad Max: Fury Road Cannes Film Fest selection: https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/films/mad-max-fury-road

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Kelley, Matthew. 2018. “Surreal Visual Elements in The Grand Budapest Hotel. http://blogs.iac.gatech.edu/film2018/2018/01/17/surreal-visual-elements-in-wes-andersons-the-grand-budapest-hotel/. January 17, 2018.









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Road Trip, or Weekend Getaway?

October is here and we’re sure you would want to end this year on a high note. But before you schedule those overtimes, year-end meetings, and that one last push to meet your targets, it wouldn’t hurt to book a quick getaway to prepare you mentally for the final grind. Take your pick from our staycation, road trip, and weekend getaway hotel options.


For Staycation

Hop Inn Hotel Alabang and Hop Inn Hotel Aseana


Hop Inn Hotel Alabang

Hop Inn Hotel Aseana 


For staycationers seeking practicality and convenience, the branches of Hop Inn Hotel in Alabang and Aseana are highly-recommended.

They offer comfortable air-conditioned rooms that are fully-equipped with the things you need: cozy beds, cable TVs, Wi-Fi connectivity, power showers, and workstations. For your staycation, you will definitely enjoy the surroundings of the Hop Inn Hotel of your choice―Hop Inn Hotel Alabang is just less than a kilometer away from Alabang Town Center, while Hop Inn Hotel Aseana and casinos like Solaire, City of Dreams, and Okada Manila. If you are looking for accessibility, warm and professional service from hotel staff, and reasonable value for money, these Hop Inn Hotels are for you.

PHP 1,801.00 for Hop Inn Hotel Alabang’s Standard Twin Room. PHP 2,197.00 for Hop Inn Aseana’s Standard Room.

Versailles Stay


Versailles Stay

Versailles Stay offers a selection of posh and stylish, fully-furnished one-bedroom suites in the Makati Business District. It is in the middle of the city’s skyscrapers, making it ideal for business travelers. For staycationers, they can take advantage of its short distance from coffee shops and convenient stores. Guests can enjoy the use of its swimming pool, gym, spa, game room, and mini theater during their stay.

Get up to 40% off on Superior Room when you book and check-in until October 30, 2018.

Casa Amapola

Casa Amapola



Casa Amapola is a unique, Argentine tango-themed bed and breakfast in Makati City. How it encapsulated both luxury and affordability easily sets apart this property from most standard hotels. The elegance and classiness of tango can be felt in the ambience of every room. If you’re interested, you can inquire about learning tango in their in-house dance studio. Indeed, Casa Amapola is for everyone who believes in joie de vivre, a French phrase that means “the joy of living”.

Affordable room rates are available for as low as PHP 2,200.00/night only.

Lub D Philippines Makati

Lub D Makati


The newest and largest hostel in the country is now in the heart of the metro! Lub D Philippines Makati is best for staycationers who want to have fun! Enjoy their well-designed rooms and deli bar while staying in. You can also hang out at the rooftop restaurant and bar with creations from their very own chef.

Priced at only Php. 3,714.00/night, their Family or Barkada Room is good for 4 persons.


For Road Trip

Azalea Hotels and Residences Baguio


Azalea Hotels and Residences Baguio


Established as Baguio’s first and only 4-star serviced apartment hotel, Azalea Hotels and Residences guarantees plush, modern living every time you visit this cool city. The hotel takes pride in its versatility suited to all types of travelers. They have 99 well-appointed luxury suites that are perfect when you want that utmost relaxation. You can also dine and chill in their in-house bar lounge aptly called “Eight Degrees,” which serves appetizers and light snacks. For business and corporate travelers, function rooms are also available.

Get up to 40% off on Superior Room when you book and check-in until September 30, 2018.

Chateau Royale Hotel Resort and Spa


Chateau Royale Hotel Resort and Spa


A 100-hectare destination in Nasugbu, Batangas is a sanctuary for travelers. Chateau Royale Hotel Resort and Spa takes pride in its spacious area and events hall that can accommodate up to 3,000 persons. Since peak season is still months away, you can have this resort all to yourself when you book as soon as possible. You can make use of their outdoor pool, game room, garden, bar and lounge, and many more.

Book their Cabin Deluxe for only PHP. 4,253.50/night.


For Weekend Getaway

Misibis Bay


Misibis Bay


The world-class Misibis Bay in Albay is highly sought-after by travelers who want exclusivity and relaxation at its best. There are so many things you can do in this private island resort: lounge by the pool, pamper yourself in a spa, or try their exciting activities like riding an ATV, windsurfing, Hobie Cat sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddling, jet skiing, and wakeboarding.

Avail Misibis Bay’s Early Bird Promo―get 12% off when you book 90 days prior to check-in date.

Butuan Grand Palace Hotel


Butuan Grand Palace


If you want to check out a new city, you may want to see Butuan in Agusan del Norte. While there, Butuan Grand Palace Hotel is the best place to stay at. The hotel provides everything a traveler needs: comfortable guest rooms, luggage service, meeting facilities, concierge services, free Wi-Fi, free airport shuttle, and many more. They also offer fine dining, free chair massage, an impressive art collection for viewing, and an outdoor pool. Butuan Grand Palace Hotel definitely ensures that you experience total comfort and enjoyment while in Butuan City.

Book their Deluxe Queen Room with Buffet Breakfast for only PHP. 4,851.00/night.


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