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Metro Manila, the movie (Part 1)
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When I heard that a Tagalog movie was chosen by the British Academy Of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) as its official entry to the Oscars (Best Foreign Language Film category), I had to ask, why is it a UK entry instead of Philippine?
Well, because the director of the movie, Sean Ellis, is British.
My friend Melvin says Sean used to date British model Erin O’Connor, and after Googling him, I thought, OMG he’s so chica.

Sean Ellis, Metro Manila

After further research, I realized this was the same movie Celine Lopez co-produced and accepted an award for at Sundance Film Festival last January.
From what I gathered, Sean Ellis took a trip to the Philippines and fell in love. He decided to write a story after witnessing two armored truck drivers having an argument.
To finance the movie, Sean even had to mortgage his house.
The movie was written in English, and he allowed the Filipino actors to translate it in their own words.
After seeing this trailer and the fab logo, I was intrigued.

I wanted so much to see it, I looked for downloads online (there are none).
I decided to join an online Twitter contest to win tickets to a special screening. Lo and behold, the lead actor, Jake Macapagal, read my tweet and gave me tickets!!

Jake Macapagal

Trivia: Jake Macapagal played my son Ben’s father in an Orange and Lemons video directed by Marie Jamora

Last night, my friends and I saw Sean Ellis at an intimate screening of Metro Manila at SM Megamall.
OMG he’s so chica in a Robert Downey Jr. way, with the jacket, the jeans, and the trainers!!

Sean Ellis, Metro Manila

The suit and the trainers remind me of Comme des Garçons CEO Adrian Joffe (left, with Jappy Gonzalez)

Adrian Joffe and Jappy Gonzalez

In other words, chicang afam! (To be continued)

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London boys’ choir sings “Bayan Ko”
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Libera, the chart-topping boys’ choir from South London returns to Manila this October 29 at the PICC Plenary Hall and Cebu on October 31, 2013.
If you haven’t heard the heavenly sound of Libera, then prepare yourself for something very special.
Known for a stunningly original sound that is both ancient and modern at the same time, the boys produce sounds to lift the soul.

Libera Boys Choir

Their distinctive flowing white robes symbolize the traditional origins of their style, yet their music reaches across generations and a mainstream audience.
Libera’s success in album charts around the world bears witness to the extraordinary appeal of this unique ‘boy band’, enchanting audiences wherever they go.

Libera boy's choir

The group is well known to audiences worldwide through TV appearances, live concerts, and radio shows.
Last 2009 and 2011, the boys impressed Filipino audiences with a moving performance of Bayan Ko, which they will reprise in their third concert here.

Expect nothing less than the grandeur of their previous shows with songs from their repertoire, such as Orinoco Flow, Angel From On High, Sanctus, and even Christmas songs like Carol of the Bells, Silent Night, Joy To The World, In Dulci Jubilo, and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

Manila concert is on October 29, 2013, Tuesday, 8 PM at the PICC Plenary Hall, while Cebu concert is on October 31, 2013, Thursday, 8 PM at the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod.
For tickets, call 891-9999 or or go to Ticketworld.
For Cebu ticket inquiries, contact Arts Council Cebu at (63-32) 233-0452 or (+63 917) 328 7917 or email artscouncilcebu@gmail.com.

http://www.libera.org.uk

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Join my giveaway from KFC and Quirks!
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Name an ingredient that makes anything taste better. A quick survey at home garnered these results:
Ben: pepper and butter
Markus: soup
Me: Coke!
While a quick survey on Twitter got these answers:
Bacon, salt, butter, sugar, truffle oil, cheese, beer, MSG, chocolate, chili, Knorr seasoning, ginger, Japanese mayo, Nutella, garlic!

After KFC did their own survey, they came up with cheese and bacon as most popular ingredients to level up one’s meal. Hence, the Cheezy Bacon Fest ongoing at KFC branches.
Watch Sam Ajdani and buddies do this!

Now KFC asked me to share KFC gift certificates and T-shirts to help promote their new offerings.
There will be five prizes of promotional T-shirts plus five x Php 1,000 gift certificates from KFC.
To make things more fun, Quirks Novelties decided to add some prizes.

Giveaways from Quirks and KFC

It’s all in the bag.

Giveaways from Quirks and KFC

What you’ll get:

Giveaways from Quirks and KFC

1) Java Jr. coffee creamer
2) Like tea mug
3) Sparrow egg magnet
4) Paper card holder
5) Obsessive-compulsive disorder hand sanitizer
6) Doodle a Shopping Bag
7) Php 1,000 gift checks from KFC
8) KFC T-shirt

Here’s how to join:
1) Must have a Philippine address.
2) Must have a Facebook or Twitter account.
3) Share this entry by clicking on Like or Tweet button at the end of this entry.
4) Register HERE for the electronic raffle.
5) Contest open from September 27-30, 2013 at 11 PM.
6) Winners will be announced here and contacted via email or text.
7) Prizes will be delivered or picked up by winner, depending on winners’ location.

To know more about Quirks, click HERE.

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Best toy gift ever
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Meet the future of Pepper Lunch Philippines.
Our son Chris is five and idolizes his daddy so much, he wants to be a chef.
Not only that, he seems to be business-minded.
Ever since Uratex gave him this soft gym set, he has been building all sorts of houses and play sets.
Sometimes the girlfriend is there (well, one of them)

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Yesterday he built this cafeteria

Christian's room

I’m quite amazed at all the Play-Doh food he made with Yaya

Christian's room

That’s my toy cash register with real calculator and play money—all my boys have used it

Christian's room

I chose the pizza platter, which was $20 according to Christian. A little steep—maybe Mario Batali made it.

Christian's room

One of our best toys ever! Thank you Big Boy and Uratex for this generous gift!

Christian's room

To know more about Uratex and the soft gym, click HERE.

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