Was Taylor Kitsch harassed in the Philippines or Indonesia?

I got numerous tweets and comments from last night’s entry, I-Cringe: Taylor Kitsch Tells NAIA Experience To Letterman.

Some of the valid points raised:
1) “Think everything twice first people. If the great Oliver Stone indeed was filming Savages, with an ensemble cast, in the Philippines, it should have made bigger news than The Bourne Legacy. This is Oliver Stone we’re talking about!
I heard Savages is being filmed in Indonesia, where there is an equally problematic corruption situation. Maybe Letterman confused our country with Indonesia and Taylor had no opportunity to correct him. But then again of course, this does not avert the fact that Philippine Customs has a very bad track record when it comes to transparency and good governance (read: KURAKOT!).” — Comment from a reader

My note: I wish these commenters would write their real names so I can give them credit. Pero oo nga naman. If these people were anywhere near the islands, all the stalkers and starf*ckers in town would’ve tweeted it already.


2) Check out all these Bali pics from the filming of Savages:

Taylor Kitsch (Chon), Oliver Stone, Aaron Johnson (Ben) and Moritz Borman (Producer)
L-R: Taylor Kitsch, Oliver Stone, Aaron Johnson, and Moritz Borman

Take note the airport signs behind Taylor Kitsch—so not Filipino

Taylor Kitsch in Bali

Take note, cast member Aaron Johnson with the locals—they don’t look Filipino to me
(P.S. No offence, mas maganda tayo ng slight)

Aaron Johnson with locals

3) Commissioner of Customs Ruffy Biazon certainly did his homework. Read his blog entry which should put the matter to rest. CLICK!

P.S. I don’t think it’s necessary to demand an apology. I think we should just stop talking about it. And you?

Nutrilite invites you to a weight loss challenge

Depending on your lifestyle, summer can either make you lose or gain weight. One summer was so hot, I gained a few inches because of Coke and ice cream (it was the only way to cope!).
My son Markus loses weight during summer due to basketball, and my niece trims down nicely from gymnastics.
Most people I know desire to lose weight but adults really have a tougher time.
What about a convenient weight loss package to help you jumpstart your diet?

NUTRILITE’s Trim Down Showdown pack includes four basic products:
Product Pack
1) Nutrilite Positrim Protein Bar
Is it a candy bar or a protein bar? With 22 grams of protein, no doubt it’s a protein bar. But its taste makes all the difference. The delicious bars are full of ready-to-go energy and packed with all the right nutrients for an active lifestyle. Each bar contains only 250 calories and is sugar-free.


Chronium helps your body metabolize carbohydrates, fats and protein. It plays an important role in activating key enzymes involved in fat metabolism. This unique blend combines the minerals chromium and vanadium with a special blend of herbs to help your body metabolize carbohydrates, fats and protein.
Give your weight management program some extra help. Chrompic Extra is the support you need!


3) Nutrilite Positrim Drink Mix (Dutch Cocoa Flavor)
Substitute your meal with one packet—just add water and shake up a glassful of energy and good nutrition.
Each packet makes a complete nutritious meal that provides a carefully considered formula of fats, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.


4) Nutrilite Carb Blocker
The first and only supplement that provides an exclusive blend of natural plants extracts that blocks both sugars and starches which can help you lose weight. Lab tests show that a three-tablet serving of Carb Blocker taken with a high-carb meal, can help block up to 500 carbohydrate calories—without depriving your body of vitamins, minerals and fibers. Lose calories, not nutrients.


Each NUTRILITE’s Trim Down Showdown package also includes a free Nutrilite tape measure and meal planner. Php 6,840.
To purchase, call Amway Philippines at (02) 814-8181.

Nutrilite Trim Down Showdown: The Weight Loss Challenge

Nutrilite, renowned brand of nutritional supplements, presents an exciting contest that promotes living a healthy, colorful lifestyle just in time for the summer.
Nutrilite Trim Down Showdown is an ongoing challenge open to independent business owners (IBOs) of Amway Philippines who would like to achieve their ideal physique.

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1) IBOs who are interested to join need to first show their single receipt purchase of any of the two official Trim Down Showdown! Product Packs, in order to qualify for the pre-contest weigh-in.
2) The weigh-in sessions are currently ongoing at all Amway Distribution Centers (ADCs) in Makati, Shaw, Urdaneta, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao.
3) All contestants per ADC must commit themselves to the diet and fitness recommendations as written on the meal planner provided in the official product pack. Monthly weigh-ins and free nutrition consultations will be done from February 1 to April 30, 2012 at all ADCs.
4) The grand prize winner is the Top 1 IBO with the most number of pounds shed off after the contest period, who will receive gift certificates worth PhP 5,000 from Nike/Adidas.
5) The top 5 IBOs per ADC will receive cash coupons worth PhP 10,000 that are redeemable on Nutrilite products of their choice.

To learn more about the challenge or other Amway products and business opportunities, call Amway Philippines at (02) 814-8181.


i-Cringe: Taylor Kitsch tells NAIA experience to Letterman


Taylor Kitsch’s short hair a problem, even for airport security
by Mandi Bierly

John Carter star Taylor Kitsch stopped by the Late Show With David Letterman last night and entertained Dave with a story about getting stopped by customs at an airport in the Philippines when his passport had no room left for a stamp.
He was informed he was going to be sent back on the next plane to Japan, where he just flew in from, but Kitsch, who had a work visa to film the upcoming Oliver Stone film Savages, told the agent he was an actor — which the man didn’t believe.
With the airport’s computers down, and the man not familiar with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Kitsch pulled out his iPhone and played him the John Carter trailer.
“He’s like, ‘That’s not you.’ I’m like, ‘What?’ He’s like, ‘You have short hair.’ And I’m like, ‘Mate, I cut it. It grows. It’s me,’” Kitsch says.
Luckily, the guy liked the trailer and Kitsch got to stay.

Trina Turk Swim and Spa Collection now at Rustan’s

Known for fun, vibrant, colorful prints, the Trina Turk Swim and Spa Collection is finally available at Rustan’s.
Trina Turk’s philosophy is to create wearable, optimistic fashion that incorporates the best aspects of classic American sportswear with attention to detail and emphasis on design.

Trina Turk swimwear is known for its amazing fit and gorgeous signature prints.
The bandeau tops have soft, removable pads, making this silhouette perfect for enhancing curves. A removable strap is also included for added support and comfort.
The surf hipster is a great pant for women who like to have fun in the water and partake in sports on the beach. Instead of flimsy ties, this swim pant offers full booty coverage in a great hip-flattering cut.

The banded halter is a great choice for women with fuller chests because the band under the bust provides extra support and coverage. Soft, removable cups and adjustable straps are another great design feature used on this top.

The tie-side hipster bikini has become a classic style for bikini bottoms. It offers women moderate coverage with a medium rise in both the front and back of the suit. Ties allow women to adjust the bottoms to best fit their body, making it a great choice for most body shapes.

Apart from the swimsuits, Rustan’s also carries Trina Turk beach accessories to complement your look from day to night.

The new FAFI Swatch

FAFi fans can look forward to a new collector’s item as Swatch announces its collaboration with the internationally acclaimed artist.
Fafi, who hails from Paris, France, became known in the mid ’90s for her graffiti art depicting sassy and humorous depictions of subverted feminine stereotypes.
She has made her mark in Japan, Europe, USA and Hong Kong and collaborated with numerous mega-brands, cutting-edge fashion boutiques, sports labels, makeup lines.


A new-found depth was brought to Fafi’s creative output after she became a mother, in 2007, though her mischievous visual spirit remains as potent as ever in her latest works.
Fafi recalls her earliest Swatch moment: “Like a lot of kids, my first ever watch was a Swatch. I can still remember the pleasure of wearing it and how highly fashionable I felt!”
The special edition Fafi x Swatch will be available beginning March 7, 2012 at Php 3,000.
Fafi x Swatch

Find them at SWATCH stores at SM Megamall • Glorietta 4 • Greenbelt 5 • Trinoma
SWATCH Kiosks at SM Mall of Asia • SM City North EDSA • SM City Davao • Glorietta 3 • Trinoma • Rockwell Power Plant Mall • Greenhills V-Mall • Shangri-La Plaza • Robinsons Place, Ermita • Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall •, Festival Mall • Ayala Center, Cebu • Abreeza Mall, Davao
HOLE IN THE WALL stores at Alabang Town Center and Ayala Marquee Mall, Angeles, Pampanga

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