Thursday, August 23, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
What would happen if Bret Easton Ellis wrote Harry Potter instead of J.K. Rowling? It would mean that Ginny would be out of the way and Harry would be totally free to proclaim his love to the one who he's really destined to be with -- Draco Malfoy. *sigh*
Check out the other things that would be different here: http://www.poewar.com/15-ways-the-harry-potter-books-would-have-been-different-if-they-were-written-by-bret-easton-ellis/">http://www.poewar.com/15-ways-the-harry-potter-books-would-have-been-different-if-they-were-written-by-bret-easton-ellis/ (yes. I can't seem to link again. *cries*)
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Before I forget, Josh Hartnett is in a small mining town in Miondanao filming a movie and apparently charming everone he comes across. Reports sa that he's a reall nice guy and doesn't seem to have a celeb complex at all. He'll even eat the simple food they serve him, though he draws the line at Durian.
I've never been a Josh Harnett fan but suddenly, I like him a bit more.
Glad to know that not all Hollywood stars are like Claire *coughbitchcough* Danes.
I'd warn you that this post contains spoilers but if ou're any sort of Grey's Anatomy fan, you probably alread kow what I'm talking about.
I spent last night crying because George's father died. I especially teared up at the part where Christina tells him about the Dead Dad's Club, and how you can't be in it until you're in it. George tells her that he doesn't know how to live in a world where his dad doesn't exist and Christina says that well, that never changes. It was a scene that was handled very well, and the words hit right home. It's true that ou never learn to exist without your father. Or mabe I'm just bad at adjusting. All I know is that it's been three years and we all still miss him.
Luis called in the middle of m Grey's binge and he thought something was wrong. I had to tell him that it was all George's dad's fault, hehe. Grey's Anatomy is seriously killing my writing. I can't get to work until I've finished the whole 3rd season. Which means I've got to log off now. Dr. Burke is waiting!
Monday, August 06, 2007
11-year old Aria Clemente, ABS CBN's "Little Big Superstar" finalist,
emerged as Over-all Grand Champion of the World (Junior Division) in
the recently concluded 11th World Championships of Performing Arts
(WCOPA) in Hollywood, USA.
The young singer hurdled three rounds of competitions in 5 vocal
categories, which included Broadway, Pop, Latin, Rock and Gospel, to
get into the grand finals. As Over-all Grand Champion, she bested
around 5,000 entries, which included dance, acting and modeling acts,
coming from 50 other countries from Armenia to the USA.
Aria sang an abridged version of "Don't Rain On My Parade" from the
musical "Funny Girl" that also won her the Grand Champion Junior
Vocalist of the World award in the contest. She competed against 4
junior vocalists representing South Africa, New Zealand, Trinidad and
Tobago and Russia.
Reymond Sajor, ABC 5's "Philippine Idol" Season 1 finalist is another
big Pinoy winner in WCOPA. Reymond clinched the Grand Champion Senior
Vocalist of the World award with his rendition of 1 minute-long
"Anthem" from the musical "Chess." He competed with fellow Pinoy
singer Raki Vega, and 3 other vocalists from Haiti and South Africa.
The panel of judges in this year's WCOPA is composed of prominent
entities (casting directors, talent agents, magazine editors, music
composers and arrangers from Broadway, record producers, and TV and
film producers) from Hollywood and Broadway mainstream industries
namely LA models agency, Nickelodeon, Disney Theme Parks, Paramount
Pictures, and various Broadway theatre companies.
Judging is based on entertainment value, and marketability of talent
in the mainstream entertainment industry in the US.
WCOPA is often cited as the "Hollywood Olympics" for performers and
entertainers. After 11 years of incredible growth, it has become the
only premier international talent and modeling competition of its kind
annually held in Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world.
Similar to the Olympics, only invited and qualified competitors
(called Worldstars) representing countries compete each year in a
fierce competition for Grand Champion of the World titles.
Filipino recording and concert artist Jed Madela was named Over-all
Grand Champion of the World (Senior Division) in 2005.
All Kids Talent Management Group, based in Los Angeles, has had talks
with Aria and Carlo Orosa, WCOPA National Director for the
Philippines, regarding representation of the young singer in
On the other hand, Reymond and Raki have had one-on-one meeting with
Shelley Sondheim, nephew of famed Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim,
of what Hollywood and Broadway have to offer to them.
"Team Philippines to this year's WCOPA has once again proved to the
world that our singing talents are exceptional and world-class.
Everybody is a winner. Doors have opened for these talents to explore
and expand to mainstream Hollywood and Broadway," says Orosa.
Aria and Reymond have been trained in Trumpets Playshop, and endorsing
Trumpets Musicademy in the Philippines. Aria will soon star in the
Manila debut of Off Broadway hit musical "Children's Letters to God."
Reymond is currently working on his debut album.
Both new World Champions are managed by STAGES, same management group
handling Filipino mainstream artists Christian Bautista, and Sam
WCOPA grand finals night, held at Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles,
was taped for television for distribution worldwide.
Team Philippines to WCOPA has been supported by STAGES, Trumpets
Musicademy, PLDT MyDSL, Outland, Pagcor, Francis Libiran, Rodriguez de
Alba Bespoke, Sen. Bong Revilla, German Moreno, Genesis Entertainment,
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Got this in the mail. If you knwo where it'soriginally from, tell me! :)
Written by Erik Amonson & Lukas Kaiser
Everything gets celebrated nowadays…and with that in mind, it's time to celebrate something IMPORTANT for once:
the greatest advancements in fast food history.
10. McDonald's Monopoly
How do you combine the ruthless consumerism of the fast food industry with a board game about ruthless consumerism? Easily. You put "game pieces" on whatever you're looking to move (large fries and drinks, Big Macs), and then you advertise the holy hell out of it. People like fast food, but people love fast food plus a chance to win a million dollars, or, as was more often the case, "1 sm. fry." Over the years, McDonald's has given out enough prizes to choke an asthmatic baby (read: 1 sm. fry) because, as it turns out, someone high on the game piece totem was siphoning off the rare pieces, giving them to his friends, and sharing in the winnings. Ah, to be possessed by the spirit of Monopoly.
9. Angus Beef
It's delicious and, by now, this high quality meat is an option on everyone's menu. But it wasn't until 1994 that any fast food chain dove head first into Angus. It was Arctic Circle, the Utah-based-and- therefore- little-known burger joint, who first went Angus-only back in 1994; they remain the only fast food restaurant to deal exclusively in Angus Beef today. Though they are alone in the refusal to carry lesser meats, Arctic Circle deserves a sliver of recognition for putting enough regional pressure on the big chains to get them to step up their respective games.
8. McDonald's introduces supersize it
Are you (or have you ever been) fat? You can thank David Wallerstein for that. He was the McDonald's executive who came up with the Supersize idea for McDonalds. Mickey D's "founder" Ray Kroc was an old fashioned guy and fired back at Wallerstein's suggestion that people, if they wanted more soda or more fries, would simply purchase a second helping. But Wallerstein pushed and pushed and the Supersize campaign went into affect. It was a soaring success. Why did people fall for the Supersize trickery when, at the time it was introduced, it wasn't even that much of a value in price? Because people believed if they ate one larger portion they were still not eating as much as two portions, therefore convincing themselves they weren't the helpless wads of fat they really were. Thanks mostly to "Super Size Me," McDonalds has dropped their Supersize campaign, but while it was in effect it inspired several other fast food chains, most notably Wendy's, with their "Biggie" size. But nothing beats a eating a pound of McDoanald's fries.
7. Taco Bell stays open late and encourages drunks to eat their "fourth meal"
Even though it's totally counterintuitive to all logic, nothing makes a drunk person feel better like a meal right before bed. Usually these meals were limited to bar food or all night diners. But those places took too long and if you wanted to grab a hot load of food to quell your queasiness right before bedding a hot slut, you'd be shit out of luck. Taco Bell changed all that. They opened their restaurants late (first, until 11, then all the way to 1...and now, in select locations, all night). Then they started their "4th Meal" campaign. Now, in the ads, they never once mention alcohol. But their repeated campaigns depicting 20-somethings franticly searching various cities for their late night snack clearly is courting the drunk and high crowd. And God bless them--now, most other fast food places stay open late as well (or at the very least, keep the drive -thru open). Wendy's seems to take the drunken crowd almost as seriously as Taco Bell. It seems like if there's a bandwagon to be jumped on, Wendy's is chasing that wagon at full speed, jumping shoes and all.
6. Subway successfully tricks people into thinking they make healthy fast food
By the time I graduated high school, I was getting close to being borderline obese. I ballooned from a size 40 to a size 44 pants size within my senior year. Things were looking grim. Then I got a summer job that required I be on my feet at all time and an internship that was seven miles from my house that required a 45 minute long bike ride there and back. Oh, also, I barely had any time to eat and ended up quickly making two hot dogs for lunch and two for dinner. Needless to say, by the time I entered college, I was down to a size 36 and I had lost almost 50 pounds (in under three months). I suppose you could say I lost weight thanks to hot dogs in addition to exercise. That'd be a fib...the kind of fib Jared, from Subway, tells every day (his, as you probably know, is that he lost nearly 100 pounds). But it's the kind of fib lazy people who don't want to ride bikes and run and exercise want to believe. Thanks to Jared and his perfect "aw shucks" delivery, Subway is now the fastest growing fast food chain in America (in fact, there are more Subway restaurants in Manhattan than there are McDonalds). Thanks to Jared, every fast food chain (save Popeye's) has "healthy" food items on their menu now. And thanks to Jared, people will continue to believe they can lose weight by not exercising and eating shitty ham sandwiches. And here's something, guys: even if you do lose weight, the sandwiches are still not "healthy" for you. They still don't contain vegetables or nutrients that your body needs and are still mostly packed with bullshit and you'll still die of a coronary. But you'd never know that...because a guy who used to be fat told you he lost weight.
5. Wendy's 99 Cent Menu
The main attraction of fast food was that it was fast. But people kept coming back in droves for another reason. No, not because it was delicious. Are you serious? You're gonna get your ass kicked even suggesting that one. No...not because it was so gosh darned healthy for you. Look in the mirror--do you look healthy? Do you even look alive? No...people kept coming back because fast food was CHEAP. That, unfortunately, stopped being the case. With the advent of McDonald's meal menu and steady inflation during the 1980s, fast food quietly got more expensive, sort of like a whore who handcuffs you, gives you a blow job and then takes your wallet. By 1988, you couldn't get a full meal at a fast food spot for under three bucks, unless you were an anorexic girl or a two year old. Enter Wendy's 99 Cent Value Menu. From 1988 until a few years ago, all items on the 99 Cent Menu were...99 cents. The choices on the menu varied--sometimes a baked potato, sometimes some strange desert item, often times a weird cheeseburger with bacon that changed its name weekly--but from then on, you knew you could get full for very cheap. McDonalds soon followed suit with their dollar menu and Taco Bell and KFC recently introduced their own versions--but you can thank Dave Thomas for keeping your cheap eats intact.
4. The Drive-Through (or: The Drive-Thru)
Drive-through service was pioneered by banks who rightly assumed that their customers hated to stand up under any circumstance. But it was long after the frontier had been blazed by banks that fast food restaurants finally took up the standard of the drive-through window. The first drive-through window opened in an Arizona McDonald's in 1975 to help serve a nearby military base, but its popularity was not limited to the army, and so the concept took root and spread. The drive-through is beautiful not only because it allows you to stand up roughly one-less time per trip to a fast food restaurant, it also seriously reduces the amount of interpersonal contract necessary, and excises almost all direct contact. Talk into the speaker, give money, take food, leave. The drive-through is quick and clean and leaves very little opportunity to ruin your day, except when you drive home and realize that your order is so wrong that it makes you want to open up your own fast food place just to see if it's really that hard, Well, guess what? I did, and it isn't.
3. Pizza is Delivered
Sometime after World War Two, soldiers returning from the Italian front opened pizzerias. There were so many, though, that competition was tense, and that competition resulted in one of the finest consumer conveniences ever imagined: hot food brought directly to your door, ready to be served and immediately eaten. I want you to think back, now, on all the nights you've had in which a delivered pizza has saved your lazy ass from actually working to feed yourself in any way. This is nothing to be trivialized. Think about what it must have been like before World War II. You'd call up your local pizza place and ask if you could get a pizza delivered only to be informed that there are no pizzeria's yet -- they largely weren't opened until after the war, remember? -- and you're talking to a guy at the lead paint store and, "Would you like some lead paint?" And, also, your kids act all crazy from the lead paint. Aren't you glad you can get a pizza delivered?
2. Ray Kroc Supersizes McDonald's
Ray Kroc was a 50-something- year-old milkshake machine salesman when he first set foot in a McDonald's restaurant, so he knew he didn't have any more time to waste. He was interested by the quantity of machines the McDonald's wanted (8), and immediately went into business with them setting up a series of their quick-serve burger stops across the state of California. He bought out the McDonald brothers in 1961 and pushed his fast food empire global. Finally, in a move that surprised no one, the McDonald's magnate died of heart trouble. Live by the burger, die by the burger.
1. The Earl of Sandwich puts meat between two pieces of bread
John Montagu was not destined to be a great man. He lived his life as the Earl of a small area of England rather uneventfully and though he was born of noble birth, he was really an average guy. Which makes it rather fitting that he singlehandedly invented fast food. You might already know the legend--that the Earl was looking a quick way to eat his steak while gambling and quickly improvised and put the meat between two pieces of bread (hah! he invented it while gambling...sounds like a pretty cool guy actually). This story has been disputed by party poopers who claim he probably invented the "Sandwich" while working, at his desk. But whether the Earl was busy with work or with a hearty round of gambling...he needed his food...FAST. And thus John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich, jump-started the whole fast food movement. What a saint.
This year marks Haribon's 35th year of taking the lead in caring for nature with the people, for the people.
To celebrate this milestone and to help us continue doing our conservation work,we are holding
the Million Hectare Walk --- a fundraising event which will support Haribon in its efforts to plant 1 million
hectares of native trees in order to restore the forest's ecological functions.
A Walker asks for pledges from friends and family for every lap he/she makes around the marked path. Sponsorship can be:
PER LAP: Example: Walker "A" pledges to walk a minimum of 10 laps around the path. A sponsor can pledge Php 100.00 for every finished lap. If Walker "A" completes the ten laps, he/she collects Php 1,000.00 from that sponsor. A Walker may also exceed the number of target laps and collect accordingly.
FLAT DONATION: Example: Sponsor can give a one time fixed amount in support of the walker, regardless of how many laps the walker makes.
There will be 2 paths to accommodate all walkers:
--- Long route: 1.5km --- it takes approximately 20 minutes to finish one lap (I finished it in 19 minutes at a semi-walkathon pace)
--- Short route: 360 meters --- this is along the main road of the park. For kids/seniors or people who might not want to walk too far.
Mark your calendars:
This event is happening on November 18, 2007, Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City, from 530am to 12nn.
How can you help?
*You can sign up and be part of the Organizing Committee and join the sub committees:
- Recruitment & Registration - Recruits walkers and keeps track of registration, etc.
- Logistics - Coordinates with venue, arranges physical set-up, etc.
- Marketing - Get sponsors for the event (for sports drinks, t-shirt, companies that want to do sampling, etc.)
- Media & Creatives - Media contact for press releases, etc.
- Program - Contact artists, fix program flow, etc.
If you're thinking you might be too busy to join a committee, but would like to help, you can give us any contacts you may have and we will gladly do the leg work.
*You can also help by signing up to be a Walker or by sponsoring a Walker. Details on Registration & Sponsoring process to be announced soon.
Please let us know which committee you would like to join, as we will be holding meetings soon. Please let us know by replying to this email soonest!
|thank you, |
Kimie, Anya, Lyn
2/F Santos & Sons Bldg., 973 Aurora Blvd.
Cubao, Quezon City, 1109, Philippines
DL: (632) 421.12.13
TL: (632) 434.46.42 / 911.60.89
Fax: (632) 434.46.96
Almost anything with food is good! :)
Sample featured chefs and dishes
ICanServe and ABS CBN Publishing invite you to tickle
your taste buds at "Pink Kitchen," a benefit food and
drink festival this August 11 and 12, Saturday and
Sunday at the Rockwell Tent. All day eating from 11am
to 10 pm for the whole family.
There's artist Wyn Wyn Ong who will offer Burmese
cuisine while dressed in a Burmese ensemble! First
rate chef Reggie Aspiras does Spanish, so does
Marilou and Ramon Senn. Innovative Filipino dishes
will thrill like bangus chorizo care of Anne Castro
who will showcase anything bangus.
No need to go to Pampanga to catch delicacies like
Pindang Damulag (Tapang Kalabaw), Batute (stuffed
Camaro (mole crickets) care of Poch Jorolan of
Everybody's Café. No need to go to Laguna to taste
crispy dinuguan of Kanin Club by Toni Cancio. Lots of
other unique Filipino dishes like pusitcharon from
Money Munoz, fried dalag fish with tamarind &
bagoong sauce by Ofie Benavides.
It's not everyday one comes across Moroccan cuisine --
Couscous bil Khoudra (assorted vegetables & chickpeas
braised in Saffron scented Tomato Ragout and Buttered
Couscous),Djajj bil Barkouk (Chicken with Apricot &
Almonds) It sounds as good as it tastes made possible
by Wendy Ozamis.
Half Spanish and Half Cuban,Katrina Padilla, youngest
chef at the festival and a student at Enderun,
introduces the guests to authentic Cuban home cooking.
She promises to have her Cuban grandmother at the
festival who taught her the hearty delicious meals.
Be seduced by french cuisine like Canard Al'orange
(Duck al'orange on Braised Red Cabbage) Paillard
D'agneau with Pesto (Grilled Lamb Shoulder with Pesto
) by Michele D'Orival. Be intrigued by Tippi
Tambuting's Braised Snake River Farm Wagyu Cheeks
besides her continental dinner and sought after
paninis for merienda.
How can anyone resist unique sandwiches like Brandied
Chicken Liver Pate or Torta Mascarpone from the
sandwich bar of multi awarded chef and host of
"Chef TV" Myrna Segismundo along with Jill Sandique?
How bout all kinds of wraps including Bangus Tocino
and Atsara by Jill Busuego?
Not to be outdone are Mona Valdez preparing
Indonesian dishes, Maj Lazatin offering Italian, Ying
Villanueva doing Thai, and Suman Gogna making
authentic Indian dishes. There will also be a noodle
and dimsum bar courtesy of Chef Law of Mr. Choi's
Chef See Cheong Yan, Department Chair for Culinary
Arts at Enderun will offer breads freshly baked from
Malaysia, under licensed from Hiestand of Switzerland
with no preservatives and considered Halal which will
be retailed for the first time in Manila. Normally,
this is only available at hotels. He leads the more
than 50 Enderun students who have volunteered for the
Old reliables will be there too like Maricel Cunanan
and her ensaymadas, Nana Meng's hot tsokolate, Vargas
Kitchen pastries and merienda fare, Baba Ibazeta and
all time favorite Nono's chocolate oblivion. Pixie
Santos and her dulce de leche cheesecake.
For the sweet tooth, feast on mouth watering Truffle
Torte (rich velvety chocolate ganache mixed with
Coffee and almond joconde layers) by Tintin
Rivera;Gelatos from Fr. Gentillin of Don Bosco's
Amici. Assorted tarte tartins and quiches by Sunshine
Puey and Rob Pengson. Susie Quiros , Pia Lim
Castillo and Marco Lazatin of Essels heat up the Pink
Kitchen as well.
Starbucks blended drinks and teas will be available as
well as smoothies, and wine. It's all day dining
styled by Tony Rodriguez.
There's something for everyone even for the healthy
eaters. A rare treat--San Benito The Farm comes to
Manila bringing its macrobiotic cuisine like Pistachio
Crusted Tofu Sandwich with sweet chili sauce and its
home made crackers.
This is guiltless eating at its best as guests will
know they are dining to help the ICanServe, a
foundation that empowers women with information on
breast cancer, subsidize women on cancer treatments
and will pioneer the first nationwide early breast
cancer detection program.
This is but a few of the dishes to be found at Pink
Kitchen. There are more in store. There is so much to
try, so many chefs to catch who won't be there all at
the same time, so be sure to be there for three meals
Pink Kitchen is made possible by the support of San
Miguel, Meralco, Enderun, Salad Time, Coca Cola and
For inquiries: Contact Via Reyes 0917-8552729,
632-6873942 or icanserve@yahoo. com or at
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
in Cinema One's Celebration of Classic Films
On August 1 to 5, Cinema One's 2nd Annual Kool Pinoy Klassiks Movie
Feature Festival at the SM Megamall Cinema 1 pays tribute to the late
director Joey Gosiengfiao!
This tribute from Cinema One's Kool Pinoy Klassiks will include the
funniest and campiest from the director's select movies. There will
also be a short tribute feature about the man and his persona as
reflected through his movies, others' description of him and the last
on-cam interview with him will also be featured.
One of the most popular movie directors during the 80's, Gosiengfiao
is a filmmaker who has created a new genre with the movies he has
directed. Regal Films producer and dowager Lily Monteverde loves his
artistry , colleagues enjoyed working with him and his cast who are
endeared to him. Above all, his works usher any movie buff to
respect him as a progenitor of movies that have their mainstream
appeal and look but with unique appeal. All these allude to
Gosengfiao's mark of being a ï¿½King of Camp" and ï¿½Lover of Kitsch".
But while his films can be deemed as a producer's nightmares or
distinctly and hilariously ridiculous, what they left behind were
their distinctiveness and instantaneous quirkiness that reflect their
August 1 at 9:30 pm will feature LA PALOMA. This Celia Rodriguez,
Mona Lisa and Orestes Ojeda starrer brings the grand dame of
villains' vampy-campy mixes dominating the movie. On August 2 at
9:30 pm will be BEDSPACERS, Gosiengfiao' s favorite because the story
displays himself and the nostalgia of his college life, stars Alma
Moreno, Rio Locsin and Al Tantay in a love triangle filled mainly
with exhibitionism. NIGHTS OF SERAFINA on August 3 at 9:30 pm
introduces fledgling starlet Georgia Ortega who becomes many men's
object of desire and the envy of rich women. KATORSE, featuring the
young Dina Bonnevie, Gabby Concepcion and Alfie Anido, is an over the
top melodramatic drama on social classes and ambition that will be
shown on August 4 Saturday at 11:30 am. It was his quintessential
template of campy-fun TEMPTATION ISLAND to be shown on August 4 at
9:30 pm that set the director to be his own misnomer. A group of
beauty contest finalists and young hot men, plus a pseudo-aristo gay
man get shipwrecked and stuck in an island. Expect nothing but loads
of laughter from these characters. Finally on August 5 at 7:30 pm
will be NYMPHA. Starring Alma Moreno and Ricky Belmonte, this tale of
a sex-crazed young woman sets how an individual, yes this time a
woman, rakes her own energy. Through sex.
When a movie carries a dialogue that is hilarious coupled with askew
gestures and expressions, anyone can exclaim ï¿½that is so Joey
Gosiengfiao" . True enough, in the May 2007 issue of StarStudio
magazine, he was posthumously featured for his remarkable
contribution to local cinema. It's through his movies come August 01
to 05 that any movie enthusiast will discover the man and his own
brand of artistry.
The 2nd Annual Kool Pinoy Klassiks is produced by Cinema One in its
passionate support for the local entertainment arena. It is one of
the channels of Creative Programs, Incorporated (CPI), a wholly-
owned subsidiary of ABS-CBN.