Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Event: #GuitarUnderwear1960's new faces and rebranding with #GlocDash9, Carlos Agassi, Mark Mugen Striegl and Ann Matteo

A new face for an old brand we've trusted for years. Guitar Underwear we all grew up with had recently launched their new face with new brand ambassadors Gloc-9, MMA fighter Mark Mugen Striegl, Ann Matteo with the loyal Carlos Agassi last Friday at Cities Event Place, Quezon City. Guitar Underwear since 1960 had really come a long way from its simple "de hila" series to its present modern style. Guitar Underwear now offers shirts, and varied undergarments to cater the needs of professionals and school children. Now they offer innerwear shirts and sandos and modern basic briefs, panties and boxer shorts still at the same affordable prices.
Taking the foreign name which became popular during the music era of the 60s, Guitar Underwear tries to reach the loyal patrons of the product with Gloc-9's "Guitarero" MTV featuring the new brand ambassadors, Ann Matteo - an online singing sensation recently featured in Vogue Italia and recently on the May 2014 issue of MUSE magazine, Mark "Mugen" Martinez Striegl - a half-Filipino half-American Mixed Martial Arts fighter living in Baguio, Carlos Agassi - host, actor and fitness model who had been a Guitar Underwear endorser since the 90s and Awit Award winning rapper and composer, OPM Icon Gloc-9.
It was surprising to see Gloc-9 introduced as one of the brand ambassador of Guitar Underwear but banking on the fact that this Filipino brand had been part of the classic Filipino culture for years made him create the term, "Guitarero" referring to the working class of varied nature and skills. Everyone is indeed a "Guitarero" and I still remember my sando in elementary with its former logo. I've kept it clean and white every single day of the whole 6 years. Guitar Underwear had made a name for its durability, comfort and style all these years. Now celebrating its golden year, Guitar Underwear aims to create a distinct lifestyle with new ways to reach the Filipino- through social media and their new star ambassadors. For more information, please visit www.guitar1960.com.ph, like their official Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/GuitarUnderwear1960 and follow @guitarunderwear1960 on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Event: #ABSCBNPhilharmonic Orchestra debut album "Decades Of OPM" launch

Power may come from groups. Very few of us realize that we're actually great with instruments until we join an orchestra. Powerful stories came from the powerful members of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra launching their debut album, "Decades Of OPM" under Star Records Philippines. A celebration of Original Pilipino Music from masterpieces of the 70s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra tries to bring the orchestra music closer to the hearts of the Filipino gathering some of the country's OPM icons, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Vina Morales, Angeline Quinto, Yeng Constantino and Piolo Pascual. Also included were the phenomenal artists Daniel Padilla, Enrique Gil and Abra to get more of us appreciate the beauty of orchestra.
Maestro Gerard Salonga shared to us how the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra started in 2012 and what brought each of the members together. Concert Master Ralph Tylan also shared his story on how he started playing violin from the choices given by his parents. Maestro Gerard conducted the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra performing "PBB Theme", "Langis At Tubig", Please Be Careful With My Heart", all tracks included in the album. It was surprising to realize that some of the members who are now exclusive contract stars of ABS-CBN became experts at their instruments out of circumstance and chance. This was the moment the media who covered the event realized how important it is to get more kids these days play instruments. I remembered my cousins who were sent to piano lesson and how I wanted to play the violin but my mom couldn't afford it.

Maestro Gerard Salonga was joined by Star Records Philippines President Jonathan Manalo during the interview. The aim of the orchestra was to educate the youth of today about orchestra and how each member plays significant role in the group. Mrs. Cris Belen, publicist of Lea Salonga was given a chance to be the conductor. It was those moments also when we all awed at the gratitude of Maestro Gerard Salonga to his sister Lea for giving him opportunities to work on his passion in music. According to Gerard, Lea financed his schooling abroad and gave him opportunities which got him his position now as the conductor of ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra. It was such an inspiring and heartwarming press conference launching ABS-CBN Philharmoic Orchestra's debut album, "Decades of OPM". I really hope the next album will be one we can all use to sing-along so we can all brag to friends that we can actually "sing with the orchestra". Congratulations ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and please do continue to inspire the youth of today how important it is to be skillful in playing those instruments.

I really love the track "Mula Sa Puso" because it gives me a chance to sing-along with the orchestra. Tracks include: "Kapalaran" with Gary Valenciano, "Hawak Kamay" (Yeng Constantino), "Be My Lady" with the award-winning composer Louie Ocampo, "Himig Handog Suite" (Medley of Hanggang/Kung Ako Na Lang Sana/Anong Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa/Hindi Na Bale), "Mula Sa Puso"(orchestra only), "Tubig at Langis"(orchestra only), "OPM Dance Suite"(Medley of Awiting Mo Isasayaw Ko/Katawan/Rock Baby Rock/Tayo'y Magsayawan) by Daniel Padilla, "Totoy Bibo" by Enrique Gil and Abra and "Pinoy Ako" official theme song of ABS-CBN's hit reality show Pinoy Big Brother. Also included in the album are bonus tracks, "Please Be Careful With My Heart" (orchestra only), "Maging Sino Ka Man" with Martin, "After All" with Martin and Vina and "Kung Kailangan Mo Ako" with Piolo. 
 It was also exciting watching media friends Nestor Cuartero and Allan Sancon sing-along "Maging Sino Ka Man" with ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra. Thank you ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra for trying to bridge the gap with more teens dependent on the internet and social media sites. "Decades of OPM" album under Star Records is now available at all record bars nationwide for only Php350. It can also be downloaded via www.starmusic.ph, www.amazon.com, www.mymusicstore.com.ph and iTunes. With 42 musicians under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra is established through the collaborative effort of ABS-CBN and First Philippine Holdings Inc., For more info please visit www.facebook.com/starrecordsphil and follow @starrecordsph on Twitter for more updates.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Event: #JudyAnnSantos' #IDo, @abscbn's first wedding reali-serye starts August 30! #IDoGrandDay

It could've been that excitement to wear a wedding dress. Every girl's dream to be beautiful and the myriad of reasons why weddings just take our breath away will get each one of us to say "I Do or I Don't"starting August 30, 2014. I've joined the rest of the media watching ABS-CBN's first wedding reality show, "I Do" press preview last Thursday at the Dolphy Theater, ABS-CBN. Hosted by the Queen of Soap Opera, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, "I Do" chose 9 couples from all over the country to win a million peso, a house and lot courtesy of ProFriends and a grand wedding.
 9 couples chosen with diverse background and culture will be housed at "I Do Village" in Lancaster Suites,Cavite (by ProFriends) to face Life Tests with the help of official "I Do" Council; Coach Pia Acevedo, Dr. Julian Montano with Jayson Gainza as co-host. We've witnessed first two episodes of the show and I must say, this is one exciting and funny reali-serye that'll set everyone glued on TV. I loved the life tests and reactions of each couple. I guess no matter how long or short the relationship had been, there isn't a guarantee to keep staying together.
All my questions on how relationships should be worked out were slowly answered in each tests given to the couples. For most of us Filipinos, especially the women, emotions rule the decisions. Tears were both running from also the men in each failed tests and the surprise was always what the test was for. The grand conclusion of each challenge was the explanation and advice of the Council. I Do will surely teach the public majority how to handle their own relationships and how to really make it work. I was surprised at the couple who had similar decisions and I will definitely watch this show because of the epic reactions from the men. As they say, what's good for the gander may not be good for the goose, each episode of "I Do" will allow us to reflect how much effort and understanding have we given to our partners. Who'll bag the one million jackpot, the house and lot and the grand wedding in the end? Watch it Saturdays and Sundays starting Aug. 30, 2014 same time-slot of PBB weekends. For more information, please visit www.abs-cbn.com and follow @abscbndotcom on Twitter and Instagram for updates.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review: Why I Love #RegalFilms' #SomebodyToLove

The magic of split screens was overpowered with lines we all love to deliver. I've watched the premiere of Regal Films' "Somebody To Love", Director Jose Javier Reyes' latest ensemble movie starring Iza Calzado, Matteo Guidicelli, Isabelle Daza, Carla Abellana, Jason Abalos, Beauty Gonzales, Ella Cruz, Kiray Celis, Maricar Reyes, Albie Casino, David Chua, Jaclyn Jose, Jackie Lou Blanco, Natalie Hart and Manuel Chua. If you're planning to watch the movie, this post may not be a great read otherwise you are like me who loves ensemble movies done by Direk Joey Reyes. Just like his epic masterpieces in the 90s (Makati Ave. Working Girls, Radio Romance etc), award-winning director Jose Javier Reyes succeeded once again on entertaining us all in "Somebody To Love" with lines we all love to deliver at some point in our lives. Beauty Gonzales playing the best friend of Kiray Celis whose ultimate goal in the film was getting a bisexual change sexual preferences to fall for her. At some point, we'll all relate to the belief that any gay man can still be straight under the right circumstances to which Kiray took at all cost in the movie. I've also grown fond of the Iza Calzado's character as the "bida-bida" senior TV host whose luster in showbiz had gone down the drain taking the desperate moves to get the public's attention. Each character has a story to tell intertwined by fate and conflict that will somehow lead you to believe how they are all connected. It was a genius concept to put all the funny characters altogether in a movie about love and all our beliefs in love as Filipinos. We all tend to believe in the dreamy and romantic notion that the 'right one' does exist. Watch it and be amazed how Filipinos have created its own distinct genre of ensemble movie underlining some of the funny Filipino culture we all follow about love and its bounds. You'll also enjoy relating each character to familiar friends and family we face every single day. Regal Films' Somebody To Love is now showing at all cinemas nationwide. For more information, please visit For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/RegalEntertainmentInc and follow @RegalFilms on Twitter for more updates.

Event: Join the #RWManilaGiveMe5 anniversary

Resorts World Manila launched to media its 5th anniversary dubbed "Give Me 5" last Tuesday at the Genting Club, Resorts World Manila with stellar performances from The Voice Kids Philippines Champion Lyca Gairanod, Mark Mabasa and Friends, world-class acrobats Duo Kvaz and other special guests. Raffle prizes given away to media were all-expense paid trip to Singapore, complete full Star Cruise trip, gift certificates from sponsors and the grand prize of Resorts World Manila experience worth Php200,000. Resorts World Manila CEO Stephen Reilly expressed gratitude to media for the continued support in promoting shows and services of the premier integrated entertainment and tourism destination reach its target for five years.
 RWManila announced its festive anniversary party dubbed, "Give Me 5" with kick-off party featuring local acts performing in a free anniversary show called "Rockin 5" on August 28, 2014 at The Plaza in RWManila's plush Newport Mall, X-Factor finalist Mark Mabasa and Friends, acoustic princess Princess Velasco, pop-rock diva Yeng Constantino and The Voice Kids finalists Darren Espanto, Juan Karlos Labajo, Darlene Vibares and grand champion Lyca Gairanod will take the stage for a one-on-one concert for all ages.
 On Sept 11-28, the grand NPAT stage is set to host a retelling of Dr. Jose Rizal's historic novel, "Noli Me Tangere" (Touch Me Not), The Opera will feature music and libretto by the Philippine National Artists Felipe De Leon and Guillermo Tolentino on stage under the helm of acclaimed director Freddie Santos. September will also mount RWManila's Chocolate Festival from Sept. 15-28, 2014. RWM will also give rewards such as dining discounts (Give Me 5 50%off) and freebies (Foodie 5), special cinema deals and other surprises (Pick 5). Shoppers will also get a piece of the action with a mall-wide sale at the Newport Mall.
Give Me 5 anniversary party info and promos can now be accessed using the new RWM Mobile Companion app on your smartphone (android and soon on IOS) to get the latest promotions and events. It will definitely be the ultimate guide in and around the hub offering real-time info, movie schedules and RWM Exclusives Rewards Program packages. Although I didn't win any of the prizes, the mobile app can definitely bring perks to those who'll pay a visit. It's time to join the Give Me 5 fun at Resorts World Manila. For more information, please visit www.rwmanila.com or call the Tourists/Visitor Hotline at 905-8833. Like their official Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/rwmanila and follow @rwmanila on Twitter and Instagram.

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