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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ice Breaker Band. Bandillo Ng Palawan, April 30- May 6, 2001.

When show band, and party bar are the talk of the town, Palawan is not left behind, from the likes of Club Uno, Nicks Venue and the memorable Spice Bar, sizzle the City's night life that cater not only for locals, but also for tourist who want to paint the night red.

And the main attraction, the Party band itself, in one summer this Ice Breaker make some noise as one of the loveliest band ever to perform in Spice Bar, they gain following and fans who watch their nightly gig, they became close to many of them since their stay in Puerto Princesa became extended, and they did make a rounds of comeback after that.

I've never heard of Iyz Breakers anymore after that one summer, I hope they are still together as a band and still playing those party songs. Here is the feature I had with them during that one summer.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Creating nature with vibrant at Citadines Millennium.

CDC Holdings and Ascott mark another milestone with Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila Brings the comfort of home with the excellent service of a hotel to North of Manila CDC Holdings and The Ascott Limited (Ascott) recently reached another milestone as CDC Holdings handed over its second residence project to Ascott.

The Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila is the newest international serviced residence located in the bustling Ortigas Center in Pasig City. The 32-storey mixed-use property combines 290 serviced residences managed by Ascott and 96 residential condominiums in the thriving North of Manila. Ortigas Center is one of the metro’s major commercial and business districts, which is home to multinationals, BPOs, and pharmaceutical companies. Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila is expected to answer the discerning needs of expats, young business executives and long-term leisure travellers looking for a luxurious accommodation that provides the comfort and warmth of home, as well as an efficient, and professional service of a hotel.

“With Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila, CDC Holdings has gone above and beyond to deliver an outstanding property in a most-sought after location in Ortigas,” shares Elsie Chua, president and chief executive of CDC Holdings, Inc., the development company behind the newest serviced residence property in Ortigas.

Chua adds, “With this latest project, CDC has captured the vibrancy of the Citadines brand and combined it with the beauty and colors of nature, creating a perfect palette uniquely its own.”

Celebrating Nature, Vibrant Global Living Residents and guests will truly feel at home with this newest serviced residence with its well-thought-of interiors and tasteful and vibrant design that magnify the property’s distinctive artsy vibe mixed with elements of nature. CDC Holdings has tapped RMDA Architects, spearheaded by Architect Rolly Mercado and Almario & Associates under Cynthia and Ivy Almario, for the design aesthetics.

All throughout the building, greenery is incorporated as part of the building features. For a cohesive look design pieces are likewise inspired by nature, including the hallway carpets and couches in vibrant green color that are found in the lobby. This are also feature unique and innovative designs like Kenneth Cobonpue’s “The Bloom Chair,” an award-winning lounge piece reminiscent of the delicate soft petals of the Hibiscus-flower. And to add Filipino touch, the apartments’ interiors have various displays of framed photos of indigenous Filipino materials like the vibrant banig and the intricate barong, which are likewise works of art.

Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila features pockets of green with its garden deck found at the building’s 4th floor, providing the serenity and beauty of nature amidst the bustling city.

A mixed-use property and Service Excellence The successful partnership between CDC Holdings and The Ascott Limited began 17 years ago with Somerset Millennium in Makati.

 Arthur Gindap, The Ascott Limited’s Regional General Manager for the Philippines and Thailand said, “We have been working closely with CDC Holdings for almost two decades already. Our first collaboration, the Somerset Millennium Makati, has created a solid foundation of our partnership and we look forward to this second venture with them with the opening of Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila, which is Ascott’s first managed property North of Manila.
With a portfolio of over 290 properties spread out across 100 cities worldwide, The Ascott Limited is the world’s biggest international serviced residence owner-operator. The Ascott brand is a reputable name in property management.
Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila offers corporate guests and leisure travelers 290 premier units located from the 4th to the 24th floor, ranging from studio to one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. Each unit is spacious and reminiscent of home, with separate living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchen and wireless internet. Art comes to life in the property with its vibrant design, artworks and other pieces, making it a unique home in the city.

Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila also has a guest lounge, garden deck, swimming pool and a fitness center for residents’ and guests’ exclusive use. Meanwhile, CDC Millennium Ortigas, the residential apartments located from the 25th to the 30th floor, have a private entrance along Sapphire Road. There are also separate amenities (pool and Sky Lounge) at the 31st and 32nd floors. The residential apartments cater primarily to independent professionals who love city living. CDC Millennium Ortigas’ location provides easy access to other key areas such as Pasig, Greenhills, Mandaluyong, and Makati.


Citadines Millennium Ortigas Manila is set to formally open in April 2017. (PR)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tanya Ong-Estrada, Bandillo Ng Palawan. May 21-27, 2001.

The Roxas Royal Court, Paloma, Tanya and Bernadith.
When Veteran Showbiz Columnist Chito Alcid aka RC De Manila hibernate in Puerto Princesa City, he first organize the first ever Miss Gay Universe in Palawan that was held in a 5 star hotel, beaucon luminaries and newbies join this pageant, and thus the name Tanya Ong was born, fresh from any pageant, and tag as the most refreshing face in the gay community of Palawan.

From then, Tanya made a way to more pageant in the province, such as like this Miss Gay-Roxas wherein he coveted the title, and his reason for joining, he never been to Roxas, a municipality in the northern part of the island.

Tanya later on leave Palawan, and pursue his passion in Hair and Make Up industry, he is now consider a A-List Palawenyo HMU (Hair Make Up) Artist having been  a close in\in house artist for some of today's box office TV and movie stars, among them is Lisa Soberano and his on screen partner Enrique Gil.

In this feature, Tanya is join by Paloma Carillo and Bernadith Alison Aka Dodoy as his runner up. Paloma is a home grown impersonator and host in Puerto Princesa, while Dodoy still involve in many local beauty pageants.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Nether Closes Red Turnip Theater Fourth Season.

Fresh off the critical success of their last outing, the family comedy-drama Tribes, Red Turnip Theater is ready to take audiences into a different theater experience with the sci-fi thriller THE NETHER.

Ever since making their debut four years ago, Red Turnip has already made quite the dent in the local theater scene. By sticking to their vision of producing contemporary straight plays, this young company has almost single-handedly paved the way for the straight play to find equal footing in a landscape formerly dominated by the musical. Younger companies have sprouted and followed suit and there are now more text-driven plays getting produced than ever before. Each of the Red Turnip’s eight productions has gone on to top critics’ lists and garner awards and nominations from both the Aliw and Gawad Buhay Awards, making this company the go-to for outstanding plays that both entertain and move.

Their Fourth Season’s grand finale is THE NETHER, a sci-fi crime drama about the dilemmas of living in a virtual world. Written by Jennifer Haley and winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, this thrilling play explores the ethical questions and moral consequences of living out one’s hidden desires and fantasies. Set in the not-so-distant future, this haunting thriller made its West End and Off-Broadway debut back in 2015 and has been produced across the U.S. and Europe.

THE NETHER makes its Asian premiere via Red Turnip with multi-award winning actress and director Ana Abad Santos at the helm. A veteran of the stage and screen, Abad Santos returns to the director’s chair after her award-winning turn in the film Apocalypse Child and nominated lead performance in Red Turnip’s Time Stands Still. She won critical acclaim for her direction in the Red Turnip debut production Closer as well as her dystopian take on Hamlet for Repertory Philippines.

ABAD SANTOS: When I first read ‘The Nether’, it was love at first sight. It is a new material that bravely dives into the horrors of man, the unspeakable, and still makes sense of it. It’s about our present journey into the big unknown, that other world we call the Internet. And to present this advanced concept on a very basic traditional medium, which is the stage, is so exciting. It explores human desires and boundaries or lack of. And the discovery that no matter how beautiful or grotesque our desires are, we are all still searching for that “one”--to LOVE and to be loved.

THE NETHER boasts a powerhouse ensemble led by legendary actors Bernardo Bernardo (Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis, El Filibusterismo, Katy!) and Bodjie Pascua (3 Stars and a Sun, The Tempest Reimagined, Waiting for Godot). Making their Red Turnip debuts, young actresses Alba Berenguer-Testa (Annie) and Junyka Santarin (GMA 7’s Pyra) alternate in one of the play’s pivotal roles. Screen actor TJ Trinidad (Saving Sally) joins the cast after an accomplished theater debut as Bruce in last year’s The Normal Heart, which garnered him a Gawad Buhay nomination for Best Featured Actor.

Jenny Jamora (Cock, The Vagina Monologues, A Little Night Music) returns to the Red Turnip stage to take on the lead role of Detective Morris, an investigator of The Nether’s online offerings.

JAMORA: I do most of my scenes with Bernardo Bernardo and Bodjie Pascua, I’m terrified but absolutely psyched for the challenge. In ’Cock’, my character was a fighter but due more to the external circumstances of being in a man’s world. Detective Morris is also a strong female character but, this time, in a position of power. I’m excited to take on her internal struggle to maintain that authority as she discovers hidden parts of herself that may threaten that.
THE NETHER is a play for our times. It is relevant; it is provocative. In the play, life is spent more and more in The Nether, a virtual paradise so interactive that it engages all the senses--a tempting haven to retreat from a bleak world. But the main conflict begs the question: In a computer-generated space, is there no room for ethics and morality? THE NETHER isn’t just about Virtual Reality, but Reality itself.

With a stellar cast and creative team, this Red Turnip production is sure to electrify with its one-of-a-kind story and give audiences the complete theatrical experience this groundbreaking new company is known for.

THE NETHER opens March 10 and runs all weekends until April 9. Tickets at www.ticketworld.com.ph or www.redturnip.com.ph.
Venue: The Power Mac Center Spotlight Theater
Circuit, Makati
(Level 2, Circuit Lane, A.P. Reyes Avenue, Makati City)
Directed by: Ana Abad Santos
Lighting Design / Technical Direction: John Batalla
Set Design: Ed Lacson, Jr.
Sound Design: Teresa Barrozo
Costume Design: Faust Peneyra  (PR)

NLI Participate in this year's Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

NorthPine Land, Inc. (NLI) recently participated in the 21st Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta as a first-time concessionaire.

NLI is one of the country’s trusted developers of mid-income lifestyle communities and an incorporation of major local and international groups namely, Hongkong Land, BDO, Metrobank and San Miguel Properties, Inc.

After carving its niche in South Luzon and Metro Manila, NLI recently launched Montana Views in its bid to change the landscape of Central Luzon. Located in the City of San Fernando and Mexico, Pampanga, the Modern American Country community is making a name in the new territory and has been participating in various activities including the recently concluded Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. 
Early morning scene from the festival
The Clark Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is one of the most anticipated events in the country. This year, over a hundred thousand spectators gathered for the four-day celebration. It is considered Asia’s longest-running sports aviation event. NLI earned a spot in the booth setups and entertained property investors present by introducing the company and its portfolio of projects

NLI currently moves with aggressive mode in its rollout of targets for 2017 and has already launched milestones and activities as early as the first quarter.

About NorthPine Land, Inc.
NorthPine Land Inc. (NLI) is one of the country’s trusted real estate prime movers with a prestigious portfolio of projects in Pampanga (Montana Views), Cavite (Kahaya Place, Greenwoods Village, Wind Crest and Kohana Grove), Laguna (South Hampton), Antipolo City (Forest Ridge), and Pasig City (Lexington). Its distinguished shareholders are: Hongkong Land, BDO, Metrobank, and San Miguel Properties, Inc. To know more about our lineup of products, visit www.northpineland.com (PR)

ONE Warrior Kingdom will have Philippines Vs Thailand.

Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in action. 
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke is fully aware of Joshua Pacio's outstanding reputation inside the ONE Championship cage as both men are scheduled to face each other on the undercard of ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM in Bangkok, Thailand on 11 March.

Pacio holds an impressive 8-1 professional mixed martial arts (MMA) record and is one of the most highly-regarded strawweight prospects in the Asian region today.

A member and a proud product of the legendary Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Pacio is a Wushu specialist with a solid well-rounded skillset.

All eight of his career victories have come by finish, including five wins by impressive submission and three triumphs by spectacular knockout.

“Pacio is a well-rounded fighter, and I have a lot of respect for him. He has good striking. He is good on the ground as well. Joshua Pacio is such a talented fighter,” Dejdamrong said of his opponent.
Despite the worthy praise that he has given to Pacio, Dejdamrong is confident that he can handle the versatility of his Filipino foe inside the cage.
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke 
​“For this fight, I’ve trained as hard as ever. I have continued to improve my overall MMA game. I’ve also worked on my ground skills, both offensively and defensively. I'm very excited to test these out in the cage in March,” he stated.

Although Pacio has a knack of finishing his cage counterparts on the canvas, Dejdamrong has no qualms if he will deal with the Filipino standout on the ground.

With the aim to be a more versatile competitor than Pacio, the 38-year-old Thai stalwart revealed that he worked extensively on his ground game in training camp.

“If the fight goes to the ground, I'm comfortable and confident in my grappling skills to get the submission,” said Dejdamrong, who trains with elite grappling specialists such as Shinya Aoki, Alex Silva and Bruno Pucci at Evolve MMA.

Pacio and Dejdamrong possess superb striking pedigrees, but the latter believes that he has the upper hand in the stand-up department.

“I believe I'll have the edge in striking because of my Muay Thai experience. I know he has a background in Wushu, but striking is so natural to me,” he asserted.
Dejdamrong is a three-time Lumpinee Stadium Muay Thai world champion with over 25 years of competitive experience.

In addition, Dejdamrong is known as a technical striker with quick hands and lightning feet, employing some of the most unique and creative combinations. 

“Joshua Pacio can fight standing up or on the ground. If he wants to strike with me, I have no problem with that. I am so ready for this fight. I train twice a day, mixing grappling, striking, wrestling, and many other disciplines,” Dejdamrong warned.

Dejdamrong hopes that if he secures a decisive win over Pacio, it will grant him a rematch with Yoshitaka Naito for the ONE Strawweight World Championship belt later this year.
“Fighting in Bangkok again means a lot to me. A win on 11 March is an important step towards fighting for the world title again,” he said. “​I have trained hard for this comeback bout, and I want to avenge my loss to Naito."


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