September 13, 2017, (Quezon City, Philippines)
Have you ever been in love or broken hearted? This new film I found my heart in Santa Fe stole my heart. First, the movie setting was like a paradise, a perfect beach made in heaven. The plot where Viktor played by Will Devaughn finding his way to Santa Fe searching for his mother, all of a sudden, he couldn’t find a place to stay and end-up staying at the guard house. The next day, Viktor met Jennifer played by Roxanne Barcelo, who is snotty and uptight daughter of the resort owner. The conflict started the day Viktor met Jennifer. The story evolve with the two characters from longing to meet a love ones and waiting for the right one. A heart warming film with some twist and tear jerker moments. On the lighter note, the supporting roles made this film exciting with superb delivery of their characters with sense of humor. In terms of cinematography, the beautiful aerial views caught my eye and ready to visit this paradise.
September 5, 2017/ 7:00 PM Grand Ballroom, Okada Manila
July 04, 2017(Manila, Philippines). Partake in a heartfelt celebration of Arnel Pineda’s colorful life as he turns 50. The Filipino rockstar is marking his golden year with an intimate birthday dinner show at Okada Manila, where he will be singing the songs of his life. The night’s setlist follows Arnel’s life story, from his beginnings in local bands to conquering the world stage as frontman of the legendary Journey. The artist will delight the audience with renditions of his personal favorites and original compositions. Surprise performances await both the audience and the artist himself. With acclaimed video and event director Paul Basinillo at the helm, the night will surely create lasting impressions for those in attendance.
Our Cause Arnel’s humble beginnings has shaped him into a man of goodwill. Majority of the event’s proceeds will go to the Arnel Pineda Foundation, Inc. (APFI), a non-stock, non profit, and independent foundation that provides underprivileged children quality education, health services and medical attention. Arnel and his family personally oversee the Foundation and are always present in its events.
Arnel Pineda is the lead singer of celebrated American rock band, Journey. Since landing the coveted gig in 2007, he has showcased his powerful pipes at the biggest venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Wembley Arena, and Tokyo Budokan. He has collaborated with the likes of Foreigner, Deep Purple, Santana, Joan Jett, Rascal Flatts among others.
Arnel was born on September 5, 1967 in Sampaloc, Manila. After his mother’s illness and eventual death put the family in a dire financial situation, he volunteered to live independently, taking on odd jobs to provide for himself at the age of 14. At 15, he became the lead singer of the band, Ijos. In 1986, along with some members of Ijos, he formed Ammo and the band went on to win the Rock Wars contest. In 1988, Ammo won the Philippine leg of the Yamaha World Band Explosion and competed in Hong Kong for the finals. In 1990, Pineda and other Ammo members formed another band called Intensity Five which came first runner-up at the Yamaha World Band Explosion, with Arnel winning Best Vocalist. Arnel also fronted the bands New Age, 9mm, Most W@nted, and Zoo.
Okada Manila impresses anyone who enters its halls. This biggest and grandest integrated resort in the country occupies an astounding 44 hectares of land in the Entertainment City.With a five-star hotel, a wealth of dining destinations, exciting retail options, and gaming experiences, Okada sets the bar high in the hospitality and gaming scene.
Tickets to the event are now out at Ticketworld branches and online at ticketworld.com.ph. A seat is PHP 7,040.40, inclusive of a full-course sit-down dinner and covering tax and other mandated charges. For inquiries, get in touch with Up North Productions at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at mobile number +63 917 652 7463.
The winner of two Tony awards including Best Score, Disney’s Newsies will make its Philippine debut courtesy of Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical, featuring a creative team and cast of the best talent across the Philippines
Disney’s 2012 runaway hit musical, Newsies, ran on Broadway for two years. It ran for 1,005 performances and in that time garnered over 24 theatrical nominations including the Drama Desk, Outer Circle Critics Awards, and a total of eight Tony awards. It won Best Score for Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, and Best Choreography for Christopher Gattelli. This high-energy musical inspired by the true-to-life events of the “Newsboy Strike of 1899” is a show about social injustice, exploitative labor conditions, and the power of protesting against large-scale corrupt establishments.
Newsies was first produced as a motion picture musical in 1992, starring Christian Bale. The movie found a dedicated audience called “Fansies,” who pushed for a live stage adaptation. The clamor was so strong that Disney Theatrical Productions brought the stage musical to life, with Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy) writing the book, and original composers Alan Menken and Jack Feldman adding new songs. Newsies premiered in Paper Mill Playhouse in 2011 before Disney Theatrical brought it to Broadway the following year.
The show follows the charismatic newsboy Jack Kelly, a leader of a gang of “Newsies,” who “dreams of a better life far from the hardships of the streets.” From his humble beginnings, Jack Kelly becomes an activist who rallies the newsboys to protest against the rising distribution rates put forward by publishing giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. From newsboys to activists, the musical dramatizes the David-versus-Goliath fight for social justice and better working conditions
Playing the lead role of Jack Kelly is recording artist, singer, actor and 9 Works Theatrical mainstay Gian Magdangal, who has just come back from a stint at Hong Kong Disneyland’s The Golden Mickeys and Universal Studios Japan. Joining him as part of the newsboys are Jef Flores (recent Gawad Buhay awardee for Outstanding Lead Actor for Tick, Tick…BOOM! ), Daniel Drilon (Secret Garden, Fun Home), Tory Cortez (Hansel and Gretel, A Christmas Carol), Luis Marcelo (Little Shop of Horrors), and Alex Diaz (Host & TV Personality, MYX VJ). Also in the cast are Danielle Chopin (Into the Woods, My Fair Lady), Greg Dulcie (The Wizard of Oz, Sweeney Todd), Pinky Marquez (The Wedding Singer, Beauty and the Beast), and Raymund Concepcion (Annie, The Little Mermaid).
Rounding up the cast are Franz Imperial, Ariel Reonal, Joni Galeste, Melissa Bell, Ian Ocampo, Ronelson Yadao, Erick Arenas, Jourdan Bartolome, Mark Anthony Grantos, Jim Ferrer, Chesko Rodriguez, Kendrick Ibasco, Anton Posadas, Stephen Viñas, Clark dela Riva, Jon Abella, MC dela Cruz, Vyen Villanueva and Jan Mayo.
Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical’s production of Disney’s Newsies is directed by Robbie Guevara, together with PJ Rebullida as choreographer, Franz Imperial as assistant director, Daniel Bartolome as musical director, Yek Barlongay additional choreography for tap, Ed Lacson as set designer, Eric Pineda as costume designer, Martin Esteva as lighting designer, GA Fallarme as video & projection designer, Myrene Santos as hair and makeup designer and Dong Calingacion as technical director.
Heading the production team are executive producers Joe Caliro (Globe Live) and Santi Santamaria (9 Works Theatrical), Denise Seva (Globe Live Director for Events and Production), with 9 Works Theatrical’s Anna Santamaria as company manager, Jonjon Martin and Issa Tuason as PR managers, GM Hernandez as marketing manager, and Arma Bonilla as stage manager.
Newsies will be staged at the Globe Iconic Store Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City on July 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 & 28-30, 2017 at 8:00pm.
Disney’s Newsies is a production of Globe Live & 9 Works Theatrical, co-presented by FOX and StarWorld, with MAC Cosmetics as the official make-up partner. Special thanks to RX93.1, Bonifacio High Street and Mossimo.
Disney’s Newsies is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
Billboard’s charts have expanded to the Philippines. Billboard Philippines (“BillboardPH”) recently premiered (June 12) the country’s first rankings reflecting local music consumption.
Using localized on-demand streaming data from global services Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube, plus download track sales from iTunes, BillboardPH’s new charts provide the most accurate representation of music popularity in the Philippines.
The Billboard Philippine 20 is led by Inigo Pascual’s “Dahil Sa’Yo,” with singer/actress Jona holding down two spots in the top 10, at Nos. 3 and 4, with “Pusong Ligaw” and “Maghihintay Ako,” respectively. Also faring well on the local list is rock/fusion band Sud, which stands at No. 2 with “Sila.”
Billboard PH, launched in September 2016, has quickly become the premier source of music coverage in Philippines. The addition of local charts to a menu already including the U.S.-based Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, among others, further emphasizes the site as the go-to place for Filipino music fans. The Billboard PH charts refresh each Monday morning local time.
Baste is the new endorser of NeuBake Super Slice by Gardenia
As Gardenia introduces the newest Neubake Super Slice, it’s no surprise that Bae-by Baste, a super child star now, and his Mom Sheila have been tapped to be the brand’s endorsers with the latest Neubake Super Slice TVC.
Sebastian Benedict Granfon, or most commonly known as Baste is part of our everyday lunchtime habit. He is a bright, precocious young boy who never fails to liven up our afternoon with his charm, wit and natural flair for comedy.
Ever since Baste’s aunt posted his Dubsmash videos on Youtube, everyone fell in love with this child charmer from General Santos. After his on-line debut, he made his appearance in the longest running noontime show on GMA Network, where he was called “Bae-by Baste.” Now, he acts, sings and makes people laugh, and is touted as one of the country’s brightest child stars.
Like Baste, NeuBake is also super in many ways. First, it comes in a Super Slice – it’s bigger than most white breads in the market, making it perfect for Baste’s big appetite. According to his Mom, Sheila, Baste loves to eat sandwiches. And with NeuBake, she can make bigger sandwiches that can easily make Baste full and satisfied with just one sandwich.
Neubake Super Slice comes in a horizontal, super tipid pack, that is only P29 for 10 slices, perfect for practical moms like Sheila.
NeuBake is now available in leading supermarkets and convenience stores. Like Baste, discover why NeuBake is the super choice when it comes to bread. If Baste loves it, so will you!
From Mount Busay to 10,000 Roses: Discovering Cebu City.
by MJ Racadio
Cebu City or Queen City of the South is known for its beautiful landscape, history and crispy lechon.
First night, already enjoying the mouth-watering pancit called Bam-i. After that, walked around Fuente Circle and tried tea and dessert at a cafe.
Cebu is bustling and hustling city that has something unique to offer. I had the time of my life exploring the city and some friends showed me around town what to do in one day. From driving around mouth Busay to enjoying the romantic feel at 10,000 roses.
The travel was well worth it, we finally reached the Kuebang Lampas from land to boat. Describing the place like paradise with white sandy beach, I had a chance to enjoy the sound from beach waves along the shore.
It was really worth the travel four hour drive from SLEX:South Luzon Express Way. Pagbilao’s Kuebang Lampas should be included in one of the top beaches in the country. With better accomodations and restaurant, this place will be another top tourism destination in the Philippines.
(Quezon City, Philippines) I got sparked at the successful launched of a new website called Sparkup.ph in Quezon, City last week June 10, 2017. It all started from photo-op and getting-to-know fellow bloggers from lifestyle to business.
As a blogger, I am covering something different aside from the entertainment industry. After all, spark up is all about business catering the millennials and entrepreneurship to those who wants to start their business whether it be an online store to event services. In addition, it is a platform for everyone to connect and jump-start his or her dream business.
Who would not recall Junard, the rockstar from the famous Philippine Sprite commercial in 2015? Yes, that’s him!
Together, let us discover how he managed to land the famous character, and witness his transition towards fulfilling his dreams and aspirations. There is so much more than what his character in the commercial offers.
This is a story of a young man who has overcome undertakings at a very young age, by focusing not on his negative experiences, but on the things that he wants to pursue, and the person that he wants to become.
“I didn’t really enjoy being a kid because I was bullied. Everyone was calling me names. Somebody would say nobody likes me, I should just go home.”
“But I enjoyed listening to music, and playing various musical instruments. I did not have lots of friends but I enjoyed being with my family all the time.”
Hearing his past experiences would make us wonder and ask how and why he has become the person that we know today.
Graduating from high school marks the end of the darkest moments in his life. “That’s the best and most memorable part for my high school life; saying goodbye to everyone. New environment, new me,” he said.
In 2011, he went to the best culinary school in the Philippines. He did great in school and he was half scholar. He started meeting a lot of great people and great friends, however, he felt like something else is missing.
“There was a piano in the lounge. That’s where I learned how to play piano. No one taught me. I started with Happy Birthday, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star at first and then soon, I became good at it,” he recalled. He did it everyday without a miss, before classes, during breaks, and after classes.
That’s when he found the answer to the question he was asking himself way back. He already knew what was missing! This is something he has always been passionate about, his joy, his solace, one of his selected companions during his unhappy days in high school – his love for music.
He recalled his thoughts and dilemmas during that time. “At the back of my mind, I still think about music. I was good at baking and culinary stuff, but the urge to play and make music was there, and not even my parents knew about that.” Nobody knew about this except him.
It’s the universe showing a glimpse of what he would do and pursue in the coming years, but not in culinary world. He was so used to playing piano that he would hum along, and eventually sing while playing, until he started writing songs out of these melodies. It gave him a hope that he could make it to the industry.
Aside from his love for music, he would attend TV commercial auditions. His Dad is an award-winning advertising creative director, but during his younger years, he would always think he wouldn’t make it. “I’ve always wanted to be a model, but before, I was thinking I will never reach that level. I am not saying that I am a really good looking person now, but I tried my best to make myself look and be like one,” he added. Little did he know, his first ever commercial break would air on the national TV in 2015.
Sprite Commercial: ‘Jhunard as Rockstar Vocalist’
He was chosen as one of the main characters in Sprite commecial. “Ako si Jhunard,“Punta ka sa gig ko, ako Bokalista” was his line. To him, it’s not only about having a noticeable part in a TV advertisement. Moreover, it is about being portrayed as a musician, because that’s what he is in real life. “I perfectly fit in that commercial,” he said.
More than 200 young men auditioned for the role.
In 2016, he went to Hollywood for an auditon, to sing, and participate in a workshop for John Robert Powers. He stayed there for 5 months. “It was hard to be away with my family. It was also scarry because there are a lot of con artists in Hollywood and I met a lot of them,” he recalled.
When asked about the learnings he acquired during his stay in US, he would say it taught him a lot of things. “Life is really hard. You don’t get an overnight success in Hollywood, you really have to work for it. You have a lot of competitors. You have to be realistic with your dreams, but you do not have to be discouraged. It seem impossible, but there is a possibility.”
Right now, he is preparing for a come back. Every bit of him could really tell that he is excited for everything. He is being mentored, and he is very much willing to work things out. “This is it! There is a strategy. I feel like I am on a right direction. I never thought that there is a better way of doing it. I just have to do it.”
He will be making a music video soon, featuring one of his original music. “I am polishing all my songs. I need to sharpen my performance, and work on my vocals even more. I am giving myself a 6-month preparation before I launch myself in New York and Hollywood,” he said.
He picture himself launching an album, and becoming an International popstar, a year from now. “I can see my future as that person. I see myself playing my music, performing, and having concerts in different places,” he said.
It is indeed a dream that one could only imagine as a reality. Louis is far different from the many because he is doing something about his dreams. He has a goal, a plan to reach that goal, and a way to work on everything thay may hinder him from reaching it. He is unstoppable!
His dreams would only remain as dreams without the most important people who believed in him; his family. Family is the sole foundation throughout his transformation, and towards becoming the person he was just used to dreaming about.
“To me, they are the only people that I can lean on to. Friends will come and go, but my parents are always going to be there for me. My family is my real friend.”
Horror of the past may sometimes hunt him in sleep, but they are no longer there when he wakes up. It’s now too far from his reality, not even a slight of it show today.
The world and some people in it may take away some of the valuable things in life (confidence, happiness, and true identity)but in their most powerful way; Music, and family seem to be a refuge. There is no room for a vengeful heart, but a fighting, pure, forgiving, and loving soul conquers. “I didn’t really change, I just made myself stronger, and better,” he said.
Louis is currently working in the studio finishing his debut album with Ryan Klos (Record Producer) . His dream of becoming a pop recording artist is a work in progress, and he is surely getting there. It’s 90% completed, and only 10% is a work in progress. He’s got what it takes, and he believes he can!
MJ Racadio the Blogger during Billboard Philippines Successful Launched.
Frances the Reviewer
Frances with Gab of Urbandub
Frances enjoying the musc
with Mr. C
with Elmo Magalona
Your ultimate go-to for the world’s most popular charts, videos, events, and music news is now in the Philippines! Since the 1950’s, Billboard has been the authority in the music industry. It is the standard record chart in the United States (and eventually internationally) for global singles. To celebrate Billboard’s presence here in the Philippines, #BillboardPH and Ayala Malls are holding three events this month called #BBPHPlaySound: The BillboardPH Music Trip. The first one was held last May 13-14 at Trinoma Activity Center. There will be another one this weekend at Alabang Town Center.
Live Coverage of Blogtalk with MJ Racadio with #FrancestheReviewer
Luckily for the #BlogTalkWithMJRacadio Team, we were invited to celebrate and witness the ribbon cutting ceremony last Saturday, May 20 at the Glorietta Activity Center. The event was attended by big names in the local music industry such as Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Elmo Magalona, Gab Alipe of Urbandub and Tutti Caringal of 6CycleMind plus Louis Xavier up and coming pop artist. According to the #BlogTalk interview with the Mr. Cayabyab, chart rankings are based on physical and digital sales, radio play and YouTube streaming.
The event was full of celebrities, upbeat music, sweet Billboard chocolate lollipops, and many more! There was definitely no shortage of fun that afternoon.
MJ Racadio Interviewing Legendary Mr. Ryan Cayabyab
#FrancesTheReviewer interviewing Elmo Magalona
Below are clips from our interviews with Mr. Ryan Cayabyab, Elmo Magalona, and Gab Alipe of Urbandub.