Caltex and X-Men Release the Power of X

Caltex and X-Men Release the Power of X

Caltex recently partnered with 20th Century Fox through its latest installment of the X-Men series – X-Men: Apocalypse, in releasing the Power of X at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium. It was an event designed to bring out the mutants in the participants as they tapped into their unknown strengths and capabilities to win in the Race to the Power of X arcade challenge. It was also the perfect time to launch the newest member of the Caltex Diesel Engine Oil product family.  Simply said, Caltex and X-Men released the Power of X in this collaboration. The Race to the Power of X The venue was transformed into the X-Men School for Gifted Youngsters where mall-goers can enjoy fun, enjoyable and exciting activities, plus a chance to win exclusive X-Men gift bags. The event involved tests that challenged both physical and mental abilities. Everyone also had a chance to take their selfies with the X-Men characters. Caltex and X-Men: Apoclaypse Promo X-Men: Apocalypse promo boxes have been made available at select Caltex stations and Handyman branches nationwide from April 1 to June 12, or until supplies last. Each promo box comes with a free X-Men: Apocalypse T-shirt and raffle draw chances to win exclusive X-Men: Apocalypse premiums such as X-Men Magneto Helmet, X-Men wash bag, X-Men hoodie and movie tickets. Customers also stand a chance to win the grand prize of a brand new FZ16 150cc Yamaha motorbike. Delo® Sportswith ISOSYN® Technology Since the event was about releasing the Power of X, the launching of the new Delo® Sports with ISOSYN® Technology couldn’t have happened at a better time. Delo® Sports is specifically designed for...
Unwrapping The Surprise Movie

Unwrapping The Surprise Movie

The Surprise is presented in the Dutch language with English subtitles but do not let that discourage you from watching this gem of a film. I didn’t, and I could not have been happier with my decision. With that out of the way, let me share with you my take on this movie. The Surprise Fact Sheet Philippine release date: May 11, 2016 Director: Mike van Diem Screenplay: Mike van Diem and Karen van Holst Pellekaan Stars: Jeroen van Koningsbrugge, Georgina Verbaan, Henry Goodman Genre: Romance, Action, Comedy SYNOPSIS An eccentric multimillionaire signs an agreement to have his life ended. While selecting his coffin he meets a young woman who has signed up for the same arrangement. Trouble ensues when the couple falls in love and wishes to get out of the contract. MTRCB Rating: PG (Parental Guidance) Running Time: 1 hour and 42 minutes Released by: Solar Pictures The Surprise Movie Originally titled “De Surprise”, The Surprise is a romantic comedy with a fiendish twist and that, not so surprisingly is where all the fun is coming from. We have here an aristocrat rendered emotionless by the early loss of his father who decided to give everything up after the death of his mother. He was ready for his death and was actually looking for it. He found his option through a company that assists its customers obtain their death wish on themselves . Faced with several options including the most popular option which is to die accompanied by a loved one and the unusual option of “death by surprise”, he chose to latter. He will die without...
BM 21: Ballet Manila Transitions to 21st Season

BM 21: Ballet Manila Transitions to 21st Season

Ballet Manila culminated its 20th Season with a bang via its ballet concert BM 21 held last night. After a very successful 20th Season run, Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and company dug into their history and came up with this gala concert showcasing its rich repertoire. According to Lisa, this was also the perfect opportunity to “challenge the collective strength of the principals and soloists, including the second company dancers and trainees from the school”. BM 21 – The Best of Classical Ballet BM 21 stands for Ballet Manila transitioning to its 21st Season. It serves as the fitting “end” for the 20th Season and a signal of better things to come in the new performance season starting on August of this year. Lisa shares what the 3 segments presented in the show is all about. Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadere Choreography: Marius Petipa   Music: Ludwig Minkus This is described as a mesmerizing and dream-like sequence involving ballerinas dancing across the stage in perfect unison. Absolute synchronization is one of the ultimate tests for classical ballerinas. Liza thinks that it is but fitting to open the show with a piece that highlights what they do best: a white tutu ballet that features the lovely ballerinas from the senior company and trainees, dancing as one. Bloom Choreography, Lighting and Costume Design: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa   Music: Philipp Glass For this piece, it was the company’s 24 danseurs’ time to be on the spotlight. This segment shows the versatility of the company in the modern/contemporary genre while. This is the multi awarded choreographer’s  first work for an Asian...
Almost, Maine: In and Out of Love in Unusual Ways

Almost, Maine: In and Out of Love in Unusual Ways

I still can’t believe it! In this very stage, I watched 9 different love stories unfold in one sitting. Four actors played a total of 19 characters in a series of vignettes set in the fictional town of Almost, Maine.   In this play, residents fall in and out of love in unusual ways on a cold, wintry night as the northern lights illuminated the dark sky. Philippine Premiere From the time of its development in 2002 by John Cariani, Almost, Maine has been garnering critical acclaim. New York Times called it a “beautifully structured play” and a “higher-concept and more clever version of Hollywood hits like Love Actually and Valentine’s Day.” Repertory veteran Bart Guingona directs Reb Atadero, Jamie Wilson, Caisa Borromeo, and Natalie Everett for its Philippine Premiere. It is described as a “gentle and funny play involving real people dealing with affairs of the heart”. The Actors The four main actors are all veterans of Repertory Philippines. Dir. Guingona shared that they had a hard time choosing the cast especially since many actors read for it. There was the task of having the right mix and match of ages, physical appearances, and types. The final choice is critical as the chosen actors will have to play different characters in several different stories to come up with a seamless whole. So did they succeed? Oh boy, how they did! I was taken into a feel-good ride as I watched excerpts of life as they happen to two people involved in that emotion we call love. They were so spontaneous and natural, I could have sworn they were not acting....
REBEL: Ballet Manila’s Tribute to EDSA Revolution

REBEL: Ballet Manila’s Tribute to EDSA Revolution

The EDSA Revolution of 1986 in the Philippines, also known as the People Power Revolution was and is still considered one of the Filipino people’s shining moments in history.  For most young people today, this event is probably just one part of Philippine history they have to study. Ballet Manila‘s latest production REBEL which will be staged on February 25, 26, 27, and 28, 2016 at Aliw Theater will relive the story of Ferdinand, Imelda, Ninoy, and Corazon in the context of the EDSA Revolution.  This full length ballet which tells about the journey of a hero to freedom should give us a better appreciation of this event in time with the celebration of its 30th Anniversary. What Was the EDSA Revolution About? The EDSA Revolution was not a one-day event that happened in February 25, 1986. Rather, it was a series of events that started soon after the assassination of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. in 1983 which culminated in the 3-day demonstration held along the stretch of Epifanio delos Santos Ave. (EDSA). The main goal was to remove Ferdinand Marcos from office and to install Corazon Aquino as the rightful president. This followed the proclamation of Marcos as the winner in the snap elections held in February 7, 1986, an electoral exercise that was marred by fraud and violence. These obvious election irregularities prompted the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) to stage a coup against Marcos. However, Marcos learned about the plot and ordered the arrest of its leaders including Juan Ponce Enrile who sought the help of then AFP Chief of Staff Fidel Ramos. The Catholic Church for its...

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