Tuesday, June 29, 2010



Ice cream lovers have something to look upon and taste nowadays as Nestle Corporation launched the new HEAVEN ICE CREAM recently at the A Venue Mall in Makati Avenue, Makati City.

Fashionistas, socialistas, I mean socialites, corporate executives, bloggers, ehhmmm! and the just curious flocked together to witness not just the launching of the new HEAVEN ICE CREAM, but also the much-awaited fashion show of the beautiful and handsome models that looks like angels in their heavenly outfit. That others thought they were in heaven that moment. Sort of. Anyway, so much for that, I would like to thank NESTLE and YEHEY for having us. And I would like to invite everyone to taste and do some licking with this new HEAVEN ICE CREAM by NESTLE.

Text and Images by Ricky Castillo

Monday, June 28, 2010


Thursday, June 24, 2010


Starting Line for change: Nation to Join MILO® Marathon for a Cause
Country’s longest-running marathon to donate shoes to public school children

Kicking off its 34th season this July, the National MILO® Marathon sets its sights on an advocacy to inspire public school children to excel in sports by providing rubber shoes for deserving public school students across the country. In line with this goal, MILO® is inviting 200,000 runners to take the first step at furthering the cause by joining its racing events.

A portion of the registration fee of the National MILO® Marathon participants will be allocated to the advocacy and in return, MILO® will donate the equivalent amount raised to add to the production of the running shoes. The event aims to raise 4,000 pairs of rubber shoes which will be donated to student beneficiaries who excel in sports and have balanced academic standing.

The inspiration behind the advocacy comes from previous MILO® Marathon events in which a number of children participate in the marathon even without shoes. MILO® Sports Events Executive, Pat Goc-ong shares “MILO® is committed to helping more children realize their potential. It knows the importance of developing one’s talent and wishes to give these kids an opportunity to shine and achieve something for themselves.”

The National MILO® Marathon experience is also made exciting with additional innovations this year. First, a more competitive qualifying time per age group category has been introduced for 42K Manila eliminations and 21K Provincial Eliminations. Secondly, state of the art timing chips, MyLaps will be given to 10K, 21K and 42K marathoners. Lastly, over 6 Million in total cash prizes will be given away to individual race winners and the fastest male and female champions, MILO® Marathon King and Queen stand a chance to win a Php 300,000 cash prize.

The 34th National MILO® Marathon will be rolling out 17 elimination races across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and will be kicking off its Manila eliminations on July 4 at the Roxas Boulevard. The National MILO® Marathon will then go to major cities: Dagupan City (July 11), Baguio City (July 18), General Santos City (July 25), Davao City (August 29), Cebu City (September 5), Tagbilaran City (September 12), Dumaguete City (September 19), Iloilo City (September 26), Naga City (October 3), San Pablo City (October 10), Batangas City (October 17), Puerto Princesa (October 31), Tarlac City (November 7), Olongapo City (November 14), Butuan City (November 21) and Cagayan de Oro City (November 28). The grand National Finals will be held in Manila on December 12.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010


                                                            WALK OF FAME

Matagumpay na idinaos ang Walk of Fame sa Central Plaza ng Eastwood,
Libis, Quezon City na tinaguriang City of Stars. Dinaluhan ito ng mga maniningning na bituin ng pelikulang Pilipino na kinabibilangan ng higit
kumulang na 30 na tumanggap ng parangal ng gabing iyon na sina: KC Concepcion, Jose Marie Chan, Vice-Mayor Isko Moreno, Basil Valdez,
Nino Mulach, Jed Madela, Yul Servo, Armida Sigueon Reyna, Jolina Magdangal, Janno Gibbs, Jacklyn Jose, Ding-Dong Avansado, Jackie Lou Blanco, Ricky Davao, Ogie Alcasid, Apo Hiking Society, Luis Gonzales, Haji Alejandro, Christian Bautista, Cherry Pie Picache, Aiza Seguerra, Rey Valera, John Lloyd Cruz, Rico J. Puno, Nonito Donaire, at ang yumaong si Marky Cielo.

Binigyan kulay ang gabing iyon ng mga ibat-ibang artista na naghandog ng awitin na sina Christian Bautista, Lucky and Miko ng KABLOGG, Joshua Pineda na tinaguriang “Wonder Boy of Bacolod.”, at ang kaakit-akit na si Martha Joy na naging finalist sa CANADA GOT TALENT.

Makikita din ng gabing iyon sina Gabby Concepcion na todo suporta sa kanyang anak na si KC Concepcion, si Rachel Alejandro na nakita naming kumukuha ng litrato sa kanyang amang si Haji Alejandro, si Angelika Dela Cruz na sumabay sa paglalakad sa kanyang kabiyak na si DingDong Avansado, si Carlo Orosa na tumatayong manager ni Christian Bautista at si John Nite na nagsilbing host ng gabing iyon.

Ang Walk of Fame Philippines, sa kanyang ika-apat na taon ay naisakatuparan sa pamamagitan ng pangunahing star discoverer sa ating bansa, na walang iba kundi si kuya German (Germs) Moreno. Ito ay nagsimula ng siya ay dumalaw sa Hollywood at kanyang nakita doon ang mga pangalan ng mga banyagang artista na nakaukit sa bato, na naging inspirasyon niya upang simulan ang Walk of Fame Philippines.

Text and Photos by Ricky Castillo

Friday, June 18, 2010


Metro Society marks a major milestone as it celebrates its 5th year as the leading magazine chronicling Philippine society’s  most prominent, with yet another glamorous and chic party. As the magazine strives to bring together the best that the world has to offer, no less can be expected in its birthday bash held recently at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel. Two of the country’s best-disco king Louis Ysmael and uber –hot Cebu-based fashion designer Cary  Santiago – shared the stage that night to celebrate  with the magazine and Manila’s chic social scene.

The highlight of the night was a special Metrowear presentation of one of the most creative new fashion designers in the country – Cary Santiago. His unique point-of-view and creative take on evening wear has made him the toast of the country’s fashionable set. In this collection, he showcased  dresses made of fabric carvings, created using quilted jersey, that make the pieces sculptural in appearance. He adds  even more glitz to his piece by combining luxury fabrics with Swarovski crystals, which make for stunning evening gowns. For this Cebu-based designer, his creations are made for and desired by celebrities, royalty and socialites, both here and abroad, who want to make an elegant  statement wherever they go. His remarkable 25-piece collection, which paid homage to the glamour days of the 80’s, was greeted with much aplomb by the crowd.

No doubt this was one of the most glamorous and most anticipated event of the year, dance along and party the night away with the fun and crazy disco vibe. The Metro Society 5th Anniversary Party: Through the Years with a special feature on Samsung Metrowear Cary Santiago celebrated all  the best that the world has to offer.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


                             PHILLIPINE PATRIOTS AIMS FOR ABL CROWN

The Philippine Patriots aims for nothing less than the Asian Basketball League crown as they face Indonesia’s Satria Muda Brit Ama in the best -of-five championships series that will be held at the Ynares Sports Arena, Shaw Boulevard, in Pasig City.

Having the home-court advantage, the Patriots is not taking this fight lightly, knowing that Indonesian’s Satria Muda has a complete line-up of hardworking and disciplined players.

“Indonesian’s Satria Muda is one of the best teams around in this tournament and a team to beat,” said Gabe Freeman, who is a best import awardee during his heyday in PBA when he played in San Miguel Beer.

During their previous clashes, the Patriots beat the Indonesians 3 times, but that is not an assurance that they will beat them again. “It’s going to be another level of play for both of our teams, WE ARE IN THE FINALS!” Wainright said, during the interview at the PSA forum held recently at Shakey’s U N Avenue branch.

Indonesians import Nakiea Miller and Alex Hartman stands in the way of the Patriots in their first-ever title aim in the Asian Basketball League. These two imports are very fast and very aggressive who scores 2-digit number in almost every game, using their speed and agility, the Patriots will surely has a team-to-beat this ABL final season.
Text and Images by Ricky Castillo

Saturday, June 12, 2010




PENSHOPPE’s Holiday 2010 Collection for Philippine Fashion Week takes its already well-loved apparel a notch higher with a fresh, sophisticated mix of pieces.

With fashionable London as inspiration, the retail giant shows off a cohesive collection that comes in different facets – a bold mix that captures and represents the different personalities and aesthetics of the new breed of stylish and fashion-aware individuals. Each facet is unique from each other in terms of cuts, texture, styling, print and the occasional punch of color – but tied together by its fundamental use of sleek blacks, cool grays and crisp whites, and Penshoppe’s clean and quality craftsmanship.

For example, active wear is updated with a new sartorial touch in the collection’s Tailored Sport facet, with updated and fresh tank tops, shorts, varsity jackets, and single breasted sports coats. Penshoppe also revisits the grunge trend with a more relaxed feel in the collection’s Restrained Distress facet with patched and deconstructed jeans and slouchy dresses.
James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and other vintage icons are re-interpreted with The New Urbanite’s neo-vintage, Retro Specs facet as well, giving the city’s layer-loving crowd a feast with crisp vests over shirts and bomber jackets over graphic tees.The steampunk and goth trends are also given a more classic, wearable look with the collection’s black on black pieces dubbed the Dark Romantics facet. Victorian nuances like puffed sleeves, bandleader detailing and double-breasted coats on classic wardrobe staples give the collection more depth and fashionability.
To complete the collection, Penshoppe’s Militia-inspired pieces (the Active Duty facet) give the Filipino urbanite their choice of fashionable army-inspired apparel, such as fatigue bomber jackets, green or brown casted denim jeans and khaki dresses.

With the brand’s direction of taking its well-loved apparel to a more sophisticated level – clearly seen in their Holiday 2010 offering – there is no doubt that Philippine casual wear will enter a new era with Penshoppe’s New Urbanite Collection.



The Cinemalaya Film Congress will once again be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino. The Film Congress is a major event of the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition which is now on its fifth year and billed Cinemalaya Cinco.

The Cinemalaya Film Congress will carry the theme Linking Digital Highways and will assess the output of indie filmmakers in the last five years. The Congress will attempt to gauge the growth of the indie film from a national perspective, so that the value of the artistic achievements of indie films may be properly weighed and so that indie filmmakers may assess for themselves, together with their audiences and sponsors, their prospects for development in the future.

Specifically, the objectives of the Film Congress are to identify the major centers of independent filmmaking in the country, to assess the artistic achievement of the cinematic works of indie filmmakers in the last five years from the point of view of artistic vision, integrity and independence, to invite indie filmmakers from the different regions to speak about the state of indie filmmaking in their areas and to establish a network of indie filmmaking centers all over the country.

Filmmakers, writers, critics, members of the academe and industry from all over the Philippines will be attending the event. Panel discussions will be held on Indie filmmaking, best practices and prospects in the NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao; and building a national network of indie filmmakers.



Friday, June 11, 2010


Highly anticipated EOS 5D Mark II
continues its predecessor's groundbreaking legacy
Three years after Canon's EOS 5D broke into the scene with a full-frame sensor, the EOS 5D Mark II follows up with yet another leap in DSLR performance.

Manila Philippines – When the EOS 5D was first released in 2005, it was a groundbreaking DSLR featuring many innovations that greatly enhanced performance with its 12.8 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor which offered greater dynamic range for fine, nuanced image detail, and lower noise.

Three years on, the EOS 5D Mark II once again introduces significant performance gains: a new 21.1 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 image processor, and a host of advanced features to make the EOS 5D Mark II the platform of choice for professional photographers and advanced photography enthusiasts who demand the best.

21.1-Megapixel Full-frame CMOS sensor
At the core of the EOS 5D Mark II is a new 21.1 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with EOS Integrated Cleaning System. The EOS 5D Mark II not only provides ample pixels for sharp detail and enlargements, but because it is a full-frame sensor, it also possesses wider dynamic range for subtler tones in images, and low noise at higher ISO sensitivities.

In this way, the sensor provides exceptionally sound data fundamentals with which the EOS 5D Mark II's advanced processing capabilities with 14-bit analog-digital conversion can produce the highest image quality with finer tonal gradation, while the integrated cleaning system that keeps dust off the sensor ensures that this high quality is sustained.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor: Performance, Quality, Features
Equipped with Canon's latest DIGIC 4 image processor that combines ultra-fast image processing (1.3 times faster processing than DIGIC III) with fine-detail, natural colour reproduction, the EOS 5D Mark II delivers vastly improved performance and excellent image quality along with a host of useful features made possible by DIGIC 4.

On the quality front, excellent image reproduction is supplemented by a host of automatic image correction features to handle challenging conditions and situations. These include improved noise reduction at high ISO sensitivities with little or no impact on continuous shooting speed, lens peripheral illumination correction which uses specific lens data to ensure correct light level at the four corners of images, and Auto Lighting Optimizer which automatically corrects image brightness and contrast.


                                          (ATENEO BLUE EAGLES) Images by Ricky Castillo


Research Reveals Up to 50% Cost Savings For Bayan Wireless Landline Users

Every end of the month, the arrival of phone bills never fails to elicit a collective sigh among Filipino mobile users, particularly those who value talking over the phone to talk to their family and conduct business transcations.

Truth of the matter is, the Philippines has the highest call rate per minute in Asia and even other parts of the world as shown by independent studies done by leading technology think-tanks.

But though their cellphone charges stack up to thousands of pesos, Filipinos have no choice but to bear its cost in order to enjoy on-the-go communication.

That is, until the bayanWIRELESS landline arrived.

Savings Breakdown

The four main features compared were as follows: 1) local landline calls, 2) mobile phone calls, 3) NDD (National Direct Dial) calls, and 4) IDD (International Direct Dial) calls.,

In terms of local landline calls, users of bayanWIRELESS landline can rack up to 67% in savings. Unlike other wireless landline services that only provide 600 call minutes for a fixed monthly charge, the bayanWIRELESS landline offers unlimited calling to other Bayan phones and any landline located in the same area code.

Given that Filipinos call an average of 2100 minutes a month based on the data, the unlimited calling feature of
bayanWIRELESS landline disregards the need to pay for additional minutes beyond the 600-minute bundle of other wireless landline services.

But more than landline call savings, cellphone users were found to gain the most from using their bayanWIRELESS landline for voice calls. Charges related to mobile phone calls can go down by up to 50% if they were made using a bayanWIRELESS landline instead of a cellphone. Assuming a person calls while mobile at least once a day, that’s already at least 30 minutes per month, or according to research, more near an average of 90 minutes a month. Multiply that with regular off-net calling rates at P7.50/minute of other networks and Bayan Wireless Landline’s rate of P6.50/minute to cellphones shows instant savings.

Similarly, charges associated with NDD (National Direct Dial) calls and IDD (International Direct Dial) calls can decrease by up to 47% and 74%, respectively. With Bayan’s IDD rate going for only P4.50/minute to Top 10 countries, it’s not hard to see how it beats other networks’ rates of P17/minute ($0.40). This affordable call rate allows Filipinos to have longer and more meaningful conversations with loved ones overseas. The NDD savings stem from the lower rates of bayanWIRELESS landline of P4.00 per minute, which is significantly lower than the mobile phone rate of P7.50 per minute.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Responsible travel, special tour and luggage deals
at Mad About Travel expo

There’s more to traveling than just seeing another place.  This was the underlying theme of the recently concluded Mad About Travel expo jointly organized by The Travel Club at the Greenbelt 3 lobby in Makati City. 

            A strong advocate of responsible travel, The Travel Club launched its I Travel.  I Care. campaign during the event.  This campaign encourages customers to travel responsibly by observing several guidelines, which include the use of environmentally-friendly travel gear, supporting local businesses, selecting modes of transportation that minimize carbon emissions and sustaining local culture, among others.

            The highly successful affair featured a series of informative talks about Philippine ecotourism by representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, ecological sustainability courtesy of the Ayala Group while Eagle Creek representatives gave insights about packing properly, which further gave guests an improved appreciation of travel.  Moreover, the event showcased an impressive selection of travel gear offered at generously discounted rates.  

            Guests were also presented with an opportunity to practice responsible travel through special travel packages to the hottest hotspots in Europe, Asia, North America, Canada and Australia courtesy of Rajah Travel Corp.  They can enjoy great deals when availing of INSIGHT VACATIONS European tour in 2010 and enjoy the world famous Oberammergau Passion Play, a dramatic reenactment of the Passion of Christ performed every decade.  For as low as US$799, Rajah Travel Corp. lets everyone experience Europe’s legendary sights, hidden treasures, breathtaking scenery and vibrant cities.  There are also discounted land and cruise packages to Asia, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

            To further help guests have a better appreciation of responsible travel, the event also showcased a host of travel products that were made with the environment in mind.  Among the featured products included Sea to Summit, which creates innovative, lightweight products that support minimal human impact wherever your adventures might be.  Moreover, Sea to Summit is one of the founding sponsors of Leave No Trace Australia, which assists outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions on how to reduce their impact when they hike, camp, bike or climb.  A bag like Eagle Creek on the other hand, features a system of pouches that fit inside your luggage to keep clothes and other stuff organized, accessible and segregated, helping you to steer clear of unnecessary items and even trash.

            Also featured are products that are free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which can cause severe health problems.  Backpacks from JANSPORT and Timbuk2 have eliminated the use of PVC in its reflector tabs and tails. 

The North Face on the other hand, designs and produces high performance outdoor equipment, apparel and footwear while reducing greenhouse emissions and minimizing waste products.  Alternatively, Nalgene features products that do not contain the chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA) while Envirosax provides eco-friendly reusable bags that are lightweight, portable, waterproof and can hold the equivalent of two supermarket plastic bags. 

            At the end of the event, guests were delighted to have discovered that there’s more to traveling than just seeing another place.  It’s also about doing your fair share in caring for the environment to make sure future travels remain an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

If you wish to find out more about these eco-friendly brands carried by The Travel Club, visit any of their stores located at Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Power Plant Mall, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM City Annex North EDSA, SM Fairview, SM City Batangas, SM City Marilao, SM City Pampanga, Marquee Mall Angeles, SM City Clark, SM City Baguio, SM City Cebu, SM City Iloilo, SM City Davao, SM City Cagayan de Oro, Robinsons General Santos, Gateway Mall, V-Mall Greenhills, Shangri-La Plaza, Robinsons Ermita, Festival Mall, SM City Bacolod, Robinsons Tacloban, Robinsons Dumaguete, Robinsons Ilocos Norte, Limketkai and TriNoma.

The Travel Club is a member of the Primer Group of Companies.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Italian-born Vagary timepiece are being launched in the Philippines
targeting chic and hip Filipinos whose fashion reflects an unconstrained celebration of one’s sense of fun and spontaneity.

A collection of playful-looking watches, Vagary espouses an avant-garde approach to one’s wardrobe, highlighting an expression of “Happy and Surprise.” To wear a Vagary is to project one’s unconventional lifestyle more often inadequately accessorized by predictable labels. To wear a Vagary is to project one’s individualism and stand out from the crowd of conformists. Vagary is the creative expression of one’s optimism.

Rooted in a legacy of fine craftsmanship, Vagary is an heir to the technology, tradition and sense of Veglia, a distinguish European brand founded in 1896. Famous for providing speed meters for Ferrari, Fiat and Alpha Romeo, Veglia is one of the oldest timepiece manufacturers in Italy which one the Compasso d’Oro Prize awarded only to the most artistic products in Italy. Its taste of design has also gained a reputation favorably discussed in Europe.

Vagary is therefore a no non-sense brand whose design has evolved from a rich tradition that has successfully combined art and technology. Its dynamic assortment highlighted by an array of colors indiscriminately provides choices for the playful heart

Young or old, Vagary is the expression you have been looking for.

Vagary timepieces are exclusively available at MYTYM Watch Hub, Rustan’s, and selected No Curfew Watch Stores

Monday, June 7, 2010



Everyday, environmental elements and other factors leave your coloured hair dull and lackluster. To make hair truly stand out, one must develop a special hair care regimen to awaken the shine and vibrancy of coloured tones.

This season, the leader in Philippine hair care once again takes the lead by introducing a first in caring for coloured hair. Make coloured hair dazzle with the new Sunsilk Colour Shine System! It is a revolutionary new range of wash and care products specially developed for coloured hair. This system lets you enjoy you enjoy your colour even more by adding vibrancy and shine to coloured hair.

Sunsilk Colour adds noticeable shine to coloured hair as 84% of women in a recent independent study conducted will attest. This new system contains a revolutionary micro-active conditioning formula that counteracts the damaging effect of colourant chemicals without adding or depositing color. It also infuses hair with nourishing and moisturizing complex, making hair visibly smoother and shinier.

Since women’s coloured hair comes in varying shades, the Sunsilk Colour Shine System comes in three variants: Radiant Light Brown, specially formulated with rich passion fruit complex to add a sensual iridescent shine to one’s light brown hair; Dazzling Shiny Black has a black pearl complex for that dazzling shine akin to that of black pearls; and Vibrant Burgundy which is formulated with red cherry complex for one’s burgundy tones. Each variant has nutri-proteins, vitamin E and shine protectors. Sunsilk Colour Shine System shields the hair, and infuses essential nourishment to illuminate hair from within.

To maximize the vibrancy and shine of colored hair, Sunsilk Colour Shine System suggests three simple steps: STEP1 Shampoo, STEP 2 Conditioner and STEP 3 Leave-on. The shampoo illuminates color tones by gently cleansing dulling residues and helping counteract the damaging effects of colourant chemicals. The conditioner nourishes and moisturizes hair for extra shine. Hair becomes visibly smoother and shinier. Finally, leave-on seals in the high shine and protects the hair strands against damage anytime, anywhere.

Clearly, Sunsilk has come up with another pioneering product range that addresses the need of women with colored hair by adding shine and life to colour…thus adding colour to life! 

So dare to shine with the Sunsilk Colour Shine System!        


Paula Taylor is the new face of Plains & Prints

Top fashion brand Plains & Prints has signed up international model, actress, and VJ Paula Taylor as its newest image model.

The 25-year-old Thai-British model was formally introduced as the new face of Plains & Prints during the launch of the brand’s newest collection which was designed in collaboration with top fashion designer Rajo Laurel under its R.A.F. (Rich And Famous) line.

R.A.F. is the fashion brand’s high-end collection featuring fresh, creative, and highly stylish creations from top Filipino designers.

“Paula Taylor truly personifies the essence of Plains & Prints with her fresh beauty, fun personality, and her cosmopolitan sense of style,” said Roxanne Farillas, owner of Plains & Prints.

Paula captivated the hearts of viewers in the Philippines and all over Asia when she appeared as one of the contestants in this year’s second season of the top reality show The Amazing Race Asia. Since then, she has become one of the hottest faces on TV today, appearing in several local shows and starring in her first Philippine television commercial.

Before gaining popularity in the said reality show, Paula was already known in Thailand as a top commercial and print ad model. She has also appeared in several Thai movies and became even more famous when she was chosen to become a VJ for Channel [V] Thailand.

As Plains & Prints’ newest muse, Paula will be wearing the new R.A.F. Collection of Rajo Laurel, which features classic pieces integrated with the top fashion designer’s edgy, avant-garde style. The collection highlights romance and luxury, revealing the evolution of Rajo’s design sensibilities inspired by the women in his life.

Plains & Prints introduced this new collection at its newest store at the 5th Level of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall.

Established in 1994, Plains & Prints has captured the simplicity and elegance of Filipinas through its stylish classic pieces. The fashion brand started by manufacturing lace-edged towels and basic polos, then ventured into women’s apparel still carrying that classic, elegant concept to fashion. The concept instantly became a hit among among teens and young career women who found the perfect brand to complement their ever-changing fashion sense.

Plains & Prints’ R.A.F. Rajo Laurel Collection is now available in all its over 40 stores nationwide.

Saturday, June 5, 2010




For over two decades of existence, Movie and Television Review and Classification Board held its first ever MTRCB Awards Night  for Television recently at  the Gateway Mall, Cinema 5 in Araneta Center in Cubao.

Beautiful gowns and shining barongs added color in the said event that was attended by different  personalities from the field of politics, media and entertainment.

This awards night was spearheaded by no less than by the chairwoman of MTRCB herself, Ma. Consoliza Laguardia with the cooperation of the agencies board of trustees.

The event was hosted  by the chairman of Optical  Media Board Edu Manzano together  with Ms. Jackie Aquino, who is also a part of the MTRCB’s Board of Trustees who served as judges in selecting the rightful winners of the said awards night.

Through the years, MTRCB’s mission as a government  agency, remains true in serving the Filipino public as a movie and television regulatory board  not only confined in reviewing and classification, but more importantly serving as a prime catalyst of positive change by helping the industry become globally competitive and recognizing the importance of T V and Movies as INDISPENSABLE TOOL FOR MORAL RECOVERY AND NATION-BUILDING.

The following are the winners in their respective categories:  

NEWS - (QTV 11 Balitanghali) “Hagupit ni Bagyong Frank”
PUBLIC AFFAIRS  –  (GMA  7 I-Witness) “ Ambulansyang de Paa”
EDUCATIONAL  – (ABS-CBN  2 Sineskwela) “Global Warming”
CHILDREN’S - (ABC 5) ”Mustard TV”
REALITY - (ABS-CBN 2) ” I Survived” Ep 3.26.09
COMEDY - (ABC 5) “WOW Mali” 
TALENT - (ABC 5 ) ”Talentadong Pinoy”
DRAMA SPECIAL - (GMA 7 OBRA) “ Butch” Episode
TELESERYE - (ABS-CBN  2) “Kahit Isang Saglit” Whole Season.

                            SPECIAL & INDIVIDUAL AWARDS: 

Lifetime Achievement Award - Gloria Romero
Special Award for Promoting Nation-Building - “Power to Unite” NBN 4
Special Award for Promoting Family Values and Solidarity - “Moments” Net 25
Special Award for Promoting Moral Values - “May Bukas Pa” ABS-CBN 2
Special Award for Promoting Education for the Marginalized - “Y Speak” ABS-CBN 2
Special Award for Environmental Protection - “Born to be Wild” GMA 7
Best Male Host - Edu Manzano  ABS-CBN 2
Best Female Host - Jessica Soho  GMA 7
Best Actor - Michael V.  GMA 7
Best Actress-Bea Alonzo ABS-CBN 2              Text and Photos by Ricky Castillo

Friday, June 4, 2010



Its football season once again, as football fanatics all over the world celebrates the announcement of FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 that will take place in South Africa this year. And here in the Philippines, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), in partnership with the Philippine Art Central for Community Empowerment Inc. (PACCEI) displayed their great interest in this sport by holding the “DISKI NIGHT” with disk dancing and an art auction that will benefit the Football for Peace and Hope program of Philippine Art Central, that was held last recently in One Esplanade, Mall of Asia Complex, in Pasay City.

PACCEI is a non-profit organization committed in promoting Filipino artists locally and abroad, while at the same time supporting football and educational programs for Filipino children. It also aims to empower the Filipino youth through programs like Football for Peace and Hope.

Football for Peace and Hope is a grassroots character-building sports program which aims to help Filipino children of families below the poverty line, regardless of religious affiliation, who are between the ages of 6 to 18 years old, through football workshops and training programs, in conjunction with values formation classes. The program offers a fun, healthy and wholesome outlet for the youth to engage in, as well as a stepping stone towards initiating a new life. At the moment, the program is sponsoring more than 500 children in Bukidnon, Bohol, and Quezon City.

Philippine Football Federation was organized with the purpose of aiding and achieving its goal of bringing football to the farthest corners of the Philippines and for bringing joy and hope to the less fortunate children. Text and photos by Ricky Castillo