Friday, June 10, 2016

IFLIX ADDS HUGE SLATE OF NBC UNIVERSAL SHOWS AND EXCLUSIVES, INCLUDING MANY NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN IN ASIA

Press release

iflix to add extensive selection of award-winning, popular TV shows and first-run exclusives, including the highly anticipated second season of Mr. Robot

KUALA LUMPUR, June 8, 2016 – iflix, Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service, today announced a landmark multi-year content licensing deal with NBCUniversal International Distribution. Through this agreement, hundreds of hours of television programming from NBCUniversal’s (NBCU) portfolio, including over 20 first-run TV shows and popular catalogue titles, will be added to iflix’s vast library. 

iflix now has exclusive premiere rights in the region to top NBCU TV series including the critically acclaimed Mr. Robot, fan favourites Difficult People and Hunters, and the highly anticipated fantasy series, The Magicians. Based on Lev Grossman’s best-selling novels, the new series will come to iflix in June. Each show will be available for the first time in the Philippines only on iflix. 

Also available on iflix are current hit programs including Downton Abbey, Grimm, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bates Motel, 12 Monkeys, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Millionaire Matchmaker, and many more.

iflix subscribers will also be able to binge on a huge selection of NBCU’s most popular catalogue shows, including every episode of the Emmy® award-winning drama series House as well as Emmy® winning and nominated comedy series such as 30 Rock, The Office and Parks and Recreation.

iflix Group Chief Content Officer, James Bridges commented: “We are thrilled to strengthen our partnership with NBCUniversal, which began with our acquisition of Mr. Robot last year. Mr. Robot epitomizes the type of exceptional content iflix aims to bring to Southeast Asia. Adding more upcoming exclusives, along with an outstanding selection of the studio’s most iconic titles, allows us to further expand on the considerable breadth and quality of content we already offer our members.” 

Belinda Menendez, President, NBCUniversal International Distribution & Networks, commented: “This multi-year deal is an exciting evolution in NBCUniversal’s relationship with iflix. We are thrilled to be able to complement iflix’s ambitious content strategy by licensing such a compelling and broad range of quality series to the service, maximizing value for subscribers.”

Now available in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, iflix will continue to roll out its world-class service to key additional Southeast Asian markets in the coming months. Offering consumers thousands of first-run exclusives, award-winning TV shows, blockbuster movies, popular Asian content, kids programs and more, each subscription provides users unlimited access to the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever. iflix subscribers can also download TV shows and movies from iflix’s extensive library for offline viewing. The service is priced at only PHP129 per month in the Philippines for unlimited access with no ads!

For new subscribers, iflix offers a complimentary 30-day trial with full access to its world-class service, features and content, with no credit card or payment details required. Go to www.iflix.com to register.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Happiness Is A Pearl: A Review

When I got available for this particular weekend. I never expected this short play would make an impact I never experienced in watching theatrical productions. Allow me to list the reasons why I like it.
The blog author and the cast


  • It's for specific kind of audience. For adults only.
  • It has no nudity but the explicit aspect of the story is presented in a creative manner.
  • The comedy punch lines are smart in an adult manner.
  • It has a more engaging and interactive approach to audience. It is not a traditional production. Forget the usual stage set up. They are performing right in front of you literally.
  • You will appreciate tango more.
Happiness Is A Pearl stages from Wednesdays to Sundays at 7PM with 3:00 matinee on weekends until July 23. For ticket inquiries, contact Kim at 0926-9323179.

Happiness Is A Pearl is a production of Artist Playground. Currently being stage at the Little Room Upstairs, at Landsdale Condominium. For more theatrical productions, follow this blog and like L.E.N.S. blogs on Facebook.

Friday, May 27, 2016

All about your pets on Animal Planet

Press release

Whether you are a dog lover or a certified cat person, there is one thing all pet owners can agree on: pets are part of the family, and we will do everything to love and care for them. This June, celebrate the universal love we have for the furriest members of our household with Pet Week, which airs from June 6 to 10 on Animal Planet.
 
Photo courtesy of Animal Planet
We consider these furry companions part of our families, our best friends and confidants, but how much do we really know about the secret lives they lead? In The Secret of Life of Pets, find out that while we think we may know the meaning of each sultry purr or excitable slobber, the reality is that we actually understand very little. Our pets are animals with their own agendas. Once we leave the house, close the cage or turn the lights off and go to bed, our pets continue their remarkable stories away from prying human eyes. This Pet Week special brings you a collection of heart-warming, informative and often hilarious tales that reveal not only the astonishing truth about our pets' behaviour, but also shed a light on what that behaviour really means. The Secret Life of Pets airs from June 6 to 9, Monday – Thursday, at 8PM.

Pet Week is not complete without a celebration of man’s best friend.  Which breed was JFK Junior’s best friend? Which spaniel is known for clearing counters? Which herding dog climbs on the backs of sheep? Which is the only breed native to Argentina? Find out the answers on this episode of Dogs 101. We’ll meet the Briard, the Canaan dog, the Dogo Argentino, the Japanese Chin, the Clumber Spaniel, and the Australian Kelpie. This special episode of Dogs 101 airs June 6, Monday at 9PM.

Besides being the furriest, without a doubt, pets are also the cutest members of the family. See all these adorable creatures in America’s Cutest! From talking kitties and slumbering cats to dancing dogs and dogs that doze, we count down the cutest clips in the web-o-sphere to crown America's Cutest Cat and America's Cutest Dog. This special presentation of America's Cutest airs June 7 & 8, Tuesday - Wednesday, at 9PM.


And to culminate Pet Week, the cuteness competition continues as Animal Planet's GEICO Stadium hosts the 12th annual championship battle for cuteness – Puppy Bowl XII. Tune in as for the second straight year, Team Ruff meets Team Fluff for bragging rights. Puppy Bowl XII airs June 10, Friday at 8PM. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Join the thrill at the #100DaysofAwesome Metrobank Car Fair

An exciting weekend gimmick is coming with the Metrobank Car Fair!

MANILA, Philippines— With the numerous types of vehicles available in the market, selecting one isn’t a simple task. There are many factors to consider ranging from leg space, fuel economy, size, and of course, overall cost of the car.

This coming June 4, 2016, at the Le Pavillon Metropolitan Park, Pasay City, Metrobank, one of the country’s leading financial institutions, will be hosting #100DaysofAwesome Car Fair, a test drive event poised to aid consumers decide which vehicles will suit their needs.

In the upcoming Saturday affair, individuals are given the chance to go behind the wheels of the hottest and latest vehicle models from Metrobank’s partner car dealers.

Metrobank is staging the #100DaysofAwesome Car Fair to provide an opportunity where consumers are able to select among a wide range of participating brands to get a better feel of each vehicle before deciding on which car to purchase. Representatives from the different dealers will be present to answer any query regarding specifications and features of the cars.

Metrobank representatives will also be in the event to assist individuals to answer any questions with regard to the details of the loan promo, and provide guidance on the processing of applications.

The #100DaysofAwesome Car Fair will be held at the Le Pavillon Metropolitan Park, Pasay City on June 4, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Friday, May 20, 2016

ARTIST PLAYGROUND’S SECOND SEASON SET TO OPEN WITH “HAPPINESS IS A PEARL” ON JUNE 9

Press release

What Can You Do For Love ?????

            “Happiness is a Pearl,” an original play penned by Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Famer Rody Vera is all set to open on June 9 at the 1701 The Little Room Upstairs located at Landsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia St. corner Timog Avenue, Quezon City.


            The play shall run until July 3, 2016 with 7 pm shows from Wednesday – Friday; 3 pm and 7 pm shows  every Saturday and Sunday.

            As the opening production for the second season of Artist Playground, “Happiness is a Pearl” revolves around three characters ---Kenji, a male courtesan; Maria, a poor Pinay Japayuki; and Mari, a wife who falls in love with Kenji.

            Before becoming a prostitute in a club in Kabukicho, Tokyo, Mari was married to a wealthy businessman. But Mari’s billionaire husband soon leaves her when she becomes attached to a male gigolo named Kenji, who has a pearl stitched under the skin of his penis. However, Kenji sets his eyes on a poverty-stricken Filipina entertainer named Maria. Intertwined by fate and struggles, how will Kenji, Maria, and Mari find the true meaning of love and happiness ?

            “Happiness is a Pearl” will be directed by Paul Jake Paule, an esteemed actor, director and Aliw Awards nominee.

            The cast shall feature guest artists Ruth Alferez (Mari); indie film actor Tomas Miranda (Kenji); together with The Players, Artist Playground’s very own group of artists namely Cath Go (Mari, alternate), Jerome Rosalin (Kenji, alternate); Shiela Espina and Irra Ruzz (Maria).

            The Players are young budding professional group of artists, discovered by Artist Playground through its series of workshops. As in-house members of the company, they can write, direct or act in the year-long season of plays. They are also given the opportunity to hone their skills by mounting fresh and well-thought of productions that are entertaining, mind boggling, and socially relevant. through the professional guidance by some of the most respected artists in the industry.

            In so doing, The Players are able to cultivate their talents and skills by engaging in powerful artistic explorations, and even act as mentors amongst each other as one family. Driven by the love for theater, The Players shall continue develop enjoyable theater masterpieces for its audiences regardless of age, gender, and class, in the entire Philippines, if not in the world.

            The artistic team of “Happiness is a Pearl” are as follows: Paul Jake Paule (Director); Roeder Camanag (Artistic Director), Rody Vera (Playwright); Jesse Lucas (Playwright); Sharon Perlas (Sound Designer);
Rowena Jarito (Sound Designer Apprentice); Melvin Sumalinog and Erick Jonathan Sumalinog (Guitarists); Joseph Navarro (Lights Designer and Board Operator); Lezlie Dailisan (Choreographer);  Reynoso Mercado (Production Designer); Sem Pabion (Dramaturg);  Mailes Kanapi (Creative Consultant); and John Mark Yap (Lay-out Designer).

            The production team is composed of the following: Kimberly Claire R. Somoza (Production Manager); Dayana Dancel (Stage Manager); Jacelle Escanan and Princess April Tuason (Assistant Stage Managers); Reynoso Mercado (Set Head); Coleen Lanit (Costume Head0; Christian James Tiongson (Props Head); and John Paul Racho (Spinner).

            For tickets and inquiries, visit Artist Playground's FB Page  or contact 0926 932 3179.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Dance MNL

There are many ballet and dance companies in the country but what if you combine three ballet companies like Ballet Philippines, Ballet Manila and Philippine Ballet Theater in one event. Honestly, I am loss of words on how to describe it.

Here are some points why should you consider joining this event:

#It is not just for ballet companies but it is also for contemporary dance companies.

#The last time that there was something like this happened, as Ballet Manila's Liza Macuja-Elizalde recalls; when she was still thirteen during the Ballet Federation of the Philippines.

#There will be Master Classes held in Star Theater.

#If successful, it will be held every two years. So be part of history in the making.

#Dance MNL will be on June 14 to 26, 2016 at Star Theater and CCP.

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