Thursday, April 17, 2014

MAN, CHEETAH, WILD on Discovery Channel


AN EXTREMELY INTIMATE AND RARE ENCOUNTER LIVING WITH THE WORLD’S FASTEST LAND ANIMAL



-Two-hour special premieres on Sunday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m. SIN/HK

 

Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel
MAN, CHEETAH, WILD follows the true story of one extraordinary cheetah family, and the remarkable man who walked among them for a year and a half. A one-time game ranger with experience in the military, Kim Wolhuter is an Emmy Award-winning wildlife filmmaker who has an incredibly unique gift – the very special ability to befriend and connect with the animals of his native homeland, Zimbabwe. He connects with wild predators and dangerous animals in unbelievably amazing ways – living with them, drinking where they do, finding food on the move and running alongside them. Premiering Monday, April 27 at 8:00 p.m. (2000 hrs) SIN/HK, MAN, CHEETAH, WILD is a two-hour special that documents Kim's unbelievable relationship with a young family of five cheetahs and how these ruthless hunters learnt to trust and accept him as part of their family, allowing him an unparalleled and intimate access into their otherwise elusive and highly secretive world.
Living in the heart of Southern Africa, Kim is a third generation bush ranger from a family who has lived and tangled with deadly predators for nearly a hundred years. Kim's bush skills have gotten him up close and personal with many species, except for the mysterious cheetah – an animal that typically bolts upon sight. In the Malilangwe Game Reserve – 200 square miles of raw beauty that is home to a vast array of wildlife – in Southern Zimbabwe, Kim attempted to locate a female cheetah that he had previously worked and established a relationship with. Following one mysterious feline in 200 square miles proved to be challenging so Kim had a vet implant a tracking device in its belly. Six months on, Kim was unsure if the cheetah was alive having not seen her for that long. When he eventually managed to track her, he was delighted to find that she was mothering a litter of five new cubs.
Despite Kim’s gift of reading animals, there is always the possibility that one wrong move could cost him his life, especially in this instance where mother cheetahs are notoriously protective of their young and would do all it takes to protect their young. Miraculously, this cheetah sensed no threat from Kim and even allowed him an unrestricted and extremely rare opportunity to live and run amongst the family for 18 months, during which he was also able to document their daily lives and the upbringing of one of the rarest wild cats on the planet. The breathtaking and awe-inspiring footage is unlike any other as Kim does not merely sit in a truck to film the family; he wins their trust and runs alongside them barefoot, bringing viewers much closer into the covert world of cheetahs than anyone ever thought possible.
 
MAN, CHEETAH, WILD encores on Monday, April 28 at midnight (0000 hrs).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ADIDAS EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP WITH NBA ALL-STAR DAMIAN LILLARD

Star point guard to remain a focal point of adidas Basketball brand
  
PORTLAND, Ore. (April 14, 2014) – adidas today announced a long-term partnership extension with NBA All-Star point guard Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers. The young star will continue to be an integral part of adidas Basketball’s marketing campaigns, product launches and global initiatives moving forward.
 
“adidas has been great to me over my first two seasons,” said Lillard. “I’ve had the opportunity to wear a lot of great product, help design special versions of shoes, be a part of TV commercials and travel the world with the brand. I’m excited for what the future holds for me and adidas.”
 
Lillard’s dedication to basketball brought immediate success in his young NBA career, including being named the unanimous Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. This season, Lillard took another step forward, earning a spot on the Western Conference NBA All-Star team where he also became the first player to complete in all five events at All-Star weekend. Lillard’s improvement has led to team success, as the Trail Blazers have clinched a playoff spot in the tough Western Conference for the first time in three seasons.
 
“Damian has proven to be not only an amazing basketball player, but a great partner, member of the community and someone who creates excitement for our products,” said Chris Grancio, adidas head of global basketball sports marketing. “His leadership and commitment to success on the court and his ability to interact and relate to fans through social media and the community make him the perfect fit to be one of the cornerstones of the adidas brand.”
 
After being overlooked by large collegiate programs coming out of high school in Oakland, Calif., Lillard attended Weber State University where he excelled for three seasons. Lillard quickly raised his draft status in 2012 where he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the sixth overall pick. Lillard is currently averaging 21 points, six assists and four rebounds per game for the Trail Blazers.
 
Other adidas athletes include Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, WNBA MVP Candace Parker and FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi FC Barcelona.

About adidas 
adidas has been providing innovative products for the world’s best athletes for more than 50 years, from past legends to today’s superstars, such as Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard and Candace Parker.  On April 11, 2006 adidas and the National Basketball Association signed an 11-year global merchandising partnership making the adidas brand the official uniform and apparel provider for the NBA, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the NBA Development League (D-League) beginning with the 2006-07 NBA season.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Celebrate A Frozen Easter At Best Western Plus Antel Hotel

It's Easter once again and it is this time to get together with families. What best way to celebrate Easter than the Disney's Frozen way. Since the award winning animated full length movie, a lot got hooked including my niece.

Best Western Plus Antel is hosting this Easter Egg Hunt from 10AM -12NN at their Terra Function Room. Activities includes Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Magic Tricks, Coloring Activity, and of course, Easter Egg Hunt and  a lot more games. All this for only P500.00 per person(inclusive of food/drink). It's a plus factor if you come with the best Easter costume.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

PRSP Thumbs Up photo release

The Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) Champions of Social Responsibility (CHAMP) turns over check donation to WWF-Philippines bancas project led by President Bong Osorio (5th from left) during the recent PRSP General Membership Meeting (GMM) PR Forum at the Manila Polo Club. Receiving the P30,000 donation is Michelle Mohinani (WWF-Philippines Vice President for Marketing and head of Bancas for the Philippines project). Flanking them are (left to right) Louie Banta (DMCI), Nix Morales, Joyette Perez (Weber Shandwick), Gina Lumauig (GK/Manila Restop), Juris Soliman (SMIC and PRSP Treasurer/Chair of CSR Committee), Cedi Cutanda (Bayer Phils.), and Gizelle Camua  (PruLife). The donation will support two fiberglass bancas and will provide fisherfolk with the resources to build bancas to jumpstart self-sufficiency. Typhoon Yolanda destroyed about 30,000 bancas depriving some 145,000 artisanal and commercial fisherfolks of their livelihoods.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Games People Play at Fine Arts Blackbox Theater in Ateneo de Manila University


Games People Play, a Palanca-winning play by Glenn Sevilla Mas features theater actors Abner Delina, Thea Yrastorza and Kalil Almonte. Ed Lacson Jr., who also does the production design, directs it while Teresa Barrozo does the sound and music design.

Games People Play is about three characters who try to understand why they are the way they are by revisiting their childhood, specifically the games that they played with each other. Each game is a rite of passage and it represents a significant moment in their coming of age. The writing of the play was inspired by this quote from child psychologist and writer Bruno Bettelheim: “The monster a child knows best and is most concerned with [is] the monster he feels or fears himself to be.”

The production will run from April 22 to 26, 2014, 7:30 PM with a 2:30 PM show on April 26, at the Fine Arts Blackbox Theater, Fine Arts Annex, Ateneo de Manila University.

For ticket inquiries, contact John Yap at 0917-722-5399 or visit www.facebook.com/gppgamespeopleplay for more information.

Friday, April 11, 2014

MAGKABILAAN – LAHING KAYUMANGGI DANCE COMPANY’S 2OTH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

The Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Company in partnership with the Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe and PETA Theater Center proudly presents “ Magkabilaan ” --- the 20th anniversary concert to pay homage to the late Dr. Paz-Cielo A. Belmonte, Founder & Artistic Director of the Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe (PBFDT).


“ Magkabilaan ” shall celebrate Lahing Kayumanggi’s  and Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe’s long standing partnership and exchange programme spanning two decades.

“ MAGKABILAAN ” will be held on April 25 and 26 (Friday & Saturday) --- 7:30PM at the PETA Theater located at No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City.

       
Special guests include the alumni of the Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe, longest folk dance company since 1946; Hail Mary The Queen Children’s Choir and talented singer / fashion designer Leo Almodal. 


Starting as a small informal group of people in London who were nostalgic about Philippine music and dance, Lahing Kayumanggi has become a professional dance company with five professional dancers and musicians leading 35 enthusiastic members from the Filipino community. Their increasing reputation for quality, authenticity and innovation has led them to receive wide acclaim for their performances all over the UK in venues including the Philippine Embassy, World Travel Markets, Filipino Barrio Fiestas and community events, the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, as well as some countries in the continent. For four years running, Lahing Kayumanggi was a regular and popular feature on BBC TV’s Generation Game.

In December 2006, Lahing Kayumanggi received the Presidential Banaag Award ‘in recognition of its unwavering dedication to artistic excellence, raising the cultural awareness and ethnic pride of the Filipino community in the United Kingdom, and supporting cultural and humanitarian activities in the Philippines’. In 2012, the Lahing Kayummanggi Dance Company won the ABS-CBN Gawad Geny Lopez Jr.  - Bayaning Pilipino Awards (Europe).

 For the past 65 years, the Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe (PBFDT) continues to play an important role in folk dance education among the Filipino youth here and abroad  towards the appreciation, preservation and promotion of their Philippine cultural heritage. By traveling to the different stages of the world across Asia, Europe and North America, the PBFDT has showcased the diverse multi-cultural Philippine life through a panorama of songs, dances and music with its customs, traditions, and various religions in their authentic form. Through the pioneering leadership of the founding Artistic Director Dr. Paz-Cielo A. Belmonte, awardee of the ‘Gawad CCP Para sa Sining at Sayaw’ (1990), Philippine Centennial Awards (1999) and the ‘Gintong BAI Awards’ (2005), the PBFDT continues to be one of the leading dance companies in the Philippines.

A recipient of the Philippine Presidential Medal of Merit Award ‘Patnubay ng Kalinangan sa Sayaw’ (1971), the PBFDT aims to further research and study unrecorded Filipino folk dance and music as well as, developing and sharing the ever evolving story of the Philippines on world stages, carrying on the spirit of cooperation, friendly association and harmonious living—which the word ‘Baranggay’ has become synonymous with throughout the Philippines and the world.

Considered as one of the country’s top children’s choir, the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir (HMtQCC) has been active in both local and international chorale scenes, traveling extensively for performances and competitions. They won as the World Choir Olympic Champion in the Music of the Religions Category in Bremen, Germany (2004); the First Asian Choir Games in Jakarta, Indonesia where they garnered Gold medal in the Gospel and Spiritual category and Silver medals in Musica Sacra and Musica Contemporanea categories 2007. In the local chorale arena, HMtQCC was given the Gold Award in the Children’s Choir Category in the First National Choral Competition organized by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in August 2009.

In recognition of their multi-awards, they received the Ani ng Dangal from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in 2009. In 2010, HMtQCC was the Grand Prize winner in the ABS-CBN Star Records’ Sa Yo Lamang Chorale Fest. Recently, together with Jamie Rivera, they won the Best Inspirational/Religious category in the 24th Awit Awards given by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry, Inc (PARI).

Leo Almodal who is a fashion designer by profession has dressed up the country’s top beauty queen titlists Venus Raj, Shamsey Supsup and other celebrities.

“ Magkabilaann” is directed by Ronnie Del Barrio; Artistic Director - Lamberto Cruz and Lighting Director - Katsch Catoy.

Costumes were designed by Barge Ramos, Edgar Madamba, Lito Perez, Herbert Custodio, Pipoy Bernardo and Edna  Encarnac├«on.

Tickets are at Php 400.00 / Senior citizen: Php 320.00
 Call  +63 915 524 0799 for ticket reservations.
 Or email:  tickets@lkdance.org.uk