Wednesday, July 30, 2014


A brand new brotherhood was forged as Discovery Turbo made its transformation to DMAX! Designed for the infotainment junkie’s insatiable appetite for smarts, wit and adrenaline, DMAX offers factual entertainment for men who live life to the absolute fullest. Targeted at young men aged between 18 and 45, the channel showcases a wide range of content from fast cars and combat to extreme antics and enterprise.
Fast N' Loud. Photo courtesy of DMAX
DMAX replaced Discovery Turbo which has been on air in the Asia-Pacific region since 2008. Key genres fuelling its content line up include turbo and motoring, transactional reality, the great outdoors, culture, male lifestyle and technology.

Joining the likes of the familiar faces of its signature turbo-charged program titles such as Aaron Kaufmann and Richard Rawlings of FAST N’ LOUD, Mike Brewer and Edd China of WHEELER DEALERS and Ryan Friedlinghaus and his crew of INSIDE WEST COAST CUSTOMS, are money-making geniuses Doug Hopkins and gang of PROPERTY WARS and former pro-wrestler turned modern-day relic hunter Ric Savage of AMERICAN DIGGER. Viewers will also get a chance to peek into life in the “underground” with programs like AMERICAN MUSCLE, THE DEVIL’S RIDE and THE FIGHTERS. The great outdoors genre will feature programs that lead audiences into the thick of wild action in the Appalachia featured in BACKYARD OIL and the rolling hills of Indiana in PORTER RIDGE. “Bros” of DMAX can also kick back with factual entertainment titles like BOUNTY WARS, AMERICA’S WORST TATTOOS and OUTRAGEOUS 911.

DMAX also launched with a focus on a different genre every night from Monday to Thursday:
·         Making Money Mondays feature transactional reality titles.
·         Ultimate Turbo Tuesdays are helmed by motoring programmes.
·         Lifestyle & Culture Wednesdays provide an inside look at extreme behaviours, beliefs and attitudes.
·         Get Outside Thursdays take the great outdoors into living rooms.

No matter what passions or interests men may have, DMAX will unite all who crave adrenaline-filled adventure, are ready to release their inhibitions and have a no-nonsense attitude of living life their way. So, thrill-seekers, motor junkies, gym heads and grill-masters alike, DMAX welcomes you to the brotherhood.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014


 Tanghalang Ateneo, the longest-running theater company of the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University, celebrates its 36th season with the theme “Navigating Identities”. The company aims to stage plays that center on man’s exploration and need to find himself and his place in the world.

            The season opener will feature Han Ong’s ‘MIDDLE FINGER,’ an adaptation of the famous German play ‘Spring Awakening’ by Frank Wedekind.

            Featuring a bilingual script using the original by Han Ong and a Filipino translation by Ronan B. Capinding, MIDDLE FINGER is a coming-of-age story centered on two Filipino teenagers, Jakob Rodriguez and Benjamin Lunga, studying in a Catholic school in America. In a world dominated by adults and social constructs, they attempt to find control and establish themselves as individuals.
            Guelan  Luarca shall play the role of Jakob Rodriguez, a headstrong and rebellious adolescent boy trying hard to break away from the boundaries set for him by the adults in his life.

            Joe-Nel Garcia shall play the role of Benjamin Lunga, the best friend of Jakob, this average student only wants the good and simple things but is suddenly faced with the hard reality of life.

             The other members of the cast are as follows:

            Brian Ramos plays the role of Yachin, the nerd of the group who tries to figure out a balance between his logical way of thinking and undoubting faith in God.

Gab Tibayan plays artistic Wallace who had had the unfortunate luck of having birds nest in his hair

Avie Alcantara plays Michael, the new American kid in school just trying to fit in with the rest of the boys.

Niki Calma portrays Myrna a prostitute who serves as the ironic authority figure for Jakob, trying to teach him the intricacies of adult life.

            Marjorie Lorico will essay the role of Mrs. Rodriguez, who stands as  mother and moral compass for Jakob.

            Joseph dela Cruz plays the role of Mr. Rodriguez, the unresponsive father figure in the Rodriguez household who seems to have given up with the challenges of life.

            Dolly de Leon will play the role of Mrs. Lunga, the stoic mother of Benjamin Lunga who slowly loses to the world.

            David Bianco will portray the role of the teacher, and Richard Cunanan shall play the pivotal role of the Counselor.

            Members of the ensemble include Juella Bautista, who plays Celia, the quirky love interest of Yachin, Aih Mendoza playing Hilda Rodriguez, the older sister of Jakob who has left home, Soc delos Reyes playing the roles of bartender and Jerome Flor playing Mickey, the older brother of Yachin, driven to insanity by his physical appearance.

            The artistic team of MIDDLE FINGER is led by Glenn Sevilla Mas (Artistic Director, Tanghalang Ateneo), Ed Lacson Jr. (Director and Production Designer), Teresa Barrozo (Sound Designer) and Meliton Roxas Jr. (Lights Designer).

            The playdates of MIDDLE FINGER are as follows: August 1-2, 4-9, 11-16 and 18-22,2014. The play starts promptly at 7 p.m. Matinee shows start at 3 p.m. (Saturday).
The press preview is set on July 30 at 6 p.m.

            All performances will be held at the Fine Arts Black Box Studio of the Ateneo de Manila University.

            For details of the show, please contact Acel Go at 0916-480-2195 or email:

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Miguel Tanfelix, Bianca Umali: BUM’s Two New Youth Brand Ambassadors

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The country’s next top clothing brand, BUM has found another reason to welcome two young brand ambassadors—Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali. A contract signing is set on Thursday, July 24, 1pm at Annabel’s on Tomas Morato Avenue, Scout Delgado Street. 

Both Tanfelix and Umali are GMA artists and are the youth lead stars of the top-rating teleseries titled ‘NiƱo’ which is aired daily on GMA Kapuso Network after 24 Oras.

“It is but fitting to have the two join the rosters of our young ambassadors because of the image they have created toward the Filipino televiewers. They consistently project wholesome personas,” Rai Lacoste, BUM’s Marketing Officer said.

“Apart from that, both Miguel and Bianca are also considered as today’s Teen Prince and Teen Princess of GMA Telebabad.”

Tanfelix, now 15 years of age was the Young Pagaspas in Kapuso’s other top-rating fantaserye called ‘Mulawin’ in 2004. While Umali, 14, was a former host and performer in ‘Tropang Potchi’ since 2009 till 2013.

BUM Equipment found Miguel and Bianca not only as talented youngstars, but as inspirations for this new generation. Tanfelix rose to stardom via a talent search as his efforts paid off when he made it as one of the finalists and was named First Prince of StarStruck Kids in 2004. Umali, on the other hand, being an orphan didn’t hinder her to fulfill her late parents’ wishes and even if she lives with her grandmother; she has embraced a life of being responsible and independent. 

Currently, the two are groomed as a pair and are also working together in another show called ‘Ismol Family’ that airs every Sunday.

BUM Equipment as a brand continually seeks to work with endorsers that create an image of positivity and leave a lasting and affirming impact for its patrons and its captive market, which is the Filipino youth. For more information about the brand, visit its official website and follow its social media pages on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Friday, July 25, 2014

adidas Introduces Boost in Basketball with “Boost Changes Everything”

adidas today launches an all-new video introducing Boost coming to basketball, a technology that returns more energy than any other cushioning in the game. Boost is filled with thousands of capsules, giving you energy from tip-off to the final buzzer.

Titled “Boost Changes Everything,” the video portrays steel balls in front of side-by-side Boost cushioning and EVA cushioning. The cameras capture the real energy return as the balls continue to bounce on Boost long after EVA, proving that Boost will change everything on the court. 

Join the conversation at the adidas Basketball Facebook Page and on Twitter and Instagram @adidashoops with #Boost

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Press material

  Filipino boxing champion Nonito Donaire attended the Los Angeles red carpet premiere Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy.”  Fellow “kababayan” Dave Bautista is starring in the film as Drax the Destroyer and is seen posing with Donaire (and rapper-actor-director RZA) in the premiere's after-party.
L-R. RZA, Batista and Donaire

            From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team--the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits--Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand--with the galaxy's fate in the balance.

            Directed by James Gunn, Marvel's “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector.
            Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" releases in Philippine theaters on July 31, 2014

            In addition to "Guardians of the Galaxy," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Avengers: Age of Ultron" on May 1, 2015; "Ant-Man" on July 17, 2015; and the untitled "Captain America 3" on May 6, 2016.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


– Fan-chosen specials to air between Aug 4 to 15 –

2014 marks Discovery Channel’s 20th year of being in Asia and there’s no better way to celebrate this colossal occasion with VIEWER’S CHOICE TOP 20, a two-week special that lets fans – the very people who are the reason why the brand has made its home in 224 countries worldwide – decide which iconic favourites and most loved specials they would like to see on air! From June 6 through to July 31 on the Discovery Channel Southeast Asia website (, fans can vote for their favourite top 20 programmes they’d like to catch. Fans’ final top 20 will air daily on VIEWER’S CHOICE TOP 20 from Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., beginning August 4 to 15. Relive #20YearsOfDiscovery and the most mind-bending Discovery Channel moments to date, through the power-packed selection of absolute fan favourites on VIEWER’S CHOICE TOP 20.
Manhunt with Joel Lambert. Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel
With VIEWER’S CHOICE TOP 20, fans can cast their top 20 votes on a host of top-rated programmes that span across a variety of categories such as culture, history, science, engineering, natural history, extreme jobs, survival, amongst others. Some of the nominees include: Emmy®-nominated MYTHBUSTERS (science), landmark series CURIOSITY (science), the dangerous world of Alaskan king crab fishing on DEADLIEST CATCH (extreme jobs), epic-sized COLOSSAL SQUID (natural history), prehistoric frozen BABY MAMMOTH (natural history), harrowing freshwater fish tales on RIVER MONSTERS (natural history), extreme survival adventures on MAN VS. WILD (survival), amongst many others.

Awe-inspiring natural history, scientific breakthroughs, extraordinary world-changing events, revolutionary ideas and innovations, real individuals with genuine stories and adventures; VIEWER’S CHOICE TOP 20 is Discovery’s way of thanking the insatiably curious people who have spurred the channel’s continuous quest to question and comprehend all that makes this great, grand world, turning wow to how for 20 years running. Visit for the full list of the nominees and details on how to vote for Discovery Channel’s VIEWER’S CHOICE TOP 20. Stay tuned to the website and for updates on the final top 20.