Monday, August 18, 2014

ANIMAL PLANET AUGUST 2014 HIGHLIGHTS



MY CAT FROM HELL 5
Premieres every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m., starting August 20. Encores every Thursday at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

   


Cat-behaviourist Jackson Galaxy is back to take on some of the most catastrophic and unruly cat cases anyone has ever encountered. Amongst the cast of cats who are seemingly beyond help, there are two ferocious Savannah cats belonging to skydiver Jacques, who are sending his morale into free-fall. A Texan couple are freaking out over their pet Foley, who experiences ‘the night terrors’; and there’s free-pooping Whiskey, who seems to have lost all sense of toilet etiquette. Will Jackson be able affect a change in these capricious kitties where their owners have failed?


BROKEN TAIL’S LAST JOURNEY
Premieres on Sunday, August 31 at 10:00 p.m. Encores Thursday, September 4 at 11:00 a.m. and Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

   


BROKEN TAIL’S LAST JOURNEY documents the journey of life and death of a tiger destined for greatness. Broken Tail was born in Ranthambhore National Park in northern India, a vast, natural reserve that’s especially famous for its Bengal tigers. Historically revered in Indian tradition, tigers in the area were once protected by maharajahs, and then by government sanctuaries and conservation projects. But poachers have proven to be nearly unstoppable over the years, and tigers have struggled to survive, even with the protection of the park. Colin Stafford-Johnson and local guide, Salim Ali, spent over 600 days following and filming Broken Tail and his family, until it one day simply disappeared. A year later, Colin and Salim learnt that Broken Tail was killed by a train in Darra, 100 miles away from Ranthambhore. This discovery raised new questions. How did Broken Tail travel so far and why did he leave?



TANKED 4
Premieres every Wednesday at 10:00 p.m., starting August 13. Encores every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

   

TANKED is back with more out-of-this-world custom-created aquariums! Brothers Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) are the brains behind thousands of enormous, jaw-dropping aquarium builds and conceptual tanks for ordinary Joes and high-profile clients alike. In season 4, the guys deliver even more impressive builds with tanks for NASCAR’s Ryan Newman as well as a giant telephone tank, amongst many others!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DISCOVERY CHANNEL AUGUST 2014 HIGHLIGHTS



DUAL SURVIVAL 4
Premieres every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., starting August 19. Encores every Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
 
Photos courtesy of Discovery Channel
     

DUAL SURVIVAL returns for a new season with naturalist Cody Lundin, Joseph Teti – a retired Force Recon Marine and former Army Special Forces Green Beret – as well as a brand new addition, survivalist Matt Graham, who joins the series mid-season with a fresh set of survival skills to challenge Joseph.

Together, these men – from drastically different backgrounds – take on some of the planet's most unforgiving terrain and demonstrate how the right skills and some creative thinking can keep you alive in real life scenarios. Equipped only with the gear likely to be available to them in real-life circumstances, the guys must draw upon their arsenal of skills, devising extraordinary ways of using what they find in their surroundings to stay alive.

VIEWER’S CHOICE TOP 20
Airs Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., beginning August 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 decide which iconic favourites and most loved specials they would like to see on air!


From now through to July 31 on the Discovery Channel Southeast Asia website (www.discoverychannelasia.com), 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!


BODY BIZARRE 2
Premieres every Thursday at 10:00 p.m. starting August 7.


     

BODY BIZARRE returns to uncover new cases of astonishing medical abnormalities that continue to stump the best doctors and experts globally. Meet a young Nepalese man born with three legs, a bearded woman, a Brazilian man with a birth defect that has caused his vertebral to twist so severely that his head now rests facing backwards as well as a rare syndrome that causes a familial line of people from a remote Swedish village to have congenital insensitivity to pain, amongst a host of many other first-hand accounts of mind-boggling anomalies. The new season documents their daily struggles as well inspiring stories of human courage and passion for life.

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN REVISITED
Premieres on Sunday, August 10 at 8:00 p.m.

   

Robert Redford’s inventive take on America’s most notorious political scandal feels like the first time you are hearing the story. ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN REVISITED brings the infamous Watergate political scandal to life with riveting archival footage, shocking Oval Office recordings, and compelling new interviews with those who perpetuated the crimes, those who pursued them and those who portrayed them. The two-hour special unravels the story that began with a “third-rate burglary attempt” and escalated into the first and only Presidential resignation in American history. A remarkable cast tells the tale, including Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Dustin Hoffman, Jon Stewart, amongst others.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

adidas Originals launches the ZX Flux in exciting colourways that capture everyone’s imagination

Manila, 1 August 2014 adidas Originals announced the launch of the adidas ZX Flux, a reincarnation of the iconic ZX 8000. Built with Torsion tooling, the adidas ZX Flux retains its predecessor’s much-loved heel cage and larger-than-life attitude.

Over the course of Fall/Winter 14, consumers can also expect to see different ZX Flux in exciting colourways and styles. Consumers will be enticed by the printed and woven patterns; while altered outsoles and tribute colourways will impress old and new sneakerheads alike.

The ZX Flux packs are available for purchase at PHP 4895 at leading adidas, sports and sneaker stores.

ZX Flux Base Tone
 


ZX Flux’s Base Pack’s technical feel can be attributed to its 2-tone mesh upper and welded TPU 3-Stripes execution.

The shoes’ stripped back modern design is balanced by the midsole’s colour blocking style, which is inspired by the ZX 8000 trainers. A simple colour palette is also available and consumers have the option of bright red or cobalt blue on a black and white midsole.

ZX Flux Print Pack
 

The Print Pack is full of intense, photo-real colours and the digitally printed upper of the ZX Flux is vividly captured on satin.

Leopard print has always been a crowd favourite and the interpretation comes in bold berry accents on the 3-Stripes mark and tongue label, while another model features a contemporary rush of watercolour print, which is anchored with black 3-Stripes and heel cage and a white tooling.

Minimal, smooth lines against gutsy prints, the ZX Print Pack is full of delightful contradictions.


ZX Flux Reflective Snake Print Pack

 


The versatility of the ZX Flux can also be seen in the reflective snake print pack, which manages to incorporate a number of ground-breaking features on one shoe.

While snakeskin print is not new to adidas, the technique used to create a reptilian effect on this model was used on the Superstar and Americana trainers. ZX Flux’s upper features three layers: a synthetic base, reflective print on top, and finally a mesh overlay, which gives it a slightly muted yet texturized feel.

Neon pop details can be seen throughout, on the distinctive heel cage, sockliner and embroidered tongue tag, while the laces complement the snake print perfectly.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

KIDS ACTS Stages ALLADIN AND THE MAGIC LAMP at Star Theater with review

I first watched  a Kids Acts production when they run Mulan. Just like the previous one, they presented another story not based on Disney's version but the original story. What's good about this production was that they have catchy songs that kids can sing with.

There are also number of choruses that narrates each scene from the town folks that doubles depending on changes of scene locations. What's unique with the cast that the chorus also takes part of changing the scene background when the scene shifts to another place.

For the title role of Alladin, Noel Rayos did a wonderful job playing the part. He fitted perfectly portraying Alladin in this original story and not the street rat version. I've seen him performed in other productions and he can adapt in any role he plays. It's the first time I saw him sing solo.

It is also good to see Gian Gloria playing Alladin's love interest. I first watch her when she played Mulan.  Even though her character Princess Mona was not the protagonist unlike her role as Mulan, she was also significant to this story as it progresses.

Playing the part of the genie of the lamp is the most crucial part of the musical since it is very iconic because of Robin Williams portrayal.I got to ask the actor who played the part how he executed the part of the genie. He simply said he is a jolly person in real life and he simply put himself for the role of the genie.

I watched this on its preview run at St. Cecilia Hall in St. Scholastica's College. The story is simple for the children to understand and there are also family values to learn. It is also ideal for family and elementary schools to see. The music is also an original work for Kids Acts. Their regular run opens August 14 to 16, 2014(Thursday to Saturday) at Star Theater in Star City Complex at these times:10AM, 1PM, 4PM and 7PM for P450 per admission. For inquiries, call 750-1551/0915-447-8959. Follow this blog or like L.E.N.S. blogs on Facebook.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Rurouni Kenshin Public Press Conference In Manila

Takeru Satoh, who plays Kenshin Himura and Munetaka Aoki as Sanosuke Sagara in the live action adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin reprises their roles in a sequel secondary titled Kyoto Inferno. The two will appear in Glorietta Activity Center along with director Keishi Otomo.
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Japan

As we await its opening on August 20, we will be hearing them answer questions from the press in the public presscon 6PM August 7. Since their culture diverse from us, there is some rules you need to know. While they are talking, we are not allowed to use flash in taking pictures. It is considered rude while they are talking as if you are not paying attention to them. This is also common courtesy.

Just to be sure, wait for the emcee's cue every time. If you have good questions to ask, kindly reply at this post or via my Facebook page and I will select the best question possible for the q & a. Let's make this once in a lifetime event part of history by having a clean and smooth For more updates, follow this blog or like my Facebook page.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

David Blaine In Manila

MANILA, Philippines - Is he for real? Or is he a con job? Filipinos can decide for themselves when the world’s most intriguing magician hits Manila for a one-night-only live show. Magician David Blaine, who has been wowing and spooking audiences worldwide with his trailblazing brand of magic for almost two decades, is set to cast a spell on Philippine audiences in a 90-minute live show on Sept. 12 at the Araneta Coliseum, according to promoter Renen de Guia of Ovation Productions.

This is not an entirely new venture into the world of magic by Ovation Productions, having promoted another popular magician also by the name of David in Manila in 1989 — David Copperfield.
Dubbed Real or Magic, Blaine’s first-ever show in the Philippines will feature a slew of tricks that have blown the minds of anyone who has ever seen videos of his “street magic” performances. The 41-year-old magician’s Manila stopover is part of his first Asian tour.
The show’s title references Blaine’s TV special last year in which he performed inexplicable tricks to the stupefaction of celebrities such as Will Smith, Kanye West, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry and Harrison Ford.
Born in New York to Puerto Rican-Italian and Russian parents, Blaine became an overnight success at 24 when he debuted his Street Magic in 1997. The show, in which he performed minimal yet enigmatic tricks for impromptu audiences on the street, was a success.
Eschewing the glitzy Vegas-style showmanship of magicians like Copperfield, Blaine’s less-is-more approach, lazy Brooklyn drawl and ultra-cool manner — not to mention his dark, brooding looks — won him a great league of fans across the world who just can’t seem to believe what they see.
Later, Blaine expanded his magical repertoire by featuring himself in a series of spectacularly staged death-defying endurance performances, some of which were inspired by his idol Harry Houdini. The endurance performances have seen Blaine: Sealed in a coffin-like box at the bottom of a three-ton tank of water for a week, encased in ice for 63 hours, standing unsecured on top of a 30-meter high narrow pillar for 53 hours and dangled in a plastic cube above the Thames for 44 days with only water to sustain him. He even managed to break a Guinness World Record in 2008 live on The Oprah Winfrey Show when he held his breath underwater for 17 minutes and 44 seconds — the record has since been broken. Meanwhile, the last spectacle saw him being zapped by a million volts of electricity produced by eight Tesla coil towers for 72 hours.
While the magician who’s been called our generation’s greatest probably won’t replicate such endurance tests for his live show, audiences can be assured that they’ll be feted to other head-scratching Blaine specialties — from card tricks to pushing needles through his arm to twisting off a chicken’s head and putting it back on. But is it magic? Is it real? You decide.
David Blaine: Real or Magic Live in Manila on Sept. 12 at the Araneta Coliseum is presented by Ovation Productions in cooperation with AXN, The Philippine STAR, Manila Bulletin,BusinessWorld, ABS-CBN, MYX, Philstar.com, Inquirer.net, WhenInManila.com, Rappler.com, Manila Concert Scene, Philippine Concerts, SoundCheckManila, PEP.ph, 105.1 Crossover, 96.3 EasyRock, Retro 105.9, Monster Radio RX 93.1, and Mellow 947. Tickets prices are P6,500, P5,500, P4,500, P3,500, P2,000 and P1,000. They are available at Ticketnet outlets or online via www.ticketnet.com.ph or call 911-5555.)