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Reaching for that Elusive Star
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by: Angelica Tan
You want to be a star in the Philippines? Now, that is tough. Considering that millions of Pinoys also dream of working and making a name for themselves in front of the camera.
shows in the 90s. Moved on to become a record producer for Synergy Records, a film producer for GMA Films, and is currently a creative consultant for TV5.
In fact, any audition announced on Philippine TV would draw in hundreds and thousands of auditionees.
Ryan Agoncillo, Iza Calzado, Daiana Menezes, Paolo Bediones, Bayani Agbayani and Dinddong Avanzado, are just a few celebrities who credit Noel Ferrer as their manager.
But how does one really get the chance to become a celebrity? Talent Managers The usual route for a break in showbiz is get “discovered” by a talent manager with network connections. This way however is not easy because you don’t go to them and offer yourself, they seek you out. A few examples of these managers are Arnold Vegafria of ALV Talent Circuit, Perry Lansigan of PPL Entertainment and Noel Ferrer, the “kapatid, kapamilya, kapuso and ka-barkada” of the entertainment industry. These managers take chances on “newbies” unlike other managers who handle only established celebrities like Boy Abunda, Annabelle Rama or Dolor Guevarra. Arnold Vegafria has been involved with producing concerts since the ‘90s. In 1995, he branched out into talent management. Stars under his helm are Camille and John Prats, Jay-R, Baron Geisler, Krista Ranillo, Iya Villania, Pops Fernandez, Bianca King and a lot more Perry Lansigan on the other hand, used to be the executive producer of GMA’s SOP (now Party Pilipinas). He resigned from his position two years ago to concentrate in talent management. His PPL Entertainment handles the careers of Janno Gibbs, Dingdong Dantes, Jolina Magdangal, Geoff and Gabby Eigenmann, Angelika de la Cruz, Rochelle Pangilinan and others. Noel Ferrer has deep relations with the three major TV networks in Manila. He used to be a writer, headwriter for ABS-CBN
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TV Commercials Another route to TV stardom is through TV commercials. If you happen to land a memorable lead role in a TV commercial, this is one way of getting yourself invited by a TV network to ink an exclusive contract with them. Toni Gonzaga (Sprite), Nikki Gil (Coke), Rhian Ramos (Mc Donald’s Mc Jelly Trio) and Isabel Oli (Max Fried Chicken) are all commercial models before getting regular TV assignments. To be able to land a TV commercial role, one must have the right look, personality, patience and of course the talent enough to go through the numerous VTR auditions regularly conducted in the different ad agencies in Makati. You Tube This is a novel way to get yourself noticed. Just make a video of yourself, showcasing your talent, post it in You Tube and keep your fingers crossed that it becomes a viral hit. TV Network executives are on the lookout for certified “web stars” too. A case in point is the duo of “Moymoy Palaboy” the comic singing Obeso brothers who had 5 million hits in 2008 and 130,000 subscribers all over the world when they uploaded their lip sync videos in You Tube. That very same year, they were dangled an exclusive contract with GMA Network. They’ve been with the program “Bubblegang” since 2008 and have guested in numerous GMA shows and even made two movies. (next page...)
Beauty Pageants Being a Binibining Pilipinas winner would automatically clinch you a spot among the roster of stars in TV networks. There’s a long list of them: Charlene Gonzales, Mirriam Quiambao, Precious Lara Quigaman, Venus Raj, and the latest, Shamcey Supsup, who’s now a certified “Kapamilya.”
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Talent/Reality Shows Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson, Sarah Geronimo, Jennylyn Mercado, Aljur Abrenica have all established themselves as the hottest young stars of Philippine Television. And they happen to be products of talent search programs. Talent search and reality shows automatically give exclusive contracts as part of their prizes. This is the reason why gazillions flock to auditions for these shows. ABS-CBN has “Pinoy Big Brother”, “The Biggest Loser”, and “Pilipinas Got Talent”. The network also recently announced that they now hold the franchise for Simon Cowell’s “X Factor”. GMA Network has “Survivor Philippines”, “Protégé”, and “Starstruck”. While TV5 has the Ryan Agoncillo (husband of Judy Ann Santos) hosted “Talentadong Pinoy”. Unknown to the general public, networks conduct regular unannounced auditions. GMA Network’s Talent Development and Management Department (TDMD), has auditions every Friday, from 2 to 5 pm at the GMA Artist Center office for any aspiring dancer, singer, actor, host, or comedian. You just have to bring your resume and pictures, perform your talent in front of a VTR set-up, and wait for their call. According to GMA TDMD, about 10% of those who audition are invited to their workshops. And if they do well on those workshops, they are eventually given a break with minor TV assignments. Talent managers and offices usually get a commission of 20 to 40% of their stars’ talent fees. You might think that this is a sizeable percentage. But stars get paid anywhere from P5,000 (guesting in talk shows) to hundreds of thousands (for primetime drama portrayals) to even millions (commercial ads) for a day’s work. Economics is the main reason why everyone wants to be a star. No job can offer you this much for just a few hours to a day’s work! They say that for this profession, many are called but few are chosen. But hey, do also believe the adage that whenever you dream, reach for the stars! ~end~
It’s finally here! The Martin-Pops concert that everyone is wondering about. On May 4th, 2012, the Martin-Pops concert is finally going to happen... IN TORONTO! Of course, this is made possible through the tirelss efforts of JREM Entertainment, headed by the Maalihan couple (Tito Rene and Tita Neneng) who brought us the “As1 part 2” with Martin and Gary and the “Unstoppable” Pops and Ai-Ai tandem this past summer. So brace up folks! This could be a once-in-alifetime reunion of two of the biggest names in Philippine entertainment and you wouldn’t want to miss it at all!
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The Bonifacio Global City! Haven’t gone home to the Philippines for the last five years? Then, you’re in for a big surprise. Because if your last memory of Manila is Makati, as the epitome of the most successful city in our country, a serious contender to its throne has sprung up just beside it. The city in rising is Bonifacio Global City! Bonifacio Global City or BGC used to be Fort Bonifacio, the 240 hectares former military camp sold to Filipino businessman Manny Pangilinan’s Hongkong based company, Metro Pacific Group by then President Fidel Ramos in 1995.
When the Asian crisis hit the Philippines in 1997, all development plans to the area halted. Under better economic conditions in 2003, Ayala Land and Evergreen Holdings (Campos group) bought controlling shares to convert the former military base into what is now known as Bonifacio Global City. Concrete development started in 2005, and after this, there’s no stopping Bonifacio Global City from proudly rising!
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Today, aside from the 50 million-peso price tag per unit in Pacific Plaza Towers and Essensa, the first luxury condominiums built in the area, other luxury skyscrapers, company buildings, commercial centers, have chosen BGC as their premiere address. Deutsche Bank, JP Chase and Morgan, HSBC, Accenture, just to name a few global companies have their regional or national headquarters in the area. Singapore and Korean Embassy transferred from Makati to BGC.
International School Manila, British School Manila, Manila Japanese School set up their posh campuses in BGC. Even St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City opened a state-of-the art hospital here in BGC. What really makes Bonifacio Global City impressive is the fact that meticulous planning for the future was taken into serious consideration. (next page...)
Dining is a problem of numerous choices. Take your pick from bars and restos in Bonifacio High Street, The Burgos Circle Strip, The Fort Square, Fort Strip and Mc Kinley Hill. Running events, pet events, car shows, food festivals and even European exhibits and fairs are regularly held in BGC. Bonifacio Bus
The obvious ones are the wide roads, pedestrian and handicapped friendly sidewalks. More than a third of BGC is devoted to open, landscaped parks suitable for family picnics, dog walks, jogging and afternoon games. But when you find out that BGC is flood-free and brown-out free, you begin to develop an even deeper respect for the place. In fact, BGC was the only place in Metro Manila spared from the horrific Ondoy floods of 2009. And while Manila and the rest of Luzon suffered massive brownouts at that time, residents of BGC watched television and googled from their Macs Ondoy news, in the comforts of their airconditioned, fully lighted enclaves. This is all because BGC has underground fiber optic cable network system, an underground drainage that can hold and release up to 22 million liters of water under controlled conditions.
Mind Museum, the Philippine’s first world-class interactive science museum will have its grand public opening in the first quarter of 2012. And if you’re a tourist on budget, getting around BGC is not a problem with the efficient, airconditioned tourist type coaches. The Bonifacio Bus has a terminal in Ayala, Edsa, and plies the West and East Route of BGC. The bus fare is only P12 per 6.5 kilometers. While the cute “E3”or electric-powered tricyles going around the Global City to the Market!Market area charge only P5 per passenger. So, the next time you come home to Manila, take time to visit Bonifacio Global City. And feel Filipino pride. In the Philippines, there’s a place that we can truly call “First World!” ~end~
It even has underground electric power and LPG piping system which some building owners utilize to power their airconditioning systems! You need to shop? There’s Market! Market! Mall or the high-end retail outlets in Bonifacio High Street in Serendra. SM Aura has announced its opening in two years time.
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Lamborghini and Ferrari Coming Over to Manila!
If anyone thinks that Porsches, Lamborghinis and Ferraris are first rate automobiles meant only for first world countries, well, think again. The Philippines, though regarded as a “developing nation” has a niche market for luxuries. As early as 1996, Robert Coyiuto Jr., a Filipino taipan, bagged the official dealership of Porsche for the Philippine market. He established PGA Cars which later on, also distributed Audi to the Filipinos. In Manila, because of steep custom taxes, an entry level Porsche Boxster costs at least 5 million pesos (120,000 Canadian dollars) and as much as 30 million pesos (714,000 Canadian dollars) for their top of the the line Porsche 911 GT2. In the US, brand new, entry level Porsches can be bought under US$50,000. According
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wouldn’t have lasted this long without the support of Filipino buyers. Another Filipino Taipan, Wellington Soong, bested six other contenders in 1997 to bring in Jaguar to the Philippines. His love for Jaguar (he owned nine Jaguars in his garage that time) became a clincher for bagging the deal. Wellington Soong is now known as a luxury multibrand distributor as Jaguar Philippines is also the exclusive distributor of Landrover and Rangerover since 2004. And upon the establishment of a separate company, Formula Sports Inc, Maserati was later on introduced to discerning Filipino buyers. By the way, buying a Maserati in the Philippines will cost a cool 15 million pesos (357,000 Canadian dollars)! Another iconic European car that
brought forth much excitement among Pinoy car enthusiasts, was the entry of British Automobiles Inc. under Willy Tee Ten in 2009. The BMW MINI Cooper made its official debut back in 2009 under an “introductory” price tag of 1.8 million pesos to 4.5 million pesos. This was rather a steep price for a small car considering that the MINI can be bought in the US for less than US$30,000.
MINI Cooper showrooM at BGC
But wait and behold, there’s more! Jaguar Philippines/ Formula Sports Inc. has announced early this year that they are finally bringing in Ferrari to the Philippines. Target official unveiling of the showroom is in November. But one can already see a Maserati and Ferrari side by side in Formula Sports Inc. brand new showroom in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Maserati, a sister company of Ferrari, which Formula Sports Inc. has been successfully distributing for a couple of years, is the reason for Ferrari’s official entry to the Phillippine market. A Ferrari, in case you don’t know, has a two-year waiting period among buyers because everything in a Ferrari is hand-made. This was the reason why it took time before Formula Sports Inc. could make Ferrari commit to Philippine buyers.
But another topic that Pinoy car enthusiasts are talking about these days is the re-entry of Volkswagen in the Philippine market. Since Audi belongs to the Volkswagen group, the dealership is expected to be given to PGA Cars. Apparently, PGA Cars could not commit to the Wolfsburg-based German carmaker’s demand of at least a minimum of 10,000 units in sales a year. So another company, with stakes in Honda Cars Philippines and Isuzu Philippine Corporation has aggressively bid for the deal. The company? The Ayala Group! ~end~
And in the Philippines, there are just about two dozen Ferrari owners, mostly acquired from the grey market. Formula Sports Inc. would not disclose the price tag but buzz among local car aficionados whispered in the vicinity of 20 to 25 million pesos (C$476,000 to C$595,000)! Not to be outdone, PGA Cars, through its brand new showroom, Audi Global City, which opened just last month, placed a signboard that Lamborghini is coming to Manila. No announcement is made when this showroom will finally be unveiled.
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It’s About Time! by: Vilma Manahan
After 7 years of exhibiting her craft as an opening act on concerts of big artists such as Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Regine Velasquez, Lani Misalucha, to name a few, Inah Patrizia is finally having her very own concert, “IT’S ABOUT TIME,” which will be held on December 11, 2011 at John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre in Mississauga.
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Inah was born in the Philippines in Angeles City, Pampanga and came to Canada when she was only a year old. Even with no memory of her first year in the Philippines, she speaks Tagalog and Kapampangan fluently. Because she speaks both languages, she was able to get away from speaking in English when bargaining for prices of things she’s buying when she went back in her hometown for a visit in 2008. She enjoyed eating fish balls and riding in a jeepney.
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Instead of singing children’s songs at the age of three, Inah Patrizia was hitting the notes of “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion, using a karaoke machine back then. She joined different singing competitions but was only fortunate enough to make it to the finals until early this year where she was awarded as the grand winner of the 2011 Asian Canadian Talent Search (ACTS) “Sing For Your Heart.” To her, winning this award was very rewarding and made her very proud of herself. With all the time and effort she put in over the years, Inah Patrizia, eventually, received the award she’s been waiting for. Not only did she win the grand prize for her golden voice, Inah Patrizia was also awarded as Miss Manila 2010. Sounded more like a beauty pageant? Not really. There was no bathing suit involved which she was very thankful for. This was a competition not purely based on the contestant’s figure but more focused on the intellect, politeness and how articulate the person was during the Q & A portion.
Cupcakes are Inah Patrizia’s favourite. Any kind of cupcake will do and make her day. Ube ice cream is first on the list followed by green tea and mango flavour. Although, she is not very fond of the taste, she drinks “salabat” if not green tea. Apart from Japanese, Greek and Mexican food, there is one dish that she cannot stop herself from eating: kare-kare. It is not the dish itself but the bagoong. Eating kare-kare would give her reason to eat more bagoong! Aside from her admiration of the very own Filipino artists, Inah likes Taylor Swift and Katy Perry because of their songs; and Demi Lovato because of her experience being bullied and problems with self-esteem which she can make the connection herself. Inah was made fun at school and also a victim of cyberbullying. Like Demi Lovato, she tries to focus on her strengths and use it to reach out to younger girls through workshops on body image, bullying, cyber-bullying, media and its effect on the young minds being held at school. Inah is still in the learning process but has gone very far in accepting herself. At one point in her career, she was told by producers and directors to lose some weight. In spite of this, she is still lazy to workout but just watches what she eats. Her first performance on stage was at Jose Mari Chan’s concert where she sung “Sing Me Your Song Again Daddy.” She was very nervous and had to practice almost everyday. Guitar is her favourite instrument to play but she would also like to get a ukulele. Like everybody else her age, she keeps a top 40 on her iPod for parties. Inah Patrizia thank her whole family for all their encouragement and support over the years especially her mother who is her biggest strength and very much involved in her career, and of course, God. Inah Patrizia has endless things to say about anything but very limited comment on a very delicate topic anyone would ask her age: boys. According to her, mom is very protective and believes in the old fashion way, “ligaw.” This time, it will be her sister Mikaela and brother JR who will have a special participation on the show. Other special guests that were handpicked by Inah, herself, her mother and Director Rei Ching are Josie de Leon, Michael Masangkay, Lia Luz, Martina Ortiz-Luis and Glenn Sevillo. “IT’S ABOUT TIME,” as the title suggests, after 7 years of performing on stage as front act for big artists, Inah Patrizia
will be the centre of all action in her first solo concert. Seventeen years of age, Inah Patrizia is very much ready to present herself formally on stage, featuring her own image and the transformation of her own self. She is very thrilled about the repertoire which would show her own genre and her different personalities that was never shown on stage. Aside from the OPM songs that she will be performing, Inah Patrizia will be, for the first time, is going to present her own original that she wrote herself which is a blend of pop, rock and jazz. As Inah Patrizia puts it, “IT’S ABOUT TIME is a fun family event and there is something awaiting for all ages.” -end-
Concert Info: December 11, 2011 Sunday @ 6:00 p.m. John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre 4300 Cawthra Rd. Mississauga
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“Music is a lifestyle and not so much of a career,” says Inah Patrizia. Music is part of her everyday life. It is part of the air that she breathes and something she cannot live without. With this, education comes first on her priority list. She is now in Grade 12 and able to maintain an average of above 90 every year that also earns her more awards at school. Inah Patrizia, herself, is also amazed on how she can manage her time between singing and school giving credit to her Mom, Cecille, who is always on top of things and keeping her organized. Since it is her last year, Inah Patrizia tries to spend more time with her studies whenever possible in preparation for the scholarship that she is aiming to apply for. She plans to take Engineering, Megatronics or Mathematical Studies.
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a r a k Bacolod’s Mass Festival The Masskara Festival in Bacolod City, Philippines happens for 20 days, usually on the first 20 days of October with the main events happening on the weekend nearest Oct 19. Masskara comes from two words, Mass meaning many or multitude and kara, a Spanish word for face. Masskara then means “a multitude of faces.” The Masskara Festival is a celebration and a way of saying thank you to the blessings received by the people. A series of activities are lined up to commemorate the festival. The main event is the Street Dance competition where contenders flaunt their most colorful and brilliantly designed masskaras (masks) while dancing to the Latin musical beats showing a graceful display of vivacity and mastery. They also initiate other festival competitions like the Masskara Queen, a beauty pageant and the drum and bugle corps competition. The city puts up different carnivals which includes food festivals, sports events, concerts, agricultural fairs, garden shows and many more. The Masskara festival started in 1980. Sugarcane is the main source of agricultural income for the Negrenses. At that time, the price of sugar in the world market reached an all time low. This was caused by the introduction to the market of some sugar substitutes like the high fructose corn syrup in the US. On April 22nd, 1980, the city was strucked by then another tragedy when an inter-island vessel Don Juan collided with tanker and sank taking with it an estimated 700 Negrenses. The life-changing tragedies made the city’s local government, civic groups and artists think of an activity that would cheer up their people. Being known as the City of Smiles, they decided to have a festival of smiles. The Masskara Festival was conceptualized and implemented. Thus also became a reminder that no matter how tough and bad the times would be, Bacolod City and its constituents will pull through, prevail and succeed each and every ordeal that comes their way.
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Josie de Leon is a familiar name to many as one of the most sought after chanteuse in the Filipino Canadian Community . Ms . de Leon started her singing career in Manila , when she won the Student Pop Music Festival in 1988 and as part of her prize, she trained at the Center for Pop Music Philippines and eventually mentored younger and aspiring singers at the Center. As a professional singer at 16, she performed in various music lounges in Manila thus making her the youngest member of the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang- Aawit or OPM . Being a member of organization she learned a lot from big names in the Philippine Music Industry like Celeste Legaspi, Mitch Valdez, Jim Paredes , Mon David and director par excellence, Freddie Santos . It also opened more doors for Miss de Leon, making her visible in a lot of OPM produced shows all over the Philippines.In 1991, she won the prestigious Fe S Panlilio Music Scholarship Award which was given by the organization. Thankful and humbled , she continued to perform in Five Star hotels, top billing Calesa Bar ( Hyatt Regency) , Manila Hotel & Shangrila to name a few of her stints. Aside from these , she had several shows and concerts that has earned her a spot as one of VIVA- RJ’s recording artists.
Josie says “ its time to share to others what I have learned through the years in this business and with the support of my husband Mark Crescini, who is an experienced talent and record producer , I am excited on this new endeavor .” Olive Tulod , a mother of a student commented, “ Josie is a such a good performer , with the voice plus the way she carries herself on stage ,I readily signed up my daughter because I trust her for my daughter’s dream of becoming a good singer.” The school is open to everyone who likes to perform may it be the young aspiring Canadian Idols, or young at heart ones that would like to hone their singing prowess . The Josie de Leon School of Performing Arts is located in Mississauga and Scarborough. For inquiries , you can contact email@example.com or our website www.jdlperformingarts.com
Migrating to Toronto in 1997, she took a leave in the limelight and re-emerged in 2005. From then on, she had shows one after the other , dubbing her as “Toronto’s Diva” – she acknowledges the title with a smile and say “why not, but I say without the attitude .” Miss de Leon indeed has come a long way in the Filipino –Canadian Entertainment Industry earning the respect of the Fil- Can community so it is not surprising that now she has happily announced the Josie de Leon School of Performing Arts.
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It was an evening of amazing multicultural talents presented with pride. The event entitled Multicultural Variety Show was hosted by the Canada-HK New Horizon Lions Club, the Markham Lions Club and the Milliken Mills Lion Club. Raising funds for Markham Stouffville Hospital was the primary objective of the show and the exemplary support from the people had made it possible for the organizers to meet their expectations. The event featured many different cultural dances and songs that were very enjoyable to watch. The diversity was really on overdrive as everyone met all the presentations with applause and approvals. All cultural representatives have displayed an enormous amount of appreciation in one another. Obvious to all, Canada is one of the most diverse country in the world and the Lions Multicultural Variety Show is a great showmanship of our multicultural personalities. The feeling of one family is reconfirmed within each others hearts especially that the given focus of the fund raising is to help an institution whose ultimate goal is to lend a hand and serve the people. It was a heartwarming experience as everyone pitched in for the success of the occasion.
transition as the Event Chair of this year’s activity and also the instrument for bringing the project to a graceful finish. Not only did she do an amazing job coordinating all the mechanics of the show but she had also managed to squeeze in practice time for her number as a participating organizer as a well-poised Chinese Dancer. The show was attended by a few of the local dignitaries as well. One honourary patron and guest performer was the Mayor of Markham Frank Scarpitti where he sung an obviously good rendition of a love song duet… in Chinese by the way. Rumour has it that on the next year’s event, the Mayor is expected to sing a Bollywood song as a show of his cultural versatility in music. All in all, the affair was a huge success finishing off with great remarks from the audience and supporters as everyone looks forward to next year’s multicultural event. Glamz Media, the publisher of Glamz Magazine congratulates all the participants, organizers, guests and supporters of the event for the tireless efforts rendered. Your selfless act is deeply carved in our minds and we hope that we will be given another great opportunity to be of service to your future events.
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ABS-CBN had just launched a new family drama series. Budoy, a story of a mentally challenged boy played by Gerald Anderson was aired on Philippine national TV on October 10, 2011. The story circulates around the life of Budoy, his family and the people around him. It is about the Maniegos, a well known family of doctors. Despite of Dr. Anton Maniegos’ success, he and his wife Luisa remain childless. An artificial insemination was done; Luisa then gave birth to Budoy whom they thought was a blessing, a blessing which later on became a shame. The child was suffering from Angelman syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes intellectual development delay, seizures, absence of speech and problems with movement and balance. On Budoy’s fifth birthday his grandmother gave him to a caretaker to rid the family of the shame brought by his presence. The loss of Budoy almost drove his mother insane that the wife of Luisa’s brother-in-law, Grace, suggested that
they give her a fake Benjamin/Budoy. The fake Benjamin now called “BJ” was actually Grace’s son which was unknown to the rest of the family. Budoy was then adopted by the caretaker’s hired maid when the caretaker died. Now Budoy and BJ are all grown up and not knowing about their past, both have now become rivals, rivals at school and rivals to a girl they both like. Be sure to stay tune and follow the life of Budoy. The show has a powerhouse cast aside Gerald Anderson; the promising young stars Jessy Mendiola and Enrique Gil, luminaries of Filipino movies like Dante Rivero, Gloria Sevilla and Barbara Perez; and seasoned actors Janice de Belen, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Tirso Cruz III, Mylene Dizon and Christian Vasquez. The series that highlights how the Filipino youth value education especially that of the mentally-challenged is directed by Ruel S. Bayani and Tots Sanchez-Mariscal.
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Pinoy Street Food
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Filipinos are known to be food lovers. They enjoy the average three meals a day not to mention the morning, afternoon and evening snacks and desserts. While the usual restaurants are available on every block to satisfy these cravings, there’s also an infinite number of street stalls serving up an array of tasty, albeit strange snacks, the STREET FOODS. Like every other country in Asia, our country also has a variety of street foods, very affordable and readily available in almost every street and corners.
So the next time you find yourself in the Philippines’ busy streets, make it a point to sample the local’s delicacies. Just look for people crowding over make shift stalls in the streets and you just might meet the infamous chicken proven. Definitely a treat that has been proven and tasted!
One of the qualities that Filipinos possess is their ingenuity to make something out of almost anything. Some of the common Filipino street foods are the ISAW/IUD or barbequed chicken intestine, BETAMAX or dried pig /chicken blood, HELMET or fried chicken’s head, WALKMAN or the barbequed pork ears and ADIDAS or barbequed chicken’s feet. Unknown to everybody, there’s a new breed of Filipino street food, the chicken PROVEN. Chicken proven or pruben/proben/provent is actually chicken proventriculus. It is the part that connects the esophagus to the gizzard. Street vendors cook it by coating the proventriculus with starch or flour. It is then deep fried then skewered on to bamboo sticks. Locals especially students don’t really mind which chicken part it is from. All they know is that it tastes good and it eases away the hunger at just P5.00 per stick. Proven tastes a bit bitter, like a milder taste of an isaw (chicken intestine). The taste may have been from whatever the chicken has ingested. Chicken proven is usually dipped in a sauce of either vinegar with garlic and onion, sweet and sour sauce or sweet and spicy sauce. It is eaten as is or paired with puso (rice wrapped in coconut leaf). Because of its rising popularity, the UPLB (University of the Philippines Los Baños) conducted a study as to the microbial quality of chicken proven. It was found out that the pathogenic food-borne microbes in the chicken proven are mostly destroyed when cooked, the microbes still return when proven is stored at ambient temperature. The study isn’t all bad though since newly cooked proven did have nutritional qualities.
Proven (sometimes also “Chicken proven”, or spelled “Proben”) is a type of street food popular in some regions of the Philippines. It consists essentially of the proventriculus of a chicken, dipped in cornstarch, and deep-fried. It is served either in a small bagful of vinegar, or skewered on bamboo sticks to be dipped in the vinegar just before it is eaten
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Drake’s Take Care Album’s Release Date Gets Pushed Back By: Artesia Peluso
n what can only be described as a quick rise to hiphop fame, native Canadian and former Disney star turn rapper, Drake, has seen great success since the 2006 release of his first mixtape Room for Improvement. After signing to mogul rapper Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment, Drake’s highly anticipated first album Thank Me Later saw great success, going platinum shortly after the album was released.
Other album collaboration hopefuls are Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, the remaining members of TLC, and other hip-hop beat producers like Boi-1da.
Take Care’s release push back comes as no surprise, since Universal Motown pushed back the budding rapper’s freshman effort three times before it finally hit stores in the summer of 2010.
“The new date for Take Care is November 15th, 2011. I managed to create this album in my hometown of Toronto and the thoughts and stories I wanted to get across just became so clear. It truly felt like when I was here 3 years ago making So Far Gone. So I have completed 19 songs (17 on physical and 2 on bonus), and have run into a roadblock of clearing 3 samples in time to make the October 24th date. My options were to take the songs off and make the birthday release happen, or to take an extra couple weeks to get the paper work right and give you the album the way I NEED you to hear it. The choice was clear as day for me. November 15th you will get Take Care the exact way I created it with no trimmings. This music means too much to me to get attached to dates and I do apologize for the delay but I promise that it is only for the benefit of our experience together. Club Paradise Tour will also be moved to when students are back from the Christmas/New Year break so that I can get to more schools. New dates will be released in the next week...see you all soon.”
But Drake, commonly referred to as Drizzy Drip Drake, knows how to keep his fans happy. As they await the release of Take Care, Drake continues to release videos and tracks from the highly sought after album. Tracks like “Dreams Money Can Buy” have been featured on the Toronto native’s blog October’s Very Own. While hits like, “Marvin’s Room”, a song already remixed with Chris Brown and R&B songbird JoJo, released on iTunes in July 2011, is helping to set the tone for the entire album. Currently, “Headlines”, the first single off of Take Care, is making its way into the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other efforts, like the release of an official video for “Marvin’s Room”, have helped further build the rapper’s credibility as an artist who never disappoints. According to an interview with XXL Magazine last year, leading producer and rapper, Q-Tip, revealed his plans to produce beats for Drizzy’s sophomore effort.
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Recently, the rapper posted a message to his fans on his blog October’s Very Own giving them the scoop on his creative process while putting the album together.
Take Care originally set to release on Oct 24, which is also the rapper’s birthday, now has a tentative release date set for Nov 15 (11/15/11).