Saturday, December 31, 2016

Disturbia? Disturb... Yeah! My Movie Review for the best psycho-thriller film ever, 'A cure for wellness'

Hauntingly beautiful. Doesn't this image just haunt and taunt you?
Driving along C5 Avenue daily for work, I noticed lately the billboard promoting the movie, ‘A Cure for Wellness’ and from the title alone, I found myself so intrigued by this film. Days after I couldn't get that billboard ad off my brain, I was extended invites by 20th Century Fox's awesome Mae Vecina and President, Francis Soliven. My family and I were simply so happy and blessed to be able to watch this film with my family. The movie will give you the kind of jolt you need for this Valentine's week! And guys - trust me, if you want your girls clinging to you all through the film, bring her to this to cap off Valentine's week! 

Going back to the movie, which boasts of all the elements of a thriller only a notch higher, this promises an intense, almost alluring richness that will tell you that something's up. I appreciated the cinematographic aesthetics as the film takes places in a remote, palatial asylum, that like a wave, drives you in and then suddenly pulls you down. It follows the story of Lockhart, a young and ambitious Wall Street guy whose life spirals down after anomalies sprung from his apparent achievements and this sends him chasing their firm's head honcho, only to find himself in an accident, and then locked up, learning that like the rest - he belonged there. 

Like the rest contained in there looking for the ‘cure,’ he struggles for breath, for sanity as he is drawn deeper into the darkness - and I mean this also figuratively. Lockhard strives to still take heart while he treads upon sinister secret after vile secret of the place, even saving the enigmatic Hanna, a child of incest, portrayed by Mia Goth (shining in her absurd, eyebrow-less beauty, making her perfect for the role; same girl from the movie Nymphomaniac, yet another psycho-sounding film). Love story brewing? Well, that is for you to find out! It's now open in cinemas nationwide and my friends are raving about it too after diving deeper in this ‘evil spa,’ peppered with amusing scenes (like who can forget those aqua aerobics frames), let it drive you mad with excitement!
Do you have an illness? Well, if you do have an EEL-ness, this movie sure to cure it. As in make your heart stop. Sounds eerie? More like EEL-ie... Yes you can expect deliciously absurd images like this that tickle your fancy... and frenzy! Eels in a tub... anyone??? Can be rather romantic!

Arson... nefarious... incest... insanity... and perhaps you can throw Love in the mix. In the movie, you will certainly find all the things that we pretend we don't like all in one film; or just one thrilling ride! I guess since I cannot destroy the film for you and tell you the story, let me just relate it with my life. Maybe the reason why I was so drawn to this splendid film was because like them, I too am looking for a cure. The fulfilment of a dream you just can't seem to give birth too.You know it's there, within, but you just can't let it out. You keep running in circles, keep using excuses and at the end of the day, and during the wee small hours of the morning, it's there, it continues to haunt you, and will you prevail over it? Or will I never get hold of the cure that i know is right in front of me - but I just have so many reasons for not doing it. Prodding deeper, you don't have to go to the exquisite setting, the Swiss Alps to realize that we all live in an asylum. On the greater scheme of things, isn't what this world is all about? Monsters lurk in every corner, and no one gets out of here alive. I mean, think about it. 
Back to my journey, I am at a point wherein I have tried every single 'cure' but I find myself back to the basics... that nothing can truly 'cure' me until I finally accomplished what as a child I have known myself to do. Right now, I pester myself with excuses, instead of writing and writing like how I want it. The problem is, I don't do the same thing again and again... like what this guy had done... 

I don't know about your journey, but this movie right smack reminds me about mine. Enjoy, and for once, go insane. You know you want to. 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Row, row third time in a Row! So honored to be emceeing for the Augustea Crew Conference 2016!

It's that time of the year again...when I get to be master of ceremonies for the Augustea Ship Manning Philippines! I've had the honor for the first time two back to host the first-ever Augustea Crew Conference, and I this 2016, I am so blessed to be their emcee for the third consecutive year! Indeed, I praise God every single moment for the ability to host events; being a host and speaker is one of my greatest passions; I get to harness my speaking, writing, reading and listening abilities. Plus, it's so wonderful to meet inspiring people along the way. Here's the sole video clip I had during the event where I opened the socials night after moderating a whole day of learning about the latest news on the shipping industry, along with meaningful highlights of the program: 
Things simply get grander and grander each year! So let;s hark back to the awe-inspiring conference of 2015; please visit last year's blog post: Sailing towards Success: Augustea Crew Conference Year 2! And while we're at it, let's also read back to the very first time I have emceed for Augustea; this was my blog post way back in the year 2014All Aboard! Augustea's First-ever Crew Conference.
Apart from this year's empowering topics and trends for the seafarers and crew of Augustea Ship Manning Philippines which were all assisted by an awesome, hi-tech hologram presenter, the company also gave out scholarships to some of the deserving children of the crew members, and recognised the dedication and loyalty of the crew during the service awards. Below, shows me enjoying the delightful dinner during the socials night! I am so happy to be with the beautiful president of Augustea, Ms. Mary Grace Labrusca Terrei who has now become a friend that I truly love and admire; kind-hearted, generous and true. She's so easy to work with, so appreciative and I will be forever thankful for her trust. Also with us is Ms. Venice Labrusca Terrei, another one of the 4 lovely daughters of the company owners, Captain Niccolo Terrei and Madame Procerfina 'Procy' Terrei. 
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

May Forever: Pol & Rachel's breathtaking silver wedding anniversary and renewal of vows...

Rachel and Pol proves that Forever is a reality! I am forever thankful to Mr. Leopoldo "Pol" and Mrs. Rachel Titular for their continued trust in me. I am always proud to say that they are the best and my most favourite events and marketing group, for I always feel how they value me as an events host. If I can, I want to do this forever! Just like Rachel and Pol, who decided on Forever... 
Once more, I feel part of the love and joy that the share between them and the rest of their beautiful family and company, Global Visions Events (GVE), as I witnessed what remains to be the most breathtaking wedding ceremony / renewal of vows! Held at Angelfields, Tagaytay, the ceremony was perfect from the grandiose set-up down to the tiniest detail. And why not? GVE is one of the best, if not the best in the biz! 
 Time to play some games... everyone was so game that evening, all for the love of Rachel and Pol! Seemed like everyone had a ton of fun... I sure did! 
Look at that cake, designed to look like a pile of yummy cheeses! Cake or cheese, either way, all of the meals that night was extra delectable! 
Thank you Sir Pol & Miss Rachel for sharing your blessings with us, and for inspiring me not just with your love story, but with how you live out your faith! 
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The day I became a Princess at Sky Life Dreamland, where dreams do come true! (PART 1)

I am truly so blessed to be walking the path of my dreams, to assume my different personalities each time I emcee an event. By far, and so far, the dreamiest event I've ever been blessed to emcee for was Sky Life Dreamland: A Magical Halloween! Being the host of Sky Cable events was certainly a huge boost in my craft as an events host in so many different ways. Thus I am forever thankful to the beautiful Ms. Chrissy Caballero and her adorable boy, young prince Lyndel, for finding me, by the cinders, and believing in the princess inside of me! 
Speaking of being a Princess... what can I say? Until now I sigh at these dreamy photos, when I truly took on being a modern-day Cinderella for the most magical Halloween event of the year! It truly was a day of magic, games and fun memories! 
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Bippity boppity boo! Hosting as Princess Cinderella at Sky Life Dreamland, a Magical Halloween! Part 2

"... A Dream is a wish your heart makes... whatever you wish for will come true... no matter how your heart is bleeding... if you keep on believing... the Dream that you wish... will come true..." This line from the Cinderella movie soundtrack remains fresh in my ears, for perhaps the child within me remains very much alive and hopeful. So blessed was I to become Cinderella only until this program ended, for Sky Life Dreamland, A Magical Halloween! Here are some more of my favourite snaps during the event. First photo, Cinde-Mary flanked by Spiderman, one of my fave Avengers (my other favourite one is Ironman), and my least favourite Avenger too, Captain America: 
ONE SKY. Here I am now at the SKY LIFE booth, interviewing one of the handsome booth princes here, as we talked about Sky Cable, Sky Mobi, Sky Broadband, Sky Direct and more... and right behind me is the beautiful Princess Belle... 
Game time! Rounding up the gang for one of the many games this magical day! 
Sorry I just couldn't get over my look... all thanks to this gorgeous dress from my long-time beloved friend, Musee Valenzuela Quinto, my very own fairy pretty godmother, who is also the fashion whiz behind Shop today and be a Princess! 
This Disney Princess look was certainly a dream come true for me...  
Princesses Galore. Now at the Frozen Kingdom; one of our many fairytale fun booths... 
Here's my plump pumpkin, ever ready to carry me away, from my life's reality, towards this beautiful dream that came alive... Forever thankful to SKY LIFE for their trust in me as an events host... uh, my eyes kinda look like the pumpkin's eyes... LOL... 
Welcome to my kingdom... Dreamland... where dreams (especially mine) come true! 
Backstage with another Princess, this time, it's young Sleeping Beauty... Lady Aurora! 
This has been Princess Mary... I mean Cinder-Mary and I will be back tomorrow for more of my adventures. I am thankful for all the chances to be a princess, a snow queen, oh, and even a Monsteriffic Martian (watch out for my blog post about that fun, out-of-this-world event, also with SKY LIFE)! We are under ONE SKY!
 Make the magic follow you always! And in everything you do, may you always follow your heart... 
Crazy Groupfie!!! Princess Poses... What a pretty mess... 
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice finds its new home at the SM Mall of Asia Arena!

It's the most wonderful time... of the year... I've been humming this tune since I met Mickey Mouse once again! So honoured that Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney On Ice, loved my performance from last year's Meet & Greet events with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna, and I learned that they specifically requested the SM Lifestyle & Entertainment group (whose movie events I've hosted such as the exciting launch of the SM Cinema Family Movie Day (For past blog post, click here)  and the Disney Pixar Inside Out Press Screening Party) to have me as master of ceremonies for this year's press launch where we celebrated a very special milestone this year: Disney On Ice finds its new home in no less than the SM Mall of Asia Arena! 
It was just a super memorable day! I am happy to be reunited with my friend, Mickey Mouse! He came all the way from Japan just to attend the press launch of Disney On Ice 2017! I styled myself a la Disney to make myself worthy of being the master of ceremonies of this magical 'Frozen' kingdom! For the first time in forever again this year, I lived out the Disney Princess in me... yes because there is a Disney Prince or Princess (and sometimes a Disney villain) in all of us! 
Now with Mr. Arnel Gonzales, the AVP of MOA Arena and Mr. Blake Tatroe, Regional Head of Disney On Ice and Feld Entertainment... 
Blake Tatroe, Regional Head of Disney On Ice hands the very first ticket for Disney on Ice at the MOA Arena to the President of SMLEI, Ed Tejerero and Arnel Gonzales, AVP of MOA Arena as Mickey Mouse looks on with so much excitement and joy!
After this, I got to do another very special project with Disney On Ice. Thank you, Disney On Ice, the awesome Mr. Blake Tatroe and most of all, the lovely Ms. Colleen Sun for your faith in me! Will tell more about our project soon as I'm allowed to, but for now, please support me further by visiting my other online resources too about my life as an events host! Just click on the links that follow below:  
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

From Darkness to Light: Assassin's Creed ignites the big screen this 2017 (A Movie Review)

Lightyears better than a recent highly-anticipated movie (let’s just say my expectations were so high until I went ‘Rogue’ for this movie was a total sleep-inducer), Assassin’s Creed is certainly the movie that we all should watch out for this 2017! This snapshot should excite you as it harks us back to enigmatic Andalucia, Spain, 500 years ago... 
Thanks to the wonderful guys from 20th Century Fox (shoutout to Sir Francis Soliven and Ms. Mae Vecina), my family and I were treated to a night of thrill, an experience like no other especially since the Assassin’s Creed VIP screening was held in a Dolby Atmos theater, making us feel like we were running and fighting alongside the movie’s awesome characters!  Adapted from Ubisoft's successful video game franchise, Assassin's Creed truly 'kills' it! Since I know you will all watch Assassin’s Creed, I won’t 'kill' it for you with spoilers; I will simply summarise its best points with my C.R.E.E.D.:
Creativity – clever at every manner you look at it, what I liked about it the most was how it entwined history with fantasy! The Assasins and the Knights Templar were real people. It all began with the Hashashins of Nizari Islam from which the term ‘assassin’ originates from. On the other side of the spectrum were the Knights Templar, by contrast, was a Christian order established for nearly two centuries during the Middle Ages. Officially sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church, Templar membership included some of the most important and feared figures of the age, and the group held enormous power and influence until its dissolution in 1312. Its sudden disbanding at the height of its power led to a belief that the organisation had simply gone underground, where it continued to exert its influence. ‘C’ may also stand for Covert… and Cosplay! Speaking of Cosplay, here I am posing with the Assassins… as their newest recruit, perhaps? 
Resonance – I am not just talking about the total experience, that delights your senses at every scene. Yes the Dolby Atmos theater complemented the experience. But more than the outward sensibilities, I loved how the movie resonated the most complex ideologies and problems that have beset mankind for years. Underneath all that perfect cinematography and action scenes (thumbs up for the awesome stunts), what gave the movie heart was the depth of the issues: violence, obedience, Free Will. Indeed, is it truly right to fight for freedom, the chance to decide for ourselves, or would the world be a better place under one ruler?
Excitement – the movie has been more than what you’d expect from a video game adaptation. Excitement at every angle, the movie would keep you at the edge of your seats! Makes me wanna take up Parkour and Spanish lessons Pronto!
Engagement – Jeremy Irons, who played the role of Alan Rikkin, made me think when he spoke of how the Knights Templars had manipulated the world through the centuries using Religion, Politics and now, Consumerism and Science. It really makes you think… hasn’t such really been the case? Perhaps we are all just accessories and spectators of the few who run the show; that we are all powerless unless someone decides that it is our 'time.' I guess we will never know who runs the show; all I know is that you can't miss Assassin's Creed for you'll agree with me that it's one spectacular show!
Direction – In terms of cinematographic value, the movie was such a pleasant delight. Michael Fassbender did not just give justice to his role, Cal and his ancestor, Aguilar, but also gave him character. Fassbender, by the way is one of the producers of the film (so he has so much to prove not just as the lead actor). I would say all the characters were superb, the stunts were seamless (that it made me want to actually try those at home, LOL) and the story, fluid. What I did expect though, was a more defined ending, for my mind was processing all the action, but couldn’t reconcile the closing scenes of Cotillard and Fassbender. I think they could’ve added more dialogue. Here's another provocative scene from the movie... 
Please watch Assassin’s Creed when it opens this JANUARY 4, 2017! For a complete experience, best to watch it in your favorite Dolby Atmos or 4D cinema, and get your family, hoodies, swords and knives ready for the most thrilling action film of 2017! Thanks for visiting!
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