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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Inviting all Filipinos to follow Hillarie's journey in MISS WORLD

Message from Hillarie:

Mabuhay! Ni Hao! Hello Philippines, Hello World!!! I, Hillarie Danielle Ang Parungao, a 24 year old Nursing graduate and a professional model from Solano, Nueva Vizcaya was chosen as Miss World Philippines 2015 and won the right to represent the Philippines in the 65th edition of the Miss World pageant LIVE on December 19th from the Beauty Crown Grand Theatre, Sanya, People’s Republic of China.

In 2015, I founded “Katuwang (Partner in English)” a program aimed at alleviating childhood mortality. Through this initiative, I aim to create awareness on the issues and challenges affecting families from getting access to quality and affordable healthcare in my province and hopefully in the entire country. Using my platform as a titleholder, I plan to lobby members of local government units to jumpstart a campaign that would save countless numbers of young lives and enable them to live a full healthy life.

And as I embark on this journey, I would like to encourage the Filipino media and all of my countrymen to have another look on what Miss World is truly all about so we can rally all the troops and get everyone to support Miss World and Beauty with a Purpose.

Maraming Salamat. Xièxiè. Thank you.

Let's all support, Hillarie! I can feel it. We'll have the crown again this year.

About Miss World

This year, Miss World turns 65 as it remains the world’s premiere beauty pageant in search of the brightest and the most beautiful. Founded by Eric Morley in 1951, when it commenced as a bikini competition in London, to the extravaganza it is today in the hands of Julia Morley, Miss World has grown in size and stature to what it is today- the biggest, most prestigious pageant in the world.

About beauty with a purpose

Beyond the glitz and glamour, the Miss World Organization has prided itself for its ‘Beauty With A Purpose’ program, which has raised close to half a billion dollars for charity, placing it on the forefront of social responsibility. Every year, the Miss World winner travels thousands of miles to locations like Haiti, where a clean water initiative has been mobilized. In Ethiopia, for instance, the pageant pioneered the move to alleviate maternal mortality. In the Philippines, Megan Young, first Filipina winner, have helped fund millions of Typhoon Haiyan victims. Please visit: www.missworld.com.

About Miss World Winners

Over the past 64 years, former Miss World titleholders’ and contestants’ careers have spanned from show business, media, to entrepreneurship, among others. One of the biggest names it has produced was Academy Award winner Halle Berry who represented the United States in 1986. Others who followed similar paths include Lynda Carter (United States, 1972) best remembered for her role as ‘Wonder Woman’, Claudine Auger (France, 1958), Aishwarya Rai (India, 1994), Priyanka Chopra (India, 2000), Maggie Cheung (Hong Kong, 1983), and Michelle Yeoh (Malaysia, 1983).

About Miss World Philippines

CQ Global Quest Incorporated, the official license holder of Miss World in the Philippines was established in 2011. Led by its chairwoman Cory Quirino, the organization now on its fifth year has maintained strong relationships with the Tuloy Foundation and the Philippine General Hospital. Through this partnership, it aims to provide awareness of the plight of street children in the country and help provide affordable healthcare especially to the less fortunate. In 2015, the organization led by Cory Quirino together with Rolene Strauss, Miss World 2014 and Mrs. Julia Morley inaugurated the new pediatric ward named "Miss World Beauty with a Purpose" for terminally ill cancer patients at the said hospital aimed at providing more people access to quality and affordable treatment.

About the Host City

This year’s Miss World is hosted by the island resort of Sanya in the People’s Republic of China. Often regarded as the Hawaii of China, Sanya is a picture of pristine natural beauty. From miles and miles of uninterrupted shoreline of Yalong Bay to the exclusive enclaves of Haitang and Dadonghai, Sanya is definitely the place to relax and unwind.

About the Venue and Hotel

In front of an audience of over a billion, Miss World will take place at the 3,500-seat Beauty Crown Grand Theatre, which has previously hosted five (5) past editions of the pageant. Over 120 delegates from all continents are expected to take part in this year’s contest. The Beauty Crown Sanya, China will be the official residence of the contestants. Find out on December 19th as the world eagerly anticipates a new Miss World LIVE from Sanya, People’s Republic of China.



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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe in “VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN”


James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe star in “Victor Frankenstein,” this year’s grand spectacle of a production and character driven film contemporizing one of the most beloved literary and film classics of all time under Paul McGuigan’s direction.

In the coolest and electrifying reimagining of the mad doctor and his creation, James McAvoy takes on the titular role Doctor Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant scientist at the forefront pioneering medical research. With his research and experiments on trying to save lives, he then becomes obsessed with the idea of creating life itself. Radcliffe, on the other hand, plays Igor, Frankenstein’s trusty and equally brilliant assistant from whose perspective the movie treads on.

McGuigan’s “Victor Frankenstein” is an action adventure thriller, with a script by Max Landis inspired by Mary Shelley’s novel, which was first published in 1818. In Landis’ version of Frankenstein the story is set later, in 1861, a time when science was making rapid advances.

“It’s taking the core themes of the book - the re-birthing idea, bringing the dead back to life and the science of that and the moral issues it brings up and all of those things. What Max Landis has done with his original script is cherry pick the best bits from the book and the best bits from the movies of the past so it’s a bit of art imitating art and reinventing it a little bit,” says McGuigan.

McAvoy adds: “The themes are all still there. It’s about man trying to become the ultimate creator, about whether that is right or wrong, and the discussion of that. It’s also about obsession, and it’s about ravenous scientific advancement over moral right and wrong, the film does pay homage to its heritage.”

“I think our Frankenstein is a really kind of rip-roaring, fun adventure movie version of Frankenstein. I would really struggle to class it as horror. I think there are horror elements to it and nods to previous versions of Frankenstein, but it’s much more a film about – the thing that I hope will make it stand out is the relationship between James’ character and I. Victor and Igor are two people who come to need each other very much… Igor feels forever that he has this sort of debt of loyalty and the film then becomes about how much can that debt be pushed? How much can that loyalty be pushed before – at what point do you have to step out from the shadows of the person that created you and go, ‘I am my own person?’ Or, do you forever defer to the person that is responsible for your life? So it’s sort of, it’s a film about relationships set against the backdrop of creating monsters,” added Radcliffe in his previous interviews.

“Victor Frankenstein” opens very soon this November 25 in (Phils.) cinemas from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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Monday, November 16, 2015

Academy Award winning Best Foreign Language Film adapted in 2015's “SECRET IN THEIR EYES”


Academy Award winner Julia Roberts stars in her latest and another yet Oscar-worthy role in the crime thriller “Secret In Their Eyes” based on the 2010 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film directed by Juan Jose Campanella “El Secreto de Sus Ojos.”

This year’s “Secret In Their Eyes,” directed by blockbuster filmmaker and Academy Award nominee Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips,” “The Hunger Games”), and produced by Academy Award and Emmy winner Mark Johnson (“Rain Man,” “Breaking Bad”) brings Julia Roberts in a surprising mystery that explores the personal themes of loss, betrayal, and a parent’s undying will to right a profound wrong.

DA investigator Jess Cobb (Julia Roberts), FBI investigator Ray Kasten (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and Deputy District Attorney Claire Sloan (Nicole Kidman) are rising stars, having been selected to serve on an anti-terrorism joint task force in post 9/11 Los Angeles. Jess and Ray are tight-knit partners who share a deep respect and an easy friendship both on the job and off. Ray and Claire come from opposite walks of life, but have a complicated attraction that is a constant undercurrent in their day-to-day encounters. After Ray and Jess are called to investigate a murder scene, they discover the unthinkable -- the victim is Jess’s daughter, Caroline. Ray and Jess join forces with Claire to bring the killer to justice. Their mission, however, meets a cold reality when they discover their suspect is a protected federal witness, and is set free. Thirteen years later, despite their attempts to find an even keel to their lives, Ray, Claire and Jess still bear wounds that won’t heal. But when Ray uncovers a new lead, he returns to L.A. to convince Claire to revisit the case. Despite the risk all face by reopening emotional issues — Jess’ life has been in stasis for more than a decade; Ray’s affection for Claire has never waned — they join forces to pursue the killer: this time vowing to take matters into their own hands to avenge Caroline’s brutal murder. None, however, is prepared for the shocking secret that lurks behind the manhunt and illuminates the emotional cost of vengeance and justice.

Billy Ray and Mark Johnson had known each other and each other’s work for decades, but had never worked together. When they saw the Argentine thriller “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” neither of them could stop talking about it. “El Secreto de Sus Ojos, is spectacular,” says Billy, “I was completely floored by it, had a reverence for it that bordered on awe. Then Mark asked me if I wanted to adapt it. At first I was hesitant because you don’t want to take on anything that is so great that you feel dwarfed by it before you even start. But I did feel there was an American version of the story worth retelling and exploring.” Every time the pair got frustrated tackling the weighty subject matter, they had an unabashed cheerleader in Juan Campanella, who directed the Argentine film. “Here was a man who wanted to solve a cold case but the reason why he wanted to solve it was not only to find the culprit but to find the root of his own loneliness,” Campanella says. “That to me was very original. Contrary to what people might think, I really like it when somebody takes a piece of work and turns it into something different.” Billy says an impetus for the American version lay in the events of 9/11. ”The horror of that event was so big and so indelible for anybody who was in America at that time. But it created a story opportunity for our movie that no other context could have.” “Billy found a great twist on the story,” Campanella says. “He respected a lot of the emotion of the original but found a very American way of telling it.” Billy admits that he initially thought he was writing a movie about loss. “But it turns out that I was writing a movie about obsession. Stories do that sometimes, they tell you what they are about.

“Secret In Their Eyes” opens December 2 in theatres nationwide from Axinite Digicinema.



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Most awaited crime thriller of the year “SECRET IN THEIR EYES”


Hollywood’s heavyweights and A-list actors Academy Award winners Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman along with Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejoifor star for the first time in the event thriller of the year “Secret In Their Eyes.”

“Secret In Their Eyes” a remake of the 2009 Oscar-winning Argentinian film of the same name, is written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips,” “The Hunger Games”), and produced by Academy Award® winner Mark Johnson (“Rain Man,” “Breaking Bad”), “Secret In Their Eyes” is an intense, powerful and haunting story of a tight-knit team of rising FBI investigators. Ray (Ejiofor) and Jess ( Roberts), along with their District Attorney supervisor Claire (Kidman) – is suddenly torn apart when they discover that Jess’s teenage daughter has been brutally and inexplicably murdered.

Now, thirteen years later, after obsessively searching every day for the elusive killer, Ray finally uncovers a new lead that he’s certain can permanently resolve the case, nail the vicious murderer, and bring long-desired closure to his team. No one is prepared, however, for the shocking, unspeakable secret that will reveal the enduring, destructive effects of personal vengeance on the human soul.

Interweaving past and present, this deeply layered mystery explores the murky boundaries between justice and revenge, and asks the question: how far would you go to right an unfathomable wrong?

This year’s most anticipated exciting film ensemble, “Secret In Their Eyes” opens this December 2 in Philippine theatres from Axinite Digicinema.



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“SECRET IN THEIR EYES” powerhouse cast: Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman first movie together


Award winning and Hollywood’s leading actresses Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman team up in a movie for the first time ever in the highly anticipated thrilling movie of the year “Secret in Their Eyes” along with Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave”).

In the hair-raising dramatic thriller directed and written by Academy Award nominee Billy Ray, “Secret in Their Eyes” sees former FBI agent Ray (Ejiofor) haunted by the murder of the daughter of his good friend and former partner Cobb (Roberts) - a case left unsolved for the past 12 years. At the time, Ray and Cobb apprehended a suspect, Marzin, who was an informant during a counter–terrorism investigation while the nation was gripped by fear. Due to his importance in that plot and the fact that his confession was extracted under questionable means, Marzin was eventually released and Ray lost sight of him…until now. Ray returns to Boston and must confront his past, including Claire (Kidman), with whom he had a working relationship and unrequited love. As Ray inches closer to solving the crime, he uncovers a shocking truth that will shed a terrifying new light on past events.

Based on the Academy-Award winning Argentinian film, acclaimed filmmaker Billy Ray is set to deliver a sophisticated crime thriller that explores what people pushed to their limits can hide in the dark corners of the human heart.

As revealed in the trailer that was recently launched this year, “Secret in Their Eyes” gives the audience a glimpse of a heartbreaking and disturbing scene where a mother’s worst fear had been unveiled who discovered that her daughter had been murdered and was left in the dump. “It was just one of those scenes. You knew it was part of the reason Julia was doing the movie and yet it was something she was really dreading,” explains writer-director Ray, who earned an Oscar nomination for the Captain Phillips screenplay. “She was going to have to go to a place that was going to be very painful.”

Says Ray in recent interviews, “It’s also the first movie that has co-starred Oscar winners Roberts and Kidman. “You always want big stars as long as they're great actors. In the case of Julia and Nicole, you get both. And it was a sight to witness the two powerhouse actresses play off of each other. There was enormous respect, great camaraderie, and, in my opinion — I don’t know if either of them would ever admit to it — there was a very healthy, kind of athletic level of competitiveness, they both had such regard for each other and they both wanted to do their best because the other was in the movie.”

“Secret in Their Eyes” opens very soon in local (Phils.) theaters from Axinite Digicinema.



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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Angelina Jolie Pitt tackles loss, marriage in “BY THE SEA”


Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie Pitt directs, writes and stars in Universal Pictures' new romantic drama “By the Sea” – her first acting work since “Maleficent,” and latest directorial effort after the Oscar-nominated “Unbroken.”

To be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting Nov. 18, “By the Sea” follows an American writer named Roland (Brad Pitt) and his wife, former dancer Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.

A couple in the middle of dealing with unimaginable grief, who doesn't know how to cope, and whose marriage is being greatly tested by it, Roland and Vanessa are still deeply in love with each other. Yet, this relationship has been temporarily derailed by loss, one to which they are reacting quite differently.

Jolie Pitt introduces us to the protagonists: "When you meet them, you assume that Roland is a bully and a drunk. You think he's quite irritated with Vanessa and focused only on himself and his writing. You also assume that she is focused on the way she looks, doesn't like people and is above it all. In fact, Vanessa is on prescription medication at a time when most people didn't know what depression even was. Then, you slowly discover that there is a reason that they are avoiding each other...and a reason that they have a lot of anger. They've been sitting on something for a very long time, and they both have never addressed it with each other. They're in so much pain and take it out on one another. By being aware of and studying other people, it allows them to forget themselves for a bit, and it breaks them open so they rediscover each other."

The director explains the attraction to developing these characters: "Most would probably divorce in Vanessa and Roland's circumstances, but there is that central idea of commitment to someone to whom you have dedicated yourself. Sometimes, marriage isn't easy, but you know that you have made that commitment, you have history, and you know why you are with that person. There is a comfort to it. It's often true that one person wants to give up more than the other, and that it takes one to keep it alive, as Roland does in our film."

Jolie Pitt admits that this production offered her the opportunity to rediscover her love of the craft of acting. "It's been a long time as an actor since I felt like I was free to create and play, to be irreverent and inappropriate... and a little too loud and make bold choices. I wanted something where I could be bold and explore and not have it fit into something that needed to be sold a certain way."

The filmmaker is the first to admit it's a different type of stress when you're on the other side of the camera. She reflects: "When you're a director who is also an actress in the film, you have very little sympathy for your own character...at least at first. My first pass in editing was very focused on the other characters, and it took me a while to focus on Vanessa and allow her to be important to me a storyteller. I needed that distance for awhile in order to find her."

Jolie Pitt is currently directing “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers,” a depiction of the Cambodian genocide through the eyes of a child, and is executive producer on the forthcoming animated feature film set in Afghanistan, “The Breadwinner.”
Rated R-18 Without Cuts, “By the Sea” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Picture

Rated R-18 Without Cuts, “By the Sea” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.



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Thursday, November 12, 2015

For Brad Pitt, “BY THE SEA” script blurs into reality


Joining Angelina Jolie Pitt both in production duties and in front of the screen for Universal Pictures' new romantic drama “By the Sea” is husband Brad Pitt.

To be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting Nov. 18, “By the Sea” follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.

Brad Pitt reflects on the story and their experience: "In the sense that it is sparse and elegant in its telling, Angie has written a very European film. Our job as actors is to make it more personal. Suddenly, to make it that personal, it becomes blurred. We have such history and mutual respect...as well as expectations of each other and our family. It was one of the most challenging things I've taken on. But at the same time, there's been a great freedom in that, because we can experiment and play. It was oddly a safer environment than any set I've been on before, and so we let loose."

Six characters take center stage in this tale, and Pitt walks us through the key players: "It's a story about multiple couples at different stages in their lives. There are Lea and Francois, a couple who is just married and excited by the potential of the future; Michel and Patrice, who, in the form of a friendship, have been hardened and calloused and softened and widened by their experiences. Then there are our characters, Roland and Vanessa, who are at that stage where the newness has worn off and everything has come to the surface. It's that point where they can either break through this and grow stronger beyond that point, or go their separate ways."

It was the final pairing whom Jolie Pitt and Pitt ultimately decided to portray on screen. They would explore the travails of the second stage of love and how couples cope with the unexpected blows that life brings to a relationship that started with endless promise and isn't sure where to go next.

For his part, Pitt relished delving into a character so very different from his previous roles. He explains: "Roland's trying to figure out his book, and they've come to this seaside village for inspiration. I'm sure he's got visions of Hemingway on his mind, with this locality and characters. But his book ultimately becomes about them and their experiences...as well as the effect that this time and place has had on them, and how they come out the other side."

As Roland spends time among the locals, working on his book and racking his brain about how to come out on the other side of a torturous time in his marriage, he finds strange comfort in his helplessness. Reflects Pitt: "There is a puzzle in figuring out those things that get in the way of your true feelings about someone, really loving them. A lot of it is past insecurities, wanting something so much that you focus too much on losing it. Then all this is in play."

Discussing the experience of working with her off-screen husband, Jolie Pitt is characteristically frank: "We have 10 years of history, and it all fed into these performances. It was challenging. I realized that it's the greatest thing as an artist if you can use all of the intimacy toward your partner, challenge and push each other and fight to make things better. You pull out something from one another that feels very different."

“By the Sea” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.



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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Ayala Malls exclusive “BY THE SEA” explores grief, love


Written, directed by and starring Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie Pitt, Universal Pictures' “By the Sea” will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide starting Nov. 18.

“By the Sea” follows an American writer named Roland (Brad Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea (Melanie Laurent) and François (Melvil Poupaud), and village locals Michel (Niels Arestrup) and Patrice (Richard Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.

Prior to her feature-length directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” and well before the beginning of photography on the World War II epic, “Unbroken,” Jolie Pitt wrote the screenplay for “By the Sea” as an exploration of grief and love.

Jolie Pitt reflects on her motivation: "I wrote `By the Sea' thinking that I wanted to explore grief - whether it was how some people haven't been exposed to it, some have let it settle in, and others have found ways to overcome it. Everybody in this film represents a different way of addressing that subject."

That noted, initially she had no intention of portraying one of the leads. "I wrote it before I actually started directing films, so it wasn't something I thought Brad and I would ever do together. When you write something, you're often not even aware of why you write; it's not until you're caught up in it and have a reaction to it that you realize something bothers or affects you. I never assumed we'd actually make it or act in it, so I wrote with a degree of freedom."

Jolie Pitt admits that she is fascinated by the fluidity of human existence, and that informed her script: "There is never just the tragedy or the humor of life or the pure joy of it. It has extremes. Relationships also have those extremes. You can be weeping on the floor, then 20 minutes later you can be laughing about something bizarre. This film is an extreme version of that. What's relatable to people is that you can be absolutely, madly in love with the same person that you sometimes feel like killing. You can be giddy and silly, and also depressed and miserable with them. It's the waves of a relationship. Things don't perfectly make sense and wrap up, and that forces a freedom as a writer."

As her focus as an artist turned toward work behind the camera, Jolie Pitt's attention turned again to her screenplay. She reveals: "`By the Sea' is not intended to be a commercial film. It was an opportunity for all of us to experiment and explore as artists and to create something delicate and special. There is a freedom in not making a commercial film. You can be bolder and experiment. It is emotionally more challenging and creative. As an artist, you want to be able to try things and sometimes avoid safe choices. We hope it will be enjoyed by people seeking a different, and perhaps more challenging, cinematic experience."

“By the Sea” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.



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Monday, November 9, 2015

“BY THE SEA” unravels new poster, images


Universal Pictures has just revealed new images, including a poster art, from the romantic drama “By the Sea,” Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie Pitt’s directorial follow-up to the studio’s epic “Unbroken.”

To be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide, “By the Sea” is written, directed and produced by Jolie Pitt, and stars Brad Pitt and Jolie Pitt, who are supported by an international ensemble led by Mélanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup, Melvil Poupaud and Richard Bohringer.

“By the Sea” follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea (Laurent) and François (Poupaud), and village locals Michel (Arestrup) and Patrice (Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.

In its style, and its treatment of themes of the human experience, “By the Sea” is inspired by European cinema and theater of the ’60s and ’70s.

“By the Sea” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.



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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Please vote for the handsome male model Stavros N. for Egeri Tour 2015

photos from Egeri-Tour.com

Kindly do me a favor and vote for the handsome male model Stavros Ntonas for Egeri Tour 2015.

Just click here.

He's number 30. Voting ends in roughly 14 hours I think.

He's 22 years old and he's from Brussels, Belgium. You know I love European male models to pieces. Teehee!

Again, please do vote for Stavros for Egeri Tour 2015. Click here to vote. Thank you!



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Saturday, November 7, 2015

It feels good to fall in love once again (part 4)

“Serendipity - all the random pieces coming together in one wonderful moment, when suddenly you see what their purpose was all along.” -David Levithan, “Boy Meets Boy”

This was exactly what happened to me last Friday morning.

There was a series of quite peculiar events that happened to me that morning, things that I thought that I didn’t truly deserve. I didn’t understand at first as to why those things happened, until “serendipity” did its magic.

I left the house at around 5:45AM that day. I was already a little worried because I usually leave our house at around 5:30AM and we all know that a 10-15 minute delay already means an exponential difference in terms of Metro Manila traffic. I dunno why I had to spend a few minutes looking for my driving shoes that morning. I just dunno why.

Traffic was surprisingly tolerable. I arrived in Makati at around 7:40AM. Unfortunately, the traffic going to our parking area wasn’t that pleasant. I had to wait in line for 15 minutes before I got to enter our building.

Parking is my weakness. It was a Friday so I had to bring Don Miguel (Clint’s coding). Don Miguel is longer than Clint so I kinda find it more difficult to park the former than the latter. On that day, on the 6th floor, my parking spot was somewhat sandwiched between a Hyundai Starex and a Toyota Fortuner. Great. Just great.

After my very “o.c.” parking feat, I suddenly felt like going to the restroom to freshen up a bit. And so I did.

After a couple of minutes, I went back to Don Miguel to fix my things, change my shoes, and do all those weird quirkiness and “kikay-ness” that I usually do every single morning. And for some weird reason, I decided to take a photo of the Glade car freshener that was on top of Don Miguel’s dashboard. I know. It felt so random. But I dunno why I even did that.

I looked at the elevator and saw that the right lift was going up to the 6th floor. I hurriedly got my bags, locked the door and headed straight to the elevator. I walked as swiftly as I could with my large black Longchamp tote clinging on my left shoulder, my laptop bag on my right shoulder, and my lunch bag on my right hand. The elevator door opened and a woman from another company (that starts with the letter “S”) entered first. I was already very near the elevator when its doors started closing in front of me. To my horror, the woman from another company (that starts with the letter “S”) just stood there and looked at me and did nothing. She didn’t do a thing. Horrific. You really can’t buy good manners and class. IMO.

I pressed the down button and waited for another elevator door to open. Half a minute or so later, the opposite one opened and without even looking I just quickly went inside and pressed “G.” Surprisingly, that elevator wasn’t going down. It was heading straight to the 8th floor. Deep inside I was like….”Oh, geesh.” The elevator door opened when it reached the 8th floor. A maintenance personnel appeared and he looked a little bewildered. He greeted me a good morning and I smiled back at him. My morning wasn’t that good already, thanks to that woman from another company (that starts with the letter “S”), so the least I could do was to just give him a sweet smile. I’m sorry Mr. Maintenance Personnel. It’s not you. It’s me.

I saw Mr. Maintenance Personnel press “3”, which meant that he was gonna get off at the 3rd floor. Great. Another stopover. Well, it’s already past 8AM anyway. Go head. Bring it on.

After a while, we reached the 3rd floor and Mr. Maintenance Personnel took off quickly. I was somewhat busy reading the movie PRs on my phone (for my blog) at that time so I didn’t bother to look at Mr. Maintenance Personnel anymore when he left. I didn’t bother pressing the “close” button anymore because the elevator doors would close by itself anyway. And so it did. Until someone stepped inside and tried to stop it. A guy. I had an initial inkling that it was a guy. Blue rubber shoes. Tight-fitted khaki pants. Blue maong-ish polo. Car keys on his left hand. And so I looked up to see who it was. I looked up....

It was him. IT WAS HIM. Oh my goodness. Oh my most beloved goodness. Oh my beloved. Oh I love him. Oh I love you. Oh I’m so feeling giddy right now just by thinking about that moment again.

I looked at him with a very surprised face. My lips parted a little from each other. My eyes fixated on him. His hair looked a little weird. It seemed like it was ironed, but I knew it wasn’t ironed. It looked flat. But his thick brows still did the trick and made him appear incredibly handsome. Like I always say, he’s really the most handsome guy in the office for me right now. He had a few pimples on his cheeks, but for some weird reason that kinda made me appreciate him even more. It makes him imperfect. And that thing that makes him imperfect, ultimately, makes him look perfect to me. Ayiiiiiiiiiiiiii!

Again, I was just really so stunned. As in. Swear. Super. Mega. Ultra. To the highest level. I was just so beyond surprised. I mean…why??? Why did this happen???

I was thinking if I should say “hi” to him. Or if I should just smile. But I decided not to. I knew he saw me too because our eyes met (oh, c’mon…stop it already….) Well, obviously. I mean, c’mon, there were only 2 of us there at that moment.

He stood near the elevator doors. So close to the elevator doors. I dunno why. It’s like he wanted to stay as far away from me as possible. Is it because of my cologne? It’s like he wanted to get off right away. And then I remembered that a month back my friends dared me to add him up on Facebook. Which I did. (I’m probably one of the boldest people you’ll ever meet.) But, sadly, he didn’t accept my friend request which is fine, of course. We’re not friends. He doesn’t know me, anyway. But he can always Google me. CHOZ! And so at that instant I was like….

“Don’t forget. I’m just a becky, standing in front of a boy, asking him to….accept my friend request on Facebook.”

LOLZ! He wouldn’t be able to accept that friend request anymore anyway since I already cancelled it to save myself from further humiliation. I did the dare already anyway. Charge it to experience. I’m sorry. I wouldn’t do that again. When people are in love, they just tend to do the weirdest things.

But deep inside I was also already thanking God for that wonderful blessing. Being with him at that very moment. Even for just a few seconds. Just the two of us. C’mon. How surreal is that?

The past 2 weeks had been really rough for me at home. It’s just terrible. And I just can’t talk about it here because it’s a little too personal. I just really….

And then that thing happened. That event happened last Friday morning. That serendipitous event. That very simple event that already made me so happy. I needed that. I needed that moment. I knew it was just temporary but it made me genuinely, irrevocably happy. I even smiled at the CCTV camera during that very moment. I dunno why. LOLZ! And I think I also kinda whispered “Thank you, Lord” in the air. But I knew he didn’t hear it. He was wearing headphones.

Unfortunately, the elevator stopped on the 2nd floor and someone entered. He moved a little to his right to give way to the person that was entering the elevator. And then we reached the ground floor. The elevator doors opened. And he stepped out as fast as he could. I saw him look to his right and wave “hi” to his friends who were waiting for him at a nearby coffee shop. And as for me, well, I headed straight to the building entrance. I still had a morning report to produce.

Nonetheless, I was smiling from ear to ear. ��

“A moment like this. Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this.”

When I’m gone, I want these memories to live on forever. And I hope that such memories can at least give smiles to anyone who’ll get to read it.

P.S. Don Miguel's time is 15 minutes late. Jejeje....



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Friday, November 6, 2015

“STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS” rolls out character posters


Five cast members of Lucasfilm's “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” get the star treatment as the studio releases their individual character posters. They are Harrison Ford (as Han Solo), Carrie Fischer (as Leia), John Boyega (as Finn), Adam Driver (as Kylo Ren) and Daisy Ridley (as Rey).

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk, and John Williams returns as the composer. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga.

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, Dec. 17, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Follow the official social media accounts of Star Wars in the Philippines, namely, (FB) StarWarsPH, (Twitter) @starwarsph and (Instagram) iamstarwars_ph. #TheForceAwakensPH



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“THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2” Director Francis Lawrence brings the franchise into its most compelling and moving conclusion


The blockbuster “Hunger Games” franchise has taken audiences by storm around the world, grossing more than $2.3 billion at the global box office. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” now brings the franchise to its powerful final chapter in which Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival – they are for the future.

With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong and features an acclaimed cast including Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Academy Award®-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland reprising their original roles from The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The impressive lineup is joined by “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” co-stars Academy Award®-winner Julianne Moore, Mahershala Ali, Natalie Dormer, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Evan Ross.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” picks up with Katniss back in the bunkers of District 13, still unable to emotionally reach a brainwashed Peeta as she watches the nation of Panem sliding into full-scale apocalyptic war. Though Katniss has warily accepted her role as the Mockingjay symbol of the rebellion, she can see that it is going take more than symbolism to turn the tide against the Capitol. Truly on fire now, she resolves to take action. Joining with Gale, an unpredictable Peeta, Finnick and the so-called “Squad 451,” she sets out for the once-glittering Capitol – transformed into a city of mayhem under attack by both rebels and peacekeepers – with a covert mission to assassinate President Snow. Snow still believes he’s playing an obsessive game to outwit and destroy Katniss, but Katniss is no longer anyone’s pawn, and to her, this is no contest. It is a battle for everything she has come to believe in and the people she loves. It is a battle for the final hope of a life of peace.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” builds on the momentum of each previous chapter in the blockbuster series to reach a fever pitch of both emotion and action, bringing Katniss full circle from the dismayed girl caught in a dystopian nightmare to leading the charge to remake her nation.

Now, in the final chapter of The Hunger Games, with all the Districts united against the Capitol for the first time, tomorrow itself is on the line. For Katniss to truly be herself, she realizes she must now fully take on the indomitable Mockingjay spirit in a last stand to set things right. Says director Francis Lawrence: “In this film, Katniss takes the action back into her own hands and goes after Snow personally. The movie really opens up as we go deep into the streets of the Capitol, coming full circle from Katniss’s journey there in the first film. There’s more action, more scope, more emotion and most of all, this film brings the story to its moving conclusion.”

Join the revolution this November 18 when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” invades cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.



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