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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Johannes Rissler is the most handsome Filipino male model in Manila today (IMO)

photos from Facebook

I'm just gonna make this quick. I don't want the weekend to pass by without me posting this.

All I just wanna say is that...for me....

Johannes Rissler is the most handsome Filipino male model in Manila today.

Well, technically, he's Filipino-German so, still, that makes him every bit of a Filipino nonetheless. But, again, that's just me. That's just my opinion. That Johannes Rissler is the most handsome Filipino male model in Manila today.

I really think that he's the most handsome Filipino male model in our local modeling industry right now (I think that's the 3rd time that I said that LOL). And he reminds me of someone....

Yup. You guessed it right. Heydar Hosseini. Ok. I'll stop there. Past is past. LOLZ!

Lemme share with you some photos of Johannes from the recently concluded Bench Fashion Week that was held last week at the Bench Tower. I was fortunate enough to have attended that and damn....

Johannes Rissler is really the most handsome Filipino male model in Manila today....

That's all for now.

I'll try to blog more about Johannes soon. I promise.

In the meantime, you may follow Johannes and his modeling career on Facebook (Superjohans).




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Friday, March 17, 2017

Survivor stories in “WE CALL HER YOLANDA” - special screenings on March 25 and 26


Stories of hope from real survivors of the fiercest and most devastating typhoon that ever hit the Philippines are featured in the highly-inspiring movie “We Call Her Yolanda.” The movie will have limited special screenings on March 25 (Saturday) at Greenbelt3 cinema1 at 10:00am and on March 26 (Sunday) at Powerplant cinema 1 at 8:00pm. Proceeds of the screenings are for the benefit of RAM Philippines (Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps) for their current and future medical missions.

Directed by Anthony Bari, Jr., “We Call Her Yolanda” started with volunteers who have seen the catastrophe that hit Tacloban. From this recurring group of volunteers, they returned one year later with the intent to gather stories of bravery and recovery from the survivors. Upon their return, they saw that many families still lived in tents, coconut plantations were still destroyed, and fishermen were still reeling from the loss of their boats. The health of their land and ocean was also troubling. Visits and services to the community became continuous for the team, each time growing closer to the families that recall their experiences and share their paths to recovery. Stories of loss and survival are recounted by a Lieutenant Commander, a Barangay (village) Captain, a farmer, a couple, and two fishermen. Although there was still much pain and grievance over lives destroyed, their stories and spirits reveal a community strengthened.

The team returns two years later to find that circumstances have greatly improved. Their resilience is clear, with hope leading the way against all odds. “We Call Her Yolanda” captures it all and shares these stories of strength and inspiration. Translating the survivors’ stories into film, director Tony and producer May Tam highlight the strength of the Filipino people rising above the aftermath of the storm.

“On November 8th 2013 Super Typhoon “Yolanda” was the strongest recorded tropical storm to reach land. That was a day nobody was prepared for and many people have learned from. Typhoon Yolanda struck parts of the Philippine islands, destroying everything in its path and ripping people from their homes, livelihood, and loved ones. The events changed the way many of the Filipino people live and how they perceive each other.

The story is narrated by the people that survived Typhoon “Yolanda”. I believe it is the first film to go back and follow up with the survivors for 2 years after the storm. We are giving a voice to a community of people who knows survival and resilience firsthand. Everyday people are most of the time overlooked, so that is who we followed. Our subjects are first responders, foreign aid volunteers, fishermen, community leaders, a village policeman, and a coconut farmer. Never have I seen such a massive disaster. And to see people bounce back from it has been an amazing opportunity. It is my true pleasure to be able share this film with you and I hope you enjoy it,” shares director Bari.

For a chance to watch and purchase tickets of “We Call Her Yolanda”, interested cineastes and advocates may reach them at mobile number +63 917 582 3301 – Heidi Sampang Abad. Check the movie’s website www.wecallheryolanda.com.



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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Latest colonization mission lands in hostile terrain in Ridley Scott's “ALIEN: COVENANT”


The largest colonization mission takes off in Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi horror-thriller “Alien: Covenant” starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Billy Crudup, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez and Danny McBride.

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in “Alien” with “Alien: Covenant”, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with “Prometheus” and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world -- whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

In recent interviews, Ridley Scott revealed that in “Alien: Covenant”, he explored into the origins of the xenomorphs, and that the movie touches on mortality, immortality and the higher power who created humans and the universe. “We did Prometheus – that heaved it off the ground, and Covenant is a follow-through to Prometheus. We now know who created this, and why, and the next one’s a joining up of the storyline,” says Scott.

Both Prometheus and Covenant are inspired by Scott’s personal beliefs about where we came from: “We’re not just a random biological accident, for you and I to be sitting here right now [by accident] would take trillions of correct decisions made randomly by nature, which of course is ridiculous. I think there’s some kind of decision being made. I believe in a higher force – if we want to call it God, then it’s God.”

Scott further revealed in his Vanity Fair interview about the opening scene in “Alien: Covenant”, “We start Covenant with a really clever prologue that settles—once and for all—who David really is.” The sequence begins on a “big beautiful blue eye—you see every vein” and over that shot audiences will hear footsteps approach. “How do you feel?” a voice asks. “Alive,” the owner of the eye responds. Scott explains that the prologue reveals Guy Pearce’s Prometheus character, Peter Weyland, as a younger, 40-year-old man whom the newly-born David calls “father.” Scott promises this sequence will “really get people going because it’s fucking smart for a change.”

“Alien: Covenant” opens May 10 in theaters nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.



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Strength of selfless teens ignite in “POWER RANGERS” movie


Based on the unendingly popular legend of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comes the rollicking, action-packed modern chronicle of how the famed color-coded crew of teen warriors first transformed from a band of small-town outcasts into a united team of mighty superheroes in the new “Power Rangers” movie.

The re-imagined story of Saban’s “Power Rangers” comes to the screen on a thrilling scale that amps up the, action, effects and creative design. A fresh young cast from around the world joins with Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks in a non-stop adventure that puts ordinary teens to the test in the most extraordinary situation imaginable: transcending a 21st Century pressure cooker of cyber-bullying, alienation, peer pressures and family issues to become nothing less than the world’s only chance to survive.

"Recent research shows that most of us are born with what is termed as a 'selfless gene'," says Matt Suzana, co-writer of the Power Rangers movie. "Daily selfless acts include donating blood, helping blind people cross the street, giving alms, and the list goes on." he continues. "These selfless people share a common gene variation that is linked to the receptor for Oxytocin, often referred to as the 'love hormone.' Oxytocin plays a vital role in the formulation of social bonds and relationships, impacting a person's capacity for empathy.”

“With this in mind, we imagined 5 selfless youths chosen to become Power Rangers. We want the characters to be real and believable, and that they are really selfless people in this world who risk their lives, their jobs, and their future to help other people and yet expect nothing in return. In the case of these young people, their heroic acts are truly believable and most of us can identify with them. Standing up for those in need is a selfless way to live, everyone benefits. To exhibit altruism is to elevate our entire species to the next level," reveals Suzana.

The script honed in on exploring the five Power Rangers as 21st Century high schoolers, each going through his or her own epic coming-of-age battle – and confronting today’s issues of social media, cyber-bullying, peer pressure, family pressure and the uncertain future – all while learning to deal with superhuman strength and a heroic destiny that is thrust upon them without much warning.

Adds screenwriter John Gatins: “We wanted our Power Rangers to reflect more of what teenagers are going through right now – so we married more realism to the original concept. For each of our Rangers, there is something inside they have been wrestling with and trying to overcome."

Indeed, each Ranger-to-be has hit a form of adolescent rock bottom. Jason, the Red Ranger, is a former football star who inadvertently made a career-ending mistake; Kimberly, the Pink Ranger, is a Queen Bee who fell from grace; Billy, the Blue Ranger, is a super-smart but socially challenged kid who has never been able to make a single real friend; Trini, the Yellow Ranger, is a rebellious loner who never fits in; and Zack, the Black Ranger, is a tough-guy secretly in an even tougher family situation.

It is only when this quintet of outcasts all land together in school detention that fate takes over – and they suddenly find themselves attached to strange, glowing coins that seem to be bringing them inexplicable strength. Now, they have to figure how to control their mysterious abilities even as they face all the emotions and drama of finding their identities… and try to save the world to boot.

“Power Rangers” opens in cinemas nationwide on March 22 from Pioneer Films.



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Friday, March 10, 2017

“DEADPOOL 2” viral teaser debuts in Philippine theaters with "LOGAN"


The hilarious short aka long teaser of “Deadpool 2” that became viral worldwide will finally debut in Philippine theatres on Saturday, March 11. The long teaser that had the world laughing out loud will exclusively play only in screens where “Logan” is currently on its second week in theatres.

Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson aka Deadpool is seen passing by a deserted street while an old man is being mugged at the start of the teaser. Heroics ensue as he tries to change into his suit but realizes he’s too late as he hears a gunshot, only to find out the old man is dead. Ramblings continue with our irreverent hero while we can still hear him talking to the dead man saying, “You know who would have been able to save you? Logan. He doesn’t have to change into anything. All he wears is jeans and a tank-top,” as the screen fades to black.

Hailed globally as the best Wolverine movie in the X-Men franchise starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and newcomer Dafne Keen, “Logan” is now on its second week in almost 200 screens nationwide.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime larger-than-life presentation on the big screen with two of the world’s most iconic and beloved superheroes starting March 11 in Philippine cinemas!

“Logan” is from 20th Century Fox distributed by Warner Bros. Rated R-16 by the MTRCB without cuts.



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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Kettle + Wicked + Lapid's Chicharon (LOLZ!)

Back when I still wasn't on my Balik Alindog Program, I used to eat A LOT whenever I dined out with my mum and aunts. Like this one over here at Kettle in Shangri-La Plaza. I had that Australian lamb adobo and that miso glazed salmon.

I couldn't even describe how delectable those dishes were! Most especially the salmon. The Australian lamb adobo was ok, too. It's just exactly what I had expected it to be. Very tender and not so much fat. But the salmon was the one that took my heart away.

My mum just had a salad. Teehee!
Beside Kettle was this cakes and pastries shop called Wicked. We got intrigued by its name so we paid it a visit. And, lo and behold....
It's really wicked! Wickedly sinful!
This is heaven for all those who love cakes and pastries. I did love cakes and pastries before. Did. It's just that I'm really trying to stick to my diet right now so I'm doing my best to avoid these as of the moment. Plus, I don't wanna piss off my trainer. I love him to pieces.
My mum also got excited upon seeing those cakes and pastries and these cute cupcakes over here.
She decided to try each and every single one of 'em.
Including those revel bars for my brother.
Don't ask why my mum keeps her money in an envelope. LOLZ!
I was also more than excited to bring these home and try each one.
The Wicked staff also gave us free coffee. We gave both of them to the guards at the parking area.
Going home, we passed by White Plains to buy Lapid's Chicharon. Haha! I'm really gonna die young.
I can die now....
This cute caramel cake over here is my personal Wicked favorite.

Both Kettle and Wicked are located at Level 5, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City.

Lapid's Chicharon is located at Lapid Foods Bldg. II, 16 Katipunan Ave., White Plains, Quezon City.



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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Male Model Spotlight: Tattooed German male model Christopher Petsch

photos from Facebook / Mirko Stoedter / Tom Frey / Pensativo

You all know that I'm not exactly a fan of guys or male models with tattoos but I've made some exceptions in the past. And this time, I'm gonna make a similar exception again.

With Christopher Petsch.

Christopher is a German male model based in, where else, Germany. I find him very attractive because of his eyes and the tattoos on his chest. I wish someday that Calvin Klein would get him to model for them. Or even Aussiebum or Gregg Homme. I think he'd look great in a Gregg Homme.

I know nothing much about him as I've only gotten the chance to talk to him once during the time when something traumatic happened to me very recently. He was very comforting and right there and then I knew that he was a nice guy inside and out.

He's 6 ft. tall. He has blue eyes. And he has short black hair. He has many tattoos but surprisingly, according to him, he doesn't have any piercings.

So, I guess, for now, I'll just let you "indulge" on these incredible photos of Christopher. He's truly a work of art.

What will you do if a guy is staring at you like this?
It's undeniable that Christopher is really one very handsome young man.

Here's Christopher with some clothes on. Teehee!

Effortless male beauty and perfection.

That's all for now.

For bookings, please contact him at vivalapetsch@web.de.

Hope to see you here in Manila soon, Christopher!



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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Is he the hottest "tarmacker" in Melbourne, Australia? (Love Down Under)

I dunno. You tell me.

I'll just leave these photos of him here for you to decide.

Seriously...what's with these guys with long, blonde, curly/wavy hair? Why are they so...hot? Seriously....?

And he's a dog lover, too. Geesh. You have my heart now, mate!
I think he's trying to take my heart now. Teehee!
Gosh...again....seriously? What's with these guys who know how to skate? What's with these skater boys with long, blonde, curly/wavy hair???

I wanna go back to Melbourne....



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Who is that "gay" I see staring straight back at me...?

Why is my reflection someone I don't know?

Must I pretend that I'm someone else for all time?

When will my reflection show...who I am inside?