All set for Holy Week

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

All set for Holy Week

As reported by ABS-CBN, more than 1,000 traffic enforcers will be discharge starting this Wednesday, April 20.

These enforcers will be assigned to major thoroughfares, particularly EDSA and other exit points of Metro Manila, as part of MMDA’s Metro Alalay Semana Santa.

The Philippine National Police, meanwhile, will deploy 135,000 officers throughout the country and 5,000 in Metro Manila.

Well, it seems like our Authorities are already prepared for possible street traffics for next week’s Holy Week, as they will  also be manning bus and jeepney terminals, airports and shopping malls in anticipation of this Holiday.

photo from: FemaleNetwork.com

Maasai Girls Escaping Circumcision from Kenya, a Film Subject of a Filipina Photojournalist

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

Filipino native, now US resident Marvi Lacar a photojournalist and a short film maker receives her international spotlight after her 28-minute documentary, titled:  Escape: Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage in Kenya, that depicts the struggling life specifically the early marriage and female circumcision of young girls, from indigenous community of Kenya.

To see the Escape Video Trailer, Click Here.

The film of Marvi Lacar just had caught the attention of NY1 News, Time Warner Cable’s 24-hour news channel in New York City and several writers and bloggers across the US.

The video also shows the rescue work of Tasaru Rescue Center of a teenage girl Naanyu Sekut, who is about to go on her wedding ceremony with a 45-year old man. Tasaru Rescue Center, offers girls an alternative rite of passage to the deep-rooted cultural practice, also known as FGM. Mary Walker, and FGM, Global Relief Resources raises funds in order to offer Scholarships and Grants for women and girls who are ending Female Genital Mutilation in Africa.

From GMA News Online, Lacar said she made the film on Kenyan women “not only to bring awareness to the plight of these girls but to get viewers invested enough in their future and help them through donations, outreach, education, etc.”

Screenshot from http://www.photobetty.com/marvilacar

Screenshot from www.photobetty.com/marvilacar

To see the rest of photos taken by Marvi Lacar, Click Here.

From Marvi Lacar’s page, she wrote, This project documents the progress of some Maasai people’s battle against female circumcision and early marriage through rescue, rehabilitation and tribal outreach programs. This work is part of a larger photo documentary on “Women in Poverty”, quoted as she emphasizes this word.

According to Marvi and her husband from their 1 month interaction to Maasai Tribe of Kenya, girls from 8 to 15 years of age undergo to genital circumcision and prerequisite this rite to marriage, which brings in a significant dowry to the girl’s family. Once married, girls quit school and attend to their wifely duties of keeping house and raising children as what wife does. At the age of 18-20 some of these girls have several children.

What’s up Azkals?

BY KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

Phil and James Younghusband

Phil and James Younghusband

The Good Deeds

Football face of the crowds’ James and Phil Younghusband (brothers) have already ado to take a visit Lanao del Norte this coming July, 2011 as part of their promotional tour of football sport here in the Philippines.

Aiming to nurture and develop the next generation of Filipino football players is the TYFA or The Younghusband Football Academy envisions, which the Younghusband brother created for Sports teacher and students in public schools to teach them the basics of football, without any charge. The brothers have already conducted clinics in towns of Tarlac City and Paniqui in Tarlac, Puerto Princesa in Palawan and Taguig City, Manila.

The Next Battle

It is now so official!

Yesterday (Thursday), President of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), Mariano “Nonong” Araneta and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Ricardo Garcia confirmed that Philippines will be holding the July 3 World Cup qualifying match of Philippine Azkals against Team Sri Lanka, here at the Rizal Memorial Footbal Stadium. This face-off between Sri Lankan Team and Philippines’ Askals will surely boosts excitement once again of their Filipino crowd; fans and supporters as well as game enthusiasts and team critics.

Photo from spot.ph

McDonald’s BF-GF Commercial made a Controversy

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

The world’s largest food chain has pulled out its latest 30 second TV advertisement having a boy and a girl (minor kids) in a BF-GF theme, after Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) reacted on the message of the TVC’s storyline perspective.

The CBCP officials sought the McDo TVC is misleading its message to youngsters. In the commercial situation, the girl asks the boy if she could be his girlfriend, but the boy quickly answered that he doesn’t want to. Claiming that girlfriends now are too demanding, but story ended, that the girl only wants to have a Mcdo fries amounting to only P25.

Via Radio Veritas, McDonald’s Philippines Vice President for Marketing Margot Torres told that they have pulled out the ad because they respect the call of Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez and will be releasing different McDonald’s commercial this week.

TVC received a feedback from Fr. Melvin Castro, the executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life said that the commercial is very shallow and it cheapens human relationships, from Inquirer.net., “If the TV ad attempted to teach commitment, it failed because it was too superficial to point to a packet of French fries as the basis of a relationship. At a very, very young age, thеѕе kids ѕhουƖԁ instead be taught the value of loving thеіr parents, thеіr country, environment аnԁ God, nοt аbουt a relationship it is nοt уеt appropriate for thеіr age, Fr. Castro added.

Another issue regarding Mcdonald’s, is about the fast-food restaurant fry showdown between Wendy’s natural-cut fries with sea salt and McDo’s shoestring potatoes, as Wendy’s claims that most of US customers liked their fries based on US national taste test as they got 56 percent from the consumers along with 39 percent only of competitor(McDo), released this week.

Wendy’s food chain are now striving to be identified after re-engineering their recipe for fries that is now made from Russet potatoes and sea salt, launched last year.

Alter Space the First Social Network Application, Proudly Pinoy Made

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

Introducing Alter Space, the newest and first ever Filipino-developed game application for the leading social networking site, Facebook.com, created by AboitizPower Corporation.

AboitizPower Corporation is a publicly-owned holding company in the Philippines that recently offers Cleanergy which talks about clean and renewable power source and primarily the reduction of carbon footprints to have sustainable and cleaner energy solutions that connotes a vision of living a healthier life for a better future.

In the Philippines, there are currently 18,124, 220 Filipinos on Facebook and among all of this, 54 percent of social networking site users cite gaming as the reason they log on.

Alter Space is made to educate public and let them participate in the struggle of reducing carbon footprint to have in mind the concept of responsibility of source management through personal activities, within or outside the house.

Alter Space is very simple and it’s not complicated to play as other games are. You just need to start the game by creating your own planet, and to level-up; Player only need to take a good care not only his own home but the whole planet and to remain happy while building an eco-friendly world. Just like in reality, global warning, climate change and other natural disasters are expected to happen if we are not going to change our lifestyle for the better.

By pointing your mouse cursor to every appliance, you can see a trivia and tips regarding to what object you are pointing of and how to minimize your energy consumption presented at the bottom part of your screen.

ALTER SPACE

ALTER SPACE

You can visit and play at the park place and do recreational pinoy activities like stargazing, cycling, swing, and slide or stay at home and play game called sungka. Filipino culture is really in the game as it also lets you shop for food like tapsilog, hotsilog, lumpia, adobo, buko juice and etc.

From time to time, you will receive a series of tasks that you have to accomplish within the given amount of time, and you have to do these tasks while still keeping the carbon footprint low.

To unlock other additional stores and amusements you need to have certain currentcy for this. Earn a lot of money called “currentcy” through Alter Space mini games such as Solar Plant, where in you need to catch sun by using solar panel but you need to avoid other falling objects to touch your solar panel. Another one is Geothermal Plant that makes you earn currentcy by hitting steam smoke from the geothermal tubes. And Hydrothermal Plant, whereby setting a waterway connection from one side to another side using waterpipes can help you have currentcy. All of these three mini games are under the pressure of time and distractions.

Using currentcy, you can also populate your home with appliances. You will get asked whether to upgrade an appliance or not or as what the task requires you to do so. Upgrading an appliance can give a plus point on your happiness scale while adding up to the carbon footprint scale. So it’s your hands decision if what would you like the game to be.

When you reach the level five, you need to do the final task together with 4 friends of yours by building APS or Alternative Power Source and you can win cool prices such as Ipad, paper fan, shirts and other memorabilia, after you finish the final task.

So that’s it! Start spreading the news about this global awareness game and meet new friends.

After Django Bustamante, Antonio Lining is the World’s No.1 Pool Player

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

Yes you read it right!

In the recently held Philippine Open Pool Championship, Antonio Lining has become the World’s No. 1 Pool player.

WPBO, World Pool-Billiard Association President Mr. Ian Anderson announced that Antonio “Nikoy” Lining has overtaken Django Bustamante’s rank no. 1 professional billiard player in the world after making it to the 2nd Place of the Philippine Open Pool Championship earlier this month, held at SM Megamall.

Though he lost his table battle against German Ralph Soquet “the surgeon”, but due to point system he still top notched the world number 1 spot of Professional Pool Players in the World.

Antonio Lining today's No. 1 World Pool Player

Antonio Lining

Nikoy, is a one of the few left-handed Asian pool players, but it seems that it is his magical left hand that brought him at the peak of pool player ranking today.

Some of his humble beginning is when he finished 2nd place next to Bustamante in the Motolite International Nine-Ball Tournament last 2000, where he also bested Efren “Bata” Reyes at the quarter-finals. And his first Gold Medal together with Bustamante at Nine-ball doubles event at the 2002 Busan Asian Games.

On the other note, ‘RoboCop” Dennis Orcullo is also climbing up in the world ranking as he will soon be on the 2nd spot after Lining while Bustamante’s position continues to drop in the world rankings.

Michael Cinco Designs spotted on ANTM’s Cycle 16 Challenge

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

The famous Filipino Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco’s Eco-Couture designs will be featured in ANTM’s Cycle 16 to be aired first this April 13, 2011(tomorrow).

Cinco’s eco-friendly couture collection will be featured by top 5 remaining America’s Next Top Mode Cycle 16 finalists, together with Lana Marks handbags and accessories, photographed by the ANTM’s judge and professional photographer Mr. Nigel Barker at a landfill as a part of the ladies challenge, a unlikely concept: ECO-COUTURE AGAINST A LANDFILL, a collection of fluid and voluminous gowns shoot in an industrial waste landscape.

ECO-COUTURE PHOTOSHOOT

ECO-COUTURE PHOTOSHOOT

ANTM is a reality television show in which a number of women compete for the title of America’s Next Top Model and a chance to start their career in the modeling industry, with number of magazine cover, cash prices, runway walks around the globe are at stake. Created and hosted by model-talk show host-producer, Tyra Banks.

“Everyone in ANTM was so impressed the crew, the talents, the producers and, of course, Tyra (Banks, the show host and creator)! It was all worth it. The clothes were impeccable like (works of art),” Carandang said in an interview from PhilStar.com, who is a Filipino producer of ANTM.

Michael Cinco had already participated numbers of fashion shows around Asia and US. Year 2003, when he started to open his own house of creations: Michael Cinco Haute Couture at Dubai together with his business partner that caters mainly Wedding Gowns and Evening Dresses.Here in the Philippines, Cinco’s couture dresses have been staged by some of our prominent TV personalities, such as Regine Velasquez, Ruffa Gutierrez and Miss Earth-Philippines Karla Paula Henry and Sandra Seifert.

His dresses have not only appeared on the back of Imortal valkyrie Angel Locsin who was nominated for Best Actress at the last year’s Emmy’s, but he hit the headlines with his embellished Old Hollywood glamour for Anne Curtis at the 2009 Star Magic Ball.

photos from: www.thestylemonger.com

Taal Volcano Shows Uncertainty Since Weekend

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

Cinder cone view on Taal Volcano Island, Photo by JG Moore of the US Geological Survey

Cinder cone view on Taal Volcano Island, Photo by JG Moore of the US Geological Survey

Taal Volcano is sighted again being active for these past few days, although this volcano remains so quiet since year 1997, still it shows disturbances.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) raised the alert level over the volcano a day after its activity.

The main crater of Taal, Daang Kastila Trail, and Mt Tabaro are strictly off-limit to the public this time because sudden troubles steam-driven explosions could occur. Breathing air with high concentration of gases now can be dangerous to human, animals and even damage vegetation, PHIVOLCS warned.

In an interview, Phivolcs science research specialist Jojo Cordon said, ”The volcano’s seismicity, ground deformation and carbon dioxide content remain high. We will continue to observe if the volcano’s activity will intensify in the next days. But for now, Alert Level 2 remains hoisted over Taal Volcano.

Phivolcs detected 6 volcanic earthquakes around the Volcano in the last 24 hours. Although the number of volcanic earthquakes is lower than the number of quakes last Weekend, seismicity around the volcano remains active.

Filipina, Angeli Flores part of Pan-Asian Girl Group “BLUSH”

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

BLUSH

BLUSH

Hong Kong based Far-West Entertainment teamed up with British songwriter and record producer Eliot Kennedy who is known for his work songs for groups such as Spice Girls, S Club 7 and Five, to create “a pan-Asian, English-singing group composing of 5 beautiful, intelligent and talented young Asian women from Japan, Korea, China, India and the Philippines age ranges from 18-25 called “Project Lotus”.

Project Lotus aims to bring the next girl group band to the world. Part of the group is a Filipina singer Angeli Flores from Philippines, picked by FarWest Entertainment to become part of the 1st Pan-Asian girl group Blush, after its long wait from live auditions in Mumbai, Manila, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul and Hong Kong, down to 25 Finalist to reality TV series intense training in Hong Kong to the elimination process and down to the selection of the Final Five.

To watch the elimination and selection process, Click Here!

Flores will be performing together with Victoria Chan (China), Alisha Budhrani (India), Natsuko Danjo (Japan) and Ji-Hae Lee (Korea). BLUSH after its successful launch in Asia, is all set and geared up to launch globally as they already started to record “Holding On To A Dream” which the girls recorded in Hong Kong with nine time Grammy Award winning producer / engineer Tal Herzberg and with their first single called “Undivided”.

Angeli Mae Flores from the Philippines (center)

Angeli Mae Flores (at the center) from the Philippines

To see the rehearsals of the Final Five, Click Here!

Lea Salonga, was one among the judges in the search for the Next Asian Girl Group, and said the newly-formed group “exciting” and the possibilities for it “endless“, “I don’t believe that a Pan-Asian girl group has ever been formed. There is such diversity in the group that was formed, not only in their features, but also in their personalities,” Lea added.

This Pan-Asian Girls experienced a development academy with some of the industry’s biggest names, record music, DVD’s and a TV special and a Film documentary of their journey in this reality search in English across the Asia this April-May.

Angeli Mae Flores, native of Marikina City is a face of Talent Search here in the Philippines. She competed in the talent show Star for a Night, hosted by Songbird Regine Velasquez in which Sarah Geronimo won as Grand Winner, together with Mau Marcelo (Grand Winner, Philippine Idol) participated. Flores, together with Star for a Night Finalists, released an album under Viva Records and recorded, “Sabi mo lang pala.”

Flores also joined the Search for the 1st Pinoy Idol which aired on GMA Network but she just made it to the top 11 spot.

Bruno Mars Concert @ Manila

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

Doo-Wops & Hooligans Concert Tour - Philippines

Doo-Wops & Hooligans Concert Tour - Philippines

Tonight will be the concert of Grammy Awards Best Male Pop Vocal Performer, Bruno Mars in Manila.

Filipino-American Pop Singer solo musician is surely having a great time staying here in the Philippines for two days now, after his successful sold-out concert Last night at Waterfront Hotel and Casino at Cebu City, Peter Gene Hernandez, popularly known as Bruno Mars is now upbeat to take the concert stage of Araneta Coliseum tonight, as part of his Doo-wops & Hooligans Tour, produced by TV Personalities, Kris Aquino and Boy Abunda.

Together with his band and One Tree Hill Hollywood actor, Singer and Model Michael Copon who is also a Half-Filipino to open the show.

According to abs-cbnNews, Bruno was surprised when his mom Bernadette showed up at his concert at Cebu City.

“I am very proud of my son because he still has a heart of a Filipino and he never forgets to look back to where his family came from”, Mom Bernadette Hernandez said.

“We’re a very close Filipino family, and that’s what I want my kids to carry on to the next generation,” his mom added.

Pete got his name Bruno at the age of two (2) from his Puerto Rican father Pete because he is a chubby baby and because there was a famous chubby wrestler famous that time named Bruno Sammartino. Bruno Mars’s mom is a Filipina. Ms. Bernadette Hernandez immigrated to Hawaii from Philippines since her childhood.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Bruno eventually transfers in 2003 to Los Angeles, California to push his dream of becoming a singer and a songwriter.

Now, Bruno Mars is widely popular as a solo artist after sharing his vocals and co-writing the hooks for the chart-topping hits “Nothin’ on You” by B.o.B, and “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy, and for his hit songs Grenade, Just the way you are, The Lazy Song, Marry You and many more.