EDSA : A Film by Alvin Yapan

The internationally-acclaimed director and Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Futuristic Fiction awardee, Alvin Yapan, has once again committed himself to bringing another meaningful film to the Filipino movie audience, through the advocacy film, EDSA. Director Alvin Yapan, known for his noteworthy contributions in the Philippine independent film industry, with movies such as Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa and Debosyon, has always been reliable when it comes to conveying the Filipino art, culture and tradition through his films - may it be the Filipino ways of the past or the present.

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, Director Alvin Yapan and film producer Madonna Sanchez, have courageously taken the chance of shooting a film in the country's busiest road, where else, EDSA. This is with the intention of raising awareness to majority of the Filipinos on the daily hustle and bustle that the community encounters in this notorious national road. Were there improvements since the past revolution?


ALDub and More Surprises on TNT Super Panalo Day

A day before the event, my friend Kumagcow messaged me to give confirmation that my request got approved - he got me a VIP Pass for the "TNT Super Panalo Day", to be held in SM Mall of Asia Arena. I would normally decline an invitation for an event in SM MOA Arena, but since I'm an AlDub fan, I, without hesitation, braved the Friday traffic jam from C5 Road to EDSA to SM MOA Arena. 

I arrived at the venue and found my seat just a few minutes before the program started, so I was not able to take photos of the artists backstage. Anyway, I was seated near the stage so it was quite easy to take photos of the performers. 

The TNT Ka-tropas converged at the SM Mall of Asia Arena for this celebration!

"TNT Super Panalo Day" was TNT's treat to their ka-tropas from all over the Philippines, for being 28-million strong - making them the network with the biggest number of prepaid subscribers! Talk 'n Text is now called TNT, because the network no longer limits you to calls and text, but also allows you to browse the internet, and use your favorite apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Viber through the promo code AM15 (AM obviously stands for Alden and Maine, their newest celebrity ka-tropa).


Smart Bro Partners with UFC Asia and Brings Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson to Manila

SMART, the country's unrivaled mobile services provider and UFC, the world's largest mixed martial arts organization, have announced a multi-year partnership that will bring the world's fastest growing sport closer to more Filipinos. 

As part of the partnership, Smart will be the official and exclusive mobile carrier of the UFC in the Philippines, and will introduce exciting consumer promotions and marketing activities that are set to provide unique experiences to UFC fans and subscribers of Smart Bro, the telco's mobile broadband brand. They even brought to Manila UFC Welterweight Champion, Stephen Thompson.

Smart Bro and UFC Asia Executives with UFC Champion, Stephen Thompson

These consumer promotions will give Smart Bro subscribers special access to UFC fan events and experiences, as well as the exclusive opportunity to meet and interact with top UFC athletes. Moreover, Smart Bro subscribers will enjoy exclusive access to live viewing parties throughout the year, and chances to get their hands on premium co-branded items. 


Smart Brings Big Bytes 50 for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Partners with Warner Bros. Pictures

Unrivaled mobile leader Smart Communications, Inc., bolstering its thrust in providing Filipinos with the widest breadth of video and digital content via its full-packed mobile data offers, has partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures, to offer awesome digital and real-life experiences inspired by the epic adventure Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the most anticipated film of the year.

As part of the partnership, Smart takes the lead in taking the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice beyond the film into the digital realm at the fingertips of subscribers through exciting mobile content, such as videos and interactive online challenges on its dedicated portal at www.smart.com.ph/batmanvsuperman.

Moreover, Smart is giving subscribers a chance to live like Heroes in all-expense-paid trips in Japan and Hong Kong, as well as win premium items and special movie passes for every registration to Smart's biggest mobile internet offer yet - the Big Bytes 50.


Tandem: The First Great Action Film of 2016

I don't want to leave people the impression that I am giving a good review of the film because one of its lead stars, JM De Guzman, is actually a good friend of mine.

So instead of giving my own review, I asked an office colleague to give her thoughts and opinions on the film. Here's what she has to say: