BUZZBLAST! The honor of Best Film in the Director's Showcase was given by the 2012 Cinemalaya to Posas (Shackled), Nico Antonio's first starrer!... Nes Jardin of Cinemalaya revealed in Sunday's closing ceremony the plan to make the annual indie filmfest take the scope of the Metro Manila Film Festival!... The motorcade of the Kapatid network's new shows, Enchanted Garden, Third Eye and Artista Academy last Sunday started in the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park and ended in the Game 'N' Go studio on Quezon Ave.!... Third Eye, TV5's cinema-quality horror series starring Eula Caballero, Lorna Tolentino and Eddie Garcia, last Sunday proved scary enough that friends who watched it admitted they had trouble falling asleep!... If Artista Academy, which started airing last Monday, will have a format not similar to American Idol, it will definitely have an edge over ABS-CBN's X-Factor and GMA 7's Protégé!... TV5's new programming has attracted tons of TVC placements!
A study of breast implant patients in the US found that many women take in photos of celebrities as examples of the breast size they would like, but they then add that they want to look natural, too.
Men's magazine favorite petite cover girl actress Ellen Adarna is no different. Her natural asset described as "small" dissatisfied her, but did not stop her from flaunting her beautiful face, curvaceous body and spotless skin.
Unable to do something about it as she was still young, she decided to go to Belo when she was old enough for independent action, but opted for the natural method.
When asked about the importance of appearance to her and her job, Ellen said, "Appearance is not only important for me, but for everyone. My job requires me to look good so I take that seriously. It affects me personally because when I look good, I feel good."
Ellen's delicate features haven't been touched by expert hands. "I've never had a facial in my life. But now that I'm endorsing Belo, I am very excited to try their non-surgical procedures and have access to the company with the most beauty services in the country."
Now she couldn't be happier. "Now clothes fit better, looks nicer. I'm very open about it because it's what I've always wanted."
Now how was that possible? Ellen now works out six times a week mixing boxing, Muay Thai, plyometrics, sex, running and weight-training to maintain her slim physique. So it's no surprise that she has zero qualms about doing sexy shoots — she has the body and confidence to pull it off.
When financial whizzes link, teachers benefit
June Cheryl "Chaye" Cabal-Revilla is Manny V. Pangilinan's trusted finance whiz. Inside the MVP group, her turf is anything concerning finances. With so many corporations represented by the MVP group, that's an extraordinary linking!
"Our job in finance is the glue that holds everything together. It's a key role; one that requires accuracy. A wrong placement of a decimal point, a wrong forecast, will mean disaster and make the company lose face," says she, who works for a company and its subsidiaries that earned a total of P39 billion in 2011, the biggest core income made by a business enterprise in the country bar none.
Chaye is the controller and Financial Reporting and Controllership head of PLDT. She is also a director/chief financial officer/treasurer of certain subsidiaries of PLDT including TV5 International, PLDT-Smart Foundation, Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation. And those are not even half of the many hats she wears. Anything and everything about finances, Chaye is right on the money.
Despite her success in the corporate world, Chaye is not unaware to what's out there. Her heart remains in the right place. She and her friends in PLDT decided to give back to the community. Others call it an act of kindness or generosity or volunteerism. But Chaye calls it Gabay Guro.
"We realized that since the government nor PLDT can't give scholarships to all Filipino children, then the next best thing would be to encourage and uplift the teachers. Changing the life of one teacher has a positive multiplier effect. Make one teacher feel important and he or she will become a better teacher to hundreds of students." There's the sensible lady talking again.
Throughout the year, Gabay Guro conducts trainings and programs that fortify the teachers' knowledge and skills; provides for teachers opportunities for additional livelihood and income; helps in broadbanding public schools and in computerization; provides initial funding to finance housing projects and educational facilities; and initiates events and campaigns that pay tribute to teachers.
In 2011, the Gabay Guro program was once again conferred an Anvil Award, a repeat from its 2010 feat, this time earning an Anvil excellence award under the PR Tools category. Its Teachers' Treasure Chest Training subprogram was also acknowledged with an award for Merit.
Helping others is also familiar territory to Chaye. She comes from a family of public servants in Leyte, her dad being a mayor there, while husband Strike Revilla is mayor of Bacoor City in Cavite.
Asked where she gets the strength for all her responsibilities, Chaye gave yet another sensible answer. "From God. If you have a purpose and it's according to His will, God gives you all the strength you need."
IN-SIGHT: A Paul McCartney self-tribute
References to the Beatles, still Britain's best musical export to date, abounded during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. Yellow submarines floated during the Industrial Revolution part, is straight from a sequence from the full-length animated feature of the same title.
For a sporting event that swears against doping, the Artic Monkeys did a full-version of John Lennon's "Come Together" which is a campaign song that promotes cocaine ("He shoots Coca Cola..."). Eye-popping fireflies (men with lighted wings on bikes) gave the illusion of flight in the dimmed venue. Fireflies have never been as orderly as the Mother Firefly (no doubt hanging from wires) soared. High fireflies?
For the finale number, Paul McCartney sang a shortened version of "The End," perhaps the most original song he wrote as a Beatles. Then he went into an unspectacular solo rendition of "Hey, Jude," which was so lame the longish fade out section failed to rouse emotions. It turned out not more than a self-tribute as he tried to hog the British glory that was the Beatles. Ringo Starr is still alive. He could have easily included him or, for that matter, the sons of John and George Harrison, who are rock musicians who could have made it an endearing tribute.
But, of course, Paul wanted none of it as he tries to propagate he's the Beatles. He failed.
Watch out for this columnist's first book, The Beatles: Extraordinary Plagiarists, to be distributed starting this week by amazon.com USA and Europe.
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