January 30, 2015

#TheVCexperience by Victoria Court: Find your Sweet Escape, Party Beyond Ordinary, Feel the Distinction

Victoria Court has a dream. That dream is to transport its guests to a different reality from the time one drives into the properties until they check out. Victoria Court has a vision. That vision is to be the perfect host and delight guests every time, every stay.
  
Having these challenges in mind, the team has come up with #TheVCexperience – a campaign aimed at informing guests of the distinction that comes with staying at Victoria Court. What makes Victoria Court unique? What sets Victoria Court apart from its competitors? It is #TheVCexperience.

#TheVCexperience showcases everything you can possibly do at Victoria Court. Victoria Court’s goal is to own milestones. From Anniversaries to thematic debuts, they offer the experience customized and catered just for you. Being known for having Superthematic Suites that cater to one’s fantasy date or perfect thematic party, why not party in costume or character. Choose who you want to be for your birthday or stag party. If you want to be the President of the United States for a day, try the Oval Office at Victoria Court Pasig. Addicted to game of thrones, choose your Kingdom and win the Throne at Victoria Court Cuneta. So many themes to choose from – Be Someone Else today. 



Wanting that perfect place for a proposal? Choose from Victoria Court’s destination suites. Santorini, Maldives, Sedona, Bali, whatever backdrop you wish, they can provide. Victoria Court will do everything it can to make her say YES. Share with the world how She said Yes


Dance like no one is watching or try to hit those high notes, in the privacy of your own suite with only your friends to see and hear. Party Beyond Ordinary is Victoria Court’s promise. 



Relax and put your feet up. Victoria Court’s amenities include Jacuzzis and intimate tubs where you can just forget the world, even just for awhile. Enjoy the LED Flat Screen TVs and surround sound system and cheer for your favorite Ms. Universe candidate and scream as loud as you can when she wins. 



This 2015, Victoria Court will be coming up with more themes and packages experiences to tickle your fancy. Victoria Court’s dream is to give you the perfect experience for that once in a lifetime milestone. Victoria Court’s vision is to be THE perfect host at that perfect moment. 

Find your Sweet escape, Party Beyond Ordinary, Feel the distinction and let Victoria Court share with you #TheVCexperience.   

For inquiries and reservations, please call us at 0917-9810084. Follow @victoriacourtvc on Twitter and Instagram and like our Facebook Fan page facebook.com/VictoriaCourtph or check our website at www.victoriacourt.biz for new promos and events.

January 29, 2015

AXN Asia’s Got Talent Judges: David Foster, Melanie C, Anggun and Van Ness Wu


It’s a YES! Grammy-award winner David Foster, UK pop sensation and former Spice Girl Melanie C, Indonesian rock icon Anggun and Taiwanese-American pop idol Van Ness Wu have been named as the celebrity judging panel for the season premiere of hit talent search show, “Asia’s Got Talent” on AXN.

Billed as the biggest talent competition in the world, “Asia’s Got Talent” will light up screens across Asia in March on AXN and will feature some of the region’s most incredible performing artists as they compete to take home the coveted winning title. 

Hui KengAng, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia said, “We have put together a superb panel of judges for ‘Asia’s Got Talent’. This is definitely our most ambitious original series to date and is very much in line with the type of smart, high-quality local programming that audiences have come to expect from AXN."
Paul O’Hanlon, Managing Director of FremantleMedia Asia said, “We’re proud to say that ‘Asia’s Got Talent’ will be the largest version ever of the Got Talent franchise, and our judges bring a depth and breadth of experience and talent worthy of this show.”

From thousands of applicants, the four judges must select Asia's most jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, and breathtaking performances.  Those who move on to the semi- finals will face an even more intimidating judge, the AXN audience at home who will ultimately determine who wins the first season of Asia’s Got Talent. Adding to the excitement, the semi-finals and finale will be held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, with the winner awarded a contract to return and perform live at Asia’s leading entertainment destination.

AXN Asia’s Got Talent powerful judging panel:

Anggun, Rock Icon
Anggun started singing at seven and by 12 released her first Indonesian studio album, ‘DuniaAkuPunya’, with hit single ‘Mimpi’ recognized as one of the ‘150 Greatest Indonesian Songs of All Time’ by Rolling Stone magazine. 


A series of singles and albums followed to make Anggun the biggest Indonesian rock star of the 90s. Her international breakthrough came in 1997 with ‘Snow on the Sahara’ which was released in 33 countries worldwide, topped music charts in Italy and Indonesia, and made the top 20 in Finland, France, Japan, Spain, and the US. Following that, Anggun released five more studio albums, and released songs that featured in Danish movie “Open Hearts” and the Hollywood box office hit, “Transporter 2”. Anggun is a recipient of the ‘Chevalier des Arts et Lettres’ from the French government. She is also a judge on “X Factor Indonesia” and “Indonesia’s Got Talent” TV series. 

David Foster, Music Producer
David Foster discovered and launched some of the greatest music careers including Michael Bublé, Josh Groban and Celine Dion. He has created hit songs and award-winning platinum and gold albums for Earth, Wind & Fire, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Seal, Chaka Khan, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Brandy, ’N Sync, BozScaggs, and Gloria Estefan; propelled classical singers like Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban into mainstream popularity; as well as created soundtracks for hit films like “TheBodyguard”, “Urban Cowboy”, and “St. Elmo’s Fire”. 


In 2008 and 2011, David performed and hosted his very own, star-studded “Foster & Friends” concerts in Las Vegas to celebrate the music from his career and toured Asia annually from 2010 – 2012. David has won 16 Grammy Awards from 47 nominations, and is the chairman of Verve Music Group.

Melanie C., Pop Icon
Melanie was part of the iconic five-member Spice Girls, in which she was nicknamed ‘Sporty Spice’. Following that, as a solo artist, Melanie sold more than 12 million records from six albums that she released. 


She has the second most No.1 singles in the United Kingdom and is also the only female to top the charts as part of a quintet, a quartet, a duo and solo. Melanie also performed the role of MrsJohnstone in the West End musical “Blood Brothers,” for which she was nominated for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ at the Laurence Olivier Awards. In 2012, Melanie co-starred in the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and also judged the preceding talent search series “Superstar” to select the lead actor for the said musical.


Van Ness Wu, Actor/Singer
Van Ness Wu was born in California where he took classes in performing arts, acting and languages in Hollywood before moving to Taiwan at 21 to build his career. His breakthrough came with his lead role in the wildly popular hit idol drama “Meteor Garden” and its sequels. Van Ness and his co-actors of the series formed the pop idol group F4 – now known as JVKV – and released three studio albums. 


Turning his attention to his solo career, Van Ness released his debut solo album in 2002 and followed that with six other solo studio albums up to 2013, as well as singles collaborating with musicians including Kanye West, Beyoncé, Wang Lee Hom, Kangta, and Coco Lee. He also acted in many other TV series including “Autumn Concerto”, “Material Queen” and “Peach Girl”, as well as movies such as “Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon” and “Kung Fu Chefs”.

“Asia's Got Talent” is the 63rd version of "Got Talent", which won the Guinness World Records title for being the world's "Most Successful Reality TV Format" in 2014. The hit format is co-owned by FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment.

The season premiere of “Asia’s Got Talent” on AXN is proudly presented by Marina Bay Sands, BIG COLA, Pantene, Caltex, Jetstarand Tune Hotels. Marina Bay Sands is the premier sponsor of “Asia's Got Talent.” As Asia's leading entertainment destination and crossroads for global celebrities, Marina Bay Sands provides opportunities for local talent to shine on the world’s stage. BIG COLA is the exclusive beverage partner of “Asia’s Got Talent”. With BIG COLA, ‘if you can dream it, you can do it’. Contestants and fans across Asia will be encouraged to ‘Think BIG’ and ‘Dream Bigger’ in pursuit of their dreams. Pantene, the exclusive haircare partner of “Asia’s Got Talent”, makes hair stronger inside and shinier outside to enable contestants to shine and be the world’s number one talent. 

Caltex is the exclusive petroleum partner of “Asia's Got Talent.” Caltex delivers a hassle-free experience to get people back on their journey quickly, so they can have more time and energy to do whatever matters most to them. By being a part of “Asia's Got Talent,” Caltex wants to celebrate key moments of the contestants’ journey to stardom, providing viewers the opportunity to enjoy the journey with them.

Jetstar is proud to be the official airline of the very first edition of “Asia’s Got Talent.” With more than 600 weekly flights to 22 destinations across 13 countries in Asia Pacific, Jetstar enables talent to fly further, connect with families and fulfil dreams.

Tune Hotels is an international select-service hotel brand that provides accommodation with high quality essentials in key gateway cities.  Five star beds and power showers help “Asia’s Got Talent” contestants get a good night’s sleep and perform at their best.

AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including four seasons of the international Emmy-nominated “The Amazing Race Asia”; the Asian Television Award-winning “Cash Cab Asia”; “The Apprentice Asia”; “Cyril: Rio Magic”; “Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition”; and the Asian Television Award-nominated “Cyril: Simply Magic.”

January 26, 2015

The Original Monster Jam: AS BIG AS IT GETS


For the first time ever, America’s Biggest Family Entertainment Spectacular is coming to Manila! 

The Original MONSTER JAM AS BIG AS IT GETS!


Monster Jam is the perfect sports entertainment brand that mixes racing, showmanship and the ultimate fan experience into one incredible show. Matched by no other family entertainment property, Monster Jam electrifies crowd with the breathtaking stunts and the awesome power of the world’s most popular 
monster trucks.




Monster Jam is one of the most exciting forms of family entertainment, featuring four-meters-tall, and five-ton Monster trucks. The stars of the show are the biggest performers on four wheels: the Monster Jam trucks. These amazing machines bring fans to their feet while racing and ripping up a customer-designed track full of obstacles to soar over- or smash through. 

January 24, 2015

Paradizoo: Power of Three “Festive Bloom of Agriculture”


This 2015 experience one of the most anticipated annual festivities in the field of agriculture as Paradizoo re-unfold “Power of Three" (floral, vegetable and agri-livestock fair). Join Paradizoo from January 10 to March 14 featuring an amazing Animal Parade, a gala for this year of the sheep. See different breeds of sheep parade. Also develop and enjoy your understanding towards agriculture as you will learn the Best Practices in agriculture. 



They will exhibit and display farm produce, sale and auction of livestock (imported breeds of goats for milk and meat, sheep, several pig breeds animal feed, and a lot more). There will be briefings, discussions on breeding programs and free seminar on flower, vegetable and livestock care. 



Be mesmerized to a variety of breathtaking floral designs, formal hedges and topiary during Flower Festival starting Jan 17 to Feb 6. Witness a stunning haven of farm and garden everyone would wish to experience. Additional attention-catching topics to look forward are The Knowledge of Bonsai, as we open the eclectic and bonsai garden, learn about orchid and flower arrangement and listen to an I love You, Mother Nature Seminar.

Get a chance to interact with animals and know the basics of farming from Feb 7 to Feb 27 in Livestock Festival and Feb 28 to March 14 in Veggie Festival. And once you get to know how to milk a goat, ride the horse, and witness a chicken lay an egg, or plant a coffee, cabbage or flower you can opt to buy the farm produce. 

Located in Mendez, Cavite, Paradizoo is ideal for picnics, educational field trips, outdoor and group outing programs. It is a fascinating paradise that showcases the beauty of flora and fauna. Have a taste of this magnificent theme farm with its latest attractions. 



This would be one fruitful experience you surely wouldn’t want to miss. So for those who yearn to have this wonderful experience, you can visit our website at www.zoomanity.com.ph for details or call us at telephone numbers 8999828 or 08.

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January 23, 2015

Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao Scottish Accent


Pinoy's pride Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao shows off his Scottish accent on an Instagram post as he makes an appearance at the NBC shorts show Men in Blazers to talk about football, boxing and his upcoming film.

Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao uttered the lines - that he is from Scotland and he was "fighting for freedom against the Englishmen." to the hosts Roger Bennett and Michael Davies.


This is actually not the first time that he has imitated a Scottish accent. Way back in 2010, a YouTube video post showed the he was talking with a Scottish accent - "I am from Scotland. Our hero is William. William Wallace."





What do you think of Manny Pacquiao's Scottish accent? Did he nail it? hahahaha!

Chinese New Year Kick-off


With the successful Online Revolution Month culminating last December 12, 2014, Lazada.com.ph is poised to stage yet again another show-stopping shopping event happening this January 27 as a kick-off to the forthcoming Chinese New Year. 

With jaw-dropping deals of as much as 88% off on select best-selling items, flash sales, and surprise items, keep your eyes peeled on www.lazada.com.ph/chinese-new-year/ starting 12:01 AM of January 27 and will end on 11:59 PM of the same day.

January 9, 2015

The Jack Daniels Holiday Barrel Tree Comes To Manila! #JackDaniels

The holidays just got even better. 

Where tradition and family, community and togetherness are already at the heart of this time of year, in Manila we are being treated to a symbol of all these that’s also bound to one man’s independent spirit and belief in what this season is about. 

Welcome the Jack Daniel’s Holiday Barrel Tree! A Lynchburg Tennessee holiday tradition that through the years has spread to the United Kingdom and Canada.This year, it is going to be lit in Manila. 



The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, the Jack Daniel’s Holliday Barrel Tree is more than just a symbol of the holidays that has traveled the world.It stands for a community that has built a tradition together, this annual tradition started by the men and women of Lynchburg.

That the Lynchburg community would create its identity around the making of Jack Daniel’s is no surprise. Yet the man behind it all, Jack Daniel himself was not one to let them forget about the importance of family and togetherness, no matter the demands of building America’s oldest registered distillery. This could only bring the men and women of Lynchburg Tennessee to create the annual tradition of the Holiday Barrel Tree – made from the very barrels used in maturing Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, a symbol of their hard work and persistence, but more importantly a reminder of the value of gathering together as community and family. 



This is what the Holiday Barrel Tree brings to Manila,rising in two locations –in Fuente Circle in Eastwood City and at The Fort Plazain Bonifacio Global City. It speaks of how priceless this time of year is, not because of the rituals of gift-giving and excess, but because we come together for no reason other than gratefulness. It tells us that above all else, gathering merrily with family, friends and loved ones is the reason for this season.

After all, it’s not what’s under the tree that matters most. It’s who’s around it.

Moreover, the event was graced by Mr. Gabriel Fajardo, Jack Daniel’s Philippine Brand Manager and Mr. Anthony Ramirez, Brown Forman Corporation Philippine Market Manager who also iniated the lighting of the first and only Jack Daniel’s Barrel Tree in Asia.




Meanwhile, Up Dharma Down performed before the ceremony began. 



Gather Merrily.  Drink Responsibly. For 18+y.o.only.

January 5, 2015

Pope Francis' visit in the Philippines 2014 - Itinerary

His holiness Pope Francis will bring his message of mercy and compassion to different venues in Leyte and Metro Manila during his apostolic visit to the Philippines on January 15 - 19, 2015.

Below is an infographic of the complete itinerary of Pope Francis'

The Papal Itinerary
Image source: The Varsitarian, The Official Student Publication of the University of Santo Tomas


January 3, 2015

The SM Stores Clearance Sale

The SM Stores Clearance Sale

Get up to 50% off on great styles at The SM Stores Clearance Sale from January 1 to 11, 2015.


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