Thursday, November 7, 2013


Due to the threat of Super Typhoon Yolanda, the management of Matchbox 20 has decided to cancel their scheduled show at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, November 8

The band is very disappointed not to appear, but weather conditions have made their travel to Manila no longer feasible. 

For refunds, please call SM Tickets at 02-4702222 or proceed to the outlets where the tickets were purchased. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Gloc-9 rises with “Magda” from Liham at Lihim

We might say that Pinoy rap is going through a revival. What we must know is how different Gloc-9's kind of rap remains, regardless.

At the heart of Gloc-9's icon is the fact of his creativity. This is a rapper who dares writes songs from nation, trailing an eye on the things we fail to see, listening to words no one else hears.

If the first single off his new album Liham at Lihim is any indication, then Gloc-9 has again raised the bar for songwriting in general, Pinoy rap in particular.

A collaboration with rock icon Rico Blanco, “Magda” is Gloc-9's storytelling at its best. For one thing, he doesn't take on the persona of Magda; instead he speaks as Ernesto, telling the story of Magda – the little of it that he knows. For another, Magda's story doesn't unfold easily, where many things are left unsaid, and much of what is truth happens in a letter. This is also why Gloc-9 thinks “Magda” the best choice for a carrier single, given the CD's title.

But Magda's complexity, as Liham at Lihim suggests, is borne of the fact that she is trapped in what she does, and we cannot understand why. Gloc-9 doesn't insist that we understand it, but through Ernesto we are being made to see the sadness in this situation, the nostalgia for the past, the longing for better.

Talking about the inspiration for the song, Gloc-9 says: “I was thinking of reasons why a daughter who was most precious to her father, could end up living the life of a prostitute. One line from the chorus goes “Magdalena, anong problema? / Alam naman natin na dati kang Nena / at sa ‘yong ama, ikaw ay prinsesa.”

That chorus is sung by Blanco, something that Gloc-9 is grateful for. “Rico is one of the most talented singers we have right now, and even though I wrote the song, Rico is the only one who can sing the chorus the way he does and bring to the song his own uniqueness.Sobrang galing,” he says.

“Magda” reminds us that there are many difficult stories to tell, and very few who dare tell it the way Gloc-9 and Rico Blanco do. This song reminds us that there are no judgements, as there are questions. And there is no right and wrong, as there is need and love. If not hope.

Without a doubt, Pinoy rap's going through a revival. With “Magda” and all of Liham at Lihim, Gloc-9 proves he is in a class all his own.

Liham at Lihim will be released in October 2013. This is Gloc-9's second album with Universal Records after 2012's Mga Kwento ng Makata and the critically-acclaimed hit single “Sirena.” Liham at Lihim features Gloc-9 collaborations with Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Quest, Marc Abaya, Zia Quizon, Kamikazee, Eunice of Gracenote, Denise Barbacena, and Sly Kane.


  1. Huminahon Ka (featuring Sly Kane)
  2. Takip Silim (featuring Regine Velasquez-Alcasid)
  3. KMT (featuring Eunice Jorge of Gracenote)
  4. Magda (featuring of Rico Blanco)
  5. Rap Ka Nga
  6. Kuwento Mo
  7. Tsinelas sa Putikan (featuring Marc Abaya)
  8. Siga (featuring Quest)
  9. Hindi Sapat (featuring Denise Barbacena)
  10. Katulad Ng Iba (featuring Zia Quizon)
  11. Kunwari (featuring Kamikazee, Biboy Garcia of Queso and Manuel Legarda of Wolfgang)
  12. Itak Ni Andres


Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Practical dietary advice on food and healthy weight management are among the free clinical services that registered dietitians and nutritionists at Wheatgrass CAN International Inc (WCI) are dispensing over the phone to their callers.

Effective August 1, the telephone counseling is directed at new clients and their more than 17,000 existing customers who phone WCI for repurchases and general enquiries about wheatgrass-based health products.

WCI assistant sales manager Rachel Espino said the counseling involves giving professional advice to address health and nutrition problems specific to the need of the person calling.  "It may cover topics like basic nutrition, ideal servings for fruits and veggies, diet concerns of those with hypertension, diabetes, constipation, among other things."

The company (, formerly known as Easy Pha-max Philippines, has always been at the forefront of preventive healthcare, putting more emphasis on healthy eating and physical activity.

The customer hotline is 890-1111 or toll-free 1-800-10-890-1111 (for those living outside of Metro Manila). 

WCI products are also available in major drugstores - Watsons, Mercury Drug, South Star, Rose Pharmacy, Generics, Generika and Manson Drug.

Friday, July 19, 2013

A Chocolate Fountain Dream Come True!

kids often dream of everything chocolate, from a chocolate house, chocolate meals, chocolate everything, chocolate fountain included.

thanks to Cadbury, kids and even grown-ups get to fulfill a childhood chocolate dream as they unveiled the Cadbury Musical Chocolate Fountain at the Megamall Activity Center last July 5.

the Cadbury Musical Chocolate Fountain will be on display until August 5.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Things You Probably Didn't (or Wouldn't) Notice In The MAN OF TAI CHI

me watching the movie MAN OF TAI CHI is seriously out of the blue. i just got dragged by my friends who were about to watch the movie, but luckily, there was an extra ticket for me.

i have no idea what the movie was about except for Keanu Reeves directing and starring in it, along with a stuntman-turned-lead-actor Tiger Chen from Hongkong.

if you haven't watched it, but want to, i suggest you stop reading now. i might give away spoilers.

  • there are three languages used in this movie: English (which is used when talking to Keanu), Mandarin (used when the set location is in Beijing), and Cantonese (used by the HK police characters).
  • the statuette gifted to Tiger Chen Lin Hu is Guan Yu of Wu Hu Jiang from the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. how do i recognize it? i have been following the Three Kingdoms novel for years now and i took notice of the statuette's armor. Guan Yu has a guan dao, a pole with a crescent blade called the Green Dragon Crescent Blade (青龍偃月刀 (qīng lóng yǎn yuè dāo)) i think the statuette has a hidden camera in it. 
  • the film was located in Beijing, Hongkong and Macau.
  • if you'd listen to the intro song, it was like a Chinese version of Queen's We Will Rock You. or at least it will remind you of it.
  • Tai Chi (太极) is actually a defense training and meditation calm and clear the mind so i really can't understand where the aggressiveness of Tiger comes from.
  • Tiger Chen competed with fighters of  different martial arts: Wing Chun, Muay Thai, Jiujitsu, Wushu to name a few i have recognized.
  • i don't know about the others, but i seem to notice similarities to Fearless (霍元甲, starring Jet Li in 2006), The Truman Show (starring Jim Carrey), Kung Fu Panda (seriously, it didn't come from me although, yes kind of, but i won't tell how. find out for yourself) and The Matrix (hey, it's Keanu!).
to sum it up, i enjoyed the movie as much as i have enjoyed watching other kung fu films. it wasn't that exceptional but i must say it was a good try for a first time director (Keanu Reeves). it wasn't trying hard unlike other actors who suddenly became directors. but what i am most proud of is that it wasn't peppered with other Hollywood stars just so it would cater to the American audience. i mean, really, they aren't the only movie-watchers in the world, right?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Excited for ToyCon 2013!

Get ready for TOYCON 2013!

Worlds will collide as HERO TV partners w/ TOYCON PHILIPPINES in this year's Hero Face Off 2013!

Take note of our event schedule for 3 days:

June 14 - Retailer's Day, Toy Bazaar, Comics Market and Collectibles Sale ONLY

June 15 - Retailer's Day, ToyCon Cosplay Contest, Bands, ACtion Figures Custom Contest, Komiks booth, Man of Steel and Pacific Rim Exhibit, Toy group gallery, gaming and more!

June 16 - HERO Face Off 2013 Cosplay Contest, Retailer's Day, Exhibit, Displays and etc.


Reports shows that the shoes we wear have a substantial impact on the load on the knee joints which can impair the quality of one’s life. A small abnormality in foot function can be the cause of and have a large impact on knee and other joints higher up in the body, causing pain and discomfort.

Most of us are blessed with healthy feet from the day we are born, but problems often arise with the development and abuse which we subject these feet to later in life by wearing inappropriate footwear. Statistic has shown that between 75% to 80% of the adult population has some form of foot problem and unfortunately, most people do not seek advice on it.

It is thus clear that footcare in the early formative years is vital to ensure that children grow with healthy feet, which may otherwise result in foot problems like flatfoot and rearfoot valgus (a condition in which the rear of foot tends to curve outwards at the ankle joint) as they move towards adulthood.

As we age, mobility is a major contributor to a satisfying life but foot ailments can be a contributor in making it difficult; if not impossible to work or participate in daily activities that can keep us active and healthy. Foot problem can lead to knee, hip and lower back pain that can also limit mobility. Most foot ailments stem from the cumulative effects of years of wear, tear and ‘abuse’ which we subject our feet to. Women have four times as many foot problems as men because they have a long history of wearing high heels and/or pointy toe shoes. In some cases foot ailments can be an early signal of more serious medical problems like arthritis or diabetes.

Remember if you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your ankles, knees or hip joints. . . . . the direct cause may be the result of ill-fitting shoes.

Mr Raymond Ng founded Dr. Kong Footcare in 1999, with a mission to educate the public on the importance of foot health. Since its inception, it has grown rapidly; having expanded to 62 retail outlets in Hong Kong, 70 retail outlets in China and now arrive on Philippines shores .

Apart from the range of ready-to-wear shoes for the entire family, which are ultra comfortable, Dr. Kong Footcare also provides the unique “Check & Fit” foot examination service at no extra cost, to help educate customers about their feet condition, recommending and fitting their feet with the selection of suitable Dr. Kong’s standard insoles (applicable for most of the shoe designs) to fit into their choice of footwear.

The outlet is also stocked with a range of ready-to-wear shoes that are ultra comfortable for the entire family and professions related to the hospitality industry, airline crews & nursing:

  • The Baby Basic Steps 1,2,3 to aid the young ones to develop healthy feet as they progress through the three different stages which have different shoe requirements;
  • Children’s Casual and Sports Shoes for children between the ages of 4 to 14 yrs. ;
  • Back to School Shoes;
  • Men and Women Casual Shoes;
  • Adult Sport Shoes;
  • Nursing Shoes;
  • Sandals;
  • Accessories ranging from orthotic insoles for support and comfort;
  • Foot & shoe care products.

All Dr. Kong’s insole products have fulfilled the international safety standards having undergone tests from SGS, LFGB, TUB and SATRA. The products do not contain heavy metal and harmful chemicals; is safe to the skin and does not cause allergic reactions.

Introducing Dr. Kong


Children of this generation have everything from their doting parents who may fail to address their children's needs of development for healthy foot among their many concerns. Study shows most parents overlook the importance of their children's foot problems and suitable shoe types. This may lead to foot problems such as flatfoot and rearfoot valgus, affecting an otherwise healthy and normal development. Over 60% of school children have foot problems and 70% of parents lack foot health knowledge. Dr. Kong conducted a survey to investigate parents' awareness and concern levels of foot health. Questionnaires were used to interview 1700 parents whose children ranged from 4 to 14 years of age. The survey shows that over 60% of school children have foot problems, among which 70% are of flatfoot, 30% are of rearfoot valgus. Nonetheless, nearly 40% of school children were ignorant of these problems and 70% of parents had insufficient knowledge in flatfoot and rearfoot valgus. The survey also shows that over 70% of parents expressed great concern for the foot health of their children, but only 35% of them had brought their children for foot health check. It shows the ignorance of foot health among parents and children is significant.

In walking tests, they successfully reduced the eversion by 2.5 to 3.0 degrees in cases of target school children, and showed a trend to bring their over-pronated feet back to the normal eversion range. In running tests, health shoes and insoles significantly reduced eversion angle by 3.1 to 3.6 degrees and successfully restored normal eversion in 84% of the pronators. With the rising of foot care concept, Dr. Kong pioneers the “check & fit” service Parents’ desire for a healthy development of their children spurs a large variety of products designed to benefit children’s health.

The implication of the trend is that shoes are chosen not only by fashion attributes, but also by health merits that tailored to children’s needs. In this respect, health shoes specialty store, Dr. Kong initiates a comprehensive individual service at a competitive price – by combining the professional health check and sales services with a mission to promote family education and awareness of foot care to achieve “Health Family Healthy Foot. Their original “check & fit” service ensures that products are fit-to-a-tee for customers’ health protection.

In addition, Dr. Kong provides free regular in-store checks for school children through “Foot care Program” comprising insole molding, foot care seminars, referral for specialist treatment, etc. Dr. Kong answers to the needs of the health shoes market, fostering a trend of “Check first for fitness”. Dr. Kong dedicates to the promotion of a foot care culture around the world ensuring a comprehensive and individual service to customers is Dr. Kong’s key to achieve rapid growth and high standing in the business in a few years of time.

Apart from sales services, Dr. Kong organizes education activities and seminars in schools, hospitals and elderly homes, such as talks by orthotists and physiatrists to enhance foot care awareness. A “Foot/Spine Care Education Group” is set up to host seminars and health checks in schools to disseminate foot/spine care concept among parents and school children. As people pay more and more attention to healthcare, the market for health shoes keeps expanding. 

Dr. Kong Comfort and Healthy Shoes is available in the Philippines at the following branches: 3rd Level, The Gallery of Robinson Galleria, 2nd Level Robinsons Magnolia, 3rd Robinsons Place Manila, GF Sekai Center Building Greenhills, San Juan and 3rd Level SM Aura Premiere.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

So long, Easy Pha-max Philippines, Hello Wheatgrass C.A.N. International Inc.!

for the three months that i seemed to have lived off the wheatgrass radar, so much has changed in the World of Wheatgrass. Easy Phamax is now renamed Wheatgrass C. A. N. Inc. and a new logo to go with the change.

let me share with you the official news release:

11 June 2013

Wheatgrass leader announces company name change
The country’s leader in wheatgrass-powder distribution, Easy Pha-max Philippines, is now called Wheatgrass C.A.N. International Inc. (WCI).

This was announced by Edward Ling, chair and chief executive officer of the six-year old company that was established in July 2007 and incorporated in November of the same year.

The old name no longer fits, Ling said. The abbreviations C.A.N. in the new name stand for cleanses, alkalizes and nourishes which reflect more what their products do in improving body health. 

The name change will unify the company's existing product line with new wheatgrass-enhanced and probiotics products that will soon be introduced in the local market under new brands, each preventive in nature addressing specific organs of the body. 

Current products under the Easy Pha-max brand will remain the same and continue to be promoted as the flagship brands. The office and contact details remain unchanged.  

"Right from the start, we have focused on fact-based product information, what each of our products do for the body at the cellular level. Our staff of registered nurses and dietitians provide telephone and face-to-face counseling to our customers and our info is backed up by scientific research and testimonials from those who have benefited from our products," he said.

"There are other wheatgrass brands in the market, but with the aggressive selling of some 100 active Bio-Preneurs, our products are now available in 2,936 retail establishments nationwide that include supermarkets, drugstores and Easy Pha-max kiosks in the leading malls," he added. The Bio-Preneurs are the company's authorized distributors.

Among the retail outlets are Mercury Drug, Watsons, 7-Eleven, Generics Pharmacy, Rose Pharmacy, South Star Drug,  S&R, Manson Drug, SM, Robinson’s Supermarket, Landmark Supermarket, Puregold, Shopwise, Rustan’s Supermarket, Festival Mall, Cebu Park Mall, Gaisano, CDO Limketkai.  

Since January this year, Metro Manila restaurants have included the wheatgrass  beverage in their drinks menu, among them Claw Daddy (Quezon City, Taguig, Mandaluyong), Makati Sports Club, Slice High Street, Relish at Ponte, Sugarleaf, Celadon, Simply Thai, Kopi Roti, Berjaya Hotel, and ADB Commissary.

Ling said WCI's business direction will remain focused on diversifying its revenue sources and delivering total customer satisfaction by bringing better health to every Filipino doorstep.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Universal Records artists reign supreme at the 2013 Awit Awards

Universal Records continues to be the home of the best, most respected local musical acts. At this year’s Awit Awards, the label’s artists headline the list of nominees – Gloc-9, Noel Cabangon, Gary Valenciano, Sam Concepcion, Sponge Cola, Kamikazee, Parokya Ni Edgar, Ogie Alcasid, Christian Bautista, and She’s Only Sixteen.

Gloc-9 leads with five nominations Album of the Year for MKNM: Mga Kuwento Ng Makata, and for Sirena ­– Song of the Year, Best Rap, Best Collaboration and Best Music Video. The song also features Ebe Dancel.

Noel Cabangon takes home for four nominations: Album of the Year for Tuloy Ang Byahe, Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist and Best Ballad for Tuwing Umuulan At Kapiling Ka, and Best Regional Recording for Usahay.

Gary Valenciano also bags four nominations: Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist, Best Musical Arrangement and Best Engineered Recording for Send In The Clown, and Best Vocal Arangement for Overjoyed.

Sam Concepcion is nominated for Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist for Kontrabida, while Sponge Cola is included in the list of nominees for Best Performance by a Group for Pick Your Poison and Best Collaboration for XGF with Chito Miranda.

Kamikazee has two nominations: Best Rock/Alternative and Best Music Video for Halik. Parokya Ni Edgar is nominated for Best Rap for Bagsakan featuring Frank Magalona, and Gloc-9.

New band She’s Only Sixteen is nominated for the debut single Dying To Meet You for Best Performance by a new group, while their Roll The Dice is nominated as Best Engineered Recording.

Christian Bautista’s First Class album is nominated for Best Album Design and Ogie Alcasid’s Kape Ka Ba is one of the nominees for Best Novelty.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Richard Poon says goodbye to Big Band; returns to pop in Legends

After years of performing Big Band tunes, singer Richard Poon returns to pop with the release of his newest album Legends, his first project with new label Universal Records.

“Not a lot of people know that I started in the music industry singing pop songs,” says Richard Poon. “I perfectly believe that now is the perfect time to go back to my roots- pop. This time, with my new label, Universal Records.”

He adds that making this decision was not that easy, but believes that this project will further improve him as a singer, performer.

Richard adds that he welcomes the challenge with open arms, and he hopes that people will continue supporting him and his music.

Richard joins the elite roster of Universal Records artists – Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Noel Cabangon, Christian Bautista, Gloc-9, JayR, Sam Concepcion, Parokya Ni Edgar, Sponge Cola, Callalily, Kamikazee, among others.

In Legends, Richard traces his pop roots by singing some of the biggest pop artists in the international music industry - classics by Lionel Richie (Truly), Whitney Houston (All At Once), Barbra Streisand (Evergreen), Madonna (Borderline), Barry Manilow (Ready To Take A Chance Again), among others.

The album’s first single is Richard’s rendition of a Lionel Richie classic Truly, which has a music video featuring Richard’s real-life sweetheart Maricar Reyes.

Richard also collaborates with friend Christian Bautista in the Michael Jackson hit The Girl Is Mine, which is included in the album.

Legends was launched last weekend at the Eastwood Mall Open Park last Friday and Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill last Sunday.

"Legends" Tracklist:
1. All At Once (originally popularized by Whitney Houston)
2. All In Love Is Fair (originally popularized by Stevie Wonder)
3. And I Love Her (originally popularized by The Beatles)
4. Crazy (originally popularized by Kenny Rogers)
5. Truly (originally popularized by Lionel Richie)
6. Evergreen (originally popularized by Barbra Streisand)
7. Borderline (originally popularized by Madonna)
8. A Song For You (originally popularized by Elton John)
9. Can't Help Falling In Love (originally popularized by Elvis Presley)
10. The Girl Is Mine (originally popularized by Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney)
11. If I Keep My Heart Out Of Sight (originally popularized by James Taylor)
12. Ready To Take A Chance Again (originally popularized by Barry Manilow)


Metro Manila restaurants now have Wheatgrass Can in their drinks menu

Slice at Bonifacio High Street Central, is the latest restaurant offering Wheatgrass Can, the ready-to-drink wheatgrass juice distributed by Easy Pha-max Philippines. Slice at High Street is owned by Sen. Pia Cayetano.

Since January this year, Easy Pha-max has been bringing its popular green beverage to Metro Manila's dining scene. It's now in the drinks list of hotels, restaurants and gyms like Celadon, Simply Thai, Kopi Roti, Relish at Ponte, Sugarleaf, Berjaya Hotel, ADB Commissary, Crossings supermarket, and FTX Gym.

Sales associate Jeryl Bandelaria who is leading this expansion plan beyond the traditional convenience stores and drugstores has this to say, "Now, more than ever, Filipinos are seeing the need for a change in lifestyle, especially in what they eat and drink.  It's our continuing goal to make our wheatgrass drinks available to family and kid-friendly establishments offering healthy food alternatives."

Containing the leaves and roots of the wheatgrass plant, the chlorophyll-rich Wheatgrass Can is a good anti-oxidant, good for blood sugar control and improves digestion.

Apart from the new outlets, Easy Pha-max wheatgrass-based products are available in 2,936 retail establishments nationwide that includes supermarkets, drugstores and Easy Pha-max kiosks in the leading malls.