Friday, July 20, 2012

Now Watching: Magic Mike

I know this ain't my Twitter account, but just wanna share that. LOL.

Simply Manila Is In Davao

Sorry for the lack of update. The whole Simply Manila crew visited Davao the whole weekend. Plus my DSL is currently under maintenance. Ha ha ha!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Did You Miss Akihiro Sato?

Akihiro Sato

Hari Ng Luzon: Mark

For those who thought that this bikini summit (and other male pageants) craze would end once the summer is over, you are wrong! Yes, even when it is raining like Ondoy again these past few days, these Pinoy hot men won't just stop heating up the city like it is forever summer. Behold, the Hari ng Luzon is here! The Hari ng Luzon male model search is a brand exclusive to presenting fresh faces to the modeling world brought to you by Perfect Productions. Well, what do they know about freshness? What do you think? Check out Mark for Hari ng Luzon 2012.

Mr. Philippine Republic North: Louie Thomas

Here is another male pageant we failed to acknowledge from last year: Mr. Philippine Republic North. Hmmm, sounds like it is getting more boring and boring when it comes to title choices. But mind you, the organizing committee has assigned a well-informed background checker. Here is one contestant from the said event: LOUIS EDISON THOMAS. Louis describes himself as tall, dark and handsome. Self-discipline he says is the key to success. Seriously looking after his physical endowments, his daily regimen includes balanced diet, regular gym sessions, skin care and personal hygiene.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The real Yul Servo

MANILA, Philippines - Young John Marvin C. Nieto — Jon-Jon to friends — grew up in Binondo, Manila, the second eldest in a large family of four boys and four girls. The father, Martin Romano, graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in architecture but decided to become a tailor instead, for this business promised to be more lucrative. Later the family went into billboard advertising and became even more well-off, although John modestly estimates they were just “slightly above middle” income. Jon-Jon faithfully attended classes but was not really studious. He appeared in school- and church-based plays (in the district of San Nicolas), and for some reason the boy (myopic even then) was often cast as an old man. He loved movies and his idols were action stars Lito Lapid and Ramon Revilla. He graduated from the Philippine College of Criminology and was all set to become a policeman until fate, in the form of an uncle, Willy Cruz, intervened. The uncle, an engineer who knew some actors and directors, saw his nephew’s potential to become a professional actor. And so they “stalked” the director Maryo J. de los Reyes, who always seemed to be in a hurry and would just wave at them from his Pajero. Eventually, however, De los Reyes saw something in this persistent young man and his uncle (who was an acquaintance). And thus one fine day he called up the Nieto tailoring shop. Jon-Jon answered the phone. More here!

Did you miss Jon Hall?

Jon Hall

On TV: ABS-CBN's Ulan Station ID 2012

What do you think? Not so?

On Cinemalaya 2012: Aparisyon (Trailer)

Aparisyon

Now Watching: The Nanny Diaries (2007)

From Wikipedia: The Nanny Diaries is a 2007 American comedy-drama film, based on the novel of the same name by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. Written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, it stars Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, and Laura Linney; and was produced by Richard N. Gladstein. The film opened at #6 at the U.S. box office and earned $7.4 million in 2,629 theaters in its opening weekend. As of November 23, 2007, the film had grossed $25,918,399 domestically and $9,451,716 overseas for a total worldwide gross of $35,370,115 against a $20 million budget.

Meet Angelo Patrimonio

From SunStar: Former teen star Angelo Patrimonio, former Star Magic talent and the son of basketball superstar Alvin Patrimonio, was spotted at the Araneta Coliseum (to audition for TV5's Artista Academy). Angelo said he is starting all over again and his parents gave their blessings for him to re-enter showbiz after he finished college. He took Culinary Arts at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

Mr. & Ms. SPCF 2012

Who says that college life in the Philippines is always about books, all-nighters, cheering squads, basketball events and scandals? It seems like most universities in Manila are into beauty pageants, too. Here's one from Systems Plus College Foundation (SPCF)—a glimpse from Mr. and Ms. SPCF 2012. Please let us know if you would like to see your school's beauty pageant in here, too. You can email us at simplymanila (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Meet PBB's James Reid

Reid, who won "Big Winner" title in the third teen edition of "PBB," may still be a few paces behind Chiu (2006 teen winner) and Falcon (2008 winner) in terms of success as an actor, but the Australian heartthrob is still very much in the business. The 19-year-old is set to storm daily TV with a new drama series underway, which will see his team-up with fellow ex-housemate Yen Santos. Along with Santos, Reid will star in the latest in the "Precious Hearts Romances" series, titled "Pintada." Reid, whose last on-screen role was in weekly drama series "Good Vibes," said he is excited to finally be working as an actor again. "I'm really excited. My last show was 'Good Vibes.' That was last year, so it's been a long time. My role here is Vito. He's like the love triangle of Martin (Del Rosario) and Yen," Reid said in an interview with ABS-CBN News. For his new role, Reid said he has continued studying how to speak Tagalog fluently, but admitted he is not yet conversant using the language. "Pwede, pero nahihirapan parin. Nag-aaral, private lessons sa bahay. Kasi nandito ako sa Pilipinas, kailangan, I really need to pick it up," Reid said. The teen heartthrob also revealed that during his time off from acting, he has been "making music" with fellow "PBB" alumnus Bret Jackson. "I'm still making music now with Bret. It will be on MYX soon, [it's titled] 'Hope It's Soon,'" Reid said. Also starring actor Martin Del Rosario and actress Denise Laurel, "Pintada" is slated for a July premiere during ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Gold block. Meanwhile, fans of the "PBB" series can catch the fourth teen edition of the reality show weekday afternoons on "Uber 2012" and "Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition 4" during primetime.

Hari Ng Luzon: Nathan

For those who thought that this bikini summit (and other male pageants) craze would end once the summer is over, you are wrong! Yes, even when it is raining like Ondoy again these past few days, these Pinoy hot men won't just stop heating up the city like it is forever summer. Behold, the Hari ng Luzon is here! The Hari ng Luzon male model search is a brand exclusive to presenting fresh faces to the modeling world brought to you by Perfect Productions. Well, what do they know about freshness? This picture of Nathan was only uploaded yesterday. Is he a new addition? Check out Nathan for Hari ng Luzon 2012.

Mr. Philippine Republic North: Hector Francisco

Here is another male pageant we failed to acknowledge from last year: Mr. Philippine Republic North. Hmmm, sounds like it is getting more boring and boring when it comes to title choices. But mind you, the organizing committee has assigned a well-informed background checker. Here is one contestant from the said event: HECTOR FRANCISCO. Hector considers his eyes and lips his greatest physical attributes that can effortlessly catch someone’s attention. True enough, at the pageant screening session, his interview just revolved around his sweet smile which the judges said was more than enough to qualify him for the grand finals.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

It's better to be late than later

I started the week a little off, so I hope and pray that I will bounce back to the top tonight and tomorrow moving forward. I was in Batangas last Sunday, at the Lima Park Hotel, and it’s a nice place to unwind. However, on our way there, we have witnessed a horrible accident along EDSA (Crossing Ilalim). So horrible that it haunted my friend the night after. And maybe it’s the reason why I’m having a little icky mood, too (plus the seemingly endless news about deaths in my social circle, and the absolutely irritating attitude of one of my agents). I will be flying to Davao this Friday, so that’s something to look forward, too. “Enough with the negativities” is my mantra tonight. And since “better late than never” is one of my many favorite references, here are the top posts from last week. Ciao for now.

Now Showing: Masukista

Masukista's uncut version is now showing in following theaters: Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas, Isetann Recto in Manila and Starmall Alabang, and will be shown in Remar Cubao starting July 12th, and coming soon in Eden Cebu. From their FB page: A dark and erotic movie that probes into the deviant sexual fantasies of a masochist who finds pleasure in pain. A Crisaldo Pablo Digital Movie. Produced by Ecstatic Entertainment Productions.

Hari Ng Luzon: Christer

For those who thought that this bikini summit (and other male pageants) craze would end once the summer is over, you are wrong! Yes, even when it is raining like Ondoy again these past few days, these Pinoy hot men won't just stop heating up the city like it is forever summer. Behold, the Hari ng Luzon is here! The Hari ng Luzon male model search is a brand exclusive to presenting fresh faces to the modeling world brought to you by Perfect Productions. Well, what do they know about freshness? Because, I have seen most of these faces from somewhere else. Check out Christer for Hari ng Luzon 2012.

Did you miss JC Castro?

JC Castro

Mr. & Ms. Lyceum 2012

Who says that college life in the Philippines is always about books, all-nighters, cheering squads, basketball events and scandals? It seems like most universities in Manila are into beauty pageants, too. Here's one from Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) in Intramuros, Manila—a picture from the bikini round of Mr. and Ms. Lyceum 2012. They even have personalized bikini designs matching their school's official colors. What do you think? Should beauty pageants be encouraged in schools, too?

Mr. Philippine Republic North: Francis Salazar

Here is another male pageant we failed to acknowledge from last year: Mr. Philippine Republic North. Hmmm, sounds like it is getting more boring and boring when it comes to title choices. But mind you, the organizing committee has assigned a well-informed background checker. Here is one contestant from the said event: FRANCIS SALAZAR. Francis spends most of his leisure hours in attending his wellness program. Driven by his dream to become an international model, he makes sure that his outlook and attitude in life are consistently positive. Optimism for him spells success.

The sexy Gardo Versoza

Gardo Versoza

Monday, July 9, 2012

Meet Bench's Liam Hemsworth

From PhilStar.com: Confirmed: Bench has just enlisted Liam Hemsworth as its newest endorser. The deal came on the heels of the brand’s recent acquisition as models such A-list stars as Joe Jonas (who was a recent Manila visitor to drum up for Bench); Michael Trevino (of hit US TV series The Vampire Diaries); Hollywood actress Lucy Hale; and Korean superstars Dong Hae and Si Won (of Super Junior). Bench has just also signed up a K-Pop superstar (subject of a Funfare blind item last week) whose identity Funfare is not yet authorized to reveal. The STAR did a one-on-one with the guy in Seoul two weeks ago. Bench boss Ben Chan was in L.A. last week to finalize the contract with Liam and supervise the pictorial for the Bench posters and billboards. Liam (the youngest among three brothers in Hollywood, the others are Luke and Chris who plays Thor in Avengers) played Gale Hawthorne in the recent hit The Hunger Games. He started his career in his native Australia by playing the role of Josh Taylor in the soap opera Neighbours and as Marcus on the children’s television series The Elephant Princess. In 2010, he starred in the American film The Last Song with Miley Cyrus with whom he is engaged. Born in Melbourne on Jan. 13, 1990, to Leonie, an English teacher, and Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counselor, Liam was quoted in interviews as saying that though there is competition for jobs with his brothers, “It is friendly; it pushes us and we are always happy whenever someone books something.”

Joseph Marco is now Bench Body poster boy

Joseph Marco for Bench Body

Now Watching: Jay (2008)

From Box of Recollections: Jay, a gay schoolteacher, is brutally murdered in an apparent sex-crime. Even before his family hears about it, a TV producer – also named Jay – and his camera crew are inside their house to document their shock and grief. The TV producer convinces the family to let him shoot the dead man’s wake and funeral for a “reality show”. This will help them to ferret out the truth about the crime, find the killer, and bring him to justice, he says. However, it soon becomes clear that this concept of “truth” owes much to the entertainment value of the material being shot, and the expectations of the television audience. Skillfully orchestrating this “reality show” is the dead man’s namesake – a “journalist” who knows that the “truth” is whatever works on camera. The writer-director’s insider’s knowledge of broadcasting informs his incisive satire, which hits home by making fun of journalistic practices that are too outrageous and shameless not to be true. But Jay– with its mise-en-abîmeof reality, dissolving into infinite layers of media images and vice-versa – is also a meditation on the ways in which the third world is produced everyday as a spectacle, and a reflection on audiences that want their entertainment to be as crazy as the reality they live in.

Hari Ng Luzon: Denver

For those who thought that this bikini summit (and other male pageants) craze would end once the summer is over, you are wrong! Yes, even when it is raining like Ondoy again these past few days, these Pinoy hot men won't just stop heating up the city like it is forever summer. Behold, the Hari ng Luzon is here! The Hari ng Luzon male model search is a brand exclusive to presenting fresh faces to the modeling world brought to you by Perfect Productions. Well, what do they know about freshness? Because, I have seen most of these faces from somewhere else. Check out Denver for Hari ng Luzon 2012.

Mr. Philippine Republic North: Gilbert Cruz

Here is another male pageant we failed to acknowledge from last year: Mr. Philippine Republic North. Hmmm, sounds like it is getting more boring and boring when it comes to title choices. But mind you, the organizing committee has assigned a well-informed background checker. Here is one contestant from the said event: GILBERT CRUZ. Gilbert is pretty conscious about his physical wellness as evidenced by his well-formed body proportionate to his height. But behind this physical attribute, lies a deep sense of self-worth and family values, having been raised in the rustic home of the Carabao FestivalPulilan, Bulacan.

Meet Lilay's Anton Lorenzo

Indie actor Anton Lorenzo appeared in the gay-themed feature Lilay: Darling of the Crowd. If you know anything more about this hottie, share 'em to us below. He looks like Dennis Torres to me, that indie actor and Cappuccino member who appeared in Sagwan. What do you think? Ciao for now.

On Stage: Ivan Dorschner Is Haring Fernando

From Inquirer: Teen heartthrob Ivan Dorschner was a good student when he took acting workshops at Gantimpala Theater recently. Among his mentors were Roeder Camañag (musical theater) and Nazer Salcedo (voice). A product of the “Pinoy Big Brother” reality search, Ivan insisted on commuting, riding jeepneys to and from the workshop venue. “He said he wanted to experience a normal life. He didn’t want to be treated like a celebrity,” said a Gantimpala insider. “He was also open, cooperative and a fast learner.” He bagged the role of Haring Fernando in his batch’s recital production of “Mga Awit ng Ibong Adarna.”