March 5, 2015

Power Mac Center presents Summer Workshop 2015 : “Shape your Imagination through Technology”

Power Mac Center, through its Apple Authorized Training Center (AATC), presents a specialized educational opportunity for children to gain or enhance their digital skills during summer break with the return of Summer Workshop.

Summer Workshop 2015 incorporates the theme “Shape your Imagination through Technology” in its program offerings tailored to fit the needs and interest of children of different ages.

Early registration is now open for this annual seasonal program that will run from April to May.

Summer Workshop 2015 is designed to help young learners aged 4 to 16 years old to maximize their iOS and Mac devices through a variety of enriching topics. Trainings will be facilitated by Power Mac Center AATC Trainers who will engage participants in lectures and hands-on instructional activities to ensure learning while having fun.

“One of Power Mac Center’s thrusts is to promote digital literacy among the youth, and Summer Workshop 2015 exemplifies this advocacy by providing training programs that help these young learners acquire valuable knowledge and skills in this digital world,” Marketing Director Joey Alvarez said.

iPad Class is dedicated to children aged 4 to 6 years old. Programming, Digital Design, Animation & Music is for the 7 to 12 age group. Power Mac Center offers two batches and venues for accessibility and convenience. The first batch is scheduled at Power Mac Center TriNoma on the third week of April to the first week of May. The second batch will be held at the Greenbelt 3 branch from the second to third week of May.
​Meanwhile, the Junior IT Specialist course is offered to youngsters 13 to 16 years old. Since the course requires more technical support, it will be conducted at the Power Mac Center AATC in Makati.

Package fee for a Full Course is P6,000 per student, while Half Course costs P3,500 per student. Interested participants are encouraged to register early as available seats per course are limited.

Equip your children with technological aptitude and let them explore digital creativity through Power Mac Center’s Summer Workshop 2015. 

Register online via at

For more information, visit Power Mac Center TriNoma, Greenbelt 3 or the AATC Makati, email or call 553-4211 or 6399.

Madame Tussauds Singapore launch of a wax figure of iconic Singapore girl

Madame Tussauds Singapore and Singapore Airlines announced the launch of a wax figure of the iconic Singapore Girl, one of Singapore’s best known icons. 

The figure is modelled after Ms Nur Surya Binte Mohamed Ambiah, a flight stewardess with Singapore Airlines (SIA) who joined in 2007 but left to start a family in 2011 and rejoined SIA in 2012 under the Returning Crew Scheme. 

“We are truly delighted to have created a wax figure of the Singapore Girl; she is a global icon and the epitome of grace and hospitality. Representing a leading Asian brand, the iconic Singapore Girl is well-known all over the world and therefore we wanted to feature her in our attraction which aims to showcase the best of Singapore!” said Ms Sharon Wong, Marketing Manager, Madame Tussauds Singapore. 

“The Singapore Girl, with her distinctive sarong kebaya, is a global icon and one of the most instantly recognizable figures worldwide. She is perennial and appeals to both young and old. Our customers have a strong emotional connection with our brand as a result of her iconic image. Her contribution to SIA’s brand is invaluable and we are excited for her to be featured in Madame Tussauds Singapore,” said Mr Marvin Tan, Singapore Airlines Senior Vice President Cabin Crew.

This is the second figure of a Singapore Girl to be produced by Madame Tussauds. The first was modelled after Ms Lim Suet Kwee and was launched in 1993. Ms Lim, who is now Assistant Manager for Crew Performance, played a crucial role in the selection process for the new Singapore Girl wax figure. 

Several factors were considered during the selection process, the most important of which was the fact that she should embody the characteristics of the Singapore Girl, such as Asian grace, hospitality and commitment to service. Other factors include her poise and confidence in presenting herself. 

In September 2014, the Madame Tussauds team met Surya for an eight hour sitting which involved collecting measurements, photos, costume donations, a hand cast, hair samples, a signature and checks for eye colour matches. About 500 precise body and facial measurements were taken. Ms Lim was also present at the sitting to provide Surya with guidance, based on her past experience. The figure was created in London and took approximately three months to complete. Surya’s wax figure is wearing an SIA sarong kebaya cabin crew uniform, donated by SIA. 

Madame Tussauds is one of the world’s most popular visitor attractions, drawing millions of visitors across the world every year. The attraction features some of Singapore’s most popular celebrities, as well as International and Asian A-list celebrities from around the world. Madame Tussauds Singapore is located at Imbiah Lookout on Sentosa and sits alongside Images of Singapore LIVE which is now open to the public. Images of Singapore LIVE introduce an entirely new element with live actors, telling stories about Singapore’s history. The two attractions are linked by the ‘Spirit of Singapore’ boat ride. 

Visit Singapore and see the iconic Singapore girl at Madame Tussauds. 

Singapore Airlines flies to Singapore from Manila four times daily. For bookings, visit HYPERLINK "" or the SIA Mobile App.

March 4, 2015

Asia's biggest superstar Lee Min Ho in "Gangnam Blues"

Korean's  biggest superstar Lee Min Ho now proves that he is more than just a pretty face in "Gangnam Blues." In an action and drama role, something that fans used to loving him in romance comedy and action roles will be pleasantly surprised to see — and love Min-ho all the more.

Lee Min Ho is a superstar in the hearts of Filipino fans, with his hit Koreanovelas like Boys Over Flowers (2009), the breakthrough tele-drama that won him several awards including Best New Actor at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards; City Hunter (2011) for which he was honored as Most Popular Actor at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards and Outstanding Korean Actor at the 7th Seoul International Drama Awards; The Heirs (2013) for which he earned a nomination for Most Popular Actor at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards; and Faith, which recently aired on ABS-CBN. He has released two albums, My Everything in 2013 and Song For You in 2014.

Gangnam Blues, directed by the iconic Yoo Ha, is the third part of his Gangnam Trilogy. The stories of these movies revolve around Gangnam, the street and the youth.

In Gangnam, the southern part of Seoul, during the height of political corruption, Gangnam Blues is an action "gangster noir" that tells the story of different political organization's clash. The movie has been described as a "gangster noir" set in the 1970s, when Seoul’s Gangnam district was still under development and “political powers and darker organizations collide as they seek to grab control of the influential and exclusive area. During the 70s, Gangnam was being transformed from a vast agricultural area into the modern hub that it is now.

Min-ho and co-star Kim Rae-won play orphans in a slum area, growing up like brothers. When their homes are bulldozed, they get separated, only to meet again years later as heads of rival gangs hired by powerful groups fighting over dominance of Gangnam.

It has scenes reminiscent of Coppola’s The Godfather. Watch this different movie this Wednesday, March 4, released in Tagalized version by Viva Films.

The movie is directed by Yoo Ha. Lee Min Ho plays the character of Kim Jong Dae, who gets caught up in the power struggles and ends up in a battle against his childhood friend and he treated as his brother Yong Ki, played by Kim Rae Won.

We heard this classic hit over and over again, Freddie Aguilar’s OPM classic “Anak” was used in the trailer of Korean superstar Lee Min Ho’s latest movie Gangnam 1970,” which was also titled “Gangnam Blues.”

Anak is played whole twice (the original version), first in the series of scenes showing Min-ho and his gang demolishing their rivals with a haul of bullets) and in the end as the credits roll.

SineAsia Theater is the first Asian tagalized theatre in the country and Lee Min Ho’s Gangnam Blues film is the official grand attraction for the theater’s grand launch and it's red carpet premiere this Tuesday,  March 3 held at the SM Megamall. 

The theatre will have an exterior that will show the authenticity of the oriental flicks to be played on the big-screen. The movie will be dedicated to the viewing of never-before-seen, premiere and commercial Asian films.

These films will be “tagalized” for audience to have easier viewing plus the Filipino family will be provide different movie platforms that are exclusively SM Cinema and Walter Mart Cinemas.

SineAsia is a collaboration of two of the country’s entertainment giant to pave the way for the rapid rise in popularity of these films. Presenting the best of Asian Cinema has to offer, Viva International Pictures provide films to show exclusive Asian tagalized films from the biggest studtios in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand & Taiwan such as CJ Entertainment, Showbox,TOEI Company LTD, 9ers Entertainment, Showgate, Megavision Pictures, EDKO Films Ltd., Wada Lote, Sahamongkol, TOHO, Kadokowa Pictures TBS and Star Alliance.

SMLEI reinvents one dedicated theater in 8 of its SM Cinema branches to make way for SineAsia Theater. Among the chosen malls are SM Megamall, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Fairview, SM Ilo-ilo, SM Bacoor, SM Cebu, SM Manila, and SM North Edsa.

Don't miss the chance to see a completely diffeect Lee Min Ho and find a new reason to admire him even more.

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March 3, 2015

BUM’s Black Summer Collection: An Alternative Inspiration

After BUM’s successful campaign on “Unleash Your RealiTee”, comes another unconventional attempt to provide an alternative inspiration for today’s youth in clothing—the Black Summer Collection. Contrary to the usual choice of hues for tropical summer setting—floral designs, neon or pastels are the most likely preference for getups. BUM takes on a different route and still aligned to its thrust of motivating the Filipino youth to be ‘stylish’, ‘adventurous’, ‘liberating’, and ‘tactful’ at the same time.

BUM known for its atypical concept in sense and style, it has successfully put together teen stars in Philippine entertainment industry; dominated by two of the largest television networks—the Kapamilya and Kapuso stations—Ella Cruz, Nash Aguas, Jane Oineza, Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali were chosen to represent the brand. These five young stars best reflect how the common youth want to be identified, accepted, and respected as individuals and as groups.

Black Summer Collection offers a unique blend of designs and hues matched with its overarching black theme. 

It creates varied physical and psychological effects for its intended market—the Filipino youth. Black is being capitalized by BUM because it reflects and communicates—glamour, sophistication, and exclusivity altogether.

In March this year, BUM’s Black Summer Collection debunks the idea of black as conventional, conservative and serious since it is presented in a youthful manner with a refreshing twist in fashion sensibility. 

Black Summer Collection is available in all of BUM’s boutiques and leading department stores nationwide.

For more information about BUM’s Black Summer, visit or follow us “@officialbumph” on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2015

The flying experience continues! 

The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival, as also called as Lubao International Balloon Festival 2015, which will take place in Pradera Verde, Barangay Prado Siongco on March 26 to 29,

The biggest international and most colorful twin events for early 2015, one in Clark and another in Lubao Pampanga.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Central Luzon has scheduled two separate hot air balloon festivals in Clark and Lubao town this year.

DOT Central Luzon Director Ronnie Tiotuico said the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta was set on February 12 to 15 here. The other event -- Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Festival  scheduled on March 26 to 29 in Lubao town, according to Tiotuico.

“Both are pet projects of the Department of Tourism,” he said.

Now on its second year, the balloon festival, which will take place in Pradera Verde, Barangay Prado Siongco on March 26 to 29, is expected to showcase 40 hot air balloons from Germany, Malaysia, Europe and the United States. It will also raise 12 special shaped balloons like Darth Vader, Yoda,Obelix, Frog, and Humpty Dumpty.

The event is organized by Pilipinas International Balloon Festival Inc. (PIBF) in cooperation with the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office of Pampanga (ACTO) and with support from the Provincial Government of Pampanga.

The event will include balloon flights (fly in and fly out cum night glow), air sporting events like aerobatics, flag jump/sky diving, balloon bursting, paragliding, aero modeling, wakeboarding, local tours, among others. 

According to the organizers, this year's festival was "localized" in order to further promote the town of Lubao and the province of Pampanga.


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