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In Focus: Changing Partners Is The Most Relatable Musical To Catch This Weekend

Get off Netflix for once, and see this live masterpiece!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource: abscbn abscbnMay 16th, 2018

ONE: Shinya Aoki says he’d enjoy a rematch with fellow former champ Eduard Folayang

Nearly two years removed from losing ONE Championship Lightweight World Title, Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki finds himself back on the path towards championship glory, and the next stop on his journey brings him to Manila at ONE: Reign of Kings, Friday, July 27th at the Mall of Asia Arena. In a battle of top lightweight contenders, Aoki meets Thai MMA star Shannon ’OneShin’ Wiratchai, with the winner moving one step closer to a lightweight world title shot. And while another run at the world title could be on the line, the Evolve MMA star says that his focus in the lead up to the fight will be his own progress and no one else’s. “I approach all my fights the same. I focus on myself, and my game.” Aoki shared with ABS-CBN Sports via email. “I train hard with all my training partners and coaches, whether its in Japan or at Evolve MMA in Singapore, to improve all aspects of my game to prepare myself for the bout ahead. I am confident in my abilities and am looking forward to this bout.” Adding another layer to the upcoming Aoki versus Wiratchai fight will be the fact that the Thai star revealed that he looks up to the Japanese legend. “I have been competing for a long time now so it is interesting that I am competing against someone who used to watch me growing up. When I compete I go out there to do my best as a martial artist, if my performances inspire someone to start martial arts that’s just an extra bonus.” “Shannon is a good strong opponent, I look forward to competing against him.” Aoki added. If Aoki can defeat Wiratchai in Manila, it’ll mark his first string of back-to-back wins since 2015, definitely a step in the right direction. From 2016 to 2017, Aoki went through quite a rough patch that was kickstarted with him dropping his ONE title to Eduard Folayang in Singapore, followed a grappling superfight loss to Garry Tonon and a one-sided beatdown from then-ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren. Momentum shifted to Aoki’s favor in the start of 2018, as he submitted fellow former ONE champion Marat Gafurov in another grappling superfight, before getting back in the win column in MMA, choking out Rasul Yakhyaev in just one round back in May. “As a professional athlete, winning and losing is all a part of the journey.” Aoki said of his struggles and his recent run of success. “As a martial artist, all I focus on is continuing to improve and learn from the past and improve my game in all aspects. Improving a little bit every day is what martial arts is about. This is the mindset I’ve always had.” Speaking of Eduard Folayang, Aoki now is on the same boat as the Filipino MMA star, both former champions looking to regain their place at the top of the division. Folayang will also be fighting on ONE’s Reign of Kings card in Manila, against unbeaten Russian Aziz Pahrudinov. Much like Aoki, a win for Folayang moves him one step closer to another shot at the championship. If everything goes according to plan for these two former champions, their paths could cross once more, and that’s something that Aoki says he wouldn’t mind. “I am open to compete against anyone or rematch anyone. If ONE Championship wants me to face Eduard I would enjoy that. My job is to train hard to improve all aspects of my game for whoever I am facing.” Before anything else however, Aoki and Folayang will have to take care of business come fight night. For Aoki, who is, by all means, a proven legend in MMA, the learning never stops, and it’s this feeling of hunger for more that keeps the former champ motivates. “I never think of my accomplishments as enough. Every bout is a new challenge for me to take on, so I push myself to be able to handle anything that comes my way. I am always training and learning new techniques so my game is constantly improving. The martial arts journey never ends.” said Aoki.   Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki meets top contender Shannon Wiratchai in a lightweight contest with massive title implications at ONE: Reign of Kings on Friday, July 27th at the Mall of Asia Arena. Catch it LIVE starting at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   *Special thanks to Aliya Anwar of Evolve MMA.        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

‘Changing Partners’ goes to Amsterdam

Apart from Giancarlo Abrahan's "Paki (Please/Care)," another Cinema One product is included in the Philippine program of the CinemAsia Film Festival, ongoing in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, until March 11. Dan Villegas' musical drama "Changing Partners" will be shown at the CinemAsia fest tomorrow and on March 11. Villegas told the Inquirer that he is "super happy" for his film's inclusion in the fest. "I just hope for the Amsterdam audience to enjoy the film." Lead actor Jojit Lorenzo said of the film's international screenings: "I am glad that they are bringing the film to Amsterdam. I hope our fellow Filipinos get to watch it there, too. I'm very proud of the film, so the wid...Keep on reading: ‘Changing Partners’ goes to Amsterdam.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

Musical pulse and impulse in local films

  The renewed visibility of local musical films, thanks to "Ang Larawan" and "Changing Partners," calls to mind other notable examples of this relatively "niche" film type through the years. Today's movie buffs may find the genre unusual, but in the '30s and '40s, it was quite popular, thanks to the "imitative impetus" provided by Hollywood's musical extravaganzas. If US movies had their marvelous screen moppet in Shirley Temple, the Filipino film scene fielded Tita Duran, who would remain doted on even as an adult performer. Aside from the expected "gaya-gaya mentality" factor, musicals were a good fit for the local screen, due to our penchant for bucolic "fiesta" cele...Keep on reading: Musical pulse and impulse in local films.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

Changing Partners Review: Musical heartaches

Every once in a while, a film comes along not exactly to break the barriers of an abused genre, but to enliven it with a novel perspective and fresh ideas. Changing Partners is such a film. Love and relationships  Seemingly rife with the same preoccupation with the finiteness of love and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

Words & music

  It's been shown in a few theaters before, but "Changing Partners" is being screened in wider release this month, so it deserves viewers' supportive perusal. What makes it particularly viewable is its being one of the few new musical films produced this season, with its four leads, Agot Isidro, Jojit Lorenzo, Sandino Martin, and Anna Luna, expressing their feelings not just with words, but also in soulful song. It's also a gender-bending tale, megged by Dan Villegas, with the leads inhabiting multiple persons and getting involved in multiple cross-gender relationships. After viewing the film, it's expected that viewers will arrive at a new and more informed understandi...Keep on reading: Words & music.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

Agot: Fans of musicals are in for a surprise

Singers-turned-actors like Agot Isidro should welcome the renewed interest in musical movies, sparked by Loy Arcenas' "Ang Larawan," which won best picture at the recent Metro Manila Film Festival. Riding this musical crest is Agot's latest film, Dan Villegas' "Changing Partners," which will have its theatrical run starting Jan. 31. Like "Ang Larawan," "Changing Partners" is a stage play that crossed over to the big screen. "I am super excited that 'Changing Partners' will be shown to a wider audience," she told the Inquirer. She expressed the hope that this resurgence of movie musicals would jumpstart a revival in the theater world, as well. "Hopefully, it would increase th...Keep on reading: Agot: Fans of musicals are in for a surprise.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Champions On and Off the Pitch: Milo, FC Barcelona train young footballers in Road to Barcelona Camp

div> MANILA, Philippines, 20 September 2017 – Inspired by MILO and FC Barcelona’s (FCB) shared values of humility, effort, ambition, respect, and teamwork, over 140 kids participated in the MILO FCB Road to Barcelona Camp last September 2 to 3 at the Mckinley Hill Stadium in Taguig. The weekend training saw young footballers from Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, IloIlo, and Cebu gather to showcase their skills and embrace life values in sports, with the hopes of being nominated to the team representing the country in the FCB Escola Camp in Barcelona happening in October.  The four-year values-driven partnership between MILO and FC Barcelona was formally launched globally earlier this year, aiming to help more young Filipinos aspire to be the best they can be and realize their dreams through sports and the programs of MILO and FCB. The MILO FCB Road to Barcelona Camp provided free world-class training to deserving young Filipino football players under the tutelage of esteemed FCB Escola Camp Coaches from Barcelona, Spain. These athletes were exposed to playing the Barca way while also getting the opportunity to make new friends among their peers from different clubs, all in the spirit of fun and friendly competition. Aside from this one-of-a-kind training session, the MILO FCB Road to Barcelona Team will also be on the lookout for two of the most deserving players who will stand a chance to get an all-expense paid trip to Barcelona, Spain. They, along with other identified players from the other MILO markets worldwide, will get to go on a once-in-a-lifetime experience to train in Camp Nou, the home stadium of FC Barcelona, in October. A selection panel led by the MILO FCB Road to Barcelona Team will help identify the players who will be included in the event. Just as important as skill, the principal values that define the spirit of FCB and the essence of MILO, will be included in the criterion for selection of the said players. Joining MILO and the Philippine Football Federation in the selection camp were FC Barcelona coaches Arnau Blanco and Marti Vila, who’ve previously held international FCB Escola camps in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. Arnau and Marti conducted football drills for the kids which included theoretical concepts that underlined the football club’s system and culture. Bannered by the message of 'TEAMMAKESME, the young athletes were also taught the value and role of their team around them—teammates, coaches, family, and friends who play an important role in their holistic growth to be come champions on and off the field. “You see the kids smiling, improving, enjoying, trying to understand our philosophy, and it really is fulfilling for us coaches. Having them play together as a team and learn the values and skills in football is amazing to witness. For us, it is important that we help Filipinos experience the Barca way through our program,” said FCB Escola Camp coach Arnau Blanco. “We are grateful and honored to have had the opportunity to do this for the local football community. With the our partners, FC Barcelona and the Philippine Football Federation, MILO is eager to search for the most deserving players to send to a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Camp Nou. It is truly encouraging to see these  athletes from all walks of life come together, and we send a big thank you to their supportive parents and coaches who joined them in this journey.The selection process will be a challenging one, but we’re looking forward to providing Filipino athletes a platform to share their talents on a world stage and benefit from the life-changing opportunity this partnership offers,” said de Robbie De Vera, Sports Marketing Executive of MILO Philippines. /div>.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 27th, 2017
Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2018

In Focus: These Kapamilya Love Teams Just Gave Us A Dose Of Holiday Kilig

Watch out for the ABS-CBN Family Is Love Christmas Concert airing this weekend!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

In Focus: Chantal Videla s Fan Girl Moments Are So Relatable

This rising star started as a fan just like any of us!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Changing partners

Changing partners.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 29th, 2018

In Focus: 6 Reasons Why There s No Escaping EXO s Chanyeol s Charm

We love an idol with baby boy visuals and powerful musical chops!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 26th, 2018

Empowering Quicklean’s game-changing vision

When Quicklean Founder and Chairman of the Board Rocky Hernandez opened his first Laundromat in Valenzuela, he just wanted to sell coin-operated machines. In just seven years, Quicklean opened more than 100 branches all over the metro. The secret behind his success is simple: perseverance and the right energy solutions from Meralco Biz Partners. With Meralco Biz Partners' assistance, new Quicklean stores were energized promptly with the right amount of electricity. "Contract Right Sizing is a source of big savings for us. Our Guaranteed Minimum Billing Demand (GMBD) initially computed for the equipment was more than what we needed. Meralco Biz Partners fixed the issue, and now ...Keep on reading: Empowering Quicklean’s game-changing vision.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

The changing character of casinos; Pagcor wins

Recently, I went to watch the Mamma Mia musical at the theater of Solaire Casino......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Naomi Osaka headed for big money with Japan, global appeal

By Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Osaka used a powerful forehand and a matching serve to win the U.S. Open against Serena Williams two months ago, soaring as high as No. 4 this season in the WTA tennis rankings. Off the court — on the marketing front — she has the same potential. Maybe more. "It's very, very rare to find a Japanese-born female athlete who appeals to an international audience," said Bob Dorfman, a sports marketing expert and creative director at Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco, California. Serena Williams topped the Forbes list of the highest-earning female athletes this year at $18 million, almost all endorsements. Osaka appears to be the right woman in the right sport at the right time with the draw to overtake Williams. "What's more, tennis, especially women's tennis, is a sport that lends itself to a broad variety of sponsors: sporting goods, health and beauty, fashion, lifestyle, travel, personal care, you name it," Dorfman said. "And the sport's international following brings with it a large, loyal and affluent fan base. All the more reason why so many companies are lining up to sign her up." The big question is: Can she keep this up? Much has happened very quickly for her, notes former tennis star Chris Evert. "You know, it's going to be life-changing for her and very, very important," Evert said. "From what I see, she is very humble and from what I see, her parents are very humble people. Hopefully they won't go Hollywood on us. We don't want that to happen." Osaka's multicultural background — Japan-born but raised in the U.S. by a Haitian-American father and a Japanese mother — adds to her wide appeal, endearing her to fans in Japan and elsewhere. Her disarming charm, off and on the court, including how she handled the turmoil surrounding her win over Williams, is also winning people over. "She appeals to the young and old, men and women, everyone," said Shigeru Tanaka, advertising manager at Citizen, her sponsor since August. Tokyo-based Citizen Watch Co.'s 80,000 yen ($700) Naomi Osaka watch is selling out at stores in Japan, thanks to the exposure it got on her wrist at the U.S. Open. Citizen was quick to take advantage of her Grand Slam win, taking out a one-third page ad in the Yomiuri newspaper's extra edition report of her win. Companies won't say how much her contracts are worth, but they tend to be written so that if she keeps winning, her earnings will keep going up. If one company won't pay, another will just snatch her up, marketing experts say. Although Japanese baseball players like Ichiro and Shohei Ohtani are superstars, that sport doesn't have the global appeal of tennis. There are Olympians, but their appeal tends to come and go every four years. Japan is "just starving for a star," Evert said. Osaka has been wearing various Citizen watches in matches and in photo ops and has told reporters the first watch she got from her mom was a Citizen. She has also said her father drove a Nissan while she was growing up — another in a growing line of sponsors. Besides Citizen, Osaka has deals with instant noodle-maker Nissin Foods Group, Japanese badminton and tennis racket maker Yonex Co., and athletic-wear and sneaker giant Adidas. Nissan Motor Co. signed Osaka as its three-year "brand ambassador" in September. The deal was in the works for a while, but the timing couldn't have been better, coming right after the U.S. Open. The Yokohama-based automaker is mulling a "Naomi Osaka model" car. She is also getting keys to a silver GT-R sports car. Investing in Osaka enhances brand image for the long-term, said Masao Tsutsumi, general manager in charge of Osaka-related marketing at Nissan. He said her transformation from "every girl" to superstar parallels the automaker's commitment to technological innovation. "She also is such a nice person while being utterly professional," he added. Yonex has been supplying rackets to Osaka since she was 10, after receiving a letter from her mother. The Osaka effect is evident in the growing popularity of Yonex rackets among younger Americans, the company says. Appearing before Yonex employees in Tokyo, Osaka drew affectionate laughter by insisting on addressing the crowd in Japanese, though she managed only a few words, including "onaji," or "the same," says Nori Shimojo, the company's official in charge of tennis player service. At just 21, Osaka's got plenty of time to learn the language of her birthplace if she wants to. As for her sponsorship windfall, she is shrugging it all off. "I wouldn't really know because I have never been in this territory," she said during a recent tournament in Singapore. "For me, I just focus on my matches, and, I mean, like I'm a tennis player, so I just play tennis." ___ Sandra Harwitt in Singapore contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

ABBA music is ‘complex, ahead of its time’

Mamma Mia!," the successful, long-running jukebox musical built on the discography of Swedish pop superstar quartet ABBA, is on its final weekend at The Theatre at Solaire. This is the second time the show has been staged in Manila. The maiden production in 2012 was held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It will celebrate its milestone 20th anniversary in 2019. With about 60 million worldwide audiences as of early this year, productions mounted in 16 languages and international performances in cruise ships that tour the Caribbean, "Mamma Mia!" continues to tease the senses with, for instance, the spandex-clad numbers, the "hot" Greek island setting, and the wonderfu...Keep on reading: ABBA music is ‘complex, ahead of its time’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Shop local fashion and furniture all under one roof this weekend

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Manila FAME (@manilafame) on Sep 10, 2018 at 11:59pm PDT We're always trying our best to support local in every way we can. There are so many brands out there in different categories that it can be hard to keep track. From fashion to furniture, there's one place where you can catch all that. If you're not familiar with Manila FAME, here's the lowdown. It is a design and lifestyle event that supports local companies by giving them a platform to showcase their products to their country and to international buyers as well. Last week, I got a glimpse of...Keep on reading: Shop local fashion and furniture all under one roof this weekend.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Future of Paul Allen s sports holdings remains unclear

By Tim Booth, Associated Press RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Paul Allen’s love was basketball and he delved into professional football out of loyalty to his hometown Seattle. In the wake of his death, Allen’s ownership of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and NFL’s Seattle Seahawks has come into focus because of questions about how the franchises will move forward in his absence. No one is providing many details yet about the succession plans for Allen’s franchise holdings in the wake of his death Monday from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His primary franchises were the Blazers and Seahawks, although he also owned a small stake in Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders. “Paul thoughtfully addressed how the many institutions he founded and supported would continue after he was no longer able to lead them. This isn’t the time to deal in those specifics as we focus on Paul’s family,” according to a statement from Allen’s company, Vulcan Inc. “We will continue to work on furthering Paul’s mission and the projects he entrusted to us. There are no changes imminent for Vulcan, the teams, the research institutes or museums.” For now, Allen’s teams will continue to be overseen by Vulcan Sports and Entertainment, an arm of the company he created. His sister, Jody Allen, and executive Bert Kolde were the other members of the Seahawks’ board of directors with Allen. Jody Allen may take a more prominent role with the NFL franchise going forward. “It doesn’t feel like it’s time to be engaging in that conversation. We’re more into the conversation about recognizing what took place and how to respect Paul and his desires and all of that,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday. “There’s plenty of time to talk about all that stuff. It’s not even a factor in our minds. I understand the interest but there will be plenty of time. “Nothing is changing. Paul wouldn’t want us to do anything different than what we’re doing, which is to go for it and to represent it every way we can until you can’t. And we’re going to go for it just in that fashion.” A similar message was being relayed in Portland, where Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey and Vulcan Sports and Entertainment CEO Chris McGowan spoke about Allen. The Trail Blazers are dealing with the death of Allen just a couple of days before beginning the regular season at home against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. “At this point we’re just dealing with the death and we don’t have any imminent announcements,” McGowan said. “At an appropriate time I’m sure we’ll come and talk with everyone about what potentially could happen but right now we’re just dealing with the grief.” Olshey said his final phone conversation with Allen was in early October with the owner asking if the Blazers GM was watching that night’s preseason games. “He wanted to talk basketball,” Olshey said. “One of the things that is really unique about Paul is that everything was bifurcated. ... If he wanted to talk hoops, he talked hoops. If he wanted to talk music, he called Mick Jagger. If he wanted to talk football, he called Pete Carroll. Who else gets that?” ___ AP Sports Writer Anne M. Peterson contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

STUDIO 7: GMA launches newest musical-variety show

BEGINNING October 14, prepare for a new entertainment experience for the whole family as the brightest Kapuso stars unite in GMA’s latest and most exciting musical-variety program dubbed as Studio 7. Every Sunday night holds a special surprise for Kapuso viewers as it gives them a chance to hang out with an ever-changing mix of […] The post STUDIO 7: GMA launches newest musical-variety show appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

MILF political party to focus on plebiscite, stay out of May 2019 polls

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front will not be participating in the May 2019 elections, its chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim said over the weekend......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018