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Kristoffer Martin finds dabbling in music ‘intimidating’

Although acting is where Kristoffer Martin wants to make a mark, he said he will always remain open to venturing into other fields in show biz. At the moment, the 23-year-old Kapuso talent also has his sights on becoming a recording artist. "I want to try other things, especially while I'm still young. That's why when GMA Records offered me a music-related project, I grabbed the opportunity," he told reporters at a recent pocket interview for his new single, "Paulit-Ulit." Singing isn't entirely new to him. As a 12-year-old child dreaming to make it in the entertainment industry, Kristoffer joined the reality talent tilt "Little Big Superstar" in 2007. "I love singing, and I use...Keep on reading: Kristoffer Martin finds dabbling in music ‘intimidating’.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerMar 2nd, 2018

Idris Elba opening tropical-themed cocktail bar in London

"Mandela" and "Avengers" star Idris Elba is the latest celebrity to parlay his fame into the restaurant biz, with the opening of a cocktail bar at the Waldorf Hilton in London. Set to open next month, The Parrot will be a tropical-themed bar with live music, a "hidden" cocktail menu, "secret shows" and a small plates menu, reports industry publication The Caterer. An in-house band will provide nightly entertainment, performing cover songs with special guests from the West End. The club will also become the first in London to provide chauffeured rides in a luxury Aston Martin for its deep-pocketed, VIP guests. Elba joins a long list of celebrity restaurateurs. Canadian rapper...Keep on reading: Idris Elba opening tropical-themed cocktail bar in London.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

‘The Last Epic Botong’ to be auctioned off

For its upcoming Magnificent September Auction 2018, Len Gallery will bid out Carlos "Botong" Francisco's magnificent mural-size work, "Nose Flute," showing an Ifugao man and woman, he blowing a flute through his nose, resting his head on her, who puts her ear near the instrument, and the music it emits finds objective correlative in the mountain mist dreamily ensphering their seminude figures. Bidding starts at P28 million. "This Botong [work] is of a subject, quality, condition and size that is extremely rare and the provenance---impeccable!" said Len Gallery director Jaime Ponce de Len. "Perhaps there may not be a Botong in the near future that will come close to the att...Keep on reading: ‘The Last Epic Botong’ to be auctioned off.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 26th, 2018

How to make classical music less intimidating

CLASSICAL music is often described as being “high culture,” “elite,” and “unreachable.” For Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) president Nick Lizaso — who described himself as a “layman” — these tags should be dropped and everything should be referred to simply as “music.” The post How to make classical music less intimidating appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2018

‘Bakwit Boys’ hopes to debunk musicals as box-office poison

Filmmaker Jason Paul Laxamana, who said he was well aware of the poor box-office performance of previously shown locally produced musical films, claimed that his "Bakwit Boys" is "of a different kind." "I really don't know why musical films are doing poorly when we're supposed to be a music-loving people," Laxamana told the Inquirer. "Sadly, there's a stigma when it comes to this genre, maybe because the audience finds it corny that people suddenly break into song and dance." Laxamana said that what sets "Bakwit Boys" apart from films of the same genre that were shown recently is that "the characters don't just sing out of the blue, or when their emotion is high. The songs---th...Keep on reading: ‘Bakwit Boys’ hopes to debunk musicals as box-office poison.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

Now United finds harmony in diversity

Now United Although the boys and girls of the pop music group Now United come from different countries and backgrounds, making friends with each other was surprisingly uncomplicated. After all, the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

GMA Regional TV keeps rainy July bright with various events nationwide

GMA Network’s regional arm, GMA Regional TV (RTV), kept the rainy days bright for Kapuso fans, kicking off the third quarter of the year with jam-packed events nationwide. Last July 7, Kapuso hunks Rafael Rosell and Kristoffer Martin flew to Iloilo and treated the mallgoers of Festive Walk Mall to a kilig-overloaded Kapuso Mall Show. […] The post GMA Regional TV keeps rainy July bright with various events nationwide appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Kristoffer bares close friendship with Alden

Kristoffer Martin was asked recently about his close friendship with coactor Alden Richards. His response: "Sobrang kuya 'yan. He's the type of person you could call in the wee hours and he would answer." "He's very consistent," Kristoffer added. "If you have problems, he would listen. And if he can, he will even give you good advice." The Kapuso actor was also asked how he deals with his online bashers. His reply: "You can't really force people to believe in what you have to say, because they have their own beliefs." "I respect what other people say," he added. "They have their own opinions and I have mine. I understand where they're coming from." But there are tim...Keep on reading: Kristoffer bares close friendship with Alden.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

ONE: Former champ Eduard Folayang learned from teammate Kevin Belingon’s title win over Martin Nguyen

Team Lakay bantamweight star Kevin Belingon did something that not a lot of people have been able to do, and that’s defeat Martin Nguyen. In the main event of ONE: Reign of Kings, Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena, Belingon outstruck and outworked Nguyen over the course of five rounds to earn a unanimous decision win and become the new Interim ONE Championship Bantamweight World Champion. The Baguio native becomes just the third man to defeat Nguyen, along with former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat Gafurov and reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes. As Belingon implemented his winning gameplan against Nguyen, his teammate and former ONE Championship Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang was an interested observer. Aside from watching one of his Team Lakay brothers fight for a world championship, Folayang is also preparing for what could be a possible rematch with Nguyen, the reigning ONE Championship Lightweight king. Folayang who took to the cage Friday evening, defeating previously-undefeated Russian Combat Sambo world champion Aziz Pahrudinov via Unanimous Decision. Having already won back-to-back fights, Folayang is on the brink of another shot at regaining the championship that he used to hold, and during the post-fight presser, Folayang admitted to have overlooked some stuff in his previous fight with Nguyen. “I think in the first time na nag-meet kami [ni Martin Nguyen], I overlooked some things, in some cases, na-overconfident din ako, and nakalimutan ko na it’s MMA,” Folayang bared. “There will always be a way for your opponent to hit you.” Against Nguyen, Folayang was on the receiving end of a vicious KO. Watching Belingon beat Nguyen however, Folayang says that he’s picked up a more confident approach, should he and the Viet-Aussie star share the cage again. “On the fight of Kevin, I really learned a lot. Of course I need to be careful in those areas na kalakasan ng kalaban, and then kung saan ka malakas, be careful din kasi doon ka papasukin.” Since falling to Nguyen, Folayang has taken a more patient approach in his fights, and it has led him to two convincing wins against a pair of tough Russian grapplers. With the way things are playing out in the lightweight division however, it’s more likely that Folayang finds himself going up against another former opponent and fellow former champion in Shinya Aoki. Folayang dethroned Aoki for the lightweight title back in 2016, and says that a rematch against the grappling ace wouldn’t be a problem. “Okay naman ang rematch kay Shinya,” Folayang said, before jokingly suggesting that another unbeaten Russian could be the next person that ONE puts in front of him. “Siyempre hindi lang natin alam, baka mamaya another undefeated na Russian ulit, si Khabib [Nurmagomedov] naman ang susunod, we just really don’t know. That’s a joke.” the former champ said with a laugh. Nurmagomedov, of course, is the reigning UFC Lightweight World Champion......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Closing ears to new music? You must be past 28

A survey by Deezer found that musical discovery peaks around the age of 25. Image: martin-dm / IStock.com Listening to the same songs over and over rather than seeking new tunes? You have plenty of.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

ONE: Former champion Eduard Folayang is fighting his way back to main event status

On Friday night at ONE Championship: Reign of Kings at the Mall of Asia Arena, former ONE Lightweight world champion Eduard ‘The Landslide’ Folayang will be taking on undefeated Russian Aziz Pahrudinov. It will be the second straight time that Folayang will be pitted against an undefeated Russian grappler, but it’ll also be the second time in as many fights that he faces a relative unknown who’s set to make their ONE Championship debut. Back in May, Folayang rudely welcomed Kharun Atlangeriev to ONE Championship with a dominant beatdown in Singapore for the Unanimous Decision win. It was his first time back since losing his championship to Martin Nguyen in Manila back in November of 2017. After headlining his last two business trips in Manila, Folayang now finds himself in the middle of the card, and while others may see that as a relegation, the former champion sees it as just another challenge to go through as he works his way back up ONE Championship’s lightweight ranks. “As a martial artist, you need to face the challenges that come to you.” Folayang said during Tuesday’s Reign of Kings Press Conference at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom. “You lose on Monday, but it’s up to us if we will be losing on Tuesday and the other days of the week, so I think being a martial artist, you need to do your part and keep improving so that whatever opponent you’ll be facing, you know that you’ll be able to give the very best that you have.” A win against Pahrudinov on Friday will definitely push Folayang back into the title picture, says ONE Championship founder and chairman Chatri Sityodtong. “For the record, Eduard is not a gatekeeper, I still consider Eduard very much a title contender. Of course, we gave him two tough fights, two undefeated Russian contenders, especially Aziz, who’s a Combat Sambo world champion, this is no walk in the park.” “Eduard’s not a gatekeeper. If he wins this fight, he’s very much back in the title picture.” “It’s great that he beat an undefeated Russian in his last fight. This fight, again with Aziz, is going to be a very tough fight, but again, if he beats a Combat Sambo world champion from Dagestan, Russia, who’s undefeated, 20-0, it says something about who he is a as a warrior.” Sityodtong continued. Sityodtong has always been vocal about his belief in Folayang. When the Pinoy MMA icon lost his title back in November, Sityodtong was one of the first to say that he believes Folayang will bounce back. The ONE Championship head honcho even took offense to people who thought that Folayang’s days as a competitor were over. “When Eduard lost, everyone wrote him off, I remember a lot of people saying he should retire. I said bullsh*t, because they don’t know what they’re talking about, they don’t know martial arts.” “I said Eduard’s gonna come back, watch.” Sityodtong added. Now, eight months later, Eduard Folayang is indeed back, and could be taking another step back towards redemption after Friday's fight night.   Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard 'The Landslide' Folayang meets unbeaten Russian Aziz Pahrudinov 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!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

Eduard Folayang and his familiar path to glory

Eduard Folayang has been here before. Back in 2014, after racking up back-to-back wins in in a span of half a year, the Team Lakay star was slowly building a name for himself as a top-tier contender in ONE Championship’s lightweight division. A third straight win would have possibly put him in the title picture. And then, he ran into Russian Timofey Nastyukhin. A sequence that will forever be burned in the minds of Filipino MMA fans, Nasytukhin dropped Folayang with a well-timed flying knee to the jaw, and then finished it off with a crushing soccer kick, back when soccer kicks were allowed. While it wasn’t Folayang’s first stoppage loss, it was arguably his most violent to date. The Filipino MMA star lay motionless in front of a Filipino crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena. It took Folayang over a year before he made his return, a decision win over Tetsuya Yamada. That win would set Folayang on his path to the ONE Lightweight Word Championship, one of the most celebrated stories in MMA in the past couple of years. Roughly three years removed since his knockout loss to Nastyukhin at the Mall of Asia Arena, it would seem like a cruel repetition of history, as Folayang would once again find himself staring up at the MoA Arena lights in late 2017. Folayang, a single day away from celebrating his one-year anniversary of being a ONE world champion, saw his spot at the top of the lightweight division taken away with one, well-timed overhand right, courtesy of Martin Nguyen. Nguyen made history that night at the expense of Folayang, becoming ONE Championship’s first ever two-division world champion. For the Pinoy MMA hero, it was another setback, not unlike the many he’s faced through the course of his career.   The Road to Redemption No matter what other people said, those who knew him knew he’d be back, and one of those whose believe never wavered was that of ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, saying that this is just the start of Folayang's journey.  So finally, when it was announced that Folayang would indeed be coming back to the cage, it was a big deal. Immediately, it was clear that redemption was on the former champion’s mind. “Yun naman ang nagpapa-sarap sa isang life story, yung paano ka mag-rise after you fall, and it adds a lot of spices sa life if ganun ulit yung mangyayari, although syempre may different versions yung story ng bawat isa sa atin, and I’m still looking forward on my redemption in this upcoming fight.” Folayang said. Folayang’s return was set for May, in one of the most-stacked ONE cards of the year, and even with three world title bouts featuring the biggest ONE Championship stars also on the card, Filipino fight fans’ eyes were on Folayang’s highly-anticipated return.   Parallel Experiences With 25 professional bouts under his belt, Eduard Folayang isn’t new to the game, by any means. From fighting in front of small crowds to main eventing a packed Singapore Indoor Stadium for the world title, Folayang has seen it all and done it all, that’s why pre-fight jitters isn’t expected to be an issue for a fighter the caliber and experience of ‘The Landslide.’ And while it wasn’t so much as jitters, Folayang admits that he had a lot going through his head in the days leading up to his comeback fight. “Yung siguro sa akin lang, andaming pumapasok sa isipan ko, hindi mo maiiwasan yung mga ‘what ifs’ mga paano kung natalo ulit ako dito, ganun,” Folayang told ABS-CBN Sports. Having already been in this situation before, Folayang added that it was indeed a big help being able to look back at a parallel experience. “Oo naman, nakatulong, kasi looking back noong 2014, nung na-knockout din ako kay Timofey, tapos yung same feeling nung kakalabanin ko ulit nung 2016 si Tetsuya Yamada, andaming tumatakbo sa utak, mas lalo na since naging champion ako, syempre hindi mawawala yung expectations ng tao and andyan na yung mga bashers e, naka-ready na sila. So the best thing to do is dapat maging mentally strong and accurate sa pagpapatupad ng gameplan para manalo.” And implement a gameplan successfully, he did.   The Comeback Against an undefeated grappler in Russian Kharun Atlangeriev, Folayang was visibily patient and picked his shots while shrugging off takedown attempts to earn the unanimous decision win. “Yun yung isa sa mga nakita ko na parang naging cautious ako, siguro yung thinking na talagang parang masyadong worth yung game, as much as possible talaga, hindi mo na iniisip na maging fancy  yung fight, mas nananaig yung goal mo na manalo.” Folayang said of his performance against Atlangeriev. “Siguro yun yung isa sa mga pinaka-reason kung bakit medyo naging conservative yung approach ko sa fight, at saka napansin ko din, although gusto ko mag-all out, very passive yung kalaban eh, hindi mo alam kung ano yung iniisip niya, yun din yung isa sa mga naging reason.” Folayang went on record and gave himself a three out of five rating in his comeback fight. While ultimately he was happy with the result, the Baguio City native believes that he could have done way more, and that’s what he intends to do in the future. “Masaya, although sa akin I believe I can do much better, syempre ngayon comeback fight kasi kaya andyan palagi yung pressure, the more we learn a lot of lessons, the more na magiging maganda yung adjustment natin for the upcoming bouts na dadating.” Step one of the comeback was complete.   Second Shot at Glory And again, Eduard Folayang finds himself on the comeback trail. The 34-year old Team Lakay star has successfully bounced back from a loss, but arguably more important now is what lies ahead. With the win, Folayang is on his way, if not already back in the title picture, and if you ask him, he’ll be the first to tell you that he’s ready to get back what was once his. “Parang more na na-boost yung desire ulit para makabalik dun sa nawala sa atin, and hopefully this year, magkaroon ulit ng opportunity para maka-laban for the title.” Fueling the fire even more for Folayang is the fact that after seeing Nguyen’s last two bouts - a unanimous decision loss to ONE Bantamweight World champion Bibiano Fernandes and a split decision win over Christian Lee - he feels he can perform better if given a second go-around. “Especially after panoorin yung last two fights nung tumalo sa akin, parang nasasayangan ba. Feeling ko talaga, mas deserving na ako yung nakahawak, parang ganun yung pakiramdam ko.” Folayang shared. “Parang I could have done better kung hindi lang ako naging careless on one point, and kung na-oversee ko lang talaga na yung strength ko, dun ako papasukin.” While only time will tell whether or not Folayang does get a shot at the title again, whether a rematch or be it against someone else, the former champ is certain that he’s still in this, and he’s hungrier than ever for another taste of glory. “Malakas pa rin eh [yung hunger], it’s just a matter of paano natin alagaan yung career natin, yung health natin, iba kasi, yun din yung kagandahan ng mixed martial arts eh, the more na pumupunta yung age mo, the more na mas nagiging cautious ka, hindi na lang puro lakas yung ilalaban mo kundi parang nagiging wiser ka na din sa approach mo.” “I think yung hunger ko andun parin, I’m still hungry.” Folayang adds. When it’s all said and done, Folayang won’t be happy with just being at the top once and then crashing down after. For the Team Lakay star, there are still chapters to be written as he begins what is hopefully another run towards the pinnacle of the sport. “Yun naman yung gusto natin, hindi yung natapos na yung end ng chapter ng story natin, kundi may mga magaganda and exciting stories pa na maisusulat in that book.” After all, “multi-time world champion” Eduard Folayang has better ring to it, no? “Yun yung gusto natin, mas magandang pakinggan.” Eduard Folayang’s been here before, and if you’ve been paying attention, you know that this is just the start of great things to come......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Lifestyle Hotshots: Ex-DLSU Green Archer Martin Reyes Finds New Love In The Business Of Digital

We caught up with DLSU’s hot Green Archer and found out what he’s been up to!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Singing the blues: Study of pop music finds rise in sadness

NEW YORK --- A study of hundreds of thousands of popular songs over the past three decades has found a downward sonic trend in happiness and an increase in sadness, as the chirpy band Wham! gave way to the moody Sam Smith. For the report in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers at the University of California at Irvine looked at 500,000 songs released in the UK between 1985 and 2015, and categorized them according to their mood. "'Happiness' is going down, 'brightness' is going down, 'sadness' is going up, and at the same time, the songs are becoming more 'danceable' and more 'party-like'," co-author Natalia L. Komarova told The Associated Press. Of course, the...Keep on reading: Singing the blues: Study of pop music finds rise in sadness.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

‘My Princess Guitar’ set to air before ‘Eat Bulaga’

  Newest Kapuso serye 'My Princess Guitar' is set to air this coming May 7 right before long-running noontime show " Eat Bulaga". The cast includes Julie Ann San Jose, Gil Cuerva, Kiko Estrada, Isabelle de Leon, Sheryl Cruz, Kier Legaspi, Marc Abaya and many others. Abangan ang pinakabagong magpapakilig sa umaga niyo, My Guitar Princess, ngayong May 7 na bago ang Eat Bulaga sa GMA! A post shared by Kapuso PR Girl (@kapusoprgirl) on Apr 25, 2018 at 10:47pm PDT Singer/actress Julie Anne San Jose top-bills the series which she said she finds enjoyable as it has a light story. San Jose's character hits close to her as she plays a jolly music lover who has a...Keep on reading: ‘My Princess Guitar’ set to air before ‘Eat Bulaga’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

In Focus: The ‘Rewards’ This Young Photog Finds Documenting The Nazareno Feast For 8 Years Now

“It’s a treasure trove of stories!” says photojournalist Martin San Diego.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Kristoffer, the voice behind Paulit-Ulit

MANILA, Philippines — Kristoffer Martin is the voice behind the pop theme song, titled Paulit-Ulit, of the Korean drama, Fight For My Way......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 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

Joe Mari worried about the future of OPM

The local music industry is in a sad state and Jose Mari Chan finds it alarming.                                        .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

Glass protegee finds music’s emotion in technology

NEW YORK — Wearing a dress made of 100 speakers might seem to be a fashion statement. But for composer Pauchi Sasaki, the aesthetic goes deeper — it is a way to express humanity. The Peruvian artist and chosen protegee of Philip Glass, one of the world’s most influential living composers, had first covered herself […] The post Glass protegee finds music’s emotion in technology appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

CLICK: ‘Great News’

  The new workplace comedy series "Great News" will premiere tomorrow, and will air every subsequent Sunday at 8 p.m. on Sony Channel. Set in the world of television news, the series follows a budding news producer, Katie (Briga Heelan), who finds her hands full dealing with her loving yet slightly overbearing mom, Carol (Andrea Martin), when they suddenly become coworkers. 'Hoy! Bibig Mo' Entertainment service iflix has announced a new comedy series, "Hoy! Bibig Mo," which started yesterday. It stars comedian Ramon Bautista. All eight episodes will be available to stream or download exclusively on iflix....Keep on reading: CLICK: ‘Great News’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 1st, 2017