Sunday, September 30, 2007

Stylefest and Pamana Awards USA with Gloria Diaz

“Parangal” Honoring Legends of Fashion and Beauty with Ms. Gloria Diaz, the 1st Miss Universe from the Philippines, as the Guest of Honor.

When: Friday, Oct. 5, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

What: Fashion Show, Pamana Awards and Ballroom Dancing the rest of the night with two live bands

Where: Beverly Garland Holiday Inn Hotel, North Hollywood, California

Who: Boy LIzaso, Executive Producer, Director and Designer

For ticket information, please call (213) 385-3137

(Submitted by Maria Maria)

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Star Studded Masquerade Ball for Leukemia September 29

Hollywood Watch: Masquerade Ball for Leukemia

Saturday, September 29th
8:00pm - 2:00am

Boulevard 3
6523 W Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

The Allyance is a Charitable Foundation set up to help one young lady raise money for her mother's bone marrow transplant, now it intends to raise money for all Leukemia patients!!

The First Annual Allyance Masquerade Ball will be held at Boulevard 3, it will be a splendid affair with a strict black tie dress code. This event is by invitation only.

Gen Art is proud to be able to provide Gen Art Associate Producer & Higher Level Members 2 complimentary tickets to a Masquerade Ball to raise money and awareness for all Leukemia sufferers. This is a black tie event (tuxedos, suits, gowns) with performances by fire dancers, trapeze artists, raffles and other dazzling surprises. Guests must wear masks and can purchase them onsite for a donation fee. There will be a red carpet and many celebrities coming to support the cause!

Expected to attend are: Christ Kattan, Aam Brody,Ian Zerring, Jeremy London (Party of Five / 7th Heavan), Dorian Gregory (Charmed), Nawshawn Kearse (Desperate Housewives), Michael DeLorenzo (Fame / CSI Miami), Callum Blue, Eddie Griffin, Phoebe Price (Get Smart), Coco Johnsen (model), Meagan Tandy (Miss California), Patricia Kara (Deal Or No Deal), James Wilder, (Veronicas Closet / Melrose Place),Yves Bright (I want to be a soap star), James Kyson Lee (Heroes), Angie Gogo (Myspace Star), Matthew Fashion (Fashion Celeb), Wrenna Monet (Miss Hawaiian Tropic Alaska 2003), Natalie Victoria (Brave New World), Tiffany Hines (Beyond The Break), Carlos and Effren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite / Mtv's Celebrity Rap Superstar), Michael Ray Bower (evolution / Dude Where's My Car), Sam Horrigan (Beauty & the Geek 2007), Tina Kim (Comics Unleashed), Danielle Savre (MTV's Kaiya), Junhee Lee (American Pie : Band Camp), Lisa Rhine (German Pop Star), Tim White (The Echo Man), Candace Elaine, Willie Macc and many more.

There will be complimentary cocktails during the first part of the
evening. There will be fire dancers and trapeze artists for the
entertainment of the guests. There will also be a fantastic raffle to
raise money for the charity with prizes ranging from celebrity
memorabilia to exciting vacation getaways.

The tip-sheet for this star-studded Hollywood Fundraising event was submitted by Professional Photographer Irwin Jazmines ppp-usa.

Paparazzi Photographers, stake your place at the red carpet tonight at Boulevard 3.

* This is an invitation-only event *

Friday, September 28, 2007

Queen Josephine Aban Guillen: Bani, Pangasinan California Association Coronation

Los Angeles: Her Majesty Queen Josephine Calizar Aban Guillen was recently crowned at a formal Coronation Night at the prestigious Marriott Hotel in Torrance last September 1, 2007. In 1991 after series of accounting jobs in Makati, she decided to go to the US to try her luck. Decided and loyal as she is, she was employed by Washington Mutual Bank for 15 years until the corporate office decided to transfer the operations in San Antonio Texas this 2007. She has now joined City National Bank as a Call Center specialist.

Josie has found her true love in the person of Magno Guillen, a loveable, funny and unassuming Peruvian she met in 1995. They were both smitten with each other and got married in 1996. This year will mark their 11 years of wedded bliss. Coming from two different cultures, I could not help but ask about the secret of their relationship. “It’s all about give and take. He gives, and I take everything!” Josie laughed with all abandon. “But seriously, one just needs to listen when the other on talks. We give each other the chance to vent without contradicting, for as long as it takes. Afterwards, the storm passes, and we’re smiling and holding hands again. It is also important to have common interests.” When time permits, both enjoy dining out and attending parties. Put the Salsa, Swing, Cha-cha and Cumbia music on and they would surely dance the night away.

The Bani Association has been instrumental to Josie’s being active in the past years. She has served as Business Manager since 2005 and the wind behind many successful fund raising campaigns. Her tireless efforts directly benefited our hometown via projects funded by the Bani Association.

When asked what she intends to accomplish with her reign as the “Queen”, Josie looks back with fond memories of her humble beginnings in Bani. She remembers the simple life back then without the modern conveniences and distractions. “No. TV, no computers, cell phones, and no IPODS. I had to go to the library to do research while the reference books are outdated, about 10-20 years old already. I’d like to focus on education and lead the youth. I would also like to see Bani catch up with the 21st century”.

With a strong determination coupled with hard work, she has achieved her dreams, if
not the American Dream. This time, she wants to give back to the community and the people of Bani her God give talents and resources. “God has been good to me and Magno all these years and could not ask for anything more.” With her infectious laughter and constant smile, one becomes easily at ease with her. Her genuine concern about the younger generation seals her vision for a better Bani. “The youth must maintain the balance between keeping our values and tradition and being open to new technology to move forward.” Her renewed happiness goes beyond self and has crossed borders and boundaries for a better Bani. Josie is truly a Queen with a pure heart.

Visit the association website:

Thursday, September 27, 2007

ZAIDO, Pulis Pangkalawakan: FIRST PINOY metal hero series!

Tel: 310- 989- 4578

GMA Pinoy TV, the home of ‘telefantasyas’ will break boundaries once again as it brings viewers to a galactic outer space adventure, when it premieres ZAIDO, Pulis Pangkalawakan. GMA PINOY TV proudly presents the first-ever Pinoy-made Metal Hero Series beginning October 10.

Dennis Trillo plays Gallian, the first to become a Zaido, the highest rank of ‘Pulis Pangkalawakan. He lost his parents because of Le-ar’s evil conquests and was then adopted by the Galactic Force. Because he has the blood of a hero, he has extraordinary skills in combat. Gallian is the Blue Zaido, head of the Zaido, who was tasked to look for other Zaido all over the world to help him fight for the safety of the universe.

Gallian meets Alexis (Marky Cielo), who witnessed the tragic death of his father thus vowed to help destroy evil. Alexis shall become the Green Zaido. Gallian also comes upon Cervano (Aljur Abrenica). Although Cervano grew up surrounded by wealth, an incident will occur that would test what he is made of. Cervano will become the Red Zaido. Together, Gallian, Alexis, and Cervano shall form the Zaido, Pulis Pangkalawakan.

The three Zaido will engage in intensive training under the leadership of Commander Zion (Ian de Leon), head of the Galactic Force. Also joining them in the Galactic Force Academy are Lyka (Karel Marquez), Commander Zion’s daughter and a teacher at the academy; and Amy (Kris Bernal), a Galactic Force Academy student whom Alexis and Cervano will fight over for her affection. Will these brave warriors be able to save not just their loved ones but the whole world from the powerful evil that threatens them?

The cast of Zaido features a powerhouse ensemble of the best and most respected names in television, led by Raymart Santiago, Tirso Cruz III, Diana Zubiri, Dion Ignacio, Lovi Poe, Robert Villar and Ms. Lorna Tolentino as Helen, the loving mother of Alexis, Alvaro, and Oggy. Helen protects a dark secret involving one of her sons that would change the destiny of the Zaido.

Making this incredible and awe-inspiring series even more colorful are the stars who play the cunning and formidable villains, led by Jay Manalo as Drigo, Le-ar’s field commander who leads the Kuuma in attacking the world; Paolo Ballesteros as Ida, grandson of Le-ar and high priest of the Kuuma who was hailed as the most beautiful being in the universe but whose soul is rotting underneath his flawless appearance; and the feisty Amasonas: LJ Reyes, Iwa Moto, Melissa Avelino, Arci Muñoz and Vaness del Moral.

Directed by Dominic Zapata, Zaido boasts of a world-class production, from the exciting cosmic story to the state-of-the-art props, costumes, and set design by Rodel Cruz and the Creative Native studio; stunning visual effects by Riot, Inc.; and death- defying stunts. GMA-7’s production group went to galactic lengths just to bring to life the new Pulis Pangkalawakan that everyone would look up to.

Zaido, Pulis Pangkalawakan will rocket its way into television screens beginning October 10 (PDT 7:05 pm) on GMA Pinoy TV. Call your preferred pay TV operator now to subscribe. For more information, please log on to

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Party

Birthday celebrants from left: Susan Rosal, Manny Ortega, and Janelle So

This was Sunday 9/23/07 and the party was scheduled to start around 5:oopm. The address was located in the highlands area north of Los Angeles and really hard to find. However, thru sheer determination and a phone call to my friend Vics Magsaysay who gave me directions, I got to the party ala Filipino time.

Approaching that front door was intimidating for me since I didn’t know too many individuals inside. It was pleasing to see homeowner and host Ed Rame greet me at the door with that warm smile reflective of Filipino hospitality. His home sits atop the hill in a cul-de-sac with a million dollar view of the sprawling Los Angeles skyline. It must be nice to have a home like that.

The get together was in celebration of the September birthdays for Susan Rosal, Manny Ortega, and Janelle So. This actually was a party attended by the management and staff of Taliba News Publications. It was pleasant talking to owner/publisher Manny Patolot. He is a very unassuming person who genuinely enjoys being with his crew. As the Taliba patriarch, he conveys a relaxed operating mode enabling his people to utilize their creative actions in a non-stressful environment. This organization reminds me of a mom and pop store on its way up.

It was a small party. There were about 20 people in attendance. But it was a big party in the sense that everyone had fun. The food was great and a person could feel the camaraderie in the air. Teasing and jokes at the other person’s expense was prevalent followed by laughter and an occasional slap on the shoulder. I could sense the closeness and affection everyone had for each other.

The celebrants had a chance to blow the candles from not one but two cakes and show their singing skills via Karaoke. Never for one moment did I feel like a stranger in their environment.

I can only say that if all Filipino-American organizations had the Taliba spirit, then our community would be a lot better off. Artists need each other to flourish. They feed off of each other’s creative ideas, which then lays the foundation for success. The caring is what matters.

Again, Happy Birthday Suzan, Janelle, and Manny! You embody the positive traits of our beautiful race. Party on!

Article By John Lacson

Photo courtesy of Vics Magsaysay

(Editor's Note: Suzan Rozal is Editor-In-Chief with the newspaper "Taliba", Manny Ortega is an Officer with PPCI and Photo Editor of "Taliba", Janelle So is with "Asian Journal" and host a popular daily show which airs weekdays at LA TV18 entitled "Kababayan L.A, Southern California’s First and ONLY Pinoy Daily TV Show! Each day, host Jannelle So talks to the most interesting and exciting personalities making news around the Filipino community. Watch Kababayan LA weekdays for the latest local and Filipino news as well as the hottest entertainment, gossip and music. The program airs weekdays at 4:45pm after TV Patrol. If you miss the show on TV don’t worry about it. You can watch it on the web at anytime.)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Spin Gallery Presents: "Knee Deep and Blowing"

Spin, home of museum-quality rare and classic cars, will be opening their Venice gallery space to the paintings of Carlos Vera. On Sunday, September 30th, Spin will be open during the Abbot Kinney Street Festival presenting “Knee Deep and Still Blowing,” featuring the paintings of L.A.-based Carlos Vera.

Inspired by the resiliant spirit of the musicians of New Orleans, this show features eight large-format oil on canvas paintings. Five of the works will be displayed in finished form, while Carlos will be live-painting the remaining three in the Spin Gallery during the day on Sunday. Between the hours of Noon and 6 p.m. people are invited to wander in and out of the Gallery and enjoy the soulful beats of DJ Braden as they see the artist at work. The paintings will be sold via silent auction during the day, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Voice of the Wetlands, a non-profit organization benefitting Louisiana’s wetlands, wildlife and it’s people..

The 23rd Abbot Kinney Street Festival
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Live painting begins at Noon

The Spin Gallery
1410 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291

Photo by Ryan Jesena

Monday, September 24, 2007

Tierro, Arcilla complete RP sweep of Davis Cup Tennis Finals

Cecil Mamiit, Johnny Arcilla, Patrick John "PJ" Tierro and Eric Taino
Davis Cup - Philippine Team

KUWAIT CITY: Patrick John Tierro and Johnny Arcilla routed separate rivals Sunday to complete a Filipino sweep of Kuwait in the Asia-Oceania Zone Group II Davis Cup Tennis finals here.

Tierro thumped Ali Ghareeb, 6-3, 6-1, while Arcilla came back from a 1-4 deficit in the second set to beat Ahmad Rabeea Muhammad, 6-1, 7-5, in the reverse singles of the best-of-five matches tie to formalize the Philippines’ entry into the elite Group I of the zone next year.

The Philippines had clinched the tie on Saturday when an ailing Cecil Mamiit and Eric Taino bested Muhammad Al-Ghareeb and Muhammad Siddiq, 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1, in the pivotal doubles match.

Mamiit, who was rushed to a hospital Friday evening after contracting an allergy (not food poisoning as earlier reported), started the Philippine juggernaut with a 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 rout of Rabeea in Friday’s opening singles after which Taino made it 2-0 for the Philippines by humbling Kuwaiti No. 1 Al-Ghareeb, 6-2, 5-3, 7-5.

The win sent the Philippines back to Group I where it played last in 1997 and will wade into the 2008 competitions in the company of Australia, Japan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, India, Kazakhstan and Taiwan.

“We must get ready for Group I early. This will be the real competition,” the 31-year-old Mamiit said.

Mamiit also assured everyone that his allergy has “gone away” and was sure it was not caused by the tinolang manok provided for the team, upon Mamiit’s request, by the members of the Filipino Tennis Association in Kuwait (FTAK) and cooked by Cristy Miguel from Pangasinan.

“The whole team was eating tinola for the past week and I was the only one hit by allergy. I hope that in our future campaigns in other countries, the Filipinos there will give the same support the Filipinos here gave us. And in behalf of the team, we’d like to thank them for this,” Mamiit said

“Phase three of our program is now complete but this will not be the end,” nonplaying captain Martin Misa said, adding that the team will now turn its full attention to the country’s campaign in the coming Southeast Asian Games where the Nationals will defend their men’s team title and Mamiit his singles and doubles crowns with Taino.

Mamiit and Taino left Sunday night to catch a tournament in Los Angeles while Tierro, Arcilla, Misa and coach Chris Cuarto will be back in Manila Tuesday evening.

Warner Home Video releases 10th Anniversary special edition DVD of Jennifer Lopez’s movie ‘Selena’

Article and photo by Oliver Carnay

JENNIFER Lopez’s breakthrough performance as Tejano star “Selena” will return to DVD as Warner Home Video announces the releases of “Selena: 10th Anniversary Special Edition DVD” on September 18.

Remastered in a two-disc edition, the package includes a “never-before-released” extended film version of the groundbreaking film plus new interviews with Jennifer Lopez, and Selena’s family, deleted scenes and a brand new “making of ‘Selena’ features” among bonus extras.

To promote the special DVD release, Warner Home Video and Universal CityWalk hosted a special screening of the film on Saturday, September 9, 7 p.m. at the giant Astrovision screen located on CityWalk in Universal City.

In the title role of the 1997 biopic about the life and career of Tejano Superstar Selena Quintanilla Perez (1971 to 1995), who at 23 was about to become a crossover sensation, a dream tragically cut short. This is a powerful love story and heart-wrenching biopic. Pulsating with Selena's voice on the soundtrack, the film recreates the life of a little girl who dreamed big and whose concerts became electrifying events. In the title role, Lopez is electrifying. “Selena” is a romantic, musical drama the entire family will love!

Directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Gregory Nava (“El Norte,” “Frida,” “ My Family,” “Bordertown”) and featuring international entertainer Lopez (“El Cantante,” “Bordertown,” “Monster-In-Law,” “The Cell”) in her groundbreaking performance as Selena with her father Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. played by Academy Award nominee Edward James Olmos (“Blade Runner,” HBO’s “Walkout,” “Stand and Deliver,” “American Family”), her mother Marcela portrayed by Constance Marie (“The George Lopez Show,” “American Family,” “Tortilla Soup,” “My Family”), the role of Selena’s husband, Chris Pérez, is played by Jon Seda (“Close to Home,” “Oz”); and in the role of Yolanda Saldivar, who murdered the Grammy winning artist, is Lupe Ontiveros (“Tortilla Heaven,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Real Women Have Curves”).

San Lorenzo Ruiz Celebration

September 29, 2007
6:00 P.M. - Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church
7:00 P.M. - Reception at Blessed Sacrament School Auditorium

Blessed Sacrament Church
6657 Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
For Info call (323) 462-6311

(Posted by: Maria Maria)


(Photo courtesy of Maria Maria)

PRESS RELEASE: September 24, 2007 Los Angeles


Bishop Oscar A. Solis, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, will be the principal celebrant of the holy mass at the 24th Annual Rosary Crusade sponsored by the Rosary Groups for Jesus and Mary of San Fernando Valley and Simi Valley that will be held on October 7, 2007, at St. Catherine of Siena Church located at 18115 Sherman Way, Reseda, California. The theme of the Rosary Crusade is: Mary, Model of Faith and Hope.

The celebration will start at 3:00 p.m. with the staging of the Living Rosary. The “living rosary” is one of the focal points of the yearly celebration since October 1, 1995, when the 185-foot long rosary was donated to RGJM by a Panorama City rosary group member. It is called “living rosary” because each bead of the rosary is held by RGJM members who participate in praying the rosary.

According to RGJM’s President, Aurora La Madrid, the holy mass will follow immediately, during which time, the incoming officers and directors of RGJM for the next two years, would be inducted into office by Rev. Fr. Albert H. Avenido, RGJM Spiritual Director.

A procession inside the church premises will follow and a reception and fellowship will be held at the auditorium. . This year’s celebration is hosted by the Mother of Divine Grace Rosary Group and the Our Lady of All Nations Rosary Group, both from Reseda, and coordinated by Terry Mate and Winnie Lagman, respectively.

by Mar Hermosura

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Ken Burns Take on "The War."

Ken Burns is the preeminent historical documentarian of our time. He has revolutionized the way we tell stories about our past and the way we view photographs. His technique of panning and slowly zooming into photogaphs is one of the most effective techniques to create drama. Whether he is talking about jazz, baseball, or the Civil War, Burns can turn any historical event into an entertaining and educational documentary.

On Sunday, September 23rd, Ken Burn will debut his latest historical documentary, “The War”. “The War” is a 14-hour, seven-part series on PBS, which explores personal accounts of one of the most gruesome wars in mankind’s history. Burns has spent the past seven years chasing down the last remaining survivors of World War II, to document their tales. Stories from Omaha Beach to Guadalcanal, from the Ardennes to the Phillippine Sea will be told through historical footage and photographs that is meant to be detailed and comprehensive.

“The War” also faces some controversy. Burns has been targeted by Latino-Americans for not including any Latino stories into his documentary. One of the more fascinating stories of World War II was the deportation of Latinos to Mexico in the 1930s despite having American Citizenship. When World War II began, the deported Latinos then where drafted back into the American military, and fought in the war. This part of the war has rarely been documented in historical texts. Although the final version of the film has not been released, it is expected that the Filipino experience will be one of the highlights of this multi-faceted documentary.

By Ryan Jesena

Join SAMY'S Camera Professional Photographers Expo in Beautiful Costa Mesa Fairgrounds September 28 and 29

Join hundreds of your fellow professional photographers in a fun, informative professional photography experience. This event will feature Seminars, Workshops, Live Photographic Sets and a Trade Show. Talk to the experts and learn about the latest in Professional Cameras, Digital Backs, Computers, Printers, Lighting, Grip and much more. In addition we will have seminars in Color Calibration, Photoshop and Apple Aperture.

Speakers: Douglas Kirkland, Vincent LaForet, Hanson Fong, Mike Colon & more...

Live Sets: Fashion, Table-Top, Portrait, Product.

Workshops: Beauty, Automobile, Wedding, and more...

Featured Exhibitors: Apple, Arri, Adobe, Bogen, California Sunbounce, Canon, Epson, Fuji, Hasselblad, Hensel, HP Printers, Hoodman, International Supplies, Komamura, LowePro, MAC Group/Leaf , Matthews, Phase One, Photoflex, Schneider Optics, SinarBron, Speedotron, Westcott, THK and many more. This will be the Disneyland for Professional Photographers. See you there.

To register, please call 323-938-2420 ext. 1286. Seminars and Workshops have limited seating. Reservations will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be involved in the most exciting Professional Photographic event in Southern California.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

A writer’s story, Jlo’s performance, and a CIA-assassin on the run

(Photo and article by Oliver Carnay: Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez at the EL CANTANTE Premiere held at the Directors Guild of America)

Three films I’ve seen during its media screening and still currently in release are – “Becoming Jane” from Miramax Films, Universal Pictures’ “The Bourne Ultimatum,” and the dramatic film “El Cantante” from Picturehous. Common in three films are solid performances from main lead actors, its well-scripted screenplay, and best soundtracks.

Becoming Jane, directed by Julian Jarrold, is based on the early life of famous author Jane Austen (Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice), played by Anne Hathaway (Devil Wears Prada, The Princess Diary) and her flirtatious affair with Thomas Langlois Lefroy, played by BAFTA-nominated Scottish actor james McAvoy. The movie, which is inspired by real events chronicled in the book with the same title (written by Jon Spence), is peppered with elegant costumes designed by Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh and original soundtrack composed by Adrian Johnston.

El Cantante which had its Los Angeles Premeire at the Directors Guild of America saw real-life couple Jennifer Lopez (who also served as an executive producer for the film) and husband Marc Anthony at the red carpet with guests Ana Ortiz, Zoe Saldana, Eva Longoria, Maria Conchita Alonso, Leonor Rivera, Lupe Ontiveros, and many others. At the Tip Sheet given to the media, David and Victoria Beckham, Tom Cruise, Jada and Will Smith were expected to attend but provided a “no-show.” Co-writer and director Leon Ichaso and co-star Manny Perez also attended. The film is the dramatic-biography based on the life story of Puerto Rican salsa pioneer singer Hector Lavoe (exceptionally played by Marc Anthony) and his passionate relationship with Puchi (in a bold and surprising performance by Jennifer Lopez). The film follows his skyrocket to the international fame, his unable to escape the allure of drugs, his attempted suicide, and the his untimely death from AIDS.

“The Bourne Ultimatum,” the third and purportedly final installment of the Jason Bourne identity saga is a pounding, pulsating-thriller that provides almost constant adrenaline rush for two hours. Matt Damon returns as the former C.I.A. officer in search of his own identity. Bourne dodges new, superior assassins as he searches for his unknown past while a government agent tries to track him down. Director Paul Greengrass (United 93, Blood Sunday) is back in the director chair. The film also stars Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, Edgar Ramirez, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Albert Finney, among others.

By Oliver Carnay

Friday, September 21, 2007

GABNET LA Presents: "Dekada '70"

When :
Friday Sep 21, 2007 at 7:00 PM

Where :
Imix Bookstore
5052 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles , CA 90041

Contact :
Telephone: (951) 333-4306

Dekada '70 is a 2002 Filipino film directd by Chito S. Roño starring Filipino actors Vilma Santos, Christopher de Leon, Piolo Pascual, Marvin Agustin, Kris Aquino, Ana Capri, Dimples Romana, Jhong Hilario, Carlos Agassi, Danilo Barrios, Carlo Muñoz, Tirso Cruz III, Orestes Ojeda, John Wayne Sace, Marianne de la Riva, Manjo del Mundo, and Cacai Bautista.

The film is an adaptation of Lualhati Bautista's prize-winning novel, Dekada '70 which chronicles a middle-class Filipino family who, over the space of a decade, become aware of the political policies that have ultimately led to repression and a state of martial law.

Remembering Martial Law

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law on September 21, 1972 by former President Marcos. Except for the elderly ones, only a few remember it when then Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile, now a Senator, was "ambushed" supposedly by the New People's Army and so, to "stop the Communist takeover", Marcos declared Martial Law.

Congress was abolished. After Martial Law, it seems it has not improved from the Congress of pre-Martial Law that made Marcos decide to abolish it. You only have to read his book on the declaration of Martial Law, entitled, "Today's Revolution: Democracy."

He called it a revolution from the center. And he acted as though the three branches of government were in his hands. Senators, Congressmen, and many other officials including the Courts were intimidated by him. Effectivity of some laws was suspended.

Newspapers, radio, and television stations critical of Marcos were closed, affecting journalists, and media people. They were placed in the stockade.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Glendale Kiwanis "Walk the Talk" 5k Walk

This Saturday, the 22nd of September 2007, teachers, parents and children will join Fil-Am Kiwanians in the local community in a 5k Walk to create awareness of and literally begin changing the health habits of our children to improve their overall quality of life. The 5k walk, dubbed as Wellness Walk 4 Education, will convene at 7:30 am in the Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) parking lot located at 223 N. Jackson Street, Glendale, Ca 91206.

The Wellness Walk 4 Education is part of the club’s comprehensive health program which will culminate in next year’s Wellness Expo that will be inclusive of health workshops and will bring together health and fitness vendors who represent a myriad of services and products from dentists to health supplements and exercise equipment. “The idea is to recognize that the health concerns of our youth is not separate from or outside of our lives but rather is a lifestyle matter. Children do not create their own habits but rather they are taught. So the whole family has to transform their eating habits and their exercise habits if we’re to correct the harm that is occurring,” states Marlene Cagatao, sponsorship chair.

In light of this, Fil-Am Kiwanis of Glendale felt that the Wellness Walk 4 Education needed to incorporate the many aspects that make up good health. They realized that families and educational institutions cannot provide adequate solutions to the problem. So they have formed strategic alliances with community based organizations such as GUSD, YMCA, and FABAG (Filipino American Business Association of Glendale), as well as corporate partners such as DuraFresh, a leading oral hygiene company in implementing a fresh approach to getting the word out to the community to participate in the wellness walk.

Adel Luzuriaga, VP of Finance, says, “Some of you might not be familiar with our work, but we hope that you will join us in this effort to make a valuable difference in our community and become more familiar with us. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. This is our mission statement.” Lilah Dijamco, board member, adds, “Our vision is to be the premier service organization in Glendale working to achieve our goal. Fil-Am Kiwanis of Glendale is one of the ambassadors of the largest and most highly respected service organizations in the world. At Kiwanis, we selflessly share our time, talents, and treasures with our community to make a difference and build a better future for humanity. We invite everyone to join us in our passion for helping others.” The Wellness Walk 4 Education’s goal is to promote health and wellness in our community as well as to raise much needed funds for our adopted school, Pacific Avenue Education Center and other youth services groups.

The entry donation is $30 which includes an oral care kit. There will be souvenir shirts for an added $5.00. Registration is going on now. For more information on how to register for the Wellness Walk 4 Education you can contact Nini Maldonado, logistics chair, at (818) 500-8488 or email her at You can also register online at .

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Kuh & Pops "At The Movies" Concert in Los Angeles: October 13, 2007

Saturday, Oct. 13 with Special Guests NONOY ZUNIGA and CHOKOLEIT at Grand Theater, L.A. Trade Technical College, Washington Blvd. between Grand Ave. and Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90015. Tickets $55, $65, $75 and limited VIPs at $100. For tickets and more info pls. call KATZ Entertainment 562-529-8680

Join Kuh Ledesma at L.A.TV18's Harvest Moon Festival 07 in Arcadia

Sunday, September 23, 2007, 11am – 5pm
(photo by Jay Fermin ppp-usa)

Pinoy Arts International invites everyone to visit their booth at this years Harvest Moon Festival; Arcadia County Park, Arcadia, CA. The event is free to the public; with a concert by Kuh Ledesma.

LA 18 presents its 12th annual Harvest Moon Festival at Arcadia County Park. Drawing crowds upwards to tens of thousands, LA 18 hosts the most exciting festival of the season. Come and experience the wonder of Harvest Moon – get a taste of multi-cultured Asian traditions and revel in the joyous festivities. Featuring an impressive array of food and entertainment, the event is sure to delight the entire family.

There will be something there for everyone. Top-notch Asian musical and cultural performances, a children’s village full of fun inflatable toys, contests, a Taste of Asia food court, samplings, arts & crafts, and giveaways are all part of the fun. Connect with others in the community, watch some exciting performances, indulge in gastronomical delights, and pick up some free stuff along the way. In sum, take part in one of the largest, and arguably most spectacularly, ridiculously, unbelievably fun…est, Asian community events of the year.

Arcadia County Park
405 S. Santa Anita Ave. , Arcadia
At Huntington Dr. & Santa Anita Ave.

Parking Available at Santa Anita Race Track ($4)
Free Shuttle Bus Service from Race Track to Park.
Free Admission!

and Southwest Airline Roundtrip Tickets!

Bring the Entire Family!
Fun Inflatables in Children’s Area!
Cultural & Musical Performances!!
Shopping, Yummy Food, Games & Prizes!!!

Fashion Manila 2007 at Hollywood Celebrity Center

Fashion Manila 2007
When :
Sunday Sep 23, 2007 at 2:00 PM

Where :
Celebrity Center International
5930 Franklin Ave
Hollywood , CA 90028

Jose Rizal ala Superman? Awesome

I was browsing over at David Airey’s website when I came upon his post on “Logo Contests Are Bad for Business.” Near the end of his interesting post, he mentioned the recent “Proudly Pinoy” logo contest held at

The contest ran from June 12, 2007 to July 17, 2007 and had close to 300 entries. The sponsor companies were Ah Yer! Philippines and PhilWebServices.

The winning artist was Joe Talisic who hails from Cebu. He currently works work as a Senior Art Director at an advertising agency in Doha, Qatar.

It was a treat to see all the creative and inspired logos submitted by many artists. Aside from the winning entry, my other favorites were:

Jose Rizal ala Superman? Awesome

You can view all 297 entries in the Archives of So what’s your favorite?

All logos featured in this post are copyrighted by respective artists and

Congratulations Joe Talisic! Great job. “Iba talaga ang Pinoy”!

(by Maria Maria)

Bill is back on How Each of US can Change the World

Pasadena, California: September 18, 2007. It was like the night before the famed Rose Parade. Hundreds of people lined up the curbside at Vromans Bookstore at 695 E. Colorado Boulevard in my home town of Pasadena (Population 160,000). Some brought blankets and heat packs to brave the change of the cooler weather overnight to wait for Bill.

Yes, Bill Clinton is back. Not at the White House. Bill was at Vromans Bookstore, eager to sign approximately 1200 copies of his new book "Giving: How Each of Us Can Change The World." Yes it was a curbside cozy bookstore, but this was the one and only California book signing event for old Bill. Hundreds of people from all over showed up early and slept on the sidewalk, waiting for Mr. Ex President to show up at 2 pm September 18.

Mind you, reviewing the rules of the signing event, I thought it will be at the White House. RULES: Only one copy of the book per person, no guests allowed. No Photography (well, Press Media is exempt)of any kind. No Cameras, video recorders, or CELLPHONES allowed in the store. No pens, other books, and gifts past Security Checkpoint(how about campaign contribution?). No request for name or date, just plain book signing. Period. Total number of books to be signed is solely at the President's discretion

People bought the voucher (pictured) from the bookstore in person ahead of time (September 2) for the event (some made its way into Craigslist for $50.00 and at Ebay for $129.99) and each voucher holder was given a tamper free wrist band on event day and stayed in line first come first served. The voucher though had a Disclaimer: "The voucher guarantees that you will receive one (1) copy of his new book, GIVING, on the event along with a very good chance of having it signed by the President." A very good chance did not specify it was a guarantee. One person was offering to get the signed book without the hassle. The next day he posted an ad at the popular website stating "I will pay you if you obtain the signed book, the key is to get their early and make sure you meet Bill and get a signed book. If he leaves early or does not get to you because you were late, then no money!!" He did not disclosed how much he was willing to pay....

The President arrived promply with security escorts, emerging jovial from a black Towncar trailed by black Suburbans. He was in a neatly pressed suit. He was whisked into the store where staff and security directed the wrist banded folks one by one for the signing. He left shortly after 4 pm. The signing went by so fast with an estimated 1500 plus people who showed up. If you missed it, that was it. The only book signing event for his new book in California. However, catch Bill at his website at

(article by Jay Fermin ppp-usa)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


GMA Pinoy TV continues to reign supreme on television with the classic and timeless Filipino movies-turned-television series with Sine Novela!

Following the unparalleled success of the first three Sine Novelas (Sinasamba Kita, Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso? and Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap), GMA Pinoy TV brings to light the newest award-winning movie-turned TV series – Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig beginning October 19.

Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig is one of the emotionally-gripping movie masterpieces of the great film director Lino Brocka. This unforgettable 1987 film, starring Megastar Sharon Cuneta, unveiled the story of Lupe, who at a tender age, had to work hard collecting garbage to survive poverty.

Under the guidance of award-winning director Joel Lamangan, Pasan Ko ang Daigdig boasts of a star-studded cast led by today’s most sought-after loveteam and the Philippine’s Princess and Prince of Dramarama - Yasmien Kurdi and JC De Vera. Yasmien plays the role of Lupe Velez, originally played by Sharon in the film, a poor but gifted young lady who works as a scavenger in Payatas. But conflicts in the filthy dumpsite leads Lupe to seek alms while carrying on her back her disabled mother Metring, the character of Loretta Marquez now played on television by multi-awarded actress and director Gina Alajar.

Knowing she has a talent in singing, Lupe promises herself to end her misery by using her gift to become rich. Lupe joins various singing contests where she meets Tony (Polo Ravales), the rich composer who will help Lupe to become a singer.

Reaching for her dreams leads Lupe to set aside her affection for her childhood friend Carding (JC De Vera), a disciplined young man from the grimy slum area of Payatas. Carding, with his innate skills in business, will make his junk shop business flourish. Even if other women admire him, Carding loves no one else but Lupe.

When good opportunities start coming her way, Lupe enjoys the comfortable life she has until a horrifying incident happens to her. How will this affect Lupe’s life? Will it ends her singing career and the comfortable life she has started to enjoy or will it make Lupe even stronger?

Completing the cast of Pasan Ko ang Daigdig are Alessandra de Rossi, Jenine Desiderio, Gary Estrada, Marcu Madrigal, Maureen Larrazabal, Mart Escudero, Jennica Garcia, Tony Mabesa, Jim Pebangco, Sweet Ramos, Raquel Villavicencio and Mr. Dante Rivero.

Don’t miss the premiere of another timeless movie gem on television when Sine Novela presents Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig beginning October 19 (PDT 8:00 pm) only on GMA Pinoy TV. Relive the memorable lines and unforgettable scenes as GMA Pinoy TV delivers the newest Sine Novela to hit television!

Contact your preferred pay TV operators now to subscribe. For more information, please log on to

Tel: 310-989-4578

Thursday, September 13, 2007


They say that there comes a time when people feel down and depressed for no apparent reason. It’s not really established at what age depression comes along and affects our frame of being. I venture to guess that teenagers who have not quite established direction in life go thru it, as with baby boomers that have gone past that middle age mark and have a difficult time in getting old.

Health care specialists will tell you that it’s all about hormonal imbalance and recommend proper diet, exercise, and a daily dosage of prozac. Friends will tell you not to worry about it since all of us go thru these stages.

I remember about a year ago, one day I woke up with the blues. It was 6:30AM. The sun was up and a light breeze caused the tree branches to wave at me as I backed out of the driveway. Indeed it was a fine California morning but somehow I was not up to it. Lately, I had been feeling that way.

Jazz music flowing from the FM station on the car stereo was insufficient to lift me from that mood. Couple of times I switch the channel to hip-hop and R&B but to no avail.

Strange but the thoughts that occur in a person’s mind when they go thru an episode is unfounded. It’s like five plus five equals zero. A person tends to forget their blessings when they feel down. It is a biologically caused spiral, which affects the mind and the soul. Moments like these we feel like losers and that we are in a dark tunnel with no light to guide us.

It occurred to me then that I should call in sick and not go to work. This way I could mope around the house and try to figure out what was bugging me. However I was on my way and decided to continue to work.

As I was driving, I realized then that, my life was a rut. It was routine to the point that each day was like the day before and the day after. If I pieced all my days together, it would come out as a canvas with gray paint on it. Not enough color to cheer me up.

What does one do when confronted with a boring existence?
It was the drudgery that gave me this general feeling of lose like somebody I loved had just died. Something was missing.

I made the conscious decision to shake that proverbial tree of life. To get involved in extracurricular activities and do something other than go home after work. Take a trip or two to different latitudes and realize that there are other cultures out there that live simple but happy lives.

The root cause of feeling down is when an individual does not exercise the option to develop one’s self. It is like you are on the outside looking in. Involved people are with the flow and don’t have time to feel down. A person does not have to be gifted or talented to participate. It is in the desire to be one amongst a group that we automatically gain membership into an active life.

A year ago today my life was predictable. The decision to be happy made a difference for me. It is never too late to change our routine and be part of what we want the most. Be it mountain climbing, sewing, or whatever turns you on. Once we find a passion or two, depression takes a back seat. Actually it is quietly stored in the past filed under the category of “Growing Up Pains”.

Getting out of a mental and spiritual rut is one trick I can relay to you. As a matter of fact, I suspect you already know this solution. Let me just prod you a little bit. Get your butt out there and enjoy life! Please. Like the saying goes, life is too short.

John Lacson

9-11 Sculpture and The Art of Sculpturing Ourselves

©2007: Vics Magsaysay
Date: September 11, 2001.

I woke up early that morning to finish the sculpture I was working on for almost two months. I was so excited the sculpture would be erected that day. All it needed was a coat of paint for the four pillars. It was around 8:30 in the morning when the first dab of paint was applied to one of the pillars. The color I chose? It was a dark gray. More than an hour later, I went inside the house for a glass of water. To my amazement, the TV’s volume in the living room was unusually loud. My mom and sister were shocked by the news: One of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York was burning. Soon after, another plane hit the second tower. It was a sight we could not forget—people plunging to their deaths to escape the burning building. Later on, the whole mass of the two towers crumbled from within spewing tons and tons of dust and debris. It’s unbelievable to see the icon of America’s financial might disappear in such a short time. This day, like December 7, 1941, will be long remembered as a day of infamy.

For me, I could not help wondering why I chose dark gray for the sculpture’s four pillars that had an uncanny resemblance to the World Trade buildings. It’s as if there was a foreboding—a dark foreboding—of the somber or grim things to come that day. I love bright colors—but this time, something dark caught my fancy possibly to give contrast to the center sculpture that has the seven colors of the rainbow and a gold on top.

When the sculpture was finished that tragic day, without much thinking I named it, “A Tribute to Humanity: Ever-Growing…Ever-Unfolding…Ever-Evolving.” It’s dimension: 10 feet high, 6 feet wide, and 5 feet across. The four towers are made of wood, concrete and acrylic paint. The ten-feet colorful leaf-motif center is made up of 46 slats painted with the seven colors of the rainbow. The topmost slat is painted gold. A copper tube painted with gold spirals the center from ground to the peak.

I had no idea yet what the whole sculpture meant. (Definitely, in the back of my mind, some ideas have been formed). That day it dawned on me that the four pillars symbolize our physical nature. They speak of the four elements of nature that affect us. They also posit the four directions in space: North, South, East, and West. Our physical body is very much affected by the dualities in life, hence, the suffering and coarseness at the beginning aptly depicted as the roughness at the base of the pillar. Then we learn and learn and learn from our mistakes. This continuous learning elevates our physical, mental and spiritual attributes thereby signaling our refinements in the process of life. The dark color gray signifies our struggle while in the dark searching for that elusive meaning of life. It is not by coincidence 9-11 tells us we are not connected to one another when we terrorize or inflict harm to our brothers and sisters. Our life becomes muddled in darkness when we think the other is separate from us. When we are in unison or in harmony with our fellow human beings, we are in the light. God, Allah, Christ, Nature, The Universe or whatever you may call it, is truly wonderful: Through pains, sufferings we learn and grow. Our life is an “Ever-growing” process, thus, the several heights of the four pillars.

Though we are surrounded with tragedies, pain and sufferings, there is something within us that does not succumb to these frustrations of living. This is the non-changing repose where we turn when we feel exhausted. This is our center. This center is the colorful “Leaf-motif,” our spirit, standing proud at the middle of any mayhem, the pivotal point in our learning and growth. It’s an impregnable fort of anyone. Nothing can move it though the storm of life seems unbearable. Those who perished or survived the 9-11 tragedy have shown what this center meant. Ditto to their loved ones. Ditto to all Americans. Ditto to countless peoples in this planet. The tragedy even made us more united…and more resilient. It is this unfettered optimism that gives color to the “Ever-unfolding” of the spirit, thus the prismatic hues emblazoned on the 45 slats. In each and every one of us dwells this divinity, this unwavering spark of light that is infinite and immortal. It is “Ever-evolving,” spiraling upward longing for its higher connections…the topmost golden 46th slat.

Life is art; art is life. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are sculpturing ourselves through our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions.

(Vics Magsaysay is an artist, fine art nature photographer, and alternative healer. His website: and Email address:

Copyright ©2007: Vics Magsaysay

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Fil-Am Lions Club Installs New Officers

Where : Odyssey Restaurant,Granada Hills , CA
When : September 14, 2007

Contact : Lulu Mercado, Telephone: (818) 700-7799

The Fil-Am Lions Club of Los Angeles chartered on January 1884, is a local club of Lions Club International, who meet the needs of the community and the world. Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities and the world. These Lions conduct vision and health screenings, build parks, support eye hospitals, award scholarships, assist youth, provide help in time of disasters and much more.

In the beginning of a new leadership, the Fil-Am Lions Club will be having it’s installation of officers and inaugural ball at the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills, CA on September 14, 2007. Vic Mercado will be the incoming President.

Fil-Am Lions Club would like to extend this invitation to all Fil-Ams who wish to partner with what they do. For more details on how you could get involved, please call (818) 700-7799 and ask for Lulu Mercado.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Monday, September 10, 2007

“Divine Mercy - The Answer to a Troubled World”

September 14: 5:00 p.m. to 9:25 p.m.
September 15: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
September 16: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Christ the King Catholic Church, 627 N. Arden Road (cor. of Melrose and Vine), Los Angeles, CA 90004. Tel: (323) 465-7605. Website:

Registration: The Lay Institute of Divine Mercy. Tel: (323) 463-1333. Website:

Presider: HIs Excellency, Professor Edward Ozorowski, Archbishop Metropolitan of Bialystok, City of Mercy, Poland

“The more we understand how Merciful God is, the more we can be merciful to others.”

Sunday, September 9, 2007

L.A.'s Fil-Am Poet, Photographer, Artist: Ryan Jesena Goes Out of the Comfort Zone

(Ryan's photo collage entitled: "Me, Myself. And.I")

By Ryan Jesena:

Photography is about capturing moments that occur in the random streams of reality, where the interaction between our environment, it's people, and the elements interact in a way that is both unique, special, and beautiful. It's about freezing time for a fraction of a second and capturing the one moment no one will ever see again. I love discovering the remarkable situation in everyday life.

(Ryan Jesena's Black & White artphoto entitled: "Breakthrough"
After hours of dust storms, the sun broke through the clouds )

Pointing a lens at friends and total strangers evokes a sense of curiosity and trepidation. Sometimes the subject breaks into a smile, and other times into a threatening glare, either way, it's totally random, beautiful, and unrepeatable. It's life.

My photographs have apeared in Max Magazine, LAist, LATACO, Shmap Map of Las Vegas, L.A. Art Walk, L.A. Decompression, and Broowaha Los Angeles.

(Ryan Jesena also published a collection of poems in a book titled "In The Blink Of An I" available at your nearest bookstore or online.)

By: Ryan Jesena
Photographer, Poet, Pedestrian, and Privateer.
Visit my website at

Voyager 1 and 2 Celebrates 30 Years of Deep Space Travel

Los Angeles: September 5, 1977 was the historic launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, of the Voyager 1 spacecraft which is now estimated to be on the outskirts of our solar system at 9.7 Billion miles from the Sun. This is the furthest travel of any man-made vehicle launched from planet Earth and away from the Sun. This month, after three decades of flight, it still continues to send back impressive information collected from its various onboard instruments. All these information are relayed back to NASA, Voyager 1 being the pioneer in deep space exploration and the only object from Earth to enter the Sun's domain.

The craft along with sister ship Voyager 2 launched in August 20, 1977 (but have a slower trajectory so it can pass by the planets of our solar system) have sent back images of the outer giant planets in our solar system namely Jupiter, Saturn (not the car, the planet, pictured on left), Uranus, and Neptune and an endless barrage of data not only of our solar system but now, of deep space.

Adding to the vast images and information they have sent back to Earth on their voyage outwards to deep space, these space crafts also carry a wide array of "greeting cards" from Earth. They each have a time capsule complete with greetings, images, and sounds from Earth as well as directions on how to find the planet if the Voyager space crafts are discovered or recovered by something or someone from outer space. The next time Voyager 1 and 2 will encounter another planetary system will be in approximately 40,000 Earth years. An outerspace "message in a bottle" as author Carl Sagan puts it, who was one of the committee members who put together the "Golden Record Images and Sound" golden disk (pictured).

To understand these deep space travel, just imagine a pump-boat or motorized outrigger canoe (Filipino version of a motorized Kayak with bamboo wing floaters) plowing thru the ocean, being tossed by the strong currents. As the ship sails ahead, shocks spread around the vessel. The area under the Sun's influence called the Heliosphere is constantly buffeted by interstellar wind (just like the ocean waves). Voyager 1 and 2 are being bumped into different directions by these strong interstellar wind, and powered by their nuclear batttery cell, cruising speed is at a mind boggling one million miles per day, a rate that will take it from Los Angeles to New York in four minutes flat, with an inexhaustible plutonium fuel system that does not need a Mobil or 76 Gas station for fuel fill-up, these space crafts are just too amazing to comprehend.

Caltech in Pasadena manages NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) which built and operates Voyager 1 and 2 each travelling in two different directions into the Heliosphere, each one sporting an antenna that has a diameter of 230 feet; same size as a football field. Happy 30th Anniversary Voyager 1 and 2. The mission that was expected to last only five years are now celebrating thirty years and counting. These space crafts are entering interstellar space, out of reach from our solar system onto their very long trek towards galaxies unknown. And come to think of it, I thought driving from Pasadena to San Diego is a very very long drive to travel. Mankind when they work together as a team is truly amazing. Godspeed Voyager.
(By Jay Fermin ppp-usa)

Thursday, September 6, 2007


First thing you see on me is my brown skin. This is not just melanin; it is my identity. Inferior? Dirty? Savage? No. Cultured? Interesting? Diverse? Yes. Long ago my parents were born in the Southeast Asian islands known as the Philippines, but I first opened my eyes in America. Passing the years, I've become fluent in English, eaten hamburgers, and voted In democratic elections. I have grown to be American, but Never have I forgotten, discarded, nor despised my Filipino Origins.

Pride runs through my veins every June 12th.
Roar is what I do when Manny Pacquaio lands the knockout punch.
If I eat one lumpia I follow it with five more, and my next
Dialect to learn is Tagalog. What does my Filipino heritage mean to me?Entitlement to culture, history, uniqueness; it is my identity.

by: Mark Justin Lacson
(a graduating film major at Calstate Long Beach and currently doing his internship at G4 TV Network in Los Angeles... )

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Jush Andowitt Tel: 310- 989- 4578

In line with the phenomenal success of its first two Sine Novelas Sinasamba Kita and Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso, GMA PINOY TV brings to light another blockbuster film in the 80s now turned into a television series that features an emotionally gripping story about love, family, revenge and betrayal - Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap.

Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap presents a powerhouse cast featuring Philippines’s most sought after award winning actor Dennis Trillo and today’s hottest young star Nadine Samonte together with veteran actor Tommy Abuel, Gardo Versoza, Glydel Mercado, Jeremy Marquez, Iwa Moto, Vangie Labalan, Ces Quesada, Aiza Marquez, Tyron Perez, Hazel Ann Mendoza and Chuck Allie.

The compelling love story of Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap, a 1984 mega hit movie of Hilda Koronel, Christopher de Leon and Amy Austria, is about a young wealthy woman named Catherine (Nadine Samonte) and her rich boyfriend Stan (Dennis Trillo), who comes home from the United States to marry his long-time girlfriend. The young couple already announced their engagement and with their wealth, expects a bright future for their family.

But prior to their wedding, Stan and Catherine’s fate will enormously change with the intrusion of Pablo (Gardo Versoza) and his children Rita (Iwa Moto), a sexy young lady who uses her beauty and body to get what she wants; Jojo (Jeremy Marquez), an arrogant guy who likes girls and always gets into trouble; and the spoiled brat Chona (Hazel Ann Mendoza).

Pablo, a lazy drunkard who wants to get rich but refuses to work, comes across the announcement of Catherine’s engagement and discovers that she is the daughter of his first love, Minda (Glydel Mercado), who is now a widow.

The devious and scheming Pablo goes to Minda with his three children and tells Minda their situation. Minda, who still loves Pablo, offers to help them, which Catherine firmly opposes.

Unknown to Minda, her decision to let Pablo's family move into their house will lead to Catherine’s sufferings and even ruin her engagement with Stan.

With Rita setting her eyes on Stan, Jojo sexually attracted to Catherine and Minda marrying Pablo, will Catherine be able to withstand the troubles and miseries caused by Pablo’s family? Will Minda help Catherine get through all ordeals or will she betray her daughter in favour of her new husband? And will true love keep Stan and Catherine together? For more information, please log on to

Monday, September 3, 2007

Gary V with Toni Gonzaga in Concert September 8 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Saturday, Sep 08, 2007
Gary V World Tour: Pasadena California
Pasadena Civic Center, 8pm
featuring Ms. Toni Gonzaga, Powerplay, May Ann Casal and Melissa Fontano under musical direction of Mon Faustino

Sunday, Sep 09, 2007
Gary V World Tour: Phoenix, AZ
Orpheum Theater

Saturday, Sep 15, 2007
Gary V World Tour: Guam
University of Guam, Fieldhouse, Guam