Saturday, August 6, 2022

LAMPAS LANGIT starring Christine Bermas, Baron Geisler, Ricky Davao, Chloe Jenna, Ivan Padilla, Milana Ikemoto and Quinn Carrilo showing this August 19 on Vivamax

Every love story is like a novel. Whether it has a feel-good vibe or a twisted plot, a smooth flow or a messed-up storyline, a happy or tragic ending, - every story is unique, riveting, and worth remembering. This August 19, a beautifully written and intriguing love story will be shared as Lampas Langit exclusively premieres on Vivamax.

A Vivamax Original Movie, Lampas Langit is a romance-thriller film starring Christine Bermas, Baron Geisler, Ricky Davao, Chloe Jenna, Ivan Padilla, Milana Ikemoto and Quinn Carrillo. It follows the story of Jake (Baron Geisler), a struggling writer who’s also having a hard time keeping his marriage afloat with Mylene (Chloe Jenna). In the condominium where they live, Jake meets his literary idol and famous novelist, Arman (Ricky Davao), and a young, attractive woman named Belle (Christine Bermas), who they thought as Arman’s daughter. Jake gets closer to Belle, immediately falls for her, and begins to have an affair.

Arman and Mylene will eventually know about this secret affair, and soon enough, all the other secrets drop like bombs, including Arman and Belle's true identities.

These unexpected mishaps leave Jake confused and wondering. But what seems like a loose end becomes tied into a perfect bow when it is put together that right from the start, everything is a part of a big elaborate plan, like a perfectly written novel.

From actor and director - Jeffrey Hidalgo, who also directed the 2021 Vivamax Original Movie - Eva, Lampas Langit stars Vivamax leading ladies - Christine Bermas, Chloe JennaMilana Ikemoto and Quinn Carrillo. Joining them are veteran and award-winning actors - Baron Geisler and Ricky Davao.

Produced by Viva Films, get hooked with every plot twist and hang on until the ending - Lampas Langit streaming exclusively on Vivamax this August 19, 2022.

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Lampas Langit is also streaming on Vivamax Middle East. For kababayans in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar, watch all you can for only AED35/month. Vivamax can also be streamed in Europe for only 8 GBP/month.

Vivamax is also available in Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Brunei, Macao, Vietnam, Maldives, Australia, New Zealand, and now also in Canada and the United States of America. Vivamax, atin ‘to!

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Maid in Malacañang is now showing in cinemas nationwide

There's always two sides of the story. And, "Maid in Malacañang" definitely is the other side that we didn't learn from our textbooks or history class.

The movie is an eye opener. It helps us ponder on what happened on the last days of the Marcoses in Malacañang.

It's absolutely heartwarming especially how the staff were treated with utmost respect and loved like family. The movie depicted how humane Ferdinand Marcos is contrary to the information that we all grew up with.

It shows how he loved the Philippines and the Filipino people. It would make us appreciate Ferdinand Marcos as a president of the Philippines and not as a dictator or a kleptocrat. It's definitely worth watching.

Starring Ruffa Gutierrez, Cesar Montano, Cristine Reyes, Ella Cruz, Diego Loyzaga. Directed by Direk Daryll Yap.

Maid in Malacañang is now showing in cinemas nationwide.

Film Review by Julie Ann Miguel of Showbizz Ganap / Showbizz Ganap TV

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Sarah G, SB19, Parokya ni Edgar and Alodia featured in Acer Day concert on August 3


The annual Acer Day celebration is back and will feature a special line-up of performances, sales promotions, rewards, and activities for everyone to enjoy! This year’s theme, ‘Make Your Green Mark’, highlights Acer’s care for the environment by reigniting its passion for sustainability practices and serves as a reminder for the collective efforts needed in making a “green mark.”

“Introduced in 2017, the Acer Day campaign has helped promote the company’s brand image among consumers as ‘Young and Stylish’, while promoting its advocacies, consumers, and channel partners. This year, with the focus on sustainable living and the promotion of the eco-friendly Vero series, Acer hopes to garner more support for environmental efforts and remind everyone of their duty to preserve and care for our planet,” said Andrew Hou, Acer Pan Asia Pacific President.

Acer Day 2022 will kick off with a manifesto video on August 3, 2022 at 8:00PM (GMT+0800hrs) featuring its 18 ambassadors from across seven regions. These include India’s Pankti Pandey, a zero-waste advocate and a TEDx Speaker; Malaysia’s Mei Yan, a top breakfast radio announcer who started an online channel called “ Heal The Earth " to raise environmental awareness; Indonesian musicians Muhammad Pradana
and Ayudia C, environment patrons who wish to inspire entrepreneurs and start the #SayangBumi (love earth) greener lifestyle.

Also making appearances in the video are Vietnam’s Duong Thu Thao, a young and dynamic nature lover who follows a green lifestyle by practicing small sustainable actions daily ; Thailand’s Phakin Khamwilaisak, a leading musician and actor who has
recently launched an environmental project entitled “Keb Ruk”; Taiwan's very own Atom Boyz-Earth, one of the most popular groups among the younger generation; and the Philippines’ group of Acer Day ambassadors, including Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo,
Esports queen Alodia Gosiengfiao, and P-pop boy band sensation, SB19.

All of the Acer Day 2022 ambassadors are strong environment preservation advocates who have continued to make a positive impact to the global youth in their own ways.

The “Make Your Green Mark” campaign manifesto reads: A call to action for cleaner air, clearer waters, and a sustainable future. In the video, the Acer Day ambassadors share their passion to protect Mother Nature and encourage their fans and followers to make
their green mark on the planet.

Come and join the festivities as we celebrate Acer Day 2022 on August 3 at 8pm (GMT+0800hrs).

To support Acer Day and the Make Your Green Mark campaign, fans can watch the Acer Day concert featuring Sarah G, SB19, Adie, Sud, Janina Vela, Yow, Awi, CLR, and Parokya ni Edgar on August 7, 2022 at the MOA Arena. The concert is free! In order to get tickets, participants must do green initiatives such as joining Acer's social media contests and challenges, purchasing Acer products including those from Acer's sustainability line Aspire Vero, donating to GreenEarth Heritage Foundation; and collecting cleaned, washed and dried plastic waste and dropping them off at The Plaf, a social enterprise that recycles plastic.

For more information about Acer and Acer Day, follow Acer [Philippines] on its social media platforms: [@AcerPH] on Facebook, ( @acerph ) on Instagram, and ( @acerphils ) on Twitter or go to

Friday, July 22, 2022

Executive Secretary Rodriguez is being called the " Little President "

The Executive Secretary is mostly called as the “Little President” because of the extensive power that the position is given to.

Among the Executive Secretary’s responsibilities include: Executing presidential directives, orders and decisions; oversee various agencies under the Office of the President, and designate officials whose appointments do not need the President’s approval.

The Executive Secretary also has the authority to sign papers such as executive orders “by authority of the President,” and decide on matters for and on behalf of the President if they don’t require the Chief Executive’s personal attention.

The post of Executive Secretary has been held by distinguished men since it was created in 1936. Lawyer Jorge Vargas, the first Executive Secretary, was appointed by President Manuel Quezon after serving as chief clerk of the Department of Interior and legislative secretary to then-Speaker Sergio Osmeña.

Manuel Roxas, the fifth President of the Philippines, also served as Quezon’s Executive Secretary from December 1941 until March 1942, just a month before he was captured by Japanese forces.

Experience is a major consideration in appointing the “Little President.” The Executive Secretary needs to hit the ground running, with barely any time to learn how to navigate the labyrinthine maze of the bureaucracy. Owing to the demands of the job, past Presidents picked Executive Secretaries who had proved their mettle through the posts they’ve held over the years.

Ernesto Maceda, a cum laude graduate of the Ateneo Law School, served as councilor of Manila—and was named Outstanding Councilor— before becoming the youngest Cabinet member of then-President E. Marcos as Secretary of Community Development at 29 years old. He served as Marcos’ Executive Secretary in a concurrent capacity as Chairman of the Commission on Reorganization from July 1969 to February 1970.

Joker Arroyo held the record as the human rights lawyer who handled the most number of cases between 1972 and 1986 before becoming then-President Corazon Aquino’s first Executive Secretary in 1986. Franklin Drilon served as Labor Secretary for three years and Justice Secretary for one year before his appointment as Aquino’s Executive Secretary in 1991.

Teofisto Guingona, who went on to become Vice President under the Arroyo administration, served as senator for six years before his appointment as Executive Secretary. He also chaired the Commission on Audit from 1986 to 1987.Ronaldo Zamora worked under the Marcos and Aquino administrations prior to becoming President Joseph Estrada’s first Executive Secretary from 1998 to 2000.

The longest serving Executive Secretaries were appointed in the past three administrations: Eduardo Ermita, Paquito Ochoa and Salvador Medialdea held the post for six years under Presidents Gloria Arroyo, Benigno Aquino III and Rodrigo Duterte, respectively. Both Ochoa and Medialdea were lawyers while Ermita was a three-term congressman from Batangas who also handled the national defense portfolio under Arroyo.

Compared to his many of his predecessors, Vic Rodriguez’s resume is not that enticing to many. He was barangay captain of Sacred Heart in Quezon City for 10 years before becoming special assistant to the chief of the Business Permits and Licensing Office in 2002 under then-Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. He later became the officer-in-charge of the city’s Community Relations Office.

Rodriguez’s profile rose when he became spokesperson and chief of staff of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the run up to the 2022 elections. He was named Executive Secretary shortly after Marcos won as President.

The administration’s recent decision have shown Rodriguez’s unfit for the job as per majority. The appointment of Archipelago Philippines Ferries-FastCat owner Christopher Pastrana as Philippine Ports Authority General Manager has been met with criticism owing to perceived conflict of interest and his company’s supposed P132-million debt to the Department of Transportation.

So far, Pastrana’s appointment remains in limbo. Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista has instead designated a long-serving ports manager to become PPA’s officer-in-charge GM until further notice.

Former Energy chief Raphael Lotilla’s appointment also caused an issue as Malacañang appeared to have been remiss in vetting his credentials. Republic Act 7638 or the Department of Energy Act of 1992 prohibited the appointment of an Energy Secretary who used to be an officer of a private company engaged in the energy industry within two years from his resignation or retirement.

Lotilla, however, was an independent director of Aboitiz Power Corp., and the oil and gas exploration firm ACE Enexor. The Department of Justice later affirmed his nomination as “valid and lawful,” but not after the Palace’s head-scratching clarification that Lotilla’s appointment was a “nomination” for now.

Rodriguez’s hand was also seen in Marcos’ veto of the bill creating the Bulacan Airport City ecozone, which disappointed lawmakers and investors. He claimed there were “defects” that should be remedied by passing an entirely new legislation.

Philippine Star columnist Jarius Bondoc said there’s no one but Rodriguez to blame for the administration’s recent incident. “From murmurs in Malacañang, Rodriguez had it coming. Supposedly he re-centralized to his office functions formerly dispersed to other units. That made him powerful, if overloaded,” Bondoc said.

Rodriguez has apparently taken upon himself to vet candidates for thousands of presidential appointees. No wonder the announcement of appointments is moving at a slow pace, with a number of key vacancies still unfilled.

For all his talk about being close to Marcos, one would think Rodriguez wants nothing more than the administration to succeed. But he seems questionable on bringing his principal down, one wrong decision at a time.

Puregold Channel’s ‘52 Weeks,’ the First-Ever Filipino Tiktok Series, to debut on July 27


After the successful release of the digital series “GVBOYS:Pangmalakasang Good Vibes” and “Ang Babae sa Likod ng Face Mask,” Puregold is set to launch “52 Weeks,” the first-ever Filipino series made for Tiktok.

The 36-episode series was directed by Lemuel Lorca and produced by award-winning filmmaker Chris Cahilig. It features rising new talents such as Queenay Mercado, a Tiktok superstar with 12.3 million followers, and Jin Macapagal, the first Ultimate BidaMan winner of “It'Showtime”. Derick Lauchengco, the reigning Misters of Filipinas Second Prince, and Herbie Cruz, a Tiktok personality with more than 700 thousand followers, are also part of the series.

“Super happy po ako na naging part ako ng series na ‘to,” Queenay gushes. “ Knowing na ito po ang kauna-unahang Filipino Tiktok series, I feel honored po talaga to be cast as leading lady!” Queenay then tells all her followers on Tiktok, “Para sa inyo po ang nakakakilig na series na ito! Sana po manood kayong lahat at patuloy na sumuporta sa akin.”

Set in the picturesque island of Cagbalete in Mauban, Quezon, “52 Weeks” follows the story of Mina, a bubbly and hopeless romantic who’s a certified NBSB (No Boyfriend Since Birth). Determined to give Mina the love life she’s been missing out on, her best friends Chem and Eya decide to look for the perfect boyfriend for her within 52 weeks.

Puregold President Vincent Co explains how Puregold Channel, their brainchild, came to be. “As online content continues to flourish, we want to further drive Puregold retailtainment and connect with customers, old and new.”

Puregold Channel is our platform for showcasing fresh and relevant stories. And launching this first-ever TikTok series in the country is another groundbreaking move that we’re proud of,” Co adds.

Follow Gab and Mina’s fun and riveting love story by catching the July 27 premiere of 
 52 Weeks” on Puregold Channel on Tiktok @puregoldph. For more updates, like on Facebook, follow @puregold_ph on Instagram and Twitter and subscribe to Puregold Channel on YouTube.