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REEL DEAL: Stoker - Matthew Goode SPOTLIGHT

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The Predator in Matthew Good : “STOKER”  
On her 18th birthday, India Stoker’s (Mia Wasikowska) father dies in a tragic car accident.  Her only source of strength and comfort now gone, India now finds herself lost and unable to connect to the people around including her unstable mother Evie, played by Nicole Kidman.  On the day of her father’s funeral, her father’s long lost brother Uncle Charlie surfaces and decides to stay with them.  At first doubtful of her Uncle Charlie, Mia surprisingly finds herself drawn to him in a fascinating way she never thought possible.

The Bag With A Task: BagsGo Reusable Bags

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Let’s face it: we’re all scared of losing the only planet we have. Slowly, we are becoming more eco-aware, and we’re doing whatever small thing we can to save the Earth. This is exactly what this new, revolutionary reusable bag is trying to do: HELP YOU HELP SAVE THE EARTH.
The bag with a task, that’s BagsGo. Created with lightweight RIPSTOP fabric used to make parachutes, tear and water resistant, completely washable and durable, and most importantly, 100% REUSABLE: BagsGo Reusable bags are the perfect alternative to plastic bags, and can be used in various ways. And for every BagsGo sold, a percentage goes to a foundation that supports ethical stewardship of the environment. So not only are you helping to save the Earth, you are also funding an organization to continue doing the same.

MUSIC LYF: Mecca Music’s Champ Lui Pio to introduce Luigi D’Avola as his new talent for 2013

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After his very successful venture into artist management, former Hale frontman Champ Lui Pio, now CEO of Mecca Music, proudly announces the launch of Luigi D'Avola-- a fresh new face and talent who brings more to the entertainment world than just music.
“At Mecca Music, we take pride in producing and managing our artists. It’s a process that we put a lot of time and hard work. We really invest in our artists and make sure we guide them to reach their full potential. Luigi is a testament to that commitment, we are very excited to launch his music which we have worked on for almost a year now. We believe that he will break grounds in the music industry this 2013.” Lui Pio said

Learn More About Photography With Spotlight Pinas!

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Spotlight Pinas' first PHOTOGRAPHY and TRAVEL WRITING WORKSHOPS will happen this March.
Their workshops will be held on March 16, 2013 at YTREE, Greenfield District (Shaw Crossing Area) in Mandaluyong at 11am to 5pm.
Registration Fee is P2,000 but those who will register before February 28 will get a P500 discount so they only need to pay P1500 inclusive of workshop materials and food during the workshops.

Globe Business reaffirms commitment to make business better for Filipino entrepreneurs

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As the year comes to a close, Globe Business is doubling its efforts to provide Filipino entrepreneurs operating small and medium businesses or SMBs a complete range of solutions that can help maximize their business operations at lesser cost.
“We see the end of the year as a time for taking stock of how we’ve done our mission of providing ideal solutions to Filipino entrepreneurs. It’s time for us to use hindsight in assessing our performance and for renewing our commitment to make business better for SMBs,” said Manny Escosa, Globe Business Marketing Head for Small and Medium Business Segments.
Escosa adds that 2012 has been a good year for Globe Business as Filipino entrepreneurs have become more aware of the advantages that information technology can bring to their businesses.
“Information and telecoms technology function as an equalizer for SMBs who compete with much larger businesses. For example, a Filipino entrepreneurs would no longer have to set up an office or distribution sit…

3 Day Sale This March!

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Are you ready to enjoy huge discounts and fabulous prizes at The SM Store’s 3-DAY SALE!!! 
Join us on MARCH 01, 02 & 03, 2013
CUBAO • SOUTHMALL • MANILA • FAIRVIEW • TAYTAY • PAMPANGA • TARLAC • BACOLOD • GEN. SANTOS
Introducing... The 3-WAY SAVE!!!

REEL DEAL: The Croods TRAILER

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FIRST FAMILY, A FEW MILLION YEARS AGO: “THE CROODS”

Get ready for a million adventures when “The Croods” opens March 22 in 3D in cinemas nationwide.

THE CROODS is a 3D comedy adventure that follows the world's first modern family through the journey of a lifetime. When the cave that has always been their home is destroyed – with the rest of their world not far behind it – The Croods are forced to set off on the first family road (or path) trip. Rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts, The Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures, and a future beyond any they imagined.
The Crood family dynamics, though unfolding a few million years ago, feel like they could come from your own household.  Like most fathers, family patriarch Grug (Nicolas Cage) is fiercely protective of his wife and three kids. His hyper-vigilance has kept his cave-bound family safe, secure and....super- bored.  Grug’s strong and dutiful better half, Ugga (Catherine Keener), acce…

REEL DEAL: Stand Up Guys SPOTLIGHT

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Meet the retired gangsters Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin in Stand Up Guys
STAND UP GUYS stars Academy Award winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin in a tough but touching action comedy as retired gangsters who reunite for one epic last night.
VAL (Al Pacino) is released from prison after serving twenty-eight years for refusing to give up one of his close criminal associates. His best friend DOC (Christopher Walken) is there to pick him up, and the two soon re-team with another old pal, HIRSCH (Alan Arkin). Their bond is as strong as ever, and the three reflect on freedom lost and gained, loyalties ebbed and flowed, and days of glory gone by. And despite their age, their capacity for mayhem is still very much alive and well – bullets fly as they make a hilariously valiant effort to compensate for the decades of crime, drugs and sex they’ve missed. But one of the friends is keeping a dangerous secret- he’s been put in an impossible quandary by a former mob bos…

Nashville takes the spotlight on beTV this February

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“With an impeccable cast and tons of talents behind the camera, Nashville could be one of those huge grown-up soaps that hook viewers for years.” -Hollywoodreporter.com
If there’s one show y’all have to check out, make it Nashville. The premise of the aurally pleasing series is an uncanny reflection of the music industry – a country music legend, Rayna James (Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights), is being eased out of the charts after 20 years in the spotlight by the next big thing, Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere, Heroes). What probably rubs Rayna the wrong way, is her record label’s insistence on organizing a co-headlining tour with Juliette, to bring up her numbers; and how even Rayna’s kids themselves are bobbing to the pop-oriented songs of her young, sexy and fame-hungry rival.

MEGA Goes Digital on their 21st Anniversary

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MEGA magazine, the Philippine’s best fashion magazine, celebrated 21st anniversary with a digital-themed bash at Opus Restaurant.  Lights, lasers, holograms, and LED displays set the futuristic tone of the celebration. A digital photo wall welcomed the guests, and they made their way to the main event via an LED carpet. A specially-created Twitter and Instagram wall allowed the guests to see, in real-time, tweets and photos with the hashtag #MegaGoneDigital. iPad “trend tablets” were available for the guests to tweet, post photos, and browse the Megastyle.ph site.

REEL DEAL: G.I. Joe:Retaliation - Byung-hun Lee SPOTLIGHT

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Korean Superstar sensation Byung-hun Lee is back as Storm Shadow in G.I. JOE 2
Korean superstar Byung-hun Lee, who reprises his role of STORM SHADOW, was excited by the possibility to explore the more internal side of the character. “If I had just a lot of sword fights and kicks in the first movie, this time my character (Storm Shadow) is seen more up close. It has a dramatic aspect that shows his history, inner conflicts. I loved how much of my acting I could show this time around... but I still think I could have been much more competent in a Korean film. “Frankly speaking, it’s hard. Casual speech and delivering lines in English belong to two different dimensions. Because you use a foreign language, you’ve got to be sure you could recite lines without a mistake even if someone woke you up from a nap.“On the set, someone from the crew told me after I read my line that my pronunciation was off for one of the words. Right after my head became completely blank, busy thinking about that …

Yoshinoya Beef Gyudon Eating Grand Finals gets going

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It’s “burp or bust” as Yoshinoya, the country’s most popular fast-food chain that specializes in all-time favorite Japanese culinary fare, holds the Grand Finals of its ever-popular “Yoshinoya Beef Gyudon Eating Contest” that happened February 23 at the New Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City.
And as promised, the grand finals will not be short in excitement and competitive gastronomic spirit as a total of Twenty Eight (28) contestants from all around Metro Manila, who competed in several qualifying stages held at various Yoshinoya stores for the past month, duke it out to eliminate each other. The objective is to find out who is “the best among the best” and ultimately crown the newest “Yoshinoya Beef Gyudon Eating Contest Grand Champion.”

LAKBAYAN: Philippines’ AirAsia introduces new customer-friendly services with new hotline and cash payment partners

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Philippines’ AirAsia, the low cost carrier with the youngest fleet, today announced significant changes in its customer call center. Starting February 25, Philippines’ AirAsia’s new customer hotline number will be 742ASIA or 742.27.42. “To provide optimum customer care service for our guest, AirAsia is launching two new significant innovations. We have a new customer hotline that is easy to remember and we are also rolling out our cash payment partner with 7-Eleven store for our passengers who want to avail of our online promo and other privileges but would like to pay in cash instead of using their credit cards,” AirAsia Inc. Commercial head Freddy Herrera said.
AirAsia’s payment partner service provides the convenience of using cash when paying for AirAsia promo fares and other online purchases at www.airasia.com.

REEL DEAL: Stoker - Mia Wasikowska SPOTLIGHT

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MIA WASIKOWSKA: INNOCENCE ENDS IN “STOKER”
The highly-anticipated thriller “Stoker” starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode tells of the bizarre coming-of-age of India (Wasikowska) as she enters womanhood written by Wentworth Miller and filmed by Park Chan-Wook.
Helmed by Korean director Park which is also his debut movie in English, the movie introduces India Stoker as she loses her beloved father and best friend Richard (played by Dermot Mulroney) in an unexplained car mishap on her 18th birthday.  Upon her father’s demise, India’s life is suddenly shattered in their very secluded estate.   Left with her unstable mother Evie (Kidman) and Uncle Charlie (Goode), her father’s brother who mysteriously showed up during her father’s funeral, India experiences an unraveling of herself that surprises and frees her at the same time.

She’s Only Sixteen opens for Motion City Soundtrack

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This March 9, at the SM City North EDSA Skydome, internationally-renowned pop punk band Motion City Soundtrack, composed of Justin Pierre (vocals/guitars), Joshua Cain (guitars), Matthew Taylor (bass), Jesse Johnson (Moog), and Tony Thaxton (drums), is performing for their Filipino fans for the first time. This event is made possible through CNCA Media Concepts, together with Redstone Productions.

REEL DEAL: Jason Clarke SPOTLIGHT

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“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Casts “Zero Dark Thirty” Breakout Actor Jason Clarke
Jason Clarke, whose marked, riveting performance opposite this year’s Golden Globes’ best actress Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty” has officially signed on to star in 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

Clarke whose role in “Zero Dark Thirty” as the gritty torturer opened possibilities for him within Hollywood arena as a potential leading man in the upcoming Fox’s tentpole franchise “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
Directed by Matt Reeves, ““Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is set 15 years later after “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” previously starred in by James Franco.  Though the plot is tightly under wraps, www.hollywoodreporter.com reports that the movie’s plot deals with the human scientists who are struggling to survive alone in San Francisco where the most memorable battle scene took place in “Rise” between man and ape struggling for freedom from both knots.

Noel Cabangon's Song is now a Children's Book!

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We all know how Noel Cabangon has influenced a lot of Filipinos with his nationalistic and smooth songs that has become hits through the years and his crusade for a better Philippines. In his song "Ako'y Isang Mabutin Pilipino" which have been part of the inauguration of President Aquino. Now will continue its message of change beyond the song into a simple yet encouraging phrases with colorful illustrations by Jomike Tejido and published by Lampara Books.

Pinoy YouTube star Mikey Bustos holds concert on Feb. 24

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This is it, pancit.  Our “Pinoy Boy” and YouTube star Mikey Bustos is holding his first solo concert on February 24, 2013 (Sunday) at the Metro Bar in West Avenue, Quezon City.
The concert entitled, “Surviving Manila” will showcase Mikey’s wit and singing talent plus the powerful performances of his special guests “La Diva” member Jonalyn Viray and Protégé finalist Lovely Embuscado.
“The concert is going to be like my [YouTube] tutorials except that it’s live and on-stage and, of course, with a lot of singing,” said Mikey.

Alden Richards and Louise delos Reyes return to primetime TV with MUNDO MO’Y AKIN

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Riding high on the success of their love team, Kapuso Network’s most promising talents Alden Richards and Louise delos Reyes set off to charm and seize the hearts of Filipino viewers once more via the compelling series MUNDO MO’Y AKIN.
This latest project serves as another launching pad for Alden and Louise to showcase not only their undeniable chemistry on screen but also their acting chops.  They first captured viewers’ interest with their previous projects in the network including the afternoon drama Alakdana and the phenomenal series One True Love, which propelled them to stardom.

XSTIG: Canon PIXMA kicks off 2013 with new all-in-one office printers

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Canon PIXMA, the number one inkjet printer brand in the Philippines for 2011 and 2012, starts the new year with a fresh line-up of business multifunctional printers: the MX927, MX527, MX457, MX397, and Ink Efficient E610.  These printers offer not only print, copy, scan, and fax, but also various printing solutions that will suit the specific needs of any productive home office.
The PIXMA MX897, MX527 and MX457 have wireless printing capabilities.  Users can directly connect to various printing options such as PIXMA Cloud Link (except for the MX457) and Creative Park Premium services, and from there, browse through a series of templates and stationeries through the printer’s LCD screen and print them immediately.  They also offer Google Cloud Print and Apple Airprint in which users can print documents mobile by connecting to the printer through their smartphones or tablets.

ABS CBN News Unveils Halalan 2013 Digital Tools

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ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs has launched the all-new Halalan 2013 and the Bayan Mo iPatrol Mo (BMPM) microsites alongside the upgraded version of the COMELEC Halalan mobile application that will enable Filipinos to be vigilant and proactive citizens this election season.

“All the information you need to know about the elections will be available online on the ABS-CBN News Halalan 2013 microsite. We invite everyone to become partners with us in patrolling these elections through the new BMPM microsite. We have also made it easier for the public to get information and share information through the newly improved COMELEC Halalan 2013 application,” said Anna Rodriguez, head of News Digital Media.

Yasmien Kurdi, Chariz Solomon, and LJ Reyes guest in Sarap Diva this Saturday

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This Saturday (February 23) on Sarap Diva, StarStruck alumni Yasmien Kurdi, Chariz Solomon and LJ Reyes will invade Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid’s kitchen.
Starstruck season 1 runner-up and new mom Yasmien will prepare Fattoush Lebanese crumble bread salad, a recipe she learned from her Lebanese grandmother.
Sexy-comedienne and newly-married Chariz will show off her cooking skills as she prepares salt and pepper crab claw.

Protege finalist Ruru Madrid joins 'Tropang Potchi' this Saturday

This Saturday (February 23) in "Tropang Potchi," cast member Liane Valentino finally meets her celebrity idol -- Protege finalist Ruru Madrid.  It's a dream come true for the young lady to meet the handsome teen star who also appears in the afternoon series, "Paroa: Ang Kuwento ni Mariposa."

DMAI announces a first of its kind type of training here in the Philippines

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DMAI, or Daniel Meyer Analytics Inc, specializes in analytics training.
On February 23, 2013 (SATURDAY) at the  VISTA LEARNING CENTER Shaw Bivd, Mandaluyong (In front of Star Mall). For those who make countless decisions every day! like Managers, Supervisoes, Business Owners, Leaders, Team Leaders, Accountants, Students, Human Resources, Marketing and Sales Managers.

XSTIG: Lenovo Introduces Touchscreen Multimedia IdeaPad Z Series Laptops

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Lenovo announced the launch of its latesttouch-optimized IdeaPad Z Series laptops, the IdeaPad Z400 and Z500 which are designed to take users’ PC interaction to new heights.  

“Our slim IdeaPad Z touchscreen series equipped with Windows 8 is a testament to Lenovo’s long term commitment of driving innovation by expanding into new form factors as we lead the way to the PC+ era,” said Vicky Agorrilla, Country General Manager, Lenovo Philippines. “The Z series blends fashion, form, and function to address the evolving needs of Filipino consumers looking for a slim, versatile, and intuitive personal computer with great multimedia and multi-touch features at a competitive price point.”

LAKBAYAN: SEAIR flies to Laoag, offers PHP 599 promo

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Southeast Asian Airlines, Inc. (SEAIR), in partnership with Tiger Airways, recently announced that it will start flying to its newest destination, Laoag, on April 4, 2013. Flights will originate from the Manila Domestic Airport or Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4. SEAIR is offering introductory fares to Laoag at PHP 599 for travel on April 4 to August 31, 2013. Passengers must book their tickets via www.tigerairways.com to avail of the special rates until February 21, 2013.
The northernmost city of Laoag is the capital of Ilocos Norte. Laoag means “light” in Ilocano and the city is nicknamed “Sunshine City” for its year-round sunny weather. Laoag has an interesting mix of tradition and modernity, reflecting Spanish and Ilocano heritage. Kalesas or horse carriages still cruise the streets of downtown Laoag, bustling as it is with numerous business establishments, as the city is also the center of trade and commerce in the region. For history buffs, must-see sites incl…

Meet Flawless' New Endorser!

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When we had our encounter with the people behind the trusted name in skin care , Flawless, they said that they have a lot in store for the year 2013. They had this campaign with posters and billboards that they have something in the bag, and now they finally revealed that she is Jamie Curtis-Smith. 

The younger sister of Anne Curtis, who is very known to be a fashionista, Jamie has now started her own career and now making waves in showbiz step by step. We had the privilege to talk to her in the BlogCon where she shared her beauty secrets and also what is her lifestyle nowadays that reflects the modern teen filipina.

Jamie shared that she indeed busy with alot of schedules but still finds time to bond with her sister and the family. She is also studying as of the moment yet can still do projects left and right. Well these activities can affect the face and skin, but as the new FLAWLESS endorser she will join the other celebrities like Lorna Tolentino, Richard Gutierrez, and Iza Calzado.

DepEd releases kinder assessment tool to respond to learning needs

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The Department of Education has issued the guidelines in assessing the year-end school readiness of kindergarten to check on their pre-schooling progress with the end-view of providing them with specific learning intervention.
Kindergarten education has been made mandatory in public schools in 2011 by virtue of Republic Act 10157. To assess the performance level of all kinder pupils DepEd came up with School Readiness Year-end Assessment (SReYA).

Rivermaya releases single after four years

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Iconic and multi-platinum-selling band Rivermaya releases their much-awaited singlePilipinas, Kailan Ka Magigising?This single is the band’s first single in four years. Pilipinas, Kailan Ka Magigising, penned by founding Rivermaya member Mark Escueta, is reminder to everyone to go against crab mentality, and selfishness, especially now that another elections is within the horizon once again. When asked how the single was chosen among the tracks recorded for the forthcoming Panatang Makabanda album, drummer-turned-guitarist Mark quips, “In the early stages of recording, this song became the initial favorite of the group. It's also a fun song to play live.  Maganda yung message ng kanta and very timely rin since election time nanaman tayo. 

Sheena Halili happy to be single on Valentine’s Day

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For most people, February 14 is Valentine’s Day but for singles like Sheena Halili, it’s just another ordinary Thursday.  
The kapuso actress and cast member of the GMA primetime fantasy series, “Indio,” says she doesn’t really mind if she has no romantic date on Valentine’s Day since she has been single -- she claims -- for several years now.
“Sa totoo lang, hindi naman sa nagmamayabang ako, pero meron naman diyang umaaligid na puwede naman, may mga nagpaparamdam naman diyan, hindi naman siguro masamang may nag-aadmire sa’yo.  Pero siyempre pinagdarasal ko kay God kasi sobrang gina-guard ko ang heart ko.  Gusto ko sana na kapag nakipag-relasyon ako sana ‘yun na.  Ayoko kasi yung paiba-iba.  I mean, kaniya-kaniya naman tayo ng desire diba?  Yung desire talaga ng puso ko ay i-guard ko na lang ang puso, maghintay na lang ako ng right timing ni God, sa right person na ibibigay sa akin ni God,” she explained.

Fall In Love at NUVALI Night-Sky Cinema!

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It's the love month and love activities and events are not just exclusive on Valentine's Day, with people rushing and always on busy schedule, it would great to have a nice laid-back weekend with your loved ones and watch a movie or go on a food trip. Well why not have both at Nuvali Sta Rosa, where they have conducted the Outdoor Movie screening in Nuvali Fields. They have three movies for the Valentine weekend, and they are "Breakfast At Tiffany's", "Pretty in Pink," and "Like Crazy". The whole area is filled with a lot of people with everyone ready with their mats, food, and even their dates.

What’s Rhian Ramos’ Valentine gift for boyfriend KC?

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It’s no secret that Rhian Ramos and KC Montero are in a relationship and in fact, Rhian says they are still very much in love with each other.
After both of them broke free from their past controversial relationships, KC and Rhian are happy to be celebrating their first Valentine’s Day together as a couple this year.
Asked whether Rhian already has a gift in mind for her boyfriend, she teased that she is planning to give him “something he would love to wear.”

SM City Sta Mesa 3 Day SALE is a Shoppers' Haven!

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It's a given that I always pass SM City Sta Mesa before and after school and even stay there when I have vacant time. And even the mall is the same age as I am, one can still find something fun and interesting to find and buy. I often find myself strolling the new cyberzone on the 3rd floor which brings together a lot of my favorite electronic brands which makes it a gadget geek's paradise.
I also come across great fashion with the shops from 1st to 3rd floors, which is gives you a lot of choices without tiring your feet. And of course, when hungry, there are food shops like McDonalds, Jollibee, BonChon, SM Foodcourt, etc., ensures no one goes out the mall hungry. And the new department store or now known as SM STORE, has become more elegant and consumer friendly with a fine ambiance yet have thousands of items at affordable prices.

DepEd releases guidelines for 2013 Graduation Rites

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As the school year nears its end and graduation season is fast approaching the Department of Education, in line with its reform agenda, released the 2013 Graduation Rites with the theme “Building the Nation’s Future Leaders Through the K to 12 Basic Education Program”. Graduation rites should be scheduled either on the 18th or 19th of March.  
On the other hand, DepEd is still implementing its policy when it comes to preparing for this ceremonial event. Guidelines such as the “No Collection” of graduation fees and enforcing students to submit non-academic projects as requirement to graduate is strictly prohibited. Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said that the rites itself should be an affair that includes civic duties, sense of community and personal responsibilities and should be memorable and exciting without extravagant splurges.

Dominic Roco still not in speaking terms with dad Bembol

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Kapuso actor Dominic Roco admitted that he and his dad, award-winning actor Bembol Roco, are still not in speaking terms with each other after the latter admitted that he has a new woman in his life.
“Between me and my dad, we still don’t talk.  But I don’t want to sound mayabang e.  When I say we don’t talk that’s only because we have nothing to talk about anymore.  If he was here, I would talk to him but what will I talk to him about?  There’s nothing to talk about anymore,” revealed the young actor.
Dominic, however, clarified that he is past the anger he once felt toward his dad and that the only reason why they are not talking is because there isn’t anything left to talk about.

Sandy Andolong in full support of husband Christopher de Leon’s election bid

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Veteran actress and “Pahiram ng Sandali” star Sandy Andolong said, in an interview on the set of the GMA primetime series, that even though she had reservations at first about her husband’s entry into politics, she is nonetheless in full support of his bid to be the congressman of the second district of the province of Batangas.
“Siyempre may mga concerns din ako nung una kasi alam naman natin kung gaano kagulo ang pulitika; hindi mo alam kung sino yung talagang totoong kaibigan mo diyan at sino ang hindi.  But of course alam ko naman na very passionate siya [Christopher] sa desire niya na makatulong at makapagsilbi sa mga kababayan niya, kaya I am supporting him through and through,” said the actress.