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HEALTHY LYF: Novuhair introduces 3-in-1 Pack

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Nature’s answer to hair loss, now more improved
Years of research and testing of herbal ingredients culminated to the perfect concoction that finally solves hair loss!
Nutramedica, manufacturer and exclusive distributor of Novuhair, introduces the highly anticipated Novuhair 3-in-1 Pack which now comes with an herbal conditioner to complement the herbal shampoo and topical scalp lotion.
The trio is available in 200mL bottles each, bundled as a set to provide users with Novuhair’s optimum benefits as a hair loss solution.
“We were amazed by the big demand from our customers clamoring for an herbal conditioner. Same as with the shampoo and topical scalp lotion, the conditioner has all-natural active ingredients which include herbal extracts, essential oils and co-factor nutrients,” said Mae Velilla, Chief Operating Officer of Nutramedica.

MUSIC LYF: The Wanted Life

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E! ANNOUNCES PREMIERE DATE FOR NEW SERIES “THE WANTED LIFE” AIRING SUNDAY, JUNE 2 AT 10:30PM
THE BOYS OF THE WANTED ARE BACK with a new smash hit single called “WALKS LIKE RIHANNA” produced by Dr. Luke (Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, B.o.B, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Pink).
The Wanted’s sophomore single “WALKS LIKE RIHANNA” was premiered worldwide on the 29th of April and immediately gained huge success on radio and digital charts.
On Sunday, June 2, E! will celebrate the worlds of pop culture and music with the highly anticipated new series, ‘The Wanted Life’. This is to further establish their title as the hottest and most sought after boy band in the world. As the five friends gear up for their new US & European tours in hopes of continuing their success on the American charts, E! will capture every moment of what makes this band tick. From the making of their highly anticipated new album to their much talked about love lives, they have only success in mind all wh…

ART IS A BANG: Katy! Soon on its 2nd Run

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If You missed the staging of Katy! The musical last January, like me, we can actually have another chance to see this one of a kind musical live and now in a bigger venue. 
Spotlight Artist Centre gave a sneak preview for Katy! 2nd Run. The cast and production crew of Katy! proudly staged their sneak preview to selected members of the local entertainment media last Wednesday, May 22 at the Mabuhay Restop Travel Cafe and Museum in Rizal Park, Manila.
Below are some of the videos of the teaser performances for the musical, though many theater companies would go for localized broadway plays, Katy! stands out with nostalgia and jazz which paved way for Philippine entertainment to flourish.

MUSIC LYF: LAURA FYGI performs in Manila, June 24!

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Come and experience a night of jazz and magical performance as Laura Fygi visits Manila for the first time on June 24, 2013, 8pm at Fairmont Raffles Hotel in Makati City. The show is called “A Magical Night with Laura Fygi” and presented by Laurel Media.
Everywhere that Laura Fygi visits, she is a veritable vision of exotica. In her home country of the Netherlands, they know her as the woman who was raised in Uruguay as the daughter of an Egyptian belly dancer; in the Far East she is the emancipated Western lady who many others aspire to be. But wherever she may be, there’s one common factor in all of those locations: that instantly recognisable voice which has won her hearts all over the globe.
Her travel-packed lifestyle has provided her with the most amazing experiences, as Laura has been a welcome return visitor to Asia for years. As a Dutch singer, being loved most by Asian countries, especially in China, has already been one great achievement for her.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER’s ‘Love To Shop’ for The SM Store brought together world-class glam team

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When The SM Store created the ‘Love To Shop’ expression for Sarah Jessica Parker, it required involving Parker's official glam team starting with her own make-up artist, hair stylist, official stylist and of course, a world-renowned photographer. And who better to create an amazing campaign for The SM Store other than Sarah Jessica Parker’s own glam team!
Meet the amazing team of world-class fashion authorities and professionals that created the fabulous “Love To Shop’ for The SM Store featuring A-List fashion icon SARAH JESSICA PARKER!
TRACY COX (Official Stylist)
Tracy Cox and Sarah's relationship began with Sex And The City. He was the man behind the dress in the iconic series finale exit scene of Sex in the City. In the episode, SJP lost a row of diamonds amongst layers of luxe tulle that could very well pass for the most exquisite ballerina dress of all time.
Tracy also created the link FASTERTHANPARIS, the gifted brainchild between Tracy Cox and Troy Arnold, and was featured…

'Indio' now on its finale week

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For the past six months that Senator Bong Revilla has been doing a primetime series in GMA, he said that his desire for doing a teleserye has been fulfilled by Indio.
As it is his first teledrama ever, he revealed that the program left a mark on him. “Kapag pinaghirapan mo, mag-mamark ‘yan sa puso mo. Tsaka feeling ko dito ako natutong umarte talaga.”  he shares.
Leading a stellar cast and a big production is a remarkable experience for him but he will never forget the support he got from all the viewers of the show, “Nakakatuwa ang suporta lalo na kahit saan ako pumunta: Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, ang tawag sa ‘kin ay Indio… talagang matutuwa ka.”
Just like what he mentioned before that INDIO will be his first and last primetime teledrama, the good news is there may be an ‘Indio: The Movie’. They are already planning to turn the program into a movie which will be included in the Metro Manila Film Festival, and will also be directed by Dondon Santos.

Australian Catholic University Manila Program announces recipients of Esteban Scholarships

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The Australian Catholic University (ACU) Manila Program is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the “Esteban Scholarship Awards”. Aaron Olaguera from Fortridge Asian School and Julius Pungtilan from Baguio City National High School received respectively 100% and 50% scholarships.
Named after Eleanor Esteban, one of the pioneers in transnational education in the Philippines, the “Esteban Scholarship Awards” are given to qualified students for the entire 3-year program in Manila. A full scholarship is valued at AUD $5,400 per year.

Beauty Handled by Experts within your reach Skin, Slimming, Laser and Spa

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As clients become more informed of the latest technologies in the aesthetic and wellness industry, a good number of them are also turning more cautious and selective in getting their dose of cosmetic treatments. True that you can get the usual facial or slimming treatment about anywhere, you may also experience side effects and longer downtime from such procedures most especially if you availed it from untrained individuals. One of the main strengths of Skin Rejuve is providing its savvy pool of clients non-
invasive aesthetic treatments that make use of high end, cutting edge equipment and skin care products handled by trained personnel and is most definitely medically supervised.

FR Galing Mo Natonal Camp!

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Hard work paid off for a group of young, aspiring cagers from the Visayas and Mindanao after making heads turn during the Alaxan FR Galing Mo Camp held at the Unilab gymnasium in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.
L-R John Ballentes, Tyke Bano, Gabriel Dagangon. Dan Audris Lagbas, Carl Soreno, MVP Rhys Jefferson Flores, Rhodelle Nagac, Miguel Plata, Michael Kent Salado,  Josuel Macarines

John Ballentes and Tyke Bano of Iloilo; Carl Soreno and Josuel Macarines of Dumaguete; Gabriel Dagangon and Miguel Plata of Davao; and Dan Audris Lagbas, Rhodelle Nagac, Michael Kent Salado, and Rhys Jefferson Flores (MVP) of Cagayan De Oro bested 40 other representatives in the three-day basketball camp through their dazzling display of heart and athleticism.

Celebrate Father’s Day at Boracay Garden Resort

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Show Dad how much he means to you this Father’s Day by treating him to a memorable stay at Boracay Garden Resort! Unwind in the island paradise of Boracay for only Php5,471net per person. Based on twin-sharing, the package is inclusive of three days accommodation, buffet breakfast and dinner and roundtrip transfers via Caticlan. Travel period is until July 31, 2013. For inquiries, call Boracay Garden Resort’s Manila Booking Office at (02) 353-1111 or email manila@boracaygarden.com.ph.

REEL DEAL: The Wolverine SPOTLIGHT

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LATEST REVEAL:  "THE WOLVERINE" CHARACTER POSTERS AND TRAILER

The latest "The Wolverine" art gives us another look at the villainous Silver Samurai, along with the mysterious Viper and Yukio – using the Japanese brush stroke style.
“The Wolverine” is directed by James Mangold from Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie’s screenplay. Starring Hugh Jackman, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Rila Fukushima.
"THE WOLVERINE" (3D) opens this July 25 in theaters nationwide!  Check latest trailer here:  http://youtu.be/AwLH2mXj61E










Crocs Megasale strikes back this 2013 With up to 90% discount on a pair of Crocs

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It’s going to be wild. It’s going to get crazy. It’s going to be huge. More and more Crocs fans are jumping for joy, as the much-awaited, and the biggest shoe sale event in one venue is back.
Now on its 5th year, the Crocs Megasale 2013 is happening once again at the grounds of NBC Tent in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, with a mind-blowing price slash of up to 90%. Get your hoarding game face on, rain or shine, on May 31 to June 2, from 10am to 8pm. Free entrance for all Citibank cardholders, while there’s a P50 entrance fee for all non-Citi shoppers. Cash and all major credit cards will be accepted.
Great finds for all shoe lovers from kids, teens, to adults, with over 200 designs to choose from. No one will leave the tent empty handed, as this wild Megasale will surely knock you off your feet.

MILO Nutriload launched to revitalize Filipino breakfast habits

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Breakfast Made Better: MILO introduces new and improved cereal drink for the whole family
In its continued effort to drive nutrition, health and wellness in the country, leading beverage brand MILO brings in the latest addition to the MILO portfolio, MILO Nutriload. Nutriloaded with Vitamin C, Iron and Calcium, MILO Nutriload is the only cereal drink filled with PROTOMALT flakes, a healthy source of energy-giving carbohydrates, which helps restore energy levels for productivity while brimming with the classic chocolate MILO taste that every Filipino loves.
With age and other health factors playing significant roles in building routine stamina and energy balance, mothers are faced with the everyday challenge of serving food that provides the nutrients and sustained energy their family needs for a busy day.

MUSIC LYF: Lawson Announce new single & US rapper collaboration ‘Brokenhearted’ Featuring B.o.B

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Lawson announced details of their brand new single ‘Brokenhearted’ which features US singer-songwriter/rapper B.o.B. The track, which was written by lead singer Andy Brown and recorded in London, will be released in the UK on July 7th.
On the track Andy said,
“Brokenhearted is definitely a bit of a turning point for us as a band. It’s my favourite song we have recorded to date. It was a dream to get B.o.B on the track. The whole band are huge fans of his. He really took the song to the next level and we had a great time shooting the video with him.”
The video for ‘Brokenhearted’ follows a mystery female in her mission to bury the memory of an ex, climaxing in a performance from the band and B.o.B at a private party in a luxury house in the Hollywood Hills. The video was directed by Declan Whitebloom.

Win #Circuitfest 2013 Ticket!

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Circuitfest 2013 is tomorrow, and Manual to Lyf is feeling generous today with this Moshpit ticket! 
mechanics are simple: 

1. comment on the blog post answering "who do you love to see at Circuitfest 2013 and why you deserve to win" best answer wins. Make sure to follow @fpjjr on twitter. You can also tweet and share the post for more entries, you can also use the hastags #Circuitfest and #MakeItMakati
http://www.manualtolyf.com/2013/05/music-lyf-circuit-fest-2013-music-and.html
2. The Ticket should be claimed at noon (12nn) at SM Megamall. They would be contacted via mobile.
3. Winner will be announced 12:30 am May 25, 2013.
Though this maybe a quick contest I hope fans would join this, enjoy the music of bands like Downtown Friction, Mark Saling, Mayday Parade, This Century, Yellowcab and hosted by Mark Saling!
Join now!

MUSIC LYF: Circuit Fest 2013 Music and Skate

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Circuit Makati ushers the first ever international festival in the Philippines that fuses the intensity of music and the culture of skate with the staging of Circuitfest 2013: Music and Skate.
Nine world class performers, a sensational Glee star, and two skating legends will unfold the curtains of Circuitfest happening tomorrow, May 25, at the Globe Circuit Event Grounds in Makati, Ayala Land's rising premier destination for entertainment.
Rocking the festival are We Are the Crowd, a power pop rockers from New York, Mayday Parade, proudly brings. Their all-American rock band feel and vivacious vibrations; Downtown Friction shows off their seasoned pop rock dexterity; This Century banners the anthems Everywhere, Everything, Do It To Me, and Skeletons; All star Weekend, with the distinctive and free-spirited Californian Pop ; expect unique music. Of A+ Dropouts, one of Washington DC's top twelve teen bands; Befire You Exit, fine looking gentlemen sings pop rock songs with doses of…

Highlands Coffee Brings its Iced Mango Tea for a Healthy and Refreshing Summer

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The summer season is officially on and so is the agonizing summer heat. One can barely withstand the temperature almost reaching 37 degrees. Just in time for summer, Highlands Coffee brings in their heat buster drink that will surely provide a soothing relief for the scorching summer weather for those staying in the Metro. Highlands Coffee, a premium Vietnamese coffee brand, showcases its summer best-seller iced beverage, the Iced Mango Tea. A Highlands Coffee original, the Iced Mango Tea is made of real mango chunks. Mangoes are in season and are on-demand this summer and are among the recommended thirst quenchers being a juicy fruit with high water content.
“We at Highlands want to share one of our best-seller iced beverage that is perfect for the hot summer weather. At the same time, we ensure that our menu is fresh and healthy. We treat our customers as our partners thus we serve them healthy food and beverages,” shares Michael Lacy, CEA of Digital Paradise Inc. (DPI), the Philippi…

Solaire Movie Promo: The Hangover 3

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Another Solaire Movie treat to fans and followers, and this this its time to go back to Las Vegas to end the well loved trilogy of the misadventures of the wolfpack!
Solaire Resort & Casino is giving away tickets to a special screening of The Hangover Part III. To join, participants must follow the official Solaire Twitter account (@solaireresort) and send out tweets with the hash tag of the day provided in the account. Each winner is entitled to two tickets to the special screening to be held on the movie’s opening day May 29, Wednesday, at the Greenbelt 3 Cinema.
Solaire Resort & Casino is located at Aseana Boulevard, Entertainment City, Parañaque City (near Mall of Asia).

MUSIC LYF: Krista K Live in KL

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Krista K. recently performed in Malaysia to promote her new album and she is out to show what she can do that caught the attention of many. Here are some of the videos of her performances with top grade international artists. Her album "Feel So Good" is distributed by Universal Records in the Philippines and Warner Music in Malaysia.
Krista K performing this energetic medley as her opening number during a show in Kuala  Lumpur, Malaysia. The April 30, 2013 show also starred Craig David and Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas.






REEL DEAL: Star Trek Into Darkness REVIEW

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If you are a geek or sci-fi fan, you do know the Star Trek Universe. And for late bloomers and newbie fans like me, it would be hard to watch all of the episode of the series since they actually started way back in the 1970's which is also the era of the rise of Sci-fi movies. And Star Trek has made a mark, and even a culture among fans.

With the first Star Trek movie back in 2009, many people were hesitant that it can par with the series which made hardcore fans. Yet, it was a big hit and also got positive reviews from many. 

Thus the challenge of having a second movie gave more pressure to the cast and crew to create a movie that can at least equal the first movie. Was it successful? lets find out later.

For this film the story goes with the Star Fleet doing interplanetary missions with the crew of Jim, Spock, Scotty, Sulu, Ulura, Bones, and more. J. J. Abrams said in the preview that he loved the film when it was converted into IMAX. Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine as Jam…

ART IS A BANG: Manila Improv Festival 2013

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Improv Theater is not new to the Philippines, rather it was seen as an alternative of the craft and    also a great way to improve theatrical creativity and response. However, there are a just a few number of Improv groups here in the Philippines but this number might change with the staging of the Manila Improv Festival this June.
I also am not familiar how Improv Theater works but on the press conference of the Manila Improv Festival, we got to experience this one of kind art in the front row, which is really entertaining and also gets the audience involved with the material. The event is spearheaded by Silly People’s Improv Theater (SPIT)
In celebration of its 11th year anniversary, the Silly People’s Improv Theater (SPIT) and the PETA Theater Center proudly present the Manila Improv Festival 2013 from June 25-30, 2103.

Lovi Poe topbills GMA News TV's 'Titser'

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Following the critical and ratings success of its original series on good governance - BAYAN KO - GMA News TV launches a groundbreaking new series entitled TITSER, which discusses issues in Philippine education. 
TITSER will be the first television project of character actress Lovi Poe upon signing a new, three year exclusive contract with GMA.  She plays the lead Michelle in the series – a high school valedictorian from a poor barrio school who dreams of becoming a teacher, but whose only option after graduation is to work as a housemaid. Her best friend Rosa is the class salutatorian who ends up a single mother.  Fate, tragedy and the sheer dedication of Michelle and Rosa to finish their schooling lead to unexpected twists in this compelling series.

The Morning Episodes making waves on U.S. Radio

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OPM is definitely not dead; at least the spirit of it isn’t. It lives and thrives in the heart of every impassioned musician who remains true to their talent; fueled by self-expression, dedication to their craft and a drive to be heard, these bastions of the industry hoist the flag of originality on local shores, and – for those fortunate enough – beyond.
Such is the case for singer-songwriter Miguel Escueta, and his newly re-launched band, The Morning Episodes. Their single Now It Starts, which was well-received locally, made its debut on US radio in April of this year.
Just two weeks after its US debut, the catchy, upbeat pop-rock tune landed on the US National Airplay Top 200 Chart, ranking #107 overall, and #40 among Indie Artists.

Sarah Jessica Parker- the New face of the SM Store

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International screen and stage actress – and style icon – Sarah Jessica Parker is the new face of the SM Store.

This comes as the SM Store opens its new branch at SM Aura Premier, a world- class mall, which redefines the retail and lifestyle scene in the country.  And with that, the SM Store brings great design and great retail to new heights with its Love To Shop campaign.
As the new face of the SM Store, SJP brings to Manila her love of shopping as expressed in her incredible fashion style.  She has been known to be experimental in her fashion choices – which range from elegant designer gowns to casual street fashion and even sportswear - mixing and matching and looking fabulous.
Her collaboration with SM Store in its Love to Shop campaign is a perfect fit, as her personal style celebrates the SM Store’s passion for fashion, as well as its wide assortment of merchandise. SJP is a fashion inspiration for Manila’s stylish set, as she is one of the very few Hollywood personalities that co…

44 Kalokalikes Battle It Out In "It's Showtime" Kalokalike Level Up

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Forty-four look-alikes of the most popular local and international stars will face off and top each other in the grandest gala of “Kalokalikes” called “Kalokalike Level Up” in ABS-CBN’s top-rating noontime show “It’s Showtime” beginning Monday (May 20).
Watch as the celebrity wannabes unleash their wild personality and charisma for “Kalokalike Level Up,” the look-alike contest’s semi-finals round that will be held over the course of two weeks from May 20 until May 31. Each day, a group of Kalokalikes will battle it out to try to get a coveted spot in the grand finals that will be held on June 1.

The Philippines’ 7th IMAX Theater opens at SM Aura Premier

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SM Aura is now open and many are amazed with the structure and the store inside it. Located in the posh district of Bonifacio Global City, the mall is another great attraction  for those who have sophisticated taste. And what is a mall without a movie house?
SM Cinema made sure that on the opening of the new mall comes with a one of a kind cinema that is unique only in SM Aura. SM Opened its latest IMAX Theater here which is a great treat for movie goers who live in East Metro Manila.
In The launch, we were able to see how the new IMAX looks like and how well does it fair with the other IMAX theaters in the metro. The verdict is we did love this one even it is a little smaller compared with the others but still gives the audience a complete and intimate image and sound experience. The lobby also has a great view of the BGC skyline before you enter the cinema.
SM Cinema Aura is set to redefine entertainment as it becomes one of the most anticipated features in the new SM Aura Premier. Unv…

REEL DEAL: Return To Grand In "Rio 2 "

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Nigel is about to crash…into the grandest party as Blu, Jewel and friends return in “Rio 2.” 
Jesse Eisendberg and Anne Hathaway return in “Rio 2”  along with Jemaine Clement,  Will.I.Am, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann,Rodrigo Santoro, Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto, Jake T. Austin, and Jamie Foxx.

REEL DEAL: "Epic" Characters in 3D

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Known for their grandiose storytelling and visual effects in “Ice Age” and “Rio,” Blue Sky Studios brings a world unlike any we’ve seen before in the 3D wonder “Epic.”
In “Epic,” MK (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) returns to her childhood home and reconnects with his father Prof. Bomba (Jason Sudeikis) who believes that out there are unseen people who live in the woods.  She finally believes when she is magically transformed into the size of the people his father had been looking for all his life.   Transported into the magical world of Leafmen where soldiers live to protect the forest, MK meets Nod (Josh Hutcherson), Ronin (Colin Farell) and Queen Tara (Beyonce).  Together, she must unite with them in order to save the forest against the evil Boggans led by Mandrake (Christoph Waltz).

MUSIC LYF: Living Things World Tour: Linkin Park Live in Manila 2013

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As you all know that I am a fan of Linkin Park since high school and even until now, I still love their music which is indeed a cut above the rest. And with the launch of their latest album "Living Things" under Warner Records last year also spells another world tour happening this 2013. It has been years, since their last concert here in Manila. So LP fans will definitely attend this rare event that has now become a dream come true to the "soldiers".
Linkin Park is a rock-alternative band behind the hits "Crawling", "In The End", "Lost in the Echo", "Castle of Glass" and many more. I will definitely be in this concert!

The concert will happen on August 13, 2013 - 8:00pm, at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City.
Ticket Prices:* VIP STANDING - Standing - PHP10,440 PATRON - Reserved Seats - PHP10,440 LOWER BOX A - Reserved Seats - PHP7,270 LOWER BOX B - Reserved Seats - PHP6,210 UPPER BOX - Reserved Seats - PHP3,680 GENERAL ADMISSION - Re…

Fast the Furious 6 Red Carpet Premiere in Manila

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It has been quite some time that Manila has been chosen to be the venue of a Red Carpet premiere of a Hollywood Film, and there has been a number of big stars who have came to Manila to do concerts, grand openings but the biggest event that made buzz here and around Asia is the premiere of Fast and the Furious 6 held at the SM Mall of Asia.

Asian premieres usually happens either in Tokyo, Singapore and Hongkong, this momentous gathering of the cast of Fast 6 made fans excited for the latest installment of the fast-paced action movie with a lot of muscle cars and sexy ladies which makes it the ultimate guy movie.

REEL DEAL: Fast and the Furious 6 REVIEW

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Fast and Furious 6 has been well loved with all of those cars, cars and even more cars. Which most of them ended up crashed or blown up (*cry*). And now on its 6th installment made another interesting turn when one of the family their thought was dead turned up alive.
With an international mastermind Owen Shaw on the loose, armed with weapons and also fast tough cars that par with the group of Dom (Vin Diesel), the clash becomes ugly, destructive and dangerous.
Fast and Furious 6 is also special as it held its Asian premiere  here in the Philippines. With an explosive entrance and warm welcome from the Filipino people, the cast had a blast in enjoying the unveiling of the movie in this part of South East Asia. 
Though it will not be the last of the franchise, there is still more and you have to wait for it at the end credits.

MUSIC LYF: American Idol Finalist's Eagerly Anticipated Debut Album "Me, You & The Music" Out Now!

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Jessica Sanchez — the 17-year-old California native who won over American Idol viewers with her diva-worthy vocal range — released her debut single, “Tonight” featuring Ne-Yo last March 21st. Her single is now enjoying heavy rotation on radio and TV Channels nationwide and also charting Top 1 -5 on radio station all over the Philippines.
Me, You & the Music, Sanchez’s high-energy, beat-soaked debut album, released yesterday, May 14 on MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines). Me, You & the Music features production by Benny Benassi, Harvey Mason Jr., Ne-Yo, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate & Toby Gad.