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Anne Curtis Rides The Waves For The Metro Magazine's Fashion Issue

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Metro Magazine welcomes Spring/Summer with a woman whose role in Philippine entertainment has become more and more vast over the years. As primetime television’s newest “Dyesebel,” Anne Curtis takes on the role of Metro Magazine’s cover icon.
Headlining this exciting issue, Anne is shown basking the beauty of Mother Nature alongside her leading men, Gerald Anderson and Sam Milby, in the stunning island of Coron, Palawan. She details how she is preparing for her latest role in a series that’s set to be primetime’s newest gem, sharing what it’s like to be part of such a grand production. With Anne on the cover, Metro ushers in a fresh array of Sping/Summer looks, giving readers the lowdown on the hottest looks this season—taking runway inspirations to daily life.

United States Underlines Strong Support For Typhoon Survivors In The Philippines

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United States Representative Ed Royce (2nd from right), World Food Programme (WFP) Philippines Representative and Country Director Praveen Agrawal (leftmost) and Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Director Nestor Ramos (2nd from left in red vest) assist in the food distributions to households affected by Typhoon Yolanda at Barangay San Jose, Palo, Leyte.  
Eight United States (US) Representatives headed by Congressman Ed Royce, together with US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg, visited Typhoon Yolanda-affected communities in Leyte last 21 February 2014.

HEALTHY LYF: A safer way to get stem cells

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Amid all the hype and ethical debate about stem cell therapy, one mode of delivering stem cell treatments for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine remains medically sound: adipose-derived stem cell (ASC) treatment using adipose (fat) tissue taken from the patient's own body.
While these cells are available from umbilical cord blood and animals, the problem presented by introducing tissue from another person or an animal remains the same: the risk of tissue rejection poses its own set of health risks and makes regenerative therapy expensive.

REEL DEAL: "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" Director Rob Minkoff Salutes Pinoy Animators

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In a recent interview by ABS-CBN2 correspondent Don Tagala in New York where “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” junket was held, the movie’s director, Rob Minkoff praises Filipino animators whom he have worked with.  MInkoff also helmed the worldwide hit “Lion King.”  “Ruben Aquino was an animator that I worked with for a long time in Disney on the Lion King – a great Filipino animator.  He was one of the best animators I ever got to work with. He did adult Simba in The Lion King. He also animated Ursula in the Little Mermaid, which is a character that I designed,” shared Minkoff.
Watch more of the director’s interviews here: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/global-filipino/02/25/14/mr-peabody-and-sherman-director-salutes-pinoy-animators  and at http://www.balitangamerica.tv/.

SMDC’s Grace Residences: a gift of serenity

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Any weekday spent in the cityscapes of Makati, Ortigas or Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is an adventure. Amid all the fast-paced movement, one can sense the collective pulse of human interaction and the steady bellowing of rushing vehicles. Going home the quickest way possible, whether to retire for the day or to freshen up for a night out, is a challenge because of rush-hour traffic.

Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge Congratulates The Winning Teams

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Every year since 2009, the Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) gathers the Philippines’ most creative and innovative culinarians. The event is now one of the country's biggest intercollegiate culinary competitions. This year, Ajinomoto® UCC attracted thousands of visitors and hundreds of HRM and Nutrition students from 51 Universities and Colleges, not just coming from Metro Manila and nearby provinces, but as far back as Ilocos, CAR and Visayas.
Distinguished judges during the event included culinary experts Chef Bruce Lim, Chef Dino Datu, Chef Sau del Rosario, Chef Rosebud Benitez and nutrition experts Dr. Veritas Luna, Dr. Zenaida Narciso and Ms. Joan Sumpio to name a few. There were four (4) competition categories that included the Best Filipino Umami Dish, Umami Bento Meal,   My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate and My Own Umami Creation.

UNO Magazine puts Dawn Jimenez on the cover

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At UNO, they know men. They really do. And we know that if you have someone as hot and delectable as Dawn Jimenez waiting for you at home or in the office, you'd be hard-pressed to leave either place, right? 
Or, because you know where to find her, you'd try to catch her again in her break-out role during THE climactic scene in On The Job, a movie about prisoners exiting prison to become hired hit men for corrupt government officials. Dawn surprised everyone as she took everything off for her wild love scene with Gerald Anderson, whose character didn't get any action for several months. Everything. She didn't even leave the cover on. 
Her willingness to be daring however paid off, as Dawn scored her first cover for UNO and an upcoming role in the ABS-CBN afternoon teleserye Moon of Desire.

Starting up a Business? Here are 5 essential tips!

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Starting a business is one of the life goals of many. Being your own boss. Owning your time. Building up your success. Finding the “tipping point” to finally turn that dream into reality, just like Benjamin Liuson, President of The Generics Pharmacy, takes a little bit of inspiration and buckets of perspiration.
For 7 years, The Generics Pharmacy has been established as one of the trusted and successful brands in the Philippine pharmaceutical industry. From its humble beginnings as a small pharmaceutical company, The Generics Pharmacy focused on generic medicines offering Filipinos an affordable alternative to branded medicines that brought it to its present stature of being one of the well-known companies today.

REEL DEAL: Monster Comedy "A Little Bit Zombie" In Cinemas February 26

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From a seemingly harmless mosquito bite, a groom-to-be fights his fate turning into a zombie in the outrageous comedy “A Little Bit Zombie” starring Kristopher Turner as Steve, Crystal Lowe, Shawn Roberts, Kristen Hager and multi-talented actor Stephen McHattie.
"A Little Bit Zombie” had recently been awarded as Best Feature Film in several film festivals in the U.S., Brazil and Canada.  The movie’s misadventures start when Steve (Turner), a mild mannered HR manager becomes infected with a zombie virus at his bachelor party.  Unknown to Steve, his infection came from the farther part of the secluded forest where he’s celebrating and where undead exterminator “Shotgun” Max (McHattie) and his bookish assistant, Penelope, are snuffing out a zombie outbreak at the same time. Max relishes killing zombies, as Penelope squeamishly uses the ancient Orb of Conthulezbarr, a crystal sphere filled with blue energy, to locate the undead. During the battle, a mosquito bites one of the zombies a…

Jazz Artists Mount "Heal Our Land" As A Gift Of Love

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It was in this month of hearts that the Philippines felt the love from countries beyond its own shores, as represented by some of today’s finest international music acts who performed in a 2-leg benefit concert held for support of the ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya campaign and Gawad Kalinga.
The 2-leg event was aptly entitled “Heal Our Land”, and was composed of the “ABS-CBN Jazz Gala Night” and “California Smooth Jazz”. It featured favorites from the jazz scene such as pianist David Benoit and singers David Pack and Kevyn Lettau, with keyboardist Brian Simpson, American saxophonist and singer Jessy J, percussionist Richie “Gajate” Garcia, and guitarist-singers Ray Parker, Jr. and Jonathan Butler.

All systems go for the first Financial Fitness Run by CFA Society Philippines

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More than 4000 runners to race for investor rights campaign
Professional and amateur runners, and health and fitness buffs, will run together with the financial community to kick-off the first-ever Financial Fitness Run on Sunday, February 23 at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
Organized by CFA Society Philippines, a non-profit professional membership organization of finance and investment practitioners, the sporting event will see the half-marathon commence at 4:30AM for the 21K race; 5:30AM for the 10K race; 5:50AM for the 5K race; and 6:00AM for the 3K race. Over 4,000 are expected to take part across the fun run’s four race categories.

REEL DEAL: A Penny For Your Thoughts In "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" 3D

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Ariel Winter, one of Hollywood’s most promising young talents with notable roles both television and film who currently stars on ABC’s critically acclaimed and Emmy winning hit series, “Modern Family” stars in DreamWorks’ wild-action-family-adventure “Mr. Peabody & Sherman (3D).” 
Mr. Peabody, the world’s most accomplished dog is parent to Sherman who uses his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, to hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand. But when Sherman breaks the rules of time travel along with his friend Penny (Ariel Winter), our two heroes find themselves in a race to repair history – and save the future.

Share your pizza stories with California Pizza Kitchen

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California Pizza Kitchen invites pizza lovers everywhere to share those pleasurable moments in a storytelling campaign with two main stars: you and your CPK pizza. Just grab a bite of your favourite CPK pizza in any size, any flavour, anytime, anywhere. Have a slice at home, at the park, in the office, by the pool, at the tennis court, by your car, or even in a famous landmark. Show us how much you enjoy your CPK pizza by taking a selfie or a groupie with family or friends.
Starting February 24, upload your pizza story snapshot or short video to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube. Add the hashtags #MyPizzaStory, #EveryPizzaTellsAStory and #CPKPhilippines. To get a free treat from your friends at CPK, like CPKPhilippines on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and share the link of your pizza story to mypizzastory@cpk.com.ph with your full name, mobile number, date of birth and your favorite CPK location.

Solaire Will Be Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' Home At Manila Concert

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Catch Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 2014 World Tour on March 16, 2014 (Sunday) 8PM at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Grammy winner  is behind the hits "Thrift Shop" and "Same Love" which topped charts and also one of the most talked about performances at the awards night.
Solaire is the OFFICIAL RESIDENCE of Grammy 2014 Best New Artist Macklemore and Ryan Lewis!
Follow Solaire on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@SolaireResort) 
For updates on how to WIN concert invites. #SolaireMoment

REEL DEAL: "Manny The Movie" To Premiere At SXSW Film Festival IN Texas

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The South by Southwest Film Festival and Conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas recently announced that it will host the premiere of the Hollywood-produced “MANNY: THE MOVIE.”  
The festival which runs from March 7 to 15 will mark the global debut of the highly anticipated documentary movie of the celebrated Filipino sports icon. 
Narrated by Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson, “MANNY” chronicles  the untold story of Manny Pacquiao-- from his impoverished childhood years in war-torn Mindanao, his struggle to survive in Manila by working in construction sites and warehouses after running away from home at the age of 14-- to his dramatic  rise as a ten-time boxing world champion. 
As the first boxing congressman in history, his Cinderella-man story has awed and inspired countless fans from all walks of life; and his continuing saga adds only to the checkered and amusing story of this remarkable global superstar.

Allphones Joins Panagbenga 2014 With A Sweet Deal: Affordable Unlimited Postpaid Line For Only P599 a Month

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The flowers of the 2014 Panagbenga Festival are again showcasing the beautiful blooms of Baguio City this February, as the month-long celebration continues. The name “panagbenga” is a Kankanaey word that means, “season of blooming”. Joining the celebration this month is the fastest-blooming telecoms retail company, Allphones. Allphones has bloomed into almost 50 outlets across the nation, and it is doing its part to make the Panagbenga Festival an even better experience for visitors.
“As a company, we have great respect and appreciation for the history, traditions, and values that the Panagbenga Festival celebrates. A reverence for beauty, a respect for nature, hard work, industry, a sense of play, and joyful hope—all of these take center stage every Panagbenga season and we, as a company, have similar values.

King Bee Chinese Food Opens at Fisher Mall

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King Bee Chinese Food Restaurant marks another momentous event as their newest branch opens at Fisher Mall in Quezon Avenue cor Roosevelt Ave last February 16, 2014.  The opening and ribbon cutting was graced by Mr Bobby Del Rosario, owner of Fisher Mall, together with King Bee owners, staff, visitors, friends and guests.  The opening ceremony was followed by a King’s feast. 

The King Bee Chinese Food Restaurant in Fisher Mall is the newest branch to open in a mall and it is located at the Upper Ground Floor.  This is another addition to the growing number of branches of King Bee that serves authentic Chinese cuisines to their patrons and of course to their potential customers.  The restaurant can easily be seen with its life size King Bee statue that welcomes guests and food lovers.    

REEL DEAL: Award-Winning Actor Geoffrey Rush And Emily Watson In "The Book Thief"

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At the heart of Markus Zusak’s uplifting novel “The Book Thief” is a curious little girl. Liesel Meminger’s “crime” (referenced as a “thief” in the title) – a fascination with books and a desire to amass a collection of her own – pales in comparison to those being committed in the world in which she lives. She can’t possibly understand the tumultuous events happening around her, as war breaks out and she learns that a man named Hitler is responsible for tearing her family apart.
But as her foster father, Hans Hubermann, helps her read the pages of the books she’s so keen to take, and when she finds a friend in the Hubermann’s new basement-dwelling houseguest, Max, life begins to change for Liesel. Even in the darkest of times, the Book Thief learns the power of words, and how they can change the world.

ART IS A BANG: Auditions For Pinocchio Set On March 1

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Repertory Theater for Young Audiences is holding auditions for the title role of Pinocchio in the forthcoming production of the same name opening on August 16, 2014. Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 1 at 10:00am at the Onstage theater 2nd floor Greenbelt One.
Auditions are open to boys and girls 10 to 15 years of age .Girls must be willing to play a boy. Boys older than 15 should be less then 5 ft.. Those who audition should be able to sing in a high or tenor voice, to move well and be able to take choreography, and to speak good English.
RYTA is specially searching for home schooled children who can perform on weekdays. Because of the number of performances, the role of Pinocchio will be alternately played by at least five actors.
Auditioners should fill out an application form available either at the REP office or on line and learn the audition song before the auditions. Lyrics and music can be picked up at the rep office (please bring a flash drive) or can be emailed. Contact…

REEL DEAL: YouTube Group Phenomenon Radio Silence Reel It Real Time In "Devil's Due"

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There’s the traditional route to a directorial debut; camcorder obsession, film school, an internship, personal assistant, directorial assistant, the keys to the store. And then there’s Radio Silence, a collective of four talented filmmakers who used YouTube to learn their craft, post their clips and advertise their wares with so much professional aplomb that Fox made all their dreams come true.
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez and Chad Villella grew from the ashes of the former group known as Chad, Matt & Rob, three friends who had an idea, a camera, some technical expertise – much of it gleaned from YouTube tutorials –and got to work. Their breakout was Alien Roommate Prank Goes Bad, a found-footage style short they posted in February 2008; as of today, it’s been viewed more than 32 million times.

MMK Pocketbooks Now Available In Bookstores And Newstands

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It’s time to flip through the pages of the “Maalaala Mo Kaya” (MMK) pocketbooks once again, as ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc. brings back stories for Filipinos to stay tuned for; stories that are set to not only thrill, but to serve as reflections for real people with real tales to tell—of love, family, career, or country.
Two stories will be hitting bookstores and newsstands to kick things off—“Popcorn” and “Fishball” by favorite “komiks” writer and editor KC Cordero.
“Popcorn” details different kinds of love—the love of a boy named Earl for a girl named Maya who has overcome obstacles, the love of Maya as a daughter for her mother Aling Clara, and the love of a mother that asks for nothing except the well-being of her children.

XSTIG: How many ways can you say Happy Heart’s Day?

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KakaoTalk shows you how. 
It’s that time of year when everything is filled with heart shaped candy, flowers, and dinners at fancy places are getting fully booked. Everyone has already geared up to celebrate Valentine’s Day. So, whether you’re in a romantic relationship or not, there are still ways to celebrate the “most romantic holiday”. 
Expressing your love becomes much easier with the advent of new technology. Now, people are on the hunt to find better and more creative ways to get their message across.

MUSIC LYF: Luigi D'Avola Launches His Debut Album

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Recognized as Monster Radio's OPM artist of the year 2013, Luigi D'Avola has gained ground as a rising star in the english OPM with hits such as "Take A Chance" (which is also the no. 1 song in the RX 2013 OPM countdown) and "Trouble".

Managed and produced by Mecca Music by Champ Lui Pio (former vocalist of the band HALE) who manages Somedaydream, and both have strong market for teens and college students. Luigi is on the track of making his own mark in the industry as newcomer with a niche OPM.

Education officials prepare for Senior High School implementation

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BAGUIO CITY – Department of Education (DepEd) officials nationwide gathered at Teachers Camp, Monday, for a workshop on Senior High School (SHS) implementation. Included in the program was a briefing on the SHS curriculum as well as a planning workshop on actual implementation per region. This was the latest in a series of workshops since 2013. “As we approach 2016 we need to make sure that everyone in DepEd is on the same page,” Rizalino Rivera, Undersecretary for Regional Operations said, adding that while DepEd field offices have already been preparing since last year, it was necessary to share ideas and best practices.

ETC Premiers Teen Drama Star-Crossed This February 21

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This love month, ETC premieres its newest drama that follows a pair of high school students and their epic, out of this world romance. Airing within a week of the U.S., Star-Crossed, starting February 21, Fridays at 8PM, is a futuristic love story between an alien and a human.
Featuring young stars Matt Lanter (90210), Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights) and Grey Damon (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Star-Crossed looks at a relationship caught between two worlds, torn between two feuding sides.
After an alien spacecraft crash-lands in her small town, a 6-year old Emery Whitehill has an encounter with Roman, a 6-year old Atrian boy. Ten years later, Emery (Aimee Teegarden) and Roman (Matt Lanter) are reunited as the first group of Atrian teens enrolls in a human high school with the goal of testing the feasibility of human/alien integration.

Anne Curtis Talks About Turning Points In Jeepney TV's BTS Special "Annestoppable"

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One of Philippine showbiz’s brightest stars traces the leaps and bounds she took in her career in front of the camera and in her life off screen on the country’s ultimate throwback channel, as Anne Curtis stands in the spotlight on Jeepney TV’s BTS special, “Annestoppable”.
Anne is featured as Jeepney TV’s icon of the month for February. With Jeepney TV’s newest offering, BTS, which can stand for many things such as “Behind the Scenes”, “Beyond the Stardom”, “By the Set”, “Born to Sing”, and much more, viewers can get closer to the channel’s icon of the month by learning about their stories and following them as they go through their daily routine, delivering footage of what they do on and off-screen as never seen before.

Everywhere 3M, Everyday 3M

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Can you imagine traveling at night on a highway without reflective signs that help show you the way? Can you stand car windows without UV-Protection that can’t filter the heat? Can you imagine washing the dishes with soap on your hands, maybe with a little towel instead of a sponge?
Imagine a world without 3M. Can you? More than one may realize, 3M’s products have been built-in to our lives making it better and easier.

Building a Nation of Champions One Sport at a Time; MILO opens 2014 Summer Sports Clinics

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Summer spells great opportunities for the youth to get active and grow their potential. However, with the countless activities available through technology, Filipino children are becoming increasingly bent on spending more time in less physical hobbies. This, in turn, makes it a challenge for parents to engage their kids in outdoor activities like sports which can foster the knowledge and skills that can mold them into leaders.

Love is in the Air at the Nuvali Night Sky Cinema

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Celebrating love with nature is the most perfect Valentine’s date with your loved ones, as Nuvali once again welcomes couples, families, and friends to its annual Nuvali Night Sky Cinema.
Yearly, lovers of all ages and families with their kids flock to The Fields at Nuvali for a different post Valentine celebration treat that is truly memorable and definitely magical. On February 22, the Nuvali Night Sky Cinema is set to capture the hearts of many where guests can enjoy foreign romance movies bringing nostalgia and reminiscent of the good-old-sweet moments.
Nuvali’s Night Sky Cinema will be showing 3 of the most unforgettable movies that made everybody cry, smile, and fall in love many times; You’ve Got Mail, Eat.Pray.Love, and About Time. This year’s roster of movies in the Nuvali Night Sky Cinema is a must-see, from Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail, released in 1998 starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, is about how love could happen over the internet. Open to couples or those going solo, eve…

REEL DEAL" Max Charles Voices Adopted Human In Dreamworks " Mr. Peabody and Sherman"

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Max Charles, a young actor with an impressive resume at just nine years of age, who played the young Peter Parker in the hit movie “Amazing Spiderman” stars and lends voice to a genius dog’s adopted boy named Sherman in DreamWorks’ upcoming adventure-packed 3D animation “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.”
“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is an adventure-comedy featuring science fiction, time travel, outlandish characters and clever dialogue, all of which are bound together by the unexpected relationship between the titular heroes – a dog and his boy.

REEL DEAL: The Book Thief REVIEW

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War times also had their moments of humanity and significance, this is the essence of the movie "The Book Thief". Adapted from the book of the same title, "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak, was made by the team that also made "Life of Pi". With the story set in the critical war years and the setting is a town in Nazi Germany makes it into a pile of conflicts, struggles, and fear but holds a place of hope and dreams.

Sophie Nélisse plays Liesel, a girl sent to live with her foster parents in a German town is longing for her family and is adjusting to her new family which is never the ideal parents.  Her curiosity led her interest in learning and reading books. 

In today's time of electronic book and fast information, the value of book and education was given a whole new inspiration that young people must learn to appreciate. There is also some history along the way by being a part of the Nazi revolution.

REEL DEAL: Unfriend Highlights Same Sex Love and the Power of Social Media

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Not so long ago, a 13-year old boy killed his boyfriend then killed himself inside a mall. The video was uploaded on popular social media and became viral. This became a sort of crusade for indie film director Joselito Altarejos who promised himself he would do something about it to show people how this new technology has so affected our lives, both in a negative and a positive way.

Angel Aquino Opens Up About Turning Forty In Working Mom Magazine

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An actress whose ever-blossoming career has blended perfectly into her becoming a mother opens up about love, her job, her family, and the big four-zero—as Angel Aquino graces Working Mom’s February with her two lovely daughters.
In the magazine’s cover story “Independent Woman,” Angel shares the details of life as a teen mom, the annulment of her marriage and other significant experiences—standing testament to the idea that it is undeniably important to love yourself. She also goes into how her love for her mother helped her on her path to success, saying, “I wouldn’t have become who I am today without Nanay. She’s always been my big angel.”
Working Mom this month also sets the stage for romance this Valentine’s Season with feel-sexy tips to boost moods and energy, with ways to switch things up with sexy sleepwear.

AIG bullish on construction opportunities in the Philippines

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International Insurance leader AIG is bullish on new construction opportunities as the economic boom in the Philippines triggers further expansion in the large-scale building sector.
Based on the 2014 Philippine Report, the construction sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with a 32.5% growth in the first quarter of 2013 and double-digit growth in successive quarters.
AIG’s international and regional construction experts spoke to members of the local construction and insurance industry at a half day forum in Makati City to showcase the company’s full spectrum of construction industry products and services.

REEL DEAL: Getting Married And Being A Zombie - Keeping It Togeher In "A Little Bit of Zombie"

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With a string of acclaims from various festivals,  “A Little Bit of Zombie” recently won in the Canadian Film Festival as “Best Feature Film” and bagged Honolulu’s International Film Festival Gold Kahuna Award Won along with Golden Ace Award – Las Vegas Int’l Film Festival’s Golden Ace Award, Louisville Fright Night Film Festival, Mexico Int’l Film Festival’s Golden Palm Award, Houston International Film Festival’s Gold Remi Award, Fright Night Film Festival Kentucky as Best Feature-Film, Best Comedy Film and Best Zombie Film.
“A Little Bit of Zombie”  follows the adventures of Steve, a mild-mannered HR manager (Kristopher Turner) who becomes infected with a virus during a weekend get-away with his sister, Sarah (Kristen Hager) his best friend, Craig (Shawn Roberts), and his fiancé, Tina (Crystal Lowe). While he attempts to fulfill his overwhelming desire for brains he must elude Max (Stephen McHattie), the obsessed zombie hunter hot on his trail, and avoid the wrath of his bridezilla-…