Tuesday, May 31, 2016

2:03 AM

Jodi and Thirdy Joins the Jollibee Family as the Latest Jolly Spaghetti Endorsers

Jollibee recently welcomed Jodi and Thirdy as the newest brand ambassadors for Jolly Spaghetti during the media launch held at the Ortigas Roosevelt branch. Jodi and Thirdy, who stars in the latest TV commercial for Jolly Spaghetti, shared their own personal experiences, from happy memories when she was a kid and to how she now enjoys the same bonding moments with Thirdy. The Jolly Spaghetti Sweet-Sarap Moments event also featured fun games for the media guests and their kids.

Batang Jollibee at heart
Jodi confesses to being a certified Batang Jollibee, even before she got into show business. Her mother worked hard to raise Jodi and her siblings, but made sure to devote her Saturdays to quality time over her children’s favorite Jollibee treats.

“Every Saturday, iti-treat niya kami sa Jollibee sa may Landmark food court,” Jodi recalled. “Talagang masasabi ko na kinalakihan ko si Jollibee. At hindi lang ‘yon, kasi bawat party, bawatcelebration, talagang naging part siya ng family namin at ng pamilyang Pilipino.”

Growing up, Jodi said she would often order Jolly Spaghetti and Jolly Hotdog, and it became staples in her bonding moments with her mom. Now that she’s a mother herself, she wants to pass on the same joyful experience to Thirdy. The 10-year old loves the cheesy, meaty, and sweet-sarap flavors of Jolly Spaghetti.

Wala akong nakilalang bata na gusto ng maasim na spaghetti,” the actress remarked candidly. “Especially Filipino children. I believe na nakuha ng Jollibee ‘yung manamis-namis na timpla na hinahanap-hanap ng bawat batang Pilipino.”

Mom first, actress second
Jodi remains simple even with her celebrity status and recent accolades for her stellar TV performances. Despite her busy schedule, she makes sure that spending quality time with Thirdy is her priority, just as her own mother did years ago.

The actress related that she and Thirdy can spend hours upon hours just talking about anything, especially over their favorite Jolly Spaghetti. They often order “C3,” the Jolly Spaghetti and Chickenjoy combo, for delivery or drive-thru.

Sa hapagkainan, that’s where the bonding happens. Nakakatuwa si Thirdy when you spend time with him. He’s a very opinionated child. Baka pwede siyang maging lawyer,” Jodi proudly added.

Perfect Choice for Jolly Spaghetti
Jollibee likewise is equally happy and excited to welcome Jodi and Thirdy to the family.
“Jodi and Thirdy are the perfect endorsers for Jolly Spaghetti,” said Kent Mariano, Jollibee Assistant Vice President for Marketing. “Despite Jodi’s celebrity status and hectic schedule, she believes in making even the smallest of moments count when it comes to strengthening her bond with Thirdy and her family. Jodi’s own story and personal experiences of bonding with her mom and now with her son is something that many Pinoy families can relate to. We at Jollibee have always proud to be part of such memorable moments.”

The latest TVC features Jodi reminiscing her bonding moments as a kid with her mom, and fast forward to the present, Jodi letting Thirdy experience the same happy moment while enjoying their favorite Jolly Spaghetti. 
12:22 AM

Tom Hanks Is Back in A Hologram For The King

Tom Hanks has endeared himself to the movie going public with funny and poignant portrayals such as that of Forrest Gump and Chuck in Cast Away. He is back in a role that seems tailor made for him in A Hologram For The King.

The movie adaptation of the book by Dave Eggers, which was listed as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the New York Times in 2012, brings Hanks to Saudi Arabia as Alan Clay, a middle-aged salesman who is trying to close the deal of a lifetime while his personal life is falling apart. He is on a mission to offer a holographic teleconferencing system to the Saudi government and is met by culture shock as he experiences a world so much unlike his American suburban life, where the dry desert gives way to a life of lush luxury that most men can only dream of.

To navigate his way towards his deal, he is aided by a wise-cracking taxi driver (Alexander Black), who provides the perfect foil to Hank’s wry, deadpan type of humor. He also meets a beautiful doctor (Sarita Choudhury) who treats him while he is in the throes of an anxiety attack and ends up healing his heart.    
The movie, megged by writer-director Tom Tykwer, takes a scenic route through the Middle East, giving the audience a glimpse of the Kingdom through the eyes of a stranger in a strange land. Hanks’ character is extremely likeable, and the audience will root for him as they did in movies past.


A Hologram for The King is showing in Philippine theaters on June 1, and is exclusively distributed by OctoArts Films International. 

Watch the Trailer here:


Monday, May 23, 2016

10:12 PM

Meet The Jollibee's 2016 Yumbassador At The #ProudGenYum Event

I was so excited to attend the country's number one family fast food chain, Jollibee, who has unveiled its newest batch of Yumbassadors. They are young Filipino achievers who have excelled and continuously trail blaze in their respective fields, serving as role models for today's Generation Y.

The world-class roster is composed of talented artists and real-and-real life couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre; international model Kelsey Meritt; social entrereneur Rachel de Villa; young inventor Angelo Casimiro; spoken word artist and performer Juan Miguel Severo; model and agricultural entrepreneur Jairus Ferrer; record-breaking runner Mea Gey Ninura; outstanding student and aspiring doctor Christopher Valentin; international race car driver Marlon Stockinger; and world-renowned all-girl group 4th Impact.




"This year's batch of Yumbassadors are proof of how millennials are passionate, driven, and determined, and always going for the best. This generation, the Gen Y or #ProudGenYum, are impressive individuals and each of them are put of change the world. Jollibee puts utmost value on excellence and we always strive to recognize those who manifest it. Our Yumbassadors were chosen because of their passion for langhap-sarap ng buhay. They do not settle for mediocrity, and welcome challenges as opportunities to grow and become better people. I am confident that their individual journeys and success stories will inspire many young people." 


- Francis Flores, Jollibee Philippines Head of Marketing and Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer.

To know more about Jollibee's new Yumbassadors, check out Jollibee Philippines' official YouTube channel by typing in "Jollibee Philippines".

Sunday, May 15, 2016

6:30 PM

Ratchet & Clank Movie: Mischief and Mayhem That’s Out of this World

Ratchet the Lombax and Clank the robot get ready to kick some asteroid in the animated movie adaptation of their popular Playstation game. The plot stays true to the premise of the action-packed game series, in which players are tasked to thwart Supreme Executive Chairman Drek (Paul Giammati), who plans to destroy the galaxy.

Ratchet (voiced by James Arnold Taylor) had always wanted to be a Galaxy Ranger, idolizing Captain Qwark (Jim Ward). The squad feels that he does not fit in, though, and is quickly taken off the force. This has not dampened his willingness to help others. This was what led him to rescue Clank (David Kaye), a robot on a mission to deliver an important message about the secret weapon that Drek is using to blow up planets.

With his innate talent for mechanics, Ratchet fixes up his new friend and together with Cora (Bella Thorne), they go into enemy territory to save the galaxy. Along the way, Ratchet and Clank learn valuable lessons about heroism, friendship and discovering one's own identity.

The movie is made to delight young and old fans of the game and those who are into crisp, fast-paced animation movies. The dialogue stays sharp with the repartee between the characters staying true to the game, due to the fact that the series creators Insomniac Games helped with the film's production,  screenplay, character development and animation. Several cast members from the games reprised their respective voice roles, and assets from the video games were utilized in the film.

Other actors who lent their voices for the characters include Sylvester Stallone, John Goodman and Rosario Dawson. The film was produced at Rainmaker Entertainment's Vancouver studio in Canada, and

its executive producer is Michael Hefferon, President of Rainmaker Entertainment was able to talk about the project on the Playstation blog. “One of the biggest questions we've gotten in the last few years is 'When are you going to make a Ratchet & Clank's movie?' The truth is, we've wanted to do a movie for a long time! Ratchet & Clank's action, humor and galaxy-spanning adventures have really been the basis for a fantastic game series, and we think it would translate perfectly to the big screen.”

The outer space buddy comedy is set to show in Philippine theaters on May 26, 2016 and is exclusively distributed by Octoarts Films International.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

1:32 AM

SM Supermalls And Krispy Kreme Doughnuts & Coffee Are Teaming Up For The Biggest Free Doughnut Treat!

SM Supermalls has something more exciting in bringing back its “Download & Win” in-app mobile game. Aside from that a sweetening deal is up for grabs by giving away 3 Original Glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts each to 100 unique SM Supermalls mobile app registered users every day from April 30 to June 30, 2016. 

Sounds good, right?

The first digital scratch card promotion in the country was embedded within the SM Supermalls Mobile App, “Download & Win”. It was actually launch during SM Supermalls’ 30th Anniversary and was marked with the giving away of exciting prizes such as free mobile data, free Spotify, Facebook, Games, Unli-Call and Unli Text every day for the entire month of March.

The celebration resumes this month of May with a shower of doughnuts! And I'm telling you, joining can’t be simpler – just download the mobile app and get a chance to win.


Upon signing up in the SM Supermalls mobile app, you will receive a digital scratch card on the app. Scratch off the gray area to find out if you won. Get another shot of winning the next day until the end of the promo period. With some good luck and the daily habit of checking the app, you’ll be closer to sinking your teeth into those crave-able doughnut treats for free. 

The SM Supermalls Mobile App is free on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. It is loaded with other features that let you plan your shopping even before you get to the mall. A unique feature of the app is the Feed section that highlights the latest store offerings, discounts and promos, services, as well as movies and events in SM malls nationwide.  

One great thing about it is that it has the Mall Directory that provides the complete list of establishments in the malls while the Mall Map shows the exact location of all stores and mall facilities. Cool!

To keep up to date on what’s new, visit SM Supermalls website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Viber Public Chat, and Snapchat.

Monday, May 9, 2016

5:08 PM

Exciting Half-Billion Heist in “Precious Cargo”

The stakes are huge and there’s only one band of merry misfits crazy enough to do the job. Bruce Willis is a big-time mob boss named Eddie who holds a thief named Karen (Claire Forlani) hostage after she botches a rob job. To win back his trust, Karen plays victim and recruits her former lover and premier thief Jack (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) to steal a safe that contains half a billion dollars’ worth of loot.   

Jack is known as the Michelangelo of Thieves for his artistry and in-depth planning. He employs the help of a crack crew to help him do the job. Things get really interesting when it turns out into an all out war between the bands of thieves.

One of the interesting points to note is the change of pace for action star Bruce Willis. This time, he takes a stab at being the bad guy after gaining immense popularity with his good cop roles, particularly in the Die Hard series. As a sinister mastermind, he projects cool cruelty as a perfect foil for Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s intense performance. Forlani sizzles onscreen and gets into a few thrilling scrapes and escapes for herself in the action-packed flick.

With such a huge amount at stake, both camps are unwilling to back down, leading to epic explosions and gunfights involving car crashes, speedboats and armored vehicles. The movie, which is directed by Max Adams of the 2015 movie Heist, is showing only in Philippine theaters on May 11,2016. Precious Cargo is exclusively distributed by Octoarts Films International.     

Check out the Official Movie Trailer: