Thursday, January 19, 2017
Baskin-Robbins' Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Baskin-Robbins' Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Baskin-Robbins' latest offering is a mouthwatering treat that will definitely satisfy your cravings! 

The new Baskin-Robbins warm cookie ice cream sandwich offers a variety of combinations suitable for your taste. For only Php169, you may already enjoy your favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor sandwiched between limited edition freshly baked chewy cookies of your choice: Dark Chocolate, Double Fudge, or White Chunk Macadamia.

Get yours now before it's gone! Visit any of the participating Baskin-Robbins stores at Bonifacio High Street, Glorietta 5, Glorietta 2, Greenbelt 5, and Central Square BGC. 

You may also enjoy these Baskin-Robbins promos:

  • Get 31% off when you visit any Baskin-Robbins store every 31st of the month
  • Get a free scoop of ice cream for every purchase of double junior scoop when you show something pink during Pink Day Wednesdays

Earn 25% More Points and a Chance to Win a Honda Mobilio from GetGo

Earn 25% More Points and a Chance to Win a Honda Mobilio from GetGo

GetGo members can travel faster to their dream destinations with the Points to Fly, Points to Drive promo! Cebu Pacific’s exciting lifestyle rewards program, GetGo, gives away 25% bonus GetGo points and raffles off three Honda Mobilio cars.

Simply earn from GetGo partners now until January 31 to automatically get 25% more points and e-raffle entries. Each GetGo point, including the bonus points, is equivalent to one (1) e-raffle entry. With GetGo’s Gold and Platinum Credit Cards and GetGo Debit Card, shopping has never been more rewarding.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
PETA's Care Divas to be restaged this February

PETA's Care Divas to be restaged this February

PETA restages Care Divas as part of its 50th Anniversary celebration
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) comedy musical Care Divas returns to open its 50th anniversary with a whopping 50 shows from February 3, 2017 until March 19, 2017 at The PETA Theater Center.

Care Divas is a disarmingly funny and candid musical drama about 5 transgender Overseas Filipino Workers in Israel who work as care givers in the morning and transform into glamorous drag queen performers at night. While desperate to make ends meet, they also struggle to search for acceptance in a foreign land.

The musical dominated the 2011 Philstage Gawad Buhay! Awards, bagging seven trophies including Outstanding Stage Direction, Outstanding Musical Direction, Outstanding Musical Production and Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical.

The play’s wickedly funny text, written by award-winning playwright Liza Magtoto, tells of the lives of the main characters: the kind and loving Chelsea, the often-sarcastic group leader Shai, the ditzy Thalia, the bubbly Kayla, and the ill-tempered Jonee.

Vincent de Jesus’ musical score leaves audiences humming tunes as it weaves through the narrative. Under the direction of Maribel Legarda, the creative team behind the show includes costume designer John Abul, lighting designer Jonjon Villareal, visual artist and set designer Leo Abaya, and contemporary dancer and choreographer Carlon Matobato.

Care Divas includes a powerhouse cast of theater actors: PETA artists Melvin Lee, Vince De Jesus, Ron Alfonso, Dudz Teraña, Eko Baquial, Jason Barcial, Buddy Caramat, Gio Gahol, Joan Bugcat, Eric Dela Cruz, Joseph Madriaga, and Gold Villar; 's plus guest artists Ophir Burton, Ricci Chan, Red Concepcion, Jef Flores, Paul Holme, Sherry Lara, Thou Reyes, Leo Rialp, and Myke Salomon.

Care Divas is showing from February 3, 2017 until March 19, 2017, (Tuesday-Sunday, 3:00p.m. and 8:00 p.m) at the PETA Theater Center. For inquiries and ticket reservations, contact PETA Marketing and Public Relations Office at Tel. No. 725-6244, or TicketWorld at 891-9999, 

Saturday, December 31, 2016
Complete list of MMFF 2016 winners, co-presented by HOOQ

Complete list of MMFF 2016 winners, co-presented by HOOQ

2016 MMFF Best Ensemble Cast - Oro
HOOQ, Asia’s largest video-on-demand service, furthers its commitment in uplifting the quality of Filipino movies as it remained the exclusive presenter of the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival and its New Wave category.
“In a year marked by big changes in the MMFF, we are proud to say that our full support for the premiere movie festival in the country has remained the same. We welcome another year of partnership with the Metro Manila Film Festival, and we are proud to be part of the festival as it takes brave new steps in focusing on quality films, fresh casting choices and new approaches to filmmaking.” - Jane Cruz-Walker, HOOQ Philippines Country Manager.  “
From L-R: HOOQ Country Manager, Jane Walker; HOOQ Director of Content, Jeff Remigio; HOOQ Marketing Head, Sheila Paul

Welcoming the guests at the awards night, MMDA Chair Thomas Orbos mostly talked about how change has influenced this year's film fest.

Overall Chairman Thomas Orbos gives opening remarks
“We are gathered here together not only to seek change but also to look back to the original theme of the MMFF which is to be a festival that celebrates Filipino artistic excellence. Change is never easy, it is a difficult path, but thanks to the MMFF Executive Committee we are here today amidst change. We believe that what we did with the MMFF this year may not be recognized now, but it will be appreciated by future generations. It is not about the money, it is about what we can give to our children later on by promoting quality films in the Philippines.”


Bagging a total of 8 awards, Erik Matti’s Seklusyon proved to be the big winner of the 42ND METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL GABI NG PARANGAL held December 29, 2016 at the Kia Theater, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. Among these awards are Best Director for Erik Matti; Best Supporting Actress Phoebe Walker; Special Jury Prize Rhed Bustamante; Best Screenplay; Best Sound; Best Production Design; Best Cinematography and Best Theme Song for Dominus Miserere.

2016 MMFF Best Supporting Actress Phoebe Walker of Seklusyon

2016 MMFF Special Jury Prize winner Rhed Bustamante for Seklusyon

Sunday Beauty Queen, the very first documentary to be included in the annual festival was chosen as Best Picture.

2016 MMFF Best Picture - Sunday Beauty Queen

Irma Adlawan won the coveted Best Actress category for the movie Oro, while Paolo Ballesteros was chosen as Best Actor for his performance in Die Beautiful. Newcomer Christian Bables got the most cheers after being named Best Supporting Actor for his role as Barbs in Die Beautiful.

2016 MMFF Best Actress Irma Adlawan for Oro

2016 MMFF Best Supporting Actor - Christian Bables of Die Beautiful

HOOQ likewise gave out its own set of awards for the Short Films category including Best Screenplay: Mitatang; Best Director: Jarell Serencio Mga Bituin sa Siyudad; Special Jury Prize for Manila Scream; and Best Picture for EJK.

Ronnie Alonte and Rhian Ramos meanwhile, were recognized as the HOOQ Male and Female Celebrities of the Night for their stunning looks at the red carpet.

2016 MMFF HOOQ Female Celebrity of the Night Rhian Ramos

2016 MMFF HOOQ Male Celebrity of the Night Ronnie Alonte
Here is the complete list of winners of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival, co-presented by HOOQ.

Best Picture: Sunday Beauty Queen 
Best Director: Erik Matti (Seklusyon)
Best Actress: Irma Adlawan (Oro) 
Best Actor: Paolo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful)
Best Supporting Actress: Phoebe Walker (Seklusyon)
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Balbes (Die Beautiful)
Children's Choice: Saving Sally, Sunday Beauty Queen and Vince & Kath & James
People's Choice: Die Beautiful 
Best Cast Ensemble: Oro 
Special Jury Prize: Rhed Bustamante (Seklusyon)
Best Screenplay: Seklusyon 
Best Sound: Seklusyon 
Best Musical Score: Saving Sally 
Best Theme Song: Dominus Miserere (Francis De Veyra) Seklusyon 
Best Production Design: Seklusyon 
Best Editing: Sunday Beauty Queen 
Best Cinematography: Seklusyon 
FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence: Oro 
Gatpuno Antonio J Villegas Cultural Award: Sunday Beauty Queen 
Best Float: Die Beautiful  


HOOQ is the home of the largest collection of Pinoy movies and TV series spanning almost five decades, including close to a hundred winners and finalists of the Metro Manila Film Festival such as “Baler”, “Tanging Yaman”, “Muro Ami”, “Imortal”, the beloved franchises such as “Mano Po”, “Tanging Ina” “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and many more. New additions on HOOQ from the MMFF past entries include 2013’s “Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay”, “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy” as well as the 2015 finalist “Haunted Mansion”.

According to Jeffrey Remigio, HOOQ Philippines Director of Content and Programming, they are adding more past MMFF winners to HOOQ’s carefully curated library of Filipino titles.

Get HOOQ'd on MMFF

Sunday, December 25, 2016
HOOQ Hangouts hosted a star-studded premier of MMFF 2016's Seklusyon

HOOQ Hangouts hosted a star-studded premier of MMFF 2016's Seklusyon

To wrap up this year's series of HOOQ Hangouts, the Asia's largest video-on-demand service held a celebrity-studded premier of one of the official entries for the Metro Manila Film Festival 2016, Seklusyon. 
"We started HOOQ Hangouts a few months ago to provide a forum to showcase the vast library of HOOQ, particularly our local content which spans almost five decades. That is why we are ending the year with this HOOQ Hangouts featuring an exclusive screening of Seklusyon, produced by Reality Entertainment, which incidentally is also our partner in creating OTJ: The Series" - Jane Cruz Walker, HOOQ Philippines Country Manager
HOOQ Team with the cast of Seklusyon
Set in the 1940s, Seklusyon tells the story of four deacons (played by Ronnie Alonte, Dominic Roque, JR Versales, and John Vic de Guzman),  who undergo a retreat week before their ordination. It is said that demons work at their best days before a deacon gets ordained and officially become a priest, hence the practice of seclusion. Mysteries get discovered and truth started to unfold as a "miraculous" kid, Anghela (played by Rhed Bustamante), together with her guardian, Sister Cecilia (played by Phoebe Walker), joined them in the supposedly safe secluded house. 

Erik Matti, once again, worked his magic and produced yet another masterpiece that's definitely worth watching. The stunning cinematography and on point musical scoring added to the effectiveness of the overall production design. Despite being new to the industry, I think Ronnie Alonte did a really good job in portraying his role as Miguel, one of the deacons who is quite firm with what he wants and determined to fight temptations the hard way. Rhed Bustamante, on the other hand, is a big surprise and seeing her as Anghela will make you realize that this kid will surely go to places in her chosen career. She's so good, her stares alone freaked me out while watching the film.

Far from the usual horror films we often see in cinemas where the scare factor is all about prosthetics and special effects, Seklusyon focused on highlighting each character's past that has been haunting conscience for years. This movie will surely make you think. Will you choose the easier way out by giving in to any temptation and still achieve your goal? Or fight the hard way of resisting temptations and ultimately feel rewarded and accomplished in the end? Your choice.

The cast of Seklusyon at the premier night: (L-R) Elora España, Dominique Roque, John Vic De Guzman, Ronnie Alonte, Rhed Bustamante, J.R. Versales and Phoebe Walker

Seklusyon will be shown in cinemas starting December 25, 2016. The movie stars Ronnie Alonte, Dominic Roque, JR Versales, John Vic de Guzman, Rhed Bustamante, Phoebe Walker, Neil Ryan Sese, Lou Veloso, and Elora Espano. It is directed by Erik Matti and produced by Reality Entertainment.

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