Archive for August, 2009

Rockin’ at Jackstock

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 31, 2009 by planetchuckie

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Jack TV turns four this year. Not bad for a channel that has battled its share of demons – from monopolistic cable companies to rosary-whipping EWTN junkies who once waged a “holy war” to get the channel off-air. So what better way to mark this milestone than by celebrating the three things they know best: fun, comedy, and non-stop music!

Last Saturday, Jack TV celebrated its anniversary with Jackstock 2009, a 12-hour extravaganza of all things definitely funny and definitely Jack.  Throughout the day, the Eastwood Central Plaza became a Mecca of fun activities which culminated in the evening with sets from the Comedy Cartel and performances from today’s hottest bands.

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Hosts Tim Tayag and Kim Maravilla. Tim and Kim. Get it?!

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Paging Ms. Cora Adorador, you didn’t tell us you had a goth for a twin sister.

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Tara-lets! Tara Tara Tara-lets!

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What’s a celebration without overflowing booze?

Click on Mr. PieFace below for more photos:

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Sapul.

Here’s to more years, Jack TV!

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Coyki

Posted in friends, goodbyes, tributes with tags , , on August 28, 2009 by planetchuckie

It was early morning yesterday when I heard the devastating news. Carlo “Coyki” Pabalan,  one of my closest friends in  high school, died of complications from dengue fever at age 23.  He had been in a coma for more than 24 hours, and last I heard, he was in dire need of a blood transfusion. But in the blink of an eye, he’s gone.

Coyki’s untimely passing couldn’t have come in a more depressing period. Just barely a month ago, we also lost another former batchmate Ramon “Monchu” Ordoveza, to sleep apnea.  Two lives. Gone too soon.

 In many ways, I considered Coyki my first high school best friend. He was one of my first textmates, and we had a blast talking about bad horror movies and absurd music videos. He also used to get me in a trouble a lot for  making me laugh like a lunatic during class. Coyki was a walking gag show.

It’s hard to fathom how someone bursting with so much energy would leave this soon. Coyki has touched so many lives with his humor and his carefree disposition, in the same manner that he has touched mine. And even if we’ve grown out of touch over the years, I still thank him for providing me some of my best high school memories. Coyki may not have been aware, but he taught me not to take things too seriously all the time, and that the solutions to some of life’s seemingly biggest problems are often  just a mere chuckle away.

 So, see you next lifetime, Coyki. And thanks. For everything.

Carlo Javier De Guia Pabalan

November 10, 1985 – August 27, 2009

I love the smell of xylitol in the morning

Posted in 2nd Avenue, event coverages with tags , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2009 by planetchuckie

This morning marked the second leg of 2nd Avenue’s Today@Breakfast office tour. It didn’t push through in the Ortigas area as originally planned, but it’s a good thing  we were able to find an alternative venue  much closer to our office – the RCBC Plaza Courtyard.

Just like last May, this breakfast event was supposed to promote The Today Show, although I bet most people in attendance weren’t even aware of the fact because their eyes were mostly transfixed to the free food.

And just like last May, the event was sponsored by Orbit  (Oh, excuse me: Orbit Xylitol Sugarfree Gum) – which explains the  product samples strategically placed on the tables. Thankfully, the show was spared from feeling like a 3-hour commercial.

Entertainment was provided by jazz artist Olivia once again. She has the voice of an angel, but she needs someone to write her spiels for her, fast. (Kumusta pagkain? Sarap?) Conspicuously absent, though, was Aisaku Yokogawa, the Manila-based Japanese crooner who is known to sing Tagalog songs albeit thickly-accented.

Oh, but it was great working with host Anna Buena (AKA Danielle from RX 93.1) again. Being the resident scriptwriter, I always make it a point to make friends with the event hosts, and she was no exception. And of course , always count on the 2nd Avenue team to be a fun bunch. You could lock all of us in a bomb shelter and still have a party. 😉

It’s these things that really perk up my mornings.

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Clockwise from left: Nescafe Fit sample dude, Ehm, Mella, Kervy, David, Leah, and Kris (who unfortunately is spending her last few days with the company)

Lose Weight, Gain Life

Posted in event coverages, press launches, tv shows, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 16, 2009 by planetchuckie

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Yesterday, I went to Fitness First Megamall for the Philippine leg of The Biggest Loser: Asia auditions. 

No, not to take part, just to cover. (Although I would have joined if I weren’t a Solar employee – given the astronomical cash prize. LOL!)

The Asian franchise of the successful reality show will bring together 30 overweight individuals from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines for a chance to win a hefty $100,000 cash prize, be a spokesperson for the campaign against obesity against Asia, and of course, earn the distinction of becoming Asia’s first Biggest Loser champion.

True to the show’s original premise, the contestants will be taking part in complete health workshops, daily challenges, weigh-ins and group interactions. These activities will then be faciliated by two trainers who will guide them in changing their health habits, and ultimately, their lives.

Hundreds of hopefuls of different sizes and different walks of life flocked to the Philippine audition. An impressive turnout, I must say. We were quite surprised! There were those who were legitimately obese, while there were also those potential (m)anorexics. (Joke’s on them, though. You need to be at a certain body mass index to qualify. That’ll teach them to be more sensitive to actual fat people. HA! :-P)

We also spotted a handful of recognizable faces including local celebrities Ruby Rodriguez and Ryan Yllana and two former finalists from Jack TV’s Laffapalooza. Although, the real standout for me was this  emotional young woman from Surigao, who tearfully shared to the crew her long arduous journey from Mindanao to Manila – all for the sake of fulfilling her goal.

 

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Talk about fighting spirit. I really do hope she gets in.

The Biggest Loser Asia. Coming soon on Hallmark Channel.

It’s Fashown!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2009 by planetchuckie

I’m really not what you would call an “Embuh” person. I wouldn’t be caught dead gyrating to the beats of “tugz tugz tugz” in a sea of sweaty, inebriated clubbers. But last Friday, I found myself doing just that in the controversial club, when ETC held the press launch for Project Runway Philippines Season Two.

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Filming the premiere plug with host Teresa Herrera

Despite the larger venue, the launch wasn’t really as full-blown as last year’s. There were no afternoon cocktails, no special preview of the contestants’ sample designs, and no press conference. This year’s event was just one huge gala, comprised mainly of interviews and a sneak preview of the first episode which could have gone a lot smoother.

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Event host Tracy Abad “having a little chat” with mentor Jojie Lloren

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But at least the technical problems did not distract from the real highlight of the event, which was the introduction of the 13 designers:

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Top (from left to right): Cherry Veric, Hanz Coquilla, Hazel Sta. Ana, Jas Cristobal; Middle: Manny Marquez, Meann Santos, Patrick Galang, Pau Geronimo, Randy Leano; Bottom: Richie Bondoc, Russell Villafuerte, Santi Obcena, Tracy Dizon.

Project Runway Philippines Season Two premieres August 12, 2009. Wednesdays at 10:00PM, Exclusive on ETC!