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Little Precious

Posted in Celebrities, tv shows on January 4, 2010 by planetchuckie

 Accompanied my cousin Kim to Laguna yesterday to attend the christening of this cute little drool machine. 

Her name is Carmen Cecilia Angela Marquez. Or Precious, as her parents fondly call her. She’s the first-born child of fashion designer  Manny Marquez who was the winner of Project Runway Philippines Season 2. Kim was part of the show’s production team, which was why she asked to be one of the godparents.

 The ceremony itself was quick and simple, but it was preceded by a plodding lecture on the sacrament of baptism, replete with ill-edited introductory AVP and “recitation”. It felt like Grade 5 Christian Living all over again when the speaker snapped at us for being “talkative”.

 But it was fun seeing some of Manny’s fellow Season 2 designers. In attendance were Richie Bondoc, Hazel Sta. Ana, Jaz Cristobal and Tracy Dizon. I was hoping my personal bet Russell Villafuerte would be there, but he was in the province at the time.

 Also among the godparents was Rivermaya drummer Mark Escueta, who was Manny’s model/client during the Rock Star challenge (which he won) . And much to the surprise of the other people in the church, he brought along a special date.

Jolina is actually pretty in person. I’m glad she’s outgrown her penchant for over-accessorizing and tacky hair extensions. She’s also very friendly and down-to-earth. She sat with us behind Precious’ entourage and she was really quite a chatterbox.  I was only reminded of her celebrity status when people started approaching her for photo-ops after the rites.

 Then, later than afternoon, we went straight to the clubhouse of La Marea Village in San Pedro for a delicious lunch catered by Conti’s. And since Mark and “Jolens” skipped the lunch for other prior commitments, it was once again Precious’ turn to take center stage.

Such a friendly, photogenic baby!

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Like, OMFG!

Posted in Random Thoughts, tv shows, Uncategorized with tags , on September 24, 2009 by planetchuckie

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Forgive me, but I just don’t get Gossip Girl. (Yet, there I was in the show’s Season 3 launch at Aquaknox. Go figure.)

For me to enduge a single episode, you’d have to tie me to a chair, strap my hands and feet, and force my eyes open with hooks just like the  Ludovico treatment in A Clockwork Orange. The show’s just not my cup of tea. Heck, it’s not my cup of anything.

I don’t find it awful. I just feel that life is dramatic enough as it is and gossiping is already something that pervades our daily lives, from school to family and yes, work. Our bosses do it, our neighbors do it,  and even our relatives do it.

So what makes this show any different? (Well, aside from that omnipotent narrator who XOXO’s her way through every episode).

Of course, we know why this show is such a guilty pleasure, aside from its staggeringly photogenic lead stars. It appeals to the tsismoso and tsismosa in all of us. Whenever we find ourselves “accidentally” eavesdropping on two people talking about Mr. So-and-So’s weeknight shenanigans, we  can’t help but listen. And when we listen, naturally, we want more.  It’s a vicious cycle. It’s entertaining – even more entertaining than enduring the moronic plot twists of Tayong Dalawa, only for Kim Chiu’s character to die under medically-erroneous circumstances.

Oh, and speaking of local telenovelas, don’t we just get a kick out of seeing people who are more popular, good-looking or successful than us attacking each other? Or better yet, dish about the skeletons in each other’s closets? It gets even worse when it becomes an unreliable source of self-assurance, when we start thinking: “Hey, maybe my life isn’t as f*cked up as Mr. So-and-So’s after all.”

We love to be entertained. We love drama.

Just as long as it isn’t our own drama. 

That is all.

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XOXO.

Legend of the Sucker

Posted in press launches, tv shows with tags , , on September 5, 2009 by planetchuckie

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Well, this is new – a press launch held on the rooftop of our building. I wouldn’t say it was “brilliant”, but nevertheless, it was…unique. Considering how every day in our office is an elevator jamming contest, it must have taken forever to bring everyone to the topmost floor. Not to mention, all the backdrops and cocktail tables.

This, by the way, was for The Legend of the Seeker, the bland TV adaptation of Terry Goodkind’s The Sword of Truth novels. I can’t quite fathom how Sam Raimi, who earlier this year came out with the deliciously campy Drag Me to Hell, could come up with something like this – the Diet Coke version of The Lord of the Rings . According to its Wikipedia entry (which itself reads like it was copy-pasted from other Wikipedia entries), it follows the epic journey of a charismatic young woodsman named Richard Cypher, an enigmatic woman named Kahlal Amnell, and – *drumroll* – a wizard named Zeddicus Z’ul Zorander. Together, they must join forces to stop the malevolent dark load Darken Rohl from – wait for it – unleashing an evil ancient power.

Hay nako. One word: Derivative.

If you like this kind of thing, do catch the show on SciFi every Wednesday at 10:00pm. That is, if you’re not already watching something else.

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.