Friday, September 14, 2012

Typhoon Karen - PAGASA Weather Update September 15, 2012

Typhoon Karen - PAGASA Weather Update September 15, 2012

At 11:00 am today, September 15, Typhoon Karen will not directly affect the country as it continues to move towards the Southern island of Japan.
Typhoon Karen was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 660 km East of Itbayat, Batanes (22.7°N, 128.9°E) with maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph. It is forecast to move North Northwest at 15 kph.

Public Storm Warning Signal

No public storm warning signals raised.

1-Day Weather Forecast

Sunday morning: 70 km South of Okinawa, Japan

Estimated rainfall amount is from 15 - 30 mm per hour (heavy - intense) within the 550 km diameter of the Typhoon.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon, eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, seaboards of Southern Luzon, and over the eastern seaboard of Visayas due to big waves generated by Typhoon "KAREN".

"KAREN" will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon that will bring occasional moderate to heavy rains over Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Bicol Region, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA. Residents in these areas are advised to be alert against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Source: PAGASA

"The X Factor Philippines" Final 6 Reveal Their Lifelong Struggles

"The X Factor Philippines" Final 6 Reveal Their Lifelong Struggles

For the final six, being the next multimedia superstar and winning “The X Factor Philippines” are not just a battle of charisma, stage presence, and unique vocal prowess but also a personal battle to overcome their lifelong struggles that might have driven them off course from realizing their dreams of making it in the music industry.

Jeric Medina
from Paranaque has been battling weight problems since he was a kid. He may be living a privileged life but he grew up insecure about his physique. This drove him to commit to losing weight through exercise and diet and eventually lost more than 70 lbs. With his new figure, he was more confident to pursue his longtime dream of becoming a music artist.

His teammate Gabriel Maturan of Dapitan City is fighting a different battle in his life as he has long struggled to have a complete family. Growing up, Gabriel has had three men he considered fathers, one of whom was a Danish national. That was why he lived and became a working student in Denmark. When his mom and his second stepfather parted ways, they returned to the country and lived in Zamboanga Del Norte, where he found his third dad. Will he make his fathers proud by becoming the grand winner?

Kedebon Colim
of Cebu faces a tough battle in the competition. Aside from struggling with poverty, Kedebon is also in a constant battle to prove himself to the viewing public that he deserves to be in the final six. Despite the insults thrown at him, Kedebon respects people’s opinions and just does his best every week. This is no surprise to his family and friends because Kedebon has always been strong and hardworking. In fact, he even worked as an internet café attendant and construction worker at the same time just to help in his family’s finances.

Just like Kedebon, Allen Sta. Maria is also fighting poverty. The youngest finalist from Nueva Ecija would join various amateur singing contests and get gigs as a singer to support her studies and buy stuff for herself like clothes and shoes. Allen never became champion in the many singing contests she joined. Will her fate change in “The X Factor Philippines?”

KZ Tandingan
of Digos City is determined to win the competition. KZ has always loved singing so much that she would belt out songs just about everywhere. Unfortunately, she encountered throat problems that affected her singing voice. She can no longer belt out high notes like before and thus suffered from low self-esteem. But with the help of her family, she was able to find her love for music once more and searched for a unique singing style with her band. Now that she is in the “X Factor,” KZ is ready to give it all to prove that the country’s music industry is not just for belters and smooth-skinned, pretty artists.

Carrying the banner of the Groups category is all-male group Daddy’s Home composed of Allan Silonga, Herbert Silonga, Eric Dacanay, and Jerome Icatar. All professionals and aged above 31, Daddy’s Home is in a fight against time as their shot at making it in the industry tends to be shorter than the rest of the younger contenders. Aside from the competition, they also face conflicting priorities since they have families to provide for. Making it this far, Daddy’s Home threats their families as inspiration to win the competition and finally achieve their goal of penetrating the mainstream scene.

Martin Nievera mentors Jeric, Gabriel, and Kedebon; Charice mentors KZ Tandingan and Allen Sta. Maria; and Gary Valenciano mentors Daddy’s Home. Fourth judge-mentor Pilita Corrales’ mentees were unfortunately eliminated from the competition and didn’t make it to the final six. Who among them will become the country’s next big multimedia superstar? Whose ‘x factor’ will win over viewers and judge-mentors hearts?

Be sure to save your favorites from elimination. Vote after their performances by every Saturday by texting XFJERIC/GAB/KED/ALLEN/KZ/DAD and send it to 2331 for Globe and Sun subscribers and 231 for Smart and Talk ‘n Text subscribers.

Don’t miss the country’s biggest and grandest musical event of the year, “The X Factor Philippines,” with KC Concepcion as host, airing every Saturday, after “MMK,” and every Sunday, after “Sarah G Live” on ABS-CBN. Follow the show’s official Twitter account at @thexfactorphil and like its official Facebook page at

Mentors and Protégés Showdown this Sunday

Mentors and Protégés Showdown this Sunday

This Sunday, September 16, the five celebrity mentors and their respective protégés join on stage and perform together for a showdown for survival!

North and Central Luzon mentor Ricky Davao and protégés Shelly Hipolito and Bryan Benedict star in an action sequence. Bryan plays the hero captured and tortured by his godfather Ricky while Shelly is Bryan’s love interest.

Mega Manila mentor Roderick Paulate plays a modern-day family man who copes with his dysfunctional relationship with a gay son played by Japs de Luna and a lesbian daughter played by Elle Ramirez.

South Luzon mentor Gina Alajar together with protégés Thea Tolentino and Zandra Summer play a family of modern-day witches who resort to witchcraft in order to win the heart of the man loved by Zandra and Thea.

In a fictional and humorous short film, Visayas mentor Jolina Magdangal and her protégés Jeric Gonzales and Mikoy Morales star as boyband wannabes who use the power of a mysterious necklace called Kuwintas ng Kasikatan to fulfill their dreams.

Mindanao mentor Phillip Salvador joins protégés Ruru Madrid and Arny Ross in a story about an older guy (Philip) falling for a younger woman (Arny) pursued by a younger man (Ruru).

Can Bryan and Shelly overcome their recent rift and perform to the best of their abilities in front of the judges?

Will Japs’ feeling of insecurity towards his former mentor Ricky affect his performance now that he is under Mentor Roderick?

Another surprising elimination awaits the Final 10! And one will be sent home!

Catch Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break’s 4th Elimination Night this Sunday at 8:30pm after IBilib on GMA!

"The Mistress" International Screening Schedules

"The Mistress" International Screening Schedules

NORTH AMERICA - September 21,2012

Regal Theaters- Cerritos (Los Angeles)
Regal Theaters- San Diego
Regal Theaters- Las Vegas
Regal Theaters- Tukwila (WA)
Consolidated Theaters- Pearlridge, Hawaii
AMC- San Jose Mercado (SF Bay Area)
Pickwick Theaters- Chicago
Century Theaters- Orange (Los Angeles)
Century Theaters- Milpitas (SF Bay Area)
Century Theaters- Union City (SF Bay Area)
Century Theaters- Sacramento
Century Theaters- San Bruno (SF Bay Area)
Cinemark- Houston, TX
Cinemark- Dallas, TX
Cinemark- Virginia
Clearview Cinemas- Bergenfield, NJ
Clearview Cinemas- Clifton, NJ
Clearview Cinemas- Hoboken, NJ

CANADA - September 28, 2012

Mississauga, Ontario (Square One – Empire Studio 10)
Scarborough, Ontario (Coliseum Scarborough)
Edmonton, Alberta (Cineplex- Movies 12 Edmonton)
Calgary, Alberta (Sunridge Spectrum Cineplex)
Vancouver, BC (Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas)
Surrey, BC (Empire Studio 12-Guildform)
Winnipeg, Manitoba (Cineplex Northgate Winnipeg)

EUROPE - September 15, 2012

Nice, France - Theater set-up

MIDDLE EAST - September 27, 2012


Al Ghurair, Dubai (+9714 2289898)
Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai (+9714 3669898)
Sahara Mall, Sharjah (+9716 5316500)
Grand MegaMall, Sharjah (+9716 5751888)
Al Mariah Mall, Abu Dhabi (+9712 6785000)
Al Bawadi Mall, Al Ain (+9713 7840300)


Cine Center, Qatar (+974 44839064)


Seef Cineplex, Bahrain (+9731 7258900)

GUAM - September 14, 2012

Micronesia Mall Theaters

NEW ZEALAND - September 14, 2012

Auditorium Theater Set-up

Thursday, September 13, 2012

PHOTOS: Bench Universe 2012 The Denim and Underwear Fashion Show

PHOTOS: Bench Universe 2012 The Denim and Underwear Fashion Show

Photos courtesy of ELITE ICONS via FB

Heart Evangelista Revealed Much-Kept Secrets on Tunay na Buhay

Heart Evangelista Revealed Much-Kept Secrets on Tunay na Buhay

Justify FullLove Marie Ongpauco, more popularly known as Heart Evangelista, possesses one of the most beautiful faces in showbiz.

Ever since she was a kid, Heart has always wanted to become an actress. From doing teenybopper roles, she soon graduated to more mature roles and became one of the most important actresses of her generation.

Since she moved to GMA-7 in 2008, she bagged the title role in the fantasy soap opera Dwarfina and the lead role in the primetime series Legacy. This 2012, Heart takes on yet another lead role in the third generation of the fanteserye Luna Blanca as the beautiful, fair-skinned Blanca on top of her weekly hosting gig on GMA-7’s Sunday afternoon variety show Party Pilipinas.

This Saturday, September 15, get to know Heart Evangelista as a daughter, a friend, an artist, and find out her secrets.

Rhea Santos’s one-on-one interview with Heart Evangelista will air on Tunay na Buhay this Saturday night after Kapuso Movienight on GMA-7.

"Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay Na Kuwento" Premieres this Sunday

"Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay Na Kuwento" Premieres this Sunday

The sequel of the reality-sitcom "Pepito Manaloto" will air its pilot episode on Sunday night, September 16 on GMA-7.

"Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kuwento" picks up from that point in the first season's story wherein the lead character Pepito (portrayed by Michael V) wins the jackpot in a lottery. After his luck changed his and his family's life from rags to riches, a television network executive approaches Pepito and comes up with the idea of retelling their story in a TV series. However, Pepito won't like the treatment of the TV show. He thinks that much of the story has been played up or exaggerated. He wanted a more realistic portrayal of his family's story. The TV executive will draw up an alternative proposal: the TV show will be redone but this time, it will be a reality show. The cameras will be documenting Pepito and his family's every day life.

The "reality show" treatment of the new season of Pepito Manaloto is what sets it apart from the previous one, which was basically more of a situation comedy (SitCom). As Michael V himself describes it, Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kuwento is a "real-life documentary of a fictional family."

The show also stars Manilyn Reynes as Elsa Manaloto, Angel Satsumi as Clarissa Manaloto and Jake Vargas as Chito Manaloto.
Playing equally important roles are John Feir as Patrick, Ronnie Henares as Tommy, Mosang as Baby, Janna Dominguez as Maria, and Arthur Solinap as Robert. Completing the cast are the new characters who will make the lives of the Manaloto family more interesting - Jessa Zaragoza as Deedee and Nova Villa as Mimi.

Follow the official Pepito Manaloto social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter

Alabang Town Center Shootout Leaves 3 People Wounded

Alabang Town Center Shootout Leaves 3 People Wounded

At least three people were wounded in a shooting incident inside the Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa City on Friday morning, police said.

Initial reports from the Muntinlupa Police said mall guards engaged in a shootout with armed men at the lobby of the mall's Madrigal exit at around 10:15 a.m.

A report by ABS-CBN radio station dzMM said the undetermined number of gunmen attempted to rob an armored van.

One of the gunmen identified as Pepito Paler and a security guard were wounded in the incident. They were brought to the hospital for treatment.

Radio dzMM, meanwhile, said a third person was also injured.

Authorities are still investigating the incident.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3 vs Lumia 920 Specs, Design, Power

iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3 vs Lumia 920 Specs, Design, Power

The Apple iPhone 5 is finally real. While its specs are premium, the iPhone isn't the only worthwhile smartphone on the block.

See below comparison, spec to spec, between the top Android and Windows phones: the Samsung Galaxy S3, and Nokia Lumia 920.

Apple iPhone 5Samsung Galaxy 3Nokia Lumia 920
Operating systemiOS 6Android 4.0Windows Phone 8
Display4-inch IPS LCD; 1,136x640 pixels, 326 ppi4.8-inch HD Super
AMOLED; 1,280x720 pixels, 306 ppi
4.5-inch AMOLED; 1,280x768 pixels, 332 ppi
Price$199.99, $299.99, $399.99$199.99-$329.99, depending on carrierUnannounced
CarrierSept. 21: AT&T, Sprint, VerizonNow: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, VerizonUnannounced
4G LTEYesYesYes
Camera8-megapixel, 720p front-facing8-megapixel, 1.9-megapixel front-facing8.7-megapixel, 1.2-megapixel front-facing
ProcessorProprietary A6 CPU1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S41.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Memory16GB, 32GB, 64GB16GB or 32GB; 2GB RAM32GB; 1GB RAM
Expandable memoryNoUp to 64GBNo
BatteryCapacity TBA (Talk time up to 8 hours on 3G); embedded2,100 mAh, removable2,000 mAh, embedded
Weight and thickness3.95 ounces, 0.3 inches4.7 ounces, 0.34 inches6.5 ounces, 0.42 inches
ColorsBlack, whiteWhite, blue, red (AT&T); Also, globally: black, brown, grayBlack, white, yellow, red, gray

Design and Build

Apple's aluminum-and-glass iPhone 5 retains its super-industrial aesthetic, metal buttons and all. Its new, all-metal backing could look slightly less luxe than the iPhone 4S', but it will survive far more drops.

Then you have the Nokia Lumia 920, whose yellow, red, white, black, or gray polycarbonate body and rounded edges produce a punch of pop sensibility in an otherwise staid design world. It's a good look for the phone, and a smart one that really helps Nokia stand out; however, distinctiveness and the nevertheless plastic body aren't everyone's cup of tea.

We find the GS3's design appealing, but shiny, glossy plastic doesn't scream "quality." That isn't to say that the GS3 is more prone to breaking or shattering than the other two; in fact, plastic has the benefit of scuffing rather than shattering. However, we do really love the GS3's in-hand feel, which is comfortable despite its much larger size.

Screen Size and Clarity

The iPhone 5's 1136x640 pixels on its 4-inch screen still yields 326 pixels per inch and gives the phone a 16:9 aspect ratio, wider than the iPhone 4S. However, Apple boasts that its sRGB display delivers 44 percent more color saturation and cuts down on glare.

Samsung's Galaxy S3 has the largest screen of the three, an 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED, which yields a 1,280x720-pixel resolution and a pixel density of 306 pixels per inch. Its size offers the most expansive real estate for watching videos, reading, and composing messages, but there are three minor drawbacks: the lowest pixel density of the trio, high reflection, and a dimmer maximum brightness than the iPhone 4S and the HTC One X.

Nokia has also brought its ClearBlack Display filter to the Lumia 920; it definitely cut down glare on the Lumia 900, and Nokia claims that this version is even better.

Camera Prowess

This is a tough call since all three phones bring their A-game here. The iPhone has set the benchmark in terms of camera phone performance for quite a while and the improvements to the iPhone 5's imaging system will no doubt cement its lead. These include improved low-light performance and a new panorama shooting mode that catches up to Android.

Of course Android devices in many cases surpass the iPhone. Samsung's Galaxy S3 has a sensor that offers the same 8-megapixel resolution as the iPhone 5, plus it features tons of fancy shooting modes like panorama and multishot burst mode.

The Nokia Lumia 920 is the real dark horse in the smartphone camera phone arms race. On paper, its 8.7-megapixel camera and PureView technology promise better performance than both the iPhone and Galaxy S3. It also will be able to run special apps within the camera application itself, allowing you to upgrade its functionality greatly over time - at least that's the theory.

LTE and Network Promise

A this point, LTE on the iPhone 5 was an inevitability, and a feature that's been in the hopper for some time. Verizon has already sworn that all its new smartphones will have LTE, and AT&T and Sprint are expanding their respective networks.

Battery Life

Nokia plans to equip its Lumia 920 with a 2,000 mAh battery, which should provide a good amount of run time, especially considering that Windows Phone has traditionally been a very economical operating system. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a slightly larger 2,100 mAh battery that lasted for well over 9 hours playing video. Apple is coy on the iPhone 5's capacity, but promises that its will offer 10 hours of video playback and 8 hours of Web surfing over LTE.

Of course, if you're constantly using battery-draining features like S-Voice on the Galaxy S3, or streaming video, no phone will last as long as you'd like.


Apple's iPhone 5 needed a few features to shore up some weak spots: a larger screen, LTE, and, to a lesser extent, NFC. It got the first two, but Apple didn't mention anything about NFC for the iPhone 5.

NFC, which makes it possible to share content across phones and pay for purchases, might not be a big deal to you, but it is an entire category of software capability that's closed on the iPhone 5.

Voice Assistant

Siri in the iPhone 4S and Google's Voice Actions are evenly matched, but Samsung is standing behind its own S Voice assistant, which falls far behind.

Nokia phones stick with Microsoft's integrated, much more subtle voice command software, TellMe, but in Windows Phone 8, Microsoft will let third-party app-makers work in their own commands, so you can bark at individual apps like Audible, to read aloud, pause, or stop.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

David Archuleta "Begin" Album Out Now!

David Archuleta "Begin" Album Out Now!

On "Begin", David Archuleta puts his spin on some of modern music’s most moving songs, such as “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera, “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M., “Don’t Give Up” by Peter Gabriel and many more. The album also includes the inspirational hymn “Be Still, My Soul” and the breathtaking, new original track “Broken”. David’s powerful vocals are showcased beautifully throughout the album and make it a must-have for every music lover.

Each song was thoughtfully hand-selected by David and holds special meaning to him, as he worked on the album while preparing for a new chapter of his life to BEGIN. – a two year mission in South America for his church.

“Some people may not understand why I have made the decisions I have chosen to make, but that is the reason why I made this album”, explains David. “It really comes from my heart. While I can’t always explain what I want to say using words, I hope that these songs will help people know where I am coming from on my mission decision.”

1. Beautiful (Christina Aguilera)
2. Somewhere Only We Know (Keane)
3. Everybody Hurts (R.E.M.)
4. Don’t Give Up (feat. Libbie Linton) (Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush)
5. Angel (Sarah McLachlan)
6. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)
7. Broken (Original)
8. True Colors (Cyndi Lauper)
9. Pride (In The Name Of Love) (U2)
10. Be Still My Soul (Jean Sibelius)

The CD is in stores nationwide, only from Ivory Music & Video. For digital downloads of Begin, go to, Amazon, iTunes, and

"The Million Peso Money Drop" TV5 Newest Game Show

"The Million Peso Money Drop" TV5 Newest Game Show

TV5 is calling on everyone to join auditions for the network’s newest game show, The Million Peso Money Drop, this coming September 16 (Sunday) at the TV5 Broadway Studios in Quezon City.

Auditions are open to pairs (two contestants) who must be related (e.g., friends, family, neighbors, schoolmates), aged 18 to 60 years old and physically fit. Those interested to audition must bring the following: Two (2) valid forms of identification, copies of their resumés, one 2x2 photograph of themselves, original NBI clearances, birth certificates and medical certificates.

Those interested to audition must be driven to face the odds so that they bring home the full one million-peso prize at the end of the show. Registration for the audition process is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. only.

What the video below to know how to play "The Million Peso Money Drop":


Iza Calzado Plays a Doctor with Bipolar Disorder in Her Second 'MMK'

Iza Calzado Plays a Doctor with Bipolar Disorder in Her Second 'MMK'

Award-winning actress Iza Calzado will once again star in a heavy drama episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” Saturday (September 15).

In her second “MMK” since she transferred to ABS-CBN, Iza will portray the character of Rosalyn, a doctor who suffered from major depression due to a series of unfortunate incidents in her life, particularly because of her philandering father, Gilbert (Bembol Roco). At first, she was diagnosed to have paranoia and major depression; but later on Rosalyn was brought to a psychiatrist who declared that she was ill with bipolar disorder.

Aside from Iza and Bembol, the upcoming “MMK” episode will feature Louella De Cordova, Cheska Iñigo, Pia Romero, Phytos Kyriacou, Ismael Clavero, Edward Mendez, Kalila Aguilos, Lowell Conales, Kyline Alcantara, and Sofia Millares. It was researched by Alexandra Mae Martin, written by Maan Dimaculangan-Fampulme, and directed by Mae Czarina Cruz.

Don’t miss Iza’s brave portrayal in “Maalaala Mo Kaya” (MMK) this Saturday, after “Wansapanataym” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to, and follow @MMKOfficial on Twitter and visit the official Facebook page:

Mr. Pogi 2012 Top 16 Finalists

Mr. Pogi 2012 Top 16 Finalists

Chryst Josef Almazar from Sta. Rosa, Laguna (EB POGI1)

Kelvin Engles from Sta. Ana, Manila (EB POGI2)

Robert Jbeili from Pangil, Laguna (EB POGI3)

John Edric Ulang from Binangonan, Rizal (EB POGI4)

Franz Akeem Aldover from Valenzuela City (EB POGI5)

John Paul Duray from Olongapo City (EB POGI6)

Roehl Mendoza from Caloocann City (EB POGI7)

Bryann Carlo Jaofrancia from Dasmarinas, Cavite (EB POGI8)

Rommel Galido from Iloilo City (EB POGI9)

McJonel Abrenica from Cebu City (EB POGI10)

Justin Merck De Jesus from Talisay City, Cebu (EB POGI11)

Bonz Andre Militar from Davao City (EB POGI12)

Jaylord Casiño from Upper Balulang, Cagayan De Oro City (EB POGI13)

Manuel Pablo Tonido from Camaman-an, Cagayan De Oro City (EB POGI14)

Marcus Paolo Reyes from Zamboanga City (EB POGI15)

Frederick Lim II from Zamboanga City (EB POGI16)

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