April 19, 2018

My 2 Mommies stars Paolo Ballesteros and Solenn Heussaff tackles about the true meaning of motherhood in these modern times

Regal Entertainment, Inc. is coming up with a Mother's Day offering this May, which honors all the mothers out there; whether they are biological mothers or mothers at heart.

My 2 Mommies, which mainly stars Paolo Ballesteros, Solenn Heussaff, and Maricel Soriano is a touching movie that celebrates motherhood and aims to show that more than the gender, being a mother is all about a parent's unconditional love for to the child.

My 2 Mommies tells the story of Manu, a discreet gay guy, with a successful career but is not out to his family.

Furthermore, he is in a same-sex relationship that he also keeps under the radar.

But his life takes a pivotal turn when Monique, a woman from Manu’s his past, shows up one day and admits to him that they have a seven-year-old son.

Is Manu prepared to reveal his kid that his dad is also a “mommy” and confess his true identity?

Is Manu ready for the responsibilities of parenthood and raise his son in an unconventional way?

Paolo describes his latest movie as “timely” because it tackles an issue that happens in real life.

“Ang gusto naming ipakita is a different kind of mother. Kasi ang alam natin pag Mother's Day, the usual na nasa card na puro mama.

“Tama naman ang nasa movie, hindi lang naman babae ang nanay, di ba?”

The actor pointed out that motherhood is not bound by biological attachment, and cited some women who assumed the “mother roles” to children even if they are not the ones who gave birth to them. 

“Merong ibang klaseng nanay, yung iba nawala yung nanay at ang naging nanay, yung kapatid, so it's a different kind of mother,” he explained.

Solenn described the movie as highly relatable to many people these days.

She explained that people's views on different things, such as sexual orientation, have changed in the last couple of years.

“In a way, people are accepting things more. Pati yung LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community is strong na also.

She continued, “Madaming bansa na ang nag-agree ng gay marriage, the world is opening up little by little, so relatable talaga ang movie.”

People are adapting to change, she explained.

Solenn further mentioned that the society nowadays is more accepting to unconventional situations of people, such as single moms, separated couples, and gay couples.

“Nowadays in the last five years, very open na ang mga tao, so it's really modern.”

Eric Quizon, who directed the film, said that the premise of the movie has been existing for a long time but it is only now that people are warming up to the idea.

“There are a lot of parents na ganyan. It's just that because of how Filipinos view it. Syempre, religion pa rin (may malakas na influence).

“But ang maganda kasi now, people have become more socially accepting, yung social awareness mas okay na,” he pointed out.

“They dont mind, they've been open about their sexuality as compared to before. Mas open na sila ngayon.

“Parents who come from LGBT groups mas relaxed na sila of handling situations like this, and kahit sa mga bata, mas open na ang understanding nila.” 

Paolo also admitted that he feels the pressure to do good in this movie, especially that his 2016 blockbuster hit movie, Die Beautiful, earned him acting awards here and abroad.

Paolo’s role as Trisha Echevarria, gave him the Best Actor award in the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival and 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival. He also bagged the Film Ambassador Award by the Film Development Council of the Philippines.  

“Hanggang ngayon, two years ago, tumutuka pa sa mga awards giving bodies ang Die Beautiful. Iba rin kasi yung naging impact ng Die Beautiful. I guess pag may ganong klaseng story ng pelikula, tatatak talaga siya.”

Nevertheless, those recognitions also challenge Paolo to make equally compelling performances in his other projects, just like in My 2 Mommies.

“Lahat ng ginagawa ko gusto ko yung tsina-challenge ko yung sarili ko, so I make sure na 100 percent yung binibigay ko.”

As for his leading lady in his latest movie, Paolo has nothing but good words for Solenn.

This is their first collaboration in an movie, and Solenn is Paolo’s personal choice for the project. 

He says about Filipino-French actress, “Everybody look up to her. I really like her personality, at napakatalented nya. Maganda na, brainy pa, plus na yung fit and sexy! Gusto kong maging s'ya, at gusto ko din si Nico" he giggles.

He even recounted that Solenn would always come early to the studio of Eat Bulaga! every time she would have a production number.

“Laging nauuna sa [EatBulaga! sa studio kasi siya gagawa ng make up niya.”

He continued, “Kahit dito gano’n din siya, maaga. Although minsan galing sa iba pang shooting, pagdating dito, hindi papetiks-petiks. Diretso make-up na.

“Sa shoot pa namin dire-diretso, walang pahinga.

“Very nice, kahit ano’ng ipagawa sa kanya, okay!”

My 2 Mommies top-billed by Paolo Ballesteros, Solenn Heussaff and Maricel Soriano opens in cinemas on May 9. It also stars Joem Bascon, Diane Medina, Marcus Cabais, Debraliz,  Mich Liggayu, Billy Ray Gallion and more. 

This Regal Entertainment Inc.’s Mother’s Day Presentation is directed by Eric Quizon.

For more updates, follow Regal Entertainment Inc on Facebook, @RegalFilms on Twitter, @RegalFilms50 on IG and Regal Cinema channel on Youtube.

Your favorite kapitbahay, 7-Eleven, is now in Puerto Galera and Calapan

7-Eleven opens its first stores in MIMAROPA Region

Your favorite kapitbahay, 7-Eleven, has finally landed on the shores of Oriental Mindoro!

April 18 was a day full of celebration as 7-Eleven opened in Sabang, Puerto Galera and in the City of Calapan. With the unveiling of the two stores, lots of activities and an exciting promo were prepared especially for the locals of Oriental Mindoro. The event kicked off in Sabang, Puerto Galera with a ribbon cutting and a store blessing ceremony. Distinguished guests Mayor Rockey D. Ilagan of Sabang, Puerto Galera, and Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC) President and CEO, Jose Victor Paterno were in attendance, as well as other officials and partners of 7-Eleven.

The celebration continued in Calapan City later that afternoon, where Calapan City Mayor, Arnan C. Panaligan also graced the grand opening of the 7-Eleven Calapan store.

To make the celebration extra special for the locals of Mindoro, 7-Eleven prepared an exclusive promo,Slurpee Bring Your Own Cup, where local customers can bring their own cup of any size, as long as it fits the cut-out hole present at the store, fill their own cup with Slurpee and pay only P36.

“Opening our first two stores in Sabang, Puerto Galera and Calapan is a special achievement since 7-Eleven is the first convenience retailer to be present in the whole MIMAROPA region,” PSC President Jose Victor Paterno said. “The increasing rate of tourism and commercialization as well as the fast development of the province, especially Calapan, paved the way for our expansion in the Southern area. With this, we look forward to bringing world-class convenience and service not only for the locals of Mindoro but as well as to the tourists who visit this paradise.”

This year, 7-Eleven is looking at opening 10 more stores for the whole region of MIMAROPA. Other than Mindoro, 7-Eleven will also be expanding to other parts of Luzon such as Isabela, Tuguegarao, and Nueva Vizcaya this year. As of March 2018, the leading convenience chain store in the country, 7-Eleven, has a total store network of 2,331, more than 50% of which are franchise stores.

2nd Cream-O Flix Fest Unlock the Irresistible and gathered Cream-Oholics for a unique outdoor movie experience

Jack ‘n Jill Cream-O brought another memorable outdoor cinema experience in a colourful arcade-themed entertainment park with the second year of Cream-O Flix Fest: Unlock the Irresistible.

The chocolate cookie brand welcomed everyone to a cozy picnic-style area at Central Park, SM By the Bay, where visitors enjoyed an entertaining screening of Hollywood movies.

Creamoholics of all ages enjoyed the action-packed animation of Lego Batman Movie. They also watched futuristic quests in X-Men Days of Future Past, and reveled in the amazing adventure of young Peter Parker in Spider-Man Homecoming.

The day wasn’t just about movies as special activities were created for everyone to enjoy; Creamoholics had a blast showcasing their creativity at the Cream–Ofied Creations booth where they decorated their favorite Cream-O Vanilla, Choco Fudge, Deluxe, Crinkles, Chocolate Chip, Cookies ‘n Cream and Choco ‘n Berries cookies in four easy steps: choose, dip, sprinkle, and drizzle. This create-your-own-Cream-O activity was well received by guests. Consumers also took photos of their cookie creations and shared it online at the Cream-O Flatlay booth.

The crowd was also treated to engaging game booths where they brought out their playful sides and won prizes. Cream-O Warp Pipes and Claw the Cream-O challenged their competitive skills on getting treats using claw mechanism; while Cream-O Movie Combo Trivia Game tested their knowledge on popular movies.

Cream-O made the event more memorable as guests were serenaded with live music performances in between screenings. LuckyCreamoholics also took home Instax Mini Cameras and Kidzania Tickets from the raffle draws. 

The second Cream-O Flix Fest truly satisfied everyone’s sweet cravings and created an unforgettable experience for all Creamoholics. If you missed the fun, be sure to follow Jack ‘n Jill Cream-O on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at “/creamoholicsph” for surprises and updates from the brand.

Petron Turbo Diesel Field Test Delivers Outstanding Results

As a fuel innovator, industry leader Petron Corporation is continuously looking for ways to provide Filipino motorists with the best possible products in the market. Having achieved recognition as the best gasoline in the country for its Petron Blaze 100 Euro 6, the company’s R&D team recently enhanced the formulation of its premium Petron Turbo Diesel to be the best diesel in the Philippines. Thus, last January, the Petron TriAction Performance Run – Diesel Edition took off from Manila to Baguio for a week-long series of tests on challenging mountain roads from Baguio to Ambuklao, and then from Baguio to Halsema, the highest elevation in the Philippine highway system, before finishing with a fuel economy run from Baguio back to Manila.

Outstanding Performance Across Vehicle Types

Faced with the challenge of measuring improvements in engine power, engine response, and acceleration, test drivers were asked to rate the performance of different diesel fuels in a stringent double blind procedure. Using a different diesel fuel each day for four days, the drivers drove the same winding, uphill-downhill route from Baguio City to Ambuklao Dam and back. All these while keenly observing whether there was an immediate engine response when going uphill after slowing down on a sharp curve, or if the engine does not feel strained when carrying a full load, or if the vehicle is able to accelerate smoothly even on long uphill climbs.

To ensure that Petron Turbo Diesel is able to deliver optimum performance across vehicle types, different vehicle categories and brands were included in the field test. The test vehicles consisted of a BMW X1, a European luxury subcompact crossover; a Toyota Innova, the market leading utility vehicle; a Honda CR-V Diesel, the 2017 Car of the Year-Philippines; a Nissan Urvan, a popular people-mover; a Ford Everest and Ford Ranger to represent the American brand; Isuzu mu-X and Isuzu D-MAX for the leader in commercial vehicles; and a Ssangyong Tivoli XLV, a Korean SUV model.

When asked to rank the test fuels—designated only by letter codes—in the daily runs, the consolidated results indicated that Petron Turbo Diesel was rated by the drivers as delivering the best performance in terms of power, engine response, and acceleration.

Improved Fuel Economy

Following the test protocol of the Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Economy Run, the vehicles traversed some 230.7-kilometers from the Petron station on Kisad Road, Baguio City, going through the relatively busy Marcos Highway, then on to the Tarlac-Pangasian-La Union Expressway (TPLEX), the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), ending at Petron NLEX Southbound in Bocaue, Bulacan.

All vehicles delivered outstanding results, averaging 20% better than the official Fuel Efficiency Ratings (FER) posted in the 2017 DOE Fuel Economy Run. For example, the BMW X1 achieved 34.08km/L, which is 43% better than the 23.88km/L recorded in the DOE Run. The Honda CR-V’s fuel consumption improved by 19% to 28.52km/L from 23.96km/L. The fuel efficiency results were similarly impressive for the other vehicles, as follows: Ford Everest – 27.21km/L; Toyota Innova – 23.4km/L; Ssangyong Tivoli XLV – 22.6km/L; Isuzu mu-X – 19.97km/L; Isuzu D=MAX – 18.44km/L; Nissan Urvan – 17.22km/L; and Ford Ranger – 17.08km/L.

The Petron TriAction Performance Run – Diesel Edition was observed and certified by representatives from Department of Energy (DOE), Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP), and the Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI).

Enhanced Diesel Formulation

Petron Turbo Diesel has been further enhanced as a high-performance, technologically-advanced fuel. With robust multi-functional additives in its improved formulation, this superior diesel fuel has been designed to unleash the full power and optimum performance of the most advanced and sophisticated diesel engines. Petron Turbo Diesel has high ignition quality and combustibility that maximize fuel energy conversion for maximum engine power and efficiency. It has the ability to effectively clean up and keep clean the fuel injection system to deliver exceptional protection and sustained optimum performance. 

Like all other Petron fuels, the enhanced formulation of Petron Turbo Diesel allows motorists to enjoy greater benefits from Petron’s TriAction Advantage which are: (1) better engine protection for longer engine life; (2) better mileage for longer drives; and (3) better power. 

In real world driving conditions, through the most challenging uphill-downhill and winding terrains, Petron Turbo Diesel has proven that Filipino motorists can enjoy more savings on maintenance and fuel consumption while getting the best driving experience from their vehicle.

April 18, 2018

“We’re ready for you Avengers!” SM Cinema Assembles Marvel Fans for Avengers: Infinity War

“We’re ready for you Avengers!” 

Donned in their mightiest Avengers-inspired outfits, the lucky fans got to greet Nebula (Karen Gillan), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and director Joe Russo via live video conference straight from Singapore.
“All of you are fantastic, that reception, the noise, the energy in that room, we may be looking at a TV Screen which is a bit cold but it properly warms up when you guys are on it so thank you." – Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)  
Expressing excitement and passion about the most ambitious superhero crossover film the dedicated comic book geeks and MCU buffs assemble at SM Cinema in SM Megamall for Marvel Studios Fan Event, the first and biggest gathering of Marvel Fans in the Philippines and enjoyed exclusive movie merchandise, games and prizes from SM Cinema, Walt Disney Co. Philippines and other partners.  

Everyone in the packed theatre were able to show how excited the Filipino fans are for the Avengers: Infinity War by sending a highly energized greeting, questions and even character impersonations in front of Cumberbatch, Gillan and Russo. 

"Marvel fans are the best fans in the world, thank you guys so much for such a warm welcome, get ready, get excited, if you’ve been invested in the Marvel Universe for the last 10 years, this is it, this is the big finish, and a big big excitement to watch because you'll get to see all your favorite characters together, so have fun with it." – Director Joe Russo

Continuing the ultimate Avengers: Infinity War experience, @SM_Cinema together with SM Cinema insider Richard Juan also brought the latest updates during the press conference at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and exclusive one-on-one interviews with the Avengers: Infinity War actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Karen Gillan, director Joe Russo and producer Trinh Tran.  They share the blow-by-blow updates from the red carpet-style fan event with appearances from the cast on Facebook and Instagram.

Filmed entirely with IMAX cameras, Avengers: Infinity War is a guaranteed film indulgence with IMAX® screens. Audiences will experience the movie in its most immersive form with its expanded 1.9:1 aspect ratio and IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio.

Fans may also take the Avengers: Infinity War experience on their mobile phones with the new augmented reality feature of the SM Cinema App, where they may search and collect the coveted Infinity Stones around SM Cinema branches in exchange for a special Avengers: Infinity War prize. Just always update your SM Cinema app and stay tuned for the announcements. #AssembleAtSMCinema  #AvengersPH

Catch Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War in IMAX, Director’s Club and SM Cinema branches nationwide starting April 25. Book your tickets now through the new website, www.smcinema.com or for an even more convenient experience, download the SM Cinema app now through the App Store and Google Play.  You may also follow /SMCinema on facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for more information!    

SM l Disney Partnership

SM Cinema / SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. forged a partnership with The Walt Disney Company in September 2015, to bring closer the world renowned Disney brand to the hearts of the Filipinos. The partnership aims to bring Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars through different Disney branded events, theatrical releases and promotions, and other unique Disney experiences through the synergy of the different subsidiaries of SM: SM Lifestyle Entertainment (SM’s lifestyle and entertainment arm), SM Supermalls, SM Markets, SM Retail, and Toy Kingdom.  


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