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1st December 2013
'Fast & Furious' actor Walker killed in crash
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on December 1, 2013, 8:08 am

(By Associated Press, 1 December 2013)

 LOS ANGELES - A fiery crash north of Los Angeles has killed 40-year-old Paul Wlaker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, and one other person in the vehicle.

Deputies found a Porche Carrera GT engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a collision Saturday afternoon in the community of Valencia, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.   The two people who were found in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.

Walker's publicist  Ame Van Iden confirmed the actor's death.  A statement on Walker's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.

The Sheriff's Department said that speed was a factor in the crash.

The Santa Clarita Valley Signal reported that the Porche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames.  The fundraiser, to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan, took place at a nearby race car shop.  Attendees rushed to put out the flames with fire extinguishers to no avail.

Wlaker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter.

19th September 2013
Australian based Maasinhon singer/songwriter back in Brisbane after recording with renowned music producer in LA
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on September 19, 2013, 7:10 am

By Jani Arnaiz

Maasin City

“I'll be back, Los Angeles! Temporary goodbye,” so says Cezka Mariz Lapurga in LAX International airport as posted on her Facebook account  on her way back home in Brisbane on September 19 after an “exciting” recording stint with Andrew Lane.

This Australian-based Maasin native has continued to make her home city proud.

Cezka Mariz Lapurga, 19, has finished recording her own compositions with renowned music producer Andrew Lane from September 4-18, just two years after she was selected by the Australian Institute for Performing Arts (AIPA) to record an eight-track album in Los Angeles.

Although the album with AIPA failed to soar, Cezka is now hoping that an album with Lane will help her break into Hollywood.

But to be invited by Lane, who had worked on platinum-record hits like High School Musical, Hannah Montana and Disneymania 4, was already a blessing, according to Cezka's father, Edgar.

“God is always good,” said Edgar in an online chat with Inquirer. “We are so blessed.”

Cezka is the eldest of three daughters of Edgar, a native of Baguio City, and Marlyn, of Barangay Dongon in Maasin City.
Her two sisters are also performers. Eliza Mae, 17, is also a singer and songwriter while nine-year-old Jazmin Monique has started performing last month.

Cezka was only seven years old when she first performed during a school play at Saint Joseph College in Maasin in 2001.

Since then, she was often invited to sing during Sunday Masses in Barangay Dongon, Maasin City and special gatherings and school program.

In 2002, the entire family migrated to New Zealand after her mother, Marlynn, found a job as a nurse there. Edgar later worked as architectural cad operator.

While in New Zealand, Cezka took private lessons in opera. She also enrolled in Performing Arts School of New Zealand and at Performance.net to hone her singing and dancing skills.

After five years, the family moved to Brisbane, Australia because New Zealand was too cold, said Edgar.

A year later, Cezka, then 14, later enrolled in Bright Stars Performing Arts Academy workshops and took private voice lessons.

On September 2011, then 17-year-old Cezka Mariz was the only Filipino among 15 teenagers from Australia who were selected by the Australian Institute for Performing Arts (AIPA) to record an eight-track album in Los Angeles.

“There's no proper launching or whatsoever to determine its level but the song she wrote and composed (for AIPA) is already available in iTunes,” said Edgar.

He added the album didn't sell well on iTunes because it was not launched properly. The album, he added, was the product of a program to put together all 15 talented singers and songwriters in Australia.




16th July 2012
Watch the Punisher short film Dirty Laundry starring Thomas Jane
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 16, 2012, 8:38 pm

(Courtesy from Yel Cobile; with permission from FlickeringMyth.com, 16 July 2012)

 Given the collapse of Marvel's proposed live-action Punisher TV series a couple of months ago, it could be some time before we get to see the gun-toting vigilante back on the screen. Fortunately, former Frank Castle Thomas Jane had a treat for fans of the anti-hero at the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, helping to ease the wait by reprising his role from 2004 movie for a superb unofficial short film entitled Dirty Laundry.

Created by Jane and comic book artist Tim Bradstreet - who has previously worked on poster designs for both 2004's The Punisher and 2008's Punisher: War Zone, as well as numerous Punisher comic book titles - Dirty Laundry also features an appearance from Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Blade II) and sees Jane's Castle unleashing his own supremely violent brand of punishment on a group of drug dealing pimps.

Best of all, it's now available to watch online, and you can see it right here...
(Turn on your system's speakers.  Download of the video may entail a wait time depending on the speed of your Internet connectivity.  Warning: Some scenes are appropriate for mature audiences only.  Parental discretion is highly recommended.)


4th July 2012
Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes split after five years of marriage
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 4, 2012, 8:37 am

(By Kathleen Perricone, OMG Y! News, 4 July 2012)

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are divorcing after five years of marriage. The actress’ attorney, Jonathan Wolfe, says in a statement to People: “This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family. Katie's primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter's best interest."

Soon after Holmes' announcement, Cruise released his own statement on the split. "Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children," his rep tells People."Please allow them their privacy to work this out."

Holmes filed in New York on Thursday, and according to TMZ, she is seeking sole custody and "primary residency custody" of Suri, 6, as well as a "suitable amount" of child support. The site also reports that the couple has a prenup. Together, they are worth a reported $275 million, with Cruise earning the bulk of that.

The Hollywood couple wed in a lavish ceremony in Italy in November 2006 with their daughter Suri, then just a baby, by their side. It was the first marriage for Holmes and the third for Cruise, who was previously wed to Nicole Kidman and Mimi Rogers.


Andy Griffith dies at 86
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 4, 2012, 8:24 am

(By Y! News and with permission from NBC Universal Inc., 4 July 2012)

Andy Griffith - the iconic actor who starred in "The Andy Griffith Show" and decades later "Matlock" - has died, according to several reports.

He was 86.

Griffith's close friend, former UNC president Bill Friday, confirmed the news to North Carolina's WITN on Friday morning, noting that the famed actor died at his Dare County, N.C., home around  7 AM local time on Friday.

5th April 2012
Leyte to showcase its rich culture at Aliwan 2012
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 5, 2012, 5:06 am

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, April 2 (PIA) -- Leyte is set to showcase the richness of its culture by sending contingents of two of its best festivals to participate at the Aliwan Festival on April 14 at the CCP complex. 

Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla said the contingents of the Lingganay Festival of Alangalang town and Buyugan Festival of the town of Abuyog have been given financial assistance of P1 million each, by the provincial government of Leyte as they compete in the country’s biggest gathering of best of the best festivals. 

Petilla said he is ready to provide support to the contingents of these festivals because an exposure in national contests also lures economic opportunities and tourism promotions. 

The governor said it is very expensive to send contingents to the Aliwan but Leyte has already made a mark in cultural activities that whenever Leyte is mentioned, people would always associate the province with award-winning festivals. 

Lingganay Festival was proclaimed champion of the Sinulog Festival 2012 in Cebu in January 2012. It is also the reigning champion in the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of the province of Leyte. 

Buyugan Festival, on the other hand, has won in many festivals contest. In fact, for several times already, it was declared as Pintados-Kasadyaan champion. Moreover, it prides itself for being the Aliwan Festival Champion few years ago. 

The highlight of this year’s Aliwan Fiesta 2012 event is the street dance competition with a total of 21 contingents from all over the country. These festivals often combine religion, tradition, and culture in amazing displays of color and craftsmanship. 

The different cultural groups actually compete in parades that combine street dancing with giant floats that can only be described as works of art. 

In addition, a beauty pageant is run, with competitors from the different cultural areas with pageant contestant wearing costumes representing their own festival. (EOT/PIA8)

10th March 2012
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on March 10, 2012, 7:26 pm

2 days ago by Jenny McGrath

Jessica Sanchez Performs on February 29, 2012
Photo Credit: Michael Becker/FOX ©2012 Fox Broadcasting Co.

Watch & LISTEN:

When 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez says she’s been singing her whole life, she means it. At 11, the Filipino-American appeared on America’s Got Talent, where she wowed with her cover of “I Surrender.” Five years later, she’s getting the chance to perform in front of the world again on American Idol Season 11.

Though we didn’t see much of her before Vegas ­ when she sang “The Prayer” ­ what we’ve now seen of the San Diego resident makes us wonder where Idol had been hiding her. Jessica wowed the judges ­ and us ­ with her take on Jennifer Hudson's "I Love You I Do" in the Semifinals, which earned her a spot in the Top 13. For her Top 13 performances, Jessica took on a big song ­ Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" ­ and nailed it, according to the judges.

Currently, Jessica is a high school student, hoping to ease the financial burdens of her unemployed mother with her singing career.

16th January 2012
Street chase highlights first day of 'Bourne' shooting
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on January 16, 2012, 7:26 am

(By Sandra Araneta, The Philippine Star, 16 jan 2012)

A production crew unloads equipment for the shooting of the movie
‘The Bourne Legacy’ as residents fill the streete, hoping to catch a
glimpse of the film’s stars in San Andres, Manila. JONJON VICENCIO


MANILA, Philippines -- The shooting for the upcoming action-thriller “The Bourne Legacy” started yesterday in the busy streets of Manila.

The Manila Police District (MPD) as well as personnel of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) had their hands full containing the thousands of people who waited since early morning for the shooting to start.

Some spectators waited since Tuesday night to see actors Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”) and Rachel Weisz (“The Constant Gardener,” “The Mummy,” “Enemy at the Gates”) to appear on the set as the production crew arrived and started setting up equipment and props for the blockbuster movie.

Weisz plays opposite Renner, who takes the lead role from Matt Damon in the movie about the workings of a shadowy Central Intelligence Agency unit that trains super spies.

The shooting was centered at Leveriza street in San Andres district where the supposed chase scene stretched to Quirino Avenue up to San Andres Street.

The area covering the first day of shooting was literally filled with people, not least foreign tourists who wanted to get a glimpse of the stars.

No crewmembers, local or foreign, were allowed to give out information as to the plans or scenes that would be shot in Manila.

The two main actors were also hidden from press photographers and cameramen, as local crewmembers repeatedly said, “No interviews, photos or video are allowed.”

The local production crew also secured the location shoot areas.

Weisz and Renner could also not be seen anywhere from where the members of the media had been waiting since early morning.

But some crewmembers revealed the actors were already in the area shooting.

Some residents said they were awakened when the film crew arrived as early as 2 a.m. and started to set up props for filming and stunts.

Barangay officials led by Rodrigo Catamora said the production crew had spruced up the area by repairing and reinforcing some of the houses to make them look older.

Catamora said the film’s production outfit had started coordinating with them since September.

The roofs of houses where some of the action scenes would be shot were finished last month.

Catamora said some 400 people were hired as extras.

He said the production crew explained to him that some scenes would be shot along narrow alleys near the barangay hall.

Several apartment buildings, four- or five-storeys high, were reinforced with steel bars and cables where action scenes would be shot.

Residents could not say what the scene was all about as they were told by the production crew to stay inside their homes as cameras rolled.

Catamora said the rooftop sequences are scheduled for February.

The shooting of the movie started yesterday and would last up to Jan. 15, and would resume on Feb. 19 and Feb. 22 to 25.

The other scenes for the movie will be shot on J. Bocobo St. corner Remedios Circle, on Riverside Road, Real and Sta. Lucia streets in Intramuros, on Jones Bridge and on Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard in Sta. Mesa.

Some scenes will be shot along Ayala Avenue in Makati City, at the Marikina City public market, and at the Navotas City Fish Port.

“The Bourne Legacy” will be shown worldwide on Aug. 3.

Traffic management

The MMDA, with its 120-strong Task Force Bourne, has been ordered to control the crowd and direct traffic rerouting during the 45-day shooting in various parts of Metro Manila.

The Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit (MDTEU) said portions of Malate district would be closed to vehicular traffic during the filming.

Though the shooting of some scenes will be confined to Leveriza and San Andres streets, traffic will be rerouted around the shooting locations, MDTEU chief Superintendent Reynaldo Nava said.

The stretch of Leveriza from Quirino to San Andres will be closed from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. All vehicles passing Leveriza street will turn right to Quirino Avenue.

Nava said that on Friday and Saturday “stop and go” or traffic enforcer intervention shall be implemented along Leveriza from Quirino to San Andres from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We have to see the situation if closure of the roads will be implemented on those days. It might be possible that human intervention or the direction of traffic enforcers to motorists is simply needed,” Nava said.

Traffic had to be rerouted to allow the trucks loaded with tons of filming equipment to be parked near the areas during the shooting.

An ambulance was also on standby for any accidents that may occur.

MMDA Task Force Bourne commander Senior Superintendent Eduardo Untalan said their primary concern is traffic management during the filming.

“Yesterday (Tuesday), the MMDA escorted the trucks of equipment and the crew to Leveriza Street so there would not be any delay. This is from the office of the local production crew in Taguig to San Andres and Leveriza,” Untalan said. “There were about ten trucks.”

Untalan declined to give specifics of the plan, as well as who have entered or exited the areas of filming, and those involved were instructed not to give out details of the movie.

“They give schedules but not ahead of time,” Untalan said.

He said the production would come in at 3 a.m. and yesterday it lasted until 12 midnight.

“This is really important for our country because a task force was even made for this particular filming. This would really help boost the tourism industry in the country. Other countries are even wanting to have this filmed in their own country,” Untalan said.

“We want to ensure that this film ends here without a hitch,” he said.

Untalan said this is the reason why the government is helping out here in order to show the good things in our country.

An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said the government should check on the progress of the shooting of the movie.

Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez said he was not certain if the movie would help raise the tourism industry because “it would depend on what kind of film they would produce.”

Pounding on rooftops

Residents said they were excited that it is the first time that their neighborhood was chosen as location for a Hollywood movie.

No one was complaining about being roused from sleep, as long as they experience seeing the Hollywood stars right at their doorstep.

The mood among locals was one of excitement, with fans jostling each other to catch a glimpse of Weisz and Renner as they shot scenes in dark, crowded alleys near a sprawling slum.

“This is the first time I’ve seen a Hollywood actor at arm’s length and in person. My heart is still thumping hard,” said Elmer Rufino, 43, a sailor who had returned home for a vacation.

“I’ve followed the Bourne movies, and now I can tell my shipmates this was shot in my neighborhood,” he said.

Ma. Victoria Jacela said the shooting started right in front of her house.

Jacela said they were requested by the production crew not to open their doors and windows as the shooting began, but she and her family managed to get a glimpse of Weisz and Renner as they peeped through window curtains.

“Mukhang suplada si Rachel. Hindi siya ngumingiti (She seemed like a snob. She wasn’t smiling),” said Jacela of Weisz, as the actress gamely sat outside the door of their house before shooting started.

According to Jacela, in the scene Weisz was shot while buying something at the pharmacy. A group of extras dressed as Manila policemen then arrived and a chase in the alley began.

The scene ended with the arrival of Renner riding a motorcycle. Jacela said she personally saw Renner after he removed his crash helmet.

Ulalo, a resident who rents out her two bedroom apartment to ten young female students, said this is the first time she witnessed in their neighborhood the filming of a movie.

The girls also took out their cameras and started taking photos of the production crew while setting up equipment.

Ulalo said some of the crew rented out some of the apartments near her unit to be used in the filming.

“It was very loud. Like pounding of hammers and walking on the rooftop, right on top of our apartment. We were disturbed. But it’s okay. We are very excited,” she said.

“This is the first time we experienced this. We were advised as early as October that Matt Damon was coming, but this was changed to Jeremy Renner. He’s the star of the movie, we read in the newspapers,” she said.

Ulalo said Renner himself checked out her place.

Indian tourist Cyrus Singh said he heard that the movie Bourne Legacy was being shot in Leveriza, so he visited the place.

“I have some friends here anyway, so I also wanted to see the shooting,” Singh said.

One resident, 44-year old fruit vendor Giose Valdenor, was hired to be an extra for the film.

Valdenor said he would be paid P500 for a bit scene of him pushing a cart laden with watermelons before being hit by speeding car. He said this would be risky but it’s worth it. - Nestor Etolle, Mike Frialde, Evelyn Macairan

14th January 2012
Filming Hollywood movies; more fun in the Philippines
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on January 14, 2012, 9:39 pm
(By Henrylito D. Tacio, Saturday, 14 Jan 2012)
IF you happen to go to the United States and mention Vietnam, they become poignant. After all, a lot of American soldiers died during the war that took place in the said country. 
Americans are so engrossed on it that several movies were made on the subject, most of the Oscar-winning pictures: Coming Home, The Deer Hunter, and Good Morning, Vietnam to name a few.
Vietnam, the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia, is full of rice fields, coconuts, forests, and beaches. In the past, should Hollywood producers look for a place to shoot a film that takes place in Vietnam, they usually come to the Philippines.

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