This week’s Gnews…

This week will be a very busy one for me. This week I will be donning a variety of hats, and will assume different responsibilities. Let me share with you how my week will be.

On Thursday, I will be wearing my business hat, but also the concerned citizen, husband, friend hat as we launch “Hope for the Flowers” in Mall of Asia Main Atrium at 12noon. “Hope for the Flowers” is a photo exhibit of World class photographer Jun de Leon, and features moving and touching  images of Cervical Cancer survivors, and the recently concluded Tour of Hope, a bike tour from Alabang to Camsur. Guys, we don’t want to lose our wives, moms, female friends to Cervical cancer. Try to pass by the exhibit or go to thetourofhope2009.multiply.com to find out more.

Try to visit the exhibit and learn more about Cervical Cancer.

Try to visit the exhibit and learn more about Cervical Cancer.

On Friday (and Saturday),I will be wearing my “showbiz” hat, as well as friends hat. The musical group The Tux will have a concert, “STux on You, You’ve got a Friends’” at the Music Museum .  As most of you may (or may not) know, I have been the Production Assistant / Road Manager for the Tux for over 20 years now. (Wow! Popo, wala bang pension fund)

Tux in the 80's

Tux in the 80's

Tux in the 90's

Tux in the 90's

TUX 2009 version (o ah, colored bigla.....)

TUX 2009 version (o ah, d naka-photoshop yan)

2nd Album of TUX, thats me sa pic sa dulo

2nd Album of TUX, thats me sa pic sa dulo

This concert is a very special one. It not only marks the major return of Tux to the music scene, but is a fund raiser for one of the members. Last March, 2009,Tux was asked by LSGH to perform as part of their  50 year  celebration. The group which has 4 members  from LSGH, gladly obliged. The concert was scheduled for May 15.  It was during preparations and rehearsals for this particular concert that we found out that one member of the group wouldn’t be able to perform. Carlo had gone for a check- up, found a lump in his colon, that had to be removed. The operation was a success in that the lump was successfully removed. But further tests were needed  to see if the tumor removed was benign or malignant. The other 6 members of the group gathered themselves, and, as the saying goes. “The show must go on.” And perform the guys did!!!! Inspired by family and friends, and Carlo who was there, fresh stitches and all, the guys sang their hearts out!!! After almost 5 years of inactivity they performed admirably. Wow, proud ako!!!  After the success of the concert, people were asking for a repeat. We quickly decided to try to put up another show.

Yeah man..........

Yeah man..........

Don't tell my ......

Don't tell my ......

It was a great performance!!!! Praise God!!! D sila hinimatay or tumirik!!!

It was a great performance!!!! Praise God!!! D sila hinimatay or tumirik!!!

After a couple of weeks, we received a text from Carlo’s wife Marika. Carlo was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. She asked for info if we knew anyone from pharma companies to get discounts from Carlo’s meds and chemo treatments. The members of the group met with Direk Freddie Santos and decided to put up a concert to help in Carlo’s medical bills. So this Friday and Saturday, Tux will take to the stage, along with friends ,Zsa Zsa Padilla, John Lesaca, Nanette Inventor, Regine Velasquez, Gary Valenciano, Kuh Ledesma, as well as ex-Tux members, and members of the group Opera Manolo Tanquilot, and  Zeb Zuniga, and  tenor Nolyn Cabahug who will take time out from their busy skeds  to help out. If you guys want to enjoy good music, and have a laugh or two along the way, please try to watch our show this weekend.

Regine Velasquez will be one of the guests

Regine Velasquez will be one of the guests

Good music and good friends. Perfect combination. See You!!!

Good music and good friends. Perfect combination. See You!!!

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On Saturday, I will be donning my business hat , as well as my Dad hat, as the very very first ever, EXPO DAD is held at the Rockwell tent. This event comes from the heels of two very successful  Expo Mom events. I decided, “Sandali lang, paano naman kami? Aba kami yata ang nag da-drive sa inyo sa mga event na iyan. Equal rights naman….” Well not exactly that way but, Dads it’s our turn.

See You July 18!!!!

See You July 18!!!!

The event will have booths to cater to every dads taste.  Aloha Boardsports, Dynamic Sports ,(distributor of Titleist, King Cobra,Head),Spoofs, Clever Cats, Coach E Basketball school, and Mobile 1 are just some of the booths that will be part of Expo Dad. Interesting demos/talks  like “Aikido and Time mangement”, Fencing from SEA Games medalist Walter Torres,a talk from Anton Diaz on Daddy Blogging, even a fashion show for dads, will spice up the Expo. Raffle draws every hour will add excitement. So new dads, old dads, groovy dads, tekkie dads, sporting dads,BASTA dad ka, please make your way to Rockwell Tent this Saturday, July 18. By the way, Moms, there will be booths also that we are sure you will also enjoy. See you!!!!

Spoofs, King Cobra, and Titleist will be some of the names you will see in Expo Dad

Spoofs, King Cobra, and Titleist will be some of the names you will see in Expo Dad

Coach Wawit Torres will be doing a fencing demo

Coach Wawit Torres will be doing a fencing demo

A Coach E Basketball booth will also be there

A Coach E Basketball booth will also be there

And finally my busy week will be capped off by my donning my coaching hat. The 4th MPG Invitational Basketball Tournament kicks off this weekend. My team, Team Africa, named because of our captain Noy Africa is in it’s 3rd year of existence. The first year we joined, we reached the finals, and last year, we reached the semis. This year, we hope to go all the way and win it all. But it will be a really difficult task as all the other teams improved by stocking up on youn talent, while we pretty much just gained weight:) Positive thinking dapat. So, I cap off my week, by bringing out my inner Sonny Jaworski. BTW, the Big J, and I have another thing in common, I am also the elder statesman of the team. HAH!!! This is you…………

Chot Camacho (trailing in the back #6) will be one of our key players.

Chot Camacho (trailing in the back #6) will be one of our key players.

Joey Puno brings versatility to the team as he can play 3 positions

Joey Puno brings versatility to the team as he can play 3 positions

While I provide 41 years of......... experience!!!! Mwahaha!!!

While I provide 41 years of......... experience!!!! Mwahaha!!!

I hope to see you in my events, especially during the weekend!!!!

ONE BIG FIGHT BLUE EAGLES!!!! DEFEND THE CROWN!!!! ANG POGI NI SALVA at ANG TAPANG NI MONFORT!!!!!

Wambigfayt!!!

Wambigfayt!!!

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Movie Gnews

Saw two movies recently. One I watched from the comforts of my home, on my laptop, downloaded from Mininova, while the other one I watched with Juice, Coby and Zach from Rockwell Power Plant Cinema. The first one is “Angels and Demons,” while the the other one was of “Transformers:The Revenge of the Fallen.”

Let me discuss the first movie I watched: Angels and Demons is an adaptation of a Dan Brown novel. Dan Brown is the same author of the controversial movie ‘The Da Vinci Code” which was also made into a movie by Ron Howard, and also starred Tom Hanks, as Professor Robert Langdon.  I had read both books (Yup, I can actually read a book that is not about sports or has no pictures. 🙂 ) and was entertained if not intrigued by the subject matter at hand. Having read The Da Vinci Code long before the movie came out, I was excited when the movie version finally came out. I was disappointed at how the movie came out though. it wasn’t as exciting nor as “controversial” as I thought it would be. But chalk it up to the “I read the book but the movie wasn’t good” attitude that permeates people. I was expecting maybe too much. Really, all you Harry Potter fans out there, don’t you agree that the books are far better than the movies? Nevertheless we all still enjoy watching it come to life as I did watching The Da Vinci Code.

The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

Audrey Tautou and Tom Hanks

Audrey Tautou and Tom Hanks

When I found out that another Dan Brown novel, Angels and demons was being made into another movie, I quickly rushed over to the Bookstore ng bayan, NBS,and bought myself a spankin’ new paperback copy of the book.

Laking National ata ako.

Laking National ata ako.

I read the book and I was quickly into it. I finished the book, just in time for the movie’s opening in local theaters. Alas, it opened the same weeks as Star Trek and Wolverine, and it being an R-18 film, I didn’t have the time nor the company to watch it. I had to prioritize Kirk, Spock, Logan and Deadpool. I resigned myself to wait for the DVD copy.

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A week ago to my surprise and glee :), an R5 copy was in Mininova. I quicky downloaded it and waited around 3 days for 1.3gb copy to finish its downloading. Thank you seeders and leechers. When the torrent finished the copy, I quickly set up my laptop, Mountain Dew, Marty’s Crackling and opened the file using my Vlc player. The copy was fantastic. Audio is a 10, video is a 10. Like the da Vinci Code, Professor Langdon, played by Tom hanks is again the star of the movie. The movie takes liberties again, and is different from the book. Plotwise it is still the same, but maybe Ron Howard and co. felt that this way was more exciting…. and I actually agree.  How different was it? Well, Angels and Demons was suppose to be set before The Da Vinci Code, but in the movie version, it comes after Langdon’s brush with the Catholic church in. Also,in the book, all 4 cardinals were killed, and the new Pope eventually is the cardinal who became the Carmelango in the movie. Got that? Anyway, I enjoyed the movie despite my reading the book and not nitpicking anout this and that. Oh, and another thing, Langdon gets the girl and in the end in the book, eventually hooking up. I enjoyed the part where the cardinals were gathering outside before conclave, some were texting, smoking, chatting away. I could swear a cardinal was playing with his PSP. Just goes to show you they are normal too. A friend of mine made a comment though, he felt he was watching an extra long Amazing Race. A great movie, I was entertained. Don’t think of the book, just enjoy the movie.

Tom Hanks and Ayelet Zurer

Tom Hanks and Ayelet Zurer

Obi Wan adressing the Jedi council, este, Carmelango talking to the Conclave

Obi Wan adressing the Jedi council, este, Carmelango talking to the Conclave

I see the flag and the box, I hope it's not a roadblock. Amazing Race indeed!!!

I see the flag and the box, I hope it's not a roadblock. Amazing Race indeed!!!

Langdon and Vittoria showing the cardinals the latest Hayden Kho video.

Langdon and Vittoria showing the cardinals the latest Hayden Kho video.

You will enjoy this movie even if you haven't read the book. In fact,don't read it. Just download it. :)

You will enjoy this movie even if you haven't read the book. In fact,don't read it. Just download it. 🙂

Next movie gnews will be about Transformers 2, Revenge of the Fallen. See you.

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