Mayor Ramil Ventenilla Municipal Mayor, Mangatarem, Pangasinan
Lourdes Duque Baron
This event was organized by Timeless Entertainment Label Inc. based in California under Lourdes Duque Baron and Ideale Productions based in Philly, Pennsylvania under Jaytee Wilcoxson, in cooperation with Mayor Ramil Ventenilla (Municipal Mayor) of Mangatarem Pangasinan.
The Talent search’s aim is to showcase young performers and talents in the Province to keep them off Drugs and off the streets and to enhance their raw talent in Performing Arts.
Proceeds and sale of tickets will go to the poorest students in Public Schools in the area.
Mangatarem is a 1st class municipality in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 73,241 people.
Mangatarem is a Pangasinan word for “mango plantation” The town’s name also came from the Ilocano Phrase which means “mango and oyster.”
The municipality is home to the Manleluag Spring Protected Landscape.
Pangasinan is the name for the province, the people, and the language spoken in the area. Indigenous Pangasinan speakers are estimated to number at least 2 million. The Pangasinan language, which is official in the province, is also one of the officially recognized regional languages in the Philippines.
Pangasinan has several ethnic groups who enriched the cultural fabric of the province. Almost all of the people are Pangasinenses and the rest are descendants of Bolinao and Ilocano, who settled the eastern and western parts of the province. Pangasinan is also spoken as a second-language by many of the ethnic minorities in the Province.
The minority ethnic groups are the Bolinaos and the Ilocanos.
Pangasinan was first founded by Austronesian peoples who called themselves Anakbanwa by at least 2500 BC. A kingdom called Luyag na Caboloan, which expanded to incorporate much of northwestern Luzon, existed in Pangasinan before the Spanish conquest that began in the 16th century.
The Kingdom of Luyag na Kaboloan was known as the Wangdom of Pangasinan in Chinese records. The ancient Pangasinan people were skilled navigators and the maritime trade network that once flourished in ancient Luzon connected Pangasinan with other peoples of Southeast Asia, India, China, Japan and the rest of the Pacific. The ancient kingdom of Luyag na Caboloan was in fact mentioned in Chinese and Indian records as being an important kingdom on ancient trade routes.
Popular tourist attractions in Pangasinan include the Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City and the white-sand beaches of Bolinao and Dasol. Dagupan City is known for its Bangus Festival (“Milkfish Festival”). Pangasinan is also known for its delicious mangoes and ceramic oven-baked Calasiao puto (“native rice cake”). Pangasinan occupies a strategic geo-political position in the central plain of Luzon, known as the rice granary of the Philippines. Pangasinan has been described as a gateway to northern Luzon and as the heartland of the Philippines.
After being “Churchless” as a Christian for the past 10 years or so, finally a Church has found me.
My Indoctrination was not easy for the Iglesia ni Cristo members and the Ministers who walk me through my Spiritual journey; I was combative and very proud to even listen to them at times…I asked too many questions that I was assuming none of them can answer.
They replied to me with patience, kindness and humility through the Bible.
After Six months of Biblical Studies and Church Doctrines (minus the religious dogmas) my time came for Baptism. Hailed as one of the successful and influential Church in latter times, the congregation is now established in 84 countries and territories world wide with members from different ethnic back grounds and races.
A Church that was installed in the Philippines in 1914 by Brother Felix Manalo, based on Biblical teachings and doctrines of the first century Church founded by Jesus Christ and his Disciples in Jerusalem. In 1996 the Jewish State of Jerusalem accepted and recognized the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) and allowed Church services since then, which is now known as the return of the original Church of Christ to Jerusalem.
Doubtful and un-trusting; I did my own research in and outside the Bible. I also inquired about the Negative issues that was hovering over the Iglesia ni Cristo and they explained, again always pointing to the Bible.
After six months of Biblical studies and Doctrines, I finally let my guard down, realizing that their teachings were simple, Bible based and not to mention—it was also Historically based.
Going back to the basics, common sense and Humility allowed me to understand the teachings/doctrines of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in spite and despite of my skepticism and fear of losing friends (which never happened), I am (still) learning the ropes inside the congregation, since my Baptism in 2016.
History and Faith played so much “role” during these times, there were a few verses in the Bible that moved me all through out my studies and eventually led to my Baptism; International Standard Version
“You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you. I have appointed you to go and produce fruit that will last, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you.
New International Version
having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
The last verse speaks and answers why The Iglesia ni Cristo does not and will not celebrate Pagan/Greek/Roman based festivals such as Holy week, Easter, Christmas and Valentine day; New International Version
“I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.”
I was also impressed how and why they keep on building Churches in the country and all around the Globe, through Church contributions, again pointing to the Bible: New International Version
“Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD.
Contributions are all accounted for and other contributions goes to our “Pamamahayag” (to Evangelize) and “Lingap” a charitable work for INC members and none INC members, (including) in the times of natural disasters and calamities.
It is very difficult for me to adjust to all of these, but I am pulling through by God’s grace and with the help of Church members, aside from this my life is pretty much normal with Christian responsibilities, that I hope, that I can manage by God’s and Christ’s Grace.
Josh Yape, a 14 year old Artist will perform on DECEMBER 27, 2015 at RIZAL, TAYTAY, BINANGONAN,CARDONA billed “AWIT KAY INA” ( A Song for Mother) this Holiday season.
Also performing in the Provincial concert is Heber Bartolome along with Mark Abra Mark Kaizer T. Sanchez, Roweno Tecson introducing Daniella Romino. BANGIS NG PINOY
Catch them at KINAMAT RESTO MUSIC BAR at GUIDO ANGONO RIZAL,, 4-6PM. Tickets are available at BANGIS FM, call DJ Charlie Potatoe/Charlie for tickets @ 09169023644.
Seeing the House for the first time in a sprawling 2,000 square meter lot, in the middle of Pasay City along Leveriza Street..reminded me of the crowd from Old Malate. Equipped with state of the art Stage and sounds with a sushi bar for clients who would want to dine while enjoying Aesthetic energy; Vibers 888 also has an Art Gallery for Visual Artists who would want to mount their art work in the area. The Bohemian spirit came alive and bumping into familiar faces in Visual Arts, Music, Film and even Fashion; meeting former Fashion model and cat walk Icon Bessie Badilla (who I toured with around the Art gallery along side composer and Puerto Rican Guitarist Oz Rivera…my date for the night as Paul puts it) was more than this writer could ask for. The Resto Bar and Art Gallery opened in January with the owner’s advocacy in mind… to create a place for up coming Bands, visual artists, poets, composers–Cesar Llamas the in-house Artist and curator says it is a venue for the seven field of Arts.
In my case as a writer…it was a place to find Muses! the old house was built in 1937 and is owned by a Chinese family and was bought by Dennis Dy two years ago, tired of concentrating on business; Dy thought of converting the house into an Art Haven in the middle of a bustling city, along side Andy Sanchez who is known in the Biz as the brother of 80’s Matinee Idol KENO and Visual Artist Cesar Llamas who moved back from New York. It was indeed a night of music, great minds and muses.
The performing Artists of Vibers came from different parts of the metropolis all talented and promising with a unique brand of music and Art; Jean Paul Zialcita the dude who introduced me to the place is himself a rising talent hence the term “BAKUNAWA RISING” equipped with recycled Aqua drum which he started developing since 1999, he is also a Filipino Martial artist and percussionist– the way he combined the different arts progressively through the years is working out well so far.
Oz Rivera a Puerto Rican Composer and Guitarist is a Philippine resident who formed a band here and called it Timelight Panorama. Oz also composed music for Jose Rizal’s “My Last Farewell” yet unpublished and did collaborative work in the album “Wake the Nations” recorded in Finland along side music producer and lyricist Risto Tuonamen. Rock (guitar) Legend; Sammy Asuncion, our answer to Jimi Hendrix formerly a part of Pinikpikan Band is also in the House and is always ready to bring the house down fresh from Europe.
Photo credits Jean Paul Zialcita
Manila, Philippines – Martial Arts Icons , Mark Dacascos and Monsour del Rosario caught up with each other yesterday March 2, 2015 (Manila time) at the auditions and production meet at San Antonio Village in Makati, for an action flick to be filmed in the country, “Showdown in Manila.” The auditions lasted longer than expected.
Included in the film “Showdown in Manila” is up and coming Actor and Taekwondo black belt Ian T. Ignacio among the first local actors in the line up casted during the first wave of the auditions.
Watch out for more details of “Showdown in Manila” in leading print News and Magazines in greater Manila soon.
A Grammy favorite Lou Baron’s voice got the audience a- buzz every time she belts out a song; at the age of 67 her whimsical voice will get one guessing, if that was her audio. Also an Author, She penned “Scripted in Heaven” the second book she has written based technically on her experiences in life. Lou Baron, an actress, singer and author rolled into one–her walk down “Sunset Boulevard” is seemingly inspiring.
An amazing inspiration to people in their twilight years.
“Table for Two” record producer, Andrew Lane of Drew Right Music has this to say; “If any music could be called accessible it’s this, with its warm intimacy and classic good taste. Lourdes Duque Baron’s look and sound has been referred to as ‘timeless.’ Her music transports the audience back to those days of smoky, dim lounges where men in debonair suits would hover around women in glistening evening attire, and the clinging of martini glasses was endless. Without a doubt, the Rat Pack era is responsible for some very fine jazz standards. Baron’s new songs are masterpieces and could very well prove to be part of Rat Pack for the modern era collection. After all, some things are timeless for a reason; they are so powerful, they already belong to posterity.” She also stars in the lead in a Feature Docu movie being filmed in the Philippines called “Butanding.” Our Filipino American kabayans are thrilled and still awaits upcoming projects from Lou.
Manila, Philippines- Hollywood Actor and Martial Arts Icon Mark Dacascos is in the country for the pre-production of a Martial Arts flick that He will direct himself. Dacascos was here some 10 years ago for the film “Hunt for Eagle One” and came back incognito in 2013 for the making of “Operation Rogue”. A regular home grown TV personality in Iron Chef America, Dacascos also played the recurring role of “Wo Fat” on the CBS series, “Hawaii Five-0.”
In his facebook and twitter account Dacascos posted: “Aloha from Manila, Philippines! I’m here in pre-production; I’m directing a film with Tia Carrere, Alexander Nevsky, Casper Van Dien, Matthias Hues, and Cary Tagawa. Casting some fantastic “local” actors in the next few days. Photos and more info coming! :)” Tapped indeed to Star in the Action Flick are local Action Stars headed by Monsour del Rosario. Mabuhay Mark Dacascos welcome to the Philippines.
Thank you for the heads up po! Specially for Ian, there’s a bit of correction lang po… He will be depicting Igorot Warrior Lao-Ang not po LANG-ANG, thanks much! Cheers!
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World Renowned Film Maker — Quentin Tarantino latest motion picture Hateful Eight an Oscar favorite following the film script being leaked several months ago is scheduled (the movie teaser) to be shown in theaters arriving next week in selected areas.
The Filming starts next year and will star Samuel L. Jackson,Kurt Russel and Bruce Dern. There is no release date for the film yet.
The Judge will have its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The Judge Directed by David Dobkin and stars a power house cast headed by Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio from the Television series Law and Order SVU,Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, Leighton Meester, Ken Howard, Emma Tremblay, Balthazar Getty, David Krumholtz, Sarah Lancaster, Grace Zabriskie, Denis O’Hare and Robert Downey Jr.
Manila, Philippines– Written as a short story in 2005 “Cordillera sa Dulo ng Panahon” Cordillera … Al Final del Período formerly titled “Anak ng Cordillera” was first published online through Scribd.com an online library on April 4 2012, revised from its original Title “Anak ng Cordillera” (2006) the Story remained dormant online until June 2012 when research and studies started for the Independent film version.
Coming straight from months of research in 2012 the Igorot culture will be magnified in a cross cultural epic set in the 1600’s. Simultaneously The research and the search for the title role was on: Assisted by: Employees/ Anthropologists and Historians from the National Museum/ Museum of the Filipino People, National Historical Institute, Benguet State University, from the University of the Cordilleras, Cordilleran Studies and Indigenous Studies (UP, Diliman) Only 3 names came up: Raymond Bagatsing, Mon Confiado, Yul Servo. Among the three Mon Confiado was chosen…but He was not to be…on April 30 2014, I was asked to replace him and several others at a marketing (strategy) meeting, I lost the rebuttals. Stressed and blanked out..I was back to zero as far as my Warrior was concerned. June 18,2014 at the Premiere night of “Ang Bagong Dugo” I spotted Ian T. Ignacio (whom I remember meeting in Baguio, last year) on and off the Big screen who was Introducing in the said motion picture. Just recently…I called his Father Character Actor and Karate Champion Levi Ignacio…and…I got the heads up. As of this writing final revisions, last research corrections on the geographical setting and casting is underway.
Extensive research for the tribal culture studies and research for accurate depiction of the Cordilleras was done with caution and expertise (although the film was fictionalized ) that was funded by: Cath Limcauco of LA, CA based FilmWorks research and productions Inc..
Cast of Characters: Igorot tribe of Mt. Province (Tribus Independientes)
Igorot Warrior: Lao Ang—Ian T. Ignacio
Igorot Elder/Warrior Chief: Apo Libuagan- Levi Ignacio
Right Hand man of Lao-Ang Bulan-Gabriel Villorente
Apo Lamagan- Father of Lao Ang and Apo Libuagan
Gipaan-Yul Servo ( Right hand man of Apo Libuagan)
The Spanish Officials
Hen. Enrique Malvar-Monsour del Rosario
Lt.Col. Miguel as Sanchez-Lloyd Samartino
Maria Stella –Daughter of Hen. Malvar
MANILA, Philippines – * Entries to the 40th Metro Manila Film Fest announced by Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Saturday, June 21, Manila Time. The Entries headed by Robin Padilla’s Bio Pic on “Obscure” National Hero, Gat Andres Bonifacio called “Bonifacio, Gusto Mo Ba Siyang Makilala? takes the lead in the entries, followed by Familiar main stream movies–most are sequels: Praybeyt Benjamin 2, starring Vice Ganda, and Chito Roño’s Feng Shui 2, starring Kris Aquino and Coco Martin, horror classic Shake, Rattle and Roll 15 starring Dennis Trillo and Carla Abellana, and Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2 starring Dingdong Dantes, Lovi Poe and ER Ejercito in Magnum Muslim .357.
Manila, Philippines–“Ang Bagong Dugo” (New Blood ) Stars Joem Bascon, Mark Gil, Efren Reyes Jr, Roi Vinzon, Alma Concepcion and come backing action star Monsour del Rosario after 8 years, Introducing in the film is Ian Ignacio. “ANG BAGONG DUGO” Opens in cinemas on June 18, 2014. Original Soundtrack by Wolfgang. Produced by 3Js Production. Support the return of quality Pinoy Action films on the big screen.
Are you ready for THE EQUALIZER? Starring Denzel Washington, coming soon to theaters. Share this trailer with friends.
Manila, Philippines–ANG BAGONG DUGO IN CINEMAS JUNE 18, 2014. Support the comeback of quality Pinoy Action film. Share & spread the word! WATCH ANG BAGONG DUGO IN THE FF. CINEMAS
Manila, Philippines- Joem Bacson’s dubbed as the new action star in this digital age;and finally cutting the long dry spell of Pinoy macho genre in Philippine films. Directed by Val Iglesias, the motion picture also stars Mark Gil, Efren Reyes Jr, Roi Vinzon, Alma Concepcion and come backing action star Monsour del Rosario after 8 years. “ANG BAGONG DUGO” Premier night will be on May 25 opens in cinemas on June 18, 2014. Original Soundtrack by Wolfgang. Produced by 3Js Production. Support the return of quality Pinoy Action films on the big screen.
Manila, Philippines-He considers “Bagong Dugo” a motion Picture produced Independently by Manila based 3J’s Production–his best project yet.
Val Iglesias was given creative freedom in this action flick/ drama backed up by his expertise in doing vintage action films as a stuntman, Actor and Director where action superstars did superb stunts, such as the late Rudy Fernandez, Eddie Garcia and Robin Padilla who remains to be the last man standing in terms of the Macho Genre in Philippine cinema.
Born January 6, 1951; Iglesias has done 85 films as an Actor, 38 Films as stunt Director, 6 Television shows as an Actor and 4 films as Film Maker. His notable and most recent works were; Guns and Roses (2011); Segunda Mano (2011) and Kaaway ng Batas (1990)
A motion picture that was shot in ten (10) days “Ang Bagong Dugo” pushed Direk Val Iglesias to his limits as a Film maker, as a Stuntman and as Film Professional who dared to bit the odds and get on with his advocates in the vast spectrum of the Philippine movie industry.
“Ang Bagong Dugo” ( New Blood) is set to be shown Nationwide on June 18, 2014 in Philippine Theaters.
Chris Evans of Captain America was trained in Mixed Martial Arts for this much awaited motion picture.
The Art of modern fighting styles and mastering different techniques “since Captain America doesn’t fly or shoot lightning bolts”, says Evans in a Hollywood interview. In a quick fight sequence, Steve Rogers is tested to his limits in an intense fighting stance-a scene where He is attacked in a crowded elevator by a mob of agents in the film.
“It was very important to us that all of our Actors trained rigorously for the film, because we wanted the audience to see our actors executing the action in the film; Audiences want to see a fluid fighting technique and feel the energy” . says Anthony Russo
Captain America is now showing Nationwide in the Philippines since Wednesday.
Manila, Philippines– While the search is on for Miss Manila 2014..
…let me walk you down memory lane and give you a glimpse of the pageant’s history and its most controversial candidate of Miss Manila at that time.
History of Miss Manila: In 1927, the 1st National Beauty Contest was held and took center stage during the Manila Carnival where the search for Miss Philippines begun (also called Miss Carnival Queen of Manila). Candidates are chosen among provincial beauties, the fairest lasses are picked from exclusive high schools, colleges and universities and are tapped to participate and one of the exclusive school for girls called Centro Escolar de Señoritas (now called Centro Escolar University), topped the list that year.
Representatives from as far as the Mountain Province of the Cordilleran region, Abra, Lanao and Sulu joined the beauty contest where leading figures in the arts and culture such as sculptor Guillermo Tolentino and painter Fernando Amorsolo were invited to judge the pageant..
Miss Manila Controversy Circa 1950’s
In 1950, Imelda Remedios Visitación Trinidad Romuáldez a singer and music conservatory student at the University of Santo Tomas, would later join Miss Manila who landed as the second Princess and was named Muse of Manila. Contesting the results, Imelda then became a supermodel with her photographs splashed in magazines and newspapers all over the City of Manila and near by provinces.
Photos by Viva Manila, Alex R. Castro, and A Studio shot of Imelda R. Marcos
Showing in Theaters May 29, 2014: Movie Theme by Wolfgang (Basti Atardi) “Ang Bagong Dugo sa Lumang Ugat,” …Starring: Monsour del Rosario, Joem Bascon, Dick Israel and Roi Vinzon
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Coming this 2014: Originally titled “Anak ng Cordillera” this was written as a short story in 2005 set in the 1600’s and was first published online through Scribd.com an online library on April 4 2012, revised from its original Title “Anak ng Cordillera” (2006) the Story remained dormant online until June 2012 when research and studies started for the Independent film version.