Author: Dale Bacar

DALE BACAR is a Manila-based blogger who also dabbles a bit into photography during his free time. An online freelancer by trade, Dale travels where there is internet connection so he can work and play (mostly with his imaginary friends) at the same time. He studied Film & Audio-Visual Communication at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

Check out these Summer Drinks and More from Starbucks PH

It is summer! That used to mean lounging on a beachfront somewhere while enjoying a refreshing drink. But not anymore. For the last two years, we have been staying home whenever possible or going on a socially distanced work/errand run.

This year, as we continue on our quest of maintaining a sense of normal, Starbucks brings summer right to our doorsteps with their newest offerings starting April 20.

For drinks they have these four new refreshing iced Teavana beverages: the Sunshine Pineapple Oolong made with real golden pineapple chunks, pineapple sauce, and a honey cold foam; the Sunshine Peach Oolong with refreshing peach juice and white peach jelly chunks finished with honey cold foam; the Triple Golden Monkey layered with malty oatmilk, silky tea foam and tea-flavored cookie crumbs; the Cocoa Golden Monkey that has a decadent mocha sauce. All four new Teavana beverages come in limited edition reusable cups.

These are available for only P175 each if you get it in store or via drive-thru, 195 via Grab.

SMART enlists Chris Evans in “Live Smarter for a Better World” campaign

If there is one campaign that can jolt me back into blogging – it is this one. I gotta say – SMART just topped an already impressive line-up of international celebrities. Of course, this is no surprise as they teamed up with PublicityAsia who made a Superstar line-up for clothing brand Penshoppe with a roster that includes Zac Efron, Mario Maurer, and One Direction.

As SMART’s first ever Hollywood A-List brand ambassador, Chris is the perfect face for their “Live Smarter for a Better World” campaign. Who better can inspire people to commit to sustainable actions with lasting, positive impact to society and encourage people to ignite their passions to help change the world for the better than Captain America himself.

“There’s nothing like the current challenges the world is facing to make us all realize that we are all interconnected, and that our personal actions have broader impact. Through our “Live Smarter for a Better World” initiative, it is our aim to create that spark in everyone to help change the world for the better rather than just settling for ‘good’,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, Smart Communications’ President and CEO.

MMFF 2020 Goes Virtual starting December 25

Presenting this year’s entries to the virtual Metro Manila Film Festival. The festival entries can be streamed online via GMovies and via a new streaming platform called Upstream starting December 25 at P250/film.

THE BOY FORETOLD BY THE STARS (BL-Romance) — directed by Dolly Dulu, starring Adrian Lindayag and Keann Johnson

FAN GIRL (coming of age) — directed by Antoinette Jadaone, starring Charlie Dizon and Paulo Avelino

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Starbucks brings back a PH Christmas Tradition with the 2021 Planners and Organizers

In an uncertain time when activities are still limited due to a global pandemic, many people question the need for planners and organizers. But the thing is, our lives keep going even if our world has drastically changed. We may have to cancel our travel plans, we may be forced to work from home or even lose our jobs, and we may need to overhaul our whole lives but beyond all that, life goes on. There is no pause button. We do the best that we can and move forward. If we are lucky, we get to throw in a semblance of normalcy by having that regular cup of Starbucks or celebrate the holidays the way we used to.

For my friends and I, collecting the Starbucks planners and organizers is part of the holiday tradition. They do end up more as notebooks nowadays but then the fun part is in collecting and getting them. We weren’t sure we were getting them this year but luckily, Starbucks just unveiled their best looking Philippine-exclusive designs yet.

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Gawad Urian 2020: Full List of Nominees

This year’s Gawad Urian is headlined by internationally acclaimed films and performers. Leading the pack is Kalel, 15 with nine nominations. The film previously won the Best Director award for Jun Lana at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and a Best Actor award for Elijah Canlas at the Asian Film Festival held in Rome. Babae at Baril, also with nine nominations, was previously awarded the Best Director and Best Actress awards for Rae Red and Janine Gutierez respectively at the QCinema Film Festival.

Cinemalaya Best Picture John Denver Trending has six nominations. It was previously awarded the Critics and Audience awards at the 26th Vesoul International Film festival in France. Another Cinemalaya feature, Edward, has eight nominations including one for Louise Abuel who previously won the Best Actor award at the Dhaka International Film festival. Finally Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Awardee, Lav Diaz, was nominated for Best Director for Ang Hupa at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. He is nominated for the same film at the Urian for Best Director.

Update: 9/22/2020. Ruby Ruiz, nominated for Best Actress for Iska, won at the Harlem International Film Festival in New York for the same role. She perviously bagged the Best Actress award at the 2019 Cinemalaya FIlm Festival.

The 43rd Gawad Urian is set on November 10, 2020. Check the complete list of nominees below.

Cinemalaya 2020 streams online on Aug 7-16

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In an attempt to still deliver quality stories amidst a global pandemic, Cinemalaya goes digital this year with 10 short films slated for its main competition. These films can be accessed via VIMEO on August 7-16, 2020. Select titles will be available via iWant and TFC after the festival.

The main entries can be rented in bundles that cost only P75. The complete package that includes retrospective shorts and full-length features, talkbacks, and fringe events costs P350.

PH Congress ‘delivers’ Duterte’s wish to shut down the nation’s biggest network

July 10, 2020 – 70 members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Legislative Franchises delivered the most stunning blow to PH Press Freedom after Martial Law by refusing to renew the franchise of the country’s largest and most trusted television network. The decision came after 13 days of deliberations over allegations that have all  been cleared by the Department of Justice, National Telecommunication Commission, and Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Allies and propagandists of Duterte maintain that this is an issue of violations of a private company and has nothing to do with politics. But as it goes, the only “offense” of the network seems to be their unwillingness to bow down to power even as the president repeatedly threatened that he would make sure that the renewal of their franchise would not happen.

See:

Duterte to ABS-CBN: Next year, you’re out

Duterte to ABS-CBN: Promote federalism, we’ll settle case

TIMELINE: Duterte against ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal