Pildera Connect 

Pildera Connect webArt, photography and film exhibition on street art. A collaboration by Blic, Teo Esguerra and Lukan Villanueva.

In the unique tradition of street art, gritty visuals transform spaces into artistic landmarks and markers of community engagement. It is a language defined by contact, dialogue and exchange. At the heart of which lies human relationships- the inspiration for street artists such as Blic.His art depicts personal and social experiences- a creative response, expanding and collapsing, to the yearning of public spaces and specific sites. Blic brings to life “sub-cities”, familiar and storied public spaces with his street art icon, a hand or a pair of hands, which hints at a language of its own.

Pildera is an obscure enclave in Pasay City. It is no exception to the precarious and dire conditions found in a “megapolis”. It is a stark reminder of neglect, disparity, contradiction and the drama of social change. In Pildera, the economic and social divides are evident not only in the make-up of community dwellings but also amidst the interaction of people living in specific spaces.

Blic painted this wide mural on a wall behind a church and near a basket- ball court by a derelict Padefo. The Padefo, a day-care center turned urban ghetto inhabited by informal settlers, is the focal point of the mural. Beyond the frustrations of urban angst, the mural wistfully illustrates the possibility of rising out of destitution.

Blic’s pair of hands represents two choices- one, the immediate benefit of a “home” for the settlers in the abandoned edifice and the other, the gains from the educational services once provided at the Padefo where some, as Blic notes, “moved on, rather than remained stuck”. Moreover, the mural is a story of survival and adapting to change.

Blic, a self-taught artist, revels in the canvass of the streets and the open. Shaped by face-to-face encounters of the many around him, absorbing the raw and ‘live’ nuances as he draws and, even for that fleeting moment, sharing the identity of that space, Blic creates a visual personal take. And regardless of whether his work is welcomed with curiosity, aversion or indifference, he dedicates his art to the community around. It is the freedom to learn in situ, telling the story in his own way,and encouraging others to reflect and debate that matters most.

Pildera Connect began perchance when Jeetendra Marcelline, an admirer of urban street art and the works of Basquiat, was introduced to Blic on social media.  Blic’s talent and icon captured his imagination as did Teo Esguerra’s film photography skills and Lukan Villanueva’s film making ability- inspiringhim to produce the exhibit of art, photography and film as part of his efforts to document “fringe” art in the Philippines.

On view starting April 25- May 2 at Level 3, LRI Design Plaza, Nicanor Garcia St. Bel-air II, Makati City.

For more information, please text 0915-2053382.

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Tabletop Group Show at the Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea

Tabletop exhibit April 10A group exhibition of new works by Allan Balisi, Albert Sy, Charles Buenconsejo, David Viray, Dex Fernandez, Dina Gadia, Eugene Jarque, Mac Valdezco, Mariano Ching, Ryan Nazareno Villamael Vladimir Bulalacao Grutas, Zean Cabangis and Zeus Bascon.

The show’s name is derived from the group’s distillation of still-life, a truly contemporary approach to an otherwise traditional aspect of visual art. Objects, through thorough exploration of their ability to be defined as art or otherwise, find new meaning when placed within  the confines of definition. Shape, color, texture and medium are manipulated in order to restructure a new sense of thought.

Tabletop will be on view starting April 10 until 25, 2014 at Altro Mondo · Arte Contemporanea, 3rd Level, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. For inquiries, please call (+632) 501 3270 to 71 or email info@altromondo.ph or visit our website www.altromondo.ph.

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United Under Dance: Trance on Vinyl

nonameFeaturing Paul Caranto | TTD, Bill Margaritis (Vinyl Set) | Cebu, Australia, Nicky Jurado | NBK, Rejie Ronquillo | TTD with Nomad Massive (Drum & Bass) at The Roof.

On APRIL 12, Saturday, 10PM at Time in Manila, 7840 Makati Avenue.

For more details, please text 0916-7777229 or log on to www.fb.com/TranceTilDawn and www.twitter.com/TranceTilDawn.

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Want to be a DJ?

-1After the success of last year’s Red Bull Thre3style Showcase, gear up for more happening events in 2014. Aside from that, Red Bull is looking for The Philippines’ best DJ to represent at the World Finals in BakuAzerbaijan. So do you have what it takes to be The Philippines’ first ever Red Bull Thre3style champion? For more information and to enter, visit www.redbullthre3style.com.

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A Lenten Journey

Hotel Room of Marco Polo Ortigas ManilaSpend a meaningful Holy Week and devote quality time to reflect at the newest 5-star refuge in the city – Marco Polo Ortigas Manila.

Staycations are made more serene with the coming of this hotel property in the metro. In the occasion of its recent opening, an introductory room offer of Php 5,500 net per night includes buffet breakfast for two at Cucina, complimentary high-speed internet access and late check-out of up to 4PM (subject to availability).  As an added value, a consumable dining credit worth Php 800 per room per night will be given for guests to sample the distinct food & beverage offerings of the hotel during their stay.  Truly an ideal city getaway for the coming Lenten long weekend vacation.

Poised to be a dining haven in itself, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant Cucina will offer an array of the freshest seafood options for dinner on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday.  An Easter Sunday Brunch also awaits diners with special treats for children. All these and more as the hotel also has its ongoing 3+1 buffet promotion for diners to enjoy.

Seafood Options at CucinaFor more information, please contact 720-7777 or book online via www.marcopolohotels.com or email: manila@marcopolohotels.com.  Visit facebook.com/MarcoPoloOrtigasManila or follow @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter or Instagram.

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Beach Volley with a twist

17th Nestea Beach LOGOPlay.Party.Chill. Those three words always connotes what summer season is all about.  What a better way to have an ultimate under the sun blast than be at The Nestea Beach 2014.  Now on its 17th run, this year’s event promises to be the biggest, most refreshing summer happening to date as it hits the shores of Boracay this coming Labor Day weekend.

The Nestea Beach experience gets even better with a four-day celebration of Play, Party and Chill in the country’s hottest summer destination. Nestea Beach’s home for the past 17 years, the shores of Boracay will see not only an exciting battle of the champions, but also the biggest yacht cruise in the island. To cap it all off, Nestea Beach partners with Republiq to bring the two of the hottest DJs in the international music scene, Cedric Gervais and Steve Aoki, shake the sands of Boracay in the hottest long-weekend celebration in the country

To officially kick-off the season, Nestea took the beach experience to the heart of the Metro with “Nestea Beach in the City” – a pop-up beach experience to select guests and members of the media. Spectators were given a sneak peek of the different, exciting activities to look forward to in the upcoming Nestea Beach, proving that a refreshed summer is possible anywhere with Nestea.

And there’s more!
The best of the best come together for the 17th Nestea Beach Volleyball competition as last year’s Nestea Beach Volleyball champions compete with regional volleyball champions from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao for this year’s title. A total of 24 teams will participate in the NESTEA Beach Volleyball competition, which will take place from May 1 – 3 in front of the Boracay Beach Chalets at Station 2.

Summer activities like Paraw sailing, seaside massages and beachfront Frisbee games will also happen at the same time as the Nestea Beach Volleyball, with a chill station set up at Crystal Sand in Station 1. Making things even cooler are free Nestea samples that will be distributed throughout the weekend in the various refresh stations to keep the hot days refreshed.

Nestea Beach will also continue its Love The Beach campaign; a long running advocacy to clean the beaches of Boracay. Nestea Beach will facilitate a Shore Clean-up in partnership with Boracay Foundation Inc. on May 2, where consumers can participate to show their love for the beach in a different way. In addition, Nestea pitchers will be sold throughout the weekend and for every pitcher sold, Php5 will go to the Boracay Foundation’s Coral Reef Restoration project. Nestea will also match and double this amount in support of this advocacy.

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Likewise, Nestea Beach also brings to Boracay the freshest parties the Labor Day crowd has ever seen. The Labor Day weekend kicks off with the Nestea Plunge party on May 1 at the Tides Roofdeck Pool & Solstice Sun Lounge, accompanied by entrancing beats from the some of the hottest names in the local party scene like DJ Ron Poe, DJ Nina Saputil, DJ Macoy and DJ Jessica Milner.

Refreshing the LABORacay scene is the biggest sunset yacht party in the island. The Nestea yacht party on May 2 takes the crowd to new heights with stopovers at different destinations around Boracay. Music from The Zombettes, DJ Callum and Marc Marasigan will accompany the crowd as make their way to Crystal Cove, Crocodile Island and, finally, Puka beach for an exclusive island party before cruising back to the main island at sunset to cap off the day.

The biggest international acts also make their way to the pristine sands of the island for the weekend finale of NESTEA Beach. On May 3 and 4, Nestea Beach, in partnership with Republiq brings in Grammy award winning DJ Cedric Gervais and Grammy nominated DJ Steve Aoki to celebrate a refreshed summer during the biggest party of the Labor Day weekend. Two legendary back-to-back shows cap off the 17th NESTEA Beach experience at Epic Bar in Station 2.

For more details, log on to www.nestea.com.ph.



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Welcome to Pond’s Men Manor

The faces of the newest line of skin care products especially made for men, Pond’s Men Energy Charged were recently introduced in a spectacular evening well attended by Manila’s outstanding handsome faces and legendary beauties.


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Pond’s Men Manor, the perfect name for a perfectly crafted venue, was filled with striking modern-day knights and overflowing drinks and pool tables, making the event the best epic party one could imagine.

And as if the venue wasn’t enough, Pond’s Institute also brought DJ Nina, Pond’s Men’s very own Rico Blanco, international DJ duo KimKat and Dutch DJ trio Shermanology to keep the guests dancing and rocking till the early hours of the following day.

The amount of excitement and novelty that accompanied the event was just unforgettable! Spotted at the even were:

For more information about Pond’s Men, visit www.pondsmen.ph  or follow Pond’s Men on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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Summer’s Here!

Summer is all about that fun and carefree vibe, right? So rest your beloved cool-weather must-haves and update your wardrobe with Regatta’s 2014 Summer Collection!

Regatta’s 2014 Summer Collection consists of Swimwear, Tropical Collection and Essentials in hard-to-miss bright hues and summer prints.

The Summer Swimwear collection ranges from drawstring bikini tops and bottoms and one piece printed swimsuits to tank tops, rash guards, printed board shorts and dress shirts in floral prints and more.

Summer Tropical collection, on the other hand, features printed dresses and tank tops, striped polo shirts and light colored polo/polo shirts and shorts.

Lastly, the Essentials collection exhibits the classic preppy and outdoorsy look with nautical printed/patterned polo shirts, cool and comfy striped dresses, khaki pants and shorts.

To complete your summer getup, spritz some of Regatta’s limited edition 25th EDTs for men and women. The fresh ocean scent with hints of lime and a mix of floral and citrus fruits will surely complement your perfect summer adventures!


Visit Regatta stores near you and shop for this summer’s coolest trends. For more information and updates, check out Regatta’s website, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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Sensitivity-Free Summer

Sensodyne ProductsThe hot rays of the sun will always give a valid excuse to enjoy summer food; be it sherbet, ice cream, halo-halo or anything that’s sweet and cold. Too bad for some people, these coolers trigger dentine sensitivity. But not for some patients with sensitive teeth who have found relief with GlaxoSmithKline’s Sensodyne.


For Sensodyne users, here’s a good news for you: you can now take your most trusted toothpaste anywhere! Meet Sensodyne sachet, the perfect size that’s not too heavy nor too bulky for your summer package. Now you can surely enjoy your summer food with your backup aid.

The new size is also ideal for new consumers who want to test Sensodyne first in addressing their sensitivity.

Say No to Ngilo Campaign

Remember their previous campaign with the line “Sensodyne, twice a day, everyday” in the dentists’ Australian accent? That line was pretty catchy, right?

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Now the brand is pushing Say No to Ngilo, a new campaign that involves the commitment of GSK, Philippine Dental Association and consumers in eliminating the common oral problem of Filipinos: sensitive teeth (pangingilo). Would you believe that 9 out of 10 Filipinos suffer from sensitivity and do not address this issue?

Well, with the launch of the campaign and the new sachet format, there’s gotta be no more excuses now.

Luis Manzano Says No to NgiloTake it from actor/host Luis Manzano, a sensitive teeth sufferer himself. Luis admits that he too used to ignore his condition until he discovered that there’s an available solution.

“When I started using Sensodyne, it made a big difference in my life! Now, I get to enjoy my favorite drinks along with everyone else and I could eat anything I want,” says Luis.

This is coming from a person who’s so afraid of dental visits and procedures that he had to be sedated during his sessions! (Luis’ statement, not ours). But look at him now, he’s got the total oral healthcare!

So to enjoy the sweet and cold offerings of the season sans the annoying sensitive pain, use Sensodyne!

To learn more about Sensodyne, visit their website today.

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Cars and Prizes Await You this April at Resorts World Manila’s Raffle Overdrive

April 15After giving away over PHP 136 million worth of prizes including a fleet of luxury BMW cars last year, premier lifestyle destination, Resorts World Manila (RWM) lets its valued members enjoy another round of its grand Raffle Overdrive Series.

RWM’s big, month-long raffle promotion is back and is set to give away over PHP 12 million worth of prizes including four (4) cars this month of April. Among the cars set to be raffled off are two (2) Ford Ecosport 1.5L Titanium, a Mini Cooper Paceman A/T, and a Mini John Cooper Works Coupe.

Aside from the grand prizes, 14 winners of major prizes will also be drawn during each of the four raffle dates set to take place on April 15, 16, 29, and 30  at RWM’s piano bar and lounge Bar 180. All of the prizes are tax paid.

RWM members earn points to gain raffle entries and must be present at the venue in order to be eligible for the draw. The raffle promotion is open to members 21 years old and above only.

To know more about the raffle and other RWM events and gaming promotions, visit www.rwmanila.com or call Tourist/Visitor Hotline at (02) 908-8833.

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