Tuesday, January 29, 2013

RUNNING: Caliraya Uphill Challenge Level 2!


What: Caliraya Uphill Challenge Level 2
Where: Caliraya, Lumban, Laguna
When: January 26, 2013 (Saturday)
Distances: 500 meters/ 3k / 7K /14K/ 21K


This run was extra special to me for the following reasons:

  • I won my race kit via Mizuno.ph contest in twitter.
  • This is my 2nd provincial marathon.
  • It's 6th 21K category.
  • I beat my PR at 2 hours and 20 minutes! (4 minutes ahead of my old PR)
Let's get it on!

The GOOD NEWS!

I decided to go CAMO. :)

Some Pre-Race Rituals



IT ALL STARTS HERE

The RACE is ON!



with the BEDAN thumb :)


The MEDALS


This experience was indeed FUN and FULFILLING!


Thank you Mizuno.ph for letting me experience this one of a kind event! I conquered the CHALLENGE! Cheers! More to running!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

MOVIE: "Les Miserables" - one EPIC movie!

Les Misérables has highly specific politics that aren’t simply the politics of popular revolt and “sentimental” liberty. - ADAM GOPNIK - The New Yorker


Les Miserables, (literally "The Miserable Ones", is a great work of art of Victor Hugo, a French poet and playwright. It was originally done in French language and just translated for its adaptation in English language. Tom Hooper took the challenge to put this great piece into a movie after its musical adaptation which was one of the greatest Broadway production of all time.

Storyline



Prisoner 24601, known as Jean Valjean, is released from prison and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert. Set post-revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion.







The Cast



Hugh Jackman  ... Jean Valjean


Prisoner 24601. Released from imprisonment after serving 19 years (five for stealing a loaf of bread and fourteen for multiple escape attempts). He decides to break his parole and turns his life around, proving that the corrupt can make themselves virtuous once more. He changes his identity, becoming the wealthy mayor of a small town. He later adopts Cosette, the daughter of Fantine. 



Russell Crowe  ... Javert

Respects the law above all else and relentlessly pursues Valjean, hoping to bring the escaped convict to justice. He firmly believes that humans cannot change for the better.


Anne Hathaway  ... Fantine

A worker who loses her job and becomes a prostitute in order to pay the Thénardiers for the welfare of her daughter. As she dies of consumption, she asks Valjean to look after her child Cosette. Ultimately she appears as a spirit and escorts the dying Valjean to paradise.


Amanda Seyfried  ... Cosette

Cosette, the daughter of Fantine, has become beautiful under Valjean's adoptive care. She falls in love with Marius, and he returns her love.


Sacha Baron Cohen  ... Thénardier

A second-rate thief, Thénardier runs a small inn.


Helena Bonham Carter  ... Madame Thénardier

Thénardier's unscrupulous wife.


Eddie Redmayne  ... Marius Pontmercy

Marius, a student revolutionary, is friends with Éponine, but falls in love with Cosette. He is later rescued from the barricades by Valjean, who ultimately gives Marius and Cosette his blessing, allowing them to be married.


Aaron Tveit  ... Enjolras

Enjolras is the leader of the student revolutionaries and a friend of Marius.


Samantha Barks  ... Éponine

Daughter of the Thénardiers, Éponine, now ragged and a waif, secretly loves Marius. She is killed while returning to the barricades to see Marius.


Daniel Huttlestone  ... Gavroche

Gavroche is a streetwise urchin who dies on the barricade helping the revolutionaries. He is actually the abandoned son of the Thénardiers, though this is not mentioned in the musical.




My Favorite Scenes


1. Fantine's scene "I Dreamed a Dream".



2. Fantine's death: "Come to Me".



3. Eponine's scene while singing "On My Own" under the rain.



4. Marius Pontmercy's whining after finding out that all of his colleagues have died from the battle"Empty Chairs at Empty Tables".



5. Jean Valjean's last encounter with Cosette as he's breathing his last. Fantine on the scene thanking him for taking good care of her daughter and welcoming him to God's kingdom.



The scenes that I enumerated were my favorite because its on these particular scenes that the film made me into tears. The scenes were really heartfelt. I really commend the artists' portrayal on the characters given to them.


Trivia




  • Anne Hathaway actually cut her hair very short for this movie, in a scene where her character sells her hair.
  • Amanda Seyfried said in an interview that it took over four months of auditioning to get the part of Cosette. She was entirely unaware of the other young women auditioning/ being considered for the role, but she was constantly told that she was "not right" for this musical/film. During the audition process, Seyfried was also singing/reading for the role of Fantine, and forced herself to get into vocal and physical shape for strong consideration for either one of the roles. When Anne Hathaway signed on as Fantine, Seyfried was given the role of Cosette.
  • Anne Hathaway reportedly blew everyone away at her audition, leaving them in tears.
  • Typically, the soundtrack for a movie musical is recorded several months in advance and the actors mime to playback during filming. However, on this film, every single song was recorded live on set to capture the spontaneity of the performances. Everyone involved, from Hugh Jackman to Russell Crowe to producer Cameron Mackintosh, have praised this approach as it allowed them to concentrate on their acting as opposed to lip-syncing properly. They have also praised director Tom Hooper for attempting this on such a scale; something no director has ever done before. 
  • Recording the actors' singing live as they're acting may not be a first for this film, but the scope, and especially the manner in which it's being done, is: The actors wore ear pieces which fed the sound of a live piano being played off-stage, to keep their singing in key. The main novelty here is, there's no count-in or predetermined tempo and the piano is following the pacing of the actor, not the other way around - a first for a filmed musical. Orchestral music was added post-production. 
  • Several actors went through transformations upon receiving their roles. Anne Hathaway lost 25 pounds in total for her portrayal of Fantine, while Hugh Jackman lost 30 pounds in order to play Valjean as a prisoner. 
  • Hugh Jackman went 36 hours without water, causing him to lose water weight around his eyes and cheeks, giving him the gaunt appearance of a prisoner. 
  • The film was going to be 4 hours long, with a 15-minute battle. But, it was shortened to 2 and a half hours. 15 minutes of the final film were cut out.



Closing Note


I believe that this film is one of the greatest films ever made. The story itself has a deep sense of courage and braveness. Touching issues of slavery, prostitution, underground economy, thief  political dynasty, poverty, inequality and unjust ruling. I highly commend the artists who portrayed each role and gave justice to it. Same as with people behind the camera who made their best to create such a wonderful film. Thank you Victor Hugo! Thank you Tom Hooper!

Rating: 10/10


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Friday, January 11, 2013

MUSIC: “Tamang Panahon” by Wynn Andrada





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MUSIC: “If You Ever Change Your Mind” by Marion Aunor





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Daniel Padilla for the song “Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat”





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MUSIC: KZ Tandingan for “Scared To Death”





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MUSIC: Jovit Baldivino for “Sana’y Magbalik”






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MUSIC: Bugoy Drilon for “Pwede Bang Ako Na Lang Ulit”






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MUSIC: Toni Gonzaga for “Kahit Na”






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MUSIC: Juris for “Hanggang Wakas”





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MUSIC: Yeng Constantino for “Alaala”






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MUSIC: Erik Santos for “This Song’s For You”







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MUSIC: Aiza Seguerra for “Anong Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa”






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MUSIC: Angeline Quinto for “One Day”




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Monday, January 7, 2013

NEWS: American Idol is Back!


Since 2004, I become hooked up with American Idol. Who doesn't know about American Idol? Well for others sake, here's an excerpt from Wikipedia:

"American Idol, titled American Idol: The Search for a Superstar for the first season, is a reality television singing competition created by Simon Fuller and produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment. It began airing on Fox on June 11, 2002, as an addition to the Idol franchise based on the UK show Pop Idol, and has since become one of the most successful shows in the history of American television. It was the most watched TV series from 2005 to 2011 in the Nielsen ratings, and it is the only program to have been number one for seven consecutive seasons.


The concept of the series is to find new solo recording artists where the winner is determined by the viewers. Winners chosen by viewers through telephone, Internet, and SMS text voting were Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips.

The series employs a panel of judges who critique the contestants' performances. The original three judges were record producer and music manager Randy Jackson, pop singer and choreographer Paula Abdul and music executive and manager Simon Cowell. The judging panel currently consists of Jackson, American singer Mariah Carey, Trinidadian hip hop artist Nicki Minaj, and Australian/New Zealander singer Keith Urban. The series is emceed by radio personality Ryan Seacrest. 

The series was described by a rival TV executive as "the most impactful show in the history of television." It has also become a recognized springboard for launching the career of many artists as bona fide stars. According to Billboard, in its first ten years, "Idol has spawned 345 Billboard chart-toppers and a platoon of pop idols, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Undewood, Daughtry, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert and Jordin Sparks while remaining TV ratings juggernaut.""

Here's a compilation of my favorite performances from American Idol Season 03 up to Season 11:


SEASON 03



Jennifer Hudson's rendition of I Have Noting




Jasmine Trias sings Inseparable




Fantasia Barrino's magical performance of Summertime



SEASON 04



Bo Bice - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me



Vonzel Solomon's heartfelt When You Tell Me That You Love Me




Carrie Underwood's version of Alone


SEASON 05



Emotional Christ Daughtry on Have You Ever Loved A Woman




Elliot Yamin's Knocks Me Off My Feet




Katherine McPhee's Somewhere Over The Rainbow



SEASON 06



Blake Lewis awesome performance of You Give Love A Bad Name




Jordin Sparks powerful performance of I Who Have Nothing

Click here for American Idol Best of the Best Performances from Season 07 up to Season 11.


American Idol Season 13 will be airing Thursday, January 17, 6 pm and on it's prime time telecast at 8pm on ETC. 


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American Idol Season 13!

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American Idol: Best of the Best






Here's a compilation of my favorite performances from American Idol Season 06 up to Season 11:


SEASON 07



David Cook's dramatic I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing. #AIonETC




Syesha Mercado's version of Fantasia's I Believe




David Archuleta's Angels




David Cook's amazing version of Billy Jean


SEASON 08



Danny Gokey's You Are So Beautiful




Kris Allen's perfect version of Falling Slowly




Allison Iraheta's classy I Can't Make You Love Me




Kris Allen's awesome rendition of HEARTLESS

SEASON 09




Saved by Crystal Bowersox




Lee Dewyze's Kiss From A Rose


SEASON 10




James Durbin - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow




Casey Abrams - Your Song




Haley Reinhart's You Oughta Know


SEASON 11



Phil Phillips' wonderful version of Beggin'




Jessica Sanchez' version of Jasmine Sullivan's Stuttering




Joshua Ledet's astounding To Love Somebody




Colton Dixon's Love the Way You Lie




Heejun Han's A Song For You




Jessica Sanchez' And I am Telling You



Click here for American Idol Best of the Best Performances from Season 03 up to Season 05.


American Idol Season 13 will be airing Thursday, January 17, 6 pm and on it's prime time telecast at 8pm on ETC. 


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Sunday, January 6, 2013

FOR SALE: Imported Perfumes!

IMPORTED PERFUMES FOR SALE!


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Ralph by Ralph Lauren is a Floral Fruity fragrance for women. Ralph was launched in 2000. The nose behind this fragrance is Alain Alchenberger. Top notes are japanese osmanthus, apple leaf and italian mandarin; middle notes are magnolia, boronia and yellow freesia; base notes are musk and white iris.

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D&G Light blue is a casual and breezy, sparkling fruity-floral scent that evokes the spirit of the Sicilian summer.

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Escada Perfume by Escada, Launched by the design house of escada in 1990, escada is classified as a refined, oriental, floral fragrance. This feminine scent possesses a blend of oriental spices, sandalwood, vanilla and orange flower. In addition, a fruity duo of coconut and peach. It is recommended for evening wear.

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Euphoria Perfume by Calvin Klein, Euphoria by calvin klein was introduced in 2005 as a fun, enticing scent for women. The beautiful fragrance starts off with pomegranate, persimmon, and a lovely lush green accord. The heart then blends into a sensual lotus blossom, black orchid which then finishes off with amber, violet, cream and woods.

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Benetton Hot by Benetton is a Oriental fragrance for women and men. Benetton Hot was launched in 1997. Top notes are mandarin orange, bergamot, brazilian rosewood and lemon; middle notes are apricot, iris, water jasmine and lily-of-the-valley; base notes are sandalwood, amber, musk, vanilla, oakmoss and cedar.

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HOT GOLD for Women.

Its Latin name aurum – meaning shining dawn – gives a hint of the multiple evocations of gold. Gold is light and love, hope and happiness. Hot Gold for women captures these associations in a light and elegant fruity floral fragrance which opens with a bright bergamot note, rounded out by touches of golden apple and yellow peach. The delicate heart blends star fruit and radiant rose with soft hints of mimosa, developing into a sensual dry-down of sandalwood, solar musks and golden amber.


COLD SILVER for Men.

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