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Masculados are in Search for a New Member!


Productions56 homegrown talents and dubbed as the longest-running all-male hunk dance-and-sing group—Masculados is already on its 12 years of existence. Recently, at Fisher’s Mall’s Playland, the group launched its latest single titled ‘Cam to Cam’ which showcases once again the sexy and at the same time sensual moves of the male members that is managed by veteran and award-winning director—Maryo J. Delos Reyes.

Masculados. The seven-member all-male hunk sing-and-dance group is celebrating its 12 years of existence in the entertainment industry. Photograph courtesy of Productions56.

Masculados. The seven-member all-male hunk sing-and-dance group is celebrating its 12 years of existence in the entertainment industry. Photograph courtesy of Productions56.

Though the seven-member Masculados could be compared to the foreign touring dance troupe called Chippendales, who are best known for its male striptease performances and for its dancers’ distinctive upper body costume of a bow tie and shirt cuffs worn on an otherwise bare torso—they do not do exactly do what their foreign counterpart do offer.

Masculados had popularized novelty songs, ‘Lagot Ka’, ‘Sana Mama’, and ‘Macho Papa’ in 2003. They had more popular hit songs in 2004 via sensational ‘Jumbo Hotdog’. In 2010, they released songs ‘Ganda, Ganda! Seksi, Seksi!’ and a tribute Christmas song for the late Bella Tan, the mother of ‘Masculados’ titled ‘La Bella Pascua’. In 2012, they also released hit songs: ‘Di ko Mapigil’, ‘Hawakan Mo Na’, and the ‘Masculados Mashup’.

Masculados also have a new member, an Austrian-Filipino named David Karell. He will be formally launched together with a new member who will emerge as champion in the Search for the New Masculados in September this year.

Masculados' newest member, an Austrian-Filipino named David Karell. Photograph courtesy of Productions56.

Masculados’ newest member, an Austrian-Filipino named David Karell. Photograph courtesy of Productions56.

The Search for the New Masculados will be held on all four Saturdays of September (September 6, 13, 20, and 27) at the Fisher Mall, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

According to Direk Maryo J., “The search is not just about showcasing the ‘Masculados’ form, but also inspiring people to be healthy and be in great sculptured shape at the same time. Apart from being hunky, we also want to discover talented males who will be health and wellness ambassadors.”

To apply, applicants should submit their profiles with two photographs (one close-up and full body; wearing formal and sexy outfits) to productions56@yahoo.com. For more information about the search, please contact JEROME or MARK of Productions56, Inc. at mobile numbers +639157826087; +639178907249 or telephone number (632) 372-4505.

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Team Bianca versus Team Meann


Prior to the series’ premiere in July, we were already privy about the love triangle between the three lead actors—Piolo Pascual as Eugene Agustin a.k.a. Gin, Iza Calzado as Atty. Bianca Magpantay, and Nikki Gil as Meryl Ann a.k.a. Meann.

Gil as Meann and Calzado as Bianca, they are the two women in Gin's life portrayed by Piolo Pascual. Images courtesy of 'Hawak Kamay' page on abs-cbn.com's entertainment section.

Gil as Meann and Calzado as Bianca, they are the two women in Gin’s life portrayed by Piolo Pascual. Images courtesy of ‘Hawak Kamay’ page on abs-cbn.com’s entertainment section.

Personally, I support the two actresses—Calzado and Gil, but in the series—I had to make a choice as to whom I should be rooting for in order for Gin to choose and be happy, eventually.

Let me give you a brief background about the two female characters—Atty. Bianca Magpantay and Meann.

In the series, Calzado’s character is a typical toughie woman, but a softie inside. She is a woman with a past who tried to hide her past—having a child out of wedlock. Even if it’s against her will, she gave in to her dad’s wishes that her only daughter—Lorry (Andrea Brillantes) will be adopted as her ‘sister’ and not to be known as her real daughter.

However, things changed. There were circumstances that occurred, which she herself had to make a choice and take responsibility over her daughter when the real father—Jacob Caballero portrayed by Bernard Palanca showed up; trying to win her back and her daughter. Because of Gin’s prodding, Bianca came to terms with herself, braved the great challenge ahead of her, but in the end was able to convince her dad that she is capable of becoming a mother to Lorry, and not just being an elder sister.

Meann on the other hand, is a loving, understanding and giving daughter to her parents. Her traits made her the object of Gin’s affection and they even had plans of starting a new life together. She supported Gin during the guy’s low moments and even the dream of becoming a successful singing artist in the future. But one thing led to another, which she had to make a difficult decision of breaking up with Gin after the latter chose to stay behind and take care of the three adopted kids—Emong (Zaijian Jaranilla), Dara (Xyriel Manabat), and Ningning (Yesha Camile).

She got fed up with Gin’s many excuses and could not understand why he had to let go of an opportunity for a greener pasture; to work on a cruise ship. Even if it pains her, she had to fight it out and stand up again for the sake of her family; depending on her. Her sacrifices for her family and her giving-in to her nagging mother forced her to end her relationship with Gin.

Meanwhile, Gin and Atty. Magpantay found comforting and consoling each other in their trying moments. They were also drawn toward each other and ‘somehow’ had that ‘spark’ between each other until Meann showed up again as Meryl Ann, the singer who gets to interpret Gin’s composition for the record company called Top of the Charts.

Who will it be? Who should Gin choose? Are you for Team Bianca or for Team Meann?

Watch out for next week’s exciting episodes on ‘Hawak Kamay’.

Resorts World Manila’s Fifth Year in the Philippines


PASAY CITY, Philippines—The country’s first and largest integrated lifestyle and tourist destination—Resorts World Manila (RWM) just turned five years this month and it hosted an exclusive event, which formally launch its anniversary celebration dubbed as ‘Give Me 5’ on August 19, Taps, Genting Club.

RWM's chief operating officer Stephen Reilly greeted the guests during the unveiling of 'Give Me 5' event at TAPS Genting Club. Photograph courtesy of RWM.

RWM’s chief operating officer Stephen Reilly greeted the guests during the unveiling of ‘Give Me 5’ event at TAPS Genting Club. Photograph courtesy of RWM.

The said event served as a prelude to the grand kick-off on the 28th as it offers a look back at the company’s stellar five-year run, a glimpse of the anniversary festivities in store, and plenty of exciting activities and promos in an afternoon of pure thrill.

RWM chief operating officer Stephen Reilly welcomed the guests.

The guests were treated to a feast featuring five exquisite dishes from five of RWM’s signature restaurants, namely French restaurant Impressions; Korean-Japanese Ginzadon; Cantonese fine-dining Passion; coffee bar and lounge Café Maxims; and VVIP dining Happy 9.

Apart from that, exciting activities and promos that the hotel-resort can offer, it also showcased the mesmerizing acts of the European acrobats—Duo Kvas. X Factor finalist Mark Mabasa and Friends (Lucky Robles, Lilibeth Garcia, and JV Decena) also performed a musical number that day. Two of the Voice of the Philippines finalists—Darryl Shy and crooner Paolo Onesa were also there to sing as well as the scene-stealer, the Voice of the Philippines Kids grand champion—Lyca Gairanod impressed the members of the audience with her song rendition.

Guests' jaws dropped while witnessing the mesmerizing acts of the European male acrobats 'Duo Kvas' during the 'Give Me 5' launch. Photograph courtesy of RWM.

Guests’ jaws dropped while witnessing the mesmerizing acts of the European male acrobats ‘Duo Kvas’ during the ‘Give Me 5’ launch. Photograph courtesy of RWM.

The Voice of the Philippines' finalist and crooner Paolo Onesa serenaded the members of the audience. Photograph courtesy of RWM.

The Voice of the Philippines’ finalist and crooner Paolo Onesa serenaded the members of the audience. Photograph courtesy of RWM.

But the highlight of the event was the appearance of The Voice of the Philippines- Kids grand champion Lyca Gairanod. Photograph courtesy of RWM.

But the highlight of the event was the appearance of The Voice of the Philippines- Kids grand champion Lyca Gairanod. Photograph courtesy of RWM.

RWM is the first one-stop, nonstop entertainment and tourism destination in the Philippines that features exciting recreational thrills, outstanding performances, unique events, and spectacular lifestyle and leisure options. Conveniently located across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, RWM is an instant gateway to world-class Philippine hospitality.

To know more about, log on to its official website.