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When Love for Nature and Family wins over Love for a Lady


Though not so-identified as a romantic comedy, which was initially the intention of the film’s theme that turned out to be a slightly ‘advocacy’ and melodrama flick of Dennis Trillo titled ‘Lakbay2Love’ is set for a February 3 opening in theaters nationwide.

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The second official poster of the film ‘Lakbay2Love’. Image is courtesy of Erasto Films.

Trillo plays the role of Jay-R or ‘Alamat’, a forester and a biker who helps the lost and lovelorn Lianne portrayed by Solenn Heussaff. In the film, Jay-R became the main subject of the documentary assignment that Lianne is working on and falls for somewhere in between. But when Jay-R’s good friend, Macky played by Kit Thompson resurfaced as Lianne’s ex-lover, the blossoming love went sour when the letter guy is still determined to pursue the woman they have entangled with.

The pseudo-romantic cum coming-of-age film is written by Palanca-winner Layeta Bucoy and the director herself Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil.

The love story of Jay-R and Lianne failed to go on further after the former is faced with the challenge of providing for his loved ones—his family and is forced to work in a foreign land instead.

Ongkeko-Marfil admires Dennis’s commitment to finish the project despite the actor’s busy schedule while working as a lead star in a different independent, historical-biographical film dramatizing the life of the first executive minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, and is titled ‘Felix Manalo’.

“His breaks from the shootings of the ‘Manalo film’—he would be with us—filming ‘Lakbay2Love’ and he treated it as his ‘rest’,” says the director.

Trillo admitted as well,  “Isa ito sa dream roles ko na natupad na. Hindi ko naramdaman na work kasi masaya ang shooting. Kung saan-saan kami pumunta. Maraming lugar na first time ko napuntahan. Meron pang locations wherein we had to hike for two hours pero sobrang enjoy!”

Apart from Dennis, Solenn also showed ease in tackling her role as she along with other cast showed effortless way of pedaling through the rocky forests and hilly terrains.

This is the third time that Trillo and Heussaff have worked together. For more details on the said movie, check out its facebook.com page.

Bailey’s Dream comes true!


The 13-year-old Internet sensation who used to dream of having a musical career and perform covers songs of popular artists and ‘Pinoy Big Brother 737’ 4th Teen Big Placer Bailey May is now a certified recording artist via his first-ever self-titled album under Star Music; as he launched it via a bloggers conference today, January 19.

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‘Bailey’ is the self-titled of Bailey May. Image is courtesy of Star Music.

Better known as the ‘Global Gwapito of UK’ is blessed to have worked with Inspirational Diva—Jamie Rivera, who served as his album’s overall album producer. He also mentioned that Rivera gave her two tips regarding the industry and singing.

“She said that I have to be grounded. And when I sing, I should feel the song I am singing.”

In the album, Jamie also composed two tracks, the catchy songs ‘Can You Be My Girl’ and Bailey’s first single—‘Gusto Kita’.

‘Bailey’ includes minus one versions of all the tracks, and can now be streamed on Spotify and will soon be available at all record bars nationwide. Digital tracks can also be downloaded via leading record stores all over the country and in online music stores such as iTunes, mymusicstore.com.ph, Amazon.com, and StarMusic.ph.

His fans and those who belong to this present generation will also definitely love the Hip Hop-laced ‘Boom goes My Heart’, the sparkling ‘Now We’re Together’ the inspiring ‘Gotta Win’ and Bailey’s version of ‘Build Me Up, Buttercup’.

According to Bailey, the first Tagalog song he learned was Daniel Padilla’s hit song ‘Nasa Iyo na ang Lahat’.

For more information, visit Star Music.

Syjuco files formal complaint against SSS


Today, January 18, independent Presidential candidate Augusto ‘Boboy’ Syjuco Jr. filed a formal complaint against Social Security System (SSS) on behalf of the agency’s millions of pensioners to investigate the questionable acts and practices of SSS officers in handling the money remitted by the private sector workforce.

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Syjuco interviewed by television network correspondents.

It is feared that the 32 million SSS pensioners may be cut-off from the retirement lifeline if the economy crumbles under the Aquino administration.

According to an SSS official, the agency’s losses have accumulated a mark-to-market loss of stocks and ballooned to an overall loss that reached to Php42.2 billion. Today, there are senior executives who get paid up to Php100,000 monthly while most of the pensioners are paid only at Php1,000, which is not even enough for the retired workers’ medical maintenance.

The incumbent President—PNoy said the pension hike for over two million pensioners may result to substantial negative income for the SSS as it may only resort to using Investment Reserve Fund (IRF) to support the pension hike. Also, he mentioned that the IRF may diminish over the years and reach by 2029. The proposed pension increase of Php2000 per retiree multiplied by the present number of more than two million pensioners may succumbed to a total payout of 56 billion yearly. Given the annual investment income of Php30 billion to Php40 billion—such total payment for pensioners will yield deficits of 16 to 26 billion annually.

Syjuco compares the SSS pensioners as ‘Walking Dead’ similar to the zombies on an American TV series.

He demands that SSS should be investigated for the following: low collection efficiency rate, fat bonuses for its officials, laxity in the collection of billions in contributions, retirement packages worth unconscionable millions given to SSS board members and non-collection of fines imposed by the courts against employees who violated the SSS law.

#BoboySyjuco is a former Representative of the 2nd District of Iloilo and the Chief of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Back in the Arroyo administration, he was a member of the President’s personal five-person ‘think tank’ on crucial matters in the affairs of the Constitutional Convention. In 1971, he was elected Vice-President for the 1971 Constitutional Convention, holding the third highest rank post back then, when he was still at the age of 28. He was the 10th youngest of the 320 delegates.

He earned his MBA degree in Business Administration at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.