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‘Recipe for Love’ (of Cochinilla and Kare-Kare): A New Romantic-Comedy Flick from Regal Films


When it comes to romantic-comedy films especially in Hollywood, the name that easily comes to my mind is Nora Ephron, who also wrote a novel titled Heartburn in 1983, but she also wrote a screenplay and directed ‘Julie and Julia’ in 2009, which starred Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Messina; thus stumbling upon this latest romantic-comedy offering of Regal Entertainment Incorporated–the Recipe for Love, I thought that it should be in that league of storytelling.

 

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Having Jose Javier Reyes, who has worked on romantic-comedies as well, this project that will spotlight once again the humorous side of Christian Bables opposite Cora Waddell.

But what stuck in my head was what Ephron had wrote once in her novel titled ‘Heartburn’ (1983) that said: “Nothing like mashed potatoes when you’re feeling blue. Nothing like getting into bed with a bowl of hot mashed potatoes already loaded with butter, and methodically adding a thin cold slice of butter to every forkful. The problem with mashed potatoes, though, is that they require almost as much hard work as crisp potatoes, and when you’re feeling blue the last thing you feel like is hard work. Of course, you can always get someone to make the mashed potatoes for you, but let’s face it: the reason you’re blue is that there isn’t anyone to make them for you. As a result, most people do not have nearly enough mashed potatoes in their lives, and when they do, it’s almost always at the wrong time.”

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The film is about Calix (Bables) , a chef named of an upscale Filipino restaurant and Val (Waddell), a food blogger and aspiring magazine editor.Though they may have started off on the wrong foot, would they eventually hit it off and romance start to mash well?

Apart from the tandem of Christian and Cora, the one thing that made Jose Javier Reyes convince to direct the screenplay of Raymund Barcelon who made a great analogy between food and relationships; it was also the idea of spotlighting Filipino cuisine like Cochinilla (roasted suckling pig) and Kare-Kare (stewed oxtail, pork hocks, calves feet, pig feet, beef stew meat, and occasionally offal or tripe complemented with a thick savory peanut sauce), which turned out to be his favorites.

Opening tomorrow, November 21 in cinemas nationwide; and for more updates, follow Regal Entertainment Incorporated on facebook, on twitter, on Instagram and  on YouTube.

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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.

I also want to be a ‘TRIPPER’ like Them!


I was privy to this upcoming travel show since its conception and I am as excited as anyone else to finally feast on the episodes of ‘TRIPPERS’.

It is a weekly show that will take its viewers to places that they want to see for themselves, take the trip and experience what the hosts have experienced while taping the said show.

None of the travel shows I have seen so far on local television that is like this one. It is NOT THE USUAL TRAVEL SHOW. It encourages the viewers to be actively involved in preserving our environment in order for us to appreciate further its grandeur.

TRIPPERS will be airing every Sunday starting August 31, at 9:30am and will have its replay every Saturday at 3:30pm. It is also carried over by The Filipino Channel or TFC throughout North America, Japan and the rest of Asia Pacific.

I also want to be a ‘TRIPPER’ like the hosts.

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