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The 4th Partakan Festival is back on April 14-15!


Then clear, pristine turquoise waters with powdery white sand; enclosed by lush, verdant mountains of Anguib Beach, Santa Ana, in Cagayan plays host to the fourth Partakan Festival set is on April 14-15 and is again supported by Ropali Motorcycles and Honda Philippines Incorporated along with other major partners for the said annual event.

The yearly celebration that began in 2014 and is dubbed as the first-ever as well as the only ride-and-rock event have attracted local motorbike enthusiasts and their respective families. Apart from the two major stakeholders; it also gained the support of companies like Kawasaki Motors Incorporated, Yamaha Motor Philippines and Suzuki Philippines to help mount the 2017 exciting event.

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Jose represented Department of Tourism Assistant Secretary Ricky Alegre’s representative.

The Amazing Ride Moto-Tourism Challenge is one of the most exciting and anticipated part of the festival. It is sponsored by Shell Philippines and is patterned after the Amazing Race TV series and the competition aims to promote not just tourism, but camaraderie and family bonding of those who will be participating. It will feature teams with six members each and will go through the challenges at various Shell gasoline stations.

Winners will have the chance to bring home up to Php20,000 cash and other lovely prizes. Other challenges in the festival are Auto-Moto Speed Challenge and Bail Out Challenge.

During the press launch of the said festival on March 30 at Ropali Plaza in Pasig, the brother-and-sister entrepreneurs—Aldus Alingog and Ariane Arabel Alingog—the general manager and president of Ropali Motorcyles led the panel during the Q and A portion. Also present in that evening was Iñaki Jose, DOT Assistant Secretary Ricky Alegre’s representative takes pride in this event because it has created a micro-economy for the local residents in that area.

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‘Made in the Philippines’: Anne Curtis’s newest single


Apart from her double platinum success of ‘Annebisyosa’, Anne Curtis will make history by being the first-ever Filipina recording artist to come up with a massive worldwide radio premiere via her latest single titled—‘Made in the Philippines’, which is composed by 3 Stars and the Sun (Billy Crawford, Jay-R, Kris Lawrence, Marcus Davis).

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Indeed, this 2014, Curtis is ANNE-STOPPABLE. She is the star of an iconic teleserye—‘Dyesebel’ on ABS-CBN Channel 2, an upcoming major concert titled—‘The Forbidden Concert: Round 2: Annekapal’ slated on May 16 at the Smart Araneta Colisuem, plus numerous endorsements and projects.

She will be having a worldwide radio premiere of her newest single from her upcoming album under her own wing–Annebisyosa Productions, distributed by Viva.

The following participating countries are:

  • United Arab Emirates – via TAG91.1 on March 28, 5am
  • United Kingdom – via Pinoy Radio UK, Italia, Espana, France, Ireland, Benelux, Nordic, Germany on March 28, 9am
  • Hong Kong – via Good Evening Kabayan on March 28, 9pm
  • Australia – via 98.5 FM on March 31, 8pm and April 1, 10pm
  • Philippines – via MOR on March 28, 6am; on Wave 89.1, 8am; on Star FM, 8:15am; on Love Radio 90.7 and Yes FM, 9:45am

Its music marketing and promotions is handled by ETalent Management and Entertainment.

‘Frozen’ with Fear


(A Review on Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures’ 2013 American computer-animated musical fantasy film)
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In every story, the most common subject and successful element in pushing the characters forward is LOVE; and that is what Elsa, the cursed queen that has the voice of Idina Menzel was frozen all her years of growing up—enveloped with fear.

Queen Elsa couldn’t control her powers and turned the Kingdom of Arendelle into a winter ghost town as opposed to a wonderland. This happened when Elsa couldn’t manage her elemental abilities to create and control ice, frost and snow altogether when all the dignitaries in the world have come to witness the summer crowing of the Elsa as the new queen. The rift between the two sisters Elsa and Anna (Kristen Bell’s voice) ensued when the Queen didn’t allow the marriage of her younger sibling to Hans (Santino Fontana). Because of the Queen’s fury—she shocked everyone in her kingdom by turning it into a cursed winter place.

The film is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’, but writers Jennifer Lee (screenplay), Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, and Shane Morris (story) have successfully made the story closer and identifiable to its modern-day audience. It has effectively referenced several landmarks in Norway like the Akershus Fortress in Oslo, the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim and Bryggen in Bergen. Other typical cultural Norwegian things were also included in the film, such as a Stave church, a Troll, Viking ships, reindeer and the equipment used to control these, clothing, and lutefisk.

The directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee did a marvelous tandem in this particular inspiring tale of two sisters and a story of true love.

Like in scriptures, it mentioned that the opposite of love is fear. Thus, Elsa is living in fear; as she has chosen to shut out her younger sister and became distant in the process. Though the film underwent several story treatments for several years prior to seeing the light to be filmed in 2011, the screenplay written by Jennifer Lee, and with both Chris Buck and Lee serving as directors—came out to be the best Disney animated musical since the studio’s renaissance era as the critics have given their approval, too.

One of the many reasons why this film worked after it went into several revisions in the past years—is the casting of Menzel, a Broadway veteran and Bell as together they proved their singing powers to be totally endearing and engaging. Two of the most popular songs in the movie are—‘For the First Time in Forever’ (a duet of Menzel and Bell) and ‘Let it Go’ (a solo by Menzel). The addition of Jonathan Groff as Kristoff, Alan Tudyk as the Duke of Weselton, Santino Fontana as Prince Hans, and Josh Gad as Olaf have provided more impact and appeal to the latest version of Andersen’s problematic story on ‘The Snow Queen’.

Given that it earned $134,253,666 at the North American box office and $55,900,000 overseas for a worldwide total of $190,153,666 when it ran during the Thanksgiving weekend; it was also second place to ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ and beaten ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ at the box-office records; there is no wonder that it would have a stage musical production in the near future. And perhaps, this can be re-titled as the ‘The Snow Queen and the Sunny Princess’?

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