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In Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (Sci-Fi/ Comedy)

Cast: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russel, Dave Bautista, Zoey Saldana, Bradley Cooper,  Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sylvester Stallone, Vhing Rhames

Director: James Gunn  

Movies can be predictable! We have seen every Hollywood plot put into motion, but we keep watching for that one thrill of an adventure. It is particularly real for blockbuster sequels, but certainly not for the serializing sci-fi pop action film Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Feature storyline is novelty but what really attracts about this particular sequel, and it is based on a comic storyline put to life on the digital screen, is its rolling characters. If that does not make sense to you, then this movie is not for you. I say that with heart because I happened to enjoy this Guardians of the Galaxy chapter which I can safely say is “better than original sequel.” Inslashout is not peeling on the first reel, but let us just say there is more salvaging chemistry in this film. I am not a fan of fancy colorful digitize movies, with the exception of George Lucas’ Star Wars saga, but Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 changed that silly screen perception. It is an adventure movie any sci fi comic fan would not want to miss out watching on the big digital screen. It is one of those sci fi movie that tweaks with its fantasy take, everything drawn from a character ploy best enjoyed watching in full with Baby Groot leading pact. It is star studded, but that is just billing talking. What pans out more is the comic feature galaxy wildly brings on to life. Characters are relatively comic animated, but it is a bunch colorfully triggered to fashion viewer’s wicked sense for great cinema. Every 80s guy will love this gaming sequel in the same weight you may have enjoyed watching the first sequel. The soundtrack for Volume 2 is to die for your phone’s topping hit list. It is moody and playful, imaginatively sailing with films defiantly charging alien characters. The film’s phasing, as well as the movie’s highlighting digital effects, can be distracting but it is what seem to draw audience to film’s outrageously sweeping inter-galaxy habitat. And It is what sweetly defines Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 apart from every Hollywood made scif fi plotting. It is like watching a beaming music video with engaging storytelling, often times shape shifting with constantly clashing screen characters. Film shines despite its almost three hours viewing time, everything comic phasing film’s rocking galactic comedy adventure that never fails to amuse viewer’s detailing taste for drawn comic action and character. It is what makes Guatdians of the Galaxy Volume 2 such a purely entertaining summer film for all ages, including Filipino sci-fi movie fans. Must See only on the big screen!!!

UPAA and Alpha Phi Beta Present the UP Concert Chorus in 5th Carillon Concert: “Musikalikasan”. *

The UPAA Board of Directors, in partnership with the Alpha Phi Beta Chancery, is presenting the 5th UPAA Carillon Concert – Musikalikasan – featuring the internationally acclaimed UP Concert Chorus, on Friday, May 5, 2017, 6:30 p.m., at the UP Carillon Plaza, in UP Diliman, Quezon City.


The UP Concert Chorus (“Korus”) took home the Grand Prix at the 6th International Krakow Choir Festival in Poland in June 2015. In 2012, they won First Prize in the Folk Category at the Festival Internacional de Musica de Cantonigros in Catalonia, Spain, and the Gold Diploma and Audience Prize at the 9th Cantemus International Festival in Hungary. For these, Korus was accorded the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Aliw Awards Foundation; PARI Awit Achievement Award, and the 2013 and 2016 Ani ng Dangal Award by the NCCA. Musikalikasan, a tribute to the Green Movement, will be their farewell performance before embarking on yet another international concert tour.


Staged free for the UP Community and all music-lovers, the UPAA Carillon Concert Series, which features award-winning UP artists, aims to heighten awareness for the UP Carillon and its maintenance and conservation needs. Its ringing “voice” constantly resounds to remind us of our responsibility. 


We look forward to the pleasure of your company at the Carillon Plaza!
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Lenovo smartphones : Designed for the workplace

In feature: ThLenovo K6 Note / Lenovo A6600 Plus *

Only the most flexible, dynamic and high-performing individuals can survive today’s competitive workplace. This is why young Filipinos need tostep up their game, not only by honing their knowledge and skills but also by investing in smart gadgets that amp up their work productivity.


Lenovo has unveiled two smartphones to aid young people in their professional journey. Featuring impressive performance and features, the Lenovo A6600 Plus and Lenovo K6 Note help power future office superstars by emphasizing the “smart” in smartphone technology.


Extraordinary performance on the go

With the Lenovo A6600 Plus’s enhanced memorycapabilities and fast processing power, users won’t have to compromise speed or power during crunch time: Its Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS and 64-bit MediaTek 6735p quad-core 1.0GHz processor with 2GB RAM ensure userscan perform their tasks with flying colors. Ultra-light at 142 grams, the Lenovo A6600 Plus can easily fit in a bag or pocket as one runs from one client meeting to another.


Young professionals can better reach their clients and colleagues from around the world through quality HD voice calls with the A6600 Plus’s Dual VoLTE, which ensures crisp reception and delivery. The smartphone’s expandable 16GB internal storage allows users to store and access work files conveniently on the move while leaving some room for music, movies and games, which they can enjoy during break time. 


The Lenovo A6600 Plus also comes with an 8MP autofocus rear camera with built-in flash, automatic face detection, automatic scene detection and zero shutter delay. Thanks to its 2300mAh battery, young professionals can stay powered up as they take on demanding tasksand still have time to play with their multimedia-heavy apps at the end of the workday.


For the business traveler

Business traveling can be stressful for young professionals. Not only do they need to adjust to different time zones, but they also have to ensure seamless mobile connectivity at all times.


The Lenovo K6 Note supports lightning-fast LTE connectivity and dual micro-SIMs, which allow young professionals to place and receive calls and texts from both their original and local numbers. Colleagues back home can easily reach them without making international calls, and they can also call and text locals without incurring expensive roaming charges.


Users can count on the smartphone’s built-in fingerprint reader to protect their data, photos and other important files from unauthorized access while traveling. Young professionals can be spared from lagging processors andtheir smartphone dying on them during their business trips, thanks to the smartphone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-ore 1.4GHz processor, Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS and 4,000mAh battery.


With the smartphone’s expandable 32GB internal storage, young professionals can store high-resolution pictures, videos, music and movies to keep them entertained during long trips. 


The Lenovo A6600 Plus and the Lenovo K6 Note are priced at P5,999 and P11,999 SRP, respectively. Both are available at authorized Lenovo sellers nationwide.
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WWE to aire exclusively on TV5

by E Lorete / /
Beginning Sunday, April 30, Philippine broadcasting Television station TV5 will begin broadcasting weekly the famed WWE Smackdown exclusively for local Philippine audiences. The much anticipated TV spactacle, which TV5 CEO said has been an on libe buzz, will televise a one hour edition of Smackdown every Sundays at 3pm. It is a thrilling moment for wr stling fans without cable access to see their favorite WWE Superstars like AJ Styles, The New Day, Randy Orton, Chalotte Flair, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens and Naomi. For fans following wrestling episodes digitally, TV5 is airing Smackdown with an official online simulcast at and and WWE Executive Vice President (International) Ed Wells was on hand along with TV5 CEO Coach Chot Reyes was on hand to deliver the partnership to local wrestling mania fans. “It is a great partnership for WWE and TV5. It is a venture extending WWE’s viewership to Filipinos who are natural fans of wrestling,” said WWE Executive Ed Wells. TV5 said it is about time WWE be seen by more Filipinos who have followed the wrestling series aired worldwide. “Filipino like wrestling like Basketball. It is about time TV5 aire WWE to its growing viewers,” said Chot Reyes. WWE sees its partnership TV5 as part of thr wrestling culture’s global expansion that includes the Philippines. Reyes added: “In thr industry of sports and entertainment, WWE is second to none. It is a proven, successful, model organization and an esteemed, jconic brand.TV5 is honored to be the platform that delivers the WWR to free TV audience.”  

What is WWE?

WWE is an int grated media organization and recgnized leader in global entertainment. The company compoosts of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. wWE is committed to family friendly entertianment on its television programming, pay per view, digital media and publishing platforms.mWWE reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 20 languages. For additional information about WWE, log on to

What is TV5?

As one if the pillars of TV5, spirts enjoys world class coverage,mprogramming, abd delivery under TV5’s watch. At the same time, the network champions a decidely different brand of entertainment that is influenced by and relvant to the current social millieu. TV5, by design, is a perfect synergy of sports and entertainment. For detailed information about one of the most vibrant TV stations in the Philippines, particularly th station’s sports programs and news, entertainment and gaming content vyou can visit

Wattpad movies next on TV5

by E. Lorete / /

Wattpad will venture into TV feature movies. TV5, which officially aires the highly rated TV program, will veer away from the regular serial TV design for a weekend movie venture. It i a welcome deviation the telserye format where fans of Wattpad turned TV feature struggle to watch teasing chapters of their Wattpad show daily for seven days. It is a great way to keep viewers, Wattpad followers specifically, in touch with TV5’s weekday teleserye programming. The movue feature format, which aires one new movie weekly, aires Saturdays in full. It means that fans raring to see a live feature of their favorite Wattlad published written content can enjoy one ended feature movie. TV5 said feature films, to gain momentum with young fans reading pop literature on line from their mobile devices. Wattpad is a charming testament hiw digitsl content can be used to promote reading among millenials, improve public interest in written litertature. The new Wattpad movies that will be shown exclusively on Philippine TV channel TV5, to beef up millenial interest, will be directed by aspiring filmmmakers who have made a name shooting indie films. Wattpad, given the steady following TV5 is getting with the formerly serialized TV show targetting millenials, became a game changing social content format when it ventured into TV contents aired traditionally on broadcast media and later streamed on devices through entertainment movie sites like iflix. TV5 said it decided to push a feature film aired weekly for Wattpad given the enormous demand from fans of the site to see their favorite Wattpad feature tv shot content in full, and in their time like weekend. The station, which falls under the business umbrella if the MVP group of companies like Smart and PLDT, said while Wattpad is highly watched daily its schedule set side-by-side the PBA tend to clash, leaving fans complaining when Wattpad episodes are re-scheduled to give way with basketball events. Wattpad,mfor those unaware what thr content websitenis about, published pop literature authored contents with Filipino writers top and constantly followed published authore worldwide. Wattpad’s venture into TV broadcasting brought the content down to Philippine masa featuring the station’s roster of home developed celbrity names.



Pirates are getting more and more creative to be able to sell their wares, especially with the more intense operations of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team (PAPT). Instead of simply illegally copying discs of business software and operating systems, scrupulous merchants are also now mixing in pirated software along with the legitimate copies that they are selling.


According to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the copies are of very high-quality and can easily deceive customers into thinking that they are buying legitimate software. “The customers are basically paying for the price of an original but receiving pirated copies in exchange,” operatives from the NBI noted.


Late last year, the NBI Intellectual Property Rights Division implemented a search warrant at Gaisano Interpace Computer System operated by Michael Sia, a computer parts and software retailer at the Gilmore IT Center, a popular computer store hub. The raid seized 26 high-quality unlicensed copies of the Microsoft Windows 10 Professional operating system. The discs were marked “Made in Malaysia” and “Made in the United States”, but were found to be pirated upon authentication.


The PAPT warned the public, especially businesses, to be vigilant and to be careful when dealing with computer stores that offer deals that are “too good to be true.” It is advisable to buy from authorized retailers of any of their chosen software or tech products.


Microsoft Philippines is currently pursuing a case against Gaisano Interpace.


Formed in 2005, the PAPT is a joint effort from agents of the National Bureau of Investigation, Optical Media Board, the Philippine National Police and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, which joined the group in 2011. Its goal is to execute integrated and coordinated endeavors by the government to counteract the negative effects of software piracy on the local IT industry and the economy. 


For more information on PAPT campaigns and details on PAPT crackdowns, call the PAPT Secretariat at (02) 512-9757 or visit []

ICATS: Seven years of bringing talent into the airline industry 

by E. Lorete/

Filipinos are known for their hospitality, even in the skies! It is what makes us dominate the airline stewardess staffing among other nationalities vying for that job status worldwide. All that, for the past seven years, has been the objective of the ariline stffinf training school ICATS, which serves the country’s national carriers like Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and many more domestic flight carriers. What is great about ICATS, and you can see that from their airline training experts, is the school’s ability to train efficiently from among the top candidates meticulously selected to bring on the quality airline service staffing demanded not only by local but likewise international airlline flag carriers. ICATS, with its former airline steward and stewardess experts in their training core, provides quality and excellence in the demanded skill accorded mostly to a selected few. It is a privilege ICATS formally engages, reaching out to their airline partners highly trained Filipinos whenever there is employment opening for Filipinos. ICATS is respected in the airline industry for its professional training curriculum, which can be availed through short but professionally tested certified training programs that ensures employment compared to other training organizations providing similar requirements for international airline staffing. ICATS, leaning heavily on Filipino’s unparalleled people skills, said Filipinos are highly preferred in the airline industry for their culturally installed person to person hospitality. It has been replicated by other competing nations vying for airline employment for their nationals, but ICATS said this particular social quality would show its face only with Filipino nationals. ICATS knows that quality of service, particularly for aspiring aairline stewardess, is present and worth exploring with their training airline stewards. The premiere airline staff training school, in celebrating of their 7th year in the bus, was actually founded by senior and seasoned airline executives who have done their flying tours worth the while to teach other candidates take on that lucrative airline posting that would definitely benefit Filipinos dreaming of helping their families grow and progress in the Philippines.