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Friday, September 24, 2010

Az video blog - videoke time at mines view park hotel


its our entertainment hour, some bloggers joined us for a vidoeke night out, while some of them are asleep na sa mga rooms nila. Check out Jen Aspacio on the floor! and the bloggers yoga team!

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here's my video blog during our dinner last night, we watch this Igorot cultural dance and sing here at Mines View Park Hotel.

Bloggers in action during the hotel tour

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Parang sa slice of life of Larry Alcala, in this photo are our bloggers in action, tag tag tag tag them all!

Road trip to Baguio City

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This is my travel journal for day 1 in our road trip to the city of pines. read more below for my story and photos.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

video: the fog...the mist... in Baguio


We were just hanging out in the bar and it was sunny and I was planning to record a video blog for our friends at manilareviews.com and then minutes later we saw the fog comes in so fast and covered the whole area and mountains here in Baguio, it was like in the movie The Fog and The Mist, minus the monsters.

Bloggers and the lion head statue in Baguio

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Finally! we just arrived here in Baguio City, thats a total of 5 hours taking that short cut route going to the city of pines. We're resting and having an event briefing here in a hotel.

MOVIES: Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson are the hot rod cops of "The Other Guy" movie

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Dwayne Johnson (Race to Witch Mountain) and Samuel L. Jackson (Jumper) star in Columbia Pictures’ new action comedy The Other Guys as Detectives Christopher Danson and P.K. Highsmith who are the baddest and most beloved cops around.

Two desks over and one back, sit Detectives Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg). You’ve seen them in the background of photos of Danson and Highsmith, out of focus and eyes closed. They’re not heroes – they’re “the Other Guys.” But every cop has his or her day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could turn into the city’s biggest crime. It’s the opportunity of their lives, but do these guys have the right stuff?

Amazing Race Asia premieres in AXN this Sept. 23

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The Amazing Race Asia 4 gets your heart pumping and your side in stitches

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The Amazing Race Asia promises lots of unexpected surprises every season, and it does not disappoint in the latest season –the 4th edition since the Asian adaptation started in 2006. The last season was billed as the “Toughest Race Ever”, and the contestants were certainly tested physically and mentally to their limits; this season promises lots of laughter and wacky moments that will have viewers in stitches, as motormouths and madcap personalities dominate the Race this time.

For the first time ever, The Amazing Race Asia will premiere online first, one whole week before its on-air broadcast. Viewers can log on to www.axn-asia.com/tara on 16 September to be one of the first to catch the first episode online, while those who prefer watching it the traditional way can tune in to the on-air premiere on AXN on 23 September.

my coverage: The Legend of the Guardians IMAX movie premiere with movie bloggers

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I just enjoyed another super movie event at IMAX SM North Edsa and its fun that our movie bloggers are there with us to watch the awesome adventure of a group of owls vs. a group of bad owls. Imagine owls meets 300, a movie by Zack Snyder. Ganda talaga! Thanks to Warner Bros. for inviting me and also nice to meet that PR girl of SM Cinema, Jeman..ano nga ba name nya?

more pics below

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more pics here in my album
http://www.flickr.com/photos/popazrael/sets/72157624887032725/

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

we're going to Baguio City tomorrow

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Me and 20 bloggers will be in Baguio City tomorrow Sept 23 and 24. Blog updates will be delayed for the moment, but I will try to blog and post our adventure in Baguio if internet connection or Smart or Globe broadband works well there. It will be my 4th time in Baguio and my last visit was 1995 ahhaha. Ang tagal na na nun. My 1st time was with my family, and 2nd time its a boys scout camping during elementary days, 3rd time with family again around high school, and that's my last visit.

can you share any tips what to try, must visit, must eat, must buy in Baguio City.

MOVIES: Disney's new trailer for "Tangled"

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Walt Disney Pictures has just released the latest trailer of the 3D animated feature Tangled, which is billed as one of the most hilarious, hair-raising tales ever told!

In the film, when the kingdom’s most wanted—and most charming—bandit Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi) hides out in a mysterious tower, he’s taken hostage by Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore), a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair.
Flynn’s curious captor, who’s looking for her ticket out of the tower where she’s been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs.

CONTEST: Cosplay and Blog to a Dream Halloween in HONG KONG!

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Fancy being in your cosplay costume to revel in the most exciting and colourful costume parties lining the streets of fashionable Lan Kwai Fong, party capital of Hong Kong at Halloween? How about experiencing a Disney’s Haunted Halloween with Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck in a spectacular Glow in the Park Halloween Parade at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort? Or be part of Asia’s largest Halloween Bash featuring over 400 costumed characters, more than 20 ‘haunted’ attractions, street shows and entertainment at Ocean Park Hong Kong? Or indulge in some Halloween fun at the Avenue of Stars or Madame Tussauds Hong Kong?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

NASA, Internet Archive partners with Yahoo! to make online portal of rare space exploration photos

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Old and new compilation of photos from NASA are collected and uploaded for public viewing in Flickr.com under The Commons Flickr account and this serve as an online portal of rare space exploration photos to help students and teachers to learn more about NASA’s program from the past up to the present.

Users can now view all kinds of photos from 3 categories they provided and everyone can now add tag keywords to the photos, interact and also post their comments to other users, the project is also in partnership with The Internet Archive, a non profit digital library in based in San Francisco. The three category sets are “The Launch and Take off”, “Building NASA”. And Center Namesakes” that features the founders and heads of NASA’s 10 field centers.

You can view the archive photos for free at http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasacommons

This is great for Flickr, now comes as an educational research hub and also acts as our favorite photo hosting for our blogs. I do hope that Flickr can also help us archive our own photo collection especially the historical ones, like the era of revolution, world war and even People Power Edsa. Im also sure that many photographers and users are willing to contribute their photos.

A gadget that can control humans and animals (sold in Rustans)

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I jut saw this gadget when I checked out the new items in Rustan's mens department, its a remote control device that can control the movements and emotions of your boss, there are also gadgets that can control your pet animals like for cats and dogs, there's also one to control kids. It is battery operated and the task and orders or commands are posted in the buttons of the remote control, for example, if you want your boss to shut up, just raise the remote control and point the device to the object ( your boss) and press the shut up button, then observe and feel lucky if the command will work.

I hope they have one for your husband or wife, so that you can use it anytime, similar like this remote control for your boss, for a price of around P550, this is a great gift item for your family or friends who are working hard and have a boss.

Otakingdom 2010 production note 1

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I'm happy that Enchanted Kingdom is interested to host another round for Otaku Kingdom 2010 event for this year, and this will be its 3rd year and I got the energy to propose this once again to EK as many fans and cosplayers are asking me everyday if there will be an Otakingdom event for 2010. It took me a week to receive a reply from them and I even heard that they changed their staffs so it took a lot of time to turn over all those files and data to the new staff and people of EK.

I got invited for a meeting last week and I met the events management dept. for the 1st time and they are now in charge of handling events for EK. The Otakingdom event is being held in the month of September, but for this year we will be organizing it for November 2010. I'm still studying a good date for a Sunday event and hoping that there will be no other event happening for November 2010. As of now, I'm doing some paper works and will finalize everything before the month ends.

check out some pics below from 2009 Otakingdom in Enchanted Kingdom

Monday, September 20, 2010

SM Cyberzone new branch opens in SM Southmall

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SM Cyberzone opens its new branch in SM Southmall and it added another IT and tech hub with new design and interiors just like what I saw in SM Fairview. They did their soft launch last September 14, 2010 at the event center of the mall, SM Cyberzone is a modern tech-lifestyle shopping venue that provides a unique shopping experience o all tech lovers and shoppers. The new and renovated branches have interactive Digital Directories and LCDs mounted on each pillars, All branches of SM Cyberzone serve free wifi internet to everyone. (more below)

Baptismal ground of San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel in Edsa Shrine

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Me and Lace got a chance to check out the baptismal ground located near the Edsa Shrine church in Ortigas-EDSA, and after our parents seminar and briefing (that was 5 hours!) last Saturday, they told us that we can check the baptismal ground below and inform that photographers are not allowed to go beyond the ground during the baptism ceremony. I'm very impressed and wow myself after looking at the baptismal ground,because in all my life I only see that small bowl inside the church and now here at the San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel is that they have a baptismal pool. I even joked on Lace that our baby Ashton will be go swimming there next week hahaha.

I didnt got a chance to go around it, Im so scared that the priest might got mad for stepping inside as they say that it is a holy ground. I'm excited that my baby will be baptized and be included in our Catholic family. Get ready mga ninong and ninang!

more pics below

Manila Sound Project at Resorts World Manila

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Get groovy at Resorts World Manila! Catch the Manila Sound Project at the Newport Performing Arts Theater and go disco-dancing to the music of Hagibis, Hotdog and VST. September 25, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets start at P1,000. Call 836-3333 for info or visit any TicketNet outlet.

TOYS: Jollibee Kids Meals features Power Ranges and Secret Wings fairies

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Awesome action mobiles and fashionable fairy accessories are up for grabs this September as Jollibee Kids Meal launches its newest toys! From September 1 to 30, get the latest collectibles from Jollibee, and let the little ones have a wonderful playtime.

Fun-loving young boys can unleash their inner explorer with the premium Power Rangers Operation Overdrive toys. They can have a blast playing their favorite action heroes like the Gyro Driver Zord and Dump Driver Zord toys, which have the same powerful weapons that the Power Rangers use to fight evil forces on Earth. They can search the world for the magical jewels of Corona Aurora with the back-flipping Gyro Driver Zord, or see the Dump Driver Zord fight by raising its powerful front wheels off the ground! Collect both toys and enjoy a great Power Ranger adventure.

Prepare For The Ride Of A Lifetime... With The Amazing Race Asia Season 4!

Get ready for the riveting return of The Amazing Race Asia (TARA) on AXN, as 10 new teams begin the most incredible journey of their lives. Relive the intensity, drama and excitement as teams head to new frontiers, face new challenges and trials on the Emmy award-winning reality competition series like no other!

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Set to premiere on AXN on 23 September 2010, TARA 4 showcases the ultimate engagement as the new racers from across Asia set out to prove their mettle, bringing their friendship, relationship and kinship to a brand new level. Featuring the first ever father-and-daughter team, a cast of best friends and lovers looking to explore the next riveting chapter in their lives, viewers can prepare to live through their hardships, triumphs, joy, pain and exuberance as they follow teams on a lifetime journey across the world.

SoFA Speaks, Invisible Ideas Exhibit and Workshops

The School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA) celebrates its third year anniversary by mounting a unique exhibit and an impressive symposium at the Rockwell Power Plant Mall. Entitled “Invisible Ideas”, the event is inspired by the thought that everything starts with an invisible idea, but when it is nurtured in a premiere learning environment such as SoFA, the idea can flourish into a successful career.

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Five creative industry leaders congregate to answer the question “From idea to icon: How do you succeed as an artist in business?” Kenneth Cobonpue (Furniture Design), Rajo Laurel (Fashion), Ivy and Cynthia Almario (Interior Design) and Raymund Isaac (Photography) generously share their experiences to an audience of aspiring designers, press and enthusiasts. The notable speaker lineup is especially relevant as SoFA launches its brand new School of Interior Design. The Almario sisters have partnered with the original SoFA owners to establish this innovative interior design school.

ANIME: Fairy Tail premieres in ANIMAX on September 30

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Premieres 9/30, Every Mon – Fri at 10pm

Set in a fantasy world where magic is the way of life, Lucy had always wanted to join the famous Fairy Tail mage guild and travelled to the kingdom of Fiore in that hope. Along the way, she crosses paths with Natsu and his talking-and-flying cat Happy who are seeking a dragon.

Abducted by someone posing as ‘Salamander’ from the Fairy Tail guild, Lucy is then rescued by Natsu who reveals that he is in fact the real ‘Salamander’ with dragon slaying abilities. Offering her membership into the Fairy Tail guild, Natsu, Happy and Lucy then join female warrior Erza Scarlet, and ice mage Gray Fullbuster as a team to embark of various missions for the Fairy Tail guild.

MOVIES: Shia LaBeouf balances millions and ideals in "Wallstreet : Money Never Sleeps" (opens Sept 29)

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Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf) may be worth millions at a ludicrously young age but he is also keen to do some good in the world by investing in green energy amid a fascinating world intoxicated by the sheer thrill of as much money as possible.

In Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” LaBeouf’s Jake is a honest trader who gets embroiled in ominous financial dealings that is bound to spin dangerously out of control. With Michael Douglas’ Award-wining role Gordon Gekko out of prison and Josh Brolin’s Breton James, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” multiplies greed and avarice where there is no such thing as ‘enough.’

MOVIES: The Other Guys, our only hope if the cops are busy

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Not every cop can be a hero. It takes all kinds to fill a police force – you got your superstars, the guys who get the medals, your hot shots, glory boys, vets – and then… there are the other guys. Guys like Detectives Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) who never make the headlines, in Columbia Pictures’ new action-comedy “The Other Guys.”

But every cop has his or her day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could turn into the city’s biggest crime. It’s the opportunity of their lives, but do these guys have the right stuff?

MOVIES:Ben Affleck as an antihero in "The Town"

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Coming off his critically sensational directorial debut in the Oscar-nominated Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck now directs and stars in another stirring crime thriller, Warner Bros.’ The Town.
In the film, Doug MacRay (Affleck) is an unrepentant criminal, the de facto leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers who pride themselves in stealing what they want and getting out clean. With no real attachments, Doug never has to fear losing anyone close to him. But that all changed on the gang’s latest job, when they briefly took a hostage–bank manager, Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall).

MOVIES: Legend of the Guardians takes flight in 3D and IMAX

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Young owlet Soren embarks on a quest to follow his dreams…only to discover they’re real, in Warner Bros.’ new fantasy, family adventure in 3D, Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole. Stepping into the legend that he’s faithfully followed through his father’s nest-time stories, he becomes a crucial part of the next chapter in the epic tales.

Now on a true hero’s journey of self-discovery, young Soren and his friends join their mentors in an action-packed battle against the evil Pure Ones to protect not only their freedom, but the very existence of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, who have sworn an oath to mend the broken, make strong the weak, and vanquish evil.

MOVIES: first date leads to parenthood in "Life as we know it"

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Warner Bros. brings Katherine Heigl (The Ugly Truth) and Josh Duhamel (When in Rome, Transformer films) together in the endearing romantic comedy Life As We Know It.
In the film, Holly Berenson (Heigl) is an up-and-coming caterer and Eric Messer (Duhamel) is a promising network sports director. After a disastrous first date, the only thing they have in common is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. But when they suddenly become all Sophie has in the world, Holly and Messer are forced to put their differences aside. Juggling career ambitions and competing social calendars, they’ll have to find some common ground while living under one roof.

MOVIES: Julia Roberts shines in Eat Pray Love (opens Oct 6)

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Oscar-winner Julia Roberts undergoes a romantic and spiritual journey in Columbia Pictures’ Eat Pray Love, based on the bestselling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert.

In the film, Liz (Roberts) is a modern woman on a quest to marvel at and travel the world while rediscovering and reconnecting with her true inner self. At a crossroads after a divorce, Gilbert takes a year-long sabbatical from her job and uncharacteristically steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life. In her wondrous and exotic travels, she experiences the simple pleasure of eating in Italy, the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of love in Bali.

MOVIES: Edward Norton, Robert De Niro and Milla Jovovich in STONE

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A convicted arsonist (Edward Norton) looks to manipulate a correctional officer (Robert De Niro) into a plan to secure his parole by placing his beautiful wife (Milla Jovovich) in the lawman's path, in Overture Film’s new, critically acclaimed drama, Stone.

A thought-provoking film directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil) and written by Angus McLachlan (Junebug), Stone will be shown soon exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Trinoma, Glorietta 4 & Greenbelt 3).

TOMS Style your soles party

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TOMS is now on track to give the One Millionth Pair of brand new shoes to a child in need in Argentina this month. It has touched one million hearts, one million feet and one million children who will keep our hope alive for the future. This milestone happened in a shorter period of time because 1,000,000 people all over the world chose to buy TOMS.

MOVIES: Denzel Washington and Chris Pine are "Unstoppable"

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Denzel Washington and Chris Pine is back on the big screen as a team up duo in an upcoming thriller "Unstoppable" movie which is directed by Tony Scott. Denzel and Chris will play as train engineers that their lives were put at risk in an attempt to stop an unmanned long freight train that carries combustible liquid chemicals and poisonous gas that is very harmful to humans and it can wipe out an an entire city.

Story: Frank Barnes (Washington) who’s about to be laid off as part of company cutbacks while Chris Pine plays Will Gordon, the newbie conductor hired to replace him.

my coverage: Supafest Manila 2010 (photos)

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It was a fun night at the Supafest Manila 2010 concert and everyone enjoyed the live music by Sean Kingston, T Pain, Kelly Rowland and Flo Rida. Also our local artist did a front act Young JV and Q-York did a rap performance as a front act of the big concert. Lights went out and DJ showed up playing some of our favorite club and dance music and then people went out of their seats and stood up and raised their hands as Sean Kingston showed up and performed his top hits and a remix version of Beautiful Girl. I just observed that most of the audience are girls and they are with their partners or boy friends and went go crazy as T Pain showed on stage did a dance showdown with his back up dancers, Win win win song made me jump and throw my hands in the air and wave that I just dont care hahaha. (more story and pics below)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

covering the Supafest Manila 2010 concert


I got another chance to cover the whole concert of the Supafest Manila 2010 featuring Flo Rida, T Pain, Kelly Rowland and Sean Kingston. It was a dance and party concert as every audience jumps and sing while the artist performs on stage with lots of high energy. I was one of the official photographers for the producers Wilbros, and I'm here at the photo pit with Chris and Jude.


I got lost inside the concert venue and here's a photo of the stage area, hours before the concert starts. The floor was filled with beautiful ladies and with their boyfriends hahha. The VIP section turned an instant dance floor. I'm a little bit tired and resting here in Starbucks in SM MOA by the bay and I'm waiting for the photog team here. I left the concert venue after the 3 songs of the last artist, we were instructed to take pics during the 1st 30 seconds of the first 3 songs. It was a very difficult mission, but I'm glad that there are some decent pics I took saved in my XD card.

Its a fun party concert! Awesome to see Sean Kingston performing live and T Pain win win win song made me jump and sings with them.So sad that I didn't hear the rest of the songs of Flo Rida. I'm impressed on the performance of the hot and sexy Kelly Rowland, she performed Coldplay's CLOCKS at the last set of her performance.

more pics below

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger of Azrael's Merryland. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is a full time blogger and photographer and freelance events organizer, social media specialist and marketing consultant. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves traveling, eating, watch movies, meet new people, photography and collects Transformers toys.


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