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Friday, February 05, 2010

Mock Election tomorrow

I will be in R. Papa High School for the mock election and test of the PCOS machine by the Smartmatic-TIN and Comelec. I will attempt to do a live video streaming of the whole event from 7am til 12nn. My call time for tomorrow is at 6am, I will be there to set up my webcam and also laptop. I'm praying that there will be sms signal tomorrow because I will be using an internet stick, I have two kinds of internet stick, one from Globe and Smart. So if everything fails, let's blame it on someone who brought a jammer in the area.

Media and the press will be there, so I just hope there will be no competition on getting the news or hope all test will be smooth and no problems will encounter. I don't even know how to go to the venue, that's why I posted the map here and encircled the target venue, and also an arrow pointing to it coming from Market Market, I don't know if I will travel via taxi or take a jeep ride coming from Market Market. But I'm coming from coastal road, so that taxi ride will take me there smoothly, because there will be no traffic at around 6am. (meron ba or wala traffic?).

So let's pray for a good weather, good sms signal, and no traffic in the area.

And I think I'm the only blogger who will do a live stream of the event, another milestone for me.
I'll be there with the web team and our partner,

Colourcloud Palace II anime premieres in Animax Asia

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In the fictional oriental empire of Saiunkoku, a land made up of eight houses named after a different colour, Shuurei Kou is a member of an impoverished noble family. Shuurei’s family struggles to get by even if her father is the prestigious and respected librarian at the Imperial palace. Teaching at the temple school and taking on odd jobs to make ends meet, Shuurei dreams of passing the imperial examinations and taking up a post in government – a path forbidden to women. (more below)

Origin – Spirits of the Past anime movie in Animax Asia

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300 years into the future, Earth’s environment has changed dramatically due to extensive genetic experimentation. Trees have undergone genetic mutation and have gained consciousness. They have spread throughout the planet and have wiped out much of modern civilization. Known as the Forest, the living trees are ruled by tree-like druids who control the water supply of both trees and humans. (more below)

Cosplay Heroes Unmasked : a live action production by Animax Asia

'Cosplay Heroes Unmasked' is an original live action production by Animax, Asia’s first and leading anime and youth entertainment destination, to offer a look like no other into the colourful and exciting phenomenon of cosplay in Southeast Asia. (read more details below)

Alice in Wonderland movie : Big Reveal Part 3

Disney continues the rollout of dazzling characters from Tim Burton’s eagerly anticipated re-imagining of “ Alice in Wonderland.” This week, the first-look images of the following characters are revealed! “ Alice in Wonderland” opens across the Philippines on March 4 in conventional theaters, Digital 3D and IMAX 3D.
(read more below)

PRINCESS AND THE FROG Gets 3 Oscar Nominations

Currently showing in Philippine cinemas, Walt Disney Pictures’ new animated comedy “The Princess and the Frog” recently earned three Academy Award nominations, including the highly coveted Best Animated Feature. The film’s other two nominations are for Best Original Song, specifically “Almost There” and “Down in New Orleans” both written and composed by perennial Disney collaborator Randy Newman.
(more news below)

Thursday, February 04, 2010

9th Philippine Toy Convention production note 1

Welcome to my 1st production note of the biggest pop culture event here in the Philippines, hm do I need to have another introduction for that? okay, its the 9th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention 2010, for short we call it 9th Philippine Toy Convention or ToyCon. I'm very happy that we reached a longer year and this 2010 will be our 9th year in the industry. I just can't believe how influential our event to the toys,comics, anime,cosplay industry and community and because of this, the family is growing.

some updates from the 5th Backdoor Ventures Arts and Music Festival and Trade Fair 2010

I went to the exhibitors briefing for the 5th Backdoor Ventures Arts and Music Festival and Trade Fair 2010 few days ago at the Megatrade Hall conference center. Various exhibitor members were there to listen and be aware on the procedure of setting up their booth and also the announcement that the venue was moved to Hall 3, the 1st idea was in Hall 2, and as Jay Virina explains, due to some unforeseen circumstances, they decided to go back to Hall 3.

Carlton will make you travel more

Carlton specializes in travel bags and luggage is one of the world's leading manufacturers of quality travel goods, for over 30 years, they are distinctive and friendly brand with flair, that offers innovative travel solutions based on the consumer's understanding. With offices in every part of the world, Carlton is already here and did a launching event at SM Megamall Atrium for the media and bloggers.
(read more below for my complete feature and coverage)

Samsung Omnia series smart phones at work and life mode

Samsung is back in the line of mobile phones and they just released five new phones or devices, they call it devices because it performs more than just a phone, but as a power device to control and use lots of information for you. They have the new OmniaPRO B7610, OmniaPRO B7320, OmniaPRO B7330, OmniaLITE (B7300), and Omnia II (I8000) with updated Windows Mobile 6.5 OS. They changed the touch screen button features and also a display of information in your phone even if you don't use them on hand.
(read the feature below) and see the local price guide.

A FASHIONABLE BEGINNING: Beauty by SM officially makes its mark on Manila’s beauty industry

An evening of fashionable celebration marked the official launch of Beauty by SM, the latest beauty haven in Manila’s beauty retail scene. You may check my photo coverage of the event below of the fashion show, the people who went there, the bloggers and the set up they made during the launching event.

Sarah Geronimo's bountiful returns

There are countless stories spun around the web of Philippine stardom, but none more interesting and fulfilled as the story of pop princess Sarah Geronimo. Starting from humble beginnings, Sarah’s climb to stardom was a slow ascent with hard work and determination. She got her big break after winning in Star for a Night. After that, the spotlight was quick to follow. (read more below)

Facebook suggestions for the dead

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I think this is the most weirdest thing for a social media site that they will let you suggest to reconnect or suggest you to post a comment and say hello to a dead Facebook friend in your network. I just got one earlier and I felt sad for one of the people I know in the industry, his photo and profile pops up in my interface and got the idea to click and see his last update. I saw many people posted their comments into the dead person's wall and everyone mentioned that "Facebook told me to reconnect with you" or "Facebook suggest that I should say hello to you".

I left my note there and gave a heart warming message to the guy. This social media activity is very new and now becoming a trend. It is a lot more different from dead celebrities or  dead popular person who gained a lot of Facebook fan pages of group. But a rare activity to happen for an ordinary Facebook citizen to have their profile account selected under Facebook suggestions.

So whenever you saw their profiles in your Facebook sidebar, and asking for a reconnect and comment suggestion, just visit the page and remember the person during the time he is alive, post or not, at least you still remember them and still connected to your Facebook network.

Facebook acts now as a modern Angel for the digital age.

Meet the lovely women of VALENTINE'S DAY movie

Meet the lovely ladies of the most anticipated film for Valentines Day, and yep! the movie is called Valentines Day, this movie already having a word of mouth that you should watch it with your partner this coming February 12, 2010. I'm having a double vision already after looking a line up of stars for the film, its a romantic comedy directed by Garay Marshall, the man behind the movie Pretty Woman.(read news below)

Crazy Heart : an Oscar-worthy movie will arrive in Manila soon

 Being a rock star or musician has some part of history in them selves that we can't see, the music that they play and songs they write are from experiences and heart burns. In this new movie, Crazy Heart, starring Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal, we will witness the bonding relationship of a musician and a journalist. The movie is based on the novel of the same title by Thomas Coob. Crazy Heart is a debut film by diretor and writer Scott Cooper. (read more news bellow)

Valentines day blogger dinner event at the Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hills

valentines bloggers dinner at kuse and old vine
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Another successful fine dining event with our blogger friends for the Valentines Day theme event, Thanks to Kuse restaurant and Old Vine restaurant for a tummy filled and tasty experience at their the Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hills branch. Thanks also to Mr. Larry of Kuse and Old Vine, Tinay, Trina and Jason of Megaworld for inviting us once again and helping us to discover new flavors and recipe.

My restaurant and food review will be posted here soon. Now I'm excited for the next foodie event after Valentines Day. The event turned out to be some kind of photography 101, food photography night, bloggers night,  Nikon camera meet up, and bloggers food feast.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Cebu Pacific’s Wandering Juans traveling tsinelas photo winners

Congratulations to Resty Uy, Michelle Kristine Salen, and Karen Gonzalez for being the top winners of the Cebu Pacific contest Wandering Juans, they got their winning traveling tsinelas a ticket to any destinations covered by Cebu Pacific. All of us loved to travel, and for me, after my experience of riding a Cebu Pacific airline last week for my Cebu trip, I can declare that I'm a wandering juan like them! (read more below and see their photo entries)

Warner Bros. to Release CLASH OF THE TITANS movie in 3D on April 3, 2010 for Manila, Philippines

3D cinematic experience is now the new trend in movie houses and theaters in our country, and I'm so glad that our global and local movie distro are working with them properly to deliver a great movie experience, with the Filipino way!. I'm so excited that the remake movie of Clash of the Titans will be available on 3D (and I think we are talking about IMAX), and also other movies like Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows, Part 1 will be available also in 3D this November 2010. 3D of Clash of the Titans will be awesome, the 3D effects maker,Prime Focus did a great job on this, and hmm they were just the only company behind the 3D of AVATAR that Academy Award nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects. (read more news below)

Extraordinary Measures movie : search for the perfect cure

When we deal in some life situations and especially when our loved ones are involved, we do our very best to find the possible way to solve it or we can say that find a better cure for their sickness. You can check out this true life story and now a movie directed by Tom Vaughan (“What Happens in Vegas”) from a screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs (“The Water Horse”), which was inspired by the book “The Cure” by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Geeta Anand. Starring: Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser. (read more news below)

Boracay undergoing ecological ‘makeover’ with infra program

Boracay was once a perfect paradise before and now it becomes one of the world's best tourist destination and now it becomes more commercialized. I'm glad that they are doing something to preserve it and fix some water connections and sewerage of the community and business who stays there, to make sure that everyone stay in good health and away from bad pollution, check out the news below.

and after 5 hours, the router is alive again
I went crazy this morning and found out that our Linksys WRT54GC is not working and I'm bothered by these blink leds all over it and it blinks like a christmas lights. I went to the Linksys website to see what's the problem and I saw that the site is like an online product show, so I decided to google it and find a solution, I saw some forums and sites that explains that our router suffers from corruption of its firmware, the cause might be that we turned the thing off while it upgrades it self and in the process of updating its own firmware. I look and google it and landed again in the Linksys site and went to the support section and downloaded that firmware upgrade. They say that the router can be revived again if you installed a new firmware or reset it.

I was about to do the instructions found on some forums, Okay I got the firmware, my router reader, but the site is very complicated on how to install that firmware, the manual found on the site in the router displayed an old version of the site, okay that's a problem, whenever I click something that will direct me to the proper firmware installation, always land me in the frontpage. I lost hope already and decided to buy a brand new one, then one of the problem is to find the reset button, at first I thought there was no reset button, but before I leave the house, I decided to google and search for that reset button.

Then a forum site told me that the reset button is located under the router stand. ahhahahahahah.
I told Lace and Mama to go ahead in the mall, and I'll just stay here at home and do another round of fixing the router, after pressing the reset button using a toothpick, I saw that the blinking lights are going and it refreshed and I got connected again via wireless network.

damn! that darn reset button gave me a hard time to figure it out, now i'm no longer stressed and looks like I'm back to work!

15th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta


I'm very excited that I got invited to attend the "15th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2010", and its a dream come true for me as I will be there for the first time and excited to do a blog coverage of the annual hot air balloon fiesta. I like to thank MarQuee Mall and Rogue Digital for inviting me and one of the chosen bloggers to have this balloon fiesta experience. I cried on the table during our meeting because they will provide me  an all access ID pass. I already sent my 1x1 photo via email and just borrowed some of my time from the meeting to send that photo id immediately. It was a fun and tears of joy moment, because my dream to  see a real hot air balloon and also do a photo blog coverage here in my blog for the first time.

The start of 2010 and also late of 2009 is the year of first time for me. I know this will be fun fun fun.I can't wait to know the full details as I heard that I have these complimentary passes for my companions ( I hope its the VIP pass, so that we can go close or near the balloons). My plan is to visit the event from Feb.11 up to Feb 13 only.

to know more about the event, visit

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

back to basics

my blog is now back and also I'm back, been suffering lots of body aches few days ago and today i have a complete sleep na

medyo busy lang and will update more

ang dami events grabe!!!!

before I go, I leave you with this photo of me at the SMilds event, photo taken by Jen Aspacio

Monday, February 01, 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010

IBM launches new Global Delivery Center site in Cebu

Cebu City, Philippines - January 30, 2010 … IBM announced the opening of a new Global Delivery Center for Application Services (AS) in Cebu, Philippines. The new Cebu hub demonstrates IBM’s strengthened global delivery capabilities in providing information technology (IT) services to clients to support their growth in the local and global markets.

IBM is expanding its application services operations in the Philippines, offering key competencies such as Java and Web technologies, Lotus Notes, Testing and Software Maintenance. The second IBM global delivery site for AS in the country is located at the TGU Tower in Asiatown IT Park, Lahug Cebu City.
(more below)

LG Chocolate, Cookie blend with ‘Kapeng Barako’

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Batangas, January 30, 2010 – Cookie, Chocolate, and other intuitive LG handsets now share home with Kapeng Barako (Batangas Brew).

LG Electronics, a global leader and innovator in mobile phones, and Batangas-based mobile phone dealer PRESNET teamed up to run a new mobile concept shop in Batangas City. The new LG Mobile Concept Shop showcases various handsets such as LG Cookie, Arena, GD900 Crystal, and new BL40/20 Chocolate series that provide an enhanced mobile experience to customers through its smart technology and stylish design.(read more below)

Alice in Wonderland : The Big Reveal part 2 (The Knave Progression)

For “The `Alice in Wonderland’ Big Reveal Part 2, Disney shows the step-by-step process of digitally creating the Ilosovic Stayne, Knave of Hearts before our eyes!

ILOSOVIC STAYNE, THE KNAVE OF HEARTS (Crispin Glover) is the head of the Red Queen’s Army. Seven feet, six-inches tall, with a scarred face and a heart-shaped patch covering his left eye, Stayne is an arrogant, tricky character who follows the Red Queen’s every order. He’s the only one capable of pacifying her and calming her dramatic mood swings. “I am the martial element for the Red Queen,” says Glover. “The Red Queen has a fair amount of short-tempered reactions to things that people do, and so my character has to be quite diplomatic.” His darker side emerges in the shadows of the castle hallways.(more below)

Queen of Teleserye Judy Ann Santos in Habang May Buhay (will air this February)

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ABS-CBN proudly presents an original drama that will captivate viewers every night, Habang May Buhay led by the Queen of Teleserye Judy Ann Santos, starting this February 1 (Monday) on Primetime Bida.

As the Queen of Soap Opera returns to television, this also marks the comeback of director Wenn Deramas to Primetime. The certified blockbuster actress and director will work together in a project for the very first time. This is also the reunion of Juday’s Ysabella leading man Derek Ramsay as well as her ultimate Mara Clara kontrabida Gladys Reyes. This generation’s newest leading man Joem Bascom will also partner with Juday for the first time. The series boasts of a star-studded cast including respected artists Gina Alajar, Rio Locsin, Tetchie Agbayani, John Arcilla plus hunk actor Will Devaughn. (read more below)

Angelica Panganiban as Rubi and ABS-CBN's Primetime Gem

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Angelica Panganiban will surely shine in ABS-CBN’s next sure-hit primetime series, “Rubi”, as she’s now dubbed as television’s ‘Primetime Gem’.

Angelica has earned the right to star in one the biggest projects of ABS-CBN for the first quarter of 2010. Her nearly 18 years of experience in the entertainment industry have sharpened her skills as an actress. Angelica went through the ladder of success without skipping a single step, thus, she has all the right to be called the “gem” of her generation. (more below))

"Valentine's Day" : A day in the life of LOVE

If you are happily in love, Valentine’s Day is a day of hearts and flowers, romance and sentiment. If you are among those who are unlucky in love, it is just another day.

“Some people think Valentine’s Day is the best thing and others try to block it out. It means different things to different people. The other holidays are all clearer,” says director Gary Marshall with his trademark deadpan delivery, noting, “Christmas, we decorate a tree, you give me a present, we sing nice songs, go home, go to bed. New Year’s Eve, you drink, you kiss at 12 o’clock, sing Auld Lang Syne and cry, go home, go to bed. That’s simple. Got it. Arbor Day…not the biggest holiday, but getting bigger because we’re all ‘going green.’ But Valentine’s Day is vague. It’s a hard holiday to define because love is so hard to define and that’s why it makes for a good story. Why not do a romantic comedy about the day we’re all concentrated on romance, and that’s ‘Valentine’s Day.’” (more below)

PLUSHISM: Plush-making Workshop
Every Saturday starting February 6 - March 16, 2010
10am - 12noon
Kids Ahoy!
56 New York cor Lantana St., Cubao, Quezon City
For kids aged 7-99

Workshop Description:

Plushies are for kids of all ages!

Learn to make your own plush dolls, keychains, pins, and other plush products in a 3-hour workshop that will teach basic plushie design and construction, based on a drawing of a creature from your imagination!

Workshop enrollees will have at least one finished product to take home, as well as creative ideas for more plushie items.

Basic sewing involved, all materials are included.

About the facilitator:
Pergylene Acuña, member of Ang I.N.K. since 2008, is a graduate of the
Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Bachelor of Arts in
Advertising and Public Relations. She is also the illustrator of "Ang
Ampalaya sa Pinggan ni Peepo" (Lampara Books).

RP tourism gets boost from foreign media

The Department of Tourism (DOT) lauds the series of positive publicity for the country from the foreign media, following TIME’s travel piece on Manila and CNN’s features on Boracay windsurfing and the Filipino long Christmas celebration.

“The wave of publicity certainly helps usher in a good year for tourism. More importantly, the optimism of the foreign media reinforces our image as a desirable destination,” said Tourism Secretary Ace Durano.

Perigee Moon of January 30, 2010 (Manila, Philippines)

perigee  moon shot by azraelcoladilla with mark
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The full moon is at it's biggest view from Earth, making at 14% much more bigger and you can see the crater with your naked eye. I noticed this full moon last January 28, 2010 and I am in Cebu City that time, then after logging into the internet, I saw that the Philippine Astronomical Society posted a news that there will be this Perigee full moon on January 29th according to the spaceweather site, but here in Manila it will be around January 30, 2010.

I took the photo as soon I arrive in Manila at 730pm and traveling back in Cavite and this moon is taken around 9pm.  The moon is much bigger around 7pm and my photo is the highest peak location of the moon in the sky, Also planet Mars is in it's closest range with Earth, I try to find it and I think the brightest red star I see is Mars.

I used my Olympus E520 with 42-150mm lens without any UV flter ( I removed it to avoid the Moon's glare) and set it on spot metering and low exposure.
Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. 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 the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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