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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Delay of new blog layout

Pan Pacific Manila - photos by Azrael Coladilla of Azrael's Merryland Blog

Sorry for the delay...I didn't change my blog layout last night and didn't blog more because I got this painful headache. Not sure what happened, maybe because of the hot weather. I took a bath before dinner and I thought I will have a comfortable state, but then I receive this painful headache and tired eyes.

Monday, April 29, 2013

"Iron Man 3" Takes P306-M in 5 Days; Biggest, Fastest Ever in PH history!

Here's another sales record in our local movie history!! wow!!! PHP 306 M in 5 days! Iron Man 3
received PHP 62.9 M on its first release date. Congrats to Iron Man 3 and also to SM MOA for bagging the biggest sale on its opening day - that's PHP 19.5 M - whew!!!!

read the news below from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.      

Photo gallery: Aquaria beach resort in Calatagan, Batangas

Aquaria beach resort in Calatagan, Batangas photos by Azrael Coladilla of
Aquaria Beach Resort

Barangay, Sta. Ana, Calatagan, Batangas
Tel # (02) 836-5083

Here's my photo gallery taken at Aquaria Beach Resort. I used my Olympus E-520 here and I struggle for the whole day using my old DSLR. The dial is broken and the camera keeps on selecting the wrong settings, worse case the camera turns off by itself. I'm glad that I survived the day and took home some cool pics.

Aquaria beach resort in Playa Calatagan, Batangas

Aquaria Beach Resort

Barangay, Sta. Ana, Calatagan, Batangas
For inquiries and reservations
(02) 553-8888

Or email
(update March 2015)

Aquaria beach resort in Calatagan, Batangas photos by Azrael Coladilla of
There's a new beach resort in Playa Calatagan, Batangas, its new and it opened to the public last March 2013. The new resort called Aquaria Beach Resort, is a part of Playa Calatagan's Leisure Tourism Estate and developed by Landco Pacific Corporation the same developer for Peninsula de Punta Fuego, Leisure Farms, Hacienda Escudero, Playa Calatagan, Batangas; Playa Laiya, Batangas; and Playa Azalea in Samal Island, Davao.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

2nd day stay at Cross Winds Resort Suites Tagaytay - pool time and heli-pad fun shots!

Crosswinds Resort Suites Tagaytay photos by Azrael Coladilla of
Our 1st day was just inside the premises of the condo resort hotel, but on our 2nd day of stay, we tried the outdoors and felt the cold summer breeze in the morning, also I love the smell of pine trees around the Quadrilles of Cross Winds Resort Suite here in Tagaytay.

Cross Winds Resort Suite Tagaytay - enjoy a Swiss-inspired mountainside luxury

Crosswinds Resort Suites Tagaytay photos by Azrael Coladilla of
Me and my family took an overnight staycation in the mountainside of Tagaytay City, its our 1st time to hear about Cross Winds Resort Suites in Tagaytay, so me and my wife decided to try to stay there for an overnight and we haven't been to other side of Tagaytay. The location of Cross Winds Resort Suite is right after the Picnic Grove site and just 5 min going up to the mountainside having a right view of the Taal Volcano. I didn't kow that there's an up hill on the left side of Tagaytay-Calamba road, which is exciting because higher altitude means cold breeze in the morning and at night.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Today is the start of the 12 hour music festival in MOA Grands, - tara lets in "CloseUp Philippines Presents Summer Solstice 2013 "
Today, April 27, 2013, at 4pm, is the start of the 12 hour music festival here in the country -  the CloseUp Philippines Presents Summer Solstice 2013 will end tomorrow at 4am featuring local and international artist, the roster for local artist features - Sandwich, Sponge Cola and Urbandub, and then the international roster of artist features Afrojack, Alex Gaubino, Cedric Gervais, DEV, COBRA STARSHIP (DJ set) !!, Apster and Jump Smokers.

Summer Solstice will take place on April 27 at the Mall of Asia Open Grounds. Tickets will be sold in all Ticketnet, Ticketworld and SM ticket outlets starting March 18. GenAd tickets will be sold at PHP 2,000 and VIP tickets will be PHP 5,000. For additional information visit the CloseUp Summer Solstice official website

check out more info at

Friday, April 26, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Iron Man 3: Heroes Fall Soundtrack now available in the Philippines

We have news to all Iron Man fans that the Heroes Fall soundtrack from the movie Iron Man 3 is now available in all music stores.

read the news below

What do Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Redlight King, Passion Pit and AWOLNATION have in common?

Twelve super heroes of indie and alternative rock have banded together to create Heroes Fall, Marvel Music/Hollywood Records’ compilation of music from and inspired by the highly anticipated movie, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3.” Heroes Fall has arrived in the Philippines last April 22, 2013 under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) and will be available on iTunes by April 30, 2013. The film opens in theaters nationwide on April 24, 2013.
AWOLNATION’s “Some Kind of Joke” is featured in the film.  Other songs recorded exclusively for the album include “Big Bad Wolves” by WALK THE MOON, “Back to the Start” by Mr Little Jeans and “Redemption” by Redlight King. 
Songs featured on Heroes Fall include:

1.     “Ready Aim Fire” – Imagine Dragons  

2.     “Some Kind of Joke” – AWOLNATION  

3.     “Some Kind of Monster” – Neon Trees  

4.     “American Blood” – Passion Pit  

5.     “No Time” – Rogue Wave

6.     “One Minute More” – Capital Cities

7.     “Back To The Start”– Mr Little Jeans  

8.     “Keep Moving” – Andrew Stockdale (of Wolfmother)  

9.     “Redemption” – Redlight King  

10.   “Big Bad Wolves” – WALK THE MOON  

11.   “BAD GUY” – 3OH!3  

12.   “Let’s Go All The Way” – The Wondergirls featuring Ashley Hamilton and Robbie Williams 

 Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man. 

"IRON MAN 3: HEROES FALL SOUNDTRACK" under MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) is now available in CDs at Astroplus, Odyssey Music & Video and Fully Booked | For more information, visit | Also available on April 30th is the Iron Man 3 Original Motion Picture Score Soundtrack, composed and conducted by Brian Tyler (“Eagle Eye,” “Fast and Furious,” “The Expendables”).

Iron Man 3 now showing in Philippine cinemas this April 24, 2013

Nuvali Dirt Weekend this April26-28, 2013 - mountain bike dirt race and road to SEA GAMES

Nuvali is the host once more for a mountain bike dirt race for this year,  - the Dirt Weekend Invitational is a race sanctioned by the Philcycling and UCI. The event race under the UCI format includes Cross Country Olympics, Cross Country Team Relay and Four cross.

According to Philcyling Jojo Villa, that the race this weekend will be their search for the best mountain bike rider that can be considered to qualify for the cross country race and other category , and will compete to represent our country for the SEA GAMEs in Myanmar this 2013.

I just learned that you need to have a Philcycling license, at first I thought that this mountain bike dirt race is like those regular fun run, but its a serious race that will determine the best rider to compete at the SEA GAMES. Wow!!!  The Philcycling will be there to record all riders performance and each member will have the benefit to join other races and also compete for big racing tournaments.

I'm not familiar yet with the race terrain in Nuvali, but you can check out some photos here
posted by John Bueno in his blog -

you can read the rules and mechanics of the race here -





here are some photos from the press con

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Iron Man 3 now showing today April 24, 2013 (Philippines) more armor, rings and extremis

Iron Man 3 is showing today, everyone is expecting this movie since the take off of the Avengers movie. I'm not sure if this will be the last Iron Man movie, but I can see that when they apply the EXTREMIS storyline, (check the comic book and motion comic in Youtube), its the perfection of everything that bonds Iron Man and Tony Stark. Having a main villain like the Mandarin,  as one of toughest foe in comic books, this will bring us to the next storyline of what will be his connection for the upcoming storyline of the Avengers 2 movie. We don't have any clues yet, but later on we will find it out and see if it will connect to another Iron Man movie.

According to comic book writer Warren Ellis via Twitter, he said that there's another after credit scenes and Marvel did it again, I think its an open clue for the next movie -- Thor 2 , Captain America 2 and Avengers 2 movie, or maybe....  Ant Man movie.

check out the video featurette below to know more about the Extremis

Iron Man 3 now showing in all Philippine cinemas this April 24, 2013


Marvel's Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D'Esposito, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

My reaction and comments after watching STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS 1st 30 min preview in IMAX

- spoiler free post-

Star Trek:Into Darkness movie will be showing in Philippine cinemas on May 15, 2013, and that's a few weeks away and we're still having some Iron Man 3 tantrums, but when I saw the first 30 minute of the movie as a preview  for the media at the IMAX theater in SM City North EDSA, all I can say that my hype for Star Trek replaces the arc reactor of Tony Stark, I don't know why, but the marketing stint for sci fi movies like Star Trek are a big hit because we Pinoys love space adventure, and in this movie they showed to us a non stop action of space exploration and adventure... I go mad whenever I see space scenes that are later on turned into reality.. Just like the space jump scene from the 1st Star Trek (2009) movie, were Kirk, Sulu and their team did a space jump back to a planet, and then jump to 2012 in reality, we got also the first man to do space jump and broke the sound barrier for the first time. Here in the 2nd movie there will be more high tech concepts that might take off to reality.

Going back to the movie, JJ Abrams showed up to the big screen and talked to us, he said that this is just a preview and all elements of the movie that we will see is just temporary, and then he mentioned that this movie can be considered as a stand alone movie, I think he like to mention that if we missed the 1st movie, you can still enjoy this 2nd movie and never worry too much about the story.

From the 1st 30 min. of Star Trek: Into Darkness, they re-introduce again the role of each characters, and important crew of the "Enterprise" ship, also introduction to other supporting characters and a bit taste of the storyline.  Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison, the main villain in the movie started a big attack in the city and this will alarm everyone. The love and hate of Kirk and Spock still continues and the 1st action scene will give you decision as a Captain and also as a Commander. (Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock)

If the 1st movie brings stunning visuals and sounds, the 2nd movie bring much better, the one they showed to us is just 3D, but I expect more great visuals on the 3D version, plus watching it in IMAX 2D is already awesome! I'm already comfortable with it, but I'm interested to watch the 3D version. In IMAX everything is the movie review that I made last 2009 about the Star Trek movie, I can say that if you  are in IMAX, you'll feel that you are in space too and feel the adrenaline of the action scenes and AWESOME, planets, city, explosions, under water and etc.

We are still puzzled with Benedict Cumberbatch's character as John Harrison, I think its a new villain for this NEW ALTERNATE world of Star Trek, not sure if it will connect to the main timeline, but as they say...going to the past via time travel, it doesn't mean you went to the main timeline,but you landed into a parallel dimension of the same world of a different timeline.

Star Trek: Into Darkness 30 minutes preview..left us shouting for more..the cliffhanger scene already gave us some dreams of continuing it hahahaha. I hope its May 2013 already.

Thanks to Solar-UIP and SM Cinema for the special preview

Star Trek: Into Darkness is released thru Solar-UIP and will be showing in Philippine cinemas on May 15, 2013.






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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