U.S. Embassy Brings the Best of the U.S.A. to Manila with “America In 3D”

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The U.S. Embassy is proud to presentAmerica in 3D, our flagship multi-media, entertainment, and education event at SM Mall of Asia on March 1 and 2.

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[MOVIEW REVIEW] Starting Over Again

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Synopsis: Ten years ago, Ginny (Toni Gonzaga), an Architecture student, and Marco (Piolo Pascual), a History professor, began a one-of-a-kind and unpredictable love story. In the five years that they were together, they brought out the best in each other, which included Marco’s unrealized dream of becoming a chef. Together, they worked towards their dream of opening up a restaurant, but when Ginny realized her own pursuits were different from his, she rejected his wedding proposal and left the country for a Masters degree in Architecture. At present, Ginny co-owns a one-stop Architecture and Interior Design firm specializing in Restoration. She receives an email from Marco, which was written and sent after their break-up, meant to be read four years later. It makes her feel even more regretful of leaving the love of her life. When their firm receives an offer to restore an old house into a restaurant, she is ecstatic to learn that Marco will be co-owning the restaurant. She takes this as a sign that this will be their second chance they need, but finds out that Marco wants the restaurant ready for his wedding proposal to his US-based girlfriend, Patty De Guia (Iza Calzado). This doesn’t stop Ginny from accepting the project in the hopes of winning back Marco, now very different from the man he used to be. When he learns her motives, he plays along to push her regrets and show that he is much better now. But their actions take a toll on them when they talk about the past, feelings start to get involved, and Patty begins to get suspicions about the two. Can mistakes and wrong decisions be undone to give way to a second chance? Will Ginny get her happy ending with Marco, or is she four years too later?

Let me start this review by saying that Starting Over Again, Star Cinema’s Valentine’s Day movie for 2014, is by far my favorite romantic-comedy (dramedy?) from the movie outfit so far. It is the movie I have been hoping for years that Star Cinema would do. While the scenes leading up to the ending bordered on being corny, it still was far better than all the endings they ever did in any of their romantic-comedy movies in recent history.

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Bekitaktakan: Normal ba ang pagiging bakla?

A new viral video about being LGBT is going viral in the Philippines. It stars Jayvhot Galang, who rose to fame via Maxxie The Musical, the theater adaptation of the critically-acclaimed independent film “Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros).”

The video answers stereotypical questions about being LGBT and Jayvhot answers them sarcastically but providing a clearer perspective afterwards.

According to TLF Share’s website, “This video uses a mixture of evidence, human rights, and bekinese humor to answer frequently asked questions about lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders and to introduce the complex issues around sexual orientation and gender identity. “

TLF Share is a non-profit and non-governmental organization of sexual health advocates in the Philippines.

To know more about TLF Share, visit their website at http://www.tlfshare.org/

Coca-Cola’s 2014 Super Bowl Ad: A Feature on Gay Family and Filipino Language

I am not a fan of Super Bowl, or any other sporting events for that matter.

What I understand though is that the Super Bowl is not just about the game. It has become a melting pot of different audiences of those who are really fans of the sport, those who are waiting for the half-time performance, and those who are excited to watch different Super Bowl ads.

One ad that sparked the interest of viewers worldwide is that of Coca-Cola’s.

For this year, they featured the song “America the Beautiful” being sung in different languages — one of which is Filipino.

But that was not what made it controversial. The ad, according to GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), is the first Super Bowl commercial to feature a gay family.

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