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SAMUEL JACKSON: Ideal Villain to the Best of Spies in “KINGSMAN: The Secret Service”

  • Friday, January 23, 2015
  • by
  • ★JayL Aquino

  • Every great action hero needs an ideal villain to make the good vs. evil dynamics work well. In the upcoming highly stylized non-stop action film “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” Samuel Jackson plays the villain role to the hilt as Richmond Valentine, a tech billionaire and disillusioned eco-campaigner whose desire to save the earth at any cost has led him to devise a scheme that will have devastating consequences for everyone.

    After Valentine is the Kingsman – an elite group of operatives working outside of the government. Martial in style, they are an altruistic unit that gets things done. “They’re the good guys,” says Colin Firth, who plays Harry, whose Kingsman name is Galahad, named after the Arthurian legend. “We’re living in an age in which we’re very suspicious of our institutions and our governments. Whatever trust we’ve once had has been undermined, so I think it’s interesting to explore the idea that there is an organization with pure motives. One not compromised by the politics and bureaucracy of these institutions. The Kingsmen are the modern-day Knights of the Round Table.” With Harry is newly-recruited spy Eggsy, played by newcomer Taron Egerton. Harry feels responsible for the death of Eggsy’s father, and that he owes the man a debt. When a Kingsman agent is killed, the organization looks for a new recruit. Explains Firth: “When Harry sees that his fallen comrade’s son, Eggsy, is on a fast track to disaster in the way he’s growing up, Harry rises to the challenge of seeing if he can save the boy. That’s partly guilt, but he wants to see if he can mold Eggsy into Kingsman material. He says quite explicitly that being a gentleman has nothing to do with accents or upbringing; it’s something one learns and proves in one’s behavior.”

    A voracious comic-book fan, Samuel L. Jackson had already read the books by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons where the film was based when he heard Vaughn was interested in him for the part of Valentine. “The Kingsmen were different kinds of gentleman spies,” he reflects. “I thought the concept was great and I always thought it would make a wonderful film.”

    Jackson loved Vaughn and Goldman’s script, and says he immediately understood Valentine’s motivations. “The really crazy thing was that it totally made sense,” he laughs. “The film is full of great visual images, and I felt a thrill taking the ride.”

    Valentine’s logic posits that the global population has swelled to uncontrollable levels, so it requires culling. His deadly plan is to produce SIM cards that he will distribute freely around the world, and which will both stimulate aggression and reduce inhibition. They’ll literally cause people to tear each other apart, save for a select few chosen for their intelligence, power and beauty. With protective chips implanted into the heads of these elite, Valentine has rounded them up and transported them to his secret base.

    Jackson describes Valentine as a moral, pragmatic man. “He understands that you have to make certain choices in order for things to work, and in order for the world to succeed, sacrifices must be made, and somebody has to be willing to make them.”

    Argues Firth: “Valentine is genocidal! He’s a mass murderer and a psychopath. He may have the greater good in his mind but if that involves the death of millions of people, that ideology is unlikely to be shared by the rest of humanity.” Still, he understands why Jackson found a reason for Valentine’s actions. “I think it’s perfectly appropriate that Sam doesn’t see his character as a villain. As actors our job is to inhabit our characters, and you have to see them the way they see themselves – but with my own character’s subjectivity, Valentine is a villain in the classic Bond tradition.”

    Agrees Jackson: “We’re playing this cat-and-mouse game, where Harry pretends not to know who Valentine is and Valentine pretends not to know who Harry is, until they actually sit down and say it. Game on; let’s see who comes out victorious.”

    “Kingsman: The Secret Service” opens February 18 in theatres nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.
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    Tagum City is Palarong Pambansa 2015 venue

  • by
  • ★JayL Aquino
  • After careful deliberation, officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) have selected Tagum City, Davao del Norte to host the 2015 Palarong Pambansa. The city beat out five other bidders – Dipolog City, Pagadian City, Koronadal City, Lanao del Norte province, and CARAGA region.

    Before announcing the results of the vote, Education Secretary Br Armin Luistro FSC asked for the support of the cities that were not selected. “This is a vote for Mindanao. This year we were surprised at the number of bidders. We hope that we still have your support.”

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    GetMed: Revolutionizing healthcare in the Philippines

  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015
  • by
  • ★JayL Aquino
  • From L-R- Arthur John Abarquez, Paolo Castaño and Chris Hatton 

    We have all experienced the difficulties of finding a doctor and quickly get an appointment. More importantly, on emergency situations, we might not even have an idea where the nearest hospital is or which doctor to call.

    For Arthur John Abarquez, one of the founders of UNA I.T. SOLUTIONS, it was on a Maundy Thursday a few years ago when his wife suffered a serious fall, which resulted to shattered bones in her left forearm and hand that compelled him to recognize this need. “We rushed my wife to the hospital but the ER Doctors couldn’t do anything to relieve her pain. They needed a specialist who, at that time, since it was a holiday, was not available. It took them several hours to locate a doctor who had to travel from Calatagan, Batangas to Manila. It was grueling hours of waiting for my wife and myself. I wanted so much to help her but I was helpless, we were at the mercy of the capabilities and the reaction time of the hospital where we brought her,” he shared.

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    Barrels of No-Holds-Barred Action Sequence in “TAKEN 3”

  • Friday, January 09, 2015
  • by
  • ★JayL Aquino

  • Like a big typhoon, the action never stops in the third instalment of the blockbuster franchise “Taken” that cemented Liam Neeson as cinema’s newest and most unexpected action hero. “Taken 3” brings Liam Neeson’s character Bryan Mills to the extreme as his particular set of skills is pushed to the edge when his reconciliation with his ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace).

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    DepEd issues guidelines on respecting indigenous peoples culture

  • Thursday, January 08, 2015
  • by
  • ★JayL Aquino
  • Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro welcomes indigenous peoples community leaders at the signing of DepEd Order 51, s. 2014, "Guidelines on the Conduct of Activities and Use of Materials Involving Aspects of Indigenous Peoples Culture.”

    MANDALUYONG CITY -- As a result of consultations with various Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities, educators, and civil society support groups nationwide, the Department of Education (DepEd) has released an order promulgating "Guidelines on the Conduct of Activities and Use of Materials Involving Aspects of Indigenous Peoples Culture.”

    Signed by Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC at the National Indigenous Peoples Education (IPEd) Gathering, the guidelines seek to provide guidance on the ethical assessment of the conduct of learning activities and related engagements of schools, DepEd offices, and other education initiatives that involve various aspects of indigenous peoples culture (e.g., ‘cultural’ presentations, performances, festivals, use of artifacts and indigenous clothing).

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    Tutuban Center announces BONIDay Sale

  • Friday, November 28, 2014
  • by
  • ★JayL Aquino

  • Shoppers looking for the best deals this holiday season are in for a special treat, via a 3-day Pre-Holiday Sale.

    The Tutuban Center BONIDay sale, happening on November 28, 29, 30, promises a wide range of items for Filipino families at affordable prices, just in time for the holiday shopping rush. “Tutuban Center is not just one of the most famous shopping destinations in the Philippines; it is also located at the birthplace of gat Andres Bonifacio,” remarked Sylvia Tecson, VP for Leasing and Marketing of Tutuban Properties, Inc. “This is something that we have long been proud of, so once again, we want to pay tribute to Gat Bonifacio through this special event.”

    Aside from the sale, shoppers are also entitled to join a special raffle promo. With a single-receipt minimum purchase worth P500 from any store within Tutuban Center, shoppers are entitled to join more than once and simply need to present their official receipt at the designated booth at the Bonifacio Plaza, which is open from 9:00am to 7:00pm.

    Raffle prizes at stake include Robinsons gift certificates, IMARFLEX microwave oven, DOWELL washing machine, and a TOSHIBA LED TV.

    “This is also our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our loyal patrons for their continued support. This is our early Christmas gift to them,” Tecson added.
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    SYOSS PISO SALE: Having salon-beautiful hair just got easier!

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014
  • by
  • ★JayL Aquino

  • Having salon-beautiful hair just got easier! In fact, all you need is just one peso to experience salon-quality hair care.

    For just one day this coming November 29, 2014, SYOSS, a revolutionary hair-solution brand from Japan that brings salon-beautiful hair to every Filipina, will be having a one-of-a-kind promo called “SYOSS PISO SALE.”

    In partnership with Robinsons Supermaket, one of the leading supermarkets in the country today, Filipinas will definitely be delighted by this promo, for they can now easily achieve having salon-beautiful hair everyday for only one peso.

    Avail of any SYOSS shampoo and conditioner for just P1 per sachet by visiting participating Robinsons Supermarket outlets near you, that include branches at Galleria, Ermita, Las Pinas, Magnolia, Metro East, Pioneer, Imus, Antipolo, BF Paranaque and Nepomall.

    SYOSS is a Japanese hair-solution brand that brings salon-beautiful hair to every Pinay. Made by Henkel Beauty Care, SYOSS is co-developed and tested by top Japanese professional hairdressers and stylists. It offers hair care, coloration and styling solutions in order to deliver salon-quality results at affordable prices.

    For updates and to know more about Syoss, like us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/syoss.ph.
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    #MerryMe: ACER Philippines Gives Out FREE Smartphones this Holiday!

  • Monday, November 17, 2014
  • by
  • ★JayL Aquino

  • It’s a very merry Christmas as Acer Philippines treats its loyal customers to FREE smartphones this holiday season with the ‘Buy 1 Gift 1’ promo.

    Starting November 15, 2014 up to December 31, 2014, customers simply need to buy any eligible Windows 8-based, Intel® Core™ -powered Acer laptops and 2-in-1 devices from any of the participating stores and get an Acer Liquid Z200 smartphone absolutely FREE!

    To claim the Acer Liquid Z200 smartphone, customers need to secure and fill out a copy of the “Buy 1 Gift 1” promo claim form and submit it along with the original copy of the Official Receipt, a cut-out of the product’s box Serial number, and two valid ID cards at the Acer Philippines, Inc. office located at the 9th floor, Fifth Avenue Building, 32nd Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Other redemption/availment areas are located at the Acer Service Centre – Manila, 1651 Paz Guazon Street, Paco, Manila; the Acer Service Center – Cebu City at the AMV Brothers Building, 9 F. Cabahug corner Almendras Streets, Mabolo, Cebu City, and at the Acer Service Centre- Davao City at the Ground Floor of Ateneo De Davao University, 8016 Roxas Avenue, Davao City. Claiming schedule at these locations are from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    When claiming through email, customers only need to submit a clear scanned copy of the required documents and email to promos@acer.com or aphi.promos@acer.com, and follow up via (02) 815-33-88 local 100 and 125. The Acer Liquid Z200 Smartphone will be shipped directly to the registered address indicated in the submitted Buy 1 Gift 1 promo claim form.

    Per DTI-FTEB SPD Permit #4782 Series of 2014.

    Visit the Acer Philippines Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AcerPH) or follow Acer via Twitter (twitter.com/acerphils). The television commercial of the Acer Holiday promo may also be viewed in youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbBeiGnPaMc&list=UUdjSO-7OwagDwRaXdMxa4iw) For more details go to www.acer.com.ph.
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