3/18/2015

ALL ACCESS - Celebrate the Start Of Summer with Dip!

    
                                       

Let's officially start the summer with DIP! An awesome pool party that will beat the summer heat! 
Party with Deuce Manila, DJ Aryan, and Ais Nicaution. 

Win Prizes that includes domestic roundtrip tickets from AirAsiaPhilippines!
Special Packages from Treehouse (formerly Hooters), Laybare and Treetop Adventure
              
 
Tickets sold at PhP 500.00 inclusive 3 complimentary drinks
Tables for PhP 5,000.00 for 8 pax with free bottle, mixers and food platter.


For reservations, and interested promoters please contact
Mharvie  ( @marvhieortega ) 09175086324
 

“Asia’s Got Talent” Premiere Tops Philippine Ratings

        

Manila, Philippines –AXN’s highly anticipated “Asia’s Got Talent” premiere collectively topped ratings among English Pay TV channels in Southeast Asia.

During the show’s two hour debut on Thursday, March 12 at 8:05pm, AXN delivered more than 10 times the ratings of the next English general entertainment channel across Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines

“Asia’s Got Talent” was the top AXN program year to date in the country. During its telecast, AXN ranked #1 with more than 80 per cent share amongst all English general entertainment channels, and ranked #2 amongst all Pay TV channels.

In Singapore, “Asia’s Got Talent” led the ratings chart in its timeslot for English Pay TV channels and AXN was also the top English channel for the night on StarHub.

In Malaysia, “Asia’s Got Talent” was the #1 rated show in its timeslot across all English channels on Astro. AXN dominated the timeslot with over 80 per cent share across all English general entertainment channels.


         

Billed as the biggest talent competition in the world, “Asia’s Got Talent” features some of the region’s most breathtaking, jaw-dropping and mind-blowing performing artists competing for the coveted winning title. The premiere episode was a kaleidoscope of quirky characters and stunning talent, with many acts winning the hearts of viewers across the region. 

Hui Keng Ang, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia said,“Asia’s Got Talent is off to a thrilling start on AXN as we bring together millions of viewers to celebrate the diversity of talent and dreams of contestants from over 15 territories in Asia. The response to the premiere istruly incredible and after the success of both The Amazing Race Asia and The Apprentice Asia, AXN continues its mission to create high quality and engaging content.”

Driven by the strong performance of programs such as “Asia’s Got Talent”, AXN has maintained its top English general entertainment channel position in 2015 year-to-date. Collectively across the three Southeast Asian countries, AXN enjoyed a 30 per cent share amongst 19 English general entertainment channels during prime time.3

“Asia’s Got Talent” is the 63rd adaptation of the Guinness World Record-breaking hit “Got Talent” format, which was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced by FremantleMedia. The “Got Talent” format is officially the most successful reality TV format in history and currently airs in 186 countries.

Each act competing in “Asia’s Got Talent” will have to receive at least three “Yeses” from the esteemed celebrity judging panel comprising 16 time Grammy-winning Canadian musician David Foster, UK pop sensation and former Spice Girl Melanie C., Indonesian rock icon Anggun, and Taiwanese-American pop idol and actor Van Ness Wu. 


                                           

The four judges must select the most dazzling performances from thousands of hopefuls from 15 territories across Asia. Those who make it to the semi-finals will contend with an even tougher judge, AXN viewers at home who will ultimately decide the winner of “Asia’s Got Talent”. 

A grand prize worth USD$100,000 is up for grabs, along with the opportunity to return and perform at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Asia’s leading entertainment destination – where the semi-final shows and finale will be held. 

“Asia’s Got Talent” spans 10 weekly episodes, including five audition episodes, three semi-finals, a finale episode and aresults gala. In addition to enjoying the performances, audiences can get to know more about their favorite acts as “Asia’s Got Talent” tells the life stories behind some of the most colorful individuals and groups in the competition.

“Asia’s Got Talent” is proudly presented by Marina Bay Sands, Big Cola, Pantene, Caltex, Jetstar and GrabTaxi and brought to you by KFC, Globe and Cherifer in the Philippines.

AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notabe ratings successes including four seasons of the International  Emmy-nominated “The Amazing Race Asia”; the Asian Television Award-winning “Cash Cab Asia”; “The Apprentice Asia”; “Cyril: Rio Magic”; “Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition”; and the Asian Television Award-nominated “Cyril: Simply Magic”.

“Asia’s Got Talent” airs Thursdays at 8.30pm (SG, MY, PH, HK) / 7.30pm (JKT, BKK) - First on AXN

Connect with the judges, hosts, and your favorite contestants through videos and photos, exclusively on the Asia’s Got Talent official Facebook page. Catch behind-the-scenes footage of the auditions only on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/asiasgottalent/

3/17/2015

PIECES OF ME - Dear You

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Dear you,

I don't do this very often. I don't write letters because my hands can't write or type as fast as my mind could think. And I am trying my very best to process my thoughts into words. 

I've been feeling down the last few days because of what happened to us. Or to put it more accurately, what could have happened to us. I'm feeling sad because I was hoping that there was more than to what transpired between us or at least find out what could have happened.

I admit, the way we've known each other was pretty unconventional. I know that chatting does not equate to a relationship nor does it guarantee one. I mean, what could I expect from knowing someone through a dating app right?

So there I was, a naive dating app neophyte, who was curious about the dating scene; hoping to find someone that could may be a new friend or someone to talk to or be in a relationship with. Then I met you, or rather virtual you.

We flirted, exchanged photos, called each other "babe", the usual chat stuff. I was surprised when one day, you sent me your number. I did not hesitate to send a text because I felt you were someone I could trust. And also, you trusted me with your phone number, someone you haven't actually met.

The flirting, and the texting continued. And I admit that I enjoyed it. It was fun. It was also kinda nice that there was someone who greets you every morning, someone asking you what are your plans for the day or what you're having for lunch. It felt nice when someone tells you they're on their way home from work or how bad traffic was. It was nice when someone texts you good night before you sleep. It was a feeling I haven't felt in a long time and I admit that I  was eager. Too eager at times. I was unsure of what was happening but the uncertainty if where it was heading made it more exciting. I was addicted to the adrenaline rush every message you sent gave me.

But one day it stopped. I don't know why but you just stopped texting. My good morning texts nver got replies. My hi's never got their hello's back. My how are you's never got answered. 

I saw your online posts about feeling alone and depressed. I asked you about it and you said you were just lonely. So maybe I thought I could be your friend. I could be someone you'd talk to but I did not get a reply after that. So i figured you needed space, and I gave it.

But the silence was deafening. I was being paranoid that something bad might have happened. And then I realized something. You were more than just a text mate to me. You were someone I truly cared about.

I was ready to jump into the unknown, that's why I asked you out. I wanted to meet you personally and just talk. I wanted to know you more. I was kinda worried you would say no but felt relieved  when you agreed to meet for coffee. How stupid of me to ask you out for coffee when I don't even drink coffee. Maybe I like you too much to care.

The day came when we were supposed to meet. Again, I recieved the silent treatment. And this time, the silence was making me crazy. I thought you liked me too when you agreed to go out. I thought there was something more to our texts than just meaningless messages. So why was I getting stood up? I did not want to sound assuming so I asked you if there was anything wrong or you were just making me wait and hope in vain. You said you were busy with work and school. So again, I gave you your space. We rescheduled and again I waited.

This week was supposed to be our date. But apparently, I am getting stood up again. And honestly, I am tired of waiting when you obviously don't want me to wait for you. I am tired of waiting for your messages and I am convincing myself that you never felt the same way. I get it. You were just not that into me. But it's hard. It's hard to miss something that you thought you had but never really had anything. Yes. I still check my phone for your texts, notifications or anything that would make me feel that you still think about me. But I have to convince myself that whatever it was between us was nothing to you and I am wishing that it was nothing to me too.

I am hoping I'll be okay after this. Maybe we didn't get to meet because it was not for the best. But I hope someday, I'll meet someone who'd make me feel excited the way you did.

Why the hell do I need to write this. Closure, I guess. I think it would be easier for me to pen my thoughts rather than say it to an empty profile who I'm not sure would read my messages. And writing about it somehow validates the feeling that I am done. I am done with you and those dating apps.

Love,


3/16/2015

SPOONFUL - Mantis Shrimp Kilawin with Candied Kamias

Kilawin is a antive Ilokano dish, very much similar to to South America's ceviche. It's main ingredient ingredient is fresh meat or seafood and is cooked using an acidic solution of vinegar or calamansi or a mixture of both. 

                                      


For this recipe, I decided to use Mantis shrimp or locally known as alupihang dagat. It's meat tastes and feels like shrimp but it resembles a small lobster or ulang.


 I also used Kamias instead of the usual green mango as ingredient to my kilawin for two reasons, one, we have a tree in our backyard and it's bearing a lot right now, and two, I like the fruity sourness of kamias better than green mango. I used a blanching technique I learned from my instructor at Global Academy, Chef Garie Quiambao, to candy the kamias.



Here is the recipe:
Mantis shrimp, shell removed
Shallots, minced
Ginger, sliced into fine julienne
Siling labuyo, minced
Coconut vinegar
Rock Salt
Pepper, ground
Kamias, cut into rounds

For the candied kamias:
1. Blanch the sliced kamias in boiling water for 3 minutes. Repeat the procedure for about 6 times.,replacing the water each time. Drain and let it cool.

This blanching technique, as taught by my chef instructor, removes the bitterness of the skin of the fruit.When ti was shown to me, it was done in pomelo but since pomelo has a tough and thick skin it was done for twelve times.Kamias has a waxy skin that is quite soft so blanching it for 6 times would suffice.

For the kilawin:
1. Carefully remove the meat of the shrimp from the shell. Cut the underside of the exoskeleton and slowly pull the meat whole.
2. In a bowl, mix the shrimp meat with coconut vinegar, rock salt,pepper, minced shallots and siling labuyo  and ginger. 
3. Chill for about an hour before serving/plating.

         


I steamed the shell of the mantis shrimp for plating. The orange color is from the presence of chitin in the exoskeleton, like any other crustacean.

Happy cooking!