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Archive for June 2009

The Manila Grand Oriental Casino

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The original Manila Grand Opera House at the corner of Doroteo Jose and Rizal Avenue which nurtured the careers of hundreds of celebrities, including Dolphy and Pilita Corrales has recently opened Manila Grand Oriental Casino located inside the luxurious hotel. Filipino boxing superstar Pacquiao led the ribbon cutting. Before the Cultural Center of the Philippines was born, the Manila Grand Opera House also used to be an entertainment center where plays, movies, zarzuelas and dances could be seen. It was demolished after the Sta. Cruz district went into a slump in the 1970s.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 24, 2009 at 10:21 am

69 gay Filipino workers arrested in Riyadh

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AT least 69 Filipinos were imprisoned in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, after holding a gay show in celebration of Philippine Independence Day, June 12. However, they were later released after their sponsors paid fees for their release but are not allowed to leave Saudi Arabia as they have to face the case to be filed against them in court.

Why on earth will you do that in a country that defines its law under the strict tennets of their Islam faith? Click here for the full story under PinoyOverseas.net.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 21, 2009 at 3:30 pm

What is Advergaming?

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“Advergaming” is a new advertising channel that most traditional ad agencies and companies still do not know how to utilize. Many company bigshots do not understand the video gaming industry, much to say how to market their brands through this new media channel. Ignatius Javellana defines “advergaming” as using video games to advertise a product, message, viewpoint, etc. that’s usually done in a manner that will not interrupt someone’s gameplay

Click here to read the entire CNet Asia article.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 21, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Douglas Quijano laid to rest

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Douglas Quijano was cremated and laid to rest last Saturday at the Heritage Memorial Park and Crematorium in Taguig City. Quijano, 64, was found dead last Saturday morning in his rest house in Lucban, Quezon. Quijano managed the careers of Richard Gomez, Tirso Cruz III, Aga Muhlach, John Estrada, Joey Marquez, Wendell Ramos, Antonio Aquitania, Anjo Yllana, Gelli de Belen, Jay Aquitania, Benj Basa, and Richard Gutierrez.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 21, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Filipino Restaurant at New York’s Lower East Side

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Located in the heart of New York’s Lower East Side, “Kuma Inn” is a cozy restaurant tucked away on the second floor, serving Filipino, Thai, and Southeast Asian cuisine. It is owned and operated by Executive Chef King Phojanakong. The restaurant offers an original menu consisting of a variety of meats, seafood and vegetables.

Call the restaurant at (212) 353-8866 for reservations or click here to go to its website.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 19, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Mining Prospects in the Philippines

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Here’s an interesting Op-ed article about the prospects of “mining” in the Philippines, written by  Reynard Loki, a New York-based writer, artist and environmental activist who runs the blog 13.7 Billion Years (http://www.13point7billion.org). For starters, Reynard says The Philippine mining industry is running rough-shod on indigenous people and the environment. For President Macapagal-Arroyo, it presents a great opportunity.”

Click here to read the entire article.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 15, 2009 at 12:30 pm

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Charice Pempenco’s first solo concert

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The newest darling of Philippine entertainment that has won North America’s love for the songstress will be staging her first solo concert on June 27, 2009, at the SMX Convention Center in the Mall of Asia (MOA).

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

June 15, 2009 at 12:25 pm