Boses the Movie on SM Cinemas July 31

It was an absolute honor to be invited to the Blogger’s Night for BOSES the Movie screening at Podium last Monday, July 8, 2013. Boses debuted at the 4th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival in 2008, and makes its way to SM Cinemas for commercial screening starting July 31

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The film is about a boy made mute because of his abusive father’s actions, and the friendship he creates when he learns to play the violin with a reclusive mentor who’s also fighting his own demons. Boses has been making the rounds of screenings both here and abroad since its debut – it has been shown in at least nine countries and over 50 schools and communities here in the Philippines. One might think that for an indie film, this is already huge. But I believe that this movie deserves a bigger audience, and it’s ought to be seen by as many people as possible. Thus, their upcoming screening at the country’s largest chain of supermalls is exciting and truly well-deserved. I really feel blessed that I was able to watch Boses, because at the end, the film has really touched me with its story, its music, its visuals and its characters. Director Ellen Ongkiko- Marfil told the story of Onyok (played by Julian Duque) beautifully, in a manner that everyone can easily relate to. The musical scoring was amazing, you’ll feel afraid, happy, whimsical, melancholic, whatever emotion is appropriate for a particular scene, because of the perfect accompaniment to it courtesy of Coke Bolipata, musical scorer and who also plays Ariel, Onyok’s mentor in the film. Julian is a child prodigy, he played the violin very, very well in the movie, it’s unbelievable! During the Q & A after the screening, we learned that Julian has been playing the violin since he was 3 years old (or was it 4?) and he was 8 when Boses was shot. Galing! As much as I would love to share the story of Boses, I’d rather invite people to come and see the film for themselves instead. Go!You won’t regret it 🙂

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The cast of Boses – Cherry Pie Picache, Coke Bolipata, Ricky Davao and Julian Duque. Boses is Graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board and is endorsed by UNICEF, World Vision, DepEd, DSWD, CHED, Save the Children- London, One Billion Rising- London, CBCP Youth, Jesuit Communications, Plan International and Food for the Hungry. For more information, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BOSESthemovie. By the way, thanks to New Bombay for the awesome Samosa and Biryani served during the blogger’s event. It was yum!

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Boses opens exclusively at all SM Cinemas nationwide on July 31, 2013.

Everyday Notes from the Videoke Queen

If you follow me on Twitter (@thevideokequeen), you’ll notice that I post a Paper.Li link religiously around 6pm of every day about the latest tweets, links, photos and videos from our favorite OPM artists. Paper.Li is a site that allows one to curate tweets based on certain topics and Twitter accounts and presents this in a newspaper format. 

Several months ago, I thought of compiling a list of Pinoy artists and sites and putting them altogether, thus, Notes from the Videoke Queen is born.  

Here’s how it looks like once “published” –


And here’s Rivermaya’s response to it yesterday – 

I don’t really check it everyday but I notice that artist/s (that’s Rivermaya!!!) are starting to notice it and thank me for it. Yay! It’s really a good source of OPM news, what they’re up to and what they’ve been posting and sharing on Twitter. Yesterday’s edition led me to 2 interesting articles on The Oktaves (Ely Buendia+Hilera) and Rice Radio’s feature on Parokya ni Edgar. Do check it out  Paper.Li’s GENIUS!!

Follow me on Twitter to get these updates and more (randomness from yours truly) – @thevideokequeen. Thanks!!

Happy anniversary MOA Arena!

SM Mall of Asia Arena, or MOA Arena as it is popularly known, celebrated its first anniversary by kicking off with a press conference last May 24, 2013. It’s too bad though that I was not able to attend because we were in our province that time, enjoying the sight of Mayon Volcano and all the pili I could eat.

I remember I was there when MOA Arena first opened to the public, on the first of the 2-night concert by Lady Gaga on her Born this Way World Tour that almost did not happen. I remember being ecstatic about MOA Arena’s beautiful facilities and the notion of finally having an alternative to the venue in Cubao (as a consumer and concert-goer, healthy competition is good :)) And in their first year alone, MOA Arena has hosted world-class artists such as Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, J. Lo, Aerosmith, Swedish House Mafia as well as Kpop superstarts Big Bang, and local productions Foursome, Pinoy Pride, Icons at the Arena, Asia’s songbird Regine Velasquez and games of the PBA, UAAP and NCAA.

Truly, its vision of “changing the game and elevating entertainment” was on point in the past year. This year, an amazing line-up of events welcome Filipino concert-goers, basketball fans and even fight/MMA enthusiasts. Here are some of the upcoming events at the MOA Arena –

Lee Min Ho’s My Everything World Tour on July 6 –  

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Linkin Park Living Things World Tour on August 13 –
Rihanna Diamonds World Tour on September 19 – 
NBA Pre-season Game featuring the Indiana Pacers v Houston Rockets on October 10 –
Disney Live on October 2 to 6 – 
Other events are Ogie Alcasid: I Write the Songs on August 16, King of the Cage on July 5 (headlined by two undefeated world champions), Monster Jam featuring monster trucks and their stunts on Aug 30 – Sept 4, NCAA Season 89 and UAAP Season 76 games.

For more information, check out their website – http://www.mallofasia-arena.com.  For tickets, log on to SM Tickets or call 470-2222. 

The Avicii Experience at the MOA Arena 2013

Here are some pics from the Avicii Live in Manila concert at the Mall of Asia Arena last May 15, 2013. Republiq sure knows how to set up and throw a party! I was happily observing all those dancing and jumping and swaying crowd below. The front act was DJ Marlon of The Bass Jackers and his set was really, really good. It could be the main show and I won’t be disappointed. With Avicii as the headliner, this was an EDM party like no other. I loved the lights and LED display!! I thought nothing could beat David Guetta’s prod last October but this was comparable, even better at times 🙂 I’m happy and proud that we can already support this kind of world-class productions. Kudos to Republiq, World Wide Womb and Driven Manila!Enjoy the pics!

Special thanks to Globe Tattoo, Coy Caballes and Marius Oczon!! 🙂
Photos courtesy of @MsVirna.