In The Mix Music Festival

What wouldn’t be the best way to enjoy the night than by listening to six acts perform live all night (with two of those being your fave bands and one of those being one of your fave solo artists) and jumping, screaming and singing your heart out until midnight? I experienced all of these last Thursday, August 18, 2016, during the In the Mix Music Festival at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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Feeling the Love in ‘The Lion King’

Part of our third day in New York was watching ‘The Lion King’ on Broadway. It’s a musical based on the Disney movie of the same name, the third-longest running and highest grossing Broadway musical of all time, and it’s famous songs include ‘Hakuna Matata’, ‘Circle of Life’, and ‘Can you Feel the Love Tonight’. Before we went to New York, I have been discussing with my parents how much I wanted to watch something on Broadway, no matter what the show was. Since I already watched Wicked and Les Miserables in Manila, I suggested to watch Phantom of the Opera since it is a classic Broadway show and the prices are reasonable. With my parents not being huge Broadway fans, they knew that Phantom was really dramatic and long so they wanted to watch something upbeat, which is why we booked for 3 tickets to ‘The Lion King’ instead.

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Deadpool 2 In The Works! – The Daily Mention

Here’s an article I wrote about Deadpool!!

Deadpool opened early this year with record breaking numbers for an R-rated superhero film. The movie was able to make $778.6 million on a $58 million budget. After these figures were released, the sequel was confirmed, with the anti-hero himself even announcing it to the audience in the movie’s post-credits scene.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO READ MORE!

http://www.thedailymention.com/2016/07/12/deadpool-2-works/

‘Arrow’ Season 5 Affected by ‘The Flash’ Flashpoint Storyline?

‘Arrow’ Season 5 may be greatly affected by The Flash’ Season 3 going with the ‘Flashpoint’ story arc. Read to find out what Stephen Amell thinks!

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Theories for ‘The Flash’ Season 3 – The Daily Mention

Hey guys!! I got a sideline gig for The Daily Mention, a new site that gives the latest updates on Movies, Celebrities and TV Shows! I would to share with you the first that I wrote for them about The Flash:

‘The Flash’ Season 2 has wrapped up with a heart-wrenching finale, and a number of theories circulating the events of Season 3 are now up for talks.

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Civil War Review

#4/13 of my Marvel Movie ChallengeI must be really grateful to Marvel because for some reason, they always release Marvel movies a week earlier here in Asia. Luckily, I was able to watch the third installment of Captain America, namely, Civil War, last April 29. Just a run-through of the story: The Avengers’ actions have already caught the attention of the government and decided that they should be watched. The government presents an “Accords” that if the Avengers sign this, they would be under the government’s control. Captain America/ Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is not willing as this takes away their freedom and thinks of “What if they needed to be in a place and the government does not allow them?”. On the other hand, Iron Man/ Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) agrees with the government. This forms the Avengers to divide into factions: Team Cap and Team Iron Man.

(FEEL FREE TO CONTINUE READING I DID NOT PUT ANY SPOILERS HEHE)

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The Revolution in Manila (Les Mis Review)

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Stage before the start of the second act of the show

After falling in love with the musical about 4 years ago, I waited for the moment when Les Miserables would finally come to Manila to showcase its marvelous beauty. Luckily, it was announced late last year that the Australian production would be coming to the country + imports from the other productions of Les Mis, such as Earl Carpenter from New York to play Javert, and our very own Rachelle Ann Go to play Fantine. I was really happy to be able to watch the April 1 show at 8 pm in the Solaire Theatre.

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Contrasting Worlds

Most probably you guys must have watched Deadpool and Batman v Superman right now, but I’ll still post my review of the two films. With Deadpool’s comedic side and BvS’ sort-of dark side, there is no doubt in saying that Marvel and DC are definitely two contrasting worlds. Just because one is opposite from the other doesn’t mean we have to pick which is better. Most movie critics rigorously compare the two franchises from each other, but why favor one if you could just love both? Yes, with that being said I will be writing about my positive insights on these two films, my love for Marvel and DC, and as well as my anticipation for Civil War!!

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The Good Dinosaur: A Good Movie Indeed

Hi guys! I know months have already passed since 2015 ended, but I still haven’t posted my last entry for my 2015 Disney Movie Challenge. The challenge basically involves watching 10 movies released by Disney last year and writing a review for each. I only watched the last on my list, The Good Dinosaur, yesterday. So here’s the review to conclude my challenge! (Better late than never right?)

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2015 in Music

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2015 was a big year for music. New bands, new artists, a whole bunch of new albums, and rising new genres. Being a music lover, I had come to love the different songs that the music industry had offered for the past year, and I would just like to share with you my favorite albums for 2015.

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The Force Has Woken

9/10 of my Disney Movie Challenge. A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, there existed a handful of iconic characters in the movie industry, specifically, a Jedi, a Jedi-in-training, a ptincess, a smugler (also a scruffy nerf herder), a Wookie, and someone from the Dark Side. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Well it’s Star Wars, one of the best movie franchises that ever existed. To be honest, I’ve only been a fan last month, nonetheless, I have watched all 6 movies and as well as the most recent one, the Force Awakens. (Feel free to click “Continue Reading”, I will not give any spoilers haha)

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Sam Smith Live in Manila

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Last November 21, I was able to witness one of the greatest vocalists of this generation. If you are familiar with the 2015 Grammy Song of the Year “Stay With Me”, then I’m pretty sure you know who I’m talking about. He is no other than Sam Smith, who mesmerized the hearts of many Filipinos during his concert at the Mall of Asia Arena. Click here for more pictures.

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Mockingjay Part 2 Review

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen

Mockingjay Part 2 is the epic conclusion to The Hunger Games Franchise. While the first two films focus on holding a hunger games and Mockingjay Part 1 revolving around the aftermath of The Third Quarter Quell, here we watch how Katniss leads the rebellion to overthrow the Capitol, led by President Snow. The last installment of the franchise amazing. Question is, real or not real?

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How Fantastic is the New Fantastic Four

2005 Fantastic Four vs 2015 Version

7/10 of my Disney Movie Challenge. Fantastic Four is an iconic superhero group that has been made known into the film industry since mid-2000’s. Because of the original movie’s success, Disney and Marvel teamed up and decided to remake the movie with a fresh cast, newly improved special effects, and a somewhat different presentation of the plot. The new Fantastic Four film was released in August 2015. The question is, is the new film as fantastic as the original?

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The Night Manila Felt the Sweetness

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She Will Be Loved. This Love. Misery. Makes Me Wonder. Maps. Sugar. The list goes on and on. Maroon 5 has been making hits for over a decade, and I was really hyped when I was able to watch their fourth concert here in Manila last September 17. The concert was sold out, and I was really stoked that I got tickets to see one of my favorite rock bands live, whose songs will keep you dancing on your feet and stage presence to bring you a whole lot of energy. Click here for more pictures. 

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Why One Feeling isn’t Enough

6/10 of my Disney Movie Challenge. You know those times when you experience a certain event in  your life, and try to associate it with one feeling? Like all birthday parties are supposed to bring joy, death of a pet brings sadness, betrayal leads to anger, heights bring fears and vegetables lead you to disgust? Why is it necessary to associate something to one emotion? We all know that the complexity of life isn’t enough to suit us one emotion at a time. As humans, we are capable to comprehend all the feelings in the world, so why stick with one right? These thoughts came to my mind when I watched Inside Out a few months ago.

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The AlDub Phenomenon

AlDub: Maine Mendoza aka Yaya Dub and Alden Richards

Labeled as the most phenomenal power couple of our time, I’m pretty sure most Filipinos (and even people from around the world) have heard of the word ‘AlDub’ aka the ship name of Alden Richards, an actor and TV host from GMA, a Philippine television network, and Maine Mendoza, the Dubsmash Queen of the Philippines who is famous for her role as “Yaya Dub” on the hit Philippine Variety show Eat Bulaga.

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When Walk the Moon Made Us Shut Up and Dance

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2015 is the year where indie rock artists and bands rose to fame, and Manila was once again lucky to be able to watch one band whose famous anthem, “Shut Up and Dance” is evidently heard on radios and can be seen on the charts. The band behind this song is Walk the Moon (WTM), and they had a mall tour here in the Philippines last August.

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Finding Your Identity

Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne) and Quentin Jacobsen (Natt Wolff)

I think I have mentioned in my previous posts that I am one of the editors of our school paper. In line with this, I wrote a review in our paper for the movie Paper Towns so I wanted to share it with you guys (with some edits to make it more personal blog-ish hehe)


What is an identity? It is defined as the “distinct quality that makes up an individual”. As easy as it is to give its meaning, the difficult part is finding it. Many of us nowadays struggle to find our true selves. This is the main plot of the mystery-comedy-drama film “Paper Towns” which was released in cinemas last July . Based on the novel with the same title from the bestselling author John Green, Paper Towns focuses on the life of Quentin Jacobsen (Natt Wolff) and his escapade in finding his neighbor and childhood love interest Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne), who went into hiding. Along his quest, Quentin together with his friends Ben, Radar and Lacey, discover more about themselves and the “real” Margo as they find her in a “paper town” called Algoe, New York.

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Ant-Man Review: Small but not Terrible

5/10 of my Disney Movie Challenge. 3/10 of my Marvel Movie Challenge. Okay, this post was supposed to be made like 3 months ago. But I have been so busy, as I said in my previous post. However, I am committed to my movie challenge, and for the very few who haven’t watched this movie yet, then hopefully this review would help.

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” A common saying but one that everyone should live by. Most of us tend to look at people at the outside, and neglect the person’s characteristics that aren’t visible to the eye. Here’s a story about a special someone who could shrink in size, yet despite being small, can manage to be a hero. This movie is Ant-Man, which premiered in theaters last July.

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Marvel Movie Challenge

Everybody loves superheroes. And recently, Marvel Studios is rising to the top with its different superhero movies such as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Avengers and many more. Although the last film of Phase 2 of The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is already shown in theaters (Ant-Man), no need to worry because MCU has its plans until Phase 3, which extends until 2019!

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Earthquakes and Dinosaurs

Still from San Andreas
Still from Jurassic World

Time flies so fast and I didn’t even realize it was already the 3rd week of July! To celebrate, I decided to make reviews of two movies I watched last month: San Andreas and Jurassic World. With the former tackling major earthquakes that could happen in real life, and the latter showing the possibility of what’s to come when an artificially-created dinosaur gets on the loose on a theme park full of people, well let’s just say my June movie feels were like a roller coaster. Continue reading “Earthquakes and Dinosaurs”

Dreamer

Frank Walker (left) and his younger self (right)
4/10 of my Disney Movie Challenge. Everything begins with a dream. A simple desire. A flicker of hope. A dream can start from anything, even from nothing. As long as you believe in it and work hard to achieve it, a dream can become a reality, no matter how impossible it seems to be. This is what the newly released film “Tomorrowland” has taught me. I watched the movie with my parents and cousins last weekend and although the story line was a bit confusing in my opinion and as well as having a slow pace in story telling, the film had its strong points which includes the simple but powerful message it wants to impart to its viewers.
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Living the Teenage Dream in Manila

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Katy Perry performing Firework

Katy Perry’s highly-anticipated return to Manila for her Prsimatic World Tour brought me to over excitement on the morning of May 7. Despite the concert starting at 8 pm, my parents and I left home en route to the Philippine Arena which was the venue for the show. With this arena located at Bulacan which is more or less 3 to 4 hours away from us, we had to leave early. And even if this concert resulted to us arriving back home at 3 am, hands down it was the best concert I’ve ever seen. Objectively speaking.

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Age of Ultron Review

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3/10 of my Disney Movie Challenge. 2/10 of my Marvel Movie Challenge. Every Marvel fan waited for 3 years to be able to watch the sequel of Avengers which was released in 2012. Today is finally the day we’ve been waiting for! May 1st marks the premiere date of the second installment of Avengers with the subtitle, Age of Ultron (AoU). However, other parts of the globe were very lucky to have the movie premiered at an earlier date, which was why I was able to watch it with my family last weekend. I know many fans still haven’t watched the film so I wouldn’t give out any spoilers. I would just simply state the concepts and gist of what happened in the film, and my critique of it.

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‘Superheroes’ in Manila

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Happy to say that I finally saw the band I’ve loved since I was 11 years old last April 17. This band is of Irish descent and is known for their hits “Breakeven”, “Nothing”,  “Hall of Fame”, “Superheroes”, and many more. This band is no other than The Script and they set Manila cheering once again as they held their 3rd concert in the country at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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Courage and Bravery

2/10 of my Disney Movie Challenge. To check out the first one, click here. Everybody already knows the Cinderella story. A young maiden ends up being a servant to her stepmother and stepsisters. She was forbidden to attend the ball. With the help of her fairy godmother her life turned into a fantasy until midnight. She met the Prince and left her famous glass slipper as she raced against time. The Prince found out that she owned the slipper and they both lived happily ever after. With this knowledge before hand, what made this movie a big hit?

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On The Road Again Tour

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After 13 hours of lining up to buy tickets and almost five years of waiting for them to come, the On The Road Again Tour of One Direction finally made its way to Manila and everyone expected it to be the the best night of their lives.

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No One Is Alone

I promised to write a review of this movie the day after my previous post, and of course I failed to comply once again. Well better late than never right? Here’s my short review of “Into the Woods” (1/10 of my Disney Movie Challenge).

Are you a fan of fairytales? Well even if you feel old for them, deep inside your love for them will never fade. All of us have a favorite story, such as Cinderella or Red Riding Hood. So what if there was a musical movie that combined all of your favorite fairytales together? That would be called “Into the Woods”.

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2015 Disney Movie Challenge

Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, Disney never gets old. That is why 2015 is considered awesome for us Disney Geeks since around ten Disney movies will be out in the cinemas. I was lucky to watch “Into the Woods” tonight since it only premiered in my country this week, and the movie inspired me to set up a challenge for myself, and feel free to join me if you want.

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1989

A record-breaking album with a whole new vibe, I didn’t really expect Taylor Swift’s new album 1989 to be a huge hit to be honest. I mean, she’s technically a country/pop-country artist and I wasn’t able to imagine how she could pull off a pure pop record. Till I listened to the album of course. Continue reading “1989”

Meeting the Grimmie

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Hey guys I’m really sorry for not updating for a long time. We had a ton of school work for the past months so I didn’t have time to update my blog. I know that it’s already late but I would still like to take this opportunity to share with you all my experience last August when I met Christina Grimmie.

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To Stay or not to Stay?


What if you already had a happy life? A perfect family, a loving boyfriend and a bright future ahead of you? Then all of a sudden these things are worthless because of a fatal accident. But what if you were given a choice? What if you were given a chance to live? To survive and do all the things you need to do? Continue reading “To Stay or not to Stay?”

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Review

1/10 of my Marvel Movie Challenge. If the “Avengers” are earth’s mightiest heroes, outer space has its own. They are the Guardians of  the Galaxy, and the Marvel-produced film was released last July. To be honest, when I watched the trailer for the first time, I was like “Who are these creatures? Are they some kind of mediocre Avengers wannabees? And why are they using 80’s songs?” But when I found out that the movie was a huge hit, curiosity (and Chris Pratt) made me watch the film.

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A Year Without Cory

Cory Monteith was a Canadian actor known for his role “Finn Hudson” on the hit series Glee. He was 31, such a young man with a good heart. Unfortunately, he passed away last year. It’s been 365 days since Cory’s passing, and I remember how I found out like it was just yesterday.

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CoHF: The Rollercoaster Novel

City of Heavenly Fire is the epic conclusion to Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments Series. In this book, Clary and her friends try to stop her evil brother Sebastian from letting Shadowhunters all around the world drink from the Infernal Cup, another version of the Mortal Cup but instead of turning mundanes to Nephilim, the Infernal Cup turns Shadowhunters into the “Endarkened”. Lots of challenges and obstacles also come their way as they fight to rescue their loved ones, mend broken relationships, try to remove the heavenly fire from Jace, save and restore peace in the Shadow World and know their true identities. The book is also a cross-over of Clare’s other series as we meet characters from The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices.

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TFIOS Movie Review

The Fault In Our Stars is a romance/drama movie that hit theaters recently. It’s based on a novel of the same name written by John Green. The story is about Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, 2 cancer patients who fell in love when they met in support group. Faced with love, fear and obstacles, TFIOS is one of the grestest romance novels for teens and it is a great choice for a film adaptation.

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32 Great Things About Cory Monteith

Now that it’s Cory Monteith’s 32nd birthday I would like to take this opportunity to share with you guys 32 great things about him:

32. He is perfectly normal. He’s just like us. He makes funny faces and keeps everything weird and typical.

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How Amazing was The Amazing Spiderman 2?

For the 2nd time the new and improved Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) hits theaters when The Amazing Spiderman 2 (TASM 2) had its premiere here in Manila last April 30. Luckily I was chosen by Sky Cable, our local cable network, to join the premiere block screening they were sponsoring at the Newport Arts Cinema at Resorts World Manila.

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Filipino Bookworms Meet Their Fave Authors

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Ransom, Tahereh and Veronica

Ransom Riggs, Tahereh Mafi and Veronica Rossi are three of the New York Times Best Selling Authors and they had the opportunity to meet their crazed Filipino fans in Manila last April 26 and in Cebu the next day for a book signing event hosted by National Bookstore. Me being a fan of these 3 authors went to the April 26 book signing and it is an experience I’ll never forget.

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Is Heaven For Real?

Heaven. Has the thought of this word ever cross your mind? At least once? I think of heaven from time to time and imagine what it would look like. Sometimes I picture rainbows and angels and seeing Peter and the famous golden keys. But first of all, is there such thing as heaven? Are all of these things about heaven and hell true? Where do we go after we die? I know it may seem deep, especially for me since I’m only 14, but we have to face reality. Nothing lasts forever, including our own lives, so it’s human nature to be curious about the afterlife.

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Gorilla in Manila

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Bruno Mars singing his final song “Gorilla”

Just the Way You Are, Grenade and Locked Out of Heaven are just some of the hits that this guy has made. And once again Manila had an amazing opportunity when he performed at the Mall of Asia Arena last March 22. This guy is Bruno Mars and he brought his treasure here in the country as he performed at the said sold out concert as part of the Asian leg of his Moonshine Jungle Tour.

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A Wicked Night

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My view of the Wicked stage from Balcony 1 of the CCP Theater

Hi guys! I’m Lizelle Cruz and this is my very first post. I’ve always loved writing, but I usually do fiction, such as short stories and drama scripts. Now that I would like to take my writing skills to the next level, I decided to write factual stuff and share it with you, the lovely internet users. I would like to start off with the first memorable experience that I had this year.

 

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