Friday, March 7, 2014

Hunger Games: Catching Fire Becomes the Most Anticipated Home Entertainment Release of the Year

The blockbuster second film of The Hunger Games franchise that took the world by storm ignites once again as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrives on Blu-ray, Limited Edition 2 Disc DVD, and 2-Movie Set DVD on Saturday, March 15th distributed exclusively by C-Interactive Digital Entertainment.

Academy Award® winning Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence (2012’s Silver Linings Playbook) headlines the all-star cast in this action-adventure which became the 1 movie of 2013 and grossed over $850 million worldwide to date.

The second installment of the worldwide phenomenon is packed with over two hours of extensive, must-see bonus materials that include a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, “Surviving the Game: Making Catching Fire,” deleted scenes and an audio commentary with director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson.

The Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of P1,395.00 while the Limited Edition 2 Disc DVD will be available at a suggested retail price of P795.00 and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games 2-Movie Set DVD at a suggested retail price of P995.00.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire features a critically-acclaimed cast including Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right), Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2), Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson (The People vs Larry Flynt, 1996), Emmy® nominee Elizabeth Banks (TV’s “30 Rock”), Lenny Kravitz (Precious), Academy Award® nominee Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, 2009) and Golden Globe® winner Donald Sutherland (Path to War), reprising their original roles from The Hunger Games. The impressive line-up is joined by Academy Award® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, 2005), Jeffrey Wright (Codeblack Films’ The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete), Jena Malone (Into The Wild), Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) and Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman).

Based on the best-selling second novel of Suzanne Collins’ award-winning trilogy, with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn and directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as, against all odds, Katniss and her fellow tribute Peeta Mellark have returned home after surviving The Hunger Games. Winning means they must turn around, leaving their loved ones behind and embarking on a “Victory Tour” through the 12 districts.

Along the way, Katniss senses a rebellion simmering – one that she and Peeta may have sparked. At the end of the Victory Tour, President Snow decides to enact the Quarter Quell, the right to make a change to the Hunger Games, which he is allowed to do every 25 years. Former champions will compete against each other in a special champions' edition for the Hunger Games' 75th anniversary. Only one will survive, and Plutarch Heavensbee, the Hunger Games' new commissioner will arrange that it won't be Katniss or Peeta.


By pre-ordering any version of the home video of Hunger Games Catching Fire, customers will INSTANTLY receive not one but THREE limited edition 16” x 24” posters of Katniss, Peeta and Finnick and a Catching Fire Bag Tag when you pre-order the Limited Edition 2 Disc DVD or the Blu-ray version! In addition, for just an extra Php100.00, will also get an exclusive Catching Fire T-Shirt which is only available through this offer.

Pre-order The Hunger Games: Catching Fire now at all branches of Astroplus and Astrovision Nationwide and selected Odyssey and O’Music & Video outlets.

Other new releases on DVD and Blu-ray includes the Unrated Director’s Cut of Riddick, Escape Plan and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

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For additional information about this release, you may contact:

Will Hsu
Monsters Centaur Production Inc.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Let us Support People Empowerment for Arthritis and Lupus (PEARL)

Though Rheumatic Diseases are the leading cause of loss of productivity and morbidity among those in the working age group (ages 20-35), the national health programs do not include rheumatic conditions among the priority list of diseases. Sad to say, general lack of public awareness equates to inadequate healthcare delivery to those afflicted with rheumatic diseases.

This compromises the early detection and treatment of the more serious conditions such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, connective tissue diseases and spondylo arthropathies like psoriatic arthritis.

Lupus is an auto-immune disease that has no definite pattern of manifestation. In lupus, the immune system attacks tissues in various parts of the body. This abnormal activity leads to tissue damage and symptoms differ greatly per person.

People with lupus often also develop specific problems when the immune system attacks an organ or body area. The joints, skin, blood and and kidneys are those usually affected by lupus. Patients with severe lupus need proper medication to control their flare-ups and live productive lives.
People Empowerment for Arthritis and Lupus (PEARL) media forum was held earlier today in Makati City to raise public awareness. Among the participants were lupus and inflammatory arthritis patients, rheumatology fellows together with PSORPHIL, LUISA and PEARL advocates.

Why is Psoriasis Philippines (PSORPHIL) working closely with PEARL? It is because between 20% to 40% of people with psoriasis suffers from the debilitating Psoriatic Arthritis.

PEARL is an advocacy led and composed by the concerted efforts of impassioned healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers that is envisioned to be a long standing movement for the betterment of the plight among individual with chronic rheumatic conditions locally with a global perspective. Specific programs have been laid out and initiated namely the Arthritis and lupus Clinics with specialty medical consultations, lectures, and support group activities.

Lupus Inspired Advocacy (LUISA) has been at the forefront of championing the causes of persons afflicted with Lupus or SLE in the Philippines. It promotes and protects the interest of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus in the country. LUISA founders by Dr. Sandra V. Navarra and Ma. Luisa Cojuangco-Cruz, had taken the organization to greater heights since then. Highlights of which is successfully earmarking February as Lupus Advocacy month via a presidential proclamation.
LUISA has partnered Psoriatic Philippines (PSORPHIL) Chairperson Mr. Josef de Guzman to celebrate the unique artistry of patients with lupus and arthritis this coming March 15, 2014 via PEARL's  "The Patient, The Artist Musicale".

Mark your calendars and head off to the PEARL! Musicale and Art Exhibit at Glorietta.  Get to meet people who live with these diseases and learn more how the disease affects them.

To become a patient advocate and know about the PEARL movement and its projects you can log in at

No Hope Lost: A Pneumoccocal & Rotavirus Disease Awareness Campaign

Pneumonia and Diarrhea are the top two leading causes of mortality and morbidity among Filipino children less than 5 years of age. National statistics show an estimated 37 Filipino children die of pneumonia every day while 13 Filipino children die of diarrhea on a daily basis.

Losing a child is the most heartbreaking experience for a mother to go through. But no child has to die because of pneumonia or rotavirus diseases, especially since these are both highly preventable through vaccination. Early protection is the key to reduce disease burden.

No Hope Lost advocacy is all about raising awareness among parents that Pneumoccocal & Rotavirus Diseases can potentially lead to devastating consequences if left unchecked. While the DOH is campaigning about ridding society of these diseases, parents also play a crucial role in educating themselves about these diseases and the vaccines that can help them prevent the deadly viruses from wrecking havoc on the lives of their children and thus a campaign called “No Hope Lost” has been launched.


Pneumonia is the single greatest cause of death in children worldwide.

Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung which affects primarily the microscopic air sacs known as alveoli. The typical symptoms of pneumonia include a cough, chest pain, fever, and difficulty breathing.

Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by the bacterium S. pneumoniae also known as pneumococcus which can result to life-threatening conditions such as pneumonia. It can also result to Acute Otitis Media (AOM) which is an ear infection, a common and highly prevalent disease. It also includes severe diseases such as meningitis, complicated pneumonia, and sepsis (blood poisoning), which occur when the pneumococcus "invades" the blood. The invasive forms of the pneumococcal disease are a category called Invasive Pneumococcal Disease (IPD).


Globally, diarrhea is the second leading killer of children under 5 years of age, accounting for 1.4 million child deaths annually. Rotavirus Gastroenteritis (RVGE) is the common cause of diarrhea and severe dehydration in young children. It is also the leading reason of diarrheal hospitalizations and deaths among children. It is most severe and frequent in infants aged 3-24 months.

Rotavirus infects virtually every child within the first 5 years of life, irrespective of race or socio-economic status. That is why it is called a “democratic virus.” In the Philippines, diarrhea is the second leading cause of child mortality accounting for almost 5,000 deaths yearly, translating to more than 13 Filipino children dying due to diarrhea every day.

Prevention is KEY

Among the ways to get your child protected aside from breastfeeding, hand washing, preventing air pollution, and adequate nutrition, is through vaccination.

“It’s the best time to raise awareness on pneumonia and diarrhea prevention. These diseases should not cause unnecessary suffering to young children,” says Dr. Sally Gatchalian, Philippine Foundation for Vaccination Director. “Sometimes it’s just that parents don’t know enough about these diseases, and they don’t know that there are actually vaccines for them.”


In 2012, the Philippine government has already acknowledged this burden and addressed it by introducing Rotavirus Vaccine (RV) in the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) where 700,000 Filipino children aged 6 weeks up to 6 months of age were given free rotavirus vaccines.

In 2013, the Department of Health (DOH) leveled up the fight against the top killer of Filipino children by including another novel vaccine called Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) in the EPI.

This combined effort to protect Filipino children against pneumonia and diarrhea contributes to the achievement of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 of reducing infant and child mortality by 2/3 by 2015. RV and PCV are novel vaccines introduced by the DOH in the last 5 years and the Philippines is the first country in the ASEAN region to introduce both vaccines in the EPI.


As one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, GSK continues to be a committed partner of both private healthcare practitioners and the government in the fight against childhood diseases, death and suffering around the world by offering health solutions for the reduction of overall diseases.

The “No Hope Lost” campaign from GlaxoSmithKline, which embodies the need for immediate action to get children vaccinated against pneumonia and diarrhea, will soon be launched through radio ads, print notices, flyers, and posters. “With the help of our dear pediatricians, and the Department of Health, we are committed to the reduction of pneumonia and diarrhea cases nationwide by supplying high quality vaccines. These diseases account for an alarming almost 50 mortalities per day in the Philippines. GSK is here to support the Filipino medical community and the government’s drive to make health services accessible to everyone,” added Philip Cruz, GSK Medical Director.

Ask your pediatrician about preventive measures against pneumococcal and rotavirus diseases.


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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Chicdriven Women Empowerment Expo coming your way on March 28-30

In celebration of International Women¹s Month, Zest Asia Inc. has organized the Chicdriven Women Empowerment Expo happening in Alabang Town Center Atrium on March 28-30, 2014. This community development event aims to arm women with the different tools, information and skills to help them achieve having it all, the Chicdriven way.

The expo offers free seminars and workshops on topics such as road safety, auto maintenance, fashion, beauty, parenting, life balance, health and wellness. Other highlights include the Electrolux cooking demo By Chef Bruce Lim, and a Makeover station by BYS cosmetics. Partners including Standard Insurance, Marie France, Brabantia, Garden barn and Tuason Racing School will offer exciting booth demos and workshops during the expo.

“We wanted to make an event that will bring together different women’s group and advocacies in one celebration. We want the community to be engaged as active participants and not just passive spectators," explains Jeanette Ipapo-Tuason, author of the Chicdriven and organizer of the expo. “Each seminar represents an advocacy and is co-hosted by a civic or advocacy group such as Zonta Club Alabang, Mommy Mundo, and parent’s associations of the different schools in the south,” she added.
In this time and age, women can have it all. They can be mothers, career women, married or single, passionate advocates and decision-makers. Women have become a force to reckon with in predominantly masculine industries including Motoring. Hence the Chicdriven Column was born. It's motoring in women-speak. Cars are not tested on how many cylinders it has but how many strollers it can fit or if its ride is good enough to apply liquid eyeliner while sitting in the passenger seat.

Cars have become one of the tools that help Chicdriver¹s achieve “having it all.” Though always trying to strive for the best, this endeavor is not without broken nails or messed up hair. In fact, to be Chicdriven means honoring the struggles and efforts each and every woman goes through to become what she chooses to be -- helping herself to the tools that make it look effortless. Having it all need not be perfect, just chic.

The Chicdriven Women Empowerment Expo will run from March 28-30, 2014 at the Alabang Town Center Atrium and will be open during mall hours. This celebration of women empowerment is supported by Alabang Town Center, Bridgestone Tires, Toyota Motor Philippines. It is made possible through generosity of by Fringe Salon, Fitness First, Melissa and Doug, Ogalala, Safety 1st, Pigeon, and Gluta White, Has plus Media Partners that include Metro, Working Mom, Chalk, Lifestyle Chanel, E! and

For Seminar Schedules, please visit us on Facebook/Chicdriven for updates and promos or inquire at

Ely Buendia at Sony Centre for reveal of new additions to the Sony MDR Headphones line-up

Ely Buendia fans and music lovers were treated to a special meet and greet activity at Sony Centre Filinvest Supermall as the former endorsed the High-Resolution Audio series of Sony MDR Headphones.
"High Resolution Audio sets the standard for audio quality, enabling our customers to listen to music at its highest form. With our latest High Resolution audio series, our customers can fully experience the rich atmosphere and immersive sounds that the artist and his team created; hearing their music just as they intended it to be heard," said CJ De Acosta, Marketing Officer for Personal Audio.

High Resolution Audio provides audio enthusiasts with an enhanced listening experience as it contains more sound quality than a regular CD. With it, the sounds are at par to a live recording studio or as if listening to a live concert.

Ely Buendia has this to say as Sony's  "Music Deserves Respect" campaign endorser, "I've always been a Sony fan first, ever since I was a kid growing up with my yellow Sony Walkman. Now, as a musician, I still get the same superb audio quality from Sony's MDR headphones. Whether I'm in the studio jamming with my band or on the road, Sony always knows how to get the sounds right, just the way I like it. I feel honoured to be here endorsing their new High Resolution Audio series.
Surprise musical performance at Sony Centre Filinvest by the one and only Ely Buendia much to the delight of the audience

Eryk RoGue FreeMan gets to meet and greet rock icon for sharing his Sony MDR selfie

"I'd like to invite all my fans to be part of history in the first-ever Silent Concert in the Philippines. Together with Bamboo and Sony, we'll take you through a night full of intimate music, hearing music that is uncompromised."

Sony has long been advocating fans and patrons to opt for a better appreciation of music through its "Music Deserves Respect" campaign. What better way to appreciate superb audio than giving a unique listening experience like no other via Silent Concert that would feature rock icons and brand endorsers jamming. The #MDRLive concert lets you to hear your rock icons play exclusively through your headphones -- while performing live in an enclosed stage!

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