Saturday, July 29, 2017

Maine's TEAM RAMEN wins #DabarkadsGoals Grand Finals

Throughout the month of July, Eat Bulaga celebrated their 38th anniversary with the ultimate battle of the EB presenters known as #DabarkadsGoals. In here, the presenters are split into teams and do some performances as seen throughout 38 years of Eat Bulaga.

Photo: Official Eat Bulaga Facebook page

Before the grand finals, the show debuted their brand new Miss Millennial Philippines 2017 where millennial Filipinas from across the Philippines represent their home cities through this brand new beauty pageant happening only in Eat Bulaga where those who will make it in the grand finals very soon will win more than just big prizes but also represent her state or province as an ambassador.

Anyway, with the Miss Millennial Philippines 2017 contestants introduced and expect more in this brand new segment, let's move on to the #DabarkadsGoals Grand Finals. In here, it's all down to four teams comprising of Baste and That's My Bae Kim's Team Jupiter doing the Ricomambo, Alden Richards and Pareng Sinon's Team All Out doing the Let's Get Physical, Patricia Tumulak and That's My Bae Joel's Team Laban doing the Xanadu, and Maine Mendoza's Team Ramen.

After their star-studded performances, the judges has reached the verdict and the winner of the #DabarkadsGoals grand finals is Team Ramen!

So, with Maine's team won the #DabarkadsGoals, the month-long Eat Bulaga 38th anniversary celebration came to an end. Can't wait to see what's in store for next year's celebration!

Bubble Gang - July 28, 2017 #BGTruthOrDare

In the July 28, 2017 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Truth or dare gags

- Prepare for an all-out war against the Islaw Tampisaw International!

- Another Buhay ng Bakla Session

- Bea Bangenge and Toto Batotoy are talking about condiments!

- A lady tries to look like her idol...

- Mas Pinabonggang Sumbong Sumbong Kay Bonggang Bonggang Bongbong takes on men trying to use other forms of media to attract dates, people posting stuff about helpless people, and people became sports fans after a single conversation.

- A BF feels like he's not getting used to the messy neighborhood.

- Granny mans up against the inmates

- Basa-basa-pik!

Let's Do The News! (July 29, 2017)

- Senator Manny Pacquiao visits Marawi City to help boost the soldiers' morale. The People's Champion and politician arrived in full military gear prepared to have conversations with soldiers who have been in war against the ISIS-sympathizer, the Maute group.

- After a long battle at the Senate, the latest attempt to repeal the Obamacare has failed as three Republicans, including John McCain, voted against the bill, which needed a simple majority to pass. About 51 senators voted against it, including three Republicans, and 49 senators, mostly Republicans, voted for it. The so-called "skinny" repeal, which would have scaled back some of the more controversial provisions, is the third failed attempt to repeal Obamacare.

- The United Kingdom plans to send a warship to the South China Sea in the latest move to irk the Chinese government.

- The Regalia from FINAL FANTASY XV arrives in Forza Horizon 3. Starting the 1st of August, those who played either of these games will receive a special gift containing the car Noctis and The Brotherhood used for their adventures in the game.

- Actor Jared Harris will star in the upcoming HBO miniseries inspired from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

- Pagani made another special Zonda called the Fantasma Evo.

Pagani Zonda Fantasma Evo


Friday, July 28, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Malaysia sets Oct.2 for trial of female suspects in Kim Jong Nam killing

Malaysia will begin the trial of two female suspects accused of the dramatic murder of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the 2nd of October, according to the High Court.

Appearing at the Shah Alam High Court near the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, and Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam, are charged with murdering Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13 by smearing his face with VX, a chemical the United Nations describes as a weapon of mass destruction. If convicted, both will face the death penalty.

Defence lawyers have warned previously that they feared “trial by ambush”, with police not sharing evidence. Prosecutor Muhamad Iskandar Ahmad said the prosecution had given a further 33 documents and CCTV recordings to the defence, and would call between 30 and 40 witnesses, depending on the progress of the trial.

Source: Reuters

Let's Do The News! (July 28, 2017)

- President Rodrigo Duterte revived his proposal for the rebels to surrender, without yielding their firearms. The President also offered jobs and housing to the would-be rebel returnees. Duterte revealed that this is in conjunction with his dream to end the decades of fighting between the government and the communist rebels.

- One local member and three other members of the New People's Army were killed in an encounter against government forces in the town of Casiguran, Sorsogon City.

- The Armed Forces of the Philippines is prepared to file charges against satirist Juana Change for unauthorized use of their military uniform during a protest amidst President Duterte's second SONA last July 24th.

- US President Donald Trump will travel on Friday to a New York community shocked by a recent spike of gang murders to highlights his efforts to curb illegal immigration and boost deportations. Trump will highlight his administration’s push to deport members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, better known as MS-13, the existence of which his White House blames on lax enforcement of illegal immigration from Central America.

- Thailand marks King Maha Vajiralongkorn's 65th birthday with major religious ceremonies and public display of loyalty around the country.

- Apple announced they will stop production of the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle as consumers no longer have the need for the device due to advent of better smartphones. Both the Nano and Shuffle came out 12 years ago as cheaper alternatives to the Apple iPod.

- The all-new, eighth-generation, Rolls-Royce Phantom has been unveiled and it's now the most luxurious Phantom ever made, armed with the brand new 6.75L V12 Twin Turbo engine that produces 563HP of power and 900Nm of torque while mated to a brand new Satellite-Aided 8-speed automatic gearbox.

2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom

- Kemono Friends will return for second season but details remain unclear for now.


Forza Horizon 3: WRX STi vs. The World

Surprised? You might thought that it was the same special WRX STi that I drove before in the festival but by the looks of it, it's different than the specially-prepped STi I made a couple a while back. Look closely what's new with my Subie from side to side.

As you may aware, the S4-themed STi, so literally named because the current VA-spec WRX STi is based from the WRX S4, the one my cousin currently drives everyday, has been changed to accommodate the latest members of S4, as showcased in the current season of Aikatsu Stars. I know, don't try to talk but I hope you'll like the latest redesign for my STi I made just for everyone.

The VA-spec Subaru WRX STi has always been my favorite Subaru since its inception and whether this sports sedan competed in the likes of rallycross or the Nurburgring 24 Hour Race, the one Subaru proudly calls it their home after their WRC stint, it always suits itself to take on any battlefield it desires like a lone ronin without a fierce rival to fight on. I know that the decade-long rivalry between the Subie and the Evo is over because Mitsubishi killed the Evo after its two-decade long presence in the world of street cars, but come on, this Subie still stands and loves to pick on any fight it lands on, whatever lay ahead.

Since I got all of the three areas around us after tackling down a Goliath of a challenges at each area, I decided to give the Subie with a fresh new look a new kind of challenge to pick fights against the world's best but we're not doing it on the Land Down Under just yet because the Subie has to take on places beyond Down Under. Something like...

Blizzard Mountain! With such a snow-filled wonderland, it's the ideal place to see if the STi is as rally-proven as its ancestors. In order for the Subie to accommodate such frigid conditions Blizzard Mountain has to offer, some rally equipment has been made in order to survive such a harsh winter wonderland and with the proper gear, let's see if the Subie loves snow...

So, if the WRX STi enjoys playing snowball fights, how about something a bit more extreme?

Ah! The Hot Wheels Thrilltopia, an orange-track rollercoaster ride that pushes your driving skills to the extreme limit and with the Subie swapped its rally-tuned equipment to a track-tuned equipment enough to take on Thrilltopia's terrifying twists and turns only the bravest can survive, it's now time to see if the Subie can feel the orange-track heat. Ready?

The Subie not just mastered snow but also mastered Hot Wheels! It's incredible that no matter where you put the WRX STi, it just keeps on going until the battle has won and this car really is a defiant one thinking that even with its long-time rival gone, it just feels like it won the battle but even though the WRX STi ended the war between the Subies and the Evos by unanimous decision, there are countless battles this car will face and it never loses the art of war ascended by its ancestors.

So, with the job done, looks like this Subie is ready to head back Down Under to take some rest but there's a welcome home present awaiting for this fierce Subie; a race!

Man, I love this Subie when it takes on all comers it came across the road and no matter the verdict, it will keep on fighting until its last drop.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Suzuki SX4 S-CROSS - 2018 minor change

Suzuki's SX4 S-CROSS, a fully-imported compact crossover from Europe, has gained a recent minor change and needless to say that even though the facelifted model looks upwardly different than the previous model, it feels pretty much the same as the SX4 we are familiar with, having been on Japanese roads for two years now.

2018 Suzuki SX4 S-CROSS
2018 Suzuki SX4 S-CROSS

So, what's new about the 2018MY Suzuki SX4 S-CROSS? On the outside, it now has a new front design that looks conspicuously similar to, let's just say a BMW X1 or so they say. If you manage to squint your eyes even a tiny bit, you know that it looks very similar to the X1 but that new front grille adds a very dramatic look to the S-CROSS's exterior design because it adds some feel to it that you get from a compact crossover ready for every man for himself. On the inside, there's a hint of piano black paneling on the dashboard for a bit more feel to it as well as some redesigned climate control switches. Either way, it's still as accommodating as the last one and still has decent boot space depending on the seating arrangements as well as its luggage board to store some more.

2018 Suzuki SX4 S-CROSS interior
2018 Suzuki SX4 S-CROSS interior

Of course, you still have the same 1.6L petrol engine as the last time mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. It delivers a reasonable 117PS of power output and 151Nm of torque, which is the same as last time, but in the case of fuel efficiency, you might want to look away now because the figures have been slightly decreased on around 15.2 (for 4WD models) and 16.2kmpl (for 2WD models). Well, that can't be right, but it's for honest reasons having found out that their old model cheated the fuel efficiency stakes, well as a theory.

Joy of joys, the S-CROSS still has the revolutionary ALLGRIP system for the 4WD model, only this time it comes with the feed forward function that allocates torque to the rear wheels before any slippage can occur. That sounds like an improvement by Suzuki standards and that feels like more than enough to believe for those who are too dynamic, too smart, and too exciting for Suzuki may need to reconsider before trying out the improved S-CROSS for a change.

So, how much is the new S-CROSS now? Suzuki's S-CROSS is now available for just 2,062,800 Yen for the front-wheel drive model up to 2,278,800 Yen for the four-wheel drive model. That sounds like a slight price bump but it remains a bargain for a compact crossover fully imported from Europe.

Available colors: Sphere Blue Pearl, Energetic Red Pearl, Cool White Pearl, and Cosmic Black Pearl Mica.

Photo: Suzuki Motor Corporation

Let's Do The News! (July 27, 2017)

- The death penalty, which has been passed on the third reading last March, was not part in the list of 35 bills that the Senate and the House of Representatives have decided to prioritize in the second regular session of the 17th Congress. Though on Wednesday, the Senate instead decided to pass the bills on Traffic and Congestion Crisis Act, National ID System, Tax Reforms, End of Contractualization, Anti-discrimination Bill, the revise 1987 Constitution, and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

- Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre will temporarily head the Bureau of Corrections, while there is no replacement yet for Director Benjamin Delos Santos.

- Officials of Marikina city hall are tightly monitoring the possible overflow of water from Marikina River. Around 1030, the water level in Marikina hits to 14.3 meters or Alert level No.1.

- US President Donald Trump announced that transgenders are barred from entering the military, reversing a year-old policy reviled by social conservatives. He made the declaration on Twitter, saying that American forces couldn't afford the "tremendous medical costs and disruption" of transgender service members. This announcement angered most of civil rights and the LGBT community.

- Meanwhile, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials as the country’s opposition launched a two-day strike against President Nicolas Maduro to scrap plans for a controversial new congress.

- Technology that allows alternation of human embryos have been carried out for the first time in the United States, according to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, which carried out the research. The research is believed to have broken new ground both in the number of embryos experimented upon and by demonstrating it is possible to safely and efficiently correct defective genes that cause inherited diseases, according to reports.

- The British Government announced that they will ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles beginning in 2040.

- Need For Speed Payback's customization trailer streamed. In this upcoming installment, you'll find many ways to upgrade your rides as well as expanding your garage for your future car collections.

- THE IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls' Rin Shibuya gets figurized by Aquamarine and this time, she's wearing the Starry Sky Bright as seen from the Starlight Stage app game. This figure's available to order starting at 13,000 Yen plus taxes and delivery and arrives this November.

- Conan Edogawa, the star of the Detective Conan franchise, gets his own Nendoroid! You can now order your favorite junior detective starting at 4,259 Yen plus tax and delivery and market launch will be this February.




Launched in the 1996 holiday season, Rage Racer is known to be as the sequel to the popular RIDGE RACER franchise on the PlayStation, Rage Racer delivers arcade-style racing at the comfort of their homes with a wide array of customizable machines while taking on four different circuits vying to become the real Rage Racer. This is the first time the mascot character, Reiko Nagase, made her appearance in this installment. Supersweep celebrates Rage Racer's 20th anniversary with the long-awaited soundtrack complete with remixes of BGMs heard from the PSX game.

This two-disc tribute to one of the most memorable Ridge Racer installments in its over two-decade history features remixed tunes as well as remastered background musics as heard from the game. Crafted by some of Bandai Namco's well-respected music composers in history, every music track is in tune to the high-octane sounds of Rage Racer and they're all revved up for your listening pleasure, wherever you may be.

The RAGE RACER REMIX two-disc compilation is a must-have for every racing video game aficionado who truly wish that Bandai Namco should make a brand new Ridge Racer for the new era of console game and with the franchise is nearing its 25th anniversary since the first Ridge Racer went out in the arcades since 1993, Bandai Namco should break its silence over this long-forgotten racing franchise with the most memorable techno music ever heard in the history of video game musics.


Disc One:
01 MENU SCREEN (Takahiro Eguchi Remix)
02 RAGE RACER (Sampling Masters MEGA Remix)
03 MATHEMABEAT (Sampling Masters AYA Remix)
05 INDUSTRIA (Taku Inoue Remix)
06 HURRICANE HUB (Ryu☆ Remix)
07 MECH MONSTER (Yuu Miyake Bubbly Hoo Mix)
08 SILVER STREAM (J99 Remix)
09 STIMULATION (Hiroshi Okubo Remix)
10 VOLCANO VEHICLE (sanodg Remix)

Disc Two:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Suzuki adds 1.4L turbo on Escudo

2018 Suzuki Escudo

The current-generation Suzuki Escudo, fully imported from Europe, has received a brand new 1.4L turbocharged petrol engine for the 2018 model year.

This new variant for Suzuki's Euro import crossover comes with the brand new 1.4L Booster Jet turbocharged engine producing 136PS of power (19PS more than the 1.6L variant) and 210Nm of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox, fuel economy is expected at 16.8kmpl based on Japan's JC08 Mode standards.

To differentiate the turbocharged variant to the non-turbocharged Escudo, it's been given an X-TRAIL-inspired front face, red accents on the interior, and a brand new Bright Red 5 Black 2-tone roof exterior color.

Like the non-turbocharged Escudo, it still remains the ALLGRIP system as well as Radar Brake Support II system for this variant.

The Escudo 1.4L Turbo variant starts at 2,586,600 Japanese Yen.

Let's Do The News! (July 26, 2017)

- Government Chief Negotiator Silvestre Bello III is currently waiting for President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to terminate peace talks with the communist insurgents. Bello said it would take about 30 days after the receipt of the letter to formally terminate all negotiations.

- TV presenter and talent manager Lolit Solis has been in hot water after being bashed by some netizens during her appearance at the Alfred Vargas wedding. Some netizens said that the occasion was for civilized and educated people only.

- US President Donald Trump warned Iran to adhere to the terms of a nuclear deal with world powers or else face “big, big problems.” Trump administration officials, briefing reporters last week, said new economic sanctions against Iran were being prepared over its ballistic missile programme and for contributing to regional tensions.

- Foes of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro are to stage a two-day national strike from Wednesday in a final push to pressure him into abandoning a weekend election for a super-congress they say will institutionalize autocracy in the Latin American country.

- The death toll from the collapse of a four-storey building in the suburbs of Mumbai, India, is now 17 as rescuers removed debris searching for those still trapped, a police official said on Wednesday.

- Golden State Warriors' star player Stephen Curry sigs a $201 million extension with the championship-winning team.

- With just seven months to go, the song for the PyeongChang 2018 torch relay was unveiled and titled "Let Everyone Shine" performed by popular Korean singer Insooni. In the next 101 days, after being lit one week earlier in Olympia, Greece, the Olympic torch will touch Incheon by the 1st of November. 7,500 torchbearers will take part in the Torch Relay.

- Not too long ago, Microsoft announced that they will axe the most loved MS Paint application from their Autumn Creators Update but due to inconsistent public demand, the app is saved and it will be available at the Microsoft Store for free.

- Adobe will axe the Flash player at the end of 2020 as all web browsers blocking Flash over the past past year and Adobe plans to end support for it by the end of 2020.

- Mercedes-Benz announces its withdrawal from the DTM after the 2018 season and shifts focus on its Formula E entry beginning on the 2019-2020 season.

- The 2018 Ford Mustang's V8 variant can now do 0-60mph in 4 seconds courtesy of its brand new Drag Strip mode.


Range Rover Velar

Since the beginning, the Range Rover has been served as the flagship of the Land Rover lineup, but now, the Range Rover has been expanded into numerous models under its helm. There's a Range Rover Sport, which remains the only Range Rover model to have seven seats, and there's the smaller Range Rover Evoque that combines style and practicality at such size. Now, the Range Rover family welcomes their newest addition; the stylish and yet functional Range Rover Velar.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar

There is one major reason why they called their newest Range Rover addition the Velar because this coupe-crossover's name harks back to the codeword used on the first Range Rover, which is basically a three-door SUV in the beginning. The goal of the Velar is capture the inspiration of the first Range Rover in terms of design while offering five-door practicality you would expect on a posh crossover. That's just statements from Land Rover themselves but under keen observation, the Velar's sizing is bigger than the Evoque but slightly smaller than the bigger Range Rovers, making it more of a middleman to the family than a chieftain of the tribe, even good-looking.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar interior
2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar interior

Despite being smaller than its big brothers, the Velar's interior is about as cozier as a Jaguar XF in so many ways but what's revolting about the Velar's interior is that the dashboard's jam-packed with touch panels rather than buttons because every luxury carmakers know that the future of dashboards belong to touch panels and the thing about the use of touch panels is when your hands get smothered with too much finger foods, you'd better pack some hand sanitizers before touching those. That's a top tip but even though the dashboard's littered with too much touch panels from top to bottom, it's surprisingly accommodating and spacious as well. You'll find many great ways to enjoy it.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar
Now, let's look what is like to drive the Velar and under the hood, the Velar offers almost the same choice of petrol and diesel engines as its close relative, the Jaguar F-Pace, with the most powerful in the range for the time being is the one with the Supercharged 3.0L V6 petrol engine producing 380HP of power and 450Nm of torque. With the 8-speed automatic gearbox, which is standard on all models, it does 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds and top speed normally limited to 155mph. That sounds quick even by SUV standards and then there's its signature Range Rover capability. Of course, for those who want more pull for their buck, there's the 300HP 3.0L V6 diesel engine delivering 700Nm of torque.

Of course, while there are most SUVs that can do all kinds of jobs better than the Velar, this new crossover sets the class apart with its legendary Range Rover capability inherited from the entire family tree. Like the available Terrain Response 2 and All Terrain Progress Control, these handy-capable features allow the Velar to tackle almost all corners of the world; be it the Sahara desert, the Australian Outback, the African jungles, Patagonia, be any place as long as you are looking for a shortcut that will lead you to your point of interest quicker than luxury saloons. Then, there's the Intelligent Driveline Dynamics, which uses artificial intelligence to determine torque distribution, traction, and dynamics while being connected to its Dynamic Stability Control system, Torque Vectoring System and the Active Locking Rear Differential. And then, there's the electric power-assisted steering which adds a bit more feel every time a driver steers the Velar but sometimes, it can be prone to understeering and this calls for more painkillers when your arm aches from steering this crossover. It maybe an SUV but with that level of dynamics, the Velar really feels like an luxury saloon in so many angles and it's the ideal crossover for people who don't want to be late for their dinner reservations with their dates.

Speaking of dinner reservations, the Velar offers a wide range of advanced driver assistance systems, either standard or optional to ensure its preparedness on today's traffic conditions. From the Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Condition Monitoring, Traffic Sign Recognition, Reverse Traffic Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, 360° Parking Aid, and Park Assist.

Should you buy it? Well, prices start from 44,575 to 84,195 GBP, so it isn't cheap for a luxury crossover of this size but for the new Range Rover Velar, it's all about the style, the interior, the choice of engines, and the legendary Range Rover characteristics you'd expect from the family tree. If the RR, the RR Sport, and the RR Evoque turn the world into their sandbox adventure, the Velar can and that really is a welcoming addition to the Range Rover family.

Photo: Jaguar Land Rover



THE IDOLM@STER Million Live Theater Days is already here and it's an honor to see the rest of 765 MILLION ALLSTARS had a new home in mobile games just like the Cinderella Girls and Side M. To celebrate the release of Theater Days, the latest single and the first of the brand new MILLION THE@TER GENERATION range has arrived.

Brand New Theater! is the official anthem of THE IDOLM@STER Million Live Theater Days and it's performed by almost all of your favorite 765 PRODUCTION idols from Haruka Amami to Mirai Kasuga. In the first ever single of the new range inspired by the said game, not only the game's theme song is featured but also two new songs such as the 4th anniversary anthem song titled Dreaming!, and インヴィンシブル・ジャスティス.

Expect more to come in this new range and be sure to download the brand new THE IDOLM@STER Million Live Theater Days game on the App Store or Google Play. (Contains in-app purchases).

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Let's Do The News! (July 25, 2017)

- Over two million pesos worth of illegal drugs was confiscated in a condominium in Makati City last night. With a search warrant, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Makati City officials searched the condo unit of a certain Joanne Cuachon, a speculated drug pusher.

- Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, accompanied by her mother Representative Imelda Marcos, attended today's Congress meeting on the issue regarding the alleged misuse of tobacco funds.

- After President Rodrigo Duterte's demands to the United States to return the Balangiga Bells on yesterday's SONA, the The US Embassy in Manila vowed to solve the issue on the Balangiga bells seized by the Americans more than a century ago.

- The Venezuela crisis has entered its pivotal week as foes of socialist president Nicolas Maduro pull out their stops to stop a controversial congress. The unpopular leftist leader is pressing ahead with the vote for a Constitutional Assembly on Sunday despite the opposition of most Venezuelans, a crescendo of international criticism, and some dissent within his ruling Socialist Party. Most critics feared that Maduro's congress is intended to institutionalize dictatorship in the OPEC member country.

- Pop star Justin Bieber cancelled his remaining concert dates under the Purpose World Tour. He is supposed to perform in countries like the Philippines, the China (which banned him due to bad behavior), Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Bieber's saddened with his decision but he would rather choose to rest for a while after 150 shows during the past 18 months.

- A specially-prepped Subaru WRX STi Type RA NBR Special lapped the Nurburgring in 6:57.5, which is half-a-second slower than the Porsche 918 Spyder but quicker than the Lamborghini Aventador SV.

Subaru WRX STi Type RA NBR Special

- The stars of last year's hit anime film "your name.", Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu, finally gained a Nendoroid treatment.

Nendoroid Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu

- The 25th James Bond 007 movie will be out in theaters on the Fall of 2019. It will be written by long time collaborators and writers of previous Bond films Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and will be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Cast, distributors, and director to be determined until further notice.

- Did you know that in Portugal, they've recreated the action from a manga and anime action-comedy series Keijo with a real-life sports league where contestants using their butts to battle just like in the absurd action-comedy series?


2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup - Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series landed on Indianapolis Motor Speedway where despite a lightning struck that sent the race to a slight halt, it became a wildfire no one saw it coming for the drivers racing themselves to the finish line.

In Lap 50, Kyle Busch passed the first stage of the race. Then, in Lap 75, smoke is pouring in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #88 car due to radiator problems, prompting him to abort himself from the race. In Lap 100, Kyle Busch cleared the second stage but he got knocked off from his lead by Martin Truex Jr, whose car got caught in flames. In Lap 149, it's car crash ahoy when Clint Boyer's car smashed and then followed by Kurt Busch. Same thing happened in Lap 154 when Kyle Larson's car went wrong and then caught in flames while the #48 car went out of control and crashed, and in lap 162 when the #6 car caused a pileup.

After all that chaotic moment after another, even in overtime, in Indianapolis, the winner goes to Kasey Kahne.

Next race is at Pocono on the 30th of July.

President Duterte's second SONA focused on drugs and terrorism

The 24th of July, 2017. It was the most crucial date for Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as he took part in his second State of the Nation Address where he will address some of his accomplishments, his goals, and what's next for the President.

Much to the dismay of those who despise him, especially those working from the sides of human rights, the firebrand Philippine leader focuses more on his ongoing war against drugs and the war on terror that prompted him to declare Martial Law in the Mindanao area due to the Marawi siege against the Islamic State-backed Maute group.

In his ongoing war on drugs that killed over seven thousand suspects, putting him on heat by international groups, President Duterte vowed that he will send drug pushers "to hell." In his speech. Duterte valued the life of the Filipino people but he told his critics to assist the public in avoiding drugs rather than criticizing the government’s campaign and the only way to solve the drug war is through public fear.

He vowed that even though his war on drugs was trivialized by human rights concerns, it will not be weaken and keep on going until those involved in illegal drugs will stop. 

Onto the subject of terrorism, President Duterte denounced terrorism as a "revolution" rather than a tribe as he spoke about the ongoing war against the Maute group, sponsored by the Islamic State terrorists, in Marawi.

The President promised that he will add 30,000 to 40,000 new soldiers to replace and strengthen the current military force as he asserted when his term ends, he will leave the Philippines with a very strong military.

Regarding peace talks, President Duterte flexes his muscles on his opposition against peace talks between the New People's Army and the government due to the NPA's outrageous demands and reminded Jose Ma. Sison to not "abuse" the charity of the Netherlands.

Duterte asserted that his take on Martial Law will not repeat the one that the late Ferdinand Marcos implemented 45 years ago and he clarified that the siege in Marawi is not due to poverty or corruption but an invasion driven by extremist beliefs from foreign countries.

Apart from the war on drugs and terrorism his SONA focuses on, The President also talked about the mining issue, the China-PH relations, his involvement in Mindanao, the tax reform, the infrastructure, the economy, and so on.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Let's Do The News! (July 24, 2017)

- President Rodrigo Duterte promised that he will step down from his post after his six-year term. In his State of the Nation Address, Duterte was honest when he said that he has no intention to extend his term.

- The Palace officials respects former President Benigno Aquino III's decision not to be part in today's SONA.

- More Filipinos travel to Israel, according to the Embassy of Israel. Data from Israel’s Ministry of Tourism showed that around 9,000 Filipinos travelled to Israel during the first half of the year, up 62 percent from 5,600 during the same period in 2016.

- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that their government wanted to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions in the disputed waters.

- Nigeria released a photograph of President Muhammadu Buhari, the first in almost three months since he left the country on May 7 for medical leave in the United Kingdom, sparking speculation ranging from his ability to contest the 2019 election for a second term to his death.

- For the 2018 season, all Formula 1 cars will feature the Halo safety device for health and safety issues.

- The Jaguar XJR575 was unleashed, making it the fastest XJ ever made with 575PS from its supercharged 5.0L V8 engine resulting to its 186mph of top speed.

- BMW celebrates 40 years of the 7-Series with the special 40 Jahre model, finished in two special colors; Frozen Silver metallic and Petrol Mica metallic, while giving special touches to the interior.

- 2017 marks the 5th anniversary of the Aikatsu franchise since its 2012 debut and apart from the announced concert happening next year, there's a special PV featuring the stars of both Aikatsu and Aikatsu Stars anime series.

- The title of the Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Special has been announced during the San Diego Comic Con. Titled "Twice Upon A Time", it stars Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor (who tenures ends here), David Bradley as the 1st Doctor, Mark Gatiss, and Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts.


Super GT 2017 - Sugo

The fourth round of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT series heads to Sportsland Sugo and no wonder this race keeps on heating up in the heat of the summer season for fans and drivers alike. No matter the outcome, the Sugo leg of this race has been one of the most enjoyable races to witness during the Japanese summer season.

So, who are the winners of this race at Sugo this Sunday afternoon? For the GT500 class, winner goes to the #1 DENSO KOBELCO SARD LC500 while 2nd place goes to the #46 S Road Craftsports GT-R, and 3rd place goes to the #6 WAKO'S 4CR LC500. In the GT300 class, meanwhile, the #11 GAINER TANAX AMG GT3 wins the race while the #50 Ferrari 488 GT3 placed 2nd and the #25 VivaC 86 MC placed 3rd.


Next race is on Fuji Speedway on the 6th of August.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

About the Pokemon GO Fest

To commemorate the first anniversary of PokeMon GO, a very popular augmented-reality smartphone app game inspired from the PokeMon video game franchise, the first-ever real-life Pokemon GO Fest took place at Chicago's Grant Park. In this anniversary event, Trainers of all teams took part in numerous challenges to unlock global rewards.

In this said event, a legendary PokeMon made its debut appearance in the PokeMon Go Fest and it's Lugia from the Gold and Silver games (namely The Johto Journeys). The legendary Psychic-and-Flying type PokeMon is set to appear at Raid Battles globally starting on the 23rd of July (24th of July Tokyo Time). Apart from Lugia, there's another Legendary Pokemon making an appearance as well on Raid Battles and that is the Ice-and-Flying type Articuno.

Reason why Articuno because there is a competition between the three Pokemon GO teams such as Team Mystic (representing Articuno), Team Instinct (representing Zapdos), and Team Valor (representing Moltres). It's a challenge of which team captures the most PokeMon gets the Legendary Pokemon they've represented appear alongside Lugia and Team Mystic is the winner, meaning Articuno will be appearing alongside Lugia in Raid Battles.

Players who successfully defeat the Legendary Pokemon in Raid Battle gets the chance to capture it but it can't be used to defend their gym.

So, with Legendary Pokemon finally arrived, are you ready for a new kind of PokeMon GO challenge? What Legendary Pokemons do you want to see next? Do you want more PokeMon to appear on future updates?


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Luc Besson, the man who brought you films like Leon, The Fifth Element, and Lucy, has done it again and this time he introduces moviegoers a brand new sci-fi fantasy adventure that will take us beyond the limitless possibilities of outer space and our imagination.


This sci-fi fantasy film is called Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and it's based on a popular comic book series which inspired numerous creative minds. Dane DeHaan plays the titular role of Valerian and Cara Delevingne plays as his partner Laureline. Set in the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline embarked on a mission to an ever-expanding city called Alpha, where a benevolent force threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets and together, they are on a race against time to stop this threat and save the universe.

Visuals has been part of every sci-fi fantasy movie ever made and the true beauty of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is the colorful and vivid visuals that adds life and depth of field into the cinematic masterpiece. Think Avatar, Interstellar, Star Wars, Star Trek, Blade Runner, and any other science fiction movie you know and familiar with because this film feels like mashing up the best science fiction films ever made out of curiosity from many sci-fi geeks and the result is a vast-changing film that releases a prismatic spectrum that will satisfy every moviegoer witnessed.

Despite the colorful visuals that sets Valerian apart, the storyline should have known better and while we are impressed with how it looks, how the film unfolds is a bit of a decency and it can knock some of the moviegoers into boredom until the exciting parts kicked in. And there's another problem with this film and there's a case of product placement.

Remember Minority Report a decade and a half ago? Toyota's luxury division Lexus made a car specifically for this future-set film and in Valerian, Lexus had another go in the sci-fi fantasy landscape with their so-called SkyJet and even though it only exists in the film, this is how Lexus represents its enhanced L-Finesse design in so many ways. It maybe just one of the key aspects on showcasing what Lexus can do when they design almost everything the way they did to their cars in the real world but as a product placement, it kinda rather spoils it like posers loitering around shopping malls all day and all night.

Even though the storyline is what you call a decency, the sheer magnitude of the visuals is what made Valerian one of the best films to watch in the summer blockbuster season and if you're looking for some out-of-this-world adventure that will excite your imagination, look no further.

My rating: 3.7 out of 5.

Martial Law in Mindanao extended until year's end

In a bold act, both the Senate and the Congress met jointly on Saturday and voted to extend the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao until the end of 2017.

Despite opposition, the two chambers passed a resolution extending for five months President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation No. 216, which imposed a 6-day martial rule in Mindanao on the 23rd of May in the wake of the Marawi Siege against the ISIS-backed Maute group. About 261 have voted to the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao while 18 have voted against it.

Under the 1987 Constitution, the duration of the Martial Law, if declared in an event of a rebellion, will last for around 60 days but it is up to the Congress for the extension of the said rule.

The Malacañang praised the vote and said Congress' extension of martial law is their only chance to combat terrorism in the said region.

Since September 21, 1972, the late strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos declared the whole Philippines under Martial Law due to clashes against the communist forces. It lasted for almost a decade and right after Marcos was ousted from power.

SEAT Ibiza (Typ KJ)

In the world currently flooding with crossovers, there are some city cars that exist for the sole purpose of satisfying today's millennials with its nimble handling, fuel efficiency, small sizing, and tech-savvy features fit enough to accommodate the urban landscape. Such example is the all-new, fifth-generation SEAT Ibiza, and it's time to investigate the latest regeneration of SEAT's compact hatchback that has been in the fray with the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Toyota Vitz, Kia Morning, or even the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa.

2018 Seat Ibiza

Even though Seat insists that this is the fifth-generation model, the all-new Ibiza looks pretty much the same as the previous model it replaces but despite its stale looks, what's underneath is all new and that's how it matters for the all-new Ibiza because like every car in the Volkswagen Group family, the new Ibiza utilizes on the MQB platform, resulting to a dramatic change in dimensions so it's now slightly shorter and wider than the previous model.

2018 Seat Ibiza interior
Even though the car's now slightly shorter than the previous model, the interior is surprisingly above average by compact standards but one thing you do want to watch out for on range-topping variants is the sat-nav system because the new Ibiza is just one of the many cars that declare war on buttons as well as physical media because with a touch-screen gadget with smartphone connectivity and other stuff in store, speedo boys are not safe from driving it because with this sat-nav, it's irreplaceable for the rest of its life and the trend that speedo boys fear of will keep on going in cars of today and the future.  That's the future, speedo boys, but looking back on the interior, the new Ibiza's a very accommodating hatchback indeed thanks to its class-leading interior dimensions and it's surprisingly spacious indeed because the boot space of 355 litres made it the most spacious in its class. That's about putting the interests of occupants first before everything else, am I right?

2018 Seat Ibiza
Because the new Ibiza is now sitting on the MQB A0 platform, which the next VW Polo will use, the new Ibiza feels as lively and high-spirited as any city car should be. In most variants like the range-topping Xcellence variant, it has a very retrospective experience that keeps the occupants as civilized as a salaryman on high noon, but if you forgo for the FR variant, the one with the sport-tuned suspension, one thing you might want to watch out for its stiffness because even though its dynamics are pretty good on the open roads, its city use is not what you called on the safe zone because this is like staying quiet while letting your grandma experience some Smithsonian thrillers all day, all night. Couldn't bear it but there's another thing you want to watch out on the new Ibiza and that is its upgraded Column Electric Power System with electro-mechanical assistance, which makes steering even more dramatic than it was before.

All of the Ibizas for now are powered by a 1.0L petrol engine with different configurations, with 11PS is the highest output offered. Low-powered engines get a 5-speed manual while high-powered engines, including the sporty FR, get a 6-speed manual gearbox. Of course you can expect more engine choices coming soon to the Ibiza, including ones with the 7-speed DSG on it.

2018 Seat Ibiza

Of course, the new Ibiza won't be a certified city car you can take it downtown without a wide array of safety tech and all of these tech are new to the Ibiza, setting a class apart from the competition. With driver drowsiness detection, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, Stop&Go with ACC and DSG, and the Multi Collision Brake that prevents the case of pile-up crashes on the road, the new Ibiza is well-prepared to take on today's traffic conditions, whatever lay ahead.

The price? The new Ibiza starts at 11,760 Euros plus on-road costs and that makes it one of the healthiest-priced compact hatchbacks on the market today. What impresses the most about the new Ibiza is the sizing, the interior, the tech, and the ride but what not to like about it is when you go for FR, the sporty handling is worth a struggle to accommodate on city roads and the fact that it's now available exclusively as a five-door only, which is better-looking by the way. With the all-new Ibiza, we can expect great things in store for SEAT.

Available colors: Blanco, Azul Mediterráneo, Gris Pirineos, Negro Midnight, Mystic, Azul Mystery, and Rojo Desire.

Photo: SEAT
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