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  • Sothwall Magazine Features Jonathan Lo of Bacolod City
    Posted in: Entertainment

    It’s not every day that you find a Bacolod business owner on the front page of a prestigious magazine that started as a passion project back in 2005. I’d like to extend my CONGRATULATIONS to Jonathan Lo, the CEO of the much-loved Merzci Pasalubong Center, for making it to the cover of Southwall Magazine.

    Southwall Magazine’s Re-Emergence

    After 12 years, Southwall Magazine came back with a big bang as it showcased a resplendent line-up of important figures and places in Cebu and beyond for its Maiden Issue. Shortly after, by The Cebu-based publication brought its Sophomore issue, equally impressive and glamorous, to the City of Smiles on the night of July 17 at Charlie Co’s Orange Gallery for a big unveiling.

    Southwall in The City Of Smiles

    Gracing the event were Southwall’s publisher and CEO Caroline Tan Porras, Managing Editor Rione Palacios, Business Unit Manager Iris Nikki Oguis, and Gavin Bagares. Among other guests were the crème de la crème of Bacolod, city mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia and city councilor Cindy Rojas to name a few. So, what was the big unveiling all about? One of our own made it to the cover and it is, indeed, something to celebrate about.

    Merzci And It’s Head Honcho

    Merzci started as a small bakery, supplying bread to a single store at the Libertad Market. Eventually, its popularity became undeniable due to a growing satisfied customer pool. With its high-quality bread at affordable prices, combined with aggressive marketing strategies and the ingenuity of youth, it did not take long for the company to establish its own branches around the city and supply products to satellite dealers all over the province. Merzci also evolved into a fast food restaurant serving scrumptious and affordable snacks and short-order meals for people on the go.

    When it comes to CEO, Jonathan Lo, his “domain of commercial endeavors is ever-growing and while he is the picture of an exacting boss with rigorous standards he is known to have a good heart.”

    Go to your nearest newsstand to grab a copy of Southwall Magazine’s sophomore issue to read more about Jonathan Lo and Merzci Pasalubong Center. For more updates and exciting events about Bacolod, read other posts from the blog.

  • City Mall Cinema Opening - City Mall Mandalagan City Mall Victorias | Mea in Bacolod
    City Mall Cinema Opening: Mandalagan & Victorias
    Posted in: Entertainment, Events

    I love to watch movies. About a year ago, there was a point in my life where I watched about three (3) movies per day. Whenever I went on a break from work, I grabbed my phone and streamed indie, black and white, or French movies. Fast forward to now, I learned to stop binge-watching through my phone. I realized that I might appreciate certain movies more when I take the time to watch them in the cinema. This is just my short segway. What I really want to tell you guys is that you can now enjoy movies at the newly opened City Mall Cinema at Mandalagan and Victorias.

    City Mall Cinema Mandalagan & Victorias Now Open

    I may be from the East part of town, but if there were a mall with a cinema near from where I am currently living, I would be happier. Those of you who are at or near the Mandalagan area, consider yourselves lucky. You don’t have to go to Robinson’s anymore just to see a movie. Those in Victorias should feel the same way since you don’t have to travel far to see movies on the big screen.

    What You Need To Know

    Last December 1, 2017, I got to experience how it would be to enjoy a movie in both cinemas. So far, here is what I know about the two (City Mall Cinema Mandalagan and Victorias) movie theatres:

    City Mall Cinema Mandalagan


    • Ticket price: P190-P200. The price will usually vary depending on what movie is showing.

    • The number of seats: 104 seats for the regular cinema in Mandalagan. And, 104 seats at Victorias.

    • Concession: There will be snack booths outside both City Mall Cinemas. I especially like the cinema in Victorias because SaveMore is just right across where the cinema is. You can grab a quick snack at the grocery isles and slip inside without much walking involved.


    City Mall Cinema Victorias

    Date Night With Sharon And Robin

    Other bloggers and I were treated to “Unexpectedly Yours” starring Robin Padilla and Sharon Cuneta. The movie was fun and relatable, surprisingly. I do recommend that you watch it, but what I want to highlight with the cinemas is that the chairs are suitable for dates. The armrests can actually be raised so you and your partner can feel like you’re sitting on a love couch (a couch only meant for two).

    The Wide Screen Awaits

    City Mall Cinema Victorias

    City Mall Cinema Victorias

    City Mall Cinema Mandalagan

    City Mall Cinema Mandalagan

    If you don’t have any plans for the weekend yet, go ahead and see the new cinemas for yourself. As I am writing this, the movie that’s currently showing is Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The same movie is showing at City Mall Cinema Victorias. Check the links below to see the exact time of the screenings for this movie:

    •City Mall Mandalagan Movie Schedule HERE

    •City Mall Cinema Victorias movie Schedule HERE

  • First Look | Seda Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod
    Your First Look at Seda Bacolod (Seda Capitol Central)
    Posted in: Entertainment, Where to Stay

    Have we waited long enough for Seda Bacolod to open? I think so. Based on a press release forwarded by their communications officer, Seda Bacolod, or more formally known as Seda Capitol Central, is set to open this October 2017.

    Seda Bacolod: What We Can Look Forward To


    The hotel offers a combination of business and leisure amenities, technological conveniences and a unique brand of service at par with global standards. Located within the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol complex, the 154-room hotel is located in Bacolod City’s commercial and business district, 20 minutes from the Bacolod-Silay airport and eight minutes to the Port of Bacolod. Seda Capitol Central – weaving destination, service and value into a remarkable hospitality experience.

    First Look (Mock-Ups)

    Seda Capitol Central, Bacolod Facade | Mea in Bacolod

    Seda Capitol Central, Bacolod Facade

    First Look | Seda Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod

    Seda Bacolod’s Lobby

    Capitol – Misto – Restaurant Inside Seda Bacolod

    Function Room – Seda Bacolod

    Roof Top Bar Called Straight Up

    In-Room Amenities

    • 40-inch LED HDTV with cable channels
    • Media panel with HDMI, USB and audio-visual connectivity
    • IDD phone with iPod dock, alarm clock and FM radio
    • Complimentary WiFi and internet access
    • Mini-bar
    • Coffee & tea-making facilities
    • Executive desk
    • Safety deposit box
    • Iron and ironing board (available upon request)

    Restaurant & Bar

    • MISTO – An all-day dining restaurant that offers a medley of international and local dishes.
    • STRAIGHT-UP – A roof top bar with relaxing music, great drinks and delicious pica-pica amid a spectacular view of the skyline.

    Facilities & Services

    • Airport and city transfers
    • E-lounge
    • Function rooms
    • Gym
    • In-room dining
    • In-room massage

    There’s no exact date as to when the hotel is opening in October, but I will keep you all posted. Don’t forget to share this post to friends and family on social media, they might be interested in the opening day promo which you can find at Seda Bacolod’s official Facebook Page. Well, they haven’t posted it yet, but again, I will keep you all updated.

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  • EIGASAI Bacolod 2017 - Opening Night Film Review | Mea in Bacolod
    EIGASAI Opens at SM City Bacolod with Her Love Boils Bathwater (Movie Review)
    Posted in: Entertainment, Events

    It’s not everyday that the City of Smiles is graced with a foreign film festival. In fact, we haven’t had any foreign film fests at all until yesterday. Through the partnership with SM City Bacolod, EIGASAI, a film festival that has been celebrated in Manila for about 20 years, has extended their reach to Bacolod City, giving birth to the first ever EIGASAI Bacolod Film Festival.

    EIGASAI Bacolod 2017 | Mea in Bacolod

    Opening Night of Eigasai Bacolod

    I was invited to the opening and as expected the turn out was turnt up. City officials, several organizations, local media, Japanese citizens living in the city, bloggers (myself included), students and some of the general public were able to enjoy EIGASAI Bacolod’s opening night. The first ever film shown was “Her Love Boils Bathwater”.

    No Spoilers Opening Night Movie Review – 9/10

    Her Love Boils Bathwater is a film that many will appreciate. It’s rated PG and hits close to home as it portrays common familial issues. The film depicts troubles in a marriage, parenting difficulties, extramarital affairs, friendship, and, most of all, a mother’s unconditional love. Rie Miyazawa, main actress, was superb in the film. The rest of the cast was nothing short of amazing too.

    What to Expect

    One shouldn’t expect an artsy film nor a film with a lot of action scenes, but what “Her Love Boils Bathwater” will give you is something closer to your heart and that’s what makes it a must-see. Important FYI: Bring your tissues. A whole box of it. As you may have guessed, it’s a drama film and I know that most of you reading this will probably discount the film because of its genre but I’m telling you that this is far from the usual “chick flicks” you’ve seen on screen. It’s going to be a waste if you don’t see this film – trust me.

    EIGASAI Bacolod Brings You FREE Movies

    Did I mention that the EIGASAI Bacolod Film Fest brings you films for FREE? Yes, that’s absolutely right. This is not a typo. It’s really FREE – all 12 films you can watch with your friends at SM City Bacolod free of charge. Here’s the schedule. I suggest that you go early because the films are under a first-come-first-serve basis.

    EIGASAI Bacolod Trailers

    Don’t forget to LIKE Eigasai PH on Facebook as well as the Mea in Bacolod FB Page for more event updates. You can see all the trailers on my friend DhaDha Garcia’s blog the Blue Ink. Check the trailers here.

  • Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Discount with Globe
    P50 Discount Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Ticket
    Posted in: Entertainment

    Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino – if you don’t know what this is, you better check your local cinema to find out. But, in a nutshell, it’s a celebration of Filipino Films. Based on a Facebook post by Mell T. Navaro, “the Film Development Council of the Philippine (FDCP) is partnering with commercial theaters to exclusively screen Filipino films nationwide on August 16-22, 2017 dubbed as PISTA NG PELIKULANG PILIPINO 2017 (Year 1).” You can read the full article here.

    A Delight to Filipino Cinemaphiles

    As a cinemaphile in my own right, all I have to say is it’s about time. I have always enjoyed foreign movies but I’ve also always had this hankering for good films by my countrymen (Pinoy slapstick comedies are entertaining but they are not in my list of good films, FYI). There’s plenty out there, of course, like Bliss, the entire 2016 Manila Film Festival line up, and so much more. My problem is that award-worthy films like these aren’t shown often enough. This is why I am ecstatic that we are now having the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (only until August 22).

    Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Complete Line Up

    1. 100 Tula Para Kay Stella

    Producer: Viva Films
    Cast: Bela Padilla and JC Santos
    Director: Jason Paul Laxamana

    2. Ang Manananggal Sa Unit 23B

    Producer: The IdeaFirst Company
    Cast: Ryza Cenon and Martin del Rosario
    Director: Prime Cruz

    3. AWOL

    Producer: Skylight
    Cast: Gerald Anderson and Dianne Medina
    Director: Enzo Williams

    4. Bar Boys


    Producer: Tropic Frills, Inc.
    Cast: Carlo Aquino, Rocco Nacino, Enzo Pineda, and Kean Cipriano
    Director: Kip Oebanda


    5. Birdshot

    Producer: TBA Studios
    Cast: Mary Joy Apostol, Arnold Reyes, John Arcilla, and Ku Aquino
    Director: Mikhail Red

    6. Hamog

    Producer: CPI/Cinema One
    Cast: Zaijan Jaranilla, Teri Malvar, and Sam Quintana
    Director: Ralston Jover

    7. Paglipay (Crossing)

    Producer: TOFARM
    Cast: Garry Cabalic, Anna Luna, Joan dela Cruz, and Marinella Sevidal
    Director: Zig Dulay

    8. Patay Na Si Hesus

    Producer: T-Rex Entertainment
    Cast: Jaclyn Jose
    Director: Victor Kaiba Villanueva

    9. Pauwi Na (Pedicab)

    Producer: Universal Harvesters Inc.
    Cast: Bembol Roco and Cherry Pie Picache
    Director: Paolo Villaluna

    10. Salvage

    Producer: CPI/Cinema One
    Cast: Jessy Mendiola and JC de Vera
    Director: Sherad Anthony Sanchez

    11. Star na Si Van Damme Stallone

    Producer: Unitel x Straight Shooters
    Cast: Candy Pangilinan, Paolo Pingol, and Jadford Dilanco
    Director: Randolph Longjas

    12. Triptiko

    Producer: Michelena Brothers Production
    Cast: Kylie Padilla, Kean Cipriano, Albie Casino, and Joseph Marci
    Director: Miguel Franco Michelena

    Get a P50 Discount on Your Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Ticket

    Press Release – In line with the partnership between Globe Telecom and the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) for the first Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, more Filipinos will now be able to purchase tickets for their chosen participating movies via the GMovies app.

    By downloading the GMovies app for free on Google Playstore or on the App Store, first time GMovies users get ₱50 off their movie ticket/s to any Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP) film by using the promo code PELIKULA.

    “We fully support FDCP in their major initiative of giving Filipinos this ground breaking movie festival. Through accessibility of tickets on the GMovies app, we hope to encourage moviegoers to catch all PPP films, and movies in general, through legitimate sources whether in movie houses or in authorized streaming platforms,” says Glenn Estrella, Vice President for Digital Ventures, the innovator of GMovies.

    This effort forms part of the company’s #PlayItRight campaign that sheds light to piracy and legitimate content consumption to provide an opportunity for local movies and film-makers to grow their business and expand to more audiences.

    Movie fans can easily book and buy their top PPP movie picks in just these easy steps: pick the movie on the app, select the cinema, time, date and preferred seat/s, and finally choose the payment method. Users can choose among various payment options such as via credit card, claim code, GCash, bank payment, or M-Pass for Ayala Cinemas.

    GMovies is the Philippines’ only movie ticketing app that aggregates over 100 cinemas nationwide. Its partner cinemas include Ayala Malls Cinemas, SM Cinema, Robinsons Movieworld, Theatre Mall & Promenade Greenhills Cinemas, and Power Plant Cinema. It provides notifications on ticket availabilities with exclusive movie promos and ticket discounts. It also showcases the movie trailers and reviews.

    Customers can also get ₱50 off their first ticket to Birdshot through SMS via Globe Rewards and Globe Stores. They may avail of the discount using the promo code HARIBON through Globe Rewards and the promo code BIRDSHOT through Globe Stores.

    All promos are valid for a minimum of two tickets at SM Cinemas, Robinsons Movieworld, Theater Mall and Promenade Greenhills, Power Plant Cinemas, and participating Ayala Malls Cinemas (Abreeza, Ayala Center Cebu, Bonifacio High Street, Centrio, Glorietta, Greenbelt 1 and 3, Harbor Point, Market! Market!, MarQuee, and TriNoma). Promos are from August 14 to 22, 2017.

    From August 16 to 22, Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino will screen 12 chosen local films in over 790 theaters nationwide. The 12 participating films include Hamog, Pauwi Na, Bar Boys, Patay na si Hesus, Star na si Van Damme Stallone, Triptiko, 100 Tula Para Kay Stella, Paglipay, AWOL, Birdshot, Ang Manananggal sa Unit 23B and Salvage.

    Birdshot, top-billed by John Arcilla is also supported by Globe Studios, the original productions arm of Globe, through a co-marketing partnership with TBA Studios.

    Just follow Globe Telecom on Facebook or @enjoyGLOBE on Twitter for more updates. For the screening schedules of Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, visit its official Facebook Page www.facebook.com/fdcpppp

  • My Year With the Negros Bloggers (NBSI)
    Posted in: Diary, Entertainment, Events

    Have you been following my blog religiously? Then you should already know by now that I am part of an elite paramilitary organization: ” Eagle Scouts”. No I’m kidding. That was a excerpt from the 1984 movie: “Red Dawn”. I’m actually part of the Negros Bloggers or, more officially, the Negrense Blogging Society, Inc. (NBSI). I joined around, I think, June or August of 2015.

    My blogging life hasn’t been the same ever since.


    The Negros Bloggers (and my impressions)


    Dhadha Garcia

    Dhadha blogs about all sorts of things. She doesn’t know that I know about her being a techie. How did I know this? Because during our SEO training, I saw that her laptop was big (assuming that the specs where higher than average) and she knew most things at the back-end of WordPress. She mostly wears dresses and I love that she does! So girly! She takes great pics too! She was our official photographer during our Christmas party.

    Eduardo Joven

    He is El Presidente (NBSI’s current President; term: will remain in position until further notice). I like Ed because he’s approachable, he’s organized, he addresses issues accordingly and he shares the knowledge that he has. He did our SEO training (for FREE). He is not arrogant. Ed is humble despite owning a hit website filled with new and old pinoy recipes. Ed is nice and humble. Be like Ed.

    Glady Reyes

    Glady, Glady. Where do I even begin? Great hair, award winning blogger, has a mini version of herself (Gab the Cute). I can tell that she’s a nature lover because I stalk her on Facebook. She’s actually funny, “kalog” and she seems like she’s game for any adventure. That’s the kind of spirit I think she has – the spirit of an independent adventurer.

    Maritel Riego Ledesma

    We call her Doc because, get ready to be impressed, she’s a doctor. She was the one who guided us during our Silay tour (organized by Viaje Negrense). It was then when I found out that she is Silay’s walking history encyclopedia. Doc speaks her mind and she also loves makeup! She blogs about different things (except food) but her blog (the first one listed) is more about life and inspiration.

    Maria Sigrid Lo

    She is popularly known as Sigrid Says. She’s my mentor and she encouraged me to join the Negros Bloggers. I’m thankful to her and her family because, sometimes, I feel like I’m an adopted member of Team Lo. She’s 1/4 of the team, by the way. The other three being: Aya Dennis, Dindin and then Shiobe. She’s known for her food posts – ask everyone! And, I feel like she’s been to 80% of the restaurants here in the city!

    Dennis Lo

    This guy, I call Aya. He probably doesn’t know why because I am not Chinese but I will divulge the reason now. I first met Aya at our Mother Church when I was new in TCF (Trinity Christian Fellowship). He had long hair and everyone, including the people that mentored me called him “Aya”. It caught on to this day. Aya is gentle-spoken and, in my opinion, he should model for Viking’s Bacolod because of this one picture during the opening where his face was filled with joy.

    Claire Marie Algarme

    I call her the traveler. She loves to do it! Just see her blog and most of her social media posts. She’s addicted and it’s such a great addiction to have – wanderlust! She also gives me rides most of the time (ma bawi ko nang). What I love about her is that she’s nice and sweet but underneath the sugar-coating is an independent woman with an impressive resume.

    Jojo Vito

    Are there words to describe Jojo? I can think of a couple: creative (x 100), talented (x1000), a blast to be with (x10,000). He also loves travelling, is down to earth and my partner in crime (for after meal “treats”). He should’ve been a comedian because he’s that funny. I look at Jojo as a wonderful package filled with good, creative and positive things!

    Maricar Dabao

    Surprisingly, she’s my maninay. She and my mom are friends. She and my aunt (shout out to tita Gardenia) are besties. It’s a small world, indeed. Maricar is very caring and is fun to be with especially when Jojo is added to the mix. Many may not know this about her but she’s game for almost anything (posing with Lechon or developing a Viaje Negrense swim wear with the logo at the _____ region). She’s a good sport!

    Bea, Eli and Elena Gatanela

    This blogging family is also enjoyable to be with. What I like about the couple (Eli and Elena) is that they seem to be serious at first but, oh boy, was I wrong after only a few meetings. They’re all fun-loving though Bea, their daughter, can still be shy most times.  I also feel like Bea has so much potential and I’m glad that Eli and Elena are tagging her along to blogging events so she can develop her writing and be the heiress of bacolodliving.com.

    May Castro

    This lady is so supportive that it does her an injustice to not be included in the list. I call her Ms. May because it’s formal. I later on found out that she’s not so formal – she likes to laugh and smile, she tells secrets, she makes jokes and she’s very down to earth. I still call her Ms. May though because I respect her so much. Maybe a time will come that I will begin to call her May but not now.

    Holidays with the Bloggers



    Christmas Party at L’fisher Hotel

    As bloggers, we are very fortunate that most businesses in the city support us. We’ve had a lot of sponsors and partners during the passed year and we’re truly thankful that they see the value in blogging. I would personally like to thank the following companies for making our Christmas party extra special:

    More Pictures Here

    Very big thank you from me and my fellow bloggers 🙂

    New Year at Bantug Lake Ranch


    We also celebrated the beginning of the year with a family day/New Year’s party at Bantug Lake Ranch, sponsored by E. GATANELA REALTY CO., Globe Telecom, SM City Bacolod, Beauty and Butter, Delicioso Wine Food Coffee, Krispy Kreme as well as others.

    More Pictures Here and Here

    Another big Thank You to our sponsors!

    I/We Blog Because

    I know what you’re thinking. You might say that I or we blog because of the perks. No, it’s very much a lifestyle and a passion. Some of my colleagues are passionate about food, cooking, travelling and so on. We whole heatedly appreciate the perks! If businesses see the value in our work, it could be a motivation but it’s not the main reason why we all blog.

    The Coming Year

    This 2016, I hope to have more success, not just for myself but with every member of the Negros Bloggers. I’m thankful that I am part of this group because they have become my new family. I always have fun when I am with them and there’s no competition or negative talk in the group. We’re just a bunch of happy people who love writing and blogging.

    If you want to know more about how to join the group, please LIKE our page here.

  • HOOQ: 10 Old Movies to Re-Watch with HOOQ this Halloween
    Posted in: Entertainment

    Movies – I used to watch them 3-5 times a day. At the rate I was going, I should have made my own blog for movie reviews. It was ridiculous, but luckily my binge is over. I have my ways of watching certain movies without going to the theatre but it would have been better if I had known the existence of HOOQ.

    What is HOOQ?

    Jessy and Xian for HOOQ copy

    HOOQ is an app that lets you enjoy movies through your phone, tablet or laptop. It has over 10,000 movies and TV series. All you have to do is sign up, download the app, get the popcorn going while the app is downloading, dim the lights and you’re good to go.

    How to Sign Up for HOOQ + BenefitsHooq 3

    You can either sign up or log in at HOOQ’s main website. If you opt for the FREE trial, the website will require you to input your credit cards details or it will charge the monthly subscription amount to your Globe Telecom number. The way it works is this: you can avail of the free trial if you sign up for HOOQ on a monthly basis. The amount that you’re going to pay per month is only P149 anyway. It can be free with Tattoo broadband plans, fyi.

    It’s a good deal if you always go on a movie binge. Plus, you get to see TV series like Gotham, My Husband’s Lover (pinoy), Grey’s Anatomy (personal fave), and even Little Lulu (remember the cartoon you used to watch as a kid?). There’s so much more and it would take me almost a week to list down every movie and TV series HOOQ has. Instead of listing everything down, here’s a better list that I can do:

    Mea’s List of 10 HOOQ Horror/Thriller Movies to Watch this Halloween

    The list contains old movies. “Old” is a very subjective word but let’s just say that they are old to me. As mentioned, they are from the Horror/Thriller genres so enjoy. Muhahahahaha! #evillaugh

    1. Interview with a Vampire

    Interview with a Vampire

    Ok, so this is not that scary but who can resist Brad Pitt in this movie? This was also the first movie I’ve watched that made me want to be a vampire and be with Louie forever and ever. You’ll definitely feel old once you see how young Kirsten Dunst was in this film.

    Mea’s trivia: Tom Cruise’s name in the movie was Lestat. He’s the same vampire in the movie Queen of the Damned, one of my ultimate BFF movies.

    2. The Witches of Eastwick

    Witches of Eastwick

    I know! This isn’t scary at all either. Believe me, I will get to the scary bits later. You can classify this one as a comedy with a dash of witchcraft. See how amazing Cher looks in this movie! The three women on the poster are totally not related but, in the end, they get a great big mansion and a butler to boot. How? You’d have to watch it for yourself.

    3. Beetle Juice


    When I was younger, my dad would rent tapes of Beetle Juice cartoon episodes for me to watch. I have this faint memory of myself watching the movie version when I was around 4 years old. This is the last non-scary one, I promise, but I just had to put this in here because it’s my childhood. I even wanted to change my name to Lydia after watching the movie version as a kid.

    4. The Lost Boys

    The Lost Boys

    This may not be scary to me now but when I was a pre-teen, this movie gave me nightmares. Ladies and gents, this was before vampires were supposed to be good looking, sparkly and classy entities, suitable to be the boyfriend of an ordinary girl from a small town. Nope, the vampires in this movie aren’t boyfriend material.

    5. Hell Raiser


    This movie was released in 2000. I watched this when I was a teen and all I can say is that it’s scary and creepy. In fact, all Hellraiser movies are downright scary, creepy and disturbing. With this one, waking up in Hell is never a good way to start your day.

    6. Fright Night

    Fright Night

    I saw this movie in my teen years. I’ve already seen the new version but the older one, this one, is definitely better. The vampires in the old movies area really ghoulish looking – yellow eyes, huge mouth, long fangs. Have you noticed?

    7. I Know What You Did Last Summer


    This movie is more of a thriller, as you may have already known. I used to love Jennifer Love Hewitt and Brandy. They were the reasons why I watched this movie back then. Am I a total 90’s kid or what?

    8. The Bone Collector

    The Bone Collector

    Yes, we’re moving on to the thriller category of the list. The Bone Collector is simply a brilliant film with brilliant actors and actresses. It’s a crime movie (I don’t watch these kinds of movies often) but the storyline is very original and unique.

    9. The Sixth Sense

    The Sixth Sense

    Is this a classic or is this a classic? There are a lot of famous lines adapted from this movie. It’s scary, thrilling and disturbing – all three you can feel during the first few minutes of the movie’s beginning. Watch for yourself and, maybe, by the end, you can also see dead people. Hala mo!

    10. Idle Hands

    Idle Hands

    To top off my list is Idle Hands. This one is another ultimate BFF movie for me and best friend. We both watched this when we were in high school. And, although it may not be that scary, it touches on typical teen issues that still exist to this day – weed, girls, high school, laziness and so on. I, and my best friend, also learned a very valuable lesson from this movie: idle hands are the devil’s playground. Also, it doesn’t hurt that Devon Sawa’s in the movie (crush!) and the soundtrack includes Rob Zombie’s Dragula (we went apeshit over this song when I was younger).

    That’s it for my list ladies and gents. I’ll be posting more movie recommendations soon but for now, start with these 10 for Halloween. Download HOOQ now and watch as many movies and TV series as you want for only P149/month.


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  • The Dare to Denim Fashion Show at SM Bacolod
    Posted in: Entertainment
    Beauty, wealth or popularity doesn’t make you extraordinary. what does, however, is your ability to inspire and influence others to do good or be better. – Mea 🙂

    Being a regular woman is not often celebrated. The fact that your face doesn’t show up on TV or on numerous magazines is anything but exciting. On August 22, however, SM showed that being regular or ordinary is not such a bad thing after all with their Dare to Denim Caravan which celebrates the success of everyday, ordinary women in their chosen fields.

    Sm Dare to Denim Runway

    12 women, all made-over and considered to be modern day female influencers of Negros, were chosen to walk the runway in chic and stylish denim outfits from the brands found at the SM Bacolod department store.

    Dare to Denim Women:

    • Crystal Pauline Reyes – a Taekwando Athlete
    • Maryching Uy-Feria – the wife of the Vice Mayor of La Castellana
    • Chole Cuenca Chua – a Businesswoman and philanthropist
    • Rolynne Chaves-Ponce – a Businesswoman
    • Melania Solano – the SM Woman Ambassador
    • Atty Mercedes Alvarez – Congresswoman, 6th District of Negros
    • Kimi Lu – the SM Woman Plus Size Ambassador
    • Atty. Mariedeth Calseña – Mariano – a Lawyer
    • Atty. Pinky Mirano-Ocampo – a Lawyer and businesswoman
    • Betsy Gazo – a Lifestyle writer
    • Jenna Pertgen – the Grand Winner, Search for SM Woman Plus Size
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    L-R: Businesswoman Chole Cuenca Chua, Lifestyle Writer Betsy Gazo, and Businesswoman Rolynne Chaves-Ponce

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    L-R: SM Woman Ambassador Melania Solano, SM Woman Plus Size Ambassador Kimi Lu, and Lawyer Mariedeth Calseña – Mariano

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    L-R: Taekwondo athlete Crystal Pauline Reyes, Grand Winner of the Search for SM Woman Plus Size Jenna Pertgen, and Maryching Uy-Feria

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    L-R: Lawyer and businesswoman Pinky Mirano-Ocampo, Lawyer and politician Mercedes Alvarez, and the hosts

    Melania Solano and Kimi Lu

    The idea that I love most about this fashion show is that it celebrates the achievements of ordinary women of all “shapes and sizes” as the show even spotlighted plus-size fashion tips for women who are more on the plump side.

    Fashion for Big Girls

    This is the cherry on top of the icing for me: random make-overs. SM selected random female shoppers to be styled and made-over which I thought was an authentic touch to the theme of the fashion show.

    The Make-Overs

    Friends, families and a few fans were present to support the 12 women as well as the 4 who had surprise make-overs and it ended up being a fabulous afternoon filled with camera clicks, Dare to Denim outfits, eye-catching shoes and a whole lot of inspiration.

    The Event