Friday, September 25, 2015

Aiza Seguerra’s new album now certified Gold!

After the successful release of singer-songwriter Aiza Seguerra’s latest album, “Araw Gabi: Mga Awit ni Maestro Ryan” has scored a gold record award. Aiza’s gold record was awarded to her by Universal Records’ General Manager, Kathleen Dy-Go, in Eat Bulaga last September 16, 2015.

As the acoustic singer pays tribute to Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, it also features Mr. C playing the piano for single “Tuwing Umuulan At Kapiling Ka.” The album also includes fresh takes on some of the most-loved Ryan Cayabyab compositions like “Araw Gabi,” “Minsan Ang Minahal Ay Ako,” “Kay Ganda Ng Ating Musika,” “Kahit Ika’y Isang Panaginip Lamang,” “Paano Na Kaya,” “Tunay Na Ligaya,” “Iduyan Mo,” among others.

The album is still available at all record bars nationwide. Digital tracks can also be downloaded on iTunes, Spinnr and Amazon. You may also listen to the full album on Deezer and album preview on YouTube.

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ALDEN RICHARDS receives Gold record award from Universal Records!

Alden Richards, the hottest leading man on Philippine TV, is now a Gold record-awardee as Universal Records recently announced that his self-titled debut album has officially reached its Gold record status.

On Friday, September 25 in Eat Bulaga, Alden received a Gold record plaque from Universal Records’ General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go where our “Pambansang Bae” went emotional and thanked his album producers and supporters for making this possible.

Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Universal Records for trusting me with my first album na kahit hindi po ako singer ay binigyan nila ako ng chance. Sa lahat po ng sumusuporta ng album, salamat po!” said the teary-eyed actor. Alden is currently a host of GMA 7’s Eat Bulaga and popularly paired to Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza in the phenomenal segment “Kalyeserye.”

 The album contains seven tracks including his covers of "Naaalala Ka" by Rey Valera, "'Di Na Mababawi" by Spongecola and Itchyworms' "Akin Ka Na Lang" and his carrier single, Shamrock's "Haplos" which instantly rose to the top of the charts and became the theme of GMA tv series “Mundo Mo’y Akin”. 

Alden Richards' self-titled debut album under Universal Records is still available at all leading record bars nationwide. For more information, follow Universal Records’ official social media accounts at, and

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Suits Season 5

If you enjoy shows that emphasize law and the delicious scandals that ensue, you will love Suits. Suits reminds me, in a way, of the drama comparable on some level to The Good Wife series, which I also loved. Yet, Suits places more emphasis on the firm, its partners, and their associates. One associate named Michael Ross, played by Patrick Adams, is of particular interest. 

Unlike his peers, Michael never finished law school. Yet, most of his colleagues don’t know this. While Michael can crack a case like a pro, if his secret escapes, it could spell big trouble for for him, and he knows it. Watching Michael squirm as he jumps from one hot seat to another is enough to make me sweat.

Donna Paulsen, played by Sarah Rafferty, is caught in the middle. She runs the line between her friendship with Harvey and her boss, Louis Litt. While trying to remain uninvolved, she realizes her efforts are useless. She knows too much. Harvey refuses to agree to open up to Louis about his affair with Louis' sister. But, fate has its own plan and things unravel in the end. Donna finally admits the truth to Louis. This, of course, leads to disaster. Louis flies off the handle and makes a beeline for Harvey’s office immediately. 

I like what Sarah does with Donna. She still wants a friendship with Harvey. Yet, she’s torn between that, and maintaining a professional relationship with her boss. That makes Donna a kind of go-between for these two head-butting characters.

Harvey Specter, played by Gabriel Macht, has his own problems. He sees a therapist in private over anxiety issues. Yet, on the other side he is no stranger to women. Knowing Harvey’s tendencies towards women, Louis makes him promise to avoid his sister. Needless to say, Louis’ sister invites Harvey to indulge of her own accord. The temptation is just too great for poor Harvey. While they manage to keep the affair under wraps for a while, no one can keep a secret like that for long. It all comes out in season 5, sparking the fists to fly between Harvey and Louis.

With Louis spitting mad at Harvey over the affair with his sister, he is out for a little legal revenge. Harvey apologizes and confides in Louis about his therapy. While Louis seems to accept the apology, he has plans for Harvey. Those plans involve public humiliation before the other partners. Louis hopes for Harvey's unpaid suspension, but it doesn’t go quite as planned. While Louis wrote the discipline guidelines himself, he failed to read between the lines. Louis announces his decision to suspend Harvey. But, the partners are quick to remind him that this requires their vote as well.

Jessica Pearson, played by Gina Torres, is a woman with a mission. Gina plays a strong role with a no-holds-bar attitude. Yet, when you run a firm such as this, there is little room for amusement or pandering to others. Jessica wants what’s best for the firm. She is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the firms success. Knowing Michael's secret, she has to jump through hoops to maintain it. It’s all that she can do while trying to prevent the scandal from breaking loose and oozing out. Although, I have a feeling that there will come a time, when the hoop is too high of a jump, but what do I know. Now with Harvey in the hot seat, Jessica is trying to manage how best to deal with this nasty little surprise as well. I hope she has a balancing pole to walk the tightrope that rides the line between these two.

One of the things that I like is the increase in the show’s suspense, emotions, and drama during season 5. The fist-flying scene between Louis and Harvey was an intense, jaw-dropping moment. I am glad they opted to ramp the emotions up a notch. That’s not to discount the other scenes. Michael is walking a thin line himself. That line almost broke when he was nearly discovered by a client he once knew, Claire.  He had to pass his first case as partner off to his junior associate, and fiancĂ©e, Rachel at the last moment. Lest Claire discover him and break his secret wide open. Claire is no fool. She figures things out herself. When she realized Michael was behind her case, his secret was almost a lost cause. Rachel swooped in and saved the day when she begged Claire not to tell. What we don't know yet is whether Claire will hold to her promise.

My favorite part recently was when Harvey socked it to Louis, though. I find it satisfying to see a nasty character get what he (or she) deserves. While Harvey may have broken a promise, Louis mismanaged the situation as well. Then, of course, he had to take advantage of Harvey’s honesty later. In the most recent episode, we find that good ol’ Louis is still up to no good. It seems like nothing is ever enough. He’s a great character to despise. Yet, Harvey earns some sympathy as he works through all his problems.

Suits is a show that will keep you on your toes. There are still a lot of unanswered questions. There's also the conflict between Harvey and Louis, and Michael’s secret to contend with. If you’re looking for a juicy series to follow, Suits may be the one for you.

Miss Possibilities: First pageant for girls with Special Needs in Asia

For the first time in Asia, the very first pageant for young women with Special Needs will be held right here in the Philippines. This will be THE pageant of the year where “Beauty Knows No Boundaries.” Miss Possibilities will be held on Oct 7, 2015 at the Mango Tree Restaurant at Bonifacio Global City.

This pageant came to light because of one mom’s wish to celebrate the unique in every special person through a fun and inclusive event.

Suzanna Pavadee Vicheinrut was on a family vacation in her home state in California when she saw a poster of an upcoming pageant for young ladies with special needs. She posted a picture of the poster in her personal Facebook page with the caption “Sana, one day in the Philippines”.  

This hope was sparked by Suzanna’s daughter Johanna, who was born with Trisomy 21. Down Syndrome is a chromosomal condition that happens randomly. Trisomy 21 or Down Syndrome, occurs when there is a third copy of the twenty first chromosome.

We receive 23 chromosomes from our mother and 23 chromosomes from our father. This means that every typical individual has a total of 46 chromosomes paired in 23 sets.  Joey has a “a little something extra,” because she has a third copy on her 21st pair.

However being a hands on mom who balances the many responsibilities of raising two girls, managing her own career, and married life can push some things to the back burner. The idea of having a pageant for these girls would have to wait just a little while longer.

Suzanna’s Facebook post though continued to gain a lot of positive responses but the one comment that brought about a call to action was that of her friend Mr. Eric Teng from the Mango Tree Restaurant group. Mr. Teng has been a strong supporter of the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines and generously offered his restaurant in BGC as the venue for this event which is focused on girls and helping them realize their beauty inside and out.

Suz called on her family and her network of families who also have loved ones with special needs for support in organizing the event right away. It really helped too that Suz also has experience in pageant organizing. She was crowned Mrs. Thailand in 2003 and has since actively pursued opportunities that presented themselves after the pageants were already concluded. Besides the experiences of preparing, competing, and the eventually taking home her titles; the opportunities which followed each of the pageants allowed her to explore the fields of television, radio, magazines, writing, and modeling.  Her exposure provided her with skills and opportunities into creating platforms and events that would make the world a better place for her daughter, Johanna.

“The word pageant does not mean competition,” shares Suz, “We are defining the true meaning of pageant, where we will celebrate and showcase each girl individually. They will all be crowned with their own titles.

Suz does not want these girls to feel like they are competing with one another. She wants them to “feel proud, beautiful and self confident.” In fact, she wants them to go home with wonderful memories, new experiences and new friends. She wants each individual to go home feeling excited to participate in the following year’s pageant.

Suzanna never realized was that her history of pageantry and crowns would pave the way for something bigger than herself. She never could have foreseen all those years ago, that being crowned Mrs. Thailand would incite change, foster acceptance, and further inclusion in The Philippines and in Asia where people with special needs are often discriminated and overlooked. She never knew that her experiences before Joey would enable her to showcase these girls with special needs who are not much different from anyone else.

These girls have hopes, fears, and feelings just like everyone else and will benefit from the friendship, the experience and the feeling of showcasing their moments big and small on that small stage even if only for one day.

That day, even if only one lady will be crowned Miss Possibilities, everyone will go home feeling like a winner simply for the opportunity to do something no one with special needs has ever done before in Asia.

If you would like to know more about Miss Possibilities, please email the Miss Possibilities team at . You can also follow the pageant at their facebook page