Oishi: Nothing Short of O,Wow!

When my friend invited me to attend Oishi‘s new campaign launch, I said YES without asking for further details. My 3 reasons:

1. I’ve loved Oishi since I was a cute (walang papalag) little girl. I remember Oishi Prawn Crackers being my snack of choice whenever my parents and I would watch movies– in Betamax. So now you know how old I am and how long Oishi has been around. ūüôā

2. Oishi is one of the loyal partners in our company events. I have seen thousands of our employees and applicants happy because of Smart C, Fiber & Fruit, and Gourmet Picks potato chips. My favorites among these are the Grapefruit Smart C and Natural Sea Salt chips– my current moviesnack of choice. :p tsaka Pillows rin pala.

3. I wanted to know who’s the mystery endorser of their O,Wow! campaign. I read in Twitter that it’s gonna be the Elmo Magalona¬†but I wanted to be there to be sure. Mwehehe!

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So last Saturday afternoon, with my friend Homer, I went to Trinoma for the launch of Oishi’s O,Wow! Campaign.

The event was hosted by VJ Andrei Felix and sportscaster Rizza Diaz. The audience was treated to fun and games including the saksakan ng bago na Bring Me! :))

There were 3 humongous boxes at the center of the Activity Area that held the special guests of Oishi. They were cloaked in red when they entered. I knew Elmo was there somewhere. My guess was¬†his onscreen sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose couldn’t be far behind. But who’re the boys that entered the 3rd box? Anong banda sila? Kasing yummy ba sila ng Oishi? Hmmmm…

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After loads of potato chips and screaming of O,Wow!’s… the surprise guests were unveiled. Elmo Magalona, check! Julie San Jose, check! Aaaaaannnnddddd… Callalily! So I was right about the yummy part! Kean Cipriano, double check! :))

Oishi gave us a high-energy concert experience. Julie performed several hits including the gasgas na but still fun to listen to, Super Bass. Callalily performed their songs and I was happy to hear Stars again. It transported me back to the time Kean looked so boyish at ‘di makabasag pinggan. Hahaha! Of course, Elmo sang a mix of covers and originals. The crowd (well, mostly teen girls) went gaga when he danced to Teach Me How to Dougie. I was impressed when he sang 3 Stars and The Son. You will be too. You can download the single for free here.

I looked around and saw Miss Pia Magalona with a big smile, looking oh-so proud of her son. Well who wouldn’t be? Elmo is a talented kid that¬†is a¬†fantastic endorser of an equally fantastic brand. His fun and adventurous vibe and Oishi’s variety of delicious and affordable snacks are nothing short of O,WOW!

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You can also give yourself an O,Wow! experience by treating yourself to Oishi snacks like– Wafu (gosh, I love these leche flan/cheese wafer sticks), Gourmet Picks (potato chips cooked in sunflower oil), Marty’s (veggie chicharon), or Porky Pops (baked not fried lean pork rind).

Beat the summer heat by drinking the refreshing Smart C. It comes in 3 flavors: lemon, orange, and pomelo-grapefruit. You can also choose the healthier alternative Fiber & Fruit. Here’s yours truly holding a bottle of apple-flavored F&F. There’s also peach and grape but this one’s my fave. This was taken in Market! Market!, in one of our job fairs. I grabbed one before thirsty applicants finish all of ’em. :p

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Share your O,Wow! moments on Twitter using the Oishi O, Wow! hashtag #OWow #Oishi and like them on Facebook. www.facebook.com/oishi.ph

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listening to: The Beatles – Love Me Do

Ang Masasabi Ko Tungkol sa Ang Babae sa Septic Tank

“Ang Babae sa Septic Tank chronicles a day in the life of three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers as they set out to do a quick pre-prod at Starbucks, a courtesy call to their lead actress, Eugene Domingo, and an ocular inspection of their film‚Äôs major location, the Payatas dumpsite. Director Rainier, Producer Bingbong and Production Assistant Jocelyn are well-to-do, well-educated film school graduates who are dead set on making an Oscar worthy film.” Read entire synopsis here.

Inaamin ko. Hindi talaga ako fan ng¬†local movies pero noong nalaman ko ang tungkol sa Cinemalaya entry na Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank, sinabi ko sa sarili ko na “Shet, papanoorin ko ‘yan”.

At ito ang mga dahilan ko:

1. Para naman masabi na naka-experience ako ng Cinemalaya.

Hindi ako nakapanood mismo sa week ng festival dahil busy-busyhan ako sa trabaho, but at least, um-attempt ako na makibahagi naman sa local indie scene. Second time ko pala ito, ang una ay noong nabihag ako ng Dagim mula sa genius director na si Joaquin Pedro Valdes. Nanood nga pala ako ng ABSST sa Powerplant. Sold out na kasi sa Glorietta. Good job.

2. Hello?! Title pa lang, palong-palo na.

Kahit Septic Tank lang yata ipangalan dito, gaganahan na akong panoorin. Kahit Babae sa Tae, papanoorin ko pa rin. Astig ang title. Hindi kagaya nang mga bwakanangkorni na pausong titles ng mga¬†palabas sa tv¬†tulad ng Guns & Roses, Bantatay, at ng Happy Yipee Yehey. Sa mga pelikula naman, imberna yung mga title na galing sa mga kanta– Let the Love Begin, Miss You Like Crazy, and ang saksak-puso-tulo-ang-dugo na One More Chance. Seriously, WTF? Itigil na ‘yan.

3. Eugene Domingo. Miss Eugene Domingo. THE Miss Eugene Domingo.

Lingid sa kaalaman ng maraming tao, matagal na sa showbiz si Ms. Eugene Domingo. Hindi pa siya mini-MISS Eugene ay fan na niya kami ng Mama ko. Nanonood lang kami dati ng 2002 painfully dragging¬†soap ni Claudine Barretto na Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggang dahil kay Simang, ang funny character of course ni Miss Eugene. Pero ‘wag ka. Nasa Valiente rin kaya siya. O diba! So old school! Confident ako na maraming mag-a-agree sa akin na matagal na niyang na-dethrone sa pagiging Comedy Queen si Miss Ai Ai Delas Alas. favorite ko pa rin si Ai Ai, I just think Eugene is 10x better.

4. Kean Cipriano

Curious ako kung may ibubuga nga ba si Kean sa pag-arte. Naaalala ko lang kasi si Kean na kumakanta ng Stars, ‘yung unang hit ng banda niyang Callalily. Totoy na totoy pa siya noon. I remember,¬†some time 2006,¬†nasa Starbucks kami while waiting for our friends from another band na ka-label nila. I was talking to him and he kept on saying “po”. Sabi ko, isang “po” pa ang sabihin niya sa akin, ihahampas ko na ”yung plaque (for 6CycleMind) na hawak niya sa ulo niya. He smiled that super cute boyish smile and said, “Ok, hindi na ako magsasabi ng po. Ok po?” Dapat that time nalaman ko na na may future talaga siya sa comedy. In fairness, ok ang arte niya sa isang comedy film. Sa mga scenes na kailangang maging intense, dala rin niya. Doesn’t hurt na maganda rin yung biceps niya. Awwww, the baby is now… not a baby. Hehe.

5. Dahil kinukwento pa lang sa akin ‘yung istorya, natatawa na ako.

Napanood ng mga bosses ko ang Babae sa Septic tank noong mismong festival week. Hindi sila mapigilang maghagalpakan sa tawa sa sumunod na araw na nagkita-kita kami sa office. Dahil hindi naman ako asar sa spoilers, nagpakwento ako kung ano ba ang meron sa ABSST. Kwento naman sila. At doon pa lang, hindi na ako makahinga sa kakatawa. Diosmeh. Lalo na doon sa 3 Types of Acting. Achieve talaga yung TV Patrol acting. I thought, kung sa narration pa nga lang ng ibang tao, tawang-tawa na ako, what more kung ako mismo ang makapanood, tama? Tama.

So ‘yun nga. Nanood kami ng mga kaibigan ko kagabi sa Powerplant at wala akong maipintas sa pelikulang ito. Start to finish, absolute perfection. Kinabog nito ang Tanging Ina, Kimmy Dora, at Here Comes The Bride para sa akin. Pansin mo ba lahat ng movies na ‘yan, kasama si Eugene? Sabi nga ng boss ko, para sa kanya, pati Harry Potter 7, kinabog nito. :p

Cai Cortez as the PA, Kean Cipriano as Direk Rainier and JM De GUzman as Bingbong the Producer

Ang buong cast ay perfect. Almost perfect. Ang husay nung mga taga skwater, lalo na yung batang lalake na anak ni Mila. Si JM De Guzman rin pala, in fairness, magaling. Cutie rin. Hindi ko kasi siya ma-appreciate sa remake ng Mula sa Puso. Thumbs up siya sa comedy, pero hindi pa niya ka-level si Rico Yan sa drama imho.¬†ūüôā Yung PA lang naman nila sa movie yung hindi ko na-appreciate. Kung asar ang dapat maramdaman ng viewer sa role niya, well congratulations, nagampanan pala niya ng mahusay ang role niya. Pero kung hindi pala ‘yun ang silbi ng role, sorry. Siya lang rin ‘yung hindi ko gusto sa cast ng Here Comes The Bride. Anyway, nasiyahan rin ako sa cameo ng isa pang de-kalibreng artista- si Miss Cherry Pie Picache. Medyo nahilo ako sa scenes nila ni Eugene pero ok lang, worth it pa rin.

Hindi nga lang ito matatawag na comedy. Drama rin ito at musical. Oo, musical rin ito. Kung paano, manood ka na lang para ma-gets mo. Nakakatuwa na naipakita ng mga film makers ang sitwasyon ng lipunan, ang glimpse ng indie film making, buhay ng isang artista, at kung anu-ano pa sa isang makabuluhan at kakaibang paraan. Deserving talaga ang Cinemalaya entry na ito na magkaron ng wide commercial release. Ito ang tipo ng film na hindi dapat pinaguusapan lang sa blogs at nakakubli lamang sa knowledge ng kaunting mga tao. Dapat ito, pinapapanood sa buong bayan.

This film has taste regardless of the septic tank.¬†Shet na¬†istoryang ‘yan. Ang bangis talaga. Wow. WOOOOOOWWWW!!! More powers to the cast and crew! Manood ng pelikula para malaman ang istorya ng¬†sinadya kong i-bold at i-italize.¬†

Sa sobrang sulit nitong pelikula na ito, kahit hindi rin ako supporter ng pagbili ng original dvds, bibili ako ng original dvd nito. =)

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Congratulations kina Direk Marlon Rivera, Writer/Producer Chris Martinez, Miss Eugene Domingo and buong cast and crew sa mga awards na nakuha nila mula sa Cinemalaya. Congratulations rin dahil napatawa niyo nang bonggang-bongga kaming mga manonood. Check na check ito. Sana masundan niyo ito kaagad.

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listening to: Sabaw… Sabaw… (in my head)

Daisy, Kean, Lolit, Mcoy

While everyone’s still blogging about the Glorietta 2 bombing, here I am choosing to keep things light.

Lemme talk about the Quantum Physics and its connection with the Austrian economy. Light, di’ba?

Uluuuuuul. Haha.

Aryt, lemme talk about showbiz, as inspired by The Buzz.

Daisy Romualdez is accusing Callalily vocalist, Kean Cipriano of hiding her adopted daughter, Danita.

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Naman. Look at that face. Is that the face of a criminal? Damn you. Look at him. Not me. Sa paningin ko, mukha s’yang batang munti na walang gagawing masama. pero sana magsuklay s’ya paminsan-minsan.

Even if he’s guilty, wouldn’t you want that rocker boy to abduct you? Tapos tadjakan mo sa balls ‘pag kidnap lang ang ginawa and walang rape. Haha.

I’m just playing. I don’t like Kean in that way. I’ve met the guy, hung out with him and his band. I personally think he’s a bit weird, but nice and well-mannered nonetheless.

Danita… I don’t have an opinion about her. She’s… blah.

Daisy Romualdez. Hmmm… Daisy, Daisy, Daisy. If I had a mother like her, maglalayas rin ako. She’s an even bigger virago than Annabelle Rama. Good thing about the latter is that her hubby and kids seem to actually love her. The former? Iniwan na nga ng panganay (Tina Paner), iniwan pa ng bunso. Pattern, anyone?

Gah. I’m way too harsh.

So, here’s me being nice.

Lolit Solis, please stop spreading malicious rumors about Papa Piolo and Papa Sam. I know that you miss Gabby Concepcion, swapping envelopes and creating filmfest scams that’s why you’re constatnly amusing yourself with showbiz b.s. but please, talk shit about your Kapuso’s instead. Mas marami naman kasing mukhang bading sa bakod niyo eh.

Plus, you’re hurting Jovi. Kaya, Manay, shut the fuck up.

Here, I’ll be nice na talaga.

We’ve had a little bit of tampuhan, but from the very bottom of my heart, somewhere in my inferior vena cava or septum… I would like to wish Marco Fundales goodluck! May he have a kickass time inside the Pinoy Big Brother house.

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Go, go, go, Mcoy! Mabuhay tayong mga virgins! ūüėõ I-kiss mo ako kay Will De Vaughn! Innocent kiss na may tongue!

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listening to: Callalily – Stars

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