Emmy Nominations 2014: “Breaking Bad”, Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul Make Final List

“Breaking Bad”, the drama series, and its actors Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, and Director Vince Gilligan made it to the final list of 2014 Emmy nominees.

Bryan Cranston was nominated for Best Actor in a drama series, for his sterling performance as Walter White, teacher turned meth cooker, in the popular drama series “Breaking Bad”. Anna Gunn was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a drama series; Aaron Paul was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a drama series, while Vince Gilligan was nominated for Best Director in a drama series and Best Writing for a drama series (together with Moira Walley-Beckett), all for “Breaking Bad”.

 

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Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston in “Breaking Bad”

 

“Breaking Bad” also earned these nominations:

Best Drama Series
Best Casting
Cinematography for a single-camera series
Makeup for a single-camera series
Prosthetic makeup for a series, miniseries, movie or a special
Sound editing for a series
Sound mixing for a comedy or drama series

“Game of Thrones” has the most nominations with 19.

The “Breaking Bad” series has ended already, but the brilliant performance of its cast and the engaging storyline of the series seem to linger forever. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul developed a bromance during the filming of the series. Hopefully, they would be able to do more projects together.

The awarding of the Emmy winners will be on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre.

Short Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, we come before you to pray for the success of this activity.
We thank you for all blessings you’ve bestowed upon us.

Grant that the objectives we set for this event would be fulfilled,
And that all would be aware that this is done in your name.

We know that without your guiding hands, we won’t be able to succeed.
May you bless the organizers and participants that they may go home better persons,
who are able to contribute positively to their families, to their communities and to society.

All these we ask through the intercession of your son, Jesus Christ, amen.

An Opening Prayer for graduation

An Opening Prayer for graduation

Philippine President’s Impeachment Poll: Majority Says “Yes”; “Unconstitutional is not criminal” Says Philippine Government about DAP: Bad Example for Pinoys

The PNoy Aquino government is going overboard (again) when they defended the president’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The Palace stated that “unconstitutional is not criminal” and that it was done in good faith. Meanwhile, an ongoing poll of whether PNoy Aquino should be impeached or not is being conducted online by Philstar, a leading new site. To date, majority of voters are in favor of the Philippine president’s impeachment.

 

President Aquino PH

President Aquino PH

 

The pronouncements of PNoy Aquino regarding DAP are dangerous. It’s just like declaring that anyone can violate the constitution, as long as they do it in good faith. To think that the president just proclaimed, through national TV, that he did not approve of the inclusion of Philippine cinema’s one and only Superstar, Nora Aunor, to the National Artist Award because he would be giving a wrong message to the Filipino people about drug use. Read more here.

Well, President BS Aquino, you just did with your reaction to the DAP. Former president GMA is currently incarcerated by you for a lesser amount of money, you should also have the delikadeza to resign from office.

P4,000 Blogging Contest about Journey’s Documentary Film’s Premiere in Manila

This is a contest for bloggers, who reside in the Philippines; however, if you’re not living in the Philippines and would like to join, you can, but the ticket price won’t be converted to cash. Here’s your chance to win great prizes. All you have to do is to follow these instructions:

• Write an original 300-word article in your blog about the premiere of Journey’s documentary film: “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.”
• The article should mention the date of screening, venue, time, and prize of the ticket.
• It should also talk about why people should watch the premiere of the documentary film on the big screen.
• The article should mention this contest and have one link to this contest post.
* No copy-pasting please.

You can get some information from this post, and from Arnel Pineda’s official website.

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That’s it. Double check your entry if you have fulfilled all the criteria. The post/article that has the most comments (significant comments, no one liners please!), and likes on social media sites would win:

First Prize = P1,500 + 1 ticket (worth P1, 000- cannot be converted to cash) to the premiere of the film
Second Prize = P1,000
Consolation prize for the third post with the most comments/likes/tweets = P500

This is how the points would be assigned:

Comments = 10 points (comments should be on the blog post itself. It’s up to you if you allow them to appear on Facebook too.)
Facebook likes = 5 points each (as reflected in your post’s buttons)
Twitter shares = 5 points each (as reflected in your post’s buttons)

So, your article should have both the Twitter and Facebook buttons.

The contest starts as soon as you’re able to post your article in your blog, so the earlier you post, the better. Deadline for posting is July 15, 2014, 12 midnight. The contest ends July 22, 2014 at 12 midnight (Philippines’ time).

Post the links of your post in the comment section of this article, including your email address. If you have a PayPal account, it would be preferable. Good luck to everyone!

Journey’s Multi-Awarded Rock Documentary Featuring Arnel Pineda to Be Screened in Manila for the of Benefit Haiyan Survivors

MANILA, Philippines – Journey’s multi-awarded rock documentary featuring Arnel Pineda will be screened at the Rockwell Center, Makati for the benefit of Haiyan survivors. The film directed by Ramona Diaz, recounts Arnel Pineda’s incredible journey from the slums of Quezon City in the Philippines, to the glitzy, international stage of fame and fortune that is Journey.

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Image credit: Ramona Diaz

 

The Filipino frontman brought Journey another platinum album with “Revelation”, which debuted No. 5 on the US Billboard Chart, and has entered the Top 100 chart in several countries in Europe. The second album, “Eclipse” has performed commendably too, reaching Top 13 on the US 200 Chart, and entered the Top 40 chart in five countries.

 

Journey with Arnel Pineda

Journey with Arnel Pineda

 

Journey’s single with the same title as the film, “Don’t Stop Believin’”, has been accorded the distinction of being “The Most Downloaded Song” of the 20th Century.”

As Arnel, himself, professes, “It’s a Cinderella story…” and, indeed, it’s a miracle that most people thought would never happen in this highly technical era of the 20th century. The movie is a genuine gem for rock fans, and there are numerous epic scenes that could only be significantly appreciated on the big screen.

The documentary film entitled: “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,” has been the recipient of various international awards such as, the Palm Springs International Film Festival Audience Award, the Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival Audience Award, and was the Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. Recently, it won, by a landslide, the 2014 PBS Independent Lens Audience Award.

Screening of “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” will be on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm at the Power Plant Cinema, Rockwell Center, Makati. The tickets/donation is ₱1000 ($23). For tickets call.

Alabang 0917 538 1920
Makati 0917 830 6883
QC/San Juan 0917 618 7870

International rock superstar, Arnel Pineda, has not forgotten his roots amidst all the brilliance of the international stage. You can shoot two birds with one stone: enjoy watching a compelling movie, while helping the needy. Let’s all support Arnel in this noble endeavor.

To know more updates on Journey and Arnel Pineda, you can visit Arnel’s official website.

 

Arnel Pineda

Arnel Pineda

Top 10 Performing Schools in the May 2014 Nurse Board Exams, UST Tops Exams; 2 AUF Grads among Top 10 Examinees

MANILA, Philippines – The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has announced the Top 10 Performing Schools with more than 50 examinees in the May 2014 Nurse Board Exams.

Schools in the Visayas have ranked 1 with 100% passing percentage. These are: West Visayas State University-La Paz, Cebu Normal University (Cebu State College), and Silliman University.

Majority of the Ten Top Performing Schools, 7 schools, are located outside Metro Manila, while five (5) are from the capital region.

Out of 29,188 examinees, 11,225 passed the Licensure exams held last May 2014 in Manila, Baguio, Tuguegarao, Cebu and other cities nationwide. For a complete list of the nursing 2014 Board passers, click here at the PRC website.

A UST graduate, Ma Margaret Benosa Sanchez was ranked 1 out of the 29,188 successful examinees, with 86% rating. From Angeles City, Angela Loren Garcia Panlilio and Roxenette Gil Bernales Pangilinan of Angeles University Foundation were ranked Top 9 and Top 10, respectively, with 84% and 83.80% ratings.

Below is the complete list of the Top 10 Performing Schools in the May 2014 Nurse Board Exams, courtesy of PRC.

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Image credit: PRC

Reactions to Mark Wahlberg’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction”; Premieres June 27 with Returning Transformers Optimus Prime and Bumblebee

Mark Wahlberg’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” premieres June 27, 2014 in the US, and reactions to the film are positive. With the returning Transformers, namely: Optimus Prime, Leadfoot and Bumblebee, the 4th installment is predicted to be a box office record breaker.

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Image credit: Paramount pictures

With the presence of Mr. Perfect Actor, Mark Wahlberg, the film needs nothing more to top the tills. Weekend forecast sees “Transformers: Age of Extinction” to gross about $97 million.

Reactions on Twitter were of excitement and praise:

“Watched Transformers loved it! Great action packed thrills the whole film.”

“Just watched Transformers: Age of Extinction in 3D & it was awesome!”

“I love Optimus Prime.”

Watch the video below of “Transformers: Age of Extinction”, courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Results: Pharmacist Board Exams June 2014; Top Performing Pharmacy Schools

Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) releases the results of the Pharmacist Board Exams held on June 2014. Out of 2,779 takers 1,525 passed. The exams were conducted in Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Davao City.

The Top Performing Pharmacy schools are:

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board exams pharmacist 2014

Here are the names of the board passers of the June 2014 Pharmacy Board Exams

N a m e
1 ABAD, IKE ISIDORE BANDIGAS
2 ABAD, JUDITH MEJOS
3 ABAD, PATRICK RAYMOND SISON
4 ABAD, RONAH MAYUNGOS
5 ABADILLA, MICHELLE ANGELI BAWI
6 ABAINZA, PRINCESS CEAR MAE CORDIAL
7 ABAN, BETTINA GABRIELLE AGUIRRE
8 ABARETA, MARK DARYL TABIRAO
9 ABAY, APPOL MARION ARIZALA
10 ABE, MARIE DENISE JOIE ARCENA
11 ABELARDO, DARREN BUENAVENTURA
12 ABELEDA, MARY ANNE VILLACORTA
13 ABELLA, AIRA MONICA REYES
14 ABELLA, JAHZMINMAE ILANO
15 ABELLO, KARA CRYSTAL DOMINIQUE LARUBIS
16 ABENOJA, PRECIOUS MAE PAREDES
17 ABIOG, RICHARD EMIL LIWAG
18 ABORDO, JULIE ANNE MANINGAS
19 ABRAGAN, RAZZELMAE ROQUIÑO
20 ABRASADO, WELLYN GUARDADOS
21 ACAPUYAN, REDGEGESTHER BATTULAYAN
22 ACOSTA, ANTHEA MAYE LEGASPI
23 ACOSTA, VINCENT RAPHAEL BARAAN
24 ACUTINA, DOROTHY CORTEZ
25 ADA, ADRIELLE SHINE BURLAZA
26 ADARAYAN, RESSIE BACERA
27 ADMANA, ADRIANE CHARMAINE LOPEZ
28 ADORACION, MARJORIE SARMIENTO
29 AGABIN, TROY NICHOLAS LO
30 AGAPITO, YSSA ARMEENA TAÑEDO
31 AGARIN, REA MAYI VILLANUEVA
32 AGATEP, YVETTE MABBORANG
33 AGBAYANI, CHRISTINE ALLEN ENDOZO
34 AGRAVANTE, DONNA JANE RAVOY
35 AGUILAR, ALPHA NIÑA PINPIN
36 AGUILAR, EMMANUEL ALMEIDA
37 AGUILAR, JOSEPH ROMERO JAO
38 AGUILAR, PAUL ANTHONY RAMIREZ
39 AGULTO, CELIANA MARIE BALAY
40 AGUSTIN, AILEEN SHEEN CASIPIT
41 ALABASTRO, JOHN PAULO LAZARO
42 ALAMBRA, NORAINNE KRISSANDRA NATU-EL
43 ALANZALON, SHIELA MAE CASTRO
44 ALARCON, NIELLE ANDREA REYES
45 ALAVAR, BLANCE MOLIJON
46 ALBA, MARIA KRISTENE DARACAN
47 ALBANIA, PRECIOUS MAY BANIQUED
48 ALBERTO, JHOEMAR PARCHAMENTO
49 ALBINO, MEREDELL E GARCIANO
50 ALCALA, JAZ UY

 

Click here for the rest of the list of  names of the new pharmacists:

 

Reactions to Nora Aunor’s Exclusion from the Philippines’ National Artist Award

MANILA, Philippines – The Pinoy entertainment industry was aghast when PNoy Aquino did not approve of the NCCA’s endorsement of actress Nora Aunor for the National Artist Award.

The one and only Superstar of local cinema has been the life-saver of the showbiz industry, in the past, when its future was bleak and dreary. Nora Aunor has also continued to promote Philippine films abroad through her classic and superb acting. Her film “Thy Womb” continues to earn accolades in international competitions as this post is being written.

Nora Aunor

Nora Aunor

Nora Aunor’s achievements as a singer and actress are numerous and so vast that it would take another article to write them. Noted thespians and directors have expressed their disappointment. Popular action star, Robin Padilla, stated that Nora Aunor deserves the National Artist Award because of her various achievements.

The hashtag #NoraAunorForNationalArtist appeared on Twitter as Nora Aunor’s supporters trooped to the social media to express their thoughts.

Read the dismayed reactions to the manner in which the palace eliminated Nora Aunor’s name from the previous list submitted by NCAA.

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‘Nakakalungkot na meron tayong pangulo na walang malasakit sa Sining’ (It’s sad that we have a president who has no concern for the arts.)

Another article in the Manila Times by Katrina Stuart Santiago talked about how there is no morality clause included in the criteria for the National Artist Award.

An open letter to PNoy Aquino written by Luz Nolasco talks about how the president cannot create a law at whim. Here’s an excerpt:

“…no president in a so-called democratic country has any power to create a law at whim. Your presidential obligation is to study a bill that went through congressional deliberation, and either veto or sign it. That is the extent of your power.”

Some reactions on Twitter were more direct:

Paula GINIR ‏@sprocketscience

#NoraAunorForNationalArtist Totally supporting this. Also, WALANG HIMALA sa ilalim ng bulok na pamahalaan ni Aquino!

Kenneth James ★ ‏@deathofsatara

KATARUNGAN PARA KAY ATE GUY! #NoraAunorForNationalArtist

Niño Ariel Cervantes ‏@Elninoariel Jun 21

Pinulitika na naman si Nora Aunor! Pinairal na naman ng pangulo ang politika! #NoraAunor #noraaunorfornationalartist

 

The original and official criteria should have been followed. If Nora Aunor was previously endorsed by the NCCA, then Ate Guy should has already met the criteria. The question in people’s minds is: “Anong nangyari? (What happened?)

Marian Rivera in New Dance Show; Will she be as good as Vilma Santos and Maricel Soriano?

MANILA, Philippines – Primetime TV Queen, Marian Rivera, has a new Dance Show and fans are thrilled about it. The interesting question is: Will she be as good as Vilma Santos or Maricel Soriano?

Marian Rivera has demonstrated, time and again, that she can dance, and according to her, she has no limitations, so the Pinoy audience would expect even the sexiest dance to be performed by this gorgeous, sexy actress; she has been adjudged FHM’s sexiest woman for two years and she may also capture the title this year.

 

Marian Rivera dance show

Marian Rivera: Image credit: Marian’s Twitter account

 

Marian Rivera has both a ‘pangmasa’ and elite appeal because she has no qualms being around common Pinoys, or the socialites of the entertainment industry. She has also a wholesome personality in spite of being sexy. She would surely be at par with Vilma Ssntos and Maricel Soriano re: dancing prowess.

“Marian”, Rivera’s variety show will premiere on June 21, 2014, Saturday evening, at 7 pm.