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Friday, March 6, 2015

Kidnapping Freddy Heineken: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

First, we would like to thank Axinite Digicinema Inc. for inviting us last night to the special screening of Kidnapping Freddy Heineken at SM Megamall. The film is based on true events and is headlined by a stellar cast which includes Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten and Academy Award Winner Anthony Hopkins. 

In 1983, childhood pals Willem Holledeer (Sam Worthington), Cor Van Hout (Jim Sturgess), Martin Erkamps (Thomas Cocquerel), Jan Boelaard (Ryan Kwanten) and Frans Meijer (Mark Van Eewen) failed to grant a loan for their construction business. To get their lives back on track; they have decided to come out of a plan: by kidnapping one of the richest men in the world, the CEO of the Heineken beer company (Anthony Hopkins.) Tagged as the largest ransom ever paid for a kidnapped individual; the group completed a perfect crime. However how long can they keep their secret?

Freddy Heineken battles his captors psychologically with a nice choice of words, “There are two ways a man can be rich in this world: you can have money or you can have friends. But you cannot have both.” He is played well by the very clever portrayal of Anthony Hopkins, who basically look calm at all times despite spending a lot of time chained inside a small room. The kidnappers were bringing the best out of each other with Sam Worthington and Jim Sturgess leading the pack with a strong punch to their performance. 


With the film drifting at a steady pace, it manages to come up with an interesting story. However, it never escalates and became stale after they abducted Mr. Heineken. The plan was smooth, and the execution was pretty slick but when the kidnappers become frustrated in waiting for their money, it also makes the viewers weary and itching for something spectacular on what would happen next.

Overall, Kidnapping Freddy Heineken is an average crime-thriller flick. It is boosted by the smart performances from its talented set of actors. It will just leave the audience to decide if his abduction story is worth adapting into a motion picture. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7 out of 10 stars

Cast: Sam Worthington, Anthony Hopkins, Jim Sturgess

Directed by: Daniel Alfredson
Distributed by: Axinite Digicinema Inc. 
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide 

 
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Rachelle Ann Go to Sing “A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES” in Local Music Video for Disney's “CINDERELLA”

 
PHILIPPINES, MANILA, March 6, 2015 – Walt Disney Studios Southeast Asia has chosen top Filipino recording star and award-winning West End actress Rachelle Ann Go to sing and star in the music video of the beloved Disney song “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” in conjunction with the launch of the new live-action film, “Cinderella.”

In the 1950 animated film, Cinderella sang “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” as she encouraged her animal friends to never stop dreaming. This theme of “never stop dreaming” continues throughout the entire classic fairy-tale. The ballad was written and composed by Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston.

Disney is reviving the song with a new arrangement and music video to deliver the inspirational and positive message of the new “Cinderella” movie, which is to believe in your dreams, be positive and most importantly “Have Courage and Be Kind.”

We were looking for someone special, not just to sing the song beautifully but to also deliver the message reliably and inspire audiences. We chose Rachelle Ann Go as she embodies the positivity and inspirations of Cinderella, and is a living idol for young Filipinos everywhere who never stopped following her dreams,” said Amit Malhotra, General Manager of Walt Disney Studios, Southeast Asia.

In the video, Disney also produced a touching segment – a memorable moment where Rachelle was surprised by a visit from her mother who flew all the way from Manila to surprise her during the studio recording. Fans can look forward to a heart-warming video as well as various interactive segments with Rachelle regarding this very special project.

The music video of “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” premieres on Disney Channel and Disney Channel Asia YouTube Channel on Saturday, 7 March, 2015.

Disney’s decision to cast Rachelle Ann Go in the music video - “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” is in line with the company’s approach to dream, create and celebrate the most magical stories and adventures, each woven around a relatable, empowered local idol who delights everyone and especially inspires girls to realize their full potential.


As a child, Rachelle always dreamt of becoming a singer and recording star, frequently joining national talent competitions from an early age. Her breakthrough came when she was declared the grand winner of the highly-coveted “Search for a Star” singing contest in 2003 in Manila. What followed was a sensational realization of Rachelle's dream – expressing herself through music, gaining fame and ardent fans, releasing top-selling albums, headlining sold-out concerts, and winning awards for her craft around the world.

Her dream of attaining international stardom also came true when she was cast last year for the West End revival of the musical “Miss Saigon” where she received Best Featured Actress and Best Supporting Actress accolades from London award-giving bodies.

Disney’s “Cinderella” opens in cinemas nationwide on Thursday, March 12th and will also be available in IMAX.

Disney’s “Cinderella” will also feature the much anticipated short “Frozen Fever” and popular princesses Elsa and Anna at the start of the movie.

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Wild Card: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lover

First, we would like to thank Captive Cinema for inviting us last Tuesday to the special screening of Wild Card at SM Megamall. Jason Statham is back in solo action after the overstuffed Expendables 3 last year, and before he battles Vin Diesel's company in Fast and Furious 7, he gambles here in Wild Card.

Nick Wild (Jason Statham), is a Las Vegas bodyguard with a gambling problem. He agrees to help a friend (Dominik García-Lorido) who is beaten up and left on the streets by a gangster mob boss named Danny (Milo Ventimiglia.) With their revenge plan ended successfully; Danny isn't impressed as he put a huge target around Nick's head. 
If you're a fan of Jason Statham like us, you will surely enjoy this especially when the action scenes start to roll. You'll be entertained by the way Jason Statham handles his opponents as he dispenses them in a satisfying fashion. It is choreographed well with  loads of surprises, especially to the action junkies. The problem is the film didn't have too many of these as it mostly revolve around the disjointed plot that weaves through different corners that sometimes do not make sense.

Jason Statham still brings the charisma that the lead character needs. He builds the necessary momentum before he strikes and delivers his usual stuffs. Milo Ventimiglia did well playing as the villain, and we loved the short but meaningful appearance of Stanley Tucci.
Overall, Wild Card is still an average action flick served hot by Jason Statham. It doesn't offer much except for slick action scenes that are definitely made to impress.

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 6.5 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Jason Statham, Milo Ventimiglia, Dominik García-Lorido

Directed by: Simon West
Distributed by: Captive Cinema
Opens March 11 in cinemas nationwide

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“DOWNTON ABBEY'S” Lily James is New “CINDERELLA”

Lily James, best known to audiences as the defiant Lady Rose on “Downton Abbey,” stars as the loving and kindhearted Ella, the young woman whose spirit can’t be broken, in Walt Disney Pictures' new live-action “Cinderella.”

The filmmakers needed to find the perfect actress to embody Ella, someone who radiated goodness and innocence, and who could make audiences see past her good looks and focus on the story beneath her exterior, instead.

Says director Kenneth Branagh, “It was extremely difficult to find someone who could be witty and smart, sharp but not cruel, has a twinkle in her eye and who has an inner beauty as well as a physical beauty, but Lily James’ Cinderella encapsulates all of those qualities. You have to root for Cinderella, you have to like her, you have to be on her side, and so an innate likeability was important.”

He continues, “Lily brought all that the first time she came in to read for the part. She’s a very beautiful girl, and her warmth also allows it to be a very approachable beauty, and somehow we feel that she could be our friend as dazzling as she is.”

Adds producer Allison Shearmur, “Lily James is Cinderella. She is kind. She’s interested in the quietest person in the room, she has great interest in all people from all walks of life. She’s got a great big heart. She’s a good person, and she’s spectacularly beautiful, but she’s not a cartoon.”

 
Producer David Barron agrees, and says, “On the surface Lily has this wonderful wide-eyed innocence and a joy in just being alive and discovering the world around her, but she’s incredibly smart and has a directness and an emotional intelligence that allowed us to embrace this very multi-layered Cinderella.”

For Lily James, the opportunity to play one of the world’s most celebrated and best-loved characters was a dream come true. She explains, “I liked the fact that Ken wanted to keep it light and magical, much like a fairy tale. And in addition to the fact that Cinderella is so special and kind and unique, we also had a great opportunity to create a whole life beyond the fairy tale, making it richer and giving each character their own specific back-stories.”

She continues, “The heart of the story is Ella’s strength and how, even under the cruelest of circumstances, she manages to maintain goodness, purity and positivity.”

To prepare for the film, James tried to live healthily, implementing a daily yoga routine to get the kind of posture and grace and elegance that Ella would have had. She also took horseback riding lessons for six weeks, and did a great deal of research on spirituality, reading up on great leaders and pacifists like Gandhi.

I wanted to make Ella seem as real as possible, but didn’t want her to appear as if she had no faults because I was afraid the audience wouldn’t relate to her if she was too perfect,” James says.


A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella” brings to life the timeless images from Disney’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually-dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.
 
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her.

And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.

  Cinderella” will be released in the Philippines in IMAX and 2D cinemas on Thursday, March 12, through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Ultron Lays Out Murderous Path to Peace in New “AVENGERS” Trailer


Ultron thinks he's found the problem with humanity...but unfortunately for us, that problem is our very existence!

Earth's Mightiest Heroes assemble once more in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" in April 22 in the Philippines, and they've got the biggest trailer yet right here at


 
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

 
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963.

  Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in April 22, 2015.
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“ROBOCOP” Star Joel Kinnaman Becomes a Target in “RUN ALL NIGHT”

 
Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman (“RoboCop,” “The Darkest Hour”) stars as the son of Liam Neeson's character in Warner Bros. Pictures gripping action-thriller “Run All Night.”

In the film, Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass.

But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. With Mike on the run, Jimmy’s only penance for his past mistakes may be to keep his son from the same fate Jimmy is certain he’ll face himself…at the wrong end of a gun. Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.

Kinnaman's character, Mike, wants nothing to do with his father or his father’s line of work, not since Jimmy abandoned them years ago. A quick run as a professional boxer didn’t pan out, so in addition to his construction job, he drives a limo to support his wife and two kids.

Kinnaman describes Mike as “another casualty of his father’s lifestyle. He walked out on Mike when he was five and Mike’s lived his life just trying to be everything his father wasn’t.” The only time Mike has seen Jimmy in the past five years has been at his mom’s funeral, and even then Jimmy showed up drunk. Before that, it was only when he needed a place to hide out. “Jimmy has not been a father figure in any way and so Mike takes his own role as a dad very seriously. That’s why he works so hard; he’s trying to make ends meet for his family and his family is everything. It’s what he lives for,” says Kinnaman.

 
The actor had been on director Jaume Collet-Serra’s radar for some time. “I’m a fan of Joel’s and was just delighted that he came on board. He’s powerful in so many ways—mentally, physically, emotionally—and he brought all that to this character. He and Liam connected immediately.”

Both Kinnaman and Neeson agree that working out the father and son relationship on screen afforded them the chance to become close off screen.

Kinnaman shares, “I’ve always looked up to him, so it was a very special opportunity. It was a great honor to get to play alongside Liam. He’s had so many memorable performances.”

It was wonderful working with Joel,” Neeson affirms. “We were very much a team, discovering our way through the emotional maze of this fractured father-son relationship. They are suddenly thrust into this situation where they have to trust each other, but Michael doesn’t know how to trust Jimmy.”

  Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, March 12, “Run All Night” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Lazarus Effect: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

We're quite hesitant to see this film as a lot of negative reviews came out, telling that The Lazarus Effect is awful. We didn't watch the trailer thinking that it could contain a lot of spoilers. We still give it a go because of the awesome looking poster and of course, one of our favorite actress in Olivia Wilde. 

A group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancee Zoe (Olivia Wilde,) is working on an unimaginable project which involves bringing the dead  back to life. After years of research, their hard work pays off by reviving a dead dog. However, before they can unveil their success, their lab was shut down, and all of their work was confiscated because they violate the rules. Soon, the team decided to duplicate the serum but with a fatal accident happened inside the lab; they are forced to use their experiment to one of their own. 

The film didn't offer something new but still brings an eerie vibe despite it's sanitized violence throughout. It is effective enough to generate some scares unlike other horror films that will leave you upset and thinking what the hell did I just watched. The pacing is good, with only 83 minutes of run time, it managed to keep the momentum at a steady pace without being tedious. The cast were also at the top of their game with Olivia Wilde leading the charge taking up her skills into the horror genre.  


Overall, The Lazarus Effect is a  predictable and an unoriginal horror picture. However, it is well-crafted and executed neatly with a group of dedicated actors to make it work. It mostly feels that Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" was revived and enters Olivia Wilde without being too overrated in using the full capacity of her  brain. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters

Directed by: David Gelb
Distributed by: Pioneer Films  
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide

 
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Movie Releases: March 2015

Movie Releases: March 2015
  By: Lakwatsera Lovers
 
 Here's the list of some movies that is scheduled to be released this month but schedules may change depending on the movie distributors.
 
The Cobbler
March 11 
Cast: Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, Dan Stevens
Distributor: Pioneer Films

Wild Card
March 11
Cast: Jason Statham, Stanley Tucci
Distributor: Captive Cinema

Home
March 26
Cast: Rihanna, Jim Parson
Distributor: 20th Century Fox PH

Dragon Nest: Warrior's Dawn
March 18
Distributor: Axinite Digicinema Inc. 
 
 Run All Night
March 12
Cast: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures PH

Cinderella
March 12
Cast: Lily James, Hayley Atwell
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios PH 

Haunting of Cellblock
March 4
Cast: Jeffrey Johnson, Dee Walace
Distributor: Crystalsky Multimedia

Insurgent
March 18
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort
Distributor: Pioneer Films

The Gunman
March 18
Cast: Sean Penn, Idris Elba
Distributor: Octo Arts Entertainment 

Chappie
March 5
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley
Distributor: Columbia Pictures PH

Unfinished Business
March 5
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco
Distributor: 20th Century Fox PH

The Rewrite
March 4
Cast: Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei 
Distributor: Captive Cinema 

Desecrated
March 25 
Cast: Haylle Duff, Michael Ironside
Distributor: Crystalsky Multimedia 

The Lazarus Effect
March 4 
Cast: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass
Distributor: Pioneer Films

Kidnapping Freddy Heineken 
March 6
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess
Distributor: Axinite Digicinema Inc.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
March 18 (Ayala Cinemas Exclusive)
Cast: Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith
Distributor: 20th Century Fox PH

The Zero Theorem
March 25
Cast: Christoph Waltz, Lucas Hedges
Distributor: Captive Cinema

Song One
March 25
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn
Distributor: Pioneer Films

Birdman
March 4 
Cast: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton
Distributor: 20th Century Fox PH

The Ouija Resurrection
March 18
Cast: Justin Armstrong, Nicole Holt
Distributor: Crystalsky Multimedia
 
 
Gangnam Blues
March 4 (SM Cinema Exclusive)
Cast: Lee Min Ho
Distributor: MVP Pictures PH 

Para sa Hopeless Romantic
March 11
Cast: Nadine Lustre, James Reid
Distributor: Star Cinema & Viva Films

Exists
March 11
Cast: Samuel Davis, Roger Edwards
Distributor: MVP Pictures PH

Serena
March 4
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence
Distributor: MVP Pictures PH
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Everything's Bigger, Better, Sillier in New “SPONGEBOB MOVIE”

 
In Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies' new comedy adventure “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” fans will see fully realized, three dimensional versions of their favorite characters for the first time.

"The show has always had an element of animation and live action; animated characters in Bikini Bottom and a few live action segments in our world," says executive producer and series-creator by Stephen Hillenburg. "But we've never done anything on this level."

"From the beginning, we knew we needed to do something big," says director Paul Tibbitt of the initial planning stages of “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water." After years of working within the constraints of a television, the film allowed the creative team to explore new creative possibilities for the series' classic characters. "We're used to having these huge ideas for stories which we'd inevitably have to scale back in some way," explains Tibbitt. "But for the film, we realized we could bring the studio (Paramount) a crazy new idea, and they'd give us the latitude to make it happen. Nothing was off the table."

 
"Everything is a little bigger and better this time around," says Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob. "But it isn't a reboot; it's not ‘SpongeBob Begins.’ We aren't going to tone down the silliness and get back to SpongeBob's gritty, butt-kicking roots. If anything, we've only gotten sillier."

"We've only briefly seen our characters out of the water in the show and first movie, but they were always in 2-D," says Tibbitt. "We wanted them to not only leave the water, but this time, actually have some weight and depth. Animation has come a long way since the first film in 2006, and it was exciting to use these new tools to make our characters come to life in our world in a believable way."

Bill Fagerbakke, the voice of Patrick, comments, "In the past, our characters have been stick figures outside of the water, but this time around, the visual presentation is completely new. Everything is different. It's like they're going to Oz."

 
Australian Visual Effects house Iloura (who had previously created Mark Wahlberg's stuffed bear companion in "Ted") was responsible for bringing the familiar characters to life in the film's "real world" sequences. "We've been blown away by some of the shots in this film," Tibbitt explains. "Iloura is so good at integrating all the elements and making these characters seem like they're all in the same world."

"It's a radically different visual experience than the fans have ever seen before," says executive producer Cale Boyter. "But there was a lot of care put into making the 3-D versions of characters stay true to their 2-D roots."

Life in Bikini Bottom couldn’t be better for eternal optimist SpongeBob (Tom Kenny) and his friends: loyal starfish Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke), the sardonic Squidward (Rodger Bumpass), scientist squirrel Sandy (Carolyn Lawrence) and crustacean capitalist, Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown). When the top secret recipe for Krabby Patties is stolen, eternal adversaries SpongeBob and Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) must join forces on a trip through time and space to harness their internal superpowers and battle fiendish pirate Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas) with his own plans for the delicious delicacies.

  Opening across the Philippines on Black Saturday, April 04, “SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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Celebrities endure ‘tougher’ Yellow Cab Challenge Philippines Subic-Bataan  

Coming from a very successful inaugural race last year, the Yellow Cab Challenge Philippines Subic-Bataan showcased multi-awarded triathletes from different parts of the world last February 21, including some of the country’s celebrity triathletes.

 TV host Drew Arellano races his way out of the pristine waters of Subic Bay. 
  
TV host and active triathlete Drew Arellano finished strong despite lack of training after clocking in at 5:58:41, ranking 9th in the 35-39 year-old category.
Wala [kaming special training], just the usual. It’s just really hard to prepare properly coming from a Christmas vacation and this is still early in the season so people are still making kapa, people are just starting have better fitness levels,” Arellano said.

There are flats, there are rolling hills, [and] definitely there are mountains to climb, so this course was probably the hardest… It’s challenging but the trade-off is it’s very enjoyable and not boring,” Arellano added.

 News Anchor Kara David of Powerpops TriKings 3 (mixed relay category) finishes the race after clocking in at 7:00:29

GMA News Anchor Kara David, on the other hand, was part of the Powerpops TriKings 3 for swim, while TGIS alumnus Onemig Bondoc also participated in the relay for run.
David’s mixed relay group clocked in at 7:00:29 while Bondoc’s all male team, Powerpops TriKings 1, registered a 6:29:30 record.
Former PBB housemate Paul Jake Castillo was also among the race finishers of the 1.9km swim, 90km bike, and 21.1km course.
The PBB alumnus clocked in at 7:07:11, finishing 17th under the 30-34 year-old category. “Despite so little training, I finished the toughest and hardest triathlon in the Philippines,” Castillo posted on his Instagram account.
 TV personality Drew Arellano finished strong after a recorded time of 5:58:19, ranking ninth under Men’s 35-39 category.

After being dubbed by the TRIMAG Asia as the most prestigious triathlon event in the Asian region last year, this year’s race in Subic-Bataan is already being called as one of the toughest race in the world by a lot of triathletes and fans.
On the other hand, the race’s broadcast coverage extends to over 82 countries worldwide, showcasing the Philippines as the most desired lifestyle and sports destination.

 TV host Drew Arellano had a strong showing in the Yellow Cab Challenge Philippines Subic-Bataan last Feb. 21 after finishing 65th overall against more than 700 athletes.

The world-class season opener for long-distance racing in the Philippines—and all other festivities—were held at the Camayan Beach Resort, Subic Bay, and at the rugged and beautiful province of Bataan.
On June 14, the team will stage another race, this time in CamSur, where multi-awarded world champs and local celebrities are expected to join. This one is touted to be one of the fastest races in the world.
For more details about the race and future races, please visit the Challenge Philippines website at http://challengephilippines.com.ph.

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