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International Star Julia Abueva is the Youngest Consultant for Musical Theater program

Posted in All About The Philippines with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2010 by JJ Duque
Philippine Child Prodigy Singer Julia Abueva

Philippine Child Prodigy Singer Julia Abueva

Shuttling between countries for 13-year old ingénue Julia Abueva (Children’s Letters to God, The Fantasticks) is a normal commute for Pocketful of Kids’ young creative consultant for their ENCORE! musical theater program.

“Young students must perform in shows that are fun for kids – musicals like ANNIE, OLIVER, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and DISNEY shows,” says Julia.

“Pocketful of Kids’ ENCORE! musical theatre program is basically targeting kids who want to hone their talents. Some people have negative thoughts about performing; therefore some kids don’t get to develop their talent. But we at ENCORE! encourage them. Kids are often iffy when it comes to acting or singing because kids our age are inclined to tease them or even say nasty things. But it’s actually a cool thing, and a lot of opportunities can come in.”

“It doesn’t really matter how young you are, you can still live out your dream,” she adds.

Julia Abueva has performed in concerts and musicals in Singapore and the Philippines ever since she was 5 years old, sharing the stage with world-class talents Lea Salonga, Monique Wilson, Deborah Gibson, among others. She was even recently handpicked by Oprah Winfrey as one of the “World’s Most Talented Kids.”  She manages to juggle schoolwork with her performing commitments including her recent performance at the 2009 APEC where she performed for U.S. President Barack Obama, and other world leaders.

Mentoring the ENCORE! musical theatre program is international stage actress Jenny Jamora whom Julia had the pleasure of working with in some of her past shows. “She’s a brilliant performer. I learned a lot about performing by just watching her,” lauds Julia.

ENCORE!, the performing arts school, has it’s own mini theater at Pocketful Of Kids’ 250 square meter toy store in the Ortigas Center. Board members, instructors & consultants range from experienced theater personalities like multi awarded director, TV & stage personality Leo Rialp and international theater artist Jake Macapagal.

Those who want to develop their talents and live their dreams of performing on stage can do so at ENCORE! It has a wide range of classes including Musical Theatre, Voice, and Props Production.

ENCORE! students will be showcased in a concert on February 27, 2009 at the Sunset Pavilion of Hotel Sofitel, Manila.  Julia Abueva will be performing with them together with acclaimed international musicians Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson.

For more information about the ENCORE! musical theatre program or for tickets to the concert, call Pocketful of Kids at 634-2888 and 634-7888; or visit them at Unit A, 15th Floor, Strata 2000 building on F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center. Visit www.encoreinterarts.com and find out more about ENCORE!

Philippine Events: Big Fish Manila Presents Paul Van Dyk

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippine Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2009 by JJ Duque

Paul van Dyk is among the top deejays in the world, and to experience Paul van Dyk live is definitely something you cannot pass up. And now, the Philippines will have the opoprtunity to witness Paul van Dyk live when he plays live at the A-Venue Events Hall along Makati Avenue on October 13, 2009. Paul van Dyk will certainly mesmerize everyone with his trance music, and it will definitely be one party you will remember for the rest of your life.

Personally, I’m quite excited. It’s not quite often that you get a deejay with the caliber of Paul van Dyk visiting the country, so I am certainly looking forward to this rare event. Also, it’ll be great to experience Big Fish resident deejay Johnboy Lee, who will open up for Paul van Dyk.

A big heap of gratitude to the great minds of Big Fish Manila, who are responsible for bringing some of the best parties to Philippine shores. Big Fish Manila has brought in the likes of Hed Kandi, Slinky, Armin van Buuren, Housexy, God’s Kitchen and Ministry of Sound. Those are really big names in the electronic music industry, and certainly very crazy memorable events.

Paul van Dyk was named World’s No. 1 DJ by DJ Magazine in 2005 and 2006, and has remained in the Top 10 since 1998. As of 2007, Paul van Dyk has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide.

Tickets and VIP tables are now up for reservations with Big Fish Manila. Just call (632) 6327762 or (632)6348238.

For a bit of a preview, here is the very famous For An Angel by Paul Van Dyk – in a 2009 remix.



Philippine Events: Earthdance Manila 2009 Postponed

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events with tags , , , on September 26, 2009 by JJ Duque

Tropical Storm Ondoy (Ketsana) Floods Metro Manila

Tropical Storm Ondoy (Ketsana) Floods Metro Manila

Dear Friends,

Due to circumstances beyond our control, such as Mother Nature, we have decided to move the Earthdance Manila 2009 celebrations to next week. We will announce the date and time when the production team has had a chance to meet.

As much as it would’ve been a wonderful experience to celebrate Earthdance synchronized with the rest of the world, we really have to humble ourselves to Mother Nature, and allow her to do her thing. It’s actually rather funny how such a circumstance has to happen to the Philippines, but then again I guess we have yet another reason to stand out from the rest of the world. So while the rest of the world will be synchronized in their celebrations, we will just have to wait a week after – on delayed telecast – as most of us in the Philippines would understand.

Nevertheless, the spirit of oneness and peace that Earthdance stands for is not lost just because of our delayed event. I’d like to believe that we carry this spirit with us in our daily lives, and beyond one event. So even if we may not be in synch with the rest of the world, we will still have a cause to celebrate. And next week, we will still carry the same program for all those who will participate.

In the meantime, should the weather get better, then perhaps we will have a more intimate celebration to coincide with the global prayer that was schedule at 7am of Septemeber 27. If there are those who are still interested in gathering later to celebrate Earthdance in a more modest (and certainly drier) fashion, then send me an SMS, so we can inform you of the contingency plan. It may not be the same hype that was promised, but it is still an opportunity to get together and share our energy with the rest of the world in celebration of peace. And then, there’s still next week to look forward to, and certainly with more sunshine. However, the weather and the situation and the disaster makes this gathering seem impossible. Nevertheless…

In the spirit of Earthdance, we would like everyone to tune in some positive energy at 7PM (wherever you are) for the mitigation of Ondoy and its effects throughout our country, and also for the unity and peace around the world. Thank you for your intentions.

Thank you to all for understanding, and we hope to see you next week.

Love and Light.

JJ Duque

Philippine Events: Rogue Magazine Launches New Media Division With A Huge Party

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by JJ Duque

My dear friend Katrina Tuason, who is also the marketing director for Rogue Magazine sent out the invitations for the launch of Rogue Magazine’s New Media Division, and immediately I got excited.

I remember the topic of New Media being thrown around the Rogue office for quite some time, and then finally, they just made it happen. They launched Rouge.ph, and Rogue Live, which is basically vidoe clips of several Rogue events and Rogue exlcusive interviews that have been made digitally available on-line. With the help of pelicola.tv, Rogue gets to add more meat behind just being a simple magazine, to becoming a new media. Not only will you get the Rogue-ish articles on the magazine, but you’ll also get to treat yourself with video content that includes exclusive footage of their shoots and in-depth interviews.

DJ Junior Sanchez with ME!

DJ Junior Sanchez with ME!

They kicked off the launch with a huge party at White Space along Pasong Tamo, which featured also the introduction and launch as well of the BMW Z4. Another cool highlight of the night was also the music courtesy of DJ Junior Sanchez, who is one of the legendary deejays to come out of New York City. In fact, when I once lived there in the early 90′s,  I already knew of  DJ Junior Sanchez, and had seen him spinning in house parties at SoHo.

Anyway, so Dj Junior Sanchez rocks a set that has everyone dancing away. Good vibes. And after his set DJ Mars Miranda closes off, and everyone is still going ballistic, including Dj Junior Sanchez, who seemed like he was having a blast. And certainly that was what everyone was having.

An overflow of food catered by Cibo Di M plus all-out open bar on Rene Barbier wines, San Miguel beer and some vodka and some whiskey. Nice for everyone indeed.

Big congratulations to Katrina Tuason, Miguel Mari and Josemari Ugarte for the huge success of the Rogue New Media launch.

Do I have to list the who’s who of who went? Nahhh! As if we need our names published ala high-society style. You knew that if you were there, then you wouldn’t complain. Good party. Period.

Philippine Events: Manila Joins Global Earthdance 2009

Posted in All About The Philippines, Philippine Events with tags , , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by JJ Duque

The La Mesa Eco-Park, located at Quezon City, is once again the convergence zone for the global peace festival of dance and music here in Manila.

Known to the world since 1996 as Earthdance, its Philippine counterpart – Earthdance Manila – will be joining the rest of the world as Earthdance simultaneously dedicates a significant time to celebrate harmony through the platform of music and dance performances in at least 300 participating locations found in more than 100 countries.

Highlights of Earthdance Manila include: Interfaith ceremonies, indigenous storytelling through music and dance, workshops from various groups and NGOs, an eco-fair, and the Prayer for Peace at 7am on September 27.

Earthdance Manila e-flyer

For 2009, the Earthdance Manila event, which maybe taken solely as a peace festival, moves forward with the strengthening of its slant for advocacy.

On September 26, Earthdance Manila will give venue to the 10Million Movement for Green Philippines launched by the Earthday Network in the previous years. Along with this, Earthdance Manila aims to influence stakeholders and civil society towards a Green Agenda wherein peace and sustainable development are envisioned to co-exist. Proceeds of the Earthdance Manila will benefit charities for and in honor of children, such as those working to combat cancer, child sex trafficking and assistance for indigenous children.

Earthdance Manila will be held at the La Mesa Eco Park ampitheater from September 26 6pm to Septemeber 27 7am, culminating with the world-wide simultaneous prayer for peace.

Park entrance is at P50. Participants are enoucraged to bring their own water and lights. Camping grounds will also be available for those who wish to bring their tents.

Philippine Sports: NBA Legends To Challenge PBA All Stars

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2009 by JJ Duque

As part of the their promotions in Asia, the NBA has put together NBA Asia Challenge 2009, which is the most ambitious and largest event ever in Asia. The event will feature NBA Legends teaming up with the top NBA Development League (D-League) players to play three exhibition friendlies in Korea and the Philippines.

The NBA Legends already made their appearance in Korea, playing agains the KBL All-Stars and the ETLAND Blackslammers, and will now be set to play the PBA All-Stars at the Araneta Coliseum on September 11th, 2009.

Among the NBA Legends who will be participating in the event are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who will be the head coach), Tim Hardaway, Dominique Wilkins, Robert Horry and Vlade Divac. PLayers from the NBA D-League who will team up with these legends include Billy Thomas, Chris Ellis, Derrick Dial, Marcus Hubbard, Russell Robinson and Lanny Smith.

NBA Legends To Play Against PBA All Stars

NBA Legends To Play Against PBA All Stars

The PBA All-Stars who are going up against the NBA players include Alvin Patrimonio, Allan Caidic, Ronnie Magsanoc, Benjie Paras and Kenneth Duremdes to name a few.

Personally, I would love to watch the game to get a chance to see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the court, even if he doesn’t play. He’s the all-time leading everything in the NBA, and was really one of its most recognized players. Plus, he was one of the reasons why I’ve been a Lakers fan ever since I could remember.

On another personal note, I really hope that Danny Ildefonso is not included in the line-up for the PBA All-Stars. I just believe he’s not a very good professional basketball player, especially after that stint wherein he went out of his way to beat up a fan during the recent PBA Finals of San Miguel vs Ginebra. He may have been a lauded MVP at one point, but no professional player should ever get into a scuffle with a fan who paid for his seat to watch the game, and have the privilege to cheer his heart out even if some of the things said may have been vulgar and crass. As a pro player, you should be able to take trash talk, and have the mental edge to block it. That’s very different from Ron Artest‘s blow-up because he was thrown a glass of beer.

I’m sure the basketball will be entertaining, and if not then the dancers of the New Jersey Nets  – the Dunking Divas – are pretty sure to add a little spice to the festivities.

Anyway – the NBA Asia Challenge 2009 should be an amazing event, and will certainly be packed.  Tickets for the first-ever NBA Asia Challenge 2009 range from 2,640 for Patrons and 264 for General Admission.

Philippine Events: U2 Live in Manila!

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2009 by JJ Duque

I was flipping through the channels and caught a special concert of U2 in Milan showing in one of those music channels. Bright lights, big stage & awesome music. I was even brought to tears with the thousands clapping in unison, lighters filling up the stadium, and the goosebump-raising voices singing And I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.

Now, I’m thinking to myself how do I get a chance to watch U2 in concert. And even better — how do I get U2 to make their concert here in Manila. I’ve been a fan of U2 since back in the day when Boy was released, and I’ve had every album they’ve churned out since then. Bad is my favorite song of all time, and it shares first place rankings with In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel. I learned to play the drums because of New Year’s Day & Sunday Bloody Sunday. With or Without You was the song playing on the radio the day my dad said goodbye and migrated to Australia. Rattle & Hum is the best music documentary ever made. I secretly wish I had directed Where The Streets Have No Name because that was just such an awesome scene. Miss Sarajevo with Pavarotti sharing some awesome lines is truly a great song. And A Beautiful Day really makes waking up a great experience. Also,  Wim Wenders (a director for U2 videos) is one of my favorite filmmakers, and I was hooked with his film Wings of Desire. Anyway — so U2 here in Manila!

This isn’t a new idea, and I’ve brought it up with a couple of friends before, but it’s not like this task seemed possible. I mean — just imagine the costs. But then, I just had to do the research and try to find out the answer to the ultimate question — WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO BRING U2 TO MANILA? I watched a NatGeo special on the Inside The Rolling Stones Concert and got a glimpse on their requirements — snooker tables,, Evian, etc. I’m thinking what kind of requirements U2 might have… Popcorn-flavored jellybeans? XBOX360s? a Jacuzzi backstage? But instead of second-guess,I went on the Internet and tried my luck at doing the necessary research. Of course, I visited u2.com, then there’s u2station.com and then there’s u2tours.com. I even checked with islandrecords.com and maybe I could get a name of some exeutive who could provide me with the information I needed. Eventually, I came across an Australian Producer in one of the forums of U2tours.com who actually worked with U2 in their Zootour. This guy is “The Dude” when it comes to producing major concerts – U2′s included. When I asked “The Dude” about the ultimate question, I was just hoping he’d give me a number followed by a lot of zeroes, and then maybe I can raise that amount and that would be it. But then, “The Dude” mentioned that it wasn’t quite that simple. Because for U2 it’s more than just the money. “The Dude” raised all sorts of questions about Manila, and I had to provide some answers with regards to political climate, national security, average household incomes, social atmosphere, media treatment and not to mention stadium size and technical logistics. If I were running for office in the 2010 elections, then I’m pretty sure my answers were worthy of your vote, but…

Bono and Adam Clayton of U2

Bono and Adam Clayton of U2

In any case, after our discussion, these are the general concerns (based on my expert conclusion) of what is needed to be done so that U2 can come here to Manila…. In no particular order:

1. There shouldn’t be a war or any kind of secession in the country. Security reasons.

2. The political climate should be stable, and the political leader (i.e President) should be a favorite of the people. Last thing U2 needs is for an unfavorable leader to use the U2 concert as part of his/her agenda, considering the weight of U2′s voice. And that’s really their main concern. Just to give an example — Back in 2007, Al Gore was planning a series of concerts around the US to support his global warming cause, and U2 was rumored to be part of the event. U2, however, hadn’t given an answer, and then they felt they were pressured into it. If they declined, it’s like they didn’t care about global warming, but that was obviously not the case and it still isn’t.

3. The average household income is important because not only would U2 tickets be quite expensive, but then it would be unfair if only the privileged few could afford the luxury of attending a U2 concert while a majority of the population couldn’t even put food on the table.

4. And then there’s the social atmosphere, which has a lot of tension considering the huge gaps between social classes. A lot of it has to do with politics, but then it’s also in the manner in which we’re managed. The atmosphere creates a lot of room for corruption, and they don’t feel comfortable around corruptible police enforcers, especially if those will be responsible for the bands security. What’s to stop them from accepting bribes to let people in backstage, or to give away their hotel information to paparazzi and the like.

5. And then, there’s the media coverage of the event, which will be fought for by the two networks, and that’s something that will surely be frowned upon by U2. They abhor the exclusivity of one network in promoting U2. If they come to our country, it has to be fair ground for all media, and nothing exclusive to a ka-pamilya or a ka-puso, but I’m sure we can sense how they’ll turn it into a circus spectacle, complete with the noon-time show guestings.’

6. And if we were to raise the funds necessary to cover the talent fees and production costs, we would surely run to the multi-national corporations for sponsorship. But then, U2 doesn’t do concerts that way, and they won’t allow coporate sponsorship to put streamers, banners and what-have-you. And they definitely won’t allow alcoholic beverages to sponsor as was the case when they cancelled a stop because an Aussie beer brand attached their name to the concert. So, although San Miguel might be able to foot the bill, they can’t even get their foot in the door.

7. And in terms of stadium size and the technical logistics to accommodate all their lights, pyrotechnics, video equipment & sound equipment… let’s just say it has yet to be built. And there’s more, but this is the main general concern from what I gathered through my discussions with “The Dude.”

But then, that’s not to say it’s impossible. It can be done. All we need is a good political leader to clean things up with the war, the corruption, the social atmosphere, the political climate, the improved economy, putting the networks/media in its place and getting the super stadium built. If he/she were to do all this, then maybe U2 will come here to play.

Of course, with the other responsibilities that come with being the country’s leader, then it might take a while longer before U2 ever comes here. By that time, the U2 concert might be billed like the recent concert of The Platters. No one would care, except for the social fossils from the 60′s who still think The Platters are cool. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I don’t think I’ll be moved to tears with only a few hundred chanting And I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. I want the hundred thousands singing in one voice so I can cry and smile and shout I LOVE U2! Anyway… perhaps I’ll run for President in 2010. And my campaign slogan — I’ll bring U2 2 U! Because if I can bring U2 here, then I’ve succeeded in cleaning up the country!

In the meantime, settle for this to inspire you.

Philippine Events: WWE Smackdown Live in Manila!

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2009 by JJ Duque

Mark your calendars on July 10, 2009  for one of the most exciting events to come to the Philippines – WWE Smackdown and ECW Live in Manila! The show kicks off at 7PM at the Araneta Coliseum, and superstar wrestlers like Chris Jericho, Edge, Ray Mysterio, Kane, Jeff Hardy and CM Punk among the many other wrestling superstars of the WWE and ECW.

Chris Jericho Will Be Part of WWE Smackdown Live in Manila!

Chris Jericho Will Be Part of WWE Smackdown Live in Manila!

On a personal note, I enjoy wrestling since back in the days of the 1980′s WWF. I cheered on my favorite Hulk Hogan and was part of the Hulkamaniacs running wild as he kicked ass on the likes of The Iron Sheik, Mr. Wonderful Paul Ondorff and even the classic dramatic battle against his former tag team partner Andre The Giant!I even remember the memorable match of Hulk Hogan vs The Ultimate Warrior. Apart from The Hulkster, I was also an avid fan of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, The Polish Power Ivan Putsky, Sgt. Slaughter and Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Once upon a time, circa Age 11, I even got to watch the WWF wrestlers live in Buffalo, New York. I remember standing on top of my chair, and still felt dwarfed by Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant and Big John Studd. Damn those guys were huge!

Anyway, I’m not quite an avid follower of wrestling now as when I was much younger, but then my son Kaj is vry much into it, and I’m going to give him the great opportunity to catch the stars of the WWE when WWE Smackdown comes over to Manila. It’ll certainly be an awesome event in terms of entertainment, and sentimentally it’d be great for some father-and-son bonding.

Tickets for WWE Smackdown Live in Manila available here.

Philippine Events: The Metro Card Club Presents The Perfect 10 Poker Tournament

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , on March 9, 2009 by JJ Duque

Metro Card Club Perfect 10 Poster

Metro Card Club Perfect 10 Poster

The Perfect 10 is a No-Limit Texas Hold’em Freeze-out Poker Tournament which will feature a guaranteed pot of Php10 Million. That’s roughly $200,000 into the pot. It may not sound as big as some pots like in the World Series of Poker, but that’s by far going to be one of the biggest pots in the history of Philippine poker.

In any case, it’s a huge tournament that will expect a lot of Philippine poker players to compete in 4 days of poker from March 12 to March 15, 2009 at the Metro Card Club in Metrowalk, Ortigas Center.

The poster for the tournament posted faces of some great names of those who have done well in poker tournaments in the Philippines, in Asia and other parts of the world. Most notable, of course, is Neil “Dirty Ice Cream” Arce, who was the recent big winner at the Asian Poker Tour Manila main event.

But anyway – this is not going to be about Neil “Dirty Ice Cream” Arce. This Perfect 10 Poker Tournament will be about the rise of a new champion, the next new poker millionaire as the poster goes. And without sounding too arrogant, I really sincerely believe it’s going to be me. I honestly believe I have one of the best poker skills in the Philippines, and one who has a really great read on the game of poker. This is my time. I won a satellite to earn my seat into the tournament, and will win The Perfect 10, and the top prize of roughly Php3 Million pesos.

My name is JJ Duque, and I am the champion of the Metro Card Club Perfect 10, and the new poker millionaire. :)

Philippine Music: Journey To Perform in Manila

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippine Music with tags , , , , , on March 2, 2009 by JJ Duque

I’ve talked about this extensively before - Journey coming to Manila. Well, it’s happening. That’s not new news. In fact, it’s already all over the news, and too much all over the news. Of course, the excitement is there. Most Filipinos are quite excited over the fact that the Philippines’ very own Arnel Pineda will be the lead singer for Journey. Well – that’s also old news.

In any case, the Journey concert date is March 14, 2009 at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds. Tickets are available with Ticketnet at all SM outlets. Prices have been pegged at a range of Php515 at the standing-and-no-seat Bronze section to as much as Php10,300 for reserved seating in the Platinum section.

Well, all the speculation on when Journey would arrive in the Philppines is all over. The reality is that Journey will be performing in the Philippines. I have nothing bad to say about that. I know that my friends are all excited, and we’re already making plans on where to purchase our tickets and the plans for that night. Unfortunately for me, I won’t be around to catch the concert. If all goes as planned, then I still might be participating in the Metro Card Club’s Perfect 10 event – a poker tournament with a guaranteed pot of Php10 Million that will go on from March 12 to March 15. If I’m still playing in that, there’s no way I’d make it to watch Journey.

Anyway – I’m very happy for Arnel Pineda. he’s enjoyed much success touring with Journey over the last year, and I’m sure this upcoming concert performance in Manila will be an awesome icing on the cake, especially since he will be performing in front of his countrymen. I just wish that the organizers for the Philippine concert of Journey could include other stops and have a Philippine tour. Perhaps they could have performed also in Cebu or Davao or Baguio, or else maybe they could have a second night for their concert instead of just for one night. But still – at least they’re here. Maybe one night can be good enough.

Good luck, Arnel and enjoy your moment in the Philippine spotlight.

And to the rest of Journey – welcome to the Philippines. I hope you enjoy our country.

PS – After this successful concert of Journey in Manila, I hope Arnel Pineda won’t run for public office in 2010. Haha.

After the Philippine tour, Journey will be performing in Macau, Hawaii and then end their tour in Sacramento, California.

Philippine Sports: Manny Pacquiao vs Ricky Hatton On May 2

Posted in All About The Philippines, Philippine Events, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , on January 29, 2009 by JJ Duque
Ricky Hatton Is Next Victim of Manny Pacquiao

Ricky Hatton Is Next Victim of Manny Pacquiao

After the historical victory of Manny Pacquiao over Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao will now be set to fight Ricky Hatton on May 2, 2009 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Freddie Roach – the trainer of Manny Pacquiao – has expressed that Manny Pacquiao will be beating Ricky Hatton via KO. Floyd Mayweather Sr. – the trainer of Ricky Hatton – thinks that Manny Pacquiao will not stand a chance against Ricky Hatton. Big words from both trainers who definitely show confidence in their fighters. But – in the end – all will be settled in the ring.

As a Filipino – of course, I’m rooting for Manny Pacquiao. I believe he is a great boxer, but then also like many Filipinos I believe there is still that big question mark  looming in my mind about Manny Pacquiao. Trying to be an avid fan of Manny Pacquiao doesn’t come easy. I admire Manny Pacquiao as a boxer, but there are just other aspects of Manny Pacquiao‘s person that I can’t stand.

There’s Manny Pacquiao the actor. Damn! I can’t even believe he even tried his luck there. Lucky for him, he got to lock lips with screen siren Ara Mina, but I’d rather watch Manny Pacquiao on TV while boxing in the ring instead of looking like an idiot acting for some action flick. He’s not even eloquent enough to answer basic questions, and yet he tries to go one step more into delivering movie lines. Puh-lease!

There’s also Manny Pacquiao the recording artist and singer. You’ve heard him speak. You really think he can sing?

There’s also Manny Pacquiao the politician. I really dislike the fact that he wants to enter the realm of Philippine politics. I’m really glad that the people of General Santos didn’t vote him into Congress when he ran in the last national election. It just goes to show that even the most prolific of Manny Pacquiao fans have enough wisdom to know that Manny Pacquiao’s place is in the boxing ring and not the political arena. I’m pretty certain that his wealth may buy him a seat in Philippine politics, but then he can always do good for the country even without sitting in government. Forming a foundation or a non-government organization should be good enough for Manny Pacquiao without having to add the title Congressman or even Senator to his name.

Manny Pacquiao the gambler, the cock fighter, the billiard king and the poker player. Manny – do something better with your money!

Anyway – that’s among the things I don’t like about Manny Pacquiao. But when it comes to boxing. Well – of course – I’m there as a staunch supporter of Manny Pacquiao, and will be among the millions who will cheer for him in beating up the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, and now Ricky Hatton. After all, Manny Pacquiao has earned my respect with the talent he has in the boxing ring. And that’s what I like.

I guess the big question mark about Manny Pacquiao, and what makes me have second thoughts about thinking whether he can win or not is because he has all these other distractions in other “career moves.” This lack of focus on his boxing career has led me several times to question whether or not Manny Pacquiao will come out the winner. I had doubts about his performance against Juan Manuel Marquez (I still believe Marquez was the better boxer in their rematch), and I certainly had doubts against Manny Pacquiao versus Oscar De La Hoya. But nevertheless, I cheer for him – for country, for Philippine pride.

Of course, I also can’t help thinking that maybe all these other distractions around Manny Pacquiao will one day catch up with him. One day some boxer will knock the shit out of Manny Pacquiao because Manny would’ve just been too distracted with promoting Magic Sing and locking lips with leading ladies. And when that day is realized – eventually I  will be forced to say that Manny Pacquiao is a joke. Give credit to where credit is due, and of course give credit to the fact that Manny Pacquiao will be a boxing legend around the world. At least he has that one good thing no one will ever take away. But if he continues to dabble into other distracting extracurricular activities – it’ll be difficult to put together a wholeness of respect for the total person of Manny Pacquiao.

Well – I have a feeling… Ricky Hatton is going to kick the shit out of Manny Pacquiao. But Manny – I’ll cheer for you nonetheless.

Mabuhay ka, Pac-Man!

Manny Pacquiao vs Ricky Hatton Tickets and Ringside Seats Available Here.

Philippine Lifestyle: Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Awards Night

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippine Lifestyle, Philippine News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2008 by JJ Duque

Ines Cabarrus and Elian Habayeb

Ines Cabarrus and Elian Habayeb

Ines Cabarrus and Elian Habayeb shared their passion for good food through a coffee-table book called Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets. The book, of course, was a hit among food-lovers all over. But then the question that most readers kept asking was – “So, what is your favorite restaurant?”

Elian Habayeb and Ines Cabarrus had a difficult time answering the question, and eventually they left the decision to around 80 capable judges that consisted of restaurant owners, top chefs, educators in the hospitality industry, columnists, food critics, magazine editors and food lovers to hand out points on whom they believed were the best restaurants in Manila.

There were 22 award categories all in all with around 4 top restaurants in each category, and all the winners were presented and awarded just recently at the Enderun College campus in Fort Bonifacio with an event aptly titled – the First Annual Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secretes Awards. The MBKRS Awards was billed by Ines Cabarrus as “the Oscars” of Manila’s restaurant industry in terms of the prestige a restaurant would gain from the votes cast by the 80 very capable judges.

Of course, the award itself is a boost to Manila’s restaurant industry, but I personally wouldn’t go so far as calling it “the Oscars.” While it may have been a star-studded cast among the restaurant industry’s finest, there could have been a lot of improvements with the presentation of the awards, which could’ve used a healthy adrenalin boost in the visual area, maybe showing pictures of the restaurants and the concoctions that have made them famous.

Nevertheless, the event had a glorious red carpet that led to a buffet tent that was catered by 10 awesome restaurants, covering every imaginable taste for your palate from Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Asian Fusion, Persian, Filipino and Thai food. There was also an overflow of awesome wines from 3 major wine distributors, and even an after party at the very trendy NUVO right after.

But, of course, the MKBRS Awards are all about the nominees and the awards, and the winners include the following:

  • Best Italian Restaurant – L’Opera
  • Best French Restaurant – Je Suis Gourmand
  • Best Spanish Restaurant – Terry’s Selection
  • Best Continental Cuisine – Lolo Dad’s
  • Best Steak House – Elbert’s Steak Room
  • Best Japanese Restaurant – Sugi
  • Best Filipino Restaurant – Abe
  • Best Thai Restaurant – People’s Palace
  • Best Chinese Restaurant – Zong
  • Best Central European Restaurant – Old Swiss Inn
  • Best Specialty Restaurant – Hussein’s Persian Kebab
  • Best Bistro – Sala Bistro
  • Best Enoteca – Barcino Gourmet
  • Best Fusion Cuisine – M Cafe
  • Best Newcomer – Aubergine
  • Best Restaurant/Bar – NUVO
  • Best Wine List – Cav
  • Best Hotel Restaurant (International Buffet) – Spirals (Sofitel)
  • Best Hotel Restaurant (Fine Dining) – (will update once Ines reminds me who won)
  • Best Hotel Restaurant (Specialty) – (will update once Ines reminds me who won)
  • Best Chef – Ariel Manuel
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Larry Cruz (posthumous)

Philippines Fun Wall will have an exclusive interview with Ines Cabarrus in the very very near future, and we will talk more about the book Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets and other things, so keep a watch for that.

In the meantime, of course you are more than welcome to try out the restaurants that were awarded and see for yourself if these restos do live up to their reputation as being the best. You can also view the other nominees of each category at the Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Multiply site.

To make an online purchase of the coffee-table book Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets, then go here.

Philippine Lifestyle: Rogue Magazine’s Art Issue Is Just Awesome!

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippine Lifestyle with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2008 by JJ Duque
Christina Bartges on Cover of Rogue November Issue

Christina Bartges on Cover of Rogue November Issue

I had my misgivings about the October issue of Rogue Magazine, and felt that the guys at Rogue didn’t really come up with the meat-y, rogue-ish articles I had been accustomed to since the beginning of Rogue.
However, the November 08 issue of Rogue – The Art Issue – has got me back to giving raves and praises with what they put out. Of course, anything with regards to art is already very rogue to begin with, but then the perennial tug-of-war between the definition and bounds of art will always be a tricky subject, and one that won’t be a very easy pill to swallow. There’s just so much going on with art and its many expressions that make it difficult to conclude a sense of finality on the subject matter, but then it’s also a great reason to go nuts in pushing it to the limit, threshing out everything that can be said about it without having to exhaust oneself by saying too much.
I sincerely believe that Rogue has done well in tackling the subject of art, providing many substantial elements about Philippine art and artists and then some. The articles were well-conceived and the artists they featured give a fresh look to the Philippine art scene. Just when you thought the art scene was fading, Rogue gives a refresher on its vitality, and manages to capture the essence of the scene – well, at least Rogue has gone beyond the surface.

I read the magazine from cover to cover, and from the start of the issue with The Editor’s Letter of Jose Mari Ugarte, I was already grabbed by the balls. In a nice way. Jose Mari Ugarte did a fantastic job in explaining the process of piecing together the November issue of Rogue Magazine, and his insight to the orchestration of the process of magazine-making is a great story on its own.

I also enjoyed the piece on Kawayan De Guia written by Jay Abastillas. While I still think the transcription of interviews doesn’t really come up as an article, and looks like a style bludgeoned to death by FHM, there are times when it can work. I believe Jay Abastillas was lucky to have found such an awesome subject as Kawayan De Guia and he managed to string together great questions which really brought out the person and artist in Kawayan De Guia.
I also enjoyed the article on recyclable trash being turned into art, written by Audrey Carpio. Well, I might be a bit bias to favor Audrey Carpio since she’s been my Scrabble-mate before Scrabulous was taken away from Facebook, but she really does well in putting the piece together, giving the readers a sense of importance to how garbage and art contribute to our lives in the world. She gives that connection instead of just being subjective about the topic, and allows the readers to be connected to the subject because, at one point or another, we too are responsible for garbage. It’s really nice how Audrey Carpio fits it all in for her readers to understand what’s going on at a very personal level, and leaves the challenge to the reader to take part in the problem-solving of recyclable garbage and art without being too preachy about it. Very well-crafted words there.
I also got hooked on the awesome collage of Filipina artists – Nikki Luna, Lara De Los Reyes, Hanna Pettyjohn, Bea Valdes, Isa Lorenzo, Yasmin Sison, MM Yu, Bea Camacho et al, and at the very awesome piece on Rogue’s November cover girl Christina Bartges by Paolo Lorenzana. Of course, the pictures of Christina Bartges were just mind-blowing – just like what I would expect of Rogue.
Lastly, the best part of the November issue is the inclusion of my picture at The Wire section of Rogue. The picture was taken during the September wrap-party and birthday party of Rogue magazine’s marketing director Katrina Tuason. It was an unflattering picture, but I guess it’s my own fault for stinging out my tongue like that for the picture. After all, I should take full responsibility for my own actions (tongue-sticking and all) in front of any camera. At least, my kids thought it was really cool that everyone else was smiling and looking pretty, and I had my tongue stuck out.
“Dada looks like a rockstar!”
I can’t argue with that.
Anyway, grab the November issue of Rogue Magazine – out on stands now. For subscriptions, you may call M-Express at 852-0000.

Philippine Events: Open Mic Poetry Reading at 360 Resto in A-Venue

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Art, Philippine Events, Philippine Lifestyle with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2008 by JJ Duque
Open Mic Poetry at 360

Open Mic Poetry at 360

Curv Entertainment‘s main guy Erwin Edralin recently sent me an invitation to an intoxicating night of wine, music and poetry at 360 resto-lounge which is located at the 2nd floor of the A-Venue Events Hall in Makati Avenue.

According to the invite – Kooky Chua and Kate Torralba will be the featured artists of the week at the open mic poetry sessions this coming Wednesday. Certainly, it would be nice to hear the verse of these two very outspoken and creative women. Of course, we now Kooky Chua as a singer and songwriter, and maybe she might even sing a few. And then, there’s Kate Torralba, who apart from being a designer can also perform some really cool acoustic music. Nice touch there.

It’s awesome that Curv Entertainment has decided to revive the open mic scene for the poets and for just about anyone who would want to speak to an audience. I remember how Triccia David and Aslie Aslanian used to host open mic poetry reading sessions at Sanctum in the Intramuros area a long time ago. Sanctum used to host their open mic on Fridays, and would gather a lot of poets and artists from all walks of life to speak up. Very entertaining stuff. Well, it’s nice to know that it’s being brought back again, and this time at the accessible heart of Makati. Surely, it’s something worth checking out.

Anyway, of course, wine and music will surely be a great compliment to the evening of poetry at 360, and I understand that 360 will be offering Lindeman’s wine for only P100 a glass with beer at a very affordable P50 all night long.

Cheap booze and free poetry. Kooky Chua and Kate Torralba. How can you go wrong?

Philippine Music: Razorback 18th Year Anniversary Concert At 19 East!

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippine Music, Philippine News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by JJ Duque

On a personal note, Razorback is one of my favorite Pinoy rock bands of all time alongside Wolfgang. 18 years ago, Razorback and Wolfgang were back-to-back performers at places like Kalye and Pep’s Alabang. Of course, it helped that most of them were all friends to begin with. I won’t even try to go into the history of it lest I screw it up.

Anyway, of course, Wolfgang is no longer around, but Razorback has continued on throughout the years. And when I considered doing a coffee table book about a rock band, I easily considered Razorback to be my first and only choice because they are probably the only band that can cross generations, having ben around for so many years and still continue to rock! Well, that project is still on hold pending further talks with Patrick Pulumbarit (Razorback’s manager) and Jay Ignacio, who I strongly felt should be the editor-in-chief of the book. But then, that’s a different story altogether.

Kevin Roy and Tirso Ripoll of Razorback

Kevin Roy and Tirso Ripoll of Razorback (photo by Josh Castro)

A memorable Razorback story that I had was in Baguio, circa 2003 or 2004. I had just driven a bus from Sagada, Mt. Province to pick up my car in Baguio City, preparing to drive home to Manila. It was around 7PM in the evening and I happened to pass by Nevada Square which was having an event for the Marlboro Adventure Team. I noticed the wall climbing facility and decided to drop by and see if my rock climbing buddies were the ones behind the event, and sure enough they were. I also found out that Razorback would be performing later that night.

I stayed, met up with the guys from Razorback, put myself on as the official Baguio groupie and took on the responsibility of handing out beers to the band while they performed on-stage. I had earlier told myself that I would drive home at 7PM to make it back to Manila by midnight, but I ended up party-ing it out with Razorback until they finished their gig at 2AM, and I remember telling them – “Sige, boys, uwi na ako ng BF Paranaque!” Well, not immediately. I managed to catch some much-needed rest at the Caltex station at the foot of Marcos Highway before continuing my journey at 6AM back to Manila. All I can say is – Razorback eh.

Anyway, Razorback will be celebrating their 18th year with a huge concert at 19 East in Sucat, just near home. Of course, that will surely be a spectacular concert, especially at 19 East which boasts of the best sound system and acoustics for any type of performance. 19 East is definitely a musicians haven for performance, and it’ll surely be great to listen to Razorback rock the house with their awesome songs. To the boys – Kevin Roy, Tirso Ripoll, Louie Talan, Brian Velasco and Manuel Legarda – I’m looking forward to hearing you guys again. And I will buy an 18th Anniversary Razorback T-shirt which will be available for that night only worth P250. Rock on!

Philippine Music: 50 Cent Concert In Manila – NOT HAPPENING!

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine Music, Philippine News with tags , , , , , , on October 9, 2008 by JJ Duque
50 Cent Concert Not Happening

50 Cent Concert Not Happening

I just got word that the supposed concert of rapper 50 Cent is not happening anymore. Apparently, there was no official schedule released in his official website, and what’s more is that there were no contracts signed and obligations fulfilled by those who were intending to bring them in. The production company supposed to bring them in was Fearless Productions, which I believe are the same people who promote and produce the Fearless Fighting MMA events. I’m not sure who the idiot was that released the information regarding the concert, complete with details of the after party and all, but then now it’s not happening anymore.

If I recall correctly, Fearless Productions is owned by Congressman Ronald Singson, and while Mr. Singson is indeed an awesome businessmen and political leader of the Philippines, the people who work for him under Fearless Productions may have moved too fast too soon and lost sight of what it really meant to bring 50 Cent to the Philippines. The schmuck working for Fearless Productions probably thought that his access to Singson’s treasury could easily buy him the 50 Cent concert, that maybe throwing around some cash would make it happen. Anyway, if Ronald Singson isn’t behind Fearless Productions, then I guess I opened up my mouth too soon. But then, unlike the schmuck who lied about the 50 Cent concert, my research is at least half-true.

Well, it’s not happening. And I was so looking forward to the after-party with 50 Cent and his crew, especially the lovely lasses of the Candy Shop video, who were rumored to be flying in with him. I should’ve known from that story alone that this whole brouhaha about 50 Cent was a farce.

Anyway – in true Philippine fashion – 50 Cent talaga yung kwento! Kalahati lang ang tama.

Philippine Sports: Brandon Vera Fights Keith Jardine in UFC 89

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine Events, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2008 by JJ Duque
Fil-American Brandon "The Truth" Vera

Fil-American Brandon

The main event of UFC 89 to be held at Birmingham, England this coming October 2008 will be a middleweight bout between Chris Leben vs Michael Bisping. One of the undercards and highlight bouts will also feature FIlipino-American Brandon Vera vs Keith Jardine.

Brandon Vera won his last fight against Reese Andy to improve his record to 9-2. Prior to that though, Brandon Vera lost a fight to Fabricio Werdum due to referee stoppage under some very controversial circumstances, and another loss to Tim Sylvia. Now, he is surely out to prove that his losses were a fluke, especially the last one to Fabricio Werdum, which many felt was an early stoppage.

In any case, Brandon Vera has booked impressive wins over the likes of Frank Mir, Assuerio Silva, Justin Eilers and Mike Whitehead.

Brandon Vera fights out of the United States, but never fails to acknowledge his Filipino roots, and even proudly carries the Philippine flag during his bouts. Of course, there are also his alibata tattoos which are very, very Filipino indeed.

Anyway, Brandon Vera is a really awesome guy, and will certainly be a force to reckon with when goes up against Keith Jardine.

UFC 89 Tickets and Ringside Seats are available here.

Go, Brandon!

Philippine Music: 50 Cent Live in Manila, Booty-Shaking After Party To Follow

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippine Music, Philippine News with tags , , , , , on October 3, 2008 by JJ Duque

50 Cent is going to be having a wild concert here in Manila that is surely going to bring the house down for fans of hip-hop. The ULTRA will surely be rocking, and I can picture all the grinding going on as 50 Cent is going to lay down some soulful rapping East Coast New York style. Awww Yeaahhh.

If his concerts will be anything like his unrated videos, you can expect the after-party to be just as creamy. The buzz around town is already hyped up about all the cute desperate lasses that are hoping to get invites to party it out with 50 Cent and his posse, and willingly ‘shake that ass, girl!’ Can anyone say ‘sodomy’?

50 Cent will surely be belting out his hits like In Da Club, Candy Shop, Just A Little Bit, Wanksta, Amusement Park, P.I.M.P. and so much more. I’m wondering – will Snoop Dogg be in the mother f-ing house?

“You can find me in the club, bottle full of bub. Mama, I got what you need if you need to feel a buzz. I’m into having sex, I’m not into making love.”

It’s definitely going to be a party!

Philippine Events: Rogue Magazine Wrap-Party and Black Tie Brawl

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2008 by JJ Duque

I was at the September issue wrap-party of Rogue Magazine at the sleek and chic Music Room at the Hyatt Hotel And Casino in Malate a few weeks back. Apart from it being a really cool party hosted by Rogue Magazine, it was also the birthday celebrations of the Thunder Goddess Katrina Tuason as well as the unveiling of the Black Tie Brawl event, which will be co-hosted by Rogue Magazine and the fine boys of the URCC.

Anyway, I was supposed to write this post a long time ago, but I was hoping to make use of the video footage I took from the party to include in the post. As it happened, the video camera got semi-drenched during the rain (it was a very, very rainy day/night and there was a 4-hour traffic jam earlier that day), and now the camera is experiencing technical difficulties and I can’t even play the tape. (Josemari, forgive me for the delay in editing the footage!)

Without any more excuses, and still without the footage, I decided to write about it anyway before my article really becomes late news.

Well, the party was fun. Got to see some really good friends – Karl Roy, Paolo Basa, Carlos Celdran, Kat and Felipe, Twinky Lagdameo, Dennis Lagdameo (you related to Twinky?), Marcus Maguidad, Erwin Edralin, Cacay Moras, Miguel Arellano and of course the awesome people of Rogue Magazine – Carmela and Miguel Mari, Josemari Ugarte, Brian Banta, Jay Pou, and the other Jay. Of course, DJ Danger Sanchez spinning some groovy tunes, and Rogue’s September cover girl Hindy Webber-Tantoco lighting up the room with her glow.

We had fun singing it out in the different KTV rooms of the Hyatt’s Music Room, and let me just say that the rooms were pimp! Huge couches, big-ass flat screen TV, private bath room for powdering, a bar. And just when we thought we would run out of margarita, the waiters were spot on time in bringing in a fresh tray of drinks and sossy munchies. Horse Devours as Jay Ignacio would say.

Rogue Magazine Presents Black Tie Brawl

Rogue Magazine Presents Black Tie Brawl

Some time in the night – there was the unveiling of Black Tie Brawl, an MMA event which will be hosted by Rogue Magazine and URCC (Alvin Aguilar and Jed Dario reprezent!) on October 18, 2008 at the Hyatt Hotel And Casino. The MMA event will feature a 5-course sit down dinner while watching eight professional MMA bouts. Of course, strictly black tie. If you don’t know what that means, think James Bond. Or look at the damn picture.

The ticket prices range from P6,000 to P10,000 bucks per seat, and the tickets are limited. Of course, there are also special discounted room rates for those who want to avail of a room at the Hyatt to powder up before and after the fight. Room party anyone?

Anyway, I talked to some of the MMA fighters at Elorde Sucat when I went training, and I was excited to find out that Lando Espinosa, Bimbi Perezand URCC Middleweight Champ Caloy Baduria will be included in the fight card for Black Tie Brawl.

In the last URCC event held at A-Venue, the Elorde Sucat boys didn’t fare too well. Only Lando walked away with an impressive win via armbar submission. The rest – Bimbi, Caloy, Panchito aka Sugar Ray – disappointingly failed to book a win. At least now Bimbi and Caloy have the chance to redeem themselves with a win at Black Tie Brawl. That’s something to look forward to. And hopefully Lando can continue his win streak!

So there – in the middle of soup and salad, expect some blood, sweat and tears to add some spice in Black Tie Brawl. I’m certain it’ll taste yummy no matter what – after all, it’s a 10,000 peso plate, so it should taste great.

For information on tickets for Black Tie Brawl, you can call the Rogue Magazine office at 7297747.

Philippine Events: UFC Champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell To Visit Manila

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Current Events, Philippine Events, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2008 by JJ Duque
Chuck Liddell Is Coming To Manila

Chuck Liddell Is Coming To Manila

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion of the World Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell is coming to Manila! Chuck Liddell will be here to have an open training session on mixed martial arts this coming Sunday, September 21, 2008, at the Atrium of SM Mall of Asia from 3pm to 5pm. Chuck Liddell will show off his MMA skills with his trainer Ian Parkinson, and will be entertaining MMA enthusiasts who might want to learn a thing or two from the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. The event is being sponsored by Colt45 and Solar Entertainment Corp. through their Balls Network on cable television.

Of course, apart from this major event, Chuck Liddell will also be out party-ing in Manila, hoping that the R&R in Manila might help heal some of the pain from his recent knockout against Rashad Evans during UFC 88. In relation to that, Chuck Liddell might also offer a bit of insight on what it takes to become a heavyweight champion, and also how it feels to get knocked out cold.

Whatever it is – certainly hanging out and seeing Chuck Liddell live should be a treat for any fan of the UFC.

On a personal note – I’d love to hang out with Chuck Liddell, and I am really a fan. Many are thinking that the UFC career of Chuck Liddell is over and done with, especially after getting knocked out by Rashad Evans, but I don’t think he’ll ever be done. After all, he is still one of the most exciting UFC fighters to step into the Octagon, and he really made my day when he beat the crap out of TIto Ortiz and even Wanderlei Silva. And while Chuck Liddell may have suffered some big KO losses, he is still one helluva fighter and has shown his resiliency in bouncing back from a defeat to go back to winning. What else is there to be said – Chuck Liddell lives to fight, and win or lose, he’s always pushing himself to the limit to kick some ass. Respect, bro.

Anyway, The Iceman Cometh!!! Don’t miss out!

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