Trinity University of Asia’s 3rd Platinum Stallion Media Awards set on April 22

The Media and Communication Department of the College of Arts and Sciences of Trinity University of Asia will once again give recognition to various media practitioners, celebrities and media organizations in the Platinum Stallion Media Awards (PSMA) 2017. The theme for this year’s award is “Glam World”. The University is giving them recognition because of the relevant inspiration rendered to the creative thinking, intellectual gratitude and social growth of the Trinitian community through their outstanding contribution in the media industry.

The awarding ceremonies will be held at the University Theater on the 22nd of April from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Television and film personalities, other media personalities and network managers, print journalists, as well as talent handlers are expected to come and receive their awards. Country’s premier event stylist Michael Ruiz will set the stage design. Theatre arts and film director Joey Ting will direct the show.

PSMA consists of various media-oriented categories in television, radio, film, advertising, visual arts, and the allied arts. It will also feature the Trinitian Citation Award, which is given to personalities and programs that have exhibited impact and influence on the Trinitian community. Awardees for the Trinitian Citation Award are selected by members of the Media and Communication Department of the University and of the organizing committee.

Also, the University will honor its distinguished alumni who have marked success in the media industry through the Trinitian Media Practitioner Award. Previous awardees are news reporter Yvonne Aquino, news reporter and anchor Raffy Tima, news reporter Rafael Bosano, public relations practitioner Aaron Domingo, singer Bryan Termulo, and singer and actress Jaya Ramsey. This year’s recipients are actress Jean Garcia and actor Ahron Villena.

About the PSMA

PSMA started in 2015 as laboratory requirements in the subject Media Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship for 3rd year students of Broadcasting and Communication Arts taught by Associate Professor Walter H. Yudelmo. Today, PSMA has become an important media award-giving body recognized by different media industries. Evidence of the previous PSMA can be searched through the Internet.

The awardees are annually selected through a university-wide survey participated by students, faculty, non-teaching personnel, alumni and other community members such as parents, janitors, and security guards of Trinity University of Asia.

The 2017 Awardees

This year’s awardees are the following:AWARDS FOR TELEVISION

1. Best Male News Anchor
TED FAILON (ABS-CBN)

2. Best Female News Anchor
JESSICA SOHO (GMA7)

3. Best Male TV Personality
IAN VENERACION (ABS-CBN)

4. Best Female TV Personality
IYA VILLANIA-ARELLANO (GMA7)

5. Best Talk Show Host
VICE GANDA (ABS-CBN)

6. Best Primetime News Program
STATE OF THE NATION with JESSICA SOHO (GMA7)

7. Best Morning Show
MAGANDANG BUHAY (ABS-CBN)

8. Best Noontime Show
IT’S SHOWTIME (ABS-CBN)

9. Best Primetime Show
FPJ’s ANG PROBINSYANO (ABS-CBN)

10. Best Drama Anthology
MAGPAKAILANMAN (GMA7)

11. Best Variety Show
ASAP (ABS-CBN)

12. Best Magazine Program
KAPUSO MO, JESSICA SOHO (GMA7)

13. Best Documentary Show
I-WITNESS (GMA7)

14. Best Educational Program
MATANGLAWIN (ABS-CBN)

15. Best Gag Show
BUBBLE GANG (GMA7)

16. Best Situational Comedy Program
PEPITO MANALOTO (GMA7)

17. Best Game Show
PEOPLE vs. THE STARS (GMA7)

18. Best News Program
TV PATROL (ABS-CBN)

19. Best Television Station
ABS-CBN

AWARDS FOR FILM

20. Best Film Actor
PAOLO BALLESTEROS (GMA7)
(Die Beautiful)

21. Best Film Actress
JULIA BARRETTO (ABS-CBN)
(Vince & Kath & James)

22. Best Child Film Actor
AWRA BRIGUELA (ABS-CBN)
(Super Parental Guidance)

23. Best Child Film Actress
RHED BUSTAMANTE
(Seklusyon)

24. Best Student-Oriented Film
SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN

AWARDS FOR RADIO

25. Best Male AM Broadcast Journalist
MIKE ENRIQUEZ (GMA7)

26. Best Female AM Broadcast Journalist
KAREN DAVILA (ABS-CBN)

27. Best AM Radio Station
DZBB (GMA7)

28. Best FM Radio Program
TAMBALANG CHRIS TSUPER AT NICOLE HYALA (Love Radio-MBC)

29. Best Male Radio Disk Jockey
CHRIS TSUPER (Love Radio-MBC)

30. Best Female Radio Disk Jockey
NICOLE HYALA (Love Radio-MBC)

31. Best FM Radio Station
102.7 STAR FM

CITATION

32. Citation for Most Trusted Male Reporter
JIGGY MANICAD (GMA7)

33. Citation for Most Trusted Broadcast Journalist
LUISITA “LUCHI” CRUZ-VALDES (TV5)

34. Citation for Best Public Affairs Program Host
BOY ABUNDA (ABS-CBN)

35. Citation for Youth Character Model of the Year
COCO MARTIN (ABS-CBN)

36. Citation for Best Entertainment Program
EAT BULAGA (GMA7)

37. Citation for Best Children Educational Program
HI-5 PHILIPPINES (TV5)

38. Citation for Values-Oriented Program
BORN TO BE WILD (GMA7)

39. Citation for Best Radio Public Affairs Program
USAPANG DE CAMPANILLA (ABS-CBN)

40. Citation for Innovative FM Radio Broadcasting
107.5 WISH FM

41. Citation for Musical Outbreak Artist
MICHAEL PANGILINAN

42. Citation for Best Regional TV Network
GMA NETWORK

AWARDS FOR PRINT

43. Best Female Print Journalist
HELEN FLORES (Philippine Star)

44. Best Male Print Journalist
ALEXIS ROMERO (Philippine Star)

45. Best Student-Oriented Magazine
GARAGE MAGAZINE

46. Best National Broadsheet
PHILIPPINE STAR

AWARDS FOR ONLINE MEDIA PLATFORM

47. Best Online News Outlet
RAPPLER PHILIPPINES

AWARDS FOR ADVERTISEMENT

48. Best TV Advertisement
MILO (Energy Gap)

OUTSTANDING TRINITIAN MEDIA PRACTITIONER

49. Trinitian Media Practitioner for Film
JEAN GARCIA (GMA7)

50. Trinitian Media Practitioner for Television
AHRON VILLENA (ABS-CBN)

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MOVIE REVIEW: Miracles from Heaven (2016)

Miracles from Heaven (Riggen, 2016) suffers from overwhelming melodrama, one dimensional characters, a preachy screenplay and tonal inconsistencies – yet, you’d find yourself grabbing a box of tissues and sobbing your eyes out, endlessly relating to a universal story about faith, despair, tragedy and hope. Now, how does a predictable, average film do that? Quite a miracle.

The narrative itself is a hybrid of the emotional arc from My Sister’s Keeper; the screenplay written in the same archetypal neighborhood to that of Mitch Albom’s novels; visually borrows some of Peter Jackson’s heavenly ideas in The Lovely Bones — these concepts are all hemmed in one rope tied in an arrow, aimed to pierce the heart of the audience – and it did, successfully. However, the biggest issue is that its goal seems to be a lot bolder than the execution itself. The story works because it’s an easy sell – but it could have been a great opportunity to get past the clichés and cheesy dialogues rampant all throughout the film and simply focus on the rawness of a story that has a very humane approach to the concept of faith and miracle. It talks too much, yet hardly shows anything other than the predictable – and it doesn’t know when to stop the sermon.

The characters are nothing but foil. It’s hard to go deep into their emotional and psychological journey when they’re written as thinly as a paper, with nothing but a very aggressive and stereotypical characterization of a sick daughter, a supportive family, and sympathetic neighbors. Something that, I believe, we’ve all seen before. It leaves us craving for something deeper other than the obvious circumstances.

Let me give an example: a particular scene where Abbie (the eldest daughter) missed the opportunity of going to a soccer tryout because her dad (played by Martin Henderson) forgot to take her there, as he was already so consumed with the crisis they were going through. Abbie, of course, was left devastated and hurt as everybody’s else’s attention was on Annabel, the sick daughter. She felt left out, yet she has to stay strong and mature being the eldest one. She wants to be selfless but it’s hard to find the balance of finding your own happiness while your little sister is dying. Deep inside her, she was torn whether to feel guilty for her sister, or to feel bad for herself. Her mind wanders in the deep of the night until she found the courage to face the situation like a young adult by the next day. And oh, that’s just me explaining solely based on my assumptions. That wasn’t shown in the film. It’s hard for me to connect what she felt in that scene, because there wasn’t anything written for her. It was just a monochromatic scene of her being forgotten by her father. There was no back story as to her lifelong interest with soccer; there wasn’t anything that could build up to the father’s deteriorating relationship to her other children – nothing. And that is just a single example.

The film, however, is all about Jennifer Garner’s tour de force performance – perhaps, the best she has ever done in her career. As Christy Beam, she plays a mother juggling risks to save the life of her daughter, while keeping her sanity and faith in check. Her subtle moments are lovely; the way her eyes speak a thousand words of despair, hopelessness while masking it with the façade of strength and stern . Her big emotional scenes were played exactly right – she has managed to be precisely what the tone of the film calls for (despite the inconsistencies of the direction). She commands every scene, and it’s enough to forgive the other flaws of present.

At the end of the day, the film has its good intentions – to bring faith and religion on the foreground by using the unfortunate circumstances of a family suffering from a tragedy. Ultimately, it speaks universally despite the specificity of the trials of the Beam family. And amidst the errors and faults of the film, ultimately it reaches to its target at a bull’s eye – it won’t disappoint when you’re looking for a faith-driven, tear jerker flick.

It works. It’s flawed, but it works.


3 out of 5 stars


Fil-Am actor Dave Bautista back as Drax in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

For Fil-Am actor Dave Bautista (Spectre, upcoming Blade Runner 2049), returning to the Guardians fold in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a chance to reprise a character he truly enjoys playing.

“What I really love about Drax is he’s not what you’d expect from reading the comics,” Bautista says. “Everybody was expecting one thing, and we gave them another. It makes it more interesting. It’s easy just to be the big guy who’s always growling at people and intimidating people. We’ve seen it a million times. But when you get the same guy who looks the same way but just says the most ridiculous things that make you laugh, it makes him more interesting.”

Continuing, he adds, “And he’s also got that side to him that’s just all heart. He’s still heartbroken over the loss of his family. And I love that dynamic, man. I love playing with that. It’s challenging. It makes it’s interesting. It makes the character loveable and it makes people connect to him.”

In the movie, Drax develops a friendship with a new character, Mantis, played by Pom Klementieff. Describing their relationship, Bautista says, “It’s hard to think that Drax would have some innocence to him but he really does, and it comes out in this film. That’s in the connection he has with Mantis. There’s a lot of innocence in both characters. They’re almost like two kids who find each other and become playmates. They just connect on a certain level that they can’t connect with anybody else. They’re both suffering from some pain and learning new things and new feelings, new experiences. They’re going through that together and that’s where the connection is.”

The opportunity to work with Chris Pratt again was a plus for Bautista. “On a personal level, I think everybody involved on this film will agree that we just love him,” Bautista says. “He’s just such a good dude; a good, kind-hearted person. I can’t say enough good things about him. He is what you see. There’s nothing superficial or pretentious about Chris. He’s just got a great energy about him and he’s a very positive person. And that all trickles down. When you get number one coming to set who’s always in a good mood, it’s hard to be that guy who is in the bad mood or complaining.”

Working with director James Gunn once again proves to be a positive experience for the actor. “It’s great because the writer is there and the director is there, all in one person,” says Bautista.

He adds, “Drax is the vehicle for James Gunn’s twisted, witty sense of humor. I love when I’m shooting and delivering stuff that I can hear James off in the distance laughing because I know that it is what he wanted. That it is what he was expecting out of the dialogue that he wrote. That in itself makes me feel really good because I love giving him what he wants.”

Bautista is confident that audiences will connect to the film on a personal level. As he says, “The first film was more about people coming together for the greater good. And I think this film is more about relationships with people. It is the story of a family. Your family doesn’t always have to be blood family. They can be chosen family. So I think this is more of a relationship film, and everyone can relate to that.”

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Opening across the Philippines on April 26, 2017, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

WATCH: First teaser trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Disney and Lucasfilm have released the first Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer for writer/director Rian Johnson‘s follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

View the trailer below and watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Philippine cinemas starting Dec.15, 2017.

The trailer was unveiled as part of the recent Star Wars Celebration panel for the film, along with a teaser poster.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

The film stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio del Toro, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.