Philippines’ first-ever drive-in cinema opens July 31

Now showing: Country’s first-ever drive-in cinema.

As people adopt new habits apt for the changing times, businesses are also compelled to innovate and deliver new ways for everyone to experience the activities they have always enjoyed. One of these is recapturing the essence and joy of watching a film inside the halls of a cinema.

While movie theaters still have yet to open, SM Cinema gives its patrons the perfect opportunity to see upcoming films through its newest out-of-home entertainment experience, the “SM Cinema Drive-in: Movies at Sundown”.

A throwback to the good old days of drive-in theaters, SM Cinema relives this experience for a new generation to enjoy, bringing them a fresh avenue for a #SafeAndFunMovieWatching crusade from the comfort of their cars.

Opening at SM City Pampanga Amphitheater, SM Cinema’s “Movies at Sundown” allows guests to watch movies on the big screen while observing social distancing rules set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). Starting today, Friday, July 31, 2020, it will open to the general public featuring the movies’ “Train to Busan 2: Peninsula” and “My Spy.

The “SM Cinema Drive-in: Movies at Sundown” experience

A first in the Philippines, SM Cinema’s drive-in theater takes Filipino viewers to a new horizon of movie-watching.

Guests will be assigned their own parking spots to be guided by traffic marshalls. Once settled, spectators can see the film of their choice on a 20m x 8m screen raised 3-feet above the ground, and will be asked to tune in to a specific frequency on their car’s FM radio to broadcast the audio straight into their vehicles.

Guests can also choose the 6:30PM or 8:50PM schedules from July 31 to August 2. In the succeeding weeks, schedules will be every Thursday to Sundays at 6:45PM. And what’s a drive-in cinema without movie snacks? For a ticket price of only P400 per person, this gives viewers the chance to relish in a new cinematic experience paired with a free Regular Popcorn, Bottled Water, and Beef Franks from SnackTime.

A #SafeAndFunMovieWatching for Filipinos

Optimizing the best view for all guests, two (2) persons can be inside the car and a maximum of four (4) guests will be allowed. Attendees must also be between the ages 21 and 59, pursuant to the safety guidelines set by the IATF. For added safety, viewers will also be asked to stay inside their vehicles with their masks on and practice social distancing all throughout the duration of the movie.

Tickets for SM Cinema’s “Movies at Sundown” must be purchased online in advance at www.smtickets.com to ensure an uninterrupted viewing experience. No tickets will be sold at the venue, and viewers are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before their scheduled screening.

“At SM Cinema, we have always explored new dimensions in film screenings to give our viewers the best movie-watching experience they deserve. Now that new norms have come to us, we do our best to meet our audience where they’re at, all while presenting a safe and innovative movie entertainment setup that’s a first in the country,” said Ruby Ann Reyes, SM Cinema’s Vice President for Marketing.

As a household name in film screening, SM Cinema brings back to its audience the joy of seeing movies on screen as they introduce a new way for people to catch their blockbuster favorites. Now available at SM City Pampanga—and soon in five other branches nationwide— catch the next big titles at the “SM Cinema Drive-in: Movies at Sundown” starting today, Friday, July 31, 2020 at SM City Pampanga. Purchase your tickets online via www.smtickets.com.

Vice Ganda to launch own digital network

He already conquered Television, the Movies and even the world of Cosmetics. Now, he’s ready to conquer the universe and be on the same level as Oprah Winfrey as one of the country’s funniest comedians, Vice Ganda opens his own network!

Be the first to have an exclusive access of anything and everything Vice Ganda in the new and fabulous VICE GANDA NETWORK!

Just visit the official VICE GANDA NETWORK website, www.viceganda.com.ph and be the first to catch the good vibes that Vice Ganda sends out everyday. Know the latest Vice News, get some Vice Beauty tips, get a chance to win some Vice giveaways, join the fun Vice Games and get to watch the latest Vice videos. All of these, first and exclusive on VICE GANDA NETWORK.

One of the most exciting things to hit VICE GANDA NETWORK is the latest hit online show GABING GABI NA VICE! And starting July 24, you get to watch it first and exclusive on VICE GANDA NETWORK. Now, you have a new late night gimmick every Friday and you get a VIP treatment, as you are with the one and only Vice Ganda.

You get front row seat of the laugh trip that Vice Ganda brings every week with his guests who are all still fun and games even if it’s already late at night. Vice Ganda has sexy guests, hot guests, and wacky guests. You name it, Gabing Gabi na Vice surely has something for everybody.

Vice Ganda has millions of followers on his Social Network accounts, that’s why he is surely to bring laughter and happiness to more millions of people through VICE GANDA NETWORK. So if you want nothing but laughter and good vibes, just log on to www.viceganda.com.ph.

WATCH: ‘The Umbrella Academy 2’ trailer is so exciting!

On October 1, 1989, seven extraordinary humans were born. On July 31, 2020, they return.

Featured in the trailer is an original song from Gerard Way, entitled “Here Comes The End”. On writing the song: “I was originally inspired to write this track when series one of The Umbrella Academy was being shot; by the time I finished it 2020 was in full swing, the world had taken a profound turn and the song was finished in a surreal new reality.”

Season 2 Synopsis:

Five warned his family (so, so many times) that using his powers to escape from Vanya’s 2019 apocalypse was risky. Well, he was right – the time jump scatters the siblings in time in and around Dallas, Texas. Over a three year period. Starting in 1960. Some, having been stuck in the past for years, have built lives and moved on, certain they’re the only ones who survived. Five is the last to land, smack dab in the middle of a nuclear doomsday, which – spoiler alert! – turns out is a result of the group’s disruption of the timeline (déjà vu, anyone?). Now the Umbrella Academy must find a way to reunite, figure out what caused doomsday, put a stop to it, and return to the present timeline to stop that other apocalypse. All while being hunted by a trio of ruthless Swedish assassins. But seriously, no pressure or anything. 

Series Synopsis:

On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by a billionaire who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. Now, the six surviving members reunite upon the news of their father’s passing and must work together to solve a mystery surrounding his death. But the estranged family begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse. The Umbrella Academy is based on the comic book series created and written by Gerard Way, illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The show is produced by Universal Content Productions for Netflix, with Steve Blackman serving as executive producer and showrunner, and additional EPs Jeff F. King, Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, Gerard Way, and Gabriel Bá.

About the series

LAUNCH DATE: July 31, 2020

SHOWRUNNER: Steve Blackman

PRODUCERS: Steve Blackman (Showrunner/EP), Jeff F. King (EP), Keith Goldberg(EP), Mike Richardson (EP), Gerard Way (Co-EP), Gabriel Bá (Co-EP)

PRODUCTION COMPANY: UCP for Netflix     

NUMBER OF EPISODES: 10  

CAST: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Justin H. Min

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with 183 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

WATCH: ‘The Kissing Booth 2’ drops trailer, release date

Rules can be broken but so can hearts in The Kissing Booth 2.

Check out the trailer for The Kissing Booth 2 below. The film stars Joey King and Jacob Elordi. It premieres on July 24 on Netflix.

About THE KISSING BOOTH 2

Elle Evans (Joey King) just had the most romantic summer of her life with her reformed bad-boy boyfriend Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi). But now Noah is off to Harvard, and Elle heads back to high school for her senior year. She’ll have to juggle a long-distance relationship, getting into her dream college with her best friend Lee (Joel Courtney), and the complications brought on by a close friendship with a handsome, charismatic new classmate named Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez). When Noah grows close to a seemingly-perfect college girl (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), Elle will have to decide how much she trusts him and to whom her heart truly belongs. Director and screenwriter Vince Marcello returns for The Kissing Booth sequel, based on the “The Kissing Booth” books by Beth Reekles.

Directed by Vince Marcello
Written by Vince Marcello & Jay Arnold
Based on the Book “The Kissing Booth” by Beth Reekles
Produced by Vince Marcello, Michele Weisler, Ed Glauser, Andrew Cole-Bulgin
Executive Producers: Joey King, Adam Friedlander
Starring: Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi, Taylor Zakhar Perez, Maisie Richarson-Sellers, Meganne Young and Molly Ringwald

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with 183 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Taiwan Excellence’s ‘Stay-At-Home Economy’ is Heating Up!

Taiwan mounts a smart fight versus both the pandemic and boredom.

During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people took precautionary measures whenever they go out. However, many opted to spend more time at home to avoid contracting the deadly virus. During times like these, home fitness and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) endeavors are two of the best forms of activities that families to do together. These activities not only help people to stay physically active and improve their immunity but also add fun and excitement to life at home.

“Taiwan is a shining example of how to successfully contain COVID-19. Such success is undoubtedly attributed to the cooperation of all citizens and industries, and the effective execution of stay-at-home self-isolation measures. We are more than happy to share how Taiwan implements stay-at-home self-isolation best practices to the rest of the world and engage in any international cooperation that can benefit other nations.” said Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Deputy Director General Guann-Jyh Lee.

In addition to home workouts even without the use of equipment, exercise equipment can also be used to increase training intensity and enjoyment. Doctors also recommend that when people exercise at home, they should pay attention to ventilation in their exercise space. Other advice includes making sure to stay warm after sweating and stay hydrated by drinking water to maintain better health and fend off disease.

During a virtual press conference with the media held recently, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Executive Vice President Simon Wang also noted that they broke spatial limitations during the press conference. Part of the conference took place at individual brand headquarters to provide a feeling that event attendees actually visited the companies in person.

Taiwan Excellence, which represents the “best of the best” of everything made in Taiwan, has selected three award-winning companies – Strength Master, Victory, and the AROFLY – to demonstrate the latest home exercise trends in terms of cardiopulmonary, muscle strength, and intelligence benefits.

The cardiopulmonary function is fundamental to good health. Strength Master’s cycle boxer has an entire set of built-in interactive boxing games that can simultaneously train brain response and improve cardiopulmonary function. This adds more fun to boxing alone! Muscle strength training not only improves your physique but also helps increase immunity.

Victory, on the other hand, invited 2008 Olympics Weightlifting silver medal winner Ying-Chi Lu to do weight training on Victory’s shock-absorbing mat. This mat significantly reduces 37% of the vibration and 26% of the noise while lifting barbells. So, no need to worry about bothering the children or neighbors while doing weight training at home.

And what if you love cycling but cannot go out due to the lockdown in your country? The AROFLY used smart technology to move cycling into the home. Power analysis is used to display cadence, speed, and heart rate so that anyone can train on their bike smartly at home and also burn fat effectively.

To fight boredom, home fitness is not the only option. Therapeutic craftwork and parent-child interaction are also trending upwards. According to domestic e-commerce vendors, the global pandemic has increased the sales of home living products by about 20%.

Doing DIY activities together can bring parents and kids closer to each other as well as making the home a happier and brighter place. and Taiwan Excellence has many companies fit for this purpose. For example, suction cup hooks in colorful macaroon colors from FECA, a patented vacuum technology made in Taiwan, can safely and easily change the look of the kitchen or bathroom, even moods, without the use of drills or nails. Also, teach children the importance of storage by using the VAGO vacuum compressor to minimize the size of all winter clothing. During the weekends, CSPS’s multi-function adjustable height roasting oven offers great help for home BBQ events, a great way to celebrate Taiwan’s zero new coronavirus cases!

Taiwan Excellence is collaborating with these six major brands to showcase to the world the growing “stay-at-home economy” by using intelligence and creativity. Taiwan’s products have demonstrated their cutting-edge qualities in this global fight against the pandemic and have helped people create a better home life even in trying and difficult circumstances. Let Taiwan Excellence be the best teammate one can have in smart home disease prevention and the fight against boredom!