Category Archives: Persona

When icons die

We literally woke up to the news that Whitney Houston, one of the greatest female voices of all time, has passed away. She was found dead inside a room in a hotel, the venue of the pre-Grammy event of which she was to perform. Apart from her immediate family and friends, Whitney leaves folds of fans and people she has touched with her music worldwide—mourning. She was 48. ( Read more… )

If I was a fighter in the UFC…

…then that would be the Apocalypse. Lol. Okay, that was irrelevant but here’s something that’s not: Veteran UFC fighter BJ Penn is coming to Manila! For fans out there, he’ll be having an open training at the SM Mall of Asia this Wednesday. What’s up with the most-rounded fighter of the Octagon? Is he retiring? While in the country, Penn will also be promoting the Philippine franchise of the UFC Magazine which I staffed for! Again, irrelevant. ( Read more… )

Mario Maurer was here

I covered Penshoppe’s newest boy, Thai actor Mario Maurer and his set of events last week to the ambiance of many screaming Filipino fans. Until now, I still am amazed how a relatively not-so-exposed foreign star had magnetized the Pinoy mob. Many attribute the sensation to his rom-com starrer Crazy Little Thing Called Love, which I have yet to watch. I only have The Love of Siam as a proof of his acting flair, and yep, boy can act. ( Read more… )

He doesn’t need tickets. He’s Chuck Bass

Avid viewers have familiarized him as the slithering snob Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl. But in the press conference held Thursday night at the Peninsula Manila, Ed Westwick flayed his bad boy role and image. The British actor, who’s now the new endorser of local brand Penshoppe, was very friendly to the press. Ed accommodated questions from some reporters who even failed to hold back their fangirl-ness as expected. ( Read more… )