"Salamat! Mabuhay! Thank you so much!"
Those were the words that were constantly uttered by Dan Smith - the lead vocalist during their concert here in Manila last night, at the World Trade Center! Chris Wood, Kyle Simmons, and Will Farquarson are the other extremely talented three-fourths that complete this inspiring and passionate English rock band - Bastille!
They finally made it here to the Philippines to give us a show that we will never forget, and that's exactly what they did, and more!
"Getting to go to different parts of the world we'd never thought we'd go to before, like South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and of course here [Philippines], Southeast Asia - it's just incredible and we're so thankful!"
It was their first time here in the Philippines and they constantly extended their gratefulness to us, because they never imagined to get this far in their musical journey! These four have been pretty busy doing their rounds around the world as they make footprints in the hearts of their fans, so it was such an honor to have them!
Recently they announced their third mixtape "VS. (Other People's Heartache, Part III)" which features so many other great artists like Lizzo, Haim, MNEK and more!
"It was really fun! Each song was done in a very different way, with very different people! Some of them were in the room, some of them were done on the internet. In our albums, we don't really have a chance to collaborate much, but in our mixtapes, it's a platform for us to experiment... so it's good, it's fun, it's a chance for us to mess around with genre and work with friends and people we don't know too, so it's cool!"
With all of their original songs in their latest mixtape, we were lucky to get to hear some of them live during their concert and it's definitely a must-hear!
They explained to us that of course, they plan to finish their second album as soon as they're back home, which is part of their New Year's goals! These guys are so dedicated to their craft! They told us that wherever they are in the world, no matter when - they are always coming up with ideas for new elements in their music to make it reflect them in the best way possible and just make it sound good!
"What we've realized in these passed years is that the decisions you make, even the smallest ones, in making an album - they follow you around for the next two and a half years, so hopefully... we just want to make a good album that we'll enjoy and our fans will enjoy. We want it to be a progression from the first album."
Well based from what they showed us at their concert, and all of the music they have been releasing, there's no doubt that we will love all of their upcoming albums and songs to come! During the concert, we were also lucky to hear one of their songs from their second album! It was an absolute treat for the numerous Bastille fans at the concert, but they didn't want the party to end, and asked for more when the 4 members of Bastille left the stage already! Because they had such an amazing time with us, they came out to perform 3 more songs to end the memorable night, right!
"Thanks for coming to the show and we'd like to come back very soon please! We're just very happy to be here... we appreciate all of your support!"
Bastille has many plans for this year, and hopes that we continue to support them and their music!
Stay tuned for our MYXclusive interview with them, where we got to know the boys of Bastille better and as they explained more about their amazing and humble musical journey - only here, on MYX!
It’s a new year and a new season for two popular TV shows. Yong Chavez tells us all about the return of “American Idol” and “Glee” this month.
PASADENA, Calif. – It’s an annual New Year ’s Day tradition in Southern California and despite near record low cold temperatures thousands camped out in the streets of Pasadena for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade.
Among the floats and celebration a Filipina American was honored during this year’s parade.
High school student Gabrielle Current was chosen to join the 126-year-old parade’s royal court.
“It’s such an honor,” said Current. “I grew up going to the Rose Parade all my life. I’ve lived in Pasadena since I was little so looking up to the girls, it was just an honor being called to the top 25. When I heard my name, when it was being called to the royal court it was such a dream come true and I loved every minute of it.”
The scholar student has modeled for Macy’s, Target and Pottery Barn but getting into the Rose Parade is not easy.
She had to compete with 800 other high school seniors in the Pasadena area.
Six princesses and one queen were chosen.
“You go through a round of four to five interviews and then judges are looking for poise confidence, how well you can carry yourself in public speaking ability, but also academic achievement,” said Current. “So they’re really looking for a well rounded girl to represent Pasadena.”
But it was well worth it and despite the freezing weather Current was all smiles during the festivities.
“We actually had pajamas, had layers, body warmers all over but you couldn’t really tell because we were all so excited so we weren’t focusing on the weather,” said Current.
Beauty runs in her family. Her mother was a former Mutya ng Pilipinas talent winner while her father was the Mr. Asia USA winner.
Current has yet to decide which college to go to but she plans to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
She also plans to visit the Philippines.
She was recently honored by the Filipino community at a Fabulous Filipinas book launch.
WOODSIDE, NY - The roasted pork belly roll or lechon liempo is becoming a hit among kababayans here in the US as the latest must-have in Filipino gatherings.
“We’re so used to having a big lechon, but no one ever eats the head or legs,” Payag Filipino restaurant customer Romeo Pastor said. “This is the best presentation for lechon because they only take the most delicious parts.
“Lechon is really a famous delicacy in Cebu, and many new food trends have emerged over the years from pork belly,” Payag Filipino Executive Chef Rap-Rap Cruz said. “Early 2000, they started it in Cebu and we’re bringing it here to America.”
While it may be more challenging to cook a a whole suckling pig at home or in restaurants like Payag, Chef Cruz says cooking a slab of pork belly is as easy as roasting turkey.
Here’s how to make it:
First step, debone a 10-pound pork belly, then rub the pork slab with seasonings and stuff it with herbs.
Cruz said, “We have lemon grass, we have green onions, garlic, pepper and our special spices at Payag.”
Roll it, tie it with butcher’s twine, and roast it in an open fire or in a regular oven.
Five hours of roasting later and you have a crispy and juicy pork belly lechon roll that can serve up to 15 people.
Payag owner Rena Avendula said, “ On Thanksgiving we called this the new turkey. I think it’s the new trend — the new lechon.”
At $50 to $80 dollars a roll, it’s a more affordable choice for lechon lovers.
Peter Jacobs, a San Franciscan visiting New York said, “If you’re a little bit skittish about seeing the full pig when you’re eating, it’s nice not to. But I’m not skittish. I just find it real tasty and delicious.”
Peter’s partner, Onie Tibay said, “It’s delicious. It’s tender, juicy, and tasty.”
After becoming a big hit in the Philippines, Chef Cruz says this 2015 the pork belly lechon roll is expected to make its way to more Filipino communities in the US.
LAS VEGAS – This year’s International Consumer Electronics Show, the world’s largest trade show, is set to begin Tuesday in Las Vegas.
But over the weekend, organizers gave a preview of the latest must-have gadgets this year which include extraordinary wearable gear.
Many of these items have something to do with fitness from calorie to impact detectors, to smart bikes, and this jacket for cyclists created by Visijax that lights up and changes colors according to your arm position while biking.
“More people will cycle more often if they felt safe,” said Mark Bernstein of Visijax. “So what we designed is a cycle jacket that’s a good quality cycle jacket. It’s breathable. It’s waterproof, Teflon coated. And then we’ve added the electronics, about 23 LEDs.”
If there’s now a light-up jacket for cyclists there is also this smart bike that track’s a bike’s exact location in case it gets stolen.
Also making a debut this year is a device that you wear on your head to detect your brain’s stress level.
“You put it on your head like this and it sends your brain activity to the app,” said Thibaud Dumas of My Brain. “The goal is to help people cope with stress. Sessions are 15 minutes or less, three times a week. You increase your ability to cope with stress in the long term.”
Other interesting devices at the CES include a ring which doubles as a pointing device that controls smart phones and tablets.
Move over selfie. The new word in future technology is called the “allie”.
This allie video camera created by IC Realtech records all directions at the same time, and with a swipe of a finger you can see all angles while the video is playing on your device.
“There’s no more direction,” said Matt Sailor of IC Realtech. “You place it in the middle of the room you’re entire apartment’s under surveillance with one wire, and it’s accessible via you’re iPad, any of your phones.”
The 2015 International CES will last until Friday this week and big companies such as Microsoft and Samsung will have their own exhibits.
Samsung is rumored to be unveiling its next phone in the Galaxy series, the Galaxy S6, to select partners.
From wearables when you are out and about to home technology, this year’s CES will be showcasing new products that will be beneficial to consumers this year.
VANCOUVER, Canada – A Filipino couple who worked as temporary workers in Canada faces deportation after their immigration consultant allegedly falsified information in their applications for permanent residency.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported about 53,000 undocumented immigrants in 2014 compared to 2013, according to the bureau’s new report.
Despite an influx of illegal border crossings last year, the ICE report shows that there were around 315,000 thousand deportations in 2014 compared to about 368,000 in 2013.
The 2014 removal figure includes more than 91,000 criminals.
Mexico tops the country with the most number of deportations at close to 177,000.
About 300 people were deported back to the Philippines last year.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – It’s only been two days but thousands of undocumented Californians have already begun applying for drivers licenses.
Preliminary data from the California Department of Motor Vehicles says that so far 17,200 undocumented Californians have applied for drivers licenses under Assembly Bill 60.
AB60′s implementation began earlier this month and would allow undocumented immigrants to drive legally in the state.
DMV reminds applicants that they must make an appointment to begin the AB60 process. However, walk-ins are only allowed at four recently opened processing sites.
Those locations include Granada Hills, Lompoc, Stanton, and San Jose.
An anonymous viewer wrote Atty Lou concerning California’s new drivers license program for undocumented immigrants.
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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – It was a tragic New Year’s Eve for an elderly Filipino couple in El Cajon, Calif.
Police say Merlin and Rosie Mondejar were jaywalking across a street on New Year’s Eve when they were both struck by separate cars.
They were taken to the hospital where 80-year-old Rosie died.
Merlin was released from the hospital after being treated for minor injuries.
The El Cajon police department says that the drivers of the vehicles that struck the Mondejars have cooperated with the investigation and it appears that alcohol was not involved.
The police remind pedestrians to be cautious when crossing streets, especially at night.
According to her Facebook profile page, Rosie was a retired registered nurse.
A memorial fund has been set up on gofundme.com to help pay for Rosie’s funeral expenses.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – According to a 2014 study by the University of Scranton, the top New Year resolution was to lose weight and only eight percent were successful in achieving that goal.
Weight loss is a popular resolution because people want to look and feel better; however, Filipinos should make this resolution a priority for other reasons.
According to a study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Filipinos are at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension.
But before you start putting down tons of money on a gym membership or buying the latest extreme home workouts, this Fil-Am personal trainer says you can lose weight without spending a dime.
J.R. Cabauatan is the Program Director for Health and Wellness at the YMCA of Silicon Valley. He also has over four years of personal training experience.
J.R. says that weight loss can start with three basic necessities that don’t even require exercise.
The first is drinking plenty of water.
“It’ll flush out all the bad toxins in our organs and all the good nutrients that we’re getting from the good food we are eating – water helps circulate all those good nutrients,” said Cabauatan.
Depending of your activity level, water intake varies for everyone. On the average J.R. recommends that men should consume three liters a day while women should consume two to two and a half liters.
Also, getting our full night’s rest will help us stay on track towards weight loss.
“When we’re sleeping for eight hours a day that’s when our brain is healing, repairing itself,” said Cabauatan. “If we are not getting enough rest we will not be able to make proper decisions. Our emotions are not going to be balanced properly and that’s going to lead to making bad decisions when you’re deciding what to eat a lunch that day.”
Finally and obviously, nutrition is paramount to weight loss but what exactly are we suppose to eat?
J.R. recommends visiting choosemyplate.gov. to help those create a healthy meal plan and to answer all our questions about nutrition.
“It gives you a general understanding of what nutrition is and what are the different food groups and what’s in different foods so I would recommend people to go there as a foundation,” said Cabauatan.
He reminds us that we need to acknowledge that we want to change for the better in order to successfully achieve our weight loss goal.
“People should be focused on just healthier eating habits. What you eat is not as important as why you eat,” said Cabauatan. “Before you start counting calories or eating more carbs, fat, protein, whatever you want your diet to be or look like – really take the time to listen to your body and listen to the signals that tell you you’re full or you’re hungry.”
J.R. shares with us three basic exercises that targets the entire body and could be done at your convenience. It was so easy even I could do it.
Going out for a walk is great cardio to get your entire system going.
“30 minutes of a walk, it doesn’t need to be a run, is good enough,” said Cabauatan.
Body squats can be done anywhere and works out your entire lower body.
“I’m going to have you squat down on your heels like you’re about to pick up a box and come back up,” said Cabauatan. “And when you come back up I want you to squeeze your quads and squeeze your glutes.”
And the plank is an exercise that truly activates your core.
“You want your back to be straight,” said Cabauatan.” Your shoulders right above your elbow. You want to make sure you’re breathing the whole time. Tighten up your core. Knees are off the ground and you want to hold it for at least 20-30 seconds, if you can hold for a minute that would be good too.”
J.R. says that a lot of people find it hard to keep this resolution because the results do not usually come fast but he reminds us not to give up.
“Just get started,” said Cabauatan. “Health and wellness isn’t a two month or a three month thing. It’s really a lifestyle. For a lot of people if their weight is an issue and they’re not happy with their weight hopefully they understand that the weight wasn’t put on in a matter of months. It may have happened over time and to lose that weight safely and to keep it off that weight loss will have to be gradual and again over time.”
Regardless what your resolutions are JR reminds us that we need a lot of consistency and a positive attitude to achieve our goals.
It takes a whole lifetime for someone to master their own craft! For this 17-year old aspiring Disney and Marvel artist - Mandy Wang, she shows that with passion, patience and dedication to her craft, she can improve tremendously in just a year to get where she wants to be!
This extremely talented young lady has been posting her artwork online via Instagram, through a course of a year trying to develop her skills as an expert illustrator, to one day becoming an artist for the well-loved Disney and/or Marvel companies! Just scanning through her work, you'll automatically think she has probably been perfecting her craft all her life! You'll find many of your most favorite Disney characters and of course your favorite superheroes too! But her work isn't limited to that, as you'll also find some realistic celebrity artwork as well! She can paint using watercolors, acrylic, and use colored pencils making all of the little details show and it is astounding!
With her already professional-looking artwork and her exceedingly above-average improvement rate, we're almost certain that she will, one day, get that dream job she's aiming for!
Here are some of our favorites from her instagram accounts that we're sure you'll love too!
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It's back to reality for the majority of us, but that's nothing to worry about! Put a smile on your face and start the day right with nothing but optimism! And to help get you're positivity rolling, we've got a video of an amazingly smart puppy who learned so many tricks in just 4 days!
Brody Brixton - a French Bulldog puppy owned by Misa Minnies, was trained at a very young age! With the owner's wide experience working with dogs, she was able to teach Brody so quickly, it even surprised her! Hardwork, patience and a smart pup like Brody goes a long way, and at his learning rate, we're sure that this puppy is going places!
Brody the French pup has already gained so much recognition through this viral video which now has over 1-million views! Get your daily dose of good vibes by watching this video! It's guaranteed to make your heart melt!
Video Psted By: MeSoMiniMisa
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So much can happen in just one year and we can easily say that 2014 was filled with remarkable, outrageous and shocking events around the world that will remain with us in time! From great movies, songs, deaths of celebrities, rise of new artists, sports, wildlife, disasters, wins, losses, politics - you name it! Anything and everything under the twenty-fourteen sun is compiled in this outstanding viral-video! But there's just too many to recall, that we may miss out some of the events that happened!
Well here's an incredible 4-minute video which highlights all of those remarkable happenings in 2014 which you may or may have not known about!
That's right, Ryan James Yezak - the amazing creator of this video, was able to compile all of those numerous events of 2014 all in just 4 minutes! Cool, huh? Just check it out for yourself and take a trip down memory lane by watching the video below!
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