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Moy Ortiz of The Company

Moy Ortiz of The Company

OJ Mariano of The Company

OJ Mariano of The Company

Online Host Julian Trono

Online Host Julian Trono

Prince Paltu-ob of D'Crew

Prince Paltu-ob of D’Crew

Ryan Cayabyab

Ryan Cayabyab

Sweet Plantado of The Company

Sweet Plantado of The Company

Tony V of Sound Squad

Tony V of Sound Squad

GMA Network launches the Philippines’ first-ever multi-platform boy band competition – To The Top.


Produced by GMA Public Affairs, To The Top is a twice-a-week reality-based, talent development program featuring 18 young and gifted male vocals who are all vying to be part of the Kapuso Network’s newest boy band.


Unlike other reality programs which held open auditions, To The Top scoured the country and invited the best male vocals from different schools and organizations to join the auditions.


The show documents the journey of these young men from being solo artists or being members of their respective singing groups to ultimately becoming part of the country’s newest boy band.


All these experiences were seen by the public when GMA made the competition initially available online via Serving as host of the program’s webisodes is Kapuso homegrown artist Julian Trono, who recently underwent intensive training under the Kpop system.


After a series of rigorous auditions, the program announced its 25 finalists, which were later trimmed down to 14. Adding a twist to the competition, netizens were then asked to vote for their favorites who were earlier eliminated in the series to become the competition’s wildcards.  Thus, a total of 18 finalists will now work their way to the top.


The 18 TO THE TOP artists are AJ Ajrouche, Lance Busa, Ken Carpena, Mico Cruz, Cholo dela Cruz, Martin de Vera, Luis Gragera, Joshua Jacobe, MJ Magno, Miko Manguba, Seph Manlapaz, Bryan Olano, JP Palanca, Adrian Pascual, Louie Pedroso, Lharby Policarpio, Edric Ulang and Chris Yumang.


Throughout the season, the artists – who will be divided into three groups – will be housed together and will undergo more intensive vocal and dance trainings for their upcoming performances and evaluations.


Helping the program achieve this are some of the country’s top music icons led by no less than Maestro Ryan Cayabyab serving as the competition’s main judge.


Joining The Maestro in this project are vocal coaches Moy Ortiz, Sweet Plantado and OJ Mariano of the Philippines’ premier vocal ensemble The Company; dance coaches and 2-time World Hip Hop Champions Philippine All-stars alumni Madelle and Prince Paltu-ob, as well as international breakdancing champion Jesse “Reflex” Gotangco; and the Sound Squad of musical arrangers and sound engineers led by Jonathan Ong and his team from Sonic State Audio — Chino David, Chrisanthony Vinzons and Brian Lotho.


Also lending his expertise in the early part of the competition is celebrity ace photographer Mark Nicdao.


Who among them will make it to the top? Find out as the showdown begins July 20 in ASPAC and July 19 in the US, Canada and the Middle East.


For the latest updates, follow TO THE TOP on Facebook, Twitter, and on Instagram


December 1, 2010 — Leave a comment

Margie T Logarta

Margie T Logarta, managing editor, Asia, Panacea Publishing Asia and Business Traveller magazine, has observed the travel and hospitality industry long enough to be constantly asked for her opinion on issues affecting service and burning industry concerns.

Here’s her take on the world of business travel. She welcomes your comments, arguments and other musings.

‘Tis the season when our thoughts turn to giving.

But why should it take us just this time of the year to think of others less fortunate? Because of the pile of charity mailers reminding us that we’ve been too consumed by work to reach out? Because the tinsel and trimmings and bright paper packages remind us that there are so many, many people who have little, if anything to celebrate?

But we are luckier to have our jobs that come with the exhilarating perk of travel, our talents, our families, our health (hopefully), our friends and the luxury of being able to buy the latest tech gadgets and go on holidays to somewhere nice. If we don’t have exactly all of these, at least a combination, I hope.

Countless others, who have experienced war, famine, natural disasters, human abuse and prejudice, do not even dare to dream anymore. Such are the depths of misery they have sunk to, and they continue to stare into the gates of hell.

Edmund Burke, the Irish political philosopher, said it best when he declared all that was needed for evil to triumph was for “good men to do nothing”. I agree – what is the use of being good at your job, at being a partner, at being a parent, at being a colleague, but do nothing for the wider community?

There are many ways to do this. The important thing is to start – and never stop.

Margie T Logarta

Managing Editor, Asia

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific

Andara Resort & Villas, Phuket

September 15, 2010 — 1 Comment

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Nestled on a lush hillside above Phuket’s Kamala Bay, just 28 kilometers from Phuket International airport, each of Andara’s freestanding villas and suites features a Thai-inspired interior, silk-lined walls, and spectacular views of the Andaman Sea. The resort’s Pool Suite Penthouses offer the spacious luxury of a villa in the convenience of an apartment suite. A staircase leads up to a private roof-top deck with an infinity pool and uninterrupted views of the green hills, blue sky, and turquoise water.

Full resort facilities include a 40-meter outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a state-of-the-art gym, a beach club, and two custom-finished yachts—28-meters and 35-meters—with which to explore the nearby islands. Secluded and sensual, the Andara Spa offers treatments including traditional Thai massage and a variety of scrubs, detoxes and body treatments, while the alfresco Silk Restaurant and Bar offers some of Phuket’s finest Thai cuisine.

15 Moo 6, Kamala Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand

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May 29, 2010 — Leave a comment

Dolphin World in Safari World Bangkok

Sawasdee! We have been to Bangkok, Thailand a couple of times already.  What we love about this place, is that people you would see, would have a ready smile on their face.  We have been always warned not to take the Tuk Tuk in Thailand, as they are most of the time unreliable.  But we love coming to this place, the food is great, the people are hospitable and smiling, the shops and bargains abound, plus the relaxing traditional Thai massage.  Plus it is not so expensive here, the prices are just like back in my homeland, the Philippines.

Lions feeding

Among one of our trips to Bangkok, we visited the The Safari World Bangkok.  As both me and my son are avid animal lovers, we made sure we visited this safari theme park.  We saw a lot of animals here.  There were Lions, Tigers, Ligers (Lion-Tiger breed), deers, giraffes, camels, etc.  The fun thing is you ride a bus, and the bus strolls along an open type safari, wherein sometimes the animals come close to the bus.  The scary thing was when the bus stopped at the Lion and

Tiger’s Pride

Tiger area, while they were feeding.  Besides a safari, this theme park also has a marine park, a stunt attraction show, and many more.  In the marine park, there is a performance by a member of the whale family, not a dolphin, but a real whale.  Also there is the Polar Bear.  The stunt attraction show is like a live action movie, where you feel and hear everything, like you are part of the movie.  The is also the Sofa Gardens.

Aquarium Car

Another good place to see is at the basement of Siam Paragon, a massive shopping complex, which houses the Siam Ocean World, billed as the largest aquarium in South East Asia.  This is like Ocean Park Hong Kong for Hong Kong, and Manila Ocean Park for the Philippines.  This houses marine animals such as penguins, Giant Spider Crabs, and Grey Nurse Shark, just to name a few.  It also has a “car aquarium,” where in a car was turned into a giant aquarium for fresh water fishes.  Plus after you finish, you could go shopping, or have a bite in the shopping mall complex.  A must see for every animal lover.