Wednesday, March 9, 2016

(L-R): ACM Homes Group Vice President for Business Development and Corporate Marketing Angelina B. Magsanoc, ACM Homes President and Director Meldin Al G. Roy, HOME Connectivity Management Head Ken Alvarez and HOME Sales South Luzon District Head Willie Capacite.

Manila, Philippines – Another residential property developer has joined the PLDT family.

PLDT HOME recently inked a partnership with ACM Homes which will enable the multimedia services leader to power the latter’s communities with PLDT HOME DSL.

With HOME DSL, ACM Homes residents can enjoy family-sized connection with speeds of up to 8 Mbps. By bundling their subscriptions with an Entertainment Fam Plan, families can also enjoy world-class entertainment right in the comforts of home courtesy of iflix and Fox International Channels.

“We chose to partner with PLDT because they are the biggest and most dominant player in the industry, and we are confident that they can provide reliable service to our residents,” ACM Homes President and Director Meldin Al G. Roy said. “We look forward to this collaboration and to fruitful years ahead.”

ACM Homes is a high quality property developer with an established presence in the low and medium cost segments of the market. Their projects mainly cater to families of seafarers following a partnership with the Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Inc., one of the country’s oldest and largest crew management companies. Since its establishment in 1992, ACM Homes has developed over 20 projects and built over 12,000 homes in the CALABARZON area, and is eyeing expansion to Iloilo and  Davao.

PLDT VP and Home Marketing Support Head Raul S. Alvarez added, “We’re delighted to welcome ACM Homes into the PLDT family. Their development projects do a great service to our hardworking OFWs, and it is an honor for us to be able to support them with the strongest connections at home through our broadband services.”


Ymmanwel Rico Provinio

What tyrannical disservice could a democratic country, like the US of A, impose to its people? Why would a democratic country suddenly brandish communism in its own land?

World War is waving in the horizon, as the relations between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. deteriorated and the fear of the “Red Menace” reached unprecedented heights. A group called the House of Un-American Activities otherwise known as H.U.A.C., investigated thousands of Americans suspected of being communist sympathizers. Nobody was spared, when teachers, military contractors, civil servants, journalists, and others lost their jobs, their reputations, and even their families as suspicion and paranoia swept the nation. And Hollywood land and its denizens suffered from its claws and pangs.

Familiar Situations During the Philippine Martial Law

In the 1940s, Dalton Trumbo (played by Emmy & Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee, Byan Cranston) is one of the highest paid screenwriters in the world, penning movie classics including the Oscar-nominated “Kitty Foyle” and “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo”. A fixture on the Hollywood social scene, and a political activist supporting labor unions, equal pay, and civil rights. Brilliant, ambitious and contentious, Trumbo enjoyed exposing what he perceived as the world’s hypocrisy and injustices in his films. Academy Award-winners “Roman Holiday” and “The Brave Ones” were both written under pseudonyms during his 13-year exile from Hollywood.

In the late 1940s, the HUAC paid special attention to Hollywood, aimed at rooting out communists in the film industry. The Blacklist became a dreaded document when scores of prominent actors, directors, producers and screenwriters were publicly berated about their association with an array of organizations deemed to be “un-American”. Threatened with the loss of their livelihoods, many witnesses gave evidences against friends and colleagues. Ten of those called the “Hollywood Ten” refused to testify and answer any questions, denying the committee’s right to ask them about their political beliefs and denouncing the hearings as a violation of their civil rights. All ten were sentenced to prison for contempt of Congress. The best known among them was Dalton Trumbo.

“Trumbo was still known as a communist, but people don’t realize that he was actually patriot. He was a communist in the late 30s and early 40s, when that meant you were pro-labor and anti-Jim Crow, and you fought for civil rights for African-Americans,” says screenwriter John McNamara. “It had nothing to do with Russia and everything to do with how an already great country could improve itself”.

Trumbo’s story really breaks down to human rights as U.S. citizens to free speech and assembly. Trumbo and the other blacklisters were not only denied those rights – but persecuted without having committed any crimes. He was a true patriot – he loved his country. But the system failed him. His story is still relevant today, as the world in which we are living has many people facing too much intrusion from their government.

Indeed, these situations are familiar to the Filipinos who had experienced the dictatorial regime of Marcos in the 1970’s up to the 1980’s.

Powerful Enemies

During the Golden Age of Hollywood, actors John Wayne and Edward G. Robinson, together with a gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (played by Oscar winner Helen Mirren) were among Trumbo’s antagonists.

The quintessential man’s man and All-American hero, John Wayne, was one of the chief architects of Trumbo’s downfall. As the head of the Motion Pictures Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, he led the charge to ferret out communist sympathizers who wanted to use movies to influence the American people. Famed actor, Edward G. Robinson, who testified in front of the HUAC four times, ended betraying his friends and colleagues by giving out their names. He faced a moral dilemma of the most profound proportions.

Chief among Trumbo’s adversaries is the legendary gossip maven, Hedda Hopper, was a starlet whose career was never a success. She transferred her substantial energy into becoming a very successful Hollywood columnist with a large readership and enormous power. She marshaled the forces of anti-communism in Hollywood and came out strongly against Trumbo in particular. She was determined to convince America that these patriotic writers were traitors, and she wrote scathing, gossipy smears that were read by 35 million people.

Unexpected Allies    


At the apex of his career, Kirk Douglas, the superstar was one of the few brave insiders who used their influences to force the end of the blacklist in Hollywood. Douglas was instrumental in helping put blacklisted writers, performers, directors and other entertainment professionals back to work when he hired Dalton Trumbo.

Trumbo prevailed when star Kirk Douglas and director Otto Preminger each put the screenwriter’s real name on screen in their respective 1960 blockbusters, “Spartacus” and “Exodus”, effectively brought down the blacklist era to an end.

The history of the blacklist era and its continued relevance today were also big attractions for all those involved. “We sometimes take our rights for granted,” says the film director Jay Roach. “Free speech is easy to protect when we are saying things that are popular, but the Bill of Rights is designed to protect unpopular speech, especially in times of crisis. The blacklist era is almost forgotten, but everyone recognized that we had a singular chance to remind the world of the importance of this story”.


Trumbo will be showing in the Philippines beginning March 16. For more information, visit Solar Pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instragram (@solarpicturePH).

Monday, March 7, 2016

LG reveals AC innovations for a cool and healthy summer

Energy-efficient and mosquito-repelling technologies protect families
from mosquito-borne diseases during the summer season
MANILA – The summer season is almost here! This year, however, the season may usher in heat waves, droughts and dry spells, which, when coupled with the country’s tropical weather, can result in intolerably warm temperatures and a spike in local cases of mosquito-borne diseases like the Zika virus. With global technology leader LG Electronics’ innovations in the field of air conditioning, Filipino consumers can definitely be at ease and keep wives and children protected inside energy-efficient, mosquito-free spaces.

Cost-efficient cooling solutions with energy-saving LG Inverter V
Cool comfort doesn’t have to come with an astronomical power bill thanks to LG’s deluxe Inverter V air conditioners. Powered by the Inverter V compressor, these AC models allow for quick and powerful cooling while bringing down consumption up to 69 percent. Users can enjoy cool comfort without worrying about steep electricity bills even during the height of summer.

Inverter V ACs are perfect for indoor use, with its ultra-silent BLDC fan motor and Torque Control that allow precise reduction of noise, vibration, and compression loss. The advanced smart Inverter system automatically adjusts the compressor to maintain the user’s desired temperature with minimal fluctuation. Electrical consumption can also be controlled through a built-in 4-step Watt option. All these features contribute to the energy-efficiency and cost-efficiency of Inverter V ACs.

Furthermore, LG Inverter V models come in sleek, Red Dot Award-winning designs that will make them great additions to any modern space.

Disease-free interiors with LG Mosquito Away technology
Another revolutionary innovation from LG is the Mosquito Away ultrasonic repellent technology built into its residential air conditioning models. After careful testing, UP Los BaƱos Crop Protection Cluster Research Professor Dr. Pio A. Javier proved that this line of LG air conditioners repel, with 82.71 percent success rate, the dengue- and Zika virus-spreading mosquito Aedes aegypti.

Aside from keeping spaces disease-free, LG Mosquito Away ACs also come with a low-voltage starter for increased energy efficiency in lower temperatures and a jet cooling feature that can quickly cool a room within a couple of minutes.

“More than energy efficiency and powerful cooling capacity, our air conditioning line-up offers a clean and healthy environment putting families at ease especially for the upcoming summer season,” LG Philippines Air Conditioning and Energy Solutions VP Steve Kim said. “Our Inverter V and Mosquito Away models serve as yet another testament to how we make life better for our Filipino consumers.”

For more information on LG’s Inverter V and Mosquito Away air conditioners,, like LG Philippines’ official Facebook page or follow @LGPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram.

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