MARS MONDAY: Lovely Abella and Pekto of Sunday Pinasaya

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In Mars, not only do we get to see the fun side of the Kapuso stars because here, we also discover their talents other than acting.

In Handy Mars, sexy- comedienne Lovely Abella shows us how to craft our own ref magnets so that we can personalize our ref decorations. Meanwhile, in the kitchen, comedian Pekto reveals a side of him that loves to cook when he introduces us to his vegetarian-friendly dish, Tofu Tacos.
We also witness Lovely and Pekto unleash their competitive side when they face off Suzi and Camille in a game that requires teamwork and coordination. Tune in for that in the Mars Magaling  Taglish Vocabulary challenge.
The night is not complete without some chikahan catch-up with the guests. So Lovely and Pekto discuss their thoughts and insights about everything related to status in Grab-A-Word.
Make sure to catch this tonight on Mars! 7pm on GMA News TV.

MARS MONDAY: Lovely Rivero and Eagle Riggs

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On the last day of the Mars October’s Best Bazaar, Eagle Riggs and Lovely Rivero bring the fun to the discussion when they reveal their secrets in True Lies. Guess who’s partially deaf and guess who among them does not use a deodorant due to allergy. Are they truths or lies?
Since Mars is about sharing, Lovely showcases her mother’s recipe which is an all-time favorite of hers. It’s called the Crispy Fish Fillet with Sweet Spicy Sauce! Find out the special ingredient that makes it extra crispy! Clue, it’s very affordable and accessible!
Eagle is also teaching us something new. For those who can’t afford a high-class oven, turn your flower pot into one! How? Better see it for yourself on this episode.
To cap off the show, the hosts and guests will face off in an intense Forbidden Word challenge that tests their vocabulary and guessing skills.
Make sure to tune in tonight on Mars!

MARS MONDAY: Paul Salas and Jim Salas of Universal Motion Dancers

It will be the first time that father and son Paul and Jim Salas will headline MARS. Suzi and Camille will surely give them a warm welcome especially to Paul whose back to being a Kapuso after so many years! The guys are set to make it an unforgettable guesting because each of them has his own paandar!

Being a self-confessed basketball fan, Paul gives us a step-by-step guide to make a trash bin inspired by basketball! And Jim shows off his signature dance moves that make us reminisce the 90s when he was with the Universal Motion Dancers.

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For Huwebest, a special Honey Ribs recipe will be prepared by Chef Karl Kaw. Sarap to the bones, indeed. So be sure to tune in at 7 tonight on Mars on GMA NEWS TV!

MARS MONDAY: Revilla Brothers

 

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In a rare occasion, the Revilla Brothers will be on Mars to join the discussion with Mars Camille and Mars Suzi. Is it really true that your birth order affects your personality? The brothers will help us debunk the myths and reveal the facts in a fun activity on Mars Sharing Group.

Aside from being an actor and politician, Jolo is a self-taught cook. His love for food makes him prepare dishes for his family and one of his signature recipes is the Steak Fried Rice. Our Mars will also get a taste of that tonight. Meanwhile, Luigi is a black belter in mixed martial arts. He will be leading the Workout Ni Idol segment featuring his training exercises.

In the movies, the Revillas are also known to have filmed stories about anting-anting and agimat. Let’s find out more about them with a psychic consultant, Chito Mercader on Paranormars.

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So much fun chikahan is in store fo you tonight so don’t miss this Mars episode on 7pm only on GMA News TV.

 

 

FILM FRIDAYS: Max’s Resto END ALIENATION ad

Imagine aliens invading Manila at present. Given the familiarity of the theme as we’ve seen it in movies before, it makes up for a cinematic although unoriginal premise. But can you imagine a restaurant producing a digital short about such story in order to promote their dining brand? That’s an extraordinary and daring feat altogether that Max’s of Manila or Max’s, a Philippine-based restaurant, had pulled off. And quite successfully at that. In the words of millennials these days, “advance sila mag-isip.”

Veering away from the traditional ‘hugot’ love stories or melodramatic snippets of family life, this new online commercial (released last October 14) from Max’s still tugs at the heartstrings without resorting to the familiar. In the first minute, we don’t see food, or chicken, which is mainly their bestseller. Also absent are the brand’s well-known celebrity endorsers like Piolo Pascual or Coco Martin. Instead, they’ve invested on aliens.

The ad starts with a family of aliens who landed in present day Manila. It showcases scenes with people who are unquestionably terrified upon seeing the aliens. The next day, they are met with violence when alien effigies are burned on the streets in protest of their presence. In the middle of this terror and chaos, a Max’s security guard nearby comes to the rescue when he opens the restaurant’s door as if signifying a warm welcome to these beings. A waitress then ushers them inside with a big smile on her face. Inside Max’s, the aliens, and in turn we as viewers, are amazed by the sight. Everybody is accepted here regardless of gender, age, color, nationality or even specie. Then on cue we can hear a children’s rendition of Kaleidoscope World by the late rapper, Francis Magalona. “Every color, every hue, is represented by me and you”. It ends with a pronounced and touching note of empathy and compassion with the text over black sayinh: “End alienation. Every kind of Family. Every day to the Max.”

From the get-go, it’s easy to dismiss this as one of those underbudgeted flicks shown on TV these days that are widely criticized by netizens. But this ad is fantastically crafted: the aliens look familiar but are not exactly a carbon copy of any movie or TV character we’ve seen; the visual effects are suitable such as the one shown during the top shot of the ‘space ship’ or the fabricated lamp post which fell down; plus the color grading is stunning, something that reminded me of a sci-fi movie like Blade Runner. But, technicalities aside, what truly stands out in this ad is its message. It is the brand’s fascinating take on family and inclusivity.

This two-minuter ad reminds us that relatable content together impressive cinematic storytelling will always rise above traditional gimmicks and cheap media depictions. The song used also reinforces the emotional appeal — or ‘pathos’ in the words of Aristotle—- of the ad. It’s about unity and acceptance. Moreover, with a brand spanning over 70 years, Max’s credibility or ‘ethos’ is also emphasized here. In fact, this only strengthened the company’s core values and its clear appreciation of their market or clientele. And finally, with a strong hook and finale about ending alienation, the ad delivers its argument or ‘logos’ beautifully, delivering the message that it wants to get across. That it’s not just about food. It’s about being in a safe place, lovingly enveloped with hospitality to a Filipino home, just like welcoming another member to the family.

 

MARS MONDAY: Yasser Marta of One Up and Mark Herras

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In their return to Mars, Mark Herras and Yasser Marta will be put On the Spot about their respective collections. Mark is into shoes and perfume while Yasser loves motorbike riding and photography.
 
But aside from the boys, young Kapuso actress Alyana Asistio will be seen in Keri Mo Na Yan, Mars. In detail, she’ll show us how to get a copy of our birth certificate from the Philippine Statistics Authority office.
 
An award-winning chef is also set to teach how to put a tangy twist to the classic Pinoy dish, Chicken Sisig. Take a look how he makes that in Mars Masarap FryDay edition.
 
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