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Rianne Hill Soriano Demo Reel

This three-minute reel features selected directorial project clips from both my commercial works and independent films.

These excerpts showcase animation, motion graphics and interactive video productions, emotion pieces with kid, family, couple, and adult characters, diverse genre scenes, natural and man-made tourist attractions, industrial spaces, and realty structures.

Music inspired by Ghostpocalypse by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 and arranged and mixed by Philip Arvin Jarilla.

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Rianne Hill Soriano Director’s Showreel
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My most personal edited project to date; our most personal video collaboration to date. Thanks to our frequent collaborator production designer Joy who made my GoPro bridal bouquet inspired by our “Denim Neo-classic” theme. Like the designs for our wedding, the bridal bouquet used recycled materials as well.

I shot my own wedding and my husband, who frequently collaborates with me on my film and commercial projects as sound engineer and/or scorer, worked on the audio requirements.

For the most part, this wedding film was shot on a first-person perspective, giving a raw, more personal and genuine chronicling of a wedding from the viewpoints of those involved in this special occasion.

Let us share the intimacy of a wedding celebration from the “other” camera perspective — the bride’s. And at some point, the couple’s and the wedding party’s perspectives as well.

Watch the entirety of the professionally edited 29 minutes, 38 seconds of this GoPro-shot wedding or simply give the first 3 minutes a chance, then let’s see if you want to keep up with what’s next…

Best watched in HD (1080p).

Next time, we’ll upload the official wedding video with full coverage of our wedding celebration from the traditional perspective, then there will be a balance between the two points of view.

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Rianne & Philip Wedding Shot with GoPro Bridal Bouquet
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Della’s Kitchen at Delano Las Vegas will host a special farmhouse dinner Sunday, May 17 at 6 p.m. The event will tantalize taste buds with locally sourced and sustainable offerings showcased through five elegant courses designed by Executive Chef Jay Calimlim. Guests will be educated on the importance of local produce and how these ingredients come together to create a delicious culinary experience.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception where guests will have the opportunity to meet Chef Calimlim as well as mingle with other attendees. Passed hors d’oeuvres will be served including Beef Tartare Benedict, Seared Diver Scallops and Chilled English Pea Shooters. At 7 p.m., guests will be seated and the culinary adventure will begin.

The delightful event menu will feature:

  • Spring Asparagus served with smoke crème fraiche, organic beets and pea tendrils
  • Durham Ranch Country Fried Quail served with local honey, lavender, smoked maldon and pepper mignonette
  • Berkshire Pork “Chop” served with creamy grits, baby root vegetables and pickled mustard seeds
  • Tahoe Cheese’s “Black & Blue” served with an oat and walnut crust topped with cherry gastrique
  • Lemon-Lime White Chocolate Cremeux served with oven roasted apricot, almond and hazelnut ice cream

The menu at Della’s Kitchen is focused on local and regional ingredients, including Delano Las Vegas’ own greenhouse, which supplies herbs for the desert-sustainable breakfast and lunch menu. Sustainability highlights for the farmhouse dinner menu include exclusive Nevada vendors such as Painted Hill Natural Beef, Durham Ranch Game Birds and Berkshire Pork, Tahoe Cheese and Mojave Desert Honey. From no added hormones or antibiotics to humanely treated and minimally processed ingredients, all of these sustainable options will provide superior flavor throughout this event.

Tickets are priced at $78 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and are available for purchase by emailing dellas@delanolasvegas.com or by calling the restaurant directly at 702.632.9254. Space is limited.

 

Della’s Kitchen farm dinner in Delano Las Vegas
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Shark Reef Aquarium Hammerheads

Las Vegas — The Shark Reef Aquarium Hammerheads can now be seen by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino visitors.

This spring, two new curious creatures are lurking beneath the surface of Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. The attraction’s newest residents, a pair of Scalloped Hammerheads, were recently introduced into the 1.3-million-gallon Shipwreck exhibit.

Distinguished by the unusual shape of their heads, Scalloped Hammerheads reside in coastal warm temperate and tropical seas, and can grow up to 14 feet in length, weighing over 300 pounds. Shark Reef Aquarium is one of only three aquariums in the United States that Scalloped Hammerheads call home.

“Scalloped Hammerheads are one of the most distinguishable species of sharks and we are honored to welcome these stunning creatures to our aquarium,” said Adrienne Rowland, director of Shark Reef Aquarium. “Guests will be intrigued when they see these magnificent fish swimming alongside other Shark Reef favorites.”

Each of the Scalloped Hammerheads was retrieved from a sustainable and healthy population in Hawaii. Other populations of Scalloped Hammerheads were listed as an endangered species in 2014.

“We are fortunate to have these animals in our aquarium for our guests who may never have the opportunity to see them in the wild,” said Rowland. “This experience provides guests with a better understanding of the delicate balance of life in our oceans.”

Shark Reef is now home to two species of hammerhead sharks: the Scalloped Hammerhead and the smaller Bonnethead Sharks.

 

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay: Welcoming the Hammerheads
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airlines with flights from US to Philippines
For those intending to travel to the Philippines from U.S. and Canada, there are many airlines offering both direct and codeshared flights. For passengers traveling to the Philippines with flight itineraries involving more than one carrier (through connecting flights), it is best to inquire at the airport’s check-in counter if checked-in baggages need to be checked-out and checked-in again at the connection point, or if the baggages just need to be picked-up at the passengers’ destination.

Here is a shortlist of airlines serving flights from the U.S. and Canada to the Philippines (and back):

Air Canada
(Canada) 1-888-247-2262; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-840-4626 to 28
Frequent Flyer: Aeroplan

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Known to have the most extensive flights available from Canada to the Philippines and back, Air Canada offer international flights from all over Canada to the Philippines via Vancouver and Toronto. There are daily flights are available with stopovers: in Hong Kong, China; Narita, Japan), and Seoul, Korea.

American Airlines
(U.S.) 1-800-433-7300; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-817-8645
Frequent Flyer: AAdvantage

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American Airlines has an extensive U.S. network and codeshare agreement with other Asian airlines to fly their U.S. passengers to Manila, Philippines and other key cities in the country.

Asiana Airlines
(U.S) 1-800-227-4262; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-892-5688 to 89, (Cebu Philippines) +63-32-342-8066 to 67, (Pampanga, Philippines) +63-45-599-6657 to 78

Frequent Flyer: Asiana Club
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Asiana Airlines is the second major carrier of South Korea. It has flights from Canada to Manila via Vancouver. In the U.S., Asiana has a significant number of flights from major U.S. cities to the Philippines.

Cathay Pacific Airways
(U.S.) 1-800-233-2742; (Canada) 1-800-268-6868; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-757-2436 to 37, (Cebu, Philippines) +63-32-231-3747, (Davao, Philippines) +63-82-222-8901
Frequent Flyer: Asia Miles

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Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s flag carrier, services three of the largest U.S. cities New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco with direct flights to the Philippines. The other cities have partnerships with regional airline companies to fly passengers to the Philippines. Cathay Pacific has daily flights directly traveling to the Philippines via its two biggest cities, Toronto and Vancouver. It also has many codeshare flights with other airline companies in Canada to passengers to Canadian cities not serviced directly by the airline.

Delta Airlines

(U.S. and Canada) 1-800-447-4747; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-889-6440
Frequent Flyer: Skymiles

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Delta Airlines service flights to Manila from both the U.S. and Canada. In the U.S., it has direct access to and from Manila with its own fleet. It also offers multi-city flights in and out of major Canadian cities through direct and codeshare agreements with other airline companies.

Eva Air
(U.S. and Canada) 1-800-695-1188; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-753-1380 to 82
Frequent Flyer: Evergreen Club

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Eva Air, Taiwan’s major flag carrier, has daily flights from four major U.S. cities Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York to Taiwan. Then, Eva Air takes the passengers from Taiwan to Manila. In Canada, Eva Air services Vancouver direct to Taiwan; while passengers from other Canadian cities take a partner airline to reach a connecting flight going to Manila. From Taiwan, Eva Air takes North American passengers to Manila. Flights are available daily.

Japan Airlines
(U.S. and Canada) 1-800-525-3663; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-886-6868
Frequent Flyer: JAL Mileage Bank

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Japan Airlines has extensive available flights in several U.S. cities, whether direct or codeshared flights. Japan Airlines services Vancouver and Toronto in Canada. From Vancouver, the airlines has direct flights to Tokyo. From Toronto, passengers need to disembark through Chicago to take a codeshared flight to Toronto.

Korean Air
(U.S. and Canada) 1-800-438-5000; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-893-4909
Frequent Flyer: Skypass

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Korean Air, South Korea’s flag carrier, has several service areas in the U.S. and it service direct flights to Seoul thrice a week. It also services two the Canadian cities Vancouver and Toronto. From Seoul, passengers bound for the Philippines can avail of several daily flights to Manila.

Philippine Airlines
(U.S. and Canada) 1-800-435-9725; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-818-4914 and +63-2-816-4302, (Cebu, Philippines) +63-32-252-8412 and +63-2-252-8917, (Davao, Philippines) +63-82-224-6977
Frequent Flyer: Mabuhay Miles

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Philippine Airlines, the Philippines’ flag carrier, has multi-city, daily flights from all over the U.S. to major Philippine cities. The airline also services thrice weekly flights in and out of Vancouver to Manila. These flights connect passengers to regional airports in the Philippines including Cebu and Davao.

Singapore Airlines
(U.S) 1-800-742-3333; (Canada) 1-800-387-0038; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-756-8888, +63-2-756-8877, and +63-2-756-8899, (Cebu, Philippines) +63-32-232-6211, (Davao, Philippines), +63-82-221-1039, +63-82-224-5608
Frequent Flyer: KrisFlyer

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Singapore Airlines has flights available from the Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. It also flies in and out of Canada via Vancouver. From these cities, passengers can get a connecting flight to Manila and other Philippine destinations serviced by Singapore Airlines from Singapore.

Thai Airways
(U.S. and Canada) 1-800-426-5204; (Manila, Philippines) +63-2-812-4744
Frequent Flyer: Royal Orchid Plus

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Thai Airways have flights from New York and Los Angeles to the Philippines via codesharing with other airlines. Passengers coming from Canada get connecting flights to Canada from the U.S.

Airlines with Flights from the U.S. and Canada to the Philippines
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popular bars in Reno, Amendment 21A number of popular bars in Reno offer good food, fun drinks, intimate spots, cozy dining, and wild atmosphere for tourists and locals alike. From upscale pubs to hip and indie-style night spots, the bars in this northwestern side of Nevada provide diverse options for partying guests. Here are some of the popular nightlife spots that are worth checking out:

Amendment 21 Grill and Sports Bar

Amendment 21 is an ideal place for enjoying sports shows, especially football games.

This casual spot in downtown Reno serves beer on draft and traditional American-style food. Its guest amenities include a billiards area, HD sports programming, video-game consoles, and internet jukebox.

Amendment 21 serves lunch and dinner everyday and the popular breakfast specials during weekends.

The Underground

As one of Reno’s largest music venues, The Underground features some of the best local, regional, and national acts to ever grace the night scene. It has already hosted a series of post-Burning Man parties and a couple of private events with shows ranging from the hardcore to the world beat.

It boasts professional sound engineers for their events and it has access to the hottest DJs and other music talents in the country. The place promotes that urban feel with the brick walls and spaces that can often fit the guests’ party requirements. The Tree House Lounge showcases walls covered in art, a stage with stripper poles, and a totally jungle-gym feel.

Providing another unique vibe to the he nightlife experience, it features a 4,000-square-foot area called the Showroom, an ideal venue for concerts, dancing, and wild party nights. It offers a professional stage complete with concert video, sound, and lighting equipment. It has a fully stocked bar with the finest bartenders in town. The Underground also provides guests with a VIP room and another option to enjoy the night through that more cozy, intimate feel at The Back Alley Lounge.

5 Star Saloon

The 5 Star Saloon located in downtown Reno features a diverse crowd including homosexual and straight party people who enjoy meeting new friends for a fun and wild night.

Guests come over to listen to live shows and DJs or play billiards. On the weekdays, it has a friendly neighborhood bar; while on the weekends, it prides itself as a jam-packed dance club.

This bar spot also features the 5 Star Saloon Store where people can buy merchandise items with the bar’s trademark including shirts, hats and caps, bags, mugs, buttons and magnets, intimate apparel and adult fun stuff.

Popular bars in Reno, Nevada
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popular Chinese restaurants in Henderson, Nevada near Las Vegas

There is a fast-growing demand for Asian cuisine in the United States. One of the most popular is Chinese cuisine, which is readily apparent with the number of Chinese restaurants available in different states.

Henderson, Nevada is primarily a residential and commercial area that is just a few miles from the Las Vegas Strip. Living up to the Vegas signature offering of awesome buffets and delectable dining spots, the popular Chinese restaurants in Henderson offer a variety of famous house specials, combo meals, mixed vegetables, noodles, rice, and of course, the Chinese restaurant trademark fortune cookies.

From a local’s point of view, which ones are the most popular Chinese restaurants among Henderson residents?

P. F. Chang’s China Bistro

Serving a mixture of traditional and new variations of Chinese food, P. F. Chang’s China Bistro offers a unique combination of Chinese dishes, desserts, and fine wines all served in a stylish, high-energy bistro. There is a children’s menu and high chairs are available upon request. Customers can also dine on the patio or request to reserve a private room.

This dining spot boasts of using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients in every dish. It has a variety for any guest’s preferences from raw food to cooked meat to vegetarian meals. All entrees are served with a choice of either steamed brown or white rice. For starters there are soups, salads, sides, lunch bowls, noodles, rice and desserts. They also offer a good variety of specialty hot teas.

China A Go Go

China A Go Go has a great selection of traditional Chinese dishes at reasonable prices and very large servings. A top favorite is the wonton soup full of veggies, wontons, sliced pork, chicken, and shrimp.

This Chinese restaurant provides fast delivery within a three-mile radius in any of its three locations in the Henderson area. The service is always fast and friendly. The menu constantly expands to suit the diverse tastes of the diners.

Panda Express

With more than 1,000 branches throughout the U.S., Panda Express is one of the fastest growing Chinese restaurant chains in the country — Henderson is definitely part of the list. Award-winning designers and architects provide every Panda Express a unique and inviting look as each location radiates a dynamic background matching the unique taste of the meals being served.

In this Nevadan valley, the Orange Chicken is one of the most popular dishes. The large number of combo plates available offer each diner a choice between two or three entrees and a choice between noodles or rice for their meal orders.

Popular Chinese Restaurants in Henderson, Nevada
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Las Vegas is not the “Entertainment Capital of the World” for nothing. The city’s bars offer much diversity to take nightlife fun to the next level. From the elegant and upscale Vegas club-going experience to the weirdest and wildest textures of club extravagance, this tourist-driven city has so much to offer for people’s varying tastes and preferences.

Drai’s

3595 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109; 702-737-0555, 702-737-7801

Located at the basement of the Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall and Saloon (formerly Barbary Coast), Drai’s is a notable gourmet French restaurant during the the day and night’s regular hours, then it transforms into an after-hours nightclub by midnight. To date, Drai’s is the only after-hours bar and nightclub in Vegas where guests can literally go partying until the morning drops. It has consistently been the favorite of those looking forward to partying well after the regular nightclubs close their doors. As an iconic Vegas nightlife spot, it establishes itself as the longest-running late-night venue in this bustling tourist destination. This bar is known for its great house music and fine bottle selection and service.

As a trendy bar and Art Deco lounge bringing house beats and chill vibe to partying guests, this Vegas hotspot boasts interestingly hip, library-like furnishings and intimate interior design. It showcases moody bookshelves, plush sofas, decorative chairs, and tropical plants all with that impressive slice of artistic flair. It features a nightly performance of a small jazz ensemble that entertains the audience with light and soulful grooves. The warm and mostly reddish lights also set the mood for a taste of the newest sounds from the most popular and experimental DJs around.

Double Down Saloon

4640 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89109; 702-791-5775

Double Down Saloon is a punk rock site located east of the Strip and one block south of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with the sign “Happiest Place on Earth.” This dark biker bar showcases vivid chaotic and psychedelic murals covering the walls and ceiling. Wild videos abound in all directions. A diverse list of touring bands and various local and regional artists provides live music every weekend.

Going to Double Down becomes a complete dive bar experience with its eclectic and varied mix of both locals and tourists enjoying dirty jokes, goth murals, live punk music, jukebox, poker and pinball machines, and stage performances. As threatening and crude as it is, it has that weirdly warm and inviting atmosphere in a completely punk rock way. The bathroom looks like a crime scene filled with pornographic images and graffiti smeared with a number of God knows what. Punk converts including hot girls, male execs, bums, hipsters, bohemians, and regular Joes and Janes can grease up with the signature Bacon Martini or the Ass Juice (a combination of a number of liquors and fruit juices). The bar also offers the infampus Leprechaun piss (a green concoction that hides its kick-ass strength through its well-masked sweet taste) and the awesome Schlitz beer.

Beauty Bar

517 Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101; 702-598-1965

Beauty Bar is not your typical bar nor your average nightlife spot in Vegas. It packages itself as a unique place complete with full salon-style atmosphere. It is located in the east side of the historic Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, right between Fremont and the 6th. This gaming-free joint outfitted with a retro-salon interior is a 2,100-square foot location with salon equipment salvaged from the old Capri Salon and Style in Trenton, New Jersey. Its alcove lighting comes from the Algiers Hotel in Las Vegas. It features retro deluxe dryer seats, elaborately mirrored vanities, and other old school salon accessories and furnishings.

The allure of a 1950’s-era salon makes this trendy beauty salnghon-themed nightspot a refuge outside the usual buzz of the Vegas casino culture. It mixes the unique martinis and manicures experience and the manicure demonstration sessions that are comparable with the best masculine sports bars around. It also features live entertainment from top DJs seven nights a week at no cover charge, except during special events.

Diversified List of 2010 Best Bars in Las Vegas
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As an occasion of ethnic pride celebrated throughout Mexico and the U.S., the Cinco de Mayo festivities in the Las Vegas area offer a lot of great food and drinks, fun events, and themed contests around the valley.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at The Chef’s Table

Star and Will’s Residence 10029 Artistic Walk Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89149

Keeping up with the Mexican tradition of eating, drinking, dancing and celebrating during the occasion, the Chef’s Table invites guests to celebrate with them the annual observance of the Mexicans’ historic day of unity and patriotism on May 1, 2010, 5:00 p.m. Guests are expected to enjoy festival food including Barbacoa, Carnitas, Arroz, Frijoles, Pico De Gallo, Tortillas, Chips and Salsa, Pan Dulce, and Margaritas. There will also be a salsa contest for those who can whip-up the best homemade salsa. Those who are interested should bring their labeled entries during the celebration.

There is a $10 per person fee to be collected at the door. Reservations should be made on or before Apr. 29, 6:00 p.m. There is an option not to pay the $10 fee by bringing a bottle of tequila. Interestingly, there is a welterweight boxing match on the same night: Mosley vs. Mayweather. And if there’s enough interest and donations, guests can enjoy watching the pay-per-view fight while enjoying the rest of the festivities. The event will be hosted by Star M and Vernalisa, The Party Chef.

Lindo – Centennial’s The Gringo and Me ‘Cantina’

7870 W. Tropical Parkway Las Vegas, NV 89149

The Lindo Michoacan Gourmet Mexican Cuisine invites everyone for the 2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Lindo Centennial. On May 5, 2010, guests will enjoy festivities all day long with food, beer, and margarita specials, the featuring of the Karma Tequila (a top shelf 100% blue agave tequila); the live Mariachi Band “Mariachi Franco” performing from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Lindo T-shirt Giveaway, the FUZE Jamis Mountain Bike and Coleman Roadtrip Grill Giveaway, and the featuring of the Karma Tequila Girls to further spice up the occasion.

Pre-Cinco de Mayo Celebrations at the Rio Hotel

3700 W. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89103

A two-day event intended to kick off a weekend before Cinco de Mayo 2010, the Pre-Cinco de Mayo at the Rio Hotel and Casino will feature the most popular Tejano bands including popular groups and folk and regional performers at the hotel’s pavilion.

The Friday event will feature: David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Roberto Pulido Y Los Clasicos, Chente Barrera, Tobias Rene and Gabe Nieto and Jalapeno Express. The Saturday event will feature: Little Joe Y La Familia, Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers and Charlie Rich, Jr.

Comedian Rick Martinez at Harrah’s The Improv

3475 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109

May 3, 2010 shall mark an early celebration of Cinco de Mayo at the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino by sharing a few margaritas and laughs with Latin comedy sensation Rick Martinez. Bringing his style of hilarity to The Improv stage by 8:30 p.m., this special one-night-only performance by the Mr. “Spicy Latino Nights” himself will offer Latino music and stand-up comedy performances for guests to enjoy.

Tickets are sold at $19.75 (plus applicable taxes) for general admission and $27.45 (plus applicable taxes) for VIP tickets. The VIP treat includes special seating, meet and greet with Rick Martinez, and a complimentary T-shirt. Tickets can be purchased at the Harrah’s Box Office (702-369-5223) and online at www.harrahs.com.

Erik Estrada at the Tacos & Tequila’s 12-Hour Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

3900 Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109

Erik Estrada will host the tribute to Tacos and Tequila’s (T&T) most beloved holiday on the second annual 12-hour celebration of Cinco de Mayo on May 5, 2010 (starting at 11:00 a.m.). T&T at the Luxor Hotel and Casino will provide sizzling Cinco de Mayo food and drink specials, a Mariachi happy hour from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., “Cock-a-Doodle Duel” competitions, and an action-packed fiesta hosted by former “CHiPs” star and Cinco de Mayo celebrity favorite Erik Estrada.

Estrada and surprise guest judges will also host the Tacos & Tequila’s “Miss T&T Hot Tamale” pageant. Guests will expect a stunning lineup of Vegas’ hottest muchachas to go head-to-head in a competition of brains, beauty, and brawn. The winner will receive $5,000 in cash and will become a spokesmodel for T&T and Hennessey Black.

2010 Cinco De Mayo Celebrations in Las Vegas
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Boracay, top sailing destinations around the globe

It is quite a challenge to rank the best sailing destinations of the world. In fact, there are just too many tropical delights from the Americas to the Far East to fulfill every sailing enthusiast’s notion of a dream paradise.

Top Sailing Destinations Around the Globe

For the sake of a variety, this diverse list sums up some of the top sailing destinations around the globe through these sub-categories: Caribbean, Far East, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, North America, and South Pacific.

Caribbean

Abacos, Bahamas

Sailing to the Caribbean paradise of Abacos in the Bahamas offers excellent fishing areas, beautiful coral reefs, museums, beach bars, and restaurants. One of the best spots in the area is the secluded, well-protected anchorage at Little Harbour. It provides a relaxing site of the sunset, spectacular views of the Atlantic, plentiful marinas, and quaint villages and towns. A popular cruising ground is the Green Turtle Cay. It features eclectic shops and restaurants and a number of historical sites and museums. Patrons of visual arts like painting, photography, and sculpture can find solace at art-savvy places like the Albert Lowe Museum and the Memorial Sculpture Garden.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

The island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands attracts many tourists with its powdery white sand beaches, lush green mountains, and sheltered yacht-filled harbor. With fair winds and sheltered waters of minimal tidal currents, it offers a variety of exciting possibilities with short hops to new destinations often in a few hours or less. This natural beauty features majestic stone formations, intriguing flooded caves, and captivating coral reefs. The beaches make for excellent swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and scuba diving. It has plenty of attractions ashore including beachside bars, luxury resorts, and tourist shops like those in the Main Street in the capital city of Road Town. The area showcases many local spices, jams, rums, soaps, silk-screened fabrics, handcrafted jewelry, and local art.

Far East

Boracay Island, Aklan, Philippines

The tropical island of Boracay is famous for its rare gleaming white puka shells which is said to be the best in the world. Sailing through this Southeast Asian beach paradise in the Pearl of the Orient, the Philippines, leads to beautiful sites of charming island villages, coral lagoons, powder white sands, and azure blue waters where people indulge in scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and beach relaxation. Boracay is also the site of a world-class 18-hole par 72 golf course and home to about 400 beach resorts. The Caves of the Flying Dogs of Yapak and the Bat Caves are worth checking out. Indigenous percussions usually serenade tourists while watching the famous Boracay sunset and enjoying the tropical food in selected bars and resorts.

Phuket, Thailand

The shimmering turquoise seas of Phuket promotes that exotic appeal, especially to those seeking for adventure in a tropical spot a world away from the hustle and bustle of fast-paced life. This natural sailing destination is filled with exotic flora and fauna, hidden bays and coves and towering pinnacles of limestones within the sheltered waters of Phang-nga Bay. It is nestled in the heart of Southeast Asia and is often called the Land of Smiles. Sailing to Phuket allows you to visit marine parks filled with tropical birds and abundant sea life. As Thailand’s premier resort island, savoring the local cuisine is also a delightful aspect of a Phuket vacation.

Indian Ocean

Mahe, Seychelles

The gorgeous tropical scenery in Mahe, Seychelles offers balmy and relatively calm waters from the Indian Ocean. This exotic group of granite islands about a thousand miles from the East African coast is popular for its abundant wildlife, pristine white beaches, and lush forested mountains. Sailing here offers island hopping opportunities and enjoyable sights of beautiful coves, majestic palms, and marine sanctuaries. Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, is a vibrant little city that provides beautiful offshore experiences like the aerial sightseeing from La Digue Island, the St. Anne Marine National Park, and The Bird Sanctuary of Cousin Island.

Mediterranean

Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Sailing through this Mediterranean paradise offers a diversity of coastlines and cultures that feature world-famous beaches, quiet fishing villages, and secluded anchorages. Swimming and snorkeling at scenic bays that are filled with local fishing craft and picturesque towns showcase many structures that embrace a variety of ancient cultures including the Byzantine, Norman, Arabic, and Sicilian. For scuba enthusiasts, Ustica is a must-visit spot. A key diving site here is the Punta Gavazzi, a place where divers can swim among anchors from ancient Roman ships and other nautical artifacts.

Athens, Greece

Sailing to Athens via the Saronic Gulf means an opportunity to explore many laid-back beach destinations and historic sites. Athens has a beautiful Mediterranean cruising ground with coast and islands cradling towns of ancient roots. Castles, fortresses, monasteries, temples, and churches perch on hilltops while the city grounds adjust themselves as vibrant, cosmopolitan areas filled with intimate cafes, tavernas, and nightclubs. The Saronic Gulf offers protected and scenic coastal cruising, while the Aegean Sea features spirited open-water passages for yachts. A site of the sunset by the Attica Peninsula leads a fine gaze of the ghostly white marble columns of ancient Greece’s sacred structure the Temple of Poseidon.

North America

Baja, Mexico

Baja, Mexico is a top North American sailing destination known for its soaring red cliffs, secluded anchorages, rare species of animals, and stunning beaches with mountainous backdrops. Isla San Jose has an interesting exotic desert landscape with towering species of cacti, including some of the largest in the world. The city of La Paz has a scenic boardwalk that runs along the edge of the harbor. It features historic grand hotels, bars, shops, art galleries, and the Juarez Theater. The Isla Espiritu Santo showcases hundreds of golden-colored sea lions on shore. It is possible to swim wih these sea lions. Sailing through the island called Los Islotes situated at the Sea of Cortez leads to world-class snorkeling and scuba diving sites.

Tonga, Tonga

Situated in the South Pacific Ocean between Tahiti and Fiji is the Kingdom of Tonga. Its nearly countless islands fringed with coral reefs, picturesque anchorages, and white sand beaches are its chief attractions. The exotic cruising grounds are made up of miles of white sand beaches, diverse coral reefs, and crystal clear waters that make it one of the world’s top snorkeling and scuba diving destination. Tonga is also famous for the sights of humpback whales, especially in the outer islands. The Tongan feast is another trademark of this Polynesian paradise. It boasts of various delicacies including tropical fruits and vegetables, lobsters, crabs, chicken, fish, and octopus.

South Pacific

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

The Bay of Islands is known as one of the most spectacular cruising grounds in the world. This South Pacific sailing destination is a 50-mile stretch of coastline sheltering more than 80 scenic islands with a great variety of wildlife. It features dolphins, blue penguins, North Island robins, snapper, kingfish, and other marine and land animals that are visible both in and out of its pristine white sand beaches. The Cavalli Islands situated around two miles from Matauri Bay features a nature reserve filled with exotic birds. The Westhaven Marina complex, the central sailing hub, is near walking trails where travelers can enjoy stunning sea views and explore the laid back resorts, restaurants, and historic sites in this New Zealand paradise.

“Destination and Activities.” 7107 Islands Cruise.
“Caribbean Destinations.” The Moorings.

Top Sailing Destinations Around the Globe
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2010 Local Easter events in Las Vegas

Local Easter events in Las Vegas provide bonding and celebration opportunities to children and their families.

Alice and the Mad Hatter’s Dance Along Celebration (1300 W. Sunset Road, Henderson, NV; 702-434-0202)

The Easter Bunny Arrival will feature an interactive show with Alice and the Mad Hatter’s Dance Along Celebration and a parade at the Galleria of Sunset Mall’s Center Court. Children can have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny during mall hours from Mar. 13 to April 3, 2010. Each kid will also receive a free activities book after the photo session.

Family Flashlight Easter Egg Activity Night (Mirabelli Community Center 6200 Hargrove Ave. Las Vegas, NV; 702-229-6359)

The children and the whole family can enjoy carnival games and a Flashlight Egg Hunt meant for ages walking up to 12 years old on March 26, 6 p.m. This Family Flashlight Easter Egg Activity Night offers free admission to all the games and activities. Advance registration is recommended.

Easter Festival Egg Decorating Workshop (East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. Las Vegas, NV; 702-229-1515)

Create personalized Easter eggs with instructor Bobbie Ann Howell on Mar. 27, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The works are meant for display as official entries to the Easter Festival Egg Decorating Contest. The competition is open from ages 7 to adult. The $3 fee includes supplies needed for the workshop.

Easter Cultural Festival (East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center Bandstand, 250 N. Eastern Ave. Las Vegas, NV; 702-229-1515)

Bring the whole family for fun and bonding with a number of Easter activities including art projects, games, live entertainment, Easter Bunny, and information booths at the Easter Cultural Festival on Apr. 3, 2010, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Information will be offered in English and Spanish.

Arts and Entertainment – Other Events,” Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Local Las Vegas Events – March 2010,” Vegas4Locals.

2010 Local Easter events in Las Vegas
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This concert documentary offers an immersive experience simulating a front-row view and beyond of a U2 concert.

“U2 3D” is a spectacular, musically and visually superb experience simulating a front row view and beyond of a U2 concert, probably the closest you can get to the real thing at this point of time.

This concert film features cutting-edge technology that gives the viewers a better-than-front-row seat experiences as it establishes an uncommonly intimate and occasionally surreal bond between the legendary band and the audience.

Every development in the history of cinema has always been about making the experience more realistic, fun, and amazing. And for over a quarter-century, U2 has been recognized not only for their musical innovation, but for their incomparable gift on reaching to millions of fans through new technology; while keeping up with the band’s decades-spanning catalog of great music.

As the next best thing to attending a real concert with a ticket costing about ten or even a hundred times less, this 85 minutes of closely replicating the feeling of a live gig through 3D glory makes a solid rock experience that’s still quite new to the general film audience. Now, if you could just pipe in the smell of sweat, cigarette, pot, and beer, it would then be like going to a real concert with the bonus of meeting and seeing Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., and The Edge performing upfront. Then, you go behind them or on top of them at the most impossible angles.

From the breathtaking close-ups and panoramas to the convincing nature of the latest 3D technology, you get to watch the band members playing from a vantage point 4 feet above their heads. You get to see them face to face while reaching out to the crowd. And you get to see a wave of rocking concert-goers moving in unison inside a massive stadium lit by thousands of cellphones. Add up the 3D shots of multiple band members at the same frame with the final cut with as many as five 3D layers: this dazzling concert film exudes the true spirit of a U2 show.

The 3D visuals and multi-layering effects envelop you with a drift that fuses with the band’s surround-sound rapture. With a sound quality that is no less than impeccable, it creates a full-scale sensory high with the pleasure of its showmanship.

The immersive marvel of the music and sound mix are electrifying. Truly, it transforms a great rock spectacle into something intimate as you become similarly immersed like the crowds filling the South American stadiums of U2’s 2007 Vertigo Tour as they go absolutely mad for U2 music. Their wildly infectious enthusiasm is very much apparent with their hands waving to the every beat. Indeed, marrying advanced 3D imagery and 5.1 Surround Sound with the unique excitement of a live U2 concert makes “U2 3D” such an incredible performance captured in a medium that attains unique aesthetics of immediacy and humanity from the powerful rock quartet. And all these make this 3D film the next best thing to actually being in a live concert as of today.

Directed by Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington, “U2 3D” makes the project more than just a nifty 3D experiment. It elevates itself into a rock solid redefinition of 3D live-action filmmaking. For now, it captures the premier band’s live shows in a way that no other medium could. And it boasts of a truly immersive experience that shows the undubbed and purely live recording performances of one of the greatest rock bands, together with several of the greatest rock audiences of the world.

Shot on a number of stage acts of U2 shows mainly in Latin America, the production employs the greatest number of 3D cameras ever used for a single project. It is the first digital 3D, multi-camera, and real-time production reflecting the band’s longstanding embrace to technology. Produced by 3ality Digital Entertainment, the film comprises footages from seven different concert performances. A massive undertaking, the filmmakers create live-motion collages emphasizing constant, overlapping, and evanescent dissolves as the curving runways allow Bono, Adam, Larry, and The Edge to move far out into the crowd and make more accessible angles for their various movements.

The 3D effects inclusive of the new trick of layering the visuals to simulate shifting your focus from foreground to background is successful in making you feel that Bono and the crew are within arm’s reach. While also offering plenty of footages of the rapturous crowd in a sight of a hundred thousand stoked fans, you get so close that you swoop towards Bono’s face and his outstretched hand surging through the screen and seizing your own. And to keep the 3D engagement for more than an hour of fun movie experience, the filmmakers also add animated versions of U2’s backdrop videos while capturing the ecstatic joy of a massive rock show (most notably a series of icons suggesting that the world’s major religions are one and presenting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

In some ways, this 3D concert film is considerably superior to a real concert. This may vary in many aspects and points of view of people. But what mainly makes this a better option is how the sound is perfected in post-production that what you hear from your seat is the best surround sound you can really get. Moreover, you get even closer to the band and even get on stage and beyond as the 3D images bring you to the most impossible angles and the best view of the performers that even the most pricey concert ticket wouldn’t be able to provide. Furthermore, you don’t have to put up with the rowdy drunks who may block your view or you can simply avoid hysterically sweaty and smoking crowds. For those safety points, there would also be less probability of mobs, stampedes, fights, and annoying crowd members in dope and alcohol. And amidst all these, “U2 3D” makes you feel like you’re there in the crowd. And at the same time, you’re as close as you can get to being on stage with U2.

Personally, the strangers on my left while watching the film at IMAX were really enjoying the concert experience with their waving hands holding on to their lit toys and cellphones. And they were standing and moving to every beat while the visuals allow every person watching to see the band floating above the fans and riding their energy. And I found myself singing and shouting like I would probably do in a concert as well!

“U2 3D” is a world-class live act in its finest as of its release. Taking viewers in an extraordinary cinematic journey beyond the traditional concert film experience, it has a top potential in revolutionizing digital 3D technology. The 3D format may go a long way just like how technology has developed the 2D film as of today. And with the living legend U2 pioneering on this new kind of film experience, the epic nature of the U2 songs and stage acts blend them perfectly to this larger-than-life treatment for a band composed of masterful rock performers in their top form.

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“Batanes” is essentially a heartwarming study of a relationship between two cultures. With the tagline “Love knows no borders,” this flawed but poignant love story explores life and love between different places and cultures. It explores the loss of one’s will to live because of a love lost, as well as the discovery of new love at an unexpected time. The storytelling may not always be consistent and the technical aspects may be a bit rough at times, but the slice-of-life take on the material allows the film to rise a bit on top of the tides.

“Batanes” establishes an intimate portrait of a woman’s relationship with the sea after her husband’s tragic passing. Set in the vast landscapes, rough seas, and ever-changing weather of Luzon’s northernmost paradise island of Batanes, this picturesque romantic story represents the struggle of emotions from the whirlwind romance between the city girl Pam (Iza Calzado) and the Ivatan Rico (Joem Bascon), the simple but happy life they started to embraced in the island, the loss of life and love from the hands of the angry sea, and a new love bestowed in the most unexpected times of mourning.

It is interesting to follow the story of romantic love struggling through the giant sea waves, then bumping into huge, dangerous rocks, if not travailing the serene waves of the waters in a sunny day. Like the relatively unpredictable weather in Batanes, things seem so unexpected, uncontrollable, and at some point, unfair. And as the story progresses, it effectively shows that above all, love is universal and emotions find no boundaries, no language, and no cultural borders in the midst of the most dangerous storms and currents.

“Batanes” is a joint venture of Ignite Media and GMA Films and written and co-directed by Adolf Alix Jr. and Dave Hukom. The story is pretty simple, but it works for the level it has chosen to take. The build up of the story passionately affects the audience for both the painful and happy moments of the main character Pam. This becomes the film’s main source of strength.

The story begins with Pam’s newfound love and her embracing of the Ivatan way of life. Like any other person used to urban living, she struggles to adjust to the slower pace of provincial life. She gets rewarded well — with a simple, rural family and a peaceful married life where the sea and weather conditions turn out as the only violent elements around. As Pam’s Ivatan husband Rico shares with her how the powerful and temperamental sea becomes a jealous lover demanding respect and attention, Pam later finds out what Rico initially meant when she goes head to head with the strength of the mighty waters after Rico’s death — in the hands of the sea he respects and admires. During her mourning, she sails off to an island and gets stranded in a storm. There, she finds a man lying on the sand. She saves the heartbroken Taiwanese fisherman Kao (Ken Zhu) and brings him to the village. In no time, without any intention of getting things complicated, she starts getting drawn to him, as how he gets drawn to her as well. And despite the language and cultural differences, a new love blooms in the harshest times and amidst their own losses.

Iza Calzado exceptionally plays the main character Pam. Taiwanese star and F4 member Ken Zhu effectively plays the Taiwanese fisherman Kao. Newcomer Joem Bascon renders a compelling performance as Pam’s husband Rico. The film boasts a powerhouse ensemble with Bembol Roco, Daria Ramirez, Julio Diaz, Sid Lucero, Coco Martin, Mike Tan, and Glaiza de Castro.

Love is indeed at the center of this moving and powerful film about the relationship between two cultures. It is a moving story of love crossing the boundaries of language and culture.

‘Batanes’ Film Review: Crossing borders
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