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(SPOT.ph) Just because the hot weather is slowly making its way out, doesn’t mean you can’t still stock up on breezy clothes, cute bikinis, stylish sandals, and other summer-ready items. After all, the best part about a tropical country is there will always be sunny days and beaches to look forward to year-round! End the summer with a bang (a.k.a. with a shopping spree) at Spectrum Summer 2019, which is coming to the Grand Atrium at 2/F, Main Wing, Shangri-La Plaza Mall from May 31 to June 2.

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Score clothes, swimwear, accessories, jewelry, beauty products, lifestyle goodies, furniture, and more when you drop by the bazaar. They’ve got cool finds from local online shops like Twill Cavern, Meigan, Ash and Muff, Alba Swim, Guppy Shorts, The Scenique Daily, Sugar Plum Lifestyle, Style Me Little, Hull Stern, Persian Heritage, Heart Factory, Double Oh, B. ManilaSimone’s Closet, and more up for grabs. Better bring a shopping buddy so you can tag-team and scour the whole place together!

Here’s a peek at some of the cool stuff you can shop:

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For more information, log on to Spectrum Fair Manila’s Instagram page.

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(SPOT.ph) The rainy season is expected to come soon, but there’s no denying that here in Manila, the heat is here to stay year-round. Good thing you can cool down with fruity and refreshing drinks from Jamba Juice—bring a friend while you’re at it because you can score an extra drink for free on all Thursdays of May.

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In celebration of National Strawberry Month, you  score a free drink of the same flavor when you order any of Jamba Juice’s three 16-oz strawberry smoothie variants: Razzmatazz, Caribbean Passion, and Pink Star on May 23 and May 30. We're looking forward to Thursdays now!

Their Thirsty Thursday promo is available in all Jamba Juice branches except Boracay, Solenad 3, Nuvali and Ayala Malls The 30th, Pasig City.

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ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) If mainstream sappy rom-coms, starry horror films, or low-budget attempts at blockbuster filmmaking aren't your thing, then you have a place at the table for indie films—those little films that could, without the backing of a huge studio. These Filipino indies are diamonds in the rough, with auteur directors doing passionate work or major stars able to push themselves creatively in ways they don’t usually get to do. Keep these titles in mind, as these indies don’t often get the time in the cinemas that they deserve, so when they’re released, make sure to seek them out as soon as possible!

Here’s a list of 10 Pinoy indie films we're excited to see: I Love You, I Do

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Director JP Habac announced late 2018 that he was working on a sequel to his 2017 hit I’m Drunk, I Love You. Recently, it was announced that this sequel would take place seven years after the first film, and that stars Paulo Avelino and Maja Salvador are back on board. The first film, nominated for several awards, was intoxicating in many different ways, and this sequel should be a great chaser.

On the Job 2

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It feels like Erik Matti’s On the Job 2 has been floating around for a long time now. According to reports, filming was supposed to have finished back in February of 2019 and is looking at a release sometime in June, though news is limited on the actual state and progress of OTJ2. Matti has been busy with his latest film Kuwaresma starring Sharon Cuneta, so with that out of the way now, there should be more bits and pieces coming out for this hotly anticipated sequel to the 2013 action-thriller.

Iska

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Films set in the University of the Philippines-Diliman have become quite common (Ulan and Alone/Together being examples just in 2018), but they are usually focused on students or teachers, college life, and young adult relationships. In Iska, a title that refers to both girls who study in UP and the name of the lead character, Iska works as a photocopy machine lady at the state university, and somewhere along the way, "tragicomically loses everything and turns into someone society reckons her to be." Theodore Boborol, best known for directing Metro Manila Film Festival hit Vince and Kath and James, helms this Cinemalaya entry.

Tabon

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Actor, model, singer, and basketball player Xian Lim is adding another title to his name as he goes behind-the-camera for his directorial debut with Cinemalaya entry Tabon. Also co-written by the star, Lim’s Tabon is a psychological thriller about how a man’s reality is "tested when suspects are accused of a crime they believe not to have committed." The film sounds like it’ll be intense, and Lim trained under writer Ricky Lee to prepare for his first feature and went through all the steps other directors take to get to the final slate for the acclaimed film festival.

Ang Hupa

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Before hitting Philippine theaters, Lav Diaz’s latest film Ang Hupa (The Halt) will make a trip to Cannes as part of the Director’s Fortnight section this May. Diaz goes dystopian with Ang Hupa, setting the film in 2034 and centering on a Southeast Asia that’s been living in darkness for three years due to the sun no longer shining. The film reunites Diaz with his Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis and Ang Panahon ng Halimaw leading man Piolo Pascual as well as fellow Diaz regulars Shaina Magdayao, Pinky Amador, and more. If you were wondering, the film clocks in at a hefty four hours and 36 minutes, about an hour and a half longer than Avengers: Endgame.

Write About Love

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Rocco Nacino leads the cast of one of TBA Studios’ upcoming offerings entitled Write About Love. The romantic comedy, to be directed by Crisanto Aquino (My Rebound Girl), is about two writers who collaborate to write a romantic film, with creative differences cause issues between the two. The movie will have a film-within-a-film structure, and dig deep into the screenwriting experience. The film also stars Miles Ocampo, Yeng Constantino, and Joem Bascon.

Fucc Bois 

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After his first foray into mainstream film earlier in 2019  with The Last Fool Show, award-winning director Eduardo Roy Jr. goes back to the indie world with a mysterious Cinemalaya entry. Roy Jr., the director of critical darlings Pamilya Ordinaryo (which won Best Director and Best Film at Cinemalaya back in 2016) and Quick Change, has not said much about this film, and the Cinemalaya website’s description doesn’t help ("Fame is a constant effort.") but the risqué title and the bold filmmaker behind it should indicate something daring and different.

Pandanggo sa Hukay

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Iza Calzado continues to lend her name and acting talents to up-and-coming directors and indie filmmakers. She stars in this Cinemalaya entry about a single mother who maintains a positive outlook despite all the troubles around her. Calzado plays Elena, who is looking for work abroad to better provide for her family, and the film follows her preparations for the big job interview. The actress picked up several awards locally and internationally for her work in the psychological horror film Bliss, so anything that she attaches herself to in the indie world should be worth a look.

Lucid

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This 2019 Cinema One Originals entry is to be directed by Victor Villanueva, who is perhaps best known as the director behind 2016 hit Cebuano comedy Patay na si Hesus. Alongside Villanueva will be producer Dan Villegas and writer Natts Jadaone working together to create this film about a woman whose dreams seem to be blending her reality and her fantasy.

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(SPOT.ph) Living in a tropical country is all fun and games until the heat index reaches 55 degrees Celsius—but that doesn’t mean you have to bid goodbye to looking fashionable. All you have to do is find clothes that come in breathable fabric that won’t stick to your skin even when it’s hot and humid. Case in point: Linen fashion pieces. Linen is naturally soft and cool, allowing your skin to breathe under the scorching heat.

We round up 10 linen fashion pieces you need to add to your wardrobe: Linen Sundress With Buttonfront Detail (P1,295) from Regatta
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This white sundress from Regatta is perfect for your next brunch date with your girl friends. Wear it with a quirky purse, a cute pair of sandals, and you’re all set!

See a list of Regatta stores.

Double Breasted Blazer (P2,295) from Bershka
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Wearing a blazer in a tropical country is not exactly the most comfortable thing in the world. It’s a good thing this pastel piece from Bershka is made with breathable linen fabric so you won’t have to soak in your own sweat while trying to look professional.

See a list of Bershka stores.

French Linen Washed ¾ Sleeve Dress (P2,650) from MUJI
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For a minimalist look, put on this plain linen dress from MUJI. It’ll keep you covered up and feeling fresh all day long. To add more personality to your look, accessorize!

See a list of MUJI stores.

Linen Pants (P995) from Regatta
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Keep your look casual yet chic with this linen pair from Regatta. Wear it loose or paperbag it—these linen pants can be worn with almost anything and you’ll look effortlessly put-together.

See a list of Regatta stores.

Santorini Wrap Dress (P1,695) from La Ocean
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Turn heads in this breezy wrap dress from local brand La Ocean. It comes in a bright yellow color that’ll look perfect on your summer IG feed!

La Ocean is available online.

Women Premium Linen Skipper Collar Long Sleeve Shirt (P1,490) from Uniqlo
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Stay comfy and fresh in this striped linen shirt from Uniqlo. Pair it with your favorite denim jeans and you’re good to go! Be warned: it'll be hard not to hoard this shirt in every color.

See a list of Uniqlo stores.

Bow Linen Top (P1,695) from Mango
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Love floral? This printed top from Mango is so versatile, you can dress it up by pairing it with a long black pencil skirt or dress it down by wearing it with capri pants for a more casual look.

See a list of Mango stores.

Linen Bermuda Shorts (P1,695) from Stradivarius
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Add a touch of pink to your look with this pair from Stradivarius. These Bermuda shorts are perfect for days when you just want to chill with your friends but still look cute! You can wear it with a tank-top-and-blazer combo or just a simple band shirt for an edgy yet girly look.

See a list of Stradivarius stores.

Linen Jumpsuit (P2,290) from H&M
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This linen jumpsuit from H&M is perfect for those days when you’re just too lazy to think about what to wear. Just slip into this striped number and you’ll be ready in no time.

See a list of H&M stores.

Linen Jacket (P4,295) from Zara
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Top off your look with a statement piece like this bright red linen jacket from Zara. It’s a no-fail way to add character to your outfit!

See a list of Zara stores.

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(SPOT.ph) The recent slew of live-action Disney remakes sure can make you feel old. It may feel like the '90s all over again with the return of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo and more to the big screen, but the most recent release of Aladdin makes it clear Disney has remade these stories for a whole new world.

When the original animated film first came out in 1992— nearly three decades ago (yes, it's been that long!)—it was welcomed by a generation that still hadn't even gotten used to a dial-up connection. Now the Aladdin reincarnation, directed by Guy Ritchie, caters to a generation that quite literally has the entire world at their fingertips. This means a lot of CGI, grander visuals, a bit of hip-hop courtesy of Will Smith as Genie, and an updated storyline. 

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Sticking true to the animated film of the same name, we still have the original elements at heart. Our boy Aladdin is a diamond in the rough who bumps into Princess Jasmine in what is arguably the greatest meet-cute of all time. Jafar is still the evil vizier who forces Aladdin to enter the Cave of Wonders, where he is trapped with the lamp he was meant to retrieve. And yes, it wouldn't be Aladdin without the magic carpet ride! So what did change?

Richie co-writes the screenplay with John August, who has also worked on whimsical films like Big Fish (2003) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). The updated screenplay suprisingly reads less like a fairy tale and more a modern story. The live-action remake dives deeper into questions of friendship, identity, and feminism.

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Aladdin (Mena Massoud) remains our golden-hearted street rat, both over-confident and insecure as he does his best to survive in Agrabah. Massoud manages to bring Aladdin's cocky side to the fore, but also adds a more serious tone to the character.

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Princess Jasmine's character story, meanwhile, is amped up. Far from the old school damsel-in-distress trope used by most Disney classics (and most of canon literature anyways), Naomi Scott's portrayal of the princess is in line with Disney's recent string of strong women (Read: Frozen, Tangled, Brave).

Obviously, Disney's original Princess Jasmine was fierce in her own right. She was aware of her gilded cage and connected with Aladdin because they were both prisoners of the different worlds they were born into—something the 2019 Aladdin and Jasmine still understand. But—small detail—who else cringed when the 15-year-old princess distracted Jafar with a kiss in the 1992 film? 

In this reimagining, Princess Jasmine wants more than just the freedom to choose her own husband. We won't say much, but she plays a much bigger role in saving her nation from Jafar, and in doing so, proves herself more than worthy.

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Will Smith as Genie created the most buzz during the movie's production, especially when the first trailer dropped and people freaked out over the CGI makeover. But misgivings aside, it just wouldn't be fair to compare Smith's version with the original blue genie, as voiced by the late Robin Williams. “Robin Williams didn’t leave much room to improve on the Genie," he told Reuters, "So I looked at it and the first thing for me, was that it was going to be live action. I thought it could be a little different." 

Kudos to him, Smith brought a fresh take to the character by bringing in his own brand of cool. The former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air mixed in his hip-hop roots and added a more human side to the cosmic being. CGI somewhat limited the genie's shapeshifting, but technical limitations aside, Smith kept Genie's playful character alive. And while Williams' impressions and kooky dialogue were sorely missed, today's kids would love this new genie. 

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Jafar's character (Marwan Kenzari), on the other hand, merely echoes the original. In a storyline that is more tragic than terrifying, Jafar is unable to give the audience any real sense of doom. Perhaps because we all know how it ends—with good triumphing over evil—the latter half of the film feels less believable. Although there was an attempt to add depth to the character via origin story, the remake turned Jafar rather flat. His character lacked the nuances that made the  power-hungry Jafar of 1992 more intelligent and interesting.

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A few other characters were also changed: the Sultan (Navid Negahban) is less jolly (and less present), while the sarcastic and morally ambivalent parrot Iago (voiced by Alan Tudyk) is remade into pure evil horror. No worries though, as we still get to see the mischievous Abu, the friendly Magic Carpet, and Rajah, as big  and "playful" as ever. A couple new pivotal characters are also added to the mix. Princess Jasmine's handmaiden Dahlia, played by Saturday Night Life's Nasim Pedrad, is the princess' confidante and gives more than just a comedic relief to the movie. Tasked to serve and protect the royal family is the Head of Palace Guards, Hakim (Numan Acar), whose loyalty is tested by Jafar. Then there's also the less pivotal, but equally necessary Prince Anders (Billy Magnussen), a suitor who comes for the princess' hand and whose efforts are hilariously met in vain. 

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This remake is not the first time Aladdin was retold. Long before Disney produced the 1992 animation, the story of Aladdin and his lamp had been immortalized in The Thousand and One Nights, one of history's oldest examples of a storybook. This retelling is simply one of many, and it's important to remember this version belongs to today. So while it cannot live up to the magic of the original, what it does give is a chance for the new generation to enjoy this timeless tale. 

Rating: 3 out of 5 Spots

Aladdin is now showing in theaters.

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(SPOT.ph) With new milk-tea establishments popping up left and right, trying each one has become a scavenger hunt of sorts. One of the newest to enter the game is The Alley—but the long lines and their location in Pasay might be a bit inaccessible for those who live in the north of the Metro. Well, we have good news for milk-tea lovers in Quezon City: The Alley is now available on GrabFood!

You can now get drinks from The Alley's Deerioca series delivered to your doorstep.
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This is your chance to sample The Alley's classic staple, the Brown Sugar Deerioca Milk (P120). The Cocoa Brown Sugar Deerioca Milk (P130), meanwhile, is their signature drink with a dash of chocolate. They also have the Matcha Brown Sugar Deerioca Milk (P130) for diehard matcha fans. For something creamier, try their Brown Sugar Deerioca Creme Brulee Milk (P130).

The Alley is at SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Delivery is available in selected areas in Quezon City only. Grab is currently available for iOS and Android.

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(SPOT.ph) With summer on the way out and the weather slowly getting more unpredictable, it might be time to switch up those  breezy, open-toed shoes you've been rocking lately. For the rainy season, we recommend comfy, practical (but still stylish!) kicks that can take you anywhere from the gym to the office and beyond. And hey, it wouldn't hurt if they were affordable, too, right? You know where this is going: We found a spot where you score kicks on sale before the summer ends. Nike Factory Store is having a Summer Slam Sale at their branches in NLEX Pampanga, SLEX Mamplasan, and Paseo de Santa Rosa, Laguna to score awesome deals on fresh new pairs!

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Score discounts up to 70% off on Nike sneakers and apparel when you drop by the sale until May 31. Stock may vary depending on which branch you visit, so you might want to drop by a couple if you don't miss out on the best deals. You can even round up your friends and turn this shopping spree into a road trip!

And did we mention we spotted some pairs you can score for less than P4,000? Check them out:

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(SPOT.ph) The Sims can be a pretty addicting game, and chances are, you probably spent hours and hours playing it when you were younger. If you've been wanting to try out the latest iteration but your budget just won't allow it, here's your chance: You can download The Sims 4 for free until May 29, 1 p.m. (May 28, 10 a.m., PST).

All you have to do is create an Origin account (also for free) and download it from the client or the website. The game is normally priced at around U.S. $40 (roughly P2,100), and while the free copy won't include other downloadable content or game packs, you'll get to play—and keep—the base game for free!

For more information, log on to Origin's website.

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(SPOT.ph) To say the final season of HBO's Game of Thrones hasn't gone down well would be an absolute understatement. Fans all over the globe have expressed their extreme dissatisfaction with the last few episodes' over-all production—even going so far as to start a petition for the entire season to be remade (with nearly 1.5 million signatures as of writing!). But author George R.R. Martin has finally given an answer to everybody's most burning question: Will the A Song of Ice and Fire novels end the battle for the Iron Throne the same way?

Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in the series' finale.
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Martin answered the question in his usual teasing way, writing "Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes." on his personal blog (btw, that's four yeses and three noes). He then points out that he and HBO's David Benioff and D.B. Weiss worked with two very different media for the same story. Where the producers Benioff and Weiss had six hours to end the show, he estimates around "3000 manuscript pages" will be more or less enough for him to end the books. We're betting on 3000 pages being less, of course. 

Martin has promised to shine a light on more characters in the wide world of Westeros. "The readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI, and a myriad of other characters both great and small that viewers of the show never had the chance to meet. And yes, there will be unicorns… of a sort…" he wrote. 

The Game of Thrones series' earlier seasons were based on the novels of A Song and Ice and Fire, before deviating in seasons five and six—still under the guidance of the author and with some inspiration from the books. The epic fantasy novels' latest book, A Dance with Dragons, was published in 2011, with Martin currently working on The Wind of Winters, while A Dream of Spring is set to follow. 

There are no official release dates for the books yet, and with Martin notorious for his pace, we can only hope someone will finally get to sit on the Iron Throne.

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(SPOT.ph) It's impossible to go wrong with chicken wings—while we'll always love Buffalo wings, restaurants coming up with their own take are almost always sure to be a hit. See Tokyo Tokyo, who takes the classic finger food and gives it a Japanese twist with their new Tokyo Wings. Starting May 22, you can avail of three exciting new flavors to pair with their unlimited rice and vegetable misono.

Sweet and slightly spicy, their Teriyaki Wings highlight their famous teriyaki sauce with hints of togarashi. Their Sriracha Wings pack a punch with a combination of Sriracha and garlic for that hint of sweetness while their signature black pepper sauce brings a rich and savory punch to their Black Pepper Wings.

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The Tokyo Wings come in Bento ala carte (P180/4 pieces) and Platter (P200/6 pieces). If you can't bring yourself to choose, you can try all three flavors in their Sample Platter (P400/12 pieces).

See a list of Tokyo Tokyo branches.

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