Month: September 2014

The Maze Runner Review

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Thomas wakes up with no memory and is brought into an isolated environment with other teens. Now he must solve the puzzle he had a hand in creating as well as the puzzle that is his identity. The Maze Runner’ marks its run by setting its path ablaze in an explosive heart throbbing start. Right away, it builds its seemingly intriguing and smart story line with a solid opening sequence, throwing us into immediate action and suspense as the first scene depicts the amnesiac teenager, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), struggling to find his way out of at rattling lift, ascending through a darkness-filled elevator shaft. Emerging to the surface, he finds himself surrounded with multi-ethnic boys who seem not surprised by his arrival. He is immediately welcomed to a commune of teenagers who have been struggling to find their exit from the world they’ve been mysteriously thrown into–The Glade, a forest dominated settlement surrounded by thick concrete walls whose only gate opens to an intricate and ever-changing maze, one the boys suspect to end up to their only way out of that prison-like expanse.

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Knowing only his name, curious Thomas joins the league of runners who run into the “griever”-infested maze every morning, to unfold its secrets. His courage is convincing enough to earn him equally-earnest companions to run with him side by side, in his quest to discover the passage out of the Glade. That courage itself, puts growing suspicion to the tough bullying elder, Gally (Will Poulter), whom Thomas immediately finds to be his inevitable and insecure rival. Adding to the tension, is the arrival of the first and only girl in the group, Theresa (Kaya Scodelario), bearing a note that tells she’s the last one.

Acting was okay, especially liked Newt, too bad the others weren’t given as much exposure, Chuck’s actor seemed too young for the role. Character development feels a little rushed, most glaring is with Chuck and Thomas’ relationship. In any case there were enough character moments to make them memorable.

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Music was hauntingly good. Visuals were okay as well, given the limited options.
Safe to say the true purpose or soul of the film, for better or worse, is pretty much intact, establish audience curiosity of the world beyond the maze as well as feel compassion towards Thomas and his group.

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There are many obvious elements that keep ‘The Maze Runner’ within the confines of the Young-Adult Adaptation genre: it happens in a post-apocalyptic era, young teenagers appear to be the last hope of a controlling dystopian society, and at its center is a young protagonist who would go through all lengths to escape his brutal fate. It is interesting to note though some attempts to set itself apart from the craze. Most notably, it doesn’t have sexually-intuitive characters as it appears to be more focused on the action and adventures of the hero. The mood is also set in a darker tone, adding more excitement and suspense to its already intriguing premise. However, it’s also not easy to shrug off some flaws in the film, flaws that could have been avoided if first time director, Wes Ball, had put equal attention to both the film’s visuals and script. While it boasts stunning visuals, the movie’s overall output is weighed down by some nonsensical cliches, bland dialogues and tiring one-liners, some not fully developed and utilized characters (ex.Theresa) and misplaced highlights, all these pushing the story out of its track. It feels as if it hasn’t maintained, much less taken off, from the level of excitement and suspense it achieved in the first half. Towards the end, it loses grip of its the initial thrill, barely bringing back the intensity with a uninteresting final conflict. In the end it tries to save itself by hinting a promise of an inevitable sequel, one, I can say, it utterly deserves.

Overall, the film is remarkably a level-up in its much crazed-about category. With solid ensemble of young cast showcasing commendably strong performances, an impressive and interesting take on the dystopian genre, and an intriguing plot, ‘The Maze Runner’ rises to the YA Adaptation Chart and sets itself aligned along current blockbuster franchises like The Hunger Games and Divergent. Watch it for the action and interesting premise; just don’t expect any form of resolution until the 3rd installment. 7/10 stars

Special thanks to Liv Co. Lifestyle for inviting us to watch The Maze Runner and giving me an opportunity to write a movie review. Kindly follow and like them on Facebook at Liv Co Lifestyle and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @livcoph

Medicard-Metafit launches Metafit Fitness Boot Camp Season IV

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UNITED FOR FITNESS. Medicard Philippines, Inc. in partnership with Eton Centris, Quezon City will hold the Season 4 of Medicard-Metafit Fitness Boot Camp. (L-R) Motivational coaches Raffy Tan and Hazel Chua, Kate Joaquin, marketing manager, Medicard Phils. Dr. Nicky Montoya, president, Medicard Phils. Inc., Coach Toni and Coach Jim Saret, Maria Victoria L. Santiago, AVP, Centris Operations, Dra. Jaen Castillo, center head, Medicard Philippines and. Engr. Melencio Silvestre, operations manager, Eton Centris.

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Quezon City, Philippines – Medicard Philippines, Inc., a leading HMO provider, caps the year with Season 4 of the Medicard-Metafit Fitness Boot Camp at the Centris Walk, Eton Centris in Quezon City, beginning September 30, 2014. This is part of Medicard’s mission of encouraging the public to live healthier lifestyles.

“It is our privilege and pleasure to the partnership with Medicard in this Fitness Boot Camp. It is a great opportunity for fitness enthusiasts to have this type of activity. Rest assured that Eton Centris will always be in support of all Medicard’s future endeavors.” Maria Victoria L. Santiago, AVP for Centris Operations.

Dr. Nicky Montoya, President of Medicard Philippines Inc. , welcomed Eton Centris as the new partner for the boot camp’s fourth season.

“With the success of our first three seasons, we feel that it has become our duty to continue the goal of promoting a healthy lifestyle,” he said.

MediCard-Meta Fit Fitness Boot Camp, which started in February 2012 at the Medicard Lifestyle Center in Makati, gives participants a chance to challenge and motivate themselves for comprehensive training and high-intensity workouts with proper guidance from and supervision of expert fitness instructors including ABS-CBN’s Biggest Loser coach and Meta Fit developer Jim Saret, together with other coaches.

Its success has produced three legs of the program across Metro Manila.

“The boot camp is a perfect venue for health and wellness advocates as we help provide them a more comprehensive health and fitness package,” Saret said. “Meta Fit provides physical training part while MediCard provides the health service.”

MediCard-Meta Fit Fitness Boot Camp Season 4’s 12-session program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Online registration for interested participants is open until September 30, 2014 through the official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MEDICard.Philippines.
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FILINVEST CITY ENDURANCE WEEKEND 2014

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Based on the overwhelming positive response from the first Endurance Weekend last year, Filinvest City has redesigned this year’s event by adding additional categories – the 6-hour MTB race on first day and 3 and 6-hour trail runs on the second day.

Adding to the festive atmosphere are the rockin’ side activities that will provide entertainment for the spectators and give that energy boost to the participants.

NOVEMBER 8: ENDURANCE MTB (6/12 HOURS; SOLO/TEAM)
NOVEMBER 9: ENDURANCE TRAIL RUN (3/6/12 HOURS; SOLO/TEAM)
Filinvest City, Alabang
http://www.filinvestcity.com

Presented By: Filinvest Development Corporation
Event Organizer: Don Ubaldo, Filinvest City Project Head

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
REGISTRATION OPENS: September 8, 2014

REGISTRATION FEES:

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RACE INFORMATION

1. CATEGORIES: ENDURANCE MTB
Saturday, November 8, 2014
6:00AM to 6:00PM
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VENUE: Filinvest City, Alabang
DISTANCE: 3km/lap
MINIMUM NUMBER OF LAPS TO QUALIFY AS A FINISHER (SOLO AND TEAM CATEGORIES):
12-HOUR MTB: 20 laps
6-HOUR MTB: 12 laps
*ALL ENDURANCE MTB FINISHERS WILL GET A MEDAL!
RACE PACK INCLUSIONS:
race bib with RFID
bike number with RFID
event shirt
lunch meal (for 12-hour category)
GUN START:
12-HOUR MTB: 6:00AM
6-HOUR MTB: 12:00NN

ENDURANCE MTB CASH PRIZES:
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2. CATEGORIES: ENDURANCE TRAIL RUN
Sunday, November 9, 2014
6:00AM to 6:00PM
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VENUE: Filinvest City, Alabang
DISTANCE: 3km/lap
MINIMUM NUMBER OF LAPS TO QUALIFY AS A FINISHER (SOLO AND TEAM CATEGORIES):
12-HOUR RUN: 18 laps
6-HOUR RUN: 9 laps
3-HOUR RUN: 5 laps
*ALL ENDURANCE TRAIL RUN FINISHERS WILL GET A MEDAL!
RACE PACK INCLUSIONS:
race bib with RFID
event shirt
lunch meal (for 12-hour category)
GUN START:
12-HOUR MTB: 6:00AM
6-HOUR MTB: 9:00AM

ENDURANCE TRAIL RUN CASH PRIZES:

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ROUTE of the RACE:

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