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The Student Is Now A Teacher – Kung Fu Panda 3

PO BECOMES TEACHER OF THE FURIOUS FIVE
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“KUNG FU PANDA 3”

The student is now a teacher in “Kung Fu Panda 3” where Po (voiced by Jack Black), the dragon warrior had been tasked by their master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) to take on the responsibility of further training the Furious Five.  As Po faces the insurmountable challenge of training his idols, the “best of the best” Kung Fu warriors in all of China – Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Monkey (Jackie Chan), Viper (Lucy Liu), Crane (David Cross) and Mantis (Seth Rogen), he then meets his biological father Li Chan who made his way to the Valley of Peace looking for his long lost son.

“Kung Fu Panda 3” brings Po in full circle as he continues his evolution as a hero, leaving his comfort zone to become a teacher and finally become the Panda he was meant to be – bringing together his biological family and his kung fu family to become a master of the past and the future.

Tigress and Viper in KUNG FU PANDA 3

Tigress and Viper in KUNG FU PANDA 3

Po and Kai in a fight scene in KUNG FU PANDA 3

Po and Kai in a fight scene in KUNG FU PANDA 3

As Po attempts to instruct his idols – Tigress, Monkey, Viper, Crane and Mantis – in the finer points of kung fu, chaos reigns in the Training Hall, a place of discipline, honor and sacred practice. “The Five have become positive and optimistic about their friend Po, but they have serious doubts about his abilities as a teacher.  And for good reason!” says Lucy Lui.

According to Jack Black, who once again voices the iconic role, that scene points to the fact that “Po is no Shifu, let’s be honest.  He’s freaking out and doesn’t think he’s up to these new responsibilities, which are weighing him down even more than the countless dumplings he consumes.”

PO voiced by Jack Black in KUNG FU PANDA 3

PO voiced by Jack Black in KUNG FU PANDA 3

master Shifu and Po in KUNG FU PANDA 3

master Shifu and Po in KUNG FU PANDA 3

It is Shifu who first recognized and channeled Po’s passion for kung fu, and, now, once again pushing Po to the next level, insists he become a teacher.  “Shifu knows Po must face the challenge of becoming a teacher, but he also knows it’s not going to be easy,” says producer Melissa Cobb.

Short of stature and, sometimes, of patience, Shifu is a fun and complex character. Oscar® winner Dustin Hoffman returns to voice the role, to which he brings four decades of experience as one of the world’s great actors, as well as world-class comedy chops.

Unlike Shifu, the Furious Five have serious doubts about Po’s ability to teach kung fu.  These protectors of the Valley of Peace take their art form very seriously and have always had the best-of-the-best instructor – Shifu – keep a weather eye on them.  Now, they have to take instruction…from Po?

The victims of Po’s instruction are Monkey (voiced by the legendary Jackie Chan), whose mischievous and playful nature masks a cunning martial arts ability; Crane (David Cross), the pragmatist of the group; Mantis (Seth Rogen), the smallest and most temperamental of the Five; Viper (Lucy Liu), the team’s “mother hen”; and Tigress, the strongest and boldest of the Furious Five.

Mantis voiced by Seth Rogen in KUNG FU PANDA 3

Mantis voiced by Seth Rogen in KUNG FU PANDA 3

panda village with Li Chan, Po's father in KUNG FU PANDA 3

panda village with Li Chan, Po’s father in KUNG FU PANDA 3

Po’s cluelessness as a teacher reminds us of the character we met and fell and love with in KUNG FU PANDA.    Po has no bigger fans than the filmmakers who have brought him to life.  Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who’s been with Po from the very beginning of his journey, notes: “The trait I love most about Po is his boundless enthusiasm.  It’s a pleasure to spend time with Po, because he’s just so passionate about everything.”

 

“The fact that he discovers what makes him special and uses that to become the best he can be, is also something we can all identify with,” Yuh Nelson continues.  “Everybody wants to learn what makes them unique and to use that information to become a better person.  I think that’s great for kids and adults to hear – and it’s important for us, the filmmakers, because we certainly don’t fit into any kind of mold!”

“Kung Fu Panda’s” theme of being the best you, you can be, clearly resonates with Jolie Pitt.  “It’s telling us we don’t need to emulate others; we should focus on who you are and your personal growth,” she explains.  “That’s relatable to everyone.  We’re always trying to find our best selves and our center.”

“Kung Fu Panda 3” opens March 9 in cinemas (2D, 3D and IMAX 3D) nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Tree Top Adventure’s Website Launching

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Sam YG at Tree Top Adventure newest Zipline activities

Experiencing the extreme is now easier as Tree Top Adventure launches its new interactive website!

On February 26, 2016, from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM at NIU by Vikings at SM Aura Taguig, Tree Top Adventure will launch its new interactive website in which over twenty participants from the TV and print industries will attend.

The program will be graced by Tree Top Adventure’s General Manager, Ms. Ma. Camille O. Montejo, Marketing and Branding Head, Engr. Grace B. Nicolas and of course, Tree Top Adventure’s Ambassador, Mr. Sam YG.

Treetop Adventure Website Launch

Treetop Adventure Website Launch

Tree Top Adventure offers the first and the only motorized ziplines in the Philippines. From a zipline that is seated to a free fall from 60 feet above, one can truly appreciate nature at its best while quenching one’s thirst for adrenaline rush. Tree Top Adventure has six outdoor activities which offer a different experience for every thrill seekers. If one wants to relax, then, one might try the Canopy Ride, a ride similar to the concept of cable cars. The Trekking and Skywalk is good for adventurers who just like to walk and appreciate the beauty of nature. Want to fly like a superhero? Then one might want to try the Superman Ride, a horizontal motorized zipline in which you’ll be flying once backwards and once forwards. Or, Silver Surfer Surfer might be for you in which you’ll be standing on a specialized platform and glide up and down diagonally for multiple cycles.

Want to try more extreme? The Interactive Free Fall will. You’ll be going up and be dropped down suddenly when you reach the 100 feet mark.

The Tree Drop also offers the same extremeness rather; one will be suspended 60 feet parallel to the ground and be dropped as fast as 2 to 3 seconds.

For more information, you could contact (047) 252-9425, 0915 838 9354, 0922 576 9156 for Subic and (074) 442-0800 or 0932 404 1112 for Baguio. You could also visit our website www.treetopadventureph.com. To be more updated, you could like our Facebook page /treetopadventurecamp and follow us on Instagram @tree_top_adventure and Twitter @TreeTopPH.

Araneta Center inaugurates Kia Theatre

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Araneta Group, the country’s leading name in entertainment and leisure development, is once again set to give Filipinos a world-class performing arts venue as it inaugurates the Kia Theatre, the newest landmark in Araneta Center formerly known as New Frontier Theater.

Araneta Group CEO Jorge Araneta shares, “We are thrilled to present KIA Theatre as another contribution of the Araneta Group to the country’s entertainment scene. It will be the home of unforgettable performances and events, and a place where families and friends can have a truly wonderful time.”

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KUNG FU PANDA 3 – SNEAK PREVIEWS ON FEBRUARY 29 AND MARCH 1

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Invading cinemas earlier than expected, “Kung Fu Panda 3” will have sneak previews (whole day) on February 29 (Monday) and March 1 (Tuesday) nationwide in the Philippines, in 2D and 3D screens.

The latest and third instalment in the global phenomenal franchise, “Kung Fu Panda 3” ruled the US box-office for weeks and is tracking almost US$200 million to-date. The latest kick-ass and hyper-action family-oriented animation brings back Jack Black as the loveable Po along with the Furious Five, Tigress (voiced by Angelina Jolie Pitt), Viper (Lucy Liu), Mantis (Seth Rogen), Crane (David Cross) and Monkey (Jackie Chan) with their Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) who now brings the franchise into full-swing action mode as he takes on to be the Furious Five’s master.

Po, considered as the Dragon Warrior is now tasked by Master Shifu to take on the role of being the teacher to the Furious Five, a task Po is not so ready to take on, not initially at least.  Making the transition from student to teacher isn’t the only upheaval in Po’s life.  His long-lost biological father, Li Chan, has made his way to the Valley of Peace and to an emotional and hilarious reunion with Po.  Acclaimed “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston joins the franchise to lend his voice to Li.

KUNG FU PANDA 3

KUNG FU PANDA 3

Meanwhile, Po and the Furious Five have yet to encounter their ultimate nemesis, Kai (voiced by J.K. Simmons), once brothers-in-arms with Po’s father figure mentor Oogway (Randall Duk Kim), the ancient tortoise who now lives in the spirit realm.  In the Spirit Realm, Kai has taken the chi from thousands of masters, collecting them as jade amulets on his belt.  With this accumulated power, he defeats Oogway, breaks free from the Spirit Realm, and arrives on Earth.  The only one who can defeat Kai is a master of chi, and the only teachers of chi are pandas – or so Li tells Po.

 

Black embraced the opportunity to revisit one of his most treasured movie characters and found it easy to reclaim his inner-Dragon Warrior.  “I just go back to a younger me, when I was starting my career,” he explains.  “That’s how I see Po – as young lover of kung fu.  My love was rock and roll and acting, but Po and I share that unreserved passion.   I, too, was a young Dragon Warrior,” he jokes.

 

“Kung Fu Panda 3” kicks in full blast in cinemas on its regular opening day on March 9 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D screens nationwide from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.