The Romans in Hollywood

What comes to mind when you think of great Hollywood pictures set in ancient Rome? Do you like the modern take on ancient life or would you prefer the grandiose spectacle that the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s put on? Here are a few of our favorite movies that have entertained and enthralled us.
You can’t go wrong with the film Gladiator released in 2000. This Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix picture have everything you could want in a picture. Great action sequences coupled with a good story. This movie has to be near the top of your list when thinking about movies set in Rome.

The ancient war movie Ben-Hur with Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins movie released in 1959 was the quintessential Hollywood blockbuster. You had star power and a riveting storyline. Ben-Hur was ahead of its time in Hollywood insofar as it had the largest budget ($15.175 million) and was filmed on the largest movie set in its time. It took almost a full year to shoot. All of this investment garnered 11 academy awards and was the highest grossing picture for 1959.

When you think of movies set ancient Rome the name Spartacus immediately jumps to mind. This Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier movie released in 1960 is the measuring stick that all other movies set in ancient Rome are stacked up against. The story of a former slave/gladiator that not only frees himself but his fellow slaves is one that is masterfully told in this film. The film garnered four academy awards and lasting fame.

Bernardo Chua was Doing Well at Gano Excel International, But the Epitome of His Career is Definitely at Organo Gold

Bernardo Chua was born and raised in the Philippines. He worked in his home country for a few years before relocating to the U.S. Bernardo is the current CEO of Organo Gold, a well-known network marketing company. Previously, he served under different positions in Gano Excel International.

Gano Excel International

Bernardo Chua’s career kicked off in 1999 when he joined hands with Leow Soon Seng to establish Gano Excel Philippines, a branch of Gano Excel International.

Before then, Leow had accumulated a lot of experience working with Gano Excel Malaysia and, therefore, Chua was lucky to have a mentor for a partner.

Chua spent four years at Gano Excel Malaysia, serving as the general manager for the entire period. Within the first three years in office, he had succeeded in helping the firm to expand to Hong Kong, the United States, and Canada. His efforts did not go unnoticed. In 2003, he was appointed to be the president of Gano Excel USA, a post he held till 2008.

Organo Gold

Chua founded Organo Gold immediately after leaving Gano Excel International. Organo Gold produces health and wellness products by blending beverages and lingzhi, an Asian mushroom that contains Ganoderma Lucidum that is believed to have valuable medicinal components.

After product production, the firm goes ahead to use its multi-level marketing network to market and even distribute these products. The company was initially selling within Vancouver, British Columbia but nine years down the line, its products are consumed in more than 35 countries around the world. Organo Gold is more famous in Asia and has six offices across the continent.


In January 2015, PR Newswire reported that Chua and two of his staff members had won Dangal ng Bayan Awards in a ceremony that was held in Hemady Square, Manila, Philippines.

His company, on the other hand, carried home the Best Gourmet Organic Health Coffee and the Number One Global Network Marketing Company awards. These two awards fell under People’s Choice category.

According to The Street, Bernardo Chua Organo Gold was named by Direct Selling News Top 100 as the 55th biggest network marketing company globally in 2013.

Social Media

Bernardo Chua is found on Twitter under the Twitter handle @OGBernie. He uses this account to discuss his company.

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Arthur Becker is the managing director of Madison Partners which is an investment company that majors in real estates and Bio Technology ventures in their early stages. Becker has headed quite a number of companies like Zinio Company; which is the world’s largest digital newsstand, and Navisite Company; that provides internet technology services in the United States and United Kingdom from the year 2002 to 2010. Moreover he worked at Vera Wang Fashion Company for 7 years as a senior advisor. Together with the employees their goal is to make sure they meet the clients demand.

In his view, the idea coming up with the Madison Company was drawn from the fact that he has a massive experience in technology and real estates. He also has a passion to venture in the business of bio technology. Currently he is working on a number of town houses on Sullivan New York City. He also intends to build small luxury residential homes. Most of his time is spent in the construction sites and this makes him more flexible. The most important thing that has made him grow over the years is that he identified his talent and worked with visualized personnel to see him through in the business world. For anyone to succeed in any business Arthur’s advice is that they should listen to the people they work with and understand the market trends. One should also set goals and focus on achieving them. Investment requires patience and a skillful analytical mind.

Arthur is the owner of three adjacent town houses on the Sullivan street in Soho which he exchanged for his stake in the nearby developer. The town houses though not complete will be through within 90 days, he will live in one of them and the remaining two will be sold or leased out. Apart from this, he has invested in New York real estate through his Atlantic investors where he has invested around $500 million. Similarly, he has invested with JDS Development group, Property markets group and Ambase Corporation at 111 west 57th Street. Arthur sees great potential in the American real estate industry. He is willing to keep investing in it and hopes that other investors will do so.

A Chair of Honor in Rutgers University is Established for Omar Boraie

Omar Boraie is the 76-year-old patriarch of the Boraie Real estate Company. He was born in Egypt where he was a chemistry major until he and the family migrated to the United States in 1972. He noticed that living in Brunswick New Jersey was awful. It was dangerous to walk the streets after dark. Boraie then decided something needed to be done and so, he developed his real estate company to revitalize the area. There were 21 vacated and dilapidated buildings in the area that needed to be torn down to make room for new and better buildings. He bought all those buildings. Boraie’s company constructed Albany Street Plaza Tower One.

In 2015, Rutger’s University established the Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science ( that’s the highest standard of excellence in the medical college. The new position was established in honor of all the things Boraie has done for New Brunswick, New Jersey in over 40 yeras. Mr. Boraie promised to contribute $1.5 million to establish the Boraie Chair. It became part of the 18 chair campaign to get other people to donate up to $3 million a chair.

The field of genomic science is a relatively new form of developing new and effective cancer treatments that are genetically based. This cancer treatment is for patients who are no longer responding to the medicines they are presently getting. The new treatments should help different types of cancers, especially, those patients with very poor diagnoses and the rarer forms of the disease. Omar Boraie is instrumental in helping to turn New Brunswick, New Jersey into Health Care City.

Shridar Ganesan, MD, Ph.D. who joined Rutgers in 2005 was given the Omar Boraie Chair in Genomic Science because of his work in the field of cancer treatment. He was a member of the staff at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School and considered one the top leaders in the field. According to Dr. Ganesan, cancer isn’t that simple a disease. It’s a collection of diseases that each have their own unique features.

Rutgers genomic science cancer study had attracted the attention of former President Obama who announced in 2015 during his Presidential address that there was going to be a national Precision Medicine Initiative focused on finding a cure for cancer and other diseases. Rutgers is only one of the medical colleges, and the first, that’s working on genomic science cancer study.