Sunday, June 17, 2018

Maymay Entrata Massive Music Video Launch: Toinks, Shanawa, Kabaduyan, Pangarap, Mahal Kita Kase

Star Music's gem and bestselling Kapamilya recording star Maymay Entrata launches not just 1, not even 2, 3 or 4 but 5 music videos at the same time.

On Friday, June 15, Maymay officially released the much-anticipated music videos for the hit songs "Toinks," "Shanawa," "Kabaduyan," "Pangarap," and "Mahal Kita Kase".







Gripping Trailer Reveals Why She's "The Girl in the Spider's Web"

 
Discover what made her the Girl. Watch the next chapter in the Dragon Tattoo Series in the international teaser trailer for Columbia Pictures’ The Girl In The Spider’s Web.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/Ruf1zyzy5w0


Lisbeth Salander, the cult figure and title character of the acclaimed Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson, will return to the screen in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a first-time adaptation of the recent global bestseller.  Golden Globe winner Claire Foy, the star of “The Crown,” will play the outcast vigilante defender under the direction of Fede Alvarez, the director of 2016’s breakout thriller Don’t Breathe; the screenplay adaptation is by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu.

The Girl in the Spider's Web will be the first in the best-selling series to be produced into an English-language film in its initial adaptation.  The previous books in the series have been adapted into Swedish-language films, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a remake of the Swedish film.  It became a global hit for Columbia Pictures, taking in over $230 million worldwide.

The studio continues its development of the next book in the Millennium series, The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, which was released recently.  Sony's Columbia Pictures retains the rights to all future Millennium Series books.

 
 
 
The Millennium Series is a worldwide bestseller, with the four books selling over 86 million copies since their debut.

In Philippine cinemas this November, The Girl in the Spider's Web  is distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

The Masked Murderer Returns in "Halloween" Trailer


Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have launched the teaser trailer of Halloween, from executive producer and legendary filmmaker John Carpenter and starring Jamie Lee Curtis.


Check out the official teaser trailer below and watch Halloween in Philippine cinemas October 17.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/videos/2067104226697300/ 

YouTube – https://youtu.be/qDoPXR11b9Y  


Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Master of horror John Carpenter will executive produce and serve as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity).  Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.

Halloween will also be produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the Halloween series since its inception, and Bill Block (Elysium, District 9).  Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. 

Halloween is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.  

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METRO Celebreates Everything Local with MayWard, ElNella, McLisse and JoshLia this June


From fashion and beauty retailers to the designers who have given the best looks for the season, Metro celebrates everything local for the month of June beginning with a heritage tour of Manila for its four covers featuring Kapamilya loveteams ElNella, JoshLia, MayWard, and McLisse.

Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador hop around old-town Manila and visit the heritage home at Casa Roces and the Dominican-built Paco Park. Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto spend a day at the historic Luneta Hotel, while Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber get introduced to bustling Escolta. McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson, meanwhile, explore the picturesque Manila Central Post Office.

 


Metro also places the spotlight on two designers making waves outside the country: Metrowear designer Michael Leyva and luxury bag designer Mai Mai Cojuangco, while it picks out the best designer collections as seen in Manila Fashion Festival and Philippine Fashion Week.

Soon to be making a worldwide debut as well are new Binibining Pilipinas queens—Catriona Gray, Ahtisa Manalo, Karen Gallman, Eva Patalinjug, Jehza Huelar, and Michele Gumabao—who have shared their stories of determination, perseverance, and the unexpected gains in winning the pageant of their dreams.

Finally, to satisfy readers’ eternal wanderlust, Metro scopes out new stylish getaways that can take the place of Boracay. It likewise curated a lovely list of places to explore that will make readers go on a singing spree for Manila, Manila.

Check out all these and more in Metro June 2018 issue, now out in major bookstores and newsstands for P150. Like Metro on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Metro.Magazine) and follow Metro on Twitter and Instagram (@MetroMagPH) #MetroMagPH

First Look Photos of Josh Groban and Tony Danza's Netflix Series "The Good Cop"


On September 21, 2018, TV’s most beloved Tony returns when The Good Cop, a new 10-episode, one-hour dramedy series starring Tony Danza as a former cop, with Josh Groban as his currently-a-cop son, launches on Netflix.

 


In The Good Cop, Tony Danza plays Tony Sr., a lovable yet not exactly honorable, former NYPD officer who never followed the rules. He lives with his son, Tony Jr., played by Josh Groban, a brilliant, straight-laced NYPD detective who makes a point of always following the rules while solving Brooklyn’s toughest cases. This “odd couple” become unofficial partners as Tony Sr. offers his overly-cautious son blunt, street-wise advice. Also joining the cast are Monica Barbaro, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Bill Kottkamp.



 

Andy Breckman, the creator of Monk, serves as showrunner and executive producer, with Randy Zisk (Bones, Monk), and Howard Klein (The Office, The Mindy Project) also serving as executive producers. Tony Danza is a producer on The Good Cop. The series is inspired by a format from Israeli production company YES, who also serve as executive producers. The Good Cop is a Netflix original production.

For more information about "The Good Cop," visit http://netflix.com/thegoodcop

TFC Artists Jona and Sam Milby Rocked the City of Carson at the Celebration of the 120th Anniversary of Philippine Independence


Thousands of residents from the City of Carson and nearby areas in Southern California made their way to the Veterans Park in Carson for the 120th Anniversary Celebration of Philippine Independence.

It was a spectacular Saturday that started with the flag-raising, followed by an ecumenical service led by Rev. Emmanuel Orendain, pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church, and then a community mass celebrated by Rev. Father Albert Avenido of St. Philomena Catholic Church. This was followed by the presentation of colors and parade led by City of Carson Mayor Albert Robles.

The rest of the day was packed with fun and entertainment for the whole family. Vendor booths spread throughout the park provided arts and crafts, food, and various engagement activities.  Philippine Independence Day Foundation Chairman Alex Cainglet pointed out that “There were around 100 plus booths this year versus the average of 70 from previous years. More local businesses bought in with the drawing power of TFC and the quality of entertainment it is known for world-wide."

Myx TV, the only English-language multicultural Asian American entertainment network in the United States, showcased their various talents during the Myx TV Hour hosted by social media phenomenon Jessica Lesaca, Host of “Week Sauce.” Gracing the stage were singers Rocky Sandoval, Jeserey, Jules Aurora, and Leanne Tessa of Club Mickey Mouse.

 


Special guests Myx Host Joshua Manansala, Jamal McClerkin, host of Myx Digital’s “What’s in the Bag?” and Audrey Elizabeth, Myx Digital host were also there to spice up the Myx TV Hour.

Myx TV Virtual Casting Project Manager Allen Palos noted that audience engagement was very good. He says that “We saw a lot of second generation Filipinos in attendance, and organizers told me they had an influx of second gen attendees.

The much-awaited TFC Hour opened with SoCal locals- Adobo Nation’s LA Chika Reporter Anna Diaz and BA Correspondent Steve Angeles taking to the stage for some fun banter with the audience before introducing the main acts of the Philippines’ Soul Princess Jona and Rockoustic Heartthrob Sam Milby.

Councilmember Elito Santarina was all praises, saying that “The City feels fortunate to have such great talents from TFC for our Philippine Independence Day Celebration. This annual celebration is Carson’s biggest event so we want only the best for the community. That is why I thank TFC for bringing two of their best talents, Sam and Jona, to Carson.”

Jona and Sam enjoyed themselves as they performed for the SoCal community. Both artists went down from the stage and joined the crowd on the ground, as they continued singing, wanting to be with, and reach out up close to the lively audience.

 


It is endearing to see how the ABS-CBN/TFC artists connect with the festival participants. PIDF Trustee and City Council Deputy Riezl Locsin-Pe Benito noticed that “they (Sam and Jona) are both sincere in their intention to bring happiness to the community as expressed in their interactions toward the audience. The hosts, Anna and Steve, were great too, in addition to the fact that the community knows them already.”

Cainglet said that, “people from Santa Barbara (70 miles away) and San Diego (90 miles away) drove all the way to see them perform.  Several dignitaries, namely state and city officials, who were non-Filipinos, stayed on to watch and be entertained.” He also added that “Sam and Jona gave world-class quality entertainment. The organizers felt so right and blessed to get TFC for this year’s celebration.

Santarina echoes the sentiment when he revealed that “the attendance this year broke all records.  This has the biggest turn out so far.  In fact, Carson has been the talk of the town since Saturday. The community now looks forward to next year’s celebration.

Jona, Sam, and ABS-CBN/TFC were presented with Certificates of Congressional Recognition by Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragan (California’s 44th District) Commendation and Plaques of Appreciation, and plaques of appreciation from the City of Carson.

After the Carson event, Jona and Sam proceeded to the Hilton Hotel in Universal City to appear at the dinner gala event of Kalayaan Incorporated of Southern California at the Hilton Hotel in Universal City, celebrating the 120th anniversary of Philippine Independence.

Disney's "The Lion King" Musical Announces Open Call Auditions for Children's Role


Michael Cassel Group in association with Disney Theatrical Productions announces open call auditions for the children’s roles in the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s THE LION KING.

Following the huge success of the Manila season, which ended on the 27th May 2018, the International Tour of THE LION KING is now auditioning for boys and girls from the ages of 7 to 12 for the roles of Young Simba and Young Nala to join the tour throughout Asia.

The search is on for confident children with personality, natural actors/singers who can move well. 

Previous performing experience is not necessary. Height limit is 147 cm (58 inches).

Auditions will be held at Philippine Opera Haus, 3657 Bautista St, Barangay Palanan, Makati City from 10am to 5pm on 23 June 2018. Registration closes at 4pm.

The Philippines is rich with wonderfully talented performers and we are excited to welcome to the cast young Filipino actors who will join performers from South Africa and around the world in bringing this show to audiences around Asia and beyond” commented Producer of the international tour, Michael Cassel.

 


The international tour is preparing to open its season in Singapore. After Singapore the tour will enjoy engagements in South Korea and Taiwan, with other engagements to be announced.

Children will be asked to prepare the last verse of “Just Can’t Wait to be King” and bring with them a 3R headshot, birth certificate, a parent/guardian’s written consent, and be prepared to fill out a registration form upon arrival. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Any child that is cast in the production must be prepared to travel internationally with a parent/guardian.

 


For further casting inquiries, please contact the Children’s Casting Director - Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group:

Phone: +63 650-5144, (0917) 838-1534 or Email: lionkingmanila@atlantistheatrical.com

For further information about THE LION KING visit: LionKingInternational.com

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Iza Calzado and Martin Nievera Join ANC via Late Night Shows "State of the Art" and "LSS: The Martin Nievera Show"


Viewers of ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel will find more reasons to stay tuned to the channel with the launch of the “ANC-X” lifestyle block, featuring local and international shows that will satisfy their love for food, travel, fashion, and the arts.

Starting Sunday (June 17), late nights on ANC will light up with world-class lifestyle programs led by “State of the Art,” a first of its kind art show hosted by actress Iza Calzado that will debut on the country’s premier all-English cable news channel at 11 pm.  Iza will share the stories of our local artists as we experience a golden age in Philippine Art and Design in this visually seductive but relatable program.

On Monday (June 18), the “Concert King” of the Philippines Martin Nievera will make his late night TV comeback with a new show called “LSS: The Martin Nievera Show” at 10:30 pm. We see another side of Martin as he combines the serious and the light and the witty and the funny with the movers and shakers in society.

Other new programs debuting next week on the “ANC-X” block are international hits “The Art Show” airing on Tuesday (June 19) at 10:30 pm and “The Wine Show,” hosted by Matthew Goode and James Purefoy, taking the Friday, 10:30 pm slot starting June 22.

The launch of the “ANC-X” block marks the latest and biggest collaboration between ABS-CBN’s news and lifestyle ecosystems with the goal of providing ANC viewers with the right mix of news, business, and lifestyle content that they can watch on television or on their gadgets as they go about their professional and personal routines.

“While we specialize in serious undertaking like general news, government, business, our wall to wall political coverage, we also know that our audience also wants a break from all the serious stuff,” said ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs head and ANC managing director Ging Reyes during the launch of the block during an ANC-X on-ground event last May.

ABS-CBN Lifestyle Ecosystem head Paolo Pineda also revealed that they will also be launching the “ANC-X” website soon, to further bring ANC’s lifestyle content closer and more accessible to the country’s business and political leaders, who make up most of ANC’s viewership.

This will be the lifestyle and travel arm of the current ANC website. There will be published content related to international  travel, dining here and abroad, wines, watches, cars, and socially relevant content that will interest the modern, successful man,” he shared.

The “ANC-X” ON AIR block starts at 10:30 pm on weekdays and 10 pm on weekends. Also included in the line-up are original ANC productions “Executive Class” with David Celdran, travel and adventure show “Asian Air Safari” with Capt. Joy Roa, and urban lifestyle program “Green Living” and motoring show “Rev” both hosted by Paolo Abrera. Locally-produced fares such as the travelogue-cum-cooking show “Show Me the Market” with Chef JP Anglo and food expert Joel Binamira and magazine program “Beached” with  Maggie Wilson and Marc Nelson will also debut on “ANC-X” on ANC soon.

Watch ANC or ANC HD on cable television or online via www.iwantv.com.ph or www.skyondemand.com.ph. 

Stay updated on the news, follow @ancxph and @ANCalerts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit news.abs-cbn.com/anc. 

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Ian Veneracion, ASCOF and Wish 107.5 Bring Music, Kilig and More at Early Father's Day Roadshow


The heavy downpour didn’t stop enthusiastic fans from trooping to Eton Centris Walk in Quezon City last Friday, June 8. Not when veteran actor and ASCOF brand ambassador Ian Veneracion was slated to perform at an early Father’s Day roadshow mounted by the country’s no. 1 natural cough remedy, ASCOF Lagundi, and hit FM radio station Wish 107.5.

While awaiting Veneracion’s guest appearance at 7 p.m., members of the audience who showed up at the venue as early as 4 p.m. happily participated in assorted games and surprises prepared by ASCOF Forte Menthol Syrup and Wish 107.5. These included Wish’s free videoke caravan where fans took turns doing covers of their favorite songs and ASCOF’s “Who’s Your Cough Character” video booth.

Inspired by ASCOF’s viral digital ad, the video booth had participants gamely acting out the most imaginative portrayal of their “Cough Character” - or how they would cough while role-playing as “The Maldita,” “Ang Inaapi,” “The Social Media Savvy,” and “The Beauty Queen,” among others. Three lucky participants also got the chance to meet and greet Ian Veneracion right inside the Wish 107.5 Bus.

At his guest gig, Ian and his 17-year-old daughter Deirdre gave a special performance of the song “When Nights Are Longer”. When DJs asked the father-and-daughter tandem how they spend quality time together, Ian readily revealed that he and his children usually bond over music or adventure sports like paragliding.

Ian Veneracion’s 17-year-old daughter Deirdre joins her father in entertaining scores of fans,
mallgoers, and music enthusiasts during Wish 107.5 and ASCOF’s early Father’s Day roadshow.


It is my children who personally validate my view of what success truly is. Seeing them grow and evolve into mature, responsible, and grounded individuals is the best affirmation of all,” the actor said in an interview.

Among the different ‘roles’ I play, being a father is what I do best. But I can only effectively fulfill that role when I keep myself healthy, especially during the wet season when common afflictions like cough are prevalent.

Asked about his health and fitness regimen, Ian shared that he maintains a healthy lifestyle by engaging in physical activities, having a balanced diet, and getting enough rest and sleep.

During his special guesting at Wish 107.5, actor and father Ian Veneracion highlights the
importance of taking a natural and organic cough remedy like ASCOF Forte Menthol Syrup at the onset of cough.


However, Ian avers that at the first sign of a cough, he chooses to use a natural remedy like ASCOF Forte Menthol Syrup because of its “hagod-menthol” soothing effect that helps ease coughing that comes with a sore and itchy throat.

When Ascof offered me the chance to endorse it, I told myself, ‘Perfect! After all, it’s something that I personally use,” Ian said. “I bring it with me most of the time and I take it at once when I have cough, especially during shootings and tapings. I trust ASCOF Forte Menthol Syrup because it’s made from 100 percent organically grown Lagundi leaves, making it safe and effective,” Ian added.

Among those who attended the on-ground event were members of Ian Veneracion’s fans club—both young and old - who got to hug and take groufies and selfies with their idol when he alighted from the Wish Bus.

We at ASCOF and PascualLab would like to thank everyone for taking time out from their schedules and dropping by Centris Walk last Friday to attend our early Father’s Day roadshow with Ian Veneracion. We enjoin you to observe healthful practices this rainy season, such as taking ASCOF Forte Menthol Syrup at the onset of a cough,” said ASCOF brand manager Alan Levi Farinas.

For inquiries and more details about ASCOF Forte Menthol Syrup, follow ASCOF’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ASCOFLagundi

If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.

First Look: "Wonder Woman 1984" Movie Starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine


Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing an all-new foe: The Cheetah.  Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ follow up to the Super Hero’s first outing, last summer’s record-breaking “Wonder Woman,” which took in $822 million at the worldwide box office.  “Wonder Woman 1984” will also be helmed by acclaimed director Patty Jenkins, and star Gal Gadot in the title role.

 


As previously announced, the film also stars Kristen Wiig in the role of the Super-Villain The Cheetah, as well as Pedro Pascal.  And Chris Pine returns as Steve Trevor.

 


Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Stephen Jones and Gal Gadot are producing the film.  Rebecca Roven Oakley, Richard Suckle, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada are the executive producers.

Joining her behind the scenes are several members of Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” team, including director of photography Matthew Jensen, Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (“Amélie”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Topsy-Turvy”).  Oscar-nominated editor Richard Pearson (“United 93”) will cut the film.

Production will take place in Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Virginia, and in the UK, Spain and the Canary Islands.

Set to open in theaters November 1, 2019, “Wonder Woman 1984” is based on the character created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.  It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

WISHful 5 All Set for the "Wishful Journey" Album Concert at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum


Rising singers Princess Sevillena, Kimberly Baluzo, Louie Anne Culala, Carmela Ariola, and Ace Bartolome return to the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday (June 19) for their much-awaited “Wishful Journey” concert – their first major project as bonafide recording artists since their online singing competition stint on Wish 107.5.

The event coincides with the unveiling of their debut album as the Wishful 5, released under Star Music and is composed of 18 original and revival tracks.

The five belters were the top contenders of “Wishcovery: Your Road to Stardom Starts Here,” the online singing competition of Wish 107.5 that aired on the radio station’s YouTube channel from September 2017 until March 2018.

All five have secured an exclusive two-year recording contract with Star Music, and a five-year management deal with Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International, the content provider for Wish 107.5.

Never did I imagine that all these would happen to me in just a year - winning a huge contest, having my first album, and launching it at the Big Dome. The pressure is naturally there, but I believe that people will enjoy what we’ve prepared. We just need to focus on one goal: To make them happy,” shared the “Wishcovery” grand winner Princess.

Apart from the five young artists, Pop Rock Royalty Yeng Constantino, Asia’s Phoenix Morissette, R&B Prince Kris Lawrence, R&B heartthrob Daryl Ong, and “Pilipinas Got Talent” Season 6 grand winner Kristel De Catalina will also perform as the concert’s special guests.

Days before the big show, Star Music released the Wishful 5’s collaborative single, “Patuloy Ang Pangarap,” on digital platforms. The lyric videos for Princess’ “Wishful Journey” album tracks - “Sana’y Maghintay Ang Walang Hanggan,” “Ikaw Lamang,” “Walang Kasing Ikaw,” and “Pangarap Kong Bituin” - are also now available on the record label’s YouTube channel.

Besting the thousands of singing hopefuls who auditioned for “Wishcovery,” the Wishful 5 held their final sing-off at the Big Dome last March. As grand champion, Princess won P2 million worth of cash and contract, a house and lot, a brand new car, and a round trip ticket to New York for a musical training. Kimberly was named first runner-up, while Louie Anne, Carmela, and Ace were hailed as the second, third and fourth runners-up, respectively.

Be a part of the Wishful 5’s “Wishful Journey” on Tuesday (June 19) at 7 PM. Tickets are now on-sale via ticketnet.com.ph.

Their debut album will be available for purchase starting June 18 (Monday) at the ABS-CBN Store. For more details, visit starmusic.ph, like Star Music on facebook.com/starmusicph, and follow it on Twitter and Instagram @ StarMusicPH.

McJim’s Viral Short Films "Pitaka," "Sinturon," and "Bag" Earn Global Recognition, Enter 8 International Film Festivals


McJim Classic Leather’s viral short films under its Get Reel online advocacy campaign are now competing in eight prestigious international film festivals in the United States, Italy, and Australia, providing another platform for Filipinos to share their noteworthy stories to the world stage.

In communicating its advocacy of bringing the best of the Filipino to the world, McJim recently broke boundaries in digital communication as its troika of well-executed shorts were validated not only by millions of views on social media but also through global recognition with its participation in various film competitions.

“Pitaka” (The Wallet), the first of the three short films, has been officially selected to participate in film festivals in Italy and the US, namely the San Mauro Torinese International Film Festival 2018; Cefalu Film Festival in Palermo; Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle 2018; and Culture of Life Film Festival 2018 in Memphis City.

Through Pitaka’s strong and relatable narrative, brought to life by the Kuya (Karl Medina’s character) who sets aside his personal dreams to provide for his younger brother (played by Art Artienda), the world gains appreciation for the Filipino’s propensity for nurturing.

The storyline celebrates sibling relationships and what older members of the family do out of love for them. Aside from extolling Filipino family values of sacrifice and perseverance, Pitaka’s emotional impact was enhanced by the use of the Filipino language in its collaboration with Palanca-winning poet Louie Jon Sanchez and by its excellent cinematography and production quality.

Award-winning actor Karl Medina and newcomer Art Artienda breathe life into a heartwarming narrative that celebrates fraternal love and gratitude in the hit McJim short film “Pitaka.”


Another internationally acclaimed McJim viral video is “Bag,” an out-of-the-box and gay-themed short film that follows an openly gay young professional’s (Ross Pesigan) seemingly unending quest for love. In the wake of subsequent heartbreaks, Pesigan’s character finds refuge and comfort in his straight best friend (Wayne Avellano), who makes him realize that not all soul mates are romantic partners.

For its honest portrayal of straight-gay friendships and other social realities faced by the LGBT community, “Bag” has been invited to join international film fests that include the First International LGBTQ Coming of Age Short Films Festival, which will be held simultaneously in Paris, France, and San Francisco, U.S.A, in September this year; the Los Angeles CineFest 2019; the 2018 LGBTQ Shorts Film Festival; and the International Shorts Film Festival (Australia) 2018.

McJim makes a bold and much lauded move with its production of an LGBT-themed short film titled “Bag” as part of its Get Reel online campaign.

“Bag” follows the story of a brokenhearted and openly gay young professional (Ross Pesigan) who finds comfort and refuge in his straight best friend (Wayne Avellano).


McJim’s third viral video is titled “Sinturon” and features Kiko Matos and Mercedes Cabral, who likewise created a big buzz on social media with its theme of marital fidelity and generated enormous sales for McJim during the holiday season last year.

Behind Pitaka’s visually poetic direction of photography is Cesca Lee, known for the films T.P.O., Purgatoryo, and Otso. “Sinturon” and “Bag,” meanwhile, were shot by the equally talented cinematographer Patrick Ferrer. Archie del Mundo wrote the screenplay and was also line producer for the three short films.

The risqué “Sinturon” starring Mercedes Cabral and Kiko Matos shows how fidelity wins over short-lived attraction when a marital relationship is put to a test.


Chris Cahilig, director and producer of the viral videos, maintains that the success of McJim’s viral videos proves that even branded shorts can be at par with big-budget, commercially released films.

That our short films garnered millions of views on social media simply validates the Filipinos’ warm reception towards stories they can relate to,” he said. “We are likewise grateful for the prestige that comes with our films’ participation in international film fests.” But what sets McJim’s viral videos apart from the rest, Cahilig asserts, is how these depict real-life experiences of people on the ground without the need to sensationalize for the sake of views.

Through the powerful medium of filmmaking,” Cahilig concludes, “a brand breaks into the new media to advance its social cause and deliver good value and entertainment to its audience, showing that today’s Filipino gentleman has become more confident and mature as portrayed in these stories.”

For McJim, these short films provide the brand’s patrons with a new medium for expressing their feelings, culture, and personal values even as it projects to the world the remarkable character of modern Filipino gentlemen.

For generations now, McJim Classic Leather has been the leading and trusted brand for classic leather goods and accessories of superior quality and design. McJim products are available in leading online shopping sites and all major department stores nationwide. 

For more information, visit and like the official McJim Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMcJIM/.

10 "Red Alert" Safety Tips for the Whole Family in Time for School


As the school year commences, safety becomes top priority for kids both inside and outside school grounds. Know what to do in case of harm and danger with practical tips from “Red Alert,” the Best TV Public Service Program in the 2018 KBP Golden Dove Awards.

1.    Report incidents to proper authorities. Whether they’re victims or witnesses to bullying, children should know how to report such incidents to their teachers and guidance counselors to avoid further injuries.

2.    Good values are learned at home. According to psychologists, discipline starts at home, and it’s important to explain to children that hurting others (both mentally and physically) is wrong.

 


3.    Don’t talk to strangers. The age-old rule still applies. Remind your children to stay away from people they don’t know to avoid modus operandi of kidnappers and thieves.

4.    Pick your kids up from school, arrange carpools, or have them walk with groups on the way home to avoid walking alone and falling easy prey to criminals.

5.    Pass familiar routes and avoid dark alleys to prevent getting lost and getting easily taken advantage of.

 


6.    Bring a pocket flashlight and whistle if you can’t avoid dark alleys.

7.    Avoid using a cellphone while walking to avoid pickpockets and thieves.

 


8.    When encountering petty thieves, avoid fighting back especially when alone. Prioritize your physical safety over your belongings.

9.     In case you become victim to crime, observe identifying marks on your assailant. Take note of their height, build, unusual features, and mode of transport to help investigation.

 


10. Report criminal incidents to police and notify your barangay so they can take swift action and investigate the incident.

For more tips to keep the family safe in times of emergency, watch “Red Alert” with 2018 KBP Golden Dove Awards Best TV Public Affairs Program host Jeff Canoy on Wednesdays at 9:30 PM on DZMM TeleRadyo and after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN to protect the whole family from different kinds of dangers. 

Watch it online on iwantv.com.ph or skyondemand.com.ph. Follow the program on Facebook at (@RedAlertABSCBN) and Twitter (@ABSCBNRedAlert). 

For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com.

41st Gaward Urian Winner: Balangiga, Abra, Joanna Ampil and Odette Khan


Underground hip hop film “Respeto” bested all films at the 41st Gawad Urian with four wins, including Best Actor for rapper Abra in its awards night held last Thursday (June 14) at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent in Quezon City.

Abra, who garnered his first lead acting award, thanked the music community for joining him in the film. “This would not be complete if not for my family from the hip hop community,” he said.

“Respeto” also earned Best Supporting Actor for Dido de la Paz, Best Editing for Lawrence Ang, and Best Sound for Corrine de San Jose.

The Best Picture award went to “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness,” the wartime drama set in 1901 featuring a child who flees town with his grandfather to escape a burn and kill order, produced by Achinette Villamor, Edong Canlas, and Khavn.

The musical “Ang Larawan” earned Best Production Design for Gino Gonzales and Best Actress for Joanna Ampil, while Odette Khan of “Bar Boys” won Best Supporting Actress.

 


Arnel Barbarona of “Tu Pug Imatuy,” who was hailed as Best Director, dedicated the award to the Lumads of Mindanao. “Their struggles are very much our struggles. If they lose their lands, we lose our identity,” he said in his acceptance speech.

Full list:  41st Gawad Urian winners
Best Film: “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness”
Best Actress: Joanna Ampil, “Ang Larawan”
Best Actor: Abra, “Respeto”
Best Director: Arnel Barbarona, “Tu Pug Imatuy”
Best Supporting Actress: Odette Khan, “Bar Boys”
Best Supporting Actor: Dido de la Paz, “Respeto”
Best Screenplay: Christopher Gozum, “Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931”
Best Cinematography: Mycko David, “Neomanila”
Best Production Design: Gino Gonzales, “Ang Larawan
Best Editing: Lawrence Ang, “Respeto”.
Best Music: Khavn, “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness”
Best Sound: Corrine de San Jose, “Respeto”
Best Documentary: Victor Delotavo Tagaro and Toshihiko Uriu, “Yield”
Best Short Film: Kiri Dalena, “Gikan Sa Ngitngit Nga Kinailadman” (From the Dark Depths)
Natatanging Gawad Urian: Winston Raval (Vanishing Tribe)

This year’s Urian awards night highlighted original Filipino music (OPM) featuring songs from the films “Ang Larawan” performed by Rachel Alejandro and Joanna, “Changing Partners” sang by Klarisse de Guzman and Sandino Martin, and “Respeto” staged by Abra and Loonie. Darren Espanto, Jason Dy, and Janine Berdin also opened the show with an exciting OPM performance.

The Natatanging Gawad Urian award went to musician Winston Raval of Vanishing Tribe, a musical director, composer, and arranger who scored music for over 20 movies in four decades, including “Himala.”

“Kita Kita” stars Empoy Marquez and Alessandra de Rossi hosted the show with Butch Francisco, a member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino.

The winners were chosen by the Manunuri composed of reputable pillars in Philippine cinema led by its president Rolando Tolentino together with members Butch, Grace Javier Alfonso, Bienvenido Lumbera, Miguel Rapatan, Benilda Santos, Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, Tito Genova Valiente, Patrick Campos, Shirley Lua, and Gary Devilles.

Catch the replay of the 41st Gawad Urian on Cinema One (SkyCable ch. 56, Destiny Cable Digital Channel 56, and Destiny Analog Ch. 37) on Saturday (June 16) at 11pm. For more details, like Cinema One’s official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Cinema1channel).

Friday, June 15, 2018

Kim Chiu and RK Bagatsing Fight Over Custody of the Their Child on "Ipaglaban Mo" Anniversary Episode Shot in Korea


Kapamilya stars Kim Chiu and RK Bagatsing headed to South Korea to shoot the special anniversary episode of the hit legal drama “Ipaglaban Mo,” which airs this Saturday (June 16), featuring the case of ex-lovers fighting over their child’s custody.

Hazel (Kim) and Alvin (RK) are overseas Filipino workers in South Korea. They are a picture of happiness and love, with Alvin even promising to marry Hazel after they have saved enough money.

Things turn sour, however, when Hazel finds out that Alvin has been cheating on her.

After Alvin gets deported back to the Philippines because of a lapsed working visa, Hazel learns she is pregnant with his child. With no one else to turn to, she asks Alvin to take care of their child, with a promise to return for the kid.

Time passes by and Hazel, who is now married to Korean national Ji-hoo (Kyumin Moon), is ready to take her child back under her care. Unfortunately, Alvin refuses and resorts to legal measures to fight for the child’s custody.

Will Hazel ever get her child back? Whose side will the court take?

 

“Ipaglaban Mo” has been educating viewers about their rights for four years now since it started airing on ABS-CBN. The show even went out of its way of offering free legal advice to people every week via ABS-CBN’s Tulong Center.

Aside from the fourth year on air of its relaunch on ABS-CBN, “Ipaglaban Mo” also celebrates its 30th year as the longest-running legal drama on Philippine television.

Don’t miss the “Korea” episode of “Ipaglaban Mo,” directed by Raymund Ocampo, this Saturday (June 16) after “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN.

For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Pixar Animator Unveils "Incredible" Family Portraits of Teams Dantes, Kramer and Belo-Kho


Disney-Pixar's “Incredibles 2” held its Philippine premiere June 11 at the SM Aura IMAX Cinema, heralding the return of the beloved Parr brood of superheroes.

 


Adjunct to the premiere was the unveiling of family portraits created by Pixar animator Bryn Imagire who flew in from the US to for the film's Manila launch. Credited as the Shading Art Director of “Incredibles 2,” Imagire interpreted the Dantes (Dingdong, Marian Rivera & daughter Zia), Kramer (Doug, Cheska and children Kendra, Scarlett & Gavin) and Belo-Kho (Vicky, Hayden and daughter Scarlet) families as “Incredible” supers.

All three families attended the big reveal, visibly delighted by their portraits.




In his Instagram post after the event, Dingdong Dantes wrote, “Many thanks to Bryn Imagire... [S]he made us her own interpretation of a Dantes Incredibles family portrait! What an honor and privilege!



 
For his part, Doug Kramer shared, “What an honor it was to be one of the 3 families that Ms Bryn Imagire sketched through the #Incredibles2 theme here in the Philippines!



 
Not to be outdone, Vicky Belo raved “How incredible is this version of our family portrait by Bryn Imagire! Thank you Bryn, its such an honor to be immortalized by you!

The “Incredible” family portraits are currently on public display at the SM Aura Atrium.

"Incredibles 2” opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Join the conversation online by using the hashtags #Incredibles2 and #IAmIncrediblePH


About INCREDIBLES 2

In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.

Written and directed by Brad Bird (“Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “Tomorrowland”) and Nicole Grindle (“Sanjay’s Super Team” short, “Toy Story 3” associate producer), Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 14, 2018.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Viral! FATHER'S DAY Superhero Tribute Video


He was the first man in your life. He carried you as a baby when mom was too tired and sleep-deprived to do so. He changed your diapers and stayed up at night even when he was tired from work. 

When you started school, he woke up an hour early to take you on his way to work. He’d also bring you to mall outings with friends and even parties. He made you look good, feel great during challenging times, such as when someone bullied you at school.

Dad may not be at home most of the time but when he is, he makes sure he spends quality time with you. Now that you’re all grown up and caught up with the realities of life, time spent with your father isn’t as much as it was when you were a child and in school.

Watsons’ video for Father’s Day bit.ly/WATSONSHAPPYFATHERSDAY reminds us that before all these comic book and movie superheroes, we already had a superhero in our life and that’s Dad.
 
Now, it’s your turn to make Dad look and feel great.

Here are some heartfelt suggestions
:

Take him to lunch or dinner at his favorite restaurant and foot the bill. Now that you’re a professional, take your dad on a Father’s Day date. Surprise him!

Even better than a meal at a restaurant is a meal you made yourself. With YouTube tutorials, it is so easy to prepare and cook a good meal. Your dad will be happy and proud, no matter what the results.

Give your father the gift of good health by putting together vitamins and supplements so he will be healthier. Dad may no longer be young but he can live a long and fulfilling life if he takes care of his health.

Book him a session or two with a fitness trainer who can come up with a realistic health program for him. Your dad may be too busy or not have the time to exercise but with the right information, he’ll have no excuses and get right on to it.

More than any material thing, your father will appreciate the gift of love. Make time from your busy schedule to be with him and reconnect, not just for lunch or dinner. Send him an SMS everyday or give him a call to let him know that despite your being an adult, he is still your superhero.

To learn more about the video, visit the Watsons Philippines Facebook page and watsonsph on Instagram. To learn more about Watsons, visit http://www.watsons.com.ph

Luis, Alex, Alodia and Wil Battle It Out in the FOX+ Showdown on June 9 at BGC Taguig


Four contestants. Four hours. One winner. Who will be the last one streaming?

Video-streaming service FOX+ today announced a competitive event that will pit celebrities in a battle to be the last one streaming this Saturday, 2pm at the Bonifacio High Street Activity Center.

FOX+ Showdown

The FOX+ Showdown will see Luis Manzano, actor and self-confessed comedian wannabe; Alex Gonzaga, a quirky and charming host, actress, and vlogging superstar; Wil Dasovich, world-traveler, and YouTube personality; and Alodia Gosiengfiao, an internet-breaking gamer and cosplayer, attempt to outwatch and outlast each other in a four-hour streaming marathon while undergoing a series of twist laden activities. Each will be allocated a thematic room to stream their favorite FOX+ content and tackle the challenges.

To win, they'll be required to strategize and even form alliances with the objective of being the last one streaming their favorite host of FOX+ shows, including Hollywood blockbusters, latest series, thrilling documentaries and live sports.

Fans Get to Watch and Decide

All the action will be streamed live on the FOX+ Facebook page this Saturday https://www.facebook.com/FOXPlusPH/, from 2pm or visit the event at Bonifacio High Street Activity Center. Fans can visit the participants' Facebook pages to help the them throughout the competition.

Coming in the forms of BOOST and BUST scenarios, the FOX+ Showdown activities will either aide the participants with better viewing experiences or allocate challenges to their competitors in a bid to oust them from the competition. However, participants will need to rally their fans through Facebook Live to win BOOSTS and BUSTS. The pre-planned BOOST AND BUST activities will be sure to entertain everyone on ground and online.

Last One Streaming

At the end of the four-hour event, the last one streaming will be crowned champion of the FOX+ Showdown. The champion will be rewarded with a FOX+ Experience of their choice ranging from a VIP access to the Formula 1™ race in Singapore, a FOX Lot Tour in Los Angeles, California, a trip to the U.S. to catch a live NBA game, National Geographic Expedition, etc.

To encourage fans and viewers to download the FOX+ app on their devices during the event, there will be hourly raffles for winners to take home prizes including iPhone X devices and 49" Smart TVs.

FOX+ is available on Android and iOS devices as well as on Apple TV and select Android TVs. Start your free 30 day trial now.

For more info, visit: http://www.foxplus.com

Thursday, June 7, 2018

ABS-CBN Still Undisputed TV Station in the Philippines in May



ABS-CBN brought relevant news and values-laden stories to more Filipinos last May as it recorded an average audience share of 45% versus GMA's 32%, according to data from Kantar Media.

The Kapamilya network won in both rural and urban homes, particularly in Metro Manila where it garnered an average audience share of 41%, compared to GMA's 26%, and in Mega Manila where it registered 36%, beating GMA's 34%. ABS-CBN also ruled in Total Luzon with 41% versus GMA's 35%, in Total Visayas with 54%, compared to GMA's 25%, and in Total Mindanao with 52%, while GMA only got 30%.

Multinational audience measurement provider Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 urban and rural homes that represent 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population.

"FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" (40.7%) kept its throne as the country's most watched program in May, followed by LizQuen-starrer "Bagani" (32.4%).

Also part of the top ten list are "Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids" (32.1%), "MMK" (28.7%), "TV Patrol" (28.1%), "Wansapanataym" (24.4%), "Home Sweetie Home" (21.8%), and "Rated K" (20.3%).

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN also won across all time blocks, particularly in primetime where it scored an average audience share of 49%, beating GMA's 32%.  The primetime block is the most important time of the day when most Filipinos watch TV and advertisers put a larger chunk of their investments in to reach more consumers effectively.

The Kapamilya network also ruled the morning block (6 AM to 12 NN) with an average audience share of 36% versus GMA's 31%; the noontime block (12 NN to 3 PM) with 47%, compared to GMA's 32%; and the afternoon block (3 PM to 6 PM) with 45%, beating GMA's 37%.

TABLE 1.  TOTAL DAY NATIONAL TV VIEWERSHIP (URBAN AND RURAL) IN MAY 2018 BY HOUSEHOLDS
RANK
TV NETWORK
AUDIENCE SHARE IN %
1
ABS-CBN
45
2
GMA
32
3
TV5
3
Source: Kantar Media

TABLE 2.  NATIONAL PRIMETIME (6 PM-12MN) TV VIEWERSHIP (URBAN AND RURAL) IN MAY 2018 BY HOUSEHOLDS 
RANK
TV NETWORK
AUDIENCE SHARE IN %
1
ABS-CBN
49
2
GMA
32
3
TV5
4
Source: Kantar Media

TABLE 3.  NATIONAL MORNING (6 AM-12 NN) TV VIEWERSHIP (URBAN AND RURAL) IN MAY 2018 BY HOUSEHOLDS
RANK
TV NETWORK

AUDIENCE SHARE IN %
1
ABS-CBN

         36
2
GMA

         31
3
TV5

          2

Source: Kantar Media


TABLE 4.  NATIONAL NOONTIME (12 NN-3 PM) TV VIEWERSHIP (URBAN AND RURAL) IN MAY 2018 BY HOUSEHOLDS
RANK
TV NETWORK
AUDIENCE SHARE IN %
1
ABS-CBN
47
2
GMA
32
3
TV5
2
Source: Kantar Media

TABLE 5.  NATIONAL AFTERNOON (3 PM-6 PM) TV VIEWERSHIP (URBAN AND RURAL) IN MAY 2018 BY HOUSEHOLDS
RANK
TV NETWORK
AUDIENCE SHARE IN %
1
ABS-CBN
45
2
GMA
37
3
TV5
3
Source: Kantar Media

TABLE 6.  TOTAL DAY LUZON TV VIEWERSHIP (URBAN AND RURAL) IN MAY 2018 BY HOUSEHOLDS
RANK
TV NETWORK
AUDIENCE SHARE IN %
1
ABS-CBN
41
2
GMA
35
3
TV5
3
Source: Kantar Media

TABLE 7.  TOTAL DAY VISAYAS TV VIEWERSHIP (URBAN AND RURAL) IN MAY 2018 BY HOUSEHOLDS
RANK
TV NETWORK
AUDIENCE SHARE IN %
1
ABS-CBN
54
2
GMA
25
3
TV5
4
Source: Kantar Media

TABLE 8.  TOTAL DAY MINDANAO TV VIEWERSHIP (URBAN AND RURAL) IN MAY 2018 BY HOUSEHOLDS
RANK
TV NETWORK
AUDIENCE SHARE IN %
1
ABS-CBN
52
2
GMA
30
3
TV5
3
Source: Kantar Media

TABLE 9.  TOTAL DAY METRO MANILA TV VIEWERSHIP IN MAY 2018 BY HOUSEHOLDS
RANK
TV NETWORK
AUDIENCE SHARE IN %
1
ABS-CBN
41
2
GMA
26
3
TV5
2
Source: Kantar Media

TABLE 10.  TOTAL DAY MEGA MANILA TV VIEWERSHIP IN MAY 2018 BY HOUSEHOLDS
RANK
TV NETWORK
AUDIENCE SHARE IN %
1
ABS-CBN
36
2
GMA
34
3
TV5
3
Source: Kantar Media


TABLE 11. TOP 10 MOST WATCHED REGULARLY AIRING PROGRAMS IN MAY 2018 IN NATIONAL URBAN AND RURAL HOMES (EXCLUDING SPECIALS)
Rank
Channel
Title
Rating in %
1
ABS-CBN
FPJ'S ANG PROBINSYANO
40.7
2
ABS-CBN
BAGANI
32.4
3
ABS-CBN
YOUR FACE SOUNDS FAMILIAR KIDS
32.1
4
ABS-CBN
MMK
28.7
5
ABS-CBN
TV PATROL
28.1
6
ABS-CBN
WANSAPANATAYM
24.4
7
GMA
KAPUSO MO, JESSICA SOHO
22.0
8
ABS-CBN
HOME SWEETIE HOME
21.8
9
ABS-CBN
RATED K
20.3
10
GMA
KAMBAL, KARIBAL
19.0


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