Thursday, February 23, 2017

Get Re-Aquainted with the Beloved BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Characters

Belle Beast
With barely three weeks before Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast bows on the big screen, the studio has released the official descriptions of the beloved fairy tale’s characters.

And when searching for talent to bring the beloved animated characters to life on screen, the filmmakers canvassed the worlds of film, television, music and theatre to find the performers best suited for each role.


BELLE (Emma Watson) is a bright and spirited young woman who dreams of adventure, romance and a world far beyond the confines of her French village. Fiercely independent and keeping to herself for the most part, Belle wants nothing to do with the town’s arrogant and boorish rogue Gaston, who relentlessly pursues her. When her father is imprisoned in the castle of a hideous Beast, Belle trades her own freedom for his and quickly befriends the former staff who have become household objects as result of a curse placed on the castle. The Beast, while surly and ill-mannered, can be generous and chivalrous and knows how to make her laugh, and Belle soon begins to sense the kind heart of the Prince within.

THE BEAST (Dan Stevens). Once a dashing young Prince who had grown to become cruel and self-absorbed before being transformed by an enchantress into a hideous Beast, he is trapped in the castle until he can learn to love another and be worthy of their love in return, thus breaking the curse. When the Beast catches Maurice trespassing and takes him prisoner, his beautiful and headstrong daughter Belle takes his place, and the Beast develops feelings for her, slowly beginning to come back to life.

GASTON (Luke Evans) is the arrogant and shallow villager intent on marrying Belle. A former War hero, he holds court in the village tavern and has every eligible woman in town wrapped around his finger. Smitten with Belle, who is strong-willed and impervious to his charms, Gaston becomes consumed by rejection and jealousy and leads a mob of villagers to the Beast’s castle to rescue Belle and kill the Beast.


Gaston LeFou Maurice


LEFOU (Josh Gad), Gaston’s sidekick, is not the brightest bulb in the box. He worships Gaston, who has no regard for him whatsoever and makes him the brunt of his jokes, but soon comes to realize that beneath Gaston’s handsome exterior lays a heart that is much darker.

MAURICE (Kevin Kline), Belle’s father, is a reclusive artist who specializes in beautiful one-of-a-kind music boxes, which to Belle represent the world beyond the confines of Villeneuve but to Maurice are a way to protect his daughter while preserving perfect memories from his past. When Maurice stumbles upon the Beast’s castle and is taken prisoner, Belle comes to plead for his release, eventually trading her freedom for his. Now it is up to him to convince the villagers of Belle’s imprisonment and to find a way to set her free.

LUMIÈRE (Ewan McGregor) is the Prince’s proper French valet who becomes a gilded candelabra as a result of the spell. While frequently at odds with Cogsworth, the mantel clock and besotted with Plumette, the feather duster, Lumière is charming and sophisticated, and can turn an ordinary meal into a musical extravaganza.


Lumiere Cogsworth


COGSWORTH (Ian McKellen). The castle’s fastidious and tightly-wound head butler who is transformed into a mantel clock by the curse of an enchantress, Cogsworth detests any kind of disruption, preferring things to run like clockwork.

MRS. POTTS (Emma Thompson) and CHIP (Nathan Mack). The castle’s former housekeeper, Mrs. Potts, is now a teapot with her Cockney brogue still in place. Her son Chip, who has been transformed into a teacup, is trapped in the castle with her and the other castle staff. It is Mrs. Potts who takes Belle under her wing and who convinces the Beast to try and woo their new houseguest, hoping that she may be the one to capture the heart of the Beast.


Mrs Pottes Lumierre


PLUMETTE (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is the castle’s former maid turned cheeky, yet graceful, feather duster who has captured the heart of the candelabra, Lumière.

MADAME DE GARDEROBE (Audra McDonald) is the renowned Italian opera diva performing for the Prince when the spell is cast, becoming an enormous wardrobe. She resides in Belle’s room at the castle, and in addition to dressing Belle, has a flare for the dramatic and a proclivity for frequent naps.


Madame Maestro


MAESTRO CADENZA (Stanley Tucci). Now a harpsichord (with a considerable number of broken keys) following the curse of an enchantress, Maestro Cadenza is husband to – and accompanist of – the celebrated opera diva Madame de Garderobe, who, along with his wife and their dog, Froufrou, are trapped in the castle awaiting the lifting of the curse.

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, March 16, Beauty and the Beast is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International. Like us on Facebook, WaltDisneyStudiosPH; follow us on Twitter, @disney_phil; follow us on Instagram, @disney.ph and use the hashtag #BeOurGuestPH.

Froilan, Jex, CarlMalone: Who Will Make It To the TAWAG NG TANGHALAN Grand Finals?


Which singers will continue to fight for their dreams and make it to the “Tawag ng Tanghalan” grand finals on “It’s Showtime”?

Find out by watching seven semi-finalists from different parts of the country battle for vocal supremacy in the competition’s weeklong Quarter 4 semi-finals than began Monday (February 20).

As they face the toughest battle of their lives yet, all of them are bringing with them their own stories, experiences, and ambitions to keep them going until the end.

Sam Mangubat, a YouTube sensation from Batangas, overcame his shyness and did not let his lack of experience in competing stop him from sharing his talent with the world. And from teaching music and sports to children, Froilan Canlas of Camarines Sur is now ready to risk it all to reach his dream.

Also not to be outdone is the youngest semi-finalist, Julia Faith Joaquin, a high school student from Bohol, who is out to prove she can keep up with her older counterparts. Carlmalone Montecido of Bacolod, meanwhile, continues to give inspiration and show the madlang people that anyone can succeed just as long talent is coupled with determination.

Representing Metro Manila are Jex De Castro of Mandaluyong, who wants to provide a better life for his family by using his talent as an events singer, and now as a “Tawag ng Tanghalan” contender on the country’s biggest stage. Hazelyn Cascaño, a freelance performing artist from Marikina, also remains steadfast on pursuing her passion despite her father’s disapproval.

Also coming a long way to fight for her dream is is the sole representative of Mindanao, Joylaine Canonio, a teacher from Sarangani who would trek mountains just to teach at her school.

Like in the previous semi-finals, the results will be based on combined scores from the judges and the public votes in order to get into the Grand Finals.

The competition was off to a scorching start as the semi-finalists performed their audition songs, fight songs, and songs for their family. In the coming days, they are tasked to take on songs originally made popular by their musical influences, the songs picked for them by the judges, and their life songs.

The semi-finalists also call for the support of their fans all over the country by voting for them. Just text TAWAG(space)NAME OF SEMI-FINALIST and send it to 2366 for all networks. A SIM can only send one vote per day. At 6PM every day, the program temporary closes the voting.
Whose voices will stand out for the judges and for the madlang people?

Don’t miss “It’s Showtime,” Mondays to Saturdays in ABS-CBN. For more information, follow “Tawag ng Tanghalan” on Facebook (facebook.com/TawagNgTanghalan), Twitter (@TNTABSCBN), and Instagram (@TawagNgTanghalan). Be updated with the latest happenings on “It’s Showtime” by also following the show on Facebook and Twitter (@ItsShowtimena).

Forbidde Love Defies EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING in New Trailer


From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes the romantic drama Everything, Everything, directed by Stella Meghie and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon.

Check out the main trailer below:



What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.

Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

Everything, Everything stars Amandla Stenberg (Rue inThe Hunger Games) as Maddy and Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) as Olly. The film also stars Ana de la Reguera (Sun Belt Express) and Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls).

Meghie (Jean of the Joneses) directs from a screenplay she wrote with J. Mills Goodloe (The Age of Adaline). Leslie Morgenstein and Elysa Dutton are producing under the Alloy Entertainment banner, with Victor Ho executive producing.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Igor Jadue-Lillo (The Kids Are All Right); production designer Charisse Cardenas (American Sniper); editor Nancy Richardson (Insurgent, Divergent); and costume designer Avery Plewes (Jean of the Joneses).

Opening across the Philippines on May 18, 2017, Everything, Everything distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select international territories by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.

PBB Airs the First Live Drama Series on Philippine TV Titled TITIG NG PAG-IBIG


For the first time in Philippine television history, “Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7” is airing a three-day live drama dubbed “Titig ng Pag-ibig” wherein the remaining eight housemates will be star in their own series under the direction of Rory Quintos beginning tonight (February 23).

The tasks poses a huge challenge for the housemates because they only have a short amount of time to prepare themselves as actors and must deliver the necessary lines and emotions without cuts or take twos.

The three-day live drama corresponds to the third, fourth, and fifth Dream Team challenges. Big Brother has given the housemates the chance to secure seven slots for them at the Big Night by winning at least three of the five Dream Team Challenges. So far, the housemates had only managed to succeed in one and will need to win at least two more challenges.

Will they be able to complete the three remaining Dream Team challenges?

In the past 11 years, “Pinoy Big Brother” has remained to be one of the most watched program in the country, a consistent top trending topic in social media, and the most viewed reality show online via iWant TV.

Avid viewers followed the journey of their favorite housemates every weeknight and watched how they get to know and get to improve themselves better .

Kuya taught me how to open my heart to my fellow housemates,” said Kisses.

Being here makes you realize what you want more in life— family or dreams,” said Edward.

Besides self-improvement, viewers were also inspired by the determination and dedication of the housemates when it comes to facing the tasks given by Big Brother.

Dreams do really come true as long as you do your best,” said Maymay.

Cora adds, “There is a certain satisfaction when you do your all.

It will all be worth it because in the end you’ll see the fruit of your labor,” said Mccoy.

“Pinoy Big Brother” has mirrored the hopes, plight, and aspirations of Filipinos through its diverse mix of housemates. Big Brother formulates tasks and challenges for the housemates to bring out their best, test their strengths, and foster camaraderie as they undergo a transformative journey inside the house.

Don’t miss the last two weeks of “Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7,” Mondays to Fridays after “A Love to Last” on ABS-CBN or on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable Ch 167). Viewers can also catch up on the program’s past episodes via iWanTV.com and for Sky subscribers.

(Trailer) Jerrold Tarog's New Film BLISS Starring Iza Calzado, Ian Veneracion, and TJ Trinidad


The teaser trailer for Jerrold Tarog’s latest film, “Bliss”, has been officially released. “Bliss” marks the director’s highly anticipated follow up project after the success of the 2015 historical epic “Heneral Luna”. The psychological thriller stars Iza Calzado, Ian Veneracion, and TJ Trinidad.  

Watch the trailer here:



Produced by TBA (Tuko Film Productions, Buchi Boy Entertainment, Artikulo Uno Productions), the teaser trailer for “Bliss” will be shown in cinemas with another TBA produced film, “I’m Drunk, I Love You.” starting February 15. 

“Bliss” is set to compete at the Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017. The festival will be held from March 3 to March 12. 

"Bliss" is slated for a May 2017 theatrical release.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mel Gibson Gums for Oscar Best Director Prize with HACKSAW RIDGE


With films that span from the classic, Oscar Best Picture-winning Braveheart to The Patriot, We Were Soldiers, The Passion of the Christ and his most recently directed film, the Mayan civilization epic Apocalypto, Mel Gibson has become known for meshing big themes with atmospheric style that takes audiences into revealing worlds.

Now, Mel Gibson's re-creates with a mesmerizing realism the epic combat that saw the true-to-life heroism of Desmond Doss in the World War II action-thriller, Hacksaw Ridge.

Nominated for eight Oscar Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, Hacksaw Ridge centers on the story of Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a Seventh-day Adventist who became an army medic while adhering to his religious convictions of not carrying a weapon. He saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II.

For producer Bill Mechanic, Gibson was always the ultimate choice to direct Hacksaw Ridge. "The script felt to me almost like a companion piece to Braveheart," comments the producer. "It pulls together the same themes of faith, violence and war, though it's a very different story about a man from a very different time and background. To me, what also sets Mel apart as a contemporary filmmaker is how experiential his filmmaking is, how visceral the storytelling is in his films. He's become a consummate director. He's equally great with characters, with actors, with the camera and the editing process and with giving audiences a new experience."
Gibson saw in Hacksaw Ridge a chance to bring into the light a forgotten hero – and he was drawn to Desmond Doss as man who determined to find a way to live by the values that meant everything to him, even when they seemed in conflict with the whole world around him.

Says Gibson: "Desmond Doss abhorred violence, it was against his principles, his religious beliefs, but he wanted to serve his country in World War II as a medic. How does somebody go into the worst place on earth without a weapon? It was all the more compelling to me, because it was a true story, and I thought I could bring my visual language to it."

Gibson notes that Doss never called himself a conscientious objector. That was the army's term. Instead, he called himself a "conscientious co-operator," believing with unflagging tenacity that he had plenty to contribute without having to kill other human beings.

"He was a co-operator in the sense that he passionately wanted to join the war effort, but he wanted to enter it as someone aiming not to take life but to save it," says Gibson. "Still, you have to ask, what kind of madman goes into that kind of a conflagration seen on Okinawa without being armed? Doss defied what anyone could have expected from that situation. Somebody mentioned to me that the Congressional Medal of Honour is usually given to people who have a singular moment where they make a snap decision and do one heroic thing. One of the things that stood out to me about Desmond is that in Okinawa, this guy was heroic 24/7, for a whole month. He took heroism to another level not often seen."

Mechanic notes that when it came to the battle sequences, Gibson zeroed right in on the most essential and creative details. "Mel has such an eye for war action, I feel he was the real creator of all the battle sequences, regardless of who wrote the scenes," says the producer.

Yet even in the most frenetic action, Gibson wanted the humanity of the character to hold sway. He says of the battle sequences: "The important part was to give you the sense that this is the worst place anyone has ever seen, which it was for these men. And here's Desmond, this guy you've hopefully come to know and to love, thrown into this terrible place where he will finally see how measures up to the standards he has set for himself."

Hacksaw Ridge will open in Philippine cinemas on February 22, 2017.

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KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD Reveals Epic Scope in New Trailer


The full trailer has now arrived for Guy Ritchie's adrenalin-fueled epic fantasy take on the Arthurian legends with Warner Bros. Pictures' sweeping fantasy action adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Check out the new trailer at https://youtu.be/NjwZtSWmGTA and watch King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in Philippine cinemas starting May 17, 2017.

The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Oscar nominee Jude Law, and Eric Bana. Ritchie directs the film from a screenplay by Joby Harold and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, story by Joby Harold.

The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. www.kingarthurmovie.com

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Is it Goodbye Ronnie, McCoy, Jameson? Meet the New HASHTAGS Members


“It’s Showtime” introduced another batch of its ‘kilig ambassadors’ – the newest members of its boy group Hashtags – who will bring more kilig to the country’s number one noontime program.

The new heartthrobs showed off their dance moves for the first time on Valentine’s Day, led by former child star Bugoy Cariño, who said, “Dancing and showbiz are not new to me. But now that I’m a ‘kilig ambassador,’ you will see a different Bugoy.”

Also making their debut on “It’s Showtime’s” stage as new Hashtags were former “Pinoy Boyband Superstar” contestant Wilbert Ross, model Maru Delgado, as well as CK Kieron, Kid Yambao, Rayt Carreon, Vitto Marquez, and Franco Hernandez.

They will join original Hashtags members Zeus Collins, Jimboy Martin, McCoy De Leon, Nikko Natividad, Tom Doromal, Jameson Blake, Paulo Angeles, Jon Lucas, Ryle Santiago, Luke Conde, and Ronnie Alonte.

Meanwhile, more viewers in the country prefer “It’s Showtime” because of its hit segments “Tawag ng Tanghalan,” “Dancing in Tandem,” “TrabaHula Extreme,” and “KanTanghalian.”

According to data from Kantar Media, more viewers nationwide watched “It’s Showtime’s” Valentine treat as it recorded a national TV rating of 17.4%, higher than that of “Eat Bulaga’s” 14.7%.

Don’t miss “It’s Showtime” at noon from Mondays to Saturdays. To get updates, follow the program on Twitter (@ItsShowtimena) or like facebook.com/ItsShowtimeNa.

ABS-CBN Acquires Asia's Biggest Hit Series “Love in the Moonlight,” “Legend of the Blue Sea,” “Hwoarang,” “Weightlifting Fairy,” “Goblin,” “W,” and “Doctors”


ABS-CBN announced its latest acquisition of Asia’s biggest hit series namely “Love in the Moonlight,” “Legend of the Blue Sea,” “Hwoarang,” “Weightlifting Fairy,” “Goblin,” “W,” and “Doctors.”

Evelyn Raymundo, head of ABS-CBN integrated acquisitions and international sales and distribution, shared the news before hundreds of communications students from different schools at the recently concluded 11th Pinoy Media Congress. The auditorium was filled with loud cheers as Raymundo showed trailers of these Asianovela hits.

First in line is “Love in the Moonlight,” which airs very soon on ABS-CBN. It stars Korea’s breakout loveteam Park Bo Gum and Kim Joo Yung in a funny and romantic story of a crown prince who falls in love with a young woman disguised as a eunuch.

“Love in the Moonlight” is one of the most anticipated Korean dramas by Filipino Asianovela fans. The clamor is so high that lead star Bo Gum’s supposedly private and personal visit to Cebu recently was welcomed by screaming fans and even trended on Twitter Philippines.

International superstar Lee Min Ho, meanwhile, is back on PH television with one of Korea’s top leading ladies, Jun Ji Hyun, in a different love story about a mermaid in love with a human in “Legend of the Blue Sea.”

Fans of “Train to Busan” lead star Gong Yoo get to see him again, this time as an immortal protector of souls in hit series “Goblin.”

The Asianovela craze continues with the coming of age sports drama “Weightlifting Fairy,” and a ‘kilig’-filled series that features an elite group of young, handsome men devoted to defend the king in “Hwarang.”

Fantasy drama “W” starring Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-joo is also coming your way as well as “Doctors” starring Park Shin Hye and Kim Rae Won. “W” tells the story of a woman pulled inside the parallel world of a webtoon his father created, where she meets the lead character Kang Cheol. Meanwhile, medical drama “Doctors” features the romantic story between a reckless rebel turned neurosurgery fellow and her mentor.

For more updates on upcoming Asianovelas on ABS-CBN, follow @Kapamilanovela on Twitter or like the official Kapamilyanovela Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ABSCBNKapamilyanovelas.

Palace Declares February 28, March 2, 7, 8, 17, 21 and 24, 2017 as Special Non-Working Holiday #WalangPasok



Malacañang Palace through Proclamation No. 142 to 160 series of 2017 declared February 28, 2017 and March 2, 7, 8, 17, 21 & 24, 2017 as Special Non-Working Holiday in selected areas nationwide due to celebrations of various important events.

Proclamation No. 158 - Special non-working day in the City of Tangub on February 28, 2017 (Tuesday) for the celebration of of the Charter Day of the City of Tangub.

Proclamation No. 153 - Special non-working day in the Province of La Union on March 2, 2017 (Thursday) for the celebration of its 167th Founding Anniversary.

Proclamation No. 154 - Special non-working day in Island Garden City of Samal on March 7, 2017 (Tuesday) for the celebration of the Charter Anniversary.

Proclamation No. 155 - Special non-working day in the Province of Basilan on March 7, 2017 (Tuesday) for the celebration of its 43rd Founding Anniversary.

Proclamation No. 159 - Special non-working day in the Province of Compostela Valley on March 8, 2017 (Wednesday) for the celebration of its 19th Foundation Anniversary as well as 10th "Bulawan Festival" of the province.

Proclamation No. 156 - Special non-working day in Municipality of Tayug, Province of Pangasinan on March 17, 2017 (Friday) for the celebration of its Founding Anniversary.

Proclamation No. 157 - Special non-working day on March 21, 2017 (Tuesday) in the City of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro for the celebration of its 19th founding anniversary.


Proclamation No. 160 - Special non-working day in the City of Tabaco, Province of Albay on March 24, 2017 (Friday) for the celebration of its founding anniversary.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

(Video) Erich Gonzales and Daniel Matsunaga Met, Reconcile, Deny Money Issue


Star Magic, ABS-CBN's talent arm that handles the career of Erich Gonzales and Daniel Matsunaga released a statement confirming that the (un) couple have met to discuss the issues involving their split.

(Video) Erich Gonzales and Daniel Matsunaga Met, Reconcile, Deny Money Issue. Watch below:



Anne Curtis Finds “The One” in Jollibee #BeefyEverAfter



Where did Anne Curtis - actress, TV host, and all-around performer - find ‘The One?’

In her latest TV commercial for the country’s number one fast-food brand Jollibee, Anne reveals the one meal she will never get tired of: Jollibee Burger Steak.

With a well-seasoned burger patty made with 100% real beef, the Jollibee Burger Steak delivers spectacular flavors and textures to the table. The patty is generously poured with Jollibee’s signature mushroom gravy and is then topped with mushroom slices to bring a delicious and delightful spoonful that Anne - as well as millions of Filipinos - keep falling in love with. 

Decade after decade, Jollibee Burger Steak has never failed to deliver a beefy-ever-after experience to Filipino diners,” said Francis E. Flores, Jollibee Global Chief Marketing Officer and Philippines Head of Marketing. “This year, we’re renewing our commitment to continually improve our products - including the best-selling Burger Steak - to guarantee unparalleled flavors and dining experiences for those who have fallen head over heels with Jollibee, including our newest celebrity endorser, Anne Curtis.”


Full Circle

2017 marks Anne’s 20th year in Philippine show business, where she had made waves through a slew of TV shows, critically acclaimed blockbuster hits, and in recent years, sold-out concerts at some of the country’s most prestigious event venues.

Her journey to stardom began exactly twenty years ago, at a Jollibee store along Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong City. A 12-year-old balikbayan visiting relatives from her mother’s side, Anne was discovered by a talent scout while she was enjoying Jollibee’s signature offerings. .

I wouldn’t be the star I am today if I was not eating at Jollibee 20 years ago,” said Anne. “This endorsement is really a big dream come true for me. I feel like I’ve come full circle in my career.”


‘It’s like love at first bite’

Anne shares unforgettable childhood Jollibee encounters with millions of Filipino kids, across generations.

At a young age, my mother introduced me to the Pinoy happy place: Jollibee,” she said. “This is where I got to taste the Filipino version of steak: the Burger Steak with rice!

This special, truly Pinoy meal has captivated Anne’s taste buds from the very first time she tasted it. “It’s like love at first bite! And what’s great about the Burger Steak is that it’s still has the same savory, delicious, beefy flavors that I’ve loved ever since.”

The actress added that she never gets tired of the Burger Steak. “It hits all the right spots. The combination of real beef, sauce, and rice is just something that reminds me of comfort, of home.”

Catch Anne’s beefy ever after with Jollibee Burger Steak in a new TV commercial below:



The Jollibee Burger Steak is available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru transactions in all Jollibee stores nationwide. Prices start at P50.00*.
                            
*Prices may vary across different locations.

M&M’s FUN FIRST MOVE Project Winners Face an Ultimate Valentine's Surprise that Put Their Love to a Different Height


Love is literally in the air as M&M’s treat a lucky couple with a breath-taking helicopter ride to the scenic city of Tagaytay to enjoy the most romantic date this Valentine’s.

Traditionally, men are the ones who shower women with flowers and chocolates but this year with the help of #MMsFunFirstMove project, Jessa Bernales was the one who surprised her husband with a bouquet of flowers and an epic helicopter ride to an unforgettable date in Tagaytay.

This romantic surprise will surely take them, and their love to different heights, just ask the chopper pilot!




A moment of confusion followed by the euphoria of realizing his wife’s surprise


Aside from the grand winner, nineteen other romantics surprise their loved ones with the help of M&M’s Red, Green and Yellow.

M&M’s Red and his boy band make the winners’ significant others swoon and blush with their ‘kilig’-infused songs and charming demeanor. M&M’s Yellow, on the other hand delivers a big surprise, with the perfect cuddle buddy that will always remind them of the feeling of being in love - a giant teddy bear! And to take it up a notch, M&M’s Green brings along a hot real-life cupid! The hottie with the arrows shower the winning couples with gifts and affection.

Congratulations to all the lucky winners of M&M’s Fun First Move Project. And don’t fret, you can still spoil your loved ones this Valentine’s day, show how sweet you are and gift them with M&M’s and your undying adoration.

The Promo ran from January 9 to February 5 2017. For more updates , visit www.facebook.com/MMsPhilippines.


Move over Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. Jessa and Froilan Bernales’ ride is M&M’s -sweet!





About Mars, Incorporated

In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today.

Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 72,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.

Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, KITEKAT®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital and NUTRO®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints.  Food – UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY™, KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA® and WISDOM PANEL®.

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New SKYdirect Postpaid Subscribers Can Get a Free KFC Bucket Meal from February 17 to March 17


Apply for any postpaid plan of SKYdirect and avail of a free KFC bucket meal worth P600 for every successful installation from February 17 to March 17, 2017. 

With a SKYdirect subscription, families will be able to enjoy popular channels in high definition such as HBO HD, AXN HD, History HD, Cartoon Network HD and NBA Premium HD, as well channels and shows not available in other direct-to-home satellite service providers such as ABS-CBN HD, Cinema One, Lifestyle Network and Knowledge Channel, all for as low as Php250 per month. 

This is available for new subscribers in Bacolod, Baguio, Batangas (Lipa, Balayan, Tanauan), Bulacan, Cavite, CAMANAVA, Cebu, Dagupan, Dumaguete, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Laguna (Calamba, San Pedro Sta. Rosa), Laoag, Metro Manila, Naga, Polomolok, Rizal, Tagum, Urdaneta, and Zamboanga.  

For more details, visit mysky.com.ph or text SKY to 23668.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Starts Production, Phase 3 Details Teased


Marvel Studios has officially announced the production start of Avengers: Infinity War via a featurette that shows Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord).

Watch the featurette below:.



Prior to the release of the first featurette, Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) hosted a Facebook Live, to answer fan questions. Here’s everything we learned from the live chat (and the first Avengers: Infinity War featurette) so far:

•Tom Holland will be reprising his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
•Chris Pratt‘s Peter Quill/Star-Lord will also be joining the fray.
•Robert Downey Jr. still fondly remembers the Mark 42 from “Iron Man 3”
•“Avengers: Infinity War” kicks off with tension as Captain America is still on Iron Man’s “S-List”
•Reflecting on his appearance in the first “Iron Man” to “Avengers: Infinity War,” Downey says “[Tony Stark] has matured a bit. What has changed is the universe around him.”
•Stark’s universe now involves Peter Parker, the Guardians and Doctor Strange.
•Joe and Anthony Russo have never fought on set
•The three Avengers the Russo brothers would go on a family vacation with: Tony Stark, Peter Park, and Vision.
•Start of production officially began last month in Pinewood Atlanta.
•Thanos will be “the most frightening villain the Avengers have ever faced;” he’ll show us all why he’s “the biggest, the best, the baddest villain that we’ve ever had.”
•The Avengers are completely unprepared to face Thanos as a result of the events of “Captain America: Civil War” leaving the Avengers a team name with no team members.
•Get ready for the Guardians of the Galaxy / Avengers team-up as we see Thor fighting alongside Rocket Raccoon
•The Russo brothers confirm two films will be deeply connected – “these next two Avengers films will be an event like no one has ever seen on film before”
•Downey drives that point home as we’ve come to learn the next two Avengers will be filmed back-to-back for a “year of fun-filled lensing”

Avengers: Infinity War will hit US theaters May 4, 2018, with the second part following on May 3, 2019.  

Continuing a cinematic universe that launched in 2008 with Iron Man, Infinity War promises an epic story that will bring in characters from a decade of films. The cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Pom Klementieff, Tom Holland, Peter Dinklage and Josh Brolin as Thanos. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who return after Captain America: Civil War, are directing both Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled second half, which will close Marvel Phase 3.

SMURFS Team Up with United Nations in 2017 for a Happier, More Peaceful and Equitable World


The popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to make the world happier, more peaceful, equitable and healthy with a campaign launched today by the United Nations, UNICEF, and the United Nations Foundation.  

Watch the featurette “International Day of Happiness 2017 - Small Smurfs Big Goals” below:



The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign is designed to encourage everyone to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which were agreed on by all 193 member countries of the United Nations in 2015. It kicks off with the launch of a Public Service Announcement video inspiring viewers to champion the Goals, which include ending extreme poverty, protecting the planet and giving everyone the chance to enjoy peace and prosperity.  

The public can also join “Team Smurfs” by visiting the SmallSmurfsBigGoals.com website to find out how they can contribute to achieving the Goals; discover which goals are best suited to their interests; raise their voices for a better world for all; and share information, ideas and images on social media.  

"The entertainment industry moves the hearts and minds of people of all ages, and the UN thanks our friends at Sony Pictures Animation and the Smurfs for this creative effort to mobilize support for the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division in the United Nations Department of Public Information. “We hope this campaign will motivate millions of young people and their families to do their part to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that will lead to the well-being and happiness of all people.”

Team Smurfs will rally behind the 17 Goals through to the International Day of Happiness on 20 March 2017 when the campaign will culminate in a celebration at United Nations Headquarters in New York to mark the occasion. This year, the International Day of Happiness will highlight the Sustainable Development Goals as building blocks of happiness. Voice actors from the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village will attend to honour youth and children who have played a role in raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.

We know that children and young people are some of the world’s most passionate advocates on issues that matter to them the most. We must continue to find new ways to empower them to help achieve a world free from inequality and injustice for every child. This campaign will give children and young people the platform they need to have their voices heard,” said UNICEF Director of Communications Paloma Escudero.  

The campaign message focuses on the notion that every one of us can make a difference, regardless of our size,” said Veronique Culliford, the daughter of Peyo, who created the Smurfs in 1958. “It’s an honor and privilege for The Smurfs to support the United Nations and to continue our longstanding relationship with UNICEF.

All of us, even a small Smurf, can achieve big goals!” added Demi Lovato, who voices Smurfette in the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village.

The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign will be localized in 14 different languages and promoted across Sony Pictures Television Networks’ flagship channel brands such as AXN, Sony Channel, Crackle, Animax and Pop available in 178 countries, including their on-air, online and social media properties.

The public can engage on social media using the hash-tags #SmallSmurfsBigGoals and #TeamSmurfs


ABOUT THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

In September 2015, UN Member States unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, focused on the three interconnected elements of: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. With 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core, the Agenda is universal, integrated and transformative and aims to spur actions that will end poverty, reduce inequality and tackle climate change between now and 2030.  

For more information, go to: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment or follow us on Twitter at @GlobalGoalsUN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/globalgoalsUN.


ABOUT SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history! The feature is directed by Kelly Asbury, produced by Jordan Kerner and Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews, and written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon, based on the characters and works of Peyo.

Maja Salvador's WILDFLOWER Beats Wowowin on its Pilot Episode


ABS-CBN’s newest primetime drama “Wildflower” is off to a good start as its pilot telecast instantly captivated viewers nationwide, garnering a national TV rating of 20.1% versus its rival program’s 14.7%, according to data from Kantar Media.

The show, led by versatile actress Maja Salvador, also created buzz online as its official hashtag #WildflowerBlossoms landed on the top trending topics on Twitter last Monday (February 13).

In its premiere offering, “Wildflower” introduced to viewers the young and energetic Lily (Xyriel Manabat) and showed how she and her parents Camia (Sunshine Cruz) and Dante (Christian Vasquez) are starting a new life in Poblacion Ardiente, a town ruled and governed by the powerful Ardiente clan.

Lily then found a new friend in Diego, who happens to be the son of Ardiente mayor Emilia (Aiko Melendez) and grandson of patriarch Julio (Tirso Cruz III). What awaits Lily and her family in this new town?

“Wildflower” is directed by Onat Diaz, Raymond Ocampo, Cathy Camarillo under the production unit headed by Ruel Bayani.

Don’t miss the premiere of “Wildflower” this Monday (February 13) on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For updates, follow @wildflowerabscbn on Instagram, @RSBDramaUnitNew on Twitter and like the show’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wildflowerchannel2/. Catch its latest episodes on iwantv.com.ph or skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.

'My Ex and Whys' Earns P27M on Opening Day, The Highest Opening Day for a LizQuen Movie


Star Cinema's Valentine movie offering "My Ex and Whys" topbilled by reel and real-life sweethearts Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil has earned an opening day gross of P27 million.

The number is higher than the debut-day grosses of their previous films "Everyday I Love You" and "Just the Way You Are" which earned P16M and P12M respectively.

"My Ex and Whys" is about a former playboy (Gil) trying to prove to his ex-girlfriend (Soberano) that he's a changed man. It is now showing in theaters nationwide. 

Showing in more than 250 theaters nationwide, the movie is helmed by blockbuster director Cathy Garcia-Molina.

Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera for MEGA 25th Anniversary Issue


Coinciding with its 25th anniversary issue, MEGA Magazine brings together two of the biggest names in the Philippine showbiz scene for their first joint magazine cover each with a trail of hard-earned success blazing behind them, Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera propel themselves forward and take life by the horns. Daring to always live out the truest of true, these iconic beauties of their time take us on the next steps of their lives.







With a swipe of Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Red Supreme on her lips, Angel stresses how proud she is to represent a brand that gives value to the woman. "I believe in what they want to happen and I believe they will help make a lot of people happy."






A vision of a beautiful woman in charge and fully assimilated into her new role as a wife and mother, Marian shares how Avon is not just about the surface level of beauty. "They're not just about earning and not just about having a lipstick.They give women at home a chance at a livelihood. If everyone thinks like that, won't we all be happy?





MEGA 25th Anniversary issue is also available for download on Magzter. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Maxene Magalona and Robby Mananquil, Engaged!






Kapamilya actress Maxene Magalona and boyfriend, musician Robby Mananquil are engaged!

Maxene broke the news of her engagement with Robby in Japan as she posted a string of photos on her Instagram account - one showing him asking her for her hand in marriage - with the caption: "I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you."

THR Announces Season 2 of "Mom vs Matchmaker" Reality Series on Myx TV

The Hollywood Reporter – the definitive interpretive voice of the mainstream entertainment industry – announced today the returning season of Mom vs Matchmaker, set to premiere on March 14 only on Myx TV, a network targeting Asian American viewers.

Mom vs Matchmaker is a reality series focused on finding the perfect match for millennials. Matchmaking professional Carmelia Ray challenges the mothers of the contestants in finding a suitable date for their kid. Each will set up a date in the hopes that their pick will be chosen. The singles find out at the end of the episode who prepared which date.

In the article written by Kara Haar, it was revealed that "On the season two premiere, music producer Justin is ready for love. He prefers a creative, big-eyed girl with a 'booty.' His mother claims he wants someone who resembles her. In the episode, his mother tries to find a nice girl who loves cooking, while Ray also looks for his perfect match."

Mom vs. Matchmaker is produced by Daniel Oron and Natasha Ryan for Go Button Media and Myx TV General Manager Miguel Santos for said network.

To celebrate the upcoming premiere of Mom vs. Matchmaker season two, Myx TV is hosting a Valentine's Day marathon. Beginning on Tuesday, Myx TV will air episodes of several series focused on love. The schedule includes Season 1 of Mom vs. Matchmaker, six episodes of Bagged and six Asian romance movies including Rise Up, First Kiss, Love, Forever Love, 100 Days and My Valentine.

Mom vs. Matchmaker premieres Tuesday, March 14, at 8 p.m. on Myx TV. The episodes can be watched the following day on myxtv.com.

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WWF-Philippines Ambassadors Marc Nelson, Rovilson Fernandez and Iza Calzado Lead 1st WWF Fundraising Hour


WWF-Philippines National Ambassadors Marc Nelson, Rovilson Fernandez and Iza Calzado shared their passion for the environment with mallgoers and encouraged them to support WWF's Individual Donor Programme (IDP) during the recent Ambassador's Fundraising Hour held in Greenbelt 1, Makati.

Everyone can now directly contribute to the sustainability initiatives of WWF-Philippines by visiting WWF booths in selected malls all over the country or by going to the WWF-Philippines website at wwf.org.ph/donate. Potential donors can choose to make a one-time donation or monthly donations, which can help sustain various WWF-Philippines biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation programs all over the country.

For as little as Php 500 per month, one can help provide portable solar lamps to families in communities that have no access to electricity, produce WWF workbooks that educate elementary students about species conservation, environmental sustainability, renewable energy, proper waste management and climate change or support the training of teachers for sustained environmental awareness.

Donations of Php 700 monthly meanwhile, can help sustain our seas, support reforestation programs and encourage traditional and environmentally sound fishing methods for tuna fishermen, while donations of Php 1,000 can help save lives by boosting vulnerable communities' resilience to climate change, help fishers affected by typhoons in building their own fiberglass boats and protect precious food resources like the Tubbataha Reefs in Palawan. Supporters can also give one-time cash donations in exchange for WWF merchandise. Credit cards are accepted.

As one of the newest WWF-Philippines Ambassadors, Iza admitted that her role truly transformed her lifestyle as she considers environmental issues in her everyday decisions.


COCA-COLA Brings Safe Drinking Water to Earthquake-Stricken Communities in Surigao

As the people of Surigao recover from the devastation wrought by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck Surigao Province last Friday, the Coca-Cola System offered quick and ready assistance to the families. 

At least 11 towns including the provincial capital and two major bridges essential were damaged. The earthquake and its aftershocks have left an estimated ₱601.8 million in damage in its wake. 

In light of this, the beverage company immediately arranged to send aid in the form of a vital resource - safe and clean drinking water. 

On February 11 – the day after the quake, 100,000 worth of Wilkins Distilled water were unloaded at Surigao City Hall. The drinking water was distributed through the efforts of the local government, with the assistance of Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines pre-sellers, 301B personnel of the Philippine Army, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development. 

In addition to the products, Coca-Cola Philippines, Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, and the Coca-Cola Foundation are working with the local government of Surigao for the deployment of the SETA Potable Water Machine – a mobile drinking water facility with the capability to treat and produce 3000 l/h of potable drinking water a day – to sustainably ease the community's need for this resource, and will continue to support the rehabilitation efforts in the province.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Open Call Auditions for Roles in the Philippine Staging of West End and Broadway Hit Musical MATILDA


Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is proud to announce OPEN CALL AUDITIONS for Boys and Girls ages 7 - 12 for roles in the West End and Broadway hit musical MATILDA.

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards, and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her school teacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins to not only recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing however - the school's mean headmistress Miss Trunchbull hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Open Call Auditions for all kids roles including Matilda, Bruce, Lavender and the rest of her singing, dancing, high-energy young classmates will be held on March 18, 2017 at the G-Force Dance Centre, Penthouse II, TERRAZZO, 35 Thomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Madriñan Street, Quezon City. Registration is from 10 am - 4 pm while auditions are from 11am - 5pm. Please come prepared to sing one musical theatre song and bring with you a 3R headshot photo, a copy of your birth certificate, a CV, a guardian's waiver/consent, and be prepared to fill out a registration form upon arrival.

MATILDA will premiere in Manila in November with rehearsals beginning mid-September. It is made possible through a special licensing agreement with Music Theatre International.

For further inquiries, please call 650-5144, (0917) 838-1534 or email info@ategasia.com.

You can also follow its official Facebook at facebook.com/ATEGasia for up-to-date information.

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