Juan Karlos Labajo's Life Story To Be Turned Into a TV Drama Special

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“The Voice Kids Philippines” second runner-up Juan Karlos “JK” Labajo will inspire the viewers of ABS-CBN’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya” through his life story that will be aired this Saturday (September 27). The 13-year-old “The Voice Kids” heartthrob will portray himself in the upcoming episode.

Contrary to public perception that he is well-off, the half-German and half-Filipino teen singer will share in “MMK” the life of poverty that he faced since birth. Together with his grandmother and uncle who raised him, JK grew up thinking that he should work hard for everything that their family has.

A lot of people think that I come from a rich family because of the way I look. But what they don’t know is that we had huge debts in Cebu and we transferred from one house to another because of poverty,” said JK who grew up not knowing his German father while his mother was far away because of work.

When did JK realize he wanted to become a singer? How did he manage to wow the three coaches despite the fact that he lost his mother five days before his audition in “The Voice Kids?”


Also part of the upcoming episode are Phoemela Baranda, Janus Del Prado, Miguel Vergara, Jeric Raval, and Ces Quesada. It is directed by Garry Fernando and written by Benson Logronio and Arah Jell Badayos. “MMK” is led by business unit head Malou Santos and creative manager Mel Mendoza-del Rosario.

Capturing the hearts of Filipino viewers all over the world for the past 23 years, “Maalaala Mo Kaya” has legions of fans from different generations who cried, laughed, fell in love, and got inspired through the real-life narratives of the show’s letter-senders.


Don’t miss the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, “MMK,” every Saturday, 8pm, after “Wansapanataym” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to MMK.abs-cbn.com, follow @MMKOfficial on Twitter, and “like” Facebook.com/MMKOfficial. Tweet your thoughts about this Saturday’s episode by using the hashtag #MMKJuanKarlos.

Richard Poon Join TFC and the Filipino Community at the ‘Galing ng Filipino’ Festival Parade in Tokyo, Japan

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 TFC Press Release
The end of the summer season in Japan draws near but the sunny, festive mood continues as the Filipino community (Fil Comm) welcomed thousands to the 3rd installment of the biggest event in the country, the Philippine Festival in Ueno Park, Central Tokyo just recently, in partnership with premiere network The Filipino Channel (TFC).

The “Philippine Festival,” previously known as the “Barrio Fiesta sa Yokohama,” has been bringing the tradition of the Filipino fiesta to Japan since 2012 with the support of the Philippine Embassy headed by His Excellency Manuel Lopez, Ambassador of the Philippines to Japan.  Every year has become a showcase of the country’s cuisine, costumes and other elements of its culture.   This year, the fiesta supported by the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) as well, honors the time-honored friendship between the country and the Philippines.

Galing ng Filipino, Ituloy Mo!

This year, media sponsor and staunch partner TFC also has a reason to celebrate as the network celebrates its 20th anniversary.  ABS-CBN Asia Pacific Managing Director Ailene Averion said that TFC’s celebration and the community’s festivities are intertwined.  

In the recreation of the Philippines fiestas, the Fil Comm promotes the Filipino culture and talent.  This goal resonates with TFC’s own theme which pays tribute to the ‘Galing ng Filipino’ (Greatness of the Filipino).  TFC forges ahead with the ‘Greatness of the Filipino’ by sharing world-class talents which ABS-CBN TFC is known for, in events such as these.”  

She adds, “But beyond the entertainment value, TFC’s role lies in how it helps Filipinos remain connected with pieces of home found in homegrown content and these kinds of events.”


For its anniversary offering for the Philippine Festival, TFC brought Big Band Crooner and ASAP Sessionista Richard Poon, much to the delight of Filipino fans.  Consistent with TFC’s anniversary theme “Galing ng Filipino, ituloy mo!” Poon showcased the world-class Filipino talent via his jazzy ensemble, including the well-applauded Rey Valera original “Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko” which turned the crowd nostalgic.

After Poon’s performance, TFC treated the fans to a trivia game where two lucky Filipinas won Poon’s albums while others got the chance to see him up close and personal.  To give the other members of the audience a memorabilia of his performance, Poon indulged the Pinoys in a group ‘selfie,’ a trend whereby people take photos of themselves or their companions.

Filipinos' 'Pagiging Masiyahin' or Love for Fun Showcased

Meantime, true to the Filipino's love for fun or 'pagiging masiyahin,' community members recreated more elements of the fiesta via the cultural performances and colorful booths displaying both sumptuous cuisine and a sundry of goods.

TFC on the other hand, recreated the Pinoy sala (family living room), complete with veritable picture frames of Kapamilya stars, reminiscent of family pictures that adorn homes back in the homeland.  In TFC’s recreated sala, the team conducted a mini reality segment where attendees were asked to sit in and watch TFC shows and react naturally.  Mechelle Gumapac of Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture showed the best reaction and won a gift certificate and a smartphone.

From sights and sounds, the “Philippine Festival” in partnership with TFC, continues to honor the tradition that is the fiesta and the best there is in Philippine culture and talent.

Get a Chance to Meet Allen Iversion in Person at “All In Basketball Game” at SM Arena

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More than just watching Allen Iverson call the shots as his Ball Up Streetball team take on former NBA superstars and local cage names, lucky fans will also have a chance to be up close and personal with the 11-time All-Star.

Iverson will be in town early November for “All In” - a charity basketball event presented by PCWorx at the Mall of Asia Arena on November 5, 2014. The former NBA MVP will have Gilbert Arenas, Eddy Curry, and DerMarr Johnson.

Tickets may be purchased thru online at www.smtickets.com or call (02) 470-2222 and PCWorx branches or call the hotline at (02) 6232877. Prices are pegged at P6,500 (VIP), P5,500 (Patron), P4,500 (Lower Box), P2,000 (Upper Box), and P600 (General Admission).

Starting today until October 9, 2014 - the first 500 ticket buyers of any section will be invited to the closed door shootaround of Iverson and Ball Up Event. From the 500 lucky patrons, 40 fans will be randomly selected on the spot for photos and autographs with Iverson and his team.

Winners will be announced on October 13, 2014 on PCWorx’ “All In Basketball Game’s official” Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Aiming to raise funds for Gawad Kalinga to build homes for impoverished families, “All In” is brought to us by PCWorx, organized by I-Kurot and supported by Samsung, NBA Café, Accel, Solaire Resort and Casino, Rapoo, AOC and Fox International Channels.

Chloë Grace Moretz Finds Comfort in the Hands of 'The Equalizer'

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Columbia Pictures Press Release

Coming off the success of “If I Stay,” Chloë Grace Moretz now joins the cast of Columbia Pictures' new action-thriller “The Equalizer” as Teri – a young girl who has been forced into a life of intimidation and terror. After meeting with McCall (Denzel Washington), her story will reawaken in him a desire for justice.

For Moretz, it’s easy to see that the title role is perfect for Washington. “He’s so Denzel in the way he does his job,” she says, “McCall can be the most sweet, charming guy, with a huge smile on his face – and the next minute, he’s a killer, and you’re thinking, ‘WHOA! That happened quickly!’

Of her role as Teri, the young actress says, “When I first heard that the character is a prostitute I thought that it would be a `Taxi Driver' type of role – pushing the boundaries a bit. But I was surprised. The role doesn't glorify prostitution nor make it cotton-candy. You never see her in the actual act of prostitution. The focus isn't on her profession but who she is as a person. You see that there is still a spark in her eye and that she yearns for something greater and if she can get out of this scary world, she could go on to a normal life. That’s what I loved about the character – this inner hope that was built into her story.”

Moretz says that inner hope is the basis of the bond that Teri forms with McCall. “He sees this dream in her,” she says. “It’s like there are two panes of glass – you have this terrified little girl, and right in front of it, a girl who’s been thrust into a terrifying world, putting on the face of a total badass to survive.”


Denzel Washington says that Teri, too, has a gift for looking beyond that first pane of glass. “She’s in the business of reading men – whether it’s a natural gift or she’s developed it through her profession,” Washington says. “Not to say she sees right through him, but she can see the pain, she can see the hurt.”

The first time of meeting him, she cracks his code,” says Moretz. “She looks him right in the eyes. She notices his OCD tics – turning his book a hundred times, moving his stuff around. But it’s incredibly charming to her, to see someone who cares so much about things, when everyone around her is just going through the motions.

Once she had the role, Moretz researched the character’s background. “There are girls who have been brought into rings from all over – from Russia, from Scandinavia,” she says. “I went to an amazing organization called Children of the Night – girls from all over America call a hotline number and they’re off the streets and in a home that cares for them. I didn’t want to exploit these girls – I’m an actor portraying a role – but as a girl, I wanted to understand. Meeting those girls not only helped me to be Teri truthfully and show who she is, but it allowed me, as a 16-year-old girl, to feel grateful and to put a spotlight on the organization.

Last year, Moretz starred as Carrie White in the remake of the cult classic “Carrie,” alongside Julianne Moore; and reprised her role as fan favorite Hit-Girl in “Kick Ass 2," the sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s cult-classic film, Kick-Ass.” Her breakout role as ‘Hit-Girl’ in “Kick-Ass,” followed by a starring role in Matt Reeves’ remake of “Let Me In,” landed her on TIME Magazine’s prestigious Top 10 Performances of the Year list, as well as, the New York Times Best Performances of 2010 list.
Moretz also starred with Sir Ben Kingsley in Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed “Hugo,” which garnered 11 Oscar nominations. This was followed by a leading role in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” alongside Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeffier.


Opening across the Philippines in October 01, 2014, “The Equalizer” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Jane Oineza Launches Own BUM Statement Shirts

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BUM Press Release

On Monday, September 22, BUM Equipment will unveil its launching of G.I. (Girl It’s) Jane collection named after one of its youth brand ambassador Jane Oineza, who is fresh from her successful third finish in a recently concluded Pinoy Big Brother All In Edition, a hit reality show of ABS-CBN Channel 2.

BUM’s move to provide Oineza with a collection named after her does not just spotlight the young star’s crowd-drawing potentials, but as an inspiration to the youth of today to be uniquely strong and brave amidst any criticism.

There are two categories for this particular collection - The Statement Shirts and the Skater Tops with Skirts.


Jane Oineza’s Statement Shirts

Once there was this quote that perfectly describes Jane, “It’s hard to be yourself in a world that wants you to be like them.” But when she was just one of the housemates, she was brave enough to hold onto what she strongly believed in. Thus, the statement shirts were born.

The statement shirts texts will read: ‘I am Misunderstood’, ‘I’m Real’, and ‘I am Stronger’, respectively and are all printed on black shirts. These speaks of Oineza’s transformation for the past months, which truly defines ‘who’ she is as an individual, as a young talented celebrity.

Oineza, being a youth brand ambassador is a reflection of a young woman who is brave enough to face all the critics and stay true to herself, no matter what.

This collection will be the first one to come out in the market on the said mentioned date and can be purchased at all BUM boutiques nationwide.


Jane’s Skater Tops and Skirts

Being a young lady, apart from being a celebri-TEEN, she prefers the preppy look. Jane is the ideal image who projects that aura of a ‘privileged’ lifestyle. She stays simple and fresh-looking with her choice of clothing combining it with the accessories without overpowering her real personality, that’s what she is.

As young lady who just blossomed after celebrating her 18th birthday inside the PBB House, Jane Oineza along with BUM, a thriving brand apparel is launching three variants of skater tops and skirts under the G.I. Jane collection as well.

Though black in theme, the Skater Skirts comes in three designs; black skull print, white skull print and diamond pattern print. While G.I. Jane skater tops are spandex long sleeves with accentuations to differ one tops from the other. These items can be bought in pairs or can be bought separately.

The said girly-themed collection will soon be available in November this year. Also, these will be exclusively available in all SM department stores.


Jane Thoughts on these Collections.

I am excited with the collection. And it truly is me. It spells out who I am on and off camera,” Jane shares.

The collections are something that any young lady would grab and own several pieces because of its message and the design. The G.I. Jane collections do not just reflect Jane’s personality but can be identifiable by any female growing up in the world of ‘peer pressures’ and stay committed to her ideals and do not conform to the standards dictated of the ‘world’ around her.

I do hope that even with the line of clothing via BUM, I can be a living testimony to girls out there to standout and not just be one of the many girls corrupted by any sort of ideals.”

To know more about BUM latest collection-- G.I. Jane, visit its social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram via @officialbumph or visit its official website www.bumequipment.com.ph.

TV5 Partners with Wattpad, Popular Online Stories to Air Starting September 22

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Shown in the photo during the contract signing are (L-R) TV5 Chief Financial Officer Anna Bengzon, 
TV5 CEO Emmanuel C. Lorenzana and Wattpad CEO and Co-Founder Allen Lau

TV5 has inked a deal with Wattpad, the world’s largest community of readers and writers, to air some of its most popular stories via the upcoming weeknight primetime mini-series Wattpad Presents starting September 22.

Wattpad started in 2006 and has established a dynamic and interactive community of readers and writers from around the world. It has a community of 35 million readers, 5 million of which are Philippine users who spent close to one billion minutes immersed in Wattpad’s free stories in the previous month alone. Wattpad has become so popular in the country that a number of budding Filipino writers have grown their own fan-base of readers, while some of their stories have already been bought by major film outfits and have become blockbuster hits.

With Wattpad Presents being developed by TV5, followers of popular Wattpad stories as well as viewers who are fond of watching “kilig” love stories will be treated to week-long TV adaptations to be top-billed by the Kapatid Network’s stable of talents.  Readers can enjoy and re-live their favorite scenes in their most loved Wattpad stories, airing for free on TV5’s weeknight primetime starting September 22 at 7pm.

JaDine 'My App Boyfie' Full Trailer

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The Kapamilya network has released the full trailer of its newest Wansapanataym feature story entitled "My App Boyfie" which you can view below:

Based on a hit Wattpad series by love guru Noringai, "My App Boyfie" stars newest loveteam sensasation James Reid and Nadine Lustre, famous to their fans as the JaDine loveteam.

Also stars Dominique Roque and Ms. Cherie Gil, "My App Boyfie" will start airing on September 27, Saturday as part of the weekly award-winning series "Wansapanatym."

Nora Aunor, Batanes and Direk Perci Intalan Make Psychological Horror-Drama 'Dementia' the Scariest Movie of the Year

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Dementia is a psychological horror-drama, produced by Perci Intalan and Jun Lana's Octobertrain Films.

 Direk Perci, bilang first-time director

Hindi na rin si Jun Lana ang screenwriter, kundi ang baguhang manunulat na si Renee Dimla, isang Carlos Palanca Literary awardee. Sina Dimla, Lana at mismong si Direk Perci ang magkakatuwang na humabi ng kuwento ng Dementia, na base sa karanasan ng isang ina na may Alzheimer's disease. Dementia is a disease characterized by a severe impairment or loss of intellectual capacity and personality integration due to the loss of, or damage to, neurons in the brain.

Isang partikular na tagpong kinunan, noong Lunes ng hapon, March 24, ang eksena sa maliit na sementeryo ng Sinakan, isang maliit na barangay sa Sabtang. Sangkot dito sina Chynna at Althea, bilang omnipresent beings sa mapaglarong imahinasyon ni Mara (Nora).
5-MINUTE CLOSE-UP SHOT. After the successful take of Chynna and Althea, it was time for Nora's POV (point of view) close-up. Kailangang ipakita ng beteranang aktres ang iba't ibang uri ng emosyon sa kanyang mukha. In a scene like this, Nora's major assets are her expressive eyes, and Direk Perci made full use of them. Sa loob ng limang minuto, o ayon sa naibahagi sa PEP ni Lawrence Ang, ang film editor ng Dementia, ang mga magkakahalong takot, pangamba, pagtataka o pagkalito, kalungkutan at kahungkagan, at pagtangis, o ang anupamang damdamin, ay pawang nag-rehistro sa mukha at habang nakatingin si Nora sa lente ng kamera (ni Mackie Galvez, ang cinematographer).

#DEMENTIAhorror in Philippine Cinemas Sept 24. Official Selection Main Competition of the 35th Fantasporto International Film Festival in Portugal and Graded "A" by the Cinema Evaluation Board of the Philippines.

Directed by Perci Intalan, the movie centers on Mara (Aunor), a woman suffering from dementia, and her niece, Rachel (Curtis-Smith), as they stay in an ancestral home in the province.

Rachel hopes to trigger Mara's memories by bringing her back to the place where she grew up.

The situation makes a turn for the worse, however, when Mara instead dredges up nightmares from her past.

Produced by The IdeaFirst Company and Octobertrain Films, "Dementia" is said to be Aunor's first horror film in decades.

Marian Rivera Prenuptial Photo

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The Most Beautiful Bride. When we called her soon after the TV proposal to ask if she could do our dream shoot--her in couture wedding creations by top Filipino designers, looking every inch a glamorous Old Hollywood superstar, evoking the romance and luxury of the golden age of cinema.

Photography by Pat Dy. Hair by Jay Wee. Makeup by Denise Ochoa. Styling by Margaux Salazar. Jewelry by Bulgari. Shot on location at the beautiful Abbey of the Lady of Monserrat.

Krizette Chu Associate editor, Manila Bulletin Lifestyle

Viral Video: Vice Ganda Hair Dance Featuring Angeline Quinto

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What's new with Vice Ganda? It's the hair dance!

The hair dance which Vice Ganda, together with comedians MC and Lassy, created during their recent trip-slash-concert in Paris, is fast getting the newest dance craze. The video which was uploaded on YouTube two days ago already raked a total of 19,500 hits.

Watch the Hair Dance in Paris with the Unkabogagble Vice Ganda, Team Vice and a special participation of Angeline Quinto:

Source: Vice Ganda on YouTube

Enchong Dee Victimized by Illegal Recruiter

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Ipaglaban Mo Press Release
This Saturday, September 30, Enchong Dee plays a young man named Rolly who gets swindled by an illegal recruiter in “Ipaglaban Mo.”

Rolly has been dreaming of a better future so he goes to Manila with his friends Doboy (Lemuel Pelayo) and Joey (Bryan Homecilla) to seek better work opportunities. They feel lucky when they meet a recruiter, who promises to give them a job overseas. Unaware of what the recruiter is up to, they borrow money to pay for the placement fee, and then find out that there is no job waiting for them abroad.

Will Rolly and his friends recover their money from the illegal recruiter? What penalties will the court impose on illegal recruiters?

Also joining the cast in this week’s episode titled “Paano Na Ang Pangarap” are Maria Isabel Lopez, Lito Pimentel, Shey Bustamante, Nico Antonio, and Paolo Serrano.

Meanwhile, “Ipaglaban Mo” has helped more and more Filipinos since it started offering free legal advice sessions with hosts Atty. Jose Sison and Jopet Sison.  Those who need legal consultation may visit the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Tulong Center along Eugenio Lopez Drive in Diliman, Quezon City (near audience entrance) every Wednesday, from 10am to 12nn.

Don’t miss “Ipaglaban Mo,” the drama anthology that empowers Filipinos with knowledge of their legal rights and obligations, this Saturday after “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN. 

For more updates follow @IpaglabanMo2 on Twitter, @IpaglabanmoABSCBN on Instagram, and like the Facebook page www.Facebook.com/IpaglabanMoABSCBN.

Half-Filipino Hunks and Top Models Topbill TV5's 'Juan Direction Islanders'

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Beginning Monday, TV5 will introduce a trio of half-Filipino hunks - Mr. World- Philippines 2014 and top male supermodel John Spainhour, American Ninja Warrior Finalist Shane Daniels, and Cosmopolitan Centerfold hunk Wil Dasovich, who will surely add spice to your TV viewing every night in a new TV show called "Juan Direction Islanders".
Count on an even ‘spicier’ and more entertaining weeknight primetime programming from TV5 as its newest offering via the 2-week primetime special entitled “Juan Direction Islanders”, finally makes its way to the television spotlight starting this Monday, September 22 at 7:30PM.


Set in the paradise-like islands of Masbate, the new special offering of TV5 will be introducing new faces to the fold, led by some of the most popular and sought-after half-Pinoy personalities who have recently made headlines left and right because of their to-die-for physique and Adonis-like bodies.
While viewers will surely have their eyes glued to the screens with the welcome entry of these new half-Pinoy hunks, they will most definitely be left wondering what will come to be of the Juan Direction hunks the country has already come to know and love. Are John, Shane and Wil the new ‘Juan Direction’? Or are they just special guests in this new much-awaited misadventure?

All these questions will be answered, and even more surprises will soon be unveiled, when the nation’s guilty pleasure that is ‘Juan Direction’ returns with a bang, during the premiere of the all-new, 2-week primetime special “Juan Direction Islanders”, on September 22, at 7:30PM only on TV5.

Miss World Philippines 2014 Candidates

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The 26 official candidates of Miss World Philippines 2014 were presented to media on Wednesday, September 17, at the Eclipse Bar of Solaire Resort & Casino in Pasay City.

The complete list of candidates:

1. Lorraine Kendrickson
2. Cyra Guilalas
3. Alexa Kirby
4. Priscilla Kimberley dela Cruz
5. Gazini Christiana Ganados
6. Kristine Angeli Estoque
7. Rachel Louise Peters
8. Rachelle Emmylou Carandang
9. Ranielah Marie Oval
10. Grace Ann Bautista
11. Moriel Olea
12. Christine Balaguer
13. Kimberly Anne Sarreal
14. Nicole Donesa
15. Theresa Regli
16. Ina Dominica Guerrero
17. Kimberly Pajares
18. Ruffa Nava
19. Valerie Weignmann
20. Nelda Ibe
21. Jean Marie Feliciano
22. Abegail Galisim
23. Frances Ruth Constantino
24. Carina Jennah Aguilar
25. Eliza Johanna Cruz
26. Jahziel Pernia

Miss World Philippines 2014 coronation night will take place on October 12 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. 

This year's winner will represent the Philippines in the Miss World 2014 pageant scheduled on December 14 in London.

Meryl Streep 'Into the Woods' Movie Poster

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 Columbia Pictures Press Release

“Be Careful What You Wish For,” admonishes the teaser poster for Disney's highly anticipated fantasy adventure “Into the Woods” from director Rob Marshall.

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) - all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” helms the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics. The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall.

The principal cast is led by Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine, Baranski and Johnny Depp.
Also starring are Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, MacKenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen, Tammy Blanchard, Lucy Punch, Frances de la Tour, Simon Russell Beale, Richard Glover, Joanna Riding, Annette Crosbie.

Opening across the Philippines on January 21, 2015, “Into the Woods” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

Alden Richards is Jose Rizal in 'Ilustrado'

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After a quite number of award-winning actors who played Dr. Jose P. Rizal in previous biography movies and TV specials, Kapuso actor Alden Richards is set to prove he also fit the bill as the country's national hero in GMA News TV docu-drama series entitled "Ilustrado."

This is something new for me.  Kasi first time ko pong gagawa ng isang project na meron akong ipu-portray na isang national hero. Mahirap po. Hindi biro pero excited ako for this project and I've never been so hands-on in any of my projects, ngayon lang for Ilustrado. Kung nag-e-effort ako before sa soaps ko, doble effort for this," Alden said of the series which will revolve around Rizal’s sacrifices in the name of freedom and sovereignty for the Philippines.

So how did Alden prepare for the role?

"The production team gave me a few pointers kung ano ang puwede kong pag-aralan. Binigyan nila ako ng CDs, ng documentaries about Rizal, movies before like Cesar Montano's Jose Rizal. Pinanood ko 'yun. I did a lot of workshops with Kylie, with our director, with my acting coach. Andami eh, it's very different from doing a soap na you're going to create your own character." he said.

Alden said the role is different from any role he has had in the past.

"The difference between Ilustrado and other soaps or primetime teleserye is kapag soap, you create something different, you create on your own. In doing this bayani serye, mayroong basis from history. You create it in line with what was listed in history. Hindi puwedeng ikaw lang 'to kasi Jose Rizal 'to eh. It's still 70 percent Jose Rizal, 30 percent of Alden." 

"Ilustrado" also stars Kylie Padilla as Leonor Rivera, Solenn Heussaff and Ms. Jaclyn Jose.
Slated to air starting October on GMA Telebabad timeslot, Ilustrado is being handled by the same team that worked on the historical series, Katipunan.

Jake Cuenca Leaves Showbiz, Stars in His Last MMK Episode with Returning Actor Angelo Ilagan

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Before he temporarily leaves Philippines showbiz for a one-month intensive acting workshop in New York, Jake Cuenca will star in the upcoming episode of ABS-CBN’s “Maalaala Mo Kaya” this Saturday (September 20).

Jake will give life to the character of Igge, a good-hearted son who took on the role of father to his half-siblings after their mother died.

What will Igge do when, after all his sacrifices, his siblings decide to leave him?

Also part of the “MMK” episode are John Manalo, Louise Abuel, Meg Imperial, Angelo Ilagan, Assunta de Rossi, Christopher Roxas, Juan Rodrigo, Lui Villaruz, Yna Estrada, Angeli Gonzales, and Junjun Quintana. It is under the direction of Nuel Naval and written by Benson Logronio and Arah Jell Badayos. “MMK” is led by business unit head Malou Santos and creative manager Mel Mendoza-del Rosario.


Capturing the hearts of Filipino viewers all over the world for the past 23 years, “Maalaala Mo Kaya” has legions of fans from different generations who cried, laughed, fell in love, and got inspired through the real-life narratives of the show’s letter-senders.

Don’t miss the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, “MMK” every Saturday, 8pm, after “Wansapanataym” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to MMK.abs-cbn.com, follow @MMKOfficial on Twitter, and “like” Facebook.com/MMKOfficial. Tweet your thoughts about this Saturday’s episode by using the hashtag #MMKBrothersLove.

TV5 Brings Wattpad Bestselling Novels to Life Beginning September 22

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For the first time on Philippine television, some of the most popular stories loved and shared by the world’s largest community of readers and writers on Wattpad will be featured in a series of TV adaptations that will air on TV5 beginning September 22.  In the daily primetime mini-series “Wattpad Presents”, TV5 brings to life the characters in the widely read love stories shared by up and coming authors whose novels have gained a huge following of readers and fans on Wattpad

Wattpad started in 2006 and has established a dynamic and interactive community of readers and writers from around the world. It has a community of 35 million readers, 5 million of which are Philippine users who spent close to one billion minutes immersed in Wattpad’s free stories in the previous month alone. Wattpad has become so popular in the country that a number of budding Filipino writers have grown their own fan-base of readers, while some of their stories have already been bought by major film outfits and have become blockbuster hits.

With TV5’s Wattpad Presents, Wattpad fans need not pay for movie tickets as they will be able to watch their favorite love stories for free as they unfold in week-long mini-series that will air daily on the Kapatid Network’s primetime block.  For its initial offering, TV5’s Wattpad Presents shows “My Tag Boyfriend” –  the story of Wattpad author Maevelanne which already has 15.2 million reads – featuring the first TV pair-up of TV5 princess Jasmine Curtis Smith and Sam Concepcion. 

Jasmine portrays the role of Sitti Sandoval, a self-confessed Facebook addict who mistakenly tagged campus heartthrob Kaizer Buenavista (Sam Concepcion) in one of her Facebook posts. What follows is a series of funny but “kilig” encounters that will lead to a romantic twist. “My Tag Boyfriend” airs daily for a week starting on September 22.

For its second offering, Wattpad Presents brings the story of “Mr Popular Meets Ms Nobody” to television where Artista Academy scholar Mark Neumann plays the famous role of Kyle Shin-Woo, the perfect guy who falls head over heels in love with an ordinary girl named Chelsea Torres, to be played by Shaira Mae dela Cruz. Watch and find out how author Pinkyjhewelii got 11.9M followers hooked with the magic of love between Mr Popular Kyle and Ms Nobody Chelsea. 

“Mr Popular Meets Ms Nobody” begins airing on September 29. For its third instalment, Wattpad Presents showcases author Maxinejiji’s touching story of “Poser” which has almost 400k followers and readers who fell in love with the fictional characters of Brix Torres and Jammy Ocampo. Artista Academy scholars Akihiro Blanco and Chanel Morales will both give life to these well-loved characters and show how it is to fall in love beyond pretences. “Poser” is the Wattpad Presents feature for the week of October 6.

Lastly, Wattpad Presents also offers the modern-age Cinderella story of Wattpad entitled “Almost a Cinderella Story”, written by Soju and with over 500,000 reads on Wattpad. 

Fall in love with the modern yet hilarious twist to the well-loved fairytale as Carl Guerra’s character, Alden, goes in search of his Cinderella, Ekang, portrayed by Eula Caballero. “Almost a Cinderella Story” begins airing on October 13.

Stay tuned and fall in love every night as Wattpad Presents brings the most touching and compelling TV adaptations of huge Wattpad hits, most of which are now printed books published through LIB Creatives Publishing. Find out why these stories have become a craze in the Wattpad community and get to know their bigger-than-life characters, who will be portrayed by TV5’s line-up of fresh and up-and-coming stars.  

Wattpad Presents will air Monday to Friday at 7PM starting on September 22, only on TV5.

Cosmo Bachelor Bash Photos

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Cosmo Bachelor Bash Photos

All goodlooking hunks unite in Tuesday night's annual Cosmo Bachelor Bash 2012 held at at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Check out some of the photos below (click to enlarge):

Photos courtesy of @itsmejodiii @TeamPH2012, @supremechino, @AiahBruce, @inzatiable, @botloy, @NixAlanon, @ianneseventeen, @carlochu, @KBManalo, @ikayisadork, @xengzulueta on Twitter

Sarah Geronimo 'Kilometro' Music Video

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Sarah Geronimo released a lyric video for her new single "Kilometro" under Viva Records. Check out below:

Composed by Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana, "Kilometro" is part of Sarah's upcoming album "Perfectly Imperfect" which will be release worldwide soon by Viva Vicor Music.

Jodi Sta Maria, from Dramatic Actress to Medical Expert

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ABS-CBN Press Release
Thirty two-year-old actress Jodi Sta. Maria is determined to finish college and become a doctor to serve as an inspiration to her son.

I want to set a good example for my son. I don’t want to be in a situation where I will force him to go to school, and then he will tell me, ‘But you didn’t even finish school,’” Jodi shares in “Tapatan Ni Tunying airing this Thursday (September 18).

Jodi stopped schooling before she reached her fourth year in high school. She finished her secondary education when she was 28 and pursued medical biology at De La Salle University-Dasmarinas.

I want to be a doctor. I went to college but haven’t finished my course yet. I don’t know how to divide my time. But, I will return to school eventually,” she tells.

Will Jodi take a break from showbiz when she decides to continue her studies?

Meanwhile, the “Maria Leonora Teresa” star once again dispels rumors that she has split from her boyfriend, Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla and insists that their relationship is going strong.

We may have faced problems through the years, but those are part of the learning process. We’ve learned from our mistakes,” Jodi says in the episode.

Don’t miss “Tapatan ni Tunying” this Thursday (September 18) at 5PM on ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Gold. For updates, follow @TNTunying on Twitter and Instagram, or like its Facebook page www.facebook.com/TNTunying.

Jane Oineza and Jeron Teng Reveal "MU" Relationship

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PBB All In 3rd Big Placer Jane Oineza celebrated her 18th birthday on Sunday, September 14, with no other than her rumored boyfriend as escort.

Jane also revealed the reason why she decided to have the DLSU Green Archers star player as her escort, “Wala na rin ako maisip na ibang escort kundi siya.”

This prompted Jeron to ask her if this meant that he was just her last choice to which, she immediately replied: “Ibig sabihin ikaw lang 'yung option. Ikaw lang! Special day kasi ito for me.”

Meanwhile, Jeron said he is honored that Jane chose him to be his escort during her debut.

Siyempre super happy ako. Nung sinabi nga niya sa akin hindi ako naniwala. Sabi ko ‘Hindi joke yan ah?’ Akala ko niloloko lang niya ako. Pero super happy ako,” he said.
When asked by the entertainment press whether they already have a mutual understanding.
Sa akin meron, hindi ko alam sa kanya,” Jeron said.

Jeron, however, made it clear that they are not yet a couple.

Sa amin na lang siguro 'yun. I won’t deny kung kami na, open na open naman ako about my feelings for her. Super special siya and super proud ako sa lahat ng na-achieve niya. I’m just happy for her and I’ll just be here for her,” he said.

ABS-CBN Named TV Station of The Year at 2014 SKAL Tourism Personality Awards

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ABS-CBN was named the TV Station of the Year at this year’s SKAL Tourism Personality Awards, where the network’s top executives were also honored for their contributions to the promotion of Philippine tourism internationally and locally.

The TV station is known for highlighting the country’s culture, people, and destinations on its various media platforms, news and entertainment programs, station IDs, magazines, environmental arm Bantay Kalikasan, and geo-social travel website Choose Philippines.

ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio, meanwhile,  was proclaimed the Woman Achiever for Tourism and International Understanding, while ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation chairman Gina Lopez was recognized in the Environment and Agri-tourism category.

Queen of All Media Kris Aquino was hailed as the Travel Show Host of the Year for featuring popular and undiscovered tourist spots with her guests in “Kris TV,” which also received the Travel Show of the Year award.

The SKAL Makati chapter is a member of SKAL International, a worldwide association of travel and tourism professional promoting global tourism and friendship. It is the only international group uniting all branches of the travel and tourism Industry. First founded in Paris in 1932, SKAL International has over 25,000 members in 500 tourism clubs in 85 nations.

TV5 and Radyo5 Davao Team Up To Promote Health and Wellness via Several Month-Long Activities

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TV5 Press Release

TV5 continues to lead the way in delivering active and relevant public service through its various CSR efforts and programs that ultimately aim to promote health and wellness among Filipinos.

Most recently, TV5 and Radyo5 in Davao joined forces anew to launch a whole slew of month-long activities in the region that combined fitness, health, and fun, which is the Kapatid Network’s simple way of ‘giving back’ to the community.  More importantly, these CSR activities also reflect the Network’s belief that a healthier, more productive and more efficient citizenry will translate to a more progressive community.

Such activities included “Zumba Saturdays” wherein Davaoeños of all ages were able to participate in the country’s latest easy-and-safe exercise craze. This activity, which was in partnership with Rotary 2000, had more than 200 participants, with families and groups of friends making this their weekly bonding and fitness activity. 

The Kapatid Network and Radyo5 Davao once again partnered with Rotary 2000 for a blood-letting activity in support of the Philippine National Red Cross’ drive to increase the dwindling platelet supply for dengue victims. The network proudly served as the blood-letting activity’s main organizer as well as its critical partner for information dissemination. 

Hand-in-hand this time with the Davao Doctor’s Hospital, TV5 and Radyo5 Davao also organized the “Operation Bukol and OB Screening” program with a number of surgeons, OB gynecologists and other specialists.  The program is aimed at addressing cancer prevention through early detection.  More than just the usual consultations, the doctors on call also conducted pre-natal screenings and free operations to remove cysts, mass and tumors. 


Meanwhile, for the month of September, TV5 and Radyo5 Davao are all set to take their ‘give back’ initiative even further by also spearheading a city-wide feeding program for children in various barangays in Davao. This activity is also meant to encourage children to drink milk for healthier bodies and sharper minds. 

For interested donors and partners of TV5 and Radyo5 Davao’s upcoming CSR initiatives, please contact TV5 Davao’s Public Service Desk Coordinator, Sally Sanglay, via +63908-886-0442.

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