Monday, September 18, 2017

ABS-CBN Seals Ravelo Komiks SuperHeros Darna, Captain Barbell and Lastikman Deal with Partner Licensees

The Kapamilya network brings to life well-loved characters in Philippine comics - Darna, Captain Barbell and Lastikman - through its partnership with several companies, its initial batch of licensees, for the new Ravelo Komiks Superheroes brand.

ABS-CBN chief content officer Charo Santos-Concio, retail, licensing and storefronts head Lina Quiogue, licensing head Karen Coloma, and licensing cluster 1 head Julie Ann Gutierrez led the contract signing ceremony held at the network’s compound.

Fans can look forward to new toys and games, clothing, food and beverage, collectibles and novelty items carrying illustrations inspired by the characters created by the late Mars Ravelo during the Golden Age of Philippine comics.

Must-have Darna, Captain Barbell, Lastikman and Valentina statues, 20-inch limited edition premium collectibles are now available along with the coolest card game, “Darna At Ang Nawawalang Bato.”


ABS-CBN’s latest offering also includes popular gifts and favorite souvenir picks like tumblers, keychains, magnets, pouches, bagtags and pillows.

Captain Barbell and Lastikman toys, Darna dolls, and other Ravelo character-inspired toys will soon be created, as well as an exciting mobile Ravelo Komiks game app to be released early next year. 

Also coming soon is an exciting array of products in the beauty, fashion and home category, as well as a superhero-themed gourmet popcorn.

The new comics-inspired brand targets toy collectors, comics enthusiasts, children and families who are looking forward to the rebirth of these pop culture icons. Products will be available in various distribution channels such as bookstores, department stores and toy stores nationwide.

Aside from the consumer products carrying this latest offering, the popular Pinoy superhero characters will be seen in other ABS-CBN platforms – television, film, various digital platforms, etc. - in the next few years. For more information on ABS-CBN merchandise, visit

Empoy Marquez is MYX Leading Man and Guest VJ for September

The ever-charming “Kita Kita” leading man Empoy Marquez stars in various MYX shows to excite and enthrall viewers as the music channel’s celebrity VJ for the month of September.

The former Mr. Suave proves that he is still suave as he takes on the hosting challenge of the month following "Kita Kita," which notched the highest grossing local indie movie after earning P300 million in three weeks. His knack for comedy will cheer music enthusiasts as he introduces the freshest tunes and talks about today’s hottest hits.

Rock out the rainy days with Journey lead singer Arnel Pineda as this month’s “MYX Headliner,” and One Music PH’s singer/songwriter Volts Vallejo under the “MYX Spotlight.”

Experience live performances from local artists such as indie rock bands SUD and MilesExperience, ballad/soul singer Dessa, and alternative pop rock group Moonstar88 in “MYX Live;” and treat yourselves to performance specials of international artists such as award-winning artist Katy Perry, American rock band Foo Fighters, and singer and actress Selena Gomez in “MYX Presents.”

Meanwhile, the “MYX Moves” semifinals happens this Sunday, September 17, at the Ayala Mall South Park. To vote for your favorite dance crew, visit

Catch Empoy as MYX Celebrity VJ on “Pinoy MYX” until September 16, “Mellow MYX” on September 17 to 23, and “My MYX” on September 24 to 30. Watch MYX on Skycable channel 23. For more information on MYX programming and the “2nd MYX Moves Street Dance Competition,” log on to, follow MYX on Instagram (@myxph) and Twitter (@MYXPhilippines).

ABS-CBN Balitang America Winner of Outstanding Coverage of Voter Engagement in 2017 New America Media California Ethnic Media Awards

ABS-CBN International The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) daily news show, BA (Balitang America) will join 11 other first place winners and 13 merit recipients at the 2017 New America Media (NAM) California Ethnic Media Awards in a Gala Ceremony to be held on September 19 at the PG&E Auditorium in San Francisco.

BA, which is marking its 15th anniversary, was chosen winner in the Outstanding Coverage of Voter Engagement category for its Election Day 2016 newscast and its special called, “The Fil-Am Vote”.

BA Executive Producer Troy Espera said, “The team’s efforts in 2016 resulted in BA’s most comprehensive election reportage ever. Throughout the entire roller coaster ride of the presidential race, BA kept the pulse of Fil-Am voters and showed what an engaged Filipino community looks like.  When the NAM winners were announced last Friday, I was informed that the judges agreed that BA ‘exemplified what the role of ethnic media should be during an election season.’  I am very proud of our team.”

Meanwhile, another Filipino winner is’s Cecile Ochoa who is a Merit Recipient in the Outstanding Coverage of Arts, Culture and Entertainment category for her piece, “86-Year-Old Fil-Am to Ride in Biker Rally, If He Ignores His Doc”.

The 2017 NAM California Ethnic Media Awards celebrates outstanding journalism on issues ranging from the environment, health and education to politics, immigration, sports and arts and culture.

A distinguished group of judges selected from more than 140 individual entries submitted by African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American print, online, and broadcast ethnic media outlets. A special panel of youth media practitioners selected the winner of this year’s Emerging Youth Voice award. The awards committee also selected four “Ethnic Media Champions” – individuals who embody the resilience and dedication of the sector.

Emceeing the ceremonies will be Martin Reynolds, co-director of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and former editor-in-chief of the Oakland Tribune, and Odette Alcazaren-Keeley, NAM’s national media network director and former executive producer/co-news anchor for ABS-CBN International-TFC.

This year’s awards event marks the 10th anniversary of the murder of investigative reporter Chauncey Bailey, a NAM co-founder who was gunned down on Aug. 2, 2007 while pursuing a report for the Oakland Post.

Below is the official list of winners as announced by New America Media (NAM):

Official Roster of Winners & Honorees


1. Outstanding Health & Health Care Coverage:

SKYLINK TV – ‘Bay Area Today’ program – Danny Wong – “What is Cancer?” episode

LA OPINION – Araceli Martinez Ortega – “Latinos & Diabetes” [series]

2. Outstanding Coverage of the Environment:

EASTERN GROUP PUBLICATIONS/ – Nancy Martinez – "Exide, Porter Ranch: A Double Standard"

LA OPINION – Jorge Macias – "Thousands in the San Gabriel Valley at Risk for Lead and Arsenic Contamination"
SKYLINK TV – ‘Bay Area Today’ program – Danny Wong - "Three-Color Bins" episode

3. Outstanding Coverage of Politics & the 2016 Elections:

KDTV UNIVISION 14 - Maria Leticia Gomez, Joe Perry, Luis Felipe Godinez - "En Espera de la Muerte" [Waiting for Death]

El TECOLOTE- Alexis Terrazas & Atticus Morris - "Alternate Reality: Growing Acceptance of White Nationalism in Trump's America" / "Realidad Alterna: Creciente Aceptaciòn del Nacionalismo Blanco en el América de Trump"

4. Outstanding Coverage of Immigration:

SKYLINK TV – ‘Bay Area Today’ program – Danny Wong – “Under the Same Roof” episode

CHICO SOL – Bianca Quilantan -- “Door of Hope”
LA OPINION – Araceli Martinez Ortega – “Stranded on the Border, Without Asylum and Without Hope” [series]

5. Outstanding Education Coverage:

INDIA CURRENTS – Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan – “How Much Is Too Much? The Price Of Pushing Kids To Attain Elite Status”
SKYLINK TV – ‘Bay Area Today’ program – Jasmine Chen -- ‘Relentless Learning” episode

6. Outstanding Coverage of Arts, Culture & Entertainment:

KDTV UNIVISION 14 – Beatriz Ferrari & Eduardo Mancera – “El Pintor de Las Patronas”

MERIT RECIPIENTS: – Cecile Ochoa – “86-Year-Old Fil-Am to Ride in Biker Rally, If He Ignores His Doc”
KDTV UNIVISION 14 – Flavio Lacayo & Eduardo Mancera - “Exodo a La Santeria” [Exodus to Santeria]

7. Outstanding Sports Coverage:

SING TAO DAILY – Mingyue [Flora] Xu – “American Boy Embodies Shaolin Spirit”

VIDA EN EL VALLE – Juan Esparza Loera – “Cabada’s Run Fueled by His Past”
KDTV UNIVISION 14 - Leon Felipe Gonzalez, Joe Perry – "La Cancha de la Esperanza" [The Field of Hope]


8. Outstanding Coverage of Gender/LGBTQI Issues:

MIDPENINSULA COMMUNITY MEDIA CENTER – ‘Talking with Henrietta’ program – Henrietta Burroughs – “In the Aftermath of the Mass Shooting in Orlando”

SING TAO DAILY – Isabelle Yiu – “Chinese American LGBT Community Asks for Respect for All”

9. Outstanding Cross-Cultural Reporting:

EL TECOLOTE – John Morrison – “Frisco 5” series

PAKISTAN LINK – Ras Siddiqui – “Jews and Muslims Hold Joint Vigil at the California State Capitol”

10. Emerging Youth Voice:

EL NUEVO SOL – Pilar de Haro, Keila Vizcarra, Grecia Lopez, Curtis Poindexter, Araceli Solis, Aurabella Hernandez, Lorena Roque, Daniel Shin and Michael Arvizu – “Young Workers/ “Trabajadores Jovenes en Los Angeles” [series]

YOUTH RADIO – Emiliano Villa – “When Economics Divide Siblings”

11. Outstanding Coverage of Voter Engagement:

BA – Balitang America [News in America] – The Filipino Channel TV – Troy Espera, Danny Manansala, Rommel Conclara, Henni Espinosa, John Cana, Don Tagala, Steve Angeles & Gel Santos-Relos – Election Day 2016 newscast and “The Fil-Am Vote” election special


Jarrette Fellows, Jr. – Publisher & Editor – COMPTON HERALD
Joseph Orozco – Manager – KIDE-HOOPA 91.3 FM
Dong Kim – Publisher – HYUNDAE NEWS
Regina Brown Wilson – Director – CALIFORNIA BLACK MEDIA

At the September 19 awards ceremony, NAM will pay tribute to its ethnic media founders, original supporters and collaborators, judges and sponsors, with special thanks to PG&E, the co-host for the 2017 awards, and our three Diamond Sponsors: Comcast, the San Francisco Foundation, and the California Health Care Foundation.

ABS-CBN Captivates More Filipinos Nationwide in August, 46% vs. GMA-7's 33%

ABS-CBN kept its lead in nationwide TV ratings in August, bringing values-oriented programs and relevant news stories to more viewers in the country.

Based on data from Kantar Media, the Kapamilya network recorded an average audience share of 46% in both rural and urban homes, or 13 points higher versus GMA’s 33%.

“FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” (38.6%) still led the list of most watched programs in August, thrilling more viewers as Cardo (Coco Martin) finally infiltrated the rebel group Pulang Araw.

ABS-CBN’s newest talent-variety-talk show “Little Big Shots” (35.9%), on the other hand, instantly impressed viewers as it showcased the wit, charm, and talent of kids.

KathNiel-starrer “La Luna Sangre” (33.7%) was also a big hit among viewers as Malia (Kathryn Bernardo) and Tristan (Daniel Padilla) continue to fulfill their mission of ending the leader of evil vampires Supremo (Richard Gutierrez).

Kapamilya network’s flagship newscast “TV Patrol,” meanwhile, remained as the most preferred news program in the country in August, hitting 32.5% and beating rival program “24 Oras” (19.4%).

“Wansapanataym” (28.1%) gave viewers a magical treat every Sunday and highlighted lessons of love, sacrifice, and bravery to Pinoy kids through Super Ving (Awra Briguela). “MMK” (27.4%) also gave inspiration to audiences nationwide with the real-life stories of letter senders, individuals who weathered different struggles.

Meanwhile, “Wildflower” set viewers and netizens abuzz with its wildest wedding episode and recorded an average national TV rating of 25.3% for August.

Also landing on the top ten list were Kapamilya comedy programs “Home Sweetie Home” (24.9%) that reflects the lives of ordinary Filipino families, and “Goin’ Bulilit” (22.7%), which is currently celebrating a decade of bringing fun and laughter to viewers.

ABS-CBN also won across all time blocks, particularly in primetime (6PM-12MN), where it recorded an average audience share of 50% versus GMA’s 31%. The primetime block is the most important part of the day when most Filipinos watch TV and advertisers put a larger chunk of their investment in to reach more consumers effectively.

The Kapamilya network also won in the morning block (6AM-12NN) with 40% versus GMA’s 30%, the noontime block (12NN-3PM) with 46%, compared to GMA’s 35%, and the afternoon block (3PM-6PM) with 43%, beating GMA’s 38%.

ABS-CBN also beat GMA in other areas. More viewers tuned in to the Kapamilya network in Total Luzon with 42% versus GMA’s 35%, in Total Visayas with 55% versus GMA’s 26%, and in Total Mindanao with 54% versus GMA’s 29%.

As of June this year, ABS-CBN TVplus has already sold three million boxes nationwide since its launch in 2015 and significantly boosted ABS-CBN’s TV ratings. According to data from Kantar Media, ABS-CBN’s audience share in Mega Manila increased to 36% from January to August 2017, compared to 30% in 2015, as more households are able to experience crystal clear viewing experience with ABS-CBN TVplus. ABS-CBN’s ratings in Mega Manila also rose to 14% from 11% in 2015.

(Trailer) “Red Sparrow” Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling and Mary-Louise Parker

Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence is irresistibly hot as a spy temptress in her latest movie “Red Sparrow” on the reveal of its teaser trailer which you could watch at

Directed by Francis Lawrence (“Hunger Games” series, “Constantine”), “Red Sparrow” brings a powerhouse cast that includes Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons and Academy Award nominee Charlotte Rampling with Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts and Mary-Louise Parker.

Lawrence is highly-trained Russian spy Dominika Egorova in “Red Sparrow”, a devoted daughter who protects her mother at all costs, a prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit and a master of seductive and manipulative combat.

When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother face a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.

“Red Sparrow” soars in Philippine theaters on February 28, 2018 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

“Can’t Help Falling In Love” Back-to-Back with “Can We Still Be Friends” on Star Cinema on SKY Pay-Per-View (PPV)

Star Cinema on SKY Pay-Per-View (PPV) brings the latest "kilig" blockbuster movies to Filipino homes as it presents KathNiel’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and Gerald and Arci’s “Can We Still Be Friends” from September 9 to October 6.

The P300 million global blockbuster features Kathryn as Gab, a goal-oriented career woman who has the perfect life and Daniel, as a free-spirited travel blogger and entrepreneur. Gab’s life is turned upside down when she finds out she is actually married to a stranger. She does everything to annul their marriage, but only finds herself falling for him.

Meanwhile, in “Can We Still Be Friends,” Gerald Anderson and Arci Muñoz, known as #TeamLablab, play a couple coping with the loss of their relationship in an unusual way - by staying friends with each other. This leads to a competition of who can move on first, but brings to light the question; do they really want to move on from each other?

Subscribe to Star Cinema on SKY PPV from September 9 to October 6 to be able to watch these two hit ‘feels’ movies. The offer is available to all One SKY, SKYcable, Destiny Cable, SKYdirect, and SKYbroadband subscribers via SKY On Demand for P199.

SKYcable and Destiny Cable subscribers can call 418 0000 or their local SKY office, text STARCINEMA PPV to 23662 or visit to subscribe. 

SKYdirect Prepaid subscribers can also text PPV STARCINEMA to 236667, while Postpaid subscribers can text SKY to 23668.

Jennifer Lawrence Runs Away with Title Role of Psychological Thriller “mother!”

Oscar Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence adds a home invasion horror tale to her repertoire with Paramount Pictures' psychological thriller m o t h e r ! in Philippine cinemas September 20.

Directed by Academy Award-nominee Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), the film revolves around Mother (Lawrence) and Him (Javier Bardem) who live in a seemingly idyllic existence in a secluded paradise. But the couple’s relationship is tested when man (Ed Harris) and woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive at their home uninvited. Answering that knock disrupts their tranquil existence and as more and more guests arrive, mother is forced to revisit everything she knows about love, devotion and sacrifice.

One of the greatest things that can happen to you as an artist is to be a part of a movie that starts conversation because it’s an original idea, completely unique,” says Lawrence of m o t h e r !. “Even though we’re shooting things that are eerie, the allegory is so much bigger. It’s what it all means.

There’s a million different facets to this movie that certain people are going to relate to, be scared of, intrigued by,” continues Lawrence. She describes the lure of playing mother, the adoring wife and muse to Javier Bardem’s enigmatic poet: “Falling in love is scary. Being vulnerable? Terrifying. Not letting yourself be vulnerable? Also, terrifying.

It’s one thing to make something lukewarm,” says Lawrence. “It’s another to make something scalding hot. This? It’s a Roman candle. An explosion. A riot of a movie. An expression. There’s definitely a moment in this movie where some will say, ‘Darren, you’re taking this too far’ and storm out of the theater. But I wouldn’t have been there if I hadn’t already thrown the script across my hotel room in New York and thought this guy is crazy. But he has to take it all the way. I think he was right to not shy back and be afraid.”

As for that Roman candle, expect an unsettling metaphoric ride that will shock and jar audiences. Lawrence’s dark summation: “A creator always needs a muse. As long as the universe is expanding, men will be using women.”

Rated R-16 Without Cuts by the MTRCB, m o t h e r ! is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

ABS-CBN and Kapamilya Stars Support Bantay Bata 163 Fundraising Show by Rocky Gathercole

Stars from ABS-CBN, dubbed the Kapamilya network, showed their support for ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI) - Bantay Bata 163 as it celebrated 20 years of caring for and protecting children in a fundraising dinner last August 12, featuring the works of internationally known fashion designer Rocky Gathercole.

Philippine Concert King Martin Nievera, This Generation’s Movie Queen Bea Alonzo, Primetime Hunk Ian Veneracion, young Total Performer Darren Espanto Megastar Sharon Cuneta, together with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Gerard Salonga, lent their talents at the event that paid tribute to Bantay Bata children and the social workers, volunteers, and donors who have been helping them in the last two decades.


In his speech, ABS-CBN Chairman Eugenio Lopez III emphasized ABS-CBN’s commitment to protect the welfare of children.

For 20 years, Bantay Bata 163 was able to successfully touch the hearts of a deeply sympathetic, compassionate, and caring race through the creativity, technology, and reach of media. It is an honor that ABS-CBN was able to rally its worldwide audience to support the cause and as a result, Bantay Bata has directly benefitted over a million Filipino children,” he said.

One of the people who partnered with Bantay Bata 163 was Gathercole, who was a victim of abuse himself during his younger years.  His life story was even featured in the drama anthology “Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK)”, where he was portrayed by actor Arjo Atayde.

Once again, Gathercole was able to share his journey from living in the streets of Manila to designing for international celebrities like Britney Spears, Katy Perry, J Lo and Beyonce during the dinner’s fashion show, which showcased his avant-garde pieces that were inspired by his life experiences.


Meantime, Bantay Bata 163 also reiterated its fight against rampant online sexual exploitation of children in the program. To address the cases of cyber bullying and child pornography in the country, the organization aims to seek partners who will help upgrade the 163 hotline, and will increase its online presence to ensure the safety of children.

According to UNICEF, eight out of every ten Filipino children and adolescents are in danger of being sexually abused online, making the Philippines one of hotspots for online child abuse. In 2016, the Philippines also ranked the “first global source of child pornography” and the “epicentre of the live-stream sexual abuse trade.” Through the fund-raising dinner, Bantay Bata hopes to continue protecting and saving children from child abuse as it has done so in the past two decades.

To date, Bantay Bata 163 has assisted close to 65,000 children in their medical needs, rescued almost 2,000 abused children and provided legal assistance to many of them. They also granted scholarships to more than 52,000 children and served more than a million children and their parents in community outreach programs.

The Bantay Bata 20th Anniversary Dinner was presented by Metro Society and Lifestyle Channel, in cooperation with Pass-It-Forward and Quezon City Government, to raise money and awareness about Bantay Bata 163’s new projects including the rehabilitation of Children’s Village, where rescued kids live as they undergo healing and reformation.

Bantay Bata 163 is one of the three flagship programs of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. that caters to the Filipino children. For more information from the Philippines, go to; in the U.S., call 1-800-527-2820 or visit; and in Europe call +44 739 287 0779 or visit


Marvel at the story behind Gathercole’s designs on “Bottomline” and “MMK 25” via TFC IPTV and TFC online (

See the rest of the official photos at Lifestyle Network’s official website:

For more photos of the event, visit

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September 21, 2017 Holiday in Observance of Martial Law 45th Anniversary #WalangPasok

So as not to inconvenient several groups planning to stage massive protests, President Rodrigo Duterte may declare September 21 a special non-working day in Metro Manila for the 45th anniversary of Martial Law.

At this early, I am announcing that I am ordering a holiday para walang masaktan, walang ano kung may demonstration diyan, magkagulo.” Duterte said in an interview.

Addressing protesters who belong to a coalition of anti-Duterte groups called the Movement Against Tyranny, Duterte said, “There will be no policemen on the streets to stop you. I will assign a few policemen to maintain traffic so as not to inconvenience those who are not joining the protest rallies.”

Thursday, September 14, 2017

PH All-Time Favorite Singing Contest "Tawag ng Tanghalan" sa It's Showtime Goes Global

From an iconic singing competition that became the staple of every Philippine household's afternoon radio listening and eventually TV viewing for almost decades since 1953, "Tawag ng Tanghalan (Call of the Stage)" continues its symphony as the Philippines' all-time favorite amateur singing contest, to date.  As the latest revival at top-rating variety show "It's Showtime" continues the tradition of providing the platform for singers with nary a professional exposure but with a gamut of talent, ABS-CBN, and The Filipino Channel (TFC) takes it even further as it brings the tour de force that is Tawag ng Tangalan globally.

After a good turnout of Filipino amateur singers who could very well be professional performers themselves, at the launches in June in North America, Asia and Europe, anticipation is high this quarter as the region finals begin, starting in Europe this September 17 at the Halle E + G MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien, Austria.

In mid-September, ABS-CBN, TFC and DZMM's Global Pinoy Singing Idol, will pit the best of the best from the continent --- performers who garnered the highest judges' scores and online votes:

  • Bernardite Steiger is a Filipina married to an Austrian in Wien who once dreamt of becoming a famous singer but first parked her dream to help her family and then to raise her own, next.  Now, she is taking chances to fulfill her dream once again

  • Louise Denciv Auman was born and raised in Wien, Austria.  Before joining Global Tawag ng Tanghalan, she had been in fact, ayoutuber who had her own channel of uploads.  She has then become inactive because of work.  Now with Global Tawag ng Tanghalan it seems that she is up for a revival.

  • Austrian born and raised Annabel Hernandez had also been part of the Austrian music industry even before joining but had to postpone for her studies.  Now she returns to try to make her mark once again.

  • Fellow Austrian-born Rinnalyn Silang's entry into Tawag ng Tanghalan is accidental.  Originally just a companion of friend who vied for a slot, she went on to shine on her own.  Now, she is continuing the battle to win for her friend.

  • Geraldine Marsak-Lopez of Vienna, Austria has a unique story to tell.  Her left thyroid had been removed and there continues a chance for her to lose her voice. So, before she possibly loses it, she sent her video to Global Tawag ng Tanghalan and the rest, they say is history.

  • Paris, France-based Marnelli Oliva was originally from Bulacan.  Her voice is as sweet as the delights for which her province is known and her smile as disarming.  However, she is set to prove she is a talent to reckon, proud to represent her province and to dedicate her performance to her mother.

  • Alexandra Yatco of Varby Gard, Sweden is perhaps the youngest in the group but she can prove that age is not a deterrent to one's pursuit of talent.  In fact, she was also beset with health problems that forced her to stop schooling. However, she is proud to have turned her time off from school into an opportunity to learn the guitar.

  • Marlita Schon of Stockhom, Sweden has a unique motivation for joining --- to be able to help poor children in her community.  If she wins the Region Finals, she hopes to use the prizes for her MSJ Foundation. 

  • Joy Bautista of Madrid, Spain was a teacher before she first set foot in Europe as an au pair (defined by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas as a young, unmarried Filipino without children who is placed under a cultural exchange arrangement with a European host family for a certain period of time).  Driven by her sister, she pursued a life in Spain.  Wherever life takes her, she brings her music everywhere she goes, even at church.

  • Arnold Soria of Madrid, Spain is adopted and was raised by his aunt and uncle like he was their own.  Soria draws emotion from this and his experience as an overseas Filipino in his songs which he offers for people he considers his family in the Philippines.

Known for the Filipino wealth in talent this line-up, both judges and voters will face the toughest challenge yet --- identify who will be the first Global Tawag ng Tanghalan representatives from Europe.  

These contestants face the challenge of becoming the first global representative and the second grand champion following the footsteps of Tawag ng Tanghalan greats that include Superstar Nora Aunor, Perry Como of the Philippines Diomedes Maturan and director Bobot Mortiz. 

Judges include ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Vice President Ging Reyes; Toolstation Chief Finance Officer Alfonso Pinto and ABS-CBN OIC for Europe Luis Bariuan.
Two winners will be declared winners and will flown in to represent Europe and compete with other regional finalists in the global showdown happening at the "It's Showtime" studios in Manila on December 2017.   

Meantime, paying tribute to the Filipino talents are two iconic artists: Rockoustic Princess and Tawag ng Tanghalan sa It's Showtime hurado(judge) Yeng Constantino and multi-faceted actor, athlete and singer Matteo Guidicelli, in song.

Filipinos who wish to show their support for their kababayans can get the tickets from the following: FORTEPINO At Your Service from Aries Fortuna at telephone no. ‎06763573492; Andrea Dano Gomes with tel. no. +436764667844; Pinoyloading from Schellhammergasse 22; Adel Calanog at tel. no. 0676 56 11162; Sunshine Hair Salon at Heine Strasse 42 1020 Vienna in Austria and with tel. no. +43 5322653; and Marizel Rojas via + 43 699 14596190.

VIP ticket holders can get a chance to have a photo opportunity with the celebrity guests and join the pre-event cocktails with surprise guests. Tickets are at € 50 while General Admission is at and € 25.  Gates open at 1 p.m.and the show starts at 3 p.m.

Watch out for the other region finals in other continents: October 14 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas; November 3 via the One Music Experience (1MX) at the Dubai Ampitheater in the Middle East and this 4thquarter in Asia Pacific.

For more information on Global Tawag ng Tanghalan regional finals in Europe, visit or  Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow KapamilyaTFC and KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.

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Will Smith Lead the Cast of "Aladdin" Live-Action Adaptation

Casting for "Aladdin," the live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic, is complete and production is currently underway at Longcross Studios outside London.  

The "Aladdin" cast includes: Two-time Oscar® nominee Will Smith ("Ali," "Men in Black") as the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes to whoever possesses his magic lamp; Mena Massoud (Amazon's "Jack Ryan") as Aladdin, the hapless but lovable street rat who is smitten with the Sultan's daughter; Naomi Scott ("Power Rangers") as Princess Jasmine, the Sultan's beautiful daughter who wants to have a say in how she lives her life; Marwan Kenzari ("Murder on the Orient Express") as Jafar, an evil sorcerer who devises a nefarious plot to unseat the Sultan and rule Agrabah himself; Navid Negahban ("Homeland") as the Sultan, the ruler of Agrabah who is eager to find a proper husband for his daughter, Jasmine; Nasim Pedrad ("Saturday Night Live") as Dalia, Princess Jasmine's hand maiden and confidante; Billy Magnussen ("Into the Woods") as Prince Anders, a suitor from Skanland and potential husband for Princess Jasmine; and Numan Acar ("Homeland") as Hakim, Jafar's right-hand man and head of the palace guards. 

"Aladdin" is directed by Guy Ritchie ("Sherlock Holmes," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.") from a screenplay by John August ("Dark Shadows," "Big Fish") based on the 1992 animated film "Aladdin" and stories from "One Thousand and One Nights." The producer is Dan Lin ("The LEGO Movie") with Golden Globe® winner Marc Platt ("La La Land"), Jonathan Eirich ("Deathnote") and Kevin De La Noy ("The Dark Knight Rises") serving as executive producers. Eight-time Academy Award®-winning composer Alan Menken ("Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid") provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Oscar®-winning lyricists Howard Ashman ("Little Shop of Horrors") and Tim Rice ("The Lion King") as well as two new songs written by  Menken and Oscar® and Tony Award®-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul ("La La Land," "Dear Evan Hansen"). 

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"Hey Matteo" Happening November 30 at the Kia Theater

With his talent and dashing personality, MATTEO GUIDICELLI is always a stand-out in any field that he puts himself into. Over a decade in the entertainment industry, Matteo has become one of his generation's most established actors and continues to prove that his talents go beyond acting and sports as he shares more of himself through his music.

Last November, Matteo headlined his first major concert entitled #MatteoMadeinCebu. This sold out concert held at the Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City showcased Matteo's singing prowess and love for music.

This year, Matteo is once again taking centerstage, this time in Manila, with "HEY MATTEO" to be held at the Kia Theater on November 30, 2017 at 7:30PM.

"Hey Matteo" is set to give the fans a glimpse of Matteo's innermost self as he opens up more of his identity and artistry. Drawing from his personal experiences, this concert will be a revalation of his brand as a singer. "I have always wanted to sing, but I wasn't able to focus on it", he says, "Now, I'm at a stage of my life when I really want to do music and I'm very excited about this concert because it's going to feature songs from my upcoming album", he adds.

"Hey Matteo" combines Matteo's talents with the creativity of concert Director Genius Rowell Santiago and Musical direction by OPM Master Louie Ocampo.

This concert will be an entirely different show from his previous hometown concert in Cebu last year. "Hey Matteo" is definitely one concert event to look forward to as "70% to 80% of the creative input came from Matteo", Louie said. Both directors have worked with the versatile actor on several projects in the past and both have witnessed his growth as an artist. Their collaboration for this concert is one more a coming together of artists commited to mount a great show for the love of music. "The concert will have a youthful vibe with the 90's beat. It will show Matteo's versatility as a singer through songs that tell his story", says Louie. "Matteo is really hands-on with the preparations and this concert will definitely show much about the kind of singer that he is", he added. Matteo will be performing a combination of covers inspired by the music that he grew up with and original songs from an album that he will soon be releasing.

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"Hey Matteo" is produced by Big Bang productions, the same production company behind the successful #MatteoMadeinCebu concert last year. It will also co-produced by Hills and Dreams Events Concepts Co. Catch Matteo on November 30, 7:30PM at the Kia Theater.

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Albie Casino Joins "Pusong Ligaw"

Albie Casino joins the cast of ABS-CBN's hit afternoon series "Pusong Ligaw" as Leon, a teenager believed to be Tessa (Beauty Gonzalez) and Caloy's (Joem Bascon) missing son.

Just like Rafael, Leon was also found in a river when he was just about to turn a year old. Despite uncertainties, Jaime (Raymond Bagatsing) still made Tessa believe that they have already found her long lost child. Leon remains clueless as well, but saw the situation as an opportunity for him to pay his debts and get himself out of poverty.

How long can Jaime deceive Tessa? As Marga (Bianca King) finds out about Leon, what will she do to hide the truth from Caloy? What will Caloy do once he finds out that he and Tessa have a son?
Don't miss "Pusong Ligaw" after "It's Showtime" on ABS-CBN and on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch up on the show's past episodes via iWanTV or for Sky subscribers. For more updates, follow @starcreatives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Lit Horror Movie "Pwera Usog" Unnerves Cinema One this Sunday, September 17

Social media ego causes the tragic misfortunes of Sofia Andres, Joseph Marco, Cherise Castro, and Albie Casino in the 2017 horror flick "Pwera Usog," graded A by the Cinema Evaluation Board and airing for the first time on Cinema One this Sunday (September 17).

Jason Paul Laxamana's debut horror venture is an exciting take on a popular Filipino superstitious belief, "usog" meaning affliction caused by a greeting from a stranger. The film's cast also includes Kiko Estrada, Devon Seron, and veteran actresses Aiko Melendez and Eula Valdez.

A clique of bored and rich teens - led by headstrong Jean (Sofia) - decides to record a cruel prank on a crazed beggar woman (Devon) in the hopes of getting it viral on social media. The plan goes haywire as the beggar reacts violently, resulting to her curious accidental death. The group then seeks the help of a mother-and-son (Aiko and Kiko) tandem of faith healers as they find themselves plagued by visions of the dead beggar seeking revenge. Will they be able to escape the strangest things happening to them?

Nazamel Tabares of movie-review site commends the effective jump scares and fun turns of the film indicating, "there's action, there are scares and also laughs, Pwera Usog keeps the audience entertained from start to finish."

Hop on a millennial rollercoaster ride in "Pwera Usog" on Cinema One's Blockbuster Sunday (September 17) at 8PM. Cinema One is available on SkyCable and Destiny Cable Digital Channel 56, and Destiny Analog Ch. 37. Like Cinema One on Facebook at to view full schedule.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

(Trailer) "Fifty Shades Freed" Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, Showing on Valentine's Day 2018

Universal Pictures has just launched an announcement video and poster heralding the 2018 Valentine’s Day opening of Fifty Shades Freed.


Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the third chapter based on the worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades phenomenon. Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015 and 2017’s blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million globally, the new installment arrives for Valentine’s Day 2018.

Fifty Shades Freed is directed by Fifty Shades Darker’s James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series. The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James.

Fifty Shades Freed is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

(Videos) Pinoy Boyband JBK and Fil-Aussie Singer Elyssa V. Impress Judges on "The X Factor UK"

JBK, boyband from the Philippines, and Filipina-Australian singer Elysa V., took their shot at The X Factor UK and raised the Filipino spirit and flag yet again.

JBK performed Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down, a song well-loved by the judges. Their 24- hour flight paid off as they got 4 yeses from the judges in the 4th episode of the show today.

JBK members, Joshua Bulot, Bryan del Rosario, and Kim Lawrenz Ordonio, is the first Filipino boyband who made it to the show. Fans are hopeful that they make it far just like the Filipina girl group 4th Impact who joined the show two years ago.

After their performance, Judge Louis Walsh praised the group, “I love your dedication flying from the Philippines, it was good!

Judge Nicole Scherzinger, who also has Filipino blood added, “You are making the Filipinos so proud right now”. This comment made the group really happy.

After Simon said “4 Yeses”, the boys could not contain their joy as they left the room running.

Another X Factor UK hopeful, Filipino-Australian, Elysa V., performed Fleur East’s Sax in full energy. Judge Nicole was so impressed that she flew all the way from Australia, and told her “For you, your mom, dad, everyone back home in Australia, it’s a Yes.”

Both acts are moving to the next level of the show joining fellow Filipino Gaga Lord, who also got 4 yeses from the judges last week.

The X Factor UK airs first and exclusive on RTL CBS Entertainment same day as the UK on Sundays and Mondays at 10:30am with primetime encores Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at 9:00pm.

RTL CBS Entertainment is available on SKYcable channels 53(SD) and 196(HD), SKYdirect channel 35, Destiny Cable channel 53, and Cablelink channels 37(SD) and 313(HD).

Horror Thriller "IT" A Certified Monster Hit in the Philippines, Rakes P50.18-M on its Opening Weekend

New Line Cinema’s IT, the critically lauded big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s perennial best seller, floated to the top of the Philippine box office on its opening weekend, earning P50.18-million across 213 cinemas, and still climbing.

Directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), the much-anticipated horror thriller has surpassed the opening figures of recent horror blockbusters, The Conjuring (P39-M) and Lights Out (P36.7-M).

In making the announcement, Francis Soliven, General Manager, Warner Bros. Philippines, said, “IT is the film that everyone is talking about, whether fans of the genre or not, driving moviegoers across the country to brave the cinema for their own encounter with Pennywise. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the results, and congratulate New Line Cinema, director Andy Muschietti and his phenomenal cast and crew on this fantastic opening.”

New Line Cinema’s horror thriller IT tells the story of seven young outcasts growing up in the township of Derry, Maine, who call themselves the Losers’ Club. Each of them has been ostracized for one reason or another; each has a target on their back from the local pack of bullies…and all have seen their inner fears come to life in the form of an ancient shapeshifting predator they can only call It.

For as long as their town has existed, Derry has been the entity’s hunting ground, emerging from the sewers every 27 years to feed on the terrors of its chosen prey: Derry’s children. Banding together over one horrifying and exhilarating summer, the Losers form a close bond to help them overcome their own fears and stop a killing cycle that began on a rainy day, with a small boy chasing a paper boat as it swept down a storm drain…and into the hands of Pennywise the Clown.


Directed by Andy Muschietti, IT is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. First published in 1986, IT became an instant classic. It continues to be counted among the best and most influential works of the undisputed literary master of horror, inspiring numerous film and television projects in the years that have followed.

The film stars Bill Skarsgård (Allegiant) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), Sophia Lillis (37), Finn Wolfhard (Netflix’s Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming Cops and Robbers), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween), Nicholas Hamilton (Captain Fantastic) and Jackson Robert Scott, making his film debut.

Muschietti directed IT from a screenplay by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by King. Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Barbara Muschietti produced the film, with Dave Neustadter, Walter Hamada, Richard Brener, Toby Emmerich, Marty P. Ewing, Doug Davison, Jon Silk and Niija Kuykendall serving as executive producers.

New Line Cinema presents a Vertigo Entertainment/Lin Pictures/Katzsmith Production, IT. The film is being distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Coco Martin's Secret Mission Exposed, His Life in Danger

Cardo’s (Coco Martin) mission is on the verge of getting jeopardized as a video showing him working with the rebel group Pulang Araw became viral on social media, putting his life in danger in the leading primetime series in the country “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.”

After successfully infiltrating the rebel group, Cardo now faces the threat of being found out by its members that he is part of the Special Action Force whose mission is to take them down. The move to expose his true identity was made by director Hipoloto (John Arcilla), who uploaded the footage of Cardo with Pulang Araw members.

While his enemies believe they already have the upper hand, Cardo discovers Alakdan’s (Jhong Hilario) plans to claim the leadership of Pulang Araw and conspire with other members to tear down its current leader Leon (Lito Lapid). Anton (Mark Lapid) has also joined their rebellion, even if it means killing innocent lives and causing more terror to people.

Will Cardo keep himself safe from his enemies? How will he defeat Alakdan and Anton? Will director Hipolito succeed on ending Cardo?

Don’t miss the number one primetime series in the country “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” weekdays on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). 

To watch the show’s past episodes, login to iWanTV or for Sky subscribers.

Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Specs Release

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the much-anticipated iPhone X during a launch event at the Steve Jobs Auditorium in Cupertino, California, on Tuesday, September 12.

iPhone X, which Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook called "the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone," is redesigned product of glass and stainless steel with an edge-to-edge display. It features wireless charging, an infrared camera and special hardware for facial recognition, which will replace the fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone. 

The home button found on previous iPhones is also gone, and users will instead tap the device to wake it up.

The screen on the iPhone X is about the size of the current iPhone 7 Plus. It features richer colors thanks to a new technology called OLED.


Priced at $999, iPhone X, is set for market release starting November 3.

Apple also introduced the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, which resemble the iPhone 7 line but have a glass back for wireless charging.

The new phones feature Apple's first proprietary graphics processor, which provides greater speed, improved cameras and some features for augmented reality apps.

The company also introduced an upgraded Apple Watch, which can make phone calls and access the internet without the user carrying an iPhone. The Series 3 watch will cost $399.

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ABS-CBN Publishinh Launches Five New Books at the 38th Manila International Book Fair

ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc. will launch five exciting new titles at the 38th Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) on September 13 to 17 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City with celebrity authors ASAP BFF5, Boy Abunda, Empoy Marquez, Gloc-9 and McLisse in exclusive meet-and-greet and book signing sessions.

Visitors will have a first peek of ABS-CBN Publishing's latest offerings at the National Book Store booth, one of the exhibitors at the longest-running gathering of bookworms that celebrates the limitless joys of reading.

Kicking things off will be Dr. Boy Abunda with "It's Like This: 100 + Abundable Thoughts That will make you think and rethink what you've always thought about your life." As the title suggests, readers are sure to pick up nuggets of wisdom from the author, especially on topics like management and hosting. The award-winning host will be part of MIBF's ribbon cutting ceremony as well as a meet and greet session on Wednesday (September 13) at 11am.

Next up is author Aristotle Pollisco better known as the rapper Gloc-9 with his first ever collection of poetry, "Akin Lang Naman." In his book, Gloc-9 masterfully crafts his lyrics into poetry verses, a unique bridge between rap and literature. He will be signing books and performing his hit songs live on Friday (September 15) at 3pm.

For fans of Korean dramas, the Mangaserye Book Series promises to offer a new kind of kilig. Topbilled by two of today's hottest loveteams, MayWard and McLisse, book 1 of the Mangaserye series has two must-read tales inspired by Korean and Japanese love stories. Be sure to join McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson as they have a meet and greet session on Saturday (September 16) at 2pm.

Empoy Marquez, ABS-CBN Publishing's newest author, will be talking about his highly entertaining book, "Bakit Nakakakiliti ang Bigote?" also on the 16th at 3pm. Expect the unexpected as Empoy reaches a new audience with his unique brand of humor.

Finally, ASAP's BFF5, composed of Andrea Brillantes, Kira Balinger, Loisa Andalio, Maris Racal, and Ylona Garcia, will also be joining book enthusiasts on Saturday at 4pm. The Kapamilya girl squad members will promote their new manual for teens, "BFF5: Sugar and Spice."

Now on its 38th year, the MIBF showcases the largest and most varied collection of literature for leisure and academic reading. It also serves as the go-to venue for this year's most awaited book launches and signings, dialogues with readers, contests, and other literary events.

ABS-CBN Publishing, known for bestselling books that redefine genres, is a magazine and book publisher and a wholly owned subsidiary of ABS-CBN. Aside from a variety of fiction and nonfiction books, it includes lifestyle, culinary, youth, and entertainment glossies in its portfolio.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Join the Search for The Toughest Pinoy in KIX Channels' R U Tough Enough? “Man versus Woman” Edition

Men and women have different views when it comes to defining toughness. While some believe men’s brute physical strength represents toughness, others believe that women’s resilience and emotional endurance are what being tough is all about. But when they are put up against one another, we have to ask, who is tougher?

KIX, the ultimate destination for action entertainment, will find out as it brings back R U Tough Enough? for the third time! This year, the event aims to go beyond the stereotypes by recruiting 5 male and 5 female contestants to face off for a “Man versus Woman” edition. The contestants will go through a rigorous series of physically demanding and emotionally enduring challenges. Only one winner can be crowned as the Toughest Pinoy and walk away with the grand prize of PHP 250,000. Are men going to prove themselves as the tougher gender? Or are women going to finally break the stereotype?

At the media launch, KIX announced that actress-turned- fitness trainer, Aubrey Miles and celebrated fitness guru, Arnold Aninion were chosen as the ambassadors to emphasize this year’s theme of “Man versus Woman”. The ambassadors will lead #TeamAubrey and #TeamArnold respectively in the challenge to determine which gender is the toughest.

Aubrey Miles isn’t your typical model or actress. This girl is tough to the bone! Aubrey is the perfect embodiment of toughness and tenacity.  She supported her family since she was a teenager, she fought through her life’s challenges and emerged as a tough actress and fitness advocate.

I’m very excited to be chosen as the first female ambassador for R U Tough Enough? Filipinos are tough, especially women, they never give up even get hit by all kinds of life adversities. Like me, I struggled to get my life back after giving birth and start everything over again by myself. Everything that I have and where am at now is from my hard work and being tougher inside and outside. So I encourage my fellow Pinays out there to join R U Tough Enough? Let’s show them women are really tough,” said Aubrey.

From being a national rugby player to a body builder, Arnold Aninion, has proven to be tough with countless hours of training and hard work throughout his years as a fitness enthusiast.

Being tough is a balance of being physically and mentally strong. I believe that we can accomplish anything if we just set our minds to it. Much like the Pinoy spirit. Pinoys are so resilient that we get up every time life brings us down. I challenge everyone to test your limits and join R U Tough Enough?,” said Arnold.

In this year’s R U Tough Enough?, we are excited to go beyond the stereotype that men are tougher than women with our very own battle of Man versus Woman. We’re sure that this will make for an enthralling competition, as we know that toughness isn’t limited to physical strength; it is also a test of mental endurance. And a big thank you to our sponsors and partners for supporting this program,” said Shirley Cheong, Executive Director of Marketing at KIX, Hong Kong.

R U Tough Enough? is open to all Philippine residents aged 18 and above. To enter the contest, participants must apply online and tell us why you are the Toughest Pinoy at Participants with the most inspiring stories will be called to an audition and only ten individuals will be shortlisted to compete at the final showdown and stand a chance to win the title of “The Toughest Pinoy” and a grand prize of P250,000.

R U Tough Enough? Philippines is sponsored by Fisherman’s Friend, the strong adult candy with added benefits, supported by venue partner SM Mall of Asia, gym partner Gold’s Gym, as well as cable partners Cablelink, Cignal TV, Destiny Cable, Gsat and SKYcable; and media partners and Action Asia.

More details including terms and conditions of the competition can also be found on the contest website Stay updated on the competition through KIX’s social media platforms, including Facebook:, Twitter: @KIXAsia, and Instagram: @KIXAsia.

KIX is available on (Cablelink Ch. 31, Cignal TV Ch. 264, Destiny Cable Ch. 10, Gsat Ch. 117, and SKYcable Ch. 242). For more information, you can log on to

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Angel Locsin's Re-entry as Jacintha Magsaysay Helps Improve the Ratings of "La Luna Sangre"

Primetime viewing gets more intense as award-winning actress Angel Locsin joins the cast of ABS-CBN’s hit fantasy action drama “La Luna Sangre” as the mysterious Jacintha Magsaysay.

Angel plays Jacintha, the campaign strategist Sandrino (Richard Gutierrez) wants on board his team to make sure he wins the presidency.

Jacintha is a very mysterious person. She used to live abroad and became popular after she helped a presidential candidate, who got involved in a big scandal, win. She is really good at what she does, so Sandrino looked for her so she can help him become the next president of the Philippines,” said Angel.

Star Creatives creative Manager Henry Quitain added, “Compared to Lia, Jacintha is a human being. If we watch closely, we can see her sophistication while she speaks and she is affluent. She can keep up with anybody and she speaks her mind.”

Netizens warmly received Angel’s surprise entry that effortlessly trended online. Lead star Kathryn Bernardo was also among the many people excited for Angel’s new character.

I didn’t have the chance to tell Kathryn earlier since it was a secret. I didn’t know who else knew about my character. However, before the episode aired last night, I already texted her and said ‘Kath, I’ll see you soon.’ The she replied with so many emoticons so I think she’s just as happy as I am,” Angel shared. 

"La Luna Sangre" recorded a national TV rating of 36.2% as viewers saw more of Jacintha Magsaysay (Angel Locsin), compared to its rival show "Mulawin vs. Ravena" (15.3%).

What role will Jacintha play in the lives of Tristan, Malia, and Sandrino? How will she shake things up in the hit primetime series?

Don’t miss “La Luna Sangre,” weeknights after “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” on ABS-CBN and on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch up on the show’s past episodes via iWant TV or for Sky subscribers. For more updates, follow @starcreatives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Grand Dads Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell Enter the Picture in "Daddy's home 2" Trailer

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for the new Mark Wahlberg-Will Ferrell comedy Daddy’s Home 2 (in Philippine cinemas November 29.

Watch the trailer at the links below:


The film also stars Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, and Alessandra Ambrosio.

In the sequel to the 2015 global smash Daddy's Home, father and stepfather, Dusty (Wahlberg) and Brad (Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho Dad (Gibson) and Brad’s ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad (Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos.

Daddy's Home 2 is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.




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