Wednesday, November 22, 2017

ABS-CBN to Air China’s Remake of “Meteor Garden”


ABS-CBN officially bags the exclusive rights to air China’s remake of the phenomenal hit “Meteor Garden,” the idol drama that captivated the hearts of Filipino fans and started the Asianovela craze in the country.

In a press conference held Thursday (November 9) in Shanghai, China, the new F4 members were formally introduced namely Dylan Wang, 19, as the Dao Ming Si; Darren Chen, 22, as Hua Ze Lei; Connor Leong, 23, as Mei Zuo; and Caesar Wu, 21, as Xi Men.

Rookie Chinese actress Shen Yue, meanwhile, bagged the coveted role of Shan Cai.

According to “Meteor Garden’s” original producer Angie Chai, the cast was chosen based on their personalities that are similar to the Taiwanese version of F4.

The production group started its casting call in June this year, and various auditions were held in major cities’ first tier Universities – Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Los Angeles, and China. The production team received over 30,000 applications and resumes from F4 hopefuls.

When asked why Angie thought of rebooting “Meteor Garden” this coming 2018, she said, “It is fate that led me to producing this new version of ‘Meteor Garden,’ considering that it has been 15 years already since the launch of the Taiwanese version. The original manga for me seems ‘unfinished’ and that’s why I think I did not produce the series completely. At least now, I have gotten once more the trust and license approval of the original author, and I am very happy that I get to relive the events 15 years ago and feel youthful once again.

Based from the Japanese manga “Hana Yori Dango,” “Meteor Garden” tells the story of simple girl Shan Cai who gets involved with four popular and rich young boys in school who call themselves F4 or Flower 4.

The first and original “Meteor Garden,” topbilled by Taiwanese actor Jerry Yan, aired on ABS-CBN in 2003. This is where the “Meteor Garden” fever began for Filipino fans.

After six years, the fever is very much alive, this time for the Korean remake titled “Boys Over Flowers, which also aired on ABS-CBN. The KBS-produced adaptation formally introduced international supertstar Lee Min Ho to Pinoy viewers, who is now dubbed as the King of Asianovelas in the country.

ABS-CBN remains to be the home of “Meteor Garden” on Philippine television as the Kapamilya Network airs the Chinese remake next year.

Rachel Peters’ “Road to the Miss U crown” on “Sports U”

 
Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters proves that she doesn’t only have the brains but the body to take home the Miss Universe crown on “Sports U” ‪this Thursday (November 23) on ABS-CBN. 

Rachel gives us a glimpse of her workout routine and pageant strategy before she goes to represent the country in Las Vegas, U.S.A. Also catch the celebrities at the Sunpiology event led by Piolo Pascual and Gerald Anderson, and get to know University of the East’s new main man Alvin Pasaol, who listed a career high 49+ points in the UAAP Season 80. 

Catch all these and more on “Sports U,” ‪this Thursday (November 23), 9:30 pm on DZMM TeleRadyo and after “Bandila” on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. 

Watch online on iwantv.com.ph or skyondemand.com.ph and stay updated by following @SportsUtv on Facebook and Twitter.

TFC and Star Magic Bring Stellar Ensemble to Singapore in Celebration of Decades of Filipino Talent


As Star Magic’s year-long celebration of 25 years of honing Filipino talents comes to a close next month, the anniversary continues to intensify as ABS-CBN’s talent arm and premier Filipino network TFC gathered some of the biggest names in the Philippine entertainment industry for “Star Magic 25: A Grand Celebration in Singapore”, held last October 29 at the Zepp @ BigBox at Venture Avenue.

The Filipinos in Singapore were in for a starry night as some of Star Magic’s most successful artists came together to share their gratitude for their fellowmen’s continued support.

Grateful for the fan support for their television shows, live concerts and other pursuits, Piolo Pascual, Jericho Rosales, Maja Salvador, Enchong Dee, Jed Madela, Inigo Pascual, KZ Tandingan, Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, Eric Nicolas, and Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, translated their gratitude into exciting performances.

Kicking off the celebration was their fitting opening to the tune of “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake.




First to share their performances were the Philippines’ own dancefloor royalties Salvador and Dee. Firing up the dance floor, Ultimate Dance Floor Princess Salvador sang and danced to “Cheap Thrills” by Sia, and performed her original hits “Dahan-Dahan” and “Haplos”. Meantime, the Dance Floor Heartthrob pumped up everyone with his song and dance performance of his hit single “Chinito Problems”.




From dancing to singing, Star Magic has been known to develop world-class talents and Madela and Tandingan proved it that night. The crowd was in awe when Madela performed the classic hits “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King and “Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin” by Joey Albert. The World Championship of the Performing Arts Hall of Famer also got some members of the crowd emotional with his performance of the song “Go the Distance”, as the lyrics somehow speak of the Overseas Filipinos’ (OFs) journey. Madela also sang the inspirational hit “I Believe”.




For her part, Soul Supreme Tandingan showcased her versatility in performing different genres like rap when she did her own rendition of Gloc 9’s original hit “Sumayaw Ka”, as well as in ballad when she performed her big hit “Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako”, which she interpreted at the biggest Filipino competition for song composition at Himig Handog in 2014.




Joining their first Star Magic tour are Teen Singing Sensation Inigo Pascual, and the up-and-rising love team of Entrata and Barber, popularly known as MayWard.





Inigo could not hide his excitement as he entered the stage as he saw how the audience reacted as performed his hit single “Dahil Sa’yo”. The crowd could not contain their excitement as well as he channeled fellow Teen Heartthrob Justin Bieber by performing “Despacito” originally created and performed by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee.




Meantime, Entrata and Barber were grinning from ear to ear when they performed their single “Baliw” and Toni Gonzaga’s “Mahal Kita Kasi” for the Singapore crowd. Barber also got everyone cracked up when he tried to deliver his message in straight Filipino albeit with a German slang. He told the crowd, “Para sa inyo, Tagalugin ko ito — umaapaw po talaga ang puso ko sa pasasalamat (I will try my best to say this in Filipino – my heart is filled with gratitude because of everyone here)”.




From the newest hit love team, Star Magic and TFC also brought The Philippines’ Premier Love Team, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. More popularly known as KathNiel, the teen superstars top bill the top-rating series “La Luna Sangre” where they face the mission of putting down their arch nemesis. But during the night of October 29th, they had one mission – to give their fans a performance to remember.

Bernardo first performed the song “Sit Still Look Pretty” by international artist Daya. Padilla then joined her onstage, and together, they performed the theme song of their recent film with the same title, “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, an original hit by the legendary Elvis Presley.

When it was his turn to perform, Padilla ran after Bernardo to stop her from leaving the stage, but the latter encouraged him and said “Kaya mo ‘yan (you can do it)”! and ran backstage. Padilla serenaded their fans with the song “How Sweet it is to be Loved by You” by Marvin Gaye.




From one charming leading man to another, loud cheers of “ang guwapo mo, Echo” welcomed Rosales when he got on stage for his solo performance. The Asian Drama King had everyone singing with his hit single “Pusong Ligaw”, and the song “Manila” by classic OPM group Hotdog, a song which also resonated well with Filipinos outside the homeland.





Meantime, the crowd couldn’t help but do a shout out of a line from a famous soda’s Philippine ad, “I love you, Piolo!” when the Ultimate Heartthrob appeared onstage singing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli and also performed “Kailangan Kita”. Pascual also took the chance to get up-close with his fans.




The excitement doubled as Pascual and Rosales performed the song “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by the classic international group Queen, together.

Meantime, Nicolas role was to inject extra entertainment and laughter and he truly delivered.




In the end, the prime artist performed an encore to the Star Magic 25th anniversary theme song “Ikaw ang Magic ng Buhay Ko”.

On top of the exciting performances, some fans got the chance to have a photo opportunity with the Star Magic artists. Some got even luckier as they were chosen to join the surprise photo opportunity with Pascual and MayWard.

At the end of the starry night, the artists were as thrilled and grateful as the audience for being able to share their gift of talent and be inspired to continue Star Magic’s pursuit of excellence in their craft.
Kicked off in October 2016 in Australia and in April 2017 in the U.S. and Canada, the last leg of celebrations will happen in December in Dammam on December 1.

For more updates about upcoming TFC events, visit facebook.com/TFCSingapore. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.

Yeng Constantino, Kim Chiu Join Popular Chinese Artists G.E.M., Della Wu and Da Zhuang in the “Nice To Meet You” Phil-Chi Star Concert in Manila


Filipino pop-rock princess Yeng Constantino and chinita princess Kim Chiu mark another huge milestone in their respective careers as they get to perform alongside popular Chinese performers in the first-ever Phil-Chi Star Concert dubbed “Nice To Meet You” happening on January 17, 2018 (Wednesday), 8pm at the Mall of Asia Arena.

They will join Chinese artists G.E.M., Della Wu, Chief (Chao Chuan), and Da Zhuang in a massive concert produced by the Philippine Dragon Media Network (PDMN).

The event, expected to draw thousands of Filipino-Chinese crowd, aims to bring in the biggest and most exciting music event at the beginning of the new year to help promote both local and Chinese music to the audience.

PDMN has partnered with Star Music and Cornerstone Entertainment to bring in local artists to perform with the Chinese celebrity guests.

Yeng has a version of her huge hit “Ikaw” in Mandarin, while Kim, who just released her third album “Touch Of Your Love” under Star Music, has recorded a couple of Chinese songs in the past, such as “Peng Yu” and “Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo de Xin.”

Aside from the two female singers, the world-renowned Loboc Children’s Choir from Loboc, Bohol will also perform at the concert.

Tickets will be available at all SM Tickets outlets, Lucky Chinatown Mall Ground Floor Concierge, and at smtickets.com, priced at P17,800 (VIP), P15,000 (patron), P8,500 (lower box), P4,200 (upper box) and P2,800 (general admission). The official ticket launch date is on Saturday (Nov. 25), but there will be a preselling activity on Tuesday (Nov. 21), from 10am to 10pm, at a discounted rate of 10 percent.

Catch the much-awaited “Nice To Meet You” concert in the country. 

For more information, visit Starmusic.ph or follow Star Music’s official social media accounts at Facebook.com/starrecordsphil, Twitter.com/starrecordsph and Instagram.com/Starmusicph.

Bruno Mars Big Winner at American Music Awards 2017


Yay! Bruno Mars was able to bring home seven trophies at the recently concluded 2017 American Music Awards (AMAs) making him this year's biggest winner in the highly-anticipated annual gathering of the biggest names in the music world.

Artist of the Year: Bruno Mars

New Artist of the Year: Coldplay; Niall Horan

Collaboration of the Year: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, Despacito

Tour of the Year: Coldplay

Video of the Year: Bruno Mars, That’s What I Like

Favorite Pop/Rock

Male Artist: Bruno Mars

Female Artist: Lady Gaga

Duo or Group: Imagine Dragons

Album: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

Song: Luis Fonsi & Yankee Daddy feat. Justin Bieber, Despacito.

Favorite Country

Male Artist: Keith Urban

Female Artist: Carrie Underwood

Duo or Group: Little Big Town

Album: Keith Urban, Ripcord

Song: Keith Urban, Blue Ain’t Your Color

Favorite Rap/ Hip Hop

Artist: Drake

Album: Kendrick Lamar, Damn

Song: DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne, I’m The One

Favorite Soul/ R&B

Male Artist: Bruno Mars

Female Artist: Beyonce

Album: Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

Song: Bruno Mars, That’s What I Like

Favorite Artist

Alternative Rock: Linkin Park

Adult Contemporary: Shawn Mendes

Latin: Shakira

Contemporary Inspirational: Lauren Daigle

Electronic Dance Music (EDM): The Chainsmokers

Top Soundtrack: Moana

Lifetime Achievement Award: Diana Ross

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cinema One Originals 2017 Winners: Changing Partners, Agot Isidro and Dan Villegas


"Changing Partners" bagged the most awards at the 2017 Cinema One Originals Film Festival awards night held at the Dolphy Theater on Sunday, November 19.

Agot Isidro was named Best Actress, while fellow "Changing Partners" star Jojit Lorenzo bagged the Best Actor award.

Dan Villegas (Changing Partners) tied with Giancarlo Abrahan (Paki) for Best Director.

Here is the full list of winners of Cinema One Originals 2017:

Best Sound: Mikko Quizon (Nervous Translation)
Best Music: Vincent de Jesus (Changing Partners)
Best Editing: Marya Ignacio (Changing Partners)
Best Production Design: Donald Camon and Julius Somes (Historiographika Errata)
Best Cinematography: Alex Espartero (Historiographika Errata)
Best Screenplay: Giancarlo Abrahan (Paki)
Best Director: Dan Villegas (Changing Partners) and Giancarlo Abrahan (Paki)
Best Supporting Actress: Mae Paner (Si Chedeng at Si Apple)
Best Supporting Actor: Ricky Davao (Paki)
Best Actress: Agot Isidro (Changing Partners)
Best Actor: Jojit Lorenzo (Changing Partners)
Best Ensemble Acting: Changing Partners
Best Short Film: Sorry for the Inconvenience (Carl Chavez)
Best Documentary: Bundok Banahaw, Sacred and Profane (Dempster Samarista)
Best Picture: Paki
Jury Prize: Historiographika Errata
Special Mention: Si Chedeng at Si Apple

Special Awards:

Audience Choice Award: Changing Partners
Champion Bughaw: Changing Partners
C1-Minute Vivo Perfect Short Film: Saludo by Carlo Canlas

ALL OF YOU Trailer - MMFF 2017 Starring Jennylyn Mercado and Derek Ramsay


Check out the trailer of Quantum Films and MJM Productions' entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 entitled ALL OF YOU starring Jennylyn Mercado and Derek Ramsay under the direction of Dan Villegas.





Plot: Gab and Gabby, two individuals who have strong opposing views on love and marriage, fall in love and agree to be in a committed relationship, notwithstanding their differing outlook in life. As they hit the 3-year mark, the couple find themselves back to where they started, as they ask themselves where their relationship is headed. Will they meet halfway or move on to different directions?

"All of You" is showing nationwide on December 25, 2017.

MEANT TO BEH Trailer - MMFF 2017 Starring Vic Sotto and Dawn Zulueta


Check out the trailer of OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions and APT Entertainment's entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 entitled MEANT TO BEH starring Vic Sotto and Dawn Zulueta under the direction of Chris Martinez.




Also starring JC Santos, Sue Ramirez, Ruru Madrid, Gabbi Garcia, Baste, Andrea Torres, and Daniel Matsunaga, "Meant To Beh" is showing nationwide on December 25, 2017.

ANG PANDAY Trailer - MMFF 2017 Starring Coco Martin, Mariel De Leon and Kylie Versoza


Check out the trailer of Star Cinema, Viva Films and CCM Productions' entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 entitled ANG PANDAY starring Coco Martin. It is helmed by Coco himself  - his first high-profile directing job.



Also starring Mariel De Leon and Kylie Versoza, "Gandarrapiddo! The Revenger Squad" is showing nationwide on December 25, 2017.

THE REVENGER SQUAD Trailer - MMFF 2017 Starring Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla and Pia Wurtzbach


Check out the trailer of Star Cinema and Viva Films' entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 entitled GANDARRAPIDDO: THE REVENGER SQUAD starring Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla and Pia Wurtzbach under the direction of Joyce Bernal.




Also starring Karla Estrada, Ejay Falcon, Lassy Marquez, RK Bagatsing, Wacky Kiray and Loisa Andalio, "Gandarrapiddo! The Revenger Squad" is showing nationwide on December 25, 2017.

HAUNTED FOREST Trailer - MMFF 2017 Starring Jon Lucas, Jameson Blake, Maris Racal and Jane Oineza


Check out the trailer of Regal Entertainment's entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 entitled HAUNTED FOREST starring Jon Lucas, Jameson Blake, Maris Racal and Jane Oineza under the direction of Ian Loreños.




Plot: The story revolves around Aris and his estranged daughter, Nica. When Aris was reassigned, he immediately starts on a case investigating a murder which is staged similarly to the death of a childhood friend that haunts him. While his father is away, Nica, her cousin and her local friends went for an outing where she started to get weird things happen to her. She tries to shake it off at first, but it gets worse day after day.

Also starring Joey Marquez,Jerald Napoles and Raymart Santiago, "Haunted Forest" is showing nationwide on December 25, 2017.

DEDMA WALKING Trailer - MMFF 2017 Starring Joross Gamboa and Edgar Allan Guzman


Check out the trailer of T-Rex Entertainment's entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 entitled DEDMA WALKING starring Joross Gamboa and Edgar Allan Guzman under the direction of Julius Alfonso.




Synopsis: A Palanca-winning comedy about gay best friends for life John (Joross Gamboa) and Mark (Edgar Allan Guzman) whose friendship is put to the test when one of them has a terminal illness and asks the other to help him stage his fake death, wake, and funeral as his dying wish. The result is a laughfest of "deadly" proportions.

With the special participation of Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Iza Calzado, Sue Ramirez, Candy Pangilinan, and Eric Quizon, "Dedma Walking" is showing nationwide on December 25, 2017.

ANG LARAWAN: THE MUSICAL Trailer - MMFF 2017 Starring Paulo Avelino, Rachel Alejandro and Joanna Ampil


Check out the trailer of Culturtrain Musicat Productions' entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 entitled ANG LARAWAN: THE MUSICAL starring Rachel Alejandro, Joanna Ampil, Cara Manglapus, Sandino Martin, and Paulo Avelino under the direction of Loy Arcenas.




"Ang Larawan" features original music by Ryan Cayabyab and the Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a script penned by National Artist for Theater and Literature Rolando Tinio.

Also stars and ensemble of award-winning Filipino performers such as Ogie Alcasid, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Rayver Cruz, Robert Arevalo, Nonie Buencamino, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Nanette Inventor and Ms. Celeste Legaspi, the movie is showing nationwide on December 25, 2017.

SIARGAO Trailer - MMFF 2017 Starring Erich Gonzales, Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Jericho Rosales


Check out the trailer of TEN17P’s entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 entitled SIARGAO starring Jericho Rosales, Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Erich Gonzales under the direction of Paul Soriano.






Also starring Luke Landrigan, Manuel Melindo,  Ikit Agudo and  Anj Pessumal, "Siargao" is showing nationwide on December 25, 2017.

(Video) Rachel Peters "Golden Chicken" National Costume for Miss Universe 2017


Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters wowed the crowed with her "golden chicken" inspired national costume during during the 66th Miss Universe competition in Las Vegas on Saturday evening, November 18 (Sunday morning in Manila).

Rachel looked stunning in a revealing golden swimsuit with a trail that transforms into wings. She completed her look with Sarimanok headpiece.

Filipino fashion designer Val Taguba created Rachel’s national costume while her knee-high golden shoes was by Jojo Bragais. Watch below:


Friday, November 17, 2017

Derek Ramsay Returns to ABS-CBN, Resolves Conflict with Kapamilya Execs


Derek Ramsay returns as Kapamilya after meeting with the Kapamilya network executives to resolve the issues that surrounded his network transfer back in 2012.

In a press statement e-mailed to Showbiznest.com by Kane Errol Choa, Head for ABS-CBN's Integrated Corporate Communications, the network says: "ABS-CBN welcomes back Derek Ramsay who will soon work with Bea Alonzo and Paulo Avelino in the film 'Kasal' under Star Cinema."



(Trailer) "Gandarrapiddo! The Revenger Squad" featuring Superheroes Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla and Pia Wurtzbach


The long anticipation is over as Star Cinema finally revealed the official teaser trailer of the Metro Manila Film Festival entry "Gandarrapiddo! The Revenger Squad."

The trailer featured Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla and Pia Wurtzbach in their superhero characters as Gandarra, Rapiddo and Kweenie. 

Watch below:



Directed by Joyce Bernal and co-produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films, "Gandarrapiddo! The Revenger Squad" opens in cinemas on Christmas Day.

(Trailer) "Ang Panday" featuring Coco Martin as Flavio


Star Cinema has released the official teaser trailer of Coco Martin's MMFF 2017 entry entitled - the Carlo J. Caparas' epic fantasy action film "Ang Panday". Watch below:




Coco will be joined by his two beauty queen leading ladies Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa and Binibining Pilipinas - International 2017 Mariel de Leon. 

Under the direction of Coco Martin himself, "Ang Panday" is showing in theaters nationwide on December 25, 2017.

Jona All Set to Belt Out Beautiful Music in “Prima Jona” Concert at The Theatre at Solaire on November 18


Jona Viray, one of today’s most in-demand Kapamilya singers, is set to belt out beautiful music live on a one night, full orchestra concert dubbed “Prima Jona,” together with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, happening at the Theatre at Solaire on November 18 (Saturday).

The Star Music artist, now on her 12th year in the business, teams up with the excellent group of musicians under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga for an incredible show that is set to highlight her uniquely soulful yet powerful voice with a wide-ranging set list perfect for the young diva.

Joining the Birit Queen is one of her idols and music inspiration, Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, as her special guest for a vocal showdown like no other.




Jona’s major concert caps off her numerous yearlong successes, which began when she introduced her self-titled album under Star Music in February, followed by the sold-out Birit Queens concert in MOA Arena and world tour in Dubai and USA.

Three of her songs made it to BillboardPH Top 20 when it released its first ever charts in June, including “Maghihintay Ako,” “Pusong Ligaw,” and “You. Both “Maghihintay Ako” and “Pusong Ligaw” have peaked at no. 3 and have remained in the charts for 22 weeks now.

Her songs are likewise big hits on YouTube, with her “Pusong Ligaw” video now with 17 million views, “Maghihintay Ako” with 8 million views, and “You” lyric video with almost 7 million views.

She also bagged the Song Of The Year win for “Maghihintay Ako” in the MOR Pinoy Music Awards last August and also became the Best Female Recording Artist in the Alta Media Icon Awards held on October 6. She was also hailed as “Most Influential Performer,” together with Birit Queens Morissette, Klarisse de Guzman and Angeline Quinto, in the 7th EdukCircle Awards. 

Jona is currently part of Himig Handog 2017 as one of the song interpreters for the songwriting competition. Her song “Sampu” is an entry composition by Raizo Chabeldin and Biv De Vera.

Her sold-out “Queen of the Night” concert, held in November last year in KIA Theater, paved the way for the singer to have another major show this year, in a grander stage at Solaire this time, for bigger performances complemented by the full orchestra.

Concert tickets are now available and priced at P5,000 (SSVIP), P4,500 (SVIP), P3,500 (VIP), P2,500 (patron), P1,500 (balcony A) and P1,000 (balcony B). Call Ticket World for reservations at 891-9999 or log on to ticketworld.com.ph. 

“Prima Jona” will be held on Nov. 18 (Saturday) at 8pm, presented by Star Events and Creative Media Management. 

For more details, visit Starmusic.ph or follow Star Music’s official social media accounts at Facebook.com/starrecordsphil, Twitter.com/starrecordsph and Instagram.com/Starmusicph.

Bailey May Joins Simon Fuller's Newest Global Pop Group Called "Now United"


Kapamilya young star Bailey May is officially part of the global pop group "Now United," which was formed by Simon Fuller who famously created the reality TV phenomenon "American Idol" and managed the career of the Spice Girls.

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"He stood out because he's got everything that you could ever dream of in a star. He has an amazing kind heart, beautiful looks, and charismatic values. He can also sing and dance. And when we saw him, Simon just knew that he was the one," said Yonta Taiwo, who was one of those in charge of scouting members for Now United, as she spoke for Fuller during an interview with ABS-CBN News' Jeff Fernando.

"We got lucky when we found him," she said. 

According to its official teaser, Now United is "a new interactive pop group for new generation" composed of "incredible young performers from all over the world."

Bailey joins 13 other members namely Lamar from United Kingdom, Josh from Canada, Shivani from India, Heyoon from South Korea, Any from Brazil, Krystian of China, Hina from Japan, Noah from USA, Diarra from Senegal, Joalin from Finland and Sofya from Russia.

James Reid Wins Best Act at 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards in London


James Reid brings wins Best Southeast Asia Act at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) held in London on November 12 as against Faizal Tahir (Malaysia), Dam Vinh Hung (Vietnam), Isyana Sarasvati (Indonesia), Slot Machine (Thailand), The Sam Willows (Singapore) and the social wildcard winner, Palitchoke Ayanaputra(Thailand).

It’s such an honor to be representing the Philippines and with this recognition, I will keep on making music and bring the Philippines to the world stage,” James said in his video message following his announcement as winner.

This was not James’s first nomination as he was a nominee for the similar category at the 2015 MTV EMA in Milan, Italy. His latest single, “Turning up,” features his girlfriend and fellow 2015 MTV EMA Best SEA Act nominee Nadine Lustre. Lately, it has been reported that Nadine will direct James's latest music video.

MTV’s website describes James as “not just an ordinary cutie. He's smart and talented too!,” the music channel says of the Filipino singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, model, and now producer.

Other 2017 MTV EMA winners include Shawn Mendes for Best Artist, Eminem for Best Hip-Hop Artist and Camila Cabello for Best Pop Artist.

Inigo Pascual Sings "Remember Me," the Official Theme Song of Disney-Pixar's New Animated Movie “Coco”


Fast-rising star and chart-topping recording artist Inigo Pascual will sing and appear in the music video of “Remember Me,” the lead song from Disney-Pixar's new animated feature “Coco.”

The official "Remember Me" music video premieres November 1​7​ in VEVO, Debuts on TV over Channel V November ​18​

Inigo performed the song live for the first time in a special show at the Venice Piazza Grand Canal Mall last November 15 at 4 PM.

Meanwhile, the music video of Inigo's cover version was officially launched today​, November 1​7 at 12 noon​ in VEVO and will premiere on TV exclusively at Channel V on ​Satur​day, November ​18​.




The Philippines's localized music video aims to deliver the inspirational and positive message of “Coco” - that family is forever and we must keep alive the memories of our loved ones.

I am honored to sing this song because it is about family and remembering the people we love,” says Inigo. “It reminds us to appreciate the love and sacrifice that our families had to make in order for us to arrive where we are.”

This local adaptation aims to dream, create and celebrate the most magical stories and adventures, each woven around a relatable, empowered local talent who delights everyone and especially inspires young minds to realize their full potential.

“Remember Me” was composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the Oscar®-winning team behind Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2013 feature “Frozen.” In the film, “Remember Me” is the signature song for beloved performer Ernesto de la Cruz, and is heard multiple times throughout the movie.

“The song is from the point of view of a person hoping to be remembered by a loved one,” said Anderson-Lopez. “But the lyric can be interpreted a few different ways depending on the tempo and tone of the music.”

Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” opens in Philippine cinemas on November 22. Walt Disney Animation Studios's “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” an all-new featurette, will play in front of “Coco.”

Iza Calzado Makes Daring Comeback on "MMK" this Saturday, November 18


Iza Calzado returns to "MMK" this Saturday (November 18) and plays a sexually abused woman struggling to free herself from the shackles of prostitution.

Hazel was still a teenager when she left her family to go with her aunt who offered to finance her studies. She was then full of hopes and dreams, until her aunt’s husband shattered them all when he took advantage of her.

Devastated by what happened, Hazel came home to the province. Fate, however, remained unkind to her when another man, Bensyo (Gerald Madrid), sexually abused her. Bensyo did not only sell her to a prostitute house but also got her pregnant.

 


How did Hazel face this ordeal? How did she escape the terrible and dark world she lived in?

Joining this upcoming episode are Maris Racal as young Iza Calzado, Nonie Buencamino, Jordan Herrera, Jairus Aquino, Maria Isabel Lopez, Soliman Cruz, Tom Olivar, Nor Domingo, at Eagle Riggs. The episode is directed by Raz dela Torre and written by Akeem del Rosario and Arah Jell Badayos. “MMK” is led by business unit head Roda C. dela Cerna and Star Creatives COO Malou Santos.

Don’t miss the longest-running drama anthology in Asia, “MMK,” every Saturday after “Little Big Shots” on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). 

Catch its latest episodesoniwantv.com.phorskyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers. For more updates, follow @mmkofficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

(Full Trailer) "Hanggang Saan" Starring Sylvia Sanchez, Arjo Atayde, Sue Ramirez and Yves Flores


The full trailer for ABS-CBN's upcoming afternoon drama "Hanggang Saan" featuring the first TV project of real-life mother and son Sylvia Sanchez and Arjo Atayde is out.

Watch below:



The series, which will premiere on  November 27 replacing "The Promise of Forever" on Kapamilya Gold, also stars Teresa Loyzaga, Sue Ramirez, and Yves Flores.

Laughter and Inspiration Comprise Ogie Diaz' First Book Called "Pak! Humor"


His comic flair has made him popular in both movies and TV, and now his no-nonsense quotes are also making waves on social media.  Comedian, showbiz radio anchor and talent manager Ogie Diaz is all set to make readers laugh this time with his funny remarks in his first book under ABS-CBN Publishing Inc. entitled “Pak! Humor.”

Based from the book’s subtitle, “Life Is Short. ‘Wag Kang Nega,” the new author has penned a book to share positive feels to his readers. He said, “the book is all about good vibes” highlighted with the numerous jokes included in the collection as well as inspiring tales about his life.

Readers will laugh out loud with his short, witty anecdotes lifted from his experiences while doing errands, his musings and daily encounters as a talent manager, and his stories as a gay father to five girls.

Aside from his funny narratives, Ogie’s book will also serve as an inspiration to many who are struggling to achieve their dreams. He shared how he started a career as an entertainment writer, how he faced insecurities as a stand-up comedian, and how he faced various life roadblocks.

He talked about handling Liza Soberano as a talent, sharing his advice to the Kapamilya actress when she was just starting out in her career. “Liza, use the rejections you experienced when you act. One day, we’ll have our chance,” he wrote in “Papa Ogie says,” one of the portions of the book with his meaningful quotes.

He also wrote an ode to her mother who raised him along with his seven siblings, and shared snippets of his life with his father, a taxi driver who died after getting robbed.

The book aims to raise funds for cancer patients and survivors of the Philppine Foundation for Breast Cancer Inc. Part of the book sales proceeds will be used to help the beneficiaries of said foundation.

Be amused with Ogie’s “Pak! Humor,” exclusively available in all National Book Store outlets nationwide for only P185.

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