Friday, January 20, 2017

Look: Isabelle Daza Appears as Mom Gloria Diaz During Miss Universe 1969 Coronation Night



Isabelle Daza was spotted wearing her mom Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz during Tim Yap's costume party for his birthday celebration on Thursday night.

On Instagram she wrote: "When your mom is iconic enough to be a costume. Thanks for the crown."





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Thursday, January 19, 2017

(Online Contest) Join "#MyCloud9Moment Fan Mode On" Facebook and Instagram Contest and WIN an INSTAX CAMERA + CLOUD 9 Gift Packs


Have you ever wondered about the humble beginnings of an established entertainment and lifestyle blogger? Well, let me walk you through mine which I can safely analogize with the humble beginnings of Amazing Spiderman - well, minus the super powers and crime fighting, that is.

Peter Parker was just an ordinary human being until that faithful day that he got bitten by a spider (a non-venomous type) that gives him special abilities. From that day onwards, he became a crime-fighting masked super hero.



Almost like Peter Parker, I was just an ordinary person a few years back. Or better say, a lowly employee who was dealing with the daily struggles of a corporate world. As a way to destress after a long day at work, I watch a locally produced TV shows. One time, as I was watching, I chance upon this finale episode of a talent-reality show and my attention was caught by this handsome guy who was part of the finalists. Oh, he was definitely eye-catching. I was basically among those who were swooning in admiration. That moment had given rise to the inner fan in me - just like how the single spider bite has given rise to Peter Parker’s spidey abilities.

As a fan, I began to get to know my idol better - his personal details, latest shows and endorsements, up to the latest updates about his career. I wanted to get closer to him so I started by getting in touch with my fellow fans - exchanging updates, photos and personal details about our idol. I closely followed his journey in the world of limelight. I even bought the products that he endorses just to show my support.

But for me, this was not enough. I felt the need to step a notch higher than being just a mere avid supporter. What can I do which is way better than what an average fan does? What does it take to become a certified fan? It was then that the idea of writing about my idol kicked off. What better way to express my support than to write about him, isn’t it? So, I began to write articles about him – his interests, likes, and everything else (well, almost everything) about him. Thus, the birth of my blogsite and the discovery of my hidden talent and passion for writing.

Never have I imagined that my “fan blogging”, which originally was meant to be a platform to express my support and admiration of this celebrity who I adore, would open to countless opportunities for me.



Never have I envisaged that I would get to be acquainted and friends with a lot people - people who are in the limelight nonetheless. I also got that one-in- a-million chance that any certified fan will surely drool over. I was able to meet, greet, and be friend with my idol. Now that is just way too awesome!

Not only that my blogging has paved a way to be friends with the “who’s who” in the entertainment industry, as an added bonus, I was able to enjoy certain privileges. As a blogger, my scope has expanded to the latest technologies, fashion, food and travel. Because of the credibility and online influence that I have gained, TV networks, brands and PRs started to tap me as one of their stable online influencers. I got to be invited by various airlines and hotels to travel here and abroad, enjoy luxurious accommodations and full-board services for free! Telecommunication and mobile companies also have given me the privilege to get first dibs of their new releases. Sharing my first-hand experiences to my blog’s readers and followers and getting an acknowledgment from them is the best feeling ever! A #Cloud9Moment if I may say.

To where and who I am now in the blogosphere - along with the awesome experiences and perks that comes with it - is so amazing that I am left awestricken whenever I look back as to where it all began years ago.

You too can turn your fangirl or fanboy craze into something that’s so worthwhile. You can be a fan while pursuing your passion and be legendary with it. But, I must tell you - it’s not easy. You must have the patience, time, right attitude and resources - and think I can help you make that first step.

Join the My #Cloud9Moment: Fan Mode On online contest and win the perfect tool to capture that #Cloud9Moment with your ultimate celebrity idol – an Instax Kit and a Cloud 9 gift pack to keep you company as you marvel on those moments!

TO JOIN:

FOLLOW @jacknjilltreats and @showbiznest on Instagram and LIKE @Cloud9Chocolate and @showbiznest on Facebook.
Post a photo of you celebrating your Cloud 9 Moment as a showbiz enthusiast. Upload this on Instagram or Facebook and share the #Cloud9moment story behind the photo in the caption.
Don’t forget to include the hashtag “#Cloud9Moment.”
For entries uploaded on Instagram, participants must tag @jacknjilltreats and @showbiznest. For entries uploaded on Facebook, participants must tag @Cloud9Chocolate and @showbiznest.
Participant may only submit a maximum of TWO (2) photo entries to serve as his/her official entry/entries.
Participants must set their Instagram or Facebook account to PUBLIC.
Deadline for submission of entries is on February 5, 2017.
There will only be ONE winner. Good luck!

Tips to Conquer Your Fortune this 2017


The year of the boisterous monkey is about to end, and people are only too happy to bid it farewell. In its place, the Fire Rooster comes speeding in, setting its track ablaze with fortunes waiting to be claimed.

Chicken? Rooster? Not again.
You're probably thinking that you're in for a bad year. After all, in Filipino culture, the Rooster or the Chicken is considered a symbol of tight times. "Isang kahig, isang tuka" is only too familiar to kids who grew up with their grandparents.

So before you write down 2017 on your forget list, know that the Rooster favors the hardworking and goal-oriented. It brings great success to those who can aim sharply as this zodiac animal. The rooster has no qualms about sharing a fortune. You only have to earn it with a rooster's sure-footed steps.

Think and crow like a rooster
Make 2017 your banner year by having a clear goal in mind.  Open the year of the Fire Rooster with your eyes set on a successful outcome, and you will find that great financial habits can yield results.

The trick is to take charge of your destiny. Is it wealth that you want? Is it better work-life balance? Is it a comfortable and secure future? Reflect on your goals and extract every bit of detail you can draw from them.

Be specific. Exactly where do you want to be? You need to be specific about your wishes. Simply saying you want something may not be compelling enough for you to act. You want to be rich? Well, how rich is rich to you? It's more proactive to say, "I want to have a net worth of P5 million by the time I'm 40 years old." See, it's easier to track your progress if you have actual numbers, or metrics, to measure yourself by. 

Know when to hold off spending. Tell yourself, "My budget is my friend." Roosters are long-sighted, because their eyes are transfixed on their goal. Pick up this trait and you can look forward to greater rewards and yields, if you stick to your budget.

Remember, today is the best day to build your net worth. Your net worth is a good place to start and expand your horizon. The way towards wealth starts with building your net worth. Net worth, in simple terms, is your assets less your liabilities. Take heart: having a low net worth isn't the end of the world! All you need to do is begin. So take one step forward!

Trace that red thread that connects you to your dream future. Asian folklore says there are strings that bring two fates together. Visualize that thread running through time, connecting you to your ideal self. Maximize the time in between by investing and growing your money, from its present to future value.

That is why you should plan for your investment basket. Today, there is a wide variety of investment vehicles that you can choose from. These vehicles come with different risks and expected returns. So,hit the books, and know the pros and cons of wealth-building tools. Better yet, consult with experienced professionals. Let them guide you on the best way to grow your fortune this New Year. 
Create and insist on having a good mix for yourself. Your portfolio should be as hard-working as your dreams. Diversify to mitigate the challenges of this exciting year of the Rooster. Be as bull-headed as this zodiac animal and you will take home your desired earning.

Don't gawk too long over your wins. A strategic financial plan will bring robust yields, but make sure to keep engaged in your goal. Along with your advisor, review your investments' performance and plan how to proceed. So, during your annual financial review, ask yourself: are your investments delivering the returns you expect?  Are there over-performers? Are there under-performers? How are their results affecting your financial goals?

Review your investments, and re-calibrate if needed.  Like a fire rooster that has a strong sense of time keeping and responsibility, review and re-calibrate your portfolio to get back on track.  That is, you may have to take profits on over-performing portions of your investment and re-allocate these to the under-performing ones, to "average down". This is the concept called "regression to the mean". This tells us that over time, the returns we get from each investment would approximate its average historical return. 

Keep your eye on the prize.  Like the hard working rooster, keep your eye on achieving your goals. The conditions surrounding may become challenging, but just persist and find ways to mitigate those challenges. 
  
Rein in the Fire Rooster with a good team. Connect with a team that gets you started on the life that you want today. Pursue your financial goals with Insular Life and have fortune on your side with the right mindset and the burning determination that are perfect for the Year of the Fire Rooster.

To get more advice on personal finance right from the experts, visit Insular Life's blog, http://www.savingstips.com.ph/.

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SINGAPORE Welcomes 2017 with World-Class Concerts, Shopping and Dining Events


An exciting line-up of rock concerts, dining and shopping events to satisfy different passions await visitors to Singapore this 2017.

Headlining the roster of adrenaline-pumping concerts are Grammy® Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Metallica with their Metallica Worldwired Tour 2017, happening on January 22 at the Singapore Sports Hub

The legendary Guns N' Roses will play in Singapore for the first time at the Changi Exhibition Centre on February 25 for their Not in This Lifetime Tour.


 


British rock band Coldplay will also return to the Singapore Sports Hub on March 31 and April 1 for their A Head Full of Dreams Tour, which has already played to 2.5 million people across Latin America, the United States and Europe.




Grammy® Award winning English singer and songwriter Sting rounds out the concerts for the year with his 57th and 9th Tour at the Singapore Sports Hub on May 28.

Other artists to watch out for in Singapore are British rock band Bring Me the Horizon (February 2, D'Marquee), American rock bands Journey(February 10, The Star Theatre) and Yellowcard(February 12, The Coliseum).

Dining and shopping pleasures
Aside from a vibrant concert scene, Singapore hosts an array of lifestyle events that allow visitors to indulge in their passions.

From March 16 to 21, the Singapore Cocktail Festival, Asia's largest celebration of cocktails, will feature pop-up bars in a 5,000 sqm cocktail village for mixology workshops, trade events, tours, and a showcase of best-in-class cocktails from some of the best bartenders from around the world, climaxing with the awards ceremony for Asia's 50 Best Bars 2017.




From March 23 to 26, international flavor meets local taste as street food traders from all over the region merge with Singapore's very own in Eat the World Singapore, a unique festival that celebrates exotic food from the finest ingredients around Singapore and Southeast Asia, with influence from ethnic cuisine.




Food lovers can have a gastronomic experience in Singapore with a feast of global and local dishes, from exquisite fine dining to delightful hawker fare. At the World Gourmet Summit from March 20 to April 16, diners can indulge in fine cuisine, great wines and unique dining experiences from all over the globe, while the Michelin Guide Street Food Event, which rolls out on April 14 and 15, will bring together the best street food and hawker establishments listed in the MICHELIN Guide Singapore.

Get ready to take shopping to a whole new fun and exciting level with the inaugural Orchard Road Style Festival, happening from March 10 to April 8. The month-long festival will see fabulous fashion alongside thought-provoking art and design, great music and delicious foods, presenting unique experiences to visitors along Singapore's most well-known shopping belt. 

Go on a 10-week shopping spree with the Great Singapore Sale 2017. The island-wide sale event of the year offers great deals on shopping, dining and entertainment, starting on the last week of May until the first week of August.





Marvel at Asia's only curated exhibition of the finest jewelry from around the world, at the Singapore JewelFest 2017 in Ngee Ann City, or witness the bold creations of international and local fashion designers at the Singapore Fashion Week 2017, Singapore's premier fashion event which will be held at the National Gallery Singapore. Both events are slated to begin in October.




Whether you and your loved ones are planning to rock with Metallica or Guns 'N Roses, satisfy your senses with world-class cuisine, amazing cocktails and gastronomic treats, or seek out unique shopping and fashion experiences, Singapore is the place to go this 2017.

So mark your calendars and plan ahead for your trips to fully appreciate the experiences that Singapore can offer. For more details on upcoming events and activities, please visit www.yoursingapore.com.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

(Movie Poster) MY EX AND WHYS - Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil


Week after its top trending trailer, Star Cinema has released two official movie posters of Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano's latest romantic movie entitled "My Ex And Whys". Check out below:




Gist:
Cali (Liza Soberano) is a blogger who owns the up-and-coming blog “The Bakit List.” She dreams of becoming a social media influencer. That’s why when an exchange with equally “mahugot” user @DahilListBoy goes viral, she seizes the opportunity of a lifetime, even if that includes meeting the person behind the mystery account.

Trailer:


Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, "My Ex And Whys" also stars Joey Marquez, Ara Mina, Joross Garcia, Arlene Muhlach, Ryan Bang, Cai Cortez, Karen Reyes, Jeffrey Tam, Hyubs Azarcon, and Dominic Roque.

Interesting Facts About Miss Universe 2016 Candidates

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One should have beauty and brains before competing in a pageant - these qualities are two of the most important requirements if you want to bring home the crown. No wonder these candidates from the 65th Miss Universe competition are impressing everyone with their professions that will surely make you realize that beauty pageants are indeed a battle of genes, talent, and intelligence.

Miss Universe Philippines
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Maxine Medina is a Filipino designer who is also a professional commercial and print model.

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Miss Kenya is a 27 year-old from Nairobi who is a Marketing Administrator and a novel.


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Miss Universe Sri Lanka is a 26 year-old cancer researcher from Colombo.


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Miss Universe Aruba is a poet, track star, and a health specialist.


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Miss Universe Puerto Rico is a biology and psychology major, while Miss Universe Kosovo is a business and economics major.


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Miss Universe Panama is a trained dancer.


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Miss Universe Guatemala is an international relations major who is also a salsa dancer.


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Miss Universe Denmark is an entrepreneur and currently works on her website to launch her business to other countries. 


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Miss Universe Guam is a professional volleyball, ruddy, tennis, basketball and soccer player.


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Miss Universe Vietnam plays Plucked Zither (a traditional Chinese musical instrument) but she is also an expert in painting, martial arts and boxing.
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Atasha Muhlach Could be the Future Miss Universe Titleholder


While a lot of beauty pageant enthusiasts already leave to "luck" the country's fate in the upcoming 65th Miss Universe pageant saying Maxine Medina's aim to win the country's first back-to-back titles is nothing but a mere imagination, some fans just could not stop themselves from thinking about who could be our possible bet to future editions of the most prestigious beauty competition.

One name is currently getting a lot of attention online after her mom, the former Miss Universe 1994 runner-up, posted a photo of her on Instagram. 15-year-old Atasha Muhlach, as some observers say, could potentially be a future Miss Universe Philippines title-holder.


Ronnie Alonte Leaves Hashtags to Pursue a Solo Acting Career



Is Ronnie Alonte leaving the boy group Hashtags?
This was the question in the minds of fans after he shared a rather vague Instagram post on Tuesday saying he will miss the other members.
On his own page, the "A Love to Last" actor posted a photo of him with his groupmates. He wrote as the caption: "Mga tol! Mamimiss ko kayo. Hindi ko maintndhan panahon eh. Naka nga-nga lang naman ako ngayon pero wala ako diyan sa inyo! Love you mga pre!"






Rumors about Ronnie leaving the "It's Showtime" boy group coincided with the rise of his acting career. In addition to leading two 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival movie entries "Vince & Kath & James" and "Seklusyon," he is also part of the primetime series "A Love To Last."

5 Things Newlyweds Can Learn from Real-life Couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre


Some people think that there is no such thing as forever, but the love story of Iris (Nadine Lustre) and Basti (James Reid) in “Till I Met You” definitely make it easy for #TIMYllenials and JaDine to believe in true love.
They have braved many struggles newlyweds face - from paying the bills to resolving family conflicts — despite being married young, making them a true role model for couples. But what makes them the ultimate #CoupleGoals? Find out here:

1. Talking about your issues

This may be a basic rule in relationships, but it is definitely the hardest one to follow. It may be easier to sulk when in disagreement with your significant other, but it would be best to just settle your issues right away — just like Iris and Basti.

2. Respecting each other’s decisions

Healthy relationships are all about give-and-take, and learning how to compromise is essential when you and your partner have to make important choices. Remember when Basti already wanted to have a baby and Iris was still not ready? He respected her decision. Now, their careers are blossoming and they are able to enjoy each other more.

3. Surprising each other once in a while

No matter how busy you are, you should allot time for your special someone. Having dinner at a fancy restaurant may make your wife or husband feel extra special, but a surprise ‘tapsilog’ date will also do the trick!

4. Getting along with your in-laws

Marrying the love of your life also means having to fit in with his or her family – which proved to be difficult for Basti. He had to live under one roof with his mother-in-law Cass (Carmina Villaroel), who found it hard to let go of his daughter when the married couple decided to move out. But Basti was able to prove himself to Cass and treated her with love and respect, winning her trust. So boys and girls, always remember that you should also make “ligaw” your in-laws!

5. Celebrating success and going through tough times together


Despite being married young, Iris and Basti pursued their dreams. Now, they are making waves as professional event organizers and already achieved milestones in their careers. However, their relationship was put to test when Iris had a miscarriage. Though devastated, Basti stood by his wife’s side and made her feel even more loved, fulfilling his vows of loving her “for better or for worse.”
Witness more of Iris and Bastis’ #CoupleGoals moments in the final week of “Till I Met You,” weeknights on ABS-CBN or on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167).

Charo Santos and Lav Diaz Nominated at Asian Film Awards 2016 for "Ang Babaeng Humayo"


Internationally-acclaimed Filipino director Lav Diaz and ABS-CBN chief content officer Charo Santos both received nods at this year’s Asian Film Festival for the 2016 revenge film “Ang Babaeng Humayo” (The Woman Who Left).
Diaz is nominated for the Best Director category competing with Na Hong-jin (South Korea), Koji Fukada (Japan), Derek Tsang (China), and Feng Xiaogang (China), while Santos is nominated for Best Actress and is pitted against Son Ye-Jin (South Korea), Fan Bingbing (China), Haru Kuroki (Japan), and Kara Wai (China).
Meanwhile, “The Woman Who Left” is also nominated for best screenplay.
The Asian Film Awards is presented annually by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society to recognize the excellence of the film professionals in the film industries of Asian cinemas.
Last year was a remarkable year for Philippines Cinema especially after the Cinema One Originals and Sine Olivia Pilipinas-produced film won the Golden Lion award at the 73rd Venice Film Festival. It made history as the first Filipino film to win the prestigious award at the world’s oldest film festival.
“Ang Babaeng Humayo” tells the story of Horacia (Charo Santos), a woman seeking revenge after being imprisoned for decades for a crime she didn’t commit.
The 11th Asian Film Awards will be held on March 21 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

PINOY BIG BROTHER LUCKY SEASON 7 Dream Team Revealed


Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7” has finally completed its final set of housemates who will battle it out to become the season’s Big Winner, with Elisse Joson, Yong Muhajil, and Cora Waddell making up the bolder and braver Dream Team.
Elisse, Yong, and Cora will join celebrity housemates Jinri Park, 2-in-1 Hashtags housemates Mccoy De Leon and Nikko Natividad, and Nonong Ballinan; teen housemates Edward Barber, Kisses Delavin, and Maymay Entrata; and adult housemates Tanner Mata, Aura Azarcon, and Jerome Alacre in completing different tasks inside the country’s most famous house in hopes of making it to the Big Night.  
Elisse notched the 4th Lucky Star last week after Yassi decided to pass on her luck and continue her journey in the outside world.
Yong, meanwhile, was named the 4th Lucky Sun after winning against Christian in their face-off round. Like Yong, Cora prevailed over Baninay with her sheer determination while doing Big Brother’s obstacle challenge, which saw Cora saving up the larger amount of water as opposed to her co-adult housemate.
In their first weekly task as the Dream Team, the housemates showed teamwork and successfully finished the Hula-Hoop challenge, which required them to pass a hula-hoop to one another while performing exhibitions.
This week, Big Brother again challenges their skills by asking them to create a cheerdance routine. Will they complete their second weekly task?
Since its launch in 2005, “Pinoy Big Brother” has mirrored the hopes, plight, and aspirations of Filipinos through its diverse mix of housemates. Big Brother formulates tasks and challenges for the housemates to bring out their best, test their strengths, and foster camaraderie as they undergo a transformative journey inside the house.
Continue to watch the journey of the regular housemates in the “Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7,” Mondays to Fridays after “Till I Met You” on ABS-CBN or on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable Ch 167). Viewers can also catch up on the program’s past episodes via iWanTV.com and for Sky subscribers.
“Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7,” meanwhile, airs weekday afternoons at 5PM while “Pinoy Big Brother Season 7 Online Show” goes live online Mondays to Fridays at 7PM via www.pinoybigbrother.com
For updates, follow @PBBabscbn on Twitter, @pbbabscbntv on Instagram or like https://www.facebook.com/PBBabscbntv/ on Facebook.

Xia Vigor’s Taylor Swift Impersonation in YOUR FACE SOUNDS FAMILIAR KIDS Makes it to TIME, Billboard and Huffington Post


Kapamilya  child star Xia Vigor’s impersonation of pop star Taylor Swift in the top-rating show “Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids” is making waves across the globe and has gotten the attention of various foreign news outlets, including Huffington Post, and the online sites of TIME and Billboard magazines.
People magazine called the impersonation “spot-on,” while British tabloid The Daily Mail described her performance as “extraordinary” and “pitch-perfect.”
Teen Vogue also noted Xia’s “incredible display of showmanship,” while MTV said Taylor herself would be proud of Xia’s performance of her hit “Your Belong With Me.”
The performance was also featured in sites such as Mashable, Refinery 29, Cosmopolitan, JustJared, and caught the attention of celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
Xia’s video has so far garnered 2.8 million videos, and is currently the number one trending video on YouTube Philippines.
“Your Face Kids,” now the most watched weekend program in the country, continues to charm viewers with its performers’ cute transformations. Based on data from Kantar Media, its episode last Saturday (Jan 14) garnered a national TV rating of 34.2%, beating GMA’s “Magpakailanman,” which only recorded 20.6%. Its Sunday (Jan 15) episode also got 35.4%, almost 18 points higher than “Tsuperhero’s” 17.5%.
This weekend (Jan 21 and 22), Xia will transform into a male artist for the first time as he copies rocker Axl Rose. Also, don’t miss the performances of Lyca Gairanod as Jessa Zaragoza, Justin Alva as Francis Magalona, Alonzo Muhlach as Justin Bieber, Sam Shoaf as Elvis Presley, Elha Nympha as Meghan Trainor, AC Bonifacio as Jessie J, and Awra Briguela as Rihanna.
Don’t miss “Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids,” Saturday and Sunday night on ABS-CBN or on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). For program updates, like www.facebook.com/yourfaceph, or follow @YourFacePH on Twitter and Instagram.

Judy Ann Santos Joins 25 MEGA Iconic Women

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One of local showbiz’s timeless  actresses Judy Ann Santos is included in the list of 25 MEGA Iconic Women. The Teleserye Queen will be joining Kathryn Bernardo, Nadine Lustre, Erich Gonzales, Ruffa Gutierrez, Heart Evangelista, and Kim Chiu in the prestigious 25th anniversary issue of MEGA magazine this year.
Before we get to enjoy Judy Ann’s 2017 comeback in the pages of the country’s best fashion magazine, let’s take a look at her four astonishing covers of MEGA all throughout her showbiz career:viber-imageMEGA is the first fashion magazine to put celebrities on the cover, and Judy Ann is one of the first local stars who kicked off this trend.




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Kathryn Bernardo and Nadine Lustre Named MEGA Iconic Women

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Kathryn Bernardo and Nadine Lustre - two of the most sensational young stars in showbiz industry are included in the list of MEGA Magazine’s 25 iconic women.
After their groundbreaking 2016 glossy issues Making MEGA in Greece and Celebrate MEGA in Iceland respectively, the two trending stars are both set to grace the cover of MEGA once again in celebration of the magazine’s 25th anniversary this year - Editor-in-chief Peewee Reyes-Isidro revealed the good news on the first week of 2017. Kathryn has finished shooting last December 2016, while Nadine had her shoot on Monday, January 03, after her trip in La Union.
This is the fourth time that Kathryn is fronting the country’s best fashion magazine. Her first cover was in 2012 with Jessy Mendiola and Xian Lim; The second one was a big fashion issue photographed in South Africa with her fellow Star Magic artists Maja Salvador, Erich Gonzales, and Julia Barretto in 2014; while the third MEGA cover was shot in Iceland in 2016 with her rumored boyfriend Daniel Padilla.
Nadine, on the other hand, has graced the cover of MEGA twice. Her first stunning cover was in 2015 when she joined other artists for MEGA magazine’s 23rd anniversary issue, and the second one was shot last year in Greece with boyfriend James Reid for MEGA’s September big fashion issue.
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Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach to Seat as Judge of Asia's Next Top Model Season 5

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StarWorld, FOX Network’s Group (FNG) Asia’s most established western general entertainment channel, announced today the addition of two new judges to the hit reality series Asia’s Next Top Model (AsNTM) as it returns for its fifth season in 2017. Joining host Cindy Bishop and creative director Yu Tsai on the modelling competition’s cast of fashion VIPs are model mentor Cara Grogan and special guest Pia Wurtzbach, both highly experienced professionals of the fashion industry who are ready to guide this season’s hopefuls through challenges that will test and hone their skills.
Hong Kong-based Cara brings significant experience to AsNTM Season 5, walking runways for exclusive brands such as Dior and Max Mara, and starring in numerous commercials, print ads and fashion editorials, and featuring in covers for renowned magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and Marie Claire. She started her modelling career at 17 and fully committed to her career when was 22, going on to host shows on Channel V and the National Geographic Channel as well as making global appearances and working internationally. She continues to further her career in acting and television while embracing a vibrant lifestyle that includes yoga, surfing, riding her motorbike and many other outdoor activities.
Pia’s presence on AsNTM Season 5 also adds a touch of glamour to the series, having recently become the 64th Miss Universe and the third Filipina to take on the title. She has garnered a wealth of on-cam experience since she started commercial modelling at age 11, but developed her skills in the fashion industry by working from the ground up as a stylist and writer for the lifestyle section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. After three years of training for Miss Universe, Pia finally won the title and has since become an in-demand authority on beauty and fashion, besides being a staunch advocate for HIV/AIDS education and prevention.
No one is more suited to teaching AsNTM Season 5’s aspiring models what the camera looks for than returning judge Yu Tsai, a celebrity and fashion photographer who has shot covers around the world for international magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, GQ and Sports Illustrated. Having photographed celebrities including Leonardo Dicaprio, Jessica Chastain and Bruce Willis, he has also done shoots for iconic brands such as Apple, Guess and Coca-Cola, and appeared in America’s Next Top Model cycles 20 to 22.
Cindy is also returning to host AsNTM this season after her highly successful debut on the show, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience in the modelling and entertainment industry. She was the face of prominent global brands and is one of the most sought-after hosts in the region for both live events and television. The former Miss Thailand World has been lauded for her acting as well, bagging a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 2005 Suphanahong Awards in Thailand.
These four fashion industry professionals round out the panel of judges on AsNTM Season 5, which is another original production by FNG based on international supermodel Tyra Banks’ successful ‘Top Model’ franchise. The series features aspiring models who compete through elimination challenges that test their will and modelling instincts to become the next big thing in fashion. Guided by Cindy, Yu Tsai, Cara and Pia throughout the competition, the models go on a journey of self-actualization that also gives viewers a fascinating glimpse into the glamorous yet high-stakes world of fashion.
Sam Gollestani, Executive Producer of Entertainment, Content and Communications at FNG, said, “We’re extremely proud to have fashion industry heavyweights Cindy Bishop and Yu Tsai on Asia’s Next Top Model again, and very excited about the energy that renowned model Cara Grogan and reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach will bring to the show. This set of old and new faces is sure to produce an exciting mix onscreen that will keep viewers tuned in week after week. Our contestants on Season 5 now have the best professionals in the fashion industry guiding them on this momentous journey, and we’re ready for their stories to unfold before Star World’s viewers. We see the fifth season pushing the envelope for the AsNTM franchise, and audiences will learn to expect the unexpected.”
Original content appeared on ThePulse.ph

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Pedro Pascal, from Game of Thrones to THE GREAT WALL





Chilean-American actor Pedro Pascal (Netflix's Narcos, HBO's Game of Thrones) stars in Universal Pictures' new fantasy adventure The Great Wall as Pero Tovar, a tough, sword-wielding Spaniard who has become a brother-in-arms to Matt Damon's William Garin.
Directed by Zhang Yimou, the epic film tells the story of Garin, a battle-scarred mercenary in China and master archer taken captive by a secret army of elite warriors known as The Nameless Order. In a vast military outpost called the Fortress City, they fight to protect humanity from supernatural forces upon one of the greatest defensive structures ever built: The Great Wall.
Damon describes William Garin and sidekick Pero Tovar as "mercenaries, basically. We're the modern day version of the elite Blackwater-type guys who've been paid to come to Northern China to steal this Black Powder that we've heard about. We know that we could do very interesting things with it in the West if we could just get our hands on it."
Pascal was also the only actor the filmmakers sought for William's "soul mate," as producer Peter Loehr labels the character. "Tovar's origins are Spanish, and we wanted to be true to that when casting," Loehr states about their interest in actor Pascal, a Chilean by birth raised in the U.S. who speaks fluent Spanish. "We started to look at actors that fit that profile. At the time, we were fortunate that Game of Thrones was at the point of its season when Pedro's character was about to get crushed. We presented that to Zhang Yimou; it was a show he had also been enjoying, so he knew exactly who Pedro was and loved him for the role."
Zhang Yimou elaborates: "We'd never met before. Pedro wrote me a letter saying that his father took him to a small village to watch Raise the Red Lantern when he was a boy. He grew a keen interest in Chinese films and has since watched all my works. When we first met, he said 'I am here all because of you'. It is hard to imagine, and I am flattered. His performance in Game of Thrones is amazing. His acting and the chemistry between him and Matt gave the character more colors and dimensions than we could have hoped for."
Pascal describes the character of Tovar as "a soldier of fortune, a mercenary. He's a man that will fight under any flag...if the price is right. He's a man who has lived through extreme violence and is himself a skillful warrior. A man who hails from Spain, probably born poor, recruited by the Crusades because of his incredible fighting skills, which just improve along the way."
As for his love of Yimou's movies, Pascal relates that "I saw Raise the Red Lantern with my family at a movie theater. That got me started. From that point forward, through the '90s, I didn't miss one of his films. And, when Hero was making its way to the U.S. and his audience was expanding because of the kind of movie that it was, I was overjoyed because I was already so familiar with his other films, movies that existed on a much smaller scale. Stories that were so intimate and domestic, and very symbolic, but deeply character driven and visually sumptuous."
"The Great Wall is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

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Film Producer Donna Villa is Dead


Film producer Donna Villa, wife of director Carlo J. Caparas, has passed away on Tuesday, January 17, at the University of Santo Tomas Hospital in Manila.  
She was 57.
A former actress, Villa was best known for producing massacre films such as "The Vizconde Massacre (God Help Us)," "The Annabelle Huggins Story – Ruben Ablaza Tragedy (Mea Culpa)," and "The Cecilia Masagca Story: Antipolo Massacre (Jesus Save Us!)," to name a few.
Villa leaves behind Caparas and their two kids: son CJ and daughter Peach.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

GMA-7 Brings Its Biggest Shows, Brightest Stars to Sinulog Festival


GMA Network, through its regional arm GMA Regional TV, ushers in the New Year in a grand, festive mood with the stars of its highly-anticipated programs bannering the Sinulog Festival in Cebu from Friday until Sunday(January 13 to 15). 

As a way of thanking the viewers for keeping the Kapuso Network number one nationwide, GMA is bringing to the Queen City of the South the casts of the upcoming primetime series "Destined To Be Yours" and "My Love From The Star", as well as the newly-launched romcom "Meant To Be". The fun does not end here as the stars of the latest Afternoon Prime series Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa" and "Ika-6 na Utos" join in the celebration of Cebuanos' reverence to Senyor Santo Niño or the Holy Child Jesus.

On Friday (January 13), stars of the TV adaptation of the classic film "Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa"  - Asia's Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose and Benjamin Alves, together with LJ Reyes and Martin del Rosario - will hold back-to-back Kapuso Mall Shows in Gaisano Capital South Colon at 4 p.m. and in The Terraces, Ayala Center at 6 p.m.

Expect Saturday (January 14) to be star-studded as well with stars of "Ika-6 Na Utos" and "Meant To Be" treating their fans to another back-to-back Kapuso Mall Shows.

Sure to set the festive mood in Gaisano Capital Island Mall Mactan at 4 p.m. is the on-screen love triangle of Gabby Concepcion, Sunshine Dizon, and Ryza Cenon. Meanwhile, men and women alike will fall in love even more with the help of "Meant To Be" stars Barbie Forteza, Ken Chan, Jak Roberto, Ivan Dorschner, Addy Raj, and Mika dela Cruz.

The two shows will proceed to SM City Cebu later on for another Kapuso Mall Show at 6 p.m.

Adding more glitz to the colorful Sinulog Grand Parade on Sunday (Jan. 15) are today's hottest love teams and stars of the much-awaited Telebabad series "Destined to Be Yours" and"My Love From The Star".

Phenomenal love team AlDub - Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza - returns to Cebu, this time to promote their first-ever GMA primetime series "Destined to Be Yours".

Meanwhile, Ultimate Star Jennylyn Mercado brings with her the newest Kapuso actor and her leading man in the local adaptation of "My Love From The Star", Gil Cuerva.

They will be joined by Meant To Be's Ken, Jak, Ivan, and Addy on board the Kapuso float to tour the major streets of Cebu City. Mika, on the other hand, will co-host GMA TV Cebu's live coverage of the Sinulog Grand Parade together with GMA Cebu's Cecil Quibod-Castro and Yuri.

"2016 has been an amazing year for GMA Network," says Oliver Amoroso, Officer-in-Charge of GMA's Regional TV Department. "We regained the number one spot in the ratings game and we continue to lead nationwide. As we begin 2017, we want our loyal Kapuso viewers to know that we remain committed to giving them only the best programs with only the finest stars. And what better way to jump-start this year than to bring the most-anticipated shows in Philippine TV to our Kapusong Cebuanos who have been very supportive to us since day one. We join them in giving thanks to Senyor Santo Niño for all the blessings we continuously receive," he adds. 

To know more about the Network's regional events, follow GMA on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/gmanetwork and GMA Regional TV at www.facebook.com/GMARegionalTV and on Twitter and Instagram via @GMARegionalTV.

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Once a Wallflower: A Fan’s Journey to Become Mighty in the Online World


Have you ever wondered about the humble beginnings of an established entertainment and lifestyle blogger? Well, let me walk you through mine which I can safely analogize with the humble beginnings of Amazing Spiderman - well, minus the super powers and crime fighting, that is.

Peter Parker was just an ordinary human being until that faithful day that he got bitten by a spider (a non-venomous type) that gives him special abilities. From that day onwards, he became a crime-fighting masked super hero.



Almost like Peter Parker, I was just an ordinary person a few years back. Or better say, a lowly employee who was dealing with the daily struggles of a corporate world. As a way to destress after a long day at work, I watch a locally produced TV shows. One time, as I was watching, I chance upon this finale episode of a talent-reality show and my attention was caught by this handsome guy who was part of the finalists. Oh, he was definitely eye-catching. I was basically among those who were swooning in admiration. That moment had given rise to the inner fan in me - just like how the single spider bite has given rise to Peter Parker’s spidey abilities.

As a fan, I began to get to know my idol better - his personal details, latest shows and endorsements, up to the latest updates about his career. I wanted to get closer to him so I started by getting in touch with my fellow fans - exchanging updates, photos and personal details about our idol. I closely followed his journey in the world of limelight. I even bought the products that he endorses just to show my support.

But for me, this was not enough. I felt the need to step a notch higher than being just a mere avid supporter. What can I do which is way better than what an average fan does? What does it take to become a certified fan? It was then that the idea of writing about my idol kicked off. What better way to express my support than to write about him, isn’t it? So, I began to write articles about him – his interests, likes, and everything else (well, almost everything) about him. Thus, the birth of my blogsite and the discovery of my hidden talent and passion for writing.

Never have I imagined that my “fan blogging”, which originally was meant to be a platform to express my support and admiration of this celebrity who I adore, would open to countless opportunities for me.



Never have I envisaged that I would get to be acquainted and friends with a lot people - people who are in the limelight nonetheless. I also got that one-in- a-million chance that any certified fan will surely drool over. I was able to meet, greet, and be friend with my idol. Now that is just way too awesome!

Not only that my blogging has paved a way to be friends with the “who’s who” in the entertainment industry, as an added bonus, I was able to enjoy certain privileges. As a blogger, my scope has expanded to the latest technologies, fashion, food and travel. Because of the credibility and online influence that I have gained, TV networks, brands and PRs started to tap me as one of their stable online influencers. I got to be invited by various airlines and hotels to travel here and abroad, enjoy luxurious accommodations and full-board services for free! Telecommunication and mobile companies also have given me the privilege to get first dibs of their new releases. Sharing my first-hand experiences to my blog’s readers and followers and getting an acknowledgment from them is the best feeling ever! A #Cloud9Moment if I may say.

To where and who I am now in the blogosphere - along with the awesome experiences and perks that comes with it - is so amazing that I am left awestricken whenever I look back as to where it all began years ago.

You too can turn your fangirl or fanboy craze into something that’s so worthwhile. You can be a fan while pursuing your passion and be legendary with it. But, I must tell you - it’s not easy. You must have the patience, time, right attitude and resources - and think I can help you make that first step.
Join the My #Cloud9Moment: Fan Mode On online contest and win the perfect tool to capture that #Cloud9Moment with your ultimate celebrity idol – an Instax Kit and a Cloud 9 gift pack to keep you company as you marvel on those moments!

To join:

1. FOLLOW @jacknjilltreats and @showbiznest on Instagram and LIKE @Cloud9Chocolate and @showbiznest on Facebook.

2. Post a photo of you celebrating your Cloud 9 Moment as a showbiz enthusiast. Upload this on Instagram or Facebook and share the #Cloud9moment story behind the photo in the caption.

Don’t forget to include the hashtag “#Cloud9Moment.”

3. For entries uploaded on Instagram, participants must tag @jacknjilltreats and @showbiznest. For entries uploaded on Facebook, participants must tag @Cloud9Chocolate and @showbiznest.

4. Participant may only submit a maximum of TWO (2) photo entries to serve as his/her official entry/entries.

5. Participants must set their Instagram or Facebook account to PUBLIC.

6. Submission of entries will be until February 5, 2017.

7. There will only be ONE winner. Good luck!

VIRAL!

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