Friday, August 18, 2017

Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk Break-Up

Korean celebrity couple Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk, stars of the hit series "Weightlifting Fairy," have broken up as confirmed by their agency, YG Entertainment

"It's true that Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk have decided to break up," YG Entertainment told media outlets in Korea, as reported by AllKPop.

The two celebrities became a couple in April this year after working in shows such as "Weightlifting Fairy" and "Cheese in the Trap."

Smart Brings Ariana Grande in Manila for "The Dangerous Woman Tour" on August 21 at the Mall of Asia Arena

Ariana Grande, one of the world’s biggest pop sensations, is making a huge comeback to treat her Filipino fans this coming August 21 for the Manila leg of her "The Dangerous Woman Tour"  at the Mall of Asia Arena. Ariana is due to return for the second time in two years in support of her third studio and Grammy-nominated album, Dangerous Woman.

“Ariana Grande The Dangerous Woman Tour” is presented by Smart; co-presented by Fox, produced by Live Nation and is promoted by MMI Live. Tickets are available in all SM Tickets outlets or visit or by calling 470-2222.

For more ticket information, please visit or follow @mmilive (on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Richard Gutierrez Slaps by BIR with Multiple Tax Evasion-Related Cases

Richard Gutierrez is facing yet another tax-related case after the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed new charges against him for allegedly submitting fake documents in connection with his ongoing tax evasion case.

The new complaint charges Richard of one count of knowingly using/submitting fake or falsified annual income tax return (ITR) for taxable year 2012; six counts of knowingly using/submitting fake or falsified quarterly value-added tax (VAT) returns for the second, third, and fourth quarters of 2012; two counts of knowingly using/submitting perjured affidavits during the preliminary investigation of his tax case; and four counts of attempting to make it appear he or another has filed his annual ITR and quarterly VAT returns.


The tax case involves Richard’s R Gutz Production, which produces and markets films and TV shows. 

The "La Luna Sangre" star submitted the subject documents to the DOJ on July 18, 2017, with official receipt stamps from the BIR Revenue District Office No. 42-San Juan City. However, the receiving officer appearing in the stamps, Renato Agana, has denied receiving of the returns.

There is a stamp ‘received' in the documents; we traced that there’s a name there, the person who allegedly received it (returns) has denied receiving that. It’s not his signature there, and the stamp that he used isn’t the stamp that is used in that office… all that point that these documents submitted are fake,” said BIR Assistant Commissioner James Roldan.


The BIR added: “Gutierrez used fake and falsified tax returns to secure the dismissal of the tax evasion case against R Gutz Production Corporation,” and resorted to the “scheme” to evade payment of the required taxes.

In its tax case against the actor, the BIR alleged he underdeclared R Gutz’s income for 2012 by P39.51 million.

The BIR placed Richards’s income tax liability at P27.45 million, and his VAT liabilities at P11.12 million, or a total of P38.57 million in tax delinquencies.

The actor’s lawyer, Marie Glen Garduque, said they have yet to receive a copy of the new complaint.
As far as Richard is concerned said documents have the original stamped received from the BIR. At any rate, Richard will just answer as soon as he receives the copy of the complaint,” Garduque said.

Sam Concepcion and Tippy dos Santos, to Represent PH to the ASEAN Young Contemporary Music Concert 2017 in Laos

Sam Concepcion and Tippy dos Santos will represent the Philippines in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Young Contemporary Music Concert on August 25 at Lao National Culture Hall in Vientiane.

The ASEAN Young Contemporary Music Concert "aims to broaden a deeper understanding of cultural diversity of ASEAN" by inviting young professional and outstanding singers from the region. 

Devon Seron Now an Actress in Korea, Topbills Koren Movie "You With Me"

Former Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Housemate Devon Seron is fast becoming a celebrity in Korea.

On September 27, Devon will be seen in a Korean movie entitled "You With Me" opposite two K-Heartthrobs Hyun Woo and Jin Ju Hyeong who were last seen in the drama, “The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop” and the hit K-drama, “Hwarang.”
In the movie, Devon plays Kim, a wealthy Filipino girl who fled to Korea to run away from her overprotective parents.

There, she serves as an English tutor to Hyun-woo’s character Jason, who later falls for her. Ju-hyong plays Jason’s assistant Rintaro, the cause of the latter’s jealousy.

Check out the movie's trailer here:

Devon is beautiful. I’m pleased with my first impression of her. I love working with her,” Hyun-woo said.

Devon said she had to undergo a fashion makeover and attend a series of acting workshops for the project. She considers “You With Me” her biggest break so far.

Pinaghirapan ko talaga ito at wala talaga ako sa original list kaya nag-gate crash audition ako. Nagpa-makeover talaga ako. Nag-iba ang kulay ng buhok, tapos nagpaiksi ako, parang sabi ko nga, ‘ako pa ba ito?'”

“You With Me” is slated to open simultenously in cinemas in Korea and the Philippines on September 27.

(Music Video) "Sakto Ka Na" by Hashtags

Star Music has released the official music video for “Sakto Ka Na,” the latest single of Hashtags composed of Zeus Collins, Tom Doromal, Jameson Blake, Jimboy Martin, Paulo Angeles, Nikko Natividad, Jon Lucas, Ryle Santiago Luke Conde, Ronnie Alonte, and McCoy de Leon.

Watch below:

Talented Pinoy Kids of "Little Big Shots" Charm Viewers, Draws High Ratings on Pilot Episodes

Viewers nationwide watched the first batch of charming kids show off their extraordinary talents in the hit international kiddie talent-talk show “Little Big Shots,” which premiered to high ratings last weekend.

According to data from Kantar Media, the show garnered a national TV rating of 36% across urban and rural homes, compared to rival program “Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kwento,” which only scored 20.7%.

“Little Big Shots” also scored 36.9% last Sunday (August 13) versus “Hay Bahay!” which only got 14.9%.

Charming viewers and gaining praises online last weekend were pole dancer Allyza, fish deboning expert Janice, geography master Klyde, three-year-old charmer Rodzen, hiphop dancer JM, acrobatic duo Andrei and Alfonso, junior archers Basti and Kat, six-year-old kid with six-pack abs Kent, and skateboarder Jayden.

Billy himself has received compliments for his entertaining banter and chemistry with the kids featured on the show.

According to him, hosting “Little Big Shots” is a big opportunity so he goes out of his way to give viewers a great show.

Being a part of ‘It’s Showtime’ is a huge help because the kids already see me on TV. Before the taping starts, I go to the kids and talk to them so when they come on stage, everything comes out more naturally,” shared Billy.

Don’t miss the talented, witty, and charming kids of “Little Big Shots,” Saturdays and Sundays on ABS-CBN and on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). 
For updates on the show, like or follow @LBigShotsPH on Twitter.

UKG Celebrates 10th Anniversay with "NanayCon" this August 18 in Taguig

ABS-CBN’s award-winning morning program “Umagang Kay Ganda” (UKG) is going all-out for mothers on its 10th anniversary with a lineup of offerings for the nation’s homemakers including a “Nanay Convention,” a “Nanay Manual,” and a new segment in the show featuring smart and talented moms called “Nanay Kong Ganda,” which will debut in October.

The country’s well-loved morning show kicked-off its “Nanay Convention” series in Pampanga last July 3 and is now headed to Taguig City this Friday (August 18) to gather mommies for a day filled with new knowledge and tips on how to care for and protect one’s family.

In the previous convention, anchor Gretchen Ho started it off with a simple workout to energize the crowd, followed by cooking demos with Chef Tatung and Winnie Cordero, a fashion and beauty talk with Renee Salud and Amy Perez, and a disaster preparedness seminar led by Atom Araullo,  Anthony Taberna, and Jorge CariƱo. Ariel Ureta also brought the popular “Di Bati” segment of the show, where the anchors exchange views on a common issue in families or communities. Participants also enjoyed free haircut, massage, and facials, plus fun games and raffle prizes courtesy of the program’s sponsors and partner organizations.

“UKG” also launched during the convention the “Nanay Manual,” a free booklet containing recipes, kitchen hacks, and home safety and management tips that the program created with the help of ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc.

The program is also set to introduce a search for outstanding mothers called “Nanay Kong Kay Ganda,” a follow-up to its successful 2016 segment “Gwapulis,” which showcased the wit, good looks, and talent of Filipino policemen. “UKG” will be on the lookout for possible contestants during the different legs of the its “Nanay Convention.”

Through these activities, the decade-long morning show hopes to further help and support mothers, which are the program’s partners in making each morning bright and happy for Filipino families.

As for the program’s anchors, “UKG” has already become a home for them too, with their fellow anchors and the show’s staff and crew as their family.

Waking up for ‘Umagang Kay Ganda’ gives us happiness in itself. We are all family here. Even if we aren’t live on air yet, we already carry positive vibes which translates to our work. The positive energy is really inspiring and it sets the mood for our entire day,” shared Anthony, who has been on the show for a long time.

Amy also attested to the tight bond among the show’s anchors, who are able to share with each other their personal triumphs and problems. “All of us are going through something in our lives but since we are in a morning show, we have to always show positivity to our viewers. So it’s good that during commercial breaks we also get to check on each other,” she said.

While one of the newer hosts in the show, Jorge shared his amazement at how easy it has been to get along with everyone. “Here you bump into someone and you feel like you know each other very well, like childhood friends. That was the kind of treatment they gave me…People would mistake us as friends who have known each other for a long time. It’s magical for me,” he explained.

Atom, meanwhile, also expressed how he remains excited to do the show, no matter how hard it is to wake up very early. “It’s a nice feeling to start the day early because you feel that there’s still a lot you can do in the day. You also get to be a part of other people’s morning. So, it’s kind of a win-win situation.”

Together with the program’s other hosts like Long Mejia, K Brosas, Marlo Mortel, Dominique Roque, and Tina Marasigan, the show is committed to be of service to millions of Filipinos for decades to come.

Apart from consistently leading the early morning timeslot based on data from Kantar Media, “UKG” has also received many awards in the past 10 years, including “Best Morning Show” from UPLB Gandingan Awards and the 2nd Golden Laurel Awards of LPU Batangas in 2017.


Don’t miss the NCR leg of “UKG’s”  “Nanay Convention” this Friday (August 18) at Vista Mall, Taguig City. 

Registration will start at 5am, while the program will begin at 9am. Watch “Umagang Kay Ganda” Mondays-Fridays from 5am to 7:30am on ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN HD, and DZMM TeleRadyo on TV, or on or online. 

For updates, follow “Umagang Kay Ganda” on Facebook (@umagangkayganda2) and Twitter (@ukgdos).

LizQuen's Highest-Grossing Film "My Ex and Whys" Airs on Cinema One this Sunday

"My Ex and Whys," the highest earning local movie for the first half of 2017 with P400 million sales worldwide starring Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, makes its Cinema One premiere this Sunday (August 20).

Released in February of this year, this Star Cinema mega blockbuster film directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina is LizQuen's third movie in a leading role and their most successful big screen project to date.

Blogger Cali (Liza) shares her painful experience in love to her followers with her "Bakit List" rants. Her former boyfriend, Gio (Enrique), answers back with his "Dahil List," aiming to win over the trust of the girl he once hurt by explaining his side of the story. In an unexpected twist, the two are forced to work with each other and will be entangled in their exciting pursuit of payback and forgiveness.

Aside from the fun and romance that the film delivers, viewers also get to see scenic spots in South Korea, meaningful sites in Cali and Gio's journey, as a bonus treat.

Believe in the magic of second chances in "My Ex and Whys" on Cinema One's Blockbuster Sunday (August 20) 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 and catch the replay dates.

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James Corden Lends Voice to Hi-5 in "The Emoji Movie"

British comedian James Corden (Into the Woods) lends his voice to Hi-5, an open-face palm Emoji ready to give you a Hi-5 at any time, in Sony Pictures Animation's new comedy The Emoji Movie.

His favorite catchphrase? "Hi-Five!"

In the film, Hi-5's a big ham, brimming over with exuberant confidence. He used to be a Favorite, a highly respected celebrity. But recently Hi-5 has been usurped by a new Favorite… Fist Bump Emoji. Hi-5 can't stand the rejection and just wants to be popular again. But his adventure with Gene – an Emoji which has EVERY expression instead of just one - makes Hi-5 realize that it's more important to have one true friend than it is to be popular.

"Hi-5 is a fading rock star who wants to get back on top," says director-writer Tony Leondis. "He hopes that by going on this journey with Gene he can be popular again. What he learns along the way is that having one real friend is more important than having ten thousand likes."

James Corden gave the filmmakers a hand in bringing the character to life. "He's such a talent. A brilliant actor and writer. When I saw the play 'One Man, Two Guvnors,' I was blown away and really wanted to work with him someday," Leondis says. "Hi-5 is the wild card – you never know what he's going to do or say. He's always throwing curveballs into the equation. And no one is better at that than James."

"Hi-5 used to be one of the favorites, but as time has gone by, Alex has forgotten about Hi-5, and he started using Fist Bump," says Corden. "He feels like he's been forgotten, and he's convinced that if Alex could just see him again on the Favorites board, Alex would remember how great Hi-5 is and start using him again."

Corden was drawn to the story and the way it created a hidden world behind the popular icons. "You can punctuate any moment with a great emoji," he says. "In the film these are characters with spirits, and souls, and hearts, and minds with something very, very real at stake for all of them."

"I thought it sounded quite charming – these things that you use in your life all the time have a personality, something to lose, and real friendships," concludes Corden. "That felt very fun to me."

Opening across the Philippines on August 23, The Emoji Movie is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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PROACTIV Skin Kit - The Secret to My Zit-Free Skin

While others are lucky to be born with natural smooth skin, mine is a product of endless search for skin products that suit my skin type.

Growing up, I also faced with several skin problems - pimples during my adolescent years. More pimples caused by dirt, stress and sleepless nights in college. And several more while establishing my place in the corporate world, plus a not so healthy lifestyle and yes, carelessness.

But for sometime now, people begin to notice my flawless skin. They keep on asking the secret to how I maintain a smooth, fresh-looking, zit-free skin despite how stressful my professional and blogging life could be. But I keep mum about it.

And now, time for me to share my secret - PROACTIVE Skin Kit which is just a beauty counter away and something everyone's budget can afford.

Proactive's acne clearing system's effectiveness in dealing with stubborn acne has garnered a loyal following in the country, and consumers can enjoy extensive skin care by dropping by at any Watsons and SM Department store branch nationwide.

The U.S. brand offers a solid collection of individual products that covers the skin care needs of Filipinos struggling with acne and blemishes. Each item in the Proactiv kit is developed to treat the whole face, clearing problematic spots and preventing acne before it starts. What's more, Proactiv also offers a 30-Day and 60-Day Kit system to make it easier for users who find it challenging to create their own skin care routine.

Such is the popularity of Proactiv in the U.S that its fame reached the Philippines. Filipinos are known to be extra discerning when it comes to their beauty choices and Proactiv, with its strong suit of products and proven effectiveness, fits the bill.

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Thankfully, consumers can enjoy easy access to their favorite skin care system with the brand available nationwide. What's more, Proactiv is still offering its money-back guarantee for those who are not satisfied with its results.

Get your own Proactiv system at (Php 2,495) for the 30-day kit and Php 3,995) for the 60-day kit.

Just visit any Watsons and SM department store branch to get your golden ticket to clear, beautiful skin.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Avail Now of the Limited Edition OPPO F3 RED at Oppo Concept Stores and Online Store Lazada

After days of teasing in the OPPO Philippines Facebook fan page, the long wait is over as the OPPO F3 Red Limited Edition is now available at Oppo Concept Stores (see list below) and exclusive online store Lazada

Oppo Concept Stores:

OPPO Concept Store Market Market
OPPO Concept Store Robinsons Ermita
OPPO Concept Store SM Aura
OPPO Concept Store SM Fairview
OPPO Concept Store SM Mall of Asia
OPPO Concept Store SM Manila
OPPO Concept Store SM Marikina
OPPO Concept Store SM Megamall
OPPO Concept Store SM North EDSA
OPPO Concept Store SM Southmall

OPPO Concept Store Robinsons Malolos
OPPO Concept Store SM Bacoor
OPPO Concept Store SM Baguio
OPPO Concept Store SM Batangas
OPPO Concept Store SM Calamba
OPPO Concept Store SM Dasma
OPPO Concept Store SM Lipa
OPPO Concept Store SM Lucena
OPPO Concept Store SM Pampanga
OPPO Concept Store SM Sta. Rosa

OPPO Concept Store Bacolod
OPPO Concept Store SM Iloilo City

OPPO Concept Store GMall Davao
OPPO Concept Store GMall Tagum
OPPO Concept Store SM Ecoland

The OPPO Philippines Facebook page received an overwhelming feedback to the new color variant of the OPPO F3 when it was teased early August 2017. The teaser post reached more than 3,000 shares and 3,500 comments in less than 3 days, while other materials and videos received similar results.

Embracing a fierce red color, the OPPO F3 Red is the ideal smartphone for the expressive consumer. As a color that represents flare and attitude of being fierce, the F3 Red captures the heart of customers who desires for a smartphone that can stand out among the rest.

Additionally, the OPPO F3 Red is one of the very few smartphones in the market with such premium red color and metal finish.

OPPO F3 Red Limited Edition - Specifications:

The OPPO F3 is a dual-selfie camera smartphone that can let customers experience wider selfies and include more people on a groufie. Additionally, it has 4GB of RAM for multi-tasking and generous 64GB of storage for apps, photos, and videos; all in a sleek metal body and 5.5” Full HD screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Customers are also rest assured that their F3 Red is protected with the included soft transparent case and pre-installed screen protector for added peace of mind. Additional accessories are also available at OPPO concept stores nationwide to enhance their OPPO experience.

OPPO F3 Red Limited Edition - Special Offers:

Customers who will purchase the OPPO F3 Red Limited Edition on-site at the SM Aura Concept Store will receive a special gift of an Olike Powerbank and Olike Wireless Sports Earphone worth Php1,200. The offer is only available on the grand opening of the SM Aura Concept Store on August 12, 2017 and until stocks last.

For more details about the OPPO F3, please visit or log on to

Acoustic Pop Balladeer TJ Monterde Dominates Billboard PH Charts with Four Hot Singles

Acoustic pop balladeer TJ Monterde’s albums, produced and released by PolyEast Records, have each officially landed four singles at the peak of the weekly Billboard Philippines Top 20.

According to Billboard PH, four of TJ’s singles have entered thr top charts in span of five weeks. Recently, “Tulad Mo” from his CD single released in 2015 is sitting atop Billboard Philippines Top 20 at #2. While the song “Dating Tayo” (2016, Self-Titled Album) also at #6.

Another hit culled from the 2016 self-titled album is “Ikaw At Ako Pa Rin,” TJ’s duet with soul singer KZ Tandingan is also enjoying its #12 position. TJ’s debut single in 2013 which led him to stardom, “Ikaw At Ako” coming in at #14 giving the singer its 4 th top 20 entry on the latest Billboard Philippines weekly top charts.


With streaming figures being taken into consideration in the charts, TJ is officially the first local artist to gain such recognition from Billboard Philippines. Billboard PH noted on their website that “Data are based on song streams, digital downloads, and video plays. The data sources approved by Billboard US are Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube.

Owning the year 2017 as his moment for success, the singer-songwriter also concluded a sold-out concert “Ikaw at Ako: The Concert” at the Music Museum as he launched his third and latest offering “Kahit Kunwari” in June 2017. TJ’s new album consists of five all-original acoustic ballads and kicked off with the single “Mahika.”

For more information and announcements, you may follow PolyEast Records on social media:,, and or follow our official hashtag #WeArePolyEastRecords

"Wildflower" Hits New All-Time High Rating with #WildflowerWildestWedding Episode

More viewers nationwide tuned in to Philippine television’s ‘wildest wedding of the year’ as ABS-CBN’s hit primetime series “Wildflower,” topbilled by Maja Salvador, scored a new all-time high national TV rating and even trended on Twitter worldwide.

According to Kantar Media, the show hit its highest national TV rating to date of 29.3% last Friday (Aug. 11) compared to rival’s 13.3% as viewers watched the intense confrontation between the ‘bride in black’ Ivy Aguas (Maja Salvador) and Arnaldo Ardiente Torillo (RK Bagatsing) after the latter finally confessed to the murder of Ivy’s second mother Nay Carlota.

The show also kept viewers on the edge of their seats last Wednesday (August 9) and Thursday (August 10) as the ‘wildest wedding’ episodes hit national TV ratings of 28% and 28.2%, respectively.


Aside from scoring high ratings in its early primetime slot, “Wildflower” also created a buzz on social media. Its official hashtag #WildflowerWildestWedding trended on Twitter worldwide and got netizens tweeting positive feedback particularly on Maja and RK’s superb acting skills.


After Ivy finally orchestrated the fall of Arnaldo, what will she do next? Will she finally reveal her true identity as Lily Cruz? What will Emilia and Julio do to get Arnaldo out of this mess?

Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 urban and rural homes that represent 100% of the total Philippine TV viewing population, while the other ratings data supplier AGB Nielsen reportedly has only 2,000 homes based solely in urban areas that represent only 57% of the Philippine TV viewing population.

Don’t miss “Wildflower,” weeknights before “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN or ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). 

For updates, follow @wildflowerabscbn on Instagram, @RSBDramaUnitNew on Twitter and like the show’s official Facebook page at 

Catch its latest episodes on for Sky subscribers.

Look: Two New Movie Posters for Suspense Thriller "Flatliners"

“Cross the line. Death will follow you back,” warn the two new posters for Columbia Pictures’ new suspense thriller Flatliners which have just been released by the studio.

Check out the one-sheets below and watch Flatliners in Philippine cinemas on October 29, 2017.

Starring Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna and James Norton, Flatliners tells of five medical students who embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side.

Flatliners is directed by Niels Arden Oplev, from a screenplay by Ben Ripley, story by Peter Filardi.

Flatliners is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Fisherman Alfred Relatado and Radio DJ Jovany Satera Named "Tawag ng Tanghalan" Year 2 Grand Finalists

Radio DJ Jovany Satera of North Cotabato and fisherman Alfred Relatado of Davao Occidental have made it to the grand finals of “Tawag ng Tanghalan’s” Year 2 on “It’s Showtime.”

The two semifinalists from Mindanao garnered the highest combined scores from the judges and the madlang people’s text votes – 95.67% for Jovany and 74.05% for Alfred – in the week-long semi-finals held from August 7 to 12.

They both won P150,000, while contenders Aila Santos of Davao City and John Mark Saga of Dasmarinas, Cavite brought hom P25,000.

Don’t miss the talented Pinoy singers as they battle for supremacy in the return of “Tawag ng Tanghalan,” in the noontime variety show “It’s Showtime,” Mondays to Saturdays in ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (Sky Cable ch 167). 

For the program’s past episode, login to iWant TV or on for Sky subscribers.

ABS-CBN TVplus Wins Stevie Award at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

ABS-CBN TVplus, the pioneering digital terrestrial television product of ABS-CBN, clinched a Bronze Stevie at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, a business awards program that recognizes innovation in the workplace across 22 nations in the region.

The Bronze Stevie was given to ABS-CBN TVplus in the Innovation in Business-to-Business Services category for continuing to introduce services that feature quality content to Filipinos at home on top of the four TVplus exclusive channels on digital TV.

ABS-CBN TVplus’ latest Stevie triumph comes as the network transitions into a digital company, echoing its strong commitment to help the Department of Information and Communications (DICT) accelerate the Philippines’ shift to digital TV by constantly offering innovations.

Recently, ABS-CBN TVplus was also honored in the Philippine Quill Awards and Anvil Awards, two of the most prestigious communication award-giving bodies in the country.

It also previously won a Silver International Stevie Award for Best in New Product –Media and Entertainment category and a Bronze International Stevie Award for Best in Marketing Campaign at the 2016 International Business Awards, while  it took home two Bronze Stevie Awards at the third annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards last year.


ABS-CBN is the first media and entertainment company to roll out digital TV service in the country, making it the pioneer of transforming the way Filipinos access content and information on television.

 More popularly known as the ‘mahiwagang black box,’ ABS-CBN TVplus has sold 3.2 million units as of July 2017. The rise in TVplus boxes sold has also contributed to the increase in ABS-CBN’s audience share in Mega Manila.

The Stevie Awards are the world’s premier business awards that honor the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide.

13th Cinemalaya Film Festival 2017 Winners - Respeto,

"Respeto," a film about an amateur rapper and a grumpy poet who cross paths during a stand-off between riot police and squatters, was named the overall winner in the 13th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival bagging seven awards including Best Picture in the awards night held Sunday, August 13, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

The film also bagged the Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, NETPAC Jury Prize, and the Audience Choice Award.

13th Cinemalaya Full Length Winners - Full List: 

Best Picture - Respeto
Best Direction - Joseph Israel Laban, "Baconaua"
Best Actress - Angeli Bayani, "Bagahe"
Best Actor - Noel Camio Jr, "Kiko Boksingero"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role -
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Yayo Aguila, "Kiko Boksingero"
Best Cinematography - TM Malones, "Baconaua"
Best Screenplay - Bagahe
Best Sound - Respeto
Best Editing - Respeto
Best Original Musical Score - Pepe Manikan, "Kiko Boksingero"
Best Production Design - Marxie Maolen Fadul, "Nabubulok"
Special Jury Prize - Baconaua
NETPAC Jury Prize - Respeto
Audience Choice Award - Respeto

13th Cinemalaya Short Film Winners - Full List: 

Best Picture - Hilom
Best Direction - E Del Mundo, "Manong Pa Aling"
Best Screenplay - Bawod
Audience Choice Award - Nakauwi Na
NETPAC Jury Prize - Aliens Ata
Special Jury Prize - Fatima Marie Torres And The Invasion Of Space Shuttle Pinas 25

Photo: Camille Ante/ Manila Bulletin

"Alyas Robin Hood" Season 2 Premieres August 14 on GMA Telebabad

After its undeniably successful first season, GMA Network proudly brings back the hit primetime series Alyas Robin Hood in a much more exciting second season this August.

Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes returns as Pepe de Jesus, a former vigilante known as Robin Hood and is now a full-fledged lawyer that mostly takes on pro bono cases to help the poor and the oppressed.

Dingdong shares that they're doubling all their efforts to create a good show. "Kapag sinabi mong part two, whatever you saw last season kailangan mag double up in terms of the drama, the action, sa comedy, total look, production value, double up lahat. Biyaya sa amin na nabigyan kami ng second season kaya dodoblehin namin 'yung saya na maaaring i-expect nila at gagawin talaga namin 'yan."

More than the unexpected kidnapping of his mother, Pepe must now face new battles. A powerful evil force threatens the city, secrets from his past will be revealed, relationships will be torn apart, and shocking revelations will be made. Now more than ever, Pepe must dig up his past and revive his alter ego - Alyas Robin Hood.

Alyas Robin Hood also stars Andrea Torres as Venus, the love of Pepe's life and his faithful ally in helping those who are seeking justice; Ruru Madrid as Andres Silang, the geeky adopted son of Emilio (Edu Manzano) who has a secret persona as 'The Marbleman'; and as one of the leading ladies of Dingdong Dantes, Solenn Heussaff as Iris Lizeralde, the rich high-society 'it' girl who will also fall in love with Robin Hood.

Returning for the second season is respected and multi-awarded TV and movie actress Ms. Jaclyn Jose as Judy, Pepe and Caloy's loving mother.

Playing a very special role in the series is seasoned actor Edu Manzano as Emilio Albano, a famous and charismatic real estate agent, but underneath that exterior, is a manipulative man with an insatiable desire for power.

Bringing more action and excitement to Pepe's life are original and new cast members: Gary Estrada as Caloy, Pepe's older brother and father of Lizzy; Paolo Contis as Daniel Acosta, a principled police officer; Jay Manalo as Pablo, the leader of the Kadugo Brotherhood and Emilio's top assassin; Rey "PJ" Abellana as Leandro, Venus' father; Gio Alvarez as Jekjek, Pepe's confidante and best friend; KC Montero as Rigor, a cocky and mean police officer who is also Emilio's ally; Lindsay De Vera as Lizzy De Jesus, Pepe's niece and a supporter of Marbleman; Dave Bornea as Julian Balbuena, a crucial supporter of Marbleman; Rob Moya as Alex Cruz, Daniel's assistant police officer; Antonette Garcia as Frida, Venus' snooty yaya; Luri Nalus as Junjun, the odd but endearing man in Venus' household.

Alyas Robin Hood is under the helm once again of esteemed director Dominic Zapata, with the creative team composed of creative director Roy Iglesias; creative head Dode Cruz; creative consultant Suzette Doctolero; headwriter Aloy Adlawan; writers Glaiza Ramirez and Lobert Villela; and brainstormers Libay Trinidad and Patrick Ilagan.

This original drama series is created by the GMA ETV Drama group under the supervision of Senior Vice President for Entertainment TV Lilybeth G. Rasonable, Vice President for Drama Redgie A. Magno, Assistant Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, Senior Program Manager Cathy Ochoa-Perez and Senior Executive Producer Mona Mayuga.

Alyas Robin Hood Season 2 is all set to bring viewers twice the action, drama, romance and comedy. And with the much-anticipated sequel comes a new battle cry: That even heroes fall, but only those who rise from the ashes are the ones that are able to make a difference and save the world.

Beginning August 14, catch the return of Alyas Robin Hood weeknights on GMA Telebabad.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

10 Wildest Moments in "Wildflower" That Got Us "Shookt"

Because of its delightfully campy scenes that engross viewers and trend online, ABS-CBN’s top-rating “Wildflower” easily became one of this year’s most talked about and “meme-able” series on Philippine TV.

Now a household name, Maja Salvador’s character Ivy Aguas is also a hit among netizens – her passive-aggressive character just speaks to everyone’s wild side. While she may look tough with her on-point dresses and sleek bun, her undeniably fierce antics are rooted deep in her desire to fight for her loved ones and defeat the manipulative Ardientes.

But aside from Ivy, the wild ride will not be complete without Emilia Ardiente (Aiko Melendez), Arnaldo Torillo (RK Bagatsing), and Nathalie Alcantara (Roxanne Barcelo), who are all hated by viewers because of their evil ploys but loved because of their notable and borderline funny encounters with Ivy.
As the series continues to bring a daily dose of wild surprises, let us look back at some of the wildest moments in “Wildflower” that surely got everyone ‘shookt.’

1.    The wildest scream

This might be one of the most buzzed about scenes in “Wildflower” as Maja gave a brilliant performance in this episode. But this scene might also have generated the most number of memes online, captioning the scene with various day-to-day struggles such as “realizing that tomorrow’s already Monday” and “seeing your crush with someone else.”

2.    The wildest threat

After hiring a group of men to rape and kill Ivy, Emilia thought she had already won. However, since she is Ivy Aguas, she escaped unharmed and still had a lot of strength to remind Emilia who the true queen of Poblacion Ardiente was as she choked her and threatened her life.

3.    The wildest fight scene

Ivy is admired with her sense of fashion with her sleek dresses that add to her fierce look. But she was dressed to kill literally after she fought in heels against the men Emilia hired to kill her. Ivy invented fighting in high heels on Philippine television!

4.    The wildest catfight

Filipinos sure love catfights and “Wildflower” has a lot of them, but this one made a mark because no one saw it coming. Emilia offered a cake to Ivy with a wedding cake topper that had a missing head. It triggered Ivy so much that she shoved the cake in Emilia’s face and proved that she couldn’t be toppled down easily.

5.    The wildest faceoff

Viewers were on the edge of their seats when they witnessed the confrontation between the Ardientes and the camp of Camia (Sunshine Cruz) who pointed guns at each other. But netizens really know when to get creative as they turned this nerve-wracking scene into a LOL one as they played it up through memes.

6.    The wildest dream sequence

Ivy usually keeps her chill whenever she is with Emilia as she easily ‘owns’ her with winning clap backs. However, in this scene where Emilia accused her of being a “perfect manipulator,” Ivy did not hold back and grabbed her by the neck. But to viewers’ surprise, everything was just in Ivy’s mind.

7.    The wildest plan that failed

Emilia just never learns her lesson. She tried to end Ivy by offering her a cocktail mixed with poison. But she failed to outwit her daughter-in-law when she sipped the poisoned drink, putting herself in danger.

8.    The wildest confrontation

Ivy has already gone through a lot of pain in her life and no one can just tear her down, even Nathalie, Arnaldo’s ex-girlfriend. Filled with jealousy, she attacked Ivy with a broken glass and tried to stab her. However, Ivy managed to maneuver her and put the broken glass against her neck. But what really made Nathalie scared was when Ivy uttered the words “Huwag ako.” Iconic!

9.    The wildest comeback

Camia sure knows how to make a surprise comeback, as she showed up uninvited to the press conference of the Ardientes. In her fierce red long gown, she revealed all the crimes that the Ardientes committed and narrated all the vicious deeds they did to her family. No one can also forget her line “Na-stress ka ba” that got us all stressed out!

10. The wildest wedding

Everyone was ‘shookt’ when they saw Philippine TV’s first bride in black! It was mind-blowing to see Ivy in a black wedding dress, walking down the aisle with her signature stare and smirk. This sent viewers and netizens into a frenzy, as they shared their excitement about the explosive revelations in the most-awaited wedding in primetime.

More wild scenes are coming viewers’ way in primetime’s wildest series, “Wildflower,” weeks days on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). To watch the show’s past episodes, login to iWant TV or on for Sky subscribers.

Vhong Navarro and Lovi Poe Reunite in the Most Riotous and Wackiest Movie of 2017 Entitled "WOKE UP LIKE THIS"

Prime Comedian Vhong Navarro and prime actress Lovi Poe deliver back to back fun and laughter in this year's most riotous and wackiest movie, "Woke Up Like This," from Regal Entertainment.

Vhong and Lovi were last paired in an episode of "Shake, Rattle & Roll XVI" where they sent chills down to moviegoers' spine.

This time, they offer a different kind of theater experience as they dabble on a fresh comedic take that is both refreshing and very millenial.

"WULT" is a major challenge for the Prime actress, who displays her comic/kikay side on screen for the first time.

Based on her track record, Lovi is more popularly known as a drama actress. In fact, her last film appearance was in the sizzling sexy-drama "The Escort", also produced by Regal.

Vhong, meanwhile, is a comedian at heart and he has proven this many times over in previous box-office assignments.

In "WULT," however, the screen comic ups ante of his act to make sure audiences would be even more entertained.

Vhong plays Lando, dubbed as the King of the Basketball Court.

A hardcore cager, he is a dutiful son who takes on the role of the head of the family after his father (played by Joey Marquez) meets an accident and injuries himself on the court.

Unfortunately, Lando can be unsportsmanly at play and his dream of being part of a big basketball league is sidelined when he wakes up one day being in the body of a woman he doesn't even know.

Lovi is Sabrina, tagged as the ramp queen. Beautiful, sexy, and very competitive.

Her fate as a most sought-after model vying for the Supermodel of the Whole Wide Philippines title will change when she finds herself trapped in a man's body.

The mystery of Lando and Sabrina's switch is the subject of "WULT's" endless comic situations.

The Vhong-Lovi comic pairing shows strong potential as the movie's initial teaser instantly posted 7 million views and likes from netizens.

The same goes for the official trailer which was uploaded on August 02.

"WULT" is megged by new director Joel Ferrer. Ferrer is an actor, writer and director best known for projects like "Baka Siguro" (2015), "Blue Bustamante" (2013 and "Hello World" (2013).

His works have been cited for their clever dialogue and conversational comedy.

"WULT" is his directional debut for mainstream cinema.

Also in the cast of "WULT" are comedians Joey Marquez and Bayani Agbayani.

Sexy Pinoy Big Brother alumnus Cora Waddell is being introduced in the film while Dionne Monsanto, Ynna Asistio and child actor Raikko Mateo essay important roles.

The Vhong-Lovi comic tandem starts spreading belly laughs in cinemas nationwide August 23 via "Woke Up Like This" from Regal Entertainment, the same company that produced Ai-Ai de las Alas' blockbuster hit, "Our Mighty Yaya."

"Annabelle: Creation" Sneak Previews Set on August 14 and 15 in Cinemas Nationwide

She's coming back earlier than you think!

The year's most eagerly anticipated horror thriller, New Line Cinema's Annabelle: Creation, will hold whole-day sneak previews in most cinemas nationwide on Monday and Tuesday, August 14 & 15, this was announced by Warner Bros. Philippines today.

Tickets will be be regular admission prices.

The sneaks are being held (ahead of the film's grand opening on August 23) in response to loud but inspired clamor from horror fans. “This is our special treat to them,” says Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines. “The fans are elevating their excitement and anticipation to this film in such creative ways, and we are pleased to return the favor.”

Warner Bros. Philippines has previously organized a media and fan screening August 7 which coincided with the celebration of International Doll Day. Fans showed up with their own dolls to mark the occasion.

From New Line Cinema comes Annabelle: Creation, with David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful Annabelle. The new film is once again produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who previously partnered on The Conjuring movies.

In Annabelle: Creation, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and six girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home. They soon become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

The film stars Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Talitha Bateman (upcoming Geostorm), Lulu Wilson (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Deliver Us from Evil), Philippa Coulthard, Grace Fulton, Lou Lou Safran, Samara Lee (The Last Witch Hunter), and Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia (TV’s Without a Trace) and Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy).

Opening across the Philippines on August 23, Annabelle: Creation is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

ABS-CBN, Ang Probinsyano Cast Pay Tribute to Filipino Soldiers' Heroism in "Saludo sa Sundalong Pilipino"

ABS-CBN celebrated the bravery and heroism of Filipino soldiers last August 3 with a variety show called “Saludo sa Sundalong Pilipino” at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center Auditorium.  

The Kapamilya network, with the help of the AFP, granted the request of the soldiers to see and meet the stars of top primetime series "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," as they recover from fighting for the country in Marawi and other areas in conflict.


“The Voice” Season 2 finalist Daryl Ong opened the jam-packed show, attended by over 150 soldiers, followed by group performances by the TV program’s “CIDG” boys John Medina, Lester Llansang, Michael Roy Jornales, Benj Manalo, and Marc Solis; child stars Awra, Ligaya, and Pacquito; and loveteams Ejay Falcon and Yam Concepcion and Ron Morales and Louise Delos Reyes.


Comedian Jeffrey Tam also brought laughter to the audience when he taught a soldier a magic trick, while Jhong Hilario got the ladies in the audience screaming with his special dance number.

Yassi Pressman and Coco Martin also got to serenade the troops, while Susan Roces, Jaime Fabregas, Mitch Valdez, Angel Aquino, Sid Lucero, and Mark Lapid also gave their messages of gratitude to the nation’s heroes.


The event, which was also graced by ABS-CBN executives Carlo Katigbak, Cory Vidanes, Laurenti Dyogi, Deo Endrinal, Jun Dungo, and Kane Errol Choa, was the idea of ABS-CBN news reporter Chiara Zambrano, who was assigned to cover the war in Marawi and saw firsthand the sacrifices of our military.

Apart from bringing the cast of the number one show in the country, ABS-CBN also donated a TV set and ABS-CBN TVplus unit to the hospital so patients can continue to enjoy the shows they love while they get better.


ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya also prepared grocery packages and personal care kits for soldiers, which the stars personally handed to the them after the program.

Dungo, who heads ABS-CBN’s Integrated Public Service, expressed ABS-CBN’s support for them as they continue to fight to bring peace to the country.

The whole ABS-CBN is with you in your fight to have a peaceful country and a safe society for today’s generation and the future generations. We salute the bravery, dedication, and heroism of our Filipino soldiers,” he said.

The show’s star, Primetime King Coco Martin, also thanked the network for the chance to serve the country’s heroes.

We thank ABS-CBN for making it possible for us to help and make our love felt to all Filipinos, including our soldiers. We owe our lives to all of you because you are the ones who defend our country. We love you and we hope that through this simple way we were able to make you happy,” he shared.

Maj. Marissa Narag of the AFP Medical Center also thanked the network and the program, which is also celebrating its 100th week on air that day, for spending their time with the soldiers.

Thank you especially to the performers for showing your talent and finesse to help alleviate stress in our minds even just for today,” she shared.

Watch ABS-CBN’s “Saludo sa Sundalong Pilipino” program featuring the cast of “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” online on www.facebook/abscbnNews/.

Millennial Love Story "Baka Bukas" Starring Jasmine Curtis-Smith Premieres August 13 on Cinema One

Catch a lovely tale of friendship and romance in the 2016 Cinema One Originals Film Festival Audience Choice awardee "Baka Bukas," starring Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Louise delos Reyes, as it finally airs on cable TV via Cinema One this Sunday (August 13).

Samantha Lee's colorful film centers on the story of Alex (Jasmine) who fell in love with her best friend Jess (Louise). One night changes everything as Jess finds out about Alex's affection towards her, and the two are forced to confront their real feelings for each other.

Aside from being the audience's favorite, the film also got the Best Actress nod for Jasmine and Best Sound for Andrew Milallos at the Cinema One Originals filmfest. Its cast includes Kate Alejandrino, Nelsito Gomez, and "C1 BTS" host Gio Gahol.

After its successful filmfest run that gave the movie significant social media attention, "Bakas Bukas" was released in major cinemas nationwide last March.

Cheekie Albay of praised the film's fresh approach stating, "I applaud the film for going where other films have not dared to go: for depicting lesbian relationships as a beautiful, tender bond between two people who deserve to love and be loved openly, despite their unconventional romantic choices."

Filmmaker Samantha also garnered positive comments on the film's quality despite it being her directorial debut.

According to a film review published in, "she [Samantha] manages to weave a film that greatly departs the usual romance films we see in local cinema. Her focus and treatment of the lesbian and gay characters in the story makes the film relatable to anyone in the audience. She presents them as real people, just like us."

Dare to take a chance in "Baka Bukas" on Cinema One's Blockbuster Sunday (August 13) 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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Brilliant Talents and Charm of Pinoy Kids + Billy Crawford's Exceptional Hosting Skills Take Centerstage in ABS-CBN's "Little Big Shots"

Extraordinarily talented, witty, and charming kids are set to capture viewers’ hearts as the hit international kiddie talent-talk show “Little Big Shots” finally conquers Philippine television starting this Saturday (August 12) and Sunday (August 13) on ABS-CBN.

“Little Big Shots” will celebrate the most brilliant Filipino and foreign kids from all over the country, around the world, and even the internet whose skills go beyond singing and dancing.

Taking center stage are kids aged two to 12 years old who have remarkable intellect, showmanship, and abilities that will thrill viewers of all ages every week. But aside from what they can do, the show will also put in the limelight their big personalities when they express themselves through spontaneous banter.

Leading the show is international star and host Billy Crawford, who will bring in more joy and laughter in the show with his funny and exciting interviews with the talented kids.

It’s my first time to host a talent show where I am the only person from showbiz, because I usually work with people who are already big shots. But here, you’d be surprised by how the kids carry the show, and I’m here to let their personalities shine. All I can say is the kids featured on the show are very exceptional and they really deserve to be called little big shots,” shared Billy.

I grew up performing, and I know how rewarding it is to entertain people. But in ‘Little Big Shots, you wouldn’t expect what the kids can do, their wit, and they are all very charming,” he added.

ABS-CBN’s “Little Big Shots” is the Philippine version of the show that has been adapted in 20 countries and was created by popular hosts Ellen Degeneres and Steve Harvey. Steve hosts the US version, which has aired two successful seasons on NBC.

Meanwhile, netizens will also get to witness the kids’ impressive performances and funny antics in the program’s online show, which will be hosted by Eric Nicolas.

Don’t miss the talented, witty, and charming kids of “Little Big Shots,” Saturdays and Sundays on ABS-CBN and on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). 

For updates on the show, like or follow @LBigShotsPH on Twitter.




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