Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mel Gibson Gums for Oscar Best Director Prize with HACKSAW RIDGE

With films that span from the classic, Oscar Best Picture-winning Braveheart to The Patriot, We Were Soldiers, The Passion of the Christ and his most recently directed film, the Mayan civilization epic Apocalypto, Mel Gibson has become known for meshing big themes with atmospheric style that takes audiences into revealing worlds.

Now, Mel Gibson's re-creates with a mesmerizing realism the epic combat that saw the true-to-life heroism of Desmond Doss in the World War II action-thriller, Hacksaw Ridge.

Nominated for eight Oscar Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, Hacksaw Ridge centers on the story of Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a Seventh-day Adventist who became an army medic while adhering to his religious convictions of not carrying a weapon. He saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II.

For producer Bill Mechanic, Gibson was always the ultimate choice to direct Hacksaw Ridge. "The script felt to me almost like a companion piece to Braveheart," comments the producer. "It pulls together the same themes of faith, violence and war, though it's a very different story about a man from a very different time and background. To me, what also sets Mel apart as a contemporary filmmaker is how experiential his filmmaking is, how visceral the storytelling is in his films. He's become a consummate director. He's equally great with characters, with actors, with the camera and the editing process and with giving audiences a new experience."
Gibson saw in Hacksaw Ridge a chance to bring into the light a forgotten hero – and he was drawn to Desmond Doss as man who determined to find a way to live by the values that meant everything to him, even when they seemed in conflict with the whole world around him.

Says Gibson: "Desmond Doss abhorred violence, it was against his principles, his religious beliefs, but he wanted to serve his country in World War II as a medic. How does somebody go into the worst place on earth without a weapon? It was all the more compelling to me, because it was a true story, and I thought I could bring my visual language to it."

Gibson notes that Doss never called himself a conscientious objector. That was the army's term. Instead, he called himself a "conscientious co-operator," believing with unflagging tenacity that he had plenty to contribute without having to kill other human beings.

"He was a co-operator in the sense that he passionately wanted to join the war effort, but he wanted to enter it as someone aiming not to take life but to save it," says Gibson. "Still, you have to ask, what kind of madman goes into that kind of a conflagration seen on Okinawa without being armed? Doss defied what anyone could have expected from that situation. Somebody mentioned to me that the Congressional Medal of Honour is usually given to people who have a singular moment where they make a snap decision and do one heroic thing. One of the things that stood out to me about Desmond is that in Okinawa, this guy was heroic 24/7, for a whole month. He took heroism to another level not often seen."

Mechanic notes that when it came to the battle sequences, Gibson zeroed right in on the most essential and creative details. "Mel has such an eye for war action, I feel he was the real creator of all the battle sequences, regardless of who wrote the scenes," says the producer.

Yet even in the most frenetic action, Gibson wanted the humanity of the character to hold sway. He says of the battle sequences: "The important part was to give you the sense that this is the worst place anyone has ever seen, which it was for these men. And here's Desmond, this guy you've hopefully come to know and to love, thrown into this terrible place where he will finally see how measures up to the standards he has set for himself."

Hacksaw Ridge will open in Philippine cinemas on February 22, 2017.


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KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD Reveals Epic Scope in New Trailer

The full trailer has now arrived for Guy Ritchie's adrenalin-fueled epic fantasy take on the Arthurian legends with Warner Bros. Pictures' sweeping fantasy action adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Check out the new trailer at https://youtu.be/NjwZtSWmGTA and watch King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in Philippine cinemas starting May 17, 2017.

The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Oscar nominee Jude Law, and Eric Bana. Ritchie directs the film from a screenplay by Joby Harold and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, story by Joby Harold.

The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. www.kingarthurmovie.com

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Is it Goodbye Ronnie, McCoy, Jameson? Meet the New HASHTAGS Members


“It’s Showtime” introduced another batch of its ‘kilig ambassadors’ – the newest members of its boy group Hashtags – who will bring more kilig to the country’s number one noontime program.

The new heartthrobs showed off their dance moves for the first time on Valentine’s Day, led by former child star Bugoy Cariño, who said, “Dancing and showbiz are not new to me. But now that I’m a ‘kilig ambassador,’ you will see a different Bugoy.”

Also making their debut on “It’s Showtime’s” stage as new Hashtags were former “Pinoy Boyband Superstar” contestant Wilbert Ross, model Maru Delgado, as well as CK Kieron, Kid Yambao, Rayt Carreon, Vitto Marquez, and Franco Hernandez.

They will join original Hashtags members Zeus Collins, Jimboy Martin, McCoy De Leon, Nikko Natividad, Tom Doromal, Jameson Blake, Paulo Angeles, Jon Lucas, Ryle Santiago, Luke Conde, and Ronnie Alonte.

Meanwhile, more viewers in the country prefer “It’s Showtime” because of its hit segments “Tawag ng Tanghalan,” “Dancing in Tandem,” “TrabaHula Extreme,” and “KanTanghalian.”

According to data from Kantar Media, more viewers nationwide watched “It’s Showtime’s” Valentine treat as it recorded a national TV rating of 17.4%, higher than that of “Eat Bulaga’s” 14.7%.

Don’t miss “It’s Showtime” at noon from Mondays to Saturdays. To get updates, follow the program on Twitter (@ItsShowtimena) or like facebook.com/ItsShowtimeNa.

ABS-CBN Acquires Asia's Biggest Hit Series “Love in the Moonlight,” “Legend of the Blue Sea,” “Hwoarang,” “Weightlifting Fairy,” “Goblin,” “W,” and “Doctors”


ABS-CBN announced its latest acquisition of Asia’s biggest hit series namely “Love in the Moonlight,” “Legend of the Blue Sea,” “Hwoarang,” “Weightlifting Fairy,” “Goblin,” “W,” and “Doctors.”

Evelyn Raymundo, head of ABS-CBN integrated acquisitions and international sales and distribution, shared the news before hundreds of communications students from different schools at the recently concluded 11th Pinoy Media Congress. The auditorium was filled with loud cheers as Raymundo showed trailers of these Asianovela hits.

First in line is “Love in the Moonlight,” which airs very soon on ABS-CBN. It stars Korea’s breakout loveteam Park Bo Gum and Kim Joo Yung in a funny and romantic story of a crown prince who falls in love with a young woman disguised as a eunuch.

“Love in the Moonlight” is one of the most anticipated Korean dramas by Filipino Asianovela fans. The clamor is so high that lead star Bo Gum’s supposedly private and personal visit to Cebu recently was welcomed by screaming fans and even trended on Twitter Philippines.

International superstar Lee Min Ho, meanwhile, is back on PH television with one of Korea’s top leading ladies, Jun Ji Hyun, in a different love story about a mermaid in love with a human in “Legend of the Blue Sea.”

Fans of “Train to Busan” lead star Gong Yoo get to see him again, this time as an immortal protector of souls in hit series “Goblin.”

The Asianovela craze continues with the coming of age sports drama “Weightlifting Fairy,” and a ‘kilig’-filled series that features an elite group of young, handsome men devoted to defend the king in “Hwarang.”

Fantasy drama “W” starring Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-joo is also coming your way as well as “Doctors” starring Park Shin Hye and Kim Rae Won. “W” tells the story of a woman pulled inside the parallel world of a webtoon his father created, where she meets the lead character Kang Cheol. Meanwhile, medical drama “Doctors” features the romantic story between a reckless rebel turned neurosurgery fellow and her mentor.

For more updates on upcoming Asianovelas on ABS-CBN, follow @Kapamilanovela on Twitter or like the official Kapamilyanovela Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ABSCBNKapamilyanovelas.

Palace Declares February 28, March 2, 7, 8, 17, 21 and 24, 2017 as Special Non-Working Holiday #WalangPasok



Malacañang Palace through Proclamation No. 142 to 160 series of 2017 declared February 28, 2017 and March 2, 7, 8, 17, 21 & 24, 2017 as Special Non-Working Holiday in selected areas nationwide due to celebrations of various important events.

Proclamation No. 158 - Special non-working day in the City of Tangub on February 28, 2017 (Tuesday) for the celebration of of the Charter Day of the City of Tangub.

Proclamation No. 153 - Special non-working day in the Province of La Union on March 2, 2017 (Thursday) for the celebration of its 167th Founding Anniversary.

Proclamation No. 154 - Special non-working day in Island Garden City of Samal on March 7, 2017 (Tuesday) for the celebration of the Charter Anniversary.

Proclamation No. 155 - Special non-working day in the Province of Basilan on March 7, 2017 (Tuesday) for the celebration of its 43rd Founding Anniversary.

Proclamation No. 159 - Special non-working day in the Province of Compostela Valley on March 8, 2017 (Wednesday) for the celebration of its 19th Foundation Anniversary as well as 10th "Bulawan Festival" of the province.

Proclamation No. 156 - Special non-working day in Municipality of Tayug, Province of Pangasinan on March 17, 2017 (Friday) for the celebration of its Founding Anniversary.

Proclamation No. 157 - Special non-working day on March 21, 2017 (Tuesday) in the City of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro for the celebration of its 19th founding anniversary.


Proclamation No. 160 - Special non-working day in the City of Tabaco, Province of Albay on March 24, 2017 (Friday) for the celebration of its founding anniversary.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

(Video) Erich Gonzales and Daniel Matsunaga Met, Reconcile, Deny Money Issue


Star Magic, ABS-CBN's talent arm that handles the career of Erich Gonzales and Daniel Matsunaga released a statement confirming that the (un) couple have met to discuss the issues involving their split.

(Video) Erich Gonzales and Daniel Matsunaga Met, Reconcile, Deny Money Issue. Watch below:



Anne Curtis Finds “The One” in Jollibee #BeefyEverAfter



Where did Anne Curtis - actress, TV host, and all-around performer - find ‘The One?’

In her latest TV commercial for the country’s number one fast-food brand Jollibee, Anne reveals the one meal she will never get tired of: Jollibee Burger Steak.

With a well-seasoned burger patty made with 100% real beef, the Jollibee Burger Steak delivers spectacular flavors and textures to the table. The patty is generously poured with Jollibee’s signature mushroom gravy and is then topped with mushroom slices to bring a delicious and delightful spoonful that Anne - as well as millions of Filipinos - keep falling in love with. 

Decade after decade, Jollibee Burger Steak has never failed to deliver a beefy-ever-after experience to Filipino diners,” said Francis E. Flores, Jollibee Global Chief Marketing Officer and Philippines Head of Marketing. “This year, we’re renewing our commitment to continually improve our products - including the best-selling Burger Steak - to guarantee unparalleled flavors and dining experiences for those who have fallen head over heels with Jollibee, including our newest celebrity endorser, Anne Curtis.”


Full Circle

2017 marks Anne’s 20th year in Philippine show business, where she had made waves through a slew of TV shows, critically acclaimed blockbuster hits, and in recent years, sold-out concerts at some of the country’s most prestigious event venues.

Her journey to stardom began exactly twenty years ago, at a Jollibee store along Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong City. A 12-year-old balikbayan visiting relatives from her mother’s side, Anne was discovered by a talent scout while she was enjoying Jollibee’s signature offerings. .

I wouldn’t be the star I am today if I was not eating at Jollibee 20 years ago,” said Anne. “This endorsement is really a big dream come true for me. I feel like I’ve come full circle in my career.”


‘It’s like love at first bite’

Anne shares unforgettable childhood Jollibee encounters with millions of Filipino kids, across generations.

At a young age, my mother introduced me to the Pinoy happy place: Jollibee,” she said. “This is where I got to taste the Filipino version of steak: the Burger Steak with rice!

This special, truly Pinoy meal has captivated Anne’s taste buds from the very first time she tasted it. “It’s like love at first bite! And what’s great about the Burger Steak is that it’s still has the same savory, delicious, beefy flavors that I’ve loved ever since.”

The actress added that she never gets tired of the Burger Steak. “It hits all the right spots. The combination of real beef, sauce, and rice is just something that reminds me of comfort, of home.”

Catch Anne’s beefy ever after with Jollibee Burger Steak in a new TV commercial below:



The Jollibee Burger Steak is available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru transactions in all Jollibee stores nationwide. Prices start at P50.00*.
                            
*Prices may vary across different locations.

M&M’s FUN FIRST MOVE Project Winners Face an Ultimate Valentine's Surprise that Put Their Love to a Different Height


Love is literally in the air as M&M’s treat a lucky couple with a breath-taking helicopter ride to the scenic city of Tagaytay to enjoy the most romantic date this Valentine’s.

Traditionally, men are the ones who shower women with flowers and chocolates but this year with the help of #MMsFunFirstMove project, Jessa Bernales was the one who surprised her husband with a bouquet of flowers and an epic helicopter ride to an unforgettable date in Tagaytay.

This romantic surprise will surely take them, and their love to different heights, just ask the chopper pilot!




A moment of confusion followed by the euphoria of realizing his wife’s surprise


Aside from the grand winner, nineteen other romantics surprise their loved ones with the help of M&M’s Red, Green and Yellow.

M&M’s Red and his boy band make the winners’ significant others swoon and blush with their ‘kilig’-infused songs and charming demeanor. M&M’s Yellow, on the other hand delivers a big surprise, with the perfect cuddle buddy that will always remind them of the feeling of being in love - a giant teddy bear! And to take it up a notch, M&M’s Green brings along a hot real-life cupid! The hottie with the arrows shower the winning couples with gifts and affection.

Congratulations to all the lucky winners of M&M’s Fun First Move Project. And don’t fret, you can still spoil your loved ones this Valentine’s day, show how sweet you are and gift them with M&M’s and your undying adoration.

The Promo ran from January 9 to February 5 2017. For more updates , visit www.facebook.com/MMsPhilippines.


Move over Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. Jessa and Froilan Bernales’ ride is M&M’s -sweet!





About Mars, Incorporated

In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today.

Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 72,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.

Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, KITEKAT®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital and NUTRO®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints.  Food – UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY™, KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA® and WISDOM PANEL®.

For more information, please visit www.mars.com. Follow us: facebook.com/mars, twitter.com/marsglobal, youtube.com/mars, linkedin.com/company/mars.

New SKYdirect Postpaid Subscribers Can Get a Free KFC Bucket Meal from February 17 to March 17


Apply for any postpaid plan of SKYdirect and avail of a free KFC bucket meal worth P600 for every successful installation from February 17 to March 17, 2017. 

With a SKYdirect subscription, families will be able to enjoy popular channels in high definition such as HBO HD, AXN HD, History HD, Cartoon Network HD and NBA Premium HD, as well channels and shows not available in other direct-to-home satellite service providers such as ABS-CBN HD, Cinema One, Lifestyle Network and Knowledge Channel, all for as low as Php250 per month. 

This is available for new subscribers in Bacolod, Baguio, Batangas (Lipa, Balayan, Tanauan), Bulacan, Cavite, CAMANAVA, Cebu, Dagupan, Dumaguete, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Laguna (Calamba, San Pedro Sta. Rosa), Laoag, Metro Manila, Naga, Polomolok, Rizal, Tagum, Urdaneta, and Zamboanga.  

For more details, visit mysky.com.ph or text SKY to 23668.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Starts Production, Phase 3 Details Teased


Marvel Studios has officially announced the production start of Avengers: Infinity War via a featurette that shows Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord).

Watch the featurette below:.



Prior to the release of the first featurette, Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) hosted a Facebook Live, to answer fan questions. Here’s everything we learned from the live chat (and the first Avengers: Infinity War featurette) so far:

•Tom Holland will be reprising his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
•Chris Pratt‘s Peter Quill/Star-Lord will also be joining the fray.
•Robert Downey Jr. still fondly remembers the Mark 42 from “Iron Man 3”
•“Avengers: Infinity War” kicks off with tension as Captain America is still on Iron Man’s “S-List”
•Reflecting on his appearance in the first “Iron Man” to “Avengers: Infinity War,” Downey says “[Tony Stark] has matured a bit. What has changed is the universe around him.”
•Stark’s universe now involves Peter Parker, the Guardians and Doctor Strange.
•Joe and Anthony Russo have never fought on set
•The three Avengers the Russo brothers would go on a family vacation with: Tony Stark, Peter Park, and Vision.
•Start of production officially began last month in Pinewood Atlanta.
•Thanos will be “the most frightening villain the Avengers have ever faced;” he’ll show us all why he’s “the biggest, the best, the baddest villain that we’ve ever had.”
•The Avengers are completely unprepared to face Thanos as a result of the events of “Captain America: Civil War” leaving the Avengers a team name with no team members.
•Get ready for the Guardians of the Galaxy / Avengers team-up as we see Thor fighting alongside Rocket Raccoon
•The Russo brothers confirm two films will be deeply connected – “these next two Avengers films will be an event like no one has ever seen on film before”
•Downey drives that point home as we’ve come to learn the next two Avengers will be filmed back-to-back for a “year of fun-filled lensing”

Avengers: Infinity War will hit US theaters May 4, 2018, with the second part following on May 3, 2019.  

Continuing a cinematic universe that launched in 2008 with Iron Man, Infinity War promises an epic story that will bring in characters from a decade of films. The cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Pom Klementieff, Tom Holland, Peter Dinklage and Josh Brolin as Thanos. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who return after Captain America: Civil War, are directing both Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled second half, which will close Marvel Phase 3.

SMURFS Team Up with United Nations in 2017 for a Happier, More Peaceful and Equitable World


The popular Smurfs characters are encouraging children, young people and adults to make the world happier, more peaceful, equitable and healthy with a campaign launched today by the United Nations, UNICEF, and the United Nations Foundation.  

Watch the featurette “International Day of Happiness 2017 - Small Smurfs Big Goals” below:



The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign is designed to encourage everyone to learn about and support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which were agreed on by all 193 member countries of the United Nations in 2015. It kicks off with the launch of a Public Service Announcement video inspiring viewers to champion the Goals, which include ending extreme poverty, protecting the planet and giving everyone the chance to enjoy peace and prosperity.  

The public can also join “Team Smurfs” by visiting the SmallSmurfsBigGoals.com website to find out how they can contribute to achieving the Goals; discover which goals are best suited to their interests; raise their voices for a better world for all; and share information, ideas and images on social media.  

"The entertainment industry moves the hearts and minds of people of all ages, and the UN thanks our friends at Sony Pictures Animation and the Smurfs for this creative effort to mobilize support for the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division in the United Nations Department of Public Information. “We hope this campaign will motivate millions of young people and their families to do their part to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect our planet – three key aspects that will lead to the well-being and happiness of all people.”

Team Smurfs will rally behind the 17 Goals through to the International Day of Happiness on 20 March 2017 when the campaign will culminate in a celebration at United Nations Headquarters in New York to mark the occasion. This year, the International Day of Happiness will highlight the Sustainable Development Goals as building blocks of happiness. Voice actors from the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village will attend to honour youth and children who have played a role in raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.

We know that children and young people are some of the world’s most passionate advocates on issues that matter to them the most. We must continue to find new ways to empower them to help achieve a world free from inequality and injustice for every child. This campaign will give children and young people the platform they need to have their voices heard,” said UNICEF Director of Communications Paloma Escudero.  

The campaign message focuses on the notion that every one of us can make a difference, regardless of our size,” said Veronique Culliford, the daughter of Peyo, who created the Smurfs in 1958. “It’s an honor and privilege for The Smurfs to support the United Nations and to continue our longstanding relationship with UNICEF.

All of us, even a small Smurf, can achieve big goals!” added Demi Lovato, who voices Smurfette in the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village.

The “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign will be localized in 14 different languages and promoted across Sony Pictures Television Networks’ flagship channel brands such as AXN, Sony Channel, Crackle, Animax and Pop available in 178 countries, including their on-air, online and social media properties.

The public can engage on social media using the hash-tags #SmallSmurfsBigGoals and #TeamSmurfs


ABOUT THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

In September 2015, UN Member States unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, focused on the three interconnected elements of: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. With 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core, the Agenda is universal, integrated and transformative and aims to spur actions that will end poverty, reduce inequality and tackle climate change between now and 2030.  

For more information, go to: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment or follow us on Twitter at @GlobalGoalsUN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/globalgoalsUN.


ABOUT SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history! The feature is directed by Kelly Asbury, produced by Jordan Kerner and Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews, and written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon, based on the characters and works of Peyo.

Maja Salvador's WILDFLOWER Beats Wowowin on its Pilot Episode


ABS-CBN’s newest primetime drama “Wildflower” is off to a good start as its pilot telecast instantly captivated viewers nationwide, garnering a national TV rating of 20.1% versus its rival program’s 14.7%, according to data from Kantar Media.

The show, led by versatile actress Maja Salvador, also created buzz online as its official hashtag #WildflowerBlossoms landed on the top trending topics on Twitter last Monday (February 13).

In its premiere offering, “Wildflower” introduced to viewers the young and energetic Lily (Xyriel Manabat) and showed how she and her parents Camia (Sunshine Cruz) and Dante (Christian Vasquez) are starting a new life in Poblacion Ardiente, a town ruled and governed by the powerful Ardiente clan.

Lily then found a new friend in Diego, who happens to be the son of Ardiente mayor Emilia (Aiko Melendez) and grandson of patriarch Julio (Tirso Cruz III). What awaits Lily and her family in this new town?

“Wildflower” is directed by Onat Diaz, Raymond Ocampo, Cathy Camarillo under the production unit headed by Ruel Bayani.

Don’t miss the premiere of “Wildflower” this Monday (February 13) 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 https://www.facebook.com/wildflowerchannel2/. Catch its latest episodes on iwantv.com.ph or skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.

'My Ex and Whys' Earns P27M on Opening Day, The Highest Opening Day for a LizQuen Movie


Star Cinema's Valentine movie offering "My Ex and Whys" topbilled by reel and real-life sweethearts Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil has earned an opening day gross of P27 million.

The number is higher than the debut-day grosses of their previous films "Everyday I Love You" and "Just the Way You Are" which earned P16M and P12M respectively.

"My Ex and Whys" is about a former playboy (Gil) trying to prove to his ex-girlfriend (Soberano) that he's a changed man. It is now showing in theaters nationwide. 

Showing in more than 250 theaters nationwide, the movie is helmed by blockbuster director Cathy Garcia-Molina.

Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera for MEGA 25th Anniversary Issue


Coinciding with its 25th anniversary issue, MEGA Magazine brings together two of the biggest names in the Philippine showbiz scene for their first joint magazine cover each with a trail of hard-earned success blazing behind them, Angel Locsin and Marian Rivera propel themselves forward and take life by the horns. Daring to always live out the truest of true, these iconic beauties of their time take us on the next steps of their lives.







With a swipe of Avon True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Red Supreme on her lips, Angel stresses how proud she is to represent a brand that gives value to the woman. "I believe in what they want to happen and I believe they will help make a lot of people happy."






A vision of a beautiful woman in charge and fully assimilated into her new role as a wife and mother, Marian shares how Avon is not just about the surface level of beauty. "They're not just about earning and not just about having a lipstick.They give women at home a chance at a livelihood. If everyone thinks like that, won't we all be happy?





MEGA 25th Anniversary issue is also available for download on Magzter. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Maxene Magalona and Robby Mananquil, Engaged!






Kapamilya actress Maxene Magalona and boyfriend, musician Robby Mananquil are engaged!

Maxene broke the news of her engagement with Robby in Japan as she posted a string of photos on her Instagram account - one showing him asking her for her hand in marriage - with the caption: "I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you."

THR Announces Season 2 of "Mom vs Matchmaker" Reality Series on Myx TV

The Hollywood Reporter – the definitive interpretive voice of the mainstream entertainment industry – announced today the returning season of Mom vs Matchmaker, set to premiere on March 14 only on Myx TV, a network targeting Asian American viewers.

Mom vs Matchmaker is a reality series focused on finding the perfect match for millennials. Matchmaking professional Carmelia Ray challenges the mothers of the contestants in finding a suitable date for their kid. Each will set up a date in the hopes that their pick will be chosen. The singles find out at the end of the episode who prepared which date.

In the article written by Kara Haar, it was revealed that "On the season two premiere, music producer Justin is ready for love. He prefers a creative, big-eyed girl with a 'booty.' His mother claims he wants someone who resembles her. In the episode, his mother tries to find a nice girl who loves cooking, while Ray also looks for his perfect match."

Mom vs. Matchmaker is produced by Daniel Oron and Natasha Ryan for Go Button Media and Myx TV General Manager Miguel Santos for said network.

To celebrate the upcoming premiere of Mom vs. Matchmaker season two, Myx TV is hosting a Valentine's Day marathon. Beginning on Tuesday, Myx TV will air episodes of several series focused on love. The schedule includes Season 1 of Mom vs. Matchmaker, six episodes of Bagged and six Asian romance movies including Rise Up, First Kiss, Love, Forever Love, 100 Days and My Valentine.

Mom vs. Matchmaker premieres Tuesday, March 14, at 8 p.m. on Myx TV. The episodes can be watched the following day on myxtv.com.

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WWF-Philippines Ambassadors Marc Nelson, Rovilson Fernandez and Iza Calzado Lead 1st WWF Fundraising Hour


WWF-Philippines National Ambassadors Marc Nelson, Rovilson Fernandez and Iza Calzado shared their passion for the environment with mallgoers and encouraged them to support WWF's Individual Donor Programme (IDP) during the recent Ambassador's Fundraising Hour held in Greenbelt 1, Makati.

Everyone can now directly contribute to the sustainability initiatives of WWF-Philippines by visiting WWF booths in selected malls all over the country or by going to the WWF-Philippines website at wwf.org.ph/donate. Potential donors can choose to make a one-time donation or monthly donations, which can help sustain various WWF-Philippines biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation programs all over the country.

For as little as Php 500 per month, one can help provide portable solar lamps to families in communities that have no access to electricity, produce WWF workbooks that educate elementary students about species conservation, environmental sustainability, renewable energy, proper waste management and climate change or support the training of teachers for sustained environmental awareness.

Donations of Php 700 monthly meanwhile, can help sustain our seas, support reforestation programs and encourage traditional and environmentally sound fishing methods for tuna fishermen, while donations of Php 1,000 can help save lives by boosting vulnerable communities' resilience to climate change, help fishers affected by typhoons in building their own fiberglass boats and protect precious food resources like the Tubbataha Reefs in Palawan. Supporters can also give one-time cash donations in exchange for WWF merchandise. Credit cards are accepted.

As one of the newest WWF-Philippines Ambassadors, Iza admitted that her role truly transformed her lifestyle as she considers environmental issues in her everyday decisions.


COCA-COLA Brings Safe Drinking Water to Earthquake-Stricken Communities in Surigao

As the people of Surigao recover from the devastation wrought by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck Surigao Province last Friday, the Coca-Cola System offered quick and ready assistance to the families. 

At least 11 towns including the provincial capital and two major bridges essential were damaged. The earthquake and its aftershocks have left an estimated ₱601.8 million in damage in its wake. 

In light of this, the beverage company immediately arranged to send aid in the form of a vital resource - safe and clean drinking water. 

On February 11 – the day after the quake, 100,000 worth of Wilkins Distilled water were unloaded at Surigao City Hall. The drinking water was distributed through the efforts of the local government, with the assistance of Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines pre-sellers, 301B personnel of the Philippine Army, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development. 

In addition to the products, Coca-Cola Philippines, Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, and the Coca-Cola Foundation are working with the local government of Surigao for the deployment of the SETA Potable Water Machine – a mobile drinking water facility with the capability to treat and produce 3000 l/h of potable drinking water a day – to sustainably ease the community's need for this resource, and will continue to support the rehabilitation efforts in the province.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Open Call Auditions for Roles in the Philippine Staging of West End and Broadway Hit Musical MATILDA


Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is proud to announce OPEN CALL AUDITIONS for Boys and Girls ages 7 - 12 for roles in the West End and Broadway hit musical MATILDA.

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards, and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her school teacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins to not only recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing however - the school's mean headmistress Miss Trunchbull hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Open Call Auditions for all kids roles including Matilda, Bruce, Lavender and the rest of her singing, dancing, high-energy young classmates will be held on March 18, 2017 at the G-Force Dance Centre, Penthouse II, TERRAZZO, 35 Thomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Madriñan Street, Quezon City. Registration is from 10 am - 4 pm while auditions are from 11am - 5pm. Please come prepared to sing one musical theatre song and bring with you a 3R headshot photo, a copy of your birth certificate, a CV, a guardian's waiver/consent, and be prepared to fill out a registration form upon arrival.

MATILDA will premiere in Manila in November with rehearsals beginning mid-September. It is made possible through a special licensing agreement with Music Theatre International.

For further inquiries, please call 650-5144, (0917) 838-1534 or email info@ategasia.com.

You can also follow its official Facebook at facebook.com/ATEGasia for up-to-date information.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

5 Valentine Dates to Bring Your Loved Ones to Without Any Cost

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. As couples find creative ways to celebrate the love month, they usually think that special Valentine dates are expensive. But with ABS-CBNmobile’s Kapamilya VIP, you don’t need to break the bank to have a fun and memorable celebration with the love of your life.

As Kapamilya VIPs, ABS-CBNmobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers are entitled to a host of privileges like live shows, front-row seats in concerts, and the chance to get up-close and personal with their favorite Kapamilya stars.


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Here are some great date ideas that show how much you love and care:
  1. CAPTURE THE SING AND DANCE SHOWDOWNS OF KAPAMILYA STARS IN “ASAP” TOGETHER



In a world where uploading Instagram Stories is the coolest thing, there’s nothing cooler than capturing the epic sing and dance showdowns of Kapamilya stars on the “ASAP” stage with your significant other and sharing it with your Instagram followers. Conquer your #couplegoals by uploading a boomerang of Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador rocking the dance floor with their solid dance moves. Don’t forget as well to hit the record button during the star-studded tribute to an OPM icon in “ASAPinoy.” Nothing also beats hearing live the “ASAP” birit queens who always manage to give viewers goosebumps.



  1. GO ON A DATE AT THE RED CARPET PREMIERE OF A STAR CINEMA MOVIE



If getting dressed to the nines to attend a red carpet movie premiere is on your couple goals bucket list, then definitely look out for Star Cinema passes. As a Kapamilya VIP, you and your significant other can skip the long lines in cinemas and be part of a star-studded red carpet premiere. In fact, you have a chance this February 13 as Star Cinema holds a special Valentine screening of LizQuen’s “My Ex and Whys.” Plus, you and your date can even join the cast party. And if you can’t join the special event, just watch out for the regular movie passes to be given out to lucky Kapamilya VIPs.

  1. ENJOY LIVE COMEDY WITH THE “BANANA SUNDAE” CREW



If your idea of a great date involves fun and laughter, sign up for a slot to catch live the “Banana Sundae” crew throw witty punch lines and jokes at each other. Get your smartphones ready too to capture the amusing memories while watching Angelica Panganiban, John Prats, Jessy Mendiola, Pokwang, and more poke fun at each other. Who says good Valentine dates always need to be romantic, right?

  1. LAUGH OUT LOUD TOGETHER DURING VICE GANDA’S FUN INTERVIEWS



Ever wondered how awesome it is to be a live studio audience in “Gandang Gabi Vice?”

As a Kapamilya VIP, now is your chance to finally experience watching live the fun interviews of Vice Ganda with his celebrity guests. And the best part is, you can share the memory with the love of your life. Laugh out loud together whenever Vice Ganda teases his guests and shriek with the audience when he asks daring questions. Plus, you or your date could even be picked to participate in Vice Ganda’s antics with his guests.

  1. JOIN THE MOR LIVE SESSIONS TOGETHER



If you’re more of a radio fan, perhaps being part of the MOR live sessions is a perfect date for you and your significant other. Step into the radio booth of the number one FM station in the country and join MOR resident DJs Cha Cha, Jhai’ho, and Papi Charlz play the best love songs as you and your date enjoy a chill, yet romantic moment together.






The Kapamilya VIP (KVIP) experience is open to all active ABS-CBNmobile prepaid and postpaid subscribers. To join, prepaid subscribers need at least a P10 load balance, while postpaid subscribers just need to have an active account. To register your ABS-CBNmobile number to KVIP, text KVIP <space> REG <space> Name/Address to 2131. Afterwards, pick a Kapamilya show or event by texting KVIP <space> keyword of the Kapamilya show or event to 2131.

Meanwhile to view the available shows and events, text KVIP <space> LIST to 2131. Subscribers can send up to 10 entries in a day free of charge. KVIP winners will be notified through a call from an ABS-CBNmobile representative. For more information on KVIP, go toabscbnmobile.com/article/Kapamilya-VIP-8. ABS-CBNmobile 4G LTE SIMs are available in SM Stores nationwide.

Do not miss the chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a different way without breaking the bank and become a certified Kapamilya VIP. Visit abscbnmobile.com and follow ABS-CBNmobile in Facebook (facebook.com/abscbnmobile) and Instagram (@abscbnmobile) for updates.

Watch: Adele and Beyonce's Clash in the 59th Grammy Awards Live on Jack TV and SKY on Demand via SKYmobi


Queen Bey is going to head with Adele in this year’s most awaited music event, the 59th Grammy Awards airing on February 13, Monday at 9AM on Jack TV, available through SKY on Demand via SKYmobi.

SKY on Demand is SKY’s platform for watching cable content online anywhere in the country and it is accessible via SKY’s mobile Internet service, SKYmobi.

Beyonce leads the pack of this year’s Grammy nominees with nine nods, sharing the three core categories – Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year – with another queen of the music industry, Adele, who has five nominations. Both are up for Best Pop Solo Performance.

Completing Beyonce’s nominations are Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Music Video, Best Music Film, Best Rock Performance for a collaboration with Jack White, and Best Rap/Sung Performance for a team up with Kendrick Lamar. The Bey hive is abuzz not just with the performer’s nominations but also with her announced performance at the awards show.

Meanwhile, Adele is also set to perform at the ceremony and is nominated in the Best Pop Vocal Album.

Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga are also expected to take the stage. Expected to add an emotional punch into this year’s show is a tribute performance in memory of Prince and George Michael.

The Grammy Awards started in 1959. It has seen the change in technology when it comes to music production and distribution. This year digital and streaming technology has reached the Grammy’s with the nomination of Chance The Rapper in seven categories for his ‘streaming-only’ first album “Coloring Book.” This, along with the nomination of Beyonce and Adele, brings to light the convergence of traditional distribution through CDs and records and digital distribution through streaming services and digital purchases. Beyonce released her visual album “Lemonade” first through streaming, while Adele released “25” through physical records.

Watch this historic Grammy ceremony on Jack TV on February 13 at 9AM. It can also be seen on Jack TV on SKY on Demand via SKYmobi. Choose from three SKYmobi plans – SKYmobi Plan 499, SKYmobi Plan 999, and SKYmobi Plan 1499 – and get ready to experience the power of internet and cable on a single device anywhere you go. SKYmobi is now also available in 4G-LTE-SIM only plans. Call 418-0000 or visit www.skymobi.com.ph to subscribe to SKYmobi Pocket WIFI now!

GAMETIME with Migs Bustos Brings More Action to ANC


ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, gives the sports highlights of the day with a fresh perspective and analysis, through “Gametime,” a 30-minute sports newscast hosted by up and coming sportcaster Migs Bustos

It airs Mondays to Fridays from 9:30pm to 10:00pm.

Bustos is a seasoned commentator for the National Collegiate Athletic Association and contributes articles and analysis to ABS-CBN’s online sports hub, sports.abs-cbn.com. He began his career as sports analyst for ABS-CBN S+A sports channel’s “The Score,” DZMM’s “Fastbreak,” and ANC’s “Hardball,” before venturing into newscasting as an anchor for “ANC Headlines.”

In “Gametime,” Bustos will recap the day’s biggest sports stories while engaging viewers with segments like “Going Social,” where he shares social media reactions to the games, “Fan-Stat-Stic Lines of the Day,” where he discusses the best stat lines from the day’s top performers, “The Lookahead,” which previews the next day’s biggest sports events, and “Stuff Happens,” which turns the spotlight to the lighter side of sports.

The program also does live interviews with today’s top athletes and sports personalities like mixed martial arts champion Eduard Folayang of One Championship, incoming UP Fighting Maroon Bright Akhuetie and Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz.

“Gametime” is just one of the shows ANC will be launching this year as it further cements its position as the gold standard and primary source of Philippine news and analysis for the country’s business leaders and key decision makers.

Catch Migs Bustos on “Gametime” on ANC and ANC HD from Monday to Friday at 9:30pm. For more information, visit news.abs-cbn.com/anc, or follow ANC on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ANCalerts) and Twitter (@ANCalerts).

Shaina Magdayao, JC de Vera and Denise Laurel Tangled and Ruined by Love in THE BETTER HALF


Watch out for another unique story of love and obsession in “The Better Half,” ABS-CBN’s newest romantic drama and psychological thriller that will show how far people go for the person they believe will fill their other half, starting this Monday (February 13).

Four of ABS-CBN’s best actors and actresses, Shaina Magdayao, Carlo Aquino, JC De Vera, and Denise Laurel play characters who will go to extraordinary lengths for love as their lives get entangled in lies, betrayal, and dark secrets.

The series is produced by the team behind hit shows “Be Careful With My Heart,” “Dream Dad,” and “Ningning,” - all directed by Jeffrey Jeturian.

Get to know Camille (Shaina) and Marco (Carlo), a married couple whose relationship is tested by fate when his airplane crashes, leaving a big scar in his wife’s heart.

Believing her husband is already gone, Camille meets Rafael (JC), the man who will help her forget about her past. But just when they think they can start a new life together, Marco resurfaces and returns to Camille’s life, but now he is married to Bianca (Denise).

As their paths cross once again, will Marco and Camille turn their backs from the new life they have without each other, or will they just throw away the love and dreams they once built together? Will Rafael and Bianca let their other halves go, or will they fight for their love? How far will they go to prove they are the better half for the person they love?

Also part of “The Better Half” are Epi Quizon, Nadia Montenegro, Rommel Padilla, Carmi Martin, Zeppi Borromeo, Maila Gumila, Bart Guingona, Mari Kaimo, Joyce Ann Burton, Regine Angeles, Junjun Quintana, and Pooh. Completing the cast are Gilleth Sandico, Kate Alejandrino, Tiptip Fucoy, Delphine Buencamino, Lemuel Pelayo, Vincent Lim, and Johan Santos.

Don’t miss “The Better Half,” starting this Monday (Feb 13) on ABS-CBN. For updates, follow @thebetterhalfTV on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Experience 10 Hours of LizQuen Weekly on Jeepney TV


Kapamilya love royalties, Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, make their small screen comeback on Jeepney TV with two-hour marathons Mondays through Fridays, and five-hour marathons on Saturdays and Sundays starting February 13 at 5PM.

Go back to where the LizQuen fever all began -  in La Presa, Benguet -  and relive the love story of Alexander “Xander” Grande III (Enrique Gil), the rebellious child of a hotel magnate, and Maria Agnes Calay (Liza Soberano), the humble, beautiful, and hardworking daughter of a strawberry farmer.

After Xander accidentally crashes into Agnes’ truck while base jumping, the latter’s parents force him to pay for the damages caused by his recklessness by having him work in the strawberry farm without any comfortable amenities. Aside from this, Xander and Agnes’ love is further challenged when they get entangled in the strawberry farm land dispute between their families.

When it aired in October 2014, “Forevermore” instantly ruled the national TV ratings game and topped social media  trends because of the gripping love story of Xander and Agnes. The finale episode of the Enrique and Liza-starrer even scored the series its all-time high national TV rating of 39.3%.

Adding to the success of the series, “Forevermore” was well-received by foreign audiences and aired internationally in countries such as Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Vietnam, and parts of Africa.

From the production of Star Creatives, “Forevermore” is under the direction of Cathy Garcia Molina.

Jeepney TV is the only local variety cable channel that offers the most extensive and well preserved archived programs that bridge generations of Filipino viewers by bringing back good memories and celebrating the best of Pinoy pop culture.

Catch the two-hour weekday marathon of “Forevermore” on Jeepney TV (SkyCable Channel 9), Mondays to Fridays beginning February 13, 5 PM to 7 PM with weekend recaps at 8 AM to 1 PM. For updates, like the Jeepney TV page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JeepneyTV).

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