Warner Brothers have just released the first promotional photos of the much awaited film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince with Hermione (Emma Watson), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) continuing their battle against evil and teen angst.
The highlight of these year's movie installment is the evolution of Harry’s rival Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) into a malevolent force. Introducing in the movie is Potions teacher Professor Slughorn (Jim Broadbent).
Trailer coming out soon!
As part of Preview Magazine's tradition, its July 2008 issue will feature once again ten prominent personalities in the fashion industry whom they consider the Best Dressed in 2008.
And how Preview chose the Best Dressed this year?
Preview's editor-in-chief Pauline Juan said, "Actually, each of the girls that we have, we choose based on really their style. What we also wanna do is have a group of girls that really represent different kinds of styles."
Here are the magazine's 10 Best Dressed in 2008:
Angel Aquino. She will be the cover girl for Preview's July 2008 issue. Pauline narrated that, as the staff was reviewing their "Best Dressed" list, they found that the Us Girls host was not included. "‘Wala din si Angel. Oh, no!' Parang, ‘Hindi puwede!'" After all, Angel Aquino has been in the Best Dressed list in the past.
The fashion magazine editor says that Angel deserves to be on the list, "Primarily because of the easy, relaxed style of dressing."
This is exactly how Angel described her personal style in clothing. The 35-year-old TV host-model said in an interview with Preview, "[My personal style] is simple, easy, and basic with some effort to be stylish and updated."
Aside from US Girls, Angel hosts Studio 23's travel and food show titled Tablescapes. She will join Judy Ann Santos in the teleserye Humiling Ako sa Langit, which will start airing in September.
Tweetie De Leon-Gonzalez. In showbiz, she was popularly known as Faye in the early '90s via the defunct TV series Okay Ka Fairy Ko. But in the fashion world, she is hailed as the country's most famous supermodel.
In an interview with Preview, Tweetie confessed, "Actually, I never was into fashion. It just so happened that I made a career out of it—and in the process learned to appreciate style workmanship, and the creativity that goes into each piece."
The fashion model, who's also a jewel designer, became part of this year's Best Dressed because "Tweetie is more classical but is also on the sporty side, being the endorser of Nike," says Pauline.
Preview also wrote, "This woman can put such a polished, sophisticated flair to the simplest, most basic pieces."
How does she choose her outfits?
"I choose my outfit depending on the weather, and my mood," answered Tweetie. "I'm dressed casually, usually in a basic tee paired with slacks, played up with my favorite Ice jewelry."
Tweetie owns the jewelry shop called Ice, which has stores in Rustan's Essences in Makati, Shangri-La Plaza, and Alabang.
Isabelle Daza. Isabelle Daza is linked to showbiz through her mother Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969. She also the current face of the clothing brand Human. (Click here to read related article)
Belle (her more popular name) is the youngest among the chosen Best Dressed this year. Preview included her in the list because she represents the younger generation.
"Her take on putting together her clothes is very fresh, very age-appropriate—wearing short shorts na hindi naman lahat sa atin nakakasuot," said Pauline.
"And she also has a lot of stuff from her mom, which are recycled from the '70s, di ba? So, that's interesting, you know, if you put something vintage with something now—it makes her a very unique kind of look."
Belle admitted this when she was interviewed by Preview. She said, "I get a lot of hand-me-downs from my mom. She gave me this feathery top, which is like 25 years old—very delicate and daring. She tells me how fashionable she was during her time."
Katrina Lobregat. From celebrity figures, the next Best Dressed is a lady whose work is closely related to fashion. Katrina Lobregat is a fashion buyer for Rustan's Department Store's Resortwear, Ladies Imported Shoes and Bags, and soon, Children's High Street.
When asked to describe Katrina, Preview editor Paulie Juan replied, "Her usual style, she's likes going to beach kasi and likes water sports so she's really, really, very resort, very laid back na glamour."
As Katrina herself told Preview, "I think I was made to dress for the tropics. I'm much more comfortable dressing up for warm, uncontrived, relaxed environment."
Katrina said that her influences on fashion came from her lolas, parents and even her sister. No wonder she is also into fashion design.
Ria Bolivar. Ria Bolivar is somehow different from the other Best Dressed personalities this year. While almost everyone likes to wear designer or branded clothes, this 24-year-old morena model candidly admits that she goes thrift-shopping.
"She is very into ukay-ukay," described Pauline, "so,...she mixes and matches her clothing—yung mga designer pieces from her designer friends, yung mga branded but from ukay-ukay. Interesting 'yong mix na yun."
Ria said that whenever she visits ukay-ukay, she always looks for vintage shoes and bags.
Where does she usually shop?
"I frequent ukay-ukay stores in Iloilo, bazaars, and tiny markets. I also go to Divisoria."
Solenn Heuseff. Like Katrina, this half-French, half-Filipina confessed that fashion is virtually in her blood. Both her grandmothers were sewers and pattern makers during their time.
This could have inspired the 23-year-old model/make-up artist to also try designing.
"She, believe it or not, is now into this thing called 'slutty chic,'" Pauline said. "Mas ano siya, very provocative dresser. She's half French so there's a kind of European flair going into the way she puts her outfit."
Solenn has already modeled for international brands like Christian Dior in Paris. Even it was only for a short period of time, Solenn thought that it was a good experience because, "I got to see how the buyers from different countries choose what'll be in their stores. It was really funny to see how styles can vary from one country to another."
Mai Kauffman. Last year, TV Patrol entertainment reporter Marie Lozano, who was pregnant at that time, made it to the 2007 Preview Best Dressed. Now, it's Mai Kauffmann, who is an interior designer by profession, but also designs her own line of quirky bags called Goddess. She is also a co-owner of a mid-century antiques and furniture shop called KARMA (Kauffman Auction Retro Modern Antiques).
"Parang every year, tsamba lang na there's always somebody pregnant in our choices. So it's always interesting to watch how you deal with the changing shape," explained Preview editor about having a pregnant woman in their list almost every year.
Pauline was amazed at how these pregnant women continue to be fashionistas.
Referring to Mai, she said, "But it's nice to see that she has not lost it. She likes loud colors, she'll pile things on, she's a maximalist in every sense of the word. So, talagang she'll do colored tights and then, printed colored tights, even when she's pregnant!"
Crystal Osamis. Aside from models, Preview also picked an aspiring designer, Crystal Osamis, to be included in this year's Best Dressed.
"What she does is she makes her own clothes," said Pauline. "Kasi makakamura naman talaga siya kung siya na lang ang gagawa, so she makes her clothes."
In an interview with Preview, Crystal said that she really enjoys creating dresses for other people. "It's a business I would want to take seriously. My personal style definitely reflects the clothes I make—I would never make a piece I wouldn't wear."
According to Pauline, Crystal is slowly making a name in the fashion industry. "She's been hitting the bazaars lately, trying to sell the stuff that she makes for herself because other people are like, ‘Ang ganda niyan, a. Sino ang gumawa?'" narrated Pauline.
Joyce Oreña. The next Best Dressed is a well-known fashionista who has gained popularity by wearing her personally designed jewelry. She sells some of her designs in her own accessories boutique, JÔ, located at the the Greenbelt 3 in Makati.
When it comes to clothing, Pauline said that Joyce is, "Very into designer [clothes] and the best European designers are really the stars of her wardrobe. Like, when you look at it, ‘Oh my God!'"
She added, "She's like the ‘who's who' of the best brands in the world. She wears these and then she mixes it up with her personal designs also to get the mix."
Where does she usually shop for these designer clothes? "In Manila, I shop at Greenbelt 3. Abroad, it's Milan, Rome, and Florence."
Anna Angara. Last but definitely not least is Anna Angara, a 37-year-old interior designer. This lady follows a certain discipline when it comes to fashion. Preview said, "She'll always opt for quality pieces regardless of price point. Secondly, she won't wear anything less than becoming—just for the sake of fashion."
Also, Anna told Preview, "I also stay in shape so I can wear as few items of clothing as possible!"
Just recently, the Quezon City Regional Trial Court granted the permanent protection order that Aiko had requested. ABS-CBN.com sat down with Aiko's legal counsel Atty. Rodel Dascil who gave us details about the protection order. The order dictates that Martin cannot come within 1,000 meters of Aiko, which is double the previous 500-meter limit of the temporary protection order.
Their daughter Marthena will remain in Aiko’s custody, with Martin having three-hour visitation rights every Sunday. The court also gave Martin special time with his daughter during occasions like Christmas and birthdays. All visitations will be conducted in the presence of Marthena’s nanny and bodyguard.
Just yesterday, July 2, Aiko attended the hearing of the annulment case she filed at Branch 225 under Judge Sempio Diy. According to Atty Dascil's text message, "Uncontested na default na si Martin for not appearing (during the hearing) together with his lawyer. Our pre-trial brief was accepted without comments."
Aiko will again appear in court a couple of weeks from now. A psychiatrist, who will also stand as a witness, will also be presented by Aiko's legal counsel in the annulment case.
“Sobrang saya kasi yung character ko siya yung hinahanap since the beginning of the show. I didn’t expect na mapupunta yung role sa akin.” says Nicole. The 17-year old feels blessed that after her success on PBB Teen Edition Plus, a big project has come her way. Kuya’s In-Chick is flattered to be working with her fellow Cebuana, Kim, who she regard as one of her idols in showbiz. With the help of workshops in ABS-CBN, Nicole is determined to give her best shot as she gives life to the character of Hannah.
Known as one of the country's top anchors who champions women's and children's issues, Karen puts on another hat and helps solve common problems encountered by parents in rearing their children and offers solutions through the help of experts.
"It's a whole new side of Karen that has never before seen on television. I want the viewers to see and appreciate this softer and motherly side of my personality through this show," said the former host of the investigative journalism show XXX. Karen was replaced by Pinky Webb in the said late-night show last May.
As a mother of two young boys, David Jude and Lucas Emmanuel, Karen had her own dilemmas while raising her sons and admitted that she finds it hard to spend quality time with them given her hectic schedule. She also shares her experiences in disciplining her kids as she feels some guilt for not giving them enough time.
"These are only some of the issues I can personally share to moms out there. That's why this project is very personal to me," Karen added.
The show will be seen twice a week. On Saturdays, it will share with the viewers parenting issues of one mother and her kids. On Sundays, Karen will be seen on the show to discuss the concerns of the parents and brings in experts to give advice.
"It tackles the simplest to the complex problems of child rearing. We will talk about problems like children who don't want to eat vegetables, children being disrespectful, sibling rivalries and even how to take care of an autistic or disabled child," said executive producer Margie Natividad.
Continuous monitoring will also be done after the episode to keep track of the progress of every featured household.
Wonder Mom with Karen Davila begins this Saturday, July 5, 9:30 AM on ABS-CBN.
The 2008 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is slated to open with the Adolf Alix Jr. film Adela, which is dedicated to veteran actress Anita Linda. The opening ceremony of Cinemalaya at the Cultural Center of the Philippines will serve as a tribute to Anita since her past co-stars and directors are expected to grace the gala night on July 11.
The opening film of the fourth edition of Cinemalaya tells the story of a lonely widow who feels abandoned by her children. Produced by Bicycle Pictures, the cast members of Adela include Perla Bautista, Ricky Davao, Iza Calzado, Joem Bascon, Jason Abalos, and German Moreno.
Here are the descriptions of the 10 Short Films:
Six-year-old Andong is obsessed, and nothing, not even his mother's disapproval and constant nagging can help curb his persistent infatuation. It didn't come out as a surprise to anyone when the precocious little boy went into a mad frenzy over the prospect of landing the much-coveted love-of-his-life. For the impoverished boy, it takes a miracle to convince his mother to give him twenty pesos. Andong is a story about pre-juvenile obsession and the real value of a hard-fought twenty pesos.
As a veteran of Cinemalaya director Rommel "Milo" Tolentino was one of the finalists in the very first Cinemalaya in 2005 for his work Alimuom. The following year, his short film Orasyon (Angelus) won the Cinemalaya 2006 Best Short Feature Film award.
ANG IBANG MGA PAMILYA
Spinster Connie Ocampo (Lui Manansala) deals with the loss of her adopted son, Cesar, a young man with Down's Syndrome. Faced with sudden emptiness, she occupies herself with the minutiae of the wake. A chance encounter with strangers forces her to evaluate her future. Ang Ibang Mga Pamilya is director/writer Joel Ruiz's second time to join the short film category. His first entry, Mansyon (The Mansion) won Best Short Film in Cinemalaya 2005.
Playing the tragic character of Connie is Lui Manansala, who brings an uncertainty to the hardened character. Shooting was done in two days, each day lasting 24 hours, using only paper lanterns. Connie's house is a basement with a lowered ceiling, adding to the claustrophobia of the piece. The rest of the story occurs in a funeral chapel in Pasay City, where the production staff contended with the wailing, gambling relatives of the deceased in the chapels next door.
Lui Manansala is a veteran stage and screen actor, appearing in numerous theater and film productions. He appeared in Yam Laranas' acclaimed horror flick Sigaw opposite Iza Calzado, in Erik Matti's Pasiyam, and in Lav Diaz's award-winning Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino, all screened in 2004.
This short film (the title of which means "Dreams") focuses on a nine-year-old girl named Satra who has been mute for as long as she could remember. Her determination to secure a good education reverberates clearly amid the strictness of her Yakan culture. The Yakan are one of the 13 Moro groups in the Philippines. They mainly reside in Basilan, Mindanao.
Sheron Dayoc is an independent filmmaker, editor, cinematographer, photographer, painter and writer. He has developed several documentary films, short feature films and audiovisual presentations for various international and local NGOs, government institution, and other private line agencies. He has special interest in documenting the lives of people in the grassroots level, particularly the marginalized people and different tribes in Mindanao.
DIAMANTE SA LANGIT
Two brothers journey to compete in a kite-flying contest. They're ready to win, but a more precious prize awaits them.
Vic Acedillo became both a screenwriter and producer by accident with his Cinemalaya 2006 film Batad. The following year, he forced himself to direct his own short film, To Ni. Diamante sa Langit is his third production.
GOD ONLY KNOWS
In a dirty, decaying slum in the Philippines, single mother Maria (Angel Aquino) is torn between her love for her 10-year-old son Santiago (Robbie Felongco) and providing a better life for him. In order to give Santiago a chance to have a decent home and a good education, she decides to send him away for adoption. But what starts out as an innocent journey to the market quickly turns into a devastating loss for both mother and son. The short film stars Angel Aquino who has gained critical praise for her performance in Donsol by Adolf Alix. Radio personality Bon Vibar also shows his acting skills in God Only Knows.
Mark Reyes emerged in the independent film scene with his 2006 coming-of-age story, Last Full Show. Premiering at the Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival, Last Full Show's unique vision has brought Mark critical acclaim at over 50 film festivals around the globe.
God Only Knows is Mark's second short film that is enjoying a successful run across North America and Europe. Mark is very proud that his second effort is finally coming home to Manila.
Unravel the truth in five minutes. Anton, a top investigator finds himself baffled in a case to find an elusive killer. The case gets even more complicated when he links his lover, Lisa to the evidences on the scene of the crime. Then things get out of hand when Lisa, herself walks into the crime scene and is pursued by Anton-only to find out the truth to his investigation.
Vitaliano Rave was born on October 7, 1985 in Manila Philippines. He received formal media education and training from the Grafisk Utbuilding Center for television and radio; and the Film Framåt, both in Sweden. He is also an alumnus from the Marilou Diaz Abaya Film Institute and Arts Center under the Basic Course in Motion Picture Language. Today, he works as an in-house editor and motion graphic designer at Globedez in Makati City.
Not your typical animation piece, My Pet is a seven-minute animation short about an eight-year-old girl and her relationship with her first pet, a chick, that is the subject of a class experiment. As an only child and a girl, she is sheltered and mostly kept indoors. She likes to draw and hold tea parties with her doll as her company most of the time. It is when she meets this chick that her world becomes a little bit more dynamic. Her relationship with this pet acts as a catalyst in forming new relationships. Textures from leaves, plants and native weaving give it a unique and creative look, not seen anywhere else.
Anna Bigornia was born in Cebu and went to get her college degree in Manila. She finished her Bachelor of Arts Major in Communication Arts at De La Salle University-Manila in October 2007. My Pet was submitted as her thesis, grabbing the "Outstanding Thesis Award" and was also shown at Animahenasyon 2007, where it was one of the finalists and won the Audience Choice Award. Her film has been shown and featured by Propeller TV (SKY Channel 195) as part of their showcase on World Cinema. This is her first animation feature as well as her first film.
In a small community, there lives a prostitute who was transformed when her deaf brother started to speak. Curiously, nobody could comprehend what he was saying: all he could utter was the word "Panggaris." The event became even more puzzling when a documentarist arrived at the community and filmed the siblings. What he discovered is a story from the community folk that possibly marked a new legend.
Dexter B. Cayanes graduated with a degree in Philippine Studies, cum laude at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He attended the Ricky Lee Script Writing Workshop in 1996 and the Creative Documentary Film Workshop in 2000. He has won several prizes in poetry and the short story category. He is a candidate for Ph.D. in Philippine Studies in De La Salle University-Manila, where he currently teaches.
The short film Panggaris is based on his poem of the same title which earned a prize from the state-run Talaang Ginto: Gawad Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino sa Tula—Gantimpalang Collantes 2007. One of his newest projects is a full-length film titled Rengga!
TRAILS OF WATER
This is an experimental film about a young boy as seen through his make-believe story. His story is about Galeno who struggles to survive in his everyday life by fetching water near a mining site. The villagers are caught in a mass paranoia when everyone becomes suspicious of a newcomer in the village. Even though this is a short film, the narrative is quite suspenseful. Violence and intrigue becomes a result of their suspicions. No one knows who the person is until the stranger reveals himself to Galeno.
This short film is also directed by Sheron Dayoc, who has another short film entry this year: Angan-Angan (Dreams). He is a graduate of Ateneo de Zamboanga University and completed Bachelor of Arts Major in Philosophy. He received training in various areas of filmmaking at Mowelfund Film Institute, the University of the Philippines Film Institute and Jesuit Communications at Ateneo de Zamboanga University.
This short film shows how the lives of a single father and his daughter are intricately bound together. The title tutos refers to the stitch sewn to join to pieces of cloth, particularly those used in making a pair of trousers. Tutos is a story of a small town tailor Rey and his only daughter Elisa. Not having any other female around the house, Elisa grew up being a bit too tough for a lady (or "astig") something her father incessantly complains about.
While Rey effortlessly makes pairs of trousers day in and day out, he agonizes over the cold and distant demeanor of Elisa. How long will it take before Rey creates a seamless relationship with his daughter? Will it be as easy as sewing a perfect piece of garment he so skillfully makes? Boyet, a loyal co-worker, is witness to this tattered and patched relationship that is just waiting to be sewn beautifully together.
Filmmaker La Yamsuan earned her degree in Film and Audiovisual Communication from UP Diliman. A passionate writer, filmmaker, and an independent cinema advocate, she has taken part on several film and television productions both as a student and as a media practitioner. She has also worked for The Filipino Channel, ABS-CBN's cable network abroad, and is currently an instructor at the De La Salle College of St. Benilde School of Design and Arts teaching Basic Video Production and Management for Media Arts students.
AGB Nielsen corrected the data saying that as of the moment, the recent Pacquiao fight garnered an overnight rating of only 46.4 percent overall and not 63.8% as earlier reported.
The media research firm released the breakdown of Pacman’s fights and corresponding ratings and ranking to settle the record straight:
1. Pacquiao-Larios: Mano-A-Mano (ABS-CBN) - 54.4%
2. Will to Win: Pacquiao-Barrera II (GMA-7) - 49.5%
3. Pacquiao-Morales III: The Grand Finale (ABS-CBN) - 49.5%
4. Marquez-Pacquiao II: Unfinished Business (GMA-7) - 48.5%
5. Pacquiao vs. Diaz: Lethal Combination* (GMA-7) - 46.4%
6. Erik Morales-Manny Pacquiao: The Battle II (ABS-CBN) - 44.7%
7. Pacquiao vs. Solis: Blaze of Glory (GMA-7) - 39.1%
8. Pacquiao vs. Marquez: Moment of Truth (RPN-9) - 33.9%
9. Morales vs. Pacquiao: Coming with Everything (RPN-9) - 33.6%
1. Will to Win: Pacquiao-Barrera II (GMA-7) - 49.7%
2. Marquez-Pacquiao II: Unfinished Business (GMA-7) - 48.6%
3. Pacquiao-Morales III: The Grand Finale (ABS-CBN) - 47.9%
4. Pacquiao vs. Diaz: Lethal Combination* (GMA-7) - 46.6%
5. Pacquiao vs. Solis: Blaze of Glory (GMA-7) - 38%
Legend: * Overnight data
Gossip Girl cutie Leighton Meester is the August 2008 cover girl for Lucky Magazine, out July 8.
Heart Evangelista graces the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine July 2008 issue!
Here's Australian Supermodel Miranda Kerr topless on the cover of the Australian edition of Men's Style Magazine winter issue.
Diana Zubiri graced the cover of FHM Philippines for the third time dubbing her as the natural born FHM icon.
Synopsis of 10 Full-Length Cinemalaya entries:
According to filmmaker Chris Martinez, his official entry to Cinemalaya is a "celebration of the senses and what life has to offer." His goal was to do a film about death in a young fresh way. By doing so he believes he celebrates life. 100 chronicles the last three months of a cancer-stricken woman (played by Mylene Dizon) who has a list of things to do before she dies. Her list of tasks, mostly dealing with closure and practical matters, covers the worldly and spiritual worlds as people close to her share her last days. The film examines the betrayal of the body, celebrates the senses and contemplates the end of life and how to live it. A light-hearted, briskly paced, youthful take on a classic subject, 100 stars today's most exciting performers such as Mylene Dizon, Eugene Domingo, Tessie Tomas, TJ Trinidad, Ryan Eigenmann, Simon Ibarra, and others. Under the creative supervision of Marlon Rivera, 100 is written and directed by Chris Martinez.
TV actress Ces Quesada gives the performance of her life in Baby Angelo. Her expressively sad eyes are able to convey emotions without the need for dialogue. When an aborted baby is found in the dumpster of a small apartment complex, the lives of its tenants are turned upside down, and they are forced to confront the ghosts of their own past. Though it is the investigation of this sad event that moves the film Baby Angelo forward, the story is really about the people that inhabit this story. Their lives are linked by a common emptiness, lost opportunities; lives cut abruptly by circumstance. And when a tragedy hangs over them, they are forced to examine their own lives, a series of inconsequential miseries that add up to absolutely nothing at all.
Award-winning director Ellen Ongkeko-Marfil describes her work as a musical journey. In this movie, a wounded violinist meets a child prodigy and helps him recover. Boses is the story of a musician who gains back his humanity by giving violin lessons to a child of the slums, who in turn, is able to get back his voice from a muted, abused and desensitized existence. This is a story of a wonderful friendship founded on the sublime beauty of music between a violin teacher and his student, a mute seven-year old abused child in a shelter. Ariel (played by Coke Bolipata) discovers the immense talent of Onyok hiding behind a veil of silence and pain caused by an unhappy and cruel father. In the developing relationship of teacher and student, both characters reveal more of themselves that otherwise may have remained unspoken. They discover each other's strengths and failures by way of expressing it through the violin.
Regarding her film, director Tara Illenberger says, "Gusto naming ipakita ang ganda ng Pilipinas, specifically Mindoro. We also want to show the need to preserve the forests."
Two Mangyan kids are hired by illegal loggers to smuggle wood from the mountains of Mindoro. Hiding the logs beneath a bamboo raft, the kids embark on a dangerous journey through whitewater and harsh terrain, risking life and limb to deliver the goods to the lowlands. They discover a world completely different from their own-run by the greed of men, a world governed by ideologies that bring about the armed conflict that plagues the Mindoro highlands, the home of their own people. She adds, "Apart from the serious subject it's also a coming of age film for the two kids. I'm also proud of the performances of Ronnie Lazaro and Yul Servo."
Theater director Paul Morales takes on the digital medium with Concerto. He pointed out, "This is a deeply personal story about my family and how we survived during the second World War. It shows the importance of music and was able to transcend borders."
Concerto is about a special piano concert is held in the forest outside Davao City during World War II. A displaced Filipino family, lead by former Military Commander Ricardo and his wife Julia, become acquainted with a group of Japanese officers. Their son Joselito, a Japanese speaker, becomes the conduit with the neighboring Japanese. Their daughters Niña, an aspiring concert pianist and the musically gifted Maria, who is able to play by ear, are alternately repulsed and intrigued by the officers.
Family values are questioned as the family treads the thin line between enmity and friendship with the occupying Japanese. Based on true stories from the director's own family history, Concerto celebrates a family whose reverence for life, expressed through their love of music and friendship, can survive even war, and shows how beauty and compassion does grow in even the harshest of conditions. Five actors from Japan were cast as officers. Direk Paul says, "I'm blessed with a talented cast that include Jay Aquitania, Meryll Soriano, Shamaine Buencamino, and Nonoy Froilan."
The title, according to director Paul Sta. Ana, refers to the taxi driver's shift and to a writer's most previous work. The story follows the creative process of Ruby, a prolific writer, abandoned wife and protective mother. She writes about Mario, a taxi driver who becomes a father figure to a street child in the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. As Ruby tries to resolve Mario and child's story, she seeks refuge in her own creative output: the line between reality and fiction is blurred, and her character's past is entangled with her own inevitable future. Two Ateneans share the directing duties for Huling Pasada: Paul Sta. Ana and Alvin Yapan.
Young director Francis Pasion summarizes his film as follows: "Baron Geisler's role as a gay TV producer personifies my commentary on Philippine media." Jay is the name of two protagonists in the film. Jay Santiago is a gay TV producer documenting the family of a gay hate crime victim who happens to be his namesake, Jay Mercado. In the process of producing for his TV program, Jay Santiago intrudes into the private grief of the other Jay's family and he is drawn to the secret life and love of his subject. Direk Francis issues a warning for his film, "Do not believe everything you see as truth." Aside from Baron, this film also stars Coco Martin as Edward.
My Fake American Accent
Writer-director of this Cinemalaya entry Onnah Valera said, "I wanted to capture ang buhay na walang tulugan."
Set in one of the high rises of the Makati, My Fake American Accent is a look into the lives of call center personnel. It's a slice-of-life workplace comedy following the lives of several Technical Support call center agents in the span of six months. They handle calls and provide inbound tech support for the American customers of an Internet company in the United States. Speaking with a fake American accent is a prerequisite for the job. This ensemble comedy is an inside look into the maddening, sleep-deprived, caffeine-fuelled lives of those who ply their trade in the call center industry.
Director Jay Abello describes his film Namets as a romantic comedy. He proudly proclaims, "It is the no angst film in Cinemalaya." He praises the acting skill of lead actress Angel Jacob who picked up the Ilonggo dialect in two months. Abello is ecstatic that they shot the dialogue almost entirely in Illonggo. Renowned director Peque Gallaga was also cast as a mafia boss. Namets (Yummy) follows the ongoing flirtation between Manuel and Lourdes, two native of the Negros province whose lives revolve around food. Along the way, we are treated to the full panorama of Ilonggo cuisine and the idiosyncrasies of appreciating it. Namets is a colorful rollicking celebration of food as well as love. Jay Abello explains, "If you notice, the love of food is very much part of our culture, not just in Negros but as Filipinos in general."
The unpredictability of life in jail is the subject of Ranchero. Director Michael Cardoz likes characters who aren't what they seem. "Merong kontrabida na nagiging bida."
Ranchero unfolds in a small provincial jail in Rizal. It's about Ricardo whose last day in jail is today. He and his close friend Miyong work in the jail's kitchen. The two spent the whole morning talking about Ricardo's plans when he gets out of jail. After lunch, one of the kitchen knives went missing and this was brought to the attention of jail officials. Not only will this event affect food preparation in the jail's kitchen but also the lives of both of them.
Catch EXPERIENCE BLACKOUT: The BENCH Denim and Underwear Show at Araneta Coliseum on July 25, 2008 @ 7pm.
1) For every single receipt purchase worth of Bench or Herbench items (excluding Bench Time and sale items) that includes Bench Body underwear or Overhauled / OJ denim, a customer is entitled to a corresponding free invitation (see below) to the Bench Underwear show on July 25, 2008, 7:00 pm at the Araneta Coliseum.
Every P500 single receipt purchase = 1 General Admission Invitation
Every P800 single receipt purchase = 1 Upper Box B Invitation
Every P1,500 single receipt purchase = 1 Upper Box A Invitation
2) A maximum number of 3 invites per single receipt is allowed, and combinations of invites are allowed.
3) Invitations will be given outright at the counter.
4) Valid only for cash and credit card transactions.
5) Invitations are transferable but not convertible to cash.
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3.) Please come early, show starts on time.
Showbiz’s hottest couples were seen on the red carpet like Sam Milby and Anne Curtis, Luis Manzano and Angel Locsin, John Prats and Shaina Magdayao, and Willie Revillame with his non-showbiz date.
Flying solo yet looking equally fabulous in their formal wear were Kristine Hermosa, Bea Alonzo, Rica Peralejo, Roxanne Guinoo, Jake Cuenca, Zanjoe Marudo, and Diether Ocampo just to name a few. Piolo Pascual, who came with mom Amy, cut a stylish figure in elegant Hugo Boss attire. Comedienne Pokwang managed to outshine the other stars with her trademark outlandish outfits complete with a white train worthy of a blushing bride.
The party went into full swing as host Nikki Gil let Richard Poon take center stage to serenade ABS-CBN bigwigs Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, Charo Santos-Concio, Malou Santos, and former President Freddie Garcia who was also celebrating his birthday that night. This was followed by a romantic medley performed by Piolo, Sam, Richard, and Jed Madela. Saicy Aguila, Arron Villaflor, Gem Ramos, Rodjun Cruz, Tim Espinosa, Princess Ryan, Thou Reyes, Sam Concepcion, Andi Jose, Pokwang, and Sam Milby wowed the guests with a sizzling production number.
Fashion Icon awards were given to Bea, Piolo, Rafael Rosell, and Malaya Lewondowski while thee Sparkling Couple award went to Sam and Anne who were particularly sweet towards each other throughout the ball. Pinoy Big Brother Teen Big Winner Ejay Falcon got lucky again as he won an Asian Cruise for two during the raffle draw exclusively for Star Magic artists.
Afterwards, Piolo presented the collective donation from Star Magic artists for Diether’s KIDS Foundation, which amounted to P300,000. Event sponsor Planet Flip-Flops also donated P200,000 for Bayanijuan, which Piolo turned over to Claudine Barretto (who was escorted by hubby Raymart Santiago) in behalf of Gina Lopez.
To cap off the night, Johnny Manahan gave a short but sweet message which encompassed his overwhelming gratitude to those who continue to support Star Magic and its roster of talents, "I love you all."
The press later learned that the mysterious girl's name was Nadine, a 19-year-old, third-year college Tourism major at CentroEscolarUniversity. Papi, Willie's popular monicker, told us that he just met Nadine and wanted to introduce her to Star Magic honcho Mr. Johnny Manahan at the ball. He also immediately clarified that there's nothing going on between the two of them and that she was just a friendly date. There have even been reports that Willie met Nadine when she was in the audience during an episode of Wowowee.
"Gusto talaga siyang kunin ni Mr. M as a contract artist. Sabi ko, ‘Subukan mo.’ ‘Di ba? Eh marami siyang gustong ma-meet na mga taga-Star Magic.” Willie continued, "Gusto ko lang siya makasama. Actually kinukuha din siya ni Mr. M for Star Magic. E nag-aaral siya, kaya ayaw niya. Hindi niya alam, sabi ko may debut akong pupuntahan. Kaya nagulat siya. Hindi niya alam [na pupunta kami sa Star Magic Ball]. Pinagpaalam ko siya sa pamilya niya, sa lola niya, sa mommy niya." Nadine reaffirmed Papi's statement that she has no concrete plans yet to enter showbiz.
Willie also clarified rumors about something special supposedly blossoming between him and Kristine Hermosa. "Kasi magaling si Kristine e. Saka siya lang yung gumaganoon sa akin (nang-aasar). She's cute, kaya yun," says Willie.
The Wowowee host also shared that he has already started filming Mr. Housewife starring opposite Roxanne Guinoo, under Bayan Productions and Octo Arts Films.
Ayon kay Allan, "Para siya [Marian] na ngayon ang sexiest Filipina sa bansa."
Record-breaking ang pagiging No. 1 ni Marian dahil siya pa lang ang kauna-unahang non-cover girl na naging Philippines' Finest ng FHM.
Nagbigay naman ng kanyang pahayag si Marian sa pagkakahirang niya bilang Sexiest Woman.
"Sobrang saya ko!" bulalas ni Marian. "Kasi hindi ko rin ine-expect. Kasi hindi pa ako nagko-cover, ‘tapos naging number one ako. Nakakagulat din at saka doon ko rin lalong nalaman na yung mga fans ko at nagmamahal sa akin, sobrang mahal na mahal ako at wala silang sawa sa pagboto sa akin."
Inamin ni Allan na kahit noong nasa afternoon soaps pa lang ng TAPE Inc. si Marian ay ilang beses na rin silang nag-usap ng manager ng young actress na si Popoy Caritativo kung paano, kailan, at ano ang dapat na isaalang-alang para matuloy ang pagku-cover ni Marian sa FHM. Hanggang ngayon, ongoing pa rin daw ang imbitasyon ng FHM kay Marian na mag-cover kung kailan siya magiging ready.
Ito naman ang naging tugon ni Marian sa imbitasyon ng FHM sa kanya: "Basta sa lahat ng bagay, ready ako. Pero yung pagpo-pose nang sobrang sexy, hindi pa namin napag-uusapan ng manager ko. At saka palagi kong sinasabi, may limitation pa rin. Kung maganda yung concept, bakit hindi? Pero may limitation pa rin.
"At saka, yun nga, may mga contracts akong inaalagaan sa mga commercials ko na hindi puwedeng ganito, hindi puwedeng ganoon. So, kailangan ko pa ring alagaan ang image ko as wholesome pa rin tayo."
To the tune of “Hey Betty You are Beautiful” by Mika, and introduced by Toni Gonzaga, here is the trailer of I Love Betty La Fea topbilled by Bea Alonzo.
Bea Alonzo as Betty is a smart yet unattractive girl, fresh out of college, who wants to prove her worth in the working world. After a lot of unsuccessful job applications, she lands a job at the Eco Moda fashion agency, where she encounters a lot of interesting and difficult characters who aren’t used to seeing anything - or anyone - unfashionable walking along their corridors.
Actress and style icon Ruffa Gutierrez will play Betty's nemesis Daniella, while comedian Vhong Navarro will play her best friend and officemate Nicolas.
Betty's family will be portrayed by Ai-Ai De Las Alas (Julia, her mother), Sam Concepcion (Andrew, her brother), and Ronaldo Valdez (Hermes, her father), while Marvin Yap (Bart) and Lloyd Zaragoza (Roman) play her neighbors.
The Eco Moda office will be staffed by Sheryn Regis (Kylie), Meryll Soriano (Rose), Krystel Moreno (Jen), Arlene Tolibas (Cely), CJ Jaravata (Rita), and Sammy Villaresis (Guard), while Daniella's office clique will be composed of Wendy Valdez (Patricia) and Megan Young (Marcela).
The Eco Moda team will be completed by Joem Bascon (Mario), Randolf Stamalacky (Randy), Ronnie Liang (Enrique), Jojo Alejar (Mac) and Thou Reyes (Hugo).
Since most of the scenes will be shot in an office setting, ABS-CBN decided to construct a full-scale office set just for the series: the Eco Moda office set is already under construction at one of the floors of the Eugenio Lopez Jr. Communications Center building in the ABS-CBN compound.
Story-wise, expect to see a lot of Filipino touches, although a lot of the original elements are being retained.
Only one character remains to be filled, and the producers are still keeping under wraps the identity of the actor who will play the apple of Betty's eyes. Will Bea finally be sharing kilig scenes with hot hunk Jon Avila, or will she test her on-screen chemistry with either Luis Manzano, Aga Muhlach, Piolo Pascual, or even Bea's reported new flame Jake Cuenca? Or will diehard fans get their wish granted to see their favorite love team reunited once again?
Although slightly delayed, the television broadcast of their match in GMA-7, dubbed as Pacquiao vs. Diaz: Lethal Combination, was also a real knockout; generating a rating of an unbelievable 63.8 percent to rule the daytime race. The undercard matches, meanwhile, also posted a very high 46.4 percent to place second overall.
The rating of the Pacquiao-Diaz fight broke the record of the Pacquiao-Larios match, which was aired in ABS-CBN on July 2006, as the highest-rating Pacquiao match in MegaTAM. The Pacquiao-Larios rated 54.4 percent.
Pinoy Idol Extra greatly benefited from the high rating of the Pacquiao-Diaz match as it was able to post 20.2 percent rating to grab the third spot. The TV premiere of the blockbuster comedy film Pasukob, shown in ABS-CBN, followed at No. 4 with 16.4percent.
Showbiz Central took the No. 5 spot with 15 percent; followed by the making of My Monster Mom with 13.4 percent and The Buzz with 8.8 percent.
The primetime race was ruled once again by Mel & Joey with 26.3 percent. Occupying the second and third slots are All Star K (25.5 percent) and the elimination of Mae Flores on Pinoy Idol (25 percent).
Kap's Amazing Stories came in fourth while the second gala night of Pinoy Dream Academy completed the Top 5.
Saturday (June 28) daytime viewing also has Pacman Mania written all over it when his show with Chris Tiu, Pinoy Records, topped the race with 24.2 percent. It was followed by perennial No. 1 Eat Bulaga! with 23.4 percent; Wish Ko Lang with 17.6 percent; Jungle TV with 16.1 percent; and That's My Doc with 16 percent to complete the Top 5.
The primetime race was ruled by Bitoy's Funniest Videos by virtue of its 31.1 percent rating; closely followed by Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (30.5 percent), and the gala performance night of Pinoy Idol (30.1 percent).
Completing the Top 5 are Pinoy Dream Academy and Imbestigador.
Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from June 28 to 29 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:
June 28 (Saturday)
Pinoy Records (GMA-7) - 24.2%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 23.4%
Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7) - 17.6%
Jungle TV (GMA-7) - 16.1%
That's My Doc (ABS-CBN) - 16%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) 15.9%
StarTalk (GMA-7) - 13.9%
Cinema FPJ: Da King on ABS-CBN (ABS-CBN) - 12.4%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 10.5%
Entertainment Live (ABS-CBN) - 10.4%
Bitoy's Funniest Videos (GMA-7) - 31.1%
Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA-7) - 30.5%
Pinoy Idol (GMA-7) - 30.1%
Pinoy Dream Academy (ABS-CBN) - 24.7%
Imbestigador (GMA-7) - 23.5%
Kapitan Boom (ABS-CBN) - 20.9%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 19.3%
XXX (ABS-CBN) - 15.2%
Songbird (GMA-7) - 11.3%
Sine Totoo (GMA-7) - 8.3%
June 29 (Sunday)
Pacquiao vs. Diaz: Lethal Combination (GMA-7) - 63.8%
Pacquiao vs. Diaz: Lethal Combination Primer (GMA-7) - 46.4%
Pinoy Idol Extra (GMA-7) 20.2%
Pasukob (ABS-CBN) - 16.4%
Showbiz Central (GMA-7) - 15%
My Monster Mom: The Making of A Monster Hit (GMA-7) - 13.4%
The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 8.8%
Your Song (ABS-CBN) - 8%
ASAP ‘08 (ABS-CBN) - 5.9%
Mel & Joey (GMA-7) - 26.3%
All Star K (GMA-7) - 25.5%
Pinoy Idol (GMA-7) - 25%
Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) - 22.5%
Pinoy Dream Academy (ABS-CBN) - 20.1%
Ful Haus (GMA-7) - 18.5%
Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 17.4%
Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 14%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 13.9%
Pinoy Meets World (GMA-7) - 12.5%
Source: AGB Nielsen Philippines
Powered by the praises from various film critics, Wall-E catapulted to no. 1 with $62.5 million in its first 3 days.
Top 10 US Box-office:
1. Wall-E - $62.5 million
2. Wanted - $51.1 million
3. Get Smart - $20 million
4. Kung Fu Panda - $11.7 million
5. The Incredible Hulk - $9.32 million
6. The Love Guru - $5.4 million
7. Indiana Jones 4 - $5 million
8. The Happening - $ 3.85 million
9. Sex and the City - $3.7 million
10. You Don’t Mess With the Zohan - $3.2 million
Joining the stellar cast are Ms. Susan Roces, Angelica Panganiban, Cherry Pie Picache, Laurice Guillen, Joel Torre and the tandem of Matt Evans and Melissa Ricks.
She got the lowest number of text votes and joined by Warren Antig and Toffer Rei in the bottom three.
The four scholars with the lowest grades are:
Bea - 5.03
Jet - 5.00
Cris - 4.66
Sheng - 4.36
The Dream Mentors saved Bea while Cris was saved by her colleagues leaving Jet and Sheng as this week’s probationary scholars.
Liezel sang “Count on Me” by Whitney Houston and Cece Winans on 2nd gala performance night.
She is last year's number 24. And now Marimar was clearly destined for greatness, and it was up to Marian to fulfill the promise. So she put on a sun-dress, danced on the beach, showed creamy gams, just enough looks at her cleavage, actually good acting and-boom!-clear dominance in the ratings game. Now with Dyesebel, she's teasing us with implied toplessness and mermaid fins, the excitement has become unbearable.
3. Katrina Halili
4. Angel Locsin
5. Diana Zubiri
6. Ehra Madrigal
7. Iwa Moto
8. Cristine Reyes
9. Anne Curtis
10. Angelica Panganiban
11. KC Concepcion
12. Alessandra de Rossi
13. Bianca King
14. Jennylyn Mercado
15. The EB Babes
16. Bea Alonzo
17. Francine Prieto
18. Iya Villania
19. Riza Santos
20. Michelle Madrigal
21. Maja Salvador
22. Precious Adona
23. Nancy Jane
24. Rhian Ramos
25. Asia Agcaoili
26. Pauleen Luna
27. Heart Evangelista
28. Shaina Magdayao
29. Valerie Concepcion
30. Niña Jose
31. Hazel Ann Mendoza
32. The Kitty Girls
33. Yasmien Kurdi
34. Mariel Rodriguez
35. Toni Gonzaga
36. Gwen Garci
37. Bianca Gonzalez
38. Roxanne Guinoo
39. Joyce Jimenez
40. Iza Calzado
41. Jennifer Lee
43. Kim Chiu
44. Jacq Yu
45. Sarah Geronimo
46. Gaby dela Merced
47. Maureen Larazabal
48. Maxene Magalona
49. Keeley Hazell
50. Joyce So
51. Ariani Nogueira
52. Wendy Valdez
53. Bubbles Paraiso
54. Cherry Ann Kubota
55. Valerie Garcia
56. Jaymee Joaquin
57. Raine Larrazabal
58. Ryza Cenon
60. Sheena Halili
61. Angelina Jolie
62. Ornussa Cadness
63. Gail Nicolas
64. Rufa Mae Quinto
65. Scarlett Johannsson
66. Jackie Rice
67. Nikki Gil
68. Pops Fernandez
69. Krista Ranillo
70. Cristina Garcia
71. Kat Alano
72. Jenny Miller
73. Jewel Mische
74. Michaela Espinosa
75. Arra Castro
76. Kris Bernal
77. Renee Summer
79. Jeri Lee
80. Amanda Griffin
81. Kristine Jaca
82. Precious Lara Quigaman
83. Myles Hernandez
84. Jamilla Obispo
85. Ella V.
86. Ana Lea Javier
87. Anna Scott
88. Alyssa Alano
89. LJ Reyes
90. Aliya Parcs
91. Lindsay Lohan
93. Belinda Bright
94. Rich Asuncion
95. Sachie Sanders
96. Nicole Hernandez
97. Bianca Valerio
98. Kristine Hermosa
99. Aina Gonzalez
100. Victoria London
This year’s climbers:
1. Marian Rivera - From no. 24 to no. 1
2. Diana Zubiri - From no. 7 to no. 5
3. Iwa Moto - From no. 10 to no. 7
4. Cristine Reyes - From no. 15 to no. 8
5. KC Concepcion - From no. 37 to no. 11
6. Alessandra de Rossi - From no. 49 to no. 12
7. Michelle Madrigal - From no. 39 to no. 20
8. Heart Evangelista - From no. 35 to no. 27
9. Shaina Magdayao - From no. 41 to no. 28
10 Roxanne Guinoo - From no. 56 to no. 38