Model John Lopez Voted Off of "Survivor Philippines"

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After losing both Reward Challenge and Immunity Challenge, the Jarakay tribe decided to vote off one of their members out of compassion. Auto mechanic and part-time model John Anthony Lopez became the sixth person to be voted off and the seventh person to leave Survivor Philippines.

Although the Jarakay members initially thought of voting out call canter agent Nikki Dacullo—who was deemed the "weakest link" and who has the least contribution—the tribe opted to send home John because of his failing health. It can be recalled that John previously collapsed a few episodes ago, but was able to return before the given period of time.

Although he tried his best to help his tribemates during the challenges, it became obvious that John's health was worsening. For this reason, his tribemates, even his alliance, decided to let go of him rather than sacrifice his health.

Before casting their votes in the Tribal Council, host Paolo Bediones talked to the Jarakay members one by one and asked them who they would vote out. Although most of them named Nikki as the likeliest to be voted off, John got all the votes from his tribemates.

During the Reward Challenge, the Naak tribe won two whole lechon de leche and they ate while the Jarakay tribe was on their side.

With only five members remaining in the Jarakay tribe and the expected merge on the horizon, the power now shifts to Naak tribe that still has six members left.

Henry Sy is Forbes' Richest Man in the Philippines

According to Forbes Magazine, supermall magnate Henry Sy is the wealthiest man in the Philippines.

The 83-year old owner of SM Supermalls has an estimated net worth of US$3.1 billion, up by $1.4 billion from last year.

The top 10 richest people in the Philippines are:

1. Henry Sy & family - US$3.1 billion
2. Lucio Tan & family - $1.5 billion
3. Jaime Zobel de Ayala & family - $1.2 billion
4. Andrew Tan - $700 million
5. Tony Tan Caktiong & family - $690 million
6. John Gokongwei Jr. & family - $680 million
7. Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. - $610 million
8. Enrique Razon Jr. - $525 million
9. George Ty & family - $435 million
10. Inigo & Mercedes Zobel - $430 million

Forbes Asia based the ranking from shareholder and financial information including estimates on privately held assets.

Oscars 2009 Best Foreign Language Film List of Entries

67 countries, including the Philippines, are competing in the 2009 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars) Best Foreign Language Film category.

Here is the complete list of entries:

Afghanistan, “Opium War,” Siddiq Barmak

Albania, “The Sorrow of Mrs. Schneider,” Piro Milkani and Eno Milkani

Algeria, “Masquerades,” Lyes Salem

Argentina, “Lion’s Den,” Pablo Trapero

Austria, “Revanche,” Gotz Spielmann

Azerbaijan, “Fortress,” Shamil Nacafzada

Bangladesh, “Aha!,” Enamul Karim Nirjhar

Belgium, “Eldorado,” Bouli Lanners

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Snow,” Aida Begic

Brazil, “Last Stop 174,” Bruno Barreto

Bulgaria, “Zift,” Javor Gardev

Canada, “The Necessities of Life,” Benoit Pilon

Chile, “Tony Manero,” Pablo Larrain

China, “Dream Weavers,” Jun Gu

Colombia, “Dog Eat Dog,” Carlos Moreno

Croatia, “No One’s Son,” Arsen Anton Ostojic

Czech Republic, “The Karamazovs,” Petr Zelenka

Denmark, “Worlds Apart,” Niels Arden Oplev

Egypt, “The Island,” Sherif Arafa

Estonia, “I Was Here,” Rene Vilbre

Finland, “The Home of Dark Butterflies,” Dome Karukoski

France, “The Class,” Laurent Cantet

Georgia, “Mediator,” Dito Tsintsadze

Germany, “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” Uli Edel

Greece, “Correction,” Thanos Anastopoulos

Hong Kong, “Painted Skin,” Gordon Chan

Hungary, “Iska’s Journey,” Csaba Bollok

Iceland, “White Night Wedding,” Baltasar Kormakur

India, “Taare Zameen Par,” Aamir Khan

Iran, “The Song of Sparrows,” Majid Majidi

Israel, “Waltz With Bashir,” Ari Folman

Italy, “Gomorra,” Matteo Garrone

Japan, “Departures,” Yojiro Takita

Jordan, “Captain Abu Raed,” Amin Matalqa

Kazakhstan, “Tulpan,” Sergey Dvortsevoy

Kyrgyzstan, “Blue Heavens,” Marie Jaoul de Poncheville

Latvia, “Defenders of Riga,” Aigars Grauba

Lebanon, “Under the Bombs,” Philippe Aractingi

Lithuania, “Loss,” Maris Martinsons

Luxembourg, “Nuits d’Arabie,” Paul Kieffer

Macedonia, “I’m From Titov Veles,” Teona Strugar Mitevska

Mexico, “Tear This Heart Out,” Roberto Sneider

Morocco, “Goodbye Mothers,” Mohamed Ismail

The Netherlands, “Dunya & Desie,” Dana Nechushtan

Norway, “O’Horten,” Bent Hamer

Palestine, “Salt of This Sea” Annemarie Jacir

Philippines, “Ploning,” Dante Nico Garcia

Poland, “Tricks,” Andrzej Jakimowski

Portugal, “Our Beloved Month of August,” Miguel Gomes

Romania, “The Rest Is Silence,” Nae Caranfil

Russia, “Mermaid,” Anna Melikyan

Serbia, “The Tour,” Goran Markovic

Singapore, “My Magic,” Eric Khoo

Slovakia, “Blind Loves,” Juraj Lehotsky

Slovenia, “Rooster’s Breakfast,” Marko Nabersnik

South Africa, “Jerusalema,” Ralph Ziman, director

South Korea, “Crossing,” Tae-kyun Kim

Spain, “The Blind Sunflowers,” Jose Luis Cuerda

Sweden, “Everlasting Moments,” Jan Troell

Switzerland, “The Friend,” Micha Lewinsky

Taiwan, “Cape No. 7,” Te-Sheng Wei

Thailand, “Love of Siam,” Chookiat Sakveerakul

Turkey, “3 Monkeys,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Ukraine, “Illusion of Fear,” Aleksandr Kiriyenko

U.K., “Hope Eternal,” Karl Francis

Uruguay, “Kill Them All,” Esteban Schroeder

Venezuela, “The Color of Fame,” Alejandro Bellame Palacios

Nominations for the 81st Annual Academy Awards will be announced on Jan. 22, 2009 and the awards will be presented one month after.

Cosmopolitan's World Sexiest Men 2008

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British Cosmopolitan Magazine's World's Sexiest Men survey yielded some surprising results: almost half of the top 25 guys were over 40. And four out of the top five!

Johnny Depp took the #1 spot, beating out fellow fortysomethings George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Daniel Craig as the hottest celeb. Only three men in their 20s made the list at all--Jake Gyllenhaal, James McAvoy and Justin Timberlake.

Here's the complete list from #1 to #25:

Johnny Depp, 45
George Clooney, 47
Jake Gyllenhaal, 27
Daniel Craig, 40
Brad Pitt, 44
James McAvoy, 29
Justin Timberlake, 27
Will Smith, 40
David Beckham, 33
Wentworth Miller, 36
Christian Bale, 34
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, 31
Take That: Gary Barlow, 37, Mark Owen, 36, Howard Donald, 40 and Jason Orange, 38
Ashton Kutcher, 30
Dermot O'Leary, 35
David Tennant, 37
Patrick Dempsey, 42
Clive Owen, 44
Pierce Brosnan, 55
Mark Ronson, 33
Gordon Ramsay, 41
Russell Brand, 33
Pharrell Williams, 35
Ryan Reynolds, 31
Olivier Martinez, 42

David Cook Album Cover

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Take a look at the new album cover of American Idol champion David Cook’s debut album.

The tracklisting is below (the bonus track is “The Time Of My Life”):
1 Declaration
2 Heroes
3 Light On
4 Come Back to Me
5 Life on the Moon
6 Bar-ba-sol
7 Mr. Sensitive
8 Lie
9 I Did It for You
10 Avalanche
11 Permanent
12 A Daily Anthem

Cook’s label, 19 Recordings/RCA Records, will be releasing the album on Tuesday, November 18th.

September NUTAM Ratings: "The Singing Bee" Season 1 Ends on High Note, "Wowowee" Reigns Supreme on Daytime Race

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Cesar Montano's The Singing Bee ends its season 1 with a bang. According to the September NUTAM Ratings from AGB Nielsen Media Research Philippines, the karaoke game show garnered a total of 35.2% putting Dyesebel on second place with 33.5% over-all rating for the month of September.

For the weekday daytime programs, Wowowee once again asserted its dominance. Bolstered by a 23%, Willie Revillame's noontime variety show claimed the No. 1 spot over El Cuerpo Del Deseo's 21 percent while GMA-7's afternoon soaps Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan and Una Kang Naging Akin still lurked inside the Magic 5 circle. The two shows garnered 19.5 and 18.8 percent to claim the third and fourth spots, respectively.

The square-off between Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez and Joel Casamayor held last September 14 (Manila time) notched the No. 1 slot for the Top Weekend Programs, daytime category. Dubbed as The Challenge, the boxing special accumulated a rating of 23.4 percent to top Wowowee's 22.7 showing.

Pinoy Dream Academy's Grand Finale achieved a whopping 40.4 percent to own the primetime division for the entire weekend.

Here are the Top 10 weekday and weekend programs for the month of September 2008 based on a survey conducted by AGB Nielsen among NUTAM households:

Top Weekday Programs (Daytime)
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 23.%
El Cuerpo Del Deseo (ABS-CBN) - 21%
Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan (GMA-7) - 19.5%
Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) - 18.8%
Pilipinas Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 18.5%
Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) - 18.3%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 17.8%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 16.7%
Marimar (GMA-7) - 16.4%
Las Tontas (ABS-CBN) - 12.7%

Top Weekday Programs (Primetime)
The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 35.2%
Dyesebel (GMA-7) - 33.5%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 33%
Dyosa (ABS-CBN) - 32.9%
I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) - 31.9%
Codename: Asero (GMA-7) - 31.4%
My Girl (ABS-CBN) - 30.6%
Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 29.6%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 25.8%
Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA-7) - 25.3%

Top Weekend Programs (Daytime)
The Challenge: Casamayor Vs. Marquez** (ABS-CBN) - 23.4%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 22.7%
ASAP '08 (ABS-CBN) - 19.5%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 17.6%
Dragon Ball Z (GMA-7) - 17.4%
Diaz Vs. Katsidis: No Retreat No Surrender** (ABS-CBN) - 17.3%
Cinema FPJ: Da King On ABS-CBN (ABS-CBN) - 16.4%
Wish Ko Lang! (GMA-7) - 15.2%
SOP (GMA-7) - 14.7%
Pilipinas Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 13.9%

Top Weekend Programs (Primetime)
Pinoy Dream Academy Season II Grand Dream Nights** (ABS-CBN) - 40.4%
Pinoy Dream Academy Season II Dream Bigayan Concert** (ABS-CBN) - 31.6%
Pinoy Dream Academy Little Dreamers (ABS-CBN) - 30.5%
Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 29.6%
A Bettyful Life: The Making Of I Love Betty La Fea** (ABS-CBN) - 29.1%
Komiks Presents Varga (ABS-CBN) - 28.5%
Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 26.0%
Bitoy's Funniest Videos Yari Ka! (GMA-7) - 25.5 %
Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) - 24.6%
Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) - 24.1%

Source: AGB Nielsen Media Research, Philippines thru PEP

Karylle Denies Split Up with Dingdong Dantes

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Karylle vehemently denied the unending rumor about her break-up with actor Dingdong Dantes. The young actress said that they are very much together and displeased with those who are circulating the issue.

"Siyempre, nakakainis na may mga gano'n. Pero I saw him naman before he left, nagkasama naman kami, so... Alam mo ‘yon, parang hinahayaan na lang namin minsan. Mahirap kasing magsalita nang magsalita, kasi parang lumalaki lang yung issue," said Karylle in an interview after the last run of her musical play West Side Story.

Watch Lhar Santiago's interview with Karylle below:

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‘Ako Si Kim Samsoon’ Finale and Debut of ‘La Lola’ Both No. 1 in TV Ratings

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Both Kapuso shows top the ratings last Friday and Monday night. The final episode of Ako Si Kim Samsoon showing the wedding of Samsoon (Regine Velasquez) and Cyrus (Mark Anthony Fernandez) generated a 38.2 percent rating to lead all primetime shows last Friday, while the one-hour pilot episode of La Lola on Monday got an impressive 35.8 percent to grab the top spot.

La Lola replaced Ako Si Kim Samsoon on its timeslot.

Both Ako Si Kim Samsoon and La Lola toppled consistent top-rater Dyesebel, which will bid farewell on Friday, October 17. The fantaserye starring Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes, however, was a close second in both occasions.

Arnell Ignacio's game show Gobingo ended its run last Friday at No. 13 with 16 percent. Gobingo was replaced by Family Feud, hosted by Richard Gomez, which had a decent 21.2 percent debut last Monday, October 13. But it still fell short compared to the 21.6 percent rating of rival show Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal, hosted by Kris Aquino.

In the daytime race, Eat Bulaga topped the list Friday and Monday.

The dramatization of the life of Pinoy Dream Academy runner-up Bugoy Drilon on Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) was the most-watched primetime program last Saturday, October 11. Starring singer-actor Mark Bautista as Bugoy, MMK amassed an amazing 31.4 percent, the highest rating so far for ABS-CBN's longest-running drama anthology since its transfer to the Saturday timeslot.

ABS-CBN's back-to-back Komiks Presents series, Tiny Tony and Varga, ranked sixth and seventh, respectively. John Prats's Tiny Tony debuted with 21.6 percent while Mariel Rodriguez's Varga ended its run with 18.8 percent.

Eat Bulaga was the No. 1 Saturday daytime program by virtue of its 25.7 percent rating while the new season of The Singing Bee, hosted by Cesar Montano, was in second place with 19.7 percent.

Sunday primetime viewing was dominated by Mel & Joey with 26.5 percent; followed by Tok! Tok! Tok! Isang Milyon Pasok (25.1 percent), Kap's Amazing Stories (22.7 percent), Rated K (20.6 percent), and All Star K (20.5 percent).

ASAP '08 regained the No. 1 spot in the daytime race with 15.9 percent. Your Song Presents My Only Hope, starring Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson, came in second with 14.6 percent.

SOP and Showbiz Central tied at No. 3 with 14.5 percent.

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from October 10 to 13 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

October 10 (Friday)
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 25.6%
Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) - 25.1%
Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) - 22.6%
Marimar (GMA-7) - 21.8%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 19.7%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 17.7%
Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) - 16.2%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 15.4%
El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) / Be Strong Geum Soon! (GMA-7) - 14.8%
SiS (GMA-7) - 12.7%

Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA-7) - 38.2%
Dyesebel (GMA-7) - 37.9%
Codename: Asero (GMA-7) - 35.1%
Survivor Philippines (GMA-7) - 33.8%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 32.1%
I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) - 24.6%
Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 23.9%
Dyosa (ABS-CBN) - 23.8%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 23.4%
Bubble Gang (GMA-7) - 21.6%

October 11 (Saturday)
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 25.7%
The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 19.7%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 18.6%
Pinoy Records (GMA-7) - 17.8%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 16.2%
Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7) - 15.3%
Startalk (GMA-7) - 13.3%
Cinema FPJ: Da King on ABS-CBN (ABS-CBN) - 11.9%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 11.6%
Entertainment Live (ABS-CBN) - 10.2%

Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) - 31.4%
Imbestigador (GMA-7) - 30.3%
Bitoy's Funniest Videos (GMA-7) / Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA-7) - 27.4%
Celebrity Duets (GMA-7) - 24.1%
Banana Split (ABS-CBN) - 21.8%
Tiny Tony (ABS-CBN) - 21.6%
Varga (ABS-CBN) - 18.8%
Nuts Entertainment (GMA-7) - 16.6%
XXX (ABS-CBN) - 15.7%
Sine Totoo (GMA-7) - 13.6%

October 12 (Sunday)

ASAP ‘08 (ABS-CBN) 15.9%
Your Song (ABS-CBN) - 14.6%
SOP (GMA-7) / Showbiz Central (GMA-7) - 14.5%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 13.8%
Dear Friend (GMA-7) - 12.5%
The Buzz (ABS-CBN) - 11%
Matanglawin (ABS-CBN) - 9.3%

Mel & Joey (GMA-7) - 26.5%
Tok! Tok! Tok! Isang Milyon Pasok (GMA-7) - 25.1%
Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) - 22.7%
Rated K (ABS-CBN) - 20.6%
All Star K (GMA-7) - 20.5%
Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) - 19.1%
Sharon (ABS-CBN) - 18.3%
The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 18%
Ful Haus (GMA-7) - 17.9%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 15%

October 13 (Monday)
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) / Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) - 22.9%
Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) - 20.1%
Marimar (GMA-7) - 19%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 18.7%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 16.5%
El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) - 15.4%
Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) - 15%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 13.9%
SiS (GMA-7) - 10.3%
Las Tontas (ABS-CBN) - 8.9%

La Lola (GMA-7) - 35.8%
Dyesebel (GMA-7) - 35.1%
Codename: Asero (GMA-7) - 33.2%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 31.2%
Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 28%
Survivor Philippines (GMA-7) - 27.4%
I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) - 26.6%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 26.5%
Dyosa (ABS-CBN) - 25.6%
Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) - 21.6%

Source: AGB Nielsen Philippines via PEP

ABS-CBN Disagrees with DTI on "Wilyonaryo" Findings

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ABS-CBN appeals the decision made by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) about the alleged anomaly on the defunct "Wilyonaryo" segment of Wowowee.

According to ABS-CBN Corporate Communications Head Bong Osorio, "We disagree with the findings and have appealed the decision."

The DTI released on October 13 the result of its investigation on the alleged anomaly in the "Wilyonaryo" segment of Wowowee. (Click here to read related article.)

Sky Cable and Home Cable Ordered by Court to Restore GMA-7 on Previous Channel

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The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has issued an order to Central CATV, which co-owns Sky and Home Cable of the Lopez Group, to broadcast GMA Network on channel 12 of its system after moving it to 14.

The NTC order was issued after GMA Network Inc. through its counsel, Atty. Roberto Rafael V. Lucila, requested an investigation in February 2003 after the top cable operator in the country moved GMA to channel 14 from it’s original channel 12 position. GMA was compelled to file an official complaint after the network received feedbacks from televiewers that the signal of Kapuso channel became weaker when it was moved to channel 14.

Central CATV, on the other hand, filed an appeal contesting a government order instructing it to transmit channel 7 on cable TV channel 12, after moving it to 14. The order was issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), GMA Network Inc., which broadcasts on free airwaves through channel 7, said that the appeal of Central CATV “was dismissed for lack of merit” by the Court of Appeals.

In April 2003, the NTC “ruled that Central CATV violated the provisions of Memorandum Circular No. 4-08-88 when it unilaterally rechanneled the positions of free-to-air TV channels without securing the approval of NTC,” GMA Network said.

The circular is also known as the Revised Rules and Regulations Governing Cable Television Systems in the Philippines.

GMA Network said it “questioned the arbitrary re-channeling of Channel 7 by Sky Cable because Sky Cable does not have the right to change the channel assignments of free-to-air TV stations without the approval of the TV stations and the NTC.”

The unilateral and arbitrary re-channeling of free-to-air TV stations on cable will cause confusion among viewers,” GMA Network Inc., the Philippines’ leading network said.

Sky Cable was also ordered “to carry the free-to-air television signal on its CATV system on the channel number at which the station is transmitting, except when technically unfeasible, in which case it shall be assigned the next nearest channel which does not cause interference,” the disclosure said.

The cable operator was also told to “faithfully and strictly comply with the provisions of the said circular and to cease from arbitrarily changing channel assignments without advance written notice to the TV stations, the public, and the approval of the NTC.

Sky Cable is a subsidiary of ABS-CBN, a rival of GMA Network.

DTI Sees Violation in Wowowee "Wilyonaryo" Segment

After more than a year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) finally released the result of its investigation on the administrative charges filed against the defunct "Wilyonaryo" segment of Wowowee.

According to the 11-page decision of Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) which was released yesterday October 13, the ABS-CBN noontime show “Wowowee” particularly it’s Wilyonaryo segment violated the Republic Act 7394 or the Consumers Act of the Philippines.

Part of the decision issued by DTI on Monday afternoon read:

A reasonable assessment of the existing game mechanics and procedures implemented at the time of the subject 20 August 2007 Wilyonaryo episode reveals that the game show segment allowed for a reasonable likelihood of error and provided the host and organizers significant latitude in controlling the outcome of the contest.”

According to DTI, the Wilyonaryo segment of Wowowee is under the category of “sales and promotion” campaign and it needs to be under the regulatory commission of DTI or the Consumer’s Act.

In connection to this, ABS-CBN is required to pay an administrative fine of P290,000.00 and come up with an execution of written undertaking.

As of this moment, ABS-CBN's Corporate Communication Department has yet to release their official statement regarding this matter.

Dennis Trillo is "Gagambino"

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From the fertile mind of Carlo J. Caparas comes another fantaserye that will show the unusual friendship between man and animals. Gagambino, in particular, depicts a young man named Bino who becomes close to an eight-feet tall spider.

Featuring Dennis Trillo in the title role, Gagambino will replace Dyesebel on GMA-7's primetime block. His two leading ladies are Nadine Samonte (who plays Celine) and Katrina Halili (whose character is Lucy). Dennis will be pitted against his archenemy Harold (played by Polo Ravales).

Reports say that Dennis learned three martial arts in preparation for his role as a superhero: wing chun, judo and kendo, a Japanese martial art of sword-fighting. He also underwent rigorous training to learn parkour, which translates to the art of movement.

"Para siyang wall climbing pero ina-apply mo sa totoong environment," says Dennis about parkour. "
Na-iincorporate dun yung galaw ng spider. Siyempre, dito sa Gagambino, mala-spider yung galaw kaya dapat maka-akyat ka dun sa mga pader, sa mga dingding. Medyo agile siya at kailangan ang dexterity ng katawan.

"Kailangan malakas ang buong katawan mo basically, yung upper body mo, yung legs mo. Marami akong tama diyan [shows a bruise on his right arm] and pati sa shins marami akong tama diyan."

Writer-director Carlo Caparas says that the choice of Dennis as the lead character of Gagambino is "unprecedented and unexpected."

"Hindi iisip na si Dennis ang gaganap. E, yun ang element ng isang bagong proyekto na parang eksperimento, experimental kung tingnan nila, pero dyan nangggagaling ang mga malalaking blockbuster TV shows, na hindi nila inaasahan kung sino ang gaganap dun sa role," tells Direk Carlo.

According to the prolific komiks creator, the challenge for Dennis is how he will be able to tame the giant spider to become his ally.

Toppel Lee and Don Michael Perez are co-directors of the TV series Gagambino.

Manny Pangilinan - The Telecom Magnate on ABS-CBN's "Walang Iwanan"

Never before has any documentary on Philippine television brought together the biggest names in business like Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Henry Sy, Lucio Tan, Jose Concepcion Jr., Oscar Lopez, Lance Gokongwei, Socorro Ramos, Ramon Del Rosario, Cecilio Pedro, and Manny Pangilinan to send this message clearly: In these troubled times and pending crises, no Filipino leaves his fellow citizens behind.

Last Sunday, October 12, ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs aired the 76-minute documentary "Walang Iwanan" which was presented by Charo Santos Concio and the network's top anchors. It featured the beginnings and leadership challenges that top Philippine business tycoons have experienced in their lives, all oriented toward serving the Filipino people. One of them was Mr. Manny "The Telecom Magnate" Pangilinan, Chairman of PLDT and Smart Communications.

Mr. Pangilinan grew up exposed to slum areas in the company of his dad who worked as a company messenger. But when his businesses made him an influential business tycoon, he went back to his roots and donated computer learning centers in Pampanga, funded literacy and medical missions, and assisted in the construction of a juvenile center in Cavite.

Watch his video below as presented by Karen Davila:

Manny Pangilinan - Walang Iwanan

Charice Pempengco Meets Mariah Carey

The Philippines's pride, Charice, again marked another personal milestone - she met one of her music idols, Mariah Carey.

Almost a month after her performance with Celine Dion, Charice was again in cloud nine after she got the chance to talk and to hug Mariah.

Charice met Carey at Wynn's Hotel for the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's Grand Slam for Children benefit concert last Saturday, October 11 in Las Vegas.

In a previous interview, Charice shared that aside from Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and Celine Dion, meeting Carey was also one of her dreams.

See video below:

Gretchen Barretto to Host TV5’s Upcoming Game Show "U and Me Against The World"

Rumors has it that the controversial actress Gretchen Barretto is slated to host a game show at TV5 to be launched this November.

The show will reportedly carry the title U And Me Against The World, a "fab game show with fab prizes."

Gretchen's credentials when in comes to hosting is limited. Although she used to be part of the long-defunct noontime variety show GMA Supershow during her younger years and for a time graced ABS-CBN's showbiz talk show The Buzz as temporary co-host.

This bit of news confirmed the assumption raised by some people when Tonyboy Cojuangco—Gretchen's longtime partner and father of her daughter Dominique—acquired the network way back in 2003. Some casual observers took note that it would only be a matter of time before Gretchen finds herself with a show of her own. The upcoming game show is also a strong indication that all's well between Gretchen and Tonyboy.

Rihanna and Chris Brown Live! in Manila

International RnB Superstars Rihanna and Chris Brown are coming to Manila!

Two of the biggest selling artists of 2008, Rihanna and Chris Brown, are doing a one-night concert at the Bonifacio Global City Open Field in Taguig on November 16, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. Rihanna and Chris Brown are also lovers in real-life.

The concert is brought to us by MTV Philippines. For ticket information, you can call TicketWorld at 891-9999.

I.T.A.L.Y.’s First Week Gross Reaches to Php13.2 Million

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Contrary to rumors that the romantic comedy I.T.A.L.Y. earned P40 million on its first day (read article here), Box Office Mojo has released the actual 1st week gross of the GMA Films movie.

According to the data gathered by the American website, I.T.A.L.Y. starring Jolina Magdangal Dennis Trillo, Eugene Domingo, and Rufa Mae Quinto collected Php13.2 Million on its opening weekend which put the movie at no. 11 in the list of weekend gross for pinoy films. The complete Top 12 2008 Weekend Gross below:

1. For the First Time (Aug. 25-29) - P78,966,833.66
2. Caregiver (May 28-June 1) - P62,852,844.56
3. A Very Special Love (July 30 to Aug. 3) - P58,440,333.16
4. My Bestfriend’s Girlfriend (Feb. 13-17) - P45,834,201.35
5. Dobol Trobol (Aug. 13-17) - P44,672,115.60
6. When Love Begins (April 30-May 4) - P40,757,517.52
7. Matakot Ka Sa Kulam (October 1-5) - P40,000,000.00 *
8. My Big Love (Feb. 27-March 2) - P30,763,209.40
9. My Monster Mom (July 2-6) - P16,157,096.73
10. Manay Po 2: Overload (April 16-20) - P14,346,933.50
11. I.T.A.L.Y. (September 13-21) - P13,222,824.00
12. Supahpapalicious (March 19-23) - P11,716,644.80

* Not yet final (approximate figure only according to reports)

For the updated tally of current films, Dobol Trobol Hits P90,495,627.00 on its 6th week. Star Cinema’s For the First Time, on the other hand, has a 4-week total of P128,834,868.00.

“Sukob” could still be the All-Time no. 1 Pinoy movie as “A Very Special Love” registered P179,212,304.00 on its 8th week. We shall see if the Sarah-John Lloyd movie lasts until week 9 in order to beat Sukob’s record of P186.41 million. Nevertheless, “A Very Special Love” remains the no. 1 pinoy movie of 2008.

Angelika dela Cruz is Married and Three-Months Pregnant

In "Central Jury" segment of Showbiz Central last Sunday, Angelika dela Cruz happily admitted that she is already married to her non-showbiz boyfriend Orion Casareo and is three-months pregnant.

"Last December 4, 2007 pa kame engaged and we got married sa civil rights last August 19, 2008. Nung Thursday, October 9 ko lang nalaman na three-months pregnant ako. Grabe, I'm so happy too!"

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Angelika dela Cruz Happily Tells Wedding Engagement to Non-Showbiz Boyfriend Orion Casareo

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"Nag-propose na! Last two or three weeks ago," Angelika giggles as she breaks the news about the marriage proposal she got from her boyfriend of three years, Orion Casareo.

In a taped interview with Startalk aired yesterday, October 11, the Lalola actress detailed the night she got engaged to her boyfriend.

"Dinala niya ako sa Southwoods," Angelika started her long story. "Basta pinaghintay niya niya ako. Pinaghintay niya ako sa kotse. Siyempre, ako, ‘Ano ba naman 'to?' di ba? Nakanganga lang ako dito, 'tapos niyaya niya akong mag-dinner. Siyempre sa dinner medyo nakasimangot na ako, so inis na ako."

The next scene did not appeal too much to Angelika for she thought that it was just one of their "monthsary" celebrations. She continued, "'Tapos, pagkaakyat namin sa room—siya, ako, at saka 'yong friends namin—pagbukas ko ng door, punung-puno ng petals 'yong floor, 'tapos, 'yong bathtub, 'yong floor, 'yong bed. 'Tapos ang daming mga flowers. 'Tapos may mga Kisses chocolates na nakaturo, naka-arrow sa bed.

"Siyempre, tinitingnan ko. 'Tapos tanga-tanga naman ako, hindi ko napansin 'yong kakaibang Kisses, hindi ko talaga napansin. Siyempre uma-acting ako na parang, wala lang. Kasi 'yong first na monthsary namin, ganun na niya ako sinuprise. So, para sa akin, nothing new, e."

The night got more exciting as Orion started his moves to give his marriage proposal to his celebrity girlfriend.

Angelica told Startalk, "'Tapos sabi niya, ‘Ano, ayaw mo ba kumain ng chocolates?' Sabi ko, ‘Nagda-diet nga ako, papakainin mo pa ako ng chocolates?' Nakasimangot talaga ako. [Sabi niya], ‘Tingnan mo naman, tingnan mo naman.' Sagot ko, ‘Ayoko.'

"'Tapos pagtingin ko, mayroon super daming Kisses, naka-heart siya. 'Tapos sa gitna, mayroong ibang color, kakaiba 'yong color niya, blue. Siya lang 'yong blue. 'Tapos pagtingin ko nakapasok doon 'yong ring. ‘Ayun, umiyak na ako."

The newly engaged couple plans to tie the knot on December 4, 2009, which is actually their fourth anniversary as a couple.

"Hindi pa namin sure kung magsi-civil wedding muna kami," Angelika added. "Hindi pa namin pinag-uusapan 'yon. Ang pinag-uusapan pa lang namin 'yong next year. Pero ako, anytime."

Aside from them, Angelika said that her parents were also happy about the good news. In fact, she said, "Happy naman sila. Surprisingly, ang daddy ko, masaya naman siya. Masaya sila for us kasi siyempre matagal na rin kami. 'Tapos wala naman silang tutol kay Orion, mabait naman siya."

Has she thought about her dream wedding already?

Angelika smiled and answered, "Ang dami kong naiisip, e. Kung anu-ano na ang nai-imagine ko, sumasakit na nga 'yong ulo ko kaka-imagine. Madalas ngayon, nakangiti ako, nakatanga ako, nagde-daydream ako. Ang weird nga, e."

Source: Entertainment Portal

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