MMFF 2008 Box Office Gross from December 25 - 31

Here are the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Box Office Gross (in Philippine peso) from December 25 - 31, 2008.

1. Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat - 102.5M
2. Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After - 72.6M
3. Shake Rattle & Roll X - 45.7M
4. Desperadas 2 - 27.3M

5. Baler - 24.5M
6. One Night Only - 5.7M
7. Dayo - 4.1M
8. Magkaibigan - 1.6M

Source: National Cinema Association of the Philippines

Valerie Concepcion Covers Maxim Philippines January 2009 Issue

For the second time around, hot mama Valeria Concepcion is on the cover of Maxim Philippines January 2009 issue.

International Television Awards Won by the Philippines in 2008

GMA Network and it’s sister station QTV-11 brought honor to the country for winning 24 international television awards in 2008. Check out our exclusive compilation.

Here are the International Television Awards Won by the Philippines in 2008:


Gold Medal - Human Interest
“Reporter’s Notebook: Batang kalakal” (GMA)

Silver Medal - News Promo
“Halalan Lights” (ABS-CBN)

Silver Medal - Social Issues and Current Events
“I-Witness: Iskul ko No. 1″ (GMA)

Silver Medal - Community Portraits
“I-Witness: Huling Hala Bira!” (GMA)

Broze Medal - Social Issues and Current Events
“Reporter’s Notebook: Engkuwentro” (GMA)

Broze Medal - UNDP Special Award
“Emergency: Mga Batang nagsusunog” (GMA)

Gold World Medal
“Power to Unite” music video (GMA)


Best Comedy Program
Camera Cafe (GMA/QTV)

2008 PROMAX BDO Awards

Promax Gold trophy for Best Public Service Announcement
“GMA Network’s Haribon Seedlings Advocacy TV plug” (GMA)

Best Music Video
“Set Me Apart” by Pupil


ABU CASBAA Unicef Child Rights Awards
Best TV programming on Children’s Rights
“I-Witness Batang Kalabaw Episode” (GMA)

2008 Popdev Media Awards - Best TV Documentary
“I-Witness” (GMA)


Excellence Award in Social Responsibility


Gold Camera Award - Documentary for Public Issues and Concerns
“Jessica Soho’s Philippine Agenda: Education” (GMA)

Gold Camera Award - Motivational program in the Entertainment
“Proudly Filipina” (QTV-11)

Silver Screen Award - Public Issues and Concerns
“Arnold Clavio’s Philippine Agenda: Health” (GMA)

Silver Screen Award - Documentary/Social Issues
“Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” (GMA)

Silver Screen Award - Entertainment: Motivational
“Wish Ko Lang” (GMA)

Silver Screen Award - Documentary/Sosical Issues
“I-Witness: Iskul Ko Number 1″ (GMA)

Silver Screen Award - Documentary/Sosical Issues
“Reporter’s Notebook: Batang Kalakal” (GMA)

Creative Excellence Award
“100% Pinoy” (GMA)

Creative Excellence Award
“Reporter’s Notebook: Pulong Diablo” (GMA)

Creative Excellence Award
“I-Witness: Batang Kalabaw” (GMA)

Creative Excellence Award
“I-Witness: Gapos” (GMA)

Creative Excellence Award
“Kids on Q” (QTV-11)

Creative Excellence Award
“May Trabaho Ka” (QTV-11)

Note: Finalist honors, commendations and certificates were not included in this list.

Source: starmometer

International Film Festival Awards Won by the Philippines in 2008

The indie films revolution in the country continue to flourish as some of these movies won awards in various international film festivals abroad. Check out our exclusive compilation for 2008.

Listed below are the International Film Festival Awards Won by the Philippines in 2008 (as compiled by starmometer):

14th Vesoul International Film Festival, France
Grand Prix du Jury Award

14th Vesoul International Film Festival, France
Prix du Public (Audience Prize)

9th Palmas de Gran Canaria Film Festival, Spain
Signis Award
“Foster Child”

58th Berlin International Film Festival, Germany
Caligari Award

2008 Paris Environmental Film Festival, France
Best Film
“Foster Child”

17th Brisbane International Film Festival, Australia
“Foster Child”

65th Venice International Film Festival
Orizzonti Prize for Best Feature Film

61st Cannes International Film Festival, 2008
Official Selection

21st Singapore International Film Festival
Best Film - Asian Feature Film Category

21st Singapore International Film Festival
Best Director
“Brillante Mendoza”

21st Singapore International Film Festival

10th Osian Cinefan Festival, India
Best Film - First Pictures Division

29th Durban International Film Festival
Best Actress
“Cherry Pie Picache” - Foster Child

29th Durban International Film Festival
Best Film
“Foster Child”

6th International Pacific Meridian Film Festival, Russia
Best Director
“Dante Mendoza” - Serbis

6th International Pacific Meridian Film Festival, Russia
Best Actress
“Gina PareƱo” - Serbis

35th Brussels International Film Festival, Belgium
Best Asian Film

35th Brussels International Film Festival, Belgium
Best Actor
“Yul Servo” - Brutus and Torotot

Asian Festival of First Films, Singapore
Best Director
“Dante Nico Garcia” - Ploning

13th Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea
Best Short Film

13th Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea
KNN Audience Award

6th Bangkok International Film Festival
Golden Kinnarree Award

6th Bangkok International Film Festival
Special Mention Award

6th Bangkok International Film Festival
Special Mention Award
“Years When I Was A Child Outside”

Best Film of All Time in Asia Pacific, CNN

5th Bahamas International Film Festival
Special Mention Award

28th Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival

49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece
Best Actor
“Sid Lucero” and “Emilio Garcia” - Selda

4th Tel Aviv International Children’s Film Festival, Israel
Audience Award
“Inang Yaya”

You Change My Life (A Very Special Love Part 2)

After the highly successful turn-out in the box office of A Very Special Love last year starring Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz, Star Cinema comes out with its sequel titled You Change My Life.

Sarah and John Lloyd are currently shooting the scenes for Part 2 under the direction once again of Cathy Garcia-Molina. Sarah hopes to equal the success of the first one if not surpass it. "Wish ko lang po na hindi man nito ma-surpass ang A Very Special Love, mapantayan man lang nito ang kinita ng una naming movie ni John Lloyd," said Sarah.

The sequel’s target playdate is reportedly on February 25.

Valerie 'Bangs' Garcia is 2009 Tanduay Rhum Calendar Girl

Valerie 'Bangs' Garcia is this year's Tanduay Rhum Calendar Girl.

Bangs replaces Ehra Madrigal who is last year's calendar girl for the said liquor brand.

PACMAN Welcomes Queen Elizabeth Pacquiao

The Pacquiaos welcome Queenie or Queen Elizabeth Pacquiao.

On December 30 at 6:37 AM (10:37PM Manila time) in Los Angeles Metropolitan Hospital, Los Angeles, California, Jinky, Manny Pacquiao's wife, gave birth to their fourth child of a 7.9 pound baby girl, named Queen Elizabeth.

Pacman and Jinky along with newborn Queen Elizabeth and three other kids are expected to be back in the Philippines on January 10, 2009.

Yasmien Kurdi on PETA's "Respect Chicks. Go Vegetarian." Ads

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA welcomes 2009 with its latest campaign featuring longtime advocate, actress-singer Yasmien Kurdi.

PETA explained the promotional materials: "In the first ad, Kurdi poses inside a cage with a fellow chick—a baby chicken, that is—under the tagline ‘Try to Relate to Who’s on Your Plate. Go Vegetarian.’ In the second, Yasmien poses on top of a cage under the tagline ‘Respect Chicks. Go Vegetarian.'"

A staunch supporter of PETA and its ideals, Yasmien has been very active in using her celebrity status to provide awareness and encourage the public to drop meat from their diet and practice a healthy lifestyle by eating vegetables instead.

"With so many delicious alternatives now available, it’s easier than ever to enjoy great food without causing animal suffering… Ang laking help ng pagiging vegetarian kasi ang pagiging vegetarian nali-lessen ang mga diseases, lalo na ‘yong mga heart diseases, kidney, at kung anu-ano pa," said Yasmien in a 2007 interview.

The new campaign reiterates PETA’s appeal to the public to embrace a healthy lifestyle. Aside from reducing, if not eliminating the chances of acquiring diseases, being a vegetarian helps in reducing the appalling practice of subjecting animals to cruel treatment. An investigation revealed that animals raised intensively in factory farms regularly undergo tail docking, debeaking, and castration without pain relievers that would at least ease the suffering.

2009 Pinoy Showbiz Predictions: Angel Locsin Will Regain Stardom, Marian Rivera's Falldown, and Other Showbiz Hula

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Psychic and Feng Shui Consultant Madame Suzette Arandela predicts that Angel Locsin will have a brighter 2009 ahead of her.

"Babalik ang dating ningning ng kanyang bituin. Makakabawi ang kanyang career ngayong 2009." Madam Suzette shares to Abante-Tonite.

When it comes to her lovelife, Angel will also have a stable relationship with current boyfriend Luis Manzano.

How about this year's hottest star - Marian Rivera?

According to Madam Suzette, if Marian (who was involved with so many intrigues this year) will not change her attitude, her career in 2009 will just be average.

"Kapag hindi nagbago ang attitude niya, magiging average lang ang kanyang career sa 2009. Malamang na mag-slow down ang kanyang career dahil sa kanyang ugali. May isang babaing sisikat ngayong 2009 na masasapawan siya.” she said.

On People's Taliba, it has also been reported that Marian Rivera's career in 2009 will not be as lucky as in 2008.

Quoting from the said article, "Marami ang nagsasabing kahit na nagpakawala ng 'sandosenang appliances si Marian Rivera sa mga entertainment press bago mag-Pasko, hindi pa rin daw ito susuwertihin sa taong 2009. Sabi ng ibang showbiz manghuhula, sasabit daw ang kamalasan kay Marian sa taong 2009 dahil sa mga taong natapakan niya at nasaktan nitong 2008. Dahil nasa personality na raw ni Marian ang pagiging mataray at mapang-api, marami raw ang magwi-wish sa kanyang downfall sa dara-ting na taon."

Other predictions, according to Madame Suzette, includes reconciliation between Sam Milby and Anne Curtis, blockbuster movie for KC Concepcion and Richard Gutierrez, another woman in between James Yap and Kris Aquino, health problems for Joey De Leon and Willie Revillame, more awards for Anne Curtis and Bea Alonzo might get pregnant if becomes careless.

Here are Madame Suzette's predictions for 2009 on some other showbiz personalities:

WILLIE REVILLAME: "Mananatili ang pamamayagpag ng kanyang Wowowee show, pero dapat niyang ingatan ang kanyang kalusugan dahil nakikita kong maoospital siya. Malamang na magkaroon siya ng surgery. Prone pa rin siya sa scandals at mai-involve siya sa ilang mga artistang babae. Magkakaroon siya ng bagong pag-ibig."

RICHARD GUTIERREZ: "Mananatiling pataas ang career niya kahit sino pa ang itambal sa kanya. Dadami pa ang kanyang endorsement. Mag-iingat lang siya sa pagmomotor. Ingatan niya ang kanyang left leg. Pagdating sa kanyang lovelife, wala siyang seryosong makakarelasyon, pero mas magki-click ang tambalan nila ni KC Concepcion. Mas madadalas ang kanyang pagta-travel. Mas magiging ok ang kalusugan ng nanay niyang si Annabelle Rama, pero mas dapat pang mag-ingat ang tatay niyang si Eddie Gutierrez sa kalusugan nito."

KC CONCEPCION: ­"Mas magniningning pa ang bituin. Magkakaroon ng regular TV show. Maghi-hit ang pelikula nila ni Richard (When I Met You). Malamang na mag-aral uli siya. May kinalaman sa art ang pag-aaralan niya. Mas gaganda ang relasyon nila ng amang si Gabby Concepcion, pero prone to sickness ang ama."

SHARON CUNETA: "May darating na family problem, pero pagdating sa career, mananatiling nasa top pa rin, pero may slow month siya sa kanyang career sa buwan ng July at August. Mas magta-travel pa. Malamang na mag-soul searching."

RUFFA GUTIERREZ: ­ "Hindi pa tuluyang natatapos ang istorya nila ni Yilmaz (Bektas). Madalas pa rin silang magko-communicate dahil sa mga anak nilang sina Lorin at Venice. Tungkol sa lovelife, may isang politician na maghahabol sa kanya. Career-wise, mas magiging ok siya at magkakaroon ng bagong pelikula at bagong TV show sa ABS-CBN."

KRIS AQUINO: "Hindi tuluyang matatahimik ang relasyon nila ng mister na si James Yap. Mai-involve si James sa ibang babae, pero hindi sila maghihiwalay. Nakikita kong mahal siya ni James, pero madali itong matukso sa ibang babae. Ingatan niya ang anak na si Joshua dahil prone ito sa sickness.”

DENNIS TRILLO:­ "Magiging ok ang kanyang career. Babalik ang dating sigla ng kanyang career. Magkakaproblema lang siya sa babae. Isang showbiz girl at isang non-showbiz girl ang mai-involve sa kanya. Dapat na mag-ingat siya dahil malamang na makabuntis uli siya."

HEART EVANGELISTA:­ "Mas gaganda ang lovelife. Hindi na talaga sila magkakabalikan ni Jericho (Rosales). “Mas magki-click pa kung ibabalik ang tambalan nila ni Richard (Gutierrez)."

JC DE VERA: "Mas aangat pa ang career this 2009. Mas gaganda ang relasyon nila ni RhianMagkakaroon pa ng maraming investments. Magta-travel din siya. May isang babaing galit pa rin sa kanya hanggang ngayon."

VILMA SANTOS: "Malamang na magkaroon ng surgery na may kinalaman sa uterus, kaya dapat mag-ingat."

NORA AUNOR: "Hindi pa rin makakabawi sa kanyang career. Marami akong nakikitang negative sa kanya. Tungkol sa pera, hindi pa rin maganda ang dating sa kanya at magpapatuloy siya sa paglipat-lipat ng tirahan."

VIC SOTTO:­ "Mananatiling maganda ang relasyon nila ni Pia (Guanio). Patuloy na mamamayagpag ang kanyang career. Malamang na magpakasal ang isang anak niya at magkaroon uli siya ng anak."

JOEY DE LEON: "Dapat careful siya sa kanyang health, lalo na sa kanyang heart. Kikita siya ng malaki sa pagpe-painting. May isang anak na naman siya na papasukin ang showbiz.”

RUFA MAE QUINTO: "Mababawasan ng intriga ang kanyang buhay at tatlong pelikula ang gagawin niya. Hindi pa rin niya mahahanap ang kanyang Mr. Right sa 2009."

OGIE ALCASID: "Magpapatuloy ang kanyang tagumpay at mas gaganda ang relasyon
nila ni Regine."

REGINE VELASQUEZ: "Malamang na magkaroon siya ng accident sa isang malayong lugar. Malamang na ma-hospital sa August o September."

GRETCHEN BARRETTO: "Puro problema sa pag-ibig, pero hindi pa rin sila maghihiwalay ni Tonyboy (Cojuangco)."

PIOLO PASCUAL:­ "Hindi pa rin siya magkakaroon ng serious love relationship. Mas magta-travel."

SAM MILBY: ­"Ingatan niya ang kanyang left leg. Malamang na magkabalikan sila ni Anne (Curtis)."

ANNE CURTIS: ­ "Tatanggap pa ng award. Magiging maganda ang lovelife."

JOHN LLOYD CRUZ: ­"Magkakaroon ng bagong girlfriend."

BEA ALONZO: ­ "May poor health problem. Mai-inlove sa isang non-showbiz guy,
pero mag-ingat at baka mabuntis."

ABS-CBN Denies 'Twilight' Local TV Adaptation

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ABS-CBN said there is no truth to the rumor that they are doing a local television version of the hit novel and movie 'Twilight'.

Last week, reported the local television adaptation but according to ABS-CBN Corporate Communications’ Bong Osorio "There is no truth to the Web reports, particularly in the Perez Hilton blogsite, that ABS-CBN is doing a local adaptation of Twilight. ABS-CBN will be the first to announce if it is, in fact doing so."

The so-called local television adaptation was supposed to be called 'Takipsilim' with Shaina Magdayao and Rayver Cruz as the lead stars. According to the report by, the rights for the tv remake of Twilight was bought by ABS-CBN for the price of 1 million US Dollars with Ignite Media as co-producer.

It was also mentioned in the article that the taping of Takipsilim will begin in February 2009 with Cathy Garcia-Molina as the director.

After the rumor was published in the popular Perez Hilton blog, Twilight fans all over the world reacted negatively with 7,600 entries in the petition against the Filipino version of the vampire film.

Fil-Am Michael Copon to Play Jacob Black in Twilight’s Sequel 'New Moon'

Fil-Am actor Michael Copon is reportedly replacing Taylor Lautner for the role of werewolf Jacob Black in the highly anticipated sequel of the box-office hit Twilight entitled “New Moon.”

The Twilight sequel has a new director following news that 53-year-old Catherine Hardwicke had been axed and replaced by Golden Compass helmsman Chris Weitz for New Moon.

Now, another replacement is about to happen. 15-year-old actor Taylor Lautner won’t be reprising his role as the werewolf Jacob Black in favor of the Filipino-American actor and model Michael Copon.

Michael is probably best known for his role in the tv series One Tree Hill and the movies Scorpion King 2 and Elevator. The Fil-Am actor was also the grand winner of VH1’s reality competition “But Can They Sing?”

Also lobbying for a New Moon role is Spanish actor Ben Barnes, best known for his title role in this year’s Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. The 27-year-old is said to be eyeing the role of the mind-reading vampire Aro.

Filming on New Moon is scheduled to begin in February 2009.

Carlene Aguilar Covers FHM Philippines January 2009 Issue

Beauty queen-actress Carlene Aguilar graces the cover of FHM Philippines January 2009 issue.

It’s all in believing in yourself and years from now kapag may edad na ako, I can always look back at the FHM cover that I did and be proud to say that I was hot!” said the 26-year-old hot mom on the reason why she finally said yes to pose for FHM.

Carlene guested in the MMFF 2008 entry “Iskul Bukol… 20 Years After”. She will be seen next in the Kapuso tv series “Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang” topbilled by Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes.

MMFF 2008 Box Office Gross as of December 28; Top 20 Pinoy Films of 2008

The Star Cinema MMFF entry “Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat” is still in the lead raking 73.7 million pesos in 4 days.

The Ai Ai delas Alas movie is now placed at no. 9 in the list of biggest pinoy movies for 2008. It is expected to surpass the 100 million pesos mark on its first week of screening, making it to be the no. 4 biggest movie of the year.

(as of December 28, 2008)

1. Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat - P73.7 M
2. Iskul Bukol… 20 Years After - P57.3 M
3. Shake Rattle and Roll X - P35.4 M
4. Desperadas 2 - P22 M
5. Baler - P18.9 M
6. One Night Only - P4.2 M
7. Dayo - P3.2 M
8. Magkaibigan - P1.4 M


1. A VERY SPECIAL LOVE - P179.23 million
(Star Cinema/Viva Films)

2. CAREGIVER - P139.54 million
(Star Cinema)

3. FOR THE FIRST TIME - P134.7 million
(Star Cinema)

(GMA Films/Regal Films)

5. DOBOL TROBOL GET REDI 2 RAMBOL - P90.51 million
(Octoarts Films)

6. WHEN LOVE BEGINS - P89.38 million
(Star Cinema/Viva Films)

7. MY ONLY U - P79.18 million
(Star Cinema)

8. MAG-INGAT KA SA KULAM - P76.6 million
(Regal Films)

9. ANG TANGING INA N’YONG LAHAT - P73.7 million*
(Star Cinema)

10. MY BIG LOVE - P68 million
(Star Cinema)

11. SUPAHPAPALICIOUS - P66.98 million
(Star Cinema)

12. ONE TRUE LOVE - P62.47 million
(GMA Films/Regal Films)

13. ISKUL BUKOL…20 YEARS AFTER - P57.3 million *

14. SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL X - P35.4 million *
(Regal Films)

15. MANAY PO 2: OVERLOAD - P30.4 million
(Regal Films)

16. MY MONSTER MOM - P 29.2 million
(Regal Films)

17. SCAREGIVERS - P 26.07 million
(APT Entertainment)

18. IKAW PA RIN, BONGGA KA BOY! - P 24.66 million
(Viva Films)

19. I.T.A.L.Y. (I Trust and Love You) - P 23.7 million
(GMA Films)

20. DESPERADAS 2 - P 22 million *
(Regal Films)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Leaving the Top 20 are:

URDUJA - P 11.51 million
(APT Entertainment)

PLONING - P 10.77 million

(Regal Films)

TOROTOT - P 2.13 M
(Viva Films)

* Not yet final. Still screening in theaters

2008 Top 10 Philippine Television Ratings

With the conclusion of the last major television event for 2008 which is the “Dream Match: Pacquiao vs Dela Hoya”, check out our exclusive ranking of the Top 10 TV programs in Mega Manila and NUTAM ratings.

The ranking was based as per single broadcast of the programs mentioned, either a special or a series, and not in average in the case of tv series.

Please take note that this is not yet the final tally for 2008 as the December NUTAM ratings are not yet released by AGB Nielsen Philippines.

NUTAM Top 10 - Daytime

1. Unfinished Business: Marquez-Pacquiao II (GMA 7) - 48.6%
2. Lethal Combination: Pacquiao vs. Diaz (GMA 7) - 46.0%
3. Paalam Daboy 1952-2008 (GMA 7) - 26%
4. Marimar Memories (GMA 7) - 25.9%
5. El Cuerpo del Deseo (July Episode, ABS-CBN) - 23.7%
6. El Cuerpo del Deseo (June Episode, ABS-CBN) - 23.6%
7. The Challenge: Casamayor Vs. Marquez (ABS-CBN) -23.4%
8. De La Hoya vs. Forbes: Homecoming (ABS-CBN) - 23.2%
9. Wowowee (April Episode, ABS-CBN) - 23%
10. Paalam Daboy (ABS-CBN) - 22.9%

NUTAM Top 10 - Primetime

1. Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus: Big Night (ABS-CBN) - 42.4%
2. Pinoy Dream Academy Season II Grand Dream Nights (ABS-CBN) - 40.4%
3. Marimar (March Episode, GMA) - 38.1%
4. Pinoy Dream Academy Little Grand Dream Night (ABS-CBN) - 37.5%
5. Kung Fu Kids (January Episode, ABS-CBN) - 37.1%
6. Marimar (February Episode, GMA) - 36.9%
7. Lobo (January Episode, ABS-CBN) - 36.3%
8. Dyesebel (April Episode, GMA) - 35.7%
9. The Singing Be (September Episode, ABS-CBN) - 35.2%
10. Kung Fu Kids (February Episode - 34.1%)

MEGA MANILA TOP 10 - Daytime

1. Lethal Combination: Pacquiao vs. Diaz (June 29, GMA) - 63.8%
2. Unfinished Business: Marquez-Pacquiao II (March 16, GMA) - 48.5%
3. Lethal Combination: Primer (June 29, GMA) - 46.4%
4. The Dream Match: Pacquiao-De La Hoya (December 7, GMA) - 45.6%
5. Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan? (July 31, GMA) - 27.2%
6. Eat Bulaga! (Sept. 6, GMA) - 25.5%
Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan? (Sept. 19, GMA) - 25.5%
7. Eat Bulaga! (August 2, GMA) - 25.2%
8. Pinoy Records (August 2, GMA) - 24.9%
Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (Sept. 16, GMA) - 24.9%
9. Magdusa Ka (August 15, GMA) - 24.7%
10. Una Kang Naging Akin (Sept. 19, GMA) - 24.6%

MEGA MANILA TOP 10 - Primetime

1. Marimar (March 14, GMA) - 52.6%
2. Marimar (March 7, GMA) - 47.9%
3. Marimar (Feb. 26, GMA) - 47.8%
4. Marimar (Feb. 13, GMA) - 46.7%
5. Marimar (Feb. 27, GMA) - 46.6%
6. Marimar (March 11, GMA) - 46.1%
7. Marimar (Feb. 28, GMA) - 46.0%
Marimar (Feb. 15, GMA) - 46.0%
8. Marimar (March 12, GMA) - 45.9%
Marimar (March 6, GMA) - 45.9%
9. Marimar (Feb. 7, GMA) - 45.4%
10. Marimar (Feb. 12, GMA) - 45.2%

The final Top 10 Philippine Television Ratings for the year 2008 will be revealed on January 2009 after the release of NUTAM and MEGATAM results for December 2008.

2008 Pinoy Gold and Platinum Record Awardees

ASAP '08 honored the Filipino artists (singers, dancers, instrumentalists and bands) whose albums attained Gold and Platinum status from December 2007 to December 2008.

Some interesting tidbits this year: Sarah Geronimo made a record-breaking 4 Platinum awards in one year; Marian Rivera is now a platinum awardee; Jay-R’s Soul in Love album (dubbed as the best album of 2008) did not achieve Gold status; Marian Rivera is the only kapuso star to have won a Platinum award in 2008.

Gold Award is given to the artist whose album sells 12,500 units and more. When it reaches 25,000 units, the artist will be given the highly coveted Platinum Award.

Here are the winners of Gold and Platinum Awards in the local music industry for the year 2008:


6Cyclemind - Home
Aiza Seguerra - Para sa ‘Yo
ASAP Supah Dance
Boy Abunda - Love Life
Blush - Imago
Charice - Charice
Claire dela Fuente - Something in Your Eyes
Claire dela Fuente - The Christmas Album
Gabby Concepcion - Gabby Concepcion
Gary Valenciano - Rebirth
Gretchen Barretto - Unexpected
Jed Madela - The Voice of Christmas
Jump Around (Kids Dance Album)
KC Concepcion - a.k.a. Cassandra
Kim Chiu - Gwa Ai Di
Kris Aquino - The Greatest Love
Kyla - Heartfelt
Lani Misalucha - Reminisce
Nina - Nina Sings the Hits of Diane Warren
Ogie Alcasid - Great Filipino Song Book
Parokya ni Edgar - Solid
Rachelle Ann Go - Rachelle Ann Rocks Live!
Regine Velasquez - Low Key
Richard Poon - I’ll Take Care of You
Ronnie Liang - Ang Aking Awitin
Sitti - Ngayong Pasko
Sugarfree - Talaarawan
Urbandub - Embrace


Bamboo - Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday
Claire dela Fuente - Something in Your Eyes
Gary Valenciano - Relevance
Jed Madela - Songs Rediscovered
KC Concepcion - a.k.a. Cassandra
Marian Rivera - Marian Rivera Dance Hits
Martin Nievera - Milestones
Nina - Nina Sings Barry Manilow
Nina - Nina Live!
Sarah Geronimo - Taking Flight
Sarah Geronimo - Just Me
Sarah Geronimo - The Other Side (DVD)
Sarah Geronimo - Sarah in Motion (DVD)
Sharon Cuneta - Isn’t It Romantic
Sitti - My Bossa Nova Live!
Sponge Cola - Transit
Sugarfree - Dramachine
Willie Revillame - Willie Sings Camo and Saturno


Arnel Pineda, lead singer of the American rock band Journey, received the ASAP 24K Golden Voice Award.

Gary Valenciano was given the ASAP Elite Platinum Circle Award for his contribution in the local music industry for 25 years. During his career as a singer and songwriter, Gary has been awarded five Platinum albums, four double Platinum albums, three triple Platinum albums, and two sextuple Platinum albums.

2008 Google Top Searches in the Philippines

Youtube and international singing sensation Charice Pempengco has topped Google's list of Top 10 Most Searched Celebrities in the Philippines for 2008. Followed by another Youtube star and Journey lead vocalist Arnel Pineda.

This year's hottest and controversial Kapuso star Marian Rivera ranked 10th. But this time, Marian has scored higher than Angel Locsin, who was the most searched female actress in the Philippines last year.

In Google News (Philippines), it's a knockout victory for Manny Pacquiao.

This 2008, Charice and Manny Pacquiao are the only celebrities from the Philippines who managed to penetrate global Google Searches ( at least for a particular day. Charice was in Top 100 (53rd) last September 19 when she guested on Oprah while Manny was Top 33 last December 6, the day he destroyed Oscar de la Hoya in the ring.

Here are this year's Most Searched Keywords or Terms in

Fastest Rising (Global)
1. Sarah Palin
2. Beijing 2008
3. Facebook Login
4. Tuenti
5. Heath Ledger
6. Barack Obama
7. Nasza Klasa
8. Wer Kennt Wen
9. Euro 2008
10. Jonas Brothers

Fastest Rising (Local)
1. Cabal
3. PSP
5. Emo
7. Naruto
8. Multiply
9. Mozilla
10. Realize lyrics

Most Popular
1. Lyrics
2. Friendster
3. You
4. Games
5. Yahoo
6. Youtube
7. Love
8. Google
9. Mp3
10. Map

Google News Local Searches
1. Manny Pacquiao
2. Pacquaio-Marquez Fight
3. Pacquiao-Diaz Fight
4. RCBC Bank Robbery
5. Ces Drilon
6. SONA 2008
7. Reproductive Health Bill
8. Earthquake Philippines
9. Rudy Fernandez Death
10. ZTE Broadband Deal

1. Charice Pempengco
2. Arnel Pineda
3. DJ Montano
4. Wu Chun
5. Jonas Brothers
6. Heath Ledger
7. miley cyrus
8. Chris Brown
9. Mike He
10. Marian Rivera

1. Florante at Laura
2. Ibong Adarna
3. Pinoy Jokes
4. Noli Me Tangere
5. El Filibusterismo
6. Bugtong
7. Tula
8. Filipino Scientist
9. Alamat
10. Talumpati

Local Travel Destinations
1. Pangasinan
2. Cebu
3. Palawan
4. Baguio
5. Sagada
6. Bohol
7. El Nido
8. Plantation Bay
9. Tagaytay
10. Punta Fuego

2008 Yahoo! Philippines Top Searches

Top 10 Most Searched Keywords or Terms on Yahoo! Philippines ( arranged in alphabetical order:

• Angel Locsin
• Angelina Jolie
• Anne Curtis
• Hayden Panettiere
• KC Concepcion
• Marian Rivera
• Piolo Pascual
• Vanessa Hudgens
• Wu Chun
• Zac Efron

• Amazing Race Asia
• American Idol
• Dyesebel
• Gossip Girl
• Hannah Montana
• Heroes
• Marimar
• Prison Break

• Arnel Pineda
• Avril Lavigne
• Charice Pempengco
• David Cook
• Eraserheads
• Jonas Brothers
• Ramiele Malubay
• Regine Velasquez
• Rihanna
• Sarah Geronimo

• Barack Obama
• Brian Gorrell
• Ces Drilon
• China Milk Scandal
• Cory Aquino
• MV Princess of the Stars
• Rice Shortage
• Rudy Fernandez
• Seven Wonders of Nature
• ZTE Scandal

• Ako Si Kim Sam Soon
• Deal Or No Deal
• Mall of Asia
• Moymoy Palaboy
• Pinoy Channel
• Pinoy Fear Factor
• Survivor Philippines
• Troy Bisaya Version
• Urduja

• eeePC
• Friendster
• iPhone
• Jobs
• Pag-asa Weather Forecast
• Board Exam Results
• Wikipedia
• Yahoo! Messenger
• YouTube

• Chris Tiu
• Grand Theft Auto
• Lotto
• Manny Pacquiao
• Maria Sharapova
• Olympics 2008
• Rubik Cube

• Baguio
• Batangas
• Bohol
• Boracay
• Cebu
• Davao
• Manila
• Palawan
• Puerto Galera
• Siargao

• Currency Converter
• Diet Recipes
• High School Musical 3
• Naruto
• Philippine Newspapers
• Online Games
• Philippine Holidays
• Ran Online
• Transformers
• Work Abroad

ASAP That's Christmas

Posted by JED on Monday, December 29, 2008 , under | comments (2)

ASAP '08 stars prepared and performed a very special Christmas presentation called 'That's Christmas' which was the show's Christmas gift offering to its loyal televiewers.

The concept of the presentation was based on ABS-CBN's core values like teamwork, camaraderie, teaching, learning, and a true quality bonding experience amongst the stars of ABS-CBN.

ASAP ‘08 stars were divided into three groups to perform ala “That’s Entertainment” style.

Group 1 decided to perform a 60’s inspired “Hair Spray” presentation with a twist - the guys played a female role and the girls played the male role. They danced to the tune of Low and Disturbia. The group composed of John Prats, Shaina Magdayao, Sheryn Regis, Rafael Rosell, Zanjoe Marudo, Gabs Valenciano, Toni Gonzaga, and Gary Valenciano among others.

Group 2 was led by Vhong Navarro. They performed the Michael Jackson hits. This group was composed of Sam Milby, Christian Bautista, Sarah Geronimo, Gerald Anderson, Anne Curtis, Erik Santos, Rayver Cruz, Jericho Rosales, and Vina Morales.

Group 3 was headed by Billy Crawford. They performed a school-movie musicals inspired number. To complete the group were Piolo Pascual, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Karylle, Mark Bautista, Maja Salvador, Kim Chiu, Nikki Gil, Ronnie Liang, Arnel Pineda, Melissa Ricks, Jed Madela and John Lloyd Cruz.

Group 3 was declared the winner, at the end of the show.

"I Wanna Die!" - Anne Curtis, on Her Very First Acting Award

Another Kapamilya actress has received her first Best Actress award after Angel Locsin had it last month.

If Angel proudly uttered "Aktres na ako!" on her acceptance speech, Anne said "It's my first acting award! I wanna die!"

Anne Curtis, female lead of Viva Films' Baler, was adjudged Best Festival Actress in the 34th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Awards Night held last Saturday night, December 27, 2008 at the Harbor Tent, Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City.

In Baler, Anne essayed the role of Feliza Reyes, a young, sweet and wholesome Filipina who fell in love with a Fil-Spanish soldier played by Jericho Rosales.

Anne competed against other worthy contenders such as Ai-Ai delas Alas for Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat, Dawn Zulueta for Magkaibigan, and Marian Rivera for Shake, Rattle & Roll X.

Baler took home a total of 10 awards including Best Picture, Best Director and the much coveted Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award.

MMFF 2008 Opening Gross; Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat Currently in Lead

Posted by JED on Sunday, December 28, 2008 , under | comments (0)

By all indication, this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) could surpass last year's gross.

On its opening day alone, this year's movie entries already break the two days gross sale of last year's by 37 percent.

At the end of the festival screening last year, all 9 entries collectively received 380 million pesos in ticket sales. Star Cinema's Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo (SSS) lead the race with 122.9 million pesos. In second place was M-ZET and Octo Art's Enteng Kabisote 4: Okay Ka Fairy Ko The Beginning of the Legend with 104.7 million. Followed by Regal Films' Shake, Rattle, & Roll 9 with 68 million. Regal Film's Desperadas with 35.5 million was in fourth place; and last year's Best Festival Picture winner Resiklo of Imus Productions, with 21.7 million.

In an unofficial report, Star Cinema is again leading the race for the 3 consecutive years with this year's entry Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat starring Ai-Ai dela Alas.

Here is the unofficial first day gross of this year's 8 movie entries:

1. Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat (Star Cinema)- 20.9 million pesos.
2. Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After (OctoArts, M-Zet, and APT Entertainment) - 18.9 million pesos
3. Shake, Rattle & Roll X (Regal Films) - 13.2 million pesos
4. Desperadas 2 (Regal Films) - 7.1 million pesos
5. Baler (Viva Films) - 5.3 million pesos
6. One Night Only (Octo Arts Films) - 1.6 million pesos
7. Dayo (Cutting Edge Production) - 1.3 million pesos
8. Magkaibigan (Maverick Films) - .62 million pesos

Star Cinema's 2009 Movie Line-Up

Star Cinema, ABS-CBN’s film outfit, has released their movie line-up for 2009.

Apparently, this line-up was shown during the premiere screening of Land Down Under in the US. Please take note that titles, casts, and schedules can be changed anytime as approved by Star Cinema management.


Love Me Again (Love Down Under)
Starring Angel Locsin and Piolo Pascual


You Changed My Life
(A Very Special Love Part 2)
Starring John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo


Estrella (teen horror movie)
Starring Shaina Magdayao, Maja Salvador, Jake Cuenca, Geoff Eigenmann


And I Love You So
Starring Sam Milby, Bea Alonzo and Derek Ramsay


Starring Bong Revilla and Toni Gonzaga


The Man I Loved
Starring KC Concepcion and Piolo Pascual


Starring Maricel Soriano and Mika dela Cruz


A Mother’s Story
Starring Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano and John Lloyd Cruz


Starring Angel Locsin and Aga Muhlach


A Love Affair
Kristine Hermosa, Jericho Rosales and Carmen Soo

The following projects have no tentative date and/or working title yet:

1. RPG - first 3-D animated movie
2. Claudine Barretto movie
3. Judy Ann Santos romantic drama movie
4. Angelica Panganiban/Gabby Concepcion movie

MMFF Awards 2008 Winners

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Here are the winners of the recently concluded 34th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2008 awards night held at the Sofitel Hotel in Manila.

Best Picture: Baler
2nd Best Picture: Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat
3rd Best Picture: Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After
Best Festival Actor: Christopher de Leon (Magkaibigan)
Best Festival Actress: Anne Curtis (Baler)
Best Supporting Actor: Phillip Salvador (Baler)
Best Supporting Actress: Manilyn Reynes (One Night Only)
Best Festival Director: Mark Meily (Baler)
Best Festival Screenplay: Roy Iglesias (Baler)
Best Festival Original Story: Jose Javier Reyes (One Night Only)
Best Festival Child Performer: Robert Villar (Shake, Rattle & Roll X)
Best Festival Musical Score - Jessie Lasaten (Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia)
Best Festival Theme Song - “Lipad” by Jessie Lasaten and Artemio Abad Jr., performed by Lea Salonga (Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia)
Best Festival Cinematography - Lee Meily (Baler)
Best Festival Makeup: Noli Villalobos (Desperadas 2)
Best Festival Visual Effects: Robert Quilao (Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia)
Best Festival Production Design: Aped Santos (Baler)
Best Festival Sound Recording: Albert Idioma and Wally Dellosa (Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia)
Best Festival Editor: Danny Anonuevo (Baler)
Gender Sensitive Award (for promoting equality of men and women through film): Baler
Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award: Baler

The awards night will be aired tonight, December 28, on RPN-9 at around 9 p.m.

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