Yes Magazine 50 Most Powerful in Showbiz for 2008

The YES! list of the 50 Most Powerful in Showbiz for 2008 starts with a fair advice: "Before you dive into this list, a warning: You may not like what you read."

Listing down the movers and shakers of the local entertainment scene over the past fifteen months, the country's premier entertainment magazine—now celebrating its 9th year anniversary—ranks the "industry players who took an active role in shaping the landscape of entertainment."

The list—which may not sit well with some industry players and readers—bravely covers all corners by presenting not just the entertainers constantly seen on screen, but also commanding personalities who maneuver behind the spotlight: network executives, directors, talent managers, institutions, tycoons, a cosmetic surgeon, and even a renowned scriptwriter.

Here is the complete list of Yes Magazine 50 Most Powerful in Showbiz for 2008.


On top spot is Wowowee host Willie Revillame. Revillame bested 49 others to emerge as the most powerful in his field. The controversial TV personality recently brandished his uncanny mass appeal when he propelled YES!—in which he was the cover on its January 2009 issue—to publishing milestone by selling an enormous amount of copies unheard of in the local glossy magazine market.

"But the man has mojo," the article stated. "After ABS-CBN snapped him up again and reinstalled him as king of its noontime programming in 2005, he turned his life around—image, finances, lifestyle, work ethic, even daily routine—to become the king of Kapamilya land."

His peso value: 1 million per day contract with ABS-CBN

2nd: Actress and game show host Kris Aquino. Kris may not be as controversial as she was in the past, but it certainly did not diminish her star value. Landing in second place, the self-styled "Queen of All Media" barged into the list by the sheer grit of her worth (monetary speaking, that is).

Her peso value: 3.3 million guaranteed salary per month contract with ABS-CBN

3rd: Box-Office King John Lloyd Cruz, whose stocks rose even higher brought by the back-to-back success of A Very Special Love and You Changed My Life.

His peso value: 500 thousand per movie. 80 - 100 thousand per taping day

4th: Action superstar and Totoy Bato's lead star, Robin Padilla.

His peso value: 200-250 thousand per taping day

5th: GMA-7's current prized female star Marian Rivera who, according to showbiz insiders, pockets a cool "upwards P50,000 per taping day."

Her peso value: 600 thousand per movie. 50 thousand per taping day

6th: Zorro lead star and GMA-7's most prized male star Richard Gutierrez.

His peso value: 4 million per movie. 200 - 250 thousand per taping day

7th: One of the world's most sexiest Dingdong Dantes.

His peso value: 500 thousand - 1.5 million per movie. 100 thousand per taping day

8th: Comedy concert queen Ai-Ai delas Alas

Her peso value: 2 - 3 million per movie. 150 - 200 thousand per taping day

9th: Ultimate Heartthrob Piolo Pascual

His peso value: 3 million per movie. 150 thousand per taping day

10th: King of all Media Joey de Leon

11th: Vic Sotto

12th: Megastar Sharon Cuneta

13th: Young superstar Judy Ann Santos

14th: Toni Gonzaga

15th: 2008 Box-office queen Sarah Geronimo

16th: Michael V.

17th: Ogie Alcasid

18th: Regine Velasquez

19th: Bea Alonzo

20th: KC Concepcion

21st: Pinoy Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao

22nd: Senator Bong Revilla

23rd: Ruffa Gutierrez

24th: Lady Directors Joyce Bernal and Cathy Garcia-Molina

25th: Pinoy Komiksmen Carlo J. Caparas and Mars Ravelo

26th: Sam Milby

24 Most Powerful Showbiz Executives:

Even more interesting is the Executives list wherein the power heads of the entertainment industry were unmasked for the public to know.

As expected, the top brass of the two largest networks were pitted head-to-head against each other, breaking down their enormous influence and power not commonly known to outside spectators.

Top spot: Eugenio 'Gabby' Lopez III (ABS-CBN) and Atty. Felipe Gozon (GMA-7)

2nd: Charo Santos-Concio (ABS-CBN)

3rd: Cory Vidanes (ABS-CBN)

4th: Annette Gozon-Abrogar (GMA-7)

5th: Malou Santos (ABS-CBN)

9th: Deo Endrinal (ABS-CBN)

10th: Johnny Manahan (ABS-CBN)

11th: Boy Abunda (ABS-CBN)

12th: Lolit Solit (GMA-7)

20th: Ricardo 'Ricky' Lee

Eyebrows will surely rise as the April issue likewise offered an extensive, not to mention exhaustive, summary of ABS-CBN and GMA-7's overall earnings, investor desirability, reach and advertising revenues.

"Which of these two heavyweights would win the rounds of expenditures and profits—and which would be down for the count?" YES! asked before laying down the facts as presented by an expert analyst.

Grab a copy of YES! April issue-now available at all leading bookstores and magazine stands-to see the entire list.

Source: Yes Magazine via PEP

GMA-7 and Solar Sports to File Legal Case Against Manny Pacquiao; Pacquiao Answers Back

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Filipino boxing champ Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao announces his decision to tie-up with ABS-CBN and it gives Pacman's Kapamilya supporters a good reason to be jolly but not for GMA-7 and Solar sports.

Solar Sports expressed its disappointment with Pacman's decision to cut short their contract, claiming that the contract with the boxing champ is still valid.

Solar's legal counsel Atty. Enrique dela Cruz Jr added, "Naniniwala po ang Solar na ang kontrata nila kay Manny Pacquiao ay valid at binding pa. Hindi ito maaaring labagin ni Manny Pacquiao at ng ABS-CBN."

Solar has yet to hear from Pacman concerning this issue though they revealed that Pacman has sent them a letter stating that he wanted to end his contract with them.

For Solar, they are ready to file cases against anyone—be it Pacman or ABS-CBN—who would violate the contract's agreement.

Likewise, GMA-7 also released a statement early this afternoon to show their disappointment with the boxing champ's decision.

GMA network’s Corporate Communications department through Legal Affairs Vice President Dick Perez, to Pacman.

The letter reads in full:

"Dear Mr. Pacquiao,

"We refer to your televised announcement that you have decided to partner with ABS-CBN and to the report that your future fights, including your match with Hatton, will now be aired in ABS-CBN.

"Please be advised that the Agreement between you and GMA still subsists and provides as follows:

"2.2 TALENT shall not appear on any television program, show, promotion or event of any broadcast media entity other than GMA and its subsidiaries and affiliates without the written consent of GMA."

"Your unilateral action to give ABS-CBN the right to air the Pacquiao-Hatton fight violates the above-referred provision to the Agreement.

"We demand that you strictly comply with the terms of our Agreement and that you recall immediately your grant to ABS-CBN of the airing right to the fight, otherwise, much to our regret, we shall take such actions as are necessary in order to protect our interests.

"We request your response to this letter within seven (7) days from your receipt hereof. If you fail to respond within the period given, we shall assume that you have not recalled your grant of airing right to ABS-CBN."

However, Manny Pacquiao said he is not affected by the possibility of him being sued after he chose ABS-CBN to be his new media partner.

"Maluwag ang loob ko. May mga tao naman ako na nag-aasikaso ng mga bagay na yan.

"Ako ang ginagawa ko ay mag-concentrate at focus sa fight ko at sana panoorin niyo fight ko at ipagdasal ako. Mapapanood niyo ang fight sa ABS-CBN versus Ricky Hatton.

"Laban ko, laban ng lahat. Maraming salamat sa inyo," said Pacquiao.

GMA-7 is Disappointed in Manny Pacquiao's Decision to Tie-Up with ABS-CBN

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Manny Pacquiao's decision to cut his ties with Solar Sports, which broadcasts his fights on TV through GMA-7, and partner again with ABS-CBN causes a big disappointment on GMA Network Management .

In this regard, GMA Network released a statement about Pacquiao's move. And it reads:

"GMA Network is very disappointed with the reported decision of Manny Pacquiao to transfer from Solar Sports to ABS-CBN the rights to broadcast his fight with Ricky Hatton on May 2, 2009 and his other fights.

"We would like to clarify the following points:

1. The existing contract for the airing of Manny Pacquiao's fights in the Philippines is between Pacquiao and Solar Sports and NOT between Pacquiao and GMA Network;

2. Solar Sports just enters into blocktime agreements with GMA Network for the airing of Manny Pacquiao's fights in the country.

"Ms. Beth Celis in her newspaper column last March 18, 2009 said that 'The network (ABS-CBN) is said to have offered Manny full media support in the next election to ensure victory in the next year's congressional elections.' GMA Network did not offer the same to Pacquiao because the Omnibus Election Code prohibits television networks from doing so. Section 95 of the code states that 'no contribution for purposes of partisan political activity shall be made directly or indirectly' by grantees of franchises such as television networks.

"It was also reported that Pacquiao favored the other network because of ABS-CBN's dominance in Saranggani and the international presence of their reporters. GMA Network's news teams and existing contributors in key areas worldwide adequately cover important events like those of Pacquiao's activities. GMA also has a superior signal in General Santos City and environs.

"Aside from his two existing programs, Pinoy Records and Totoy Bato, GMA Entertainment offered projects to Manny as soon as his schedule allows. These include his own sitcom, a drama series, concerts in Las Vegas and Los Angeles in the United States and in key cities in Canada, and boxing clinics around the Philippines. The network may have to review these now in light of the recent developments.

"Moreover, according to GMA's Legal Counsel, Atty. Dick B. Perez, Manny Pacquiao has a separate contract with GMA Network which prohibits him from appearing on 'any television program, show, promotion or event of any other broadcast media entity other than GMA and its subsidiaries and affiliates without the written consent of GMA.' GMA has not given him its consent to appear in ABS-CBN."

American Idol Season 8 Top 11: Country Music Performance and Result Nights

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Regretfully, 21-year old Alexis Grace was the latest contestant eliminated from the American Idol Season 8 competition.

Charice to Star in Hollywood Film "Alvin and the Chipmunks 2"

There is really no stopping Charice to conquer the international scene.

Although her first international album is yet to be released, Charice hits another milestone in her career as she is set to appear in her first Hollywood movie "Alvin and the Chipmunks 2".

Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 is a live action-animation production by 20th Century Fox currently shooting in L.A. and slated to be shown in the Philippines in January 2010. It’s not clear yet what role Charice is playing but she already flew to Los Angeles last Monday in preparation to her first shooting day next week.

Charice was very careful not to reveal too many details about the said movie.

"Yung story niya umiikot sa tatlong animated characters," was the only clue Charice gave to the press.

Charice is also one of the featured stars to perform in the upcoming David Foster and Friends Concert on April 25, 2009 at Foxwood Casino Connecticut and May 9, 2009 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

40th Box Office Entertainment Awards - List of Winners

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Here is the complete list of winners of the 40th Box Office Entertainment Awards:

2008 Box Office King & Queen - John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo (A Very Special Love)

Film Actor of the Year - Christopher de Leon (Magkaibigan)

Film Actress of the Year - Sharon Cuneta (Caregiver)

Prince and Princess of Philippine Movies & TV - Richard Gutierrez & KC Concepcion (For The First Time)

Male Concert Performer of the Year - Gary Valenciano (Gary Live@25)

Female Concert Performer of the Year - Sarah Geronimo (The Next One)

Male Recording Artist of the Year - Martin Nievera (Milestone)

Female Recording Artist of the Year - Sarah Geronimo (The Next One)

Most Popular Recording Group - Spongecola

Most Popular Novelty Singer - Moymoy Palaboy

Most Popular Loveteam of Movies and TV - Gerald Anderson & Kim Chiu

Most Promising Male Star of Movies and TV - Aljur Abrenica

Most Promising Female Star of Movies and TV - KC Concepcion

New Male Recording Artist of the Year (Most Promising Singer) - Bugoy Drilon (Paano Na Kaya?)

New Female Recording Artist of the Year (Promising Singer) - KC Concepcion (A.K.A. Cassandra)

Most Promising Performing Group - You've Got Male (Gian Magdangal, Jan Nieto, Harry Santos, and Bryan Termulo)

Most Popular Dance Group - EB Babes of Eat Bulaga!

Most Popular Child Actor, Movies and TV - Robert "Buboy" Villar

Most Popular Child Actress, Movies and TV - Sharlene San Pedro

Most Popular Film Producer - Star Cinema

Most Popular Film Director - Cathy Garcia-Molina (A Very Special Love)

Most Popular Screenwriter - Raz Sobida dela Torre (A Very Special Love)

Most Popular Television Program - Dyesebel (GMA -7)

Most Popular TV Director - Bb. Joyce Bernal (Dyesebel)

Special Awards:

Bert Marcelo Award (for Comedians) - Eugene Domingo

Comedy Box-Office King/s - Vic Sotto & Dolphy (Dobol Trobol)

Comedy Box-Office Queen - Ai-Ai delas Alas (Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat)

Valentine Box-Office King and Queen - Richard Gutierrez & Marian Rivera (My Best Friend's Girlfriend)

Outstanding Global Achievement by a Filipino Artist - Arnel Pineda and Charice Pempengco

Outstanding/Special Merit Award for Music (posthumous award) - Francis Magalona

Manny Pacquiao Returns to ABS-CBN

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Filipino boxing hero Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao renewed his ties with ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., which will air his next matches including his highly-anticipated superfight with British superstar Ricky Hatton on May 2.

"Pagkatapos kong pag-isipang mabuti nilapitan ko ang ABS-CBN. Napagpasyahan ko pong makipag partner muli sa kanila,” Pacquiao, the reigning pound-for-pound king, said via ABS-CBN's TV Patrol.

"Sarili ko po itong desisyon," he added. "Sa ABS-CBN mapapanood nyo ang laban ko kay Ricky Hatton at ang mga susunod ko pa pong mga laban."

Pacquiao and ABS-CBN have collaborated in some of his fights, including the one against Mexican Oscar Larios in July 2006. The broadcasting network also aired his matches to Filipinos overseas through ABS-CBN's The Filipino Channel.

"Wala pong pagbabago. Ang laban ko rin po ay laban po nating lahat mga Pilipino, kahit saan mang sulok ng mundo."

Pacquiao also appealed for support from his fans especially in his upcoming fight against Hatton, who is considered as his toughest match to date.

"Sana po, lagi nyo po akong ipagdasal sa mga darating ko pang laban, lalung lalo na this coming May second," said the Filipino champ, who also thanked his former network GMA-7 by saying, "Nagpapasalamat ako sa aking mga dating media partner."

ABS-CBN welcomed the return of Pacquiao even as it assured its support for his campaign against Hatton.

"We are very happy with the decision of Manny Pacquiao to be his partner in future fights, including the Pacquiao-Hatton fight on May 2. As his former media partner, we shall support Manny's campaign to bring honor to the Philippines and to his kababayans here and around the world," said Bong Osorio, ABS-CBN Head of Corporate Communications, in a statement.

"To Manny, we say, 'Welcome home, Kapamilya'," he added.

Osorio said that Pacquiao has signed a letter of intent with ABS-CBN which will cover the Hatton match and possibly three or more fights thereafter.

On questions about Pacquiao's contract with Solar Sports Entertainment, Osorio said the boxer will later answer queries to explain his decision.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao has reportedly long been wanting to return to ABS-CBN according to actress and talk show host Kris Aquino.

Aquino said in her program Showbiz News Ngayon that she greeted Pacquiao's wife Jinkee through text messaging after receiving news that the boxer has reopened his partnership with the network.

"Katext ko kanina si Mareng Jinkee Pacquiao at sinabi kong 'welcome back, balik Kapamilya ulit kayo'," said Aquino.

The talk show host said Jinkee replied back with: "Alam mo mare, matagal na talagang gusto ni Manny magbalik sa ABS-CBN at siya talaga ang may gusto at gumawa ng paraan para maging Kapamilyang muli."

Watch Pacquiao Announces His ABS-CBN Comeback:

Francis Magalona Receives Presidential Medal of Merit Award

Francis Magalona, who succumbed to leukemia on March 6 at the age of 44, has received a posthumous Presidential Medal of Merit Award from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Dangerous Drugs Board Chairman Vicente “Tito” Sotto III was the one responsible in recommending and facilitating the award to Francis due to his contribution in
promoting nationalism through his music.

The award was received by Kiko's widow Pia Magalona and their kids.

Watch Pia and the kids talk about the award:

"You Changed My Life" Grossed 199.63 Million Pesos on its 3rd Week

It’s now official!

The romantic film You Changed My Life from Star Cinema and Viva Films is now the biggest movie in Philippine history after hitting 199.63 million pesos in 3 weeks, breaking the 197 million pesos earnings of 2008 MMFF movie entry Ang Tanging Ina N’yong Lahat.

The John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo starrer topped Philippine Box-Office for the 3rd consecutive week beating the Hollywood movie Race to Witch Mountain last weekend.

You Changed My Life also registered the all-time highest one-day gross by a Pinoy movie, a whopping P27 million last March 1, 2009.

The GMA Valentine movie When I Met U, on the other hand, concluded its 5-week run with P64,281,900.

(for the Weekend March 11-15, 2009)

1. You Changed My Life - P22.2 M
2. Race to Witch Mountain - P15.49 M *
3. Watchmen - P9.75 M
4. Taken - P4.51 M *
5. The Unborn - P3.83 M *
6. The International - P2.0 M
7. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li - P1.95 M
8. Confessions of a Shopaholic - P1.68 M
9. Shaolin Girl - P0.74 M
10. Push - P0.64 M

* New Movies

Figures courtesy of Box Office Mojo

Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo Topbill ABS-CBN's New Sitcom "Rocky and Cecil"

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Real-life sweetheart Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo will star in a new TV sitcom ala-John and Marsha titled "Rocky and Cecil".

Juday will play a policewoman named Rocky and Ryan as a teacher named Cecillio.

Joining them are Tessie Tomas and Dino Imperial and will be directed by Jose Javier Reyes.

Rocky and Cecil will hit your TV screen soon from ABS-CBN.

Jerico Rosales and Kristine Hermosa Star in ABS-CBN's "Dahil May Isang Ikaw"

Jerico Rosales and Kristine Hermosa will again reunite in primetime TV via "Dahil May Isang Ikaw".

Joining them in the main cast is Karylle.

Watch "Dahil May Isang Ikaw" soon on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.

ABS-CBN Receives 10 Awards at Ateneo de Davao’s TAO Awards 2009

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ABS-CBN, the leading television station nationwide, has won 10 awards in the recently concluded TAO Awards 2009.

Here are ABS-CBN's awardees:

Favorite National Female Anchor - Korina Sanchez

Favorite National Male Anchor - Julius Babao

Favorite Documentary Show - XXX and SOCO

Favorite Current Affairs Program - TV Patrol World

National Newsmaker - Charice Pempengco

Favorite Noontime Show - Wowowee

Favorite TV Reality Show - Pinoy Fear Factor

Favorite Soap Opera - Betty La Fea

Favorite Game Show - Pilipinas Game Ka Na Ba

Makatao Award - Alex Santos

"Boys Over Flowers" Soon on ABS-CBN

Boys Over Flowers is an upcoming tagalized Koreanovela on ABS-CBN based from the popular Japanese manga "Hana Yori Dango".

The 25-episode Korean adaptation is said to be equivalent to the Taiwanese drama Meteor Garden and the Japanese series Hana Yori Dango.

Aside from Korea, the filming locations of the said tv series includes Macau, Las Vegas and New Caledonia in the US.

The cast of Boys Over Flowers are Koo Hye-sun as Geum Gan Di, Lee Min-ho as Gu Dyun Pyo, Kim Hyun-joong as Yun Ji Hoo, Kim Bum as So Yi Jeong and Kim Joon as Song Woo Bin. Also starring are Han Chae-young, Kim Hyun-joo and Kim So Eun.

Synopsis: Geum Jan Di is from a poor family and is admitted to the prestigious Shinhwa High School after stopping a student who was being bullied from committing suicide. Shinhwa High was established by Shinhwa Group, the biggest conglomerate in Korea, and is attended by the scions of the wealthiest families. At Shinhwa, she finds that a group of rich and good-looking boys called “F4″ (”Flower 4″ or “Flamboyant 4″) who enjoys tremendous popularity. The F4, however, thinks nothing of humiliating others, and often issues a “red card”. Whoever finds the dreaded red card in his or her locker subsequently becomes the target of bullying by the entire student body. Jan Di detests all this circus, but receives a red card herself and is bullied, after she stands up for one of her fellow classmates. Eventually, she begins to have feelings for one of the F4, Ji-hoo, but also discovers that the leader of the group, Jun Pyo, is falling for her, too. A love triangle thus develops among Jun Pyo, Jan Di and Ji Hoo.

"Hot Shot" Starring Jerry Yan, Wu Chun and Show Luo on ABS-CBN

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Asian heartthrobs Jerry Yan, Wu Chun and Show Luo team up for Taiwan's most expensive television series titled "Hot Shot".

Dubbed by ABS-CBN as the all-star basketball asianovela, Hot Shot is believed to take Philippines by storm just like what Meteor Garden did in 2001.

Synopsis: In a school where academic reigns supreme and sports are relegated to a dusty corner of the campus, Li Ying vows to revive the basketball team by volunteering to be the head coach. Her first member is Yuan Da Ying, a country boy who is passionate for basketball but has no skill. Their recruitment goes into high gear when Dong Fang Xiang, a legendary basketball player, transfers to their school.

Around the same time, Yuan Da Ying falls for Zhan Jie Er, a scholarship student who reminds him of his childhood friend. Things are complicated by the fact her family works for Dong Fang Xiang, who she also grew up with. Their encounter may just rewrite the school’s basketball history.

At the left side is Jerry Yan, the star of Meteor Garden and member of the boyband F4. On the center is Show Luo, a Taiwanese pop star and tv host. At the right is Wu Chun, star of Hana Kimi and Romantic Princess, and member of the boyband Farenheit.

The tagalized version of Hot Shot will start airing on March 30, 2009.

Watch "Hotshot" full trailer below:

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