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."
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).
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.
4th: Action superstar and Totoy Bato's lead star, Robin Padilla.
5th: GMA-7's current prized female star Marian Rivera who, according to showbiz insiders, pockets a cool "upwards P50,000 per taping day."
6th: Zorro lead star and GMA-7's most prized male star Richard Gutierrez.
7th: One of the world's most sexiest Dingdong Dantes.
8th: Comedy concert queen Ai-Ai delas Alas
9th: Ultimate Heartthrob Piolo Pascual
10th: King of all Media Joey de Leon
12th: Megastar Sharon Cuneta
13th: Young superstar Judy Ann Santos
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
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."
"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.
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."
Michael Sarver - Ain’t Goin’ Down Till the Sun Comes Up
Allison Iraheta - Blame It on Your Heart
Kris Allen - To Make You Feel My Love
Lil Rounds - Independence Day
Adam Lambert - Ring of Fire
Scott McIntyre - Wild Angels
Alexis Grace - Jolene
Danny Gokey - Jesus Take the Wheel
Anoop Desai - You Were Always on My Mind
Megan Corkrey - I Go Walking After Midnight
Matt Giraud - So Small
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.
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)
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
"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:
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:
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.
TOP 10 MOVIES IN THE PHILIPPINES
(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
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
Aside from Korea, the filming locations of the said tv series includes Macau, Las Vegas and New Caledonia in the US.
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.
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: