2009 MTRCB Awards – Nominees and Winners

The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) turns to be an award-giving body when it unveiled the 1st MTRCB TV Awards at Gateway Cinema 5, Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City.

MTRCB Awards was conceptualized by the government-created regulatory board to salute television programs that best embody the organization's standards as dictated by its vision and principles.

Here are this year's finalists and winners:

Best Public Affairs Show:

ABS-CBN 2, Rated K, Pamilya
GMA 7, I-Witness, Ambulansyang De Paa - Winner
Q-11, Reunions
Studio 23, Y Speak, Estudyanteng 3rd World

Best Educational Show:

ABS-CBN 2, Sineskwela, Global Warming episode - Winner
GMA 7, Ka-Blog, Feb. 7 episode
Q-11, Go Negosyo, Kaya Mo

Best Reality Show:

Q-11, Dare Duo, Episode 4 Volunteerism
ABS-CBN 2, I Survived, episode aired last March 26 - Winner
GMA 7, Pinoy Records, episode last May 10

Best Comedy Show:

TV5, Wow Mali - Winner
GMA 7, Bubble Gang, Dec. 5, 2008 episode

Best Talent Show:

TV5, Talentadong Pinoy - Winner
TV5 Shall We Dance?

Best Drama Special:

GMA 7, Obra (Butch episode) - Winner
ABS-CBN 2, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Transistor episode

Best Teleserye:

ABS-CBN 2, Kahit Isang Saglit (whole season) - Winner
GMA 7: Dyesebel (whole season)

Special Awards:

Y Speak
Power to Unite
Born to Be Wild
May Bukas Pa

Best Actor:

GMA 7, Michael V. - Bubble Gang

Best Actress:

ABS-CBN 2, Bea Alonzo - Betty La Fea

Male Star of the Night:

Ryan Agoncillo

Female Star of the Night:

Isabel Oli

Best Male Host:

ABS-CBN 2, Edu Manzano

Best Female Host:

Jessica Soho

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Gloria Romero

Planet Philippines - Richard Gutierrez New GMA Documentary

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They say that if you want to be "immortal," you do any or, if possible, all of the following:

• Write a book,

• Have a child, and

• Plant a tree.

Being an environmentalist (a recipient of a Fr. Neri Satur award no less, which was named after the priest who died fighting illegal loggers and protecting the forest in Bukidnon), Richard Gutierrez opted to do it backward — plant a tree first, that is. Well, he can always do the two others later, if not sooner. I guess he would have a child (within wedlock, I’m sure) and then write a tell-all autobiography.

A few days ago, Richard, along with his Ate Ruffa, led his star-friends (actually, those managed by his mom, Annabelle Rama) in a tree-planting activity using endemic tree species (kamagong, narra, etc.) in Montalban, Rizal, organized by Earth Day Network and Kabataang Sambayanang Kristiyano. The group included Ana Roces, Bubbles Paraiso, Carla Humphries, Inah Asistio, the Madrigal sisters Michelle and Ehra, and TJ Trinidad.

"We need to reforest," said Richard. "If the youth don’t do it now, the next generation will suffer from the effects of global warming."

Did you know that, according to statistics, the combined forest area lost every year is about 163,000 hectares, which is roughly the size of Cavite province?

Aimed at inspiring interest in environmental causes, the tree-planting activity was a kick-off to 2009: Planet Philippines, a GMA News & Public Affairs documentary showcasing the country’s wilderness and its unparalleled biodiversity. It’s hosted by Richard, just like the previous GMA docus "Signos" and "Full Force Nature" which focused on the importance of preserving the gifts of Mother Nature and for which Richard got his Fr. Neri Satur award (together with esteemed people like Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, Bishop Julio Labayen, Joey Ayala, Kidlat Tahimik, Kim Atienza, Timmy Cruz and the late Francis Magalona, called the "environmental heroes").

2009: Planet Philippines is airing tomorrow night, Sept. 6, on GMA starting at 10:30.

Video source: bualaw via youtube

Kim Chiu Covers Preview Magazine September 2009 Issue

Kim Chiu is totally not anymore a girl and yet a lady. But she is clearly on the rise, as she wears the latest trends in this year's Autumn/Winter collection for her first solo pictorial for Preview magazine this September.

A group of promising designers transformed Kim into an enigmatic woman with a lot of edge.

"These are the looks every fashionista will wear for the rest of the year," says Preview editor-in-chief Pauline Juan, as Preview takes the trends straight from the international runways and into the pages of its annual Trend Report.

Much has happened since Kim joined other rising stars for Preview's special gatefold cover in June 2008. "Today, she's one of ABS-CBN's biggest stars, and the ratings of her soap has been consistently phenomenal," says Pauline.

When asked about her dream role, Kim Chiu tells Preview, "I want to play triplets. I want to explore three different personalities in one show—a bad one, a good one, and one in between. I've always wanted to be part of a set of triplets, but all I have is myself."

See more of Kim's stunning photos by grabbing your copy of the September issue of Preview magazine, available in newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide.

MEGA Magazine Reveals its 10 Most Stylish Celebrities

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MEGA Magazine features the 10 Most Stylish Celebrities in their September 2009 issue with Supermodel Jo Ann Bitagcol on the cover.

Here are this year's 10 Most Stylish Celebrities:

Camile Fariñas-Mathay

Jackie Cohen Antonio

Mia Nolasco

Bea Soriano

Bea Tantoco

Divine Lee

Boop and Kimi Yap

Mich Dulce

Raya Mananquil

Teresa Herrera

"In My Life" International Screening Dates and Venues

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Star Cinema's much anticipated gay themed movie "In My LIfe" starring the Star for All Season Vilma Santos and son Luis Manzano, together with Philippine's Box-Office King John Lloyd Cruz will be screened in the U.S.A and in Canada.

Check out the movie's international screening dates and venues below:

September 26: Alex Theater in L.A.

September 27: Fox Theater in San Francisco

September 30: Landmark Lowes in Jersey City, New Jersey,

October 3: Telus Convention Center in Calgary, Canada,

October 4: Queen Elizabeth Theater in Toronto, Canada

In My Life - Full Trailer:

In My Life will hit the theaters starting September 16, 2009.

"StarStruck V" Audition Dates and Venues

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If you missed the first leg of StarStruck V audition last September 1 at GMA Network Center, you can still have the chance to Dream, Believe, and Survive. The remaining dates and venues for the audition are listed below:

September 5 to 6: CSI Dagupan, SM Pampanga, and SM Cebu

September 12 to 13: SM Davao, SM Iloilo and again at SM Cebu

September 19 to 20: SM Cagayan de Oro, SM Molino, and SM Bacolod

September 25 to 27: SM Naga

Interested showbiz-wannabe should bring a copy (original and photocopy) of their birth certificate and a whole body close-up picture. Applicants below 18 years old must bring with them a written parental consent from their parents together with their valid ID’s(original and photocopy).

Kimmy Dora: Kambal sa Kyeme Receives "A" Rating from CEB; Eugene Domingo Named as Philippine Showbiz' "Diamond Comedy Queen"

With the overwhelming success of her launching movie Kimmy Dora: Kambal Sa Kyeme, Eugene Domingo is now being tagged as Philippine Showbiz "Diamond Comedy Queen".

According to Eugene, "Flattered ako sa mga sinasabi nila, pero mas importante sa akin, aside sa mga titulo, ay ang kumita ang movie namin. Tulungan naman natin ang producer namin na si Piolo dahil nagsugal siya ng malaki for this project. Si Piolo at ang ilang kaibigan ang dahilan kung bakit may Kimmy Dora at gusto naming i-share ang project na ito sa marami."

Eugene still can't believe the blessing that she continuously receives and endlessly thankful to her friends who supported her during her movie's red-carpet premiere last September 1 at SM Megamall.

She said, "Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga artistang nagbigay ng kanilang oras na mag-guest sa movie, tulad nina Regine, Erik, Mark, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Rufa Mae Quinto, Vhong Navarro, Christian Bautista, Paolo Ballesteros, at marami pang iba. At siyempre din ang mga kaibigan ko sa teatro, kung saan ako nagmula, ay sumuporta sa amin."

Aside from her leading man Dingdong Dantes and the movie producer Piolo Pascual, also present during the event were Regine Velasquez, Piolo Pascual, KC Concepcion, Ariel Ureta, Mark Bautista, Mylene Dizon, Miriam Quiambao, Erik Santos, Gabby Eigenmann, Mosang, Archie Alemania, Pen Medina, Baron Geisler, Direk Andoy Ranay, Direk Dante Nico Garcia and some staff and executives of her Kapuso shows Cool Center and Adik Sa 'Yo.

Just today, the movie was given an "A" rating by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) which will free its producers from a full 100% amusement tax from the government.

Kimmy Dora: Kambal Sa Kyeme is now showing in more than 100 theaters nationwide.

ABS-CBN Holds 3rd Star Magic Ball

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Continuing a grand tradition that started three years ago, ABS-CBN once again organized a Star Magic Ball to mark the 17th anniversary of its talent management and development arm on August 30 at the Rizal Ballroom of Shangri-La Makati.

Photographers lined the red carpet as dozens of celebrities wearing formal gowns and suits paraded before them. They kept snapping their photos as the stars made their way up the grand staircase leading to the Rizal Ballroom. There were photo booths set up in the lobby of the Rizal Ballroom where stars could have their candid photos taken while waiting for the program to start. Wine glasses were offered to the celebrities as they reached the end of the red carpet. And the venue was decorated with photos of marble statues reminiscent of classical Greek sculpture.

By 9:45 pm, event hosts Piolo Pascual, Bea Alonzo, and John Lloyd Cruz started giving away the coveted trophies to the stars whose fashion styles were exceptional that night. They are:

Couples of the Night: Piolo Pascual and KC Concepcion tied with Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson

Most Stylish Star of the Night: John Lloyd Cruz

Most Elegant Award: Bea Alonzo

Most Glamorous Person of the Night: Anne Curtis

Classic Chic Pair: Billy Crawford and Nikki Gil

Classic Chic Couple: Zanjoe Marudo and Mariel Rodriguez

Best Dressed Couple of the Night: Maja Salvador and Rayver Cruz

Fashion Forward: Yeng Constantino

Among the couples spotted that night were Claudine Barretto and husband Raymart Santiago, Rica Peralejo and fiancé Joseph Bonifacio, John Estrada and fiancée Priscilla Meirelles. Real-life couples Angelica Panganiban and Derek Ramsey, Diether Ocampo and Rima Ostwani, as well as Mariel Roriguez and Zanjoe Marudo who hardly separated from each other that night.

Loveteam couples Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson, Melissa Ricks and Matt Evans, and Shaina Magdayao and John Prats also appeared on the red carpet together.

For the first time, Gretchen was able to attend a Star Magic Ball and she talked about an upcoming teleserye with her sister Claudine. Later that night, Gretchen was seated together with Pops Fernandez; Ruffa Gutierrez dropped by their table to say hello. Ruffa was accompanied by her brother Raymond Gutierrez, one of the hosts of GMA-7's talk show Showbiz Central.

Another first-timer at the Star Magic Ball was Maricar Reyes, who refused to talk about Hayden Kho and the issues surrounding his sex-video scandal.

Kristine Hermosa and Oyo Sotto walked the red carpet while holding hands, causing a flurry of excitement among photographers. Later on, Kristine separated from her date to grant a photo op with her ex-boyfriend Jericho Rosales.

Another ex-couple, Sam Milby and Anne Curtis, also arrived at the event together, fueling speculations that they might have gotten back together.

Rafael Rosell showed up with his date, Aze Sasaki, who was FHM's Girlfriend of the Year in 2004. The two clarified that they are just friends.

Mother Lily Monteverde attended the celebrity event with her daughter Roselle Monteverde-Teo and talent manager Arnold Vegafria. Also in attendance were Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Senior Vice President and Group General Manager, Robinsons Retail Group; Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, Summit Media President; and Jo-Ann Maglipon, YES! and PEP editor-in-chief.

Keren Pascual organized the third Star Magic Ball.

Watch the video below:

Video courtesy of TV Patrol World

Robin Padilla Covers FHM Collections September 2009

FHM Philippines' September 2009 issue includes a special edition magazine called "FHM Collections" featuring men’s fashion with Robin Padilla on the cover.

Robin Padilla is photographed by ace lensman Jun de Leon looking dangerously sharp in a suit.

Also featured in FHM Collections are 20 Pinoy Men of Style which includes Dolphy, Eddie Garcia, Richard Gomez, Rico Blanco, Vhong Navarro, Billy Crawford, Raymund Marasigan, Apl.de.ap, among others.

Joem Bascon Covers Men's Health Philippines September 2009 Issue

23 year-old Joseph Emmanuel Bascon, better known in showbiz as "Joem" Bascon, is on the cover of Men's Health Philippines September 2009 issue.

Joem's break through to showbiz was when he got noticed because of his resemblance to ultimate hunk Piolo Pascual. However, he has since tried to create his own image.

"To be compared with Piolo is really flattering especially when I was just starting, but I want now to be known as myself, as Joem Bascon, to finally have my own identity," he said.

Joem was last seen in the just concluded ABS-CBN’s afternoon soap "Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Bud Brothers".

Carla Abellana Covers Cosmopolitan Philippines September 2009 Issue

Carla Abellana is on the cover of Cosmopolitan Philippines September 2009 issue.

Cosmo hails the Kapuso actress as the new "IT" girl who is a triple "S": Sexy, Smart and Sassy.

The 23-year-old actress is slated to host Starstruck 5, replacing former host Jolina Magdangal. She is also scheduled to shoot three movies for Regal films namely Nieves, Ang Nanay Kong Aswang and The Other Man.

Cristine Reyes Covers FHM Philippines September 2009 Issue

Cristine Reyes, FHM Philippines Most Sexiest Woman for 2009, is "Queen of the Road" in FHM Philippines' Special Collector’s Double Issue for the month of September 2009.

This is Cristine's second cover for FHM Philippines, the first one was on the August 2007 issue of the leading men’s magazine.

The 20-year-old actress just renewed her contract with ABS-CBN and her current show is a month-long episode of Your Song Presents entitled "Babalik Kang Muli". She is also slated to do a primetime program entitled "Bedspacer" and a drama special attributed to her name, and a horror movie titled "Patient X" opposite Kapuso star Richard Gutierrez.

Robert Pattinson is OK Magazine's Most Beautiful Star

OK Magazine selected 20 most stunning faces in Hollywood and Twilight star Robert Pattinson topped the list.

Also in the list are Emma Watson, Chace Crawford and Angelina Jolie. Check out the September 2009 issue of OK Magazine Philippines for the full list.

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