14th Asian TV Awards - Winners

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Asian television industry’s most significant and celebrated event - The Asian Television Awards (ATA), continues to recognize excellence in programming, production and performance of major industry player within the Asia Pacific region through an awards ceremony held last December 3 in Singapore.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Documentary Programme (30 mins or less)

- 6420 (now TV, Hong Kong)
Highly Commended - Dan Rivers - Killings Fields: Long Road to Justice (CNN International, Hong Kong)
Highly Commended - Dan Rivers - World's Untold Stories: A Forgotten People (CNN International, Hong Kong)

Best Documentary Programme (31 mins or more)

Winner - Yanomami: The Last Tribe (NHK, Japan)
Highly Commended - PAMIR - Cradled by the Skies (Kansai Telecasting Corporation, Japan)

Best Natural History Or Wildlife Programme Or Docu-Drama

Winner - Wild China (BBC Worldwide, Hong Kong)
Highly Commended - Death of the Megabeasts (Prospero Productions, Australia)

Best News Programme

Winner - Election Counting Day Coverage (IBN 18 Broadcast Limited, India)
Highly Commended - CNN Today (CNN International, Hong Kong)

Best Single News Story/Report

Winner - John Vause - China / Gold Machine (CNN International, Hong Kong)
Highly Commended - Kyung Lah - Japan / Elderly Shoplifters (CNN International, Hong Kong)

Best Drama Series

Winner - The Little Nyonya (MediaCorp Pte Ltd, Channel 8, Singapore)
Winner - 1895 in Formosa (Hakka Television Station, Taiwan)
Highly Commended - The Samurai Gentleman Episode 1: Road to Destiny (NHK, Japan)
Highly Commended - City Homicide Season 2 Episode 2 (Southern Star International, Australia)

Best Single Drama or Television Programme

Winner - Easy Money (Hakka Television Station, Taiwan)
Highly Commended - Scorched (ITV Global Entertainment, Australia)
Highly Commended - Love in the Season of Osmanthus (Hakka Television Station, Taiwan)

Best Comedy Programme

Winner - The Iromonea (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc., Japan)
Highly Commended - Gag Concert (Korean Broadcasting System, Korea)

Best Current Affairs Programme

Winner - Sunday Report: Sichuan Earthquake One Year On - The Unspeakable Truth (Television Broadcasts Limited, Hong Kong)
Highly Commended - Drugs Business Inside Prison Cell (PT. Cakrawala Andalas Televisi, Indonesia)

Best Children's Programme

Winner - Super Kid Game (Workpoint Entertainment Public Company Limited, Thailand)
Highly Commended - Classroom Genius (Fuji Television Network, Inc, Japan)

Best Entertainment (One-Off/Annual) Special

Winner - My School Rocks Asia Finals 2008 (The Walt Disney Company (SEA) Pte Ltd, Singapore)
Highly Commended - President's Command Performance (Mediacorp Pte Ltd, Channel 5, Singapore)

Best Entertainment Programme

Winner - 26 Hours / Day (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc., Japan)
Highly Commended - The Best House 1,2,3 - The Discovery of New Da Vinci (Fuji Television Network, Inc, Japan)

Best Game or Quiz Programme

Winner - Run for Money (Fuji Television Network, Inc. / Fuji Creative Corporation, Japan)
Highly Commended - Lharn Phoo Koo E-Joo (Workpoint Entertainment Public Company Limited, Thailand)

Best Music Programme

Winner - Indian Idol Season 4 Episode 1 (Miditech Pvt Ltd, India)
Highly Commended - Hip Korea - Rain (Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Singapore)

Best Reality Programme

Winner - Revealed - Chinese New Year (Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Singapore)
Highly Commended - Storm Surfers (Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Singapore)

Best Infotainment Programme

Winner - The New Anatomy Show (NHK, Japan)
Highly Commended - Hip Korea - Rain (Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Singapore)

Best Talk Show

Winner - We The People (NDTV Pvt Ltd, India)
Highly Commended - Blogtv.sg: Who Lives Around You? (MediaCorp Pte Ltd, ChannelNewsAsia, Singapore)

Best Animation

Winner - Little Krishna - Assault of the Lethal Bird (Big Animation Pvt Ltd, India)
Highly Commended - The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill Season 4 (Southern Star International, Australia)

Best Social Awareness Program

Winner - Inside Afghan ER (National Geographic Channel Asia, Singapore)
Highly Commended - Future Makers (Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Singapore)
Highly Commended - Ecopolis (Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Singapore)

Best Adaptation of an Existing Format

Winner - The Amazing Race Asia, Season 3 Episode 3 (SPE Networks - Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore)
Highly Commended - Project Runway Philippines ( Solar Entertainment Corporation, SBN, Philippines)

Best Cross-Platform Content

Winner - Hip Korea - Rain (Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Singapore)
Highly Commended - BITWORLD-Two Rooms: The Past and The Present (NHK, Japan)

Best News Presenter or Anchor

Winner - Martin Soong for Squawk Voice (CNBC Asia Pacific, Singapore)
Highly Commended - Kristie Lu Stout for CNN Today (CNN International, Hong Kong)

Best Current Affairs Presenter

Winner - Anjali Rao for Talk Asia (CNN International, Hong Kong)
Highly Commended - Najwa Shihab for Suafa Anda: The Election Channel Programs (PT. Media Televisi, Indonesia)

Best Entertainment Presenter

Winner -Jon Niermann for Asia Uncut (West Meets East Production, Singapore)
Highly Commended - Phanya Nirunkul for Yok Siam (Workpoint Entertainment Public Company Limited, Thailand)
Highly Commended - Cyrus Sahukar for Hole in the Wall - Season 1, Episode 1 (Turner Entertainment Networks Asia, Hong Kong)

Best Drama Performance By An Actor

Winner -Adrian Pang for Red Thread (MediaCorp Pte Ltd, Channel 5, Singapore)
Highly Commended - Qi Yu Wu for The Little Nyonya (MediaCorp Pte Ltd, Channel 5, Singapore)

Best Drama Performance By An Actress

Winner -Michelle Yim for Moonlight Resonance (Television Broadcasts Limited, Hong Kong)
Highly Commended - Robyn Malcolm for Outrageous Fortune Series 4 (South Pacific Pictures, New Zealand)

Best Comedy Performance By An Actor/Actress

Winner - Chusak Lamsuk for Raberd Thurd Theung (Workpoint Entertainment Public Company Limited, Singapore)
Highly Commended - Michael V for Bubble Gang (GMA Network, Inc., Philippines)
Highly Commended - Chua Enlai for Parental Guidance (Pics Talk Pte Ltd, Singapore)

Best Cinematography

Winner - Lonely Planet: Natural Born Traveller Episode 3 (Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Singapore)
Highly Commended - The Way We Live Episode 5: Living in the Shadow of the Volcano (August Pictures Pte Ltd, Singapore)

Best Direction

- All Saints Episode 465 (Seven Network Operations Limited, Australia)
Highly Commended - Sudden Death (National Geographic Channel Asia, Singapore)

Best Editing

Winner - Supermen of Malegaon (NHK, Japan)
Highly Commended - Inside Afghan ER (National Geographic Channel Asia, Singapore)

Best Achievement in HD

Winner - Storm Surfers - Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (Singapore)
Highly Commended - Inside Afghan ER (National Geographic Channel Asia, Singapore)

Best Terrestrial Channel of the Year

Winner - TBS (Japan)
Highly Commended - TVB Jade (Hong Kong)

Best Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year

Winner - Discovery Channel (Singapore)
Highly Commended - CNN International (Hong Kong)

Sharon Releases All OPM Album Titled "Musika At Pag-Ibig"

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Despite her very busy schedule on her latest MMFF flick Mano Po 6, television show and all those product endorsements, Sharon Cuneta has not forgotten her roots as a singer and would always from time to time return to recording, in fact, she recently released her latest album titled Musika At Pag-ibig.

Musika At Pag-ibig is a compilation of old Filipino compositions which once became a hit and now Sharon will again make these few Filipino compositions make it to the hit charts again for the first time after many years.

Musika At Pag-Ibig tracks include:

Saranggola Sa Ulan by Gary Granada
Nagbalik Ka Na Mahal by Ryan Cayabyab
Eto Na Naman by Gary Valenciano and Snafu Rigor
Bakit Ba Ganyan by Boyet Palisoc for Dina Bonnevie
Sa Isip Ko by Dennis and Rene Garcia for Agot Isidro
Nais Ko by Ogie Alcasid
Suwerte-Suerte Lang by Joel Navarro
You’re My You by Nyoy Volante
Habang Atin Ang Gabi by Jay Durias
Show Me A Smile by Danny Javier
Sana Naman by Naldy Gonzales for Side A
Iniibig Kita by Ryan Cayabyab
Tuloy Pa Rin by Ito Rapadas for Neocolours
Paalam by Louie Ocampo and Basil Valdez

Maja Salvador Covers Cosmopolitan Philippines December 2009

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For the second time around, Kapamilya young actress Maja Salvador covers Cosmopolitan magazine and she's wearing a gold number on the magazine's Christmas issue.

Features this month include Christmas Gimik Guide, How to be Famous?, Have You Found Your G Spot?, Resolutions to Break, Shocking Beauty Tips of Celebrity Make Up Artists and Stylists, and more.

Cosmopolitan Philippines December 2009 issue is now available in newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide.

Agot Isidro Covers Preview Magazine December 2009 Issue

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Agot Isidro makes a fashion comeback at the age of 43. The Fashonista Kontrabida in the hit teleserye "Tayong Dalawa" graces the cover of Preview Magazine December 2009 issue and she indeed looking stunningly beautiful as ever.

"Agot is an unexpected cover girl for December," Preview editor-in-chief Pauline Suaco-Juan says, "She's a well-loved fashion-phile, but more than that, we want to celebrate the fact that at 43, women can still have fun with fashion!"

Agot may wear statement neckpieces and jewel-toned ensembles in this month's Preview cover shoot, but off-camera she describes her style as quite boring. "I tend to dress for comfort nowadays," Agot confesses, "I don't have luho. I'm not into designer bags. I have some, but I don't have to have the it bag or the right shoes. Even jewelry, I don't have much."

It is this safe and conservative style that Preview decidedly glams up this month, as Suaco-Juan says, "We wanted Agot to push the envelope a bit in terms of the clothes she's used to wearing." The result is Agot Isidro as she has never been photographed before.

See Agot's transformation in the December issue of Preview magazine, now available in newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide.

Real Or Reel: Radio Jock Sam YG is Karylle's New Boyfriend?

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Real: Gina Alajar will not and will never apologized to Krista Ranillo regarding her facebook account statement which read "If I am Jinkee Pacquiao I will not give up Manny... Krista Ranillo is not at all worth it!"

Reel: Singer and actress Lovi Poe portrays the role of Kat Asero, a rape-incest victim in Joel Lamangan's forthcoming drama, Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia which will hold a special screenings this December tells a story of a family that falls apart when the mother leaves for abroad and, as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), strives for their financial stability.

Real: 89.9 Magic FM DJ Sam YG, more popularly known as Mr. Shivaker of Eat Bulaga and Cool Center, is said to be Karylle's new love interest. But he is quick to say that he is just being friendly with Karylle. He added, "Kasi we watched a movie, e, kaya siguro natsismis. Hindi ako nagde-deny, pero talagang friends lang kami. And I'm not emotionally ready right now."

Reel: Queen of Philippine Movies Susan Roces and comebacking Kapuso actor Christopher de Leon lead the cast of GMA-7's ChristmaSerye titled "Sana Ngayong Pasko" which will premiere on Monday, December 7 on GMA Telebabad.

Also featured in the teleserye are Eddie Gutierrez, Carmina Villaroel, Jomari Yllana, Zoren Legaspi. Completing the cast are TJ Trinidad, JC De Vera, Maxene Magalona, JC Tiuseco, Ynna Asistio and child star Jacob Rica.

2010 Grammy Awards - Nominees

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Grammy will once again honor the world's favorite musicians in the ceremony which will be aired on January 31, 2010 at 8/7c on CBS.

Beyonce received 10 Grammy nominations including Album of the Year for "I Am… Sasha Fierce". Teen sensation Taylor Swift received eight including Album of the Year for "Fearless". Lady Gaga, got 5 nods including Album of the Year for "The Fame".

Here’s the full list of nominees for the 52nd Grammy Awards:

Album Of The Year:

I Am…Sasha Fierce — Beyoncé
The E.N.D. — The Black Eyed Peas
The Fame — Lady Gaga
Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King — Dave Matthews Band
Fearless — Taylor Swift

Record Of The Year:

Halo — Beyoncé
I Gotta Feeling — The Black Eyed Peas
Use Somebody — Kings Of Leon
Poker Face — Lady Gaga
You Belong With Me — Taylor Swift

Best New Artist:

Zac Brown Band
Keri Hilson
Silversun Pickups
The Ting Tings

Song Of The Year:

Poker Face — Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
Pretty Wings — Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) — Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyoncé)
Use Somebody — Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
You Belong With Me — Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)


Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:

I Gotta Feeling — The Black Eyed Peas
We Weren’t Born To Follow — Bon Jovi
Never Say Never — The Fray
Sara Smile — Daryl Hall & John Oates
Kids — MGMT

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals:

Sea Of Heartbreak — Rosanne Cash & Bruce Springsteen
Love Sex Magic — Ciara & Justin Timberlake
Lucky — Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
Baby, It’s Cold Outside — Willie Nelson & Norah Jones
Breathe — Taylor Swift & Colbie Caillat

Best Pop Vocal Album:

The E.N.D. — The Black Eyed Peas
Breakthrough — Colbie Caillat
All I Ever Wanted — Kelly Clarkson
The Fray — The Fray
Funhouse — P!nk


Best Dance Recording:

Boom Boom Pow — The Black Eyed Peas
When Love Takes Over — David Guetta & Kelly Rowland
Poker Face — Lady Gaga
Celebration —Madonna
Womanizer — Britney Spears


Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance:

Beyond Here Lies Nothin — Bob Dylan
Change In The Weather — John Fogerty
Dreamer — Prince
Working On A Dream — Bruce Springsteen
Fork In The Road — Neil Young

Best Rock Song:

The Fixer — Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready & Eddie Vedder, songwriters (Pearl Jam)
I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight — Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge & Larry Mullen Jr., songwriters
21 Guns — Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt & Tré Cool, songwriters (Green Day)
Use Somebody — Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters
(Kings Of Leon)
Working On A Dream — Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)

Best Rock Album:

Black Ice — AC/DC
Live From Madison Square Garden — Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
21st Century Breakdown — Green Day
Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King — Dave Matthews Band
No Line On The Horizon — U2


Best Alternative Music Album:

Everything That Happens Will Happen Today — David Byrne & Brian Eno
The Open Door — Death Cab For Cutie
Sounds Of The Universe — Depeche Mode
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix — Phoenix
It’s Blitz! — Yeah Yeah Yeahs


Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:

Blame It — Jamie Foxx & T-Pain
Chocolate High — Indie.Arie & Musiq Soulchild
Ifuleave — Musiq Soulchild & Mary J. Blige
Higher Ground — Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters
Love Has Finally Come At Last — Calvin Richardson & Ann Nesby

Best R&B Album:

The Point Of It All — Anthony Hamilton
Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics — India.Arie
Turn Me Loose — Ledisi
Blacksummers’ Night — Maxwell
Uncle Charlie — Charlie Wilson


Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

Ego — Beyoncé & Kanye West
Knock You Down — Keri Hilson, Kanye West & Ne-Yo
Run This Town — Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West
I’m On A Boat — The Lonely Island & T-Pain
Dead & Gone — T.I. & Justin Timberlake

Best Rap Song:

Best I Ever Had — Aubrey Drake Graham, D. Hamilton & M. Samuels, songwriters (Drake)
Day ‘N’ Nite — S. Mescudi & O. Omishore, songwriters (Kid Cudi)
Dead And Gone — C. Harris, R. Tadross & J. Timberlake, songwriters (T.I. & Justin Timberlake)
D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune) — Shawn Carter & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka, Janko Nilovic & Dave Sucky, songwriters) (Jay-Z)
Run This Town — Shawn Carter, R. Fenty, M. Riddick, Kanye West & E. Wilson, songwriters (Athanasios Alatas, songwriter) (Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West)

Best Rap Album:

Universal Mind Control — Common
Relapse — Eminem
R.O.O.T.S. — Flo Rida
The Ecstatic — Mos Def
The Renaissance — Q-Tip


Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:

Cowgirls Don’t Cry — Brooks & Dunn
Chicken Fried — Zac Brown Band
I Run To You — Lady Antebellum
Here Comes Goodbye — Rascal Flatts
It Happens — Sugarland

Best Country Song:

All I Ask For Anymore — Casey Beathard & Tim James, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
High Cost Of Living — Jamey Johnson & James Slater, songwriters (Jamey Johnson)
I Run To You — Tom Douglas, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelly & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)
People Are Crazy — Bobby Braddock & Troy Jones, songwriters (Billy Currington)
White Horse — Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

Best Country Album:

The Foundation — Zac Brown Band
Twang — George Strait
Fearless — Taylor Swift
Defying Gravity — Keith Urban
Call Me Crazy — Lee Ann Womack


Best Americana Album:

Together Through Life — Bob Dylan
Electric Dirt — Levon Helm
Willie And The Wheel — Willie Nelson & Asleep At The Wheel
Wilco (The Album) — Wilco
Little Honey — Lucinda Williams

Best Contemporary Folk Album:

Middle Cyclone — Neko Case
Our Bright Future — Tracy Chapman
Live — Shawn Colvin
Secret, Profane & Sugarcane — Elvis Costello
Townes — Steve Earle

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

T Bone Burnett
Ethan Johns
Larry Klein
Greg Kurstin
Brendan O’Brien

2009 PopDev Media Awards – Winners

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Here are the winners of the 5th PopDev Media Awards held at the Mandarin Hotel in Gateway Mall, Quezon City on December 2, 2009.


Best in News Reportage Writing

Winner: Purple Chrystyl S. Romero (Newsbreak)
* The Pinoy Carbon Footprint
* RP, 3 other Asian countries face costly climate change risks
* Climate Change Commission OK’d

: Florian Balmes, Karen Tiongson-Mayrina, Aedrianne Acar, Brenda Barrientos, Agatha Guidaben, Jamaica Pascual, Mary Ann Señir, Jake Soriano, Allan Vallarta (GMANews.Tv)
* Much vaunted economic growth fails to ease poverty
* Targeting Ten: 10 Million Jobs by 2010
* Imperfect attendance: School Participation not likely to reach target

Best in Investigative Reporting

Winner: Claire Delfin (GMANews.Tv)
* Child Pornography: Evil that preys silently on poor Filipino children

Runner up: Claire Delfin (GMANews.Tv)
* Childbirth, still a grim reality for many Filipino mothers and babies

Best in Opinion Writing

Winner: Rene Ezpeleta Bartolo (The Mindanao Times)
* The RH Bill and the Totality of Truth
Part 1: Anathema and Anguish
Part 2: Making Visible the Seed of Truth
Part 3: Thus Spoke the Silent Majority

Runner up: Juan L. Mercado (Sun.Star Cebu)
* Grade B showbiz

Best in Feature or Magazine Article Writing

Winner: Ronnie M. Halos (Pilipino Star Ngayon)
* Family planning sa liblib

Runner up: Mark Joseph Holandes Ubalde (GMANews.Tv)
* When mom is away, the family goes astray


Best in Radio Program

Winner: Aurora J. Zialcita (DZMM Radyo Patrol)

No Runner-up

Best in TV Documentary

Winner: Abner Mercado (ABS-CBN, The Correspondents)
* Kailan Tama ang Sobra

Runner up: Nowell Cuanang (GMA, I-Witness)
* Papa, Papa Paano ako Ginawa?

Best in Magazine Program or Talk Show

Winner: Marielle Gaceta-Catbagan (ABS-CBN)
* Vagina Dialogue

No Runner-up


Best in Single Photo

Winner: Jes Aznar (Human Rights Reporting Project)
* Ten’s crowd

Runner up
: Jonathan C. Vicencio (Philippine Star)
* World population day

Best in Photo Essay

Winner: Jes Aznar (Human Rights Reporting Project)
* Bless our Home

No Runner-up

The PopDev (Population and Development) Media Awards is a nationwide competition among print, broadcast (radio and television) and online journalists which tackled population and development issues.

Susan Boyle’s "I Dreamed a Dream" Album Placed #1 on Billboard 200 Album Charts

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Youtube singing sensation and Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle is #1 on the Billboard 200 Album charts this week courtesy of her album "I Dreamed a Dream".

Here are the Elite 10 of Billboard 200 this week:

1. Susan Boyle "I Dreamed a Dream" – 701,000
2. Eminem
- 608,000
3. Adam Lambert "For Your Entertainment" – 198,000
4. Rihanna "Rated R" – 181,000
5. Lady Gaga "The Fame Monster" – 174,000
6. Lady Gaga "The Fame" – 151,000
7. Miley Cyrus "The Time Of Our Lives" – 150,000
8. Taylor Swift "Fearless" 125,000
9. Carrie Underwood "Play On" – 124,000
10. Norah Jones "The Fall" – 110,000

Boyle now holds the record this year for the the biggest first-week sales of any album and the largest ever sales debut for a female artist.

ABS-CBN Celebrates 60 Years of Pinoy Soap Opera

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From the first radio soap opera "Gulong ng Palad" to the upcoming teleserye "Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo," ABS-CBN commemorates the legacy.

Have you ever imagined the lives of Filipinos when soap operas did not exist yet? Perhaps, they were clueless of each other’s stories; they did not have vivid hints about the other side of reality and they were naïve on how each life’s characters, big or small, affect the whole account of an individual.

60 years ago, Filipinos were not yet exposed to the reflection of their own lives. Thanks to ABS-CBN for it has pioneered in one of the tools that clearly mirrors the story of each Filipino… the television soap opera.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Pinoy Soap Opera. ABS-CBN, celebrates the legacy that has changed the entertainment scene for six decades while revisiting the history that has become a milestone of today’s showbiz industry.

In 1949, the first radio soap was aired by the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) entitled "Gulong ng Palad". Research says that during the early development of radio in the Philippines, the device only catered to music and American propaganda, until "soaps" came into the picture. Originally termed "soap" as it was sponsored by soap manufacturers, it was later on called as "soap opera".

Soon after, the soap opera’s found a more technically-wise home, the television. ABS-CBN aired the first drama on the tube in 1963, "Hiwaga sa Bahay na Bato". From then on, dozens of drama have ruled the said medium and have branched out into other kinds which the giant network has also coined: teleserye, fantaserye, action-serye, sineserye and Asianovela.

ABS-CBN’s leadership has remained solid through the years. Part of the celebration, with its aim to continually provide it’s kapamilyas with quality shows reflecting life’s reality, the network will showcase a fresher, newer and more progressive TV program lineup by 2010.

Celebrate the legacy and relive the history as ABS-CBN commemorates the 60 years of Philippine Soap Opera.

GMA-7 News Puts 50 Years of History via "Limang Dekada" TV Special on December 6

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The men and women of GMA News has prepared an anniversary special which will be hosted by veteran broadcast journalist Jessica Soho.


The year when Fidel Castro assumed power, Soviet premier Nikita Krushchev toured the US, Tibet’s dalai lama escaped to India and the USSR’s Lunik III photographed the dark side of the moon for the first time.

It was a year of new beginnings.

It was then that GMA News was established.

Flashforward to 2009.

GMA News is now known as the most respected Philippine news organization garnering local and international awards not only for its newscasts but also for its anchors.

It has set trends as to how news is produced and delivered.

What happened in the past 50 years? What led to GMA News being the leader in its field?

Join the Philippines’ most awarded broadcast journalist Jessica Soho as she traces the roots of GMA News and shares how the stories it produced impacted on the public. By tracking items involved in news events, Jessica revisits some of the stories GMA News did in the past half century.

As Jessica views the yellow dress Cory Aquino wore in her oath-taking as President of the Republic of the Philippines, reminisce about the bloodless People Power Revolution of 1986.

Set eyes once again on the "Pope Mobile", the vehicle Pope John Paul II rode when he visited the country, and witness one of GMA News' landmark coverages.

Check out the equipment used to mount GMA News Live, the first news bulletins in the country aired throughout the day, produced to keep the public aware of the latest updates on the Persian Gulf War in 1991.

Learn about important stories produced with the two electronic news gathering vans first used by Jessica and Arnold Clavio for their coverages as remote reporters of the 15-minute afternoon newscast Saksi back in 1995.

Travel back in time and learn about how GMA News put 50 years of history on air. Don’t miss "Limang Dekada" hosted by Jessica Soho on December 6 airing on SNBO.

Darna Season 2 Introduces a Ferocious Foes

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Darna, the country's original Pinay superhero, faces another set of super villains that will put all her strength and powers to the test as the program enters its newest season this December on GMA Telebabad.

Starring the Primetime Queen Marian Rivera as Darna, the country's number one telefantasya continues to cater to all viewers of all ages with its remarkable stunts and adventures laced with touching storyline plus state-of-the-art effects.

After repossessing all her powers from her previous supervillains, Darna’s adventures will be more engaging as four more terrifying super creatures are about to wreak havoc every night – Serpina, Babaeng Manananggal, Babaeng Demonyita and Electra, the Queen of Planet Women.

Serpina, portrayed by Katrina Halili, is the daughter of Kobra and Babaeng Impakta. After her half-sister Valentina disappeared, Serpina has no choice but to fulfill her father’s wish – that is to multiply their race. Just like her half-sister, Serpina will also fall for Darna’s first love Eduardo (Mark Anthony Fernandez). She will do everything to get the man’s attention and get rid of Narda, the alter-ego of Darna.

Sexbomb Rochelle Pangilinan, meanwhile, will play the role of violent Babaeng Manananggal. She will disguise as Dr. Deborrah during the day to easily spot pregnant women and other possible victims in town then transforms as an ugly winged monster at night. Deborrah holds a secret that is the key to unveil the past of Ding, the only person who knows the real identity
of Darna.

Starstruck Batch 3 Ultimate survivor Jackie Rice, on the other hand, plays the character of Helga, a young woman who holds the most beautiful and angelic face in town. Unfortunately, she will be possessed by a powerful evil spirit with extreme wrath and fury that will make her the supervillain called Babaeng Demonyita.

A handsome foreigner will suddenly appear in the small town of San Martin. His name is Vladimir played by Celebrity Duets 3 finalist Akihiro Sato. But behind his godlike features is a wicked and vicious vampire who is out to kill innocent people.

The battle between good and evil continues with the arrival of the most powerful nemesis Darna could ever have – Electra, the Queen of Planet Women. Portrayed no less than by the Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez, Electra is a queen from a different planet who has an incredible strength and power out to conquer the earth with the help of her stalwart female legions.

Aside from Darna, two people close to the Pinay superhero's heart are exerting their efforts to keep peace and order in the society – Pancho (Dennis Trillo), the lighthearted and principled policeman, and Black Rider (Mark Anthony Fernandez), the mysterious vigilant. Both young men will pursue the same woman – Narda.

Get ready for a more action-packed Darna as new foes arrive and new season start this December. Darna airs Monday to Friday on GMA Network’s primetime Telebabad block.

Spotted: Sam Milby Folded & Hung 2009 Holiday Collection Photos

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Presidential Candidates Face Off on December 2 at ANC's "Harapan: The ANC Presidential Forum"

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ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, will bring together key presidential candidates in a face-off a day after the deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacies.

Former President Joseph Estrada and Senators Noynoy Aquino and Manuel Villar are among the presidential candidates who will join Harapan: The ANC Presidential Forum on Wednesday, December 2, at the University of Santo Tomas (UST). The others who are expected to attend the forum are Richard Gordon, Former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, Evangelist Bro. Eddie Villanueva, Angeles City Councilor JC De los Reyes, and Environmentalist Nicanor Perlas.

Live on ANC from 7 pm to 9 pm, the forum is co-sponsored by the Commission on Elections and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

Harapan: The ANC Presidential Forum will be replayed on ABS-CBN on December 6, on Sunday's Best at 10:30 pm.

Real Or Reel: Angel Locsin and Vhong Navarro to Star in "Kokey @ Ako"

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Real: ABS-CBN is about to bring back the hit fantaserye Kokey on primetime TV with the new title "Kokey @ Ako". Leading the cast are Angel Locsin and Vhong Navarro. Under the direction of Wenn Deramas.

Reel: GMA-7's Pinoy adaptation of hit Korean series "Full House" starring Richard Gutierrez and Heart Evangelista debuts at No. 4 in Mega Manila.

Real: Angelika dela Cruz and Orion Casareo to wed in church on December 4, 2009.

Reel: All housemates in Pinoy Big Brother Double Up are nominated for eviction this week.

Real: Amongst the very few list of artist who were given their individual stars in the Walk of Fame in Eastwood are Gabby Concepcion, KC Concepcion, Ogie Alcasid, APO Hiking Society, Janno Gibbs, John Lloyd Cruz, Christian Bautista, Cherry Pie Picache, Ricky Davao, Jackie Lou Blanco, Isko Moreno and Aiza Seguerra.

Reel: Gina Pareño, Eula Valdes, Carmi Martin, Eugene Domingo, Isabel Lopez, Ruffa Gutierrez, Cristine Reyes and Jennylyn Mercado to star in the remake of Viva Films 80's hit film Working Girls, no titled "Working Girls 2010".

Diether Ocampo Covers Reader’s Digest December 2009 Issue

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After Michael V. and Manny Pacquiao, another Philippine showbiz celebrity made it to the cover of Reader’s Digest Asia. Yes, Diether "Diet" Ocampo - the founder of KIDS Foundation is on the cover of Reader's Digest Asia December 2009 issue.

Identified in the story as "the Filipino actor and activist," Diet is prolific in his work as the founding president of the K.I.D.S. foundation to help children and puts his philanthropic nature down to the principle of "paying it forward."

"I haven’t forgotten that I come from a poor family," he said in the interview. "This keeps me grounded and grateful for what I have today."

The Reader’s Digest Asia recognizes his efforts and makes him (and others) the cover story of the December issue.

The article My Wish for the New Year explores what celebrities and children want to see for 2010.

Aside from Diet, the magazine also features such other inspirational Asians as Malaysia’s Datin Paduka Sharifah Mazlina, the first Asian woman to trek the Arctic and Antarctic; and Marina Mahathir, columnist, women’s rights activist and blogger; and Singapore’s Dr. William Tan, paraplegic and world record holder for fastest person to complete seven marathons in seven countries. These people share their wishes for the new year.

For the full story, get your copy of the Reader's Digest Asia December 2009 issue available now in magazine stands all over Asia.

Lea Salonga is Grizzabella in the Musical "Cats"

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Andrew Lloyd Webber was absolutely delighted when told that Filipino international singer/actress Lea Salonga would play Grizzabella in the musical Cats. This is according to Tim McFarlane, producer of The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific Pty Ltd. McFarlane was in town for the launching of Cats in Manila.

Lea, who will get to sing Memory, once again captivated the audience when she sang the song during the media launch. "This is my first time to sing Memory in public. I have not done it, not even in previous concerts," Lea declared.

"We have long wanted to bring Cats to Manila," McFarlane said. The musical which first opened in London in May 11, 1981 to rave reviews, went on to win record-breaking number of awards worldwide including two Olivier Awards for Musical of the Year and Outstanding Achievement of the Year in Musicals and seven Tony Awards. It will be staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater in July 2010.

James Cundall, CEO of Lunchbox Productions and who also served as moderator of the launch said that Lea’s appearance is a triple treat as the actress/singer would be acting, singing and dancing.

Fiz Shapur, the musical supervisor of Cats, played on the piano some excerpts from the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber including Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Cats tells the imaginative tale of a tribe of Jellicle Cats as they gather together for the annual Jellicle Ball. Each cat tells his story for the entertainment of Old Deuteronomy who must choose one of the Cats to journey to the Heavyside layer to be reborn into a new life.

It is based on T.S. Elliot’s book of poems, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats which was first published in 1939. Andrew Lloyd Webber used Elliot’s poems as lyrics and set them to music to create a musical. Some elements from Elliot’s other unpublished writings brought to life the glamour Cat Grizabella who provides the pivotal storyline for the musical.

Cats held the record for the longest-running musical in the history of West End Theater, a position it held until October 2006 when it was surpassed by Le Miserables. It closed in London in May 11, 2002 with 8,950 performances. Cats opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater in Oct. 7, 1982 and continued to play until Sept. 10, 2000 after 7,485 performances. It was one of the longest-running musicals on Broadway surpassed only by Phantom of the Opera.

Memory, the most popular song in the musical has been recorded by over 150 artists including Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis and Liberace. Barry Manilow’s rendition became a Top 40 hit in the US, while I consider Barbra’s version to be the most heart-wrenching.

Undoubtedly one of the most popular musicals in history, Cats has played in 26 countries and over a hundred cities and has been translated into 10 languages including German, Spanish, Japanese, French, and Swedish, among others.

But why is Cats so popular? McFarlane explained, "It is because of its music, the highlight of which is the song Memory. Second, the show is great and appeals to people of all ages and all cultures."

Cats Now and Forever in Manila is produced by Lunch Box Theatrical Productions, David Atkins Enterprises, Concertus and All Youth Channels in association with The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific.

Lea rose to international fame via Miss Saigon where she won the Tony Award for Outstanding Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award and the Laurence Olivier Award. She played Eponine as well as Fantine in Les Miserables, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, the Witch in Into The Woods, Cinderella, among others. She has several recordings to her name and is the singing voice behind Princess Jasmine in the blockbuster Disney hit Aladdin, and in Mulan and Mulan 2.

I am certainly not going to miss this musical even if it plays at midnight, when there is no sound at the pavement. How can you miss the great Lea Salonga singing this song, not in a thousand midnights.

Nikki Gil is Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde: The Musical"

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Elle Woods is Barbie incarnate. The doll and the vixen sport blonde hair and love anything pink. Stepping into Elle’s uber feminine world is Nikki Gil who leads the cast of Legally Blonde The Musical’s local staging. Atlantis Productions will present the movie-turned-musical in June 2010 at the Meralco Theater. Chari Arespacochaga directs.

"I like pink," replies Nikki when asked how she feels playing the Reese Witherspoon big screen role. "If you watch MYX, it’s their favorite character for me. I would play someone who is maarte and mouths, ‘Oh my God… what’s that?’ It is something I can do for a full-length play."

Although the singer-actress can relate to Elle with all her heart, Nikki has started preparing for the role this early.

"I got the material and I started reading the script and memorizing the songs," Nikki shares.

This shows how Nikki is serious with this new challenge in her career. Nikki has done one formal production with Atlantis and relies a lot on her singing experience on TV and in concert tours for the past years. Nikki is aware of the responsibility and the pressure of playing the Broadway character. Unlike actors who are trained for years, Nikki will put all her acting and singing know-how in seven months to act, think and sound like Elle come next year.

"I’m excited," shares Nikki. "It’s a fun gig. It speaks of something true. It also speaks of a sentiment like. I think I can be so much better than what I really am right now. I think it’s very timely." That’s the same scenario Elle has gone through in the movie. The sorority star proves that there’s much more to her than good looks.

"I’m more worried with singing than in acting," says Nikki. "Back in high school, I used to compete in dramatic monologues and one-act plays for inter-school competitions.

"Pop singing is different from theater singing. Theater actors have a different lifestyle compared to showbiz actors. TV work requires one to stay till the wee hours of the morning. I have to take a break from what I usually do because my voice might not stand the demands of musical theater."

It’s a wise decision for Nikki because there’s so much dancing and singing in Legally Blonde. It means she has to work on her physical stamina and vocal strength. Nikki will play the part for 20 shows and she has no understudy.

Legally Blonde The Musical begins when Elle’s boyfriend breaks up with her and falls for another girl who is more “serious.” To win back her man, she leaves her fabulous life to study law in Harvard. The intellectual community welcomes an unexpected visitor.

Elle’s journey to Harvard helps her find who she is and what she can do. As Atlantis puts it, being true to one’s self never goes out of style.

Legally Blonde won Best New Touring Musical, Best Design and Best Music. It will tour the US for the next two years.

Asked what she will do if a good soap opera comes her way, Nikki answers, "I have to finish first what I have started. And I have to avoid (doing) things that will ask me to stay long on the set."

For more details about Legally Blonde The Musical in Manila call 892-7078 or 840-1187.

MMFF 2009: "I Love You Goodbye" Movie Trailer

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I Love You Goodbye is Star Cinema's official entry in the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

The movie stars real-life sweetheart Angelica Panganiban and Derek Ramsay. It also marks the silverscreen comeback of Gabby Concepcion and the first kontrabida role of young actress Kim Chiu.

Directed by Laurice Guillen, I Love You Goodbye is showing on December 25, 2009.

I Love You Goodbye - Full movie trailer:

MMFF 2009: "Ang Darling Kong Aswang" Movie Trailer

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Vic Sotto and Cristine Reyes team up in the fantasy horror comedy entitled "Ang Darling Kong Aswang".

"Ang Darling Kong Aswang" also stars Richie d'Horsie, Wally Bayola and a guest appearances of Joey de Leon, Rafael Rosell, Allan K, Agot Isidro, Jean Garcia, Alfred Vargas and many more.

Ang Darling Kong Aswang opens nationwide on Christmas Day.

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LJ Reyes Covers FHM Philippines December 2009 Issue

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Starstruck Season 2's First Princess LJ Reyes is a sexy angel on the cover of FHM Philippines December 2009 issue.

FHM Philippines December 2009 issue is now available in all magazine stands nationwide.

Starstruck 5: Final 14 Hopefuls

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From thousands who auditioned, only 7 girls and 7 boys remain vying to become the ultimate Male and Female survivor of Starstruck V. Here they are:

Ian Batherson is the self-proclaimed funny guy from Germany who dreams to become an artista in the Philippines.

Sef Cadayona is the boy from Manila who dreams to entertain people with his talent and passion.

Rocco Nacino is Baguio-born but considers himself a Laguna-native who wants to fulfill his dreams of becoming an artista.

Enzo Pineda is a Makati-based aspiring actor who dreams of becoming a superhero.

Steven Silva is the Davaoeño who wants to make his parents proud through his love for singing.

Piero Vergara is the happy-go-lucky guy from Davao who also wants to be known as a journalist, a songwriter and an author.

Fianca Cruz is the impassioned dancer from Pasig who has dreamed to be an artista since she was a kid.

Sarah Lahbati is the girl who hails from Switzerland, who has left everything behind to try her luck in StarStruck.

Diva Montelaba is the Cebuaña whose wants to make her grandmother’s dreams come true.

Rox Montealegre is the Dean’s lister from Makati who wants the fast-paced (and never dull) life that only showbiz can provide.

Princess Snell is the cutie from Laguna whose showbiz-oriented dreams is rooted in the desire to give her family a good future.

Rye Burgos is a US-grown aspirant who wants to inspire through laughter.

Nina Kodaka is the contender from Japan who has always known that she wants to be an artista.

Zeryl Lim has come all the way from Bahrain to enhance her talents in entertaining people.

2009 PMPC Star Awards For Television – Winners

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The 23rd PMPC Star Awards for Television was held on Sunday night, November 29, at the Pagcor Grand Theater, in Paranaque City with ABS-CBN taking home the Best TV Station award.

Here is the complete list of winners for the 23rd PMPC Star Awards for Television:

Best TV Station:

Best Primetime TV Series:
May Bukas Pa (ABS-CBN)

Best Drama Actor:
Coco Martin (Tayong Dalawa, ABS-CBN)

Best Drama Actress:
Gina Pareño (Tayong Dalawa, ABS-CBN)

Best Single Performance By An Actor:
Joross Gamboa (Maalaala Mo Kaya: "Bisikleta" episode, ABS-CBN)

Best Single Performance By An Actress:
Gretchen Barretto (Maalaala Mo Kaya: "Salamin" episode, ABS-CBN)
Sunshine Dizon (Obra Presents: Sunshine Dizon, "Butch" episode, GMA-7)

Best Children Show:
Art Angel (GMA-7)

Best Children Show Host:
Pia Arcangel, Tonipet Gaba, and Krystal Reyes (Art Angel, GMA-7)

Best Educational Program:
Matanglawin (ABS-CBN)

Best Educational Program Host:
Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. (Kap’s Amazing Stories, GMA-7)

Best Travel Show:
Balik-Bayan (QTV 11)

Best Travel Show Host:
Drew Arellano (Balik-Bayan, QTV 11)

Best Reality Program:
Dare Duo (QTV 11)

Best Reality Program Host:
Paolo Bediones (Survivor Philippines, GMA-7)

Best Lifestyle Show:
Events Incorporated (QTV 11)

Best Lifestyle Show Host:
Tim Yap and Sam Oh (Events Incorporated, QTV 11)

Best Morning Show:
Umagang Kay Ganda (ABS-CBN)

Best Morning Show Host/s:
Edu Manzano, Pinky Webb, Bernadette Sembrano, Rica Peralejo, Donita Rose, Kim Atienza, Alex Santos, Anthony Taberna, Winnie Cordero, and Ginger Conejero (Umagang Kay Ganda, ABS-CBN)

Best Public Affairs Program:
Probe Profiles (ABS-CBN)

Best Public Affairs Program Host:
Cheche Lazaro (Probe Profiles, ABS-CBN)

Best Magazine Show:
Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (GMA-7)

Best Magazine Show Host:
Jessica Soho (Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, GMA-7)

Best Public Service Program:
Imbestigador (

Best Public Service Program Host:
Ben Tulfo (Bitag Live, UNTV 37)

Best News Program:
TV Patrol World (

Best Male Newscaster:
Julius Babao (TV Patrol World,

Best Female Newscaster:
Vicky Morales (Saksi,

Best Youth-Oriented Program:
Ka-Blog (

Best Talent Search Program:
Talentadong Pinoy (TV 5)

Best Talent Search Program Host:
Ryan Agoncillo (Talentadong Pinoy, TV 5)

Best New Male TV Personality:
Zaijian Jaranilla (May Bukas Pa,

Best New Female TV Personality:
Maricar Reyes (Precious Hearts Romance Presents Presents: Bud Brothers,

Best Celebrity Talk Show:
Sis (

Best Celebrity Talk Show Host:
Janice de Belen (Spoon, Net 25)

Best Variety/Game Show:
Wowowee (

Best Game Show Host:
Richard Gomez (Family Feud,

Best Gag Show:
Banana Split (
Bubble Gang (

Best Showbiz-Oriented Show:
SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon (

Best Male Showbiz-Oriented Show Host:
Boy Abunda (SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon,

Best Female Showbiz-Oriented Show Host:
Toni Gonzaga (Entertainment Live,

Best Comedy Show:
Ful Haus (

Best Comedy Actor:
Pooh (Banana Split,

Best Comedy Actress:
Rufa Mae Quinto (Bubble Gang,

Best Daytime Drama Series:
Pieta (

Best Drama Mini-Series:
Your Song Presents: My Only Hope (

Best Drama Anthology:
Maalaala Mo Kaya (

Best Musical Variety Show:
ASAP ‘08 (

Best Male TV Host:
Luis Manzano (ASAP ‘08,

Best Female TV Host:
Valerie Concepcion (Wowowee,

Faces of the Night:
Male – John Lloyd Cruz
Female – Sunshine Dizon

Stars of the Night:
Male – Piolo Pascual
Female – Anne Curtis

Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award:
Mr. Johnny Manahan

Excellence in Broadcasting Lifetime Achievement Award:
Vice President Noli de Castro

Hall Of Fame
Eat Bulaga

PBB Double UP Update: Rob Stumvoll is Evicted

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Fil-Austrian soldier Rob Stumvoll is the latest housemate to be evicted from Bahay Ni Kuya.

Here are the percentage of votes in the PBB Double Up 4th eviction night:

Rica Paras – 38.55%
Jason Francisco – 35.81%
Carol Batay – 15.11%
Patrick Villanueva – 6.21%
Rob Stumvol – 4.32%

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