Saturday, April 16, 2011

ABS-CBN Regional Network Group Launches Choose Philippines

It’s about time!

The ABS-CBN Regional Network Group is proud to announce the launching of Choose Philippines - the 1st ever socialnet website on travel, places, events, food and people of the Philippines. We will be going live on the 15th of April 2011.

Our travel website has the URL and is committed to provide accurate and up-to-date information about the places, food and culture of the Philippines from a uniquely Filipino perspective. We will achieve this through the resources of the ABS-CBN Regional Network Group and its 32 bureaus spread all over the country.

Choose Philippines also has a dedicated and very active Facebook community page with “likes” of 200,000 and still increasing everyday!

There’s more to the Philippines than just Boracay, Coron and the popular tourist destinations. Our country has 7,107 islands and we intend to comb for hidden treasures and well-kept secrets. We hope you could help us. We believe Filipinos are naturally proud of their heritage: the islands they call home, their culture and even their food that they would like to share with the world.

ABS-CBN Regional Network Group Head Jerry Bennett said Choose Philippines was built, “because we wanted everyone, both Pinoys and non-Pinoys, to experience our country.”

I love the Philippines, really! For me, it’s a country like no other. It’s my bragging right, my claim to fame that I am a Filipino. I’ve traveled this nation from north to south, east to west and I can only utter phrases of thanksgiving for the charm and the grandeur of the Philippines!” said Mr. Bennett.

World Tourism Organization statistics show there were 1 billion tourists that traveled in 2010. Thailand got 15 million visitors, Hong Kong 30 million and the Philippines, a mere 3 million.

Imagine - it is more expensive to go to Boracay than Hong Kong! Why? The Philippines lacks the infrastructure to support tourism where government should play a big role. Tourism is a growth sector that needs a lot of support.

Filipinos need not leave the country and work in distant, dangerous countries if there’s work and money to be made in their own hometown, where their families and loved ones are.

What is the answer? Tourism. Building alternative livelihood and sustainable tourism may be the answer.

Choose Philippines will support the hyper-local business ventures of our fellow Pinoys in the provinces from all the different regions by showcasing their efforts. We intend to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in promoting and advertising their businesses on a platform with a guaranteed and ever-growing audience.

It’s a country where the places and its people complement each other. The Filipino is hospitable second-to-none, resilient, fun-loving, hardworking, and given the right opportunities, can excel and even surpass the growth of our neighbors! And I believe that someday we will. The change has come and progress is set in motion.” Mr. Bennett said.

The RNG head also considers Choose Philippines as “a seminal event that will positively impact this generation and succeeding generations of overseas Filipinos to come here from abroad and be proud of their country, its culture and heritage, and thus bring us to greatness!”

Choose Philippines is encouraging Filipino residents and our foreign visitors to register on the website (it’s easy and it’s FREE!) and share their experiences.

We would love to hear about their travels, adventures and misadventures in their very own words: Where did they go? What can we expect (scary insects, tidal waves, the best places to eat, etc)? What do we need to bring (sandals instead of shoes, anti-mosquito lotion, etc)? How to get there and how much? Also a bit of trivia and local flavor about the place would be fantastic!

We also invite Choose Philippines users to email us their beautiful photos (high-resolution would be best!) and a short “caption-like” article about these images.

Story and photo contributions can be emailed to

And please “like” our fan page “Choose Philippines” on Facebook. Invite as many of your friends to do the same! Just by doing this you are already making a difference for our country! Choose us! Choose Philippines!

GLEE Video to Watch: Charice/Sunshine Corazon Sings ‘All By Myself’ - “A Night of Neglect” Episode

Check out Sunshine Corazon (as played by Charice) sings Celine Dion's “All By Myself” in “A Night of Neglect” episode of Glee set to return on TV this coming April 19, 2011 (April 20, 2011 in Manila).

Watch the clip below:

Behind the Scenes Video:

Party Pilipinas Trip! Airs this Sunday, April 17

Party Pilipinas keeps the summer vibe alive as it takes viewers to a different kind of TRIP!

Gear up for a fresh new dance trip, sing along to a special sound trip, and move along as the party shifts from ‘trip’ to ‘treat’ for a special birthday celebration!

It’s Ms. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid‘s special day so watch out for Party P’s fine line-up of the country’s best singers to pay tribute to the Asia’s Songbird as she celebrates her birthday, and answers the biggest question on everyone’s mind.

Party P all-star: Kyla, Jay-R, Rachelle Ann Go, Jolina Magdangal, Julie Anne San Jose, Mark Bautista, Gian Magdangal, Kris Lawrence, La Diva, Glaiza De Castro, Mark Herras, XLR8, Pop Girls, and Sayaw P join forces for a powerful music trip.

Go acoustic sound tripping with Ogie Alcasid, Janno Gibbs, Kat Agarado, Marc Abaya, Artstrong, and other local music scene’s favorite vocalists.

‘Love Duets’ books a trip for two for singing pairs Julie Anne and Jay Perillo, Jolina and Mark, Kylie Padilla and Miguel Escueta, and more.

Spotlight is now turned to Jonalyn Viray for Viva La Diva. Rachelle Ann will also take centerstage as she “Do it like a dude” with the fierce Addlib dancers.

It’s all systems go for the launch of new Kapuso star Isabelle Daza, daughter of former Ms. Universe, Gloria Diaz!

Move to a unique hip hop mix courtesy of the Sayaw Pilipinas crew – Mark Herras, Enzo Pineda, Rocco Nacino, Steven Silva, Sef Cadayona, Julian Trono, Yassi Pressman, Winwyn Marquez, Diva Montelaba, Mayton Eugenio with Ryza Cenon, LJ Reyes, Rochelle Pangilinan, Aira Bermudez, Sexbomb, Maxmovement dancers, and Moymoy Palaboy.

More beats to come as Party P Fresh Dance features new dance moves ‘catdaddy’ and ‘booty bounce’ with the singers Julie, Sarah, Ynna, La Diva, Mark Bautista, Artstrong, Kris Lawrence, and Jay-R; and Kapuso tweens Joshua Dionisio, Bea Binene, Ken Chan, Hero Magalona, Lexi Fernandez, and Krystal Reyes.

Sayaw Kabataan teen crew joins the summer fun with XLR8, Pop Girls, the cast of Amazing Cooking Kids, and other surprise guests.

And there’s more! Find out if Julie Anne and Elmo Magalona will ever find each other again after being stuck inside a ‘maze’ trip.

Party Pilipinas Trip airs this Sunday, April 17, right after Kapuso Movie Festival on GMA-7.

Vic Sotto Rocks ASAP This Sunday, April 17

Justify FullASAP ROCKS brings summer right into your homes with only the most tempting surprises you want to see this Sunday.

Summer temptation starts off with a scorching performance from your ASAP All Star Kapamilya back to back with an all out concert performance only from Billy Crawford and Sarah Geronimo.


Box-Office King Vic Sotto leads the cast of summer’s biggest comedy movie 'PAK, PAK, MY DR KWAK.'

Big Birthday blowout from Luis Manzano and friends Toni Gonzaga, Anne Curtis, Nikki Gil and Sarah in an unforgettable performance.

Beautiful Summer Serenade: ASAP’s finest balladeers serenade the country’s most beautiful, Venus Raj back to back with Biniining Pilipinas newest Queens - Binibini Universe Shamcey Supsup, Binibini International Dianne Necio and Binibini Tourism Isabella Manjon.


Get ready for ASAP’s hottest summer ever with the fiercest SOS from this generation’s biggest star – Pop Star Princess Sarah Geronimo.

Sizzling sexy performance from the one and only Summer Dance Diva Cristine Reyes.

Summer Dance U class opens with all time favorite dancers from the country’s well loved dance groups - UMD, Streetboys, Maneouvers and Sexbomb in one spectacular number. Plus the hottest summer dance craze kicks off on the ASAP centerstage.

The best summer acts from Zsazsa Padilla, Yeng Constantino, Jed Madela, Erik Santos, Christian Bautista, Sarah G. and Gary V. fire up your TV screens.

ASAP ROCKS the best of Summer this Sunday, 12:15 high noon.

‘Miracle Kid’ Fatima Soriano, Confesses on ‘The Bottomline with Boy Abunda’

Sa bisperas ng Araw ng Palaspas, isang espesyal na episode ang handog ng 'The Bottomline with Boy Abunda.' Inaanyayahan namin kayong lahat na pakinggan ang nakaka-antig at nakaka-inspire na kuwento ng buhay ng “Miracle Kid” na si Fatima Soriano.

Ipinanganak si Fatima na may “retina degeneration” kung saan hindi siya nakakakita. Nagkaroon din siya ng “knocked knees”, isang kondisyon kung saan mababa ang calcium level niya at hindi siya nakakapaglakad. Tinamaan din siya ng kidney failure at sa murang edad ay sumailalim sa pagda-dialysis limang beses sa isang araw. Pero sa kabila ng mga karamdamang ito, hindi sinisi ni Fatima ang Diyos at hindi siya pinanghinaan ng loob.

Sa kasalukuyan, siya ang napisil na umawit ng themesong ng "100 Days to Heaven" na pagbibidahan nina Ms. Coney Reyes, Jodi Sta. Maria at Xyriel Ann Manabat. Ang "Mahiwaga" ay unang pinasikat ni Rico J. Puno.

Ngayong Sabado, ibabahagi ni Fatima ang ilan sa kanyang mga karanasan sa pakikipag-usap sa Mahal na Birheng Maria. Kahit bulag, madalas daw nagpapakita sa kanya si Mama Mary at inilalarawan pa niya ang imahe nito. Pati ang kanyang kakayahan at gift of healing ay ikukuwento rin ni Fatima kabilang na ang mga taong napagaling na niya at nabago ang buhay.

Pero bilang isang bata lalo pa’t malapit na siyang mag-debut, nakaranas na kaya siyang umibig at heartbreak? Hindi ba siya natakot sa responsibilidad at regalong nakuha niya mula sa Birheng Maria? Sa kabila ng mga nagaganap sa mundo, giyera at kalamidad, malapit na bang magunaw ang mundo? Ano ang sinasabi ng Birheng Maria tungkol dito? At ano ang kanyang panalangin para sa Pilipinas?

Lahat ng ito sa Holy Week special ng The Bottomline with Boy Abunda, Sabado ng gabi.

Cristine Reyes Stars in the Horror Movie ‘Tumbok’

Tumbok” is an upcoming horror movie helmed by Topel Lee and starring Cristine Reyes, Carlo Aquino and Ryan Eigenmann.

Sypnosis: Grace (Cristine Reyes) and Ronnie (Carlo Aquino) are a newlywed couple who inherit a condominium unit from Ronnie’s deceased father. As they move into the unit, they are faced with a series of mishaps and misfortunes.

The unit is inhabited by strange tenants. Grace starts to experience haunting, sightings, to the extent of incubus.

Later in their stay, they find out that they are expecting a baby and are thrilled with the answered prayer. As Grace starts to pursue the occurences in the building, she discovers that the building was built on a “TUMBOK,” a convergence of three roads which is believed to be unlucky.

Tragic deaths happen caused by Mark, the building caretaker who turns out to be the devil trapping souls into the vortex. He is also the incubus that makes love to Grace.

Can Grace and Ronnie save themselves from the impending danger brought about by the “Tumbok?”

Tumbok - Trailer:

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fun Facts About “Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”

Walt Disney Pictures' “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush and Ian McShane will sail to Philippine theaters in May 2011.

n anticipation of the film's global rollout, Disney shares some interesting, fun facts about the making of this fourth, eagerly awaited “Pirates” saga!

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is directed by Rob Marshall of “Chicago” and “Memoirs of a Geisha” fame.

It's the first film in the “Pirates” franchise to be shot in Disney Digital 3D™, and the first all live-action, epic outdoor adventure shot on Red 3D cameras.

New characters add to the fun of the all-new story: Blackbeard (Ian McShane), the ultimate pirate villain; Angelica (Penélope Cruz), a con-artist from Jack Sparrow’s past; Syrena (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), the mystical mermaid; and Philip (Sam Claflin), the young mysterious missionary.

For the fourth time, Geoffrey Rush reprises his role as Captain Barbossa. Until the last fim in the series, “At World’s End,” Barbossa’s first name, Hector, was never uttered by any of the characters.

Although she spent more than two months in Hawaii, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey was not permitted to have fun in the sun on her days off…as the unearthly mermaid known as Syrena, she had to maintain her pale complexion.

Keith Richards returns in a cameo as Captain Teague, Jack Sparrow’s father.

Australian Gemma Ward, who plays Tamara, one of the eight mermaids, began modeling at age 14 and has already graced over 20 Vogue covers.

The fully functional Queen Anne’s Revenge is the first historical ship to be represented in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise.

World-class competitive surfer Tamayo Perry was one of six Hawaiian `Queen Anne’s Revenge' crewmen cast by director Rob Marshall.

The film represents production designer John Myhre’s fifth collaboration with director Rob Marshall. Myhre was honored with Academy Awards® for Best Achievement in Art Direction for both “Chicago” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.”

Appropriately enough for a pirate movie, the film shot on five different islands: Kauai, Oahu, Puerto Rico, Palominito (a small island off the island’s east coast), and although of a distinctly non-tropical nature, Great Britain.

It's the biggest movie to ever film at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, shooting more of the complex than any previous production.

While filming in the thick coconut grove at the famed and now shuttered Coco Palms Hotel in Wailua - where Elvis once sang “Blue Hawaii” for the movie of that title - 773 coconut palms were harvested to prevent the heavy fruits from falling on the hapless heads of cast and crew. The harvested coconuts were taken away by local residents to take full advantage of the meat and milk of the tropical fruits.

Opening across the Philippines on May 2011, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures.

Mara Clara Nominated at the 2011 BANFF World TV Awards

'Mara Clara' is nominated in the 2011 BANFF World TV Awards or known as The Rockies.

The top-rating and still airing ABS-CBN soap, which is a successful remake of a 90's soap opera of the same title, is in the running under the Best Soap Operas and Telenovelas category, along with 5 other nominees from other countries.

It's competing against "Bread, Love and Dreams" of South Korea, "Coronation Street" of UK and three soaps from the US: "Days of our Lives", "Eva Luna" and "The Queen of the South."

"Mara Clara", which is topbilled by teen stars Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes, is the only nominee from the Philippines on the 2011 Banff World Television Awards or The Rockies.

The Philippines is also one of the only 4 Asian countries who earned a nomination in The Rockies 2011, which has nominees mostly from the US and Canada. The 3 other Asian countries who received at least 1 nomination are South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong.

The Banff World TV Awards has 3 divisions, THE FICTION ROCKIES, THE NON-FICTION ROCKIES and THE INTERACTIVE ROCKIES, whose awarding ceremonies will be held in 3 separate dates.

"Mara Clara" falls under "The Fiction Rockies" which recognizes the very best in scripted television programming from around the world.

The awarding ceremony for The Fiction Rockies will be held on June 12, 2011 at the AOL Canada Theatre.

Stars Donate Personal Stuff for Celebrity Ukay-Ukay "Heat Wave Summer Bazaar" of Ogie and Regine

Kris Aquino's chandelier earrings, Regine Velasquez's Mango gown, Ogie Alcasid's pricey Randy Ortiz tops, Dingdong Dantes's toys and denim jacket will all be sold at the Heat Wave Summer Bazaar, which will run from April 15 -17 at the World Trade Center.

The event will also sell the hottest summer essentials - from swimwear to footwear to accessories, including the best getaway deals.

Purchases will benefit the Kapuso School Development (KSD) project (formerly Kapuso School Rehabilitation Project) of GMA Kapuso Foundation.

KSD is a school-based program which aims to foster integral education by providing students of underprivileged public schools with decent and functional classrooms that are conducive to learning.

Another thing to look forward to at the bazaar: "My Best Summer Getaway Photo" contest, fashion shows, sports clinics, and demos on food treats and refreshments.

For inquiries, call Cut Unlimited at 687.0654 or email

Kalbaryo - ABS-CBN NCA Special Report on Filipino's Tradition of Penitence

Filipinos are accustomed to the Catholic tradition of penitence during Holy Week wherein the common and popularly known rites include real-life crucifixion and self-flagellation. Julius Babao gets to meet one of them this Saturday, April 16, in another in-depth documentary titled “Kalbaryo” in “ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Special Report.”

Other than the conventional type of penitence done by Pinoys, Julius also talks to people who do it the unconventional way and to people who practice penitence by being good Samaritans - giving their personal wealth to help others. Also, find out what goes through the mind of former criminals who changed their ways to be absolved from their sins. What changes occurred in their lives after they made the decision to follow the good and right path?

Watch Julius’ full report on Saturday, April 16, 4PM to be followed by “Failon Ngayon” wherein anchor Ted Failon rescues two minors who were forced into prostitution. “Rose” and “Marie” were supposedly offered a job in an eatery but to their surprise, their recruiters brought them to a beerhouse. This is where they were forced to dance nude and used by their customers. Fortunately, there were able to escape and now they want to help those left who are also minors like them aged 10-17. “Failon Ngayon” airs at 4:45 PM on ABS-CBN.

AGB Mega Manila Ratings April 12 - 14: The Baker King Tops Primetime Ratings

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from April 12 to 14, 2011 among Mega Manila households (People Ratings):

April 12, Tuesday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 12.2%
Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 9.4%
My Lover My Wife (GMA-7) - 8.3%
Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) - 7.6%
Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) / Nita Negrita (GMA-7) - 7%
Kitchen Superstar (GMA-7) - 6.8%
Alakdana (GMA-7) - 6.6%
Face To Face (TV5) - 6.2%
Jackie Chan Adventures (GMA-7) - 5.8%
Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 5.6%

Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 13.6%
The Baker King (GMA-7) - 12.7%
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 12.6%
Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 12.5%
24 Oras (GMA-7) / Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 12.3%
I ♥You Pare (GMA-7) - 11.3%
Mutya (ABS-CBN) - 10.9%
TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 9.6%
Magic Palayok (GMA-7) / Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 9.2%
Green Rose (ABS-CBN) - 6.5%

April 13, Wednesday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 12%
Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 8.6%
My Lover My Wife (GMA-7) - 8%
Nita Negrita (GMA-7) - 7.7%
Alakdana (GMA-7) - 7.5%
Face To Face (TV5) - 6.7%
Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) - 6.6%
Kitchen Superstar (GMA-7) - 6.4%
Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 6.1%
Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 6%

The Baker King (GMA-7) - 14.7%
Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 13.7%
Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 13.3%
I ♥You Pare (GMA-7) - 12.1%
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 12%
Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 11.6%
Mutya (ABS-CBN) - 11.4%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 10.7%
TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 9.1%
Magic Palayok (GMA-7) - 8.5%

April 14, Thursday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 12.1%
Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 9.7%
Alakdana (GMA-7) - 7.5%
Nita Negrita (GMA-7) - 7.2%
Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) - 7.1%
My Lover My Wife (GMA-7) - 7%
Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 6.8%
Face To Face (TV5) - 6.3%
Kitchen Superstar (GMA-7) - 5.7%
Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 5.4%

Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 13.6%
Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 13.3%
The Baker King (GMA-7) - 12.9%
Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 12.7%
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 12.4%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 12.2%
I ♥You Pare (GMA-7) - 11.1%
Magic Palayok (GMA-7) / Mutya (ABS-CBN) - 10%
Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 9.1%
Primetime Super Sine: 2 Fast 2 Furious (TV5) - 8.7%

Here are the Top 10 daytime and primetime programs from April 12 to 14, 2011 among Mega Manila households (Household Ratings):

April 12, Tuesday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 26.8%
Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 21%
My Lover My Wife (GMA-7) - 19.2%
Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) - 17.8%
Nita Negrita (GMA-7) - 17.1%
Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 16.4%
Alakdana (GMA-7) - 16.2%
Kitchen Superstar (GMA-7) - 15.1%
Jackie Chan Adventures (GMA-7) - 13.5%
Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 12.3%

Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 27.5%
The Baker King (GMA-7) - 25.9%
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 25.3%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 25.2%
Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 23.7%
Mutya (ABS-CBN) - 23.3%
I ♥You Pare (GMA-7) - 22.3%
Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 22%
TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 20.5%
Magic Palayok (GMA-7) - 19.2%

April 13, Wednesday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 25.9%
Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 19.2%
My Lover My Wife (GMA-7) - 18.6%
Nita Negrita (GMA-7) - 18%
Alakdana (GMA-7) - 17.7%
Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) - 16.2%
Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 14.4%
Kitchen Superstar (GMA-7) - 14.1%
Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 13.8%
Jackie Chan Adventures (GMA-7) - 11.3%

Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) / The Baker King (GMA-7) - 27.1%
Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 24.1%
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 23.5%
Mutya (ABS-CBN) - 23.4%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 22.9%
I ♥You Pare (GMA-7) - 22.3%
Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 21.9%
TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 19.8%
Magic Palayok (GMA-7) - 19.1%
Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 16.9%%

April 14, Thursday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 26.1%
Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 21.4%
Alakdana (GMA-7) - 17.1%
Nita Negrita (GMA-7) - 16.9%
My Lover My Wife (GMA-7) - 15.4%
Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) - 15.1%
Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 14.3%
Kitchen Superstar (GMA-7) / Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 13.2%
Jackie Chan Adventures (GMA-7) - 12.2%
My Princess (ABS-CBN) - 10.9%

Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 26.6%
The Baker King (GMA-7) - 25.9%
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 24%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 23.9%
Captain Barbell (GMA-7) / Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 23.1%
Mutya (ABS-CBN) - 21.9%
I ♥You Pare (GMA-7) - 21.3%
TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 19.5%
Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 19.2%
Magic Palayok (GMA-7) - 18.6%

Source: AGB Nielsen Phils.

Kantar Media/TNS National Household TV Ratings April 12 - 14: Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin Overtakes Leadership From Mara Clara

Here are the Top 10 Daytime and Primetime TV ratings of ABS-CBN, TV5 and GMA-7 programs on the overnight survey of Kantar Media (formerly TNS) among National households on April 12 - 14, 2011:

April 12, Tuesday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 19.2%
Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 17.1%
My Lover My Wife (GMA-7) - 14.8%
Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) - 14.4%
Nita Negrita (GMA-7) - 13.6%
Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) - 13.4%
Summer Power: Ang TV The Movie (ABS-CBN) - 12.7%
Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 12.6%
Alakdana (GMA-7) - 12.3%
Jackie Chan Adventures (GMA-7) - 12.2%

Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 33.2%
Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 33%
Mutya (ABS-CBN) - 32.8%
TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 26.4%
Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 20%
24 Oras (GMA-7) / Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 19.6%
Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 18.5%
Mula Sa Puso (ABS-CBN) - 16.9%
The Baker King (GMA-7) - 16.4%
Magic Palayok (GMA-7) - 16.3%

April 13, Wednesday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 18.6%
Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) - 14.3%
Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 14%
My Lover My Wife (GMA-7) - 13.6%
Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 13.5%
Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) / Nita Negrita (GMA-7) - 13.1%
Alakdana (GMA-7) - 12.2%
Jackie Chan Adventures (GMA-7) - 11.5%
Kitchen Superstar (GMA-7) - 10.6%
Happy, Yipee, Yehey! (ABS-CBN) - 10.4%

Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 31.1%
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 29.4%
Mutya (ABS-CBN) - 29.2%
TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 24.9%
Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 19.7%
Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 19.2%
Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 17.4%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 16.5%
I ♥ You Pare (GMA-7) - 16.2%
The Baker King (GMA-7) - 15.8%

April 14, Thursday

Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 16.6%
Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) - 14.6%
My Lover My Wife (GMA-7) - 13.4%
Showtime (ABS-CBN) - 13.2%
Jackie Chan Adventures (GMA-7) - 12.9%
Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) - 12.8%
Ghost Fighter (GMA-7) / Nita Negrita (GMA-7) - 12.6%
Alakdana (GMA-7) - 11.5%
My Princess (ABS-CBN) - 10.7%
Doraemon (GMA-7) 10.3%

Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) - 33.2%
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) - 30.9%
Mutya (ABS-CBN) - 29.2%
TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 25.2%
Imortal (ABS-CBN) - 20%
Dwarfina (GMA-7) - 18.9%
Captain Barbell (GMA-7) - 18%
24 Oras (GMA-7) / The Baker King (GMA-7) - 17.8%
I ♥ You Pare (GMA-7) - 16.5%
Mula Sa Puso (ABS-CBN) - 15.3%

Source: Kantar Media / TNS

The Royal Wedding on ABS-CBN

ABS-CBN partners with BBC, the world’s largest broadcasting organization, to bring you the most comprehensive coverage of the much-awaited royal wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales to Catherine Middleton with the exclusive telecast of BBC special documentaries and the live coverage of the wedding on April 29.

Kicking off the Kapamilya network’s “The Royal Wedding of the Century” is the BBC documentary “William and Kate: A Royal Engagement” on April 24 before “ASAP XV.” The program will tell the real-life fairy tale story of archetypal girl-next-door Kate and heir to the British throne Prince William. Find out how the two met, get to know the future British princess, and understand what what this marriage means to the future British monarchy as close friends, historians, biographers, and well known journalists reveal what they know about the royal couple.

ABS-CBN will also air documentaries “Harry: The Mysterious Prince,” “How to be a Prince,” “Timewatch: Princess Margaret - A Love Story,” “Diana - Legacy of a Princess,” “Princess Camilla - Winner Takes All,” “Royal London,” “Britain’s Royal Weddings,” and “Untold Stories of a Royal Bridesmaid” on its cable channels ANC and the Lifestyle Network.

On the wedding day itself on April 29, Friday, ABS-CBN will launch a powerhouse coverage dubbed “The Royal Wedding of the Century” straight from BBC over the network’s multimedia platforms which cover free-to-air TV, cable TV, radio, and online.

Catch only on ABS-CBN’s coverage the exclusive report on the preparations and events leading to the Royal Wedding from world-renowned broadcast journalist and BBC top anchor Huw Edwards, the presenter of Britain’s most popular television news bulletin, BBC News at Ten.

A true expert on the Royal family with over two decades of experience in BBC, Edwards will be able to give Filipino viewers an insider’s look at the biggest and most anticipated event in the world so far this year.

Apart from Edwards, ABS-CBN Europe Bureau chief Danny Buenafe and correspondent Rose Eclarinal will also guide us through the event all the way from the United Kingdom with reports during the hourly updates on ABS-CBN Channel 2 to be anchored by award-winning broadcast journalist Karen Davila. ABS-CBN’s coverage on free-to-air TV will culminate in “TV Patrol” with anchors Noli De Castro, Ted Failon, and Korina Sanchez.

ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel, will also offer a nonstop look at the wedding to be anchored by Ces Oreña Drilon and David Celdran. Catch updates on William and Kate’s nuptials while on the road via live reports on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630.

Get an intimate look at the beginnings of William and Kate’s love story up to their much anticipated exchange of vows only on ABS-CBN, the only Filipino channel that will air not just the live coverage of the royal wedding but also exclusive documentary specials on William and Kate through a partnership with global news giant British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Diego Loyzaga Hospitalized Due to Dengue

Newest Kapamilya teen actor Diego Loyzaga, who plays Derrick on Mara Clara, was hospitalized due to dengue fever.

The news was confirmed by his manager Biboy Arboleda on twitter.

According to Biboy, Diego was rushed to the hospital last Sunday by his aunt Bing Loyzaga, and cousin Alyssa Gibbs.

"My bunsong alaga Diego Loyzaga has Dengue. He's confined now, his Tita Bing Loyzaga and cousin Alyssa brought him there. Doc said maagapan ang sakit. Get well soon Diego," Biboy tweeted.

Jessy Mendiola, Ejay Falcon and Mark Gil Depict a True Story About Obsession in MMK

Paano kung ang sarili mong ama ang nagiging pinakamalaking hadlang sa iyong kaligayahan. Ito ang nakakagimbal at nakakaantig na tema ng April 16 episode ng Maalaala Mo Kaya na pagbibidahan nina Jessy Mendiola, Ejay Falcon at Mark Gil.

Sa direksyon ni Jeffrey Jeturian, ang true-to-life story na ito ay siguradong pupukaw ng atensyon ng mga manonood dahil sa napakatapang na tema ng relasyon at ng obssession."

Director: Jeffrey Jeturian
Writer: Raynier Avecilla

Jessy Mendiola as Lisa
Ejay Falcon as Efren
Mark Gil as Fidel
Dexter Doria as Lola Francisca
Ronnie Lazaro as Papa

Isabelle Daza, To Be Introduced as Kapuso's Next Big Star This Sunday on Party Pilipinas!

Young socialite-fashionista Isabelle Daza will be introduced as one of Kapuso's next important stars this Sunday, April 17 on Party Pilipinas.

Isabelle signed a three year exclusive contract with GMA-7 at pormal na ipakikilala bilang Kapuso sa darating na Linggo sa Party Pilipinas.

Live rin ang guesting ni Isabelle sa Showbiz Central and for sure it will be his bestfriend Raymond Gutierrez who will do her first ever interview as Kapuso star.

Matagal nang kinukumbinsi si Isabelle na pumasok sa showbiz pero ngayon lamang siya napapayag.

May offer noon kay Isabelle na maging co-host ng isang sikat na TV show. Hindi niya tinanggap ang tempting offer dahil ang pag-aaral ang kanyang priority.

Ngayong tapos na siya sa pag-aaral, ready na si Isabelle na mag-showbiz. Binigyan muna siya ng GMA 7 ng hosting job bago isabak sa mga acting project. Nag-enroll si Isabelle sa isang acting workshop para mahasa siya sa pag-arte.

May mga nagbubuyo rin kay Isabelle na sumali sa mga beauty contest dahil dating beauty queen at kauna-unahang Pilipina na tinanghal na Miss Universe ang kanyang ina. Pero wala sa bokabularyo ni Isabelle na maging beauty queen kahit may karapatan siya. Hindi rin interesado si Gloria na pasalihin sa mga beauty contest ang kanyamg equally beautiful and talented daughter.

Zaijian Jaranilla, Matt Evans and AJ Perez Party in Dagupan City's Bangus Festival

ABS-CBN Regional Network Group (RNG) continues to party with the country’s most colorful fiestas, as it proudly presents the unending journey of Kapamilya Karavan in the much-awaited Bangus Festival on April 16, 4p.m. at Dagupan City Plaza.

Featuring the most sought after Kapamilya stars Zaijian Jaranilla, AJ Perez and Matt Evans, the Kapamilya Karavan celebrates with the people in Dagupan for their bountiful harvest of the world-famous milkfish, or popularly known as “bangus.”

All of them are now excited to give delight to the loyal Kapamilyas in Dagupan City, as they get ready showcase their most energetic performances.

While busy in promoting his upcoming movie Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak showing this April 23, Zaijian is very much excited to join the Kapamilya Karavan. “Excited na po talaga ako maki-piyesta doon. Siyempre, gustong-gusto ko pong matikman yung masarap na bangus nila. Favorite ko po kasi yun, eh,” said Zaijan.

After his successful visit in Legaspi City, AJ Perez is now ready to conquer Dagupan City with his blazing performance. He can’t express the happiness he feels with the outpouring of projects lined up for him, such as his upcoming MMK episode this April 30 and a movie. He considers all these blessings from above.

Grabe po, overwhelming and sobrang thankful lang po talaga kay God for the opportunities He continuously gives me. Sana magustuhan ng mga taga Dagupan City yung hinanda naming numbers for them,” AJ shared.

With all these big stars, RNG’s Kapamilya Karavan never fails to bring happiness to country’s happiest and most colorful fiestas.

Don’t miss this joyous celebration! Catch Kapamilya Karavan on April 16 at Dagupan City Plaza. Also catch Zaijan's television comeback in Wansapanataym this Saturday, after TV Patrol Weekend. ABS-CBN Regional Network Group (RNG) goes all over the country whole year round to join in the Philippine’s most colorful festivities.

First Look: Fright Night

Disney and DreamWorks have just released the first-look images from they're upcoming thriller “Fright Night” starring Colin Farrell (“Alexander”) and Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek,” “Terminator Salvation”).

A revamp of the 1985 comedy-horror classic, “Fright Night” is directed by Craig Gillespie (“Lars and the Real Girl”) and also stars Toni Collette (“The Sixth Sense”).

In the film, senior Charlie Brewster (Yelchin) finally has it all - he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—and everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Collette), doesn’t notice. After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone that he’s telling the truth, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself.

Opening soon across the Philippines, “Fright Night is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

ABS-CBN Regional Network Group Visits Landslide Victims in Tacloban City

ABS-CBN Regional Network Group (RNG) organized a three-day public service mission (March 23 to 25) to help the victims of landslide and flash floods in Tacloban City Leyte. The RNG team repacked and distributed donated relief goods, through the resources of ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya.

The landslide, which was triggered by heavy rains and floods, took away the lives of seven members of a family in Tacloban City recently.With their homes carried away by flood waters and swallowed by landslides, families were evacuated to Nula-Tula and Panalog evacuation centers in the city.

With ABS-CBN RNG’s public service offering, 78 families in the two evacuation centers were helped—21 in Nula-Tula and 57 in Panalog evacuation centers. The relief goods composed of canned products, instant noodles, rice and used clothing were donations gathered through the Kapamilya network’s TV and FM radio campaign.

ABS-CBN Regional Network Group, being the Kapamilya network’s provincial arm, is not only responsible for delivering regional and celebrating with the country’s most colorful fiestas. RNG also affirms its social responsibility by adhering to the company’s slogan “In the Service of the Filipino.”

Story Behind Sarah Geronimo and Cristine Reyes’ Reconciliation Bared on ‘The Buzz Magasin’

The Buzz Magasin once again presents sizzling hot showbiz news this May - most-talked-about love breakthroughs, break-ups and reconciliations.

Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo finally made peace with Cristine Reyes. Would this mean Sarah’s also forgiving her ex-boyfriend Rayver Cruz? If there’s a chance, what could be the terms and conditions that the Pop Princess will impose?

Meanwhile, rumors say Queen of All Media Kris Aquino is at a disadvantage in the division of properties and other wealth with husband James Yap. How true is this rumor? The couple has a pending annulment case.

Despite being involved in some big issues, the Queen of All Media remains very happy, especially now her son Josh has graduated recently in Multiple Intelligence International School. Many noticed Josh’s father Philip Salvador was not present at the graduation ceremonies. What could be the reason for his absence? Don’t miss the rest of this news!

If Kris is happy with her two sons Josh and Bimby, Bea Alonzo also takes care of her heart well. After admitting her special relationships with Zanjoe Marudo, Jake Cuenca and Gerald Anderson, does she now consider herself an expert in assessing the right guy, whom she’ll eventually love?

Jennilyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo, on the other hand, are silent with regards to their breakup. Because of this, many are now suspecting that they’re separation turned out to be “violent.” What is the truth behind all this?

Catch the details on the country’s biggest showbiz news. Buy a copy of The Buzz Magasin May issue from your favorite newsstands nationwide.

Self-reinvention and Cougars discussed in AksyonTV’s 'Tayuan Mo at Panindigan' This Thursday and Friday

AksyonTV Channel 41, the 24-hour all news channel of TV5, continues to blaze the trail in producing some of the hottest talk shows on television.

The channel’s late night talk show Tayuan Mo at Panindigan will discuss some controversial topics this Thursday and Friday. The trio of Joey Reyes, Lourd de Veyra and Aida Sy delves into the minds of their guests while Carlos Celdran goes on the street asking Pinoys about what they think of the relevant topic at hand.

Former Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Abbygale Arenas-De Leon shares her thoughts on self-reinvention in the episode this Thursday, April 14. The former beauty queen points out the things that matter in renewing one’s image and mindset.

On Friday, April 15, actress Melissa Mendez sits down to tackle the changing views of Filipinos in relationships with so-called cougars, or older women who still attract younger men.

Tayuan Mo at Panindigan is aired on AksyonTV UHF Channel 41 from Monday to Friday, 10 to 11pm.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. La Salle Green Archers in Dubai

The intense basketball rivalry between Ateneo and La Salle continues in this dazzling city in the Middle East.

Dubbed “Down the Wire,” the Blue Eagles and Green Archers will meet in a friendly match on Friday, April 15, at the Al Ahli Sports Club in Al Ghusais, Dubai.

Filipino expats in the UAE, who are avid supporters of Smart Gilas whenever they play in Dubai, are also raring to see live action between the two top rivals in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

In their battle in Dubai, the Ateneo Blue Eagles will be parading an almost intact line-up that gave them the UAAP crown for the past three years. Even though, Ryan Buenafe, last year’s UAAP Finals MVP (Most Valuable Player), will not play due to an injury, Ateneo has added to its already lethal crew Smart Gilas seven-foot center Greg Slaughter and high school standouts Kiefer Ravena, Gwyne Capacio and Cebuano Mark Tallo.

The De La Salle University Green Archers, which boast of a four-peat championship from 1999-2002 and perennial Final Four finish, also remain intact and have added former Junior Archers standouts Arnold Van Opstal, Michael Pate and Papot Paredes to their line-up consisting of Yulien Andrada, Simon Atkins, Luigi dela Paz, Nico Elorde, Sam Marata, LA Revilla, Martin Reyes, Jarelan Tampus, Maui Villanueva, Almond Vosotros and Joshua Webb.

UAE-based Filipino organizer Ramon Pizarras said he had been planning since last year to bring to Dubai the hard court rivalry between the two most prestigious and elite schools in the Philippines.

I invite all the Filipinos and other basketball-crazy expats to watch the game and see why collegiate basketball is more intense than commercial or professional basketball. The excitement level is high and competition is tough, much like the NCAA Division 1 Basketball in the US,” said Pizarras, who is also chairman of Filipino Basketball Centre in the UAE.

High school students from various Philippine schools in the Emirates will play in the curtain raiser.

United International Private School, the 2011 FISAA (Filipino Inter-School Athletic Association) champion, will face a selection from Filipino Youth Basketball League comprised of students from Far Eastern Private School, The Philippine School and New Filipino Private School.

UIPS Development & Community Relations Manager Jennifer Gonzales told ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau that watching the match between Ateneo and La Salle is beneficial to their students who will eventually go to college in the Philippines. “Feeling ng aming mga estudyante, parang nasa Pilipinas lang din sila,” she said.

The friendly match will also develop camaraderie among our students, and this will serve as an inspiration to them that they should not only excel academically but in sports as well,” Gonzales added.

Down the Wire is supported by ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel, Majestic Hotel’s Tambayan sa Kanto and the UAE Basketball Federation.

NBA Playoffs Premieres This Sunday on ABS-CBN

ABS-CBN, as announced on a TV plug, will air the National Basketball Association (NBA) Playoffs 2011 starting Sunday, April 17th at 8:30 am with a replay on Studio 23 at 9:30 pm.

ABS-CBN Sports, in its Facebook fan page, posted that the 2011 NBA First Round Playoff telecast schedule on ABS-CBN Channel 2 and Studio 23 will be announced on Friday or Saturday since, according to them, scheduling matters are still to be resolved.

ABS-CBN’s telecast of NBA games over free TV started last February 19, 2011 through a co-production agreement with Solar TV.

Reports earlier revealed that the Kapamilya network will air NBA games and related programs, including the Pre-Season, Regular Season, Playoff and Final plus magazine shows such as NBA Action and Real NBA, over the next four years.

The co-production agreement between ABS-CBN and Solar TV reportedly covers the NBA's 2010-2011 Season to the 2013-2014 Season.

ABS-CBN Denies Pulling Demolition Job Against Willie Revillame

ABS-CBN has denied any involvement in the provocation of various violent reactions and investigation on Willie Revillame and his program on TV5. Willie’s camp, particularly his legal counsel Atty. Leonard De Vera, insinuated that the Kapamilya network started the big controversy regarding the episode in Willing Willie wherein a young boy danced ‘ala-macho dancer’ and given a ten thousand peso prize, now perceived by different sectors as child abuse.

The official statement released last April 13 by Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, reads:

We categorically deny that ABS-CBN has anything to do with the Jan-Jan episode. Records speak for itself. We are not a complainant in this case, and have not made any public statement about it.

Indeed, it is incredible that ABS-CBN, as insinuated by Atty. Leonard De Vera, can possibly have control over the countless groups and individuals who have expressed their indignation over the issue, including Facebook, Twitter, major advertisers, government bodies, the church, academic communities, among others.

It is a general accusation bereft of any details and is obviously meant to divert the issue by dragging ABS-CBN's name."

Willie has decided to temporarily pull out his show from airing while the incident is being investigated by numerous agencies which include the Movie and Television Ratings and Classification Board (MTRCB), the Commission on Human Rights, and the Kapisanan ng mga Broadcasters sa Pilipinas (KBP).

Czech President Václav Klaus a Pen Stealer?

Czech President Václav Klaus was caught allegedly stealing a precious pen during a recent state visit in Chile.

Pres. Klaus was seated beside Chilean President Sebastian Pinera when he was filmed intentionally putting the pen inside his pocket.

While some are saying that he inded stole the pen, Radim Ochvata, Chilean President's spokesperson, said that the pen was a gift for Vaclav Klaus and he deserve to take it home without putting malice to it.

Watch a Youtube video titled President of Czech Republic steals pen (complete with graphics and a humorous soundtrack):

Jericho Rosales Talks About His Hollywood Film "Subject: I Love You"

Kapamilya prime leading man and singer Jericho Rosales can't contain his excitement over the upcoming world premiere of his first international movie, "Subject: I Love You," at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 30.

Jericho plays the lead character Victor, a Filipino computer hacker suspected of authoring the destructive "I Love You" virus at the turn of the millennium.

Jericho plays alongside Dean Cain of "Lois and Clark," Dante Basco of "Hook," Briana Evigan of "Step Up 2," and Kristin Bauer of "True Blood." Filipino artists Joel Torre, Gary Valenciano and Black Eyed Peas singer Apl De Ap are also in the film's cast. "Subject: I Love You" is directed by Francis dela Torre.

As this is Jericho's first international movie, he feels proud and excited yet humbled of this project.

"Ako syempre bilang isang simpleng Filipino actor, for me it's a dream come true," Jericho shared. On how he bagged the lead role, Jericho attended the audition here in Manila upon hearing the announcement. "It was my ex's birthday and told her that I really have to go. So, I went to the audition and I did it. It was all in English, so I had to memorize some lines, some were adlib lang," Jericho said.

Despite his solid acting experience, Jericho didn't rest on his laurels. "Siyempre, I tried my best talaga. I would talk to other people there and threw in some lines," the Green Rose lead actor added.

Upon hearing that he passed the audition, "Nagsisitalon ako sa Rockwell. I was so excited. Although independently-produced siya, the goal is to show it abroad," he shared.

Jericho also revealed he was nervous meeting his co-actors for the first time at the Edsa Shangri-la. "I was just keeping my hands under the table, hindi ako makakain. Tatlong wine ang nainom ko before ako nakakain," Jericho mused. Jericho also said he felt embarrassed when he acted like a fan in front of Dante Basco, who played Rufio in the movie "Hook." "After that, naging kaibaigan ko rin si Dante, we got close. Naging kaibigan ko rin sila Briana, Dean Cain," Jericho said.

This movie project is a dream come true for Jericho who has already acted in many local movies and TV series. "Itong "Subject: I Love You" talagang blessing sya sa akin, hulog ng langit. It was just amazing. Yung editing, ibang klase. Ito yung dream ko, seeing myself in that quality of film. I had my own trailer. I work for 12 hours, there was plenty of food. We work on time. They were super professional. I really felt like an actor, they call me Mr. Rosales."

The movie was shot in English and Jericho was asked to act normally as a Filipino who speaks English, without using slang. "Sabi nila sa'kin, they just want me to act as a Filipino na nagi-English. Inenjoy ko lang yun, para akong nasa Disneyland. So, all I had to do is to be myself there and memorize my lines. I didn't have to bring my clothes, sila na bahala doon. Just really be myself pagdating doon," Jericho added.

Jericho also shared that difference of working on a Hollywood movie as against local productions. "I wish Philippines could have money to produce those kinds of films. I wish that the support of the Filipinos will be doubled," he added.

Being able to work in an international movie for the first time, Jericho has high hopes for the local movie industry. "Request ko lang is for the government to allocate some money para rin mamatay yung piracy at makaproduce ng magagandang pelikula. Kasi kaya naman natin mag-compete eh. The world is a stage and now is the time for Filipinos to shine," Jericho said.

Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner's Cup 2011 Begins!

Teams Air21 Express and Barangay Ginebra Kings advances to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) 2011 Commissioner's Cup Semis after the Quarter-Finals (Do-Or-Die) Games held yesterday, April 13, 2011.

Air21 Express defeated Alaska Aces in a close fight, 97-94, while Barangay Ginebra Kings won with a 10-point lead over Rain or Shine, 92-82.

Alpha Bangura of Air21 (for the Air21 vs. Alaska game) and Mark Caguioa of Brgy. Ginebra (for Brgy. Ginebra-Rain or Shine game) were declared the best players on both games.

Air21 and Barangay Ginebra will now join Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters and the Philippine national team, Smart Gilas, in the Final 4.

The 2011 PBA Commissioner's Cup Semi-Finals will start tomorrow, April 15, with Talk 'N Text against Air21 while the Smart Gilas team will be facing the Barangay Ginebra Kings.




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