Ateneo Blue Eagles Wins UAAP Season 74 Crown

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Ateneo Blue Eagles Wins Against FEU Tamaraws in UAAP Season 74 Finals

The Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) Blue Eagles wins against the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 82-69, in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 74 Men's Basketball finals held this afternoon at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Box Scores:

AdMU 82 - Ravena 18, Salva 15, Slaughter 11, Tiongson 11, Monfort 9, Gonzaga 6, Long 5, Chua 5, Erram 2, Pessumal 0, Sumalinog 0, Golla 0, Austria 0

FEU 69 - Ramos 20, Garcia 16, Tolomia 7, Romeo 7, Escoto 4, Bringas 4, Excimiano 4, Foronda 3, cruz 2, Noundou 2, Pogoy 0, Mendoza 0, Knuttel 0

Quarter Scores: 23-18, 35-36, 57-45, 82-69

The Blue Eagles' title victory marks the team's historic 4-straight win in the UAAP men's basketball game since winning in 2008.


Manny Pacquiao Covers ESQUIRE Magazine Philippines Premiere Issue

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Manny Pacquiao Covers ESQUIRE Magazine Philippines Premiere Issue

Manny Pacquiao covers the Philippine's maiden issue of international men's magazine Esquire.

Esquire Philippines features “5 Rounds with Manny Pacquiao” which reveals a different angle in the life of the world’s best pound-for-pound boxing champion.

This issue also features interesting articles like “How to Be a Man,” “Wisdom and Damn Good Advice from Juan Ponce Enrile,” “Deal or No Deal: The PLDT-Digitel Merger,” “Lourd De Veyra on Making Love or Nothing at All” and woman of the hour, Lovi Poe.

Esquire Magazine Philippines edition is set to be launched on October 5, 2011 by Summit Media, the same company who brought us YES! Magazine and the Philippine edition of FHM, Cosmopolitan, Sparkling, Men's Health, Women's Health and Candy magazines.

Piolo Pascual, Jericho Rosales and Christopher de Leon Topbill ‘Padre de Pamilya’

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Piolo Pascual, Jericho Rosales and Christopher de Leon Topbill ‘Padre de Pamilya’

ABS-CBN brings together three of the country's formidable box-office stars of their generations - Piolo Pascual, Jericho Rosales and Christopher de Leon in a teleserye that will surely touch our hearts and brings family together, "Padre de Pamilya".

Aside from Christopher, Jericho and Piolo, "Padre de Pamilya" also stars new Kapamilya star Paulo Avelino, Maricar Reyes, Rafael Rosell, Denise Laurel, Jeffrey Santos and Rey PJ Abellana.

To be directed by Darnel Villaflor of Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, "Padre de Pamilya" is set to premiere soon on ABS-CBN.

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Anne Curtis Almost Bold in the Covers of ROGUE Magazine October 2011 Issue

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Anne Curtis Almost Bold in the Covers of ROGUE Magazine October 2011 Issue

Anne Curtis is the cover artist of Rogue Magazine October 2011 issue.

The covers feature three different photographs of Anne depicting her classy persona in different situations such as "Lost Tango in Paris with Anne," "Midnight in Paris with Anne" and "Waking Up in Paris with Anne".

The covers, which each styled differently by Pam Quinones, plus the 38-page layout of Anne inside the magazine were shot by photographer extraordinaire Mak Nicdao.

Rogue Magazine is now available in all magazine stands and selected bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.

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'Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition' to Air on Saturdays and Sundays Starting October 1

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The country's top-rating kiddie cooking reality show "Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition" will serve a scrumptious double treat every weekend as it airs on Saturdays, 6:45 p.m. and Sundays, 7 p.m., starting October 1.

The talented eight-to-12 year old chefs' cooking showdown is set to toughen because from hereon, a scoreboard will record the top 20 kiddie cooks' points based on their performance.

Host Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo and chef judges Ferns, Lau, and Jayps will reward the best dish with six points, while the second and third placers will get four points and two points, respectively. The remaining kids will each get one point for participation.

Find out who among the young cooks will earn the most points this Saturday, October 1, in a Mystery Box challenge, where each kid will be given the same box of ingredients namely galunggong, munggo beans, sotanghon noodles, chocolate, coconut, malunggay leaves, ginger, and calamansi.

The challenge aims to bring out the resourcefulness and versatility in the kids, who have to whip up a dish using at least four of these ingredients.

The kid who serves the finest dish based on host Juday and the three jurors' verdict will have the power to choose the core ingredient for the emotion-filled Invention Test on Sunday, October 2, where they will be tasked to invent a dish dedicated to their loved ones.

Viewers should also watch out for the Kusina Kwestiyon of the day that will appear on TV screens during the show from October 1 until November 6 for a chance to win cellphone load or a kitchen collection – an apron and a kitchenware set.

Watch "Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition" this Saturday, 6:45 PM, and this Sunday, 7 PM on ABS-CBN. For updates on the program, like on Facebook, or follow @jrmasterchef_ph on Twitter.

Nora Aunor and Superstar Impersonators Perform on Talentadong Pinoy

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The one and only Superstar, Ms Nora Aunor, graces the stage of Talentadong Pinoy in this Sunday's special episode aptly titled 'Talentadong Superstar'. The multi-awarded actress takes a seat as talent scout along with Direk Joey Reyes to pick the best Nora Aunor impersonator among a hilarious group of comedians.
Also in the panel is her son Ian de Leon, who is also her co-star in the upcoming TV5 mini-serye Sa Ngalan Ng Ina.
Hosted by Ryan Agoncillo, the Superstar edition of Talentadong Pinoy promises its viewers a night of laughter and entertainment. You can catch this special episode on Sunday, October 3, 8:30 p.m., only on TV5. 

'The Amazing World of Gumball' Premieres this October 1 on Cartoon Network

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What's Cartoon Network? It's a FUN Thing! Pinoy kids will switch on to a brand new era of Cartoon Network entertainment on October 1, as the channel celebrates its awesome new look with the premiere of the award-winning animated sitcom, The Amazing World of Gumball.

Already a smash hit in the US, The Amazing World of Gumball will have Pinoy kids laughing out loud as they follow the funny adventures of Gumball, a kid who faces the trials and tribulations of any 12-year-old; like being chased by a rampaging T-Rex, having a robot steal his identity or dressing as a cheerleader to impress the girl of his dreams. Normal just got a little weird.

Gumball, who is really a blue cat with a giant head, is part of an extra-ordinary suburban family who just happen to live in an ordinary town. There's Dad, a 6' 4" pink rabbit who stays at home while Mom works in the rainbow factory. And their kids are pretty standard too: besides Gumball, there's his sister Anais, a 4-year-old genius bunny and Darwin, a pet goldfish who became part of the family when he sprouted legs.

Lucien Harrington, Vice President of Branding and Communications, Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific said, "Cartoon Network's promise is simple, it's all about the fun and energy of the playground and we invite kids everywhere to tune in to experience our brand new look and line up of comedy, starting with the laugh-a-second adventures in The Amazing World of Gumball."

Created by Ben Bocquelet and BAFTA award-winner Mic Graves as series' director, this comedy-animation is one of the most technically ambitious productions ever, using a unique combination of 2D and 3D animation with live-action backgrounds. The series will air in 166 countries, and due to its early success the show has already been commissioned for a second series. It also scooped the prestigious 'Cristal Award' for Best Television Production at this year's Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June.

The Amazing World of Gumball will premiere on October 1, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.

Follow Gumball and his extra-ordinary family on their social sites!

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Follow Gumball's dad, Richard Watterson on Twitter:

Check out Anais and her amazing photos on Flickr:

View funny clips on Youtube:

Keep up with the Watterson's on their official blog:

Last but not least, click onto for all the latest updates from The Amazing World of Gumball and Cartoon Network's other awesome shows.

Kapatid TV5 and Aksyon TV International Expand Worldwide Reach

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Kapatid TV5 and Aksyon TV International are now available in Guam via MCV Broadband.

In a little over a year, TV5 has surpassed industry expectations by becoming the fastest rising network in the Philippines. Its fresh and dynamic programs consistently generate high ratings, amassing a growing fanbase across the country and around the world.

The Kapatid Network's entry into the international scene has been warmly welcomed by nostalgic Filipinos overseas who are now getting a taste of what's new and popular on Philippine TV with the expansion of TV5 International's two channels – Kapatid TV5 and Aksyon TV International.

Run by TV5's affiliate company Pilipinas Global Network Limited (PGN Limited), Kapatid TV5 and Aksyon TV International had a successful debut in the Middle East through Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) in July this year.

Two months since its official launch, the two channels are now seen by over 200 hundred thousand viewers in the regions.

Encouraged by the strong reception in the Middle East, the two channels have recently been launched in Guam via MCV Broadband, a top telecommunications and cable provider in Guam. MCV utilizes innovative technology to provide the highest level of signal quality.

Filipinos living in Guam can now watch Kapatid TV5's in-demand flagship programs such as "Wil Time Big time", "Face to Face," "Babaeng Hampaslupa," "Juicy", Paparazzi,"

"Talentadong Pinoy," "Wow Mali," "R U Kidding Me?," "Sugod Mga Kapatid," "Bagets," "Iskul Bukol," among many others.

Meanwhile, Aksyon TV International promises to serve Filipinos quality news, information, and public service through top-rated News5 programs such as "Aksyon," "Aksyon Journalismo," "T3", and soon "Pinoy Explorer" and the "PBA" games.

The warm reception and overwhelming response have prompted TV5 and PGN Limited to be more aggressive in pursuing their commitment to reach more Filipinos worldwide. "Our vision is to build a global community of subscribers who wish to remain connected with their Filipino roots. We shall provide our global Kapatids a bundle of services that will not only bring them even closer to their loved ones back home, but with products that will make them even prouder as Filipinos wherever they are in the world", said Claro Carmelo Ramirez, President of PGN Limited.

Thrilling New Shows this October on AXN Beyond

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Watch out as AXN Beyond delivers out-of-this-world programs for viewers this October!

Be one of the first to witness the powerful new series "Falling Skies", the latest masterpiece from the show's executive producer Steven Spielberg, in cooperation with Dreamworks Television.

The series opens in the devastating wake of an all-out invasion of the planet by an alien military force, where ordinary people must do extraordinary things to survive. Each day citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force, whose nature and purpose remains a mystery. Catch the double-episode series premiere on October 3 (Monday) at 8:20 PM. Regular programming will continue every Monday at 8:20 PM on Beyond.

The Devil's bounty hunter, Sam Oliver, is back as Beyond airs "Reaper Season 2" from Mondays to Fridays beginning October 17 (Monday) at 6:30 PM.

At the start of this season, Sam wrestles with the recent discovery that he may be the son of the Devil. But he quickly learns that getting groomed to take over the "family business" comes with a whole new litany of headaches, including a demon rebellion that is now out to kill him, complications with his romantic interests and a demon sibling that is hell-bent on taking his place at the Devil's side.

Beyond also puts a whole new spin on dating, with the series premiere of "Dating in the Dark," a unique alternative series that asks the age-old question, "Is Love Blind?"

Each week, three pairs of single men and women will move into a house together where they will have the opportunity to date in a completely dark room. After several days of dating in the darkroom, the participants will select the one member of the opposite sex that they want to see revealed in the light and after they see each other in the light for the first time, they have to decide whether they will stay with the person they fell for in the dark, or leave them behind and exit the house. Watch each episode on Beyond every Thursday and Friday at 7:20 PM, beginning October 6 (Thursday).

Don't miss the season finale of "Drop Dead Diva" (SEASON 3) airing on Beyond on October 27 (Thursday) at 9:00 PM. Meanwhile, enjoy the marathon airing of the complete "Teen Wolf" Season 1 on Beyond this October 1 (Saturday) and 2 (Sunday) at 7:00 PM.

Catch all these programs and more on AXN Beyond: SkyCable (Channel 35), Dream Satellite (Channel 36) and Cignal Digital TV (Channel 37).

Nora Aunor and Anne Curtis' Magazine Covers Holding a Cigarette: Who Does It Best?

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Nora Aunor and Anne Curtis' Magazine Covers Holding a Cigarette: Who Does It Best?

Nora Aunor’s YES! magazine cover holding a cigarette became controversial when the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) which supports the “Smoke Free Philippines” campaign and its volunteer running priest advocate Fr. Robert Reyes hit the Superstar and the publication saying the magazine cover conveys negative image of showbiz stars in the country.

"The Filipino reading public is not dumb... If you want to be popular again, be wholesome. Gusto n'yo ba gayahin ka namin? Ang trabaho n'yo is to inspire us, not to scandalize us." Fr. Reyes said

"Nora, you are ill-advised. You think you are moving forward, it's a step backwards." he added.

But while Nora is being attacked for the photograph that "best captures the iconic star as she is today" at least according to Yes! Editor-in-Chief Jo-Ann Maglipon, Anne Curtis, made the same deed by posing half-nude holding a cigarette on the cover of Rogue Magazine - and she got unnoticed considering how famous and influential she is in Philippine showbiz.

Tumakbo din kaya si Fr. Reyes pag nakita nya ang magazine cover ni Anne? Just asking.

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Marian Rivera Will Watch Pacman Fight Against Juan Manuel Marquez

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Marian Rivera Will Watch Pacman Fight Against Juan Manuel Marquez

Marian Rivera is scheduled to temporarily rest from showbiz with her real-life boyfriend Dingdong Dantes as part of their much-needed grand vacation plans this year.

As part of their travel agendas, the couple will fly to Las Vegas to watch the boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand on November 12.

"Pupunta 'ko kay Kuya Manny eh. Manonood ako ng laban niya. So magkasama kami dun pati ‘yung family niya, saka baka isama ko rin si mama." Marian said in a taped interview with 24 Oras.

Aside from her daily primetime epic-serye "Amaya" which is extended until early next year, Marian is also filming her 2011 MMFF movie entry "Ang Panday 2" with Sen. Bong Revilla.

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Mario Maurer Star Cinema Movie in the Works

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Mario Maurer Star Cinema Movie in the Works

Thai actor Mario Maurer, who is set to hold a fan conference at the PICC Plenary Hall on October 28, 2011, is also scheduled to do a movie with Star Cinema.

According to Star Cinema Advertising and Promotions Managing Director Roxy Liquigan, the 22-year-old actor will be doing a movie with the film outfit but details like the storyline, the cast and his leading lady have yet to be finalized. Manila and Bangkok, Thailand as the shooting locations are also being considered.

"If I have a chance to do a movie or a role in the Philippines, that would be very great," Maurer said in one of his interviews.

Incidentally, Maurer is newest international face of local clothing brand Penshoppe following Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick.

Photo credit: Attitude Magazine

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‘Bangis’ Airs Final Episode Tonight

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Bangis’ final clash happens tonight on TV5.

Peace and quiet seem to be evasive for Sitio Talim, varied forces of evil keep on appearing every now and then. The adventures of Eboy and Bangis come to its pinnacle as they face their final foe at Pulang Lupa. Now that Doms takes hold of the Puso ng Isla, with all its magical powers, he plans to use it for his evil plans and personal desires.

Meanwhile, Bangis faces himself with a three-headed-monster that will prove hard to defeat. Who will come to his aid? Will Itim have a change of heart and finally work with Bangis towards good? Will they overcome their greatest enemy this time? Will Eboy live another day to be with his brother Bangis?

Catch Bangis on its finale episode tonight right after Wil Time Bigtime on TV5.

Sneak Peek: ‘War Horse’ Poster

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DreamWorks Pictures has just revealed the first poster of Steven Spielberg’s new epic adventure “War Horse,” a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War.

“War Horse” begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets - British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter - before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.

The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse - an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. “War Horse” is one of the great stories of friendship and war - a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is currently on Broadway. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.

“War Horse” opens in Philippine theaters in January 2012. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, “War Horse” stars Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch and Toby Kebbell. Lee Hall and Richard Curtis penned the screenplay based on the book by Michael Morpurgo and the recent stage play by Nick Stafford, produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain and directed by Tom Morris and Marianne Elliot.

Big Reveal: ‘Real Steel’ Robots

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Get a load of the individual character images of “Real Steel” featuring the ass-kicking robots!

DreamWorks Pictures has just released the film’s bus shelter artworks highlighting the bots Atom, Ambush, Noisy Boy and Midas.

“Real Steel” a gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future where the sport of boxing has gone high-tech. In the film, Hugh Jackman plays Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next.

When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.

Opening across the Philippines on October 12, in IMAX, 2D and regular theaters, “Real Steel” is a DreamWorks Picture to be distributed locally by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

Vault Pays Homage to Modern Design

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“Vault’s” latest issue is dedicated to new traditions in modern product design - from renowned Danish and Italian brands like Bang & Olufsen and Alessi to the BMW art car collection designed by world-famous artists like Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.

Vault team steps inside Vapor Studio, a Manila-based industrial design atelier, to see how Filipino designs are crafted for a global audience, and venture to Lemery, Batangas, for a tour of the world’s most extensive collection of BMW vintage motorcycles, including the 1963 BMW R50 S (featured on our cover), whose design was far ahead of its time.

They also head cross-country on dual-sport bikes in our feature on adventure riding, and recommend the ultimate riding gear for the open road. They also take to the skies, exploring the interiors of the world’s most desirable private jet, the Gulfstream G650, and retrace aviation history with pilot watches and fashion that has been adapted to suit the modern man.

They also visit the fabled region of Burgundy, France, to find the best (and rarest) white wines, and uncover what goes into the ultimate espresso—from the art of cupping to the science of roasting premium beans.

“Vault” is a modern, sophisticated man’s lifestyle magazine featuring global luxury brands, unique experiences, and fine products that represent the best achievements of the human hand. Its approach to luxury is informed by creativity, craftsmanship, passion, and heritage. In every issue you will find exceptional people and brands, which draw from the past to create the new icons of our age. Published quarterly by ABS-CBN Publishing, each issue has sections dedicated to automobiles, aviation, new establishments, equipment, travel, timepieces, art, style, grooming, property, and fine dining.

Vault is sold at all major bookstores in Metro Manila and is available for download on Zinio. To download ABS-CBN’s magazines, users on Android devices must download the Zinio app from the Android Market. The app is also available on the iPad App Store. PC and Mac users can access Zinio through their website

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TV5 Foundation Calls on Kapatids to Extend Help to Typhoon ‘Pedring’ Victims

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Though Typhoon ‘Pedring’ moved out of the Philippine area of responsibility already, some 35,000 families or 170,000 people were reportedly hit by the catastrophe - affecting most of Luzon including Metro Manila.

In trying times like this, TV5 Foundation (Kapatid Network’s charity arm) calls on Kapatids to extend help to the victims of Typhoon ‘Pedring.’ In-cash and in-kind donations such as rice, canned goods, noodles, biscuits, drinking water, coffee, sugar, medicines, blankets, mats, mosquito nets, soap and other donations can be coursed through TV5 Foundation at TV5 main office, 762 Quirino Highway, San Bartolome, Novaliches in Quezon City.

Cash donations can be deposited to the following TV5 Kapatid Foundation, Inc. bank accounts: BDO (account number 005310-410164) and BPI (account number 1443-05333-2). You may coordinate with NEWS5 Aksyon Center hotlines 938-6393/922-5223 for other concerns.

Synergy and Bringas Brothers Make it to PGT Season 3 Grand Finals

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Acoustic brothers and acrobat group to compete in Pilipinas Got Talent this weekend.

Ever since they joined the country’s number one talent-reality show ”Pilipinas Got Talent,” Jefferson and Kurt Bringas have been truly blessed. Not only did Kurt get an artificial leg after a kind-hearted viewer donated one after seeing him on television, the two will also advance to the grand finals after they topped nationwide votes during the live results night held last Sunday (Sepy 25). They will be joined by acrobatic group Synergy who was also named grand finalist after they got all votes from the Big Three judges. Will one of them emerge as the grand winner for this season of PGT?

Keep watching “Pilipinas Got Talent,” hosted by Luis Manzano and Billy Crawford, airing live at the PAGCOR Grand Theater Airport Casino Filipino Paranaque City every Saturday, 9:15 PM, and Sunday, 8:30 PM, on ABS-CBN.

Fried Egg Nebula Photo and Video

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Fried Egg Nebula Photo and Video

Fried egg nebula is a massive yellow hypergiant star surrounded by a dusty double shell which was captured on a very large telescope by The European Southern Observatory.

The best image of the cosmic Fried Egg Nebula, the predecessor of the “Running Chicken” was captured by the European telescope which is considered the rarest classes of stars in our universe. It was called “Fried Egg Nebula” by astronomers because the cosmic scene resembles a sunny side up fried egg.

The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, at the Paranal Observatory in Chile, spotted the monster star, which is called a yellow hypergiant. The star is located about 13,000 light-years away from Earth, but is the closest yellow hypergiant found to date.

The hypergiant star dubbed by ESO scientists as the Fried Egg Nebula is so large it has a width that is about 1,000 times larger than our sun. In fact, if the Fried Egg nebula were placed at the center of our solar system, the Earth would be positioned deep within the star itself. The orbit of the planet Jupiter would be just above the star’s surface.

The extreme activity of yellow hypergiants shows that the star will likely die an explosive death, potentially as one of the next supernova explosions to occur in our galaxy. Supernovas blast often spur the creation of newborn stars, the agency said.

Photo: AFP Photo/Gemini Observatory

Phil Younghusband Will Not Join Angel Locsin in Showbiz

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Phil Younghusband Will Not Join Angel Locsin in Showbiz

Phil Younghusband said he has no plans to enter the show business despite several acting proposals and influenced by her rumored girlfriend Angel Locsin.

I’m an athlete. Athlete ako.” he confirmed.

Despite the loss of her mother weeks ago, Phil confirmed that he and his brother James will be playing at the Long Teng Football Cup in Taipei on September 30.

He explained that their top priority at the moment is to look after their youngest sibling Keri, so it is important that they get back on the field.

It’s a difficult time at the moment, but we just need to keep working. We have a youngest sister to think about so it’s important we get back to real life and start thinking about our youngest sister,” Phil said.

No Other Woman Rated "A" by CEB

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No Other Woman Rated "A" by CEB

Star Cinema and Viva Films' recent sexy-drama movie "No Other Woman", which is currently smashing Philippine box-office despite typhoon Pedring and tropical storm Quiel, has been graded "A'" by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) making it 100% free from entertainment tax.

Topbilled by Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsay and Cristine Reyes, the movie also stars Matt Evans, Tirso Cruz III, John Arcilla, Ricci Chan, Nina Dolino, Ron Morales, Kat Alano, Kitkat, Peter Serrano, Marlann Flores, Fred Payawan, Melvin Lee and Carmi Martin.

Under the direction of Ruel S. Bayani, "No Other Woman" is still showing in more than 100 theaters nationwide.

No Other Woman - Trailer:

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Boy Abunda on Erik Santos: "He didn't leave us. We fired him."

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Contrary to reports that Erik Santos was the one who left Boy Abunda's talent agency Backroom Inc., the talent manager and host decided to speak about the truth and bares the true reason why they decided to cease the talent - manager relationship between him and the Prince of Pop.

Read below excerpts taken from Boy Abunda's article titled "Why Backroom fired Erik" on his Direct Line column at Philippine Star:

I wanted a peaceful ending after all Erik was not only my talent, he was a friend. And I don‘t fight with my artists. I don’t quarrel with my friends. It is not my style and it is not in my nature. I have been in the celebrity business long enough to know that everything is fleeting, that fame is ephemeral, that memories are short and fickle, that gratitude should either be mandated by law or integrated into the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program of the DSWD.

But not always, I would constantly remind myself. There are those who love without conditions, there are those who are grateful even if they have given more than they have received. Some of the best people I’ve known are friends in the entertainment industry.

After the meeting with the new Backroom management, Erik sought me out. We talked over the phone. I was disappointed and mildly angry but not seething. I told him that I didn’t want to go into details so that wounds wouldn’t be so bad, healing would be easier. I delivered the message that he said some bad things about me and the office. “Patawarin nyo po ako kung ano man po ang aking nasabi o nagawa,” he meekly pleaded. I accepted his apologies. I thought it was the beginning of the Peace Process in Iraq.

However, immediately after my conversation with him he started to blabber, “Ano ba nagawa ko? Wala naman akong ginawang masama. Wala akong kasalanan. Bakit ako lang ang pinaalis nila?” Ironically, he was venting his feelings and ruminations to a common friend with whom he would share his complaints against me and the Backroom staff. I thought it didn’t make sense but he was perhaps coping with rejection, a pernicious blade to the ego of any royalty, more so to the Prince of Pop. It was beyond his ego that he was fired politely and claiming that there was no apparent reason for his expulsion was protecting his newly acquired designer “ego.”

But it was a chit-chat between friends and I understood. I do it. Others do it. Then the flowers and notes came from the Prince of Pop for his subjects in the office and his former chief servant, who was me. Classy act, I murmured. But then again I was told that he was whining, “Wala man lang nag-text nag-thank you, bakit? Nakapatay ba ako ng tao?” So the Prince of Pop was kvetching again because his subjects were ingrates and were sordidly déclassé for not responding properly to their master.

And then there was a press conference for Erik’s album. Trouble started to brew again in paradiso. According to one article, “Boy Abunda is sulking because of Erik’s departure from Backroom.” One said, “Boy is hurting because Erik left Backroom.”

It was time to go to (a just) war in red stilettos. It was time to tell the true story, and it’s a short, simple story. Erik Santos was badmouthing me and Backroom. “Mag-isa lang akong nag-iisip. Wala naman nagpaplano para sa akin.” So everyone was a useless nincompoop watching him steer his career towards the Pacific Ocean. Backroom as a talent management office may not be the best. It has many failings and shortcomings. There was an incident on the Sunday show ASAP where he was being taken out of his production number. Of course, he raised hell. It was no way to treat anyone, more so the Prince of Pop.

Unfortunately, there was no Backroom staff with him. “Mag-isa lang ako. Para akong tanga,” he ranted. This was a valid complaint I told Rowena Salido. “Kung hindi ko pa tinawagan si Tito Boy, he wouldn’t have called Joyce Liquicia (business unit head for ASAP).” This one was a lie. I called Joyce after the incident was reported to me by Rowena, then I called Erik to let him know that I already spoke to Joyce.

And then there were things he didn’t like in the office. For out-of-town gigs, he didn’t like Andy because he snores, Bettina overpowers, Liza doesn’t mind him. He only likes Leo because he unpacks his luggage like a dutiful geisha. Having confirmed that he had been talking behind my back and against the office, we decided to politely release him.

I took a break from Backroom because I want to take care of my Nanay. Backroom is now being run by the very people who helped me build it through the years — before and after Erik is long gone. That office is small and simple. It operates on no-frills policies. It takes care of its employees. It’s far from being a wealthy talent management house, but it is sturdy because it’s built on a solid foundation of love, humility and integrity.

I used to tell Erik that, “what sets you apart is that you’re a good person.”

Even in pain, I still believe he is a good guy who works hard for his family. He is devoted to his mother.

This is perhaps just a phase when we need to be shaken to be reminded that we all go back to dust in the end.

After I’ve said what needs to be said, I forgive Erik. I also know in my heart that one day he will realize his little mistakes and learn from them. I also wish that he finds it in his heart to forgive our little sins borne and burnt out of too much zeal and love for the people we work for.

It’s a thankless job I know but sometimes it is worth it despite the noise and posturings when someone whispers “thank you.”

I may have been hurt but I’m not broken. I pray to God that Erik, the Backroom management and staff, and I will come out better people after “bleak razzmatazz.”

Below letter by Bon Abunda was handed to Erik Santos personally by Rowena Salido, Backroom’s new President, after he was told that Backroom was releasing him as an artist.

Dear Erik,

Thank you for being part of Backroom for six years and seven months. Now that Backroom is moving towards a new direction and we are letting you go with best wishes, all of us will treasure the good things and learning we have gone through together.

I’m taking a break from my management chores because Nanay needs me — being the most important reason among many others.

But as I say thank you, I hope you find it in your heart as well to be grateful not to me but to the people (in the office) who were with you from the beginning. These are the people who gambled with you in the process, people who believed in the infinite possibilities, people who had so much faith in your talent.

It’s a small thing that I’m asking you. Please say thank you to them. They are not perfect. But they truly have done so much for you, for me and for all of us. Let’s not forget easily.

You are who you are because of your hardwork and talent, God’s guidance, the hardwork of many people, the support of the public, the press, and many others.

Your story (as the Prince of Pop) does not start today.

It started six years, seven months ago, long before your houses and BMW, long before your famous and beautiful friends, long before the designer clothes and shoes.

For you to get to where you want, it is important that you don’t forget. Remain humble and simple. We are all on borrowed time and everything is fleeting.

Be grateful. Thank you.

I will see you soon.


Boy Abunda

Lorna Tolentino Signs an Exclusive Contract with TV5

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Lorna Tolentino is now a certified Kapatid.

The Philippine movies' grandslam queen signed a 1-year contract with TV5 yesterday afternoon, September 27, at the Batanes function hall of EDSA Shangi-La Hotel in Mandaluyong.

Present in the contract signing were TV5 President and CEO Atty. Ray Espinosa, TV5's Executive Vice President and COO Roberto Barreiro, and TV5' Head of Creative and Entertainment Production Perci Intalan and Lorna's manager Lolit Solis.

Lorna is scheduled to star in 3 teleserye which include "Glamorosa" co-starring Alice Dixon, a movie with Studio 5 - a film company of TV5, and a hosting stint in a lifestyle show.

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Kim Chiu Covers CHALK Magazine October 2011 Issue

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Rock the party with Chalk Magazine’s October issue with My Binondo Girl star Kim Chiu on the cover.

Prepare to bring out the party animal in you as we give insider tips and must-knows for your next night out. Whether in the metro’s trendiest clubs or at home, Chalk makes sure you enjoy a party you’ll never forget! Find out what’s the right makeup to wear so your look lasts all night long. Plus, check out different ways to update your style with the season’s latest cover-ups as we hit the “ber” months, plus more fashion finds to try this season. Cover girl Kim Chiu reveals how she became “man” enough to play her most challenging role yet in her newest teleserye, “My Binondo Girl.” Read all about how she’s breaking free from the Kimerald tandem and getting paired with three new leading men! It’s all in Chalk’s October issue, on newsstands now.

Chalk Magazine October 2011 issue is now available in all magazine stands and selected bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.

NFL Power Rankings 2011 - Week 4

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2NFL Power Rankings Week 4: Rams NFL's Worst Team?

The Seattle Seahawks ranked last in ESPN's most recent NFL power rankings.

Should another team from the NFC West replace them at No. 32? Five things to consider regarding the St. Louis Rams:

* The Rams, like the Kansas City Chiefs, have yet to run an offensive play this season while leading their opponent. Seattle and Miami had not before Sunday.

* Each of the Rams' three opponents this season has returned a Sam Bradford fumble for a touchdown. The Rams' offense has only three touchdowns. Discouraging math there.

* Steven Jackson still isn't ready to contribute fully. He was active Sunday, but played sparingly and made no difference.

* The Rams have not yet scored in a fourth quarter this season.

* For all their problems on offense, the Rams have allowed more rushing yards than any team in the league. They rank 31st in yards allowed per carry. They are 31st in point differential per game, ahead of only the Chiefs. But the Chiefs were competitive in defeat Sunday, losing 20-17 at San Diego.

Where would you rank the Rams? Which teams are worse?

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Now That You're Gone - No Other Woman OST

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Catch here the music video of Juris' "Now That You're Gone", the official movie theme song of Star Cinema's latest movie offering "No Other Woman" starring Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsay and Cristine Reyes.

Showing in theaters nationwide on September 28, 2011, Now That You're Gone is under the direction of Ruel S. Bayani.

Kid Actor Nathan Gamble Bonds with Animal Star of “Dolphin Tale”

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The central thread of Warner Bros.' new, family adventure “Dolphin Tale” is the link between the dolphin Winter and Sawyer, the boy who saves her life. So before he won the role of Sawyer, young actor Nathan Gamble had to win over Winter.

Gamble recalls, “It was funny because I went through four or five auditions with [director] Charles Martin Smith and the producers, but they still had to make sure Winter was okay with me. I flew down to Florida and it was one of the best experiences of my life; we clicked right away. When they said I had the part, I was thrilled because I knew I would get to spend the next few months with Winter and the other animals, which was really cool.”

Gamble was only 12 years old when he was cast as Sawyer, but, Smith comments, “I’ve seldom seen actors of any age who can do what Nathan can do. The entire movie revolves around Sawyer’s relationship with Winter, so he had a big burden for someone so young. But he is a consummate performer with a confidence and skill some actors work their entire lives to achieve.”

At the start of the movie, Sawyer is anything but confident. “He is really shy and doesn’t have any friends, and he seems to fail at everything,” Gamble relates. “His dad left when he was younger and now his cousin Kyle, who is like a big brother to him, is leaving, too, so Sawyer feels lost. But then he meets Winter, and it totally changes him.”

Sawyer first encounters Winter after the dolphin has somehow become entwined in the ropes of a crab trap. Unable to swim, she ends up beached and is barely alive. Mustering his courage, Sawyer approaches the stranded animal and cuts the ropes binding her. In that instant, a different bond is forged.

Sawyer’s tie with Winter helps to fill the void left when his cousin Kyle, who is his hero, is deployed overseas after enlisting in the Army. Kyle, a champion swimmer, had dreamed of competing in the Olympics someday. But that dream ended in an explosion that spared his life but destroyed any hopes he had of returning to competitive swimming.

Cast as Kyle, Austin Stowell describes his character as “an outgoing, likeable guy, who was a role model for Sawyer. But then Kyle goes through this tremendous, life-changing event where he is injured and loses the strength of his leg. He’s thinking, ‘What now?’ He comes back very cold and cut off, even from his family, but Sawyer pushes him. He wants to reignite that spark in Kyle.”

Gamble affirms, “That’s when the characters switch places—Kyle was always motivating Sawyer and now Sawyer is the one trying to motivate Kyle, especially by introducing him to Winter.

Opening across the Philippines on October 5 in 3D and regular theaters, “Dolphin Tale” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Evangeline Lilly, From “Lost” to “Real Steel”

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She made her mark with a breakout stint in the wildly popular TV series, “Lost.” Now, Evangeline Lilly is set to captivate big-screen audiences as she stars opposite Hugh Jackman in DreamWorks Pictures’ futuristic action-adventure “Real Steel.”

In this gritty, white-knuckle action ride, Jackman stars as Charlie Kenton, a washed‐up boxer in the near-future who, because his sport has been taken over by 8-foot steel robots, now lives in a world where he doesn’t fit in. With no fights and no prospects, Charlie is forced to hustle as a small-time robot fight promoter. He earns just enough money to survive by piecing together low-end “bots” and traveling from one seamy underground boxing venue to the next for whatever prizefight he can wrangle for his automatons. Just when things can’t become any more desperate and complicated, his estranged 10-year-old son Max (Dakota Goyo) suddenly and unwillingly comes back into his life.

In the movie, Lilly’s character Bailey is the daughter of Charlie’s former trainer from back when he was a young fighter. The two characters have known each other their whole lives. They may have had a crush on each other when they were younger, but the attraction isn’t just physical; it’s based on the fact that they know each other inside and out. They know what makes the other tick. Bailey knows Charlie better than anyone else and yet there’s a gravitational pull between them that is very much a subtext in the story.

Director Shawn Levy admits that he was already a big fan of Lilly and was thrilled that she accepted the role. “I marvel at Evangeline,” Levy enthuses. “I was crazy for her on ‘Lost.’ I was a big fan of that series. In ‘Real Steel,’ not only does she deliver in the big dramatic scenes between her and Dakota and her and Hugh, but also even when she was in a crowd of thousands of people reacting to the fights. In those tiny, short cutaways within the fight scenes she brings so much visceral, rousing energy. She was kind of an audience surrogate for us. She is so into it and so vested in what happens.”

Lilly was drawn to the role of Bailey after reading the script for “Real Steel,” which her agent had sent her. Lilly recalls, “I was so moved and so touched and it was so heartfelt and well written, I wanted the role.”

Aside from the great script, there was another factor that attracted Lilly to the project and that was the opportunity to work with Hugh Jackman. “A while ago, after seeing a movie called ‘The Fountain’ by Darren Aronofsky, in which Hugh Jackman stars, I told myself that if I ever had the chance to work with Hugh I would take it. He is so breathtakingly impressive in that film. So I decided, by virtue of the fact that he was attached, I had to do it. The bonuses were that the script was so darn good and Shawn Levy was directing.”

Lilly met with Levy to audition for the part and as soon as they were introduced the actress says she knew it was right for her to do the film. “Shawn is such a nice guy,” the actress says. “I always say he’s so ‘sparkly.’ He’s a man who’s happy and energetic and he has a really positive energy. I think in this industry it’s easy to fall into the trap of taking yourself too seriously and becoming very heavy-handed about the work that you do. Shawn couldn’t be lighter or more playful. He couldn’t be more collaborative, too, and so much fun.”

Opening soon across the Philippines in IMAX and regular theaters, “Real Steel” is a DreamWorks Picture to be distributed locally by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.

Sam Concepcion- Forever Young (Music Video)

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Check out the music video of Sam Concepcion cover of Alphaville's 1984 hit song "Forever Young".

"Forever Young" is the newest single taken from Sam's new CD "Forever Young" which includes tracks from his "Pop Class" DVD.

Vice Ganda's Praybeyt Benjamin - Movie Poster and Trailer

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After he played an ill-mannered Petra who turned into a white horse because of the curse put upon him by the Goddess of horses in his highly successful launching film "Petrang Kabayo", Vice Ganda is back in Star Cinema and Viva Film's action comedy film "Praybeyt Benjamin" opposite Derek Ramsay.

Praybeyt Benjamin tells a story of a gay son of an ex military commander who was forced to train like a military in order to save the country and his family from a national crisis.

Produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films and directed by Wenn Deramas, Praybeyt Benjamin also stars Kean Cipreano, DJ Durano, Vandolph, Carlos Agassi, Jimmy Santos and Mr. Eddie Garcia.

Praybeyt Benjamin - Movie Trailer:

Praybeyt Benjamin opens in theaters nationwide on October 12, 2011.

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Acoustic Pop Sessionista Juris Releases Intimate Renditions in Second Solo Album Called “Forevermore”

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Get ready to tread down memory lane, reminisce and sing along with the Acoustic Pop Sessionista Juris as she releases her second solo album, “Forevermore.”

Under Star Records, Juris’ latest all-OPM compilation treats hopeless romantics with hit-bound original compositions and soothing renditions of well-loved Filipino ballads including Ariel Rivera’s “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin,” Pops Fernandez’ “Don’t Say Goodbye, and Side A’s “Forevermore.”

Completing the tracklist are “Dreaming Away” composed by Charmi Rose Santos, “I Believe In You” by Jude Gitamondoc, “Magkaibang Mundo” by Ebe Dancel, “Sabihin Mo Lang” by Trina Belamide, “Not Like You” by Francis and Carla Concio, “Kahit Di Mo Sabihin” by Jonathan Manalo, and “Bliss” composed by Juris herself.

Also included in the album are two tracks from Juris’ digitally released album in Korea namely “If You and Me” and “Wishes.”

Similar to her previous winning titles, Juris’ “Forevermore” gathered some of the country’s most renowned composers and album producers including Ebe Dancel, Trina Belamide, Marvin Querido, Jimmy Antiporda, Francis and Carla Concio, and Asian Acoustic Sensation and Juris’ fellow ASAP Sessionista, Aiza Seguerra. Award-winning composer-songwriter Jonathan Manalo is the album’s over-all producer.

Since her launch as a solo recording artist under Star Records, the singer-songwriter’s career has been blossoming remarkably. From being a certified platinum artist in the Philippines, Juris has even successfully crossed regional borders being the first ever Filipino artist in the recent years to release an album in the highly competitive Korean music industry.

Give in to your emotions and get enchanted by Juris’ intimate renditions of 10 sure fire chart-toppers in her “Forevermore” album. Grab your own copy on your favorite record bars nationgwide. The songs can be downloaded online via

Sneak Peek: “Moneyball”

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Columbia Pictures’ “Moneyball” is based on the true story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) – once a would-be baseball superstar who, stung by the failure to live up to expectations on the field, turned his fiercely competitive nature to management.

Heading into the 2002 season, Billy faces a dismal situation: his small-market Oakland A’s have lost their star players (again) to big market clubs (and their enormous salaries) and is left to rebuild his team and compete with a third of their payroll. Driven to win, Billy takes on the system by challenging the fundamental tenets of the game.

He looks outside of baseball, to the dismissed theories of Bill James, and hires Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a brainy, number-crunching, Yale-educated economist. Together they take on conventional wisdom with a willingness to reexamine everything and armed with computer driven statistical analysis long ignored by the baseball establishment.

They reach imagination-defying conclusions and go after players overlooked and dismissed by the rest of baseball for being too odd, too old, too injured or too much trouble, but who all have key skills that are universally undervalued. As Billy and Peter forge forward, their new methods and roster of misfits rile the old guard, the media, the fans, and their own field manager (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who refuses to cooperate.

Ultimately this experiment will lead not only to a change in the way the game is played, but to an outcome that would leave Billy with a new understanding that transcends the game and delivers him to a new place.

Directed by Bennett Miller (“Capote”), “Moneyball” is produced by Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, and Brad Pitt. Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin. Based on the book by Michael Lewis.

Opening across the Philippines in November, “Moneyball” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit for trailers, exclusive content and free downloads. Like us at and join our fan contests.

First Look: “New Year's Eve” Trailer and Stills

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Director Garry Marshall and a stellar ensemble cast will ring in the 2011 holiday season with the romantic comedy “New Year’s Eve.”

Catch the film’s latest trailer below:

“New Year’s Eve” celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year.

The film stars Academy Award® winner Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, two-time Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Academy Award® nominee Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Ryan Seacrest, two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara.

Reuniting with Marshall from last year’s hit romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day” are screenwriter Katherine Fugate and producers Mike Karz and Wayne Rice. Serving again as executive producers will be Josie Rosen and Diana Pokorny, joined by Heather Hall as co-producer. The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Charles Minsky (“Pretty Woman,” “Valentine’s Day”) production designer Mark Friedberg (“The Darjeeling Limited,” “Morning Glory,”) editor Michael Tronick (“The Green Hornet,” “Hairspray”) and Oscar®-nominated costume designer Gary Jones (“The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Valentine’s Day”).

“New Year’s Eve” was be shot entirely on location in and around New York City.

Opening across the Philippines on December 2011, “New Year’s Eve” is a New Line Cinema presentation distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Paulo Avelino Joins ’100 Days To Heaven’

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Paulo Avelino plays a very important role as a guest star in ABS-CBN's daily primetime soap “100 Days To Heaven” - his first Kapamilya project after his transfer last month.

Paulo takes the role of Teddy Ledesma and will be joined by veteran actor Philip Salvador who plays the role of Walter Ledesma.

Expect more big stars to grace the show as the most-watched TV program across the country continues to surprise its viewers with its plot’s creative twists and turns. Don’t miss the latest adventures of Madam Anna Manalastas in 100 Days to Heaven, weeknights, after TV Patrol on ABS-CBN.

Philippine Volcanoes Wins Silver in Asian Men's Rugby 7's Tournament

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Philippine Volcanoes Wins Silver in Asian Men's Rugby 7's Tournament

Philippine Volcanoes Men's Rugby Team beats team China, 19-14, in the Semi-Finals round of the Asian Men's Rugby 7's Tournament held in Borneo, Malaysia.

The Philippines Volcanoes wins a silver medal and a slot in the 2012 Hongkong Rubgy's 7's Tournament to be held in March.

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