Toni Gonzaga’s ‘Toni @ 10′ Concert Airs on ‘Sunday’s Best’

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“Toni @ 10,” Toni Gonzaga’s successful 10th anniversary concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum will be aired this Sunday, October 9, 10:45pm, at “Sunday’s Best” on ABS-CBN.

A celebration of her decade-long sterling showbiz journey, “Toni @ 10” showcased everything that the Ultimate Multimedia Star’s had to offer—singing, dancing, acting, hosting and more!

“Toni @ 10” gathered Toni’s close friends and colleagues in the entertainment industry who made an impact on her 10-year career. It was an inspiring and entertaining trip down memory lane as Piolo Pascual, Sam Milby, John Llyod Cruz, Vhong Navarro, Pokwang, Alex Gonzaga and Gary Valenciano took part in her first major solo concert.

Produced by Star Events, Epic Entertainment and Tag Concept, “Toni @ 10” was under the direction of “ASAP Live” director Johnny Manahan. Well-known composer, arranger and producer Jimmy Antiporda was the musical director.

At the age of 13, Toni started trying her luck in the showbiz industry by joining singing contests but her biggest break was her “I love you, Piolo” softdrinks commercial where she was starred alongside the Ultimate Heartthrob. She later became a mainstay host in the afternoon variety show “Eat Bulaga” then transferred to ABS-CBN in 2005, where she first appeared in the comic news program “Wazzup Wazzup.” The rest is history from then on.

A certified hitmaker, Toni has five-chart topping albums namely “Love Duets,” “Love is,” “Falling in Love,” “You Complete Me,” and her latest self-titled album, “Toni Gonzaga.”

Toni was part of movies such as “Pakners” in 2003, “D’Anothers” in 2006, “You Are The One” in 2006, “You Got Me” in 2007, “My Big Love” and “My Only You” in 2008, “A Journey” and “Ang Tanging Pamilya: A Marry Go Round” in 2009, “My Amnesia Girl” in 2010, and and the recent hit “Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi.”

With all her talents showcased at “Toni @ 10,” Kapamilya viewers will surely be glued on their TV sets. Don’t miss “Toni @ 10,” this Sunday (Oct.9), 10:45pm, at “Sunday’s Best,” after “Gandang Gabi Vice,” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to or follow abscbndotcom on Twitter.

Neil Etheridge "Where There's Smoke" Editorial Photos

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Neil Etheridge "Where There's Smoke" Editorial Photos
Outtakes: Garage Magazine August - September 2011 issue
Photographed by Cyrus Panganiban
Grooming courtesy of Melchor "Angelu" Dominguez

Gerald Anderson’s ‘Budoy’ Premieres Monday, October 10

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All is set this Monday, October 10, for the premiere of this year’s biggest family drama series on Philippine television “Budoy.”

Drama prince Gerald Anderson shared excitement over his latest Primetime Bida series. “Napakaganda ng paglalakbay na ipakikita sa atin ni Budoy. Aside from the powerhouse cast, there are a lot of values in life and family that the viewers can learn from the story,” he said.

Playing the title role of a boy suffering from a delay in mild retardation, Gerald confessed that he is blessed to have been immersed in Budoy’s character. “Napakalaking tulong sa pagganap ko ang immersion na ginawa namin. Mas lumalim ang pagkilala ko kay Budoy at na-inspire ako sa pagmamahal niya sa pamilya at sa sipag at determinasyon niyang harapin ang buhay.

First introduced to the Philippine audience via the reality TV show Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition, Gerald worked his way up to become one of this generation’s most sought-after leading men through soap operas like “Sana Maulit Muli,” “My Girl,” “Tayong Dalawa” and “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo.”

Witness a different Gerald in “Budoy” and see how he transformed to a role which he described as “different and refreshing.” How can a family blessing turn into a family shame? How can a family disown their own flesh and blood in the name of an unblemished reputation? Can a mentally-challenged boy survive the discriminating eyes of the society?

“Budoy” brings together a powerhouse cast composed of promising young stars Jessy Mendiola and Enrique Gil; legendary luminaries of Philippine movie industry including Dante Rivero, Gloria Sevilla and Barbara Perez; and seasoned actors namely Tirso Cruz III, Zsa-Zsa Padilla, Mylene Dizon, Christian Vazquez, and Janice de Belen who makes a comeback in the Kapamilya network.

Under the direction of Ruel S. Bayani and Tots Sanchez-Mariscal, Budoy is set to highlight the value of education among the Filipino youth while stressing those individuals known to be mentally-challenged.

Don’t miss the newest Primetime Bida teleserye “Budoy,” Weeknights on ABS-CBN.

Ryan Bang Shares Views on His Popularity

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Ryan Bang Shares Views on His Popularity

Despite his numerous TV shows and screaming fans that greet him whenever he appears onstage or on camera, Korean comic Ryan Bang insists he has no inkling of his popularity.

No. I never felt popular. I don’t care. I don’t like the ano (popularity) I’m just happy. ‘Yun lang,” Ryan said.

Ryan shared an anecdote to emphasize his point.

Kunyari, John Lloyd, Enchong Dee, and they go to the mall, kasama ako ‘di ba, they (fans) shout. Ako, 'Hoy Ryan.' Gano’n lang,” he said.

His appearance as guest judge on Showtime elicits applause, especially when he dances. But Ryan refuses to take the credit.

No. People are happy because of me,” was his vague response.

- Alex Valentin Brosas, MB

Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes Finally Give In to Love

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Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes Finally Give In to Love

Love is in the air this Sunday, October 9, for the “Growing Up” barkada as they start to face the ordeals of puppy love and thrill of budding romances.

Teens and teens at heart will surely relish the tender moments featured in this week’s episode. Tammy (Julia Montes) finds the courage to invite her “soulmate” Jason (Diego Loyzaga) to an out-of-town trip; Britney (Kiray Celis) takes the first step to experience her first kiss with boyfriend Winston (EJ Jallorina); and Patrick (Daniel Padilla) finally starts to reveal his real feelings towards Ella (Kathryn Bernardo).

Relive the magic of puppy love this Sunday in Growing Up after “ASAP Rocks” on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to

Zia Quizon Releases Self-titled Mini CD Album

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Zia Quizon Releases Self-titled Mini CD Album

Her breezily uplifting blend of pop, soul, jazz and retro R&B is here to sway you away as Polyeast Records proudly announces the release of Zia Quizon self-titled mini-CD album.

Showcasing her talent as one of OPM’s young singer/songwriter could probably go beyond being a daughter of the Comedy King Dolphy and OPM’s Divine Diva ZsaZsa Padilla because Zia is here to prove that she’s is a breath of fresh air in her debut album.

Featuring her positioning single “Simple Girl” is notably one of her masterpieces since she started learning her craft. Zia said “I draw inspiration from everyday experiences or a particularly strong feeling that I have at the moment. I believe that songs become more meaningful when you’re feeling emotional and in a way come from a very real place. And when you finally finish a song, the most fulfilling feeling about the whole process when you take a step back and think, ‘That pretty much sums up how I felt at the time.’

Zia wrote the song “Simple Girl” and obviously mirrors a young simple girl she really is. The album’s first single is now being heard on the radio and will soon be accompanied by a music video.

This memorable six-track release full of feel good music includes three original composition and three revivals. Borrowing a song which led her mom, ZsaZsa Padilla, to the height of her career in the 80s, “Mambobola” is one of the album’s highlights. Zia said, “We were throwing some ideas around and I think I actually suggested the song myself. I felt that it would be very nice to have one of my mom’s songs on the album as a kind of tribute to her for all of the things she has done for me.

Giving credits to her very supportive dad, Dolphy, a contemporary classic piece “Smile,” becomes a more-than-promising start for the young artist reviving Michael Jackson’s version. Sharing her musical influences, Zia said “Aside from my mom, I would say that my dad’s taste in music really shaped mine. He influenced me to appreciate the classics - from standards to classical to world Music and even oldies.”

Another remake in the album is the track “So Much In Love” which was originally by Sheena Easton brings out Zia’s melodic sensibilities mixing with much jazz with her carefree spirit.

Tapping into elements of soul, jazz and pop, Zia beautifully shapes these songs to become her step toward something - Zia’s simplicity and her artistic breakthrough - that has its own considerable rewards. Original compositions also include the perky “Dear Lonely” written by Kiko Salazar introducing different instrumental elements along the way. “Ako Na Lang”, on the other hand, is an original composition and produced by Mr. Jungee Marcelo. “I’m proud to say that all the songs in the album were arranged to my style of singing. My producers made sure I was comfortable with singing the songs in the album,” Zia added.

She also explains, “I think that each song has its own character - kind of like that different sides to me. So, each song gives you a different feel without losing the general flow of the album.” Zia really is a gifted singer whose soulful singing and beautiful personality shine through on this release. In this album, Zia showed herself to be capable as an artist and a creative songwriter as well. “I tried to put as much of my personality in the song choice and the music as I could. So it isn’t just an album to me, it’s a piece of me that I am offering to anyone who will listen. The album may not be different, but hopefully I am.”

Zia’s self-titled debut album is now available in stores near you released by Polyeast Records. To get to know more about Zia, please visit her website or

- PolyEast Records PR

My Binondo Girl Lead Star Kim Chiu Enjoys Her Guy Role

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My Binondo Girl Lead Star Kim Chiu Enjoys Her Guy Role

My Binondo Girl lead star Kim Chiu is delighted with the warm support of the viewers in her top-rating primetime teleserye My Binondo Girl.

In the cover story of Chalk Magazine’s October 2011 issue, Kim quipped that all her hard work and preparation for the show, including her transformation as Yuan which takes a lot of time, has paid off. “I’m so happy that people appreciate the show and they accept me as I am.”

According to Kim, it takes about an hour to complete his guy makeover - 30 minutes to put on her mustache and an extra 30 minutes to put on her boy wig.

In the article titled “Kim Possible,” the Primetime Princess also recounted that whenever she is dressed as Yuan, she feels like the whole set of My Binondo Girl is more relaxed. “When I’m a guy, people are more at ease with me. They’re comfortable around me and we even get to share the same dressing room because we’re all guys. We’ve all become closer.”

Will this ‘closeness’ remain when a new girl enters the life of Jade, Onyx (Jolo Revilla), Trevor (Matteo Guidicelli), and Andy (Xian Lim)?

Joining the power cast of My Binondo Girl are AiAi delas Alas, Cherry Pie Picache, Gina Pareño, Ricardo Cepeda, Glydel Mercado, Richard Yap and Laureen Uy.

Don’t miss My Binondo Girl, weekdays after “100 Days to Heaven.” For more updates, log on to or follow my_binondogirl on Twitter.

Shalani Soledad and Roman Romulo Wedding on January 22, 2012

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Shalani Soledad and Roman Romulo Wedding on January 22, 2012

Shalani Soledad and Roman Romulo's wedding is now set in January of next year contrary to earlier reports that it will happen on February 2012.

Reason? Feng Shui expert recommends for it.

This news was confirmed by the couple through Ricky Lo's as posted on his Philstar Funfare column last September 23, wherein the well-respected showbiz writer says, “Instead of February 2012 as reported in a scoop in the Life section of (The Philippine Star), the wedding of Valenzuela City Councilor Shalani Soledad and Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo has been reset to January 22, 2012 upon the advice of a feng shui expert.

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The X Factor US Top 32 Revealed

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The Top 32 in X Factor US has been revealed!

The list was based in 4 categories Boys, Girls, Groups and Over 30 wherein 8 acts in each categories were selected and to be mentored by 4 judges.


Mentor: L.A. Reid

Brennin Hunt
Brian Bradley
Skyelor Anderson
Nick Voss
Tim Cifers
Phillip Lomax
Marcus Canty
Chris Rene


Mentor: Simon Cowell

Cailtin Koch
Tora Woloshin
Simone Battle
Rachel Crow
Jazzlyn Little
Melanie Amaro
Tiah Tolliver


Mentor: Paula Abdul

The Stereo Hoggz
The Brewer Boys
Illusion Confusion
The Anser
Girls+Boys Group with Nick Dean, John Lindahl, Arin Ray, Ellona Santiago, the girl and guy from Ausem, Ma’at Bingham Shango, Francesca Duncan, Emily Michalak, Lauren Ashley
Girls Group with Paige Ogle, Dani Knights, Cari Fletcher, Hayley Orrantia


Mentor: Nicole Scherzinger

Elaine Gibbs
Tiger Budbill
Leroy Bell
James Kenney
Josh Krajcik
Christa Collins
Dexter Haygood
Stacy Francis

Only 4 from each category will make it to the live shows!

ABS-CBN Shows Lead Primetime National TV Ratings in September

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ABS-CBN Corporation once again dominated national TV ratings as it scored an average audience share of 42 percent or a whopping 12-point lead over GMA’s 30 percent in September on primetime from 6 PM onwards when TV viewing levels peak and where advertisers put most of their TV ad placements.

Data from Kantar Media also showed that in Metro Manila, ABS-CBN led all TV channels on primetime with an average audience share of 35 percent vs GMA’s 33%.

Thirteen out of the top 15 most watched programs in September were on ABS-CBN, sweeping the top ten slots. GMA’s top rating locally produced program, “Amaya,” only ranked 15th.

“MMK,” which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, topped the list with an average national TV rating of 32.8% also dominating the weekend programming, while “100 Days to Heaven” came in second with a rating of 32% and remains to be the number one weekday program.

The live airing of the prestigious “Miss Universe 2011” in Sao Paolo, Brazil where Shamcey Supsup bagged the third runner up honor, rated an unprecented 31% during daytime, heralding a new benchmark for a beauty pageant genre. This is in stark contrast to GMA-produced “Miss World” where the rival only rated 9.2% in primetime.

Meanwhile, “TV Patrol” is still the undisputed primetime newscast in the county as it earned an average TV rating of 28.1% vs GMA’s “24 Oras” (18.6%). “TV Patrol” also soared high to a rating of 32.6% Sept 26 as the entire country braced for the coming of Pedring. “24 Oras,” on the other hand, rated at 22.4% during the same day.

ABS-CBN’s newest primetime offering “Nasaan Ka Elisa?” instantly rose to 7th spot with an average rating of 25.3% and consistently beating GMA’s “Munting Heredera” hitting only an average rating of 19.4%.

Other Kapamilya programs in the top 15 were “My Binondo Girl” (27.4%), “Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition” (26.4%), “Rated K” (24.6%), “Guns and Roses” (23.7%), “Pilipinas Got Talent” (22.8%), “Wansapanataym” (22.7%), “Maria La Del Barrio” (21.9%), and “Goin Bulilit” (20.9%).

ABS-CBN registered a consolidated net income of P1.7 billion in the first six months of 2011, while GMA Network reported only a P1.05 billion net income in the same period.

Kantar Media has 22 TV networks, ad agencies, and pan-regional networks subscribing to its ratings services. Among its current subscribers are ABS-CBN, NBN, Sky Cable, J. Romero and Associates, Adformatix, Starcom, OMD, PhD, Mediacom, Mindshare, MEC, Maxus, Universal McCann, and Wellmade Manufacturing Corporation. They also include pan-regional networks likes CSM Media Inc., Fox International Channels, Star HK, Discovery, AXN, HBO, MTV, and Sony Pictures Television International.

ABS-CBN shifted to Kantar Media/TNS after filing a case vs. AGB Nielsen Media Research for failing to comply with its request to investigate alleged cheating and data tampering in TV ratings. The case is still pending in court.


Video to Watch: Shamcey Supsup Journey as One of the Universe' Most Beautiful Ladies

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Shamcey Supsup' Journey as One of the Universe' Most Beautiful Ladies

“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Trailer

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Warner Bros. has just launched the first online trailer of its upcoming drama, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.

Watch the trailer below:

Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” tells the story of one young boy’s journey from heartbreaking loss to the healing power of self-discovery, set against the backdrop of the tragic events of September 11.

Eleven-year-old Oskar Schell is an exceptional child: amateur inventor, Francophile, pacifist. And after finding a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, he embarks on an exceptional journey—an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. As Oskar roams the city, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity, who are all survivors in their own ways. Ultimately, Oskar’s journey ends where it began, but with the solace of that most human experience: love.

Academy Award® nominee Stephen Daldry (“The Reader,” “The Hours”) directs “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” from a screenplay by Academy Award® winner Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump,” “The Insider”), based on Jonathan Safran Foer’s acclaimed novel. The film stars Academy Award® winners Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia”) and Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”), and is being produced by Academy Award® winner Scott Rudin (“No Country for Old Men,” “The Social Network,” “True Grit”).

Opening across the Philippines in February 2012, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Anne Curtis Rogue Magazine October 2011 Issue - BTS Pictorial Videos

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Watch here Anne Curtis' behind-the-scene pictorial videos for Rogue Magazine October 2011 issue.

Rogue October 2011 - Anne Curtis Part 1

Rogue October 2011 - Anne Curtis Part 2

Rogue October 2011 - Anne Curtis Part 3

Videos: migslugs on YouTube

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Star Magic Artists Pose as Celebrity Icons in "Star Magic Catalogue 2012"

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Meet your fave Star Magic artists in a special autograph signing event.

The Star Magic Catalogue 2012, a special annual publication of ABS CBN Publishing, showcases the biggest and brightest stars in Philippine entertainment at their most beautiful and glamorous. The stunning images, captured through the lens of top fashion photographers BJ Pascual and Paolo Pineda, presents artists like Piolo Pascual, Bea Alonzo, Gerald Anderson, Kristine Hermosa, Zanjoe Marudo, Jessy Mendiola as modern celebrity icons of this generation.

The Star Magic Catalogue will be releasing a special limited edition cover exclusively at Fully Booked Bonifacio Global City this weekend ONLY. The first 150 who buy this edition on October 08 and 09 will get a chance to have their copies signed by their favorite stars at a special autograph-signing session on October 09, 4:00PM to 6:00PM. the activity will be held at the atrium of Fully Booked on Bonifacio High Street.

Among the Star Magic artists to grace this launch event are Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Yeng Constantino, JM De Guzman, Melissa Ricks, Lauren Young, Enrique Gil, Martin Del Rosario, Matteo Guidicelli, Rafael Rosell, Angelica Panganiban, Bea Alonzo, Joem Bascon, Ejay Falcon, Empress, Diego Loyzaga, Daniel Padilla and many more.

The limited edition cover will be available this weekend only in Fully Booked Bonifacio Highstreet. For more details, log on to

The Star Magic Catalogue is an annual special publication of ABS-CBN Publishing, which features all the Star Magic artists in their roster. In its 19th year in the industry, Star Magic has produced the biggest and the brightest celebrities ever to grace the Philippine entertainment scene.

GMA-7 Topped September 2011 National TV Ratings According to AGB Nielsen

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GMA Network closed September with a strong win in national television ratings (NUTAM) against ABS-CBN and TV5.

In fact, national viewership from the start of 2011 till the closing of the nine-month period showed a trending that establishes GMA as the top choice among the country’s free-to-air channels. Data come from broadcast industry’s most widely trusted ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

Total day (6am-12mn) household audience share data in September (September 25 to 30 based on overnight readings) show that GMA was the most preferred channel in National Urban Philippines relative to ABS-CBN and TV5, clinching 34.1 share points, 4.1 points ahead of ABS-CBN’s 30 points, and almost twice TV5′s 17.3.

National Urban Philippines, covering the sub areas of Urban Luzon (77% of total TV households nationwide), Urban Visayas (13% of the TV household population), and Urban Mindanao (10% of the TV household population), comprises more than nine million households in total. Translated to warm bodies, the entire country has about 45 million viewers assuming each household is comprised of five individuals.

Using the abovementioned assumption, GMA’s margins in the country would translate to almost 800,000 viewers over ABS-CBN and 3.1 million viewers over TV5. The numbers provide GMA advertisers the advantage of hitting a higher number of eyeballs at competitive costs.

In the widely watched afternoon block (12NN to 6PM), GMA strengthened its double-digit wins over competing channels. For the mentioned period, GMA was 17.5 points higher with 40.9 points compared to ABS-CBN’s 23.4; and 25.2 points ahead of TV5′s 15.7.

The numbers translate to GMA having 3.3 million more viewers over ABS-CBN; and 4.7 million more viewers over TV5 on a national level in the mentioned time block.

Less specials, longest running noontime variety show Eat Bulaga was the only daytime program that made it to the list of top five programs in National Urban Television Audience Measurement (NUTAM).

As in previous months, GMA’s total day leadership covers the viewer-rich areas of Total Urban Luzon and Mega Manila. The latter area comprises 58% of total television households nationwide.

In Total Urban Luzon, GMA was ahead by double-digits with total audience share points of 37.6 versus ABS-CBN’s 25.5 and TV5′s 18.4.

This means that 1.7 million more viewers prefer GMA over ABS-CBN, and almost 2.8 million more viewers watch GMA over TV5 in the said area.

In Mega Manila, which comprises 17 cities in Metro Manila and six provinces in the suburbs (namely, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan, Pampanga, Batangas), GMA’s established presence likewise inked double-digit margins for the said period. GMA had 38 share points as against ABS-CBN’s 24.3 and TV5′s 19.1.

In other words, GMA had 1.5 million more viewers over ABS-CBN, and 2 million more viewers over TV5 in Mega Manila.

In both Total Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, GMA had seven entries in the list of overall top 10 programs. The GMA programs that made it to top 10 were Eat Bulaga and primetime dramas Amaya, Munting Heredera, Iglot, Time of My Life, and News and Public Affairs’ 24 Oras and Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho.

The Nielsen TV Audience Measurement used by GMA is also used by 21 companies including two other local networks, namely, TV5 and Solar Entertainment; Faulkner Media; CBN Asia; 13 advertising agencies and three regional clients. On the other hand, ABS-CBN is the only local major TV network reportedly subscribing to Kantar Media, formerly known as TNS.

In Mega Manila alone, the Nielsen TV Audience Measurement has a sample size of 800 homes as compared to Kantar Media’s 770 homes. Nationwide, Nielsen has a total sample size of 2,005 homes compared to the lower sample size of 1,370 utilized by Kantar Media.

Startalk Celebrates 16th Year this Saturday

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GMA Network’s Startalk cheers to their unprecedented 16th year anniversary.

Every year, “Startalk” has delivered unparalleled showbiz reporting, making it the country’s longest running and trusted showbiz authority.

The Startalk Anniversary Special dubbed as Startalk TX Now reaffirms the program’s commitment in giving their best efforts to present unbiased stories and controversies to the viewers.

Headed by the reputable showbiz authorities – Lolit Solis, Butch Francisco, Joey de Leon and Ricky Lo – anticipate more exclusive reports, exciting segments and explosive interviews that will surely spice up televiewers’ Saturday afternoon TV habit.

To cap of their 16th year anniversary celebration, Startalk TX Now will unveil “16 explosive questions” that everyone is dying to ask their favorite celebrities. These questions will be divided in 3 major segments: Past is Fast (Stories that delve into definite endings that have led to a new stage in life: moving on to a fresh direction); Present is Perfect (Stories that deal with current relationships and stages that as of the moment are perfect) and Future is Tense (Stories that show celebrities in a precarious state where nothing is certain and risk on answering issues is what they have to face).

Startalk TX Now is definitely another highlight in the history of Philippine Talkshows.

The program’s 16th anniversary celebration will further continue giving the viewers credible, accurate and substantial showbiz news every Saturday.

It’s a back-to-back league of intrigues this weekend on GMA! Don’t miss the momentous celebration of Startalk TX Now on Saturday, October 8, 2011, right after Eat Bulaga. And get ready as Showbiz Central showers you with the hottest controversies and showbiz exclusives on Sunday, October 9, 2011, right after Tween Hearts.

Young Thor Now Plays Hugh Jackman’s Son in ‘Real Steel’

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He was most recently seen as Young Thor opposite Anthony Hopkins in the Marvel Studios hit “Thor,” directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Now, 11-year-old actor Dakota Goyo stars in DreamWorks Pictures’ action-adventure “Real Steel” as Hugh Jackman‘s precocious son, Max.

“Real Steel” revolves around Charlie Kenton (Jackman), 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, he 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 suddenly and unwillingly comes back into his life.

For the role of Max, the son who was abandoned early in his life by Jackman’s character, the filmmakers auditioned hundreds of boys and found many exceptional young actors. “We always had the feeling that there would be a kid out there who would be talented and who would have the right look, but would have that little something extra, something that you can’t quite put your finger on but is magic up on the screen,” says director Shawn Levy.

The filmmakers put out an APB casting search and as Jackman relates, “When Dakota came in, Shawn and I were really taken aback. There’s something very soulful about him. The camera just sees right into his soul. He allows the camera inside, which for a young man of his age is very rare. He’s got an angelic quality about his face. He’s naturally very outgoing and a naturally happy kid. And he’s very respectful and sweet. On the screen and off-screen, he’s a really special person.”

Executive producer Steven Spielberg also saw a quality in Dakota that he looks for when casting actors for his films. He explains, “When I saw Dakota’s test, I just saw a real kid. I didn’t see an actor. You know you can just tell when somebody’s real and that’s what I look for when I cast adults or kids.”

Dakota auditioned four times for the role of Max: twice on tape and twice in person in Los Angeles. In L.A., he had the opportunity to work with Hugh Jackman and says of the experience, “I wasn’t nervous around Hugh because he is a great, awesome guy. He’s so polite and he’s always prepared to do his work. I’m really excited when I work with him because he’s just really extraordinary.”

Dakota hails from Toronto, Canada. At an early age, he discovered a passion for acting and playing in front of the camera. This passion, along with Dakota’s tremendous work ethic and natural acting talent, has led him to a burgeoning film career at the young age of 11.

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

Google Earth Downloads Reached 1-B as Announced by Google

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Google Earth Downloads Reaches 1-B as Announced by Google

Google Earth already reached one billion downloads since it was released in 2005 according to Google's announcement on Wednesday, October 5.

We’re proud of our one billion milestone, but we’re even more amazed at the way people have used Google Earth to explore the world. When we founded Keyhole, Inc. back in 2001, we never imagined our geospatial technology would be used by people in so many unexpected ways.” said Brian McClendon, Google Earth and Maps VP of Engineering.

And to further celebrate the one billion download milestone, Google Earth introduced a new website called One World Many Stories and released a video enumerating this achievement. To learn more about the site, click HERE.

Big Reveal: “Happy Feet 2” Poster, Banners

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Warner Bros. has just unveiled the one-sheet and banner artworks for its upcoming animated spectacle, “Happy Feet 2”!

The sequel to “Happy Feet,” the Academy Award®-winning animated smash hit, “Happy Feet Two” returns audiences to the magnificent landscape of Antarctica in superb 3D.

In the film, Mumble, The Master of Tap, has a problem because his tiny son, Erik, is choreo-phobic. Reluctant to dance, Erik runs away and encounters The Mighty Sven - a penguin who can fly! Mumble has no hope of competing with this charismatic new role model.

But things get worse when the world is shaken by powerful forces. Erik learns of his father’s “guts and grit” as Mumble brings together the penguin nations and all manner of fabulous creatures—from tiny Krill to giant Elephant Seals - to put things right.

“Happy Feet Two” is directed by George Miller, who won an Oscar® as the creator of the original “Happy Feet.” The film features the voices of Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Alecia Moore (P!nk), Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sofia Vergara, Common, Hugo Weaving, Magda Szubanski, Anthony LaPaglia, Richard Carter and Benjamin “Lil P-Nut” Flores, Jr.

The film features vocals by P!nk, with music by John Powell.

Opening soon across the Philippines in IMAX 3D, 2D and regular theaters, “Happy Feet 2” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Adidas King of the Road 2011 Kick-Off Advisory

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The Adidas King of the Road (KOTR) 2011 Kick-Off will happens this coming Monday to Wednesday, October 10-12 from 11am to 11pm at the NBC Tent at the Fort Bonifacio Global City.

Come collect your race pack during this time. Do note that it is mandatory to collect your race pack in order to participate in the race. There are running clinics, talks for runners, selling and sampling booths, games, and raffle, so we encourage all participants to drop by. The KOTR 2011 Kick-off is open to the public so please feel free to bring family and friends.

Read on to ensure smooth race pack collection.

The adidas Race Pack consists of the ff:

1. KOTR 2011 Tote Bag
2. KOTR 2011 SingletJustify Full3. Race Bib
4. KOTR 2011 Timing Device
5. Freebies from Sponsors

Collecting race pack for yourself:

Find the lane for your category, fall in line, and present your KOTR confirmation letter and the valid ID that you used for the registration. No requirements or incomplete requirements, no race pack.

Collecting through a representative:

Should you be unable to collect your race pack personally, you may allow someone else to collect on your behalf. A representative should present an ID, authorization letter issued by you, attached with your (participant) KOTR confirmation letter, and a photocopy of the ID you used for registration. No requirements or incomplete requirements, no race pack. Representative should locate the lane for your category and queue accordingly.

Collecting bulk race packs:

For group race pack collection, please double check to have all your requirements intact. Please bring authorization letter, attached with the corresponding KOTR confirmation letter, and photocopy of each valid ID used for registration, strictly for each participant whose race pack is being collected for. Find the lane for bulk collection and queue accordingly. No requirements or incomplete requirements, no race pack.

Collecting for minors:

Minors (participants below 18 years old by 23 October), please present your confirmation email, and the valid ID that you used for registration. Please take note that a signed Parental Consent and Indemnity Agreement, and a photocopy of ID of the parent/guardian are required as well.

If you are outside Metro Manila:

All participants from the provinces and overseas who are unavailable for the Kick-Off may claim their race packs on the race day at the Bonifacio Global City on Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 3am-4am only. Please present your KOTR confirmation letter and valid ID used for registration. No requirements or incomplete requirements, no race pack.

If you registered through Free Run Promo:

Please expect delivery of your race pack on or before Oct 21. Come down to NBC Tent to participate in the side events at the Kick-Off, too.

Adidas Reserves the right to amend all of the above stated at its discretion. For more information, visit

Barbie Forteza, Joshua Dionisio, Joyce Ching and Kristoffer Martin Topbill "Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin" Remake

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Barbie Forteza, Joshua Dionisio, Joyce Ching and Kristoffer Martin Topbill "Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin" Remake

Beginning October 10, GMA-7 revitalizes one of its most memorable primetime dramas with the remake of Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin.

The 2011 version stars Kapuso Tweens Barbie Forteza, Joshua Dionisio, Joyce Ching and Kristoffer Martin, and will air in the afternoon block after Pahiram ng Isang Ina.

Having been part of several top-rating programs, and recently, of the movie Tween Academy, all four have proven their bankability and huge fan base. They now have the opportunity to appear in this original GMA drama, which had such a strong following when it first aired ten years ago.

The original version starred Angelika dela Cruz, Sunshine Dizon, Sherwin Ordoñez, and Cogie Domingo, whose careers skyrocketed after appearing in “ILAM”. In this modern remake, Barbie will play Angelika’s role as Mylene/Catherine, the rightful heiress of the Fuentebellas, while Joyce will assume Sunshine’s character as Clarissa, Mylene’s cousin who will pose as Mylene. On the other hand, Joshua takes on the role of Sir Charles, Katherine’s compassionate neighbor portrayed in the original version by Sherwin, while Kristoffer will star as Jepoy, Clarissa’s best friend who will eventually fall in love with her, as originally played by Cogie.

Completing the cast are other reputable names in the industry including Gardo Versoza as Ferdinand, Mylene/Katherine’s rich father, Sheryl Cruz as Amara Luna, Ferdinand’s manipulative sister, Tanya Garcia as Lilian, Mylene/Katherine’s poor mother whom Amara Luna dislikes, Matet de Leon as Ising, the woman who assumed responsibility as Katherine’s mother, Ehra Madrigal as Dr. Katrina, Lilian’s doctor who will fall for Ferdinand, Ernie Garcia as Badong, a small-time crook who will adopt Clarissa, Carla Estrada as Loida, Badong’s ill-tempered wife, Joko Diaz as Berto, Clarissa’s indolent father, Kier Legaspi as Joel, a policeman and Jepoy’s father, Maricar de Mesa as Helena, Charles’ successful yet domineering mother, Shirley Fuentes as Racquel, an abusive lady whom Katherine works for, Victor Aliwalas as Rommel, Ferdinand’s trusted friend, Ella Cruz as Britney, Raquel’s equally condescending daughter, and Ms. Carmen Soriano as Lola Señora, Raquel’s mother who has a soft spot for Katherine.

Despite having different personalities, Mylene (Barbie Forteza) and Clarissa (Joyce Ching) are each other’s best friend. The two are inseparable until a landslide strikes their community, which causes Mylene to suffer from amnesia.

While wearing Mylene’s necklace, Clarissa ends up in a slum area, where she grows up in the care of a family of crooks. Here, she becomes friends with Jepoy (Kristoffer Martin), whose father (Kier Legaspi) sees Clarissa as a bad influence to his son.

Meanwhile, Mylene lives a difficult, new life as Katherine renamed by Ising (Matet de Leon), the woman who saved her from the landslide. After Ising is accused of stealing from the evil Raquel (Shirley Fuentes), Katherine needed to work as a house maid to pay for Ising’s debts and to get her out of prison. Having no memory of her former life, she meets her only friend and confidante in Charles (Joshua Dionisio), the son of their next-door neighbor.

Both girls have learned to accept their fate until Clarissa runs into Ferdinand (Gardo Versoza), who mistakes her for being her missing daughter for she is still wearing Mylene’s necklace. Clarissa sees this as an opportunity to lead a more comfortable life and pretends to be Mylene. She then lives in the Fuentebella mansion, to the dismay of her good friend Jepoy.

By a startling twist of fate, Clarissa then pretending to be Mylene, crosses paths with Charles and develops romantic feelings for him. As she tries to attract Charles, Clarissa points false allegations at Katherine, without realizing that Katherine and her cousin Mylene are one and the same.

When will the secrets about Clarissa’s real identity be revealed? Will Jepoy continue to pursue Clarissa despite her being a new person? Will Charles be able to set Katherine free from all the pains and heartaches? Will Katherine’s memory ever return?

The answers to these questions will be uncovered once more in this original story about hiding and realizing one’s true identity.

Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin, an original teleplay by Dode Cruz, will be reinterpreted by headwriter Kit Villanueva-Langit and director Roderick Lindayag. It will begin airing on October 10 after Pahiram ng Isang Ina on GMA Afternoon Prime.

Azkals vs Teams Singapore and Nepal Game Schedules

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Azkals vs Teams Singapore and Nepal Game Schedules

After beating Macau and places 2nd in 2011 Long Teng Cup, the Philippine Azkals will have friendly games with Singapore and Nepal this October.

The Azkals will first face Singapore Lions on October 7 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.

While on October 11, Azkals and team Nepal will face for another friendly match at the Rizal Memorial stadium in Manila.

Both games will be aired live on Studio 23.

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The X Factor Philippines Soon on ABS-CBN

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After the highly successful Philippine franchise of the hit US TV programs like Pinoy Big Brother, Pinoy Dream Academy, Pilipinas Got Talent, The Biggest Loser, to name a few, the Kapamilya network is again set to bring to the Philippines one of the most-watched reality show abroad, the Philippine edition of the hit reality singing show "X Factor".

Watch the teaser below:

Electric Plane Receives $1.35-M Prize From NASA and Google

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Electric Plane Receives $1.35-M Prize From NASA and Google

Electric plane made by of State College earned the top prize in the CAFE Green Flight Challenge, sponsored by Google.

An electric plane made by has won a $1.35 million top prize in the CAFE Green Flight Challenge, sponsored by Google and NASA.

Named the Pipistrel Taurus G4, developed and built in Slovenia, beats other 13 entrants for developing a highly efficient airplane power by electricity, in the two days competition held at the Sonoma County Airport in California.

Pipistrel Taurus G4, is a four-seat, twin-fuselage aircraft powered by a 145-kilowatt brushless electric motor. It managed to fly 200 miles in less than two hours while using less than a gallon of fuel per occupant or the equivalent in electricity.

The environmentally-friendly winning plane used a little more than a half-gallon of fuel per passenger for the 200-mile flight.

The eGenius team from Ramona, California took home the second place prize of $120,000.

Sa Ngalan Ng Ina Premiere Episode Fails to Beat Competition, Places 17th in the Over-all Primetime TV Ratings

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Sa Ngalan Ng Ina Premiere Episode Fails to Beat Competition, Places 18th in the Over-all Primetime TV Ratings

Here is the People Ratings of ABS-CBN, TV5, and GMA-7 primetime programs last Monday, October 3, based on the overnight ratings of AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households:

1. Munting Heredera (GMA-7) - 14%
2. Amaya (GMA-7) - 13.7%
3. Iglot (GMA-7) - 11.6%
4. 100 Days To Heaven (ABS-CBN) - 11.4%
5. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 10.9%
6. Time of My Life (GMA-7) - 10.7%
7. My Binondo Girl (ABS-CBN) - 9.6%
8. Nasaan Ka Elisa? (ABS-CBN) - 9.1%
9. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 8.9%
10. Inside Protégé (GMA-7) - 8.6%
11. Wil Time Bigtime (TV5) - 8.5%
12. Futbolilits (GMA-7) - 7.7%
13. Pure Love (ABS-CBN) - / Aksyon 7.1%
14. Maria La Del Barrio (ABS-CBN) - / Big Thing (GMA-7) - 6.7%
15. Bandila (ABS-CBN) - 4.6%
16. Saksi (GMA-7) - 4.5%
17. Sa Ngalan Ng Ina (TV5) - 4.3%
18. I-Witness (GMA-7) - 2.9%
19. XXX (ABS-CBN) - 1.7%
20. Flames of Desire (TV5) - 1.6%
21. Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum (TV5) - 1.4%
22. Aksyon Journalismo (TV5) - / Juicy Express Replay (TV5) - 0.6%
23. Wanted (TV5) - 0.5%
24. Medyo Late Night With Jojo A (TV5) - 0.2%

Source: AGB Nielsen

A Look into Vilma Santos-Recto’s Multi-faceted Life Tonight in "Anggulo"

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Renowned actress-politician Vilma Santos-Recto is the main feature on Anggulo as she shares different facets of her life tonight on TV5 and Aksyon TV.

From Ate Vi’s very first acting award for Trudis Liit at the age of 9 to her unrivalled stature as the Star for All Seasons, Anggulo traces roots of the legendary actress who has starred in nearly 200 movies, and bagged almost a hundred acting awards. Undoubtedly every actor’s dream screen partner, every actress’ dream co-star, every director’s dream talent, and every producer’s dream box-office star, Ate Vi sustained a five-decade showbiz career, capturing both movie and television audiences.

Beyond the silver screen and boob tube, Ate Vi has extended her personal devotion to the province of Batangas for 13 years now. Being married to congressman-turned-senator Ralph Recto, Vilma shifted gears to governance and public service. She says her priority now is Batangas, where she serves as a second termer governor.

Meanwhile, at home, Ate Vi takes on her real-life role as a mom to actor-TV host Luis Manzano and teenage student Ryan Recto. She makes sure she and husband Ralph spend time together with their kids on weekends. Luis says he’s lucky to have a simple and cool mom, who’s easy to please and fun to be with. Ryan says he has an intelligent and kind mother. On top of it all, Senator Ralph could not imagine being with another woman but Vilma, whom he describes as very nice and beautiful.

NEWS5 chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes and her hardworking reporters Jove Francisco, Ina Zara and Maricel Halili look into the different angles in Vilma Santos-Recto’s life on Anggulo (One Face. Different Views. One Story) this Wednesday after AKSYON JournalisMO on TV5 – aired earlier on Aksyon TV at 8:30pm (Channel 41 in Mega Manila, Channel 29 in Metro Cebu and Davao, Channel 1 on Cignal Digital TV and Channel 59 on Sky Cable).

An All-New “Winnie The Pooh” Charms its Way to the Big Screen

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Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with the endearing animated feature “Winnie the Pooh.” Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo…and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail.

Inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art style, “Winnie the Pooh” will be shown soon exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4 & Greenbelt 3).

The entire story takes place in the course of a day,” says director Don Hall. “It’s business as usual in the Hundred Acre Wood. Pooh wakes up absolutely famished and he happens to have no honey. So that sets him out on his journey, which is ultimately derailed - first by a contest to find Eeyore a new tail.”

Pooh later finds a note from Christopher Robin that reads: “Gone out. Busy. Back soon.” But then Owl misinterprets the note, proclaiming that the boy has been captured by a creature called a “Backson.” Soon, the whole gang is on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from the imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply hoped to find some honey.

We always set out to make a movie that will transcend generations - appeal to kids, entertain their teenage brothers and sisters, and make Mom and Dad laugh out loud,” says Executive Producer John Lasseter. “The personalities of A.A. Milne’s characters are so sharply drawn, so elegant in their simplicity, we found that they were amazingly funny before we even made our first story sketch. These are characters most of us have grown up with - characters we all want to introduce to our little ones and rediscover with all the loved ones in our lives.”

“Winnie the Pooh” not only features characters parents love to share with their children, but values and simple joys of life. That sharing among generations is reflective of Walt Disney’s philosophy.

I do not make films primarily for children,” said of the late Walt Disney. “I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be 6 or 60. Call the child ‘innocence.’ The worst of us is not without innocence, although buried deeply it might be. In my work, I try to reach and speak to that innocence, showing it the fun and joy of living; showing it that laughter is healthy; showing it that the human species, although happily ridiculous at times, is still reaching for the stars.”

Funnyman John Cleese (“Shrek Forever After,” “A Fish Called Wanda”) serves as the narrator for “Winnie the Pooh.” The voice cast features some returning favorites who’ve voiced their characters before: Jim Cummings (“Gnomeo & Juliet,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Shrek”) lends his voice to Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, and Travis Oates, who’s provided the voice of Piglet for seven years, returns as the voice of Pooh’s nervous little friend.

The cast also includes Pooh newcomers Bud Luckey (“Toy Story 3”) as the voice of Eeyore, Craig Ferguson (“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”) as the voice of Owl, and Tom Kenny (“SpongeBob SquarePants”) as the voice of Rabbit. Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who also co-wrote original songs for the film (TV’s “The Wonder Pets,” off-Broadway’s “In Transit”) is the voice of Kanga; Wyatt Hall, the 7-year-old son of Director Don Hall, is the voice of Roo; and Jack Boulter is the voice of Christopher Robin.

The film is directed by Stephen Anderson (director, “Meet the Robinsons”) and Don Hall (head of story, “The Princess and the Frog”); Peter Del Vecho (“The Princess and the Frog”) produces. “Winnie the Pooh” is executive-produced by John Lasseter. Robert Lopez (Broadway’s “Avenue Q”) and wife Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit”) provide original songs; the original score is by Henry Jackman (“Kick-Ass,” “Monsters vs. Aliens”).

Actress/musician/singer/songwriter Zooey Deschanel (indie folk band She & Him) provides the vocals for a special rendition of the beloved “Winnie the Pooh” theme song as well as additional songs from the film, including the end-credit song, “So Long,” which she wrote.

Adidas Introduces adiZero Rose 2

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MVP Derrick Rose’s adiZero Rose 2 is light enough to take flight

MANILA (October 6, 2011) - After winning the NBA Most Valuable Player award last season, there is not one second that Derrick Rose, the almost 23-year-old superstar, is resting on his laurels. For those of you wondering what he will be playing in this season as he competes for a title, adidas now introduces to you the adidas adiZero Rose 2.

The adiZero Rose 2 is built for my speed so you better want to be fast if you wear this shoe,” said Rose, basketball’s youngest ever MVP. “It’s stable and light so it plays great on the court, but it’s also really clean so you can rock it and look real nice off the court. I felt like a gladiator when I laced them up to film ‘The Bull,’ and I hope everybody likes how we show my new shoes to the world.”

Derrick is one of the most iconic and explosive athletes from Chicago to Shanghai, and we wanted to showcase his signature shoe in a unique way that puts the basketball world on notice,” said Lawrence Norman, adidas Vice President of Global Basketball. “The adiZero Rose 2 is built specifically to enhance Derrick’s game, tell his story and provide players with a shoe that gives them instant style and speed.”

The adiZero Rose 2 signature shoe, designed exclusively for Derrick Rose, features SPRINTWEB to reduce weight and increase comfort, while the SPRINTFRAME external heel counter allows for stability and motion control. It features a gore ankle strap for increased lockdown that also adjusts to accommodate Derrick’s adiZero Speedwrap ankle brace. The unique herringbone and volcanic traction pattern give optimum grip and pay homage to Derrick’s explosive play.

Design details are inspired by his MVP season where he led his team to the top conference playoff seed and conference finals. The shoe features “All Flights Cancelled” on the tongue to represent how his play altered opposing teams’ future plans, and the sockliner reveals a list of cities with professional basketball teams as destinations on an airport status board. All statuses read canceled except for one that is “Cleared for Flight,”Chicago.

The adiZero Rose 2 is available for P5,995 and will launch in the black/red/white colorway at the following adidas stores: Greenbelt 3, Trinoma, Power Plant Mall, Resorts World Manila, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Glorietta 3, Eastwood, Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, Greenhills, Marquee Mall Pampanga, Ayala Center Cebu, Lee Plaza Dumaguete, Abreeza Mall Davao, Gaisano Mall Davao and Gaisano General Santos. It is also available at selected adidas shops in SM: Mall of Asia, Megamall, North EDSA, The Block, Fairview, Sta Mesa, Baguio, Cebo, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and SM Department Stores in MOA, Manila, Fairview and Baguio. You may also visit selected adidas Shops in Robinsons Ermita, Galleria, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo and Bacolod, and selected Toby’s stores at MOA, Fairview, Megamall, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Trinoma, North EDSA, The Block, ATC, Galleria, Pampanga, Cebu and CDO, and in selected Planet Sports branches at the Power Plant Mall, Glorietta, Greenhills, Trinoma, ATC, Shangrila Plaza and Cebu.

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Chieffy Caligdong Declares Golden Boot Winner, Philippine Azkals Places 2nd in Long Teng Cup 2011

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Chieffy Caligdong Declares Golden Boot Winner, Philippine Azkals Places 2nd in Long Teng Cup 2011

The Philippines Askalz finished over-all 2nd after beating team Macau in the recently concluded 2011 Long Teng Cup at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Team Hong Kong which scored a total of 7 points in the tournament was able to retain the Championship title. Chinese Taipei settled for 3rd place with 4 points, while scoreless Macau ended up at 4th.

Chieffy Caligdong, meanwhile, was declared “Golden Boot” winner of Long Teng Cup with 4 goals. He duplicated Ian Araneta’s feat in the 2010 edition of the tournament.

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ABS-CBN's "Impostor" Receives International Emmy Nomination

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ABS-CBN Corporation earned another International Emmy Awards nomination for its drama series "Precious Hearts Romances presents Impostor," a story about a provincial lass who was forced to take the persona of a well known model.

According to the website of the said prestigious award-giving body, ABS-CBN's "Impostor" will be competing in the Best Telenovela category against Argentina's "Contra las Cuerdas," Brazil's "Destiny River," and Portugal's "Lacos de Sangue."

"We are very thrilled. The nomination is an honor and a validation of our team's efforts," said Laurenti Dyogi, business unit head responsible for the TV series aired last year.

ABS-CBN is the only Philippine media company that bagged an International Emmy nomination. Its primetime newscast "TV Patrol" earned an International Emmy nomination this year in the Best News category for its coverage of the Manila hostage crisis in August 2010.

“PHR: Impostor” starred Maja Salvador, Melai Cantiveros, Jason Francisco, and Sam Milby. It was directed by Jerome Pabocan and Neal del Rosario.

Apart from the global recognition, Dyogi said the series has been picked up in other countries such as Russia and Ghana because of its appeal and concept that appeals to the international market.

Previously, ABS-CBN earned several International Emmy nominations for its shows and actors such as "Dahil May Isang Ikaw" (Best Telenovela, 2010), Sid Lucero for "Dahil May Isang Ikaw" (Best Actor, 2010), "Kahit Isang Saglit" (Best Telenovela, 2009), Angel Locsin for "Lobo" (Best Actress, 2009), and "Bandila" for its coverage of the Subic Rape Case (Best News, 2007).

The International Emmy Awards is given by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (IATAS). The awards will be held from 18-21 November 2011.


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